James Franco is everywhere these days. Between acting in just about everything and directing feature after feature, it seems safe to say that he’s in the prime of his creative output. In terms of his directorial efforts, Franco definitely has an affinity for adapting tough pieces of literature, like his upcoming feature Child of God, which is based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy, plus As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury, both of which are based upon William Faulkner novels previously thought to be unadaptable. The adaptations didn’t start with that recent trio of films, however, but in the late 2000′s with several short films based on poems. One of these short film adaptations comes from a Frank Bidart poem called Herbert White, and, as luck would have it, it’s is probably one of the most disturbing films that you will ever see… and it stars Michael Shannon. Click on the link below… WARNING: Some people may find subject matter disturbing.
If you’re interested you can check out the original poem HERE
July 20, 2014 | Categories: Short Films | Tags: Abuse, Actors, Awards, Classic, Controversial, Cormac McCarthy, Cult, Death, directorial efforts, Disturbing, Festival, Frank Bidart, Gore, Herbert White, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, James Franco, Legend, Michael Shannon, Murder, Necrophile, Necrophilia, Poetry, Serial Killer, Short Film, Suspense, Thriller, Violence, William Faulkner | Leave a comment
Titan Comics is a division of Titan Publishing who, as well as releasing all-new monthly comics titles, continues to restore and reprint the best classic comics, bringing back seminal titles of yesterday in deluxe volumes. They have just released a translated version of the 1982 French graphic novel “La Transperceneige“, which is the basis of the upcoming movie, Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans.
The dystopian tale takes place after a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet. The final survivors board the SNOWPIERCER, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. The train is massive, 1, 001 carriages, with the lower classes crammed into the back, living in vile neglect as the rich and privileged live towards the front of the train in luxury. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster.
The film is currently out but pick up the graphic novels to see author Jacques Lob and artist, Jean-Marc Rochette’s original vision in all its glory… it’s much better than the film. Review next week. Here is a look at the trailer for the movie that stars: Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Ed Harris.
July 19, 2014 | Categories: Comics | Tags: Action, Art, Bong Joon-ho, Chris Evans, classic comics, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Ed Harris, Gore, Graphic Novel, Horror, Icons, Images, Jacques Lob, Jamie Bell, Jean-Marc Rochette, John Hurt, La Transperceneige, Octavia Spencer, Post Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, SNOWPIERCER, Song Kang-ho, Suspense, Thriller, Tilda Swinton, Titan Comics, Violence | 1 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
Off-Broadway powerhouse Second Stage will present the U.S. premiere of the much praised (and much debated) American Psycho, the musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel (and 2000 Christian Bale-starring film) about excess, murder and flashing the right labels. The show — with music by Duncan Sheik, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, staging by Rupert Goold and a starring performance by Matt “Dr. Who” Smith – opened last December at London’s Almeida Theatre and was considered a shoo-in for Broadway next season. It still may be.
That’s a challenge for the Ellis novel, which prompted furious protests from feminist and human rights groups in reaction to its explicit, play-by-play depiction of the brutal torture and murder of women at the hands of protagonist Patrick Bateman, which the book’s defenders insisted was satire of a society gone mad with material obsession and moral vacuity. The musical has inspired almost inevitable comparisons to Sweeney Todd.
54 Below Press Preview With Duncan Sheik, Sierra Boggess, Alice Ripley, Paulo Szot, Anat Cohen And Maucha Adnet,The Almeida production of American Psycho prompted mostly favorable reviews along with some dissenting voices: “Goold’s production [has] a cool wit that actually enhances the story’s satire,” wrote Michael Billington in The Guardian. “Sheik’s music also evokes Bateman’s Eighties pop icons, such as Phil Collins, and provides an ironic commentary on the action. Instead of stand-alone songs Sheik gives us music that reflects the world the characters inhabit…This is a show that confirms the mythic power of Easton Ellis’s story and leaves us all dangerously entertained.”
