Essence Atkins (pictured below; Are We There Yet? ) is set to star opposite Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie) in the indie Smart Ass, which Wayans will direct with Mike Tiddes, Variety reports. The pic is described as a spoof of a various found-footage pics like Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside. The first Scary Movie was insanely funny, so maybe these guys can make spoof funny again? Eh? Rick Alvarez and Lisa Blum are producing the pic, which is currently filming in Los Angeles.
Nicolas Cage is very Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D. I know some people take umbrage with some of the man's more eccentric performance choices, but I've never found him less than interesting. It's kind of fascinating how he can oscillate from great, character-based, stuff like Adaptation and Matchstick Men to something "big" like Con Air or Ghost Rider 2. And he certainly brings it big in Ghost Rider 2. "In the successor to the worldwide hit 'Ghost Rider,' Johnny - still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy - and possibly rid himself of his curse forever." I recently had a chance to sit down with Cage in New York for a quick chat covering his new stint as Johnny Blaze, his upcoming thriller with John Cusack The Frozen Ground and what kind of deal he'd make with the devil. As per his reputation, he was a complete gentleman and gave some surprisingly open responses. Ghost Rider 2: Spirit Of Vengeance 3D hits theaters on February 17th. It also stars Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth. Hit the jump to check out my interview with Cage as well as a quick few words with Johnny Whitworth, the film's big bad guy.
Imagination Worldwide, who doesn't have much of a "quality" track record when it comes to horror, is at EFM selling Devil Seed (formerly The Darkness), which is directed and co-written by Greg A. Sager, and stars Vanessa Broze, Michelle Argyris, Shantelle Canzanese, Kevin Jake Walker, Wayne Conroy and Michael G. Wilmot. We've landed the bloody sales art and the following plot crunch: "Alexandra is a lively college student returning to live with her roommates, Jessica and Breanne after the summer holidays. After a night of drinking, Alex agrees to a psychic reading to learn about her future with her boyfriend, Brian, but during the reading a dramatic turn of events causes SOMETHING to go drastically wrong. When Alex awakes the next day, she cant remember the events of the night before. She begins to hear creepy noises, hallucinate, black out and receive unidentifiable scratch marks all over her body. Afraid shes going crazy, she seeks help from her friends but Jessica, Breanne and Brian are incapable of comprehending the scope of the darkness descending UPON her. Instead, Alex receives help from a school professor and his father who have dealt with the supernatural before. But as Alexs condition worsens, it becomes apparent that it may already be too late to stop the entity from using Alexs body as a gateway into our world." Check out the trailer inside!
Solaris Filmwerks tipped us to their new horror project, Prosper, which comes from Deronte Smith. "What happens when a few kids in a sleepy suburban neighborhood meet their new neighbor, a seductive Satan worshipping witch with a command over the spirit world? On the night of Winter Solstice six teens will meet to play what they think is a game, or fictitious ritual, with the promise of prosperity in their lives. But when the binding circle is broken, the spirit world runs amuck in the house leaving only one to bear witness to the beginning of the myth the urban legend she lives." April Hollingsworth, Davien Harlis, Nicholas Wolfe, Shayla Love, Anastasia Pekhtereva, Walnette Santiago, Renier Cortes, Samme William, Diva Tyler and Garrick Parks all star. Check out the art inside and more at Facebook.
With the New York Toy Fair winding down we've compiled a few random announcements that slipped through the cracks over the chaotic past few days. First and foremost are the brand new Ghostbusters toys from Mattel. One such figure includes Dana (Sigourney Weaver) as "Zuul"! These are available exclusively (and incredibly overpriced) at Mattycollector.com. NECA announced a summer release for "Smoker Zombie" and a May release for "Boomer Zombie" from their forthcoming "Left 4 Dead" figure line. You can check out images of both by reading on. From Diamond Selects comes yet another line of Universal Monsters figures including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Invisible Man, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera, Vincent Price(!) and more! The company is also releasing a line based on the popular TV series "The Munsters." Lastly, BigBangBow! has also released a few new looks at their "Dexter" toy line and their already released "Twilight Zone" dolls.
The Valentines Day edition of Horror In Your House is here which means a Human Centipede movie is on shelves. That could be the start of an interesting tradition courtesy of Tom Six. The Dead, a zombie flick shot in unique locations across Africa is out as well. And for those looking for a little love, Nude Nuns With Big Guns is sure to make your heart race. Enjoy! I think I am going to watch My Bloody Valentine (original) for my horror viewing today.
