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February 27, 2009

Laurie Strode's Not Looking So Good! New HALLOWEEN 2 Pic!

Rob Zombie never officially acknowledged that Scout Taylor-Compton was reprising her role as Laurie Strode in his HALLOWEEN sequel H2 (now shooting in Georgia). He writes the following on his My Space blog:

"I never posted this since I figured everyone already knew this, but I was wrong. I've gotten tons of emails asking who's playing Laurie. Scout is back and she is tearing it up as Laurie. We've only worked for 4 days and she is battered and bruised, but she is hardcore and kicking ass.

Here is a new pic of Laurie Strode being rushed into Haddonfield General. Let's just say this is the best part of her stay. The worst is yet to come."




Rob Zombie returns to write and direct HALLOWEEN 2, which stars Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Sherri Moon Zombie, Daeg Faerch, Danielle Harris, Brea Grant, Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Daniel Roebuck, Dayton Callie, Richard Brake, Matt Bush, Howard Hesseman, Bill Fagerbakke, Ezra Buzzington, Jeff Daniel Phillips & Mark Christopher Lawrence. H2 hits theaters this August 28th!

You can check out the first image from set at our previous news post HERE! You can keep up to date on the production via Rob Zombie's My Space blog at: http://blogs.myspace.com/robzombie.


More updates when we hear 'em.

Check out his first extensive interview on HALLOWEEN 2, exclusively here on ICONS by clicking either image below:





And make sure to read what is arguably Rob Zombie's most extensive on-line interview about making the first HALLOWEEN by clicking the frame below!


AMERICA'S BAD KIDS EPISODE 2: LLOYD KAUFMAN OF TROMA!

It's another Friday which means the next episode of AMERICA'S BAD KIDS! In episode 2, Johnny Hotbody travels to Long Island City to meet the mayor of Tromaville and king of the movies the bad kids like, Lloyd Kaufman! Kaufman himself called this one of his "finest" chats ever. From THE TOXIC AVENGER to POULTRYGEIST, all grounds are covered in this TROMA-riffic interview! Watch it below!



Read a transcript of the COMPLETE interview by clicking the image below:



Make sure to come back next Friday for the next episode. If you can't wait, head on over to the official BAD KIDS website at: www.americasbadkids.com. You can also find more episodes at the official My Space page: www.myspace.com/americasbadkidstv.

WATCH AMERICA'S BAD KIDS EPISODE ONE: HYAENA GALLERY HERE!


VISIT: WWW.TROMA.COM!


Is Drew Barrymore Directing TWILIGHT Sequel ECLIPSE?!

With THE TWILIGHT SAGA 'NEW MOON' set to begin shooting next month, and a release date locked on ECLIPSE for June 30th, 2010, Summit Entertainment is apparently looking at potential director's to pick up where Chris Weitz leaves off. Could Drew Barrymore be that director? Entertainment Weekly is speculating that the actress turned director is one of the few on the short list to helm TWILIGHT's second sequel. Not too surprising since Barrymore just wrapped up her directorial debut Whip It! starring Ellen Page.



Here's Summit's synopsis for THE TWILIGHT SAGA - ECLIPSE: As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob—knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

The release date for NEW MOON is currently set for November 20th, 2009! Check out details for the TWILIGHT ULTIMATE EDITION BOXED SET out on May 5th right HERE!

Based on the hit novel series by Stephenie Meyer, TWILIGHT was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Edi Gathegi, Rachelle Lefevre, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Cam Cigandet, Kellan Lutz, Anna Kendrick and Taylor Lautner. Chris Weitz will direct the sequel NEW MOON.

FRIDAY THE 13TH Sequel Officially In The Works!

Jason always finds a way to come back! And considering the huge opening box office success of the new FRIDAY THE 13TH, it should come as no surprise that a sequel is already in the works. The Hollywood Reporter says that New Line and Platinum Dunes are moving forward on FRIDAY THE 13TH 2, a follow-up to the recently released reboot of the franchise.

Writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift who penned the latest FRIDAY, as well as FREDDY VS JASON are beginning work on the next installment's script. Unlike the first FRIDAY THE 13TH, the new film will not be borrowing elements from any of the franchise's previous entries, but instead go in a new direction stemming from the reboot.

The article also states, "Marcus Nispel, who directed the latest film, is a possible but unlikely candidate to helm the “Friday” follow-up; the director is believed to be fielding offers for movies across other genres." No word on if either Jared Padalecki and Amanda Righetti will be reprising their roles. (Let's hope Derek Mears will come back as Jason Voorhees!)

Since Platinum Dunes is currently prepping to begin shooting A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET on April 27th with Samuel Bayer directing, the new FRIDAY THE 13TH probably won't hit theaters until sometime in the 2nd half of 2010.



More when we hear it!

Be sure to check out our interview with the new Jason Voorhees, DEREK MEARS!




Danielle Harris, Sherri Moon Zombie & Daeg Faerch All Returning For HALLOWEEN 2!

A ICONS reader had asked me earlier today if Danielle Harris was reprising her role as Annie Brackett for Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN 2 (aka H2). While rumors claimed that her as well as several other cast members from the first film were returning, I wanted to wait for official confirmation before posting anything.

Now with filming underway, we got this press release earlier this evening, "We are excited to announce that we have recently begun production on H2 (ROB ZOMBIE’S HALLOWEEN 2), the follow-up to the 2007 hit film HALLOWEEN. H2 follows the adventures of Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor Compton) two years after her first vicious encounter with Michael Myers. Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Sherri Moon Zombie, Daeg Faerch and Danielle Harris will reprise their roles in the film. Joining the cast is Brea Grant of NBC’s acclaimed show HEROES."

The cast also includes Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Daniel Roebuck, Dayton Callie, Richard Brake, Matt Bush, Howard Hesseman, Bill Fagerbakke, Ezra Buzzington, Jeff Daniel Phillips & Mark Christopher Lawrence.

You can check out the first image from set at our previous news post HERE! You can keep up to date on the production via Rob Zombie's My Space blog at: http://blogs.myspace.com/robzombie.


More updates when we hear 'em.

Check out his first extensive interview on HALLOWEEN 2, exclusively here on ICONS by clicking either image below:





And make sure to read what is arguably Rob Zombie's most extensive on-line interview about making the first HALLOWEEN by clicking the frame below!



WHILE SHE WAS OUT On DVD April 28th!

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release WHILE SHE WAS OUT on DVD on April 28th! You can find the DVD cover below, along with the full press release.



How far will you go to survive? Most people never have to answer that question. But one suburban housewife will know all too well that self-preservation has no boundaries. On April 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment presents While She Was Out, the new thriller starring Oscar® winner Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile) and Emmy® nominee Lukas Haas (Witness, “Entourage”). While She Was Out was executive produced by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), produced by Don Murphy (Transformers, Natural Born Killers) and written/directed by Susan Montford (Shoot ‘Em Up). SRP is $27.97.

Basinger delivers a riveting performance as Della, a suburban housewife caught in a nightmare of violence as she is mercilessly stalked by a group of malicious thugs. Armed with only a toolbox and the will to survive, Della is engaged in a fight for her life and has to make it through the night or never see her children again. Haas plays the manipulative psychopath leading the gang on their murderous rampage.

Bonus features on the While She Was Out DVD include:

- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Susan Montford and Producer Don Murphy
- The Making of While She Was Out
- Theatrical trailer
- TV Spots

Click the below image to read a FRIGHT exclusive interview with writer/ director Susan Montford!


February 26, 2009

Another LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT Clip Courtesy Of My Space!

A 2nd clip from THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake has debuted on My Space this morning. (Over on their Trailer Park page!) It looks like this is the key moment where a little vengeance starts getting dished out against the film's villains! Watch it below!



Based on the original 1972 shocker from Wes Craven & Sean Cunningham, the update was directed by Dennis Iliadis from a script by Adam Alleca and stars Garret Dillahunt, Rhys Coiro, Sara Paxton, Martha MacIsaac, Riki Lindhome, Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter. THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT hits theaters on March 13th!

Check out the other clip from today's earlier post HERE! You can also check out 2 TV Spots at our previous news post HERE! And 2 more TV Spots over on the official film website HERE! See the full trailer HERE!

First Image From Rob Zombie's H2 aka HALLOWEEN 2!

Now 3 days into the shoot, Rob Zombie posted the first picture from the set of his HALLOWEEN sequel H2 (or HALLOWEEN 2). I'd imagine this image takes place moments after the finale of the first movie as lead actress Scout Taylor-Compton doesn't look like she's in good shape! Check it out below!



Zombie writes on his blog, "Well, we made it through the first three days. Everything is going great. This film is going to blow away my last trip to Haddonfield. Ultra gritty, ultra intense and very real. Here is a sneak peek of Laurie moments after being wheel in to the ER."

Malcolm McDowell is officially back on board to reprise the role of Dr. Sam Loomis. Other cast members include Brea Grant (who will play Laurie Strode's best friend Mya Rockwell), Daniel Roebuck (returning as Lou Martini, owner of the Rabbit In Red bar), Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Dayton Callie, Richard Brake, Matt Bush, Howard Hesseman, Bill Fagerbakke, Ezra Buzzington, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Mark Christopher Lawrence & Tyler Mane (reprising his role as Michael Myers).

More updates when we hear 'em.

Check out his first extensive interview on HALLOWEEN 2, exclusively here on ICONS by clicking either image below:





And make sure to read what is arguably Rob Zombie's most extensive on-line interview about making the first HALLOWEEN by clicking the frame below!


MONSTERPALOOZA Coming To Burbank This May!

Now here's a really cool event that we're definitely going to hit up! The Rubber Room Presents MONSTERPALOOZA, a 3 day event taking place at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel, dedicated to the art & FX of monsters!

The convention is taking place the weekend of May 29th-31st, 2009 and guests will include Verne Langdon (Don Post Studios), Jim Warren, Tom Woodruff Jr & Alec Gillis of Amalgamated Dynamics Inc., Greg Nicotero & Howard Berger from KNB FX, Basil Gogos, Sid Haig, Michael Rooker (a true gentleman, donated proceeds completely to charity), the Chiodo Brothers, Bernie Wrightson, William Malone and many, many more!

Below are more details for the show! As it gets closer, we'll be giving away tickets courtesy of Eliot Brodsky. If you're an aspiring FX artist, you can NOT miss this show!!!

More details at the official website HERE!


THE MARRIOTT BURBANK CONVENTION CENTER

                                     MAY 29 –31 2009

          

AN F/X DRIVEN CONVENTION  BRINGING F/X ARTISTS AND THE  CREATURES THEY CREATE TO THE FOREGROUND




SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS RELATED TO THE WORLD OF MONSTERS & SPECIAL F/X… ALL WEEKEND!!!!

 

KNB EFX- Award winning FX company ,Sin City, Grindhouse, Narnia, From Dusk till Dawn

ADI-Alien vs Predator, Race to Witch Mountain, X-Men Origins

CHIODO BROTHERS -Critters, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Gremlins

BERNIE WRIGHTSON- Legendary 2D artist

JORDU SCHELL –Creature designer for major motion pictures.

WILLIAM MALONE –Director -  Masters of Horror, House on Haunted Hill

SANDY COLLORA –Batman Dead End,Soon to be released Hunter Prey

BASIL GOGOS – versatile painter and cover artist for Famous Monsters of Filmland

JAMES WARREN –Warren Publications, Creepy and Eerie, Famous Monsters of Filmland

WILLIAM STOUT – Conceptual artist

LON CHANEY ENTERTAINMENT

DON POST JR. – Don Post Studios

VERNE LANGDON – Makeup Artist, music producer

many more

http://www.rubberroom101.com/monsterpalooza09/index2.html

 

A WALK-THROUGH MONSTER / CREATURE MUSEUM!

 

SPECIAL CELEBRITY GUESTS FROM THE GENRE

MICHAEL ROOKER- Henry-Portrait of a Serial Killer, Cliff Hanger , Slither

LESLIE EASTERBROOK -Rob Zombies Halloween ,Police Academy,Devils Rejects

WALTER PHELAN - Devils Rejects , From Dusk till Dawn

MARSHALL BELL -Starship Troopers, Total Recall

LOU WAGNER – Deep Space Nine, Star Trek , Planet of the Apes

TOM MORGA – Friday the 13th pt.5 , Halloween 4

LESLIE HOFFMAN –A Nightmare on Elm Street , Star Trek

JAMES DUVAL – Donnie Darko , Independence Day

CHRIS DURAND – Halloween H2O , Resident Evil 3

 

OVER 125 VENDERS SELLING COLLECTIBLES!

movie posters, publicity stills, DVD’s, toys ,magazines, original 2D and 3D art, model kits

TICKET INFORMATION

http://www.rubberroom101.com/monsterpalooza09/ticket.html

ENTRY FEE - $20 PER DAY

WEEKEND PASS -$50

SHOW TIMES

Friday May 29      5:00 PM –11:00PM

Saturday May 30  10:00 AM –6:00PM

Sunday May 31    11:00 AM –6:00PM

 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

The Marriot Burbank Hotel – 1800 736-9712 group code mona

http://www.rubberroom101.com/monsterpalooza09/hotel.html

Via internet- group code monmona

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/burap?groupCode=monmona&app=resvlink&fromDate=5/27/09&toDate=6/3/09

myspace -http://www.myspace.com/monsterpalooza

FOR SPECIAL PROMOTIONS CONTACT

ELIOT BRODSKY -therubberroom101@aol.com

 

First Clip From THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT; 2 New TV Spots!

