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July 31, 2009

THE COLLECTOR: ICONS INTERVIEW!

On July 31st, THE COLLECTOR, the directorial debut of Marcus Dunstan will hit select theaters across the country. And as a genre fan you should take note. This indie flick was written by Dunstan with Patrick Melton, the duo whom have scripted not only the FEAST trilogy, but also SAW IV, SAW V and SAW VI. (They've just been tapped to write SAW VII) We got the chance to chat with them about all of the above, including the humble beginnings of THE COLLECTOR prior to the movie's premiere last night in Hollywood. Read on for our exclusive chat with Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton!


Robg.: Where did the story for THE COLLECTOR come chronologically for you guys? Was this something you wrote after FEAST but before SAW IV?

Marcus Dunstan (Director, Writer): This was actually written before FEAST!

Patrick Melton (Writer): This started as a short film – to go way back, when I was in film school, I had to come up with ideas for short scripts for this Kodak endowment thing, where Kodak gave LMU all this money to make a short film and so Marcus and I had written “ROLLED BONES”, which was the first script before FEAST in 1999. And so we brainstormed together and we came up with this short script and it’s called THIEF, what if a thief broke into the house of a serial killer? We wrote the script and it didn’t get made for that thing, but afterwords, we decided let’s make this on our own & Marcus wanted to direct it. It was going to be a 10 minute short, but then we won PROJECT GREENLIGHT. So then it went on hiatus.

Robg.: Well, you guys were busy for a couple of years after that! (Laughs)

Patrick Melton: Right after (the first) SAW came out, everybody wanted that million dollar idea. Like a horror movie that you could make for under a million dollars, and you can make it in a contained location with a high concept. We had this idea and we ended up pitching it in a meeting to these guys who ended up producing this. They bought it in the room, with the agreement that Marcus would direct it. We finished the script, but the problem was the company said they didn’t have enough money so they were going to go halves with another company. Marcus didn’t have an appropriate reel so we couldn’t sell him as a director. So the company gave us $5000 to shoot the trailer to the movie, which would be stylized to show off Marcus as a director. So we did that. All the Gulager’s helped, Jon Gulager shot it. Clu Gulager was in it, Diane Goldner was in it, Tom (Gulager) was in it. It came out really good, and we started taking meetings showing people the trailer along with the script. Bob Weinstein ended up seeing it, watched the trailer, closed the door to his office and said “You’re not leaving this office until I get this movie.” So we sold it to him. A year or so later, we started shooting in Streetport, Louisiana with Marcus directing and we finished it. Edited it for about a year and then they watched it. (Marcus starts laughing) And said, “We love it! But… we don’t have any money.” Because all their money was in HALLOWEEN 2 and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS…

Robg.: (Sarcastically)Those pesky movies that no one’s going to see!

Patrick Melton: Right! So we said, “What if we bought it back?” And they said sure, as long as you give us what we spent for it then sure. Mickey Liddell watched it, really liked it, bought it back and here we are.


Robg.: Now let me ask you - I know very little about the movie beyond the initial premise. And you had this story for a while, but the general misconception is obviously - you guys have done the SAW sequels and THE COLLECTOR has “traps” in it. So, what can you say to genre fans that don’t know anything about the movie? How is this different from what we’ve seen in SAW IV, SAW V or SAW VI?

Marcus Dunstan: The difference between this and a SAW film is we’re coming from a point of a thriller intersecting with a horror movie. SAW has always taken place within the horror realm and has embraced that. Whereas we wanted to take James Caan from THIEF and have him accidentally break into The Tooth Fairy’s house from MANHUNTER. (Both Michael Mann movies, by the way!) Tactics to catch a cat burglar in your home, if you’re not going mano y mano from scene 1, it involved setting up some kind of snare. Perhaps setting up some kind of compromising position for that thief to have to endure. So we kept this as close to the vest and what you can really make from anything already in your home as possible. These things, if they are implements used in the movie, we built them ourselves in the living room. If you see razor blades? I cut my fingers on them for real to make sure they worked. And it’s just based on very intimate fears, things that are around your home, because we didn’t want this to be specific elaborate traps at all. We’re trying to create a villain that is the land equivalent of a shark. If you go into the water, a shark might get you. If you’re on land, you’re on this killer’s territory and everyone’s vulnerable.

Patrick Melton: The big difference too is I think the tone is very different. The SAW movies are wonderful because they almost seem like you’re going into a different world with the heightened reality, while this one, we tried to keep it much more grounded with things that are in your house. Thing that can be put together quickly that aren’t sort of too fantastic.

Robg.: It’s kinda like Nancy at the end of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Rigging the booby traps!

Patrick Melton: (Laughs) That’s so funny you say that.

Marcus Dunstan: I gotta say one thing. You’ve got to stay through the credits on this one, because we’ve rewarded the person that does! A little something extra.

Robg.: In terms of the SAW movies, you guys have both gone on record saying that SAW VI is one of your favorites, and probably the best one you’ve done. It seems you guys went into SAW IV, V and VI with an overall story arc. Now you guys are doing SAW VII. So is it interesting, challenging or different to start from scratch with SAW 7? Or are you continuing some of the threads that appeared in your trilogy?

Marcus Dunstan: A lot of SAW IV and SAW V really hinged on SAW VI coming together. And the way 6 did, it completely recharged our batteries creatively. 6 recharged us and it gave us new ground which we hope to mine more horror from.

Patrick Melton: What we were really trying to do was, we finished 6 and we were done with 6 before we even started thinking about SAW 7 to be honest. 6 ends and we wanted to end that arc from 4, 5 and 6. Those three, 4, 5 and 6 all make sense tying the stuff from the first 3 as well. And it ends! You could leave SAW VI and say ok, I’m done, I’m happy, I’m completely fulfilled. Now, with 7 we’re definitely turning the page a bit. It’s a new chapter. But you’ll see, and we can talk more in depth when you see 6, but you can where it’s going to go, but there is definitely a closure at the end of 6 and with 7, it is the beginning of a new trilogy. It’s the third trilogy for the SAW films.


Robg.: Is there any criteria going into PART 7 either from Twisted or Lionsgate, or are you guys free to go whatever direction you want?

Marcus Dunstan: No, there’s always been a bible and a cannon and an ultimate end game for them, so we have to respect the rules that have been established, and we have to respect the tone. Other then that, it is earned. Earn the audience.

Robg.: You’re both writers, and now Marcus is directing, but you also made a fun little cameo in Adam Green’s Halloween short film THE TIFFANY PROBLEM. Any chance we’ll see you acting in front of the camera again soon?

Marcus Dunstan: (Laughs) Based on my appearance in front of that camera, I think I’m going to have to do a little changin’ before I make any more appearances! (Laughs)



Robg.: I seriously just want to thank you guys for FEAST. That first movie was probably one of my favorite genre pictures since EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN. Just the same kind of energy, so I’m always indebted to you guys for writing FEAST!

Marcus Dunstan: Aw, right on! We didn’t want to let any Gulager’s go untouched in THE COLLECTOR. Diane Goldner’s in it. Jon Gulager helped us with some shooting. Tom Gulager was the 2nd unit director when we were shooting for 24 hours a day! Clu Gulager recorded some beautiful narration for us. So everyone (from the family) is in this one.


Robg.: This is more of a fan to fan inquiry. HELLRAISER is up next to be “rebooted” and there have been several writers brought in and you guys were amongst the bunch to take a crack at it. What was your take on it, and what’s made this new HELLRAISER so difficult to crank?

Marcus Dunstan: The treatment for it was beautiful, and what it did was… it just gave scale to what was only hinted at in the darkness and the shadows of the first entry. We didn’t want to go back and repeat that story if at all possible, because that first story was wonderfully told. So, it wanted to grab darkness and appreciate it much like a PAN’S LABYRINTH would. And Pinhead’s become more then just that ending guy that gives a few lines. He’s become a figure in horror cinema, so we wanted to respect that, and re-announce that and make it bigger. The problem with that first treatment? It was too darned expensive. It just was.

Patrick Melton: Our thing was – everyone knows Pinhead. You show Pinhead, people know exactly who he is, the average person - they may not know exactly which movie it is or they may not have seen a HELLRAISER, but they know him. We were trying to build up his backstory and make him a true supervillain. And so, a lot of the story had to do with fleshing out his backstory, which is revealed more in PART 2. We were combining elements of 1 and 2 and building up Pinhead as a bigger character. Because not only in his past life, but also in the time he’s spent in hell. Giving him an end game, an end goal, and making him much more active as opposed to just torturing people. I don’t know, it was just maybe too much minutia for Dimension. At the end of the day –

Marcus Dunstan: Sometimes when you’re a fan of a movie, you want to put a hell of a lot more in it then necessary. You want to see the dream version of it, when… maybe it needs to be sheer, severe and slick. And that might ultimately be the HELLRAISER that comes out. I don’t know.


Robg.: Besides THE COLLECTOR and SAW 7 obviously, what’s next? Anything you’re excited to tackle?

Marcus Dunstan: Well, I’d love to direct an adaptation of a graphic novel called DEAL WITH THE DEVIL by Mike Miller. It’s just a brilliant bad-ass plot and I think it would make one hell of a movie.



THE COLLECTOR is now playing!


3rd Teaser Trailer For [REC] 2!

Below you can check out the third teaser trailer for [REC] 2, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Spanish sensation [REC] (the basis of last year's QUARANTINE).



Also check out the first teaser HERE and the 2nd one HERE!

The follow-up is once again directed & scripted by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plazo. There's also some cool stuff over on the official Filmax website for [REC] 2. (If you can understand Spanish, of course) Check it: www.rec2lapelicula.com

Read our first look of [REC] by clicking the image below! The original [REC] comes to DVD in the US on July 14th!


SAW VII The Beginning Of A New Trilogy? AND In 3D?!

Last night, at the premiere of THE COLLECTOR, we got to chat with writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and they gave us a few tidbits on why they decided to return for SAW VII.

"A lot of SAW IV and SAW V really hinged on SAW VI coming together," says Dunstan. "And the way 6 did, it completely recharged our batteries creatively. 6 recharged us, and it gave us new ground which we hope to mine more horror from."

Melton adds, "What we were really trying to do was, we finished 6 and we were done with 6 before we even started thinking about SAW 7 to be honest. 6 ends and we wanted to end that arc from 4, 5 and 6. Those three movies, SAW IV, SAW V and SAW VI all make sense tying the stuff from the first 3 as well. And it ends! You could leave SAW VI and say ok, I’m done, I’m happy, I’m completely fulfilled. Now, with 7 we’re definitely turning the page a bit. It’s a new chapter. But you’ll see, and we can talk more in depth when you see SAW VI, but you can see where it’s going to go, but there is definitely a closure at the end of 6 and with 7, it is the beginning of a new trilogy. It’s the third trilogy for the SAW films."

Wow. If successful, the writers intend SAW VII to launch a new trilogy of films for the series.

Also of note, the writing duo confirmed with Shock Till You Drop that the plan is to shoot SAW VII in 3D! The site says this is the reason word on SAW VII came together so quickly (prior to 6's release) was to allow time for the 3D process.

Check back later today for our complete interview with Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton.


New HALLOWEEN 2 TV Spot! "Evil Never Forgets!"

The Dimension Horror You Tube page has posted a new TV spot for Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN 2 titled "Evil Never Forgets". Check out your latest taste of Zombie's HALLOWEEN sequel below!



Go to the official website at: http://www.halloween2-movie.com

See the latest trailers right HERE as well as another TV Spot right HERE! See the latest behind-the-scenes video right HERE. Make sure to check out the trailer to HALLOWEEN 2 right HERE. Latest theatrical one-sheet poster right HERE! New pic of the pumpkin "dream" sequence character HERE! New pic of Sheriff Brackett right HERE! New pic of Loomis and a new poster can be seen right HERE! Check out the 2 latest images of Michael Myers right HERE! Watch another video clip from our last post HERE! Don't forget to read our brand new FRIGHT exclusive interview with ROB ZOMBIE by clicking the frame below!



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


Make sure to read our set reports from H2 by clicking the images below!

HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART ONE: FX ARTIST WAYNE TOTH! (Click image below to read it!)



HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART TWO: PRODUCER MALEK AKKAD! (Click image below to read it!)



HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART THREE: PRODUCER ANDY GOULD! (Click image below to read it!)



HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART FOUR: ACTRESS SCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON! (Click image below to read it!)


Ridley Scott Returns To ALIEN! Attached To Direct Prequel!

Looks like earlier rumors about Ridley Scott helming the new ALIEN prequel turned out to be true! Variety is reporting that the director of the original ALIEN is in fact attached to direct the new flick.

According to the article: "The studio has hired Jon Spaihts to write the prequel. Spaihts got the job after pitching the studio and Scott Free, which will produce the film.

The film is set up to be a prequel to the groundbreaking 1979 film that Scott directed. It will precede that film, in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal generated by an empty ship was meant to warn them.

The deal gives Fox another chance to keep the "Alien" franchise alive. There were three sequels to Scott's original, but it is the first time the director has set his mind on directing one.

Spaihts has become a go-to-guy for space thrillers. After Keanu Reeves became attached to his Warner Bros. sci-fi script "Shadow 19," Reeves hired Spaihts to write the space journey epic "Passengers," which is berthed at Morgan Creek. That script got Spaihts the meeting with Fox and Scott Free, and he won the job with an "Alien" reboot take that the studio and Scott loved.

Fox has separately hired him to rewrite "The Darkest Hour," which Timur Bekmambetov to produce with Tom Jacobson. Spaihts is writing "Children of Mars" for Disney and Scott Rudin, and he will follow by rewriting "St. George and the Dragon" for Sony and Red Wagon."

More when we hear it!


TRUE BLOOD Renewed For 3rd Season!

THRfeed.com is reporting that several HBO shows have been renewed for new seasons, including the vampire drama hit TRUE BLOOD, which will now officially return for a 3rd season. The post says, "The freshly formed Sunday-night lineup has given HBO two consecutive hours of hit programming for the first time in years. "True Blood" in particular has managed to increase its audience with nearly every episode, giving the network its most-watched show since "The Sopranos.""


You can check out a trailer for the remainder of Season 2 at our previous news post HERE!

TRUE BLOOD stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Alexander Skarsgård and is created by and executive produced by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; co-executive producer, Brian Buckner; supervising producer, Nancy Oliver; produced by Carol Dunn Trussell; producer, Alexander Woo; co-producer, Raelle Tucker.

New Cover Art For Rob Zombie's THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO!

We've just received updated DVD cover artwork for Rob Zombie's THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO. So we're going to display it below and re-run the original press release so you've got the full scoop on the movie & disc!



UNDEAD NAZIS, HORNY ROBOTS AND STRIPPERS GET ANIMATED ON DVD! Rob Zombie Presents THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO, Hitting the Mat on DVD and Blu-ray™ September 22, 2009

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO, the first full-length animated feature from Director/Writer Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects and 2009’s Halloween), on DVD and Blu-ray™ on September 22, 2009. A longtime pet project of Zombie (he based it on his comic book), THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO, is an ultra-hip, wickedly funny fantasy that’s a colorful blend of Fritz the Cat, “Scooby-Doo,” “Ren and Stimpy,” and Santo wrestling flicks. El Superbeasto is “Adults Only” animation available on DVD for an SRP of $19.97 and Blu-ray™ for $34.98.

THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO is the twisted tale of El Superbeasto (voiced by Tom Papa), a former world class masked wrestler with super human strength, who now finds himself in the very ordinary capacity as producer/director/star of BeastoWorld Enterprises. But when he can, Beasto spends time fighting evil along with his with his super-sexy sister, Suzi X (Sheri Moon Zombie), in the spooky Monsterland. Our hefty hero faces his biggest battle when he struggles to stop the unholy marriage of foul-mouthed stripper Velvet Von Black (Rosario Dawson) and the diabolical Dr. Satan (Paul Giamatti). Will all hell break loose or will our man save the day? The answer can only be found in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, a depraved adventure with filthy comedy, ultra-violence, and some bad-ass theme songs!

Along with the distinct voice work of Dawson, Giamatti, Moon Zombie, and Papa, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto also features many other instantly recognizable performers including Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Daniel Roebuck, Harland Williams, Cassandra Peterson, Clint Howard, Dee Wallace, Rob Paulsen, Tura Satana, and Danny Trejo.

With Rob Zombie, a cast of fan favorites, and original songs by Hard ‘n Phirm; The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is a trash culture wild ride that’s a soon-to-be cult classic.

FEAR CLINIC Teaser Trailer!

FearNET has released the first teaser trailer for their upcoming webseries FEAR CLINIC, which stars genre vets Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris & Lisa Wilcox. Written by Aaron Drane and directed by Rob Hall (LAID TO REST, LIGHTENING BUG), the series will start airing on FearNET this October! Check out the teaser below!


Another Clip From Chan-wook Park's THIRST!

We've been provided with yet another clip from Chan-Wook Park's latest THIRST which opens in select theaters today! (Full listings, check: http://filminfocus.com/focusfeatures/film/thirst/theatres) Check out the clip entitled "Shoes" below, as well as another clip at our previous news post HERE!



You can check out the official trailer at our previous post HERE.

 


THIRST is slated to release in select theaters July 31st.

THIRST official site: www.thirstmovie.com


Synopsis: A priest becomes a vampire…another man’s wife is coveted…a deadly seduction triggers murder. Thirst is the new film from director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). Already a boxoffice smash in Korea , Thirst was honored with the Prix du Jury [Jury Prize] at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival.

Continuing his explorations of human existence in extreme circumstances, the director spins a tale that he conceived and then developed over several years with co-screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung.

Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star Song Kang-ho, of The Host) is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives – but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained when a childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.

New Laurie Strode Pic From HALLOWEEN 2!

With less then a month to go until the release of Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN 2, the musician/filmmaker unveiled one more pic of a bloodied Laurie Strode via his My Space page. (It's actually a huge spoiler if you choose to save it and see the title of the jpg. You have been warned!) You can check that out below, along with 2 more exclusive pics, one on Shock Till You Drop's site, the other on Dread Central.



Go to the official website at: http://www.halloween2-movie.com

See the latest trailers right HERE as well as a new TV Spot right HERE! See the latest behind-the-scenes video right HERE. Make sure to check out the trailer to HALLOWEEN 2 right HERE. Latest theatrical one-sheet poster right HERE! New pic of the pumpkin "dream" sequence character HERE! New pic of Sheriff Brackett right HERE! New pic of Loomis and a new poster can be seen right HERE! Check out the 2 latest images of Michael Myers right HERE! Watch another video clip from our last post HERE! Don't forget to read our brand new FRIGHT exclusive interview with ROB ZOMBIE by clicking the frame below!



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

Make sure to read our set reports from H2 by clicking the images below!

HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART ONE: FX ARTIST WAYNE TOTH! (Click image below to read it!)



HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART TWO: PRODUCER MALEK AKKAD! (Click image below to read it!)



HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART THREE: PRODUCER ANDY GOULD! (Click image below to read it!)



HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART FOUR: ACTRESS SCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON! (Click image below to read it!)


July 30, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con POSTER Round-Up!

Before we wrap up on this past weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, we figured we'd share with you a handful of horror related posters that were on display at the show. Check out official posters for Full Moon's PUPPET MASTER: AXIS OF EVIL & DEMONIC TOYS 2, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, TRICK 'R TREAT, SORORITY ROW, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, DEXTER, THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO & STAN HELSING. Check 'em out below! Special thanks to Brian Smith.
















French Poster For THE FINAL DESTINATION!

The 3D extended trailer/presentation for THE FINAL DESTINATION generated quite a bit of buzz at this past weekend's Comic-Con, so with that, HaleyWebb.net has debuted a new international French poster for the sequel, titled overseas FINAL DESTINATION 4. You can check it out below!


By the way, you can check out a new international trailer over on Shock Till You Drop's site HERE.

See the US trailer right HERE! See 2 TV spots at our previous news post HERE. See more gruesome pics of victims from THE FINAL DESTINATION right HERE! Visit the official website at http://www.thefinaldestinationmovie.com. THE FINAL DESTINATION hits theaters on August 28st, 2009 and stars Nick Zano, Krista Allen (FEAST), Andy Fiscella, Shantel Van Santen, Bobby Campo, Haley Webb, Justin Welborn (THE SIGNAL), Mykelti Williamson & Richard T. Jones. David Ellis, the director of FINAL DESTINATION 2 returns behind the camera for FINAL DESTINATION 4. Eric Bress wrote the script. 

Rachelle Lefevre Speaks Out On THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE Recasting!

Ouch! Actress Rachelle Lefevre has spoken out about yesterday's surprise announcement that Bryce Dallas Howard would be replacing her in the upcoming THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE in the role of Victoria, which Lefevre playing in both TWILIGHT & NEW MOON.

Yahoo posted segments of her official statement where she admits to being "stunned" by the sudden recasting. Summit Entertainment's press release cites a scheduling conflict for the decision. Lefevre says she was "fully committed" to returning as Victoria and that her 10 day job on BARNEY'S VERSION (with Paul Giamatti & Dustin Hoffman) wouldn't interfere with the 3 month ECLIPSE shoot.

"I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules," she says. "Although the production schedule for `Eclipse' is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those 10 days and would not accommodate me. Given the length of filming for `Eclipse,' never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10-day overlap."

In another surprising move, Summit issued another press release tonight that the LA Times blog The Dish Rag published. Here it is:


* Ms. Lefevre's representatives were advised as early as April that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE was expected to start shooting in early August.

* If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes “passionate,” about being part of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, we feel that she and her representatives would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with the shooting schedule of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.

* It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to BARNEY’S VERSION, a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June. Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. We feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production.

* Furthermore Ms. Lefevre took a role in the other film that places her in Europe during the required rehearsal time, and at least ten days of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE’s principal photography. This period is essential for both rehearsal time with the cast, and for filming at key locations that are only available during the initial part of production.

