The Purge, which comes from director James DeMonaco, looks to be a fairly intense piece of work. While I have yet to see the film (something I’m fixing soon), I took the opportunity last week to hop on the phone with Max Burkholder (“Parenthood”), who plays young Charlie Sandin in the film.
In theaters June 7th, the film also stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Tony Oller, and Rhys Wakefield.
“In an America wracked by crime, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—is legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It is one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.”
Check out the interview below! READ MORE
We’ve landed the art and teaser trailer for the indie A Grim Becoming, which stars Bill Oberst Jr., Bill Oberst Jr., Jessica Cameron, Lynn Lowry, Melantha Blackthorne, Devanny Pinn, Michael Sciabarrasi and Brandon Williams.
“Raphael is a young, bitter executive who is on the verge of losing a multimillion dollar architectural deal when a sudden death in his family forces him to return to his home town of Metzburgh.
As Raphael returns to Metzburgh, he experiences a life changing event: witnessing a Grim Reaper taking a soul. This sighting results in Raphael becoming a Reaper and having to explore his own conscience and the lengths he will go to get his own life back. But Death has other plans for the naive young executive.” READ MORE
Take a bath with a new clip from Alyce Kills, the newest BD Selects title from Zombie Strippers director Jay Lee.
“After accidentally knocking her best friend off a roof, Alyce is haunted by guilt and delves into a brutal nightmare wonderland of sex, drugs and violence, her mind tearing itself apart…along with anyone else who gets in her way.”
Director Jay Lee takes us down the rabbit hole and unleashes enough chaos and horror to satisfy any gore hound. Alyce Kills stars Tamara Feldman (Hatchet), James Duval (Donnie Darko, Doom Generation), Eddie Rouse (Pandorum), Larry Cedar (The Crazies), Yorgo Constantine (Fast Five), Megan Gallagher (“Millenium”) Rena Owen (Once We Were Warriors), Tracey Walter (Repo Man, Batman), Bret Roberts (May, Nighstalker) and Jade Dornfeld making her film debut as the titular character Alyce.
Alyce Kills takes an unflinching look at a young woman’s struggle to keep it together after tragically killing her best friend. Haunted by guilt, she begins to unravel–losing sleep, losing her job and eventually her sanity. Alyce Kills will be released in select theaters on May 24, 2013 (event details inside). It will be available on Cable VOD in partnership with Tribeca Films and for digital streaming on May 21, 2013. Additional local cable VOD information is available via Tribeca Film On Demand at Bloodydisgustingselects.com/vod. READ MORE
Arriving on VOD and in limited theaters June 28 is Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, which was acquired by IFC Films out of the Toronto International Film Festival. I have loved everything I’ve seen from this, it feels like we’re finally getting an original vampire story. It’s a total breath of fresh air and this new trailer is no exception. I can’t wait to see this.
Starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Caleb Landry Jones, Danny Mays, Bradley James, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller and Tom Hollander, the pic is about a pair of women who claim to be vampire siblings.
“On the run for murder, two young “sisters” arrive penniless at an English seaside town. Clara is a fiercely modern woman who has her eyes on the future and no time for the past. Teenager Eleanor is shy and innocent. Yet they both hide the same secrets: they are really mother and daughter, and they are both … vampires!” READ MORE
We are incredibly excited to exclusively share the official theatrical poster for Franck Khalfoun’s horror masterpiece Maniac, starring Elijah Wood in the terrifying lead role, which will open in select theaters, iTunes and on VOD platforms June 21. The one-sheet depicts one of Frank’s (played by Wood) mannequins – only these dummies don’t come to life to make love with you; expect insanity.
We’re huge fans here on Bloody, and are quite proud of our “A modern horror classic” quote; we stand behind it 110% percent.
In the remake, “Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank (Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.” READ MORE
Here’s the English-language trailer for the new flick The Incredible Truth, which opened in Singapore on May 16th.
The film is directed by Sam Leong and stars Christy Chung, Liu Yana, and Megumi Kagurazaka.
“While sightseeing around Japan, a young couple, Jiajia and Wei Ling, have their excursion cut short after they check into the nefarious Hotel Shimizu. The haunted structure holds many murderous secrets, some of which pertain directly to the tourists, who end up getting caught in a web of mystery and bloodshed.
Will they survive the night, or will they be the next to fall victim to The Incredible Truth?” READ MORE
Now in Japanese cinemas as of May 18 is The Ring and Dark Water director Hideo Nakata’s The Complex, which now has an absolutely insane TV Spot.
