We broke the news on the first sequel to the remake, and now have received exclusive word out of Cannes that I Spit On Your Grave 3 is being pre-sold at the market.
At the time of this writing, CineTel Films has yet to hire a writer or director, but have committed to a third round of rape-revenge.
The third film, our sources tell us, will focus on a serial killer that uses a crisis hotline to target rapists. One of the counselor’s has a dark past, which sends Detectives sniffing in her direction — but is she the killer they’re looking for?
The 2010 Steven R. Monroe-directed I Spit on Your Grave was a shockingly good remake of the 1978 classic. Monroe rushed out a sequel last year that was a huge disappointment. I think tonally, horror fans don’t want hardcore torture right now. They’d be smart to play the third film tongue-in-cheek, like Nurse.
Thus far we've seen Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Entity, Paranormal Xperiment, and everything else you could think of. Next up is Paranormal Island, which would make a bitchin' show should it be hosted by the lingering specters of Ricardo Montalban and Hervé Villechaize!
We can dream, huh?
VMI Worldwide is heading to Cannes with Marty Murray's new flick Paranormal Island, starring Ben Elliott, Briana Evigan, Lance Henriksen, Randy Wayne, and Sarah Karges.
When three college kids take a summer job, it’s a chance of a lifetime to bartend at a bar in the middle of a lake. The bar has been around for over a hundred years and is presumed by many locals to be haunted after the owner killed himself many years before. Unfortunately, they miss the last boat off the island and are stuck trying to find a way off. As darkness falls, they quickly realize things are very different after hours as they are hunted by the paranormal caretaker.
Because our last posting of 21 Two-Sentence Horror Stories was so popular, we wanted to bring you 19 more similar style horror tales that will really tingle your spine.
On top of that, several loyal Dread Central readers got in on the fun and contributed their own two-sentence horror stories. So we've collected some of the best and creepiest ones in this one handy spot for your convenience.
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Enjoy these small-bite horror stories, and don't blame us if you get creeped out while reading them alone in the dark! Make sure to add your own two-sentence horror stories in the comments section below. Who knows? Your short story may appear on Dread Central in the future!
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If Woody Allen made a vampire flick, it might resemble Summer of Blood. Writer-director-actor Onur Tukel’s horror-comedy is a fresh satire on the vampire mythos, one that uses absurd situations to explore very human fears like commitment and urban life. Without an ounce of the pretentiousness so often found in indie comedies, Tukel has crafted a sincerely hilarious film that’s not without its fair share of gore and sex. Mad, tantric vampire sex, that is. Pardon my hyperbole, but Summer of Blood is simply one of the best and most honest horror-comedies in years.
Self-centered Brooklynite Eric (Tukel) has a problem with commitment. When his girlfriend of three years proposes to him, he delivers a misguided dialogue about post-modern feminism, then awkwardly declines. The next day he’s trolling an internet dating service in his desperate longing to get laid. Eric even has the stones to take his dates to the very restaurant where his girlfriend popped the question – how’s that for class? When they’re turned off by his narcissism or his lack of prowess in the bedroom (or both), it’s on to the next chick.
That is until the night Eric is bitten by a vampire, transforming him into a blood-sucking creature of the night. Well, sorta. He’s still the same self-involved slob he always was, but now he gets to indulge his hedonism to a greater degree. Vampirism turns Eric into a tireless sex machine who can control minds and vaginas alike. The only thing still holding sway over him are his jealous feelings over his old flame’s new (better looking, more charming and successful) boyfriend.
Eric is a dick, but he’s a terribly relatable one as well. While nearly everything that comes out of his mouth is ridiculous, I couldn’t help but sympathize with many of his feelings. Throughout all of this, Onur Tukel flexes some finely-tuned wit and comedic timing. A few scenes, like when his landlord comes looking for rent, had me in tears. It’s a very natural and honest performance as well. Tukel really puts himself out there, presenting all of his paranoid fears about society, urban life, and relationships – relentlessly making fun of himself in the process. In between bouts of biting people’s throats off, of course.
