Back in August 2012 we told you about a pitch being created to sell Dimension on a reboot of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, while also sharing some awesome concept art. Behind the art was Paul Gerrard (Wrath of the Titans, Battle: Los Angeles), and were created for a teaser trailer* directed by Mike Le Han (“Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room”).
That was sort of the last we heard, until today. Bloody reader Fabien M. tipped me off to this Facebook, which teases an October 31 launch for the promised “pitch trailer” for Hellraiser: Origins. Gerrard created some absolutely incredible artwork to build up the launch, which also counts down on an official website.
Here’s a description of the pitch for August 2012:
“In July Paul Gerrard and Mike Le Han produced a teaser trailer to accompany the pitch document which has many more conceptual designs that revision Hellraiser. Paul designed the new look for Pinhead and was production designer on the shoot and Le Han pulled in all of his film resources and directed the teaser on the new Alex 4:3 camera with anamorphic lenses.
With a crew of 47 an over 100 bloodied extras, the shoot was completed and is now in the depths of post production with a massive amount of VFX work being undertaken. Method Studios, Fugitive Studios and Flipbook Animation are helming the chi/VFX with the talented Glen Southern designing (CG build of) the new Hellraiser box.
When the teaser is complete they’ll be presenting it to Dimension Films along with an outline of the first film story and conceptual art pitch document with the hope to work on rebooting the Hell raiser franchise and bringing it into the 21st Century.”
*Important Note: It should be pointed out that as of this writing, this is known as a fan-made trailer behind assembled with the hopes of catching Dimension’s attention. It’s unclear to us if Dimension or the Weinstein brothers have actually requested this pitch, although we’re assuming the answer is “no”. Thus, there is nothing official about what is coming, other than the excitement of seeing a really cool fan-made pitch that will hopefully blow our collective minds… Pinhead deserves to be resurrected.
AMC has released a cute behind-the-scenes featurette for “The Walking Dead” in which series star Lauren Cohan shares Maggie’s secrets to maintaining her good looks in the apocalypse.
“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on Sunday, October 20th, at 9/8c with Episode 4.02, “Infected,” written by Angela Kang and directed by Guy Ferland:
In the episode, “the group faces a new enemy; Rick and the others fight to protect their hard-won livelihood.“
Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution’s Ghost Team One is now in select theaters, on VOD, and on Digital. Check out a new exclusive clip from the laughter that Bloody’s Patrick Cooper sorta enjoyed.
“Ghost Team One follows two friends who are both trying to impress a girl who believes the spirit of a vengeful madam is haunting their home. They set out to make a documentary about a murder that took place in their house decades ago and, much to their surprise, soon capture some terrifying—and uproarious—supernatural activity that leads them to believe that the ghost is not only real…she’s also into them.”
Ghost Team One is produced by Hernany Perla (My Bloody Valentine) and Adam Mutchler, directed by Ben Peyser (Sucks Less with Kevin Smith) and Scott Rutherford (writer on “Workaholics”), and stars actor and comedian Carlos Santos (host of MTV Tr3s’ “Mi TRL”), J.R. Villarreal (Akeelah and the Bee), Tony Cavalero (Son of a Pitch), and Fernanda Romero (RPM Miami). PHMD acquired the worldwide rights to the film in a deal that was brokered by Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films and Chris Sablan of Original Artists.
“When roommates Brad and Sergio accidentally arouse the dead, they team up with a sexy amateur ghost hunter, Fernanda, to expose the evil inside their home. But just as the guys start to get close to their hot new partner, they discover that a horny demon wants in on the action. Now, cameras are up and more than fear is rising in this outrageous romp where only one thing is certain: Someone is gonna get screwed.”
“American Horror Story: Coven” premiered last Wednesday, October 9 to record ratings, and rave reviews. With tonight’s episode gearing up for more black magic and witchcraft, FX shared a new featurette for episode 3.01, “Bitchcraft,” that will take you inside the coven to see how visual aesthetics in the premiere episode establish the world inside the latest “American Horror Story.”
Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Alexandra Breckenridge, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Jamie Brewer, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett, Patti Lupone, and Denis O’Hare all star.
Here’s what happened in episode 1:
“1834. New Orleans. The evil and perverse Madame LaLaurie, who bathes in the blood of others in an attempt to stay young, punishes a servant for having been seduced by her daughter Pauline by transforming him into a beast… not by magic, but by far more gruesome means.
