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Until Dawn – Full Trailer

Scheduled to be released on PlayStation 4 on a yet-to-be-announced date, Until Dawn finds a group of teenagers shacked up in a log cabin during a snowstorm while a masked murderer attempts to kill them off one by one. Details on the game are currently scarce, but merely being labeled as a “teen slasher”… after a few un-named teaser trailers over the last month, the first full length trailer was released at Gamescom this week. With this and the remastered The Last of Us, it looks like the PS4 is beating xbox One in the battle for horror fans.

Also check out the new Silent Hills trailer with a very recognisable horror icon as the star…


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Twenty-Four By Thirty-Six – Teaser Trailer

Any regular visitor to this blog will know that I love movie poster art. Check out this trailer for poster documentary called Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six, directed by Kevin Burke. The film aims to trace the full history of the movie poster from its earliest conception, through the golden age of Hollywood, all the way up to the current craze of limited edition screen prints. Burke and his team have been traveling, shooting and editing the film and now a brand new trailer is online.

Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six – Teaser Trailer #2 from Post No Joes Productions on Vimeo.


Leatherface – The Early Years…

Texas-Chain-Saw-Massacre-Jason-Edmiston-Poster-final-orangeThe 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…


LEGO – Decaying Houses by Mike Doyle

LEGO_Mike-Doyle_Victorian-Mud-HeapWe all love playing with LEGO, but artist Mike Doyle is a guy who doesn’t mind spending countless hours upon hours in his endeavor to create amazing art using the famous bricks. And one of his projects was to create abandoned houses using only white, gray, and black blocks, ending up with creations that look like they’re haunted, infested with the most terrifying apparitions imaginable.

But what’s most impressive about these sets is just how detailed they are. Considering their massive size (some are measured in feet, not inches), you really begin to lose sight of the fact that they’re created with Lego and, instead, think that they are made of something else entirely. It’s seriously impressive.

Check out more of Mike’s art HERE. This is what the artist had to say about the snow-covered, two-storey build below:

To my eyes, patterns of decay find a more pleasing path than an untouched object. A roof collapsed by the weight of snow, side shingles ripped by the force of winds, substructures rotting, insects and weather gnawing the exposed surfaces. I can picture those windy days where a shingle flies off. Or the sudden creaking, cracking and burst of tinder giving way under snow’s heavy hand. 

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Until Dawn – Slasher Teaser

A bloody snowflake, some cracking ice, and more blood in teaser 1, now an axe in teaser 2… are these Sony trailers related to Supermassive’s teen slasher, survival horror game Until Dawn, which takes place in a snowy cabin in the woods… Announcement on August 13.



Interview With The Vampire… Again

interview_with_the_vampire_xlgIt’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!


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 40th Anniversary

the-texas-chain-saw-massacreGreat, now I have to buy another version of The Texas Chanisaw Massacre… Nice new cover art too.

Dark Sky Films has released the art from the various editions of the September 16 release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary, newly remastered in 4K

Directed by Tobe Hooper, the film is “A tale of five 20-somethings whose free-spirited road trip becomes a terrifying descent into madness. When they find themselves isolated in a rural Texas community, they fall into the clutches of a monstrous clan of Texas cannibals and find themselves being whittled away by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface.

Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn and Edwin Neal star.

It has been called grisly, sick, and perverse, as well as raw, unshakeable, and the movie that redefined horror. It was attacked by churches, banned by governments, and acclaimed by only the bravest of critics. It stunned audiences worldwide and set a new standard in movie terror forever. Today writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper s dark, visionary tale remains unparalleled in its impact as perhaps the most frightening motion picture ever made.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this beloved horror classic, MPI Media Group presents the original restored film in an all-new 4k scan authorized by Tobe Hooper, featuring a dynamic new 7.1 surround sound mix and never-before-seen outtakes!


Marilyn Burns R.I.P.

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Incredibly sad news today, Marilyn Burns, one of the original “scream queens” who starred in Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, died Tuesday in Texas. She was 65 and was found dead in her home near Houston.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was her first lead role; in it she played teenager Sally Hardesty, who goes with her brother and friends to the cemetery where her grandfather is buried and ends up as the only survivor of an encounter with the insane family led by chainsaw-wielding Leatherface. Her iconic screaming throughout her prolonged capture and escape is horror legend.

Burns was born in Erie, Penn., raised in Texas and had small parts in films including Robert Altman’s Brewster McCloud while she was still in high school, and George Roy Hill’s The Great Waldo Pepper.

