Here’s some shit news to end the week; it feels like a fatality to my optimism.
Kevin Tancharoen took to Twitter to announce that he is now longer attached to direct New Line Cinema’s remake of Mortal Kombat, which we exclusively broke the news about way back in Jan. 2010,
“After 3 years of Kombat, I’ve decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success,” he tweeted. “Thanks!”
Tancharoen directed the incredible short film “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” as a proof of concept for a Kombat movie he tried to pitch. A huge fan of the video game, he enlisted Oren Uziel to write the short and hired actors such as Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan. Explained THR, the short was viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube, and although no movie deal materialized, he was asked to direct the 10-episode web series attracting more than 50 million unique visitors. A second season recently premiered on Machinima.
The franchise follows the best fighters from around the globe who are summoned to an island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will determine the fate of the entire planet.
After 3 years of Kombat,I've decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success. Thanks!
— Kevin Tancharoen (@KTANCH) October 25, 2013
After the success of Paranormal Activity, Paramount launched Insurge Pictures in order to produce 10 low budget indie genre films a year. They’ve made zero.
They are finally making a movie as they’ve picked up Prism, a pitch from emerging writer Ian Fried, who has had two other scripts land on The Black List, THR writes.
The project is being closely guarded by execs but it is known to be in the low-budget sci-fi project.
It is thus fitting that John Davis, the veteran producer behind the low-budget sci-fi pic Chronicle, will produce Prism.
Insurge, which is Paramount’s micro-budget branch, was established in 2010. Its first release was The Devil Inside, which went on to earn $101.8 million worldwide. They have yet to actually develop or produce any low budget fare.
HBO’s “True Blood” has promoted one of its longest-running original players to series regular.
Says Heat Vision, Adina Porter (pictured), who plays Tara’s mother Lettie Mae Thornton, will be a regular part of the vampire drama’s seventh and final season.
The actress had been billed as a special guest star on “True Blood.”
Porter joins previously announced new series regulars Bailey Noble (Adilyn Bellefleur), Amelia Rose Blaire (Willa Burrell), Luke Grimes (James) and Karolina Wydra (Violet).
The final 10-episode season of True Blood returns in 2014.
We now have a revised second trailer for Incentive Filmed Entertainment and Sierra/Affinity’s WER, a new found-footage pic that takes place in police station with the suspect turning into a werewolf.
William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman – the duo behind Paramount’s The Devil Inside – have re-teamed to tell the story of a defense attorney named Kate Moore (A.J. Cook) who has set out to clear the name of a suspect in a brutal murder case. The lead, Talan, is accused of murdering an American family. While Talan appears to be gentle on the surface, his attorney soon learns that Talan is actually a werewolf.
Brian J. O’Connor, Simon Quarterman, Vik Sahay also star in the film produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity).
“Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene is blindly charged with their murders. Believing her client is innocent, expatriate American defense attorney Kate Moore and her team decide to take a scientific approach in order to prove his physical incapability to local authorities. As she delves into his enigmatic family history, she uncovers evidence that suggests the rebirth of an unexpected legend. When a bloodbath ensues, Kate must do whatever she can to survive the surrounding terror and prevent the chaos from spreading.”
Our 13 Days of Horror continues with a playthrough of a indie horror game set in a dark, labyrinthine maze where you’re hunted by something sinister! Oh, what? I just described every horror game ever? Well, did I mention this one has rat glory holes covering all of it’s walls? See, there’s still room left for innovation in our favorite genre. Read on to watch me play Maze!
Previously on The 13 Days of Horror…
Day 1: John Carpenter Would Approve Of This Free Halloween Game
Day 2: A Horror Game Where You’re Hunted By Robot Velociraptors
Day 3: A Pizza Delivery Gone Horribly Wrong
Day 4: Bunny Man Is Sexy Paranormal Activity
Day 5: Maere Is True Psychological Horror
Day 6: Slender Man Returns In The Nine Pages
Could the powers-that-be for "The Vampire Diaries" please make Elena likable again? Ever since she turned into a vampire, it's been nag, nag, nag. Just like in this new clip from Episode 5.05, "Monster's Ball," in which Damon tries to get back on her good side.