The vampire elements of Summer of Blood are pretty simple and follow most of the traditional stuff like aversion to sunlight and having to feed to stay alive. Tukel puts his own unique spin on them, however, leading to a wholly refreshing take on the genre. Eric’s fear of commitment actually bleeds into his vampirism, which I found to be fucking brilliant. For instance, what happens if you bite your lover, transforming her into an immortal being? Hell, that means you’re stuck with that person for eternity? It’s a tough decision, especially for a goof like Eric.
The film may address some painfully real issues, but Summer of Blood never lets go of its comedic core. From beginning to end it’s an absolute blast that dishes out equal parts wit, vulgarity, and amazing one-liners. The horror-comedy is a tricky cross-genre to pull off, but I can honestly say that Summer of Blood just may be the best example since Tucker and Dale.
The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and here’s hoping it’s available to a wide audience sooner than later.
Open Road’s A Haunted House 2 opens tomorrow, April 18th. I didn’t love the first film, so this isn’t my jam. But if you liked it, and you’re curious to see how the series tackles Easter… watch the below video. This post is for you.
In the sequel,”Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, A Haunted House 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box-office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spine-tingling tension and hilarious punch-lines A Haunted House 2 is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!
A Haunted House 2 spoofs supernatural horror movie hits such as Paranormal Activity 4, Sinister, The Possession, Insidious, The Conjuring, and more. This time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!”
Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Ashley Rickards, Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, and Dave Sheridan also star.
Just wanted to clarify something about the reported sequel to Contracted, entitled Contracted: Phase II. There’s a story being circulated today that is factually correct, but puts the cart a little bit before the horse.
While it’s true that an idea for the sequel is being considered, right now it’s a pitch that writer/director Eric England has turned into IFC and Boulderlight (producers of the original film). It’s true that the film is doing quite well and I’d be the first person in line to check out a sequel… but that might not be in the immediate future. It is a pitch that has been turned in. That’s it. There are a BILLION things that need to happen before things get moving.
Here’s England’s instagram photo of a potential title page. It was taken last month.
Eric England's Contracted (review) hit like a mighty punch to the jaw to the horror genre, and lord knows we were desperately in need of a good jolt. Now, like any good swing for the fences, a sequel is on its way as a means to recapture the agony and arterial spray!
"IFC has asked us for a sequel," said filmmaker England to FEARnet. "I told the producers I wasn't interested because I never envisioned a sequel in the first place but [said] if I came up with an idea that I felt lived up to or surpassed the first film and [that I] was passionate about, I would."
"It took about a month or so of convincing, but I finally turned in a pitch after an idea came to me. Now, it's just up to the business side of things - if it makes sense for them and for us."
England also added that Contracted: Phase II, as it's now known, "will pick up where the first one left off."
Contracted tells the terrifying tale of a young girl who has a one-night stand with a stranger, contracting what she thinks is a sexually transmitted disease, but it is actually something far worse. As things begin to crumble around her, she's sent on a disturbing and bloodcurdling journey, sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
Some quick news is coming in regarding the sequel to Sinister (Blu-ray review here)... the film has landed itself a director! Read on for the latest on the continuing adventures of Mr. Boogie.
Blumhouse announced today via Twitter that Ciarán Foy (Citadel) will be the one in the director's chair for this latest go round.
All of the other major behind-the-scenes players are back for Sinister 2, including creators Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. They wrote the original, which Derrickson also directed.
Sinister 2 is the sequel to the highly praised original film starring Ethan Hawke, which grossed more than $87M worldwide off of a $3M budget. The move to build the Sinister franchise follows in the footsteps of Blumhouse’s successes with the Paranormal Activity and Insidious series of ultra-low-budget genre hits.
— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) April 17, 2014
Ciaran Foy, who did a fantastic job on the 2012 film Citadel, has been tapped to direct Sinister 2 for Blumhouse. While Scott Derrickson is (obviously) not directing this installment, he did pen the script with his co-writer on the first film, C. Robert Cargill.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, as per the usual. But I’m excited. Derrickson’s film had some of the best uses of imagery I’ve seen in modern horror, and Foy is no slouch behind the camera himself. All in all, not a bad week for good directors (a la David Bruckner and Friday The 13th) tackling anticipated sequels*.
