August 17, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Art, Blockbuster, Chucky, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Freddy Kreuger, Ghostface, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Infographic, Jason Voorhees, Jaws, Leatherface, Legend, Leprechun, Michael Myers, Nudity, Pinhead, Possession, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Shark, Slasher, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre seems to be in the news quite a bit of late, with the imminent re-mastered 4K 40th Anniversary rerelease and sadly, the death of Marilyn Burns. Now more news of yet another film to the Chainsaw canon…
Up-and-coming genre scribe Seth M. Sherwood has been hired to write a prequel to the original 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre titled simply Leatherface, (haven’t we already had that title..?) an individual familiar with the Millennium Films project has told The Wrap.
Official plot details are being kept under wraps, though the new film is expected to serve as an origin story that follows Leatherface’s early years in the 1970s (Didn’t we already see that in TCM:The Beginning..?)
Alexandra Daddario starred in last year’s Texas Chainsaw movie as Leatherface’s long-lost cousin, but it’s currently unclear whether she would return, given the bloody timeline of the series. If she does, it would likely be a cameo appearance as another character, such as a different member of Leatherface’s extended family.
Carl Mazzocone is producing Leatherface, while Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman will serve as executive producers. Campbell and Grobman fought hard to resurrect the franchise and being self-professed genre buffs they are excited to get started on the next installment.
Millennium Films is financing the project and will sell international rights. Millennium executives Beth Bruckner and Christine Crow are overseeing Leatherface for the studio. Production could start as soon as this winter, with a director expected to sign on in the coming weeks.
Sherwood has several projects percolating around town including a supernatural thriller at Blumhouse that will be directed by Greg Plotkin (Paranormal Activity 5). He also wrote a psychological thriller titled Interstate 5 that was voted to the 2012 Blood List. Described as a cross between Jacob’s Ladder and Natural Born Killers, the story follows a serial killer’s son and the daughter of one of his victims as they team up to find the maniac, only to be haunted by demonic forces intent on driving them mad.
I hope it’s good, it probably won’t be, but we live in hope. Some originality would be great…
August 14, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: Action, Actors, Alexandra Daddario, Banned, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Leatherface, Legend, Marilyn Burns, Possession, Remakes, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
It’s been 20 years since Neil Jordan’s film version of Interview With the Vampire saw Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt sucking blood, and now Universal is getting back into monsters in a big way. Not only are Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan spearheading a relaunch of the old Universal Monsters line, beginning with a new Mummy movie, the studio has snapped up rights to all of Anne Rice‘s Vampire Chronicles books.
So the whole 13-book series starting with Interview With the Vampire and ending with the forthcoming Prince Lestat novel, and the screenplay for Tales of the Body Thief, adapted by Rice’s son Christopher Rice, all belong to Universal for the time being.
The Wrap reports that Brian Grazer will produce for Imagine Entertainment with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, while Bobby Cohen will executive produce.
Reports of Universal getting into business with Anne Rice actually go back years; in 2009 reports came out that the studio had picked up rights to the author’s books. Imagine optioned that Body Thief script a couple years back, too. There was even a point when Robert Downey Jr. was apparently attached to play Lestat in a new film based on Interview With the Vampire.
Regardless, nothing was done with them at the time. Now, with Imagine Entertainment and the old Kurtzman/Orci producing team working on the project, we could see pretty swift movement.
Ironically, the Kurtzman and Morgan-produced Mummy reboot sounds like an action-adventure film, which is pretty far from the original Universal Monsters. But Anne Rice’s vampire books have a really romantic angle to them. The Vampire Chronicles films could end up being better standard-bearers for the old Universal Monsters identity than the new Universal Monsters films will be!
August 8, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: Actors, Anne Rice, Art, Brad Pitt, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Nudity, Possession, Prince Lestat, Remakes, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, The Vampire Chronicles, The Vampire Lestat, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Tom Cruise, Universal Monsters, Vampires, Violence | Leave a comment
Not sure how I feel about this, I’m still scarred from that vile Van Helsing movie… Universal Pictures most enduring legacy is its library of classic movie monsters that include Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy. Universal is now dedicating renewed resources and an unprecedented, far-reaching commitment to revitalise its monster heritage.
The studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast And The Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise. It’s not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, literature and Universal’s own library. While Universal has selectively tapped its Movie Monster library for The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman, and the upcoming Dracula Untold, this will be the first time that the studio has formalized an approach to these classic characters in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.
They’ve begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of Monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments, and bring it under one cohesive strategy.
