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Halloween – Resurrected Again…

michael_myersPatrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the writers behind some of the installments of the hit Saw movies, have been tapped to pen the latest entry of the Halloween horror franchise for Dimension Films.

Malek Akkad, who has been associated with the franchise since the mid-1990s and producing the movies since the 2007 reboot, is producing with Matt Stein. He is the son of Moustapha Akkad, the man who executive produced the original batch of movies.

Rob Zombie directed the reboot and its 2009 follow-up, but no director is attached to the new installment, which has been in development for several years now. Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine) and Todd Famer were at one point working on a Halloween 3D, but since they departed years ago, it’s been quieter than a night in Haddonfield, Illinois.

In fact, it’s been so long since the last movie, it is unclear what to call the latest project that will tell the bloody tales of Michael Myers, the seemingly unstoppable killer who stalks the Halloween holiday.

Sources say it’s not a remake, not a reboot, and not a reimagining. One source said the project is a “recalibration.”

Whatever it is, Melton and Dunstan should be suited to the task. The pair wrote four of the seven Saw movies (numbers IV tVII), Piranha 3DD as well as an adaptation of The Outer Limits, which is in development at MGM. They also worked on God of War for Universal and most recently wrote Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which they sold as a pitch to CBS Films.


Faults

Faults_posterI really liked Martha, Marcy, May Marlene and Red State, now we have Faults mining a similar ‘cult-themed’ seam, looking forward to this one. Great poster. Here’s the official blurb:

Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults and mind control. But Ansel’s specialty, deprogramming cult members and returning them to their families, is not an exact science, and a series of financial setbacks has left him in debt to his manager. Ansel warns Claire’s parents that his deprogramming methods are risky and expensive, but they agree to hire him to kidnap and deprogram their daughter. Claire quickly reveals herself to be a formidable challenge. Her belief is unshakeable, and her logic is undeniable. A battle of wits develops between the two as they delve deeper and deeper into each other’s minds.


Silent Hills P.T. The Movie

Home-made editing from the game Resident Evil: Revelations. Captured and edited by Nabil Ayari… and it’s better than most found footage movies. Check out more shorts over at GameBillStudio HERE


Opus Nightmares – Horror Themes

Opus-Nightmares_NexusSoundscapes and alternate horror themes created for your listening pleasure. Inspired by their favourite films such as Hellraiser, Jacobs Ladder, Event Horizon, Evil Dead and games such as Silent Hill, The Evil Within, Siren Blood and re-interpreted in their studio.

Check it out and back them on Kickstarter HERE
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/587513431/opus-nightmare-horror-soundtracks/widget/card.html?v=2


Texas Chainsaw Massacre – By Jason Edmiston

Grey Matter Art is proud to announce their next release for the 4 part artist series for the 40th Anniversary of the film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This poster is by the very talented Jason Edmiston… I need this…

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Knock Knock – Trailer

The new psychological sex thriller from Eli Roth made it’s bow at Sundance, here is the official press release:  Evan Webber (Keanu Reeves) is living the dream. Just look at his beautiful, successful wife, his two wonderful kids, and his truly stunning house—which he designed himself. Of course he did. Things are going so well, Evan doesn’t even mind spending Father’s Day alone while the rest of his family heads out for a beach weekend. And then there’s a knock on the door.
The two young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) standing on Evan’s doorstep are where Evan’s dream takes a nightmarish turn. Given co-writer/director Eli Roth’s well-deserved reputation for creating cinematic discomfort, it should come as no surprise what happens next: Things get weird, and then dark, and then much, much, much darker. But this is no splatter film, so Roth keeps the horror nice and psychological as Evan’s life—and house—get ripped apart, piece by beautiful piece.


The Man in the Orange Jacket – Trailer

A trailer for a disturbing looking film from Latvia, with the following promotional blurb: A laid-off worker kills his ex-boss in cold blood, and assumes his lifestyle. The good times will be short-lived, however as things are about to take an unexpected turn.


Reanimator – The Graphic Novel

Re-Animator_Variant-Cover-ArtCreated in 1921 by Lovecraft as a semi-parody of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Reanimator story follows the creepy doctor Herbert West on his quest to conduct freaky experiments and create terrifying zombies. The character is likely best known from the epic 1985 film version, starring Jeffrey Combs in the title role.

Now the classic H.P. Lovecraft tale of the Reanimator is being re-imagined as a new comic series later this year. The comic will be written by Keith Davidsen with art by Randy Valiente, and published by Dynamite. The new series will see West headed to New Orleans to revamp his experiments, though it sounds like he’ll run afoul of the locals. Cue the epic voodoo battles. Dynamite has dabbled with the Reanimator franchise a few times in recent years via a one-shot issue, an Army of Darkness comic crossover.