Charles Spencer, in The Telegraph, demurred: Sheik, he wrote, had told an interviewer that he initially thought it ” ‘was the worst idea for a musical ever.’ I rather agree, but although I cordially disliked this show, I suspect it is going to be a big hit and that a transfer to either the West End or Broadway is inevitable, especially since it stars the soon to be retired Doctor Who, Matt Smith as the psychotic Patrick Bateman…You could sense the audience lapping up this empty mixture of ironic style and sudden moments of violence, and there is no doubt that Rupert Goold’s production is smart and sharp. But like the novel on which it is based, it is also glib, heartless and pretentious.”
July 15, 2014 | Categories: Promotional | Tags: American Psycho, Banned, Bret Easton Ellis, Christian Bale, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Dr Who, Duncan Shiek, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Matt Smith, Nudity, Patrick Bateman, Remakes, Serial Killer, Suspense, Violence | Leave a comment
Restoration is an online miniseries that follows in the tradition of the sci-fi we love : Philip K. Dick, Black Mirror, Twilight Zone, Warren Ellis & many others. We are taking a big sci-fi concept, fascinating characters, and weaving them together to tell a (hopefully) compelling and mind-bending story. It’s sci-fi with a soul. Because that is what we love and what we do.
Restoration explores what it means to be human. In what ways does the mind drive the body, and in what ways does the body drive the mind?
Many of us would’ve experienced that strange moment when you’ve driven home and you realise you can’t remember driving the car there. Now imagine being in a body that you think is yours and it drives your car somewhere else entirely – a place that is completely foreign to you.
That idea is at the heart of Restoration.
2019. A company – RESTORATION LIFE SERVICES – offers individuals the service of having their memories downloaded for backup. So, in the event of death, those memories can be uploaded into a new body, a generic host, nicknamed a “jerry”.
After a routine backup, Oliver Klein wakes up to find that his memories have been restored into a body that is not his own. Trapped in this foreign body, Oliver Klein struggles to reconnect with his family and his life, and must come face-to-face-with the truth that he is not the only Oliver Klein.
And this foreign body? It has its own “muscle memory”*. Soon, Oliver discovers that he is capable of doing things the original Oliver never could and never would.
Check out their Kickstarter page HERE
July 10, 2014 | Categories: Promotional | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Australian, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Dystopian, Futurism, Horror, Icons, Independent, Melbourne, Muscle Memory, Philip K. Dick, Post Apocalyptic, Restoration, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Violence, Warren Ellis | 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
July 5, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Actors, Art, Artwork, British, Classic, Comic book art, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Frankenstein, Genius, Gore, Gothic Art, Gothic Literature, Graphic Novel, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Possession, Remakes, Sci-Fi, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, The Monster, Thriller, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
John Constantine is sad; all he wants is a smoke, he won’t however… His restraint comes from the standards & practices department at NBC, which is more powerful than any nicotine patch when it comes to killing off a nicotine habit. You can have rape, murder, torture and all manner of violence, but no smoking on network tv.
The character, a DC Comics mainstay since his creation by Alan Moore in the mid-’80s, is coming to television via David Goyer and NBC. And despite the fact that Constantine is a serious smoker (such a dedicated smoker, in fact, that lung cancer became a major plot point in his overall story) the network has said “no smoking” to the producers of Constantine.
Pilot director Neil Marshall explains some of the no smoking reasoning. Given that Constantine is about a damaged magic using-antihero who is more likely to hurt his friends than help them, is there really any thought that John Constantine, played by Matt Ryan, would inspire kids to smoke? (Maybe? Some people are pretty dumb.) Collider spoke to pilot director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday, several Game of Thrones episodes) who explained that NBC axed the idea of John Constantine smoking on television.
No we’re not [making him smoke]. It’s the one thing, a compromise I guess. On network it’s the one thing — you can’t smoke on network. That’s one of his character traits. We’re working around that. We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We’ll see.
Marshall says he doesn’t know what happens after the pilot, and that he can’t say whether Constantine’s cancer will end up being a plot point in some manner despite the lack of smoking. He does say there is no mention of cancer in the pilot.