"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.05 - "Monster's Ball" (airs 10/31/13, 8-9pm)
COSTUME PARTY OF THE DAMNED — On campus, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is touched by a sad and secretive student named Aaron (guest star Shaun Sipos). Elena and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) attend the Whitmore Historical Ball dressed as Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. At the Ball, Elena shares a dance with Dr. Maxfield (guest star Rick Cosnett), who has a disturbing message for her. Caroline’s (Candice Accola) evening at the Ball takes her from happiness to heartbreak.
Meanwhile, Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda) reveals her surprising history to Katherine (Nina Dobrev), and Damon tries to make a deal with Silas (Paul Wesley). Silas’ demand that Damon commit an unthinkable act leads to a violent confrontation.
Kat Graham and Zach Roerig also star. Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Sonny Postiglione.
While scouring the wire for news for you cats, we came across an interesting tidbit over on Yahoo! Movies concerning a "study" done with millennial subjects who reveal that they don't find the John Carpenter classic Halloween scary.
According to the site: Halloween just didn't do it for most of our millennial subjects in the scare department. In response to an overarching question asking to rate the film's "scariness" on a scale of 1-10, the film registered a meager 5.4 rating. The highest single rating it got? A 7.5. The lowest, a 2.
"It was extremely corny," said Ryan Eclarin, a senior English major at UCLA. "I found it immensely more comical than scary."
Jason Serio, 21, a business major at Glendale Community College, echoed Eclarin's sentiments that the film is unintentionally funny. "It was one of the LOL-worthiest movies I have seen in a while."
There are some differing opinions as well from students who did enjoy it, but it begs a question... Have we as a whole become jaded and desensitized? Or maybe the kids polled were just your usual know nothing asshats? A bit of both maybe? Head on over here to read the whole article and let us know how you feel below. Did the film scare you? Does it still? Sound off!
This new clip from "Supernatural" Episode 9.04, "Slumber Party," reminds us that some mistakes never go away. Can they maybe at least give us the weekend off?
"Supernatural" Episode 9.04 - "Slumber Party" (airs 10/29/13, 9-10pm)
FELICIA DAY RETURNS AS CHARLIE - SAM, DEAN AND CHARLIE MEET DOROTHY FROM OZ — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) discover that the table in the Men of Letters house (the one that lit up like a Christmas tree when the angels fell) has an ancient computer attached to it. They figure if they can get the computer on, they can track the angels. Who better to call for help than the best IT girl there is, Charlie (guest star Felicia Day)?
While moving the massive computer, they dislodge a hidden hexbag that unleashes a magical green-webbed wall. Sam and Dean break through it and discover the one and only Dorothy (guest star Tiio Horn) from Oz. She had trapped herself and the wicked witch (guest star Maya Massar) in the web years ago to stop the witch from finding the key that would open the gate that connected their world with Oz. With the wall broken, a massive and magical fight ensues that threatens to destroy the Men of Letters house.
Robert Singer directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson.
A second clip from "The Originals" Episode 1.05, "Sinners and Saints," has arrived to help kick off the weekend. In it Elijah appears to be ready to make somewhat of a peace offering to the powerful young witch Davina.
"The Originals" Episode 1.05 - "Sinners and Saints" (airs 10/29/13, 8-9pm)
Angered by recent events involving the safety of his unborn baby, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) demands answers from Sophie (Daniella Pineda), believing she was involved. Sophie reveals to Klaus and Rebekah (Claire Holt) a troubling secret from her past.
Meanwhile, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) asks Klaus to accompany him to the bayou after gruesome remains are discovered, while Rebekah, Sophie, and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) set off on a mission of their own. Davina (Danielle Campbell) confides in an unexpected ally and reveals shocking information about the witches, ultimately leading to a disturbing revelation.
