RJ MacReady. Nancy Thompson. Sidney Prescott. Ash. David Kessler. Herbert West. Seth Brundle.
Names we know. Protagonists we love. Some of them final girls. Others tortured protagonists or men asked to step up against horrific scenarios. We recognize the faces. Maybe we can quote them. The important thing is: They’re memorable.
The examples I used here are just some incredibly well-known genre characters. They’re some of my favorites. Horror is populated with a bunch more. But when you look back at the last 20 years who do you think of (beyond Sidney, who stands out)? It’s kind of a problem, because I have a hard time thinking of anyone.
Next week sees the VOD release of The Banshee Chapter, a Zachary Quinto-produced supernatural thriller arriving on December 12th. We have an exclusive clip to share with you called “creatures approaches the car.”
On the trail of a missing friend (Michael McMillian) who had been experimenting with mind-altering drugs, a young journalist (Katia Winter) – aided by a rogue counter-culture writer (Ted Levine) – finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of top-secret government chemical research and the mystery of a disturbing radio signal of unknown origin.
Regina King (Southland) and Melanie Merkosky are set to join the cast of The Strain. Guillermo del Toro is directing the pilot for The Strain which kicks off next July.
According to Deadline, King is playing Ruby Wain “the smart and accomplished manager of philandering rock star Gabriel Bolivar.” Merkosky will play Sean Astin’s wife on the show.
Out of the many films we introduced you to at the American Film Market last month, the Mo Brothers’ Killers sounded the most promising. You know them from their work on the film Macabre which is now out here in the U.S.
Scripted by Timo Tjahjanto (one half of the Mo Brothers) and Takuji Ushiyama, Killers is premiering at Sundance and we have several images to share with you.
Osiris Entertainment releases the acclaimed horror hit Bloodline on DVD January 7 , 2014.
The film stars Matt Thompson, Jesse Kristofferson, Kimberly Alexander, Gina Comparetto, Christopher Frontiero and Hell on Wheels’ Grainger Hines. Matt Thompson directs.
Seminary student Brett Ethos falls away from the church and his faith only to find out that his bloodline is sought after by a real evil. On a trip with friends and an old flame, he goes to explore a cabin left to him by the will of his family. There he discovers his true heritage. Temptation or redemption becomes his ultimatum. His friend’s lives and his own hang in the balance.
Bryan Singer fired up the fanboy community today with the announcement of another X-Men film, but news also broke of another project he’s involved with: The Taking.
Directed by Adam Robitel, the film was written by Robitel and Heffernan, says Deadline. The movie lensed on the down-low. The site adds that the plot surrounds a small Southern community where something supernatural takes place.
Surprisingly, Tommy Wirkola’s sequel to Dead Snow, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, is heading to Sundance. Some official photos have floated in and we have them for you here.
When we spoke to Wirkola about the film over the summer, he told us: “[In Dead Snow] the first half is a classical horror movie, the second half goes nuts. With Dead Snow 2, it starts right where the first film left off and is full throttle from beginning to end. Basically, the Nazi zombies decide to invade Northern Norway again, it’s just crazy.”
Earlier this year, one of the films I was happy to visit was Cooties, a film by Jonathan Millott and Cary Murnion that was scripted by Insidious’ Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan.
Starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Whannell and Nasim Pedrad, the film concerns a mysterious virus that hits an isolated elementary school and transforms the students into a feral swarm of mass savages. In other words, creepy lil’ kids going batshit crazy
The film is playing to Sundance audiences next month and we’ve landed the first three publicity stills promoting this quirky flick.