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The After Dark Horror Fest debuted the incredible French horror film "Frontiers" a couple of years back. Now a new European horror film has joined the lineup for next year's fest, which will be playing a cineplex near you. Norwegian horror film "Hidden" (or "Skjult" as it's known in Norway) will join "Dread," "The Graves" and "Lake Mungo" on January 29, 2010. This is the only horror fest of its kind -- featuring new unheard of horrors playing at theaters nationwide. . .
  Fri, 02 Oct 2009 15:24:13 -0400
Don't you just hate it when your town is engulfed by a disease that makes people homicidal -- and you can't get a cel phone signal to call for help? Here's the trailer for next year's remake of George Romero's "The Crazies." Actually looks pretty good. It hits screens February 26. . . . .
Well, Sony isn't releasing "Blood on Satan's Claw" and "Vampire Lovers," like so many of us have hoped. But they are putting out a horror DVD line this fall entitled "Horror Unleashed," replete with a microsite that you can find here. Plus they are unveiling clips from the line of low-priced horror DVDs. First up, "Zombie Strippers." . .
  Fri, 02 Oct 2009 15:24:13 -0400
The ParanormalMovie.com website has been deluged with over 230,000 "demands" from coast-to-coast, prompting Paramount Pictures to expand the new thriller PARANORMAL ACTIVITY to 20-additional cities across the country beginning this Friday, October 2nd. The cities with the highest demand, include Los Angeles, CA (Arclight Hollywood); New York, NY (AMC Empire); Chicago, IL (AMC River East); Dallas, TX (AMC Northpark); Houston, TX (AMC Studio); San Diego, CA (AMC Mission Valley); Phoenix, AZ (Harkins Tempe Marketplace); San Francisco, CA (AMC Metreon); Philadelphia, PA (National Amusement Bridge); Atlanta, GA (Atlantic Station); Miami, FL (AMC Adventure); San Antonio, TX (AMC Huebner Oaks); Las Vegas, NV (Rave Town Square); Minneapolis, MN (AMC Rosedale); Denver, CO (Regal Continental); Detroit, MI (AMC Forum); DC/Baltimore (AMC Georgetown); Sacramento, CA (Cinemark Complex 14); San Jose, CA (AMC Mercado); and Tampa, FL (AMC Veterans). The film will continue to play exclusively as a midnight only showing. "Paranormal Acitivy" played to sold-out crowds in exclusive midnight showings in cities across the country this past weekend, with fans driving great distances to be among the first to see the film in their town. Tickets for the existing 12-markets are quickly selling out, including Seattle, WA (Neptune); Ann Arbor, MI (State); Durham, SC (Southpoint 16); Baton Rouge, LA (RAVE Mall of Louisiana 15); Boulder, CO (Cinemark 16); Columbus, OH (Studio 35); Orlando, FL (AMC Universal Cineplex); Madison, WI (Marcus Eastgate 16); Santa Cruz, CA (Del Mar 3); State College, PA (Premiere College 9); Tucson, AZ (El Con); and Lincoln, NE (Ross Media Center). In PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, after a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban "starter" tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be demonic, but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to. Directed, written and produced by Oren Peli, the innovative thriller stars Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat.
  Tue, 08 Sep 2009 04:49:13 -0400
This little news nugget appeared at the bottom of an article about Italian director Luca Guadagnino. Guadagnino also said plans are on track for his First Sun shingle to produce the long-in-gestation remake of Dario Argento's 1977 cult hit "Suspiria." It will be helmed by David Gordon Green with a 2010 shooting date. No word on whether Natalie Portman is still going to star.. . . .
Expect many more 3D horror films in the coming year, as "The Final Destination" is a certified box office hit, despite being the worst in the franchise. The movie was number one again over the long weekend. Reports Box Office Mojo: Falling 55 percent (comparing Friday-Sunday periods) but still leading the weekend, The Final Destination pulled in an estimated $15.4 million over the four-day weekend, lifting its total to $50.6 million in ten days. The horror sequel had a steeper drop than its predecessors as well as My Bloody Valentine 3-D from earlier this year. Nonetheless, it surpassed the final gross of Final Destination 2 and will soon top the other Final Destination movies, though it has a ways to go in terms of attendance. Meanwhile, Rob Zombie's "Halloween II" seems to be facing a fan backlash, in addition to its own set of negative reviews. Halloween II (2009) bled 65 percent in its second weekend, grossing an estimated $5.6 million for $27.1 million in eleven days, or less than Halloween (2007)'s four-day start.
Who is Alan Gibson? A pretty decent Hammer horror director whose "Crescendo" recently made its way to DVD via Warner Bros. archives. Now his much sought after 1970 horror thriller "Goodbye Gemini" (aka "Twinsanity") is heading to DVD after a lifetime of being unavailable in the format. The film focuses on 20 year old twins Jacki (Judy Geeson) and Julian (Martin Potter) Dewar who arrive in London to live at the house of their absentee father. They waste no time in making friends and launching themselves on London's swinging party scene with unexpected and ultimately tragic results.
"Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" will hit high definition when Dark Sky Films releases the film on Blu-ray for the first time. The disc, which includes by director commentary, deleted scenes, documentaries and other extras, arrives on September 29, 2009, Dark Sky has announced. Director John McNaughton’s fact-based drama became instantly notorious upon its premiere at the 1986 Chicago Film Festival. Its story of a conscienceless murderer was so grimly and matter-of-factly presented that it received an NC-17 rating (later surrendered) upon its commercial release in 1990. Michael Rooker ("The Bone Collector," "The Replacement Killers") gives a chilling performance as Henry, a drifter who leads an ex-jail mate on a killing spree in Chicago, choosing victims at random and varying the execution method to avoid detection. Director McNaughton ("Wild Things") provides running commentary on the Blu-ray disc, which also includes deleted scenes and outtakes, documentaries about the making of the film and about the real Henry Lee Lucas, storyboards, trailers and a stills gallery. Undeniably one of the most important horror films of the 1980s. We'll see how it looks in high-def..
I appear to be in the minority as I kind of liked "Halloween II" (review coming soon). But apparently the box office of the film was so below expectations, that it may have killed Dimension Films, Deadline Hollywood is reporting. The legendary Weinstein Bros. company, which released the "Scream" films, "Halloween H20" and innumerable direct-to-video horror films (not to mention "Grindhouse") has apparently shut down its Hong Kong division and has its UK office down to one person. Writes Nikki Finkie at Deadline Hollywood: I'm told about 10 people were axed this week at The Weinstein Company. Its Hong Kong office is closing.
  Thu, 03 Sep 2009 05:24:13 -0400
Two horror movies received R ratings on Wednesday from MPAA. "Night of the Demons" has been declared R, because of "bloody horror violence/gore and language throughout, some sexuality, nudity and drug use." No word yet on whether that nudity includes Diora Baird. Meanwhile, "Saw VI" got its expected R rating for "grisly bloody violence and torture, and language." We won't see "Night of the Demons" until January or February, but "Saw VI" hits screens October 23.. . . .
Before "My Bloody Valentine," the 3D remake hit screens, Lionsgate unleashed the previously unseen uncut version of the original movie. Now that same title is joining "Cujo," "The Monster Squad", "Angel Heart" and "Frailty" (voted by readers as one of the best movies of the past 10 years) on Blu-Ray November 24. "Frailty" has been available on DVD for years now, but a Blu-Ray release for what was easily one of the finest horror titles of the past decade is well in order. It's not clear how much Blu-Ray will benefit "Bloody Valentine," as the film is old, and the added "found" gore scenes were of pretty mixed quality. . . .
A huge, mess-load of titles are coming to Blu-Ray and DVD this month. Too many to fathom. There's nothing earth shattering, other than the DVD release, finally, of "Phantasm II" from Universal. But there are some major titles hitting Blu-Ray. Among them: "An American Werewolf in London," "Freddy vs. Jason," and best of all George Romero's "Creepshow." Click here for our roundup of September 2009 picks..
  Thu, 03 Sep 2009 05:24:13 -0400
The Best Horror Movie nominees are "Dead Snow," "Drag Me to Hell", "Friday the 13th", "Let the Right One In", "My Bloody Valentine", and "Splinter". Among the other horror related nominations are: BEST ACTOR IN A HORROR MOVIE OR TV SHOW -------------------------------------- Bruce Campbell; "My Name is Bruce" Michael C. Hall; "Dexter" Kare Hedebrant; "Let the Right One In" Justin Long; "Drag Me to Hell" Ryan Kwanten; "True Blood" Stephen Moyer; "True Blood" BEST ACTRESS IN A HORROR MOVIE OR TV SHOW ---------------------------------------- Jennifer Carpenter; "Quarantine" Jaime King; "My Bloody Valentine 3D" Lina Leandersson; "Let the Right One In" Alison Lohman; "Drag Me to Hell" Anna Paquin; "True Blood" Monica Potter; "The Last House on the Left" THE HOLY SH*T! SCENE OF THE YEAR ------------------------------- The Death Eaters Attack London; "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" The Destruction of Manhattan; "Watchmen" Space Dive onto Orbital Drill; "Star Trek" The Seance; "Drag Me to Hell" The Subway Crash; "Knowing" The Swimming Pool Scene; "Let the Right One In" MOST MEMORABLE MUTILATION ------------------------ The Arm Removal Surgery; "Splinter" Arms Cut Off by Rotary Saw; "Watchmen" The Eyeball Cake; "Drag Me to Hell" Head Ripped Apart by Nazi Zombies; "Dead Snow" The Pendulum; "Saw V" The Swimming Pool Scene; "Let the Right One In" The first and only global event of its kind to honor the best in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic genres, "Scream 2009" will tape on Saturday, October 17 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, The two-hour extravaganza will premiere on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27. . . .
  Thu, 03 Sep 2009 05:24:13 -0400
With "Halloween II" failing to beat its 3D competitor at the box office, the Weinstein Bros. have announced a 3D sequel to Zombie's film. From today's L.A. Times: "Halloween II" may not have won the box office this weekend, but Weinstein Co. is taking a lesson from the movie that did as it prepares a sequel for next summer. The independent studio's co-Chairman Bob Weinstein said today that the 3-D sequel, titled, appropriately enough, "Halloween 3D," is in development. The investment it takes to shoot movies in digital 3-D has proved particularly lucrative for horror films. For "The Final Destination," this weekend's No.
  Thu, 03 Sep 2009 05:24:13 -0400
Despite both films' negative reviews, "Halloween II" managed to take a beating at the box office from "The Final Destination." The fourth "FD" film scored $10.9 million on Friday to $7.65 million for Rob Zombie's "Halloween II.". . . . .
  Thu, 03 Sep 2009 05:24:13 -0400
On September 11-12, 2009, The Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandgergrift, PA will host "Drive-In Super Monster-Rama". This drive-in event will present two big nights and an amazing lineup of excellent horror films, vintage trailers and short subjects, all in 35mm. If you live back east, you absolutely owe it to yoruself to check this thing out. The coolest thing of all: You can camp at the drive in! It boasts an incredible lineup of drive-in titles. From the official press release: Relive the classic days of drive-in glory! On September 11, the films will be WITCHFINDER GENERAL, SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN, THE CRIMSON CULT and TERROR CREATURES FROM THE GRAVE.
  Thu, 03 Sep 2009 05:24:13 -0400
It's undeniably the most hotly anticipated horror movie of the coming year -- from the makers of the original "Descent" and "Eden Lake"! The French get to see it on October 14! Director Jon Harris was the editor for the incredible "Eden Lake." Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter (Shauna MacDonald) emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened - or why she's covered in her friends' blood - Sarah is forced back to the subterranean depths to help locate her five missing companions. As the rescue party drives deeper into uncharted caverns, nightmarish visions of the recent past begin to haunt Sarah and she starts to realize the full horror and futility of the mission. Subjected to the suspicion and mistrust of the group and confronted once more by the inbred, feral and savagely ruthless Crawlers, Sarah must draw on all her inner reserves of strength and courage in a desperate final struggle for deliverance and redemption.. .
There was some news a while back that Gore Verbinski, helmer of "Pirates of the Carribean", was set to direct the adaptation of the videogame "Bioshock." Then, the deal apparently fell through. Now, in what is even better news, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the director of the excellent "28 Weeks Later" is going to direct! Click here to read our interview with him from a couple years ago.) Here's what Variety had to report on the subject this evening: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is in talks to direct “Bioshock,” the Universal Pictures live action adaptation of the Take-Two Interactive videogame. Gore Verbinski has stepped out of the directing slot, but remains the film’s producer through his U-based Blind Wink shingle. John Logan wrote the script. Verbinski opted out of directing because the film has been re-calibrated to shoot aboard to access tax credits and favorable exchange rates. Verbinski couldn’t do that because he is locked into directing the Paramount animated film “Rango,” with the title character voiced by his “Pirates of the Caribbean” cohort Johnny Depp. Fresnadillo directed the 2001 Spanish thriller “Intacto,” and made his Hollywood breakthrough with “28 Weeks Later.” In “Bioshock,” Fresnadillo is stepping into one of the highest profile projects on the Universal roster. ... .
Mya DVD reports that "Island of the Fishmen," which was going to hit DVD stores in July, is now back on track for a release. Plus, Mya has announced the release of a previously unavailable, and very gory, Paul Naschy film. First, here's what's up with "Island of the Fishmen." "The Mya release of ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN, delayed for a while, is around the corner. Rights issues related to Roger Corman's acquisition of the film (that would be re-edited and released as SOMETHING WAITS IN THE DARK and, later, SCREAMERS) have been resolved." "Island of the Fishmen", filmed around the same time as Lucio Fulci's "Zombie" (and featuring some of the same cast), is a bit of a cult classic. It saw a small VHS release in the U.S. back in the '80s as "Screamers." Meanwhile, Mya has also announced a release of the gory Paul Naschy horror film "Hunchback of the Morgue," long available in the "grey market." The film will be in splendid anamorphic widescreen as all Mya releases are. .
There's been talk of making 3D restorations of formerly 2D films for some time now. Apparently, the technology exists that makes it a possibility. Well, the first film to be hit with the new process is George Romero's public domain classic "Night of the Living Dead." And the premiere takes place in October. PassmoreLab saysthe film's 3D conversion is complete and its world premiere is now set. San Diego based 3D producer PassmoreLab, in conjunction with the Johnny Ramone Army, has confirmed that the World Premiere of the movie will take place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 3, 2009, as a part of the 5th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute. "Johnny was a huge horror movie buff, and 'Night of the Living Dead' was one of his top ten horror film favorites of all time. We've started a tradition screening some of Johnny's favorite movies, paired in a double feature with vintage Ramones concerts each year at the annual tribute," said John Cafiero, Chief of Staff of the Johnny Ramone Army.
  Mon, 24 Aug 2009 07:24:13 -0400
Any horror movie with Anthony Hopkins instantly deserves an extra star. The "Wolfman" remake features Bencio del Toro as the title character, Larry Talbot, who is dealing with a werewolf curse. We have to wait until February 10 to see the film, directed by Joe Johnston, who helmed "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" and "Jurassic Park III.". . . .
  Wed, 19 Aug 2009 20:20:13 -0400
It's now guaranteed to become a must-see movie. Japan's "Grotesque" has officially been banned in Britain! From the AP: Britain’s film board banned the sale of a Japanese horror DVD, saying Wednesday its violence is so extreme that it could cause psychological harm to audiences. The film "Grotesque" devoted most of its running time to the sexual assault and torture of its two main characters, the British Board of Film Classification said. "'Grotesque' features minimal narrative or character development and presents the audience with little more than an unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism,” the board said in a statement. The board has refused to classify the film, meaning it cannot be legally sold or supplied anywhere in Britain. The board said the movie’s nonstop scenes of torture — including amputation, eye-gouging, castration and evisceration — make it impossible to edit the film in a way which would make it acceptable for British viewers. The board, which rates about 10,000 films for DVD release each year, said the ban was “very rare.” The last movie turned down by the board was 2004 film “Murder-Set-Pieces,” which was rejected in early 2008. In 2005, it refused “Terrorists, Killers And Other Wackos” — a film that carried clips of real torture and execution. . . .
Here's the latest clip from "Halloween II." Yeah, a lot of people are dissing Rob Zombie's sequel -- and I can understand the skepticism. But the film looks good from the footage. Check out 'Call 911': And here's another clip from the movie entitled 'In the Mirror': Starring Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor Compton and Danielle Harris, "Halloween II" will be up against "The Final Destination" in theaters on August 28. . . . .
  Wed, 19 Aug 2009 05:24:13 -0400
Shawn Ashmore has joined Jaime King (of "My Bloody Valentine 3D"), Briana Evigan, and Alexa Vega in the cast of Darren Lynn Bousman's "Mother's Day". King will play "Beth." I don't remember that character name from the original. But if Bousman follows the original's storyline, it was about a group of Sex and the City-style feminists who head into the woods and are taken out by in-bred rednecks led by a crazy mother -- hence the title "Mother's Day.". . . .
  Wed, 19 Aug 2009 05:24:13 -0400
Agora Entertainment and Final Fate Features announced the completion of their revenge-driven horror movie, "The Final." Written and produced by Jason Kabolati (Pendulum, Mad Bad) and helmed by first time director Joey Stewart, "The Final" stars Marc Donato (Degrassi tv series, White Oleander), Jascha Washington (Big Momma’s House 2) and Julin (Spirit Camp). The Final is a "terrifying story," according to publicists, that follows a group of high school outcasts who host a costume party and employ an arsenal of physical and psychological torture to avenge the years of humiliation and torment they suffered at the hands of the popular students. Shares director Joey Stewart, “The Final is about being picked-on, bullied and tormented, and the retaliation and revenge that it incurs. As the outcasts begin to feel that life has no meaning, they make a pact for revenge and suicide that they believe will teach these kids a valuable life lesson. It’s about what happens when people are pushed to the brink of despair, and the consequences the responsible parties must face.” The film was irected by Joey Stewart, whose credits include A Killer Within, The Anarchist’s Cookbook and the forthcoming Warner Bros. web series Exposed.
  Wed, 19 Aug 2009 05:24:13 -0400
Rob Zombie's "Halloween II" looks more and more interesting by the hour. Here's an unused, "leaked" trailer that popped up online -- a third trailer basically, with some previously unseen footage. Movie looks good. Rob Zombie has promised this is more like "The Devil's Rejects," and he could be right. "Halloween II," starring Malcolm McDowell and Scout Taylor-Compton, hits screens August 28, going head to head with the 3-D "The Final Destination.". .
Shirley Jackson wrote the terrifying short story "The Lottery," not to mention the oft-filmed "The Haunting of Hill House." Now her novel "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" is set to be made into a film by Michael Douglas' Further Films from a screenplay by Mark Kruger. As put by the Hollywood Reporter: “Castle” revolves around the Blackwood family — primarily of sisters Merricat and Connie and their uncle Julian — who have been forced into seclusion after the mysterious lethal poisoning of several of their family members six years earlier. Merricat is the younger sister, caring for the agoraphobic Connie, while the ailing Julian increasingly is in the grip of his own obsessions. The plot is further complicated by the arrival of a dubious, long-lost cousin who seeks to secure the family’s fortune. The book apparently deals with the issue of agoraphobia. The 1966 Hugh Wheeler play differs strinkingly from the book, apparently, so we'll see what the movie follows most closely: the book or the play.. .
If you absolutely can't wait for the DVD, due out later this year, the excellent 2009 cult horror comedy "Black Devil Doll" (read our review of the film here) has been adapted into a novel! You can order it from Amazon here. It's difficult to imagine how this film was adapted to a novel, but it's happened.. . . .
  Mon, 17 Aug 2009 09:24:13 -0400
Looks a bit like a big budget "Prophecy." You almost expect to see Christopher Walken walk onscreen. Here's the "green band" trailer for the much antcipated horror film: And here's the R-rated, age restricted trailer: When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael. Directed by Scott Stewart, the film's cast includes Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Tenney, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black, Kate Walsh, Doug Jones, Adrianne Palicki, Kevin Durand and Willa Holland. . .
Freddie Francis helmed a number of excellent Hammer Horror films back in the day, not to mention the 1972 classic "Tales From the Crypt". His most sought after film, however, only saw a brief VHS release -- until now. Code Red offspring Scorpion Releasing will release Francis' highly sought after 1970 thriller "Girly," also known as "Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly" at a yet to be announced date. Sexy, teenaged, immature Girly and her camera-wielding brother Sonny bring home unsuspecting men to Mumsy and Nanny, where they play games, and if they don't follow the rules, they're sent to the angels. One day they bring home a New Friend who has a few ideas for games of his own, though, and he begins to turn the foursome against each other. As the poster reveals, this is one excellent looking horror film -- but one that apparently didn't do too well at the box office, although it enjoys a devoted cult following, despite its lack of availability.. . .
"If it's not Scottish, it's crap!" Yes, it's true. Freddy Krueger is going to have a Scottish accent in the upcoming "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake. Plus we've got news on a release date for the remake to "Poltergeist." First, "Poltergeist." MGM's remake of "Poltergeist" hasn't started filming yet, but it already has a release date. November 24, 2010, Thanksgiving weekend. Vadim Perelman is directing.
  Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:24:13 -0400
Shout! Factory announced that Takashi Miike's "Audition" is hitting 2-disc special edition DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 6. The new edition features an introduction with director Miike and star Eihi Shiina, newly-recorded audio commentary with Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan, new interviews with cast members Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi, international trailers and a booklet. The new editions of the film are mastered from a new 1080p high definition transfer from the inter-negative, and feature a new 5.0 digital soundtrack mixed from the original Japanese audio elements. It should be noted that it is rare for Miike to do a commentary. .
Jon Knautz is the very talented director who helmed the excellent "Jack Brooks Monster Slayer". He's now in the process of filming "The Shrine," about a trio of journalists investigating a Polish Satanic cult that practices human sacrifice! He was gracious enough to answer some of ESplatter's questions, despite the grueling shooting schedule the pic is currently under in Vancouver. Check out images from the set! Esplatter: How did this project wind up on your plate? JK: I came up with a pretty simple concept a while back that has a fun little twist. It’s been in my head for quite sometime and I’ve always been trying to work it into a full story. When Brookstreet decided to do a more serious horror film I pulled the concept out and made it work.
At the Aero and Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, fans will have a rare chance to catch Ken Russell's "The Devils" on the big screen, along with a 10th anniversary screening of "The Blair Witch Project" as the 9th Annual Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction gets underway. "The Devils," of course, was set to have a DVD release around a year ago, before Warner Bros. decided the 1971 film starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave was way to intense for any kind of release. It now only exists as an extreme title that shows in revival houses. Any chance to see it is a major opportunity for a horror fan. This is one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Also at the festival will be the 10th Anniversary of "The Blair Witch Project" and the premiere of Daniel Myrick's new one, "The Seventh Moon." In addition, fans will have the chance to see John Carpenter's "The Thing" and "They Live" back to back on the big screen! Here is the official release: Werewolves, Zombies, Tom Cruise, Indiana Jones, Wizards, CA's Governor as a Barbarian, Spock and a Smattering of Diabolic Possession onscreen at the Aero and Egyptian Theatre At the Aero, fantasy is king with Ridley Scott's LEGEND (the U.S.
In 2007, Fantastic Fest was honored by the presence of one of the true masters of horror, George A. Romero. Now, two years later, they are thrilled to welcome back the undisputed champion of all things undead for his latest blood-drenched thrillride, "Survival of the Dead." Click here to view the promo trailer to Romero's latest zombie film. Fantastic Fest takes place September 24-October 1 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. Here's the official announcement of the lineup: When the idyllic retreat of Plum Island falls victim to the zombie plague, a new breed of clan war breaks out. On one side is the camp who want to exterminate all undead with a wickedly diverse array of brain-splattering headshots. On the other, devoted family members take the stance that “zombie-ism” is a disease, the undead have rights and they must be kept alive until a cure is found.
  Wed, 05 Aug 2009 03:24:13 -0400
The promising R-rated "Sorority Row" (remake of the long forgotten "House on Sorority Row") is looking better by the minute. Here are some high-res stills from the movie. This is one of the remakes that definitely looks better than the film it's based on. Starring Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis, Audrina Patridge, Leah Pipes and Jamie Chung, "Sorority Row" opens in theatres on September 11, 2009. In addition to the stills, Summit Releasing has been putting out "confessional" videos featuring the sorority girl characters. Here's one for a character names "Chugs": .
  Wed, 05 Aug 2009 03:24:13 -0400
The Guillermo del Toro-produced "The Orphanage" is clearly a film that doesn't need a remake. But a remake is of course in the offing. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Larry Fessenden has been signed to direct it. From the Hollywood Reporter: Filmmaker Larry Fessenden, a veteran of the low-budget horror world, has signed on to direct "The Orphanage," a remake of the Guillermo del Toro-produced Spanish-language horror movie. Fessenden also has written the script for the New Line project with del Toro, who is on board as a producer. Del Toro and Fessenden know each other from the horror circuit, with del Toro's admiration of Fessenden's work leading him to handpick him for the directing gig. The original 2007 picture, directed by del Toro protege Juan Antonio Bayona, centered on a woman who, upon returning to the orphanage where she grew up, discovers that her son's imaginary friend is the same person who terrorized her when she was a child. It grossed $71 million internationally, but just $7 million in North America. In addition to 1996's "Habit" (read our review), a film he also starred in, and in 2006 directed "The Last Winter" with frequent del Toro actor Ron Perlman..
It's not a full-on horror film, but is from the director of "Dead Alive." Here is the trailer for Peter Jackson's upcoming flick "The Lovely Bones." Directed by Peter Jackson and starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan, "The Lovely Bones" hits theaters December 11. It seems to have some shades of Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures" and the forgotten classic "Paperhouse," if you ask me. . . . .
Variety reports that the screenwriter of the "Orphan" has put together a gothic retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood," and the film is being produced by Leo DiCaprio's Appian Way. As reported in Variety: Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way banner is developing a Gothic reimagining of "Little Red Riding Hood" with screenwriter David Leslie Johnson. The Warner Bros.-based banner partnered with Johnson on horror pic "Orphan," which has grossed $28 million in its first 11 days. The "Red Riding Hood" project's been developed internally at Appian Way but isn't being positioned as a possible acting vehicle for DiCaprio. A short horror film based on the fairy tale has already been produced. It will be interesting to see how Johnson retells the story. Given the success of "Orphan," this film will likely make it to theaters.. . .
  Wed, 05 Aug 2009 03:24:13 -0400
Following its super limited theatrical release, the excellent "Deadgirl" is going to DVD, and Dark Sky Films has just revealed the DVD cover art, which is superior to the poster. It has been called “audacious” (Hollywood Reporter), “unsettlingly sexual” (IndieWIRE) and “pretty much f***ing brilliant” (Ain’t It Cool News). Thought to be too controversial to release, it would go on to shock audiences, outrage religious groups, and blow away midnight movie crowds from coast to coast. It remains one of the most daringly original and disturbing films of our time. Now, after taking away the breath of viewers around the world, DEADGIRL makes its U.S. commercial debut.
  Sun, 02 Aug 2009 14:54:13 -0400
"Machete" is the Robert Rodriguez-directed full-length feature film based on the "Grindhouse" trailer that opened up that now legendary double feature from him and Quentin Tarantino. Lindsay Lohan has officially announced via her Twitter page that she's in it. The film also stars Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jonah Hill, Robert De Niro and Steven Seagal. The movie is being codirected by Ethan Maniquis. . . .
  Sun, 02 Aug 2009 14:54:13 -0400
Some worthy titles only make it to disc in Europe and one of those is "Terror Express," which is heading to DVD via Austria's Camera Obscura. Directed by Ferdinando Baldi in 1978, and starring Siliva Dionisio, "Terror Express" is said to be one of the sleaziest "Last House on the Left" rip offs of all time. The uncut pre-cert UK video, on the Fletcher label, was seized by a number of police forces during the 1980's video nasty scare. Check out the cover art work. Not clear on the exact release date but it should be out in Austria this year. Here is the Austrian artwork. The film features some of the cast from "Burial Ground" as well, so look out for them. . .