* Contrary to Ms. Lefevre’s statement, it is simply untrue that the Studio dismissed her over a ten day overlap. It is not about a ten day overlap, but instead about the fact that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story.


I don't know... I'm told that Victoria plays a major part in the story for ECLIPSE, so is it surprising that suddenly Ron Howard's daughter, who's appeared in franchise movies such as SPIDER-MAN 3 and TERMINATOR: SALVATION snagged the part? Debate amongst yourselves!


Jason Mewes Joins Cast Of BREATH OF HATE!

Jason Mewes (“Clerks 2”, “Zack & Miri Make a Porno”) is set to star alongside Ezra Buzzington (“Halloween 2”) and Felissa Rose (“Return to Sleepaway Camp”) in the Velvet Hammer Films/ArsonCuff Entertainment production of “Breath of Hate.”

Directed by Sean Cain (“Silent Night, Zombie Night”) and written by Wes Laurie, “Breath” centers around a young woman in the escort business who, on her last job, is confronted by a trio of escaped mental patients looking to change the world - one victim at a time. "Audiences know him as the foul-mouthed Jay in the Kevin Smith movies, but he’s got a sweet side that’s the perfect counterpoint to the darkness in our story,” Cain says. “His character is a gamer nerd who falls for a escort. It’s through his love that he brings her back from being a walking suicide.”

Also joining the cast are Lauren Walsh (“18 Year Old Virgin”), Jack Forcinito (“Silent Night, Zombie Night”), Ted Prior (“Surf Nazis Must Die”) and Alexis Sibolis (“Plaguers”). “Breath” begins filming in late summer. This is the second teaming of Wes Laurie’s ArsonCuff Entertainment and Sean Cain’s Velvet Hammer Films. They are currently finishing post-production on “Silent Night, Zombie Night.”



THE WOLFMAN Trailer In August!

Yesterday, we reported on the release date push for Universal's THE WOLFMAN which is currently slated for a February 12th, 2010 theatrical date. Shock Till You Drop was able to get some comments over from Universal in regards to the delay.

The move to February of next year is a mere financial consideration as it will have no competition at the box office in February. (Whereas in November they'd be going up against Robert Zemeckis/Jim Carrey's A CHRISTMAS CAROL)

Also, Shock reveals that the first trailer for THE WOLFMAN will debut before prints of Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS which opens August 21st. Expect to see the trailer on-line around the same time. More when we hear it!


The new update of the classic Universal monster was helmed by director Joe Johnston from a script by Andrew Kevin Walker (SE7EN) & David Self and stars Benicio Del Toro (SIN CITY), Anthony Hopkins (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), Emily Blunt (WIND CHILL) & Hugo Weaving (V FOR VENDETTA). Rick Baker provides the make-up FX for the new WOLF MAN. Check out Mezco's WOLFMAN action figure right HERE! Read the official synopsis HERE!

DRAG ME TO HELL Comes To DVD October 20th!

Where the hell were you guys when Sam Raimi's DRAG ME TO HELL was playing in theaters?! You missed hands down his best film since EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN, so don't expect an EVIL DEAD 4 when you didn't support his latest horror effort in theaters where to the big wigs it counts!

Regardless, you can see what you missed as Moviefone's website revealed an October 20th release date for the DVD. No other info at this time, but as soon as we get feature specs and cover artwork, we'll post it!


Directed by Sam Raimi and Co-written with brother Ivan Raimi, DRAG ME TO HELL stars Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Jessica Lucas, David Paymer, Dileep Rao & Reggie Lee.

 

July 29, 2009

Bryce Dallas Howard Joins Cast Of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE!

Hot off her appearance as Kate Conner in TERMINATOR: SALVATION, actress Bryce Dallas Howard is jumping into yet another franchise film. This time, she'll be replacing Rachelle Lefevre in the role of Victoria for David Slade's upcoming THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, which begins shooting this August. While the 2nd sequel NEW MOON is set to hit theaters November 20th, 2009, ECLIPSE is already locked in for a June 30th, 2010 release date. Below is the full press release regarding Howard's addition to the TWILIGHT cast:

Summit Entertainment announced today that Bryce Dallas Howard will take over the role of “Victoria” in the studio’s upcoming production of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. Actress, Rachelle Lefevre, who portrayed the character in TWILIGHT as well as the upcoming release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, will not continue in the role due to scheduling conflicts with another commitment the actor has made. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE will start filming in Vancouver this coming August.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, the third film in the studio’s TWILIGHT film franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster book series, will be directed by David Slade from a screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg. The film will be released theatrically in North America on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

“We are incredibly happy that Bryce has agreed to come into the franchise,” said Erik Feig, Summit’s President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions. “Rachelle brought “Victoria” to great screen life and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character. The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress as Bryce coming in to fill the role.”

Howard most recently starred in TERMINATOR SALVATION as Kate Connor and has been seen in SPIDER-MAN 3, LADY IN THE WATER, and THE VILLAGE. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her leading performance as an actress in the HBO film AS YOU LIKE IT.

In THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. 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 is confronted with the most important decision of her life.


NIGHT OF THE CREEPS Goes Blu-Ray On October 20th!

October 20th marks the DVD release date of the cult classic Fred Dekker favorite NIGHT OF THE CREEPS. But now, word comes out that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is also prepping a Blu-Ray release for the same date! A full listing of features were posted on Blu-ray.com and is listed below:

Special features for this release include:
  • Audio Commentary with Members of the Cast
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Fred Dekker
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending – Theatrical Version
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Trivia Track
  • 6 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
    • Birth of the Creeps - Writer/Director Fred Dekker discusses his influences and early filmmaking experiences and how NIGHT OF THE CREEPS evolved into his debut feature film.
    • Cast of the Creeps - Actors Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, and Actress Jill Whitlow talk about their experiences on the film, and how they have dealt with the film's enduring cult success over the past 25 years.
    • Creating the Creeps - Make-Up FX Creators David B. Miller, Robert Kurtzman and others discuss the extensive make-up creations in the film, and how they brought the slithering sluglike "creeps" to life.
    • Escape of the Creeps - A detailed look into the film's post-production and why the film was barely released to theatres with Writer/Director Fred Dekker, Composer Barry DeVorzon, and Producer Charles Gordon.
    • Legend of the Creeps - Final words from the cast & crew on the film's enduring cult popularity plus interviews with the film's biggest fans.
    • Tom Atkins: Man of Action – A detailed look at the career of Tom Atkins with testimonials from filmmakers he's worked with over the past thirty years.
  • Footage from the June 2009 cast reunion screening at The Original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
  • BD-Live Access Exclusive content and downloads!

It seems like the only Special Feature missing is the featurette where James Gunn claims to have never seen CREEPS before he made SLiTHER. Zing! Oh James, I kid because I love.

Amazon recently held a contest to choose the DVD cover art. The contest is now closed but you can check out the 3 contenders below:



NIGHT OF THE CREEPS was written & directed by Fred Dekker and stars Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Witlow, David Paymer and Tom Atkins.

UPDATED: NATURAL BORN KILLERS Comes To Blu-Ray October 13th

UPDATE: There was actually a slight date error on the original press release. The official release date for the DVD and Blu-Ray is October 13th! Mark it on your calenders!

One of the most controversial films of all time, NATURAL BORN KILLERS: The Director's Cut is coming to Blu-Ray on August 25th (*see date above). Exclusive new features include a featurette titled NKB EVOLUTION: HOW IT WOULD ALL GO DOWN NOW, commentary and a new intro by Oliver Stone. You can check out the front & back cover artwork for the Blu-Ray below, followed by a full listing of the features.




-Commentary by Director Oliver Stone
-Introduction by Oliver Stone
-NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?
-Chaos Rising The Storm Around Natural Born Killers (featurette)
-Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone
The Desert
Steven Wright
The Courtroom
The Hun Brothers
The Drive-In
Denis Leary
Alternate Ending with introduction by Oliver Stone
-Charlie Rose Interview
-Charlie Rose interviews Oliver Stone on the making of this violent film, from the HD DVD release, SD)
-Director’s Cut Trailer

Where's THE WOLFMAN? Pushed To 2010?

Universal Pictures has pushed the release date of their remake of THE WOLFMAN from November 6th, 2009 to February 12th, 2010. No word on why the shift, but the studio recently wrapped a series of reshoots, so no doubt they're still tweaking the film to incorporate the new "wolfman" footage shot. We'll keep you posted on when we hear more!


The new update of the classic Universal monster was helmed by director Joe Johnston from a script by Andrew Kevin Walker (SE7EN) & David Self and stars Benicio Del Toro (SIN CITY), Anthony Hopkins (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), Emily Blunt (WIND CHILL) & Hugo Weaving (V FOR VENDETTA). Rick Baker provides the make-up FX for the new WOLF MAN. Check out Mezco's WOLFMAN action figure right HERE! Read the official synopsis HERE!

New Release Date & Website Launch For A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET!

The release date for the highly anticipated Platinum Dunes reboot of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET has shifted from it's original April 16th, 2010 release date now to April 30th, 2010. Shock Till You Drop spoke to producer Brad Fuller about the 2 week push back. Here's what he had to say: "We're all alone on that weekend. There were two other movies on the 16th. The 30th we're all alone and that takes us into May." Shock points out however, that one week after NIGHTMARE's new proposed release date, IRON MAN 2 hits theaters. (Then again, FRIDAY THE 13TH only lasted it's first week before making a record drop.)

Also of note to Freddy Krueger fans, the official website for the new A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is live over at: http://www.nightmareonelmstreet.com

So far, it's just the teaser poster & synopsis, but bookmark it now and we'll keep you posted on when there's some new activity over there!



The new A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake is being directed by Samuel Beyer from a script by Wesley Strick, later revised by Eric Heissere. It stars Thomas Dekker (TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNER CHRONICLES), Kyle Gallner (THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT), Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy and Rooney Mara as the new Nancy. Jackie Earle Haley is the new Freddy Krueger. Platinum Dunes Brad Fuller, Andrew Form & Michael Bay are producing. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET hits theaters on April 30th, 2010!

SORORITY ROW International Poster!

Below you can check out a new international one-sheet theatrical poster for SORORITY ROW. An update/remake of Mark Rosman's 1983 THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW, the new version is set to open in theaters on September 11th. Stewart Hendler directed from a script by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger and it stars (cutie) Briana Evigan (S. DARKO, FEAR ITSELF: NEW YEAR'S DAY), Rumer Willis, Audrina Patridge (INTO THE BLUE 2) and Carrie Fisher. New poster below! See the trailer & 1st poster at THIS post! And the final theatrical one-sheet poster HERE!



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DAMNATION, Latest Short From Fever Dreams!

Below you'll find the official press release and a handful of images from DAMNATION, the latest short film project from Fever Dreams. No word on a release date yet or if the short will be paired up on a new edition of one of their previous feature length movies, but we'll keep you posted! Info & pics below!

DAMNATION is a new Fever Dreams short film that returns to the dark, violent universe depicted in the 2006 feature film, SHADOW: DEAD RIOT, a Derek Wan film starring Tony Todd (CANDY MAN, TV’s 24).

This time, WARDEN BRUTAWSKI is the judge, jury and executioner for a satanic slavery ring where innocent women are abducted, warehoused and sentenced to a fate worse than death! With the aid of his henchwoman ELSA, they rule the death row inmates with an iron fist and determine their final destinies with a twisted spin of the Wheel of Fate.

DAMNATION depicts the surreal and sedated exploits of an innocent young woman named JUSTINE; from her harrowing highway abduction and nightmarish incarceration to her diabolical sale on an internet auction block and involuntary casting in a demented movie!

JUSTINE faces a whirlwind obstacle course of humiliation, torture and dangerous, psychotic characters like THE DOCTOR, THE CANNIBAL, THE MOGUL and the chainsaw wielding SENOR SATANICO! Will she physically and mentally survive the ordeal? Will she ever regain her freedom and live to see her husband and baby again?

DAMNATION is a 40-minute featurette starring Kerri Miller, Silja Jensen, Georgia Haege, Chris Cusano, Matt Muzio and Sergio Jones. Produced, Written and Directed by John Carchietta and Carl Morano. Fever Dreams’ other credits include the Warner Bros. released THE HILLS RUN RED, THE PICK UP, FLESH FOR THE BEAST, SHADOW: DEAD RIOT, THE MACHINE GIRL, TOKYO GORE POLICE, DEATH TRANCE and WICKED LAKE.









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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (Restored!) Comes To DVD October 13th!

One of the most revered slasher films of the 1980s comes home to Anchor Bay Entertainment as fans remember it… HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

It’s time to blow out the candles and sharpen the shish-kebab spears, because the classic 1980s’ slasher favorite Happy Birthday to Me is coming to DVD, courtesy Anchor Bay Entertainment. Street date is October 13, 2009, with a SRP of $14.98.

This edition of the film, however, has something missing from the previous DVD release does not – the film’s haunting orchestral score, as composed by Bo Harwood and Lance Rubin, which was NOT included on the first DVD release and which fans have been clamoring for.

It is yet another example of why Anchor Bay Entertainment is the undisputed leader in cult and classic horror home entertainment – they give the fans what they want.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME was directed by Academy Award® nominee J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone, 10 to Midnight, Murphy’s Law) and stars Emmy Award® nominee Melissa Sue Anderson (“Little House on the Prairie,” “Midnight Offerings”) and Golden Globe Award® winner and Hollywood legend Glenn Ford (3:10 to Yuma, Blackboard Jungle, The Big Heat, Superman), along with such familiar co-stars as Lawrence Dane (Scanners, Of Unknown Origin, Bride of Chucky), Daytime Emmy Award® winner Tracy Bregman (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless”) and Matt Craven (Public Enemies, Crimson Tide, Jacob’s Ladder).

Welcome to upscale Crawford Academy, where everybody – particularly new student Ginny Wainwright (Anderson) – wants to be a part of the school’s most popular clique. But now, it seems that they’re dying to get out, as a killer has been butchering the group’s members, one by one. Could a deadly accident from Ginny’s past be connected to the brutal killings? And as her 18th birthday approaches, will Ginny be the guest of honor at the most horrific party of all?

Part whodunit, part psychological thriller, part twisted black comedy and full-tilt, full-blooded shocker, the original theatrical ads for Happy Birthday to Me boasted “six of the most bizarre murders you will ever see!” -- and it delivered.

“Pure slasher fun from beginning to end,” raved DVD Drive-In, while Arrow in the Head called the film “downright nasty … a slit throat above the usual slasher flick!” Even the esteemed critic Vincent Canby of The New York Times had to admit: “The murders, which are the point of such a movie, are vividly demonstrated.” In a special retrospective devoted to the film in Fangoria (Issue #238), author Caelum Vatnsdal wrote: “Never in the shadowy slasher-film world has the potent cocktail of gore, directorial competence, old-time Hollywood star power and pure ‘80s outlandishness offered by HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME quite been equaled.” So popular is the legacy of HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME that is a remake is on the drawing (carving?) board -- and in 3-D, no less!

But for purists, there’s only one HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME -- and Anchor Bay Entertainment’s ready to cut the cake and serve it up!


2nd Teaser Poster For ALL ABOUT EVIL!

Below you'll find the second teaser poster for ALL ABOUT EVIL. You may remember the (awesome) premiere poster featured the film's star, Natasha Lyonne, covered in blood. (See that in our previous news post HERE!) This second poster showcases the hauntingly beautiful Jade and Nikita Ramsey who play "Veda" and "Vera"; killer twins who were institutionalized earlier in life after murdering their family at seven years of age. They are silent but deadly and were born knowing all about evil.



We're told there will be five more posters released over the next five months so that the collection will total seven, along with the first trailer once the official website goes live. We'll keep you posted on when that happens!

Something evil this way comes...

ALL ABOUT EVIL is the feature film debut of writer / director Joshua Grannell and stars Natasha Lyonne (Slums of Beverly Hills, But I'm A Cheerleader), Thomas Dekker (Sarah Connor Chronicles, A Nightmare On Elm Street), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom), Noah Segan (Deadgirl, Brick), Jack Donner (Star Trek), Julie Caitlin Brown (Babylon 5), Patrick Bristow (Showgirls), Peaches Christ (Season Of The Troll), and many more!

ALL ABOUT EVIL is a wicked black comedy set in the world of a horror movie about a mousy librarian (Natasha Lyonne) who inherits her father's beloved but failing old movie house. In order to save the family business she discovers her inner serial killer - and a legion of rabid gore fans - when she starts turning out a series of grisly shorts. What her fans don't realize yet is that the murders in the movies are all too real!

The film was shot entirely in San Francisco and was born, nurtured, and birthed in the cult film underground. Writer / Director / Producer Joshua Grannell is also known as alter-ego and Midnight Mass impresario Peaches Christ. The movie was shot by award-winning cinematographer Tom Richmond (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Chopping Mall) and was produced by Darren Stein (Jawbreaker writer / director), Brian Benson (Haiku Tunnel, Howl), and Debbie Brubaker.

Indie Flick HUNTING SEASON To Premiere On VOD August 1st!

Filmmaker Nathan Wrann's indie horror movie debut HUNTING SEASON will be available for 'video on demand' as of August 1st. Check out the full press release below with all the details, as well as the trailer.

"Hunting Season" Trailer from Nathan Wrann on Vimeo.



Connecticut based independent film production company Dalton Gang Productions recently closed a cable VOD distribution deal for its debut feature HUNTING SEASON. The brutal slasher-survivalist thriller will be premiering August 1st 2009 across the U.S, Canada and Puerto Rico through an agreement with Gravitas Ventures arranged by The Bosko Group. HUNTING SEASON will be on VOD for 90 days.

The Gravitas VOD deal will make the feature available to more than 13 million subscribers across the continental United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Gravitas programs 15 films per month to dozens of cable, satellite, and telco VOD providers including Charter Communications, DISH Network, RCN and Verizon FIOS.

HUNTING SEASON is the feature debut from director Nathan Wrann and Dalton Gang Productions. Husband and wife producing team, Nathan Wrann and Kimberly Dalton set out to create the horror movie they’d like to see — literate and coherent in plot, and brutal and unrelenting in tension. With HUNTING SEASON, they’ve hit the mark with a vengeance. Production began in the wet, hot summer of 2006 as they gathered their resources: a cast of 10 friends; access to13 acres of wooded property just outside New Haven, CT; 2 part time, crew members, a plastic-tip-of-the-shoestring budget and a large bucket of blood, sweat and tears. Despite these limitations Wrann and Dalton were able to realize their vision to the extent that Mr. Wrann calls HUNTING SEASON “A complete personal success.”

HUNTING SEASON’s plot follows 6 friends on a camping trip deep in the woods for, what should be, “the best weekend ever.” The good times take a turn for the worse when, after a tragic “accident,” a pair of sadistic hunters wreaks violent, bloody, unrelenting havoc on the stranded campers.

HUNTING SEASON is a brutal exploitation flick (consider yourself warned) inspired by, and paying homage to, those that came many years before it. The final product and subsequent national VOD release is a testament to the fact that a dedicated cast and crew and a writer/director with a clear artistic vision and integrity, can overcome the limitations of budget (less than $5,000) to create a movie scarier, more brutal and more engaging than many of those with far greater resources.


 

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James Wan To Direct CASTLEVANIA!

Variety reports that Konami is in final negotiations with filmmaker (and SAW co-creator) James Wan to direct CASTLEVANIA with Ian Jeffers attached to write. Wan & Jeffers last collaborated on DEATH SENTENCE together. Steven Paul from Crystal Sky Entertainment is producing. Variety reports, "The project centers on the battle between Dracula and the Belmont clan of vampire hunters in a labyrinthine fortress in the Carpathian mountains. "CASTLEVANIA" debuted as a vidgame in Japan in 1986. Crystal Sky acquired the feature rights in 2005 and attached Paul W.S. Anderson to direct, followed by Sylvain White in 2007, with Rogue co-producing, but the project stalled during the WGA strike."

Wan spoke to Bloody-Disgusting and said, "I'll be working on the script with a writer to give it a new spin, different to the previous versions. This will have my stamp on it which Konami is very excited about. The thing I love about what Konami did with Castlevania, was taking the iconic Dracula mythology and Eastern-European setting, and retelling it with a Japanese pop-cultural sensibility," he continues. "That’s the East-meets-West tone I want to visually expand on for the film. I’m thrilled by the opportunity to make a highly stylized, fantasy, action film that focuses on the gothic storyline and the cool, anime-like characters. For once, the human hero is as sexy and dangerous as the vampire villain, and his weapon of choice was what attracted me to the project in the first place – The Vampire Killer Whip."


July 27, 2009

Teaser Trailer For Animated Webseries DEXTER: EARLY CUTS!

This past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed during Showtime's DEXTER panel that a new animated webseries titled DEXTER: EARLY CUTS would start airing this Fall on Showtime's website to coincide with the upcoming 4th season of DEXTER. Now Showtime has just debuted the first teaser trailer for the webisode prequel series! Get a glimpse of it below!



See several videos from the panel at our previous news post HERE! See the trailer for DEXTER Season 4 at our news post HERE!

Check out the teaser posters & bobble heads from today's post HERE! See the recent teaser poster from our previous news post HERE. John Lithgow also joins recently announced cast member Courtney Ford. (Read all about Lithgow's casting at our previous news post HERE and Courtney Ford's HERE!) Season 3 hits store shelves on August 18th, while Season 4 will begins airing September 27th on Showtime. DEXTER stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Julie Benz, James Remar, David Zayas, Keith Carradine, Lauren Vélez and C.S. Lee.

Help Pick The DVD Cover For WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD!

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Fox Home Entertainment for a contest where YOU can decide the DVD front cover for WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD. Head over to THIS link on B-D's page to vote for one of the 2 selections, pictured below. (I'm kinda leaning towards the 2nd one. What about you guys?)