Today. Orlando, Florida. Teenaged Zoe Benson, upon losing her virginity, learns in a terribly horrific way that she’s a witch. It runs in her family, who descended from the witches at Salem, but only manifests in some of her family, not all of it. None of the real witches at Salem were burned; they escaped suspicion and fled to New Orleans. Zoe is forcibly sent to a witches’ boarding school there, Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, never to see her mother again. There, after a terrifying ordeal, she meets her new classmates: spoiled brat teenage movie star Madison Montgomery, who can move objects with her mind; the feisty Queenie, a human voodoo doll, who can inflict her wounds on the person who gave them to her; and Nan, who has Down’s Syndrome… and is clairvoyant. Zoe also meets the Head Mistress, Cordelia Foxx, and mute, sullen butler Spalding. In its heyday, the school had over sixty students, but today witches are a dying breed. Zoe learns that most witches learn a few spells, but in each generation there is a “Supreme,” who embodies countless magical “gifts” – perhaps all of them. But Cordelia also warns Zoe that their kind are still under threat of being persecuted and burned alive… like young Misty Day, who terrified the folks at her church when she discovered she could raise the dead.
We next meet Fiona, a wealthy witch obsessed with eternal youth, and frustrated that her attempts to obtain it – both scientific and magical – continually end in failure. She is Cordelia’s mother, and they have a fraught history. While Cordelia wants to teach the girls to live peacefully, Fiona – who is the Supreme – wants to teach them to make the world fear them. Meanwhile, Madison takes Zoe to a frat party, where Zoe meets the sweet, grounded Kyle, but the other frat boys are not so kind – and will regret the horror they visit upon Madison. Later, Fiona takes the girls to visit the home of the legendary Madame LaLaurie, who, we learn, was killed by the Voodoo Queen as revenge for her murder of her lover… and Nan sees ominous portents of the future.”
Sludge rockers High On Fire have released a stream of their new track “Slave The Hive”, which appears on a limited edition 7-inch that will be sold on the band’s upcoming Scion A/V sponsored N. American tour with Kvelertak. It is the first new material from the band since 2012′s De Vermis Mysteriis. You can listen/download the track below.
High On Fire shot to the acclaim of many wesbites/publications with the release of De Vermis Mysteriis and the highly acclaimed video for “Fertile Green”, which was directed by BD favorite Phil Mucci. Watch the video below.
High On Fire with Kvelertak
November 10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
November 11 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
November 12 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
November 13 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
November 15 New York, NY Webster Hall
November 16 Boston, MA The Middle East
November 17 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
November 18 Toronto, ON Opera House
November 19 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom
November 20 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
November 22 Chicago, IL Metro
November 23 Sauget, IL Pop’s
November 25 Houston, TX House of Blues
November 26 Dallas, TX Tree’s
November 27 Austin, TX Mohawk Outside
November 29 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
November 30 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
December 2 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
December 4 Edmonton, MB Starlite Room
December 5 Calgary, AB Republik
December 7 Vancouver, BC Venue Vancouver
December 8 Seattle, WA El Corazon
December 9 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
December 11 San Francisco, CA Regency Center Grand Ballroom
December 12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Sony Pictures and MGM will release Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Carrie on Thursday, October 18th. In the film, Judy Greer plays Ms. Desjardin, the gym teacher torn between her sympathies for Carrie and keeping an even keel with the rest of the students. I spoke with Greer a few weeks ago about the challenges of the film, mean girls, and what it was like to shoot the infamous prom scene.
“Carrie tells the supernatural tale of a telekinetic teenage girl tormented by her peers. The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine, is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter, Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.”
Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Alex Russell, Ansel Elgort, Gabriella Wilde and Portia Doubleday also star.
Even as Amazon’s focus turns to its bevy of beefed-up e-readers, its fledgling publishing imprints are quietly releasing some of the better genre books around. In the wake of the excellent Wayward Pines series comes J. Lincoln Fenn’s Poe (October 22; 47North), winner of Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award …which is sort of liking winning a “Best Child” award from your own mother. But I digress.
In Fenn’s engaging debut, college drop-out Dmitri is a masterful obituary writer for his local rag in New Goshen, but he’s a man without a rudder, still grieving the loss of his parents in a horrendous car accident, and desperately craving a girlfriend. With a stroke of dumb luck involving ass polyps, Dmitri is assigned to cover a local séance at the mysterious Aspinwall mansion on Halloween, where he has a gag-inducing meet-cute with his dream girl, Lisa.
Suffice it to say, the séance goes horribly wrong: after falling through rotting floorboards into a forgotten well, Dmitri wakes up in a hospital after being clinically dead for two hours. Hailed as a miracle of medical science, Dmitri attempts to reintegrate back into his life and reconnect with his dream girl, but harrowing nightmares/visions––along with the arrival of a spleen-eating serial killer––have him questioning his own sanity.
