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The Bringing – Elisa Lam Movie

Sony Pictures is negotiating with Jeremy Lovering to direct The Bringing, the horror script by Brandon and Phillip Murphy based on actual events. Matt Tolmach and Daniela Cretu are producing. This has been top priority at Sony, and at one time had Nicolas Winding Refn circling. The pic is based on Elisa Lam, who was found dead in the water tanks on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. That’s the place that killers like Richard Ramirez called home at one time or another, and where suicides have occurred. Footage of Lam’s bizarre, inexplicable behavior in an elevator before her death became a massive Internet sensation, and this has been turned into the story of the man investigating her death, and the nightmare he stumbles into. Cretu’s First Born Films developed the script that was brought in by Kate Checchi and Brad Zimmerman.

Lovering directed In Fear, an Irish psychological horror film that premiered at Sundance 2013. It stars Iain De Caestecker and Alice Englert as a young couple terrorized by an unknown assailant.

Here’s the video of missing Canadian Elisa Lam from the LAPD.


The Film Before The Film

If you’ve ever seen a movie, you’ve seen opening titles of some kind. Opening credits have existed pretty much since the beginning of moving pictures, and they are as varied as the films themselves. 
“THE FILM before THE FILM” is a short documentary that traces the evolution of title design through the history of film. 
This short film was a research project at the BTK (Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule) that takes a look at pioneers like Saul Bass, Maurice Binder and Kyle Cooper by showing the transitions from early film credits to the inclusion of digital techniques, a resurgence of old-school style, and filmmakers’ love of typography in space.

THE FILM before THE FILM from ntsdpz on Vimeo.


Hannibal Lecter by David Hardy

More wonderful caricature art from Sydney artist David Hardy, an amazing Hannibal Lecter. You can check out Dave’s Facebook page HERE and see his earlier works, Tyrion Lannister from Gane of Thrones HERE and his Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead HERE

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The Cornetto Trilogy

Check out these amazing The Cornetto Trilogy images from A Large Evil Corporation HERE

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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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The Calling – Trailer

Despite a bad back, a reliance on painkillers and the occasional drink to take the edge off, Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon) leads a tranquil existence sharing a home with her elderly mother, Emily (Ellen Burstyn), in Fort Dundas, Ontario. It is the epitome of a quaint and quiet town, but all of that is suddenly upended. As the interim commanding officer of an understaffed police force, Micallef, out on a routine call, discovers the grisly body of an elderly woman. The murder is shocking in its brutality. Great to see two of my favourite actresses back in lead roles.


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…


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.



Guardians of the Galaxy – By Florey

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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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Interstellar – Trailer #3

I’ll watch anything by Christopher Nolan, and the new Interstellar trailer just sent his latest movie to the top of my current ‘must see’ list…


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!”


Lyle – Streaming FREE from 4th August

Director/Writer Stewart Thorndike (Tess and Nana) and Producer Alex Scharfman announced today they have decided to offer their Outfest award-winning horror feature Lyle, starring Gaby Hoffmann (“Girls”), to their fans for free starting August 4, 2014. It will be streaming on the film’s website HERE during the duration of the duo’s Kickstarter campaign for their next project Putney, the second of three upcoming female-focused horror films, also launching August 4th.

Lyle debuted to critical praise at the 2014 Outfest Film Festival where Gaby Hoffmann won the Grand Jury Best Actress award for her electrifying performance as Leah, a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil. Stewart Thorndike’s sinister ode to Rosemary’s Baby uses dark humor and razor-sharp camera work taking audiences into a growing nightmare as Leah begins to question the motives of her partner, friends and neighbors as a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil brings out a primal terror that’s difficult to shake.


Dead Island – The Movie

Dead-Island_bannerZombie video game Dead Island is getting reanimated for the screen by Occupant Entertainment and publisher Deep Silver. The companies have pacted to package, produce, and finance a new film based on the bestselling vidgame played from the perspective of survivors fending off the undead on an island paradise.

Dead Island sold over 8 million units worldwide after its initial release, drawing huge viral buzz from a memorable teaser trailer depicting one family’s dream vacation gone horribly wrong, Memento-style. That video notched a whopping 1 million YouTube views in a day, won the Golden Lion in Cannes at the International Festival of Creativity, and caught Hollywood’s attention. (It even inspired its own live-action recreation.)

Lionsgate bought the rights in 2011 but the project stalled when production head Alli Shearmur left the studio the following year. When rights reverted back to the publisher, the company sealed a new deal with LA-based Occupant, the indie production and financing shingle that launched with 2006 genre slasher All The Boys Love Mandy Lane – one of the original bidders on the property.

Plenty of high-profile video game properties have been waylaid on the road to development, but the Dead Island delay means filmmakers now have more material to mine. A tongue-in-cheek video game sequel set in Venice Beach is heading to shelves next spring and its own teaser has racked up 10M views since debuting in June at E3 (below). Occupant and Deep Silver are hunting for a director with an innovative take based on either the first game or its sequel, or something in between. They’re fast-tracking the project for an early 2015 start and have their sights set on launching the title at Berlin or Cannes.