AOL/Moviefone is hosting the first clip from THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake, which hits theaters on March 13th. Based on the original 1972 shocker from Wes Craven & Sean Cunningham, the update was directed by Dennis Iliadis from a script by Adam Alleca and stars Garret Dillahunt, Rhys Coiro, Sara Paxton, Martha MacIsaac, Riki Lindhome, Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter. Check out the new clip embedded below!



You can also check out 2 TV Spots at our previous news post HERE! And 2 more TV Spots over on the official film website HERE! See the full trailer HERE!




THE SEANCE In The Czech Republic?!

We love hearing about & supporting independent horror productions coming from the unlikeliest of places! Director Robin Kasparik got in touch and sent over the press release and a few images from THE SEANCE, a new horror film from the Czech Republic! The cast consists of famous Czech actors Klara Jandova, Zdenek Julina and Pavel Novy. Check out all the details after the images below!








Czech Republic, 22nd February 2009 – Exactly a week ago, the clapperboard of the new Czech horror movie the Séance, flapped for its last time. The movie narrates the story of three people, who are trying to find the fortune of a deceased baroness through a spiritualistic séance. But things will go a bit differently than they planned… The cast consists of famous Czech actors Klara Jandova, Zdenek Julina and Pavel Novy in his first movie role after two years of serious illness.

Film shooting at the 16th century palace lasted for ten days and was accompanied by a series of mysterious accidents. The director hired a consultant on magic and magical language, so every word you hear in the movie is by the book. That´s why everyone in the crew was alarmed when lighting fell or some of the props collapsed all by themselves during the ritual incantations.

Director Robin Kasparik himself is satisfied with the process of film shooting: “I succeeded in putting together a team of really wonderful people. They were as passionate about the Séance as I was. I really appreciate all the patience and enthusiasm they put into making this movie. The work atmosphere was great.”

The author of Séance, Robin Kasparik, is currently attending the Film Director Studies. He was interested in the horror movies since his childhood. His model directors are John Carpenter and Wes Craven, whom he desires to meet one day. He wants to continue his work in the horror genre field, movie Séance with hints of supernatural matters and black magic was just another step forward to his dream - job of a professional film director. “My dream is to present Séance at this year's US horror film festivals. There are not many film makers in the Czech Republic, who focus on horror genre, so I´m very excited by the opportunity to meet authors that are interested in the same genre as I am,” said Kasparik.

More info: Robin Kasparik
E-mail: info.film@seznam.cz

Creepy Images From [REC] 2!

After re-watching [REC] again twice this past week and seeing the recently released teaser trailer for [REC] 2 (see it HERE), I'm beyond excited and curious as to what filmmakers Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plazo have in store for us with the sequel.

Judging from the trailer, it looks like it picks up immediately after the events of the first film, with a group of police entering the quarantined building.

3 images from the recently wrapped sequel have popped up on the Aullidos website. Is that... little Jennifer in the first image? And Manu (Ferran Terraza) in the 2nd? Word is that lead actress Manuela Velasco IS returning as Angela Vidal (the character was portrayed by Jennifer Carpenter in the American remake QUARANTINE). Regardless, count us intrigued!







Check out the teaser trailer to [REC] 2 HERE! And read our first look of [REC] by clicking the image below:

February 25, 2009

New NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Starts Shooting April 27th!

Platinum Dunes new reboot of the NIGHTMARE franchise will start shooting on April 27th according to Production Weekly. The new film's plot is based strongly on the first A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movie, which introduced cinematic child-murderer Freddy Krueger to a whole generation of sleep deprived, terrified kids!

Based on Wes Craven's 1984 classic, the new film will be helmed by Samuel Bayer (director of music videos for NIRVANA, DAVID BOWIE, SMASHING PUMPKINS, GARBAGE, METALLICA & more) from a script by Wesley Strick (CAPE FEAR, ARACHNOPHOBIA). Brad Fuller, Andrew Form & Michael Bay will produce the redux.

Casting is currently underway, but no word yet on who will be wearing the infamous brown fedora or killer glove. (WATCHMEN's Rorschach Jackie Earle Haley is a strong fan favorite for Freddy Krueger) Sorry fellow fiends, but Robert Englund doesn't want to play the role anymore. However, the actor has expressed interest in appearing in the new film in a cameo. More when we hear it!



Rare Anthony Perkins Footage Uncovered For THE PSYCHO LEGACY Documentary!

Good news for PSYCHO fans! Icons Of Fright has been diligently working on an all-encompassing PSYCHO documentary )titled THE PSYCHO LEGACY) chronicling the making-of and influence of ALL the PSYCHO franchise films. Along the way, we've shot new interviews with PSYCHO II writer Tom Holland, PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING director Mick Garris, PSYCHO III's Jeff Fahey, Juliette Cummins, Katt Shea, Kurt Paul, Donovan Scott, Lee Garlington and many, many more.

Now, thanks to FRIGHT friend and PSYCHO collector Guy Thorpe, THE PSYCHO LEGACY doc will feature the one and only Norman Bates himself, Mister Anthony Perkins. We've uncovered some rare never-before-seen footage of Mister Perkins in one of his only convention appearances dating back to 1988. Over the course of the video's hour long duration, Perkins talks about working on all the PSYCHO films, as well as other movies from his career such as FRIENDLY PERSUASION, PRETTY POISON, WINTER KILLS, CRIMES OF PASSION and more! Portions of this panel WILL be incorporated into THE PSYCHO LEGACY documentary, which is currently wrapping up production and finalizing distribution.

Below are a few teaser screen grabs of Perkins!







More details on the official My Space page for the doc at: WWW.MYSPACE.COM/THEPSYCHOLEGACY

Also visit: WWW.THEPSYCHOMOVIES.COM

And be sure to check out the complete transcription of the now legendary PSYCHO reunion panel from last year's LA Fangoria Weekend Of Horror's convention by clicking the frame below!


George Romero's ... OF THE DEAD Behind-The-Scenes Video!

This probably won't last long on-line, so take a quick look at the video below before it's gone! It's a quick behind-the-scenes look at George Romero's new zombie flick, currently going under the working title of "... OF THE DEAD" (or "BLANK OF THE DEAD"). Fangoria cites a recent honorary panel from a festival in Charlotte, North Carolina as the potential origin point for this video. Regardless, let's just take a look at the video while we can!




More Casting On THE TWILIGHT SAGA'S NEW MOON!

Carrier Talent Management has announced that actor Bronson Pelletier has joined the cast in "a lead role" for NEW MOON, the sequel to TWILIGHT, (also going under the moniker of "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON"), although which role the young actor will be playing has yet to be revealed. The agency released the following statement about their client: “Congratulations to Bronson who scores a lead role in the highly anticipated ‘Twilight’ feature film sequel ‘New Moon’. It’s rumored he will be co-starring with Dakota Fanning.”

The release date for NEW MOON is currently set for November 20th, 2009 with shooting set to begin on March 23rd! (The third TWILIGHT film ECLIPSE is penciled into a June 30th, 2010 release date.) Check out details for the TWILIGHT ULTIMATE EDITION BOXED SET out on May 5th right HERE!

Based on the hit novel series by Stephenie Meyer, TWILIGHT was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Edi Gathegi, Rachelle Lefevre, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Cam Cigandet, Kellan Lutz, Anna Kendrick and Taylor Lautner. Chris Weitz will direct the sequel NEW MOON.


 

The CW's SUPERNATURAL Gets A 5th Season!

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that The CW has renewed 6 of their popular series including the hit show SUPERNATURAL, which will be moving on to it's 5th season. (Other renewed shows include SMALLVILLE's 9th season, GOSSIP GIRL and the new 90210) SUPERNATURAL tells the story of the Winchester brothers, Sam & Dean who began the series on a quest to vanquish nasty demons, monsters and other things that go bump in the night. The characters (and show) have taken on a life of it's own with the last 2 seasons & has gone in totally unpredictable directions. Both Winchester brothers kicked off the year by tackling some infamous "slashers" on the big screen - Jensen Ackles with MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D & Jared Padalecki going up against Jason Voorhees in FRIDAY THE 13TH. Here's to their 5th season on SUPERNATURAL, which kicks off in the fall!


Is SCREAM 4 Now Part Of A New SCREAM Trilogy?!

Consider this a rumor until proven otherwise, but Ropes Of Silicon is running a screen capture of an email document which outlines that writer/SCREAM creator Kevin Williamson has closed a deal with The Weinstein Company to pen SCREAM 4, 5 and 6. Yep, a new trilogy, which would confirm earlier reports that the 4th entry in the SCREAM franchise would introduce younger, newer characters, yet have cameos by SCREAM alumni like Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox. The same document also states that Williamson would write & direct a remake of Curtis Hanson's THE BEDROOM WINDOW.

Wes Craven revealed last week that he'd consider returning to do SCREAM 4, but only if the script & story were great.  Check out more comments from Craven HERE. And the original report about the new SCREAM trilogy HERE!


February 23, 2009

R.I.P. ROBERT "COUNT YORGA" QUARRY 1925-2009

We at ICONS are sad to report that Robert Quarry passed away on Friday February 20th, 2009. Most horror fans knew (and loved) Robert for his portrayal of Count Yorga in COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE & THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA, as well as his appearances in such genre fare as DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, SUGAR HILL, DEATHMASTER & MADHOUSE. If you recall, last year we put out a call to help Robert and at least we can take comfort that he knew how much the fans loved & supported him in the last year of his life. We'll be posting an interview Robert did with Tim Sullivan shortly in his SHOCK N ROLL column as a proper tribute. Rest In Peace, Robert Quarry...


GHOSTBUSTERS 3 To Shoot This Fall?!

Ain't It Cool is reporting that Dan Aykroyd was at the opening of Boston's HOUSE OF BLUES and was asked about the status of GHOSTBUSTERS 3. Here's a excerpt:

[Comment From Tom] Dan, I'm extremely excited for the HOB to be back in its birth-city!! I will be attending many shows. On a side note, and I'm sure you get these questions a lot, so I apologize in advance…Ghostbusters 3? I've heard that the writers of the Office are currently penning a script? How is this coming along, and should we look forward to this movie seeing the light of day? Thanks Dan!

Dan Aykroyd: Script is commenced early summer. Hope to be in production by late fall 2009


Wow. This might actually happen this time! You can read Bill Murray's comments on GHOSTBUSTERS 3 from our previous news post HERE!

The original GHOSTBUSTERS was directed by Ivan Reitman from a script by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, and starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts. The new GHOSTBUSTERS is currently being scripted by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.


2 TV Spots For THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT!

With the remake of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT hitting theaters in a few short weeks on March 13th, you can now check out 2 brand new TV spots for the film below! (Courtesy of Trailer Addict.)





Check out the full trailer for THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT at our previous news post HERE! And check out pictures and official website details HERE!


Based on the original 1972 shocker from Wes Craven & Sean Cunningham, the remake was directed by Dennis Iliadis (HARDCORE) from a script by Adam Alleca and stars Garret Dillahunt (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), Rhys Coiro, Sara Paxton (AQUAMARINE), Martha MacIsaac (SUPERBAD), Riki Lindhome, Tony Goldwyn (DEXTER) and Monica Potter (SAW).

THE GRUDGE 3 Pushed To May 12th DVD Release!

Originally set for a March 24th release date, THE GRUDGE 3 will now bow on DVD on May 12th. Directed by Toby Wilkins (SPLINTER) and written by Brad Keene (THE GRAVEDANCERS), THE GRUDGE 3 stars Shawnee Smith (SAW 1-3), Matthew Knight, Marina Sirtis, Beau Mirchoff, Johanna E. Braddy & Emi Ikehata. You can check out the DVD cover below!


February 22, 2009

Trailer For S. DARKO, The Sequel To DONNIE DARKO!

We figured that a lot of you out there would be interested to see this, if only out of morbid curiosity. The trailer for S. DARKO, the sequel to DONNIE DARKO is on-line over at the official website: http://www.sdarko.com.

The follow-up to Richard Kelly's original was directed by Chris Fisher from a script by Nathan Atkins and stars Daveigh Chase (reprising her role as Samantha Darko), Jackson Rathbone (TWILIGHT, DREAD), Briana Evigan (FEAR ITSELF: NEW YEAR'S DAY, SORORITY ROW), Elizabeth Berkley (SHOWGIRLS), Ed Westwick (CHILDREN OF MEN) and Matthew Davis (BELOW, BLOODRAYNE).

No release date is set yet, but S. DARKO is expected to have a direct to DVD release later this year. We'll keep you posted. The trailer have definitely got us intrigued.

Check it out for yourself below or at: http://www.sdarko.com

Click HQ in the right hand corner for High Quality version.






AMERICA'S BAD KIDS EPISODE 1: HYAENA GALLERY!