The Complex stars Atsuko Maeda as “Nursing student Asuka has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. On the first night in her new room, she is awoken by a strange scratching sound coming from the apartment of her neighbor, a reclusive old man who has refused all attempts at communication. Concerned over his well being, Asuka enters his home only to find him dead from malnutrition. Worse, it looks as if he had been trying to claw his way into her room.
Asuka learns that there have been a number of strange deaths in the complex over the years from Shinobu (Hiroki Narimiya), the handyman cleaning up the old man’s apartment. Even the girls at school whisper rumors of it being haunted. When the late night scratching returns, Asuka ventures back into her neighbor’s home and comes face to face with an apparition of the old man!
Panicked by the discovery of her apartment emptied and her family gone, Asuka seeks help from Shinobu, who brings in a spiritualist to exorcise Asuka of the evil surrounding her. However, as she delves into the girl’s predicament, the spiritualist discovers that signs points not to the old man but to a small boy living in the complex with a past as tragic as the one Asuka herself lives in denial of.”
Check out the international spot inside. READ MORE
Here’s some early behind-the-scenes imagery from Exists, the hotly anticipated Bigfoot film directed by Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly) from a Jamie Nash script.
Exists, which follows a group of twentysomethings who take a trip to a cabin deep in the wooded wilderness and are methodically hunted by a Bigfoot-like beast, stars the absolutely beautiful Dora Madison Burge, as well as Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, and Denise Williamson.
Brian Steele (Hellboy) plays the monster.
Producers are Robin Cowie, Jane Fleming, Andy Jenkins, and Mark Ordesky with Gregg Hale and Reed Frerichs exec producing. READ MORE
Fans of Dread and Cassadaga should be excited to watch this sales promo for Anthony DiBlasi’s next feature, Missionary, starring Dawn Olivieri, Mitch Ryan, Kip Pardue and J LaRose.
For sale at the ongoing Cannes market, the pic follows a wife and mother who starts an affair with a young missionary… with disastrous consequences.
PoileyWood Entertainment produces the screenplay by Bruce Wood & Scott Poiley. READ MORE
After last week’s kick-ass red band trailer (also included below) for V/H/S/2 we’ve got a green band trailer that starts off largely the same but gives us a few nice new looks at things we haven’t seen yet as it hits its second half.
Acquired by Magnet Releasing out of Sundance as S-VHS, V/H/S/2 will be arriving on VOD platforms June 6 with a theatrical rollout set for July 12. In the film directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener and Timo Tjahjanto, “Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static—white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.
From the demented minds that brought you last year’s V/H/S comes V/H/S/2, an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. This follow-up ventures even further down the demented path blazed by its predecessor, discovering new and terrifying territory in the genre. This is modern horror at its most inventive, shrewdly subverting our expectations about viral videos in ways that are just as satisfying as they are sadistic. The result is the rarest of all tapes—a second generation with no loss of quality.”
Check it out below!!! READ MORE
A new found footage indie has cropped up in Absence, of which THR has an exclusive on the poster. The film will be directed by Jimmy Loweree (Climbing Mt. Evelyn) from a script he wrote with Jake Moreno. The (apparently) alien inspired feature stars Erin Way, Eric Matheny and Ryan Smale.
Way plays “an expectant mother who wakes up to discover that her pregnancy has disappeared overnight. Along with her husband (Eric Matheny) and her brother (Ryan Smale), she travels to the mountains to find out what happened to her unborn baby.”
The film was picked up for worldwide distribution by Cinedigm and will hit theaters in New York on July 5. READ MORE
Here’s the official U.S. poster for The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright’s new movie that stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan.
In theaters August 23 2013, “20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.”
Toast Wright’s new movie below! READ MORE
Not since Willem Dafoe (Shadow of the Vampire) has a star been transformed into such a hideous vampire creature.
Check out some Cannes sales art, as well as a stack of new images from Jim Jarmusch’s crypto-vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive, which stars Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Anton Yelchin. It’s Jarmusch’s first entry since Broken Flowers in 2005.
“Lovers” stars Hiddleston as Adam, an underground musician who’s deeply depressed by the direction of human activities. He reunites with his centuries-long lover, Eve (Swinton), though their idyll is soon interrupted by Eve’s wild and uncontrollable younger sister Ava (Wasikowska).
The below images have been shared via Indiewire, as the film premiered this past Saturday. One still teases how creepy Swinton gets in this dark tale. It’s exciting to see such a talent in a vampire movie. I’m beyond excited!
No word on a US release as of yet. READ MORE
HOLY CRAP. We now have the UK trailer for A Field In England, the fourth feature film from writer/director Ben Wheatley, whose credits include the highly acclaimed tour-de-force thriller Kill List, the Edgar Wright-produced 2012 Cannes Film Festival selection Sightseers, and a segment in anthology horror film The ABCs Of Death.
