FilmDistrict (Insidious) has taken an equity stake in WER, a horror film that is directed by The Devil Inside helmer William Brent Bell that is expected to be one of the hot titles at Berlin later this week, says Deadline. Bell wrote the script with Matthew Peterman, with whom he scripted The Devil Inside, a sleeper low budget horror film which has grossed $53 million domestic for Paramount. As we continue to be the only site to exclusively break the plot, the found footage pic takes place in police station with the suspect turning into a werewolf. Shooting begins April 9. FilmDistrict could end up as the film's domestic distributor. WER will bring a filmmaking style similar to The Devil Inside, but apply it to a different horror mythology they are keeping under wraps. Steven Schneider, Matthew Peterman and Morris Paulson will produce. Bell, Peterman and Paulson partner in the production company Prototype.
The long awaited new Don Coscarelli movie John Dies at the End (review) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the Park City at Midnight category. In the adaptation from the director of Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep, "It's a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't." This film had a little help from Hollywood A-lister Paul Giamatti, who produced and plays a role in the film. He wanted to work with Coscarelli on Bubba Nosferatu, the aborted Bubba Ho-Tep sequel, so offered his services when Coscarelli read the David Wong book John Dies at the End.
With EFM in Berlin kicking off, there's all sorts of goodies for Kimble Rendall's shark thriller Bait 3D to sort through. qWith a rough sales trailer embedded below, you'll find two batch of behind-the-scenes images and stories accompanying them both here and here. "In a sleepy coastal resort community, shoppers at an underground supermarket find themselves terrorized by a crazed bandit when the unimaginable occurs A monstrous freak tsunami swallows the town. Now trapped inside a flooded supermarket with an armed maniac and rushing water threatening to entomb them all in a watery grave, the imprisoned band of survivors discover theyre not alone. The tsunami has brought some unwanted visitors from the depths. As the waters rise they must overcome not only the threat of drowning, but another threat, just as deadly and far more bloodthirsty Packs of hungry tiger sharks." Xavier Samuel, Julian McMahon, Sharni Vinson, Phoebe Tonkin, Martin Sacks, Alice Parkinson, Alexander Russell, Qi Yuwu, Adrian Pang, Lincoln Lewis, and Damien Garvey all star.
While they're looking for financing to finish up the project, the filmmakers behind Zombie Resurrection at least got the project shot. Above you'll find the trailer for the zombie flick described as a darkly humorous zombie flick set 15 months after the zombie apocalypse. "Zombie Resurrection isn't like other low-budget zombie movies. It has all the gore, screams and jumps you'd expect from a horror movie, but it has so much more besides... it expands the zombie mythos; it has a cast of eccentric characters that you really don't want to see end up getting eaten (with some note-perfect performances from a terrific cast); it's funny as hell in places, deeply scary in others; and it has the social commentary that makes Romero's zombie films so much better than all the rest." Written and directed by both Andy Phelps and Jake Hawkins, you'll find the super lengthy synopsis below.
Opening in extremely limited theaters April 6 is Joe Ciminera's indie sci-fi horror feature Purification. We've landed the trailer above, with more at the film's official website. "Bret Fitzpatrick (Joe Ciminera), a wealthy real estate investor located in New York, is caught between reality and the supernatural. There he crosses paths with people who are in a stationary place for the terrible things they have done in their lifetime. As Bret begins to wake up to the dark forces from his devastating past, he confronts members of the underworld and has 24 hours to redeem himself."
All the way from Bangkok comes Mae Nak 3D, Pichai Noirod and Chotipan Nitiwat's supernatural horror story starring Bongkot Kongmalai and Rangsiroj Panpeng. Check out the trailer below with more at the film's official website. Opening in foreign theaters February 23, "Nak, a heavily pregnant woman, dies with her stillborn child while her husband, Mak, is away at war. When Mak returns, he doesn't know that his family is dead and continues to live with Nak unaware that she is actually a ghost."
After filming the above short film "Infested Ship", filmmakers will be returning to the ship to film a full feature entitled Haunted Ship. The cast and crew will be living aboard the ship during the filmmaking. Being helmed by Jack Skyyler, Alex Zinzopoulos, & Joel Brook, the film is a psychological/supernatural horror film shooting aboard the U.S.S. Salem. The U.S.S. Salem is a 700 foot heavy gun cruiser. The ship is believed to be haunted and has been documented by Ghost Hunters and A&E's "Ghost Story." "The cast and crew of a reality TV show are sealed into the haunted ship, the U.S.S. Salem, from sunset to sunrise. They intend to film a Halloween special; but instead, they become victims of a supernatural predator who turns them against each other and begins to kill them off one by one. . ." Shooting begins this May.