Jon Knautz is the very talented director who helmed the excellent "Jack Brooks Monster Slayer" (read our exclusive interview with the director here. He's now set to helm "The Shrine," about a trio of journalists investigating a Polish Satanic cult that practices human sacrifice! Doesn't sound like a horror comedy this time around. Check out the film's official Web site here. Filming is slated to begin August 10 in Toronto -- a long way off from Poland.. .
We've got one signed poster from the upcoming Park Chan-wook horror movie "Thirst"! The first reader to email Lucius Gore with "Thirst contest" in the subject line and his or her mailing address in the email message will received a an *Autographed* Poster (by famed director Park Chan-wook) plus the official movie soundtrack. The next 3 of you to email your mailing address receive the official movie soundtrack! Meanwhile, here's a clip from the film: Here's the storyline of "Thirst," which goes by the title of "Bakjwi" in its native South Korea: Beloved and devoted priest from a small town volunteers for a medical experiment which fails and turns him into a vampire. Physical and psychological changes lead to his affair with a wife of his childhood friend who is repressed and tired of her mundane life. The one-time priest falls deeper in despair and depravity. As things turns for worse, he struggles to maintain whats left of his humanity. 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.
This is the best horror news in a long time. From today's Variety comes word that Ridley Scott won't just produce but will direct the "Alien" prequel. Twentieth Century Fox is resuscitating its "Alien" franchise. The studio has hired Jon Spaihts to write a prequel that has Ridley Scott attached to return as director. 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. To say this is a dream come true for horror fans is the understatement of the millennium! Spaihts has penned Shadow 19, Passengers, The Darkest Hour and Children of Mars..
Anchor Bay Entertainment is re-releasing "Happy Birthday to Me" to DVD. So what? you say. That film has already been released by Sony. Anyway, it's not that good. Well, hold on to your horses.
What does Michael Myers do on his 'off time'? In an interview at Comic Con, Rob Zombie reveals that the upcoming sequel to his remake will reveal how Michael Myers spends his time when he isn't killing people, living on the fringes of society. It's also a film with precious little humor. Actually, the interview makes the film sound pretty interesting. He does put down the original "Halloween II". He also reveals he has a finished album ready to release, a tour in October and will make "Tyranosaurus Rex" as his next film. "Halloween II", starring Scout Taylor Compton, Malcolm McDowell and Danielle Harris hits screens on August 28.. .
Before he enjoyed mainstream commercial success directing Clive Barker's "Candyman," Bernard Rose helmed this amazing 1988 dream-horror film that wowed critics who called it a thinking person's "Nightmare on Elm Street." Charlotte Burke plays an overly imaginative 11-year-old British girl who, during an illness, falls deep into a fantasy world where she hooks up with a crippled boy (Elliott Spiers) that she's never met before. She also has disturbing and frightening visions of her father (Ben Cross) and a dark, foreboding country house. The dreams become more and more frightening as the film goes on, in a film that is in many ways better than the more commercial "Candyman." While it mainly stars children, "Paperhouse" is intended strictly for adults and even features some terrifying make-up effects. Perhaps the fact that "Paperhouse" is a difficult film to pigeonhole -- is it a horror film, a fantasy film, an art film? -- that has made it a title that its makers have decided to no longer market in the United States. Or perhaps it's hung up in a rights dispute.
His major horror film was "Dead Alive." He eventually went on to super directorial stardom by helming the Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. But Peter Jackson told an audience at Comic Con he may do a new horror project. "It's stressful and hard ... there's a degree of freedom and risktaking you get to do when not dealing with these blockbuster-type budgets," he said. "Maybe I'll find myself a low-budget horror movie." That's about all he hinted it while discussing the Guillermo del Toro-directed "The Hobbit" (which he's producing). That and other news tidbits emerged from Comic Con which is currently taking place in San Diego.
  Sat, 25 Jul 2009 17:02:13 -0400
This may be the craziest news we've heard all day. On the heels of an upcoming DVD release of the excellent "Black Devil Doll" comes news that the film is being adapted into a paperback novelization! Say the producers: Coming this August, a Black Devil Doll movie tie-in paper back Novel! Written by Stephen Romano, based on the screenplay by Mitch Mayes and Shawn Lewis, with an introduction by Louis Fowler! We just finished reading the final draft of the book over the weekend and it's a fucking masterpiece, the perfect companion to the movie, a real one-two punch of entertainment. Romano has managed to take our toilet humor script to another level of lowness. Its shocking, hilarious, and guaranteed to jolt you with ten thousand volts of pure sleaze and touch you deeply in places we promise you NEVER wanted to be touched! Meanwhile, the DVD is due to hit stores October 27: The DVD is jam-packed with special features and extras; five audio commentaries, behind the scenes shit, footage from our theatrical screenings, trailers, three Black Devil Doll animation shorts, and more! Plus each DVD comes with a FREE bonus mini fold out poster!. .
Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero ended the chorus of fan speculation today by announcing the title of his latest film, George A. Romero's "Survival of the Dead", which he had jokingly been calling ’'... of the Dead" since production began late last year. The film will premiere at the prestigious 2009 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the celebrated “Midnight Madness” series, Sept.
You can file this under "remakes," as "Twilight Zone" wasn't just a TV series, but also a less-than-satisfactory theatrical film from Steven Spielberg back in the '80s. It also wasn't technically horror. Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" veered much more into that territory. However, any attempt at redoing Serling's work is worthy of our attention. Variety reports taht Rand Ravich, who wrote and directed "The Astronaut's Wife," is writing the script for this one, which has yet to have a director. The film is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, so maybe Leo will play a role. Although it sounds like an intriguing project, why not go ahead and do something original? Make a film inspired by the Twilight Zone, but call it something else? The reason is pretty simple: branding.
According to Italian blog cineblog.it, Dario Argento's next project is a remake of his greatest film ever -- "Deep Red"! And it's going to be in 3D! Our Italian may be a little rusty -- it is very rusty -- but based on what we are reading from this, Asia Argento may take the role previously played by her mother Daria Nicolodi in the 1975 original. This sounds like a pretty bad idea for a film. Why not just make another giallo film with a Goblin soundtrack?. . .
  Mon, 20 Jul 2009 05:50:13 -0400
Here are some rare, offbeat horror titles due out in stores October 27. One of them, "Graveyard Disturbance" from Lamberto Bava, has never been available before. Thanks go out to Mya Communications for making this one available. Born of Fire Sometimes described as "the world's first Islamic horror film". Born of Fire is a visually stunning trip through a world of mysticism and magic, in the style of Jodorowsky's El Topo and Magic Mountain. In London, a musician finds himself assailed by visions of fire and destruction and is unable to finish an important concert.
  Mon, 20 Jul 2009 05:50:13 -0400
Some interesting vintage '80s horror films finally have DVD release dates this year, among them the 1987 classic "The Stepfather"! This is certainly the biggest news of all. "The Stepfather" is hitting stores October 13th from Shout! Factory, 3 days before the PG-13 remake hits theater screens. Meanwhile, on August 11, Code Red is unleashing the classic 1970 giallo "Weekend Murders" to DVD. As Code Red puts it: "The film is an Italian giallo also starring some lovely Euro actresses, a British comedian, and a tough guy Italian star playing against type as a bumbling constable. We have a brand new HiDef master in its original scope aspect ratio (2.35:1)." Plus, on August 18, Code Red is releasing "The Strangeness," a 1985 horror film from director David Michael Hillman. In it, A group of explorers surveying an abandoned goldmine are trapped in a cave in, and find themselves at the mercy of a slimy, mysterious creature. On August 25, Midnight Choir releases "Vacation Massacre", a 1980 fear film starring the great Joe Dalessandro.
  Mon, 20 Jul 2009 05:50:13 -0400
It was once called "Cowboys for Christ." Now Robin Hardy's follow up to his 1973 Christopher Lee starrer "The Wicker Man" has a name that ties it more to that classic film: "The Wicker Tree." Somehow a Wicker Tree just doesn't seem quite as menacing as a burning wicker man. The Edinburgh Times reports that filming has officially started. FILMING for a sequel to cult horror movie The Wicker Man has begun around Edinburgh. The cast and crew of The Wicker Tree will shooting at locations including Haddington, the Pentland Hills and Penicuik House. The film features rising American star Brittania Nicol, and comes 36 years after Edward Woodward and Britt Ekland starred in the original film.. . . .
  Mon, 20 Jul 2009 05:50:13 -0400
According to TrackingB.com, "Re-Animator" director Stuart Gordon's next film won't be the oft-rumored "Thing on the Doorstep." Instead it's a project called "The House on the Borderland," an adaptation of William Hope Hodgson's novel published in 1908, from a screenplay by David Benullo. The novel was apparently an inspiration to H.P. Lovecraft. The basic storyline: In 1877, two gentlemen, Messrs Tonnison and Berreggnog, head into Ireland to spend a week fishing in the village of Kraighten. While there, they discover in the ruins of a very curious house a diary of the man who had once owned it. Its torn pages seem to hint at an evil beyond anything that existed on this side of the curtains of impossibility..
It's one of the best movies of the year and it's hitting screens next weekend. Dark Sky Films announced today that the film's cast members and filmmakers will be making special appearances at the film’s midnight showings on July 24th and 25th. The film will be released theatrically as a simultaneous, one-weekend, midnight only, roadshow-style theatrical event, currently in 9 major markets. You owe it to yourself to see this movie, whether or not cast or crew members are attending the screening near you. The DEADGIRL screenings will take place in the following cities and theatres (appearances noted with *): Music Box Theater- CHICAGO 3733 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 871-6604 Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight *Cast member Jenny Spain in attendance for QandA Alamo Drafthouse Cinema- AUSTIN 320 E 6th Street Austin, TX 78701 (512) 476-1320 Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight *Director Marcel Sarmiento in attendance on 7/24 for QandA Grand Illusion- SEATTLE 1403 NE 50th St Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 523-3935 Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight Inwood Theater- DALLAS 5458 W Lovers Ln Dallas, TX 75209 (214) 764-9106 Screening July 24th and 25th @ midnight *Director Marcel Sarmiento in attendance on 7/25 for QandA River Oaks Theater- HOUSTON 2009 W Gray St Houston, TX 77019 (713) 524-2175 Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight Nuart Theater- LA 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard West Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 281-8223 Screening July 24th at midnight *Cast members Noah Segan and Shiloh Fernandez and Writer Trent Haaga will be in attendance for QandA Sunshine Cinema- NY 143 East Houston Street New York, NY 10002 (212) 330-8182 Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight *Director Gadi Harel in attendance for QandA Fantasia Film Festival- MONTREAL Screening July 24th at midnight. . .
  Mon, 20 Jul 2009 05:50:13 -0400
While "Severance" was a pretty bad British horror comedy, director Christopher Thomas may have redeemed himself with this great looking horror thriller starring Melissa George, who's no stranger to horror movies. No U.S. release date is set for this, although it may be playing in the U.K. October 15.. . .
Production Weekly reports that Sony's fourth "Resident Evil" pic, titled "Resident Evil: Afterlife," will begin shooting Sept. 28 at Cinescape Film Studios in Toronto. The film's official release date is September 17, 2010. Given how excellent "Resident Evil: Extinction" was -- and how interesting the ending was -- we can expect a pretty good sequel. No word on who will be helming it, however. Milla Jovovich is returning..
  Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:05:13 -0400
America's answer to "Shaun of the Dead," "Zombieland" is promising more comedy than horror. Here's the artwork, which emphasizes the unscariness. Click on it for a much larger view. Ruben Fleischer's Zombieland focuses on two men who have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies. Columbus is a big wuss -- but when you're afraid of being eaten by zombies, fear can keep you alive. Tallahassee is an AK-toting, zombie-slaying' bad ass whose single determination is to get the last Twinkie on earth. As they join forces with Wichita and Little Rock, who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombies.
  Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:05:13 -0400
We've unearthed some excellent new, free streaming films for you, including the late 1980s classic "Scarecrows"! "Troll 2" is now available for instant viewing, along with the 2001 film "Session 9" -- a very good movie. Click here to access ESplatter TV.. . . .
  Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:05:13 -0400
One of the most hotly anticipated DVD releases of the year is "Phantasm II", simply because the film has never been available in the format before. It's last release was on VHS more than a decade ago. Here is the cover art. This film was certainly a disappointment when it came out, but it's follow up, "Phantasm III", was pretty good, and it's a bit hard to understand what's going on in that film without having seen this one. Watch for it on DVD Sept. 15..
It made its way to HD-DVD but never the Blu format. Now, Universal's greatest ever horror-comedy is slated for a release Sept. 15 to Blu-Ray. The special features look awesome. Features on the "Full Moon Edition" include - commentary wtih Cast Members David Naughton and Griffin Dunne - a feature length "Beware The Moon" documentary - featurettes ("I Walked With A Werewolf", "Making An American Werewolf in London", "Makeup Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London", "Casting of the Hand") - an Interview with John Landis, outtakes - storyboards. .
  Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:05:13 -0400
John Harrison, who wrote and directed the 2000 "Dune" miniseries for SciFi, in addition to "Tales From the Darkside: The Movie", is apparently slated to write and direct a miniseries based on Stephen King's "Cell" -- a project previously being worked on by Eli Roth. So says Fangoria. Roth's vision was being talked about before "Hostel Part II" failed to impress at the box office. No word on where Harrison's version of "Cell" will air.. . .
Maybe with the "Wolfman" hitting screens from Universal, interest in werewolves will increase to the point that this very moldie oldie will be dusted off and given some kind of release. This now forgotten British werewolf film from the 1970s, borrows liberally from the Hammer production "The Curse of the Werewolf," profiling the life of a "wolf boy" and later werewolf from childhood to adulthood. One of the last horror films directed by the legendary cinematographer Freddie Francis, this came out the same year as "The Ghoul," another one of Francis' films starring Peter Cushing. Cusing would not be acting much longer, and was in only a few horror films like this before leaving the acting scene and passing away in 1994. Cushing plays a doctor in historic Paris who becomes fascinated by a series of brutal killings that, naturally, police believe were performed by a wolf. In fact, a disgruntled and impoverished young man who happens to have a job in a zoo where he takes care of a few domesticated wolves is also a werewolf. His crush on a local prostitute only seems to exacerbate his lycanthropy problem. He generally kills people who frequent the brothel where his love interest works. Like "Curse" this is about an proletarian wolf man frustrated by the arrogance of the bougeouis in his town. Ultimately his poverty prevents him from getting laid and finding love, the only antidote that can save a wolfman. But the movie doesn't work nearly as well as "Curse" did.
The Annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition takes place Oct. 16th – 25th 2009 at Grauman’s Mann Chinese 6 at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood. The Call For Entries deadline is approaching for new horror feature films, shorts and feature length screenplays. FINAL Film and Screenplay submission deadline is August 15th. Feature Film judges include producers Craig Perry (Final Destination) and Sean Cunningham (Friday The 13th, The Last House On The Left).
Blue Underground has been releasing its back catalog on Blu-Ray and the next title on the horizon is the fun British-Spanish zombie film "The Living Dead at the Machester Morgue" (i.e. "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie"). It's a very good gore fest from the '70s. Watch for it on Blu-Ray October 29. Extras will include a Back to the Morgue – On Location with Director Jorge Grau featurette, interviews with director Jorge Grau, star Ray Lovelock, and Special Effects Artist Giannetto De Rossi, a Poster and Still Gallery, theatrical trailers, TV spots, and radio spots.. . .
  Mon, 06 Jul 2009 23:50:13 -0400
"The Exorcist" finally gets released to Blu-Ray -- and it's easily the biggest horror Blu-Ray announcement of the year! "The Exorcist" will hit the format Sept. 8, The Digital Bits reports. It will be the "Version You Have Never Seen" edition of the film -- which is fine. Basically this version isn't drastically different from the original theatrical version -- although it does feature the "spider walk" cut from the original film. No cover art or specifics on extras is available yet. But it will be a pleasure to watch this masterpiece in high definition..
  Mon, 06 Jul 2009 23:50:13 -0400
This is undeniably looking like the most hotly anticipated chick horror movie of the decade! Megan Fox unleashed in an R-rated sex horror film written by Diablo Cody! It doesn't get any better! Watch for it in theaters September 18. . . . . .
  Mon, 06 Jul 2009 23:50:13 -0400
"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. The Collector at IGN.com 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 hit screens Friday, July 31st from Freestyle Releasing.. . .
From the sublime to the ridiculous, the Italian genre films from the 1960s through the 1970s still remain the gold standard, the Golden Age, the yardstick to measure bigger-than-life greatness in low budget international cult cinema. Rivaled only by the Japanese in the same time period for sheer jaw-dropping wildness, the Italian moviemakers toiled in the salt mines of debased genres - giallo (sexy suspense) thrillers, sword and sandal adventures, spaghetti sagebrush sagas, gothic horror, nunsploitation and, last but not least, polizioteschi or the action-packed crime film. That said, before delving further back in time, the American Cinematheque in L.A. is kicking off a "Grindhouse" film series with a double bill from the 1980s-'90s - Dario Argento's "Opera" and Michele Soavi's "Cemetery Man" July 9. Also screening are two sexy jet-set, giallo mindbenders with Carroll Baker (PARANOIA and A QUIET PLACE TO KILL); a peplum double bill of Mario Bava's HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD and Sergio Corbucci's DUEL OF THE TITANS (starring muscle-bound icons, Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott); rare spaghetti oaters SARTANA and Corbucci's MINNESOTA CLAY (starring Cameron Mitchell); groovy, mod "psycho"-delic puzzlers THE NEXT VICTIM and QUEENS OF EVIL and crime masterworks Giuliano Montaldo's MACHINE GUN MCCAIN (with John Cassavetes!) and Enzo G. Castellari's HIGH CRIME (with Franco Nero).
  Mon, 06 Jul 2009 23:50:13 -0400
Although this film was panned by most critics that witnessed it at the Edinburgh Film Festival, it looks OK from the trailer. Dario Argento directed the Adrien Brody starrer. . . . .
  Mon, 06 Jul 2009 23:50:13 -0400
This is the new horror movie from Xavier Gens and the producer's of "Frontiers." It's being described as "An end of the world battle between gangsters, cops and zombies." Here's the synopsis: "North of Paris. In order to avenge the murder of one of their own by a group of ruthless gangsters, corrupt cops four 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." Looks incredible, don't you think? Vive la France.. .
  Mon, 06 Jul 2009 23:50:13 -0400
The new Megan Fox horror movie penned by Diablo Cody could have been PG-13. At least that's what everone was expecting. But, thanks to "sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use," the film (about a possessed cheerleader that devours men) has officially received an R rating. Hopefully the Megan Fox "lake scene" the paparazzos leaked will show up in the cut. Watch for it in theaters September 18.. .
As you can tell from our just published rave review, the new horror movie "Deadgirl" is one of the best of the year. On July 24, it goes out on a very limited, midnight only theatrical release before its inevitable bow on DVD. Here's where it will be playing: Landmark Sunshine Cinema - NY Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight Nuart Theater - LA Screening July 24th at midnight Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - AUSTIN Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight Landmark Tivoli - ST. LOUIS Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight Music Box Theater - CHICAGO Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight Grand Illusion - SEATTLE Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight Inwood Theater - DALLAS Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight River Oaks Theater - HOUSTON Screening July 24th and 25th at midnight Fantasia Film Festival - MONTREAL Screening July 24th at midnight . . .
This 1967 film, starring Boris Karloff and Ian Ogilvy and directed by the late Michael Reeves, is certainly not forgotten by horror historians. But for some reason it's never been in print in the U.S. -- and there's no sign of a DVD release in the forseeable future. A near-masterpiece from the late 1960s, this rare, unjustly out-of-print horror gem from Reeves (a talented filmmaker who tragically killed himself at the age of 25) helped set the stage for the post-Hammer horror revival of the 1970s. Karloff is wonderful as an aging scientist who has invented a way to control the mind and experience the life of another person. (Sounds a little like "Being John Malkovich", a film that could have been influenced by this movie.) He and his bitter old wife (Catherine Lacey) take over the consciousness of a swingin' young man (Ogilvy).
Another horror remake on the horizon is the Guillermo del Toro-produced redo of the classic TV film "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Pearce and Bailee Madison have both joined the cast of the film, which is set to start shooting in July. Pearce plays an author whose daughter (Madison) discovers dangerous monsters in their home. Katie Holmes is playing Pearce's girlfriend. The 1973 TV film remains a mega-classic unavailable on DVD, although it did make its way to VHS in the '80s.. . .
  Tue, 30 Jun 2009 21:08:13 -0400
The most hotly anticipated horror DVD of the year -- easily -- is Fred Dekker's "Night of the Creeps", hitting store shelves this Fall. Amazon is letting you vote for the official DVD cover! Click here to vote.. . . .
Yes, the rumors are true. John Landis has sold remake rights to "An American Werewolf in London" to Dimension Films, which is planning to produce a redo. At least he didn't sell them to Platinum Dunes. Perhaps Rob Zombie will direct? This is one remake project that we at ESplatter hope never gets off the ground. It's a crime that John Landis even sold the rights! Meanwhile, the Larry Cohen-produced "It's Alive" remake is not heading to theaters.
If you haven't checked out Sacramento's annual "Trash Film Orgy," you owe it to yourself to. If you're within a 100-mile radius, do check it out. This year's lineup has just been announced, and although it is a bit a light on horror movies it does include "Chopping Mall" in the lineup. Here's the scoop: Northern California's most infamous Midnight Movie Show returns for its 9th incredible season! Bringing you the best in 35mm Exploitation and Cult Cinema, TFO promises the ultimate theatre experience! With LIVE Bloody Stage Shows, Original Shorts, Audience Participation, Games, Costume Contests, Prizes and much, much MORE-you won’t believe your eyes! This year’s festival features many exciting surprises…including the return of special guest stars and the TFO’s original host FRANCOIS FLY!!! JULY 11th- FLASH GORDON SEE the 1980 Sci-Fi camp classic on the big screen! With Max Von Sydow, Sam Jones, Timothy Dalton, Melody Anderson and an amazing soundtrack from QUEEN! JULY 18th- SATAN’S CHEERLEADERS SEE the incredible 1977 tale of naughty cheerleaders in league with Satan! With B-Movie veterans John Carradine, John Ireland and Yvonne DeCarlo! ALSO-see a special screening of TFO’s own CHEERLEADERS FROM HELL! JULY 25th- CHOPPING MALL SEE this awesome 1986 robots-on-a-bloody rampage flick and find out what happens to unsuspecting teens who throw an all night party in the mall. (aka KILLBOTS). With Super Special Guest director Jim Wynorski LIVE in person! AUGUST 1st- BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEE the 1992 film that started the Buffy phenomenon! With Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer, Luke Perry, Paul Reubens and Hilary Swank.
  Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:08:13 -0400
It's been a pretty slow year for horror on the big screen, with many theatrical releases being PG-13 or remakes. But that's all about to change beginning in August, when the Fall season kicks in and a slew of original and many R-rated horror films hit screens. Here's what's hitting cineplexes this Autumn. August 28 Halloween II: Not technically a remake! Rob Zombie's sequel to his own remake will likely be better than the 2007 film it is following up. Zombie's hands are less tied down this time around, apparently. The Final Destination: The fourth "Final Destination" film is in 3D and it is from David R. Ellis, the director of the second film -- the goriest of the bunch. September 4 Carriers: Four friends flee a pandemic and learn that they are, in fact, more dangerous than the virus.
  Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:08:13 -0400
Blu-Ray.com is reporting that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's double feature version of "Grindhouse" is hitting Blu-Ray in August -- complete with faux trailers! An early announcement to retailers indicates that Genius Products and The Weinstein Company are set to release Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 'Grindhouse' on Blu-ray on August 11. No edition details are available, other than this would be a two-disc set, but it may well be the theatrical Grindhouse double feature. 'Grindhouse' was conceived, edited and shown theatrically (in the US) as a typical exploitation double-feature as one could attend at cheap theaters in the 1970s: it consisted of two features ('Planet Terror', by Robert Rodriguez, and 'Death Proof' by Quentin Tarantino), interspersed with fake trailers and bumpers. However, the film underperformed theatrically and the films were released separately (in expanded versions) on home video. The Grindhouse double feature wasn't even released theatrically in Europe, and its only DVD release so far is a coveted special edition from Japan. We'll see if it happens. But Wal-Mart already has the title listed and available to order -- but with an arrival date of Dec. 31..
  Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:08:13 -0400
Hitting screens January 10, "Daybreakers" sounds like "I Am Legend" on crack. Two-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race. . . .
  Thu, 25 Jun 2009 10:08:13 -0400
The Wagner/Cuban Companies' Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Ti West’s critically acclaimed horror film "The House of the Devil." A terrifically crafted homage to 80s horror masterpieces, the film premiered at Tribeca earlier this year and is sure to be an instant classic among genre fans, expertly building a mood of mounting dread to a shockingly terrifying climax. Director West, who was recently tapped by Hollywood to direct a high profile sequel, THE HAUNTING IN GEORGIA, has been regarded as something of a horror wunderkind since 2005’s THE ROOST, and THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL unquestionably fulfills that promise. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s Senior Vice President Tom Quinn with Josh Braun of Submarine and Roger Kass of RingTheJing Entertainment, on behalf of MPI Media Group, Glass Eye PIX, RingTheJing Entertainment and Constructovision. Magnet is excited to release THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL as part of the Magnolia/Magnet Ultra VOD program, which will offer home viewers a chance to see the film a month before it debuts theatrically. Magnet plans to launch the film on VOD late September 2009, with a theatrical release timed to Halloween. THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL stars the sexy Jocelin Donahue stars as college student Samantha Hughes who takes a babysitting job in a remote mansion with her good friend Megan (indie favorite Greta Gerwig).
Lloyd Kaufman's Troma has announced that they will release "La Orgia de Los Muertos" (aka, "The Hanging Woman"), a Spanish/Italian co-production directed in 1973 by José Luis Merino Starring Stelvio Rosi, Gérard Tichy and Paul Naschy as Igor. As put by the press release: Paul Naschy plays a supporting role as a deranged gravedigger in this zombie movie, set in a small highland village in 19th-century Scotland, where a stranger's arrival to claim an inheritance is met with apocalyptic visions and other evil omens. The town unearths a crypt full of horrors, including a devil-worshipping coven and throngs of the living dead.. . . .
Our unjustly forgotten horror movie of this week could possibly be categorized as a justly forgotten horror movie -- except it has one of the stars of "Re-Animator" in its cast. 1988's "The Brain" made its way to VHS in the late '80s/early '90s, but never wound up on DVD. And don't keep your fingers crosses for any kind of arrival in the format. A pretty awful late 1980s attempt at Frank Henenlotter-style horror, "The Brain" does benefit from the presence of "Re-Animator" star David Gale as an evil TV self-help guru, who keeps a giant brain that he feeds thoughtwaves from his TV audience. The giant brain-monster also visits some of psychiatrist Gale's teen patients in the form of Nightmare on Elm Street-like dream sequences, where tentacles reach through walls and inspire troubled young folk to kill their own parents, etc. Horrible acting and cheesy special effects add to the production's bad-movie entertainment value. Breznahan plays a one-dimensional high school student who is forced to go under psychiatric care after he blows up the school's plumbing system as a practical joke. (The film even warns audiences during the end credits not to attempt this prank at school.) Preston plays his doting girlfriend.
Danielle Panabaker, best known to fans for starring in the Platinum Dunes' "Friday the 13th" remake, is now set to co-star along with Amber Heard in "The Ward," a horror movie being directed by John Carpenter for Echo Lake Entertainment. Panabaker will play a snobbish girl in a mental institution apparently haunted by a girl. Mamie Gummer also stars, with a script penned by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, with revisions by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller. Heard is probably best known for playing the title character in "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" and she's also starring in "Zombieland" and the remake of "And Soon the Darkness," not to mention the remake of "The Stepfather." . . . .