But she was most known for horror films including Hooper’s 1977 “Eaten Alive,” about an insane hotel proprietor who feeds his guests to his pet alligator. Among her other films were “Kiss Daddy Goodbye” and “Future-Kill.”

In 1976, she appeared in TV movie Helter Skelter as Charles Manson follower Linda Kasabian. She had a cameo in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation” and was seen in her original role in archival footage in “Texas Chainsaw 3D.”

She talked to Terror Trap in 2004 about her experience shooting the gruesome “Chainsaw”: “Afterwards, I was just so grateful it was over. I probably was the happiest girl alive. During it, I was 100% focused and I probably wasn’t a joy to be around. It was an interesting shoot for sure.”

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Rob Zombie’s 31

Rob-Zombie_31_horror_halloweenMusician-turned-director Rob Zombie has official announced his Halloween-themed horror 31, which turns out to be a crowd-sourced effort. The film revolves around five people kidnapped in the days leading up to Halloween.

As with all crowd-sourced projects, there are different tiers that land backers different rewards, such as an autographed movie poster, autographed DVD, thanks in the credits, lifetime access to every Rob Zombie show, and more. Website HERE

Welcome to my next film. It is called ’31,’ ” states Zombie. “It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man… a game called 31.

Here’s why he chose the crowd-source:

“I’m crowd funding because I realize that it’s an incredible opportunity to engage the fans. They’ve always been the most important thing for me because, with metal and horror, the fans aren’t just fans – it’s their life, their lifestyle. They live and breathe it, as I do, and any way that you can bring the people that are as passionate about it as you are into the process is a win-win for everybody.Get on board! Get involved! Be part of this horrifying business! The world of horror needs you!”


Universal Look To Relaunch Monster Franchises

universal-monstersNot 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…


Sin City: A Dame To Kill For – Trailer 2

The latest Sin City: A Dame To Kill For trailer…. character introductions.


American Horror Story: Freakshow. Promo #1

FX has released its first official teaser for American Horror Story’s upcoming fourth season, subtitled Freak Show. It features a representation of the previously revealed killer clown having forced a young girl into being mutilated into a fallen angel.


Indiana Jones – Poster Series

Awesome print series featuring Indiana Jones and the 3 Good Movies in the Series… Click on the poster and see larger individual posters of each movie.

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Night of the Living Dead – By Killian Eng

Awesome poster for Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead by Killian Eng. Available online HERE from July 15th.

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The Conjuring’s Annabelle Gets Her Own Movie

Conjuring_AnnabelleFor 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.


Guardians of the Galaxy – Simon Delart

Guardians of the Galaxy print by Simon Delart. Click on the image for full size individual prints.

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Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a feature length documentary uncovering the history, making of and unknown details of the making of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II films.

With interviews and testimonies from those most closely involved, the filmmakers hope to bring a comprehensive insight to these classic cult films.

You can help their cause on the kickstarter page HERE


Audition – American Remake…

audition_posterI 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.


Game of Thrones – By Rhianna Williams

Two incredible Game of Thrones artworks by Rhianna Williams.

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When Animals Dream – Trailer

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.


Halloween Box Set

Halloween_box-setMore 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.


Harbinger Down

With Harbinger Down, Alec Gillis pays homage to the monster movies of the late 70s and early 80s, specifically Ridley Scott’s Alien and John Carpenter’s The Thing, which both elevated rubber monsters to a new level of realism and visceral impact.

The most highly funded horror movie in Kickstarter’s history, Harbinger Down is a high-intensity “all practical effects” sci-fi creature feature that’s not just a movie, but a mission: to celebrate the art of ‘real monsters’ and share that love with a new generation and as an alternative to big studio CG driven films.

Check out more on the official webpage HERE and facebook page HERE


Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 4K

Nicolas Winding Refn, director of films such as Drive and Valhalla Rising, is a big horror fan. In fact, to hear him tell it, a horror film is responsible for his desire to make movies in the first place. At Cannes this year, Refn introduced a screening of the 4k restoration of Tobe Hooper‘s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as part of the the Directors’ Fortnight program.

Refn on the film: The curse of the film is that it’s a masterpiece… When you make a film that goes beyond filmmaking, it’s no longer just a movie… Seeing a movie that goes from being a movie to an art form, and we are in the mecca of art forms of cinema. I wanted to really give the Palme d’Or to Tobe Hooper, because he should’ve gotten it 40 years ago. I want him to know that he has made one of the greatest art achievements, not films, but art achievements in the modern century. So I think that when he comes on stage we can give him an emotional Palme d’Or.


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