*Yes, I know the upcoming F13 film is most likely not a sequel. Sue me.
— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) April 17, 2014
Nothing gives us a greater sense of pride than when one of our own makes good. The next Dread Central writer to break into the film industry is Serena Whitney, who's finally getting a chance to help bring her dream project to the screen. Congrats, Serena!
From the Press Release
Canadian production company Unstable Ground has acquired the film rights to Douglas Borton’s horror novel Kane. The project is now in development and will be scripted by Serena Whitney (writer at Dread Central) and Justin McConnell (The Collapsed, Skull World).
Whitney and McConnell will also co-produce, along with prolific Canadian producer Avi Federgreen (Still Mine, One Week, High Life). The team is rounded out by two highly respected genre directors, who currently serve as consulting producers: Adam Mason (Blood River, The Devil’s Chair, Broken) and George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine, 24 Hour Rental). A director has yet to be named.
Kane is a force of nature. Walking out of the desert into the dying town of Tuskett, which only 23 people still call home, he has only one purpose: to kill every resident. Relentless, stealthy, and without mercy, Kane won’t stop until every last man, woman, and child is nothing but a memory. Soon the surviving townspeople must band together to fight this seemingly unstoppable evil... or die trying. Brutal, action-packed, and most importantly, character-driven, Kane is a thrilling story of survival at any cost.
The deal was negotiated by McConnell on behalf of Unstable Ground and Jane Dystel & Miriam Goderich of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, on behalf of author Douglas Borton (who currently publishes as New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Michael Prescott).
Serena Whitney, who brought the novel to the attention of Unstable Ground, first read the material when she was very young, stating “Kane has always strongly resonated with me as one of the most primal and terrifying horror novels I have ever read. It’s definitely a hidden gem that I have always felt deserved a film adaption. It can revive the classic bogeyman trope.”
McConnell adds “Kane has all the components of a fantastic genre film: great characters, break-neck pacing, a surprising story, and an iconic villain. Best of all, it’s all there on the page. Douglas wrote a book over two decades ago that was ahead of its time and was just waiting to be discovered. I’m looking forward to helping bring this story to a fresh audience.”
Borton, who first published the novel in 1990 and plans a re-release later this year under the name 'Michael Prescott,' adds “Kane has always been one of my favorites. I think it’s the best of my early novels, and I’m excited by the prospect of seeing it on the screen.”
VMI Worldwide is heading to Cannes with Marty Murray’s Paranormal Island, which also has some pretty generic sales art.
Starring Ben Elliott, Briana Evigan (pictured in Sorority Row, also Burning Bright), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Randy Wayne and Sarah Karges
“When 3 college kids take a summer job it’s a chance of a lifetime to bartend at a bar in the middle of a lake! The bar has been around for over a hundred years and is presumed by many locals to be haunted, after the owner killed himself many years before. Unfortunately they miss the last boat off the island and are stuck trying to find a way off. As darkness falls, they quickly realize things are very different after hours as they are hunted by the paranormal caretaker.“
OMG! Breaking news! OMFG, MPI and DSF (Dark Sky Films) have secured rights for LFO! WTF? LOL! Okay, enough with the Internet shorthand. We just couldn't help ourselves. Read on for all the details you need. G2G! TTYS! ROTFLMAO!
From the Press Release
MPI Media Group today announced it has acquired all U.S. distribution and international sales rights to LFO, a new science fiction thriller from Sweden. A fall 2014 theatrical release is anticipated for the film, which will be released under MPI's Dark Sky Films banner.
The deal was negotiated by Nicola Goelzhaeuser, VP Television, Digital and International Sales for MPI, and Alexander Brøndsted, Producer and President of PingPongFilm. In addition to MPI's acquisition of the project, SpectreVision, the genre film production company founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, has come on board to present LFO, with the trio serving as executive producers.