“Deep Silver has created a highly successful game franchise based on very cinematic, widely viewed and well received trailers, which provide a great template for launching a film franchise with a distinctive and commercial take on the zombie apocalypse,” said Occupant partners Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino. “We want to find the right filmmaker and present somewhat of an open canvas, to make something distinct and original that also appeals to and expands the core audience.” Marino and Kate Sharp will oversee for Occupant.

“The Dead Island universe offers a rich and unique setting that can expand beyond the pure gaming experience,” said Koch Media CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz. “We are very much looking forward to seeing Dead Island open up to new audiences and showing off the fun everybody at Deep Silver has with this brand.”

Occupant, meanwhile, is currently in production on horror thriller The Woods from director Corin Hardy. The company is also in production on the second season of its Emmy-nominated Hulu original series Behind The Mask. Deep Silver recently bought first-person shooter videogame franchise Homefront; its parent company Koch Media is a leading producer of digital entertainment and also operates a film distribution arm in Germany, the UK, and Italy.


Dick Smith R.I.P.

The-Exorcist_Dick-SmithRenowned Makeup FX Wizard Dick Smith has passed. His contribution to the genre and the world of Makeup FX, so integral to horror and cinema at large, is impossible to overstate.

Born in 1922 in Larchmont, New York, Smith began his career in 1945 as the first staff makeup man at NBC. Until his official debut in feature films in 1962, Smith applied makeup on a host of television series, including two remarkable visages in episodes of the anthology series WAY OUT (“Soft Focus,” “False Face”).

Pioneering the use of foam latex for intricate, richly detailed designs, Smith’s work was perhaps most stunning (and best known) in William Friedkin’s 1973 classic The Exorcist. Smith also considered it his most accomplished work, and in a 2007 Washington Post profile, his former assistant and now FX legend Rick Baker helps illustrate why:

” ‘The Exorcist’ was really a turning point for makeup special effects,” Baker says. “Dick showed that makeup wasn’t just about making people look scary or old, but had many applications. He figured out a way to make the welts swell up on Linda’s stomach, to make her head spin around, and he created the vomit scenes.”

Of course, Smith’s filmography and influence extends farther than just The Exorcist. In 1965, Smith penned the essential DICK SMITH’S DO-IT-YOURSELF MONSTER MAKE-UP HANDBOOK and his entire career is an index of fantastic, otherworldly work including the likes of Dark Shadows, Little Big Man, The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Burnt Offerings, Altered States, The Fury, Ghost Story and Amadeus, for which he won an Oscar in 1984. Smith’s second Oscar came in 2011, when the technician of horror received an Academy Honorary Award for “for his unparalleled mastery of texture, shade, form and illusion.”


The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

Thank God this never got made… In 1993, Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to Superman because of the renewed interest in the property following “The Death of Superman” comic book story arc. Jon Peters was the executive producer and he was focused on making a Superman film that was family-friendly as well as toy-friendly. Several writers were brought in, but in time their scripts were rejected. One of them was Kevin Smith, who tells a laugh-out-loud “Giant Spider” account of this moment in his life with Jon Peters. Smith was let go when Tim Burton was brought on to direct. Burton wanted to add his own unique elements to the script, so he hired Wesley Strick (“Cape Fear”).

Burton’s version would’ve had Nicolas Cage playing Superman. Kevin Spacey was approached for Lex Luthor, Chris Rock was set for Jimmy Olsen, Courtney Cox was up for Lois Lane, and Tim Allen claims he was negotiating with Warner Bros. for the Brainiac part. The film quickly went into pre-production with an expected release in the summer of 1998.

When you consider how bad Burton has steadily gotten over the years this looks like we were saved from an awful Superman… Check out the backstory to the film-that-never-was: The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?


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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Janee Meadows

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Comic Con Trailer

Peter Jackson’s bloated Hobbit trilogy wraps with the final chapter The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which he gave fans a sneak peek at over the weekend at Comic-Con. Warner Bros. has now released the trailer first seen in Hall H at the convention, in which the heroes of Middle Earth must contend with the ferocious dragon Smaug and the fast-mobilizing forces of Sauron, the latter of which took center stage in The Lord Of The Rings. Here’s the new look at the December 17 release set to hit theaters in 3D, 2D, IMAX, and the awful High Frame Rate 3D.


Mad Max: Fury Road – Comic Con Trailer

Warner Bros. publicly unveiled the first footage from Mad Max: Fury Road yesterday in Hall H at Comic Con, and I wish I could have seen it on the big screen. This looks like an IMAX trip because it is staggeringly huge. Director George Miller described the film as being right in line with his three previous Max films — “a very simple allegory, almost a Western on wheels.”


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Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron – Comic Con Poster

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