Premiering at the SXSW Film Festival next month, below you'll find a delicious new international trailer for Paco Plaza's [REC]3 Genesis, the gore-ifying sequel that will then open in Spain on March 30. We're the first to add the English-subbed version, which can be enjoyed by reading on. The third film is said to break out of the found footage mold, you can kind of see it in the trailers. "Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day; that is until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know whats happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. Amidst the chaos, Koldo and Clara become separated and begin a desperate search for one another. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind "
Just last week we broke the news about a new Korean anthology entitled Doomsday Book, an omnibus sci-fi project by two helmers that looks to blow all of our friggin' mind some time this year. The brilliant Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, A Tale of Two Sisters) tells the story of a robot working for a temple who becomes self-aware, while Yim Pil-sung (Hansel & Gretel) follows an innocent young man who becomes a zombie! There's apparently also a tale about a meteor about to crash into Earth. "Two acclaimed Korean directors unfurl three unique stories of human self-destruction in the modern high-tech era. In a hope to restore the humane compassion in the insusceptible modern age, the film displays an alternative form of genuine humanity. And thus you are stepping into the world of future, where a series of unexpected stories awaits you. All these stories originate from the earth. From the very earth you live on." It's visually staggering and looks to be one of the few "must sees" of 2012. Watch the striking trailer inside and then tell us what your thoughts are. Pretty friggin' cool, no?!
Twentieth Century Fox is celebrating the birth of our 16th President by going all-in and bashing us over the head with content from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D, their horror historical retelling from Russian director Timur Bekmambetov. This morning we shared with you the first trailer. Then we took you on a tour of the Lincoln Presidential Library, Vault and Tomb, while also giving you tons of interviews from the big press day. But that was just the beginning. Grab an axe and shamble on in to check out a brand new international trailer featuring new footage of Benjamin Walker as Honest Abe -- president by day, vampire hunter by night! In theaters June 22, "Seth Grahame-Smith's revision of a Jane Austen classic explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln (Walker) witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war - and ultimately to the presidency - he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved." Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Robin McLeavy, Robin McLeavy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson and Alan Tudyk all star.
Freestyle Digital Media will release the undead horror comedy Deadheads on home video March 6, says the official Facebook. The pic won prizes at the Traverse City Film Festival 2011 and the Newport Beach Film Festival 2011. Deadheads' starring Michael McKiddy and Ross Kidder, "follows two zombie slackers who find themselves surprisingly reborn from the dead amid a disastrous zombie outbreak. After discovering an engagement ring in his coat pocket, one enlists his new found zombie pal to embark on a quest in search of his lost love." Check out the trailer inside.
On Friday we posted an exclusive interview with Cost Of Living writer/director BenDavid Grabinski, and now the short film is here for you to watch. Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) and Bret Harrison ("Breaking In", "Reaper") star in the film in which, "Silas and Jerry work for an unusual corporation. One day things go wrong... Scary things." Hit the jump to check out Cost Of Living.
TV: Watch Last Night's Episode Of "The Walking Dead", Check Out Photos From Next Week's Installment!
Wow. Last night's episode of "The Walking Dead", "Nebraska", scored some insane numbers! 8.1 Million viewers checked out the initial airing and an additional 2 million tuned in for later broadcasts bringing the tally to a whopping 10.1 million pairs of eyes. "The Walking Dead" is already a ratings behemoth, especially for a cable show, but this shattered its own prior record by a significant margin. The show "tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth." Next week's episode is entitled "Triggerfinger" and airs next Sunday, February 19th at 9/8c. Hit the jump to watch "Nebraska" in its entirety and check out some stills from "Triggerfinger".
Director Blake Reigle (Beneath the Surface) has released his second annual Valentines Day horror short, and this year, he wants you to get "Touched." In the short, "a brash young mans date with his girlfriend takes a dark turn after he breaks the rules and inappropriately touches a diabolical lingerie mannequin. Stepping out of bounds could cost you your relationship or your life!" "Touched" stars Mike Ruston and Tara Holt ("Dollhouse"). In other V-Day news, Cambio, the entertainment destination for teens and young adults, has posted an exclusive original video, "Just Another Valentine's Day Horror Story." "Britney, a beautiful and sweet girl, thinks she is going on a date with a cute young guy named Justin, but his ghoulish looks and zombie-like antics leave her wondering if he is a dead-beat date or just simply dead. Even though Justin shows up looking disheveled and forgets to make reservations, Britney is still touched that at the end of their date he shares that he likes her for her brains. Could it be that Justin is into intelligent girls, or does he just want to eat Britneys brains for a Valentines Day treat?" Watch both shorts by reading on!