Directed by Declan O'Brien, WRONG TURN 3 stars Tom Frederic (THE OXFORD MURDERS), THE HILLS RUN RED's Janet Montgomery, Mike Straub, Tamer Hassan, Gil Kolirin and Chucky Venice (RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL).

You can watch the trailer at our previous news post HERE and check out the new poster HERE! WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD is out on DVD October 20th!

July 26, 2009

VIDEO: THE CHILLER KILLER - April 2009 Convention Report!

Fright friend Dave Neabore is back with another fantastic video report from the last Chiller Theatre convention in Parsippany, New Jersey. Yeah, yeah, it happened back in April, but... better late then never! And the story of the "chiller killer" is obviously more time appropriate now then ever. Check out the video below after Dave's intro!

In APRIL 2009, The Chiller Theatre horror convention was held in Parsippany, New Jersey. Here are the highlights from that weekend as seen thru the eyes of director Dave Neabore. In This video you will see such famous horror guests such as Oliver Robins, Carel Struycken, E.G. Daily, Nancy Loomis, Charles Cyphers, Jonathan Tiersten, Italian Horror legends Richard Johnson, Ian McColloch, Al Cliver, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Cinzia Monreale, Luigi Cozzi, Silvia Collatina, Zora Kerova, Robert Rusler, Jason Lively, Zach Galligan, Tom Towles, Walter Koenig, Tom Noonan, Darcy DeMoss, Tom Savini, Kane Hodder, John Amplas, and the Chiller Killer!! Enjoy!!



VIDEO: TRUE BLOOD Comic-Con Exclusive Trailer!

HBO debuted a trailer exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con tonight during the TRUE BLOOD panel. No need to drown your sorrows at Merlotte's tonight if you missed it because the trailer just went live on HBO's True Blood site Here's a look at some new characters and a preview of what's to come on the rest of season 2 of "True Blood":





TRUE BLOOD stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Alexander Skarsgård and is created by and executive produced by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; co-executive producer, Brian Buckner; supervising producer, Nancy Oliver; produced by Carol Dunn Trussell; producer, Alexander Woo; co-producer, Raelle Tucker.

ORPHAN: ICONS INTERVIEWS!

I’ll admit it. I was slightly intrigued by the promotional poster for ORPHAN the first time I caught it at a bus stop back in New York. I couldn’t help but stare at this oddly photoshopped image and try desperately to figure out exactly what was wrong with Esther? Needless to say, whatever they did to the image worked because it got me to stop and examine it. But after that, I honestly didn’t have high expectations set up for yet another “evil child” horror movie. However, because my expectations were low, ORPHAN actually ended up exceeding my initial expectations and I left the theater more then satisfied by the experience. It’s a fairly solid little horror movie that definitely earns its R rating and delivers on some truly genuine shocking twists.

ICONS OF FRIGHT was invited to sit in on a series of roundtable interviews with various people involved in its creation including producers Joel Silver & Susan Downey, writer David Leslie Johnson, director Jaume Collet-Serra and actors Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard and Isabelle Fuhrman making her screen debut as Esther. The following is a series of quotes pulled from an array of topics we covered in the hour long interview session. Enjoy!


On the origins of the story & co-producer Leonardo Dicaprio?

Joel Silver: Appian Way is Leonardo’s production company, they had really come up with the idea for this movie and it was a horror movie they wanted to make. And he had sent off the script and Warners had read the script and thought this might be a great vehicle for us at Dark Castle to jump into. We met with Leo and his business partner and we felt that it was a great idea. Susan worked with them very closely to bid off the script and with the movie itself.

David Leslie Johnson: At the very beginning, the project was developed internally at Leo’s company Alpine Way, and one of his executives Alex Mace wrote a treatment for it. They basically were looking for a writer to adapt the treatment and get a fresh take on it. They only gave me the first 3 pages of it. Basically the beginning of the story, the family dynamic, who the characters were and Esther comes to the home – now what happens? So, I sort of took that, came up with the ending and worked backwards to match up with the story they had and pitched them that and that’s sort of how it came to be.



On casting Isabelle Fuhrman as Esther?

Susan Downey: It was pure old fashioned casting. We put a bunch of kids on tape and she just popped right out. And it was interesting because if you do read an early draft of the script, the description of the little girl is the complete opposite of what Isabelle actually looks like. She was supposed to have pure white skin, and blonde curly hair. It wasn’t her look, but she was so good in her audition and just stood out from all the other kids that it was a no brainer.

Joel Silver: Leo was making a movie in South Africa, BLOOD DIAMOND actually, and the way that you can cast now, there’s websites with protective locks so you can put up video of all the people testing for a role. Leo called me early one morning and said, “I saw this girl and she’s fantastic!” We hadn’t even seen it yet because he had been ahead of us in time, and he just said, “She’s the one. She’s the one.” He was very specific about that because being a child actor himself, he was very conscious of what that does and what that is and he was always concerned that this girl not be affected by the process. He was very conscious that she be very focused and not given too much information about things in the movie that might hurt her future.



Isabelle on portraying the character of Esther?

Isabelle Fuhrman: I read the script and I talked to my acting couch about the character and he helped me figure out different things I could do, because each person has different things. Some people bite their nails. Some people run their fingers through their hair, or scratch or itch. So I was thinking about different things I can do that would make Esther different from me, because she’s totally different from me. I like touching my hair, and I don’t do it all the time but I do run my fingers through my hair, so Esther I thought maybe would do something a little different. A little more swing in her step and she’d be a bit more girly because of her secret. I went to lunch once with Vera and we were at a restaurant I kept watching all these women, they kept looking at me like why is this girl starring at me? I was watching them for how they crossed their legs or tilted their heads. Or how they grabbed for their water. I was watching Vera a lot on set, and it all just helped and worked. On the day, it all came into place.


Susan Downey: The thing with Isabelle is she’s got great parents and they’re really smart. They’re incredibly supportive and with any movie you do, you always have a teacher on the set as well. You just kind of talk them through it to a certain point. You’re always conferring with the parents and with the teacher about what is appropriate and not. And what’s great, we saw this when Jaume was working with her and the other kids, there’s certain things you can explain in a somewhat adult way, and there’s other things you try and you see it’s just so above their experience level and you’re like “OK, just imagine that your sister just stole your toy.” (Laughs) You know? You have to really boil it down for them. But I think with Isabelle, she’s incredibly smart and very articulate. Her parents are the same way, so it made it very easy.


Isabelle Fuhrman: I had a dialect couch during the entire filming (in the movie, Esther has a thick Russian accent), so he’d come into my apartment where I was staying in and we’d go over the lines in the accent and we’d try to get different sounds. Like the W’s are different. My mom’s Russian, so I watched her a lot. Foreign people move their lips a different way. We tend to move our lips fully when we say something like “show”. But European’s keep their mouths kind of closed, they’re not very open when they talk. (Gives example.)


Isabelle Fuhrman: Well, my usual day was, I’d get my hair curls and then I got into my dress, I would go, I would transform into her and I would go about my day being her, being Esther. And um, something clicked. Every morning I would put on the dress and it clicked, time to perform.

David Leslie Johnson: When I first started writing the script, it was sort of one of those things that you can fall into with the evil child is how are all these adults being outsmarted by this child? I wanted to go into it thinking she’s just really that smart. She’s Hannibal Lector smart. She walks into a room and sizes everybody up and she figures out ‘ok, I know what your weakness is and what your weakness is’ and I don’t want anybody looking at me. I want you looking at her. And being mad at each other so that I can do what I want to do. That was the idea.



On the appeal to this story and the character arch’s?


Susan Downey: It was very much in the writing. It was very much in the script that we had originally received and then continued to work on & develop. The characters that we got from the original material in terms of Kate’s backstory and John’s backstory or for the little girl – just everyone, there was such a level of consideration that you often see more in dramas then in genre pictures, so we were fortunate to be able to have that as a starting point and to continue to develop it. Which then when we brought Jaume on, that’s what really appealed to him. He’s one of these director’s that grew up on the great horror movies of the 70’s, the ones we always reference in our development meetings that we hope to achieve and you never do. Or you ya know, you keep looking for that. He continued forward with what the script already brought to the table and it allowed us to get actors excited & involved who furthered that and continue to elevate the material.


Vera Farmiga: For me, when I consider a script there’s always a sense of wanting to defend the character and I had that with Kate. The appeal of the script for me was trying to understand miscarriage grief and at a time when I was desperately trying to get pregnant and wanting to be a mother. So there were issues in there that intrigued me about it. I spent a lot of time on websites for women who’ve gone through 3 trimesters and then suffered miscarriages and I was completely moved by it. The shock, it’s an intense grief and the recovery from it. The body heals before the soul does, so I saw that in my character and wanted to explore that.


Peter Sarsgaard: Well, I immediately felt very comfortable around Vera. There’s usually a ‘getting to know you’ awkwardness. But from the first day, when she busted her lip we were fine. It was also the only accident I remember happening on the film before cameras rolled.

Vera Farmiga: I wailed into Jaume and cracked my nose.

Peter Sarsgaard: And got a bloody nose! With playing these characters – you feel them out and they’re from your own life and they’re from what you’re sensing coming from that place, and it’s fairly subtle, so it’s those kind of things that just happen.

Vera Farmiga: We have a chemistry and we’ve known each other for 10 years. We have the same manager for a decade.

Peter Sarsgaard: We didn’t go back and write the story of our lives together, no. But the alcoholism, we talked about that stuff.

Vera Farmiga: Sure, this is a highly dysfunctional relationship that they have. I think how she first deals with the shame and pain and guilt and bereavement is to turn to alcohol. This is a man who just puts bandages on these bullet holes, he doesn’t really deal with things in this relationship and the grief is really what drives her to drink. She spends the whole film recovering from that. She feels tremendous guilt for her daughter.


How does ORPHAN compare to other “evil child” movies?

Vera Farmiga: I did something similar, but not many people saw JOSHUA. I had a great time with Sam Rockwell and the only really similar thing is that there’s a mother in distress, but I really don’t feel that my career’s in danger of being pigeonholed. And the story was radically different for me. I look at the character and what her trip is and I found this really complex. It’s a complex grief, trying to get over a miscarriage, and the dysfunction of this family. I have to say, what really got me, the secret of the film, I had never read anything like that before and I wanted to be a part of that but I wanted to make sure that whomever would be a part of that as well could make it work. As soon as Peter’s name was brought into the mix, I said ‘I’m in’. We’d been trying to find things to work on over the course of a few years.


David Leslie Johnson: Even when the BAD SEED was made, it was a taboo subject. At the end of THE BAD SEED, they have to break the 4th wall and say “Oh look here’s the actress, she wasn’t really bad and she didn’t really die.” (Laughs) It’s such a bizarre ending! I don’t remember ever seeing a movie like that where they actually had to say “its ok everyone, the little girl’s fine.” So it was definitely I think more taboo then and I think that was sort of – it sort of broke a barrier of what you could or couldn’t do certainly. But I think that the idea of children being scary has always been there. Because there’s something very primal about the need to protect children, so when you turn that on its head and you make the children, the child the bad guy, it’s violating everything that you feel. They are meant to be innocent. And there’s another aspect to it, and I don’t know if this is real or not, but there’s obviously a need to nurture kids and protect kids, but on some level, I wonder, kids also are reminders of our own mortality in a way. Ultimately your child kind of looks like you, grows up and acts like you and ultimately is here to replace you. I don’t know if maybe that’s one of the reasons that it persists as a horror sub genre, maybe.

Jaume Collet-Serra: The idea is for people to see the movie and have them think they know what this movie is going to be like, but it’s not. So, right now with the poster and the trailer, a lot of people are feeling like they’ve already seen this kind of a movie, but I don’t think that’s true. So, hopefully the movie will have an opportunity to grow with word of mouth.


Isabelle Fuhrman: This is an evil character, and most evil characters are male. Not many evil characters are female. There’s THE GOOD SON, THE OMEN. There was THE EXORCIST but I never saw that movie and I probably never will because I’m freaked out by the head spinning around! (Laughs)

A journalist asks insensitively if Isabelle, now 12 is ready for “America to hate her”?

Isabelle Fuhrman: (Pause) I’m totally different then Esther, and if America hates me then I’ve done my job! I’m supposed to make everybody hate me, but at the same time, I hope they feel sorry for her, but at the same time think ‘Whoa I feel sorry for her, but she’s so mean!’



On what’s next for producers Joel Silver and Susan Downey & Joel’s appreciation for comic book properties?

Joel Silver: LOBO (based on the DC Comic character) is the one I’m really excited about doing one day, hopefully soon. I’ve always loved graphic novels. We bought WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA in the late 80’s. I lost WATCHMEN over the years, I wish I hadn’t but I’ve always been interested in graphic novels. When I read WATCHMEN, it changed my view of so many things, it was the first time I read a graphic novel really like that. So, look we made RICHIE RICH before so I’ve been involved with comic book stories for a long time. PREDATOR might as well have been a graphic novel. Obviously it wasn’t but it read like one.


Joel Silver: With WATCHMEN, Look – I love Zack Snyder and I love his work and I think he’s very talented, but the script that we developed was I think better then the movie they made. I thought there were some really good ideas we came up with. I know he stayed very close to the original material, but he made some changes anyways. I think it could’ve been a more satisfying movie. But you make the best movie you can. I think Zack made a great movie though & I don’t want to minimize what he did, but at the end of the day it was more tuned to just to the big fanatics of WATCHMEN as opposed to a broader audience that didn’t know the original comic book. As far as LOBO, we’ve got a script for LOBO we like. And when any of you see AVATAR, the technology is genius. It’s fantastic. So it’s time. I think it’s structured now as a PG-13 movie, but I love it. I want to make a good LOBO movie and it’s a great character.


Susan Downey: We all have high hopes for SHERLOCK HOLMES, that it will be a big fun action version of it and I actually think we got there. It maintains the integrity of people whom are SHERLOCK HOLMES fans. It’s smart, there’s a great history at the core. I think Robert Downey Jr captured the essence of Sherlock. I think Jude Law is going to surprise people in his portrayal of Watson. I don’t think we’ve seen Jude do something in my opinion that’s as fresh and solid as this performance. He’s really, really great. Rachel McAdams adds a wonderful splash as Irene Adler and so I think we’re going to satiate the people who are old Sherlock fans and see that we’re doing it right, and for the next generation who hasn’t really read those stories, I think they’re just going to enjoy the ride.

ORPHAN is playing in theaters now! -Robg.


July 25, 2009

John Lithgow Talks DEXTER In New Video!

Showtime just posted several videos from the Comic-Con presentation for DEXTER Season 4. In this first clip, veteran actor John Lithgow talks about joining the cast for the upcoming season which is set to debut on September 27th! Check it out, followed by 2 more video clips from the panel!







See MORE clips from the DEXTER panel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/SHOWTIME

See the trailer for DEXTER Season 4 at our news post HERE!

Check out the teaser posters & bobble heads from today's post HERE! See the recent teaser poster from our previous news post HERE. John Lithgow also joins recently announced cast member Courtney Ford. (Read all about Lithgow's casting at our previous news post HERE and Courtney Ford's HERE!) Season 3 hits store shelves on August 18th, while Season 4 will begins airing September 27th on Showtime. DEXTER stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Julie Benz, James Remar, David Zayas, Keith Carradine, Lauren Vélez and C.S. Lee.

HORROR ART PROFILE: BIG TASTY & KAT PHILBIN! (SIBLING RIVALRY SHOW)

Here at ICONS, we're always striving to expand upon more then just horror movie news. We want to bring you the latest going on in horror "culture" as well. So we thought it'd be fun to open you faithful readers up to the world of horror art. Last weekend, Hyaena Gallery in Burbank, California opened up the "Sibling Rivalry" exhibit featuring the artwork of The Big Tasty and Kat Philbin. Their work will be on display until July 31st, so if you're in the area, make an effort to get down to the gallery and see it for yourself. In the meantime, here's a taste of the sibling rivalry!

The Big Tasty's work: "Bacon Cheeseburger"

(Top to bottom) "Uncle Failure", "My Porcine Heart", "Pork Chop"

"Shopping Cart Shamus"

"The Mini Erotica Series"

"The Douchebag Series"

"The Non-Sequiturists", "Calmzilla"

"Bordello Bouncin", "The Neverending Story Pt. 6"

"Greyhound To Hell"


Collaborative pice by both The Big Tasty & Kat Philbin - "Please Note There Is No Title For This Epic Collaborative Piece"


The work of Kat Philbin: "Three Bears"

"Ecstacy and Anteaters", "Rage-icorn", "Full Mouth Speculum"

"Polkadot", "Panda Tumor"

"Duel"

"Tentacle Rape Revenge", "Tentacle Rape Revenge 2"

(Left to right) "Flying 1", "Flying 2", "Flying 3"

"Girl"

"Dream Wedding"

The Big Tasty undies:

Kat Philbin Panties:

The Big Tasty with "Bacon Cheeseburger"

Kat Philbin with "Girl"

For more info on all these above pieces, go to: http://www.hyaenagallery.com/bigtastyexhibit.html


RUMOR: Could This Be The Make-Up For FREDDY KRUEGER?!

The following is for mere fan speculation and NOT an official piece of conceptual work. (At least that we're aware of.) One of our staffers found the following photo. Now, I personally am not at Comic-Con, so I have not yet seen the trailer to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET yet, so I don't know what Freddy's make-up looks beyond the highlighted pictures we posted HERE. The pic below could easily be a fan-made photoshop job of Jackie Earle Haley. But early word is that the new Freddy looks more like a "burn" victim and if you compare this pic to the highlighted ones, they look fairly close.

So for now, let's just consider this Freddy's potential new look until we get a clearer "official" look.


UPDATE: One of our sources tells us this is early conceptual artwork. However, at THIS link, MikeyRots from the Effects Lab forum takes credit for creating this photoshopped design. Still, the ear and the overlapping eye look VERY close to the highlighted pics we posted HERE. Could the designers have gotten a few of their ideas from this image?


Check out the first pic of Freddy HERE and the theatrical one-sheet poster HERE!

The new A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake is being directed by Samuel Beyer from a script by Wesley Strick, later revised by Eric Heissere. It stars Thomas Dekker (TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNER CHRONICLES), Kyle Gallner (THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT), Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy and Rooney Mara as the new Nancy. Jackie Earle Haley is the new Freddy Krueger. Platinum Dunes Brad Fuller, Andrew Form & Michael Bay are producing. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET hits theaters on April 30th, 2010!

DEXTER: THE GAME Trailer! Coming For iPhone & iTouch!

Below you can check out the trailer for DEXTER: THE GAME, which debuted over at Comic-Con this weekend and is now on line courtesy of G4TV.com.

"Bring the dark world of serial killer Dexter to your iPhone or iTouch as he travels around Miami to hunt down those who have escaped the justice system." Check it:



See the trailer for DEXTER Season 4 at our news post HERE!

Check out the teaser posters & bobble heads from today's post HERE! See the recent teaser poster from our previous news post HERE. John Lithgow also joins recently announced cast member Courtney Ford. (Read all about Lithgow's casting at our previous news post HERE and Courtney Ford's HERE!) Season 3 hits store shelves on August 18th, while Season 4 will begins airing September 27th on Showtime. DEXTER stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Julie Benz, James Remar, David Zayas, Keith Carradine, Lauren Vélez and C.S. Lee.

July 24, 2009

THE HILLS RUN RED Trailer Is Finally HERE!

Fresh from it's debut at Comic-Con this weekend, the trailer for THE HILLS RUN RED is finally on-line courtesy of IGN! Directed by Dave Parker and due on store shelves on September 29th, THE HILLS RUN RED introduces easily one of the coolest looking killers we've seen in years, "Babyface". Get a taste below!



Check out several pics at our previous news post HERE! There's another "Babyface" pic at our previous news post HERE. Make sure you check out our exclusive THE HILLS RUN RED interview with director DAVE PARKER! Click HERE or the image below to read it!



Synopsis A film fanatic's obsession with finding a complete print of a classic slasher movie leads him and two friends into the backwoods where the film was shot. They realize too late that filming never ended -- the movie's star, the deformed, murderous BABY FACE, and his twisted family continue to film and kill unsuspecting victims. Now our heroes must survive the nightmarish onslaught or become part of the movie forever.

Directed by Dave Parker from a script by David J. Schow, John Dombrow & John Carchietta, THE HILLS RUN RED stars Sophie Monk, Tad Hilgenbrinck (LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE), William Sadler (THE MIST, "Death" in BILL & TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY!), Alex Wyndham and Janet Montgomery (WRONG TURN 3).

And The Director For SAW 7 Is...?

SAW VI is still a few months from hitting theaters, but last week came the announcement that writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (the writers of SAW IV, SAW V & SAW VI) will write SAW VII for release next October. Now, Variety revealed who'll be behind the director's chair. It's none other then SAW V director David Hackl. Before directing the 5th entry in the popular SAW series, Hackl served as the production designer for the previous entries.

Early buzz on SAW VI is good, especially judging from the new poster (see it HERE), the teaser trailer (see that HERE) or the "motion" poster (see that one HERE), but SAW V was easily the most disappointing and least satisfying entry of the entire SAW series. This worries me about SAW 7... unless they make it in 3D as earlier rumored? More when we hear it!



SAW VI hits theaters October 23rd, 2009. Long time SAW editor Kevin Greutert directs the latest sequel SAW VI which stars Shauna MacDonald, Devon Bostick, Marty Moreau, Karen Cliche, Shawn Mathieson, Melanie Scrofano, James Gilbert, Shawn Ahmed, Janelle Hutchison, Gerry Mendicino, Caroline Cave and Ginger Busch with Tobin Bell returning as Jigsaw, Shawnee Smith as Amanda (both for flashback sequences), as well as Costas Mandylor. We'll keep you posted when the trailer drops!