Writer-director Antonio Tublen's film is a darkly satiric look at our modern obsession with technology and the toll it can take on human interaction. Robert Nord (Patrik Karlson, Wallander), a loner whose sole passion in life is the analog sound equipment in his basement, stumbles upon a frequency that allows him to hypnotize people. Testing it on his attractive new neighbor and her unassuming husband (Izabella Jo Tschig, Per Löfberg), he soon realizes the power he now wields. As Robert indulges in the increasingly twisted possibilities of having complete control over others, it quickly becomes clear that he is losing control of himself.
LFO has played to both audience and critical acclaim in a number of film festivals. It was at Fantastic Fest where Wood and his partners were first exposed to the movie. Their enthusiasm for the film led them to showcase it at their own festival in Los Angeles. Says SpectreVision's Elijah Wood, "One of the reasons we started this company was to get behind great new genre films that deserve to be discovered by broader audiences. This is a subversive, funny and deeply unnerving low-techno thriller we're proud to present."
MPI's Nicola Goelzhaeuser said, "LFO is ingenious, thought-provoking and also hugely entertaining, and we are thrilled to bring it to American audiences as well as introduce it to buyers in Cannes."
The title of Episode 9.19 of "Supernatural" is obviously a play on the film Martha Marcy May Marlene, and here's hoping it's a bit more exciting than that movie was! Check out a sneak peek of "Alex Annie Alexis Ann" for a tease of what happens when the boys reconnect with Sheriff Mills.
"Supernatural" Episode 9.19 - "Alex Annie Alexis Ann" (airs 4/22/14, 9-10pm): SHERIFF MILLS TRIES TO SAVE A YOUNG GIRL FROM A VAMPIRE NEST — Sheriff Mills (guest star Kim Rhodes) calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) after she kills a vampire who attacked a prisoner named Annie (guest star Katherine Ramdeen).
They discover Annie was kidnapped by a family of vampires who use her as bait to lure in humans they can then feed on. Sheriff Mills tries to rescue Annie from her captors but finds out the hard way that family always comes first.
Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Robert Berens.
I recently sat down with an extremely twisted indie horror game called Fingerbones. This isn’t the kind of game that wants to wow you with its visuals. Instead, it aims to disturb with its story, told through notes that are scattered about its environment. It’s one of the more unsettling games I’ve played in a while because it isn’t afraid to tackle a mature, even taboo subject — remember when Silent Hill was known for that?
It’s simple, but by stripping away the flair and fluff, this developer has managed to craft a game that I’m sure will stick with me for some time.
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Klaus is up to his usual tricks on "The Originals," but Elijah is making things difficult for him when it comes to locating their mother's grimoire. Check out this clip from Episode 1.19, "An Unblinking Death," to see their latest bit of sibling rivalry.
"The Originals" Episode 1.19 - "An Unblinking Death" (airs 4/22/14, 8-9pm): THE BREAKING POINT — Desperate to help Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick), Cami (Leah Pipes) insists on an unconventional treatment, but her good intentions lead Kieran to a violent episode.
After Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) disagree over the best way to handle the Crescent Wolves, Elijah makes a trip to the bayou, where he is witness to a horrific explosion that only adds to the hatred and mistrust among the communities. While Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) and Elijah work to save the wounded, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) learns a surprising piece of her family history from Marcel (Charles Michael Davis).
Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.
I’m gonna wait until I see Aftermath to really weigh in here, but I’m sort of tired of the whole “it’s the apocalypse so everyone is terrible to each other” subgenre. Xavier Gens’ The Divide squandered his considerable directorial talents on tepid squabbling, and “The Walking Dead” is inertia personified.
That being said, I’m holding out hope for Peter Engert’s film starring Edward Furlong, Monica Keena, Andre Royo and C.J. Thomason. There’s always a chance it could turn out worthwhile if they lighten the mood a bit.