Here are some quick updates on three of the biggest horror movie remakes in production. First up, Ricardo Chavira of "Desperate Housewives" has just been added to the cast of Alex Aja's "Piranha" remake, which is being filmed in 3D. This film is already deep in the throes of production and stars the likes of Richard Dreyfuss and Elizabeth Shue ... Meanwhile, here is the trailer for the forthcoming PG-13 remake of the eighties classic "The Stepfather." Meh. It hits theaters Oct. 16. And finally, MTV just posted some exclusive photos of Audrina Patridge and her "Sorority" sisters for this Fall's remake of "The House on Sorority Row." The new "Sorority Row" sees a group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer.
  Thu, 18 Jun 2009 06:33:13 -0400
It's been a while since "Grindhouse" hit screens. The best thing about this 3-hour-plus extravaganza was the fake trailers -- the best of which was Robert Rodriguez's fake "Machete" trailer which opened the film. Well, "Machete," the full length feature film, is now due to start filming in five weeks. Danny Trejo told Gordon and Whale that the film would begin shooting in less than six weeks. . .
Here's the latest remake news about "Piranha," "Halloween 2" and the just announced "Brideof Frankenstein." With their redo of "Wolfman" already creating some buzz, Universal is planning a remake of the '30s James Whale classic "The Bride of Frankenstein." ... Keeping the spirit of Joe Dante's original, Alex Aja's 3D remake of "Piranha" will have cameos. Or at least one cameo. "Hostel" director Eli Roth is set to appear super briefly in the film as the host of a wet T-shirt contest. ... Meanwhile, here's an image of Sherriff Brackett from Rob Zombie's "Halloween 2" remake/sequel: "Halloween 2" will be going head to head with "The Final Destination" on August 28..
Taking place tomorrow, June 17, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, a Tribute to Dick Smith will honor the make-up effects legend behind "Scanners" and "Altered States." Robert De Niro’s Mohawk in “Taxi Driver,” Linda Blair’s satanic transformation in “The Exorcist,” Marlon Brando’s jowls in “The Godfather” and F. Murray Abraham’s deterioration in “Amadeus” all have one artistic hand in common, that of the makeup effects master Dick Smith. Smith’s creation of new makeup techniques throughout his career not only transformed the art of motion picture makeup, but inspired a new generation of makeup and visual effects artists who have embraced him as a true visionary and mentor. Smith’s work on the “Old Salieri” makeup for “Amadeus” (1984) earned him an Oscar and he received an additional nomination for his makeup work on “Dad” (1989). Scheduled Panelists Linda Blair (Actress, “The Exorcist,” “Exorcist II: The Heretic”) Hal Holbrook (Actor, “Mark Twain Tonight!,” “Into the Wild”) Makeup Effects Artists Greg Cannom (“Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) Andrew Clement (“Cloverfield,” “Star Trek”) Mike Elizalde (“Hellboy,” “Land of the Lost”) Carl Fullerton (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “American Gangster”) Kazuhiro Tsuji (“Click,” “Angels and Demons”) Visual Effects Artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. (Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.) Shane Mahan, John Rosengrant, Lindsay MacGowan and Alan Scott (Legacy Effects/Stan Winston Studio) Click here for more. .
A "Friday the 13th" film set during the wintertime has been rumored for half a decade at least. The idea is a very cool one: Jason strikes partiers at Camp Crystal Lake during the snowbound months, given a new look and feel to the activities without changing the setting altogether. Well, a snow flurry of reports from the set of the currently filming "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake confirm that the sequel will be set in a snowy Camp Crystal Lake. Rumors of a potential 3D sequel have also been poo pooed with Platinum Dunes execs saying it would be too expensive. Hopefully the sequel will be more of a straight ahead "Friday the 13th" film -- not a remake, just an "F13" movie. And the snowbound concept is excellent because it's never been done before and it isn't as elaborate or ridiculous as sending Jason into space.. .
More than 50 years after donning a black cloak for "Horror of Dracula," Hammer Horror actor Christopher Lee is about to be knighted. The Guardian reports that Lee is among those who has made the Queen's annual Honors List and that he'll be knighted. Lee has been starring in horror films since the 1950s and more recently starred in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films.. . . . .
The Fall is going to be a busy season for DVD releases of films both new and old. The Clive Barker adaptation "Book of Blood" has just been announced for release Sept. 29 by Lightning Media. It was directed and co-written by John Harrison of "Tales From the Darkside," and here's the plot: Paranormal researcher Mary Florescu's investigations lead her to Simon McNeal, a college student who appears to be channelling messages from the dead. As their erotic relationship develops the line between the worlds of the living and the dead become blurred and finally collapse in a stunning and astonishing climax.. .
Our 'unjustly forgotten horror movies' series continues -- only now as a weekly feature. I just could not write one of these things each and every day. This week's title: "Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker." Released on VHS, never on DVD, "Night Warning," or "Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker" or "Nightmare Maker", is a highly entertaining piece of '80s cheese that deserves at least some kind of release today. Alas, it's too politically incorrect to ever get one. "Night Warning" enjoyed a VHS release from Thorn EMI before drifting out of print and never getting a proper release on DVD. Code Red announced it for a 2008 release, althought there's no sign of it hitting stores yet. Opening with an awesome freak accident -- a pair of parents on a road trip die horrifically when their brakes give out -- "Night Warning" gets off to a roaring start. The parent's 4 year old son Billy is adopted by his aunt (Susan Tyrell) who saw his parents off on their roadtrip before giving them a sinister look.
  Thu, 11 Jun 2009 00:53:13 -0400
Tobe Hooper's "The Funhouse" was a solid, albeit a bit slow, slasher movie from 1981. Reports out this evening have Eli Roth set to remake it -- now that his "Cell" movie is apparently on indefinite hiatus. Fangoria reports that Roth is in talks to direct the film for Universal. “I’m talking with Universal about that one,” Roth says. “THE FUNHOUSE is a movie where the first half is brilliant—they set up these great characters—and then they pay off none of them. You have Marco the Magician sawing his daughter in half, the brothers who run the carnival and the funhouse setting.
  Thu, 11 Jun 2009 00:53:13 -0400
It's the last "Phantasm" movie to get a DVD release -- and arguably the worst. But if you really want to understand the events in "Phantasm" Parts 3 and 4, you kind of need to see it. Universal will release the film on DVD Sept. 15, along with re-releases of "They Live," "Prince of Darkness", "The Thing," "Shocker," "People Under the Stairs" and "Serpent and the Rainbow." "Phantasm II" is the only title in the lot that has never had a U.S. DVD release. . .
  Thu, 11 Jun 2009 00:53:13 -0400
"Trick R Treat" is hitting DVD this Fall. But it's also due for a very limited theatrical release in the late summer and fall. Well, limited may even be a bit of an overstatement. And it's now got its own comic book. Here's where you can catch it on the big screen, and when: * FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL, Montreal, Canada July 9-27 * TORONTO AFTER DARK, Toronto, Canada August 14-21 * FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL - Berlin, Hamburg, Koln, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuggart, and Munich Germany - August 18-September 9, 2009 * FANTASTIC FEST, Austin Texas, September 24-October 1 * SCREAMFEST, Los Angeles, California - October 16-25 There are also apparently limited theatrical shows in additional places in July. Meanwhile, a graphic novel based on the anthology horror movie will hit stores October 7, and Slashfilm has posted some pages from it. Check 'em out here.
The "Alien" prequel may not be such a sure thing after all -- if Ridley Scott doesn't direct. The legendary helmer of the first "Alien" film (and megahits like "Gladiator") has announced his interest to produce but not direct. Now, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Fox may not greenlight the film unless Scott directs: So last week-ish, an "Alien" prequel was greenlit, err announced, Ridley Scott apparently gave his blessing to the project and Tony Scott confirmed the initial report revealing the RSA Films commercial director (RSA is the Scott's company) Carl Erik Rinsch — known for his futuristic style and dino robot work in a Saturn advert among other things — would be at the helm. Nerds rejoiced and some marveled how the "Alien" franchise still had legs considering how sullied it became by the cheap, "Alien Vs. Predator" series. But the project seemed to be moving forward. Not so fast — this where the proverbial needle scratches the record to a grating halt. According to Entertainment Weekly — in a piece not online yet (presumably on Hollywood Insider, later today?) — the Scotts may have given final approval of Rinsch, but 20th Century Fox has some conflicting ideas and they don't want to greenlit a seventh, err fifth film ('AVP' apparently lives in fairy land only), without Ridley at the helm. Further complicating matters are Tony Scott's comments about Rinsch being "part of the family," well not only is he part of RSA, he's evidently also romantically involved with Ridley's daughter Jordan, EW alleges (they note that Scott and Rinsch did not respond to comments for the article). Fox obviously owns the property and perhaps they're even showing owner's remorse from having approved the legacy tarnishing 'AVP' series and want Scott to do it up right and not just assign the gig to one of his trusted lieutenants? Sources at Fox tell EW the studio is not "interested in green lighting the project unless Scott directs himself." Frankly this might be a good idea.
What is "Night of the Living Dead - Reanimated"? Well, it's an animated version of the public domain classic horror film, being produced by Wild Eye Releasing. Attention Artists/ Illustrators/ Animators: Though it is too late to participate in NOTLD:R, starting Fall 2009, Neoflux Productions will be employing a similar approach in creating artistically animated video tracks to accompany Old Time Horror Radio Dramas. By combining these well written and aptly preformed stories with our artwork, 'Unseen Horror' will usher these classic tales of the macabre into our visual culture and represent them to a new generation of horror fans. The film will be on DVD later this year. Basically a bunch of animators were called together to craft an animated version of the film. Wild Eye Releasing, which has come out with some great DVDs in recent memory, is producing. Click here for the official site. . .
It turns out the rumored Oliver Stone "Helter Skelter" film was in fact too good to be true, after all. Turns out former Charles Manson prosecutor Vincent Buliosi is at work on another Manson-related film project. Here's the word from someone involved in the project, which is entitled "Taming the Beast" -- the story of Charles Manson's life in prison: I saw the article about Oliver Stone and Vincent Bugliosi doing a "Helter Skelter" remake, but discovered that it isn't true - according to Stone's production company, Ixtlan Corporation and Creative Artists Agency, Stone's agent; and Vince's wife ( I've spoken with the Bugliosis several times over the phone for the past few years). Vince Bugliosi IS attached to "Taming the Beast", my company is developing the project and I adapted the screenplay from the book. Vince and I have had several conversations about it over the years, and Dary Matera and Ed George (co-authors of the book "Taming the Beast: Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars") approved having Vince involved. Here's info about the project: http://www.myspace.com/ttbtak. . .
  Thu, 28 May 2009 12:00:13 -0400
By this morning, the report has already spread across the webosophere. Originally broken by Bloody Disgusting, it turns out that Ridley Scott and his brother Tony are producing a remake/reboot of "Alien" with a first-time film director at the helm. Given the awesome success of "Star Trek", the reboot, at the box office a rebooted "Alien" prequel simply titled "Alien" makes sense from a financial perspective. But from an artistic perspective? Well considering how flawed the nineties sequels "Alien 3" and "Alien Resurrection" were, and just how bad "Alien vs. Predator Requiem" was, a prequel/reboot doesn't seem like that bad of an idea to me. So who is the director? Carl Erik Rinsch is apparently known mostly for his commercials and I couldn't find out a thing about him on IMDB. Here, however, is one of his commercials, which you should note has a monster movie bent. .
"Blood the Last Vampire" -- the live action remake of the anime film of the same name -- is hitting screens in the U.S. in July. Yahoo! Japan just posted the first five minutes of the film! Check it out here.. . .
It's the return of the "Unjustly Forgotten Horror Movie of the Day", our semi-daily feature spotlighting what the title says -- out of print, forgotten horror films that deserve to be seen and heard! This Roger Corman-produced "Alien" rip off has the distinct honor of serving as inspiration for Paul Anderson's less-than-excellent-but-still-decent "Event Horizon." It's also the only film to feature Erin Moran (Joanie of "Joanie Loves Chachi") having her head explode. It features the only worm rape scene, involving actress Taaffe O'Connell. That scene alone -- which rumor has it was directed by James Cameron -- has given the movie a well deserved cult following. The plot is pretty basic horror/sci-fi fare: As a lone spaceship proceeds on its long voyage across space, the crew are surprised to encounter a strange pyramid form. Surprise turns to horror as one by one, they discover that their darkest nightmares are all starting to become real. The pyramid has to be behind it all somehow, but how can they save themselves from its influence? The crew were sent on the voyage by a mysterious "master" shown early in the film with a red glowing face.
  Thu, 28 May 2009 12:00:13 -0400
The most hotly anticipated R-rated horror movie of the year is easily the August 28 release of Rob Zombie's "Halloween 2." MTV just aired the first clip! Plus Scout Taylor Compton just unveiled a photo of herself from the film. Meanwhile, here's the latest photo of Scout Taylor Compton as Laurie Strode, via her personal MySpace page. . . . . .
  Sat, 23 May 2009 14:13:13 -0400
How low are horror movie budgets going in the midst of this global depression? How about less than $100 for a hit horror movie at Cannes. We'll no doubt be hearing a lot more about "Colin," a zombie comedy that screened at the French film festival and already has the world buzzing. CNN reports: Japanese distributors are currently in negotiations for the rights to the film and buzz around the no-budget zombie chiller has attracted interest from some major American distributors -- all of which is a very nice surprise for the team behind "Colin." "We were almost fainting at the list of people who were coming [to the final market screening of the film]," said Helen Grace of Left Films who is helping the film's director Marc Price publicize the film in Cannes. "Representatives from major American distributors -- some of the Hollywood studios." "When we say it's a low budget film, people presume a couple of hundred thousand [dollars]. People can't figure out how it's possible. What Marc's achieved has left people astonished." It was by advertising for volunteer zombies on social networking site Facebook, borrowing make-up from Hollywood blockbusters and teaching himself how to produce special effects that thrifty director Price was able to make the film for less than the price of a zombie DVD box set. "The approach was to say to people, 'OK guys, we don't have any money, so bring your own equipment,'" the the 30 year-old director told CNN. "Colin" is apparently the only zombie movie to ever be told from the perspective of the zombie. It will be interesting to hear more about "Colin" as buzz for the title builds..
It's the return of the "Unjustly Forgotten Horror Movie of the Day", our semi-daily feature spotlighting what the title says -- out of print, forgotten horror films that deserve to be seen and heard! This 1975 title is truly forgotten -- a long gone gem. One of the best horror TV movies of all time -- likely the best true crime TV movie of all time -- "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" has never received a DVD release, much less a VHS release. It's an incredibly difficult movie to find. And there's no sign it will get any easier to locate anytime soon. It never shows up on TV anymore. It had a VHS release way back when. No DVD release in sight.
ESplatter contests are back -- with a vengeance! If you live in New York City, here's your chance to get a FREE pass to June's Fangoria Weekend of Horrors. The first four of you to email Lucius Gore get a single free pass to Fangoria Weekend of Horrors New York City! Simply include your name and city. Please live in or near New York City! Weekend of Horrors takes place June 5-7, 2009 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th St. Guests include Guillermo del Toro, H.G. Lewis and Dario Argento!.
  Sat, 23 May 2009 14:13:13 -0400
Call it another crappy remake, but "Halloween 2" is easily the most hotly anticipated horror movie of 2009. Given the lack of R-rated horror content hitting theaters, that's understandable. But check out this just released image from MTV. That of course is Tyler Mane as the now mother-obsessed Michael Myers in Rob Zombie's sequel -- which he insists is not a remake of "Halloween II." OK. So technically it's not a horror remake. Sunday at 11 p.m., MTV will air footage from Zombie's film. . .
Lars Von Trier's new movie "Antichrist" created a huge stir at Cannes, where it premiered Monday. Catch some clips right here. Is it a horror movie? Sounds like it's as much an art film as a horror movie. The film is about a couple (Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe) who, after the death of their child, retreat to a cabin in the woods where they encounter strange and terrifying occurrences. IFC Films is set to release the film in the U.S., but the French news media are reporting that the movie may be cut. The New York Times says: "The Danish director Lars von Trier will make cuts to his new film, “Antichrist,” so it will be more commercially palatable in the United States and other countries, Agence France-Presse reported.".
  Sat, 23 May 2009 14:13:13 -0400
It's been a while since a Dean Koontz novel was adapted to the silver screen. It seems like forever since "Servants of Twilight" came out -- even though I heard rumblings that film was going to be remade. Well, his novel "The Husband" is set to be filmed by Ole Bornedal, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Bornedal's last film "Deliver Us From Evil" was released in his native Denmark. Koontz's novel "The Husband" was only published in 2006. It's about a husband who is put through a "series of tests" after a stranger calls him, in order to prove his love for his wife. .
We normally don't cover true crime movies here at ESplatter, but this movie sounds just too good to be true. Variety reports that Oliver Stone is working with Vincent Bugliosi on developing a "Helter Skelter" movie! Now "Helter Skelter", the story of the Manson murders as written by prosecutor Bugliosi in his book of the same name, already was made into a TV movie -- twice, in fact. But the prospect of someone like Oliver Stone helming it -- it just seems like a match made in heaven. More on this project as it comes available.. . .
  Mon, 18 May 2009 12:25:13 -0400
While the follow up to "The Wicker Man," which was also supposed to star him, remains in limbo, it seems that Chrisopher Lee had time to star in the next movie from Hammer Films. We're actually quite a bit late in reporting on this, but it's necessary to cover it, it's such major news -- even though Hammer ain't the company that it used to be. The Hollywood Reporter reports: New look, new investment but a familiar face for Hammer Films, one of the U.K.'s oldest production labels, as Christopher Lee joins the cast of the reinvigorated company's latest project. Lee has signed up to star alongside double Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Antti J. Jokinen's directorial debut, "Invasion of Privacy," previously titled "The Resident." Backed by Exclusive Media Group, the parent company for both Hammer Films and Spitfire Pictures, the film reunites Lee, who starred in a slew of horror pictures in the 1960s and 1970s made by Hammer Productions. It doesn't sound like an old school Hammer film, but any horror thriller with Christopher Lee in its cast gains an extra star at least. . . . .
  Mon, 18 May 2009 12:25:13 -0400
The 2008 British zombie film "Outpost" has a sequel on the way. Writers Steve Barker and Rae Brunton will write the film, with Barker directing once again. It's title will be "Outpost II: Black Sun." The first film was produced by Scottish couple Arabella Croft and Kieran Parker and their production company Black Camel Pictures. They mortgaged their Glasgow home in order to raise £200,000 to finance production. The script is by Rae Brunton, based on Parker's original concept, which he described as "Platoon meets The Sixth Sense"..
Porn star Riley Steele has become the latest "name" actor cast in Alex Aja's remake of Joe Dante's "Piranha." She joins the recently cast Christopher Lloyd, Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames and Elizabeth Shue in the next major horror movie remake in 3D. Sounds like Steele is joining the likes of Mariliyn Chambers, breaking into mainstream film via the horror genre after a long career in adult films. Aja had initially promised "boobs in 3D" with this film, and it looks like he meant what he said. "Piranha 3-D" is currently slated to be released March 19, 2010. ... Meanwhile, in other remake news, no hit 1980s horror movie is safe from the remake craze. DreamWorks of all companies has bought up remake rights to 1985's horror-comedy "Fright Night." Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig are producing..
  Mon, 18 May 2009 12:25:13 -0400
Watch Wes Craven's "The Serpent and the Rainbow," the 1977 shocker "The Sentinel" and Rod Serling's "The Night Gallery" for free right now! Check 'em all out at ESplatter TV.. . . . .
It's been six years since Tobe Hooper's so-so remake of "Toolbox Murders" lit up DVD store shelves. Now the sequel is upon us -- with its own Web site to boot. Most impressive is are the two A-list B actors that lead the cast. Lance Henriksen and Jeffrey Combs head the cast of "TBK: The Toolbox Murders." An FX guy named Dean Jones is directing. Check out the film's official site right here. And here's the official synopsis: Picking up directly after the events Tobe Hooper's 2003 version of The Toolbox Murders; TBK intensifies the terrifying exploration into one of Hollywood's most twisted and morbid serial killers in the annals of American history. Survivors Nell and Stephen continue their night of Hell as they're rushed to the nearby Hollywood Memorial hospital. Meanwhile, next-generation , tech-savvy CSI detectives Cole and Barnes coordinate with a hard-nosed, LAPD criminal profiler McGavin to exhume TBK's modern day tomb and uncover its origins, leading toward a shocking revelation involving old Hollywood's seedy underground and one doctor's secret past..
On September 8, the George Romero classic "Creepshow" and the Ronny Yu sequel "Freddy vs. Jason" will strike Blu-Ray, courtesy of Warner Bros./New Line. Also out on the same day will be Marcus Nispel's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake. "FvJ" has been on Blu-Ray in Canada for a while and apparently looks spectacular. It will be interesting to see how an old classic like "Creepshow" fares in the format. "Texas Chainsaw," one of the better of Platinum Dunes' remakes, will feature the same extras as the DVD..
Tampa, Florida is a really great town and, indeed, "Black Devil Doll" will be screening there this week. So a local columnist out there has decided to guarantee the movie a sell out crowd by singing it out for livid condemnation. Check out the amazing column here. And if this doesn't make you want to see "Black Devil Doll," what else would? You can of course check out our favorable review right here. The Tampa Bay writer, Steve Pershall, movie critic for the St.
It's been a long time since Dark Castle produced a remake of an old William Castle film, but they've finally gotten around to it again. Patrick Lussier, who helmed the excellent "My Bloody Valentine 3D" remake, will now direct a redo of 1965's Joan Crawford film "I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are!" Todd Farmer, who wrote the "Valentine" redo, is also writing this one. The screenplay for the original film was by William P. McGivern was based upon the 1964 novel "Out of the Dark" by Ursula Curtiss. William Castle directed it. The concept was quite good: When two mischievous teens randomly dial telephone numbers and tell whomever answers, "I saw what you did, and I know who you are," they of course wind up accidentally calling a man who has recently murdered his wife.
This may be the first and only 1980s horror movie that made its way to DVD, was remade, its remake made its way to DVD -- and now both versions are totally out of print with no sign of a re-release date in sight. 1980's "Humanoids From the Deep" is a classic exploitation monster movie from Roger Corman. Where did it go? Hard to say. It's exactly the kind of movie that no one could make today as it's politically incorrect beyond belief. Monsters raping women? How much worse can you get? How about one of the women getting impregnating and giving birth to a monster baby "Alien" style at the end of the film! "Humanoids From the Deep" has surprisingly good makeup effects.
  Tue, 12 May 2009 09:25:13 -0400
Here's the second full trailer for Chris Nahon's 'Blood: The Last Vampire', the live action remake of the anime classic. Ronny Yu is producing. "Blood: The Last Vampire" stars Gianna Jun and Allison Miller. Here's the storyline: A vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-WWII Japan, is inserted in a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon is disguise. Look for it in U.S. theaters this summer, in Japan May 29, the UK June 12 and France June 17. .
Just out on DVD in the UK (and out for about a month in the U.S.), "Timecrimes" was easily one of the best horror/sci-fi films in recent memory. (Check out our review here). The man behind the film, director Nacho Vigalondo, was kind enough to speak to ESplatter about how it came into being and what's next on his horizon. ESplatter: How did you come up with the idea for 'Timcerimes'? Five years ago I wasn't sure I could ever make a feature film. I started writing this story. I I had any hope, I would tried to make something that could fit with Spanish industry (we don't have any kind of sci-fi tradition).
Yes, can you believe it? Charles Kaufman's 1980 trash horror movie "Mother's Day" is getting the remake treatment. It's a great old horror film. Guess who's directing? None other than Darren Lynn Bousman of the "Saw" franchise and "Repo The Genetic Opera." The script was penned by Scott Milam. Meanwhile, in other remake news, "The Crazies" remake has just launched its own Twitter page here. MTV, meanwhile, has crafted a behind-the-scenes mini-doc on "The Craqzies," which you can view below. MTV Shows .
  Fri, 08 May 2009 01:53:13 -0400
"Terror at Blood Fart Lake" has been announced for a June 16 DVD release from SRS Cinema. When a group of college kids head off to their friend's cabin for a little high octane sex weekend they will get more than they bargained for in the form of the evil Scarecrow killer, Jimmy Van Brunt! Seems like no body is safe at spooky cabins in the woods by the lake these days. Experience characters that make you want to howl with laughter and constipation! Witness deaths the likes of which you have never seen before! One part Friday the 13th, One part Ernest Goes To Camp and 3 parts Cream Cheese, wonder aloud who will be still be alive by the end of this Terror At Blood Fart Lake?! . . . .
The official schedule for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where Dario Argento's "Giallo" is due to premiere, has been announced. "Giallo" will screen June 25 at the Film House 1 in Edinburgh. A psychotic killer stalks the streets, kidnapping, torturing and murdering beautiful women. An enigmatic police inspector (Adrien Brody) works against the clock to find him, before the latest missing girl becomes his next disfigured victim. Harking back to his 70s cult classics (Suspiria, Deep Red, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), director Dario Argento – acknowledged master of the genre – spins a dark, stylishly fractured web of fear, revolving around a fascinating central performance from Oscar®-winner Brody.. .
Here's a bizarre one: A classic 1970s horror film, released on VHS once but not DVD, manages to get remade in 2003. The remake is a big production from New Line and you'd expect the original to hit stores with it. Yet no one bothers to put out the original movie on DVD. 1971's "Willard" remains unavailable, while its 2003 redux with Crispin Glover in the title role is of course widely available everywhere. What gives? Not sure. But in the world of horror movie remakes, the remake of "Willard" truly is a remake because it follows the original film so closely. It is not a "reimagining" but really a full-on remake, with Glover taking over the role of Willard originally played by Bruce Davison (later of the first two "X Men" films), R.
It's going to be a pretty busy month for DVD and Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray -- but not super busy. The big title to hit is likely the Blu-Ray release of Neil Marshall's "Dog Soldiers" -- which is only $12.99 if you can believe that amazing price. We're also getting "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" in DVD and Blu-Ray. But a few classic titles are what I'm excited about. The unofficial follow up to "Maniac" -- "The Last Horror Film" starring Joe Spinnell and Caroline Munro -- is getting special edition treatment from Troma (May 19). A new edition of "Nightmare Castle," starring Barbara Steele, is hitting disc courtesy of Synapse -- so expect spectacular picture quality from that one (May 19).
Columbia Pictures controls the rights to this 1973 horror film, featuring an early starring role for Sondra Locke, and for some reason hasn't seen fit to resurrect the film for any kind of U.S. DVD release, although it did make it to the format in Spain. It's a creepy, creepy little movie -- and clearly inspired the inferior '80s slasher film "Sleepaway Camp." It's a must see for anyone that likes that movie -- and there are plenty of fans of it out there. A teenager (Sondra Locke) starts acting strange when her divorced Dad (Robert Shaw) shows up to meet Mom's new fiancée and someone on the grounds starts committing murders. Locke is also nuts -- obsessed with an alter ego doll named Aaron who seemingly comes to life. The film is moody, chilling and serious -- the kind of horror movie they don't make today. Locke is ideal in the role as the disturbed girl. This film used to play on Channel 2 KTVU in the San Francisco area in the 1970s.
With "Star Trek" destined for box office greatness next Friday, director/producer J.J. Abrams next pointing his sights on adapting Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" for the big screen, after he's done with the "Lost" TV series. "Damon Lindelof and I talked to Mr. King," Abrams told IGN. "We got the rights for ['Dark Tower'] as a film. Damon is obviously still on ‘Lost’ and we’ve been working on 'Star Trek' together.
  Sun, 03 May 2009 14:48:13 -0400
Well, a "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake is being filmed right now. We might as well all learn to just accept it and move on. Here's the latest casting news. Clancy Brown has joined the cast of Platinum Dunes' "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake. Brown is a pretty frequent B movie actor who was in the miniseries "Carnivale" and more recently the film "The Burrowers." We also saw him in "Starship Troopers," "Pet Sematary II" and "Highlander." Meanwhile, Katie Cassidy has also joined the cast presumably as a beautiful blonde victim. She's joining Thomas Dekker and Kyle Gallner as young victims. Principal photography has already started on Samuel Bayer's remake which is due to hit screens April 16, 2010.