Visit the official site: http://www.saw6film.com

 

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON Press Conference Video!

You Tube user Chuck The Movie Guy posted a 3 part video of the entire THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON press conference. In attendance for the panel Thursday afternoon were stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson & Taylor Lautner. NEW MOON opens November 30th, 2009. Check out the panel videos below!







Check out the trailer HERE and a behind-the-scenes video at our previous news post HERE!

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon, Tyson Houseman, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Edi Gathegi, Rachelle Lefevre, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Cam Cigandet, Kellan Lutz & Anna Kendrick. Chris Weitz directs.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON - Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested. (In theaters November 20, 2009)

Here's The Trailer For DEXTER Season 4!

You saw all the teaser posters from our previous news post earlier today HERE, now the trailer for DEXTER Season 4 has premiered at Comic-Con and been posted on Showtime's website! Get your first peek at what we can expect when DEXTER returns to Showtime on September 27th below!



Lithgow looks great, doesn't he?! Also nice to see the return of Keith Carradine as Lundy!

Check out the teaser posters & bobble heads from today's post HERE! See the recent teaser poster from our previous news post HERE. John Lithgow also joins recently announced cast member Courtney Ford. (Read all about Lithgow's casting at our previous news post HERE and Courtney Ford's HERE!) Season 3 hits store shelves on August 18th, while Season 4 will begins airing September 27th on Showtime. DEXTER stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Julie Benz, James Remar, David Zayas, Lauren Vélez and C.S. Lee.

The SAW VI Teaser Trailer Is HERE!

It just premiered at Comic-Con and now it's on-line! Below you'll find the first teaser (and we mean it when we say "tease") for SAW VI, which is due in theaters October 23rd.



Don't forget to check out a clip at THIS link and the awesome "motion" poster at our previous news post HERE!

SAW VI hits theaters October 23rd, 2009. Long time SAW editor Kevin Greutert directs the latest sequel SAW VI which stars Shauna MacDonald, Devon Bostick, Marty Moreau, Karen Cliche, Shawn Mathieson, Melanie Scrofano, James Gilbert, Shawn Ahmed, Janelle Hutchison, Gerry Mendicino, Caroline Cave and Ginger Busch with Tobin Bell returning as Jigsaw, Shawnee Smith as Amanda (both for flashback sequences), as well as Costas Mandylor. We'll keep you posted when the trailer drops!

Visit the official site: http://www.saw6film.com

Paul W.S. Anderson Back For RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE!

Shock Till You Drop is reporting that filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson will be writing and directing the 4th RESIDENT EVIL flick titled RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE. (Anderson helmed the first film and produced & wrote it's sequels. He also ruined the ALIEN & PREDATOR franchises but that's a whole other story.) The director told SHOCK that not only will the new movie be shot in 3D, it will kick off a new trilogy.

He says, "I always envisioned Resident Evil as a trilogy of films and we've been very lucky where it's a trilogy where the audience has built and built. I wanted to kick off a brand new trilogy. I'm really excited we're doing it [in 3-D]. I don't regard it as Resident Evil 4, I regard it as a re-tooling and rebirth of the entire franchise." More quotes at SHOCK's original post HERE!

Milla Jovovich returns and RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE is due in theaters September 17, 2010.


More Images From THE HILLS RUN RED!

Several more images have popped up on THE HILLS RUN RED Facebook page! We figured we'd share them with you below! The trailer is set to premiere over at the San Diego Comic Con later this evening, so hopefully it'll appear on-line shortly thereafter. In the meantime, check out these pics and make sure to hit up the Facebook page HERE!











There's another "Babyface" pic at our previous news post HERE. Make sure you check out our exclusive THE HILLS RUN RED interview with director DAVE PARKER! Click HERE or the image below to read it!



Synopsis A film fanatic's obsession with finding a complete print of a classic slasher movie leads him and two friends into the backwoods where the film was shot. They realize too late that filming never ended -- the movie's star, the deformed, murderous BABY FACE, and his twisted family continue to film and kill unsuspecting victims. Now our heroes must survive the nightmarish onslaught or become part of the movie forever.

Directed by Dave Parker from a script by David J. Schow, John Dombrow & John Carchietta, THE HILLS RUN RED stars Sophie Monk, Tad Hilgenbrinck (LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE), William Sadler (THE MIST, "Death" in BILL & TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY!), Alex Wyndham and Janet Montgomery (WRONG TURN 3).


Tim Burton/Johnny Depp's Next Is DARK SHADOWS!

It's official. Tim Burton confirmed at his Comic-Con panel this weekend for ALICE IN WONDERLAND that he and Johnny Depp would be reteaming for their long talked about DARK SHADOWS movie. Depp's film company Infinitum-Nihil has been long attached to produce along side Graham King's GK Films and Burton & Depp told the crowd at Comic-Con that it will in fact be their next feature film. Depp will play Barnabus Collins in the update.

DARK SHADOWS premiered on ABC in 1966. Gothic romance, ghost stories, plots involving vampires, zombies and time-travel—the daytime soap had it all, and it became a runaway hit for the network over 1,225 episodes. There should be plenty of great material to cull the script from. No word on when production will start but we imagine it'll be early next year once ALICE is officially out. More when we hear it!


JONAH HEX Theatrical Teaser Poster!

It debuted yesterday at Comic-Con but now the official JONAH HEX theatrical one-sheet poster is on-line courtesy of Yahoo! Based on the comic book, JONAH HEX is about a middle-aged, scarred bounty hunter who travels the Old West to track down a voodoo practitioner, only to find out that he himself is the victim of the witch doctor's resurrection magic. The doctor wants to raise an army of undead to liberate the South, but Hex sets out to foil his plan.

Directed by Jimmy Hayward from a script by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor, JONAH HEX stars Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Will Arnett & Michael Shannon. It's due in theaters June 18th, 2010! The poster's below!


July 23, 2009

DEXTER Season 4 Teaser Posters & Bobble Heads!

To my fellow DEXTER fans out there, you should be following the official Showtime DEXTER Twitter over at THIS link. They've unveiled some of the cool goodies over at Comic-Con this weekend, including the following slew of promotional posters. Check 'em:




On top of those posters, Showtime's debuted some pretty cool DEXTER bobble heads. Check 'em below and clean a spot at your work desk for them!




See the recent teaser poster from our previous news post HERE. John Lithgow also joins recently announced cast member Courtney Ford. (Read all about Lithgow's casting at our previous news post HERE and Courtney Ford's HERE!) Season 3 hits store shelves on August 18th, while Season 4 will begins airing September 27th on Showtime. DEXTER stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Julie Benz, James Remar, David Zayas, Lauren Vélez and C.S. Lee.

New SAW VI Poster!

The first SAW VI trailer should be debuting later tonight on the official website, but in the meantime, here's a few SAW VI updates to whet your appetites! (And they both go hand in hand.) The new theatrical one-sheet poster for SAW VI was unveiled over at the San Diego Comic Con yesterday, but we just got a scan of it from Lionsgate. Check it out below:


Don't forget to check out the awesome "motion" poster at our previous news post HERE!

SAW VI hits theaters October 23rd, 2009. Long time SAW editor Kevin Greutert directs the latest sequel SAW VI which stars Shauna MacDonald, Devon Bostick, Marty Moreau, Karen Cliche, Shawn Mathieson, Melanie Scrofano, James Gilbert, Shawn Ahmed, Janelle Hutchison, Gerry Mendicino, Caroline Cave and Ginger Busch with Tobin Bell returning as Jigsaw, Shawnee Smith as Amanda (both for flashback sequences), as well as Costas Mandylor. We'll keep you posted when the trailer drops!

Visit the official site: http://www.saw6film.com

And Now, The NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Poster! And Another Look At Freddy!

Hot on the heels of this morning's picture debut of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger now comes the theatrical one-sheet poster for A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, courtesy of IGN! Look at the other pic HERE and the new poster below!


Also of note, our staffer Adam Barnick is a huge Freddy fan, so he dragged this morning's images and poster through Photoshop to try and get a better look at the make-up. Have a peek below. And again, keep in mind, these were highlighted in Photoshop and not officially exactly what he'll look like in the movie. (I imagine he'll be shrouded in shadows as the original picture indicates.)







The new A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake is being directed by Samuel Beyer from a script by Wesley Strick, later revised by Eric Heissere. It stars Thomas Dekker (TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNER CHRONICLES), Kyle Gallner (THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT), Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy and Rooney Mara as the new Nancy. Jackie Earle Haley is the new Freddy Krueger. Platinum Dunes Brad Fuller, Andrew Form & Michael Bay are producing. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET hits theaters on April 16th, 2010!

First Picture Of The New FREDDY KRUEGER In A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET!

Oddly enough... the first look at Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy Krueger is coming to us via My Space? Sure enough. Here's what they had to say on their Trailer Park blog before debuting the below teaser image:

"Are you ready for Freddy? We can't believe it's been 25 years since Wes Craven's creepy gloved killer started invading our (and Johnny Depp's!) dreams. But when we heard that 'Watchmen' star Jackie Earle Haley was taking on the roll, we knew this re-imagining of the classic slasher was off to the right start. Check out the exclusive first shot of the new Freddy Krueger in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' below and tell us what you think! Are you excited for the movie to hit theaters in 2010?"


The new A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake is being directed by Samuel Beyer from a script by Wesley Strick, later revised by Eric Heissere. It stars Thomas Dekker (TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNER CHRONICLES), Kyle Gallner (THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT), Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy and Rooney Mara as the new Nancy. Jackie Earle Haley is the new Freddy Krueger. Platinum Dunes Brad Fuller, Andrew Form & Michael Bay are producing. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET hits theaters on April 16th, 2010!

Clive Barker's DREAD Picked Up For AFTER DARK FILMS' HORRORFEST 4!

Just as word came back from our staffer at the San Diego Comic-Con that DREAD got picked up as the 2nd film in AFTER DARK FILMS' upcoming 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR fest, we got the official press release confirming the news. This means it'll hit theaters on January 29th, 2010. Here's the full release:

"After Dark Films CEO Courtney Solomon announces the latest addition to After Dark Films’ Horrorfest 4 lineup today in Hollywood . Anthony DiBlasi directs his own script of the eagerly anticipated Clive Barker tale, “DREAD,” which goes out to theatres January 29, 2010 as part of After Dark Films HorrorfestÒ4 “8 Films To Die For”.

DREAD is the second film in the Book of Blood franchise. The action follows three college students who set out to produce a documentary about fear, only to find themselves the subjects of an experiment in terror. DiBlasi, a producing partner of Barker’s on such films as Book of Blood and Midnight Meat Train, makes his directorial debut with DREAD, working from his own screenplay. Jackson Rathbone (Twilight Saga and The Last Airbender) stars alongside Shaun Evans (Boy A), Hanne Steen and Laura Donnelly.

Clive Barker is a versatile artist and pop culture icon who hardly needs introduction to legions of fans worldwide. An author, director and producer, the English born Barker is renowned for his horror fiction and fantasy writings. The creator of the Hellraiser and Candyman series, Barker is also an acclaimed visual artist and distinguished playwright.

After Dark Films CEO Courtney Solomon calls the production “relentlessly disturbing and truly scary,” adding, “We are thrilled to have beaten the competition on this film as we just HAD to have it for Horrorfest!”

"Anthony, Clive, Joe and I couldn't be more excited about After Dark featuring DREAD in this year's festival, and handling its national release,” said Jorge Saralegui of Midnight Picture Show. “Their legendary, provocative marketing campaigns make them the perfect partners for a sexy and intense psycho-thriller like DREAD.”

Nigel Thomas of Matador Pictures added, “We’re delighted to be involved with After Dark. DREAD is a real crowd-pleaser and there’s nobody better to showcase it to our audience.”

Dread was produced by Clive Barker, Joe Daley and Jorge Saralegui of Midnight Picture Show, Nigel Thomas and Charlotte Walls of Matador Pictures and Lauri Apelian of Ocean Sky Entertainment. Essential Entertainment CEO Jere Hausfater and Director of Sales and Distribution, Mark Padilla, negotiated the deal on behalf of the producers with Dana Lambert, VP of Acquisitions at After Dark Films.

Both Barker and DiBlasi are repped by APA and Evolution Management.

After Dark Horrorfest 4 runs for one week in theatres across the United States , from January 29nd through February 5th, making it the largest film festival in the nation.

About After Dark Films: Founded in 2006 by film producer/director/writer Courtney Solomon and real estate and textile financier Allan Zeman, After Dark Films is a leader in independent film finance, production and the acquisition of genre films for theatrical release.

After Dark is perhaps best known for its creation and execution of After Dark Horrorfest® – 8 Films to Die For® (www.horrorfestonline.com). Debuting in 2006, After Dark Horrorfest ® is a weeklong, nationwide film festival that celebrates all aspects of the horror genre. In its first year, Horrorfest became the first film festival in history to break into the Top 10 of the domestic box office, grossing more than $2.5 million. Additionally, it has sold over 1.6 million DVDs through distribution partner Lionsgate.

After Dark's initial film release was the box office success, An American Haunting (2006), written, directed and produced by Solomon. An American Haunting opened at the #2 spot in the nation and maintained its position for four weeks. Subsequent releases include The Abandoned; Skinwalkers, starring Jason Behr, Rhona Mitra and Matthew Knight; Captivity, starring Elisha Cuthbert and directed by Oscar-nominee Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields); and Frontier(s), directed by Xavier Gens (Hitman)

Earlier this year, After Dark Films announced its first foray into television, partnering with Lionsgate and IFC to co-produce the best selling book series, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, written by Laurell K. Hamilton."


DREAD was written & directed by Anthony DiBlasi and stars Jackson Rathbone (TWILIGHT, S. DARKO), Shaun Evans, Hanne Steen, Laura Donnelly, Jonathan Readwin, Carl McCrystal, Zoe Stollery, Eva Wyrwal, Elissa Dowling, Kirean Murphy, Elspeth Rae, Erin Gavin and Matt Jessup. It will be playing at this year's UK FRIGHTFEST. (Details HERE!)


July 22, 2009

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    Teaser Trailer For Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND!

    Ah, below you'll find the first teaser trailer for Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND! It's tagged by IGN but I can't find it on their site, so here's a You Tube clip of it. Enjoy:



    In the film, 17-year-old Alice returns to Wonderland and encounters the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, and the other absurd and amazing characters from Lewis Carroll's books. Tim Burton's version stars Alan Rickman (as Caterpillar), legendary Christopher Lee (as Jabberwock), Helena Bonham Carter (as the Red Queen), Anne Hathaway (as the White Queen), Crispin Glover (!), Mia Wasikowska as Alice and of course, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter. (See pics of them in our previous news post HERE!)

    The film is currently slated for a March 5th, 2010 release date. More when we hear it!

    SHUTTER ISLAND One-Sheet Poster!

    Yahoo has revealed the first theatrical one-sheet poster for Martin Scorsese's latest SHUTTER ISLAND. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Mark Ruffalo, this definitely looks like a genre pic from the legendary filmmaker. Check out the trailer at our previous news post HERE, and the new poster below!



    From Oscar®-winning director Martin Scorsese, “Shutter Island” is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley & Max von Sydow. (Actually, it's being called a "drama"!) In theaters: October 2, 2009

    CHILD'S PLAY Blu-Ray Coming September 15th!

    Well, MGM has found yet another way to milk ya for your hard earned cash. Remember that Special Edition DVD of CHILD'S PLAY that came out last year? Well, it's finally coming to Blu-Ray on September 15th. Sadly, it doesn't look as though there's anything new on it besides the features already present on the DVD edition. And yet again, the DVD producers have excluded director Tom Holland from this release. (I believe their excuse last time was there wasn't enough time to contact him? Well they had a year between the DVD and Blu-Ray, so what's the excuse this time?)

    Anyways, the specs and cover art are below. But before that, ICONS OF FRIGHT record a FREE director's commentary track for CHILD'S PLAY to make your collections complete. Download it at THIS link or by clicking the picture below. You can also download it via iTunes right HERE!




    • Audio Commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and “Chucky” designer Kevin Yagher
    • Audio Commentary with Producer David Kirschner and Screenwriter Don Mancini
    • Select Scene Chucky Commentaries
    • Chucky’s Thoughts
    • The Advantages of Being Chucky
    • Chucky on Filmmaking
    • Up Close and Personal with Chucky
    • Evil Comes in Small Packages
    • The Birth of Chucky
    • Creating the Horror
    • Unleashed - Chucky: Building a Nightmare
    • A Monster Convention
    • Vintage Featurette “Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child's Play”
    • Chucky’s Back Bitches
    • Designer Toy
    • Evil Comes in Little Packages

    CHILD'S PLAY was written & directed by Tom Holland from a story by Don Mancini and starred Chris Sarandon, Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent and Brad Dourif as Charles Lee Ray (aka Chucky). Produced by David Kirschner, the 1988 horror hit went on to spawn 4 sequels and is now on the cusp of a new remake. (More on that HERE!)

    Visit Tom Holland on My Space: www.myspace.com/5ordie

    The Living Dead Return... For a Festival! This Halloween!

    Halloween weekend of 2009, Evans City, PA will be crawling with the undead. And we have Gary Streiner to thank for it. One of the original ten investors in George Romero’s masterpiece Night of the Living Dead, and also its recording and sound guy, Gary has forsaken life in advertising to bring his passion back home, as he unveils the 2nd annual Living Dead Festival. Last year’s event featured some of the film’s participants who are veterans to the convention circuit, such as Russ Streiner and John Russo, as well as a few new entrants to the scene. Gary headlined the convention with an outdoor screening of the movie itself, to the joy of over three hundred fans.

    This time around, his efforts are sure to top last year’s inaugural show. Again, Night of the Living Dead will play on the big screen, accompanied by new faces that fans have never before been able to meet. Judith Ridley, one of the seven who fought to survive in that well-worn farm house, headlines a group that also includes well-dressed zombie Terry Gindele and Dave James, infamously the last zombie the posse shot in the film. And it’s all taking place in Evans City, not only Gary’s hometown but the very town in which NOTLD was shot. For the legions of Romero fans out there, this is the equivalent of a Catholic seeing Jesus in the Sistine Chapel.

    I met Gary back in April at the Chiller Theatre convention. From that brief meeting, it was easy to surmise that Gary is a genuinely kind man who loves the fans and believes in his cause, the Living Dead Festival. Only someone so dedicated would go the extra mile to give the fanatics an unparalleled guest list and an actual screening of the film itself, on its own home turf. All the NOTLD worshippers, myself included, should go however many extra miles, and make the trip to Evans City, where Gary will greet you with a warm smile... and several walking corpses.

    If this event sounds like undead Heaven to you, go check out www.thelivingdeadfest.com, the convention’s official site. And feel free to make friends with Gary on Facebook, which has an official Living Dead Fest group.

    --Phil Fasso

    THE GRAVES Trailer! Now AFTER DARK FILMS Selection!

    Firstly, the new trailer for THE GRAVES has made it's debut on-line. THE GRAVES is about sisters Megan and Abby whose visit to Skull City Mine turns into a mind bending fight for survival against menaces both human, and supernatural. It stars (super hot) Clare Grant (Masters of Horror), Jillian Murray (The Fun Park), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II), Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm St., Dexter), D. Randall Blythe (Screamer, Lamb of God), Shane Stevens, Patti Tindall (Death of a Ghost Hunter), Barbara Glover (Red Rock West), Calabrese and Tony Todd (24, Candyman). Watch the trailer below!



    Also, AFTER DARK FILMS has announced THE GRAVES as the first of next years 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR, an annual festival that showcases the latest in horror on screens across the country. It will play theatrically on January 29th, 2010. Below is the full press release!

    The first addition to After Dark HorrorfestÒ4 was announced today by After Dark Films’ CEO Courtney Solomon. The After Dark Horrorfest will take place January 29, 2010. The new title joining the 8 Films to Die ForÒ lineup is The Graves, written and directed by Brian Pulido. Pulido, a well known comic book writer and creator of such titles as Lady Death and Evil Ernie, makes his feature directorial debut on the film. The films stars Clare Grant, Jillian Murray, Bill Moseley, Lamb of God singer D. Randall Blythe and Tony Todd. Brian Ronalds and Dean Ronalds of Ronalds Brothers Productions and Francisca Pulido of Mischief Maker Studios produced. Adam Goldfine is the Director of Photography. Dana Lambert, VP of Acquisitions at After Dark Films brokered the deal with Ted Chalmers of Moving Pictures Film & TV who represented the filmmakers in the negotiations.


    In The Graves, two inseparable sisters, Megan and Abby Graves, are taking one last wild road trip before Megan has to start a new job. The journey includes a trip through remote Arizona in search of a kitchy roadside attraction. Instead, Megan and Abby happen on Skull City Mine, a weather-beaten, abandoned mine town converted into a self-guided tour. What seems like a fun day in the sun turns into a mind-bending fight for survival against menaces both human and supernatural.


    “Brian’s background and knowledge of the horror world has served him incredibly well. He has directed a film that audiences are going to find both scary and immensely entertaining. The Graves is simply great edgy fun and we’re excited to have it as part of our line up.” stated After Dark Partner/CEO Courtney Solomon.


    “Mischief Maker Studios and Ronalds Brothers Productions are pleased that their first foray together has produced a theatrical feature film,” says Mischief Maker Studios COO Francisca Pulido. “Brian Pulido continues to deliver the goods to horror fans. The Graves is a fun, date night horror flick.”


    After Dark HorrorfestÒ 4 runs for one week in theatres across the United States from January 29nd – February 5th, making it the largest nationwide film festival.


    After Dark Films: Founded in 2006 by film producer/director/writer Courtney Solomon and real estate and textile financier Allan Zeman, After Dark Films is a leader in independent film finance, production and acquisition of genre films for theatrical release.