Here’s the official synopsis for the run:

In Reanimator, Dr. Herbert West heads to New Orleans to continue his life’s work: the revival of the dead by purely chemical means. To accomplish this task, he recruits Susan Greene, a young and wide-eyed pharmacologist fascinated by his macabre experiments. Initially unfazed by West’s unorthodox practices (including how he funds his research – by selling zombie brain fluid as a narcotic), Susan may regret her scientific curiosity as sinister forces – those aligned with Elder Gods and Haitian Voodoo – begin to align against the Reanimator.


Tales of Halloween – Production Diaries 2

Three more Production diaries from the forthcoming Tales of Halloween anthology series. You can see the first 3 diaries HERE.




R.I.P Alan J. Hirshfield

Hirschfield (Medium)Long-time former studio and media executive Alan J. Hirschfield has died of natural causes at 79 in his Wilson, Wyoming, home, his son confirmed. Hirschfield was perhaps best known for overseeing the creation of Taxi Driver and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but had a long career heading a number of media and entertainment companies before becoming a consultant and board member with many more companies in the industry and beyond.

Hirschfield was born in New York and grew up in Oklahoma. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, and an MBA from Harvard University. 

Hirschfield was CEO of Columbia Pictures from 1973 to 1978 before being ousted because he refused on moral grounds to reinstate David Begelman, who had embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the studio. Between 1982 and 1986, Hirschfield was chairman of Twentieth Century Fox, then became a consultant for several years, including two as consultant to the chairman of Warner Communications.

From 1990 to 1992, Hirschfield was an investment banker and also co-CEO of Financial News Network. From 1992 to 2000, he was co-CEO of Data Broadcasting Corp., which subsequently merged with Financial Times/Pearson’s Inc. He then returned to consulting in the media and entertainment industry as president of Norman Hirschfield and Company. In the 1960s, he was an investment banker, and director and CFO of Warner/7 Arts.

A busy man, Hirschfield served on the boards of directors of Forbes, Carmike Cinemas, CBS Marketwatch, Billboard Publishing, Motown Records, Chappell Music Publishing, Chyron Corp., Cantel Medical Corp., Peregrine Systems, Interactive Data Corp., Enercrest, Wiltel Corp. and Leucadia National Corp. For decades, Hirschfield collected notable artifacts and art tied to the Old West and Native Americans. He also served with a number of philanthropic and non-profit organizations, including as director of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, as a trustee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The George Gustav Haye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian, Grand Teton Music Festival and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. He also was a trustee of the American Film Institute and an MPAA director.He is survived by his wife, Berte Hirschfield and three children.


Tales of Halloween – Production Diaries

Check out these behind the scenes production diaries from Tales of Halloween segment directors Adam Gierasch, Mike Mendez, Andrew Kasch, and Neil Marshall; actors Kristina Klebe and Casey Ruggieri; filmmaker Adam Green in costume for his cameo; and more.


This Is Horror Awards

It’s that time of year again, lists, awards… The This Is Horror Awards 2014 are now open. Please send your votes to awards@thisishorror.co.uk with the subject line ‘Awards 2014 Votes’. To cast a vote simply write the category and your vote for each award. You may vote for your top two in each category. For example:

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1. First choice
2. Second choice

Here are the awards and nominations:

Novel of the Year
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Revival by Stephen King
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
The Troop by Nick Cutter

Film of the Year
Oculus
Snowpiercer
The Babadook
The Raid 2
Under The Skin

TV Series of the Year
American Horror Story: Coven
Hannibal (Season Two)
The Strain
The Walking Dead (Season Four)
True Detective

Short Story Collection of the Year
After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones
Burnt Black Suns: A Collection of Weird Tales by Simon Strantzas
Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall
The End in All Beginnings by John F.D. Taff
Unseaming by Mike Allen

Anthology of the Year
Burnt Tongues: An Anthology of Transgressive Short Stories (Edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas and Dennis Widmyer)
The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen (Edited by Ellen Datlow)
The New Black (Edited by Richard Thomas)
The Spectral Book of Horror Stories (Edited by Mark Morris)
Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume 1 (Edited by Laird Barron)

Magazine of the Year
Black Static
Fangoria
Morpheus Tales
Nightmare Magazine
Rue Morgue

As usual I’ll be posting my Top Films of the year soon, also as usual it will be later as we tend to get some films slightly later down here in Australia. Film of the year however is already locked in…

 


Psycho Shower Scene in LEGO

Any regular visitors to this blog will be aware that I like a bit of LEGO and love Psycho… so you can imagine how good it was to find this clip by Bricktease. you can see more at his YouTube site HERE



Fright Night


In 1985 Director Tom Holland gave horror fans everywhere a classic horror film with Fright Night. Staring Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, Amanda Bearse, William Ragsdale and our favorite, Stephen “Evil Ed” Geoffreys, “Fright Night” tells the story of Charley Brewster and his friends as they discover their next door neighbour is a vampire.