  Sun, 03 May 2009 14:48:13 -0400
It's been a busy couple days for directors becoming attached to new projects, thankfully none of them remakes! Tommy Wirkola, director of "Dead Snow," is now helming "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," a new take on the story that has Hansel and Gretel as adult witch hunters. ... David Slade, of "30 Days of Night" fame, has been announced as the director of "Cold Skin," about a young weather observer at the edge of the Antarctic Circle, who along with a deranged castaway, must battle a horde of humanoid killer amphibians that inhabit the island each night. The film was scripted by Jesus Olmo, who penned "28 Weeks Later," and is set to begin shooting in Iceland in March of next year. ...
Already set for a release in Europe, "Blood the Last Vampire" (the live action version) needed someone to distribute it in the U.S. -- and now it has a distributor! That would be Sony Pictures. Watch for it to hit UK screens June 12 and U.S. screens eventually. Directed by Chris Nahon, "Blood: The Last Vampire" is based on the anime classic of the same name, and stars Gianna Jun and Allison Miller. Here's the storyline: A vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-WWII Japan, is inserted in a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon is disguise. It hits theaters in Japan May 29, the UK June 12 and France June 17..
To say that Ken Russell's "The Devils" is forgotten is of course ludicrous, as anyone who has seen it can't get the film out of their mind. This is a relentless, terrifying, over-the-top movie from one of Great Britain's finest art filmmakers. It is easily Ken Russell's greatest film. Yet it remains out of print everywhere in the world, and it looks like Warner Bros. wants it to stay that way. Amazingly, Warner Bros.
Starring Adrian Brody, Dario Argento's "Giallo" is shaping up as one of the most hotly anticipating horror films of the year. It will premiere in Edinburgh! The film will premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, in the festival's "Night Moves" segment. "Night Moves proudly boasts a World Premiere for Dario Argento's much anticipated film, Giallo. The celebrated director of Suspiria and Deep Red, has turned out another genre classic with his latest work." The full fest schedule, including Giallo's premiere date, will be announced May 6 and published here.. . .
  Sun, 03 May 2009 14:48:13 -0400
As if he wasn't busy enough with "The Hobbit," Guillermo del Toro is partnering with Chuck Hogan the development of the "Strain Trilogy" books for HarperCollins. All the books are about vampires. The first book, "The Strain," is being described as an "epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event." A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down.
With horror remakes the name of the game in the horror world these days, and original films becoming scarcer and scarcer at the box office, it seemed like a good time for ESplatter to look back in time at some of this memorable -- but sadly, unjustly forgotten -- splatter movies that remain unavailable in the U.S. after all these days. Today's title: "Twins of Evil." Back in the 1970s, when Hammer Studios was struggling to compete with sex 'n death-filled grindhouse movies playing 42nd street theaters, they injected some nudity into their vampire offerings. The "Karnstein Trilogy" consisted of three films based on the Karnstein vampire story -- basically a lesbian vampire. The first of these was the Ingrid Pitt classic "The Vampire Lovers," still available on DVD today.
  Sun, 03 May 2009 14:48:13 -0400
One of the best horror movies of last year easily was the French gore fest "Inside." Helmers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo were all set to direct the "Hellraiser" remake. But they are now off that project, which is giving them time to helm "Livid," a new and original English-language horror movie. The poster for the new movie has just been revealed. The film, which the poster advertises as a "dark fairytale," will lens in Ireland. Here's the official synposis, courtesy of Twitch Film: It’s young Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it.
To call this film "forgotten" may not be accurate, because anyone that has seen it surely remembers it. What sucks is that the film is basically unavailable in the USA. Another Tigon release that for some reason never got a DVD release in the United States, "The Blood on Satan's Claw" has been released in some pretty weak versions in Europe -- non-anamorphic versions that absolutely will not play on U.S. players. It's a crime, because "The Blood on Satan's Claw" is one of the scariest British horror films ever made. Why oh why it has buried in the U.S.
Straight from the Red Carpet premiere of "Wolverine," Fox Co-chairman Tom Rothman broke the news that Ridley Scott is thinking of making a prequel to his original "Alien". From IESB: Rothman said of the possible Aliens film, "There's been some talk. Ridley Scott, Ridley is right now working on Robin Hood, but I think he's toying with the idea and that would be great for us. I mean, it's always been a matter of, really, if you can get the originator to do it that would be the greatest thing, so I've got my fingers crossed, all of them.". . .
It doesn't get much more awful than this. A film that absolutely does not need a remake in any way shape or form is now set for one, with Universal Pictures readying a remake of David Cronenberg's classic "Videodrome," from a script by Ehren Kruger, who penned "Scream 3" and "The Ring" remake. From this morning's Variety: Universal Pictures will remake the 1983 David Cronenberg-directed thriller "Videodrome," with Ehren Kruger set to write the script and produce with partner Daniel Bobker. The producers tracked down the rights to Canadian distribution vet Rene Malo, who will be exec producer. Universal distributed the original and had first refusal on a remake, and the studio snapped up the opportunity. The original "Videodrome" starred James Woods as the head of Civic TV Channel 83, who makes his station relevant by programming "Videodrome," a series that depicts torture and murder that transfixes viewers. The new picture will modernize the concept, infuse it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller. Cronenberg is not involved.. . .
  Mon, 27 Apr 2009 09:53:13 -0400
eSplatter had the pleasure of catching a screening of "Black Devil Doll" over the weekend. Great movie! Look for our review soon and for the film to hit DVD in the U.S. in July. Meanwhile, we learned some info on the forthcoming "Black Devil Doll 2." The sequel, if it happens (everything is dependent on the success of "Black Devil Doll 1"), will be set in space, according to producer Shawn Lewis. Sounds like an excellent concept for a horror comedy featuring this absolutely hilarious new horror character. Again, we will get our review of "Black Devil Doll" up in a couple days -- but this film is an absolutely hilarious, politically incorrect gore fest in the spirit of the best Troma movies. The film also had a premiere at the New Beverly that apparently went over very well.
"The Crazies" redo gets its release date shifted, while "Piranha 3D" gets a cameo and "The Stepfather" gets a poster. It's remake news for Friday. "The Crazies" redo from Overture Films has shifted its release date from Sept. 25, 2009 to February 26, 2010. ... Richard Dreyfuss is slated to have a cameo in Alex Aja's remake "Piranha 3D." Not too sure of the logic of the cameo, but Dreyfuss did star in "Jaws." ...
With horror remakes the name of the game in the horror world these days, and original films becoming scarcer and scarcer at the box office, it seemed like a good time for ESplatter to look back in time at some of this memorable -- but sadly unjustly forgotten -- splatter movies that remain unavailable in the U.S. after all these days. Today's title: "Witchmaker". One movie that really, truly does deserve a resurrection but is quite unlikely to ever receive one is 1969's LQ Jones-produced "Legend of Witch Hollow" or as it is better known, "Witchmaker". This was something of a staple on Creature Features in San Francisco in the 1970s. It was pretty intense for TV -- but not explicit enough to be banned from the tube.
Yahoo! Movies just posted the trailer for Rob Zombie's sequel to his remake. Check it out here. This film isn't really a remake of "Halloween II", although it does apparently share a bit of the hospital setting. Despite how controversial Zombie's "Halloween" movies have been, this is easily the most hotly anticipated horror movie for the rest of the year. Look for it in theaters August 28.. . .
  Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:51:13 -0400
The new Nancy is announced for "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010" -- plus new images from Rob Zombie's "H2" and confirmation of where the trailer will debut tomorrow. ... Here's the latest from the world of horror movie remakes. First off, Rooney Mara, of "Urban Legends: Bloody Mary" fame (wow, that was a bad movie), will take over Heather Langenkamp's role as Nancy in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake from Platinum Dunes, striking theaters a year from now, April 16, 2010. Directed by Samuel Bayer, the film stars Jackie Earle Haley as a "serious" Freddy Krueger who doesn't make wisecracks. Meanwhile, here are the latest pics I know of for "H2: Halloween 2" striking theaters this August: And it has been confirmed that the trailer for Rob Zombie's sequel will hit Yahoo! Movies on Friday (that would be tomorrow).. . .
Cine-Excess III has confirmed that Italy’s iconic horror legend Dario Argento and his long-time composer Claudio Simonetti (of rock-supergroup Goblin fame) have just been confirmed as this year’s Guests of Honour at Cine-Excess III, the third international conference on cult film traditions, being held April 30-May 2 at Curzon Soho Cinema and Odeon Covent Garden, London. Argento and Simonetti will receive Cine-Excess Lifetime Achievement Awards for their work on the groundbreaking supernatural thriller "Suspiria" (1977) at a special ceremony/on-stage panel discussion at the Odeon Covent Garden on Friday 1st May at 4pm. "Suspiria" will then be re-released in a Platinum Edition DVD version on the new Nouveaux Pictures-Cine-Excess label in July 2009. Click here for more on the fest. . . .
With the horror genre in an obvious slump -- and so many other horror Web sites oohing and aaahing over the latest casting announcements from upcoming horror remakes -- it seemed like a good time for ESplatter to look back in time at some of the memorable -- but sadly unjustly forgotten -- splatter movies that remain unavailable in the U.S. after all these years. 1969's "Haunted House of Horror" (review here) was produced by Tigon -- who put together a number of other forgotten out-of-print horror films, including "The Beast in the Cellar" and "Blood on Satan's Claw". In this 1969 release, Frankie Avalon suffers one of the most gruesome deaths captured in a late 1960s movie -- yes, a knife to the balls. A bad movie all around, "Horror House" (aka "The Haunted House of Horror") gets chilling during its last half hour and actually delivers some very memorable scares. It makes sense that the film is a bit schizophrenic: director Michael Armstrong had the movie taken away from him, with overly toned down scenes filmed by another director. Armstrong definitely has talent, as he went on to helm "Mark of the Devil" the next year. The plot is pretty basic: Teenagers gathered in an old mansion are being murdered one by one.
  Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:48:13 -0400
Here's a clear video of the "H2" segment that aired on Entertainment Tonight over the weekend featuring footage from the teaser trailer. Starring Tyler Mane, Scout Taylor Compton and Malcolm Dowell, the continuing adventures of Michael Myers as seen through the eyes of Rob Zombie will hit theaters August 28. . . . . .
  Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:48:13 -0400
"Wrong Turn 2" was one of the best direct-to-video sequels ever made. We'll see how "Wrong Turn 3" fares. From the looks of the trailer, it isn't pulling any punches. Declan O'Brien's sequel hits DVD stores this year. A group of people find themselves trapped in the backwoods of West Virginia, fighting for their lives against a group of vicious and horribly disfigured inbred cannibals.. .
Well, it's good and bad news. The bad news is that the much buzzed about "Trick R Treat" won't be hitting theaters. The good news is it will finally be released. This new trailer indicates it is striking DVD and Blu-Ray in October. . . .
  Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:48:13 -0400
When I started eSplatter back in 1999, many of the horror films that are now ubiquitous were out-of-print gems available only on EBay. "Deep Red," "Return of the Living Dead", "The Burning" and even "The Evil Dead" were out of print with no re-release date in sight. A lot has changed. But even with just about every decent horror movie that fans are aware of now out on DVD, there are still a bunch of unreleased gems that have yet to make their way to DVD -- and have absolutely, positively no release date in sight. In fact, you can't even find many excellent, unreleased horror titles on Ebay anymore. But they are worth tracking down at conventions. So here's a new feature to celebrate the forgotten horrors that are likely to remain unavailable and unmentioned in most of the horror Web-o-sphere.
  Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:48:13 -0400
His major horror film before "Rosemary's Baby," Roman Polanski's somewhat rare "Repulsion" is now hitting Blu-Ray courtesy of Criterion in July! The HD room broke the news about the release, which is hitting stores July 28. Here are specs: Repulsion * New, restored high-definition digital transfer * Audio commentary featuring director Roman Polanski and actress Catherine Deneuve * A British Horror Film (2003), a documentary on the making of Repulsion, featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Gene Gutowski, and cinematographer Gil Taylor * A 1964 television documentary filmed on the set of Repulsion, featuring rare footage of Polanski and Deneuve at work * Theatrical trailer * PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar and curator Bill Horrigan Click here for our original review of this classic film.. . . .
Rue Morgue Magazine presents a rare 35 MM film print screening of Clive Barker's legendary "Hellraiser" on the big screen tonight in Toronto. One Night Only! Cult trailers! Ghastly Prizes! Thursday April 16th at 9:30pm exclusively at The Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West - Toronto, Canada. Tickets available from 9pm at the door for $10, Free admission and prizes for those in Cenobite costumes! "Hellraiser" has just been remastered for its Blu-Ray release, so expect this print of the classic film to look perfectomungo. . . .
  Thu, 16 Apr 2009 07:56:13 -0400
New casting on Platinum Dunes' "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake plus news on the redo of George Romero's "The Crazies." It's time for another remake roundup! First up, the biggest horror remake of the year is heading to DVD and Blu-Ray in the U.S. and the UK in July. UK artwork has been revealed for the July 27 UK release of Platinum Dunes' "Friday the 13th". Meanwhile, Platinum Dunes' "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake, due to hit theaters in 2010. In casting, Jackie Earle Haley and Kyle Gallner are officially cast, with Haley playing Freddy Krueger. Thomas Dekker of "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles" is now set to join the cast, playing a jock on the high school swim team. MTV was one of many outlets to visit the set of the "Crazies" remake and here is their report.
  Thu, 16 Apr 2009 07:56:13 -0400
Here's the latest trailer for Lars Von Trier's "Anti-Christ" in relatively high definition (for an online trailer, that is). Note how it stretches this news page way beyond the limits of our traditional borders. Now that's HD! In Von Trier's "Anti-Christ", due for release May 29 in Denmark, a grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.. . .
  Thu, 16 Apr 2009 07:56:13 -0400
In Jon Wright's "Tormented," a bullied teenager comes back from the dead to take revenge on his classmates. It hits screens in May overseas, on July 10 in the U.S. This is an 'HD' embed, so yes it stretches the borders of this page and makes things look a little screwy. . . . .
We received an advanced copy of Anchor Bay's new "Hellraiser" Blu-Ray hitting stores next Tuesday. Although the film has obviously been reviewed ad nauseum by sites across the Webosphere -- it is a must-see classic, we all know this -- what about the Blu-Ray? Does it measure up to past Anchor Bay horror releases? Anchor Bay, it should be known, is cranking out the very best horror Blu-Ray releases. How so? Well, they are putting out some old cult classics -- some as far back as 1978 ("Halloween") -- and they look awesome in the new format. Many old horror releases frankly don't look any better on Blu-Ray than they do on DVD. Such is the case with most of the stuff that Blue Underground is cranking out.
  Tue, 14 Apr 2009 12:33:13 -0400
The trenchcoat crowd will always remember her for her role in "Behind the Green Door." But horror fans will remember her starring role as Rose in David Cronenberg's classic 1977 horror film "Rabid." Marilyn Chambers has passed away at the too-young age of 56. It seems like a lot of obits are turning up on the pages of ESplatter these days, and as the veterans of '70s horror get old, they inevitably pass away. But Chambers was really way too young to pass away. "Rabid" was meant to be her breakthrough movie, pulling her out of seedy adult fare and into horror films. Apparently it wasn't enough to establish her as a legitimate actress. She was convincing in the movie..
"Friday the 13th" Parts 2 and 3 are heading to Blu-Ray this June. Meanwhile, the same month, "Friday the 13th" parts 4, 5 and 6 are heading to special edition DVD, courtesy of Paramount. Here are the specs of 4, 5 and 6: Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter • Audio commentary by director Joseph Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman • Fan commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch • Slashed scenes • The Lost Ending • Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER • Lost Tales from Camp Blood—Part IV • The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited—Part I • Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves • Original theatrical trailer Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning • Audio commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann with cast and crew • New Beginnings: The Making of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING • Lost Tales from Camp Blood—Part V • The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited—Part II • Original theatrical trailer Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives • Audio commentary by writer/director Tom McLoughlin with cast and crew • Slashed scenes • Jason Lives: The Making of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES • Meeting Mr. Voorhees • Lost Tales from Camp Blood—Part VI • Crystal Lake Massacre Revisited—Part III • Original theatrical trailer The three new "F13" special edition discs and two new Blu-Rays head to stores June 16.. . .
  Tue, 14 Apr 2009 12:33:13 -0400
"H2" is turning into the most hotly anticipated horror offering of 2009, what with the endless stream of news nuggets emerging (for the most part) from Rob Zombie's MySpace page. Here's the latest on what's hit news pages across the Webosphere. AMC posted a clip with a Rob Zombie interview, in which he tells us the film is a standalone movie. "This has nothing to do with anything. This is all 100% new. We're not relating to anything that's come before. Just having some anonymous guy running around in a white mask is pretty tired, so this is really about Laurie and Michael...and seeing how they're connected." Zombie wants to call the film "Halloween: The Devil Walks Among Us," but apparently doesn't have approval for that. Myers also apparently will spend a lot of the film NOT wearing his mask. You can watch interviews with Tyler Mane (the gigantic former pro-wrestler that plays notorious killer Michael Myers in the film) right .
  Tue, 07 Apr 2009 23:53:13 -0400
April 7 is a big day for DVD. Why? One word: "Shuttle." "Shuttle" is the kind of horror movie that deserved a nice theatrical release. Did it get one? No. Did Michael Bay's "Friday the 13th" remake get a nice theatrical release? Yes. Is it a crime that "Shuttle" is essentially going direct to DVD while Michael Bay's "Friday the 13th" was hyped to high heaven and played every cineplex in America? Yes, yes, yes. These days, the very best horror movies are basically heading straight to disc while remakes rule the theaters.
  Tue, 07 Apr 2009 23:53:13 -0400
Ron Perlman is best known for playing the title character in Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy" films and for his horror roles in Toro's "Blade 2", Toro's first movie "Cronos", and the last "Alien film," "Alien Resurrection". His latest genre offering is the sci-fi film "Mutant Chronicles", which is actually available via video on demand before its theatrical release on April 24. ESplatter: What attracted you to Simon Hunter's 'The Mutant Chronicles'? First and foremost the script. For a movie that was a high concept genre film, it was really smart and really well written and very organic. The enemy, which happens to be very horror and sci fi like in look and attitude, was explained in a way that integrated into the dialogue fo good and evil. I loved the character of Brother Samuel. It was someone I wanted to take a crack at playing. I saw a six minute film that Simon Hunter had made that was a prologue of what he felt "Mutant Chronicles" would be.
  Tue, 07 Apr 2009 00:53:13 -0400
A fun horror movie that has already been released on DVD in Europe, "Simon Says" is a slasher film built around the acting talents of Crispin Glover. Read our review here. Good movie. Directed by the guy behind "Harry and the Hendersons," the film enjoyed some mild festival success before drifting off the radar here in the U.S. Lionsgate has announced they will finally release the film to DVD in the US of A June 23.
Starring Ms. Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, in her greatest horror role, "Island of the Fishmen" saw a VHS release in the U.S. under the title "Screamers." Long unavailable, the film is finally getting a proper DVD release from Mya Communications on June 30. Mya Communications is proving itself to be an awesome label, already having announced "Legend of Blood Castle" for May. The company is also releasing Joe D'Amato's "Horrible" on June 30 too.
The "Four Flies on Grey Velvet" DVD due for release in the U.S. has been blocked for legal reasons. Meanwhile, Argento's "Suspiria" is now on Blu-Ray -- but only in Italy! First the good news: "Suspiria" has been released in Italy on Blu-Ray. No U.S. Blu-Ray release has been announced by anyone, but one could anticipate that Blue Underground would release it here someday as they seemt o hold the rights to the film in the U.S.
  Tue, 07 Apr 2009 00:53:13 -0400
Here's latest on the "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake, "It" and of course "H2." First, Rob Zombie's "H2." Check out the new photo of Laurie Strode: Scout Taylor Compton never looked so un-bookwormish. This isn't the Laurie Strode we remember from John Carpenter's original or even the Steve Miner 1998 sequel. Meanwhile, Rob Zombie revealed to IGN what timeframe the new movie takes place in, relative to his original remake: "What I struggled with for so long before I started was if you're going to make a movie about Laurie Strode, what [are] really the effects if that was real?" he says. "If one day you woke up in the hospital and I go, 'Oh, by the way, someone murdered your parents last night, and all of your friends, and the murderer is your brother.' Like what would the psychological ramifications of that be? Because usually they just go like, 'Oh, O.K., it's six months later and she's kind of back to normal.' So that's why I jumped ahead two years later and Laurie Strode comes into the movie and she's just a wreck. She's like a totally damaged, f**ked up person, and starts low and sinks lower through the whole movie.
Dead Pit Radio talked to Michael Fleischer of Red Shirt Pictures, who informed them that a director's cut of the '80s classics "Night of the Creeps" is heading to DVD. "In October Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing Night of the Creeps to DVD in a directors cut special edition, it is coming out officially for the first time ever." says Felsher. "Fred Dekker is already working on it, It's going to be the director's cut with the original ending. We're going to go balls to the wall with the special features on it ... I talked to Sony today its official, we're going ahead and its coming out in October! It's officially In production...and moving forward, its coming!" . .
Festival programmers Shade Rupe and Chris Bavota announce their first collaboration: the Deep Red International Festival of Fantastic Film, or DRIFFF, debuting in Portland, Oregon at the Clinton Street Theater, April 24-25, and in Seattle at the historic Grand Illusion Cinema, May 8-9. Intent on rescuing genre films from premiering on video store shelves, Shade and Chris set out to unearth classic and contemporary 'cult movies' that deserved to be showcased on the big screen, and thus, DRIFFF was born. Presented by Rude Shape Productions and Oddity Cinema, DRIFFF 2009 features northwest premieres, special guest Q and As, award-winning shorts, door prizes and more gore than you can stab a stake through. The fest will present the northwest premieres of several feature films including David Gregory’s nightmarish PLAGUE TOWN (USA), Martin Weisz's GRIMM LOVE (Germany) based on the homosexual cannibal killer Armin Miewes, Jonathan Lewis’ BLACK DEVIL DOLL (USA), a microbudget film with a big kick, Gadi Harel and Marcel Sarmiento's DEADGIRL, Justin Johnson and Aaron Marshall's ZOMBIE GIRL: THE MOVIE, the Bryan "RE-ANIMATOR" Yuzna--produced anthology film, TAKUT: FACES OF FEAR (Indonesia) and Frank Henenlotter’s late-night 'comely' shocker, BAD BIOLOGY (USA). They will also be serving up the 1970s grindhouse classic INGLORIOUS BASTARDS (Italy), the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s latest epic. Featured short films include DEAD BONES (Switzerland) starring Ken Foree, Richard Gale’s festival favorite THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER WITH THE EXTREMELY INEFFICIENT WEAPON (USA), Carl Morano and John Carchietta's THE PICK UP, and Jason Eisener's tale of Christmas carnage TREEVENGE (Canada), and as a special treat, we're opening the festival with TELLER and TELLER2, two short films co-directed by Teller, the quieter, smaller half of famed magic duo Penn Teller, and a special performance by the composers of the soundtracks for the shorts, the remarkable 3 Leg Torso, with Larold Will as a special guest performer on theremin. Stay tuned for final films and other updates on www.deepredfilmfest.com.. . .
  Wed, 01 Apr 2009 08:23:13 -0400
It may be heading to theaters with a PG-13 rating, but Sam Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell" has been getting positive buzz from early screenings. Here's the official poster. Not very subtle, is it? The film stars "Jeepers Creepers" alum Justin Long and Alison Lohman. It was co-penned by Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan. A young mortgage professional pisses off an old witch following a foreclosure and proceeds to be... well...
I thought this guy was already busy enough already! Guillermo del Toro has found time between readying "The Hobbit" and his enormous H.P. Lovecraft movie to put together a "director's cut" of his 1990s Mira Sorvino creature feature "Mimic". TwitchFilm scored this early DVD artwork for the release. Del Toro wasn't able to make the movie he originally wanted when Dimension tapped him to direct the film the first time around. Now, however, he's such a huge name that he was able to get his final cut 12 years after the original release. As reported at Twitch: Hot on the heals of the news that Guillermo Del Toro’s first feature Cronos was being re-released on DVD by none other than the Criterion collection word came, and a purdy picture as well that Del Toro’s first Hollywood film, the much maligned Mimic was slithering up from the sewers in the form of a spiffy new Director’s Cut. It’s been known that Del Toro has been working on this title for some time now, using his own copy of his version he has on tape as a blue print but a date has never been set in stone.
Here's the latest on such upcoming horror remakes as "Sorority Row" and "Halloween 2". The "Sorority Row" remake got an official Web site, and here it is. Check out official stills and of course the trailer. This looks better than "House on Sorority Row," the film upon which it's based. More images surface from Rob Zombie's production of "H2" -- the "Halloween" remake sequel which doesn't appear to have an official title yet. The most interesting shot is of Chase Vanek as the new "Young Michael Myers", no doubt to appear in flashbacks. Here's one of a long-haired Michael Myers stalking the streets of Haddonfield. Here's an image of a T-shirt worn by a character arrested outside of Sam Loomis book signing in the film: Meanwhile, over at Platinum Dunes, they are cranking on their remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street". And the script has just been recently reviewed by Latino Review. Check their review out here.
March ends on a high note with a slew of major titles hitting DVD, including the re-release of Lucio Fulci's "Cat in the Brain" and the AfterDark Horror Fest box set. Dark Sky Films is resurrecting the late '60s/early '70s Czech horror film "The Cremator." Here's the storyline: Karl Kopfrkingl (Rudolf Hrusinsky) works at a stately crematorium in Prague. Obsessed with his duties, he believes he is liberating the souls of the departed. With Nazi forces gathering at the Czech border, Karl descends into a mania that allows him to wholly enact his disturbed beliefs. No one is safe from his quest for salvation, not even his own family. Redemption is resurrecting the Jean Rollin film "The Escapees." In this film, on the run from an asylum for the insane, a feisty young girl and her forlorn female companion embark on a surreal journey with a group of traveling erotic dancers. Sounds fun! Redemption is also unleashing "Saint Francis." Francis, the son of a corrupt TV preacher, tumbles down a hallucinatory rabbit-hole of sex, drugs, aliens, fratricide, and planetary apocalypse in this twisted take on the life of Saint Francis.
  Tue, 31 Mar 2009 00:59:13 -0400
Hitting screens in Europe in June (with no release yet planned for the U.S.), "Blood the Last Vampire" is already wowing fans who ride the Tube with this UK quad poster. Click on it for a much bigger view. Directed by Chris Nahon, "Blood: The Last Vampire" is based on the anime classic of the same name, and stars Gianna Jun and Allison Miller. Here's the storyline: A vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-WWII Japan, is inserted in a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon is disguise. It hits theaters in Japan May 29, the UK June 12 and France June 17. . . .
The weekend of April 18 in Los Angeles Fangoria is holding its annual Weekend of Horrors. We have two pairs of tickets to give away -- right now! The first two of you to email your mailng address to Lucius Gore win a free pair of tickets! For all the details on Weekend of Horrors, check out the poster below. Here's a roundup of who's appearing: SAM RAIMI EVIL DEAD/SPIDER-MAN director hosts exclusive DRAG ME TO HELL panel! Appearing on Friday. Note: Due to tight postproduction schedule, Mr. Raimi will not be signing autographs. CLIVE BARKER Creator: HELLRAISER, CANDYMAN, NIGHTBREED, MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN and LORD OF ILLUSIONS; novels: WEAVEWORLD, THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW, IMAJICA, ABARAT and MISTER B. GONE; latest movies: DREAD and BOOK OF BLOOD.