    After Dark is perhaps best known for its creation and execution of After Dark Horrorfest® – 8 Films to Die For® (www.horrorfestonline.com). Debuting in 2006, After Dark Horrorfest ® is a one week national film festival that celebrates all areas of the horror genre. In its first year, Horrorfest became the first film festival in history to break into the Top 10 at the national box office, grossing over $2.5 million. Additionally, it has reached great success with over 1.6 million DVDs currently in circulation through distribution partner Lionsgate.


    After Dark's initial film release was the box office success An American Haunting (2006), written, directed and produced by Courtney Solomon. An American Haunting opened at the #2 spot in the nation and maintained its position for four weeks. Subsequent releases include The Abandoned; Skinwalkers, starring Jason Behr, Rhona Mitra and Matthew Knight; Captivity, starring Elisha Cuthbert and directed by Oscar-nominee Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields); and Frontier(s), directed by Xavier Gens (Hitman).


    Earlier this year it was announced that After Dark Films is making its first foray into television, partnering with Lionsgate and IFC to co-produce the best selling book series, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, written by Laurell K. Hamilton.

    Check out our previous videos featuring Tony Todd (HERE) and a music video by CALABRESE HERE!

    Bad-Ass Motion Poster For SAW VI!

    I've always been impressed with the clever marketing for the SAW films, and now Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate have unveiled the first poster for SAW VI via Yahoo, and it's a pretty bad-ass motion poster. Just... check it out below!



    On top of that, the official website has launched and there's a countdown for the first trailer from SAW VI, which is one day away! Bookmark the page: http://www.saw6film.com

    SAW VI hits theaters October 23rd, 2009. Long time SAW editor Kevin Greutert directs the latest sequel SAW VI which stars Shauna MacDonald, Devon Bostick, Marty Moreau, Karen Cliche, Shawn Mathieson, Melanie Scrofano, James Gilbert, Shawn Ahmed, Janelle Hutchison, Gerry Mendicino, Caroline Cave and Ginger Busch with Tobin Bell returning as Jigsaw, Shawnee Smith as Amanda (both for flashback sequences), as well as Costas Mandylor. We'll keep you posted when the trailer drops!

    Even More Behind-The-Scenes Images From HALLOWEEN 2!

    Rob Zombie has posted a last batch behind the scenes photos via his My Space blog from the set of his HALLOWEEN sequel HALLOWEEN II, which opens in theaters on August 28th. Check out the latest below!





    Go to the official website at: http://www.halloween2-movie.com

    See the latest trailers right HERE as well as a new TV Spot right HERE! See the latest behind-the-scenes video right HERE. Make sure to check out the trailer to HALLOWEEN 2 right HERE. Latest theatrical one-sheet poster right HERE! New pic of the pumpkin "dream" sequence character HERE! New pic of Sheriff Brackett right HERE! New pic of Loomis and a new poster can be seen right HERE! Check out the 2 latest images of Michael Myers right HERE! Watch another video clip from our last post HERE! Don't forget to read our brand new FRIGHT exclusive interview with ROB ZOMBIE by clicking the frame below!



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

    Make sure to read our set reports from H2 by clicking the images below!

    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART ONE: FX ARTIST WAYNE TOTH! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART TWO: PRODUCER MALEK AKKAD! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART THREE: PRODUCER ANDY GOULD! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART FOUR: ACTRESS SCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON! (Click image below to read it!)


    CHILDREN OF THE CORN Remake Airs On SyFy This September!

    It appears the CHILDREN OF THE CORN remake will debut sometime in September (exact date still pending) on SyFy, before it gets an official DVD release courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. (Whom by the way, did a stellar job on the Blu-Ray for the original. Review coming soon!)

    Donald Borchers, (producer on the original) wrote & directed this update based on the Stephen King novelette. It stars David Anders (HEROES), Kandyse McClure, Daniel Newman as Malachi, & DEXTER's Preston Bailey as Isaac. The first CHILDREN starred Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton and eventually went on to spawn 6 sequels! More details on the new film, including an air date & DVD details as soon as we hear it!

    2 More Images From JENNIFER'S BODY!

    IGN got a hold of 2 new images from the upcoming JENNIFER'S BODY, which hits theaters on September 18th. Check 'em out below!




    The theatrical one-sheet poster is at our previous news post HERE! Watch the "red-band" trailer for JENNIFER'S BODY at our previous news post HERE and the "green-band" one HERE! The flick stars Megan Fox as the title character, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Kyle Gallner & Lance Henriksen. JENNIFER'S BODY was directed by Karyn Kusama from a script by Diablo Cody (writer of JUNO).

    Synopsis: When a gorgeous cheerleader is possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a small Minnesota farming town, her "plain Jane" best friend must kill her, then escape from a correctional facility to go after the Satan-worshipping rock band responsible for the horrible transformation.

    3 New Pics From Dario Argento's GIALLO!

    DVD Forum got their hands on 3 new pics from Dario Argento's latest horror thriller GIALLO! The Italian master's latest was written by Sean Keller & Jim Agnew and stars Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody, Emmanuelle Seigner, Robert Miano, Silvia Spross, Byron Deidra, Daniela Fazzolari, Guiseppe Lo Console, Luis Monteni & Elsa Pataky. GIALLO finds Brody and Seigner searching for the latter's sister (Elsa Pataky) who has been kidnapped by a killer known as "Yellow" (or giallo). Check out the first trailer HERE. And the 3 new pics below!




    Writers Locked For SAW 7!

    I was kind of hoping that the SAW series would respectfully wrap itself up with the upcoming SAW VI, especially considering how episodic each entry has become (relying too heavily on the previous and next movies), but alas, Twisted Pictures & Lionsgate are showing no signs of slowing down just yet. They've announced (via Variety) that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, writers of SAW IV, SAW V & SAW VI will write SAW 7 for release next October. The writing duo also wrote the FEAST trilogy and collaborated with Dimension on THE COLLECTOR which hits theaters in limited release July 31st. (Maybe SAW 7 will be in 3D as long rumored?)

    Meanwhile, SAW VI hits theaters October 23rd, 2009. Long time SAW editor Kevin Greutert directs the latest sequel SAW VI which stars Shauna MacDonald, Devon Bostick, Marty Moreau, Karen Cliche, Shawn Mathieson, Melanie Scrofano, James Gilbert, Shawn Ahmed, Janelle Hutchison, Gerry Mendicino, Caroline Cave and Ginger Busch with Tobin Bell returning as Jigsaw, Shawnee Smith as Amanda (both for flashback sequences), as well as Costas Mandylor. More details on SAW 6 AND 7 when we hear them.


    Teaser Poster For Richard Kelly's THE BOX!

    Filmmaker Richard Kelly recently debuted the new theatrical one-sheet poster to his latest flick THE BOX via his Twitter account. Based on the Richard Matherson story BUTTON BUTTON, THE BOX stars Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella and hits theaters on October 30th, 2009. Kelly of course was the director behind the cult classic DONNIE DARKO and SOUTHLAND TALES. Check out the trailer at our previous news post HERE! And the poster below!


    ALBINO FARM On DVD September 22nd!

    We caught a preview of this at last year's NJ FANGO show and it looked pretty cool. MTI Home Video will release ALBINO FARM on September 22nd. Written & directed by Joe Anderson and Sean McEwen, ALBINO FARM stars Chris Jericho, Tammin Sursok, Richard Christy (from The Howard Stern Show) and Duane Whitaker (FEAST). You can check out the synopsis, DVD cover art and teaser trailer all below!

    Synopsis: An Ozark Mountain town - with a century-old history of religious fanaticism - inadvertently creates a modern sadistic society of in-bred misfits who prey on stray travelers. Four young college students - lured into exploring the legend of the Albino Farm - uncover its disturbing past while enduring a horrific night of horrors.





    Visit the official website at: http://www.albinofarmthemovie.com

    And The Title Of George A. Romero's New Zombie Film Is...

    GEORGE A. ROMERO'S SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD! Sounds good to me!

    Better yet, it's set to have it's world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival this September!

    Here are some pics to whet your appetites. There's more located at the link above.

     

     

    And here's the synopsis found on TIFF's website...

    "In a world where the dead rise to menace the living, rogue soldier Crocket (Alan Van Sprang) leads a band of military dropouts to refuge from the endless chaos. As they search for a place " where the shit won ’ t get you, " they meet banished patriarch Patrick O ’ Flynn (played with zeal by Kenneth Welsh), who promises a new Eden on the fishing and ranching outpost Plum Island. The men arrive, only to find themselves caught in an age-old battle between O ’ Flynn ’ s family and rival clan the Muldoons. It turns out that Patrick was expelled from the isle for believing that the only good zombie is a dead zombie, while the Muldoons think it ’ s wrong to dispatch afflicted loved ones, attempting to look after their undead kinfolk until a cure is found. But their bid for stability on the homestead has turned perverse: the undead are chained inside their homes, pretending to live normal lives – and the consequences are bloody. A desperate struggle for survival will determine whether the living and the dead can coexist.

    Such apocalyptic themes have long haunted George A. Romero, much to the delight of his legions of fans. He now follows Crocket, a minor character from his last film, Diary of the Dead, to present a new doomsday scenario. In that film, Crocket made a brief appearance with his militia to appropriate the heroes ’ supplies at gunpoint. For Crocket ’ s subsequent journey, Romero does something that most horror directors have forgotten in recent years – he uses the genre to address societal issues. As a socially conscious filmmaker, Romero creates a world in which he can wrestle with the human condition while simultaneously finding new and creative ways to exterminate lurching flesh eaters.

    George A. Romero ’ s Survival of the Dead is also a sharp subversion of the western. It can be seen as a reflection of William Wyler ’ s The Big Country, in which stubborn clans feuded as larger troubles raged. We needn ’ t look further than today ’ s news headlines to see examples of such fracture and to understand how it prevents more significant problems from being solved.

    Fear not, Romero is still determined to give you gruesome and macabre thrills, but will also serve up a bloody little parable on the side. So who are you going to side with, the living or the dead?"

     

    Well color me officially EXCITED! While opinions regarding DIARY OF THE DEAD (which I liked a lot) seems to have polarized fans, I have faith in Uncle George. Judging from that hastily yanked promo footage a few months ago and the description above, it sounds like SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD could be Romero's next great American zombie film. I'm sure I'm going to catch all kinds of crap for that last statement and frankly I don't care, haters to the left.

    No word yet regarding an official release, but we'll keep you posted!

     

    A Look At The TRIANGLE Trailer!

    One of the earliest FIRST LOOK reviews we published for the site when we launched 5 years ago was for a flick called CREEP, written & directed by Christopher Smith. A few years later, he followed it up with the horror/comedy SEVERANCE. Needless to say, we've been fans of his genre work since the beginning so count us intrigued for his latest TRIANGLE. And now, the EMPIRE website is giving us a taste of what to expect with TRIANGLE via the first official trailer. Starring Melissa George, Liam Hemsworth, Rachael Carpani, Emma Lung, Michael Dorman & Henry Nixon, TRIANGLE opens in UK theaters this October 16th. No word yet on a US release but we'll keep you posted! In the meantime, check out the trailer HERE!


    A "Green-Band" Trailer For THE COLLECTOR!

    A few weeks back, we got a look at the "red-band" trailer (see it HERE) for Marcus Dunstan's directorial debut THE COLLECTOR, as well as 3 theatrical posters for the flick. (See those HERE!) Below, you can now check out the "green-band" trailer for THE COLLECTOR, which opens in limited theatrical release on July 31st.



    THE COLLECTOR follows the story of handyman and ex-con Arkin, who aims to repay a debt to his ex-wife by robbing his new employer’s country home. Unfortunately for Arkin, a far worse enemy has already laid claim to the property – and the family. As the seconds tick down to midnight, Arkin becomes a reluctant hero trapped by a masked “Collector” in a maze of lethal invention – the Spanish Inquisition as imagined by Rube Goldberg – while trying to rescue the very family he came to rob.

    The project, produced by Fortress Features’ Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti and Imaginarium Entertainment Group’s Julie Richardson, stars Josh Stewart (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Criminal Minds), Daniella Alonso (Friday Night Lights, The Hills Have Eyes 2), Michael Reilly Burke (Lincoln Heights, 24), Andrea Roth (Rescue Me, War), Madeline Zima (Californication, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle), Karley Scott-Collins (Pulse 2, The Class), Robert Wisdom (The Wire, The Forgotten) and Juan Fernandez (The Lost City, A Man Apart).

    THE COLLECTOR will thrill audiences Friday, July 31st from Freestyle Releasing.

    Official website: http://www.thecollector-movie.com

    Check out a NEW clip from Chan-wook Park's THIRST!

    THIRST, the new vampire film from internationally acclaimed director Chan-wook Park opens in select theaters July 31st.

    Park, renowned for films such as OLDBOY and SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE is considered by many to be one of the most gifted film makers of the decade. THIRST is his first foray into the genre and I know I'm really anxious to see this.

    Check out this new clip:





     

     

    Could THIRST find a rabid U.S. audience like LET THE RIGHT ONE IN? Head to the theater on July 31st and tell us what YOU think!

    You can check out the official trailer at our previous post HERE.

     

     


    THIRST is slated to release in select theaters July 31st.

    THIRST official site: www.thirstmovie.com


    Synopsis: A priest becomes a vampire…another man’s wife is coveted…a deadly seduction triggers murder. Thirst is the new film from director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). Already a boxoffice smash in Korea , Thirst was honored with the Prix du Jury [Jury Prize] at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival.

    Continuing his explorations of human existence in extreme circumstances, the director spins a tale that he conceived and then developed over several years with co-screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung.

    Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star Song Kang-ho, of The Host) is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives – but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained when a childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.

     

     

    Poster For WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD! On DVD October 20th!

    The official teaser poster for WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD popped up over at the film's Facebook page. Directed by Declan O'Brien, WRONG TURN 3 stars Tom Frederic (THE OXFORD MURDERS), THE HILLS RUN RED's Janet Montgomery, Mike Straub, Tamer Hassan, Gil Kolirin and Chucky Venice (RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL).

    You can watch the trailer at our previous news post HERE and check out the new poster below! WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD is out on DVD October 20th!




    Cover Art For TRICK 'R TREAT!

    Considering this is truly one of the best Halloween themed horror movies EVER, we can't wait for TRICK 'R TREAT to finally be available to the public this October. (Exact date still pending) For now, Ain't It Cool revealed the cover art for both the DVD and Blu-Ray packages. Check 'em both out below!



    Check out the official website at: http://trickrtreat-movie.warnerbros.com

    You can find the latest details along with a new trailer over at THIS link!

    You can watch 9 minutes from TRICK 'R TREAT at our previous news post HERE. And a listing of a few theatrical festival dates HERE.


    TRICK 'R TREAT is due out on DVD & Blu-Ray this October and was written & directed by Michael Dougherty (X-MEN 2, SUPERMAN RETURNS), produced by Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, X-MEN) and stars Quinn Lord, Brian Cox (RED, MANHUNTER, X-MEN 2), Leslie Bibb (MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, IRON MAN), Dylan Baker (SPIDER-MAN 2, HAPPINESS), Rochelle Aytes, Anna Paquin (from HBO's TRUE BLOOD), Moneca Delain, Lauren Lee Smith, Tahmoh Penikett, Lauren Lee Smith, Britt McKillip, Isabelle Deluce, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Alberto Ghisi & Samm Todd.

    THE GATE: MONSTROUS SPECIAL EDITION DVD Coming October 6th!

    While Alex Winter preps the upcoming 3D remake of THE GATE, Lionsgate is prepping a "monstrous special edition" DVD of the beloved classic horror gem to hit store shelves on October 6th! The new DVD will sport a new audio commentary with director Tibor Takács, interviews with the cast and crew, a still gallery and the theatrical trailer. Check out the cover art below!



    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!)


    SDCC News: Why is Danny DeVito working in THE BLOOD FACTORY?

    I don't know what this is, but I laughed.



    And when I visited the site, I laughed even more, even though I'm not sure I was supposed to.

    Navigate around and check out the video clips in the "THEATER" to see for yourself. Also, be sure to click on the "GARDEN" and pay attention to the little TV in the lower right corner. Turn up the sound!

    I'm a huge fan of DeVito on IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, and this seems to be some sort of viral publicity stunt timed for Comic-Con. Tied into what exactly, I have no idea, but I'm eager to find out!

    Stay tuned for more info and updates from SDCC right here on IOF!

     

     


     
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    New Writer On WORLD WAR Z?

    Several months back, it was reported that Bond director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) was set to direct WORLD WAR Z, based on the Max Brooks novel which was being adapted for the screen by BABYLON 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. Max Brooks spoke to FANGORIA radio and revealed that a new writer is on board to pen the script.

    Matthew Michael Carnahan is on writing duty, and Brooks tells FANGO, "He’s one of Hollywood’s hot A-list writers, so if they went after him and paid him a mountain of gold, it definitely shows their confidence in this project. They say it’s a positive move because they’re very excited, but the truth is, it’s also positive because they just paid him a buttload of money, and [with] the money they paid him, the money they paid Straczynski and they money they’ve paid me, they’ve really dug themselves a deep hole, so they better make this thing!"

    The movie is being developed by Paramount and Brad Pitt's Plan B Production, so I'm sure they've got money to throw around. I'm bummed they're not going with Straczynski's script but... what can ya do? More when we hear it!


    ZOMBIELAND Teaser Poster!

    A few weeks back, we got our first look at the teaser trailer for the horror/comedy ZOMBIELAND. (See it HERE!) Now, Columbia Pictures has unveiled the film's theatrical poster! Check it out below!



    Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, ZOMBIELAND stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone & Abigail Breslin. Check out the trailer and some pics at our previous news post HERE.

    Synopsis: Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.

    Anthony DiBlasi Adapting Clive Barker's THE DAMNATION GAME!

    When it comes to the world of Clive Barker, filmmaker Anthony DiBlasi is already well versed. He served as one of the executive producers on both THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN and BOOK OF BLOOD, has recently adapted a script for another BOOK OF BLOOD short story PIG BLOOD BLUES, and made his directorial debut with the upcoming DREAD, which he also wrote. Now, word comes from Fantasia (via FANGORIA) that DiBlasi is tackling another Clive Barker adaptation, THE DAMNATION GAME. At the film fest, word came out that the writer was currently prepping a script for DAMNATION GAME for Phoenix Pictures. No word on if he'll direct, but it's still a whiles off so we'll keep you posted.


    DREAD was written & directed by Anthony DiBlasi and stars Jackson Rathbone (TWILIGHT, S. DARKO), Shaun Evans, Hanne Steen, Laura Donnelly, Jonathan Readwin, Carl McCrystal, Zoe Stollery, Eva Wyrwal, Elissa Dowling, Kirean Murphy, Elspeth Rae, Erin Gavin and Matt Jessup. It will be playing at this year's UK FRIGHTFEST. (Details HERE!)


    Deputy Dewey and Gail Weathers return for SCREAM 4!

    SCREAM franchise fave David Arquette has confirmed to E! Online that he and wifey Courteney Cox-Arquette will indeed be reprising their respective roles for the not-even-written yet and possibly Craven-less SCREAM 4.

    "We are going to be doing Scream 4, Kevin Williamson is writing the script at this moment, and hopefully Wes Craven is going to direct."

     He further explains to Pop Wrap:

    "I love the Scream franchise; I'm just honestly excited to be making another one. I figured it would be a blast to bring these characters back to life and see how they've grown since Scream 3. Working with Wes has been amazing and Kevin is an incredible artist. My wife and I really wanted to do this."

    ...and that is why we love the Arquettes!

     

     
     

     

     Here's a really cool interview we conducted with David a while back for his directorial debut, THE TRIPPER! Enjoy!

     

    GRACE Goes Theatrical On August 14th In NY & LA!

    Before GRACE hits DVD and Blu-Ray on September 15th, horror fans in both LA and NY will get to catch it on the big screen. Anchor Bay Entertainment will release GRACE theatrically on August 14th in those 2 cities according to Variety. The publication writes:

    "Debut by writer-director Paul Solet, stars Jordan Ladd as a mother who carries her dead fetus to term and then gives birth to a live child with an appetite for blood.

    "Grace" was produced by Ingo Vollkammer, Cory Neal, Adam Green and Kevin DeWalt. Exec producers are Scott Einbinder and Simon Edery.

    After premiering in Sundance's Park City at Midnight section, pic screened at other fests, including South by Southwest and Seattle, and will unspool at Spain's Sitges Film Festival.

    "Grace" will open on Aug. 14 in New York and Los Angeles."

    For full details on the DVD/Blu-Ray, check out our previous news post HERE! Watch a video from the GRACE USC screening right HERE!

    Produced by Adam Green (HATCHET, SPIRAL) & Cory Neal from Ariescope
    with Anchor Bay Entertainment, GRACE stars Jordan Ladd (CABIN FEVER, DEATH PROOF), Gabrielle Rose, Malcolm Stewart, Samantha Ferris, Stephen Park & Serge Houde.




    Click HERE or the image below to read a complete transcript from the Q & A session from Sundance!



    You can check out an ICONS exclusive chat with Paul Solet about the making of GRACE HERE or by clicking the image below:



    Watch the original GRACE short film with Liza Wiel and Brian Austin Green (as well as a behind the scenes making-of video) at our previous news post HERE! See Adam Green's ICONS exclusive message from the set of GRACE right HERE!

    Click the frame to read our vintage FRIGHT exclusive interview with PAUL SOLET!

     

    Stephen King's CELL Becomes A Mini-Series!

    It's been a while since we've heard any updates on the theatrical adaptation of Stephen King's novel CELL. Eli Roth was attached to direct, but it seems now there's a shift in that plan. Instead of a feature, we most likely will be seeing CELL on TV as a mini-series. (Hey, it worked for THE STAND.) FANGORIA's Tony Timpone reported in from the Fantasia Film Festival with news that John Harrison, director of Clive Barker's BOOK OF BLOOD and (one of my faves) TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE has been tapped by the Weinstein Company to script a CELL mini-series. Check FANGO's original story HERE for quotes from Harrison on the assignment. While it's a whiles off, we'll keep you posted on the status of CELL!