Daniel Gillies also stars. Chris Grismer directed the episode written by Marguerite MacIntyre and Julie Plec.
A short while ago we told you about the new web series called Horror Hotel that was poised to bring us some indie tales of the weird and fantastic. Well, now we've gotten word that the doors are open for business and the series is in full swing on YouTube. Check in and check it out!
Season One of Horror Hotel features six episodes entitled 'Tilt', 'Invader', 'Guillotine', 'Bookworm', 'Houdini's Hand' and 'Tesla's Tooth'. You can watch the first episode embedded right here, and the others are lined up straight after. Of course everything is also available over on the Horror Hotel YouTube channel.
A family affair since inception, Horror Hotel is the brainchild of award-winning costume designer and independent filmmaker Ricky Hess, produced in turn by him and Debbie and Al Hess. Said to be influenced by the likes of classics "The Twilight Zone" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," Horror Hotel offers short slices of horror, thrills, suspense, comedy, and drama in a 12- to 20-minute per episode format.
John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of the best slashers ever made. You know it. I know it. Had the movie never been made… well you wouldn’t be reading this site. And the fact that you’re here indicates that you probably have a fairly deep understanding of the film. You know that, despite having very little blood, it’s a masterwork of suspense. You’re aware of the fact that it spawned not only its own franchise, but the Friday The 13th franchise as well. It paved the way for John Carpenter to make classics like The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China and Escape From New York. It’s pretty damn good.
The gentleman who wrote this piece for Yahoo understands that. Yet I’m dubious of the results of the poll they conducted in which they screened the film for 10 college students and found that it registered a 5.4 on a “1-10 scariness scale.” The thesis of the piece seems to be that the film has aged poorly. I disagree. But my biggest question is, “why are you asking THESE people?”
First of all, out of a random group of people – there’s going to be a few who don’t like the movie you’re screening for them. No matter what. If you showed Iron Man 3 – one of this summer’s biggest hits and a movie I really liked – to 10 people I would expect at least 4 of them to think that it’s dumb. But hey, I can kind of see their point (even if I personally love it). It’s not a classic, so let’s up the ante. If you showed Citizen Kane or Casablanca – two of the best films ever made – to a random group of 10 people, I imagine a lot of them would have problems with those films being shot in black and white. And I guarantee you at least one of those folks would think the Rosebud stuff was “LOL worthy.”
The question is – is it worth listening to those people? I mean, I guess everyone’s voice “counts” but why are we giving credence to the willfully ignorant? I chose the examples above specifically because they’re very mainstream. One of them was recently quite popular and the other two have withstood decades of conversation. When you get to horror, it gets even trickier. Some people flat out aren’t receptive to the genre.
And in the case of some of these folks, a lot of them are just flat out stupid. The piece cites an English Major at UCLA as saying “It was extremely corny. I found it immensely more comical than scary.” A business major declared, ““It was one of the LOL-worthiest movies I have seen in a while.” They find one guy who “definitely screamed more times than I’d like to admit“, only to neuter his opinion by revealing he also gets frightened while watching Lady In The Water.
Ultimately the thesis of the piece sort of unravels since a few of the test subjects admitted to liking, and being scared by, the film. But yes, if you give any movie to a bunch of people who have no predisposition towards enjoying it (and who seem to be tweeting while watching it) – then yeah, a few of them might not like it. We’re also talking about a sample group who found the 2006 version of The Omen to be “scarier.”
So what’s the takeaway here? As far as I can tell there isn’t one unless it’s to make us worry about the younger generation’s ability to absorb any sort of culture created before they were born.
But I don’t even think that’s true. I just think that a lot of the people who were willing to sign up for this were inherently ignorant. But I want to hear from millenials who actually like horror (if you’re here, I’m assuming you do). If you were born after 1990, tell me how you REALLY feel about Halloween.