Announced as part of this coming March's SXSW Film Festival is the Indonesian horror flick Modus Anomali, which comes from The Forbidden Door filmmaker Joko Anwar. "During a vacation in the woods, a man tries to find his family who mysteriously disappear, while being hunted by a sadistic killer. His only clues are several alarm clocks which seem to tell him about a deadline to something he doesn't know." We've just added the trailer below that's an instant success. In a short preview we're immediately drawn in with some intense footage and a shocking turn of events that catapulted my interest from "non-existent" to "must-see." We've also added some art and an early teaser video. Rio Dewanto, Hannah Al Rashid, Izziati Amara Isman, Aridh Tritama, Surya Saputra, Marsha Timothy, Sadha Triyudha and Jose Gamo all star in the World Preimere.
[News Bites] Another Hitchcock Remake, Syfy's "Bigfoot", Cast For 'NSFW' & Kevin Williamson Serial Killer Series
With EFM still in full swing, and the Toy Fair landing right in the middle, the news has been out of control. In an attempt to keep some sort of order to the madness, here's a late night round-up of breaking stories. After the break you can check out the first ever casting for the Joe Johnston-directed thriller NSFW, along with some surprise names added to Fox's untitled Kevin Williamson serial killer thriller about a network of murderers. You'll also read about yet another Alfred Hitchock remake, a book series that'll get the big screen and small screen treatment, and check out a first look at the Syfy creature feature "Bigfoot."
Another odd project I don't know if we should be reporting on is the super vague adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which Variety reports will now be directed by Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro has yet to venture out of the "dark side" (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Blade 2, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone), which makes me believe this will also be a chilling take on the classic story. Warner Bros. has tapped Bridget Jones's Diary scribe Andrew Davies to write Beauty and the Beast, which also has Harry Potter star Emma Watson in final negotiations to topline the period pic. I can only assume she'll be playing the beast? It should also be noted that Del Toro is working on Pacific Rim, and attached his name to more than a handful of projects. Don't be surprised if this curse is never lifted. Del Toro will write a treatment that Davies will then work off of.
Directed by Duane Journey, Black Forest: Hansel and Gretel & The 420 Witch updates the Grimm Brothers classic fairytale to modern-day Pasadena. Except now the forest is an immense indoor hydroponic marijuana farm. So naturally some liberties have been taken with the existing text. Its being described as a bit Edgar Wright and a bit Pineapple Express but very gory. The film is "about a brother and sister who battle a witch that uses a special drug to lure teenagers into her suburban home where she devours them to maintain her youth and beauty." Written by David Tillman and produced by Dark Highway Films, Black Forest stars Molly Quinn (Castle), Michael Welch (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse), Lara Flynn Boyle (Twin Peaks, Men In Black II) and introduces Bianca Saad. Sound like your kind of thing? I was able to visit the set recently, so hit the jump for my report!
Below you'll find the first ever image from Neil Jordan's Byzantium, about a pair of women who claim to be vampire siblings. Having just wrapped principal photography, Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Caleb Landry Jones, Danny Mays, Bradley James, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller and Tom Hollander all star. It is for sale at EFM in Berlin. "On the run for murder, two young "sisters" arrive penniless at an English seaside town. Clara is a fiercely modern woman who has her eyes on the future and no time for the past. Teenager Eleanor is shy and innocent. Yet they both hide the same secrets: they are really mother and daughter, and they are both ... vampires! Eleanor is exhausted by 200 years on the run and desperate to settle down. But little does she know that her mother has been protecting her all of the years from their own kind, "The Brotherhood". To escape them, they must either blend in or continue running away. But just as they think they may have escaped, their past rapidly catches up with them."
Peter Mensah will join HBO's "True Blood" in a recurring role as "Kibwe," Chancellor for the Authority, reports Deadline. Originally from Africa, Kibwe works toward mainstreaming under "Roman"'s tenure. Mensah has appeared in films including Zack Snyders 300, Antoine Fuquas Tears Of The Sun, Touchstone Pictures Hidalgo and James Camerons Avatar. His television credits include "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Witchblade," "The Pretender" and "Star Trek: Enterprise." Created by Alan Ball, "In a world where vampires have "come out of the coffin", Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress, discovers a new world of different creatures when she meets Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a vampire." Season 5 begins this summer!
Described as Seven meets Marathon Man, we thought it was appropriate to report on Michael Mann's potential new project. From the mind of crime dramas such as Heat and Collateral, Mann is in talks to develop to direct The Big Stone Grid, a cop thriller that Sony Pictures bought as a spec script last year by S. Craig Zahler. "The script is a hard-edged thriller about two decorated detectives who uncover a terrifying extortion ring that operates within the secret underbelly of New York City." The plan is for Mann to do a pass with the Zahler. We'll make tis the last report on the film until we know for sure just what direction it goes in.