Screenwriting duo Stiles White and Juliet Snowden didn't just the so-so sci-fi film "The Knowing," now in theaters. They are also writing the remakes of "The Birds" and "Poltergeist" and recently spoke with IGN about their take on the redos. First, "The Birds": "With something like The Birds, you can take the concept of birds gone crazy and put that onto a myriad of situations…It was presented to us as they wanted to go back to the original source material because you just don't want to attempt to remake a Hitchcock film. But the original novella, by Daphne du Maurier, had a lot of interesting source material. Alfred Hitchcock used it as his jumping-off point and told a story that was somewhat different from the novella….We took that same approach and went back to the source material rather than going to his film. Ultimately, what you would get is a modern-day telling of what if a bird phenomenon happened like that again -- rather than saying, 'This person's gonna play the Tippi Hedren role,' and 'Here's the famous moment on the jungle gym.' We really tried to avoid those things." And on "Poltergeist": "Poltergeist, on the other hand, is a much more specific story -- one family, one house.
Icons of Fright published an amazing article identifying severe problems with the "Let the Right One In" DVD and Blu-Ray just released by Magnolia. Unfortunately, the subtitles have been changed from the version that played theaters -- and even the version released to reviewers as a screener copy. In short, if you speak Swedish, the version released to DVD and Blu Ray is the same. But otherwise, the subtitles have been dumbed down and the film shouldn't be watched. The original screener attributes that the subtitles were done by Ingrid Eng. (Multiple kudos to Miss Eng for doing an amazing job.) My guess is that in order to re-use them for the American version of the DVD, Magnolia/MAGNET probably had to pay Ingrid again for her services. Rather then do that, perhaps they hired someone else to do the translations for real cheap. Click here for more. .
  Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:59:13 -0400
One of the best American horror movies of this year is easily "Shuttle" -- an edgy and original thriller (check out our review here). We have five copies to give away! The first five of you to email Lucius Gore win a FREE copy of "Shuttle"! Don't hesitate! . . . .
  Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:59:13 -0400
For the next several days, we've got so much to give away that we will be holding a contest EACH DAY! Today -- win "Donkey Punch" on DVD. This movie is worth owning for the nudity alone -- but it's also a great little horror thriller (check out our review here). The first five of you to email Lucius Gore with your mailing address win a FREE copy of "Donkey Punch"! Don't hesitate! And come back tomorrow for another contest!. . . .
  Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:59:13 -0400
In 1984, a film adaptation of a chilling short story by horror master Stephen King launched a film franchise that continues to this day. Granted, its sequel was better. But now, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the original "Children of the Corn" and just in time to welcome the upcoming remake, Anchor Bay Entertainment announces the July 28 release of the original "Children of the Corn" on Blu-ray. Not only will fans see and hear this ‘80s shocker classic like never before, this Blu-ray edition contains all the supplements from the previous DiviMax DVD, as well as nearly an hour of newly-produced high-definition bonus features, with all-new, never-before-seen interviews with the cast and crew – created exclusively for this release. Produced by Donald P. Borchers (who is helming the 2009 remake) and directed by Fritz Kiersch, "Children of the Corn stars" '80s sensations Linda Hamilton (Terminator) and Peter Horton (“thirtysomething”) as a young couple who find themselves stranded in the isolated community of Gatlin, Nebraska. They soon discover that all of the town’s adults have been slaughtered by a twisted religious cult of children led by the enigmatic Isaac (John Franklin) who worship a mysterious cornfield deity.
  Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:59:13 -0400
Halo-8 Entertainment has secured North American distribution rights to the manic, twisted, drug-infused ""Pop Skull"," an award-winning psychological horror film directed and co-written by Adam Wingard ("Home Sick"), starring and co-written by newcomer Lane Hughes, co-written and co-produced by E.L. Katz ("AUTOPSY"), and produced by Peter Katz ("MORTUARY"). The film premiered domestically at the AFI Film Festival and internationally at the Rome Film Festival, where Wild Bunch acquired the foreign rights. Halo-8 has slated the film for a limited theatrical run followed by a DVD release on July 28, 2009. "Adam Wingard's brash and gutsy film isn't a breath of fresh air--it's a breath of toxic, dextromethorphan-laced air that leaves audiences shocked to the core and proves horror can still be bold and inventive and smart," said Matt Pizzolo, President of Halo-8. "What makes "Pop Skull" so unique is the fact that its aggressive voice is mixed with a subtle and evocative story, a compellingly vulnerable lead, and a gorgeously photographed visual style.
  Sat, 21 Mar 2009 00:58:13 -0400
Hey, it looks better than the original, which isn't saying much. For comparison, here is a trailer of the original 1983 "House on Sorority Row." The new "Sorority Row" sees a group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer. Carrie Fisher co-stars! It's directed by Stewart Hendler. Watch for it on screens October 2.. . .
"Damn Nation," published by Dark Horse Comics in 2005, is now set to become a Paramount movie. Here's what the comic book was about, according to Amazon.com. The United States is shut off from the world by concrete barricades and barbed wire - not because of what might get in, but what might get out. A vampire plague has spread from sea to shining sea and when a small holdout of scientists trapped outside of Buffalo, N.Y. discover a cure, it's up to a Special Ops team from the President's current offices in London to go in and get it. Yet, not everyone in the world wants to see America back in the saddle again ... The film is being written by Andrew Crosby.
  Sat, 21 Mar 2009 00:58:13 -0400
Here's a brief rundown of what's going on in the world of horror movies. "The Box," Richard Kelly's film based on "Button Button" by Richard Matheson, has had its release date moved to put it against "Saw VI." The film now opens October 30. ... And speaking of "Saw VI", Shawnee Smith has just been confirmed as having a role in that. ... Jaume Collet-Serra, director of the forthcoming "The Orphan" and the mixed bag that was "House of Wax" is set to direct "Unknown White Male" for Dark Castle Entertainment. In the film, a doctor awakens from a coma to discover someone has taken his place in life.
Yes, it's true. On March 25, two days before it opens nationwide, "The Haunting in Connecticut" will be screening for free at theaters across the country. It's very simple to get tickets. Just click here. Virginia Madsen stars in the thriller, which in the vein of "The Exorcist" is based on one family's experience with supernatural forces after settling into a new home. Based on a true story, Lionsgate's "Haunting in Connecticut" charts one family's terrifying, real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover. Now unspeakable terror awaits, when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family.
Former horror filmmaker David Cronenberg is due to be honored with the Legion d'honneur, France's highest award, next month. As reported in Variety today: Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has been selected to receive the Legion d'honneur, France's highest distinction. The ceremony will be held April 1 in Toronto, with consul general Jerome Cauchard to host. Cronenberg will be presented the Medal of Knight to the French National Order of the Legion of Honor. Francois Delattre, France's ambassador to Canada, will bestow the honor on behalf of French Republic president Nicolas Sarkozy. The award is meant to recognize Cronenberg's accomplishments and the services he rendered to French culture and to enhance the cultural relationship between France and Canada. Cronenberg's films have played well in France, where he has won numerous awards that include the 1996 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize for "Crash." This isn't just France's highest award for a filmmaker -- but France's highest award, period! Cronenberg's horror filmography in alphabetical order: Brood (1979); Dead Ringers (1988); Dead Zone (1983); Existenz (1999); Fly (1986); Rabid (1977); Scanners (1980); Shivers (1975); Videodrome (1983) . . .
Joshua Grannell, the man best known for his persona as Midnight Movie drag queen/hostess Peaches Christ in the San Francisco film scene, is making his own movie. Anyone in SF who frequents late night movies has encountered Grannell's series, which features midnight screenings of camp classics and eighties hororr movies. Now, production has kicked into high-horror gear as Grannell is shooting his first feature film "All About Evil" in March. Grannell has written the EVIL script and is directing the dark comedy, set in San Francisco. "All About Evil" centers around a mousy librarian, who has inherited 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. Grannell is in his 12th year of producing and hosting "Midnight Mass", a midnight movie film series/show/phenomenon sponsored by Landmark Theatres.
  Sat, 21 Mar 2009 00:58:13 -0400
On May 19, Mya Communication will finally release "Legend of Blood Castle" (aka "Ceremonia sangrienta") to DVD in an anamorphic widescreen edition. Directed by Jorge Brau, who helmed the classic gore fest "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie", "Legend of Blood Castle" is something of a long lost classic. A 17th-century Hungarian nobleman becomes a vampire and uses his newfound powers to lure virgins to his castle, where his wife bathes in their blood in order to retain her beauty. This gory Spanish adaptation of the Countess Bathory legend stars Espartaco Santoni, Lucia Bose, and Ewa Aulin of "Candy" fame. It also goes by the name "Blood Castle," "Bloody Ceremony," "Countess Dracula," and "The Female Butcher." Here's the announcement: When Countess Erzsebet Bathory (Lucia Bosé) is accidentally splattered with some blood drops of one of her nubile maidservants, the Countess finds out that the blood can preserve her skin young and beautiful. Compelled to kill innocent young girls to use their blood, the Countess is helped by her husband Karl (Espartaco Santoni), who fakes his own death and pretends to be a vampire to fool the superstitious villagers about the source of the exsanguinations.
  Sat, 21 Mar 2009 00:58:13 -0400
Remakes, remakes, remakes. One of the best horror movies of the 1950s, "Night of the Demon" is now set for the redo treatment by none other than Kenneth Branagh, director of "Much Ado About Nothing" and, yes, that terrible 1990s "Frankenstein" film, "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." He tells Fangoria that he's working on a remake of "Night of the Demon", the 1957 British horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis. An adaptation of M. R. James' Casting the Runes (1911), the plot revolves around American Professor John Holden going to England and investigating a Satanic cult suspected of being responsible for more than one death in recent months. "I think it's a sensational movie and I think it's ripe for redoing," he told Fangoria."We can be quite different with a new version of it." Currently, Branagh is getting ready to film a comic book movie based on Marvel's "Thor" character. .
  Sat, 21 Mar 2009 00:58:13 -0400
Ronald Moore, best known to sci-fi fans as "Battlestar Galactica" writer, has been commissioned to write the script for Universal's "Thing" prequel. Here's what he had to say to Sci-FI Wire about the progress on his script. "I was working on The Thing. I finished. I did my last draft a few weeks ago and turned it in. They [Universal Pictures] seem happy.
  Sat, 21 Mar 2009 00:58:13 -0400
One of the best sci-fi horror movies of last year was "Timecrimes", an absolute must see if there ever was one. Click here for our review. Easily the best time travel movie ever made too. We have five copies to give away right now! I can't think of any clever trivia question, so the first five of you to email Lucius Gore with your mailing address wins a copy each! Act now, or shell out $23 ore more to buy this baby at your local store.. .
One of the best horror movies to hit DVD this month was the Dimension Extreme release of "In 3 Tagen bist du tot", or "Dead in 3 Days" as it's known in the U.S. (check out our review here). ESplatter was lucky enough to chat with Andreas Prochaska, director of this great Austrian horror movie, which was such a big success in Europe that it already has a sequel. ESplatter: What was the genesis of 'Dead in 3 Days'? Were you just talking one day and decided to make a horror movie? I shot my first feature in 1998, it was a movie for kids, and after that I always wanted to make a horror movie, because there is no tradition of genre movies in Austria. I was developing a story with different writers for several years, but then a Spanish film (Darkness) came up with almost the same plot, so I threw it all away and started over. I´m not a classical horror film nerd, but for a movie director the its the most cinematic genre. I was having a conversation with an producer with whom I shot something for TV, and he was also interested in producing a genre movie. So we met a writer and started to develop a storyline, with water as a key element.
Here's an interesting new method for distributing films: Put them in theaters and on video on demand same day and date. That's what's happening with "Dead Snow." It will be in some limited theaters and on video on demand June 12, 2009. Get ready for subtitles as the film hails from Norway. . . .
  Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:51:13 -0400
Rob Zombie's formerly titled "H2" sequel to his "Halloween" remake now has a better title: "Halloween - The Devil Walks Among Us." Also, Margot Kidder, of "Black Christmas" and original "Amityville Horror" fame, has joined the cast. Zombie writes on his blog: "Margot Kidder has joined Halloween - The Devil Walks Among Us as Laurie Strode's therapist Barbara Collier." I like the new title. It makes it sound like less a remake of "Halloween II" and more of just an entry in the franchise. Hopefully that's what it will be more of. In addition to Kidder, another boy has taken over the role of "young Michael" from Daeg Faerch who grew too old for the role. Chase Wright Vanek will play the role in flashback footage. . .
  Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:59:13 -0400
Here's what's going on in the world of horror movie remakes. A ton! It seems every major title out there is a remake these days. First off, while incredible original horror movies like "Eden Lake" are being shuffled off to DVD straight away, the remake of "Night of the Demons" has been slated for a theatrical release in the U.S. on October 9, according to BoxOfficeMojo. At least it has a hot cast that includes Diora Baird, Shannon Elizabeth and Tiffany Shepis. We'll see if they all keep their clothes on.
One of the best horror movies this year is essentially heading straight to DVD this April. "Shuttle," from first time director (and second time writer) Edward Anderson, is an absolutely fantastic horror thriller made on a shoe-string budget. It's on a very limited theatrical release right now, before it's bow to DVD on April 7. Click here for our review. We were fortunate to be able to speak with him about his film, which is probably the best horror movie debut since "Cabin Fever." The fact that it isn't getting as wide a release is something of a crime -- and probably indicative of the remake craze stifling new, original films and preventing them from hitting cineplexes. ESplatter: How did you come up with the idea for "Shuttle"? Without giving too much away, there were certain current events that caught my attention. Which combined with a paranoid/inspired moment on a shuttle van at LAX.
  Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:59:13 -0400
Anchor Bay Entertainment, the now legendary DVD label responsible for releasing many a classic horror title on DVD, racked up 11 Saturn Award and Fangoria Chainsaw Award nominations. The 2009 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards awarded last year’s cult favorite Jack Brooks Monster Slayer with six nominations, tieing with Hellboy II for the most nods. JBMS was nominated for Best Limited-Release Direct-to-DVD Film, Best Actor (Trevor Matthews), Best Supporting Actor (Robert Englund), Best Screenplay (John Ainslie, Jon Knautz), Best Score (Ryan Shore) and Best Makeup/Creature FX (David Scott). “Dollhouse’s” Eliza Dushku was nominated in the Best Actress category for her critically-acclaimed turn as a police detective on the edge of madness in Rob Schmidt’s The Alphabet Killer, and Marc Senter received a Best Actor nod for his performance as a suburban psychopath in Chris Sivertson’s The Lost. The 2009 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards nomination ballot can be found in the current issue of Fangoria Magazine, and at Fangoria.com. In announcing the 35th annual Saturn Awards nominations, the Academy cited Anchor Bay’s Cold Prey and Jack Brooks Monster Slayer for Best DVD Release and Heathers 20th Anniversary Reunion Edition for Best DVD Classic Film Release. “It’s doubly fantastic! I am really grateful for both the Saturn Award and Chainsaw Awards nominations. Jack Brooks was a fun project to make and I am really proud of the whole experience,” said star/producer Trevor Matthews.
  Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:59:13 -0400
Is Troll 2 really the worst movie ever made as claimed by IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes? Or is Troll 2, as some would claim, a misunderstood masterpiece that never fails to entertain… a work of genius. On Saturday, March 14th, the 2009 SXSW Film Festival will screen the world premiere of the feature length documentary Best Worst Movie, directed and produced by the child actor from Troll 2, Michael Paul Stephenson. In the summer of 1989, Italian director Claudio Fragrasso cast small-town dentist Dr. George Hardy and a group of unwitting Utah actors in the ultra-low budget horror film,Troll 2. Soon after the films initial release, Dr. Hardy decided he was better-suited battling tooth decay than goblins.
  Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:59:13 -0400
It's hist first horror movie since "Army of Darkness." The film stars "Jeepers Creepers" alum Justin Long and Alison Lohman, in the film co-penned by Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan. A young mortgage professional pisses off an old witch following a foreclosure and proceeds to be... well... dragged to hell! . . .
  Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:59:13 -0400
Pascal Laugier, helmer of the foreign horror hit "Martyrs," told FilmsActu.com that remake rights to the movie have been picked up by 20th Century Fox. Laugier, meanwhile, is set to helm "Dogs," a film about a war veteran trapped in a desert shack surrounded by starving, hungry dogs. Apparently he'll have time to direct it inspite of the fact that he's already helming a "Hellraiser" remake for Dimension Films as well. "Martyrs" is set for an April 28 DVD release in the U.S. from Genius Products. A young woman's quest for revenge against her tormentors leads her into a living hell of depravity when the groundbreaking horror-flick MARTYRS debuts on DVD April 28th from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company. From writer-director Pascal Laugier (House of Voices, upcoming Hellraiser remake), "Martyrs" has screened at major film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Screamfest LA, and was nominated for Best Film at the 2008 Catalonian International Film Festival.
  Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:59:13 -0400
Ruggero Deodato, helmer of "Cannibal Holocaust", told an audience at Fangoria Weekend of Horros over the weekend that he is planning a trilogy of giallo films. "I have written the scripts for three new giallo movies. I am especially fond of one of these scripts. It is a more serious take on the giallo – it is not crazy like some of the recent Dario Argento pictures. It is very realistic although it still has the violence which the fans will expect." The director is currently at work on "Cannibals," a sequel to "Cannibal Holocaust" . .
  Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:58:13 -0400
In addition to Sam Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell," which is screening at the SXSW at midnight Sunday, "Howling" director Joe Dante is unleashing his "Trailers From Hell" series at the festival. Joe Dante’s Metaluna Productions, Elizabeth Stanley Pictures and HY Entertainment Group announced the screening of "The Best of Trailers from Hell", at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. "Trailers from Hell" is an on-going series showcasing classic movie Previews of Coming Attractions delivered online and via mobile devices throughout the world. The screening - an evening of original, vintage movie trailers accompanied by amusing and insightful commentary by some of Hollywood's top filmmakers - will be hosted by series creator, feature film director Joe Dante, (Gremlins), who will also field questions after the presentation. Among many others, the program includes Dante dishing about the 1950s sci-fi spectacle "This Island Earth" as well as the unsung suspense classic The Sadist, John Landis (American Werewolf In London) basking in the pop music glory of "The T.A.M.I. Show", Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead) praising one of his seminal influences, "Danger: Diabolik", and Eli Roth (Hostel) explaining the ineffable mysteries of "Three on a Meathook." Dante notes "The bromide about these old trailers is that they were better than the movies they promoted.
While remakes continue hitting the cineplexes, some great original horror movies are getting limited releases. One of them, "Shuttle," may be this year's "Cabin Fever." From a first-time director and featuring a cast of newcomers, "Shuttle" is a really chilling little horror movie -- well worth catching during its limited release or on DVD, which it will hit in April. Click here for our review. Here's where it's playing in March, before striking DVD April 7: 3/6 Los Angeles Sunset 3/13 Boston Kendall 3/13 Seattle Varsity 3/20 Chicago Century 3/20 Denver Chez Artist 3/20 Minnesota Lagoon. . .
  Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:58:13 -0400
Tom Shankland's killer-kids-on-the-loose thriller "The Children" is hitting DVD in the UK March 30. While one would think this might dash hopes of a theatrical release in the U.S., "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" has been out on DVD in Europe for quite some time and is still getting a U.S. theatrical release. The film, which stars Jeremy Sheffield, Rachel Shelley, Stephen Campbell, Eva Birthistle, Hannah Tointon, and Eva Sayer, sounds more than a little like "Island of the Damned." During a relaxing Christmas vacation, parents have to fight for survival as the children begin to turn on them. Ugh, don't you hate it when that happens? . . .
Whatever happened to Ronny Yu, director of "Freddy vs. Jason and "Bride of Chucky" (two films made back when horror movies were original and fun)? Well he's been busy producing a live action remake of the anime hit "Blood The Last Vampire." Unfortunately, Yu did not direct this one. The director is Chris Nahon, who helmed "Kiss of the Dragon." It hits UK theaters June 12, Japanese theaters May 29, French theaters June 17 and American? I'm not sure. . . .
  Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:42:13 -0500
Here are snippets on "Welcome to Hoxford," "The Crazies" remake, "H2" and more. Danielle Panabaker of the "Friday the 13th" remake" and Joe Anderson of "The Ruins" have joined the cast of the remake of George Romero's "The Crazies", according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film also stars Timothy Olyphant. Brad Andersen, who helmed "The Machinist," is directing. ... IDW Publishing's "Welcome to Hoxford," created by Ben Templesmith, who co-wrote the vampire story "30 Days of Night," has been picked up by 1492 Entertainment for a movie. It's about a psychiatrist, an insane asylum and werewolves.
  Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:42:13 -0500
March is pretty light when it comes to DVD releases -- until March 31 when a plethora of great titles hits stores, including Lucio Fulci's "Cat in the Brain" and the Blu-Ray release of "Two Evil Eyes." Also out this month, at long last, is the best horror movie from last year, "Let the Right One In" (review here), hitting stores March 10. Click here for the month's roundup.. . . .
  Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:42:13 -0500
I know we've been harping on remakes on ESplatter lately. Nonetheless, we've gone ahead and contributed some editorial to a Wes Craven tribute site built around the March 13 release of the "Last House on the Left" remake. Check out the Wes Craven's Legacy site here. And we'll wait to withhold judgment on the "Last House" remake, as there have been some decent remakes too -- such as "My Bloody Valentine" and 2003's "Texas Chainsaw.". .
  Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:42:13 -0500
One of the best horror movies of last year was "Midnight Movie," a title that was unjustly buried by all the remakes hitting screens. On Friday, March 13, at 10 p.m., the film will be opening the 2009 Paranoia Film Festival in Long Beach, California. A rare chance to see it with an audience. To read our review of this very good slasher film, click here. For more information on the Paranoia Fest, click here. . .
  Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:42:13 -0500
Here's an obscure 1970s horror movie to remake. The original starred Pamela Franklin and was a damn fine, well-paced thriller. Click here for our review. It's not the kind of film that your typical MTV teenager would know or care about. But it's getting remade! The Hollywood Reporter reports that "And Soon the Darkness," the remake, is being produced with Amber Heard, star of "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" set to lead it.
Now that we're entering March (Women's History Month), it's an appropriate time for ESplatter.com to round out the Top 10 Hottest Scream Queens of All Time annual list. Noticeably absent from this list: Jamie Lee Curtis. The reason: In her roles as a horror starlet, she never emphasized her hotness. This was something she did in her roles outside the horror genre. Also noticeably absent from the list: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Danielle Panabaker, and Jessica Biel. They frequently make lists like this one. But in ESplatter's opinion, the three actresses really aren't fans of the "splatter" genre and just made a brief stepping stone appearances in horror films before moving onto other things.
  Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:42:13 -0500
Here's a sci-fi horror film hitting theaters in September that isn't a remake of a classic seventies or eighties fear flick. From the producers of the Resident Evil film franchise comes Pandorum, a terrifying thriller in which two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone -- and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.. . . .
  Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:42:13 -0500
"My Bloody Valentine" has officially been announced as a 3-D release for Blu-Ray and DVD from Lionsgate. Watch for the remake to hit stores May 26. Note the above image is the poster: Not the cover art. "Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D" just was released by Paramount, and although the 3-D isn't spectacular on DVD, it isn't bad. It would be interesting to see what they could pull off with Blu-Ray. Unfortunately, "My Bloody Valentine" will never look as awesome in 3D on any home system as it did in the theater (as our review can attest), so it truly deserves multiple theatrical re-releases.
  Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:42:13 -0500
Remakes, remakes, remakes! With so much horror remake news already receiving so much attention across the Web, it seemed like a wise idea just to do a recap here at ESplatter. We've got some news on the second "Friday the 13th" film from Michael Bay, a 3D "Birds" remake, and foreign remakes from Sam Raimi. First up, "Friday the 13th Part 2 - the Remake." The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Biz Blog let it be known that the sequel is a go. Jason's coming back. The villain who's defied death more often than Evil Knievel is making another appearance on the big screen. Sources saying that New Line and Platinum Dunes are moving forward on a new “Friday the 13th" and that Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who wrote the recently released reboot, beginning work on a script for a new picture. There's a catch, though. Unlike the sophomore efforts of other franchises, the new “Friday” is expected to be not a sequel so much as a follow-up, those familiar with the project say. Jason Voorhees will be the villain, of course, but the new picture is expected to use elements of the original franchise more as a jumping-off point than as a template. The reason? The reboot drew from the first four pictures in the “Friday” series, and producers are said not to be keen on the plot elements of the half-dozen movies that followed. And Marcus Nispel, who directed the latest film, is a possible but unlikely candidate to helm the “Friday” follow-up; the director is believed to be fielding offers for movies across other genres. Marcus Nispel may not return as director. Meanwhile, another remake in the works for a long time (also from Michael Bay) is "The Birds." Brenna Lee Roth let it be known that the film is being shot in 3-D. She told MarketSaw: "I am in talks with the producer of The Birds (remake) and he said he wanted to do it 3D ...
  Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:42:13 -0500
Getting a very limited theatrical release this March is the "P2"-sounding film "Shuttle". The indie film is a thriller about a couple of girls who get trapped on an airport shuttle by a couple of psycho guys. It sounds better than "P2", however, with some apparently gut wrenching gore and violence. Here's where it's playing in March, before striking DVD April 7: 3/6 Los Angeles Sunset 3/13 Boston Kendall 3/13 Seattle Varsity 3/20 Chicago Century 3/20 Denver Chez Artist 3/20 Minnesota Lagoon . . . .
  Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:17:13 -0500
One reason I have some hope for Rob Zombie's "H2" is that it isn't a remake. It's a sequel to a remake, which will hopefully give him more creative control over what transpires in the film. Here's the very first photo from the production, which began shooting Feb. 23. It's presumably of Laurie Strode getting the emergency room treatment after her encounter with Myers in the first film. The film hits screens in August.. .
  Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:17:13 -0500
Not all horror remakes are bad. In fact, "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" was actually a better film than the original. Good news is the film is slated for a May 26 release on Blu-Ray by Lionsgate, ESplatter has learned. What isn't known is whether it will be featured in 3-D or not. "Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D" just was released by Paramount, and although the 3-D isn't spectacular on DVD, it isn't bad. It would be interesting to see what they could pull off with Blu-Ray.
  Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:17:13 -0500
Here's the new poster for Chris Conlee's "Evilution," a horror sci-fi film completed in 2008 and still awaiting a release. The film won for Best Special Effects at the Chicago Horror Film Festival. Here's the official synopsis: A microscopic alien life form has been discovered with the ability to possess the living and resurrect the dead. The United States Army has tried to communicate with it but failed. Instead, the military has tried to create a genetically altered version of the alien in order to resurrect dead soldiers on the battlefield.
  Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:17:13 -0500
Earth's natural resources have been exhausted by mankind and a battle rages between the soldiers of four leading Corporations. Welcome to "The Mutant Chronicles"! Directed by Simone Hunter, "The Mutant Chronicles" hits U.S. theaters April 24. Not exactly horror, it's more of a Cyberpunk war movie apparently. But it stars Ron Perlman, which should appeal to any horror fan. .
  Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:17:13 -0500
Remember Kevin Williamson from the 1990s? The guy who wrote "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer"? Well, Rope of Silicon has discovered the writer has proposed a new "Scream" trilogy to Dimension -- that would be "Scream 4", "5" and "6." Apparently Williamson hadn't heard that the best way to make horror movie money these days was with remakes. Information on his plans came in the form of an internal document from the William Morris agency which was then published by Rope of Silicon. Meanwhile, Craven has indicated he could return if the right script were in place and the money was right. A "Scream 4" reportedly would feature a young new cast, with cameos from old cast members like Neve Campbell.. .
  Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:17:13 -0500
The first film was already remade as "Quarantine," but a sequel to Filmfax's "Rec" is almost finished. Here are the latest images and trailer. The images appeared on the Spanish horror site Aullidos.com. The movie, a production of July Fernández for Filmax directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, starts some hours later of the ending of the first part. "Rec 2" shot in Barcelona during a six week shoot. . . .
  Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:17:13 -0500
Matthijs van Heijningen was originally slated to direct the Zack Snyder-produced "Army of the Dead" – a film that has been talked about ever since Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" remake made gazillions. Well, as time has marched on, Snyder is now an uber success – with "300" and now "Watchmen" under his belt. Heijningen was set to direct "Army," but has now landed the gig as director of the prequel of John Carpenter's "The Thing." So what is the status of "Army of the Dead"? Snyder has let it be known that the film is officially on hold. It will rev up again after the "Thing" prequel is finished. . . .