About a year ago, FRIGHT friend and occasional ICONS contributor John Torrani launched his own web-series titled "AMERICA'S BAD KIDS". In each episode, John travels across the country in search of the "baddest" kids out there involved in art, comics, movies, music and beyond. To celebrate his first year, we figured that for the next several weeks, every Friday we'd showcase one episode for all you faithful FRIGHT readers out there to check out!

So to kick things off, below you'll find AMERICA'S BAD KIDS EPISODE 1: HYAENA GALLERY! In the debut episode, Torrani hits up Hyaena Gallery in Burbank, California and chats with owner Bill Shafer about the odd & ecclectic artwork that you'd find at his unique shop. Check out the episode 1 below!



Make sure to come back next Friday for the next episode. If you can't wait, head on over to the official BAD KIDS website at: www.americasbadkids.com. You can also find more episodes at the official My Space page: www.myspace.com/americasbadkidstv.

Visit the HYAENA GALLERY website at: www.hyaenagallery.com or the HYAENA My Space page at: www.myspace.com/hyaenagallery 


February 21, 2009

Release Date For TWILIGHT Sequel 'ECLIPSE' Locked Down!

With the first TWILIGHT sequel NEW MOON set to start shooting next month, Summit Entertainment is already claiming stake on June 30th, 2010 as the release date for the 2nd follow-up ECLIPSE. The third TWILIGHT film will be the first to open in the normally busy summer season. No word yet on who will helm the 2nd sequel. MTV just debuted the teaser logo for NEW MOON, which you can see in our previous news post HERE!

Here's Summit's synopsis for THE TWILIGHT SAGA - ECLIPSE: As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob—knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

The release date for NEW MOON is currently set for November 20th, 2009! Check out details for the TWILIGHT ULTIMATE EDITION BOXED SET out on May 5th right HERE!

Based on the hit novel series by Stephenie Meyer, TWILIGHT was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Edi Gathegi, Rachelle Lefevre, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Cam Cigandet, Kellan Lutz, Anna Kendrick and Taylor Lautner. Chris Weitz will direct the sequel NEW MOON.

February 20, 2009

THE CRAZIES Teaser Poster; More Casting!

Below you can check out the first teaser poster from Overture Films remake of THE CRAZIES! Based on the 1973 film by George A. Romero, the update stars Timothy Olyphant (HBO's DEADWOOD, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, DREAMCATCHER) and Radha Mitchell (PITCH BLACK, SILENT HILL, ROGUE). Shock Till You Drop is reporting that Joe Reegan (JEEPERS CREEPERS 2, VACANCY 2: THE FINAL CUT) has also just joined the cast.

The story revolves around the inhabitants of a small Kansas town who are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply. Olyphant is playing the town's sheriff. Scott Kosar and Ray Wright wrote the screenplay. Breck Eisner is directing with a proposed September 25th, 2009 release date set. More when we hear it!


The TWILIGHT Saga's 'NEW MOON' Teaser Logo!

MTV's unveiled the teaser logo for the upcoming TWILIGHT sequel 'NEW MOON', now being titled "THE TWILIGHT SAGA NEW MOON". Not too fancy but here it is below!



The release date for NEW MOON is currently set for November 20th, 2009! Check out details for the TWILIGHT ULTIMATE EDITION BOXED SET out on May 5th right HERE!

Based on the hit novel series by Stephenie Meyer, TWILIGHT was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Edi Gathegi, Rachelle Lefevre, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Cam Cigandet, Kellan Lutz, Anna Kendrick and Taylor Lautner. Chris Weitz will direct the sequel NEW MOON.

MARTYRS DVD Details!

The much talked about and eagerly anticipated MARTYERS will be hitting DVD April 28th, 2009 courtesy of The Weinstein Company and Genius Products. Written and directed by Pascal Laugier (who will next be tackling the HELLRAISER remake), the disc will come packaged in a two-level  sleeve. (Cover pictured below, see the whole thing on FANGORIA's site HERE!)



MARTYRS stars Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana Alaoui & Mike Chute. Fangoria also got the specs, which are listed below!

- 55-minute behind-the-scenes documentary called Chroniques Organic: The Making of MARTYRS
- Trailer
- Teaser

The title says it all: TOKYO ZOMBIE! Coming to DVD April 7th from Anchor Bay!

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE FAR-OUT, FAR EAST FREAKOUT ... TOKYO ZOMBIE RISING FROM THE DEAD ONTO DVD THIS APRIL!


In the outrageous tradition of Shaun of the Dead, Dumb and Dumber and Pineapple Express comes the horror comedy sensation Tokyo Zombie. Having taken its native Japan by storm, Tokyo Zombie is now poised to rock America, when Anchor Bay Entertainment and Manga Entertainment unleash it on DVD on April 7, 2009.

The film was written and directed by Sakichi Sato, who wrote Takashi Miike’s controversial, award-winning Ichi the Killer, and many observers have compared this film to Miike’s ground-breaking work in the horror genre.

Tadanobu Asano (the Academy-Award® nominated Mongol) and Show Aikawa (Zebraman, Specter, winner of the Japanese Professional Film Award) portray a pair of full-time slackers and wannabe jujitsu champions who bring the murdered body of their sleazy boss to Tokyo’s infamous toxic waste dump known as “Black Fuji.”

But when an army of the undead rises from the foul, festering trash heap, our “heroes” must battle a non-stop barrage of hasty decapitations, perverted teachers, tasty snack foods (!), stormy romance and zombie professional wrestling. Yes, the fate of humanity hinges on these two dimwit misfits – one dumber than the other!

Based on the popular manga comic by Yusaku Hanakuma, critics and audiences alike have hailed Tokyo Zombie as a sure-fire cult favorite. “Insanely hilarious! Tokyo Zombie could be one of the greatest Jujitsu/Zombie apocalypse movies in the history of cinema!” raves The Film Fiend.

“I can’t imagine many of you will come away disappointed by the ongoing wacky hijinks during an undead apocalypse, and the sheer strangeness of the characters and the story itself is bound to please fans of (Takashi) Miike and his regulars … if it hasn’t already lured you in,” said Mark Schilling of The Japan Times. Perhaps Horror.com put it best: “Tokyo Zombie – with a name like that, how can you go wrong?”

The DVD release of Tokyo Zombie features a frightfully funny collection of special features, including the documentary Making of the Dead, actors’ interviews, an exclusive Q & A session with cast and crew, an actor’s in-store appearance, teasers and trailers.

SWEATSHOP: HIDE AND SHRIEK Tie-In Comic Book Coming!

From the official SWEATSHOP My Space page: Sweatshop: Hide and Shriek is a seven-page comic book tie-in to the upcoming horror film Sweatshop. Its story was penned by the film's scribes, Stacy Davidson and Ted Geoghegan, with illustration and color by acclaimed artist Thomas Mason.

Hide and Shriek will initially be available exclusively to critics and distributors, and then appear on the conventions and film fest circuit. For those of you who don't fit into any of those categories, never fear: the comic will be included in its entirety on the Sweatshop's eventual DVD/Blu-Ray release.

Hide and Shriek follows the exploits of Brandi (ViVi Sterling), Ghost (Fernando Phagabeefy), and The Beast (Jeremy Sumrall); revealing what unexpected horrors occur to them only moments before the film opens.

Hide and Shriek's Thomas Mason has previously worked on Wolverine, Wetworks, and Freddy vs Jason vs Ash, among others. He recently completed work on the graphic novel Legendary.

Sweatshop: Hide and Shriek
contains adult language, graphic violence, and nudity. It will not be available to readers under the age of 18 without the consent of a parent or guardian.


Wes Craven Talks SCREAM 4, LAST HOUSE, SHOCKER, PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS Remakes & HILLS 3!

Last night, Shock Till You Drop's Ryan Rotten moderated a special Q & A panel following a screening of the new LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake with producer Wes Craven, actors Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter & Sara Paxton. Prior to the on stage chat, Shock got the update on all of Wes Craven's projects currently in development.

As far as SCREAM 4 goes - Craven confirmed that Dimension Films is talking about it and that original scribe/ SCREAM creator Kevin Williamson has an idea that he's currently hashing out. Craven won't commit until he sees the finished script, which will have to be really, really strong to convince him to direct a 4th film.

Universal currently is prepping remakes of both THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS and SHOCKER. No word on which will come first (although I believe Craven previously expressed interest in revisiting PEOPLE next), but both are actively being developed by the studio. THE HILLS HAVE EYES 3 is not in the works for anytime in the near future.

Craven is currently finishing up editing on his next film 25/8, which stars Max Thierot, Denzel Whitaker, Shareeka Epps, Emily Meade, Nick Lashaway, John Magaro, Paulina Olszynski, Raul Esparza, Zena Grey, Trevor St. John, Alexandra Wilson, Jeremy Chu & Frank Grillo and is due out later this year. (See a pair of pictures right HERE!)

Meanwhile, you can check out the complete transcript from last night's excellent THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT panel exclusively on SHOCK right HERE!

Check out the trailer for the update at our previous news post HERE! And check out pictures and official website details HERE!


February 18, 2009

Cast Announced For Adam Green's FROZEN!

Shooting begins next week in Utah for Adam Green's latest film FROZEN and The Hollywood Reporter has announced that 'TRANSAMERICA'S' Kevin Zegers will topline the cast. Green wrote into Bloody-Disgusting to also announce Shawn Ashmore (X-MEN's Iceman) and Emma Bell as members of the cast and drop the first details on the shoot. Check out his letter after the pictures below!

Kevin Zegers:


Emma Bell:


Shawn Ashmore:


Adam Green writes into Bloody-Disgusting:

"FROZEN begins shooting at Snowbasin Mountain in Utah on Monday morning. I've cast Kevin Zegers (Transamerica, Dawn of the Dead), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, The Ruins) and Emma Bell (Bedford Diaries) as my leads. Horror fans will be pleased to know that Kane Hodder will be returning as my stunt coordinator as well as many of my key crew members from HATCHET and SPIRAL, as I like to keep the family together whenever possible.

Filming is going to be one of the greatest physical challenges any of us have ever faced. The story revolves around three skiers who find themselves stranded on a chairlift at a New England ski resort that is closed during the week. Where I grew up (in the Boston area) we had these "not so great" ski mountains that were only open Friday through Sunday, and often times my friends and I would bribe the lift operator with some cash in order to avoid the hefty lift-ticket prices as it was the only way we could afford to ski back then. While freezing my ass off up in Canada last Spring shooting GRACE, I started thinking back to those days and I found myself researching various ski mountain mishaps and accidents that have happened in real life. Inspiration hit, and (as you'll see on the Behind The Scenes of GRACE when it hits DVD after it's theatrical run later this year) I tucked myself away in a corner of the set and began writing. While I already am contractually committed to other projects (including my comedy GOD ONLY KNOWS, the animated AQUAMAN movie I am writing for D.C., and a pilot I am writing for Nickelodeon that Jack Black is producing), with the strikes pushing things around, a window opened to fast track FROZEN and Peter Block (A Bigger Boat) stepped in to produce the film with my company ArieScope Pictures. It was probably the fastest turn around I've ever experienced from conception to production... and here we are, at 10,000 feet in the dead of winter on the side of a mountain.

Crewing up has been tough as during interviews, many potential candidates would actually stop the meeting and admit right there that they just couldn't handle it and bow out. I'm shooting this ENTIRE film practically. As you know, I'm not a fan of bad CGI or phony looking green screen, and since this story's terror lies in the real life elements, I decided that shooting it for REAL was the only way to do it right. Today we had our technical scout in a full-on blizzard where my crew had three feet of snow dropped on them as they worked. I actually found myself in spots where the snow came up to my chest as I tried to lead the way. The nights on the mountaintop will hit well below zero (some nights are as low as -30) and my brave cast will literally be suspended 50 feet in the air and facing the elements for a good portion of the film. Stunt wise we're looking at ridiculous high falls and climbs, and my three main actors are going to find themselves emotionally pushed past their limits. It's going to be a brutal shoot and we're all braced for the worst as so much of what happens (weather-wise) will be out of our control. All week long my production designer and his crew have been dragging 1-ton cranes and 40-foot tall pine trees up the side of the mountain in blizzard conditions... and we're just getting started. To say I'm fucking cold would be a vast understatement.

Still, I have my family with me. These are the guys I've been with since I got my start- some of which I've been shooting with over 11 years now. And though I've heard myself referred to as "Ahab" and "Quint" already by the locals in the production office... I know that even if everyone dies or quits, my main crew will stay there with me until we conquer this mountain. Literally.

Attached is a picture from one of our pre-production scouts that sorta says it all. Also, starting next week, if fans want to log on to the Snowbasin website, they can actually WATCH us shoot the movie from Snowbasin's live web cams. You won't be able to see too much detail- but you will be able to check in from time to time and see what we're up to... live.

I look forward to giving the fans something riveting, compelling, emotionally challenging, and most of all... something REAL to be scared by. Anyone who has ever skied or snowboarded knows the fear that races through your chest when the rickety chair stops over an impossibly high spot.

Will it start again?

I don't know. Will it?"

-Green
"


First Word On Robert Rodriguez's NERVERACKERS!