It's a slow news day so here's a plug for Claus Reinhold's Danish short film 318, which we've also landed a pretty sweet one-sheet for. "In an old apartment building in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a middle-aged janitor one day discovers an empty storage room which houses a kind of evil that drives him farther and farther out." Even though it's a Danish film, it's in English and takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gert Rasmussen and Randall Rose star. Go behind-the-scenes on Facebook.
Lance Henriksen, Sean Elliot, Rose Sirna, and Jimmy Gonzalez will all star in Sean Elliot & Scooter Downey's It's In The Blood, a new indie that's now got a trailer and official website. "When a father and son become stranded in the wild, they must confront the horrors of their past to escape with their lives." The site writes: "'It's In the Blood' is a wholly unique cinematic movement. At its core a father-son story, the film is a deconstruction of the prototypical "creature feature", incorporating elements of mystical realism and psychological thriller. We call it a Psyche-Saga. Lance Henriksen stars in this nightmarish descent into the Wilderness, the very heart of darkness where more than your guilt can eat you alive."
After airing during the Super Bowl last night, we've now added a trio of "Big Game" TV Spots for Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D, which Columbia Pictures will release in a rash of negativity on February 17. "It has been several years since making a deal with the Devil and Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage), living in self-imposed isolation, finds himself as the only person who can help save 10-year-old Danny and ultimately the world thanks to his unwanted and uncontrollable power his ability to transform into the hell-on-wheels monster known as The Ghost Rider." While the reviews have been harsh, everything I've seen so far looks cool as hell.
Tomorrow, February 7th will see the 2-hour premiere event of ABC's "The River", a new series from Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli. With "The River"'s 8-episode season kicking off tomorrow, ABC has finally unveiled the full trailer teasing the supernatural series. "Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole (Greenwood) went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln (Anderson), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole's emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother, Tess (Hope), Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole's cagey ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne), film the mission documentary-style. The mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances includes the sexy and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford), loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa), and lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Kretschmann)."
This morning Filmax provided Bloody Disgusting with a brand new bloody look at Paco Plaza's [REC]3 Genesis, which will open in Spain on March 30. Click the image above for the entire image gallery! While the film will take the festival route over 2012, Sony Pictures once again owns home video rights, which once again means that won't be seeing this on Blu-ray (this news totally sucks considering [REC]3 is the first to break out of the found footage mold) -- although we will get it in HD on VOD (close, but no cigar). "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 "
The Pact (review) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, starring "Death Valley"'s Caity Lotz as a woman who returns to her family home after her mother's death and her sister's disappearance. Reluctant to even face the family history, Annie (Lotz) finds there are even more forces in the house than just her bad family memories. Bloody Disgusting stringer Fred Topel caught up with Lotz, along with the film's director, Nicholas McCarthy, to talk about the supernatural haunter that was acquired by IFC Films.
Deadline reports that multiple offers are on the table for Aftershock, an earthquake thriller scripted by Cabin Fever and Hostel's Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez & Guillermo Amoedo. The plot revolves around an insane asylum on an island, where the inmates escape during the quake. Several distributors are in talks, with the Weinstein Company and Relativity Media among them. The dealmaking will likely take place in Berlin. Its the next "Eli Roth Presents" film, and it marks the English-language debut from director Nicolas Lopez. His last two films, Que Pena Tu Vida and Que Pena Tu Boda, were the highest-grossing Chilean films of 2010 and 2011. Roth most recently produced The Last Exorcism, a microbudget film that grossed $70 million worldwide. Roth and Lopez wrote the story together, inspired by the latters experience when an earthquake devastated Chile in 2010. The film is four weeks into production in Chile. In his first big acting role since Inglourious Basterds, Roth plays the lead. Among the other cast is Selena Gomez, who was in Chile doing a concert and came over to do a cameo. Lopezs frequent collaborators Ariel Levy, Nicolas Martinez and Lorenza Izzo also star, along with Natasha Yarovenko, Andrea Osvart and Miguel Asensio.
Independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into a multi-year film and television production pact with ROOM 101, Inc. partners Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity 1, 2 & 3, Insidious, The Devil Inside) and Adi Shankar (The Grey). Under the terms of the deal, ROOM 101 will deliver on average two premium micro-budget genre titles annually to eOne. The projects will be high-concept and filmmaker-driven, and will encompass both acquisitions and original productions. eOne will finance, co-produce, and distribute globally, with the exception of the United States where distribution will be handled on a per-project basis. It is unknown how many of these will be genre based, but it's safe to assume there's a bunch of new horror on the way.
Bill Hinzman, the first zombie to lumber across the screen in George A. Romero's Night Of The Living Dead, has sadly passed away. Details are slim right now, but it's reported that he succumbed to cancer. Check back here for any updates. I never get really sentimental when people in the film world leave us, but I've met Bill numerous times over the last decade. He was a regular at the Spooky Empire horror convention in Orlando, FL and kicked off the annual zombie walk almost every year that I went. He was always a cool guy, hanging out at the pool with everyone as the festival started winding down for the evening, and I never saw him turn down a fan for a quick photo in the hallway, an autograph, or even an interview. He was in several early Romero films - he even DPed The Crazies - but his first scene in Night would set the precedent for the undead in one of the most well-known and highly regarded trilogies in horror history (I count Land as the start of a new one). RIP Bill Hinzman, THE FIRST ROMERO ZOMBIE.
A film lives many lives before it ever hits the screen. The script is usually revised multiple times before a single foot of film is exposed (or the digital equivalent thereof). Im not just talking about smaller stuff like dialogue polishes and the addition or deletion of scenes. Many times the core story is reworked in profound ways. Sometimes its downright shocking how different the final film can be from the initial drafts. In this new (semi-regular) feature for Bloody-Disgusting, Im going to take a look at some early drafts of scripts for horror films that you may have already seen and discuss the differences, whether they took a turn for the worse, better or just different. There are also a handful of scripts for sequels and remakes that never happened that are worth checking out - just to see what might have been. These arent script reviews, and only rarely will I be breaking the stories down on a beat-by-beat basis. Im just going to point out some cool, interesting and/or disastrous choices that happened along the way. Each installment will be different, and each installment will be fun. Ill also be including sample pages (when available)* so you dont have to take my word for it! *This applies only to older and previously released films that are already part of the culture. We're not in the business of leaking or sabotaging projects in development. First up is Joe Dantes Gremlins, written by Chris Columbus. Hit the jump to check it out!
Repo! The Genetic Opera obsessors dig on yet another character banner from Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich's The Devil's Carnival, which displays Emilie Autumn as the "Painted Doll." Also starring Bill Moseley, Slipknot's The Clown, Ivan Moody, Briana Evigan, J. Larose, Alexa Vega, Ogre, Paul Sorvino, Marc Senter, and Sean Patrick Flanery, The Devil's Carnival is a 45-minute experimental short about a carnival run by the devil. Watch the official website for more fun or to interact leading up to the short's completion.
I'm crazy excited for Paco Plaza's REC 3: Genesis, which is why there just isn't enough news to keep me satisfied. In fact, it's been a bit too quiet (I can only assume it's going to premiere at TIFF this coming September). So just to keep the title in the news, two new posters have begun internet circulation, one of which is 100% fan-made. The fan-designed version is a take on The Social Network one-sheet that exclaims, "You don't get a perfect wedding without killing a few zombies." Pure gold. The other is said to be a cell phone snap of a new teaser that adds a chainsaw to the madness. We have not confirmed its validity...It's just something pretty to look at. "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 "
We've just landed the first trailer for Alan Rowe Kelly & Anthony Sumner's horror anthology Gallery of Fear, which stars Jerry Murdock, Zoe Daelman Chlanda, Alan Rowe Kelly, Don Money,Terry M. West, Katherine O'Sullivan, Raine Brown, Benzy, Shane Kulman, Mike Lane, Robert Norman, Miguel Lopez, Jessie May Laumann, Tom Lanier & Debbie Rochon (wew!). From SouthPaw Pictures/TinyCore Pictures, the Gallery of Fear features 4 chilling tales of terror: "Critic's Choice," "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down," "Down the Drain," and "A Far Cry From Home."