This footage leaked from an unknown film festival where George Romero showed some behind the scenes footage from his upcoming zombie film "... Of the Dead." Check it out. . . . .
  Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:18:13 -0500
With no official release date set, "The Thaw" at least looks like an original, interesting environmental horror movie. At a remote Arctic research station, four ecology students discover the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what's frozen within it. A prehistoric parasite is released from the carcass of a Woolly Mammoth upon the unsuspecting students who are forced to quarantine and make necessary sacrifices, or risk infecting the rest of the world. The film was directed by Mark A. Lewis, who also wrote it. . . .
  Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:18:13 -0500
Not to be confused with the 1970 Dean Stockwell horror movie of the same name, "The Dunwich Horror" of 2009 has been directed by Leigh Scott and is based on the same H.P. Lovecraft story. This one does feature Dean Stockwell (quite a bit older but still ready to rumble) and the great Jeffrey Combs of "Re-Animator" fame. It doesn't sound too extreme. It's Rated R for "brief nudity and a violent image." . .
  Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:18:13 -0500
Remakes, remakes, remakes. Well, the "Last House on the Left" remake TV spots seem to evoke some of the spirit of the original -- but it's still surreal to see such an amazing cult classic being remade -- and with Wes Craven's blessing! Shot in South Africa, this remake is directed by Dennis Iliadis. With an R rating, you can't expect it to carry anywhere near the intensity of the original -- although they have been getting away with a lot more with R ratings lately. Since remakes are the only horror movies getting significant theatrical releases these days, at least you can expect to see it in your local cineplex, March 13, 2009. . . .
  Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:18:13 -0500
Danny Boyle's incredible "Slumdog Millionaire" won Best Picture honors and Boyle won for Best Director at last night's Oscars. As a horror fan, you have good reason to brag to your parents about this, because Boyle also directed one of the most seminal horror films of the past 10 years. Boyle is of course the creator and first director of the "28 Days Later" series, of course, and in fact has hinted that he will be helming another film in the franchise. . . . .
  Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:18:13 -0500
Word out on the Web is that Robert Quarry, legendary star of "Count Yorga, Vampire", has passed away. This news really crept in under the radar, but then Quarry was no a superstar like Vincent Price. But he deserves his place in history. Quarry also starred in "Deathmaster," an amusing vampire film that plays off the Charles Manson mythos, and in Vincent Price's "Madhouse" and Price's "Dr. Phibes Rises Again." At Cinefantastique, Steve Biodrowski penned a touching obituary to the almost-legend. "I will always think of Robert Quarry as the Greatest Horror Star Who Never Was." Click here for it. .
  Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:18:13 -0500
In the tradition of "Shaun of the Dead," the horror comedy "Tokyo Zombie" is set hit DVD in the U.S. April 7, 2009, courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. The film was written and directed by Sakichi Sato, who wrote Takashi Miike’s controversial, award-winning Ichi the Killer, and many observers have compared this film to Miike’s ground-breaking work in the horror genre. Tadanobu Asano (the Academy-Award nominated Mongol) and Show Aikawa (Zebraman, Specter, winner of the Japanese Professional Film Award) portray a pair of full-time slackers and wannabe jujitsu champions who bring the murdered body of their sleazy boss to Tokyo’s infamous toxic waste dump known as “Black Fuji.” But when an army of the undead rises from the foul, festering trash heap, our “heroes” must battle a non-stop barrage of hasty decapitations, perverted teachers, tasty snack foods (!), stormy romance and zombie professional wrestling. Yes, the fate of humanity hinges on these two dimwit misfits – one dumber than the other. The film is based on the popular manga comic by Yusaku Hanakuma.. . .
  Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:24:13 -0500
Present-day Afghanistan. As continuing battles rage in the war-torn country, a unit of U.S. soldiers are dispatched to seize and control a strategic road that runs past an abandoned stone house. En route, the soldiers discover an ancient stone statue hidden deep within an ancient ravine. Using the relic for target practice, they destroy it, unwittingly releasing a vengeful supernatural force that is about to wage a horrifying war on them in this taut, action-packed, psychological thriller. Here are clips for Alex Turner's "Red Sands," the new horror movie hitting DVD store shelves Feb.
Some quick thoughts on the awesome box office success of the "Friday the 13th" remake this weekend. Some horror sites are celebrating the record $42 million haul this film has taken as a triumph for the horror genre. I beg to differ. The big box office of films like this one and Rob Zombie's remake of "Halloween", may spell the end of the horror genre we all know and love. It's a lot like the death of rock 'n roll. How? Because here's what's happening -- culturally -- in this new era of corporate horror where only big name brands are given the chance to generate huge profits at the box office. The new titles are getting drowned out and heading straight to video.
This looks like a really interesting documentary on horror movies, in the spirit of "American Nightmare." Directed by Andrew Monument, the film includes interviews with George Romero, Lance Henriksen, John Carpenter, Darren Lynn Bousman, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Larry Cohen, Brian Yuzna, Mick Garris and many others. . . . . .
Here's the latest UK horror comedy in the vein of "Shaun of the Dead." "Lesbian Vampire Killers" is the tale of two guys -- "Gavin and Stacy" stars James Cordon and Matthew Home -- whose trip to the countryside for a weekend of debauchery takes them to a village of lesbian vampires.
  Mon, 16 Feb 2009 22:20:13 -0500
Sneaking onto Blu-Ray under the radar, so to speak, "Freddy vs. Jason" – the great 2003 horror film and last film entry for both of the original franchises – becomes available on Blu-Ray this Tuesday. Click here to order. Why was it so under the radar? Although it goes on sale at Amazon.com, this is actually a Canadian release. So the film hasn't officially made its way to DVD in the U.S. yet.
  Mon, 16 Feb 2009 22:20:13 -0500
You have to love how they are doling out casting news day by day for "H2." Malcolm McDowell has officially been confirmed as returning as Dr. Loomis. According to Rob Zombie's MySpace page: "Rumors have it that Malcolm will not be returning as Dr. Loomis. Well, as usual the rumors are wrong. Malcolm McDowell will be back and ready to deal with big Mike.".
  Mon, 16 Feb 2009 22:20:13 -0500
Samuel Bayer, the director of the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video for Nirvana back in the 1990s, will be directing the "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake. So says the Hollywood Reporter. Filming stars in April from a script penned by Wesley Strick -- the guy who wrote "Arachnophobia" (remember that old PG horror movie?). . . .
  Mon, 16 Feb 2009 22:20:13 -0500
DreadCentral is reporting that Daeg Farch, young Michael in Rob Zombie's "Halloween" remake, is a returning cast member for "H2," Zombie's sequel. That means we can expect flashbacks. Meanwhile, "Heroes" actress Brea Grant has also been cast, playing Laurie Strode's friend. And Malcolm McDowell recently gave a talk at a SAG Foundation "Conversations" Event in Hollywood and touched upon his involvment in "H2." As reported in AICN: Regarding "H2"; when the host of the event told McDowell he thought he did an amazing job of stepping into the role of Loomis and that he couldn't picture anyone else taking up the role besides him after the performance he gave in the first film, McDowell thanked him and told him "maybe you ought to tell that to the Weinsteins! We're in the middle of negotiating right now!" He then riffed on the notorious hard-bargaining of the Weinstein Brothers, "Those f*ckers!" He then chuckled and said he was, of course, kidding and said that Zombie, whom he called an "amazing director" (he said this twice during the event), wanted him back...even though McDowell himself thought Loomis must surely be dead...and that the Weinsteins are probably wishing Loomis WAS dead. The host prodded McDowell for plot details but McDowell insisted he had none to give, "I haven't read the script yet". He said all he knew was that the story supposedly takes place two months after the finale of the first film.
  Mon, 16 Feb 2009 22:20:13 -0500
We've got John Carpenter's "The Thing," the sleaze classic "Amityville II: The Possession", the return of "Horror Express" and "Dr. Phibes Rises Again" streaming free -- right now. Visit eSplatter TV for them.. . .
  Mon, 16 Feb 2009 22:20:13 -0500
Well, Norwegian horror film "Rovdyr" has a new English title. It's "Manhunt." It's hitting DVD shelves in the UK next month under that name. UK readers can pre-order the title right here. "Wait For the Rain," the song from Wes Craven's "Last House on the Left," features in the trailer for "Rovdyr," Patrik Syversen's survival horror film from Norway. Click here for the film's official site and trailer. Click the images below for much larger views. . . .
  Mon, 16 Feb 2009 22:20:13 -0500
This is a very busy month for DVD, especially because of the "Friday the 13th" season. Of course, the special edition DVDs from Paramount are already in stores -- with the first ever Blu-Ray release for the original "Friday". Also hitting stores in February is Sony PIctures' direct-to-DVD Steven Seagal vampire-action epic "Against the Dark." "Dorothy Mills" hits stores this Tuesday from the Weinstein Company, along with the much anticipated Bruce Campbell comedy "My Name Is Bruce." The director of "Shrooms" followed up that title with "Red Mist," hitting stores today from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Two TV seasons are hitting shelves as well. The second season of "Friday the 13th: The Series" streets today along with the first season of "Tales From the Darkside," the George Romero production from the 1980s. On February 17, Warner unleashes "Alien Raiders." The horror host documentary "American Scary" hits stores, as does the Clive Barker adaptation "Midnight Meat Train" and the "Rec" remake "Quarantine." Direct-to-DVD offerins "Feast III" and "Screamers: The Hunting" hit stores the same day. Things get even better for classic horror fans on February 24, with the first ever Blu-Ray releease of Dario Argento's "Bird With the Crystal Plumage" from Blue Underground (review here), a new release of "Last House on the Left" (review here) from MGM and Redemption USA's new upgrade for Jean Rollin's "Requiem for a Vampire" (review here). . .
  Mon, 16 Feb 2009 22:20:13 -0500
We've got two copies of the original "Friday the 13th" UNCUT on DVD to give away. The first two of you to respond with the correct answer to this trivia question WIN! Which Bernie Madoff victim starred in "Friday the 13th"? Send your asnwer to Lucius Gore and don't forget to include your mailing address. Look for more "Friday the 13th" DVD giveaways in the days ahead. We'll also be giving away special editions of "Part 2" and "Part 3 in 3-D." . .
  Sun, 08 Feb 2009 13:00:13 -0500
For 1980s horror fans, The Cramps are certainly noteworthy for providing the awesome track "Surfin' Dead" to "Return of the Living Dead." For punk fans, The Cramps are going to be remembered for their rockabilly B-horror movie style. A great band that combined midnight movie culture with punk culture. The Cramps also performed the song "Fever" for 1987's "Near Dark" and "GOo Goo Muck" for 1986's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2." Unfortunately, leader Lux Interior (pictured left) passed away February 4, 2009 at the age of 62. Henry Rollins posted an excellent tribute at the Los Angeles Times. I really appreciated their fascination with '50s car culture and everything camp. They'll be the first to tell you, "We're not in school right now." And so to me the Cramps were always just really fun and clever. Like the lyrics for "Garbageman," they're smart and cool, in the way that Mark Twain was smart and cool. Those early records, like the first two singles and the "Gravest Hits" EP and "Songs the Lord Taught Us" and "Psychedelic Jungle," to me are just as good as American music gets. There's a handful of bands that are just part of your working mojo, and the Cramps are one of those bands.
A nostalgic homage to the glory days of the late night horror shows, "American Scary", features interviews and archival footage of the most famous hosts from the 1950s to present day. John E. Hudgens and Sandy Clark offer an affectionate tribute to horror show hosting, which will be available on DVD February 17, 2009 at an SRP of $19.95. The birth of TV horror in the late 1950s also marked the rise of a new American folk art form: horror show hosting. Before syndicated programming and cable were introduced, hosts of locally produced shows were a staple of television. Local programs, such as “Creature Feature” and “Mystery Science Theatre 3000,” launched a spectacle of beloved kooky TV personalities, who will forever belong in the horror “crypt of fame” with their unforgettable farcical make-up, grimy costumes, grotesque props, and even freakishly altered bodies.
  Sun, 08 Feb 2009 13:00:13 -0500
"Dog Soldiers" is one of the best horror films of the past 10 years. Better than "The Descent," Neil Marshall's debut film is a werewolf classic. But it looks like crud on DVD. Now, at long last, First Look has announced a Blu-Ray release for the film! This means we'll get a great looking release -- finally. Click here for our review of this classic film. And look for the Blu-Ray on May 5..
  Sun, 08 Feb 2009 13:00:13 -0500
Rob Zombie has slowly been doling out casting news about this August's "H2", sequel to his megahit remake of "Halloween." Malcolm McDowell and Scout Taylor-Compton have yet to be officially announced (but are expected to return). On his official MySpace blog, Zombie announced that Howard Hesseman has signed to play Uncle Meat, owner of Uncle Meat's Java Hole. Meanwhile Bill Fagerbakke has joined the cast as Sherriff Brackett's assistant,k Deputy Webb. Fagerbakke is perhaps best known for providing the voice of Spongebob Squarepants' character "Patrick." And "Deadwood" star Dayton Callie has joined the cast as Coroner Alan Hooks, while Richard Brake (of "Doom") has joined as the coroner's necrophiliac assistant. . . .
  Sun, 08 Feb 2009 13:00:13 -0500
Remakes, remakes, remakes. With "Friday the 13th" less than a week away, Platinum Dunes spoke to Fangoria about the next big film on the remake chopping block -- "A Nightmare on Elm Street." It begins shooting in three months. He told them: "We’ve got the script, and in 12 weeks our goal is to be shooting in Chicago." As Platinum Dunes remakes go, it will be more akin to their take on "Texas" than "Friday." "It’s kind of what we did with 'Texas Chainsaw', bringing it back to the first one. It will definitely focus on the original film, unlike the new 'Friday the 13th', which [pulls] from a bunch of the movies." No director has been chosen: "We’re looking for a really visual filmmaker who can make those dreams crazy. Someone really visual." And no actor to be play Freddy. It sounds like we shouldn't expect Robert Englund, whom the producer says doesn't want the role.
  Wed, 04 Feb 2009 03:08:13 -0500
Toby Wilkins, who helmed "The Grudge 3", was also behind the well-received indie horror film "Splinter." Fango caught up with him, and here's what he had to say about a "Splinter 2." "It would be a shame not to explore how this entity could spread and take over a larger-scale environment. I would like to set a sequel in a small town and maybe have the beast claim more victims. You know, when we were developing the look of the creature, Quantum Creations, which did the design, gave us a dozen sketches of all these different configurations. I had to pick one, and that’s what ended up in the movie—and I was happy with that design—but there were about 11 other amazing ideas presented to me. I would like to see those brought to life, and I would definitely like to expand on that world in a Splinter 2." .
  Wed, 04 Feb 2009 03:08:13 -0500
Starring Alfred Molina, David Ondaatje's "The Lodger" follows a seasoned detective on the trail of a ruthless killer intent on slaughtering prostitutes along West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. It appears that the murderer’s grisly methods are identical to that of London’s infamous 19th century psychopath Jack the Ripper – a relentless serial killer who was never caught by police. To make matters worse, the detective soon notices the parallels between the crimes committed by the West Hollywood stalker and those of a serial murderer incarcerated years ago. Could the wrong man be behind bars? The film hits DVD Feb. 10 courtesy of Sony. Here are a ton of clips: The Lodger DVD Trailer WMV MOV Film Clip - What Choice WMV MOV Film Clip - Coffee WMV MOV Film Clip - Crime Scene WMV MOV Film Clip - Lusk Letter WMV MOV Film Clip - Dirty Boots WMV MOV Film Clip - Anyone WMV MOV .
  Wed, 04 Feb 2009 03:08:13 -0500
We've been reporting on this upcoming French horror movie, known as "Humans" and "Humains," for some time now. Here's the first look at the teaser trailer. In "Humains" (or "Humans"), a group of researchers is stalked by some kind of evil entity or creature during a travel to the Swiss Alps which goes disastoursly wrong. The film is being directed by Jacques-Olivier Molon and Pierre-Olivier Thevenin (both known primarily for special effects work), with an April 22 release date set for France. The tagline is "Are we the only humans on earth?" . .
Here's an awesome gift for the biggest "Hellraiser" fan in your life -- mainly yourself. Anchor Bay is unleashing a replica of the "Hellraiser" puzzle, housing the DVD and Blu-Ray of "Hellraiser" and DVD of "Hellraiser II." And here's what it looks like! The box hits stores April 21. Aside from the killer packaging, here's what it contains (nothing you can't buy separately somewhere else): - Hellraiser (Blu-ray) - Hellraiser: 20th Anniversary Edition (DVD) - Hellbound: Hellraiser II- 20th Anniversary Edition (DVD) Too bad Anchor Bay and Dimension Films don't join forces to present the ultimate "Hellraiser" box -- with films from both companies. Oh well.. .
A roundup of the week's big horror movie news stories, including updates on "Resident Evil 4," "The Thing" prequel and more. A script for "Resident Evil 4" has been written by Paul Anderson, who is not coming back to direct. The film is set to shoot in Toronto and Japan -- although the film is apparently set in Alaska. Milla Jovovich has yet to be signed. ... Robert Rodriguez is producing a reboot of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic "Predator." ... Matthijs Van Heijningen has been signed to direct the prequel to John Carpenter's "The Thing" for Universal.
On Tuesday, you'll be able to see "Friday the 13th Part 3" for the first time in 3-D in your home. And Blu-Ray owners will be able to witness the original "Friday the 13th" in high definition. How do these films both look? We just got our review copies of these much-anticipated titles. For Blu-Ray horror enthusiasts, having the original "Friday the 13th" in the format is a big deal because so little of our genre has made it into high-def. In addition, a lot of the classic stuff that has been released hasn't been perfectly remastered, so it honestly doesn't look much better on Blu-Ray than it does on DVD. That's not the case with the original "Friday the 13th," which was gloriously remastered by Paramount and absolutely looks marvelous in high-def.
  Sun, 01 Feb 2009 23:55:13 -0500
The "Friday the 13th" remake marketing machine keeps on churin'. Here are the first three official clips from the new "Friday the 13th", due in theaters Friday, February 13. Clip 1: 'Someone's been here' Clip 2: 'We just want to be left alone' Clip 3: 'He's using him as bait' The Marcus Nispel-directed remake tells the story about a group of young adults who discover a boarded up Crystal Lake, where they encounter Jason Voorhees. Starring Jared Padalecki (Supernatural), Amanda Righetti (Return to House on Haunted Hill), Danielle Panabaker (Mr. Brooks), Travis Van Winkle (Asylum) and more. Due for release Friday February 13th 2009.
  Sun, 01 Feb 2009 23:55:13 -0500
My Bloody Valentine. Friday The 13th. Not since the heyday of the 80’s has the slasher film seen such a resurgence in pop culture. Now Anchor Bay promises to deliver the "next great masked serial killer" – some guy they refer to as "ChromeSkull". On April 21st, "Laid to Rest," the sophomore writing/directing effort from special makeup effects wizard Robert Hall ("Quarantine," “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” the upcoming "Crazies"), will be released on DVD. The follow-up feature to his semi-autobiographical "Lightning Bug," and Hall’s first excursion into full-on horror as a director, "Laid to Rest" stars Lena Headey (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” "300"), Bobbi Sue Luther ( the upcoming Night of the Demons remake), Lucas Till ("The Hannah Montana Movie", "Walk The Line"), and Headey’s “Terminator” co-star, Thomas Dekker. "Laid to Rest" is the story of a young girl (Bobbi Sue Luther) who wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no memory of her identity.
  Sun, 01 Feb 2009 23:55:13 -0500
What's next? "Pan's Labyrinth"? In an article in Variety, it's revealed the New Line is looking at the Guillermo del Toro-produced "The Orphanage" as remake fodder. del Toro will produce the remake as well. Variety says a "high-profile female lead" will topline. Hmmmm. Maybe Anne Hathaway? Seriously, some films should stay Spanish and "The Orphange" is one. . .
  Wed, 28 Jan 2009 08:52:13 -0500
The most hotly anticipated 3D horror film of the new millennium is being pushed out to next year. Alex Aja's remake of Joe Dante's now classic 1978 campfest promises 3D boobs and tons of over-the-top gore. But due to weather and preparation, the film won't hit theaters until March 19, 2010, the date that has been officially confirmed by Dimension. Shooting won't begin until the Spring, with a cast yet to be set. The film was originally set to hit theaters this summer. Check out the concept art below. . . .
  Wed, 28 Jan 2009 08:52:13 -0500
With Europe producing the best horror in the world right now, every horror title from the old country that gets a U.S. release date is cause for celebration. Sony just announced they had acquired rights to Fabrice du Welz's "Vinyan" and will release the film on disc April 7. Here's Sony's new official synopsis: A couple leaves the civilized world behind and descends into a living nightmare in this chilling horror thriller. Six months after losing her only child in the Southeast Asia tsunami, Jeanne is convinced she sees him in a film about orphans living in the jungles of Burma. While her husband is worried that she's losing her mind, he agrees to a search mission.
  Wed, 28 Jan 2009 08:52:13 -0500
Davd Del Valle over at Cinefantastique wrote what may be the best tribute to the late "Creature Features" host Bob Wilkins to appear anywhere yet. Bob Wilkins was a unique horror movie host in that he avoided that sort of camp stuff. Bob wore a suit and tie and sat in a yellow rocking chair on a small modest set. He would simply rock back and forth, smoking his cigar and lamenting whatever he was asked to introduce as the evening’s feature. He did this every Saturday night - on his own most of the time, but he would try to have guests to interview if he thought they could add something to the witches’ brew he was serving up on Creature Features. Click here for it. Meanwhile, the official Bob Wilkins site reports there will be two tribute shows in Northern California for the late horror show host. "There are two tribute shows for the fans in the works, one in the Bay Area and one in Sacramento.
  Wed, 28 Jan 2009 08:52:13 -0500
Wes Craven's next movie is a horror film called "25/8", about a young man who discovers that he is the son of a serial killer who had unconsciously committed his crimes. In a preview of 2009 horror films, the Los Angeles Times spoke to Craven, who said the film is a "personal project." "That just intrigued me," Craven said, "both the idea of doing things that you're not aware of -- which I think is a lot of the history of the United States, that hidden history -- and then just the inheritance of violence from one generation to the next, whether we're doomed to repeat it, how deeply are we implicated..." Read the full story, an excellent broad overview of the year in horror, right here.. . . . .
  Wed, 28 Jan 2009 08:52:13 -0500
Here are news snippets from the horror movie world for last week, including word on "Hatchet 2," a sequel to "The Amityville Horror" remake, the arrival of "Slaughter High" on DVD, and a new Stephen King novel. Weekly Horror Memeorandum for the Week Ending January 23: Interviewed by Irish TV, producers Paul Valentine and Joe ondren let slip that Brendan Foley's horror movie "Bog Bodies," starring Vinnie Jones, is being released by Lionsgate in the U.S. .... Adam Green has confirmed to Bloody Disgusting that a "Hatchet 2" sequel is in the works and some poster art emerged on his MySpace page. .... "The Haunting of Molly Hartley" has been bouncing around its DVD date for a while.
No one was more depressed at cuts made to 1981 Canadian slasher movie "My Bloody Valentine" than its director George Mihalka. Mihalka's original gory vision for this now classic slasher film was finally restored this year with the first-time-ever uncut release of the film on DVD from Lionsgate. We had the chance to ask the veteran filmmaker some questions about his film and his future plans. How does it feel to have your film released uncut after so many years? Like an unexpected surprise, a present you find years after the party., Seriously, I am relieved that finally the fans can get a taste of what we originally intended the film to be. The film seems like an altogether different movie with the gore scenes intact. Was it devastating when they forced you to make cuts all those years ago? Of course it was devastating. It was like dying a death by a thousand cuts, since after the initial demands to cut large chunks of the scenes, we then had to spend another week trimming shots by a second here and there and then another round where we were told to cut a frame or two from each shot.
  Sat, 24 Jan 2009 06:15:13 -0500
Rob Zombie gave the site Icons of Fright some insights into his "H2" sequel, which apparently has Laurie Strode as an older character. "now she’s not the happy-go-lucky girl, now she’s very fucked up famous person, trying to make sense of this," he tells Icons of Fright. Speaking of Scout Taylor-Compton, who starred as Laurie in the last time, Zombie says: "She hasn’t seen the script yet, so she’s not sure what’s happening. But I put a lot of good stuff into her character. It’s a real kick-ass film. ...
DVD art has finally been revealed for the U.S. release of Pascal Laugier's "Martyrs" from Genius Products on April 28. Meanwhile, Laugier is at work on a new project called "Dogs." First the DVD art, which can be seen below. The film stars Morjana Alaoui and Mylene Jampanoi. Diretor Pascal Laugier also helmed "House of Voices." Click here for a ton of stills. Laugier, meanwhile, is set to helm "Dogs," a film about a war veteran trapped in a desert shack surrounded by starving, hungry dogs.
  Sat, 24 Jan 2009 06:15:13 -0500
One of a handful of horror titles playing Sundance this year, the Nazi zombie film "Dead Snow" has officially been picked up for distribution. IFC Films picked up the film for theatrical and DVD release in the U.S. Meanwhile, the film already has had its rights sold for distribution in the UK, Canada and Germany, according to IndieWire. In "Dead Snow," a group of eight friends drives to a cabin in northern Norway where German troops where slaughtered by angry locals living there in 1945. Now the undead zombie Nazi soldiers feast on whoever comes there way. . .
"Friday the 13th" is about 3 1/2 weeks away now -- and the marketing machine is grinding faster than ever. Here are a few new photos from the film, plus four TV spots. Here are the 30-second spots currently making the rounds on the boob tube: And, for a real blast from the past, here is every TV spot from every "Friday the 13th" movie ever (including the 2009 one), in order of production! Directed by Marcus Nispel and produced by Michael Bay, "Friday the 13th" is a remake/prequel/sequel to the original first three films. It stars Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle and Aaron Yoo.. . .
  Tue, 20 Jan 2009 06:32:13 -0500
In some seriously sad news for horror fans, Monsters HD, arguably the very best horror TV channel around, is going out of business. Official word from the offical site: "Monsters HD - Born: October 2008 - Died: January 2009. TV's first and longest-running hi-def horror and creature feature channel will cease operations and mad experiments this month. Thanks for all the screams and support through the years. Fear not - monsters never die ... they always come back! Pleasant dreams fiends." Monsters HD was a casualty, it seems, of the Voom Network losing access to subscribers of Dish Network.
It seems like forever since there was a Dante Tomaselli movie. That's because "Satan's Playground" came out several years ago and his oft-mentioned "The Ocean" didn't get the financing it needed. But "Torture Chamber" is happening -- and from the sounds of it, the film will be vintage Tomaselli. The New York director recently spoke to HorrorNews.net about the production, and here's what he had to say: It has an all encompassing sense of gloom throughout. Children are not what they seem. A crumbling abandoned castle with an underground medieval torture chamber is the film's main setting.
  Sat, 17 Jan 2009 14:26:13 -0500
News arrived at my in box yesterday that the remake of "Last House on the Left" is hitting theaters one month after a remake of another Sean Cunningham production, "Friday the 13th", hits screens. That would be March 13, 2009. Masters of horror Wes Craven and Sean Cunningham revisit their landmark film that launched Craven’s directing career and influenced decades of horror films to follow: The Last House on the Left. Bringing one of the most notorious thrillers of all time to a new generation, they produce the story that explores how far two ordinary people will go to exact revenge on the sociopaths who harmed their child. The night she arrives at the remote Collingwood lakehouse, Mari (Sara Paxton) and her friend are kidnapped by a prison escapee and his crew. Terrified and left for dead, Mari’s only hope is to make it back to parents John and Emma (Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter). Unfortunately, her attackers unknowingly seek shelter at the one place she could be safe.
  Sat, 17 Jan 2009 14:26:13 -0500
On the eve of the "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" release, Platinum Dunes has fully updated the official Web site for the "Friday the 13th" remake-sequel-prequel hitting screens February 13. Click here for a ton of new stills and other goodies. Directed by Marcus Nispel and produced by Michael Bay, "Friday the 13th" is a remake/prequel/sequel to the original first three films. It stars Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle and Aaron Yoo. . .