    DVD Cover Art For PHANTASM 2!

    Last month, we reported that Universal was (finally!) releasing PHANTASM 2 on DVD on September 15th. Now, below you can take a peek at the DVD cover art. Written & directed by Don Coscarelli (BUBBA HO-TEP), PHANTASM II starred James LeGros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine & Samantha Phillips. As of press time the only bonus feature will be the theatrical trailer. (Too bad Anchor Bay couldn't wrestle this away from Universal considering the stellar job they did on the DVD's for the other PHANTASM films!)




    July 21, 2009

    AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON Coming To Blu-Ray September 15th!

    Universal Home Entertainment has set September 15th as the release date for John Landis' classic werewolf flick AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON on Blu-Ray. And fans should be excited, because the Blu-Ray will feature the eagerly awaited feature length documentary BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF. Directed by UK filmmaker Paul Davis, BEWARE THE MOON features dozens of brand new interviews with just about everyone from the cast & crew of the original movie including Landis, Rick Baker, David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter & many, many more. Below you can find a listing of what other features the WEREWOLF Blu-Ray will sport!

    EXCLUSIVE TO Blu-ray Hi-Def:

    • BD-LIVE(TM): Access the BD-Live Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers, and more!

    BONUS FEATURES (BLU-RAY HI-DEF and DVD):

    • NEW! - Beware the Moon: In this feature-length documentary, filmmaker Paul Davis guides us through a never-before-seen, in-depth look at the Making of An American Werewolf in London, with the help of director John Landis and make-up artist Rick Baker.
    • NEW! - I Walked with a Werewolf (in hi-def): Make-up effects artist Rick Baker tells of his life-long love of the Wolfman, how he would go on to create the creature in An American Werewolf in London, and how he was able to pour his passion into the upcoming Wolfman feature.
    • Making An American Werewolf in London, An Original Featurette
    • An Interview with John Landis
    • Make-up Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London
    • Casting of the Hand
    • Outtakes
    • Storyboards
    • Photograph Montage
    • Feature Commentary with Cast Members David Naughton and Griffin Dunne


    July 12, 2009

    HALLOWEEN 2 Website Updates! 4 New Wallpapers!

    There's quite a few updates over on the official HALLOWEEN 2 website at: http://www.halloween2-movie.com. Besides the trailer, you can download the following 4 HALLOWEEN II themed wallpapers for your computer. (I personally dig the pumpkin head dream sequence character in the 2nd one!) Check 'em out below!





    Go to: http://www.halloween2-movie.com to download high res versions of all of the above.

    See the latest trailers right HERE as well as a new TV Spot right HERE! See the latest behind-the-scenes video right HERE. Make sure to check out the trailer to HALLOWEEN 2 right HERE. Latest theatrical one-sheet poster right HERE! New pic of the pumpkin "dream" sequence character HERE! New pic of Sheriff Brackett right HERE! New pic of Loomis and a new poster can be seen right HERE! Check out the 2 latest images of Michael Myers right HERE! Watch another video clip from our last post HERE! Don't forget to read our brand new FRIGHT exclusive interview with ROB ZOMBIE by clicking the frame below!



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

    Make sure to read our set reports from H2 by clicking the images below!

    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART ONE: FX ARTIST WAYNE TOTH! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART TWO: PRODUCER MALEK AKKAD! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART THREE: PRODUCER ANDY GOULD! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART FOUR: ACTRESS SCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON! (Click image below to read it!)


    July 11, 2009

    2 New TV Spots For THE FINAL DESTINATION!

    Below you can check out 2 brand new TV spots for THE FINAL DESTINATION (courtesy of Moviejungle.com), the 4th film in the FINAL DESTINATION franchise, which opens August 28th and will be in 3D at select theaters. Have a peek:





    See more gruesome pics of victims from THE FINAL DESTINATION right HERE! Visit the official website at http://www.thefinaldestinationmovie.com. THE FINAL DESTINATION hits theaters on August 28st, 2009 and stars Nick Zano, Krista Allen (FEAST), Andy Fiscella, Shantel Van Santen, Bobby Campo, Haley Webb, Justin Welborn (THE SIGNAL), Mykelti Williamson & Richard T. Jones. David Ellis, the director of FINAL DESTINATION 2 returns behind the camera for FINAL DESTINATION 4. Eric Bress wrote the script. See the trailer right HERE!

    July 10, 2009

    THE RETURN OF SCHLOCK VALUE! MEGA SHARK versus GIANT OCTOPUS, PSYCHO COP, RetarDEAD!

    Australian writer Danny Price is back after a long sabbatical with a brand new edition of SCHLOCK VALUE! In this special return edition? MEGA SHARK versus GIANT OCTOPUS, PSYCHO COP, RetarDEAD! Yes, fiends, reading is believing! Check out his latest by clicking the image below!



    PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF SCHLOCK VALUE!

    - SCHLOCK VALUE JANUARY 2009 EDITION! (KOMODO VS. COBRA, YETI, SHARK: RED OF THE OCEAN aka DEVIL FISH)

    - SCHLOCK VALUE DECEMBER 2008 EDITION! (THE SALENA INCIDENT, THE GINGERDEAD MAN, LOCH NESS TERROR)

    - SCHLOCK VALUE SEPTEMBER 2008 EDITION! (ATTACK OF THE SABRETOOTH, RAZORTOOTH, SCREAM BLOODY MURDER)

    - SCHLOCK VALUE’S BACK! JUNE 2008 EDITION! (RAPTOR, PARANOID, THE CROW: WICKED PRAYER)

    - SCHLOCK VALUE! MARCH 2008 EDITION! (HAUNTED BOAT, CLUB DREAD, SCARECROW)

    - SCHLOCK VALUE! COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR 2008! (2/08)

    - SCHLOCK VALUE! FEBRUARY 2008 EDITION! (DIARY OF A CANNIBAL, STRAWBERRY ESTATES, CURSE OF HALLOWEEN)

    - SCHLOCK VALUE VS AVP:R! (ALIEN VS PREDATOR: REQIUM REVIEW)

    - SCHLOCK VALUE! JANUARY 2008 EDITION! (CEMETERY GATES, KILLER TONGUE, SUPERCROC)

    - SCHLOCK VALUE! DECEMBER 2007 EDITION! (DR. CHOPPER, SHARK ATTACK 3: MEGALODON, TYRANNOSAURUS WRECKS)

    More to come!

    Final JENNIFER'S BODY Theatrical One-Sheet Poster!

    With both the "red-band" and "green-band" trailers for JENNIFER'S BODY debuting this week, it's only fitting that we'd get to see the final theatrical one-sheet poster as well. Check that out below!


    Watch the "red-band" trailer for JENNIFER'S BODY at our previous news post HERE and the "green-band" one HERE! It hits theaters on September 18th, 2009. The flick stars Megan Fox as the title character, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Kyle Gallner & Lance Henriksen. JENNIFER'S BODY was directed by Karyn Kusama from a script by Diablo Cody (writer of JUNO).

    Synopsis: When a gorgeous cheerleader is possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a small Minnesota farming town, her "plain Jane" best friend must kill her, then escape from a correctional facility to go after the Satan-worshipping rock band responsible for the horrible transformation.

    TRUE BLOOD "Shapeshifters: World's Greatest Pet Bloopers" Viral Video!

    HBO is keeping the viral videos for this hit show TRUE BLOOD coming! Below is a funny little tease titled "World's Greatest Pet Bloopers" which further unveils more "shapeshifters" among us. Keep you eyes peeled on the TV sets in the background of TRUE BLOOD episodes. it's most likely that's where a lot of these viral vids will appear next!



    Read our TRUE BLOOD Season 2 preview HERE. Check out the previous viral video featuring "shapeshifters" right HERE or the "Vampire Gymnast Scandal" right HERE or the cook show one HERE! The first season of TRUE BLOOD is now on DVD and Blu-Ray and Season 2 is currently airing every Sunday night on HBO! Character posters are at our previous post HERE!

    TRUE BLOOD is created by and executive produced by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris and stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skargard, Michelle Forbes, Rutina Wesley, Ryan Kwanten and Sam Trammell. Visit the official site: www.hbo.com/trueblood

    HARPER'S ISLAND On DVD September 8th!

    Paramount Home Entertainment has set September 8th as the release date for all 13 episodes of the CBS series HARPER'S ISLAND. While unconfirmed, you can probably expect audio commentaries on select episodes, deleted scenes as well as making-of featurettes. If you happen to subscribe to Netflix, you can watch all 13 episodes via Netflix Watch Instantly right now! Below's the cover artwork. More details once they become official:



    HARPER'S ISLAND is a 13-episode murder mystery about a group of family and friends who travel to a secluded island for a destination wedding. They've come to laugh... to love... and, though they don't know it... to die. As the wedding festivities begin, friendships are tested and secrets exposed as a murderer claims victims, one by one, transforming the wedding week of fun and celebration into a terrifying struggle for survival. Abby Mills, whose mother was killed on the island by a homicidal maniac's rampage seven years ago, journeys home for the first time since the horrific event for the wedding of her best friend, Henry Dunn. Henry, the boy next door, is marrying the woman of his dreams, Trish Wellington, a beautiful and wealthy heiress. But as the wedding week begins, people start dying. Every episode, someone is killed. Wedding guests and island locals, every person is a suspect. No one is safe. No one can be trusted. By the end of the 13 episodes, all questions will be answered, the killer will be revealed and only a few will survive. Beginning Thursday, April 9th, and airing each Thursday at 10:00pm ET/PT through July, 2nd, the series is Executive Produced by Jon Turteltaub and Jeffrey Bell, and stars Katie Cassidy (Supernatural) as “Trish Wellington,” Elaine Cassidy (The Others) as “Abby Mills,” and Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty) as “Henry Dunn.” Check out the official website at: http://www.harpersglobe.com

    Nasty Image From THE FINAL DESTINATION!

    This spoiler pic originally popped up on a Facebook page for THE FINAL DESTINATION, but has since disappeared off line. Regardless, it's making the round on all the other horror sites, so we figured we'd share it with you. (And it's not really spoiler-ish, because you have to figure everyone in a FINAL DESTINATION movie meets a nasty end.) Regardless, with FINAL DESTINATION 2 director David Ellis returning behind the camera, count us excited for this one!



    See more gruesome pics of victims from THE FINAL DESTINATION right HERE! Visit the official website at http://www.thefinaldestinationmovie.com. THE FINAL DESTINATION hits theaters on August 28st, 2009 and stars Nick Zano, Krista Allen (FEAST), Andy Fiscella, Shantel Van Santen, Bobby Campo, Haley Webb, Justin Welborn (THE SIGNAL), Mykelti Williamson & Richard T. Jones. David Ellis, the director of FINAL DESTINATION 2 returns behind the camera for FINAL DESTINATION 4. Eric Bress wrote the script. See the trailer right HERE!

    Gory Pic From Alex Aja's PIRANHA 3D!

    FANGORIA got a handful of gory images from the set of Alex Aja's upcoming PIRANHA 3D! You can click the teaser image below to see several more examples of KNB's kick-ass work on the film over on FANGO's site:



    PIRANHA 3D stars Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Jessica Szohr, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames, Adam Scott and Dina Meyer (SAW 1-3). Loosely based on the original PIRANHA directed by Joe Dante, Aja's version was penned by Aja and his writing partner Grégory Levasseur and is due out next year.

    Synopsis: They’re back! Every year the population of sleepy Lake Havasu explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for a single, wild weekend - the 4th of July, a riot of sun, drunken fun and sex-crazed mayhem. But this year, there's something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from local old timers. Havasu sits in the crater formed by a prehistoric volcanic eruption, and when earth tremors tear open a crack in the lake floor, all hell breaks through. Piranhas - a million ravenous, razor-toothed monsters, unchanged since the dawn of time. Unstoppable killing machines acting blindly under one primeval impulse: to hunt down anything that moves and strip it to the raw, bleeding bone. In seconds.

    New "Green-Band" Trailer For JENNIFER'S BODY!

    Hot on the heels of the recently release "red-band" trailer and the FANGORIA picture of Megan Fox, Yahoo has posted the official "green-band" trailer for JENNIFER'S BODY which is currently playing before prints of BRUNO. Check it out below!



    Check out that pic we were talking about right HERE! You can check out the recently released "red-band" trailer for JENNIFER'S BODY at our previous news post HERE! It hits theaters on September 18th, 2009. The flick stars Megan Fox as the title character, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Kyle Gallner & Lance Henriksen. JENNIFER'S BODY was directed by Karyn Kusama from a script by Diablo Cody (writer of JUNO).

    Synopsis: When a gorgeous cheerleader is possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a small Minnesota farming town, her "plain Jane" best friend must kill her, then escape from a correctional facility to go after the Satan-worshipping rock band responsible for the horrible transformation.

    Harold Ramis Video On GHOSTBUSTERS 3!

    MakingOf.com has posted a nice 7 minute video talking with YEAR ONE director Harold Ramis about all things GHOSTBUSTERS 3, including the returning cast, Dan Aykroyd's GHOSTBUSTERS IN HELL script and more! While it's still a ways off, check out what he had to say in the clip below!




    Make sure to check out the official GHOSTBUSTERS website at: http://www.ghostbusters.com. And check out the trailer for the Blu-Ray at 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. You can read Bill Murray's comments on GHOSTBUSTERS 3 from our previous news post HERE!


    July 09, 2009

    New DISTRICT 9 Trailer!

    Yahoo has debuted a brand new trailer for the sci-fi/thriller DISTRICT 9, which according to the rating features "bloody violence & pervasive language". The plot details have been fairly secretive up until now, but this trailer sheds a little more light on what we can expect. Check it out below!



    Synopsis: An alien race has come to earth on a one-way ticket, becoming stranded in Africa. Now seen as yet another mistrusted minority, the "non-humans" live in a dangerous ghetto and labor for little to no pay. But when a human encounters some strange non-human technology that begins to affect him in disturbing ways, his perspective on the situation changes drastically.

    Directed by Neill Blomkamp from a script co-written with Terri Tatchell (based on his short film ALIVE IN JORBURG) and produced by Peter Jackson, DISTRICT 9 stars Jason Cope, Kenneth Nkosi, William Allen Young, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strik & John Sumner.


    New Megan Fox Pic From JENNIFER'S BODY!

    FANGORIA got a new pic of Megan Fox sporting her nasty chompers in her upcoming flick JENNIFER'S BODY. (See below!)


    You can check out the recently released "red-band" trailer for JENNIFER'S BODY at our previous news post HERE! It hits theaters on September 18th, 2009. The flick stars Megan Fox as the title character, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Kyle Gallner & Lance Henriksen. JENNIFER'S BODY was directed by Karyn Kusama from a script by Diablo Cody (writer of JUNO).

    Synopsis: When a gorgeous cheerleader is possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a small Minnesota farming town, her "plain Jane" best friend must kill her, then escape from a correctional facility to go after the Satan-worshipping rock band responsible for the horrible transformation.

    "Red-Band" Trailer For BOOK OF BLOOD! The Latest Clive Barker Adaptation!

    Below you can check out the "red-band" trailer to the latest Clive Barker adaptation BOOK OF BLOOD, courtesy of Shock Till You Drop. Culled from the 2 short stories "On Jerusalem Street" and "The Book of Blood", BOOK OF BLOOD will hit DVD on September 29th. (Details HERE) Written and directed by John Harrison, the movie stars Jonas Armstrong, Sophie Ward, Doug Bradley, Simon Bamford and Paul Blair.


    The Ladies Of HALLOWEEN 2!

    The Ladies Of HALLOWEEN My Space page just debuted a new exclusive image with Brea Grant (as Mya Rockwell), Scout Taylor-Compton (reprising her role as Laurie Strode), and Angela Trimbur (as Harley David) from Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN II. Check it out below! And make sure to hit up the Ladies Of HALLOWEEN My Space right HERE!



    There's more behind the scenes pics HERE. See the latest trailers right HERE as well as a new TV Spot right HERE! See the latest behind-the-scenes video right HERE. Make sure to check out the trailer to HALLOWEEN 2 right HERE. Latest theatrical one-sheet poster right HERE! New pic of the pumpkin "dream" sequence character HERE! New pic of Sheriff Brackett right HERE! New pic of Loomis and a new poster can be seen right HERE! Check out the 2 latest images of Michael Myers right HERE! Watch another video clip from our last post HERE! Don't forget to read our brand new FRIGHT exclusive interview with ROB ZOMBIE by clicking the frame below!



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

    Make sure to read our set reports from H2 by clicking the images below!

    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART ONE: FX ARTIST WAYNE TOTH! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART TWO: PRODUCER MALEK AKKAD! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART THREE: PRODUCER ANDY GOULD! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART FOUR: ACTRESS SCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON! (Click image below to read it!)



    July 07, 2009

    Fox Prepping Direct-To-DVD MIRRORS 2!

    Shock Till You Drop got a tip from a source at 20th Century FOX that the company is prepping a direct-to-DVD sequel to last year's hit MIRRORS, MIRRORS 2. No details other then that Alex Aja and Kiefer Sutherland will NOT be back and that FOX is looking at a 2010 release. More when we hear it!


    Tony Todd Video On THE GRAVES!

    A video interview clip with horror icon Tony Todd had just debuted on THE GRAVES You Tube Channel. Check it out below or at: http://www.youtube.com/thegravesmovie



    THE GRAVES is about sisters Megan and Abby whose visit to Skull City Mine turns into a mind bending fight for survival against menaces both human, and supernatural.

    "We'll launch The Graves official trailer on July 20th, right before San Diego Comicon, but we wanted to give everyone an inside look," says writer / director Brian Pulido. "Tony Todd was amazing to work with. He turned in a bravura performance.”

    In the coming weeks, horror fiends can expect video interviews with D. Randall Blythe and director Brian Pulido as well as looks into the making of THE GRAVES.

    THE GRAVES stars Clare Grant (Masters of Horror), Jillian Murray (The Fun Park), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II), Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm St., Dexter), D. Randall Blythe (Screamer, Lamb of God), Shane Stevens, Patti Tindall (Death of a Ghost Hunter), Barbara Glover (Red Rock West), Calabrese and Tony Todd (24, Candyman).

    THE GRAVES is written and directed by independent comic book legend Brian Pulido (Chaos! Comics, Lady Death, Evil Ernie) and produced by Mischief Maker Studios, Brian Ronalds and Dean Ronalds of Ronalds Brothers Productions (Netherbeast, Inc.). Production Design by Francisca Pulido. Director of Photography Adam Goldfine.

    For more info visit: www.TheGravesMovie.com

    New One-Sheet Poster For DARK WOODS!

    Below you'll find the new one-sheet poster (and 2 stills) from the indie flick DARK WOODS starring James Russo ("THE NINTH GATE", "BEVERLY HILLS COP", "PUBLIC ENEMIES") and Tracy Coogan ("ZOMBIE HONEYMOON", "PENANCE", "THE DEVIL IN THE KITCHEN"). Check them out below!





    DARK WOODS is a mystery thriller written by John Muscanero. The story follows a couple who moves to a secluded cabin in the woods to cope with a terminal illness of the wife. As the wife's condition drags her deeper into dementia and darkness, the husband's friendship with a local teenage girl takes a dangerous and obsessive turn.

    DARK WOODS is currently on the look out for a distributor and gets submitted to all major Film Festivals around the world.

    Watch the DARK WOODS Trailer here: www.tracycoogan.com

    Credits:

    Cast
      James Russo ... Sheriff Demming
      Tracy Coogan ... Susan Branch
      John Muscarnero ... Henry Branch
      Mary Kate Wiles ... Alicia Larch
      Mark Shady ... Rand Larch
      Corey Mendell Parker ... Dr. Lewis
      Martine Jean ... Mrs. Turner

    Directed by
      Michael Escobedo

    Writers
      John Muscarnero

    Original Music
      S. Peace Nistades

    Cinematographers
      Andrew J. Whittaker

    Four More Take A 'BREATH OF HATE'!

    We've just got new casting news on Ezra Buzzington's latest flick BREATH OF HATE which we first posted about HERE. The press release below revealed the latest 4 actors cast in the movie:

    Monique Parent (“Play Time”), Elske McCain (“Jessicka Rabid”), Ricardo Gray (“Easter Bunny Kill! Kill!”) and Trista Robinson are set to star in the Velvet Hammer Films/ArsonCuff Entertainment production of “Breath of Hate.”

    Directed by Sean Cain (“Silent Night, Zombie Night”) and starring Ezra Buzzington (“Halloween 2”), “Breath” centers around a young woman in the escort business, who on her last job is confronted by a trio of escaped mental patients looking to change the world; one victim at a time.

    "I like a part that scares me. If my first instinctive reaction is, ‘I can't DO that’, that's when I know it’s the right part for me." Parent says. "Selma forces me to look into the darkest places that I have and that scares the crap out of me. Scared shitless is a good place to work from."

    “Playing Hailey is like a vacation for me.” states McCain tapped as the laid back escort. “Unlike my film, ‘Jessicka Rabid’ I don’t get locked in a cage or have to kill anyone!” Gray and Robinson round out the cast as the maniacal dinosaur loving Cleb and underage Lolita-like Tabbi.

    “Breath” begins filming in late summer. This is the second production out of Wes Laurie’s ArsonCuff Entertainment and Sean Cain’s Velvet Hammer Films who are currently finishing post-production on “Silent Night, Zombie Night.”


    Speaking of - check out our chat with Felissa Rose about SILENT NIGHT, ZOMBIE NIGHT right HERE!

    "Red-Band" Trailer For THE COLLECTOR!