Variety reports that Robert Rodriguez is set to reteam with Dimension for his next film, the futuristic thriller "NERVERACKERS." The multihyphenate will write and direct the pic, which already has a release date of April 16, 2010.

Set in 2085, the story centers on a character named Joe Tezca who is part of an elite unit dispatched to quell a crime wave in a theoretically perfect future society.
Most of Rodriguez's filmography has borne the Dimension label, including "Sin City," the "Planet Terror" half of "Grindhouse" and the "Spy Kids" franchise, which grossed $310 million domestically. Dimension topper and Weinstein Co. co-chief Bob Weinstein noted his ties with Rodriguez date back to the 1996 release of "From Dusk Till Dawn."

Original post HERE!


UPDATED! OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE BELOW!

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ TO DIRECT AND WRITE NERVERACKER FOR DIMENSION FILMS
Sci-Fi Action Feature to Be Released in 2010

NEW YORK (February 18, 2009) Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Spy Kids) is back in business with Dimension Films. Rodriguez’s next project will be the futuristic action thriller Nerveracker, which he is writing and directing.  The announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.
 
Nerveracker is set in the year 2085 and centers on the character Joe Tezca, part of an elite unit who is sent in to stop a crime wave amongst a perfect futuristic society. In the process, he discovers that “Nerverackers” are on a rampage for control of the city. Tezca consequently sets forth on a mission to reveal the cover up by the ruling class and stop the “Nerverackers” before time runs out. Nerveracker is set for an April 16, 2010 release.
 
Bob Weinstein stated: “My relationship with Robert started over fourteen years ago with From Dusk Till Dawn, and since then we’ve worked on a dozen films together.  Robert has been an integral part of Dimension’s growth and success and I’m looking forward to being back in business with him on Nerveracker.  With movies like Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids, and Sin City, Robert’s vision is always one step ahead and I think that is what  Nerveracker will be.”
 
“This is one of those projects that we dreamed about making for years, and now the timing is right to finally do it,” stated Robert Rodriguez. “Bob has always been encouraging and shown genuine excitement for my ideas. That gets me pumped to make them realities.”


Bob and Harvey Weinstein have previously released several of Rodriguez’s films through Dimension and Miramax, including Grindhouse, Sin City, the Spy Kids franchise, Four Rooms, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Faculty, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl.

Creepy New Poster For THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT!

One trailer that caught me completely by surprise was the very impressive preview to THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, which... looks like a genuinely creepy & scary movie! Starring Virginia Madsen and Kyle Gallner (who's done great appearances in THE SHIELD & SMALLVILLE), the new ghost flick opens in theaters on March 27th. Check out the new theatrical one-sheet poster below, along with full cast credits & the official movie synopsis!



Directed by Peter Cornwell from a script by Adam Simon & Tim Metcalfe, THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT stars Virginia Madsen, Elias Koteas, Martin Donovan & Kyle Gallner.

Synopsis:

Based on a chilling true story, Lionsgate's THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT charts one family's terrifying, real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover.

Now unspeakable terror awaits, when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the powerful dark forces of the supernatural, returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family.

The Official [REC] 2 Teaser Trailer!

With QUARANTINE out this week on DVD, it's good to see that the teaser trailer for the proper sequel to the original Spanish film [REC] (the basis of QUARANTINE) is official live and on-line! Judging from this clip, [REC] 2 (once again written & directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plazo) looks like it picks up immediately where the first one ended. Check out the trailer for [REC] 2 below!



And read our first look of [REC] by clicking the image below:


Jesse Dayton To Rock Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN 2!

Admittedly, I'm a bit late on this one, but a few days back Rob Zombie announced via his My Space blog that Jess Dayton will be in his upcoming sequel H2 (aka HALLOWEEN 2). "Jesse Dayton will appear in H2 as Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures -- a local Haddonfiled shit-kicker group," says Zombie. "Jesse has recorded an entire album of tunes as Captain Clegg and they fucking rock. As you may remember Jesse was the man behind the sound of BANJO AND SULLIVAN from The Devil's Rejects." Check out a quick video clip over at Zombie's blog HERE.

Shooting begins in Georgia at the end of this month with Rob Zombie returning to write and direct. Malcolm McDowell returns as Dr. Sam Loomis and is joined by Brea Grant (HEROES), Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Daniel Roebuck, Dayton Callie, Richard Brake, Matt Bush, Howard Hesseman, Bill Fagerbakke, Ezra Buzzington, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Mark Christopher Lawrence & Tyler Mane (reprising his role as Michael Myers). Scout Taylor Compton & Danielle Harris are also expected to return.

More updates when we hear 'em.



Check out his first extensive interview on HALLOWEEN 2, exclusively here on ICONS by clicking either image below:





And make sure to read what is arguably Rob Zombie's most extensive on-line interview about making the first HALLOWEEN by clicking the frame below!


STARS REUNITE FOR 30th ANNIVERSARY LOS ANGELES SCREENING OF ARTHUR HILLER'S 1979 THRILLER "NIGHTWING"!

Filmgoers will have the rare opportunity to see Arthur Hiller’s 1979 thriller “Nightwing,” which has never been available on DVD in any region, at a special 30th anniversary screening, taking place at midnight on Friday, February 27th, at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

Stars Nick Mancuso (“Heartbreakers”) and Stephen Macht (“The Monster Squad”) will reunite for the screening, with additional stars and filmmakers to be announced shortly. Fans can expect a brief introduction, post-show Q&A, and the rare opportunity to personally meet and have mementos signed.

Nightwing” was released theatrically on June 22, 1979, but found its largest and most appreciative audience in the 80s via the newly-created HBO. Based on the best seller by acclaimed novelist Martin Cruz Smith, the film also starred David Warner (“Time After Time”) and Kathryn Harrold (“Chicago Hope”). Three-time Academy Award winner Henry Mancini composed the haunting score and the evocative cinematography was by Charles Rosher Jr. (Altman’s “3 Women”).

In Northern Arizona’s Painted Desert, a colony of plague-carrying vampire bats settles in a sacred tribal canyon and begins fatally draining the blood from horses, sheep, and missionaries. Combating the vampires are tribal deputy Youngman Duran (Mancuso), tribal chairman Walker Chee (Macht), and bat-killing biologist Phillip Payne (Warner).

WHAT: NIGHTWING screening with stars Nick Mancuso and Stephen Macht in-person.

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2009 at 12 midnight (one show only)

WHERE: Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, just west of the 405 Freeway, West Los Angeles, (310) 281-8223

TICKETS: $10.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and children; tickets are available at the theatre box office and online at http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets/

MEDIA CONTACT: For more information please contact Steve Indig, Senior Regional Publicist, Landmark Theatres ph: 415.352.0832 x2 email: SteveI@LandmarkTheatres.com



Haunted Dimensions THE BATES (PSYCHO) HOUSE Paper Model Kit!

Now this is pretty cool, especially for all you model makers out there! Haunted Dimensions is now offering a paper model kit of "The Bates House", aka the infamous PSYCHO house! Created by Ray Keim and based upon the house that appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's landmark film PSYCHO (as well as it's 3 sequels), the model kit is available via the Haunted Dimensions website right HERE! Check out a pic below and more details at the official website!

February 17, 2009

CONTEST! Win THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN DVD Signed by CLIVE BARKER! And A Poster!

Icons of Fright and FearNet are teaming to celebrate the release of of Clive Barker's THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN DVD, out today on DVD and Blu-Ray, by giving you the opportunity to win a copy of the DVD, autographed by master of the genre Clive Barker, and a MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN poster!


To enter the contest just send your name & address 2/28/09 to: meattrain@iconsoffright.com. (Be sure to include a shipping address!)

 

While you're waiting to find out if you're a winner be sure to check out an EXCLUSIVE clip from the movie over at FearNet., and enter their exclusive $5,000 Friday the 13th Sweepstakes!

THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN was directed by Ryuhei Kitamura (VERSUS) and stars Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones, Leslie Bibb, Roger Bart and Brooke Shields. THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN is out today on both DVD and Blu-Ray!

 

 

 

 

February 15, 2009

Loomis Back For HALLOWEEN 2!

After much speculation (including a post on Ain't It Cool last week), Malcolm McDowell is officially back on board to reprise the role of Dr. Sam Loomis for Rob Zombie's H2 (aka HALLOWEEN 2). Zombie made the announcement himself via his My Space blog HERE!

Also of note is the addition of Bill Moseley and Caroline Williams to the cast. Moseley appeared in Zombie's previous films HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, and also had a bit part in the theatrical cut of HALLOWEEN. He's back here playing another character, but what's cool is this is the first time since THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 that he'll be on screen with the lovely Caroline Williams! "Bill returns as Uncle Seymour Coffins a local Haddonfield horror host and Caroline plays Dr. Maple the head doc at Haddonfield General," says Zombie.

HEROES own Brea Grant will play Laurie Strode's best friend Mya Rockwell. And Daniel Roebuck returns as Lou Martini, owner of the Rabbit In Red bar. Other new cast members include Dayton Callie, Richard Brake, Matt Bush, Howard Hesseman, Bill Fagerbakke, Ezra Buzzington, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Mark Christopher Lawrence & Tyler Mane (reprising his role as Michael Myers). Scout Taylor Compton & Danielle Harris are expected to return.

More updates when we hear 'em.

Check out his first extensive interview on HALLOWEEN 2, exclusively here on ICONS by clicking either image below:





And make sure to read what is arguably Rob Zombie's most extensive on-line interview about making the first HALLOWEEN by clicking the frame below!


ZONE OF THE DEAD Trailer!

The trailer to the action/thriller/zombie pic ZONE OF THE DEAD has made it's debut on You Tube. The flick stars Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD) and Kristina Klebe (HALLOWEEN) as Interpol agents Mortimer Reyes and Mina Milius who are supervising a prisoner transport. In route, they encounter an ecological disater which raises the hordes of the dead! Check out the first look at the film via the trailer embedded below!



ZONA MRTVIH (ZONE OF THE DEAD) is the first Serbian zombie movie, directed by Milan Todorović and Milan Konjević.

Check out the latest theatrical poster at our previous news post HERE and the international poster HERE!

The movie stars genre vet Ken Foree (George Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD) and Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN), as well as Emilio Roso, Miodrag Miki Krstović, Vukota Brajović, Ariadna Cabrol, Steve Agnew, Iskra Brajović, Marko Janjić, Nenad Ćirić, Bojan Dimitrijević, Živko Grubor, Eugeni Roig, Maria Kawecka.

February 12, 2009

Director Found For The New A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET!

The word is out! And Freddy Krueger is coming back! The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Business blog has broken the scoop that Samuel Bayer has been brought on board to direct the upcoming relaunch of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET for Platinum Dunes. (Bayer directed one of my all-time favorite music videos for Nirvana with "Smells Like Teen Spirit". He's also directed videos for David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, The Offspring, Metallica and more. Look at his videos for "The Heart's Filthy Lesson" by David Bowie & it's obvious he can handle this reboot's "nightmare-esque" sequences.)

Brad Fuller, Andrew Form & Michael Bay will produce the redux, which we imagine won't be far off from this weekend's FRIDAY THE 13TH. Bayer will direct from a script written by Wesley Strick (CAPE FEAR, ARACHNOPHOBIA).

The article continues, "Unlike other reboots of classic horror franchises, which synthesize plotlines from several films, this one, insiders said, will feature a strong element of the first picture, in which Krueger famously began haunting teenagers' dreams, attacking them violently in their subconscious in ways that resulted in their real-life deaths."

Shooting is expected to begin this April. Click HERE for the full article. More, including casting as soon as we hear it!




DIMENSION FILMS DEVELOPS AN UNTITLED TEEN SOCIAL NETWORKING THRILLER!

DIMENSION FILMS DEVELOPS AN UNTITLED TEEN SOCIAL NETWORKING THRILLER

T.S. Faull to Write the Screenplay

NEW YORK, NY (February 11, 2009) - Dimension Films is developing an untitled thriller based on an original idea from actress Sara Rue (“Less Than Perfect”) and producing partner Robert Green (“Spaced”). Rue and Green will produce and T.S. Faull (“Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story”) will write the script. The announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC).

While the specifics of the storyline are being kept under close wraps, the story is a high school thriller in the vein of Ten Little Indians that involves a teen social networking site.

“Online social networking is a widespread phenomenon that interests me greatly,” said Weinstein. “Combining it with a suspense thriller is a new and fresh way to explore this new trend.”

“Sara and I are elated to be launching our new company with this project,”’ said Green. “We are even more thrilled to be working with a company that understands the teen horror/thriller genre better than any other. Their passion and track record made getting into business with them a no brainer.”

"Social networking is alluring but one always takes a risk when engaging on these sites," said Faull. "Online identities can be deceptive and the script will center on a social networking situation with truly dangerous consequences. I look forward to working with Dimension and the producers on bringing this story and its teen characters to life on the big screen."

Rue is represented by APA, manager Alan David and attorneys Nelson Davis LLP. Green is represented by Rosen Feig Golland & Lunn LLP. T.S. Faull is represented by Adam Goldworm of Industry Entertainment and attorney Harris Hartmen of Sloan, Offer, Weber and Dern LLP. Goldworm will also c0-produce.