Friday has once again bestowed its loving embrace upon us and I think it’s time we pay take things to a slightly darker place. With this in mind, I bring the dark occult vision of “Caduceus”, which is the latest music video from black metal band Hiss From The Moat. Directed by Salvatore Perrone, the video is full of evil, sinister images that compliment the vicious, aggressive music. The song comes from the band’s brand new album Misanthropy, which you can snag on iTunes.
Head on down for the brutal video.
With "Dracula" set to premiere tonight on NBC, the network is pulling out all the stops to make sure you don't forget about it. Next up is another teaser trailer that reminds us "True Love Never Dies"!
"Dracula" is a twisted, sophisticated, and sexy take on Bram Stoker's classic novel. The 10-episode series is paired with "Grimm" on Friday nights and will premiere at 10PM on October 25th.
Along with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula/Alexander Grayson/Vlad Tepes, the other cast members include Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, Jessica De Gouw as Mina Murray/Ilona, Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing, Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra, Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby, Ben Miles as Mr. Browning, and Robert Bathurst as Lord Thomas Davenport.
Related Story: Watch Dracula's Origin Story - "Dracula Rising"
"Dracula" Episode 1.01 - "The Blood Is the Life" (airs 10/25/13)
New to England, Alexander Grayson hosts a lavish party. He becomes fixated on Mina Murray, a beautiful young woman who looks like his dead former love. Newly engaged to Mina, Jonathan Harker grapples with worries over providing Mina the life she deserves.
In the latest segment in Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer series, he sits down with three of the scariest PC games in recent memory — Outlast, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Slender: The Eight Pages. I’m a little surprised he didn’t play The Arrival instead of The Eight Pages, but it’s still pretty damn funny watching him not react to Slender Man’s presence. It should come as no surprise that of the three, Outlast got the most scares — I played through the entire game on our YouTube channel and spent most of my time with it screaming and running. That game is terrifying.
Watch Conan play this terrifying trio after the jump.
We won’t have to wait much longer for Team Bloober’s Basement Crawl. The freaky next-gen multiplayer game, which sounds like Bomberman with a horror flavor to it, will arrive exclusively on the PlayStation 4 this year.
In it, up to eight players choose from the game’s handful of twisted character classes that each come with their own unique abilities to face off in scary, grid-based arenas. Your goal is simple: to use your wits as well as your character’s unique arsenal of traps and abilities to vanquish your enemies until you’re the last monster standing. Basement Crawl will support four-player local play, an eight-player online multiplayer, leaderboards, trophies and party chat.
How to Survive is the latest zombie apocalypse video game to cut a path of destruction through consoles and the Steam service, and right now we have a new trailer for you to check out filled with lots of helpful advice.
From the Press Release
505 Games, a global publisher of video games, announces the availability of How to Survive, a third-person action adventure game that tests players’ ability to stay alive in a world where the outbreak of an unknown virus has turned most of the population into ravenous zombies. How to Survive is available on the Xbox Live online entertainment network for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC via Steam by Valve® Corporation.
In order to make it through the day and night, gamers must learn to fulfill their most basic needs such as seeking food, water, and shelter as well as finding an incredible variety of items to combine into dozens of handmade tools and weapons - scrap metal, tubes, bolts, fertilizer, tires, harpoons, and empty bottles are just some of the many items scattered about, but how you use them determines whether you wind up dead, alive, or undead.
Developed by Eko Software, How to Survive puts players in the center of the action as someone who, after an accident, finds himself on an island amidst a small archipelago off the coast of Colombia... but there are other inhabitants, many of whom are undead. There is nothing quite like being surrounded by a brain-hungry horde of zombies to get the adrenaline flowing... What will you do? Whom will you trust? How will you survive?
How To Survive is priced at $14.99 for Xbox Live and Steam. A PlayStation® Network version will be available later this fall as will a Wii U™ version via the Nintendo eShop. The game has been rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB.