    A few days ago, we got a look at 3 different theatrical one-sheet posters for Marcus Dunstan's directorial debut THE COLLECTOR. Now, we've got a look at the first official "red-band" trailer courtesy of IGN! Check it out embedded below!



    THE COLLECTOR follows the story of handyman and ex-con Arkin, who aims to repay a debt to his ex-wife by robbing his new employer’s country home. Unfortunately for Arkin, a far worse enemy has already laid claim to the property – and the family. As the seconds tick down to midnight, Arkin becomes a reluctant hero trapped by a masked “Collector” in a maze of lethal invention – the Spanish Inquisition as imagined by Rube Goldberg – while trying to rescue the very family he came to rob.

    The project, produced by Fortress Features’ Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti and Imaginarium Entertainment Group’s Julie Richardson, stars Josh Stewart (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Criminal Minds), Daniella Alonso (Friday Night Lights, The Hills Have Eyes 2), Michael Reilly Burke (Lincoln Heights, 24), Andrea Roth (Rescue Me, War), Madeline Zima (Californication, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle), Karley Scott-Collins (Pulse 2, The Class), Robert Wisdom (The Wire, The Forgotten) and Juan Fernandez (The Lost City, A Man Apart).

    THE COLLECTOR will thrill audiences Friday, July 31st from Freestyle Releasing.

    Official website: http://www.thecollector-movie.com

    Full Press Release For Rob Zombie's THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO!

    UNDEAD NAZIS, HORNY ROBOTS AND STRIPPERS GET ANIMATED ON DVD! Rob Zombie Presents THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO, Hitting the Mat on DVD and Blu-ray™ September 22, 2009

    Anchor Bay Entertainment will release THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO, the first full-length animated feature from Director/Writer Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects and 2009’s Halloween), on DVD and Blu-ray™ on September 22, 2009. A longtime pet project of Zombie (he based it on his comic book), THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO, is an ultra-hip, wickedly funny fantasy that’s a colorful blend of Fritz the Cat, “Scooby-Doo,” “Ren and Stimpy,” and Santo wrestling flicks. El Superbeasto is “Adults Only” animation available on DVD for an SRP of $19.97 and Blu-ray™ for $34.98.

    THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO is the twisted tale of El Superbeasto (voiced by Tom Papa), a former world class masked wrestler with super human strength, who now finds himself in the very ordinary capacity as producer/director/star of BeastoWorld Enterprises. But when he can, Beasto spends time fighting evil along with his with his super-sexy sister, Suzi X (Sheri Moon Zombie), in the spooky Monsterland. Our hefty hero faces his biggest battle when he struggles to stop the unholy marriage of foul-mouthed stripper Velvet Von Black (Rosario Dawson) and the diabolical Dr. Satan (Paul Giamatti). Will all hell break loose or will our man save the day? The answer can only be found in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, a depraved adventure with filthy comedy, ultra-violence, and some bad-ass theme songs!

    Along with the distinct voice work of Dawson, Giamatti, Moon Zombie, and Papa, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto also features many other instantly recognizable performers including Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Daniel Roebuck, Harland Williams, Cassandra Peterson, Clint Howard, Dee Wallace, Rob Paulsen, Tura Satana, and Danny Trejo.

    With Rob Zombie, a cast of fan favorites, and original songs by Hard ‘n Phirm; The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is a trash culture wild ride that’s a soon-to-be cult classic.


    July 06, 2009

    ICONS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DIRECTOR DAVE PARKER ON 'THE HILLS RUN RED'!

    FRIGHT fans, you are in for a treat! We're proud to present PART ONE of our EXCLUSIVE TWO part interview with director Dave Parker about his latest film THE HILLS RUN RED. Fans of 80's "slasher" flicks take note, this is the movie for you! This interview took place several months ago during the editing process for HILLS, so we got the first insight into how the film was coming together from Dave's perspective via the editing room. He also provided us with some exclusive new images seen for the first time ever here in this ICONS article. Click HERE or the image below to read our extensive FRIGHT exclusive interview with THE HILLS RUN RED director DAVE PARKER!



    Synopsis A film fanatic's obsession with finding a complete print of a classic slasher movie leads him and two friends into the backwoods where the film was shot. They realize too late that filming never ended -- the movie's star, the deformed, murderous BABY FACE, and his twisted family continue to film and kill unsuspecting victims. Now our heroes must survive the nightmarish onslaught or become part of the movie forever.

    Directed by Dave Parker from a script by David J. Schow, John Dombrow & John Carchietta, THE HILLS RUN RED stars Sophie Monk, Tad Hilgenbrinck (LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE), William Sadler (THE MIST, "Death" in BILL & TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY!), Alex Wyndham and Janet Montgomery (WRONG TURN 3).

    Check out our panel report on THE HILLS RUN RED from last month's LA FANGO con by clicking HERE or the link below!



    And check last year's FRIGHT exclusive interview with DAVE PARKER!


    4 More Behind-The-Scenes Pics From HALLOWEEN 2!

    Yet again, Rob Zombie has posted a series of behind the scenes photos via his My Space blog from the set of his HALLOWEEN sequel HALLOWEEN II, which opens in theaters on August 28th. Check out the latest below!





    There's more behind the scenes pics HERE. See the latest trailers right HERE as well as a new TV Spot right HERE! See the latest behind-the-scenes video right HERE. Make sure to check out the trailer to HALLOWEEN 2 right HERE. Latest theatrical one-sheet poster right HERE! New pic of the pumpkin "dream" sequence character HERE! New pic of Sheriff Brackett right HERE! New pic of Loomis and a new poster can be seen right HERE! Check out the 2 latest images of Michael Myers right HERE! Watch another video clip from our last post HERE! Don't forget to read our brand new FRIGHT exclusive interview with ROB ZOMBIE by clicking the frame below!



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

    Make sure to read our set reports from H2 by clicking the images below!

    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART ONE: FX ARTIST WAYNE TOTH! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART TWO: PRODUCER MALEK AKKAD! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART THREE: PRODUCER ANDY GOULD! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART FOUR: ACTRESS SCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON! (Click image below to read it!)


    Trailer For New French Zombie Flick THE HORDE!

    Are you tired of zombie movies yet? Well, how 'bout a French made zombie flick exec-produced by FRONTIERES Xavier Gens? Below you'll find the teaser trailer (& synopsis) for THE HORDE, directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher. Have a peek:



    Synopsis:
    "North of Paris. In order to avenge the murder of one of their own by a group of ruthless gangsters, four corrupt cops go on a rampage in a condemned building serving as the mobster’s hideout. Now trapped, the officers are about to be executed when the unimaginable occurs: hordes of bloodthirsty, cannibalistic creatures invade the building, savagely attacking everyone. Unexpected alliances are made when their lives are threatened by the unthinkable."

    JENNIFER'S BODY "Red-Band" Trailer!

    Shock Till You Drop.com just debuted an exclusive first look at the "red-band" trailer for the Diablo Cody scripted, Megan Fox starring JENNIFER'S BODY. Of note, there's a green-band "studio" trailer debuting before prints of BRUNO when it opens this Friday, but the filmmakers would prefer you watch this one, which better represents the tone of the movie. Here's their note to Shock:

    "Fox is putting a trailer of JENNIFER'S BODY in front of BRUNO this Friday. Great, right? Only problem is it's not our trailer. It's kind of a straight horror preview and while we're sure it'll appeal to many of you, we wanted to make sure you guys got to see our cut... Lets call it the "filmmaker's cut". We think it captures the comedy and scares of the horror films we grew up on - a kind of nostalgia for when horror films were fun. Can't wait to show you the whole film... In the meantime, here's the red band trailer we wanted our fans to see.

    - Karyn, Diablo, and Jason
    "

    Watch the new "red-band" trailer embedded below!



    JENNIFER'S BODY hits theaters on September 18th, 2009. The flick stars TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN uber-babe Megan Fox as the title character, as well as Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Kyle Gallner (SMALLVILLE's "The Flash") & Lance Henriksen. JENNIFER'S BODY was directed by Karyn Kusama from a script by Diablo Cody (writer of JUNO). Synopsis and (familiar) poster below! (HOT!)

    Synopsis: When a gorgeous cheerleader is possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a small Minnesota farming town, her "plain Jane" best friend must kill her, then escape from a correctional facility to go after the Satan-worshipping rock band responsible for the horrible transformation.


    July 05, 2009

    UPDATE: Are The Right Subtitles On LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Yet?!

    Several months back, we had posted an article with a side-by-side comparison of an early screener of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN along with the recently released DVD/Blu-Ray version from Magnolia Pictures. We were shocked to discover such a discrepancy in the subtitles from version to version.

    While we're sure this kind of loss in translation happens all the time with foreign films, it seemed baffling as to why a film that had been playing for months in limited theatrical release with accurate subtitles (to critical praise) would suddenly sport a completely different translation for the home video release. (Especially considering the screener copies sent out to reviewers all had the original translations) We theorized that possibly someone in Magnolia's home video department just thought it'd be cheaper to not pay the original translater (credited to Ingrid Eng) and just have someone else redo them. (Just a theory.)

    Naturally, the issue caused quite an uproar amongst fellow critics, fans and consumers that were looking forward to seeing this highly praised cult-classic, only to get an inferior version of it. Magnolia never issued an "official" statement addressing the issue, but spoke to Digital Bits and informed them that new copies of the feature will be issues with "Subtitles English (Theatrical)" listed on the back. No word as to when this was going to happen. Nor were there to be any refunds for the original discs.

    It'd been months since we'd heard ANY thing. The only thing I heard (and can confirm) is that the version of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN that is currently streaming on Netflix Watch Instantly IS in fact the theatrical version with the correct subtitles.

    Regardless, I had to follow up with Magnolia on the actual DVD/Blu-Ray release. I was nervous that maybe Magnolia decided to completely ignore this issue, citing it as merely the cries of "a few band-wagon mentality bloggers." (Thanks for the actual quote, sales exec)

    I wrote directly to Magnolia's video department to see what the status of the new re-issued LET THE RIGHT ONE IN DVD's was. Here's the reply I received from Melissa Romley:

    "At this time there is nothing new to update you with.  The original theatrical subtitles will be made available as an additional English language subtitle option on future manufacturing runs."

    Seemed pretty vague.... and disappointing.

    Yet, several fans wrote me to inform me that they HAVE found NEW re-issues of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN at their local TARGET stores. Here's what to look for in insuring you get the RIGHT subtitles:









    The good news is... they are out there. You just have to really look for them. And as of right now, TARGET's a good bet. I have yet to hear or see of any Blu-Ray versions with the appropriate subtitles, so please, if you find the Blu-Ray or more stores that have them, comment below so that fellow appreciators of this movie can own the version we saw in theaters.

    Many thanks to the people that sent the above screengrabs. And for everyone interested in helping with this on-going matter. I'm sure director Tomas Alfredson would appreciate your efforts.

    July 04, 2009

    HORROR ART PROFILE: CLINT CARNEY!

    Here at ICONS, we're always striving to expand upon more then just horror movie news. We want to bring you the latest going on in horror "culture" as well. So we thought it'd be fun to open you faithful readers up to the world of horror art. Last night, the Hyaena Gallery over in Burbank, California featured an exhibit of the work of Clint Carney, artist extraordinaire and frontman of the band SYSTEM SYN. His work (pictured below) is on display at the gallery until July 15th, so if you're anywhere near the Burbank area, you really should come down to Hyaena Gallery and see it for yourself. Of course, you can also purchase the work below via Hyaena's website right HERE! With all that said, let's take a quick peek at the horror art of Clint Carney!

    The the center is "Sophisticate". Top to bottom on the left, "Spurt" and "I". Top to bottom on the right, "Stigmata" and "Thought Criminal".

    A closer look at "Sophisticate".

    A 3 piece set, from left to right - "Stub", "The Middle Child" and "Worm".

    From left to right (top row) - "The Seperation" and "God Of Hell".

    The amazing collaboration with Cam Rackam "The Proposal". You can see video of this one being created live at our previous news post HERE!

    My personal favorite of the entire show - "I'm Funnier With My Nose".

    Left - "Skinned", bottom middle - "Unicorn" and right - "Geek".

    "The John".

    "American Funeral" (very EVIL DEAD 2-ish!) and "Triplets".

    As with all Hyaena Gallery showings, if you can't afford to own an original piece, you can always purchase reproduction prints for a low affordable price!

    Clint Carney with his piece "The John".

    For more info on all these above pieces, go to: http://www.hyaenagallery.com/clintcarney.html
    For more info on Clint Carney, visit: www.clintcarney.com

    New Teaser Trailer (Plus Preview) For MONTAUK UNVEILED!

    Filmmaker Christopher P. Garetano just posted a brand new teaser trailer for his next documentary project MONTAUK UNVEILED! The project (one of several documentaries and films Garetano is currently in post-production on) regards (alleged) alien abductions and government mind control experiments that occurred at the Camp Hero air force base. The documentary is produced by John Brodie, one of the subjects of Garetano's debut film HORROR BUSINESS. Check out the latest teaser trailer below!



    And while you're at it, watch the first teaser trailer below:



    As well as a 10 minute preview of MONTAUK UNVEILED below:




    New Pic Of "Babyface" Killer From THE HILLS RUN RED!

    The annual FRIGHTFEST UK just announced their full movie screening line-up between the dates of August 27th through the 31st and it seems to be one of their best line-ups ever! Movies debuting include TRIANGLE, THE HILLS RUN RED, CLIVE BARKER'S DREAD, TRICK 'R TREAT, GIALLO, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE DESCENT PART 2 & many, many more. If you're a UK reader, head over to the official site right HERE and pick up tickets!

    One of the films on that roaster we're excited about is THE HILLS RUN RED. Below is a pic from the preview page off Frightfest's website that we just had to share. Another peek at HILLS creepy "Babyface" killer.




    We'll have more on THE HILLS RUN RED shortly, so check back! See the DVD cover and specs at our previous news post HERE! Directed by Dave Parker from a script by David J. Schow, John Dombrow & John Carchietta, THE HILLS RUN RED stars Sophie Monk, Tad Hilgenbrinck (LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE), William Sadler (THE MIST), Alex Wyndham and Janet Montgomery (WRONG TURN 3).

    Check out our panel report on THE HILLS RUN RED from last month's LA FANGO con by clicking HERE or the link below!



    And check last year's FRIGHT exclusive interview with THE HILLS RUN RED director DAVE PARKER!



    July 03, 2009

    Deborah & Michael Myers - New Behind-The-Scenes Pic From HALLOWEEN 2!

    Rob Zombie just posted another behind the scenes picture of Sheri & Chase (as Deborah & young Michael Myers) rehearsing a scene at Smith's Grove Sanitarium. You can check it out below!



    There's more behind the scenes pics HERE. See the latest trailers right HERE as well as a new TV Spot right HERE! See the latest behind-the-scenes video right HERE. Make sure to check out the trailer to HALLOWEEN 2 right HERE. Latest theatrical one-sheet poster right HERE! New pic of the pumpkin "dream" sequence character HERE! New pic of Sheriff Brackett right HERE! New pic of Loomis and a new poster can be seen right HERE! Check out the 2 latest images of Michael Myers right HERE! Watch another video clip from our last post HERE! Don't forget to read our brand new FRIGHT exclusive interview with ROB ZOMBIE by clicking the frame below!



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


    Make sure to read our set reports from H2 by clicking the images below!

    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART ONE: FX ARTIST WAYNE TOTH! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART TWO: PRODUCER MALEK AKKAD! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART THREE: PRODUCER ANDY GOULD! (Click image below to read it!)



    HALLOWEEN 2 SET REPORT! PART FOUR: ACTRESS SCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON! (Click image below to read it!)

    New Gruesome Pics From THE FINAL DESTINATION!

    Several spoiler-ish pictures have surfaced over on the DVD-Forum website from THE FINAL DESTINATION. (Actually, if you picked up the most recent issue of FANGORIA, you would've spotted these there as well.) Regardless, check out 3 of 'em below and the rest over on the original site right HERE. With this entry being in 3D, looks like things will get interesting!




    Visit the official website at http://www.thefinaldestinationmovie.com. THE FINAL DESTINATION hits theaters on August 28st, 2009 and stars Nick Zano, Krista Allen (FEAST), Andy Fiscella, Shantel Van Santen, Bobby Campo, Haley Webb, Justin Welborn (THE SIGNAL), Mykelti Williamson & Richard T. Jones. David Ellis, the director of FINAL DESTINATION 2 returns behind the camera for FINAL DESTINATION 4. Eric Bress wrote the script. See the trailer right HERE!

    UPDATED: 3 Posters For THE COLLECTOR!

    3 theatrical one sheet posters have surfaced on-line for Marcus Dunstan's directorial debut THE COLLECTOR, which hits theaters on July 31st! The first comes courtesy of FANGORIA, the second from FearNET. Check 'em out below!



    Here's one more that just popped up on MTV's site!


    The project, produced by Fortress Features’ Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti and Imaginarium Entertainment Group’s Julie Richardson, stars Josh Stewart (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Criminal Minds), Daniella Alonso (Friday Night Lights, The Hills Have Eyes 2), Michael Reilly Burke (Lincoln Heights, 24), Andrea Roth (Rescue Me, War), Madeline Zima (Californication, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle), Karley Scott-Collins (Pulse 2, The Class), Robert Wisdom (The Wire, The Forgotten) and Juan Fernandez (The Lost City, A Man Apart).

    THE COLLECTOR follows the story of handyman and ex-con Arkin, who aims to repay a debt to his ex-wife by robbing his new employer’s country home. Unfortunately for Arkin, a far worse enemy has already laid claim to the property – and the family. As the seconds tick down to midnight, Arkin becomes a reluctant hero trapped by a masked “Collector” in a maze of lethal invention – the Spanish Inquisition as imagined by Rube Goldberg – while trying to rescue the very family he came to rob.

    Dunstan and Melton, who came into the national spotlight for their winning screenplay FEAST on Project Greenlight’s third season, have been shepherding the Saw franchise for the past three installments, having written SAW IV, SAW V and the upcoming SAW VI.

    “Marcus and Patrick have come up with a unique twist on the home invasion thriller that we think will have people gripping their seats,” said Liddell. “With its stylized blend of action and horror, the movie delivers on every level.”

    “In a summer boasting fist-fighting robots and 3-D floating homes, Mickey and his team are more than up to the challenge of delivering an adult horror-thriller to moviegoers seeking a shock to the system,” added Dunstan and Melton. “We're beyond lucky to have such a passionate force behind a film we can't wait to unleash.”

    The film will be released through Freestyle Releasing, whom Liddell previously partnered with on The Haunting of Molly Hartley. Liddell was repped in the deal by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

    Visit the official website: http://www.thecollector-movie.com

    July 02, 2009

    Final SORORITY ROW One-Sheet Poster!

    The final one-sheet theatrical poster for SORORITY ROW has made it's way on-line. An update/remake of Mark Rosman's 1983 THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW, the new version is set to open in theaters on September 11th. Stewart Hendler directed from a script by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger and it stars (cutie) Briana Evigan (S. DARKO, FEAR ITSELF: NEW YEAR'S DAY), Rumer Willis, Audrina Patridge (INTO THE BLUE 2) and Carrie Fisher. New poster below! See the trailer & previous poster at THIS post!



    Visit the official website over at thetapi-ordie.com.

    VIDEO: Cam Rackam & Clint Carney Live Painting Session At Hyaena Gallery!

    This was just too cool not to share. This past weekend artists Clint Carney and Cam Rackam teamed up to do a live painting at Hyaena Gallery in Burbank titled "The Proposal." It's pretty amazing to watch these 2 artists collaborate and see the final piece come together the way it does in this video. Check it out below!



    This painting along with the rest of Clint Carney's work is now on display and available for purchase at Hyaena Gallery through July 15th, 2009. Make sure you check it out! There will be a free reception Friday evening, July 3rd from 8PM to Midnight with Carney in attendence. Hope to see you guys there!

    Visit: www.hyaenagallery.com
    And: http://www.systemsyn.com/clintcarney

    AMERICA'S BAD KIDS: DON EDMONDS TRIBUTE WITH SID HAIG!

    In this very special episode of AMERICA'S BAD KIDS, host John Torrani meets up again with actor Sid Haig to pay tribute to the late, great Don Edmonds. Sid tells the story of how he met Don way back in 1965 while the two were working on a film called BEACH BALL & also updates us his new project with Jack Hill. You can also check out EPISODE 4 of AMERICA'S BAD KIDS, which featured an exploitation breakfast with Don Edmonds, Dyanne Thorn (Ilsa herself), Sid Haig and Jack Hill at THIS link.


    New CALABRESE Video With Footage From THE GRAVES!

    The first footage from the upcoming horror film, THE GRAVES can be seen in the all-new video by horror-punk icons Calabrese posted below!



    THE GRAVES is about sisters Megan and Abby whose visit to Skull City Mine turns into a mind bending fight for survival against menaces both human, and supernatural.

    "We'll launch The Graves official trailer on July 20th, right before Comicon International, but we wanted to give everyone a sneak peek," says writer / director Brian Pulido. "We feature Calabrese early on in The Graves and this video is a natural extension of that scene."

    In the coming weeks, horror fiends can expect video interviews with Tony Todd, D. Randall Blythe and director Brian Pulido as well as looks into the making of The Graves.

    THE GRAVES stars Clare Grant (Masters of Horror), Jillian Murray (The Fun Park), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II), Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm St., Dexter), D. Randall Blythe (Screamer, Lamb of God), Shane Stevens, Patti Tindall (Death of a Ghost Hunter), Barbara Glover (Red Rock West), Calabrese and Tony Todd (24, Candyman).

    THE GRAVES is written and directed by independent comic book creator Brian Pulido (Chaos! Comics, Lady Death, Evil Ernie) and produced by Mischief Maker Studios, Brian Ronalds and Dean Ronalds of Ronalds Brothers Productions (Netherbeast, Inc.). Production Design by Francisca Pulido. Director of Photography Adam Goldfine.