About The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films
The Weinstein Company (TWC) was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corporation in 1979. TWC is a multi-media company that officially launched on October 1, 2005. Dimension Films, the genre label that was founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, is also included under the TWC banner.

Upcoming films to be released in 2009 by The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films include: Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” starring Brad Pitt, Mike Meyers, and Diane Kruger; “All Good Things” starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella; "H2," the sequel to Rob Zombie's 2007 reinvention of the horror classic "Halloween"; the highly anticipated musical “Nine,” directed by Rob Marshall, featuring an all-star cast including Daniel Day Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Judi Dench, and Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson.


Slew Of Images From MUTANT CHRONICLES!

MUTANT CHRONICLES will premiere on VOD on Friday, March 27th, 2009, followed by a theatrical release in select cities on Friday, April 24th. Mutant Chronicles is set in the year 2707, on an unrecognizable Earth where a war is raging between four giant corporations who control the planet as they battle over the planet's dwindling resources. This war is soon rendered irrelevant when an errant bomb shatters an ancient buried seal, releasing a horrific mutant army from its prison deep within the earth. As the mutant scourge threatens human extinction, a squad of ragged soldiers, led by Mitch Hunter (Thomas Jane), descends into the earth in a last ditch effort to destroy the mutants and save mankind.

Check out the poster and a slew of images from the movie below!
















Alex Winter Opens THE GATE?!

Several months ago, Randall Cook let the word out that he was no longer attached to the proposed 3D remake of THE GATE. The project was thought to be dead... that is until today's post on Production Weekly.com! The publication says that Alex Winter is attached to direct. While most genre fans may recognize Winter in front of the camera in such films as THE LOST BOYS and BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, Winter made the segue way into directing starting with his debut FREAKED and following it up with the highly underrated FEVER (starring Henry Thomas). Most recently, he's been directing episodes of the Cartoon Network's Ben 10.

The original THE GATE was directed by Tibor Takacs from a script by Michael Nankin and starred Stephen Dorff, Louis Tripp, Christa Denton and Carl Kraines.

Check out our vintage FRIGHT exclusive interview with the writer/director of the original THE GATE (and it's sequel) TIBOR TAKAS! (Click the frame to read it!)


THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT Theatrical Poster!

Shock Till You Drop got the exclusive first look at the official theatrical one-sheet poster for THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, which hits theaters on March 13th. You can check it out HERE or by clicking the teaser logo below!



Check out the trailer for the update at our previous news post HERE! And check out pictures and official website details HERE!


Based on the original 1972 shocker from Wes Craven & Sean Cunningham, the remake was directed by Dennis Iliadis (HARDCORE) from a script by Adam Alleca and stars Garret Dillahunt (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), Rhys Coiro, Sara Paxton (AQUAMARINE), Martha MacIsaac (SUPERBAD), Riki Lindhome, Tony Goldwyn (DEXTER) and Monica Potter (SAW).

Details on the new Collector's Edition DVD of the original LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT which streets on February 24th can be found HERE and HERE! You can also read an early review of the new remake at Horror-Movie-A-Day.

Official Teaser Poster For ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN 2; More Casting!

The website for Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN 2 (aka H2) has debuted the "official" teaser poster for the upcoming sequel, due in theaters August 28th. The image is a slightly tweaked version of what Zombie unveiled when his involvement was first announced. Check it out below or at the official website: http://www.halloween2-movie.com.



Meanwhile, in additional casting news, HEROES own cutie Brea Grant will play Laurie Strode's best friend Mya Rockwell. And Daniel Roebuck returns as Lou Martini, owner of the Rabbit In Red bar. They join previously announced cast members Dayton Callie, Richard Brake, Matt Bush, Howard Hesseman, Bill Fagerbakke, Ezra Buzzington, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Mark Christopher Lawrence & Tyler Mane (reprising his role as Michael Myers). Scout Taylor Compton, Danielle Harris & Malcolm McDowell are all expected to return.

Dread Central reports that Daeg Faerch will be reprising his role as young Michael Myers. (Although in our interview with Rob, he said there'd be no flashbacks in the movie.) Check Dread's post HERE!

Check out his first extensive interview on HALLOWEEN 2, exclusively here on ICONS by clicking either image below:





And make sure to read what is arguably Rob Zombie's most extensive on-line interview about making the first HALLOWEEN by clicking the frame below!



February 09, 2009

Help TOM HOLLAND "KILL FRANK"!

From Danny Price's SCHLOCK VALUE blog:

Now this is ingenious. Official badass Tom Holland (FRIGHT NIGHT, CHILD'S PLAY) has devised one of the best campaigns for an indie film ever and YOU can be a part of it. It's called KILLING FRANK and is describable as such:

"From the disturbed mind of horror Writer/Director Tom Holland: Billionaire Frank Reynolds has an auto accident, turning him into a brain dead paraplegic. His family and business associates gather at his mansion to have him declared legally incompetent, so they can divide up his fortune.

Only someone else has other ideas, and starts killing them off. Trapped in the mansion, they quickly realize if they don't discover who the killer is, they will all become victims."

Where do you come in? Well to begin with, by donating $5 you can get access to behind-the-scenes footage during filming (including a full day web-cam live from the set) plus the right to influence the storyline via poll. But it doesn't end there because the more you donate the sweeter the deal gets:


- If you donate $20 or more you get a complimentary copy of the DVD when it comes out AND complete access to the KILLINGFRANK.com website.

- If you donate $50 or more, you get a "Special Thanks" credit in the end credits of the film, and a copy of the DVD when it comes out AND complete access to the KILLINGFRANK.com website.

- If you donate $100 or more, you get a "Special Thanks" credit, a signed copy of the DVD by the cast, and a mini poster of the film AND complete access to the KILLINGFRANK.com website.

- If you donate $500 or more, you get an "Associate Producer" credit, a signed copy of the DVD by the cast, a signed copy of the full sized poster of the film AND complete access to the KILLINGFRANK.com website.

- If you donate $1000 or more, you get all of the above levels, plus you get to be an extra in the film and a chance at a speaking role!

That's a pretty sweet deal if you have a few bucks to burn. The chance to be involved in a film which'll likely deliver (Holland is no green director) is a bit of something. Get your ass over to the Help Us Kill Frank site and check it out for yourself, details on the bonuses, how to donate, plus a few other cool features to be checked out. - Danny

Here's the full press release:

HOLLYWOOD VETERAN REACHES OUT TO FANS TO BECOME PART OF FILMMAKING PROCESS

Tom Holland, the mastermind behind "Chucky," turns to fans to help create a new thriller by accepting donations in exchange for unparalleled access and input on the upcoming thriller KILLING FRANK.

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 9th, 2009---Writer/Director Tom Holland ("Child's Play," "Fright Night") and Actor/Producer Tom Malloy ("The Alphabet Killer") have joined forces and talent to produce KILLING FRANK, a thriller that explores how far someone will go to be the sole inheritor of an ailing billionaire's fortune. However, with a weak economy and a cautious industry, Holland and Malloy have created a new business model and turned to their fans to help translate this script into a feature film.

Launched in February, www.helpuskillfrank.com, targets movie fans from every corner of the world to sign up for the once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of a Hollywood feature film from development through production. Holland explains, "Having been in this business for over 40 years, I have lived and worked through the ups and down of the economy, numerous strikes and the continuous changes in technology. The one thing that has remained constant is the fans. My fans, especially, are incredibly Internet savvy and when this idea was pitched to me it seemed like a perfect fit."

For as little as $5.00, anyone can join the team and gain access to behind-the-scenes footage, polls that influence the storyline, and be entered into contests and raffles. The more you donate, the more access and exclusive bonuses you gain, including walk-on roles and face-to-face time with real Hollywood pros.

Currently in pre-production, KILLING FRANK is scheduled to shoot in Los Angeles in late spring and will be produced by Trick Candle Productions in association with TH Productions.



FRIDAY THE 13TH Longer Alternate Cut For DVD?!

FRIDAY THE 13TH producer Brad Fuller checked in over on the Platinum Dunes blog on Bloody-Disgusting and gave some updates on FRIDAY, post their successful New York City Comic Con appearance.

Fuller writes, "We are finishing up on the Unrated DVD this week. That DVD will rock! We have a different cut of movie, that not only has more violence and sex, but it has an additional storyline that is totally different from the movie you will see in theaters. Its not like we just cut a few things differently, the DVD version will feel like a different movie. For those of you who love the theatrical cut, that will also be on the DVD also."

Read the entire blog post on B-D's site right HERE!

Check out our full report from the HIS NAME WAS JASON in-store signing right HERE!

Don't forget to read our interview with the new Jason Voorhees himself, DEREK MEARS!





The new FRIDAY THE 13TH directed by Marcus Nispel and written by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift (FREDDY VS JASON) was produced by Platinum Dunes Andrew Form and Brad Fuller and stars Jared Padalecki (SUPERNATURAL), Derek Mears (HILLS HAVE EYES 2), Amanda Righetti (RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL), Danielle Panabaker, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, Adam Finberg, Nick Mennell (ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN), Jonathan Sadowski, Nana Visitor, Arlen Escarpeta, Ryan Hansen, Richard Burgi, Julianna Guill and Willa Ford. It hits theaters Friday, February 13th, 2009!

Send JASON After A Friend! FRIDAY THE 13TH Goes Viral!

You can now head over to http://www.jasonkills.com/us to send a video message of Jason Voorhees to one of your friends! Essentially, Jason does what he does best and the video ends with a warning that you're next! Customize it to freak out a friend!

Check it out at: http://www.jasonkills.com/us



Don't forget to read our interview with the new Jason Voorhees himself, DEREK MEARS!





The new FRIDAY THE 13TH directed by Marcus Nispel and written by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift (FREDDY VS JASON) was produced by Platinum Dunes Andrew Form and Brad Fuller and stars Jared Padalecki (SUPERNATURAL), Derek Mears (HILLS HAVE EYES 2), Amanda Righetti (RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL), Danielle Panabaker, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, Adam Finberg, Nick Mennell (ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN), Jonathan Sadowski, Nana Visitor, Arlen Escarpeta, Ryan Hansen, Richard Burgi, Julianna Guill and Willa Ford. It hits theaters Friday, February 13th, 2009!

AMERICA'S BAD KIDS Talks Bale Blow Up With McG!

This is too fun not to share. Our FRIGHT buddy, occasional contributor and resident "bad kid" John Torrani was at this past weekend's New York City Comic Con and he asked TERMINATOR: SALVATION director McG about the now infamous Christian Bale blow-up "incident". You can check out a snippet embedded below, and the full exchange over at www.americasbadkids.com.



While you're at it, check out the awesome dance remix of the Bale Blow Up below. It's catchy as hell. (And is currently residing on my My Space page!)


SWEATSHOP Interview From NYCC!

FANGORIA was at this past weekend's New York Comic Con and they caught up with FRIGHT friend (and occasional contributor) Ted Geoghegan to chat about SWEATSHOP, the new "slasher" flick directed by Stacy Davidson and written by Geoghegan. Our resident "bad kid" John Torrani also chimed in on the interview. (He's one of the film's associate producers.) Check out the entire chat below! You can also see the trailer to SWEATSHOP on FANGO's site HERE!



TWILIGHT Ultimate Edition Boxed Set Coming May 5th!

Although TWILIGHT arrives on DVD on March 21st, TWILIGHT fans will have plenty more to look forward to when Amazon releases their exclusive TWILIGHT ULTIMATE EDITION BOXED SET on May 5th. The new packaged set will include the Blu-Ray version of the film, along with a sneak peek at NEW MOON. Below are all the stats courtesy of Amazon's listing:


Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) doesn’t expect much when she moves to the small town of Forks, Washington, until she meets the mysterious and handsome Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)—a boy who’s hiding a dark secret: he’s a vampire. As their worlds and hearts collide, Edward must battle the bloodlust raging inside him as well as a coterie of undead that would make Bella their prey. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling sensation by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight adds a dangerous twist to the classic story of star-crossed lovers.

Amazon.com Exclusive Collector's Set contains:

- Twilight (Special Edition) Blu-ray Disc
- Twilight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD
- Jewelry Box: individually numbered
- Exclusive Watch
- Limited Edition Charm Bracelet
- 6 Glossy Photo Cards
- Bookmark
- Certificate of Authenticity

Blu-ray Disc features:

- Presented in widescreen format only
- Audio commentary by Catherine Hardwicke, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson
- Muse music video: "Super Massive Black Hole"
- Paramore music video: "Decode"
- Linkin Park music video: "Leave Out All the Rest"
- Five extended scenes with director introductions
- Five deleted scenes with director introductions
- Seven-part documentary: "The Adventure Begins: The Journey from Page to Screen"
- Comic-Con "fandom" piece
- Comic-Con NY sizzle reel
- Three trailers
- Penelope trailer
- BD Live with "New Moon" teaser

Pre-order the set HERE or below!

Based on the hit novel series by Stephenie Meyer, TWILIGHT was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Edi Gathegi, Rachelle Lefevre, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Cam Cigandet, Kellan Lutz, Anna Kendrick and Taylor Lautner. Chris Weitz will direct the sequel NEW MOON.