Obviously some of those monster pictures haven’t panned out. With Marvel Studios and Disney building a billion-dollar business relying on the Marvel Comics superhero character library, Universal seems to be trawling it’s heritage and is looking to dust off and modernize the classic movie monsters that inspired many of the movie monsters we see today.
I’m just wary…
July 18, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: Action, Blockbuster, Bride of Frankenstein, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, Cult, Disturbing, Dracula, Franchise, Frankenstein, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Legend, Possession, Remakes, Sci-Fi, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Suspense, The Invisible man, The Mummy, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Man, Thriller, Universal Monsters, Universal Studios, Vampires, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
Awesome poster for Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead by Killian Eng. Available online HERE from July 15th.
July 9, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Art, Brains, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, George Romero, Gore, Horror, Horror Movie oster Art, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, NOTLD, Nudity, Post Apocalyptic, Remakes, Scream Queens, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
For all those fans of creepy dolls in movies, your wish has been granted. Warner Bros and New Line have made an October 3 date with Annabelle, the doll from their horror hit The Conjuring. The companies had set aside the frame for an Untitled New Line Horror Film, making the date and title official with their Conjuring spin-off. WB/New Line also have sequel The Conjuring 2 set to be released October 23, 2015. Annabelle, directed by John R. Leonetti and written by Gary Dauberman, is neither a prequel nor a sequel but centers on the doll seen in the 1970’s Rhode Island-set Conjuring, which starred Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson and was directed by James Wan. Peter Safran and Wan are producing Annabelle , which stars Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard.
July 8, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: Controversial, Creepy Doll, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, James Wan, Legend, Mannequin, Possessed Doll, Possession, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, The Conjuring, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
I don’t understand how this will work but Terminator, Rambo, and Basic Instinct exec producer Mario Kassar is assembling an English-language adaptation of Audition, the infamous 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami about a lonely widower who gets more than he bargains for when he puts out a fake casting call to find a new girlfriend. Audition was, of course, adapted in 1999 into a cringe-inducing cult film in its own right by Japanese helmer Takashi Miike. The new Kassar-produced version is based on the original Murakami novel and will transplant the story to an American setting.
In this version, to be directed by Richard Gray, Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.
Gray adapted the script and will tackle a fall shoot for Audition after filming wraps on his current project, thriller Sugar Mountain starring Jason Momoa. He also helmed and produced the Justin Long crime thriller The Lookalike, which Well Go USA is releasing this summer. DEADLINE.
June 28, 2014 | Categories: Remakes | Tags: Banned, Controversial, Cult, Festival, Foreign, Franchise, Gore, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Japanese, Legend, Nudity, Rambo, Remakes, Ryu Murakami, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, Takashi Miike, Terminator, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
Two incredible Game of Thrones artworks by Rhianna Williams.
June 25, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Action, Art, Artwork, Blockbuster, Caricature, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Fan Art, Fantasy Art, Franchise, Game of Thrones, Gore, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Nudity, Possession, Post Apocalyptic, Rhianna Williams, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Violence | Leave a comment
A sensual coming-of-age werewolf romance set in a small Danish coastal town, When Animals Dream fresh from its premiere in Critics’ Week at Cannes, is reminiscent of contemporary horror classic Let the Right One In. Sixteen-year-old Marie lives with her father and wheelchair-bound mother who is perpetually drugged. Marie takes a job at the local fishery, where she receives a fair amount of attention – especially from the young men.
As Marie becomes more interested in the opposite sex, her body begins to transform, and she questions her mother’s illness and a family history that is clearly being kept from her. Beautifully shot, and wonderfully performed by Sonia Suhl and Lars Mikkelsen (Mads’ older brother) in particular, When Animals Dream delicately combines deep emotion with tasteful gore.
June 15, 2014 | Categories: Trailers | Tags: Actors, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Festival, Foreign, Franchise, Gore, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Lycanthrope, Nudity, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Sonia Suhl, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Video Clips, Violence, Werewolf, Werewolves | Leave a comment
More details have emerged about that Halloween Box set I mentioned a while back. This deluxe, 15 disc set will be released on September 27th… JUST in time for a certain holiday. It contains 1287 minutes of pure horror with some fantastic bonus material and will absolutely be a must-have for fans of what goes bump in the night.
June 14, 2014 | Categories: Promotional | Tags: Art, Blu-Ray, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Halloween (1978), Halloween 2, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween: H20, Halloween: Resurrection, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Jamie Lee Curtis, Legend, Nudity, Remakes, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment