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Altergeist is Coming, Here’s the Title Treatment & Some Images
It’s not a “found footage” film, but it is an original story and a supernatural thriller. It’s called Altergeist, a film we first told you about during our American Film Market coverage last year, and today we’ve received the title treatment and a handful of images, courtesy of the official site. Writer-director Tedi Serafian’s flick stars True Blood’s Kristina Anapau, Freddy vs. Jason’s Brendan Fletcher and Sarah Oh. Here’s a bit more about the film and the gallery. No word on a release date yet, but we’re told it will be locked in for sometime this year.
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Here’s Our First Look at the Ryan Gosling-Directed Lost River
​Formerly known as How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling’s directorial feature debut has received a title change. The film is now being called Lost River, the name of the town the movie is set in and, today, the first images have hit the web in anticipation of its Cannes premiere. Looking at them, I was struck with a reaction that had me saying, “Of course.” They’re intriguing and weird and hinting at an unusual darkness. And that doesn’t suprise me a bit because Gosling has that in him. Look no further than his band Dead Man’s Bones for that.
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Godzilla Looks So Damn Cool in This New TV Spot
​Another Godzilla spot has arrived and I’m noticing that they’re taking all sorts of approaches to marketing this film. There’s the “nothing can stop it” approach in which the film is depicted as a natural disaster tale. There’s the “awe and wonder” approach filled with big explosions and action. And here we have the intense character drama angle…capped with one of the best looks at Godzilla yet. Take a look here, because it’s pretty damn cool.
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Choice Cuts: Inside Scream Factory & Exclusive Titles Announcement!
Shock Till You Drop’s original series Choice Cuts returns and goes inside Scream Factory. If you’re a regular Shock reader, they really need no introduction, but they’re one of the leading companies today seeking out older horror films and are restoring and releasing them as collector’s editions. While Scream Factory handles its fair share of new title acquisitions, their bread and butter is older titles and they’ve given us some fantastic ones: Day of the Dead, The Funhouse, Lifeforce, The Burning and many, many more. This upcoming summer and fall is huge for Scream Factory, so I sat down with Cliff MacMillan and Jeff Nelson to preview what’s to come and to give you a better insight as to how the company works.
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NECA Celebrates 30 Years of Krueger With New Figure
It’s been a while since I’ve written about any collectibles or figures that have impressed me. Leave it to NECA to break my silence. At a screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street in New York City last night, the company unveiled their 30th Anniversary “ultimate Freddy” figure that is getting a release this year. Under the lighting conditions of the first pic you see here…it looks pretty damn bad-ass. And, as you can see, he’s going to be coming with some alternate heads and other goodies.
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Netflix Horrors: The Latest Titles Added to Instant 4/18
Usually, I’d rather wait for Netflix Instant to add more than one title before doing a “Netflix Horrors” update, but the service added one film today that is worth putting on your radar before the weekend and I wanted to give you a heads-up. Now, we just had an Instant update two days ago – with four titles added.
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The Scavenger Killers Are Coming This July
Need some more serial killer fare in your life? Midnight Releasing announces the July 1st DVD, VOD and Digital Download release of Scavenger Killers, a blood and guts contemporary tale of justice gone very, very wrong. Directed by Dylan Blank and co-written by Kenneth Del Vecchio and Rachael Robbins, Scavenger Killers stars Robert Bogue (The Following) as charismatic and respected Judge Taylor Limone, and co-starring Rachael Robbins (Bikini Bloodbath Christmas) as sultry, scheming attorney Clara Lovering, the film graphically portrays what can happen when the pressures of bringing the most heinous criminals to justice ferments into a darkly psychological and sexual pursuit of perverse pleasure.
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Yes, They’re Going to Make I Spit On Your Grave 3
Here’s the truth: There’s an audience for these I Spit On Your Grave films. I never thought, when they delivered the remake in 2010, that they would keep exploring the rape-revenge scenario for sequels. Alas, here we are with news of a third film on the horizon. Bloody-Disgusting says CineTel has yet to find a writer-director, however, I Spit On Your Grave 3 is something that’s in the works. And, obviously, it’s in the works because the first two did so well when they were released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital.
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Godzilla Director Gareth Edwards on Taking the Film Seriously
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have released a new video featuring Godzilla director Gareth Edwards talking about taking the film seriously. In related news, and a bit of a SPOILER, SciFi Japan has posted toy images of another monster in the film. You’ll have to scroll down to view the photos. Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on May 16th, the Gareth Edwards-directed film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
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A Director for Sinister 2 Has Been Found…
​When Sinister 2 moves into production this summer, it will do so under the direction of Ciaran Foy. Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson broke the news to his Twitter followers this evening. Film begins this July for Blumhouse Productions and eOne. Why is this good news? Because Foy directed the UK thriller Citadel, a quiet, disturbing film which impressed me in 2012. It’s exciting to see him on board another project and making his U.S. debut.
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Here’s Some Poster Art, New Stills from Aftermath
Aftermath (the film we’ve been covering under the title Remnants) gets a limited theatrical/VOD from Image Entertainment on July 18th. Some new poster art has floated our way along with two new images we’re adding to the batch that have been lurking in our gallery for a bit now. You can check out a trailer here as well that we debuted when the film was first making its festival run. After a nuclear apocalypse becomes a reality, nine strangers find themselves holed up together in a farmhouse cellar. These would-be survivors are faced with dwindling supplies, radioactive air and the greatest threat of all – the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in.
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Lionsgate Scares Up Third Trailer for The Quiet Ones
Have you had enough of supernatural entertainment or are you ready for more? On April 25th, Lionsgate and Hammer Films bring us The Quiet Ones, starring Jared Harris, Olivia Cooke and Sam Claflin. Today, the studio released a third, and presumably “final,” trailer in anticipation of the film’s release.
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Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse Headed to TV as Animated Series
​The recently put together IDW Entertainment has announced a new partnership with George Lopez and his Travieso Production Company to bring Ben Templesmith's outlandish comic series Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse to television as an animated series. David M. Stern of "The Simpsons" will write the pilot episode and executive produce the series with Templesmith serving as a creative consultant.…
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SpectreVision’s LFO Finds a Home at MPI
The team at SpectreVision – Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller – are finding success with their new banner. Their latest film, LFO, has just been picked up by MPI Media Group for distribution. It will be released by Dark Sky Films. Writer-director Antonio Tublen’s film is a darkly satiric look at our modern obsession with technology and the toll it can take on human interaction.
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