The tinder-dry wit of Fenn’s first-person voice carries the story through some grievously uneven moments. While it remains a fun read, Poe is tonally all over the place. The narrative vibe drifts from paranormal mystery to coming-of-age novel to mental health expose, rendering Fenn’s debut completely unclassifiable. But its imaginative vision remains undeniable. Hitting the high notes of multiple genres, her talent is wicked raw and proudly untamed. This is Fenn’s first novel––I can’t wait to see what comes next.
The astounding Indonesian horror Macabre is finally upon us. You will meet the mother of all evil this November when the vicious and violent horror film arrives on home video after screening online for FREE!!
The movie that was too gory for theaters & VOD is making its way online for fans to enjoy for FREE! The Collective and Bloody-Disgusting.com are premiering Kimo Stamboel & Timo Tjahjanto’s blood-soaked feature Macabre on Friday, November 1st. Known as “The Mo Brothers”, the duo has been generating buzz in the world of horror with their upcoming movie Killers. In addition, their involvement with V/H/S/2’s “Safe Haven” segment has been making critics take notice and leaving their fans wanting to see their earlier work.
Macabre will premiere FREE on Bloody-Disgusting.com on November 1st as the latest installment of the “Bloody Disgusting Selects: Movie of the Month” series that launched earlier this summer.
Two new clips have been released, one which shows us just how evil mother is…
Macabre follows a group of friends whose act of kindness in helping a total stranger leads to a horrific night of terror. Originally released overseas as Darah, the Indonesian-language film was considered too bloody and violent for U.S. theatrical release. “We wanted to give fans a chance to see the movie. And with Bloody-Disgusting’s base of hard core horror fans, it seemed like the right fit to get this movie in front of an online audience for free,” says Gary Binkow, Partner at The Collective.
The Mo Brothers are bringing a fresh new twist to the genre, and we’re excited to be able to bring their earlier work to you guys. If you’re a fan of Inside, consider this a warning: Macabre is literally drenched in gore!
For hardcore horror fans, The Collective is also releasing a Limited Edition DVD of Macabre which will include a 12-minute “Making-of” bonus feature along with several Deleted Scenes. Street date for the DVD is November 5th, and it will be sold exclusively online through Amazon (to add to “Wish List”: click here).
“When a group of friends traveling through the countryside stops to help a young woman, they cannot imagine the nightmare this act of kindness will soon unleash. After accepting an invitation to dinner from Dara, the rescued woman’s mother, the night turns into a crimson-hell for the six friends. Trapped in an isolated home in the woods, the friends find themselves hunted down by Dara and her cult-like family of three deadly protégés—each born and raised to systematically eliminate unsuspecting passers-by for one nefarious reason.”
It was announced back in June that Freddie Stroma (Pitch Perfect, The Philosophers) will star in The Visitors, the indie feature written and to be directed by The Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters).
For sale at next month’s AFM, “The film centers around a group of college friends who travel to a secluded cabin in the woods for a weekend of partying. As the night is winding down, they notice something strange in the sky: A ball of fire descending through the air, crash landing in the nearby forest…”
Check out some sales art inside.
Based on the story by Stephen King, we now have three sales posters for Cell, which will be on display at next month’s American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA.
“When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.””
John Cusack is starring, with Paranormal Activity 2‘s Tod “Kip” Williams directing. The film is still in pre-production.
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations director Seth Grossman is currently in post on his newest feature, Inner Demons, starring Leslie Coutterand, Ashley Sutton and Susan Ateh, Bloody Disgusting learned. “The pic follows an ‘Intervention’-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. The movie is an inquiry into the truth about her – with symptoms that straddle the disturbing and scary intersection between insanity, addiction and true possession.”
Another off the radar project brought to our attention is Zombeavers, pictured, from Jordan Rubin, and starring Bill Burr, Rachel Melvin, and Rex Linn. “The pic is an action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. A weekend of sex and debauchery soon turns gruesome as the beavers close in on the kids. Riding the line between scary, sexy and funny, the kids are soon fighting for their lives in a desperate attempt to fend off the hoard of beavers that attack them in and around their cabin.“
Magnet Releasing has given AICN the official poster for Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s crazy creepy Here Comes the Devil (read our review), centering on a couple’s children who go missing in the caves of Tijuana, for limited theatrical on December 13.
Starring Francisco Barreiro and Laura Caro, “Barreiro and Caro are parents whose preteen son and daughter inexplicably reappear after being lost overnight on a desolate, cave-riddled mountainside after a casual hike became every parent’s nightmare.
The good luck and good fortune of their return soon changes, as the children’s behavior suggests ominous and unspeakable events the night the children were lost that continue even now. As a loving couple – and loving parents – try to care for and protect their children, the ancient and half-whispered legends around the caves and the mountain and those who have gone there before become too strange to believe … and too dangerous, no matter how insane, to ignore.”
Dark Sky Films produced the supernatural horror. Adrian Garcia Bogliano is currently in post on his werewolf movie, Late Phases.
After being on the sales block since 2010, Uncork’d Entertainment has picked up North American V.O.D., digital and home entertainment rights to horror drama Exit to Hell, previously known as Sickle, Heat Vision writes.
Horror staple Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet) stars as Sheriff Slade Sickle, a man described as having “an abiding appetite for justice,” according to the producers.
“The flick centers on a naive group of thugs that rob a Mafia-run strip club and head to the border, only to run into trouble in a wind-swept town named Redstone.”
The movie, which is also supposed to be a carnage-filled tribute to Grindhouse cinema, co-stars Tiffany Shepis (Nightmare Man, Dark Reel) and Rena Riffel (Showgirls, Mulholland Dr.).
It was written, directed and produced by Robert Conway and Funhouse Features’ David Friedman and Justin Anderson. Anthony Casanova exec produced.
Hell is expected to hit VOD in early November and then DVD in early 2014.
So much for the box office battle between Dracula and Frankenstein…
Twentieth Century Fox is shifting their Paul McGuigan-directed Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe and Jessica Brown Findlay, to January 6, 2015.
The film was to open in October, just two weeks after Universal’s Dracula Untold.
Directed by Mark Hartley, Patrick stars Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths and Sharni Vinson. Antony I. Ginnane produced.
Phase 4 Films will release the film theatrically and on demand in spring 2014.
“Patrick, based on the classic classic Australian 1978 horror film of the same name, centers on a former killer who is now a comatose patient in a small psychiatric clinic. When a pretty young nurse begins working with him, she senses that Patrick is communicating with her, and he seems to be using his powers to manipulate events in her life.”
Patrick made its U.S. debut at Fantastic Fest in September.
Horror legend Clive Barker and rising star Brandon Seifert continue their work on Hellraiser this week with “Hellraiser: The Dark Watch” #9. Elliott Spencer’s new role will finally be revealed as the war in Hell gets even hotter. Check out the exclusive preview below, courtesy of BOOM! Studios.
WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert
ART BY: Tom Garcia
COVER: Sami Makkonen
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE: October 16th, 2013
As the wars between Hells heat up, Elliott Spencer’s new role in the battle is revealed, while Tiffany tries to figure out where she fits in the new world order.
While Machete Kills didn't exactly light up the box office, its star, Danny Trejo, cannot possibly be shining any more bright. Just in time for AFM we have the sales art for his newest flick, A Voodoo Possession. Yeah, we'd expect an eventual title change.
Directed by Walter Boholst for Red Sea Media, A Voodoo Possession explores what happens “When a man must search for his missing brother in a Haitian insane asylum he discovers that all of the patients are possessed by an evil voodoo spirit hungry for sacrifices of blood.”
Haitian insane asylum? Yep! We are IN! More on this one soon!
This month, Titan Books is releasing “Great Showdowns: The Return”, a hardback collection from acclaimed artist Scott Campbell, chronicling some of the greatest confrontations in movie history. These pictures are adorable and epic at the same time. Titan hooked us up with a collection of Scott’s horror themed Showdowns including, The Shining, 28 Days Later, Hellraiser, and more for you to feats your eyes on.
They’re back! Following the bestselling first volume, here’s an all-new collection of artist Scott C’s strangely good- natured confrontations between his favorite movie characters.
Marty vs Biff. The Tramp vs a shoe. George Bailey vs his wonderful life, and hordes more… Scott Campbell’s inimitable Great Showdowns return, bigger, better and more sequel-er than ever, with even more charming confrontations between his favorite movie heroes, villains and, occasionally, inanimate objects.
Be it Leonidas vs the Persian Empire or Mookie vs the Right Thing, there’s always a good-natured struggle to be had. These memorable moments of melee deserve to be celebrated — again! Behold, the Return of The Great Showdowns Featuring a foreword by Edgar Wright.
Scott Campbell’s watercolor paintings can be found in magazines, comics, children’s books, video games, and galleries around the world. His projects include illustrations for the children’s books Zombie In Love and East Dragon, West Dragon, and art direction for the video games Psychonauts and Brutal Legendfrom Double Fine Productions.
With Maniac hitting home video, there's some great news breaking for collectors of VHS! That's right, kids! You can get one of the best damned movies of the year on VHS complete with stellar clamshell case and Mondo artwork! Dig it!
From the Press Release
A disturbed young man who gives the mannequins in his story some very lifelike touches is the monster at the center of the shocker of the year. Elijah Wood, in a role unlike any he has ever undertaken, stars in MANIAC, the new macabre masterpiece from the creator of the hit thrillers High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes. The film slashes its way onto Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Films on October 15, 2013. MANIAC will also be released as a highly sought after collectible edition VHS through MONDO VIDEO. A total of 500 copies of this limited edition will be available in a clamshell case with a randomly inserted purple cassette.
In this 21st century Jack the Ripper story set in present-day Los Angeles, Frank (Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings) leads a deceptively peaceful life. To the outside world, he's a withdrawn and somewhat eccentric owner of a mannequin store. But his quiet façade masks an inner rage that forces him to brutally kill and scalp the women who get too close to him.
When a young artist named Anna (Nora Arnezeder, Safe House) appears one day at Frank's shop and asks for his help with her new exhibition, Frank develops an obsession with her that threatens to completely destroy his already fragile psyche. Soon the streets become unsafe for any woman after dark as this newly awakened maniac begins to stalk and kill.
A remake of William Lustig and Joe Spinell's 1980 cult classic of the same name, MANIAC, was written by Aja Alexandre, the screenwriter of The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension and Mirrors. The film is an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.
“Ghosted” writer, Joshua Williamson, assembles a chillingly effective tale that’s thoroughly engrossing, and intelligently crafted; with intense and masterfully rendered illustrations from Goran Sudzuka, that easily rank amongst his finest in the series so far.
WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson
ART BY: Goran Sudzuka
PUBLISHER: Image Comics / Skybound Comics
RELEASE: October 9, 2013
The creative team behind “Ghosted” #4 produce a moody eeriness on paper that builds and sustains its narrative suspense, until its eagerly anticipated cliffhanger ending. Everything Williamson and Sudzuka present in this supernatural-horror crime series is undeniably significant to the overall storyline, and nothing in the script or art is seemingly left to chance. Thanks to a deft literary hand, a fantastic attention to detail, and some deliciously entertaining performances from an eclectic cast of characters — as scripted and illustrated by writer and artist — the latest installment proves to be another hit for Image Comics; and the best issue of the series thus far.
Back inside the secluded Trask Mansion, the story revolves around the paranormal experts’ latest plan to steal a ghost for Markus Schrecken’s supernatural artifacts collection. Like all good aspects of paranormal-horror, this plan deals with possession and exorcism; but unfortunately, it doesn’t work out as smoothly as the team expects. Though, expecting things to work out in your favour whilst conducting unethical business inside a haunted mansion, might be asking for a little too much. That said, if it wasn’t for the numerous unexpected, and disturbing, events consequently transpiring through Jackson and his team’s interference within the house of horrors, this series wouldn’t be half as exciting as it currently is.
Williamson orchestrates all his major plot developments wonderfully. He knows how to build up to the frightening scenes slowly and delicately, teasing the readers and making them anticipate the critical moments without getting detached from the story. Evidently, since issue #1, there have been recurring dialogical warnings, delivered by certain characters, to be out of the mansion by nightfall. It was only a matter of time before Williamson trapped our favourite characters inside. What’s brilliant about the end of this issue, as well as what readers can anticipate for the next, is the inevitable deterioration of the unit once faced with one of the most primal human fears: being confined in an isolated house. Considering it’s a haunted house with murderous ghosts and evil spirits, that makes it all the more terrifying.
The art by Sudzuka, with the help of colorist Miroslav Mrva, achieves a level of atmosphere both inviting, and foreboding. Illustrating mostly darkened interiors within the Trask Mansion, Sudzuka and Mrva create an environment of impending danger, layering on the shadows, and forgoing a lighter palette, as usual. The artist’s creepy interpretation of a character possessed by an evil spirit is perfect, and fits the horror genre well. His last three pages are of particular note as well. They show an abundance of fantastically drawn spirits, swooping and gliding through the walls and emerging from the ground in an eerily intimidating fashion. Nighttime at the Trask Mansion is going to be wickedly frightening now that horror has taken the front seat. The next installment can’t come soon enough.
Reviewed by – ShadowJayd