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the film they have released a limited edition Blu-ray version that is packed with a ton of cool extras. Here is a list of the bonus features:

– Isolated Score Track

– Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Tom Holland, Actors Chris Sarandon and Jonathan Stark and Moderated by Filmmaker Tim Sullivan

– Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Tom Holland, Actors William Ragsdale and Stephen Geoffreys, FX Artist Randall Cook and Moderated by Journalist Jeremy Smith and Filmmaker Tim Sullivan

– First Ever Fright Night Reunion Panel – Fear Fest 2 (2008) with Tom Holland, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys, Amanda Bearse, Jonathan Stark and Moderated by Rob Galluzzo

– Shock Till You Drop Presents Choice Cuts with Tom Holland and Ryan Turek

– Vintage EPK with Behind-the-Scenes Raw Footage

– Stills and Memorabilia Gallery from the Tom Holland Archives

– Original Theatrical Trailers

This special edition release is limited to only 5000 copies and is strictly limited to one per customer. Erase memories of the awful remake and order yours today!


The United States of Horror

The United States of Horror updated by The Art of Horror. See more HERE

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It Follows – Official Trailer

After they took down the It Follows teaser I’m pleased that Radius TWC have released a full trailer. After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her.

The movie is written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, who previously made The Myth of the American Sleepover. It stars a great young cast, including Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe.


Krampus

Seasons grievings! Check out the ghastly holiday-horror spectacular, “Krampus” – based on the terrifying tales of Germanic folklore! Naughty? Nice? Either way, yule be terrified. Awesome fake trailer from Midnight Crew Studios.


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Merry Christmas

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The Nightmare on Elm Street Before Christmas

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Until Dawn – 7 Minute Preview

In this full playthrough from the 2014 PlayStation Experience demo, Sam, played by Hayden Panettiere, is relaxing in the bath when she’s interrupted by an intruder. When she investigates, her friends are nowhere to be seen.

This play-through represents only one of the many different paths possible. Each split-second decision you make as you play could put you on a new path. Any single decision may not be fatal, but your actions could have deadly consequences for your character later in the story.


Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave

Day of the Woman a.k.a. I Spit On Your Grave was inspired by Meir Zarchi’s experience with a victim of rape. After stumbling upon a teenage girl in a park in the aftermath of a violent assault, Zarchi began to imagine how a woman in this situation might fantasize about revenge. Moreover, he wanted to depict to the audience the real horrors of rape.

I Spit On Your Grave follows Jennifer Hills, (played by Keaton), a magazine writer from New York City, as she retires to a secluded cabin in the woods to write her first novel. While there she is brutally assaulted, raped and left for dead. But Jennifer is alive. Emotionally destroyed, she no longer writes her novel; instead she finds herself choreographing a horrific revenge scheme to inflict punishment on her assailants.

Upon its theatrical release in 1980, the movie was described by the late prominent film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert as “Easily the most offensive film” they had ever seen, yet hailed by others as a cinematic masterpiece. The debate continued as the movie was pulled from theaters in the United States, then branded a “video nasty” in the United Kingdom and placed on the Director of Public Prosecutions’ list of prosecutable films. Still, 36 years later the film continues to attract both praise and negative criticism and has even spawned a remake in 2010 and sequel in 2013.

Now in production, the I Spit On Your Grave 1978 Documentary will reveal some insight into the madness and the man behind it all. Created by Terry Zarchi (son of Meir Zarchi, who also played a small role in the film), this project will deliver both a personal and informative view that only someone who grew up with this movie can provide.

36 years after the making of the controversial 1978 cult classic I Spit On Your Grave, actress Camille Keaton will appear on screen with director Meir Zarchi in an upcoming documentary, “Growing up with I Spit On Your Grave has inspired me to tell the story behind the story.” said Zarchi. “This is perhaps the most misunderstood film of all time and Camille Keaton’s involvement will shed some light on the many questions still surrounding the film.”


In The House of Flies – Trailer

June 1988…Summer Was Never The Same. In the House of Flies tells the story of young lovers whose lives are inadvertently changed forever. An innocent couple, Heather (Lindsay Smith) and Steve (Ryan Kotack) suddenly find themselves abducted. By whom? For what purpose? Alone, isolated and locked in an undisclosed, suburban basement, Heather and Steve find themselves pawns in a mad mans mind game.


Minimal Horror Posters – By Tommy St James

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Minimalist_Horror_Posters_2These minimalist movie posters are inspired by ten horror films. Each one features a pair of objects from a key moment in the movie, but it’s up to you to figure out the name of the film they represent. Check them out HERE


Dario Argento & Goblin – Soundtrack Mix

From Goblin to Ennio Morricone, the music of Dario Argento’s films have been lauded, adored, and appreciated for more years than most of us have been alive. His movies evoke fear, wonder, terror, beauty, mystery, eroticism, and more, all while supporting stunningly gorgeous and terrifying visuals.

But what would happen if several of these tracks were taken and slowed down 10x? Mixcloud user Slow Motion Radio has done just that and created a three and a half hour (!!!) mix of five iconic Argento themes. There’s Suspirira, Profondo Rosso, Tenebre, L’uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo, and Opera in the mix… Turn on, tune in and Drop Out.

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Slow Motion Radio Dario Argento Mix by Slow Motion Radio on Mixcloud