“When the devastating horror of a nuclear apocalypse becomes a reality, nine strangers find themselves holed up together in a farmhouse cellar. These would-be survivors are faced with dwindling supplies, radioactive air and the greatest threat of all – the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in.”
RLJ/Image Entertainment is to release later this year. Check out the new stills and poster below.
Did the witches of Salem cast a spell on me?
WGN America will debut their first scripted series, “Salem”, this coming Sunday, April 20th, at 10p/9c.
I was lucky enough to see the pilot presentation ahead of the premiere and wanted to share some brief thoughts before you guys head into a new series.
Tonally, I like what WGNA did here; “Salem” isn’t pandering to teens or playing it safe, they’re going all-in on being a softer version of an HBO series. I’d say the perfect comparison would be an FX series as “Salem” carries a similar tone in terms of blood, sex and violence as “American Horror Story.” I might even go as far as to say the sex is about as risqué as I’ve seen on the softer side of cable.
The settings and design were also strong, although it felt a bit constricted in terms of scope. I can only assume we’ll venture out of Salem in future episodes.
Something I’ve noticed here on Bloody is the obsession with “Bates Motel” mommy Vera Farmiga. I can assure those of you who fixated on Vera that you’ll be mesmerized by Janet Montgomery, the series lead. Much like Jessica Lange’s character in all of the “American Horror Story” seasons, it’s a bit unclear if Montgomery is good or bad; either way she carries a crazy strong presence that’s captivating.Another interesting note is that, between the gore and action, I could see shades of Sam Raimi.
But my biggest issue with the pilot is that the overall arc is extremely unclear (the witches are planning a civil war?), and I couldn’t really figure out what the characters’ goals were – why do they do what they do? It made me ask myself more than once, “Why am I watching this?” I want to know what we’re working towards.
Still, the first episode was “just okay,” which is my review for pretty much any series pilot. It’s way too small of a sample size to recommend, but it didn’t annoy me, so that’s something.
Developer Creative Assembly is going to great pains to ensure their upcoming survival horror game Alien: Isolation looks and sounds like the original Alien film. The attention to detail is ridiculous and readily apparent in every facet of the game, from the environments, which look like they were taken out of the film set, to the few precious tools you’ll find while desperately trying to survive aboard the Sevastopol.
Alien: Isolation made our list of 2014′s most exciting horror games for a reason.
Alien: Isolation arrives on October 7 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
I haven’t seen LFO, but apparently it made enough of a splash at Fantastic Fest last year. MPI/Dark Sky and Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision have teamed up to get the Swedish sci-fi film to audiences. MPI will handle all U.S. distribution and international sales rights, which will be released under their Dark Sky banner. Meanwhile, SpectreVision has come onboard as a “presenter”, with Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller onboard as exec producers along with wood.
The film written and directed by Antonio Tublen is “a darkly satiric look at our modern obsession with technology and the toll it can take on human interaction. Robert Nord (Patrik Karlson, Wallander), a loner whose sole passion in life is the analog sound equipment in his basement, stumbles upon a frequency that allows him to hypnotize people. Testing it on his attractive new neighbor and her unassuming husband (Izabella Jo Tschig, Per Löfberg), he soon realizes the power he now wields. As Robert indulges in the increasingly twisted possibilities of having complete control over others, it quickly becomes clear that he is losing control of himself“
Sony has revealed the third and final morsel of DLC for Naughty Dog’s wildly successful action horror game The Last of Us. The Grounded Bundle will bring with it new trophies and a new Grounded difficulty for the single-player campaign that cranks up the AI’s intelligence for $4.99.
If you’re more a fan of its multiplayer offering, the Reclaimed Territories Map Pack (included in the bundle) will introduce four new maps: Wharf, Capitol, Coal Mine, and Water Tower.
If you own the season pass — if you don’t, you have until May 13 to get it — the Grounded Bundle will be unlocked when it releases. The season pass costs $19.99. Otherwise, you can grab the Grounded mode for $4.99 and the map pack for $9.99.
Sony has confirmed that the Grounded Mode will be included in the recently announced Remastered edition.