February 07, 2009

Latest Casting On ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN 2!

Rob Zombie revealed several more additions to the cast of HALLOWEEN 2 (aka H2), which begins shooting later this month. Dayton Callie, Richard Brake, Matt Bush, Howard Hesseman and Bill Fagerbakke join previously announced cast members Ezra Buzzington, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Mark Christopher Lawrence & Tyler Mane (reprising his role as Michael Myers). Scout Taylor Compton, Danielle Harris & Malcolm McDowell are all expected to return.

Here's what Zombie had to say about each of his latest cast additions via his My Space blog:

"Dayton (DEADWOOD) Callie has joined the cast of Halloween 2 as Coroner Alan Hooks." "Richard Brake has joined the cast of H2 as Gary Scott, a corpse fucking obsessed coroner's assistant." "Matt Bush the son on the hilarious AT&T roll over minutes commercials has joined the cast of H2." "The great HOWARD HESSEMAN aka Dr. Johnny Fever has joined the cast of H2 as Uncle Meat owner of Uncle Meat's Java Hole." "Bill Fagerbakke has joined the cast of H2 as Sheriff Brackett's right hand man DEPUTY WEBB. Here he is as Spongebob's right hand man Patrick."

Visit Rob Zombie's My Space at: WWW.MYSPACE.COM/ROBZOMBIE

Check out his first extensive interview on HALLOWEEN 2, exclusively here on ICONS by clicking either image below:





And make sure to read what is arguably Rob Zombie's most extensive on-line interview about making the first HALLOWEEN by clicking the frame below!



February 06, 2009

FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: OLIVER ROBINS!

Oliver RobinsPOLTERGEIST. It's my favorite movie. Since the time I first watched those cathode-ray dwelling specters snatch little Carol-Anne when I was kid to this very day it remains one of the films I can watch over and over and over again. I've double-dipped on the DVD, and I'd triple-dip if only MGM would give us a special edition really worth buying. There's something about that movie, be it the family dynamic, or the special effects, or great directing and storytelling that make it hold up nearly 26 years after it came out. Sometimes you can't explain why a movie captivates you. All I know is that if you had 114 minutes to spare I could perform the entire movie for you verbatim.


This month we had the opportunity to talk with one of the cast members from POLTERGEIST. Oliver Robins starred as the Robbie Freeling in both POLTERGEIST and POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE. In his first interview Robins opens up exclusively to Icons of Fright on the making of the two POLTERGEIST films, as well the super scary, super mean 1982 TV movie DON'T GO TO SLEEP. Fans can meet Oliver Robins at the upcoming Hollywood Collectors Show February 14th and 15th in Burbank, California, WonderCon February 27th-March 1st in San Francisco, and this spring at the Chiller Theatre convention in New Jersey April 17-19th. (Special thanks to Samantha Prado at AJW Celebrity Services for making this interview possible!) - Mike Cucinotta 2/08


IOF: We're so glad to talk to you because the POLTERGEIST movies really are my favorite movies of all time. I'm not sure I'd be as passionate about horror without having watched them at such a young age.


Oliver Robins: Oh, well, thank you so much. I enjoyed making those films and I think we all felt when we were making the movie that it was going to be something special. Even in the very beginning. We didn't know the extent of the impact it would have, or that it would be so long lasting, but even every crew member knew that the film was something they would be proud of.


IOF: Well it's a great story, it's got a wonderful cast, some fantastic special effects. Everything about it really holds up. I watched it the other night and couldn't help but comment to friends online well it's stood the test of time.


OR: I've thought about that, about why this film holds up the way it does for almost 30 years now. I think it's a combination of not just technology, but the storyline. You have characters you're really rooting for, and a level of compassion for everyone in it. It's not about guts and gore, or things of a graphic nature. Honestly the special effects were extremely limited at that time. We didn't have half of the technology that was available today. You really had to rely on story and filmmaking to understand what these character were going through. The old cliché is that you have a willing suspension of disbelief because you want them to survive through this situation. The special effects are important, but they're almost secondary to the characters, what they're feeling, and how you want this to end. You have normal people in extraordinary circumstance.Poltergeist


IOF: I think that's one of the keys to that movie. They are very normal, and the Freelings are so very relatable. They seemed like my family. Robbie, Carol-Anne, you could be my siblings or my cousins.


OR: You know I thought about that over the years, and having become a filmmaker, having gone to USC film school. It's amazing when everything begins to work and you have so many great minds working on that movie, so many different talents. Everything came together. And it's a miracle when that happens because it's so difficult to make even a bad movie let along a good movie. So you had such an amazing team: You had Tobe Hooper, who's the quintessential horror director, and you have Mr. Spielberg who's the master storyteller, and writers like Michael Grais and Mark Victor who wrote some great dialogue. Then, on top of everything, you had us, the kids. Something Tobe really worked on with us was that he wanted us to be children, he didn't want us to be actors, and we were extremely natural. I think that conveyed the feeling that these kids could be part of anybody's family. They were normal kids, it wasn't a Little Lord Fauntleroy style of acting, we were normal. And I'd really had zero training at that point. Tobe made us feel so comfortable that we could be kids, we could perform and I think that comes through in the performances, combined with the performances of JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson. They took us under their wing and made us feel like they were our mom and dad on the set. That translated into the film and made us look like we were a real family.


IOF: I think that was clearly achieved in the film. What do you recall about getting yourself cast in POLTERGEIST?


OR: It was interesting, my family moved from New York to California, and at an early age I was bitten by the bug. I saw children act on TV and thought that looked like fun. So after much persuasion my mother put me in a commercial workshop class. At the end of the class I was introduced to a couple of agents. For 6 months I'd been doing commercials when my mom got a call that there was an open call and they were looking for a little boy for this Spielberg movie. So we stood on line for hours and waited. We met with the casting people, it was Mike Fenton and Jane Feinberg, and after several callbacks I met with the team, Tobe and Steven and they selected me. I was amazed, and I never really knew that what we were working on was as big as it was. I think this was important because Tobe, Frank and Steve always presented it like it was camp for us, for the kids on the set. They made us feel like we were not in this big movie but we “were just all going to have a great time.” There were these big sets you could play on, you could design your own room, bring your own toys to the set. It was a very fun environment. That allowed me to be very comfortable because I'd only been in front of the camera maybe one other time having done a commercial. So I really needed to have that kind of comfort without the training.


IOF: Were you aware that you were supposed to be making a scary movie?


OR: Oh yea, yes. I'd read the script, I was an avid reader from an early age, like 6 years old. I knew it was scary I just didn't know the degree of the fear. I realize in some films the children don't know what they're in, we understood exactly what we doing. The room looks like a hell hole, kids!Tobe would explain the scenes. Here, I'll give you a good example: They really didn't know what the effects were going to quote look like. [Industrial Light & Magic] was working on all the mattes. But they had maybe sticks to wave in front of us and they would tell us, “Picture the scariest thing you could ever imagine in your life and that's what you're seeing right now”. So we knew we were supposed to be scared, and we knew it was going to be terrifying however what audience sees on screen, but we didn't know what we were going to see at all. Most of those effects were going to be optical, for instance the closet scene when you have that vortex that's trying to suck us in. They built a set that was called a gimble room. I believe it was on stage 30 at MGM. It was the same technology they used to have Fred Astaire dance around a room and go on the ceiling. The room rotated on an axis so we were falling backwards with the camera pointed below us in such a way that it simulated being sucked in the vortex. The reverse effects, when they shot the other side, those are opticals later put in by ILM. But we didn't know that. They would just yell, “There's something trying to suck you and it is the most terrifying thing you've ever seen in your entire life!” So we did know we were in something very scary, but we had no idea what that fear was going to embody until we went to the screening of it months later. Even during ADR most of those opticals weren't in yet.


Tree - PoltergeistIOF: Well, what about the scene with the tree. Was that huge model, or miniatures? I only see you being grabbed by a tree, it's still completely convincing me!


OR: It was an interesting process to go through, because in screen time it's not much more than a few seconds. They built approximately 4 trees and each one had a different visual design. For instance the tree outside, the exterior tree, was not much more than a normal looking tree with something like a face carved on. Then they had another tree with removable arms, the arms would actually move. Then another tree where the arms would extend to the window. Then another tree was designed for purposes of swallowing me, it had it's own internal “stomach” so to speak, for taking me in. Then a final tree was built on a hydraulic system to be pulled out of the ground. Now you have to keep in mind that the way they'd probably shoot that today is by using a lot of digital technology. At that time they didn't have that so you really had to make it look seamless through a lot of cinematic magic and through cutting and performance. Filmmakers today have a lot of resources that this team didn't have. That's what I think is so amazing about how it holds up today. They didn't have all that technology and they still made it work.


IOF: It's so convincing even today that I don't think you'd even need a digital effect to fix it up. There's been a trend of filmmakers revisiting film and fix effects, but it's so perfect. And that tree...that...that is one of the great moments in horror. Tobe directed it so well, and you played it so well with the counting. Scared the crap out of me!

Killer tree!

OR: It was amazing to see that assembled. My feeling as to why that works so well is that it was the special effects, and it was the filmmaking, but the critical part that makes it fly is it taps into that childhood fear that we all have. The tree outside the window...what if it came alive? That's a timeless element, a hundred years from now children are still going to be looking out their window and still be scared by the trees during a storm. 


IOF: Absolutely, it's timelessly frightening. Now, what about poor Robbie who has such a hell of a time during both those movies, constantly attacked by the ghosts. He's such a nervous wreck by the middle of the first movie. How did you maintain that level of hysteria and fear through the film?


OR: Tobe, you know, is a great director and one of the great elements of that is that he was able to guide and and tell me how scared I was supposed to be. You know they shoot a film out of order, you don't really know where you are in terms of your fear. Am I so petrified that I can barely speak, or am I just learning about these ghosts? Am I confused? You have different degrees of fear and he was able to convey that. So he explained to the cast, “This is the part of the movie where you're so terrified that if anything moves around the house you're frozen in terror.” It was just through the direction and the guidance that I was able to tap into my own personal fears. And I was actually able to use my own childhood memories. There were no hauntings on the set of POLTERGEIST, however I do believe in ghosts and I had to live in some very old places in Manhattan. I lived in this building that built in the 1870's and I swear it had to be haunted. I'll never know for certain I was able to tap into those feelings and bring into the character of Robbie, even though we were shooting out of order and shooting on a set is very mundane and slow. So even thought the set wasn't haunted and the special effects weren't in all the feelings coming from me were very genuine.


IOF: So nothing strange going on during “POLTERGEIST” other than some crazy special effects?


OR: There wasn't anything abnormal from any other set I'd ever been on. There are always technical problems, but people always want to bring those elements together because it's a ghost movie and it's easy to connect the dots. People want to believe it's haunted, or it's cursed when the fact is those same things happen on almost every other set. For instance they said on one of the POLTERGEIST installments the film got fogged. Well, that happens all the time, when I was in film school that happened to me all the time. It just a technical error, you know. Of course it's fun to talk about because of the ghosts in the movie.JoBeth Williams


IOF: What are something you remember about the actors playing your on screen family? Anything still stand out about Craig, Jobeth, or Heather?


Heather O'RourkeOR: Craig had an amazing sense of humor, and I think because he was a writer before he was an actor. Craig was very fatherly. We were in some strange circumstances, we were always covered in mud, molasses, or some kind of dirt and he made the set very fun. JoBeth is a fantastic actress and I didn't have a lot of experience, she was very maternal, and taught me a lot about the craft of acting. Heather...Heather was a sweetheart. She was so precocious and so bright. She was glowing on the set and very mature for her years. I believe she was 5 and she was like 5 going on 25. It was amazing, I mean I was 10 years old and I was amazed that she'd take direction from Tobe like she was an adult. I always thought this little girl is going to grow up to do great things one day. That's what made her death even more tragic was that here was a person who had so much work and such a bright future ahead of her. Not just to have a person die at such a young age, but to have a person that you know was going to become an adult who was really going to give things back to this world.


IOF: When POLTERGEIST opened, it was huge. Were you aware at the time you'd been in a phenomenally big hit?


OR: I think we had the complete realization that it was going to have historical value after the first summer. People were waiting in line to watch it, they seemed to be truly touched by it, and they wanted to see it time and time again. That's what's rare today. You don't see movies today that are event films, they come and go.


IOF: But I think this movie almost immediately embedded itself into the popular culture.The Freelings had weird pets.


OR: I think the timing of it was perfect. American was coming out of the late 70's with a feeling of disillusionment and this family embodied all the values that we wanted to have again. Then you take that family and thrust them into this incredible situation where they're cynics and they become believers. I think the audience does too.


IOF: Did you ever, say, have friends who'd razz you for having been Robbie in Poltergiest?


OR: It's funny you ask because I was thinking about that. It never really happened to me, and I think it's only because I grew up in Hollywood. I was surrounded by people who's parents made their living from the entertainment industry and it never fazed them. For my friends and peers it was a part of daily life. It didn't seem abnormal. However, when I travelled to certain places it did become an issue, people seemed amazed by it. And I was confused by their amazement because I thought everyone lived in this kind of world, because that's what Los Angeles is. Detroit builds cars and LA makes movies.