    For more info visit: www.TheGravesMovie.com

    Don't forget to check out the AMERICA'S BAD KIDS episode with CALABRESE HERE or by clicking the image below!


    THE HILLS RUN RED Coming To DVD September 29th!

    Director Dave Parker's eagerly anticipated and much talked about film THE HILLS RUN RED will hit DVD on September 29th courtesy of Warner Brothers & Dark Castle Entertainment. (Trust us, this is one you're going to want to check out!)

    Special features will include an audio commentary with director Dave Parker, writer David Schow & producer Robert Meyer Burnett, as well as a new featurette "It's Not Real Until You Shoot It: The Making of THE HILLS RUN RED". Check out the killer cover art work & synopsis below!


    Synopsis A film fanatic's obsession with finding a complete print of a classic slasher movie leads him and two friends into the backwoods where the film was shot. They realize too late that filming never ended -- the movie's star, the deformed, murderous BABY FACE, and his twisted family continue to film and kill unsuspecting victims. Now our heroes must survive the nightmarish onslaught or become part of the movie forever.

    Directed by Dave Parker from a script by David J. Schow, John Dombrow & John Carchietta, THE HILLS RUN RED stars Sophie Monk, Tad Hilgenbrinck (LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE), William Sadler (THE MIST, "Death" in BILL & TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY!), Alex Wyndham and Janet Montgomery (WRONG TURN 3).

    Check out our panel report on THE HILLS RUN RED from last month's LA FANGO con by clicking HERE or the link below!



    And check last year's FRIGHT exclusive interview with THE HILLS RUN RED director DAVE PARKER!


    Paul Solet's GRACE On DVD/Blu-Ray On September 15th!

    Anchor Bay Entertainment has issued the official press release for Paul Solet's debut feature GRACE, which hits both DVD & Blu-Ray on September 15th. The disc promises to be loaded with special features! Check out the full release and listing below!

    ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS PAUL SOLET’S GRACE ON DVD AND BLU-RAY, A Genre Sensation Arrives September 15th Swaddled With Bonus Features!

    An absolute sensation at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival – where two people fainted during the film’s premiere – and a runaway hit on the international film festival circuit, Paul Solet’s GRACE will bow September 15, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray™. GRACE is an unforgettable emotional and psychological journey into terror, as a young woman (Jordan Ladd, Cabin Fever, Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof) is forced to make the ultimate maternal sacrifice when the stillborn child she carried to term returns to life with a horrifying appetite. SRP is $26.97 for the DVD, and $34.97 for the Blu-ray™. Grace is produced by Ingo Volkhammer, Cory Neal, Adam Green and Kevin DeWalt. Neal and Green are the writing/directing/producing team behind the contemporary cult classics Hatchet and Spiral.

    After years of trying to conceive, Madeline (Ladd) and Michael Matheson (Stephen Park, Scary Movie 3, The Pink Panther) are finally about to become parents. But with only weeks to go before delivery, an accident leaves both Michael and the unborn child dead. Devastated, Madeline decides to carry the child to term and deliver naturally. What seemed like madness becomes a miracle when, after delivering a dead child, Madeline finds her baby is indeed alive…and hungry. She soon discovers that her baby – now named Grace – thirsts for something more than mother’s milk, and Madeline is determined to feed her child, no matter the consequences. With nowhere to turn, Madeline must make a mother’s ultimate decision: What will she sacrifice to keep her child alive?

    GRACE has wowed – and terrified – audiences all over the world. In addition to Sundance, the film was an official selection at the South by Southwest Festival, the AFI Dallas Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, as well as the upcoming Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival. Other festival screenings include Portugal’s Fantasporto Festival, Athens Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival and Scotland’s Film Four Frightfest. In February, Grace was awarded the Prix Du Jury Award at the Gerardmer Festival Du Fantastique 2009 in France.

    Hailed as “downright chilling” by Variety, and “… a blood-soaked piece of social commentary” by MSN, Grace has emerged among critics as nothing short of a genre phenomenon. Cinematical wrote: “First-time writer-director Paul Solet…proves himself adept both as a visual storyteller, and as a guy who can make you crap your pants,” while EOnline bluntly stated: “Let this be a warning: View at your own risk.”

    GRACE on DVD and Blu-ray cradles a bundle of bonus features charting the film’s conception, execution and delivery:

    - Audio commentary with writer/director Paul Solet, producer Adam Green and director of photography Zoran Popovic
    - Audio commentary with writer/director Paul Solet and actor Jordan Ladd (Blu-ray™ exclusive)
    - Grace: Conception – charting the film’s origins;
    - Grace: Family – an in-depth look at the cast of characters;
    - Her Mother’s Eyes: The Look of Grace – designing the unique visuals
    - Grace: Delivered – overcoming challenges during principal photography
    - Lullaby: Scoring Grace – creating the score and sound effects
    - Grace at Sundance – becoming a festival sensation
    - Theatrical Trailer

    GRACE was written and directed by Paul Solet, and produced by Ingo Vollkammer, Cory Neal, Adam Green and Kevin DeWalt. Scott Einbinder and Simon Edery are Executive Producers. Zoran Popovic was Director of Photography and Martina Buckley was Production Designer. The film is an Indigomotion release of an ArieScope Pictures Production in association with Dark Eye Entertainment, and will be distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment.


    We expect an announcement about a limited theatrical engagement shortly, so we'll keep you posted. Watch a video from the GRACE USC screening right HERE!

    Produced by Adam Green (HATCHET, SPIRAL) & Cory Neal from Ariescope
    with Anchor Bay Entertainment, GRACE stars Jordan Ladd (CABIN FEVER, DEATH PROOF), Gabrielle Rose, Malcolm Stewart, Samantha Ferris, Stephen Park & Serge Houde.




    Click HERE or the image below to read a complete transcript from the Q & A session from Sundance!



    You can check out an ICONS exclusive chat with Paul Solet about the making of GRACE HERE or by clicking the image below:



    Watch the original GRACE short film with Liza Wiel and Brian Austin Green (as well as a behind the scenes making-of video) at our previous news post HERE! See Adam Green's ICONS exclusive message from the set of GRACE right HERE!

    Click the frame to read our vintage FRIGHT exclusive interview with PAUL SOLET!

     


    The Original STEPFATHER Coming To DVD October 7th!

    With Synapse releasing STEPFATHER 2 on DVD on September 29th and a new remake of the original due in theaters on October 16th, Shout! Factory have now announced a DVD of the original THE STEPFATHER. (Which up until now has never been available on DVD!) Directed by Joseph Ruben, THE STEPFATHER starred Terry O'Quinn (LOST), Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack, Stephen Shellen & Gabrielle Rose.

    According to FANGORIA, the disc is expected to arrive on October 7th and feature a new high-definition widescreen transfer, an audio commentary and interviews with producer Jay Benson and actress Jill Schoelen and a whole lot more! More details when we hear 'em!


    BLACK DEVIL DOLL DVD Details! Out October 27th!

    FANGORIA got the full details for the upcoming DVD release of Jonathan Lewis's BLACK DEVIL DOLL, which streets on October 27th courtesy of Lowest Common Denominator Entertainment. Directed by Lewis from a script by Shawn Lewis and Mitch Mayes, BLACK DEVIL DOLL stars Heather Murphy, Natasha Talonz, Christine Svendsen, Erika Branich, Precious Cox & Martin Boone. Special features are as follows:

    - Audio commentary by director Jonathan Lewis, writer/producer Shawn Lewis and writer/designer Mitch Mayes
    - Audio commentary by the cast
    - Audio commentary by cinematographer/editor/visual FX supervisor John Osteen
    - Audio commentary by the Black Devil Doll!
    - Audio commentary by “a group of kids who were traveling around, flying, renting cars to see the movie,” Shawn Lewis tells us. “I think they’ve seen it eight times now, so I had them do a commentary, and it’s great!”
    - Three exclusive trailers
    - Film festival clips
    - Rare footage from the New Beverly Cinema premiere
    - Three Black Devil Doll animated short films
    - Behind-the-scenes still gallery
    - Rare interview with the Black Devil Doll
    - Free bonus mini-poster

    Pre-order it now via the official website: http://www.blackdevildoll.com


    Director Announced For PREDATORS!

    After much on-line speculation, Ain't It Cool confirmed with producer Robert Rodriguez that director Nimrod Antal will helm PREDATORS, the upcoming new film in the PREDATOR franchise. Antal also directed VACANCY (a film I enjoyed quite a lot), as well as the upcoming ARMORED, which is apparently the flick that helped get him this gig.

    Rodriguez checked in with Ain't It Cool to reveal some of the first details about PREDATORS. Here's some snippets.

    - In regards to Rodriguez's role as a producer on PREDATORS: "I lobbied to have the movie done through my studios so I could oversee it in a stronger position than a producer usually takes on. Alex Young (from FOX) came down and saw Troublemaker Studios, and the facilities and crew that I've built up over the past 12 years, and he felt right away that this is where the movie should be made and that doing it down here would be the best way to protect it from the studio system. He was keen on making a very "non-studio" picture. So I'll be taking a more upfront role as a producer than would normally be the case in Hollywood."

    - On why Nimrod Antan as the director: "I found him to be an outstanding presence, a great communicator full of ideas, and upon meeting him you can immediately understand how he is able to wrangle cast and crew and get the best out of everyone. He reminded me of Quentin with how he was able to work with a group of very strong, singular actor talents and make it look effortless. I know he'll be able to get the most out of what we want to be an outstanding cast. We really want to go with a character driven action movie, because that's what we all remember about the original Predator, and we want to take it even further with this."

    - On the story based on his original PREDATOR 3 treatment from 1994: "I can't go too much into the story right now, because we're still writing. But it still involves a very intense group of people stranded on a Predator planet discovering unspeakable horrors (that are not always from outside their group). So like the original movie, the title does have a double meaning. Aliens was a different take on the Alien idea, and an original movie in it's own right, and that's what we want to do with this. As to how this movie will be viewed, one of the guys at Fox told me "No one is ever going to talk about AVP again after this film, I will stake my life on it.""

    There's tons more over at the original link including some chat about KNB who'll be handling the FX on the movie. Check it out HERE!


    Park Chan-Wook's THIRST Gets Limited Theatrical July 31st!

    THIRST, the latest film by filmmaker Park Chan-Wook will see a limited theatrical release as of July 31st in NY, LA and San Fransisco. Here's the listings:

    New York: Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema (143 East Houston Street, near 2nd Avenue)

    Los Angeles: Laemmle’s Sunset 5 (8000 Sunset Boulevard, at Crescent Heights)

    San Francisco: Landmark’s Bridge Theatre (3010 Geary Boulevard, near Blake Street)


    You can check out the trailer at our previous news post HERE!

    THIRST
    official site: www.thirstmovie.com



    Synopsis
    : A priest becomes a vampire…another man’s wife is coveted…a deadly seduction triggers murder. Thirst is the new film from director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). Already a boxoffice smash in Korea , Thirst was honored with the Prix du Jury [Jury Prize] at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival.


    Continuing his explorations of human existence in extreme circumstances, the director spins a tale that he conceived and then developed over several years with co-screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung.

    Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star Song Kang-ho, of The Host) is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives – but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained when a childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.

    Official CARRIERS Trailer; Website Launches!

    Just in time with the swine-flu and to ride off the success of STAR TREK lead Chris Pine, the official website for CARRIERS has opened over at http://www.carriersmovie.com. Written & directed by Alex & David Pastor, CARRIERS stars Chris Pine, Lou Taylor Pucci, Piper Perabo and Emily VanCamp. Check out the trailer over on the website HERE or embedded below!



    While we're at it, we might as well share with you the "bootlegged" trailer that's been making the rounds below:



    And the latest poster!


    Rob Zombie's EL SUPERBEASTO Meets MICHAEL MYERS!

    A few days ago, it was revealed that Rob Zombie's animated feature THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO would be hitting DVD on September 22nd! (See that post along with the cover art HERE!) Now, Zombie has posted a little tease via his My Space blog answering the question what if El Superbeasto came face to face with Michael Myers? See below:


    Also worth mentioning, Zombie posted an image of a HALLOWEEN II standee that you'll be seeing in local theaters starting this weekend. It's a 3D cut-out of the recently released theatrical one-sheet poster. Check it out below!



    Don't forget to read our recent new FRIGHT exclusive interview with ROB ZOMBIE by clicking the frame below!



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

    Choose The NIGHT OF THE CREEPS DVD Cover!

    With Fred Dekker's beloved NIGHT OF THE CREEPS finally getting a DVD release on October 20th, it comes as somewhat of a surprise that Amazon is offering YOU the chance to choose from 3 potential DVD cover designs. The good news? The covers are HERE! The bad news? Well, they all kinda suck!

    Check your 3 options at THIS link (scroll down) or by clicking the images below:



    Special features will include the following:

    - "Birth of Creeps" featuring Dekker talking about the origins of the project

    - "Cast of the Creeps" featuring Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow

    - "Creating The Creeps" featuring interviews with SFX creators David B. Miller and Robert Kurtzman

    - A special Tom Atkins centric piece called "Tom Atkins: Man of Action"

    - "Escape of the Creeps" a detailed look at the post-production.

    - Deleted scenes

    - Fred Dekker solo commentary

    - Cast commentary featuring Atkins, Whitlow, Marshall and Lively

    - The original theatrical ending

    - And footage from the Cast and Crew reunion screening at the Alamo Drafthouse.


    NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
    was written & directed by Fred Dekker and stars Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Witlow, David Paymer and Tom Atkins.

     

    HARDWARE Coming To DVD September 29th!

    Wow, it's been yeeears since I've seen HARDWARE, the horror/sci-fi epic from director Richard Stanley. But now, Diabolik DVD has a September 29th listing for both a 2 disc DVD and Blu-Ray edition of the film. You can pre-order it on the site HERE. Below is the item description, features listing and DVD cover art!

    UNCUT AND UNCENSORED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN THE US!
    It was the movie that stunned audiences, shocked the MPAA and marked the debut of one of the most uncompromising filmmakers in modern horror. Golden Globe® winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice, Dark Blue) stars as a post-apocalyptic scavenger who brings home a battered cyborg skull for his metal-sculptor girlfriend. But this steel scrap contains the brain of the M.A.R.K. 13, the military's most ferocious bio-mechanical combat droid. It is cunning, cruel, and knows how to reassemble itself. Tonight, it is reborn…and no flesh shall be spared. Stacey Travis (GHOST WORLD) co-stars – along with app
    • NTSC All Region
    • Uncut Uncensored Version!
    • DD 5.1 Audio
    • Anamorphic Widescreen
    • 2 DVD SE
    • Audio Commentary with Richard Stanley
    • Sea of Perdition - Short Film
    • Making of Documentary
    • Early Super 8 Version of Hardware

    THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE Set To Shoot Later This Summer!

    According to Production Weekly, the 3rd chapter in THE TWILIGHT SAGA, ECLIPSE begins production on August 17th and runs through October 31st at Vancouver Film Studios with director David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT) at the helm. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is due in theaters June 30th, 2010.

    In "ECLIPSE," Bella (Kristen Stewart) once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward (Robert Pattison) 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 is confronted with the most important decision of her life.


    Meanwhile, the 2nd TWILIGHT movie, NEW MOON stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon, Tyson Houseman, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Edi Gathegi, Rachelle Lefevre, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Cam Cigandet, Kellan Lutz & Anna Kendrick. Chris Weitz directs. And it hits theaters November 20th, 2009. See the trailer HERE!

    FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES Season 3 On DVD September 22nd!

    Paramount Home Entertainment have set September 22nd as the release date for the 3rd and final season of FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES. This last season ran from 1989 through 1990 and starred John D. Lemay, Louise Robey, and Chris Wiggins. No features announced as of yet but we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out the DVD cover art below:


    New Pics From JENNIFER'S BODY!

    Film School Rejects website scored some scanned pics of the upcoming flick JENNIFER'S BODY. You can check out 2 of them below and 2 more over at their site HERE!




    JENNIFER'S BODY hits theaters on September 18th, 2009. The flick stars TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN uber-babe Megan Fox as the title character, as well as Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Kyle Gallner (SMALLVILLE's "The Flash") & Lance Henriksen. JENNIFER'S BODY was directed by Karyn Kusama from a script by Diablo Cody (writer of JUNO). Synopsis and (familiar) poster below! (HOT!)

    Synopsis: When a gorgeous cheerleader is possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a small Minnesota farming town, her "plain Jane" best friend must kill her, then escape from a correctional facility to go after the Satan-worshipping rock band responsible for the horrible transformation.


    Casting For DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK!

    Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison and Katie Holmes are all set to star in the upcoming remake of DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, which is being produced for Miramax by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Johnson with Troy Nixey directing according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    "Dark" is based on a 1973 ABC telefilm about a young girl who moves in with her father and his girlfriend and discovers they are sharing the house with demonic creatures.

    Madison will play the girl, who discovers the creatures and is fascinated by them -- until they prove dangerous. Pearce will play the father, an author frustrated by his daughter's tales of monsters, not believing her even when his girlfriend (Holmes) backs her.

    Del Toro and Matthew Robbins wrote the script.

    The movie is set to begin production next month in Melbourne, Australia.


    POP SKULL DVD Cover Art Unveiled!

    Halo-8 Entertainment has released the dvd cover art for its upcoming release POP SKULL, a manic, twisted, drug-infused and award-winning psychological horror film directed & co-written by Adam Wingard ("HOME SICK"), starring & co-written by newcomer Lane Hughes, co-written and co-produced by E.L. Katz ("AUTOPSY"), and produced by Peter Katz ("MORTUARY"). The film will hit DVD on July 28, 2009 and is also slated for a string of theatrical events tied in with similarly demented horror releases IN A SPIRAL STATE and GODKILLER.

    POP SKULL depicts the lonely and disjointed life of Daniel, a young Alabama pill addict, as his efforts to cope with the trials of his day-to-day life collide with the increasing influence of murderous and displaced spirits that inhabit his home. Plagued by ghosts, Daniel discovers his home holds a secret to a grisly crime... a crime he's doomed to repeat if he can't prevail against the forces that haunt him.

    You can check out the trailer at our previous news post HERE! DVD cover art below!


    AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON Remake Coming!

    Bloody-Disgusting uncovered that Dimension Films are actively pursuing the remake rights for John Landis's classic werewolf flick AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Landis himself checked in with B-D and had the following to say: "Yes, Dimension is now in negotiation for the 'An American Werewolf in London' remake rights. Perhaps someone will make a brilliant movie out of it. Regardless, my film comes out on Blu-ray this summer and looks amazing. I was afraid the digital cleaning of the negative would result in too clear a picture and hurt Rick Baker's make-up, when in fact the incredibly crisp detail actually makes Rick stuff look even better!" Let's hope this new movie is more AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and less AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS. (Meaning, practical FX over CGI please?)

    Variety confirms that producers Sean and Bryan Furst whom recently produced DAYBREAKERS are setting up the project with Dimension. No writer or director is attached, but pending.


    B-D also got a few words from Landis about Michael Jackson whom he directed in his landmark video THRILLER, "I was lucky enough to know and work with Michael Jackson in his prime. Michael was an extraordinary talent and a truly great international star. He had a troubled and complicated life and despite his gifts, remains a tragic figure. My wife Deborah and I will always have great affection for him."


     

    Matt Reeves Talks LET ME IN, The American Remake Of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN!

    The Los Angeles Times recently spoke with CLOVERFIELD director Matt Reeves and got some quotes about his upcoming American remake of the Swedish cult-classic LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, simply retitled LET ME IN for the U.S. version. "I was just hooked," Reeves said of discovering the original film. "I was so taken with the story and I had a very personal reaction. It reminded me a lot of my childhood, with the metaphor that the hard times of your pre-adolescent, early adolescent moment, that painful experience is a horror."

    Reeves is writing and directing LET ME IN and has recently completed his second draft of the script adapted directly from the John Ajvide Lindqvist novel. According to the LA Times piece, the American version is currently "set in Reagan-era Colorado", and will "maintain the original story's chilly, snow-swept environs."

    Reeves vows the 2 young leads will not be aged-up to make the film more of a smoldering "Twilight"-style romance.

    "There's definitely people who have a real bull's-eye on the film," Reeves said, "and I can understand because of people's' love of the [original] film that there's this cynicism that I'll come in and trash it, when in fact I have nothing but respect for the film. I'm so drawn to it for personal and not mercenary reasons, my feeling about it is if I didn't feel a personal connection and feel it could be its own film, I wouldn't be doing it. I hope people give us a chance."

    LET ME IN is scheduled for a fall 2010 theatrical release.


    Official TRICK 'R TREAT Website Launches!

    With the DVD release of fan (and critic) favorite TRICK 'R TREAT now set for October of this year, Warner Brothers has launched the official website for the film at: http://trickrtreat-movie.warnerbros.com

    You can find the latest details along with a new trailer over at THIS link!

    You can watch 9 minutes from TRICK 'R TREAT at our previous news post HERE. And a listing of a few theatrical festival dates HERE.


    TRICK 'R TREAT is due out on DVD & Blu-Ray in October and was written & directed by Michael Dougherty (X-MEN 2, SUPERMAN RETURNS), produced by Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, X-MEN) and stars Quinn Lord, Brian Cox (RED, MANHUNTER, X-MEN 2), Leslie Bibb (MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, IRON MAN), Dylan Baker (SPIDER-MAN 2, HAPPINESS), Rochelle Aytes, Anna Paquin (from HBO's TRUE BLOOD), Moneca Delain, Lauren Lee Smith, Tahmoh Penikett, Lauren Lee Smith, Britt McKillip, Isabelle Deluce, Jean-Luc Bilodeau & Samm Todd.