Smoking aside, violence and disturbing content won’t be an issue. Which is to say that Hannibal may have evil company.
Hannibal is on NBC, and that’s pretty dark and disturbing. Whatever the regulations are, you can be as dark and disturbing as you want and we’re going to go in that direction. The intention is to be as dark and scary as possible with the show. And that was our whole kind of plan going in, to make it scary. So we’re going to explore all kinds of things. But the smoking is very frustrating. Who knows where it will go; where the story will go; where the character will go? There’s still lots of options.
Constantine premieres Friday October 24, at 10pm. Here’s the official blurb:
Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind. But when demons target Liv, the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight,” an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences, is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. And now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world – and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.
July 2, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Television | Tags: Action, Actors, Alan Moore, Art, Comic Book Movies, Constantine, Controversial, Cult, David Goyer, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Hellblazer, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, John Constantine, Legend, Lung Cancer, Matt Ryan, NBC, Neil Marshall, Possession, Serial Killer, Supernatural, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
This title has been long anticipated and you can bet that has a lot to do with the name on the cover page. Kirkman is a non-stop dynamo with heavy hitter titles like The Walking Dead and Invincible under his belt, not just writing but creating the popular series. When it was announced he would be tackling a new horror title, anticipation was high. And damn was the wait worth it. Outcast is a comic that is introducing you into a whole new world head-first, it’s not going to tip toe you through the origins of the main character and general plot, it just plunges in and hits the ground running. And you keep up because it’s damn good. Like always, Kirkman does an excellent job at building real characters with realistic personalities and forty-four pages we have a demonic plot and a cast of characters we already know and sympathize for. It’s like reading a fantastic horror movie, where we get the bright sunny day exposition and then on a dime we get the gritty, terrifying plot threads. Artist Azaceta is a perfect fit for the title, creating smoky, grainy characters that fit into the world that’s being created. ShockTillYouDrop.
June 30, 2014 | Categories: Comics | Tags: Art, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Graphic Novel, Horror, Horror Comic, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Possession, Robert Kirkman, Sci-Fi, Slasher, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. Now presented in a definitive restoration, the film’s chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again.
At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…
Released in 1920, this film is incalculably influential (yes I’m looking at you Tim Burton), the film’s nightmarish jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it). But this diabolical tale nevertheless stands alone – now more mesmerising than ever!
June 29, 2014 | Categories: Trailers | Tags: Banned, Blockbuster, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari, Diabolical, Disturbing, Foreign, German, Gore, Gothic, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Noir, Possession, Robert Weine, Serial Killer, Sinister, Suspense, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, 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
Child of God — which James Franco co-wrote, produced, directed — is an adaptation of the 1973 novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Cormac McCarthy, author of No Country for Old Men and The Road. It’s the chilling story a pathological loner’s descent into crime and madness.
Based on an acclaimed novel set in the South, much like his 2013 drama As I Lay Dying. Child of God also features a breakout performance by Scott Haze, who worked with Franco on his last film (and his experimental Interior. Leather Bar.) Tim Blake Nelson and True Blood’s Jim Parrack also return to co-star.
Child of God played at the Venice, Toronto, New York and Austin International Film Festivals, and will open in select cities on Aug. 1. Among the many projects Franco has on his busy schedule are a biopic of writer Charles Bukowski, and another Faulkner adaptation The Sound and the Fury — with Haze and Nelson returning for both films.
June 27, 2014 | Categories: Trailers | Tags: Action, Actors, Charles Bukowski, Child of God, Controversial, Cormac McCarthy, Cult, Disturbing, Faulkner adaptation The Sound and the Fury, Festival, Gore, Horror, Icons, Independent, James Franco, Legend, No Country For Old Men, Possession, Post Apocalyptic, Scott Haze, Serial Killer, Suspense, The Road, Thriller, Tim Blake Nelson, Toronto, True Blood, Violence | Leave a comment