IOF: How hands on was Steven Spielberg as the producer. Do you remember seeing him a lot on set?


Steven Speilberg was a powerful force on set.OR: Well, he wrote the original draft of the script. So he was a very powerful force on set, but he worked as a team with Tobe. Tobe was always the director, Tobe always told me what to do. But the director will always come to the writer and he wants the writer to be there to get input. Not to mention, Steven was the producer so he was in a position where he had to be there on set to guide the production. I think Steven and Tobe worked as an incredible team. So to answer your question, he was there but working in the capacity as a writer and a producer. I can say from my own experience, I just recently wrote a Hallmark movie, and the director always wanted to talk to me to find out what I had in mind for the scene, how did I visualize it, what was I thinking about the characters so he could talk to the cast and convey what I had on the page. That's really the best kind of filmmaker, one who wants to work closely with the writer, and I think Tobe did that. It was just an amazing team effort, because both Tobe and Steven come from different perspectives on filmmaking. That kind of collaboration brought something very unique and very special.

Don't they make you laugh?

IOF: And it was a very different kind of film from Tobe's previous work in dark and grisly horror, while elements of the family were so typical of what Steven was doing at the time. It is a really interesting mesh of those two different styles. We have to talk about something that's listed in your IMDB profile. A bit of trivia is written that you had a “near death” experience on the set while filming famous clown scene. What happened?

OR: Well, the way they shot the sequence, it was shot as I remember in about five hours. Now going back to the technology again they didn't really have the special effects the way they do today. Today they might have done it with an optical effect. So, the clown doll had this extended arm and they had me act backwards. They had me start with a big expression and go back to a normal face, film it and show it backwards. So what happened was that contraption got caught around my neck. I was in a tight confined space under the bed and...It's almost like a car accident. You know how a car accident happens so fast you don't remember but if you don't act something is going to happen? Well, Steven saw that, probably in the video assist, and he pulled me away from it. Who knows what might have happened otherwise. It was very fast and I don't think anything would have happened, but who knows...maybe I wouldn't be here today. What's wrong with a hug?


IOF: Well, I'm glad they got you out of it. It sure made for a great scene though! No one my age would go near a clown doll for years, for sure. Now...you had an awfully busy year when you did POLTERGEIST, didn't you?


OR: I think I might have done a TV movie...


IOF: Yes. You did that TV movie “DON'T GO TO SLEEP”, which is one of the meanest, nasty, scariest of the early 80's TV movies cycle!


OR: And I worked with another great cast.


IOF: I know! Valerie Harper, Dennis Weaver, Ruth Gordon.


OR: It's sad that they don't really do movies-of-the-week anymore.


IOF: They don't!

Don't Go To Sleep

OR: You'd probably never find that on television today. It's funny you mentioned that one because I just watched it the other day on YouTube, and I was thinking this is extremely entertaining and almost forgot that I was in it! But I do remember working with Ruth Gordon. She was a fantastic actress. I think actors trained from that period are very different from actors today. The studios trained them in such a way to have a respect for the craft, and in how to hold yourself on set. She taught me those things. As I remember Valerie Harper was a sweetheart. It was an interesting film to be in. I got to play a little bit of a bully. That was very different, usually I played the innocent boy. I think this was closer to myself at the time because I was a little bit of a prankster. I was able to tap into that and use those elements for “DON'T GO TO SLEEP”


IOF: That was such a weird movie! When you were watching it did you think it was a little odd for TV? I mean the entire family is dead by the end of the movie. It's so cruel! They have you fall off a roof, and then someone comes after Valerie Harper with a pizza cutter, for crying out loud!


OR: I was thinking about that, you don't see films like that being made, even on television at that point.


IOF: Did they start making that after POLTERGEIST came out? Was there an influence, especially when they cast you?


OR: I think everything influences everything. There's nothing that's completely original. So I wouldn't say they went out of their way, however that was probably in the consciousness of the filmmakers of the time. You know, much in the way they make one space movie and they make more with totally different stories and completely different premises. It just goes to show the viability of that kind of movie. Just like with the “Saw” films, they make various kinds of films that are derivative of the “Saw” films because they think that's what audiences want to see.


IOF: And you did also had the “AIRPLANE” movie release that year. Another great cast... Airplane II


OR: Robert Hayes and Julie Hagerty were among the greatest people to work with. You know they say some actors are afraid to work with children and animals because they can steal a scene, however they weren't afraid, they embraced it. They assisted me and made me feel so comfortable and helped me with my comedy as well. It was so much different than POLTERGEIST because comedy is all about the timing and they helped me with that, getting the lines right.


IOF: And you had a wonderful scene with Peter Graves, and it's interesting that he'll be appearing at the upcoming Chiller Theatre convention, where you will be. You can have an “AIRPLANE II” reunion as well!


OR: I have not seen him since that set, I look forward to seeing him again! He was fantastic. You know I think I was blessed because I had some wonderful experiences growing up as a child actor. I think I've taken that with me as an adult and I try to create that same environment for the children I work with on set, and the adults too. You know where you have this environment where you're going to have a lot of fun and, yes, you have a job to do and a story to tell but it's the kind of environment where you give the actors the creative freedom to play. That's what happened on “AIRPLANE II”. Ken Finkleman made me feel like I could play with the line and experiment to get them right.


IOF: What were you doing between 1982 and 1986 when you did “POLTERGEIST II”?


OR: I was going to prep school at that time and my parents wanted me to focus on my studies. I didn't really do much acting at the time. In retrospective I think that was great because it really gave me the chance to have the childhood that I might not have had otherwise. So those years I got to be a kid and do the things that kids do. I was very much geeky at that time, not that I've changed much, and went to computer camp, learned to program in FORTRAN, go to school and have my friends over. All the things I wouldn't have done if I'd been on a set. So I think I got a good balance. I really credit that to my parents too. They were never the stereotypical stage parent that forces the kid to do something they didn't want to do. I only acted because I wanted to act and loved it myself.


IOF: Well you know five years doesn't seem like a long time as an adult but as a kid that's much different. That's a whole stretch of time. So how did it feel to be on set when it came time to do POLTERGEIST II?


OR: I'd been acting in plays at school, and at that time I'd begun making movies myself. Steven Spielberg gave me a Super-8 camera. Initially I'd made these little films and Steven very much liked them and gave me, I think it was the only sync-sound Super-8 camera that existed at the time. I started making films when I was in school because even then I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker. Finally when I got to POLTERGEIST II I was really looking forward to being back on set and it gave me an experience to watch with different eyes. Now I was 15 years old and I was thinking, “Now, how do they make these films, how do they assemble these things?” Oliver Robins really braced himself for the sequel.


IOF: What were you looking for? What were you observing on the set of “POLTERGEIST II” and what did you learn?


OR: Well, I think camera design, visual design. How does a director work with an actor? What is he telling me that's going to work on technical level and a storyline level. And I don't know if I was looking at it in those technical terms, but that's what I absorbed. It also showed me what the requirements and the difficulties because “POLTERGEIST II” was difficult for everybody. MGM was going through this flux where they were potentially going to knock down the studio and build condos. So there was a pressure to cancel the production, even midway through. It put everone under duress and I saw that.


IOF: Tell me about that, what did you see. Who was having difficulty?


OR: I saw it in the background. It was never brought to my attention, but it showed me that a director has to stay very focused and tell a story and at the same time juggle the balls of politics that may be happening. But they avoided that and got a good product at the end.


IOF: Yeah, they did. What about some of the new characters and cast members not from the original film. Julian Beck as Kane is absolutely unforgettable.


OR: He was a fine actor. He was suffering, and it taught me something about being a trooper. He loved acting so much, that he was willing to do this movie even going into it having cancer. So he was, I'm guessing, in a tremendous amount of pain, but he loved the craft. He was a lovely man who would tell stories, and was a very good person. It was refreshing in a business where people sometimes aren't so forthcoming.

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IOF: And everyone remembers POLTERGEIST II so well because of what he did. In horror, it's a legendary performance.


OR: As I understood he had did a theater group in New York prior to becoming a screen actor, and he brought those talents and skills with him. You can see how he developed that character. I think sometimes an audience will take that for granted and assume that's how it was always going to be. His decisions as an actor allowed that character to be as scary as it was. People didn't laugh, they were indeed afraid because of his performance.


IOF: What about getting back together with JoBeth, Craig and Heather. Was it at all difficult snapping back into being a “family” again?


OR: It was amazing. You know how there are certain friends you might not see for 10 years, but you can meet them for lunch and it was like you were never apart. That's what my experience was like with the whole family. We couldn't wait to work with each other again, it was like we were never apart. We got along so well. I don't think that ever really disappeared.

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IOF: Tell me about Will Sampson, because Robbie has to develop a very strong relationship with his character, Taylor.


OR: He had a different perspective on how to develop a role. Certain people in your life will not say a lot of things, but what they do say are very important. When we talked about the character and what we were going to do he gave me a level of comfort that perhaps didn't come from words. It came from a certain feeling that everything was going to be OK in the scene. It was a different kind of experience than I'd ever had with another actor. I was able to draw from him that when you're acting it's not so much the words, but the subtext of what you're saying, the emotion, is deep inside you. That's how, I believe, Will Sampson developed his role. I picked up on that, even at 14 years old.


IOF: And this too was a very effects heavy film, maybe even more so than the original. Especially in scenes like the ending where you're in that strange, etheral netherworld. Can you recall anything, maybe even about that creature, that utter insanity, that comes out of Craig T. Nelson's mouth.


Bad breath?OR: Well I wasn't actually there that day, but it was definitely well done. I was actually scared by that when I did see it. What I do remember was the netherworld that we went into. It was difficult to shoot that because basically you have a harness, you're strapped up and flown around. You're having a fun time doing it, but at the same time you're stuck in this harness for weeks at time, and you have to be able to act. You're in front of a green screen or blue screen and the director, Brian Gibson, would once again say, “Ok, it's the scariest thing you've ever seen in your life. Your terrified and the ghosts are coming at you”. And of course all the special effects are laid in after the fact, so it tests your ability to act and your ability to hang for pretty much 8 hours a day.


IOF: What about Brian Gibson, how did the experience differ from say, Tobe Hooper?The Infamous Vomit Monster


OR: Brian came from a background of directing commercials, so he was a very technical director. He planned everything out in a very detail-oriented kind of way and he didn't really diverge from his plan of attack. It made it very efficient on set and allowed him to tell the story the way he wanted to tell it.


IOF: Well, let's talk about what you're doing now, and what you've been working on since you've left acting. As I understand, from the moment you left acting you began working on developing yourself as a filmmaker. You started entering films into competition as early as 15, right?


OR: Exactly. I'd been making film from the time I was 10 years old and I'd made this 16mm film called “The Crystal”. The film won 1st Place at this French film festival, Les Mesnil-le-Roi. It was my first experience working with an entire crew and I learned a great deal. My cinematographer actually now teaches at USC Film School.


IOF: That's very intense for a 15 year old.


OR: It was a trial. I had the life experience of working as an actor with a full crew but until you're put in that position it's like sitting next to a driver your whole life but never driving the car. It became a trial by fire situation. You have to learn to do your shot list and preparation, all the homework you have to do as director.


IOF: What about after school, did you immediately end up back in film professionally?


OR: After USC I took a break for a while. I worked briefly as a stock broker, I just took a step back and gain some perspective on life because I'd been in the film business for so many years. But then I work up one day, I'm trading stock positions and thinking “I should be making movies”. That's my passion, you have a finite time on this earth you should be doing what you love. When I'm old and gray I want to look back at some of the movies I've made. That's why I went back to filmmaking after my brief stint in the world of securities. So I wrote this film for the Hallmark Channel called “You've Got A Friend” and it starred John Schneider and it was the highest rated premier for the network. It was a heartfelt piece and I think they've shown it almost a dozen time.


IOF: What about the film you directed last year. A film called “Man Overboard”?


OR: “Man Overboard” I'd say is “Office Space” meets “Glen-Gary-Glen Ross” set in a boat shop.Man Overboard


IOF: Wow.


OR: Yes, an interesting combination! The storyline is about this gentleman who owns this boatshop, and he's a bit of a nebbish. He's in a situation where his sales aren't so good and he has a group of goof-off salespeople who are struggling to sell boats, but he doesn't have the heart to fire them. In the meantime this sociopathic character comes into his life, and at first seems to be the consummate salesperson who can turn the shop around. In the process our lead character learns he's not the salesman he thought he was but instead he's insane and stealing from him. Our character has to fight and take him on and prove to his family.


IOF: Where can we see it? Is it out on DVD.


OR: The street date is going to be August '09 and you can visit the website at Manoverboardmovie.com. The trailer is up there, and our news clippings and blog so people can stay posted on it. It's a fun movie and just an entertaining enjoyable piece.


IOF: And what's also very exciting is that fans of your films are very soon going to get the chance to meet you. You'll be doing an appearance in LA very soon.


OR: Yes, I'll be at The Hollywood Collectors Show in a week to meet and sign, and answer any questions people might have on the history of the movies. I'll answer to the best of my ability!


