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Teaser for the Vicious Brothers Film Extraterrestrial
Earlier this week, we brought you the exclusive first look at the poster for Extraterrestrial, the new film from the Vicious Brothers. Now we’d like to share with you the teaser trailer for this IFC release hitting VOD October 17th and select theaters on November 21st. In the film, a group of college friends travel to a secluded cabin in the woods for a weekend of partying. As the night is winding down, they notice something strange in the sky: A ball of fire descending through the air. They drive out to investigate and find something incredible: The wreckage of a crashed aircraft, along with a pair of ominous footprints that lead out of the ship and into the woods…back towards the cabin.
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Updated: Alex Kurtzman to Direct Universal’s The Mummy Reboot
Universal Pictures is in final negotiations with Alex Kurtzman to direct The Mummy reboot, says The Hollywood Reporter. He is already producing the movie with Chris Morgan. Earlier this month, it was reported that Kurtzman and Morgan will be bringing all the classic Universal monsters together to form a cohesive cinematic universe, an effort that…
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Fantasia Review: New Ju-On Film is Like Every Other Ju-On Film
The latest entry in the Ju-On series comes with a title that could be considered false advertising. It’s called Ju-On: The Beginning of the End yet it’s not the “beginning” of anything, it’s simply the end. Hell, it’s beyond the end. Here are some alternative titles – Ju-On: Beating a Dead Horse (or dead cat, if you want to stay true to the Ju-On legacy) or Ju-On: The Greatest Hits. Sadly, an opportunity to reinvigorate a J-horror mainstay has been wasted to regurgitate every Ju-on film we’ve seen to date. Furthermore, it’s disappointing to see writer-director Masayuki Ochiai deliver such a flat-looking film, especially considering he gave us the colorful and textured Infection many years back.
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Trailer Debut: Kate Beckinsale in Stonehearst Asylum
It was only yesterday we were telling you that Eliza Graves was being retitled to Stonehearst Asylum for its October 24th release. Today, we have a trailer along with an updated synopsis. A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues, though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change. Brad Anderson directs Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley in this loose adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.”
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Dimension Films Sets Demonic for December 12th
Dimension Films announced today that it will release the supernatural thriller Demonic, presented by James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious), on December 12, 2014. The film is produced by Wan and Lee Clay (Beautiful Boy) and is directed by Will Canon (Brotherhood). The script is based on an original idea of Wan’s. Golden Globe nominated Maria Bello (A History of Violence) stars as the lead female along with Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy).
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Fantasia Review: The House at the End of Time is an Inventive, Great Supernatural Thriller
The House at the End of Time is one of the most inventive supernatural thrillers to come along in a while – an impressive, confident and creepy debut from Venezuelan writer-director Alejandro Hidalgo. This fresh voice in the genre adopts many of the usual genre tropes, however, he crafts them in a relentless, meticulous manner to serve a story that is full of shocking twists and turns. The film doesn’t waste any time either. In the first 10 minutes it effectively manages to provide two solid jolts involving leading lady Ruddy Rodriguez (as “Dulce”) who awakens on the floor of her home bleeding and surrounded by shards of a broken mirror. Moments later, we find Dulce being arrested for the murder of her husband and son. Flash forward 30 years later and Dulce is an elderly woman being released from prison but who is under house arrest in the very home she supposedly committed her crimes in.
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What You Need to Know About Rob Zombie’s 31!
For the last few weeks, writer-director-rocker Rob Zombie has been building a modicum of mystery for his next feature film effort 31. He has released a few production sketches that got fans speculating and we know “31″ is a reference to October 31st (per Zombie himself). Today, however, details have been revealed. Zombie launched an official site RZ-31.com and we’re now learning…31 is going to be a crowd-funded effort. My, how times have changed for filmmakers, eh? It’s interesting to see his adopt to this method of financing after previous efforts like Tyrannosaurus Rex and Broadstreet Bullies (his hockey film) fell through.
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Fantasia: Festival Trailer for Black Mountain Side
Here’s the trailer for Black Mountain Side, the Canadian horror production that made its premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival. You can read my review of it here. Nick Szostakiwskyj writes and directs this paranoia-driven thriller about a group of archaeologists that uncovers a strange structure in Northern Canada, dating over ten thousand years before the present. The team finds themselves isolated when their communication systems fail and it is not long before they begin to feel the effects of the solitude.
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The Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival is Coming!
The very first Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival is being brought to life via a partnership between Philadelphia’s The Awesome Fest and Wizard World Inc. The event descends on Rosemont, IL August 21st – 24th and will coincide with Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con. Expect the usual array of panels, special guests, movies and, of course, Bruce Campbell himself.
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RIP Legendary Makeup Artist Dick Smith 1922-2014
A masterful makeup artist has left us. Dick Smith passed away at the age of 92 years old. Talk about a long, talented, incredible life. Smith was an Academy Award-winning make-up artist who is best known for The Exorcist, but has contributed to films like The Godfather, Little Big Man, Taxi Driver and Ghost Story. For those who aspired to be a make-up artist at one time or another (and either followed through with it or didn’t – I fell into that latter category), Smith’s story is well-known.
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Shock Interview With Slender: The Arrival Developer Alex Tingor
Let me start by saying that Slender: The Arrival is a scary game. It is a solitary experience that borders on insanity. Now most games are solitary but this is one of the few where you truly feel alone in the world. Even Silent Hill has denizens lurking about, not so much here. This is…
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The Scribbler is Finally Getting Released, Here’s a Trailer to Prove It
The Scribbler received a release date and official trailer from XLrator Medial today and the latter looks…interesting. But what do you expect from Dan Schaffer, the creator of the graphic novel this film is based on? John Suits directs the film opening September 19th. Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon, Michael Imperioli, Billy Campbell, Sasha Grey and Ashlynn Yennie star.
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Trailer Debut, Release Details for IFC Cam2Cam
IFC released the trailer today for Cam2Cam, a new thriller hitting select theaters and VOD on August 22nd. Check out the preview here. In this thriller, Five Bangkok tourists have gone missing after making online contact with an unknown party. Newly-arrived Allie Westbrook (Tammin Sursok) meets a pair of ex-pats, Michael and Marit, who perform on a provocative interactive website.
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Eliza Graves With Kate Beckinsale Gets New Title, Release Date
Stonehearst Asylum – formerly known as Eliza Graves – will see an October 24th release from Millennium Entertainment. This is the film we’ve been tracking for some time that’s directed by Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist) and stars Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess and Ben Kingsley. Loosely based on “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether,” a short story by Edgar Allen Poe, the film will center on a Harvard Medical School graduate (Sturgess) who takes a job at an insane asylum, unaware of the fact that it has been taken over by its occupants.
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Lionsgate Developing Adaptation of Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall
Rodrigo Cortes has been tapped to direct Down a Dark Hall for Lionsgate. Duncan penned the novel upon which I Know What You Did Last Summer is based upon. Down a Dark Hall was published in 1974. Screenwriter Michael Goldbach wrote the original adaptation for the screen, and Chris Sparling (Buried) has come aboard to also write on the film.
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Are These Some of the Faces You’ll See in Scream: The Series?
Following up on the news we broke last week that Scream the MTV television series was heating up and is expected to be shooting very soon, a site called Up and Comers is claiming to know the first cast members involved in the show. Take this with a grain of salt, as always, until it’s confirmed. According to the site, John Karna, Carlson Young and Amadeus Sarafini are “top choices.”
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