Even better? Word has come that a patch is coming in December to allow online story co-op!
For more info visit the official 505 Games website.
On tap for you cats right now is a series of video interviews for Dead in Tombstone featuring Danny Trejo, Anthony Michael Hall, Dina Meyer, and director Roel Reiné. Check 'em out!
Directed by Roel Reiné and written by Shane Kuhn and Brendan Cowles, Dead in Tombstone stars Danny Trejo, Mickey Rourke, Anthony Michael Hall, Dina Meyer, and Richard Dillane. Look for it in stores NOW.
Dead in Tombstone is an action-packed battle for vengeance. As a ruthless gang overruns a small mining town, they murder their own leader, Guerrero Hernandez (Trejo), in a cold-blooded power grab. Sentenced to eternity in hell, Guerrero finds himself confronted by Satan himself (Rourke), offering a daring proposition: Deliver the six souls of his former gang and he will escape damnation. With time running out, he sets out on a brutal rampage to avenge his own death!
Can you believe the Xbox One launches next month? I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how insanely close the next generation of video games are. When Microsoft’s next console hits retail shelves — a week after the PlayStation 4 — it will bring with it the next entry in Capcom’s open world zombie sandbox series. The original Dead Rising was a launch title for the 360, so it seems this series has turned into Capcom’s way of ushering in the next generation Xbox. I’m okay with this.
Dead Rising 3 arrives exclusively on the Xbox One on November 22nd.
I think it's safe to say that we're all looking forward to Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film Crimson Peak the same way we look forward to everything he touches. Though we've still got a lot of looking forward to do, today comes confirmation of the shooting schedule.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, del Toro will begin production on Crimson Peak after he's finished shooting "The Strain" pilot for FX. The haunted house thriller will be shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios, with a schedule that begins on February 10 and wraps up on May 14.
Crimson Peak portrays a young author who discovers that her husband is not who he appears to be.
Tom Hiddleston, Emma Stone, Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Jim Beaver star with del Toro helming. He and Lucinda Coxon penned a rewrite of his and Matthew Robins' original script.
Del Toro previously described the film as “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love and at the same time subvert the old rules.”
Hot on the heels of her appearance at Cincinnati's HorrorHound Weekend convention earlier this year - her first and last convention appearance - Jamie Lee Curtis is now going one step further in her bid to use her star power to get horror fans to raise money for her favorite charity...
She's donating two Michael Myers masks, signed by herself and a whole host of other stars from the franchise. Read on for all the details about the masks, one of which is screen-worn!
From the Press Release
In honor of the 35th anniversary of John Carpenter's Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis has partnered with global charity auction site Charitybuzz to auction off Michael Myers masks from her personal collection. The scream queen has generously donated a replica of the mask from the original 1978 film, one of five in her private collection, with signatures from the surviving original cast members - John Carpenter, Nancy Loomis, Kyle Richards, and more - making this an incredibly rare item for any memorabilia collector.
There is also a film-used mask from H2O: Halloween 20 Years Later up for grabs, featuring signatures from Michelle Williams, LL Cool J, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Josh Hartnett, and others.
Bidding on these items, valued at $10,000 each, is open now until October 31 - proceeds from the auction will benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Charitybuzz has even more amazing Halloween-themed auctions this fall season, from star-studded costume parties to TV show walk-ons! Rob Zombie fans can bid to meet him at the Great American Nightmare Music Festival and watch his live show November 2nd. Heidi Klum is auctioning off the chance for a fan to see what outrageous costume she'll wear to her highly anticipated Halloween Party when they meet her in New York City. Even more of Hollywood's elite will be in attendance at David Arquette's Halloween bash at his club in "Bootsy Bellows" in LA. Finally, fans of HBO's "True Blood" are in for a treat when they visit the set and enjoy an extra role during the show's last season.
For more information about these exciting Halloween auctions, click here.
Head over to Charity Buzz to place your bids on the masks!