  Sat, 17 Jan 2009 14:26:13 -0500
Via his Myspace blog, Rob Zombie has announced that Chris Hardwick of "House of 1,000 Corpses" has joined the cast of 'H2,' sequel to his "Halloween" remake. Hardwick is set to play "David Newman host a of a local radio talk show called THE DAILY READER." Zombie has slowly been releasing cast updates on the film, with no official announcement yet whether or Malcolm McDowell will return to play Dr. Loomis or Scout Taylor Compton will be back to play Laurie Strode. Tyler Mane is returning as Michael Myers. . . .
Steve Biodrowski of Cinefantastique caught up with Patrick Lussier, director of the hit "My Bloody Valentine 3-D", currently making millions at cineplexes. Director Paul Lussier and writer Todd Farmer attended a preview screening at the Arclight Cinemas Hollywood and answered questions about the film. (Lussier will be appearing after the 8:00pm screening of the film at the Arclight Cinemas Sherman Oaks on Saturday. Asked about his reason for writing the film, writer Todd Farmer said: "The original terrified me when I was young. The thing with the drier was a tribute to it. I saw that when I was a kid, and it screwed me up so bad that I never saw the movie again until we started doing this. I subconsciously just stayed away from it.
  Sat, 17 Jan 2009 14:26:13 -0500
Set in 1957, director R.W. Goodwin's "Alien Trespass" chronicles a fiery object from space that crashes into a mountaintop in the California desert, bringing the threat of disaster to Earth. Out of the flying saucer escapes a murderous creature – the Ghota, which is bent on destroying all life forms on the planet. A benevolent alien from the spaceship, Urp, inhabits the body of Ted Lewis (Eric McCormack) – a local astronomer – and with the help of Tammy, (Jenni Baird) a waitress from the local diner, sets out to save mankind. Check out the official site here. . .
  Sat, 17 Jan 2009 14:26:13 -0500
Steve Biodrowski of Cinefantastique likes what he's seen of "My Bloody Valentine." This film goes a long way toward giving remakes a good name. It takes a not particularly memorable film - one of a myriad holiday horror titles to follow in the wake of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN (1978) - and turns it into a crowd-pleasing horror movie that is actually much better than the slasher films of the 1980s from which it borrows its template. It delivers more than enough gore to satisfy the horror hounds - all of it comin’ at ya in glorious 3-D - but it never feels sadistic or off-putting. Equally impressive, screenwriters Todd Farmer and Zane Smith successfully manipulates the mystery and suspense elements to create an effective thriller almost from beginning to end. Their script keeps audiences guessing about the killer’s identity. Although it resorts to a cheat or two to throw you off the scent, there are clues that will alert sharp-eyed viewers to the cheats, so in a sense the film plays fair. Click here for more..
  Thu, 15 Jan 2009 10:26:13 -0500
Here are three great new shots from the "Friday the 13th" remake that have been unleashed upon the Web. Looks good. They first emerged in Australia. Directed by Marcus Nispel and produced by Michael Bay, "Friday the 13th" is a remake/prequel/sequel to the original first three films. It stars Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle and Aaron Yoo. It hits screens Friday, Feb.
  Thu, 15 Jan 2009 10:26:13 -0500
We've got five copies of the Lionsgate release of the UNCUT and UNCENSORED '80s horror classic "My Bloody Valentine" to give away. What's so special about this DVD? Well, I'll tell you a personal story: I can remember way back in the early '80s when Fangoria profiled "My Bloody Valentine" and every teenager I knew at the Mormon school I was attending was positively blown away by the gore scenes from the film. Then, it finally came out on VHS and the giant sucking sound we all heard was our grave disappointment at the goreless film unspooling on our square TVs. "Valentine" had been gouged -- plus, the movie was simply bad. Dull. It's remained in print on VHS or DVD ever since it seems like. Then, in 2009, it finally makes its way to DVD again -- this time uncut courtesy of Lionsgate Entertainment, which is also releasing the 3-D remake this week.
  Wed, 14 Jan 2009 08:08:13 -0500
The remake now has a slick official Web site with a giant view of the new trailer. Click here for it. The movie tells the story about two girls who are brutally raped and attacked by a gang of sadistic thugs. The two parents of one the girls, soon seek bloody, sadistic revenge. Stars Sara Paxton (Superhero Movie), Martha MacIsaac (Superbad), Monica Potter (Saw), Tony Goldwyn (The Last Samurai), Riki Lindhome (Pulse), Garret Dillahunt (Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles) and more. Due for release April 2009..
  Wed, 14 Jan 2009 08:08:13 -0500
Not to be confused with Ulli Lommel's "Boogeyman" films comes the second sequel to the Sam Raimi-produced PG-13 horror "Boogeyman." Meanwhile, a directo-to-DVD sequel to "Vacancy" is hitting stores the same day too -- January 20. Here are clips from both titles. Boogeyman 3 Boogeyman 3 DVD Trailer WMV MOV Film Clip - He's In Here WMV MOV Film Clip - Holding Cell WMV MOV Film Clip - Closet WMV MOV Special Features - Death Scenes WMV MOV When college sophomore Sarah Morris witnesses the alleged suicide of her best friend, it sets into motion a series of horrific events that cause Sarah to fear the supernatural entity known as the Boogeyman. As she tries to convince the rest of her dorm that the Boogeyman does exist, the evil force grows stronger and her friends begin to pay the price. Now Sarah must stop this ultimate evil before the entire campus falls prey because the question isn't whether or not the Boogeyman is going to get them…it's HOW and WHEN! Vacancy 2 Vacancy 2: The First Cut DVD Trailer WMV MOV Film Clip - Room 6 WMV MOV Film Clip - Knock Knock WMV MOV Film Clip - They Won’t Run WMV MOV Special Features - Crawl Space WMV MOV Suspecting only a night of hard beds and tacky décor, Caleb, his sexy new fiancée Jessica and his sarcastic best friend Tanner, check into the Meadow View Inn. They have no idea that it is not just another lonely motel, but a horrific trap where guests are brutally tortured and murdered while the sadistic maniac Mr.
  Wed, 14 Jan 2009 08:08:13 -0500
"The Centerfold Girls" and Michael Reeves' "She Beast" get the anamorphic widescreen treatment the way only Dark Sky can deliver in April of 2009. Here is the high-res cover art and specs for these moldie oldies. She Beast Deadlier than Dracula... Wilder than Werewolf... More frightening than Frankenstein! A small town in 18th century Transylvania is being terrorized by an evil witch. When a child is brutally attacked, the villagers capture the fiend and sentence her to death by dunking chair, but not before she casts a curse on them and their descendants. Two hundred years later, young newlyweds Veronica (Barbara Steele, Black Sunday) and Philip (Ian Ogilvy, And Now the Screaming Starts) pass through the town on a tour of the Carpathians, only to have their car pulled into a lake by an unseen force . A passing truck driver quickly rescues two bodies from the wreck.
One of the best movies to hit DVD store shelves in ages has been the excellent "Eden Lake" -- check out our review here. Make no mistake -- this movie is great and you owe it to yourself to at least rent it. We had the opportunity to ask director James Watkins a few questions about his debut film. How did you come up with the idea for 'Eden Lake'? I got interested in fear of youth. And I wanted to write a tough survival horror. The two things came together- I wanted to tap into the tradition of in-the-woods horror, but try to freshen it up with something that felt more homegrown and closer to home. Was it tough to get funding for a movie where the hero of the story kills some kids? Some people were scared off.
  Tue, 13 Jan 2009 10:32:13 -0500
Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination, Platoon, The Rock) has announced his plans to film his new movie, "Eerrie, Pa." in and around the city of Erie, Pa., in late Spring of 2009. Comedian Lewis Black and Todd will star in the independently produced film which tells the story of two small time bookies in over the heads. Todd is talking to other well known actors for roles in the upcoming film and will be looking for local cast and crew members (in the Erie area) as production draws closer. Greg Ropp, President of the Eerie Horror Film Festival, is acting as the associate producer for the movie, which marks Todd's directorial debut. . . . .
  Tue, 13 Jan 2009 10:32:13 -0500
Here's a new trailer for "Nine Miles Down," the new thriller from Anthony Waller, the director of "Mute Witness." If it's half as good as "Mute Witness," it should be pretty good. The film stars Adrian Paul. Its tagline is, "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil..." In the Sahara desert, a sandstorm batters a deserted drilling station. Thomas "Jack" Jackman (Paul) a security patrolman, battles through the high winds to find out why all contact with the station has been lost. Originally built for gas exploration, and then abandoned, the site had recently been taken over by a multi-national research team intent on drilling deeper into the earth's crust than ever before. .
  Mon, 12 Jan 2009 04:23:13 -0500
The "Friday the 13th" remake-prequel-sequel due to hit theaters Friday, February 13 has officially been rated R by the MPAA. Meanwhile, here is a TV spot for the film, now just one month away from theaters. Directed by Marcus Nispel and produced by Michael Bay, "Friday the 13th" is a remake/prequel/sequel to the original first three films. It stars Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle and Aaron Yoo. . . .
  Mon, 12 Jan 2009 01:01:13 -0500
Southern California readers, heads up. On February 3rd at 7 p.m. at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, there is a massive celebrity signing session for "His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th." The signing takes place at Dark Delicacies, the store that caters to horror tastes. Who will be there? A ton of people involved both past and present in the "Friday the 13th" franchise, including Kane Hodder -- "Jason" in Fridays 7, 8, 9 and 10 Ted White -- "Jason" in Friday 4 Tom Morga -- "Jason" in Friday 5 Dick Weiand -- "Jason" in Friday 5 Russell Todd -- "Scott" in Friday 2 Peter Bracke -- Author of "Crystal Lake Memories" Mark Swift and Damian Shannon -- writers of "Freddy vs. Jason" and "Friday the 13th", the re-make John Carl Buechler -- Director of Friday 7 Diane Almedia -- "Kate" in Friday 7 Peter Mark Richman -- "Charles" in Friday 8 Barney Cohen -- Screenwriter of Friday 4 Larry Zerner -- "Shelly" in Friday 3 Anthony Masi -- Producer-Writer of "His Name Was Jason" Thommy Hutson -- Producer-Writer of “His Name Was Jason” Derek Mears -- Jason - Friday the 13th remake Scott Stoddard -- Special effects - Friday the 13th remake; Arlen Escarpeta -- Lawrence - Friday the 13th remake Richard Brooker -- Jason - Friday the 13th 3 Monica Daniel - -- editor Blake Reigle - -- co-producer Travis Van Winkle - -- Trent - remake Daniel Farrands -- Director of "His Name Was Jason" Thanks to Fridaythe13thfilms.com.
  Mon, 12 Jan 2009 01:01:13 -0500
The best horror time travel movie of all time is striking DVD in the U.S. March 31. Click here for our early review. Here is a look at the cover art. No word on what the special features will be yet. Nacho Vigalondo's film is being released Stateside by Magnolia..
  Mon, 12 Jan 2009 01:01:13 -0500
This may be shaping up to be one of the best horror moves of 2009. Just as Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects" was a step up from "House of 1,000 Corpses," it sounds like "H2" will be a huge step up from "Halloween." In December, Zombie told Fearnet.com that: "This sequel will be different than the first film, much like The Devil's Rejects was different from House of 1000 Corpses." Here's the latest on casting and crew. Ezra Buzzington, whose scenes from the first film were cut, is back for the second. He'll be playing the beer deliver man, Ned Atkins, for The Rabbit in Red Club. Tyler Bates, who recently composed soundtracks for "The Watchmen" and "Day the Earth Stood Still," is returning to compose the soundtrack for "H2." Brandon Trost is taking on duties as director of photography. He was the man behind the camera for "Days of Darkness" and "Crank 2: High Voltage." .
  Mon, 12 Jan 2009 01:01:13 -0500
One of the best, forgotten horror movies of the 1990s was "Screamers" -- a horror sci-fi film that deserved a lot more attention. Now, it's getting a direct-to-DVD sequel, "Screamers: The Hunting" and here are the first photos. Directed by Sheldon Wilson and starring Lance Henriksen, the film finds a group of humans from Earth who arrive on Sirius 6-B to investigate an SOS signal sent out from the planet, which has been supposedly deserted since the destruction of the man-made weapons known as "screamers." Once the squad arrives, they find a group of human survivors eking out an existence in an old military outpost, but more important, they discover that the threat of the screamers has become even more insidious, now that they're able to morph into human form. Look for it on DVD in 2009. I'm not sure on the U.S. DVD date, but it hits stores in the UK March 23. .
I grew up watching Bob Wilkins' horror show "Creature Features" on KTVU Channel 2 in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it's how I became addicted to horror movies. On January 7, 2009, Bob Wilkins passed away peacefully, his official Webmaster reports. A slideshow has been erected at his official site, www.bobwilkins.net. Although I was only a child, I still got much of Wilkins wit. He also became the legendary character "Captain Cosmic" on an afternoon show for kids that aired during the hype around "Star Wars." The series had Wilkins, in a space costume, hosting episodes of "Flash Gordon" and "Ultraman." I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Wilkins during an appearance at Atlantis Fantasyworld in Santa Cruz and was lucky enough to get an autograph.
A young girl faces an unsettling evil in "Rite," which plays the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 16. Here's the lowdown: SYNOPSIS... A young girl faces an unsettling ritual. THE CONCEPT... RITE began as an argument in 2002. Writer/director Alicia Conway was watching a documentary made by her friend Keren Markuze entitled "The 8th Day," about two Jewish couples struggling with whether or not to circumcise their unborn sons. Alicia was troubled by the couples' family members' interviews.
  Thu, 08 Jan 2009 23:58:13 -0500
Well, it's here. Proof that they are remaking every major horror classic from the VHS era. Here's The trailer for the "Last House on the Left" remake! I dunno. It doesn't come close to capturing the terror of the original. But we'll all see it anyway. The movie tells the story about two girls who are brutally raped and attacked by a gang of sadistic thugs.
  Thu, 08 Jan 2009 23:58:13 -0500
Hitting screens Friday is David S. Goyer's PG-13 horror "The Unborn." And here's a rather cool new "outdoor" poster for the film. Sometimes the soul of a dead person has been so tainted with evil that it is denied entrance to heaven. It must endlessly wander the borderlands between worlds, desperately searching for a new body to inhabit. And sometimes it actually succeeds. Writer/director David Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, Batman Begins) gives a terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in The Unborn, a supernatural thriller that follows a young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves.
This is the somewhat untitled George Romero zombie follow up to "Diary of the Dead." On a small island off North America's coast, the dead rise to menace the living. Yet...the islanders can't bring themselves to exterminate their loved ones, despite the growing danger from those the once held dear. A rebel among them hunts down all the zombies he can find, only to be banished from the island for assassinating his neighbors and friends. On the mainland, bent on revenge, he encounters a small band of survivors in search of an oasis on which to build a new life. Barely surviving an attack from a mass of ravenous flesh-eaters.
  Mon, 05 Jan 2009 08:18:13 -0500
The long-delayed horror anthology film "Amusement" is now set to strike DVD January 20 courtesy of Warner Bros. The film has just opened an official site to poush the release. Check out the site here. The movie tells the story about three women who are stalked by a killer with a grudge that goes back to the girls' childhoods. Starring Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge, Jessica Lucas, Tad Hilgenbrink and more. . .
  Mon, 05 Jan 2009 08:18:13 -0500
Now that we're past the holidays, horror films are finally getting released to DVD again on a pretty regular basis. The New Year is getting off to a lively start with "Eden Lake," an excellent horror movie from the producers of "The Descent" -- review here -- and "Alphabet Killer," the new horror movie from the director of "Wrong Turn". Also out this Tuesday is "Midnight Movie," a great little horror movie -- review here. "The Wicker Man" is getting released on DVD again from Lionsgate on January 6. That would be the 1973 version with Christopher Lee -- not the bad remake with Nicolas Cage. This is also apparently the shortened 88-minute cut of the film. Next week, January 13, we're getting the much-hyped "Tokyo Gore Police," Alex Aja's mixed bag of a horror movie "Mirrors" -- review here -- and an uncut version of "My Bloody Valentine" -- the original.
Rogue Pictures, the Universal horror movie company responsible for such film as "The Strangers" and "Seed of Chucky," has been sold! Relativity Media has purchased the company from Universal. Rogue has 25 titles under its belt along with four films in development. According to the Hollywood Reporter: The first picture set for release under the deal is "The Unborn," written and directed by David S. Goyer and produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle. The supernatural horror movie opens Friday. ... Relativity plans to release Rogue's three other upcoming pics, including Craven's "25/8," all of which are in postproduction.
The best horror movie of 2008 was "Let the Right One In." But not many people saw it because of its limited theatrical release. That's going to change when it arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray March 10. Here are the release details. Both Blu-Ray and DVD versions contain the following special features: * Deleted Scenes * Behind-the-Scenes Documentary * Poster Gallery Click here for our review of this already classic movie. It's one of the greatest vampire films of all time and undeniably the best horror movie of last year. A must see when it finally hits disc in March. . .
  Sat, 03 Jan 2009 11:05:13 -0500
Currently, the Italian horror maestro’s rare classic is an out-of-print DVD item that fetches close to $200. Well, don't plunk out that amount on eBay. It's making a new North American DVD premiere March 31 The late, great Lucio Fulci is revered by horror movie fans around the world as the Italian “Godfather of Gore” for directing such films as "Zombie" and "The Beyond". "Cat in the Brain" is Fulci’s ultimate statement about his own work, a masterpiece of cinematic dementia that echoes Hitchcock’s "Psycho.", William Castle’s "Strait Jacket", David Lynch’s "Eraserhead" and Fellini’s 8 1/2. "Cat in the Brain" stars Fulci as himself in the twisted tale of a horror film director driven insane by his own creations. Tormented by visions of bizarre violence, murder and mayhem, Fulci seeks help from a sinister psychiatrist who draws him into a vortex of madness and death….like a cat, stalking the darkest corridors of the director’s mind and clawing his sanity to bloody shreds. Since its original release in 1990, "Cat in the Brain" has become a sought-after gem for Fulci fanatics, difficult to find and banned in the UK for its extreme graphic violence. The movie has won acclaim from modern masters of the macabre including Clive Barker and Eli Roth. Grindhouse Releasing’s deluxe edition of "Cat in the Brain" boasts a high-definition, widescreen anamorphic transfer of Fulci’s uncensored director’s cut, along with an amazing collection of bonus features.
  Sat, 03 Jan 2009 11:05:13 -0500
Like its predecessor, Rob Zombie's "H2" is set to hit screens in August -- August 28, 2009. No one but Tyler Mane -- as Michael Myers -- has officially been accounced in the cast. The film will apparently be set moments after the events of the 2007 remake. It's main competition will be the Screen Gems comedy "Max's Mardi Gras," not exactly the same audience base. . . .
  Tue, 30 Dec 2008 23:05:13 -0500
Sixteen people get stuck in a subway car in NYC for 36 hours, without communication, food, way to escape, and a fatal sensation that they are going to die. A raw display of human behavior when one confronts the possibility of death. Directed by Venezuela's Leonard Zelig, "Subhysteria" is a drama-thriller that looks like it may qualify as a horror movie. Watch for it at a film festival near you. Check out the "Subhysteria" site here. . . .
  Tue, 30 Dec 2008 23:05:13 -0500
David S. Goyer's new horror movie "The Unborn" is hitting theaters January 9, and the promo folks have already cooked up a nifty viral video to go along with it. Pretty hilarious. The official Web site can be found here. And here's the synopsis: Sometimes the soul of a dead person has been so tainted with evil that it is denied entrance to heaven. It must endlessly wander the borderlands between worlds, desperately searching for a new body to inhabit. And sometimes it actually succeeds. Writer/director David Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, Batman Begins) gives a terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in The Unborn, a supernatural thriller that follows a young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves. Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) hated her mother for leaving her as a child.
  Tue, 30 Dec 2008 23:05:13 -0500
Here's a rock-video style promo video for horror film "Text," with music by Beau Osland and For the Love of Ivy. Eh, OK. But what is this movie? Directed by Brian McCulley from a screenplay by Brian McCulley, the film finds four friends searching the answers to a series of deadly text messages killing students at their high school. It stars Hanna Hall, Reggie Bannister, and Jonathon Trent. . . .
  Tue, 30 Dec 2008 23:05:13 -0500
UK readers -- here's a rare chance to catch the classic anthology and non-anthology horror films from Amicus studio on the big screen, including "Asylum," "And Now the Screaming Starts," "House That Dripped Blood" and the ultra-rare "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors." The Barbican Theatre London is presenting a festival entitled "Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood." The Barbican Centre is the largest multi-arts centre in Europe, featuring art, film, music, theatre, dance and education all under one roof and under one creative direction. Here's a roundup of what's playing: The House That Dripped Blood (PG) 19:00 / Amicus’ horror uncovering the dark deeds inside the gothic mansion 20 Feb 09 / 19:00 / Cinema 1 Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (PG) 21:15 / Werewolves, vampires, creeping vines and voodoo 20 Feb 09 / 21:15 / Cinema 1 The Land That Time Forgot (U) 14:00 / Amicus' most ambitious, expensive and ultimately successful feature 21 Feb 09 / 14:00 / Cinema 2 Scream and Scream Again (18) 16:00 / The first feature to unite the unholy trinity of Price, Cushing and Lee – quite a coup for Amicus 21 Feb 09 / 16:00 / Cinema 2 Tales From The Crypt (18) 18:30 / In the best known of the Amicus anthologies, a group of people trapped in a crypt are shown their futures 21 Feb 09 / 18:30 / Cinema 2 …and Now the Screaming Starts (15) 20:30 / Supernatural period tale of a young aristocrat couple plagued by a malevolent ancestor 21 Feb 09 / 20:30 / Cinema 2 The Birthday Party (15) 14:00 / Screen adaptation of Harold Pinter’s enigmatic play with array of tricks and torments 22 Feb 09 / 14:00 / Cinema 2 Madhouse (18) 16:30 / Resurrections, murders and Vincent Price starring as Dr. Death 22 Feb 09 / 16:30 / Cinema 2 The Psychopath (15) 18:30 / Murder thriller with excellent music 22 Feb 09 / 18:30 / Cinema 2 Asylum (15) 18:30 / Grotesque portmanteau set in an institution where ‘you have nothing to lose but your mind’... 23 Feb 09 / 18:30 / Cinema 2 I, Monster (12A) 18:30 / The film boasts a curiously experimental look 24 Feb 09 / 18:30 / Cinema 2 The Beast Must Die (15) 18:30 / This darkly funny, superbly bloody, country estate set became the very definition of ‘cult film’ 25 Feb 09 / 18:30 / Cinema 2 Click here for more. . .
  Sun, 28 Dec 2008 12:26:13 -0500
2008 was a pretty interesting year for horror films. There were a lot of good horror movies made in '08. But I'd argue the best films didn't come from the U.S., but rather France and Sweden. I think easily the best film of the year was "Let the Right One In," which only saw a limited release stateside. The best U.S. production may have been the barely released "Baby Blues", a film that blows away anyone with the guts to watch it and is guaranteed to become a cult classic.
  Tue, 23 Dec 2008 05:52:13 -0500
Bruce Dickinson's "The Chemical Wedding" is one of the best heavy metal albums of all time. The film he wrote that was somewhat based upon it, however, is changing its name from "The Chemical Wedding" to the more commercial "Crowley" for its U.S. release. Hitting DVD March 10 courtesy of Anchor Bay, the newly titled "Crowley" is going to marketed as a film about the legendary occult figure at the center of the film's storyline, Aleister Crowley. In the movie, written by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson and directed by Julian Doyle, Simon Callow plays a professor who becomes the reincarnation of occultist Aleister Crowley. . .
  Tue, 23 Dec 2008 05:52:13 -0500
Just in time for the 3-D release of "Final Destination 4," the 2001 original will hit the high-def Blu-Ray format on April 7. New Line Cinema will unleash the now almost classic teen horror film as one of the few horror titles from the studio in the new format. No word on special features. You probably can expect to see the same stuff that's on the low-def release. . . .
This is bummer news for anyone not in a big city with an awesome cineplex. Unfortunately, "My Bloody Valentine 3D" will be playing in 2D on most screens. The New York Times reports today: Like all studios experimenting with 3-D, Lionsgate is struggling with a shortage of theaters equipped to project the work. By the release date for “My Bloody Valentine 3D,” Lionsgate will have only 900 3-D screens available, so it will show a 2-D version of the movie on about 1,600 screens. A neat story about the 3D trend which is gaining steam in horror, though.. . .
There are simply some movies that must not be remade. Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" was slated for a redo from Platinum Dunes. Collider interviewed Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form who said the project has been aborted. "We went down that road and we even talked to the best writers in town and it feels like it might not be do-able. We couldn’t’ come up with something where it felt like it was relevant and we could add something to it other than what it was so we’re now not going to be doing that film." Meanwhile, they are still making remakes to "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "The Birds." . .
  Tue, 23 Dec 2008 05:52:13 -0500
Well, here's at least one remake that promises to be better than the original. In "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," being directed by Patrick Lussier, Jaime King stars as Sarah Palmer, a woman who has married her teenage sweetheart's nemesis, and the pair have a child together. "When she and her first love are reunited, it becomes clear that she still carries a torch for the man." Watch for it in 3D on Jan. 16 -- right around the corner.. . .
  Thu, 18 Dec 2008 07:27:13 -0500
The "Friday the 13th" marketing juggernaut continues. You can now download your own high-res Jason mask. Check it out here. Directed by Marcus Nispel and produced by Michael Bay, "Friday the 13th" is a remake/prequel/sequel to the original first three films. It stars Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle and Aaron Yoo. .
  Thu, 18 Dec 2008 07:27:13 -0500
Tyler Mane is back as Michael Myers in "H2", Rob Zombie's sequel to his remake of John Carpenter's "Halloween." As reported by Zombie on his own MySpace blog: "There ain't no new Michael Myers. It's Tyler Mane again again fuckers! Yes, Tyler has signed back on for Halloween Two." There you have it. This film is already pretty controversial among fans, some of whom still see Rob Zombie's "Halloween" remake as sacrilege. But no matter what you feel, this film is going to be one of the biggest horror releases of next year. . .
  Thu, 18 Dec 2008 07:27:13 -0500
The movie tells the story about a group of friends who find themselves fighting for their lives against a group of humanoid creatures, after their boat crashes onto a deserted island. Stars Jewel Staite (Firefly), Nikki Griffin (The OC), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Justin Baldoni (Everwood) and more. The movie was remade as "The Lost Tribe" due to production problems, and is also due for release in 2009. It has an entirely different cast, director, script etc. .
  Thu, 18 Dec 2008 07:27:13 -0500
Here's the new poster for Australian mockumentary horror movie "Lake Mungo." In it, a family mourns the loss of their daughter. Supernatural events ensue. A mystery unfolds. Paramount Vantage is already making a remake -- and this "foreign film" is in English already! . .
  Thu, 18 Dec 2008 07:27:13 -0500
"Timecrimes" is the best time travel horror movie ever. (Read our review here). It's in limited release right now, so if you're lucky you can check it out at a theater near you. Here are the latest screening locations. 12/19/2008 Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10 San Jose, CA: Camera 3 Washington, DC: E Street Cinema Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema Portland, OR: Cinema 21 Theatre Seattle, WA: Varsity Theatre 1/2/2009 San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema Chicago, IL: Music Box Nashville, TN: Belcourt Theatre 1/9/2009 San Antonio, TX: Santikos Bijou at Crossroads 6 1/24/2009 Rochester, NY: Dryden Theatre . .
David S. Goyer's new horror movie "The Unborn" is hitting theaters January 9. Now "Blade Trinity" was pretty weak, but Goyer has more than proven himself as writer and story creator of the Batman films. He deserves a second chance as a horror director. The official Web site can be found here. Meanwhile, we have a ton of new stills from the movie which can be seen below.