IOF: You will also appear at the Chiller Theater Convention in New Jersey this coming March. Have you ever been to that show?

Oliver Robins - Photo by Keli Squires Taylor

OR: It's my first experience going to Chiller, but I can't wait to go. I'm a movie fan myself and I can't wait to meet all the other actors and filmmakers who'll be attending.


IOF: It's a trip, you've probably never seen anything quite like it. It's enormous, thousands of people all weekend long. A great show, you'll get to meet a lot of people, I think you're going to have a great time. So, if I may ask, what has gotten you interested in making appearances this year?


OR: You know they were thinking of doing a remake of “POLTERGEIST” and I guess you just take for granted that you were in something that has meaning. I was reading on blogs and message boards that people still had interest in the movies. I was thinking I'd like to, in so many words, set the record straight on what took place on the set. I think it's almost a duty as a young actor who was in the film to tell it how it happened. At the same time I think it would be fun to share those experience with other aspiring filmmakers and fans alike.

February 05, 2009

REPORT: HIS NAME WAS JASON In-Store Signing!

On Tuesday February 3rd, Dark Delicacies hosted a signing event to celebrate the release of HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13TH, the new extensive documentary covering the entire FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise. In attendance for the event were the doc's creators, several alumni from the entire series, and most of the actor's that have worn Jason's infamous hockey mask!

With over 40 guests signing copies of the DVD (that fans pre-ordered specifically for this event), EMERALD KNIGHTS across the street coordinated with Dark Del's and housed half of the guests. The turnout was fantastic, and halfway through the signing, this ICONS staffer immediately declared this event as one of the funnest we've ever had the opportunity to attend.

If you've already picked up the HIS NAME WAS JASON DVD, then you've no doubt seen the awesome mini-poster that comes inside sporting the disc's cover. Well, this ideally made for the perfect item to get signed. As we walked from guest to guest, it was easy to get a few minutes of quality time chatting with all these great people from the entire series. For me personally, it was fun prepping Camilla & Carey More (from FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER), as well as FRIDAY 5's Shavar Ross for their upcoming East Coast convention debuts at Monster Mania and Chiller. My 2 fave gals from the entire series Darcy DeMoss (FRIDAY 6) and Elizabeth Kaitan (FRIDAY 7) were conveniently sitting right next to each other, so it was great to express my love of ALL their movies, and explain to Elizabeth my yearly Christmas tradition of celebrating a "Happy Garbage Day" with a screening of SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT PART 2. (She loved that!)

New Jason Derek Mears and MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D scribe Todd Farmer were both so openly friendly with the fans, and I had great in-depth conversations with both of them. The only slight disappointment was Ted White's sudden disappearance half way through the signing. (Although I heard later on, it was a minor medical problem.) Even ABC news came down to see what all the fuss was about! (You can watch a clip for that newscast HERE, just click Quickview)

All in all, I can't imagine being a FRIDAY fan and not having an absolute blast at this event! And with the features on the new Paramount "deluxe" editions of Part's 1 through 3 being a little on the skimpy & repetitive side, HIS NAME WAS JASON is clearly the must have FRIDAY DVD of the week. Multiple kudos to Del and Sue for once again hosting such a stellar event! Pictures below!


Icons Of Fright's Mike C, HIS NAME WAS JASON director Daniel Farrands, ICONS Robg and Dread Central's Andrew Kasch.


From left to right - (standing) Larry Zerner, Russell Todd, Todd Farmer, Ted White, Dick Wieland.


Left to right - Elizabeth Kaitan, Jeffrey Reddick.


From left to right - Larry Zerner, John Furey, Amy Steel.


John Furey and Amy Steel.


The Jason's! From left to right - Ted White, Caleb Guss, Dick Wieland, Tom Morga, Warrington Gillette, CJ Graham, Derek Mears.


From left to right - Ted White, Caleb Guss, Dick Wieland, Tom Morga, Warrington Gillette, CJ Graham, Derek Mears.




The Jason's with Dark Del's Sue!




HIS NAME WAS JASON producer Thommy Hutson, director Daniel Farrands, producer Anthony Masi.

3 More New TV Spots For FRIDAY THE 13TH!

With only a week to go before the return of Jason Voorhees to the big screen, TheMovieBox.net posted 3 more new TV spots! We'll link you to spots 8 thru 10, along with all the previous ones.

TV SPOT #8 HERE!

TV SPOT #9 HERE!

TV SPOT #10 HERE!

Previous TV SPOTS!

TV SPOT #1 HERE!

TV SPOT #2 HERE!

TV SPOT #3 HERE!

TV SPOT #4 HERE!

TV SPOT #5 HERE!

TV SPOT #6 HERE!

TV SPOT #7 HERE!

Other FRIDAY THE 13TH goodies!

2 new theatrical posters, right HERE!

The early word on the sequel to FRIDAY THE 13TH HERE!

Watch the FRIDAY THE 13TH trailer right HERE!

Have a look at the FRIDAY THE 13TH theatrical trailer HERE!

Watch the FRIDAY THE 13TH teaser trailer HERE!

Don't forget to read our interview with the new Jason Voorhees himself, DEREK MEARS!





The new FRIDAY THE 13TH directed by Marcus Nispel and written by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift (FREDDY VS JASON) was produced by Platinum Dunes Andrew Form and Brad Fuller and stars Jared Padalecki (SUPERNATURAL), Derek Mears (HILLS HAVE EYES 2), Amanda Righetti (RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL), Danielle Panabaker, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, Adam Finberg, Nick Mennell (ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN), Jonathan Sadowski, Nana Visitor, Arlen Escarpeta, Ryan Hansen, Richard Burgi, Julianna Guill and Willa Ford. It hits theaters Friday, February 13th, 2009!

New Line's JASON SLASHER COLLECTION DVD Boxed Set Now Available!

This week is a GREAT week for Jason Voorhees fans. Not only did the extensive documentary HIS NAME WAS JASON street this past Tuesday, along with new "Deluxe" editions of FRIDAY THE 13TH's Part's 1 thru 3, but New Line dusted off their 3 entries in the FRIDAY series and collected them in the "JASON SLASHER COLLECTION" DVD Boxed set. The package includes JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY, JASON X and FREDDY VS JASON. Check out the DVD artwork below!






New International Poster For ZONE OF THE DEAD!

Definitely a step up from the previous teaser poster, a brand new international poster for ZONE OF THE DEAD has debuted over on the films Facebook group. The new zombie flick pits genre vets Ken Foree and Kristina Klebe against some of the recently deceased! The Facebook page states that Epic Picture Group will serve as the exclusive international sales agent. We'll keep you posted on a US distributor when we hear news. Check out the new poster below, along with a few pics from our previous news post HERE!


You can also check out a brand new interview with Kristina Klebe from earlier this week on Dr. Blogstein's Radio Happy Hour right HERE!

ZONA MRTVIH (ZONE OF THE DEAD) is the first Serbian zombie movie, directed by Milan Todorović and Milan Konjević.

The movie stars genre vet Ken Foree (George Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD) and Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN), as well as Emilio Roso, Miodrag Miki Krstović, Vukota Brajović, Ariadna Cabrol, Steve Agnew, Iskra Brajović, Marko Janjić, Nenad Ćirić, Bojan Dimitrijević, Živko Grubor, Eugeni Roig, Maria Kawecka.


HELLRAISER Limited Edition Box Set and Blu-ray coming April 21st!

Speaking of HELLRAISER and Pinhead, Anchor Bay Entertainment sent over the press release for the upcoming HELLRAISER Boxed Set AND Blu-Ray! Below are all the details and a few quick pics!

Hell’s a poppin’ – as Anchor Bay Entertainment opens The HELLRAISER Limited Edition Box Set and Blu-ray.

Anchor Bay Entertainment, the undisputed leader in cult and classic horror home entertainment, celebrates 20 years (and counting) of Hellraiser with the all-new Hellraiser LE Box Set, coming to DVD on April 21, 2009 and SRP is $59.97.

This collectible boxed set is contained in commemorative packaging that resembles the Lament Configuration, the infamous box from which the horrors of Hellraiser emerge, and contains both 20th-anniversary DVD special editions of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, as well as the brand-new Blu-ray version of the original Hellraiser, boasting a specially reflective foil slipsheet. In addition, the Blu-ray version of Hellraiser will also be made available as a stand-alone title.

The horrors of Hellraiser are back – looking and sounder better than ever, and each one featuring a savage selection of special features including audio commentaries with cast and crew, retrospective interviews and vintage featurettes, trailers and teasers, and a shocking assortment of other enticements for the Hellraiser faithful. When Doug Bradley’s Pinhead said: “We have such things to show you” – he wasn’t kidding, and neither is Anchor Bay !

From the limitless imagination of Clive Barker came an enduring vision of the horrors of Hell. Hellraiser set a shocking new standard for cinematic horror that few others have dared approach, much less equaled. In the annals of horror, few franchises have enjoyed the sustained success and the fervent fan base of the Hellraisers. To date, there have been eight feature films – with a remake scheduled for release later this year.

And what better, bloodier way to commemorate two decades of demonic dementia than with the all-new Hellraiser LE Box Set?




Recreating an ICON - A New Look For PINHEAD?!

Reprinted from Danny Price's SCHLOCK VALUE My Space blog: Gary Tunnicliffe is a badass, and now he's become an uber badass. The man is no stranger to the world of the Cenobites, having worked not just as a make-up effects artist for the latter slew of Hellraiser movies but he was also the motherfucker responsible for the Hellraiser short film Now More Souls: One Last Slice of Sensation which was downright enjoyable. Now in light of the upcoming Hellraiser remake you'd expect him to be involved right? Nope!

Fangoria has just got the news about Mr. Tunnicliffe's self helmed 'look at me' project known as Project Angel: Recreating an Icon. Having not been approached for the redux he's taken it upon himself to do a redesign of the Pinhead make-up hoping it'll catch some attention and get him the job.

"My design idea was to create something that still felt like Pinhead but that stepped away from the “order” of the original design, something that was more painful, more chaotic. Several times over the years, Clive has approached me on various HELLRAISER sets and commented that the makeup looked very “clean” and that it had lost some of “the decay, the filth.” I decided to amp up the dirtiness of Pinhead’s visage, make it more self-inflicted, bloodier and more brutal.

I still wanted to use pins, and so I set about creating new versions: square-shafted pins/nails with square heads, very rusted and almost handmade, like miniature railroad spikes. Then I roughed out the sculpt on a bust of Mike Regan (one of my crew), basically a layer of clay all over with a crisscross of intersecting gashes that were deep. Very deep.

While Mike set about detailing, molding and running the pieces, I tackled the costume. I wanted something far far away from the sadomasochistic leather garb we had seen before, and so I went for white priest robes. I was inspired by the origin of the word Cenobite—“of a monastic order”—and actually managed to get a real “used” priest’s robe off eBay (oh, if only they knew!). I also decided to bind various fingers in white gauze; while I was doing this, on the day of application, someone asked me why I chose this, and I still to this day have no idea. I just liked the way it looked."
(from the original Fangoria article)

Below you'll see a couple of the test shots of the spec makeup design as well as a test video for it and let me say one thing...I. FUCKING. LOVE. IT!!! (Triple exclamation marks) The 'new' look just so fucking nasty looking, I love how chaotic it looks, and not just that but it looks fucking painful as all hell!

Dimension has already messed up by not using the script handed in by the Inside guys, hopefully they'll do something right and hire Mr. Tunnicliffe for the makeup design so he can bring this thing to the screen.

As usual, stay posted for more - Danny

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FEAST III: THE HAPPY FINISH DVD Art, Images!

Below you'll find the official press release, DVD cover art, as well as several images from FEAST III: THE HAPPY FINISH, which is out on DVD February 17th.

The gore-fest continues in the third installment of director John Gulager’s blood-curdling FEAST series when the hotly anticipated FEAST III: THE HAPPY FINISH arrives on DVD February 17 from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company under the Dimension Extreme label. From the writers of Feast, Feast II and Saw IV and V, terror takes a frightening turn when the viscous attacks continue in the dark and deadly FEAST III: The Happy Finish. Picking up moments after the end of FEAST II, the survivors are saved by Shot Bus Gus, a mysterious prophet who has the uncanny ability to control the beasts. Leading the survivors through the sewers into the big city, the group learns from the prophet that the beasts originated from a place called “The Hive.” Armed with this new information and a renewed interest in living, the motley crew of strangers decides to fight back and destroy the beasts once and for all. Featuring intense and disturbing performances from horror vixen Jenny Wade (No Reservations, Feast), Martin Klebba (Feast II, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Clu Gulager (Feast) and Craig Henningsen (“The Slammer”), the un-godly monsters continue on their path of death and destruction in the third chapter of the FEAST series, based on the original “Project Greenlight”–winning film FEAST. FEAST III: THE HAPPY FINISH DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.97.

Synopsis: The survivors fight for their lives, trying to get away from the nasty flesh-eating monsters that have taken over their town.

Special Features:

- A Look Back At John Gulager
- Commentary By Director John Gulager, Writers Patrick Melon
- Feast Trailers