  Thu, 18 Dec 2008 07:27:13 -0500
Heading to U.S. screens courtesy of the Six Shooters series (which brought us "Timecrimes"), "Eden Log" stacks up as a solid French sci-fi horror film. A man wakes up deep inside a cave. Suffering amnesia, he has no recollection of how he came to be here or of what happened to the man whose body he finds beside him. Tailed by a mysterious creature, he must continue through this strange and fantastic world. Enclosed, Tolbiac has no other option to reach the surface than to use REZO ZERO, secret observing cells in this cemetery-like abandoned mine.
Variety has apparently confirmed that Rob Zombie is helming the sequel to his own "Halloween" remake. I say apparently because I actually can't find the Variety piece confirming. But it's being widely reported as having been reported. The most credible source may be Empire: There's good news and there's bad news for horror fans today, folks. The bad news is that Rob Zombie has signed to write and direct H2, the sequel to his godawful remake of Halloween. The good news is... erm.
It's a pretty light week for DVD horror releases but a few major Blu-Ray titles are being unleashed. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" silently crept its way into the format today too, althought the title is already sold out at Amazon. All three releases are identical to their DVD releases -- with little in the way of special features -- but boast the impressive high-def picture quality you're paying extra for.. . .
Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is set to begin filming the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movie beginning this Spring. The film is going to be produced by Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Meanwhile, their "Near Dark" remake is dead -- thanks to the success of "Twilight." With the "Friday the 13th" remake set to hit screens from the same team in February -- and a sequel to that already in the works -- the early 2000s are starting to look more like the 1980s every day. Hopefully "Nightmare" will be more of a sequel/prequel type project -- not a remake. But in addition to F13-2 and "Nightmare", Platinum Dunes does have one original film on production slate. Scotty Kosar, who penned Dunes' "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake is writing an untitled supernatural thriller about satanic cults for the company. Dunes' Brad Fuller to Sci-Fi Wire the film is about "a college girl whose brother dies, and she goes to investigate his death and finds he was into some pretty freaky stuff.
  Sat, 13 Dec 2008 11:55:13 -0500
Here's an interesting new horror flick. In 2009, director Alex Turner returns to the genre with "Red Sands," written by Simon Barrett. This duo previously brought us the Lovecraftian Civil War tale Dead Birds. In their latest effort Brendan Miller, Shane West, Aldis Hodge, Theo Rossi and Noel Gugliemi are soldiers serving in the Middle East. When they destroy a statue, they're visited by a malevolent force.
  Sat, 13 Dec 2008 11:55:13 -0500
Code Red DVD has announced that it has discovered the negatives for legendary horror-blaxploitation-gangploitation film "The Devil's Express". After four long years of searching, we were convinced we would never find it, but we have just located the original negatives of the blaxploitation, kung fu, gangploitation, subway monster hybrid DEVIL'S EXPRESS! The lab just inspected them and they have confirmed that indeed these are the original negatives, along with the trailer elements. We are getting ready to do a HiDef master and will be working on the extras soon. Hopefully we can have this out in September 2009! In this long lost 1976 film, Warhawk Tanzania plays an urban afro American, who hate the gang warfare all around him. In desperation, Tanzania summons a demon from the subway system to purge his neighborhood of punks. Unfortunately, the demons are uncontrollable, resulting in the deaths of several innocent people. .
It's a pretty good title change. With 2009 turning into the comeback year of 3D horror, it was necessary to get "3D" in the title -- and "Final Destination 4 in 3D" just doesn't have much of a ring to it. Directed by David Ellis, this fourth film in the franchise hits cinemeas in the third dimension August 21. Here is the official synopsis: On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O'Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt, to leave...escaping seconds before Nick's frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they've cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning.
  Wed, 10 Dec 2008 07:12:13 -0500
UK horror magazine "Gorezone" published a cover story on the new "Night of the Demons" remake. Their cover photo on the film actually makes the '80s redux look pretty good. "Night of the Demons" stars Tiffany Shepis, Diora Baird, Shannon Elizabeth and Monica Keena. The film was written by by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson (The Mother of Tears), and Gierasch is directing. . . .
  Wed, 10 Dec 2008 07:12:13 -0500
Yep. It sure feels like every horror movie in production these days is a remake. Pretty much every decent horror movie from the eighties is getting a redux right now. Included in that pile is "The Stepfather" from 1987. Here are two new stills from that remake. Dylan Walsh of "Nip/Tuck" and Sela Ward of "The Fugitive" serve the lead roles in the "Stepfather" remake, while Penn Badgley plays a teenage boy who suspects his new stepfather-to-be is a psycho. Click here for our review of the original "Stepfather," which should be considered required viewing for any self respecting horror fan. .
  Wed, 10 Dec 2008 07:12:13 -0500
David Goyer, writer of the "Blade" franchise and the new "Batman" films, is helming a new movie, "The Unborn." Here is the first clip from the movie. The Unborn exclusive clip Sometimes the soul of a dead person has been so tainted with evil that it is denied entrance to heaven. It must endlessly wander the borderlands between worlds, desperately searching for a new body to inhabit. And sometimes it actually succeeds. Writer/director David Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, Batman Begins) gives a terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in The Unborn, a supernatural thriller that follows a young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves. Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) hated her mother for leaving her as a child.
  Wed, 10 Dec 2008 07:12:13 -0500
We'll have to wait a few extra months to see Benicio del Toro playing the "Wolfman" in the Universal remake of the classic Lon Chaney Jr. Film. The film has been bumped from April 3, according to Variety. Directed by Joe Johnston and starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Hugo Weaving, "The Wolf Man" -- a remake of the classic Lon Chaney Jr. film of the same name -- now hits theaters November 6, 2009. You can still check out the movie's official site right here. .
New images just cropped up from Sci-Fi Magazine and other sources from the February 13 "Friday the 13th" remake. The most interesting shots came from Gorezone Magazine. Directed by Marcus Nispel and produced by Michael Bay, "Friday the 13th" is a remake/prequel/sequel to the original first three films. It stars Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle and Aaron Yoo.. . .
"Blood Spattered Bride" and "Maniac" are just two of the titles announced for Blu-Ray by William Lustig's powerhouse horror label Blue Underground. "The Final Countdown" -- an action movie cheese fest -- and Dario Argento's "The Stendhal Syndrome" have already been released by BU in the new format. Now the company has announced George Romero and Dario Argento's anthology horror film "Two Evil Eyes" (review here) for release in the high-def Blu-Ray format on March 31. Extras include 4 featurettes (Two Masters' Eyes, Savini's EFX, At Home with Tom Savini and Adrienne Barbeau on George Romero) and the trailer. "Two Masters' Eyes" contains interviews with both directors, special make-up effects supervisor Tom Savini, producer Claudio Argento and Asia Argento. Meanwhile, Blue Underground has announced David Cronenberg's early non-horror title "Fast Company" for release on April 28, with audio commentary by the director and some other extras -- including the early Cronenberg shorts "Stereo" and "Crimes of the Future." In other huge Blue Underground Blu-Ray news, the company will unleash the gory British zombie film "The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue" (review here) on Blu-Ray in 2009.
  Sun, 07 Dec 2008 23:59:13 -0500
We've talked about "Dead Snow" before -- the Nazi zombie film out of Norway. Well, here's the new trailer for this great looking horror film which is playing Sundance. Plus, the lineup of other horror titles playing the festival this January. Here are the main horror titles playing the fest this year: "Dead Snow," directed by Tommy Wirkola. Starring Vegard Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen. Nazi zombies attack in a Norwegian production.
  Sun, 07 Dec 2008 23:59:13 -0500
It feels like the eighties again -- in addition to the new "Friday the 13th" poster and trailer, the new poster for "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" has been unveiled. Click on the image for a larger view. . . . .
  Fri, 05 Dec 2008 23:59:13 -0500
Forrest J. Ackerman, the legendary editor/writer of Famous Monsters of Filmland and collector has passed away. He was 92. The AP reports today: Ackerman died Thursday of heart failure at his Los Angeles home, said Kevin Burns, head of Prometheus Entertainment and a trustee of Ackerman's estate. Ackerman has been credited with coining the phrase "science fiction." He had a huge impact on horror fans as the man behind Famouns Monsters of Filmland, the horror mag that predated Fangoria, but stopped publishing in 1983. I can remember seeing the first photos of films such as "Friday the 13th" and "Alien" in this magazine as a teenager. It published from 1958-1983. Its heyday was the 1960s. Forrest will be sorely missed.
  Fri, 05 Dec 2008 23:59:13 -0500
Hillary Swank, Oscar winning star of "Million Dollar Baby", is set to star in a new American horror movie produced by the new version of Hammer Films. The film is entitled "The Resident," and it's about a woman stalked by her psycho landlord. It's also going to be filmed in America apparently. Antti J. Jokinen is directing his own script, co-written with Robert Orr and revised by Erin Cressida. Not sure how big this is for fans of Hammer Horror, as this film is being shot in the U.S. When I first heard the news, I had images of Swank playing a British aristocrat from the 1700s battling vampires or something -- but that cleary ins't happening.
Latest eighties horror film set for a remake is John Carpenter's "The Live." The Hollywood Reporter reports today: John Carpenter's cult 1988 film is getting the remake treatment from Universal and studio-based Strike Entertainment, which are in negotiations to acquire the film rights with rights holder Les Mougins. Strike's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman will produce, while Shep Gordon of Les Mougins and Carpenter will serve as executive producers. It goes without saying that Hollywood should focus more on original material. Carpenter's "They Live" was and is a great movie, but a remake?. . .
The trailer is live now at Yahoo! Movies and in theaters Friday. Meanwhile, check out the new poster. . . . .
Does anyone remember "Screamers" from the 1990s? I was just thinking about that movie the other day. Well, someone has to remember it, because a sequel is on the way, starring the great Lance Henriksen. And here's the trailer! . . . .
  Fri, 05 Dec 2008 23:59:13 -0500
The final specs are now available for the DVD release of "The Alphabet Killer," the thriller from director Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn, Masters of Horror: Right To Die) and featuring an all-star cast including Eliza Dushku (the upcoming Fox series "Dollhouse," Wrong Turn, Bring It On), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw), and Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People, Sunshine State.) Arriving January 6, 2009, The Alphabet Killer DVD will contain the following: -Audio commentary with Producer Isen Robbins and Director Rob Schmidt; -Audio commentary with Writer/Producer/Actor Tom Malloy; Featurette: A to Z: The Making of The Alphabet Killer; -"First Victim" – Alternate Scene . . . . .
  Tue, 02 Dec 2008 07:05:13 -0500
Word is out that the helmers of "Inside" are off the "Halloween II" sequel to Rob Zombie's "Halloween". So then who would direct? Why not Rob Zombie himself? Now it looks like Rob Zombie is directing "Halloween 2." STYD first reported the rumor and reps from Rob Zombie are not denying it. Apparently, a press release is due in a day or two. Given just how terrible Zombie's "Halloween" remake was, this shouldn't come as good news. But it is somewhat predictable, because his film was a huge commercial success. It also means his much anticipated "Tyrannosaurus Rex" is going to be put on hold. On the bright side, it means that we are getting another horror movie in cineplexes.
Beginning in 1971, "Creature Features" was the single best show for fans of horror in the San Francisco Bay Area. "Watch Horror Films - Keep America Strong" is a documentary about the series. The documentary is set to screen at the Balboa Theater, in San Francisco, December 10, 2008. The film is ultimate tribute to the Bay Area late-night horror television phenomenon of Creature Features (1971-1984 on Oakland's KTVU Ch-2), hosted by Bob Wilkins and later by John Stanley. Also rounding out the bill is the John Stanley cult film NIGHTMARE IN BLOOD. Proceeds benefit the Bob Wilkins Alzheimer's fund. John Stanley will be on hand speaking about his tenure as Creature Features host, signing books and posters.
  Sun, 30 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
If you ever wonder what happened to Alice Cooper, look no further than Capri Films’ rock’n’roll vampire comedy "Suck", which has started principal photography. The film stars Rob Stefaniuk, Jessica Paré, Malcolm McDowell, Dave Foley, with Rockers Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Moby, Henry Rollins, Alex Lifeson, Dimitri Coates and Carol Pope. Calico Cooper joins her father in the cast. Additional cast members include Paul Anthony, Mike Lobel, Chris Ratz, Barbara Mamabolo and Nicole DeBoer. Written and directed by Rob Stefaniuk, "Suck" is a rock’n’roll vampire comedy about a group of musical wannabees in search of immortality and a record deal. The rock band The Winners have sunk so low, they will do anything to make it big.
  Sun, 30 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
Didn't catch this one in theaters, but will certainly catch the DVD, which hits stores on 1/20/09. Here's an early sneak peek at the cover art for "Unrated Director's Cut," "Unrated Collector's Edition" and the Blu-Ray. . . . .
  Sun, 30 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
Cover art has been revealed for the February 10 release of Bruce Campbell's comedy "My Name Is Bruce". Bruce Campbell directed and starred in the horror comedy about himself. . . . . .
  Sun, 30 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
Here's a pretty absurd sci-fi movie for ya! Director Richard Clabaugh's "Eyeborgs," starring Danny Trejo. An agent for the Dept. of Homeland Security uncovers a plot to assassinate the President using government surveillance robots known as Eyeborgs. A science fiction-action thriller in the tradition of the "Terminator" films. Also stars Luke Eberl and Megan Blake. . .
  Sun, 30 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
A script by Joss Whedon has apparently already been completed for a "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" movie, presumably to star Sarah Michelle Gellar. The film likely never would have been made -- but with "Twilight" raking in kazillions at the box office, studio chiefs are likely to greenlight it. Reports the Herald-Sun Newspaper in Australia: The monster success of girly vampire pic Twilight at the US Box office last weekend could kick open the door for a big-screen return of Joss Whedon’s much-loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Rumours are circulating in Hollywood that Whedon has a feature-film script based on his hit TV series ready to roll as soon as a studio is prepared to commit. The Buffy concept was first unveiled as a movie in 1992 with long-forgotten Kristy Swanson in the title role. Before it became a hit TV series, "Buffy" was the subject of a theatrical movie in 1992. The show easily outshone the movie..
  Fri, 28 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
Anchor Bay, which has been putting out some of the very best horror Blu-Ray releases, is slating "Hellraiser" for release in the format April 28. Anchor Bay's releases of "Dawn of the Dead" and "Halloween" both look absolutely stellar.
  Fri, 28 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
I wasn't a fan of the British horror-comedy "Black Death." But now the director, Christopher Smith, is set to replace Geoff Sax as helmer of "Black Death," one of the more interesting medieval fear films being produced. Set to star Sean Bean and Lena Headley, the film is set in Medieval England during the Black Death.
  Fri, 28 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
Legendary Spanish horror filmmaker Jess Franco is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Goya Award next year.
  Fri, 28 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
Looking for an aweseome Blu-Ray horror movie present for a loved one, along with the $168 Wal-Mart Blu-Ray player you're buying? Don't want to get burned with a release that has shoddy picture quality? Here's a quick and handy guide to some of the most important Blu-Ray horror releases out there. One issue with Blu-Ray and horror is that so many horror titles are from old, grainy prints.
Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced that "The Alphabet Killer" will have an exclusive New York theatrical engagement starting Friday, December 12th at the Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street in NYC. In addition, a Red Carpet, invitation-only premiere will take place at the Cinema Village on Thursday, December 11th with special guest appearances TBA. Directed by Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn, "Masters of Horror: Right To Die") and featuring an all-star cast including Eliza Dushku (Bring It On, Wrong Turn), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw), and Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People, Sunshine State), "The Alphabet Killer" is a psychological thriller loosely based on the serial murders that shocked the citizens of Rochester, New York in the early 1970s. Anchor Bay Entertainment will release "The Alphabet Killer" theatrically in exclusive engagements in Rochester, Buffalo, Los Angeles and New York. . . . .
  Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
For enthusiasts of Dario Argento, this is great news. The arguably superior shortened, English-language cut of "Profondo Rosso" (aka "Deep Red") is finally being released on DVD in Anamorphic widescreen -- but it's in Denmark! Oh well. Nothing a little EBay can't fix. Actually, this upcoming DVD release of the film from Another World Entertainment is an 'ultimate edition', featuring both the extended Italian version and the shorter (some might argue tighter) English language version. Disc 1 will feature the 126-minute Italian director's cut. In a slight bummer, commentary won't be from Argento himself but by a Danish Argento expert: Thomas Rostock. Disc 2 will feature the short 105 minute "international version" of the film.
  Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
There's not enough sci-fi horror being produced these days. So it's good to see one title is around the corner: "Plaguers." Here's some official poster art for this fear film about a band of "sexy space pirates." Here's official synopsis: When a band of sexy space pirates hijack a fuel-transport vessel bound for Earth, an alien virus known only as "Thanatos" is accidentally released. The contagion mutates its victims, transforming them one after another into ravenous, demonic creatures. Pirates and crew must join together to destroy the undead PLAGUERS as the ship nears Earth, threatening to infect the entire planet. "Plaguers" was directed by Brad Sykes, who has been helming direct-to-video horror movies since the late 1990s, beginning with "Camp Blood." . .
It's been the stuff of legend. The pretty bad 1980s slasher "My Bloody Valentine" was badly truncated for its theatrical release, with a lot of the gore scenes that turned up in magazines like Fangoria totally cut out of the released film. An uncut version never saw the light of day. Click here for our brief review of the original. This January, at long last, the uncut version of "My Bloody Valentine" looks set to be unleashed to the world. It should be fun to see, although the movie was simply so weak that it's hard to imagine that the addition of some gore is really going to improve things all that much. January 13 is the date the moldie oldie hits the streets courtesy of Lionsgate, in time for the January 16 release of Patrick Lussier's "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" in theaters. .
  Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
Lionsgate has unveiled artwork and specs for "Midnight Meat Train" due to hit DVD and Blu-Ray February 17. Extras to the under-released film will be an "Anatomy of a Murder- the Making of The Midnight Meat Train" featurette, a "World of Clive Barker" featurette, and a "Mahogany's Bag" feature, whatever that means. . . . . .
  Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
Actually to call it a horror movie is a bit of a stretch. But the teen/romance/vampire film beat out James Bond at the box office! As reported in today's New York Times: 'Twilight' took a giant bite out of the North American box office over the weekend, selling an estimated $70.6 million in tickets and proving that a wholesome love story can still turn out a huge young-adult audience. So it looks like the most successful vampire movie of all time is going to be a teen romance.. . . .
  Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
Breck Eisner's remake of George Romero's "The Crazies" has scored actor Timothy Olyphant as its lead actor. Olyphant, seen in the movie "Hitman," will play a sherriff in a town infected with "the crazies." The script was pennned by Scott Korsar ("The Machinist") and Ray Wright ("Plulse," ugh). George Romero is executive producing. Look for the film Sept. 25, 2009.. .
  Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
January 9, 2009 will mark the third After Dark Horror Fest and the final film in the lineup has just been announced: the Korean shocker "Voices," from director Ki-hwan Oh. Other films in the lineup include "Autopsy," "The Broken," "The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations," "Dying Breed," "From Within," "Perkins' 14" and "Slaughter." . . . .
  Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:05:13 -0500
The "Special SS Edition" DVD of "Blitzkrieg - Escape from Stalag 69" box art has been revealed this week, along with a release date of December 15, 2008. The Special Edition will feature the full, uncut directors’ version of the film, deleted scenes, director's commentary, production stills, bloopers, a short film, trailer, and the original "Schindler's Lust" short that inspired the making of the film. . . . . .
The last Dario Argento movie still not on DVD is about to get a release. "Four Flies on Grey Velvet" will be released by Myra Communications February 24 in the U.S. Extras include the teaser trailer, original trailer, English opening and closing credits and extensive poster and photo gallery. This film is the third in Dario Argento's Animal Trilogy in the early 1970s that started with "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" and "The Cat o' Nine Tails". It currently is the only film of his that is unavailable on VHS or DVD in a legitimate version, either domestically or internationally with the exception of the long out of print obscure French VHS. Digital bootlegs show up on P2P sites with poor quality in image and sound.
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With "Twilight" sure to shake up the PG-13 box office this weekend, it seems like a good time to look back at "modern" vampire films of the past 50 years or so. Which one is the best? . . . . .
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David Goyer, writer of the "Blade" franchise and the new "Batman" films, is helming a new movie, "The Unborn." Hopefully it will be better than "Blade Trinity," which he also directed. Sometimes the soul of a dead person has been so tainted with evil that it is denied entrance to heaven. It must endlessly wander the borderlands between worlds, desperately searching for a new body to inhabit. And sometimes it actually succeeds. Writer/director David Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, Batman Begins) gives a terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in The Unborn, a supernatural thriller that follows a young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves. Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) hated her mother for leaving her as a child.
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The limited theatrical release "Splinter" has a DVD date of January 27, and cover art has just been revealed. Directed by Toby Wilkins, "Splinter" had a limited theatrical release on October 31, 2008 and stars Shea Whigham, Paulo Costanzo, Jill Wagner, and Rachel Kerbs. "Splinter" won six awards at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival: Best Editing, Best Score, Best Special Effects, Best Make-Up, Best Directing and Best Picture. . . . .
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Variety is reporting that the "Jonah Hex" DC Comics horror adaptation is running into some problems. Josh Brolin was set to star as the title character. Today's Variety reports: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have dropped out as the directors of "Jonah Hex," the DC Comics property that is expected to headline "W." and "Milk" star Josh Brolin as a partly disfigured gunslinger and bounty hunter. Neveldine and Taylor wrote the script, but their exit as directors was attributed to "creative differences." The studio is moving quickly to set a new director, determined to keep Brolin in the fold for a spring start. Doesn't sound good for the "Hex" movie, does it? Apparently Warner Bros. is still determined to go forward without the two guys who were driving the project. Both of them were behind that action movie "Crank" too. I definitely remember this comic from the 1970s and it certainly would make an interesting film.
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If there was ever a movie that could not be remade it would be 1972's "Last House on the Left," but as we all know it's happening. Here are the first photos from the production. Sara Paxton stars Mari Collingwood in Rogue Pictures' remake of "Last House on the Left," which is being directed by Dennis Illiadis. The film also stars Rhys Coiro, Martha MacIsaac and Riki Lindhome. . . .
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One of the best movies of the year is easily "Timecrimes" (check out our advanced review here). It hits theaters next month. Here's a preliminary list of where you can catch it. 12/12/2008 West Hollywood, CA: Sunset 5 New York, NY: Sunshine Cinema 12/19/2008 Chicago, IL: Landmark's Century Centre Cinema 1/2/2009 Nashville, TN: Belcourt Theatre 1/9/2009 San Antonio, TX: Santikos Bijou at Crossroads 6 1/24/2009 Rochester, NY: Dryden Theatre More theaters will be added too, so watch out for it.. . .
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First off, the George Romero-produced series "Tales From the Darkside" is finally getting a proper DVD release on February 10. Check out the cover art for that. In addition, cover art for the February 24 "Last House on the Left" special edition has emerged. And if that wasn't enough, there's cover art for the Season 2 DVD release of the "Friday the 13th" TV series, hitting stores February 10 as well. . .
Striking DVD next Tuesday from Dimension Extreme, "The Zombie Diaries" is the second mockumentary about a zombie apocalypse to hit DVD this year -- the first being George Romero's "Land of the Dead." Part of a new wave of mockumentary horror, the film has been well received by some critics and you can expect to see eSplatter's own review later this week. We were lucky enough to catch up with one of the film's co-directors, Michael Bartlett, to discuss the making of the UK's first and so far only zombie-apocalypse mockumentary film, which is enjoying a global release. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR 'ZOMBIE DIARIES'? I saw a film called 'Ever Since The World Ended', which was a post-apocalyptic documentary showing the world after it has been devastated by an unknown virus. I liked the premise but wanted to see more of the apocalyptic world; I wanted to see empty streets and ghost towns; I wanted to see the sheer savagery that would be caught on camera in a lawless society. Kevin and I have always been very big horror fans, and we decided to move forwards with a film that essentially mixed the Blair Witch Cinema Verite style documenting the post-apocalyptic world, with the classic zombie movie. The reason for this is that we are both big fans of Romero's films, and zombie movies were making a resurgence in the market-place. As much as you love an idea, it is important to ensure it has some sort of a shot commercially, especially if you want to continue to work in the movie business. HAD YOU CONSIDERED MAKING IT A STANDARD NARRATIVE FILM INSTEAD OF A MOCKUMENTARY? No. The hook was 'Blair Witch meets Night of the Living Dead' - totally original at the time, so that is exactly what we wanted to do.
Well, zombie films have finally become totally mainstream. The director of "Quantum of Solace" is set to direct "World War Z." As reported in Variety: Paramount has set "Quantum of Solace" director Marc Forster to helm "World War Z," based on the Max Brooks bestselling novel about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies. "Changeling" scribe J. Michael Straczynski is writing the screenplay, and Brad Pitt's Plan B is producing. Brooks -- the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft -- wrote a detailed tale in which a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission interviews survivors from countries all over the world, 10 years after the crisis, to gather a first-person post-mortem on a war that obliterated every country on the map. Well, zombie films have become such a dime a dozen these days that maybe it is time for the subgenre to take a little break for a while. When the makers of the latest James Bond and Clint Eastwood films start making them ...
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Hannibal Pictures released a "promo reel" for Dario Argento's forthcoming thriller starring Adrien Brody. There are rumors of a title change in the works as well. . . . .
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Undeniably one of the most hotly anticipated horror movies of 2009 is "The Children" from the director of "The Killing Gene." The buzz on the street is that it's a great movie. About 10 new photos have just sprung up from the British film, which is being pitched at AFM. Tom Shankland, the director of the "Killing Gene" (aka "Waz"), is back with a new horror film apparently about evil kids! Check out the official site here. The film, which stars Jeremy Sheffield, Rachel Shelley, Stephen Campbell, Eva Birthistle, Hannah Tointon, and Eva Sayer, sounds more than a little like "Island of the Damned." During a relaxing Christmas vacation, parents have to fight for survival as the children begin to turn on them. Ugh, don't you hate it when that happens? No release date is set for this UK film, which is clearly one to look forward to. . . .
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This "sales trailer" for the Clive Barker "Book of Blood" film being repped by Essential Entertainment at the American Film Market has emerged online. Sophie Ward stars as a paranormal researcher whose investigations lead her to a college student who apparently channelsmessages from the dead. Their sexual relationship bridges the living and dead in this movie directed by John Harrison and co-written with Darin Silverman. . . . .
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Relentless. What started as a harmless prank spins out of control, turning medical science into an avenging angel of death in "Red Mist" (aka FreakDog) from the director of "Shrooms." It makes its DVD debut on February 10, 2009. For dangerous and depraved loner Kenneth (Andrew Lee Potts), life at the hospital where he works is a series of endless torments from a group of ambitious medical students. But when they decide to teach him “a lesson,” he ends up in a coma and practically brain dead. Guilt-ridden Catherine (Kebbel), determined to save his life, administers a powerful and untested cocktail of drugs to the coma victim.
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"Frontiers" was one of the coolest horror movies of last year and proof perfect that no one is making better fear films than the French these days. Director Xavier Gens is now helming "City of Shadows" for Overlook Entertainment. Overlook reports: Paris, 1661: The City of Lights is a maze of streets filled with both dirt and enlightenment, a true paradise for all sorts of thieves and bandits where no one can walk about without risking his wealth and his life with every step. The latest lieutenant general of the police apponted by Louis XIV, Nicolas De La Reynie, has his hands full with a sordid spree of murders by poison. He probes deeply into the fantastic “Court of Miracles”, a mysterious and unknown city impenetrably buried in the heart of Paris with its own rules and its own king ... . . .
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We haven't haven't had a chance to post our review of "Rec" yet, but needless to say it's a great film whose impact has been felt in the U.S. box office, already having been remade as "Quarantine", another good movie. A sequel has been announced via press release: "The movie, a production of July Fernández for Filmax directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, starts some hours later of the ending of the first part. REC 2 will roll itself in Barcelona during six weeks. " A Spanish press release has announced that "Rec 2" is shooting now! Here is the release: INICIO RODAJE REC 2 El próximo lunes 10 de noviembre se inicia el rodaje de REC 2, la secuela de la afamada primera parte.