Billed as “a psychedelic trip into magic and madness,” A Field In England follows a group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces. A theatrical and VOD release is planned for 2013. Fans can connect with A Field In England on tFacebook and can also download a free track from the soundtrack by Jim Williams.
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, recently acquired the North American rights.
With a new feature, the 8-figure-budgeted sci-fi/action epic Freak Shift, currently in pre-production, Wheatley and producers Claire Jones & Andy Starke assembled A Field In England with financing via Film4′s talent and ideas arm Film4.0 headed up by Anna Higgs. The film stars Reece Shearsmith (“The League Of Gentlemen”), Kill List‘s Michael Smiley andfeatures Julian Barrett (“The Mighty Boosh”) in a small role. READ MORE
While we weren’t able to attend the first annual Stanley Fest Film Festival, Bloody Disgusting reader Erik Myers was lucky enough to attend what sounded like one of the best horror events of the year.
The fest played host to the world premiere screening of The Purge, Uni’s collaboration with genre buffs Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse.
In theaters June 7 from director James DeMonaco, the pic takes place in an America wracked by crime, where the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—is legal. Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Tony Oller and Rhys Wakefield all star.
Here’s Myers’ mixed-positive review. READ MORE
The zombedy Warm Bodies (review) was great, so we’re getting behind a little promotion to get a few of you a copy of the movie to own when it streets on June 4. Not to mention, we also have a poster literally signed by a ton of the cast and director Jonathan Levine!
What we have to win are the following:
(1) Grand Prize = 1 BLU-RAY + 1 Warm Bodies Book + 1 t-shirt + 1 sweatshirt + 1 mini one-sheet signed (Teresa Palmer, Nicholas Hoult, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco, Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion (the author))
(2) Runners Up = 2 DVD (each runner up would get 1 DVD)
TO ENTER: Just e-mail your FULL NAME ADDRESS [email protected].
Winners will be chosen at random on June 4. Winners must live in the U.S. No PO Boxes. READ MORE
Sam Neill, who you
may better remember as Dr. Alan Grant in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park, talked to the Dominion Post about Universal Pictures’ forthcoming sequel. His response was stomach-churning.
“I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig.”
The project, which was being called Jurassic Park IV, was put on hold this month so Safety Not Guaranteed‘s Colin Trevorrow could further develop the screenplay with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Behind-the-scenes rumblings were that the plot could be about the government who has trained dinosaurs to carry weapons and use them for battle purposes.
And Collider, who caught wind of this shocking blurb, pointed out that producer Frank Marshall told them the project is not a reboot.
Still, you have to admit the timing is weird, especially since the 3-D re-release did quite well, and the fact that Trevorrow was scouting the same locations as the first film. Could Uni have decided they want a reboot instead of a sequel? Will they pull the ol’ title trick and have the park just re-open having similar events occur? If they do, expect the new title to be The Jurassic Park.
And I’m not one to shame a remake, but come on, Jurassic Park is a perfect movie. Neill shouldn’t even joke about it… READ MORE
Reviewed by Patrick Cooper
The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a hugely entertaining atmospheric thriller saved from the bowels of obscurity by Scream Factory. It plays out more like a police procedural than a horror film (like Zodiac), with moments of terror and misplaced comedy peppered throughout. The film becomes even more interesting when you realize that, holy shit, it really is based on a true story of one of America’s earliest serial killers. Luckily, the new Blu-ray/DVD release from Scream Factory provides plenty of true crime trivia about the actual “Phantom Killer” that paralyzed the twin cities of Texarkana with fear back in 1946, while also giving the film its best presentation ever. READ MORE
The Orphanage producer Rodar y Rodar is teaming with Atresmedia, the film arm of top Spanish broadcaster Atresmedia group, to produce $20 million sci-fi thriller Mirage, Rodar’s English-language debut, Variety reports.
Oriol Paulo, who helmed Rodar’s early-year hit El cuerpo (The Body; pictured), has written a second-draft screenplay and is on board to direct.
“A typical character-driven psychological thriller, a mix that has won Spanish genre movies admirers and buyers around the world, Mirage turns on a mother battling to find her lost son. It is set in parallel worlds of 1980, 2000 and 2014,” said Rodar producer Joaquin Padro.
“Mirage is based on a terrifying premise,” Paulo said. “What if one life had to be lost in order to save another?”
A more detailed plot is under wraps.
Movie is set in a middle-class small U.S. town, he added. Rodar aims to shoot exteriors in North America, interiors in Spain, where costs are considerably lower.
Reviewed by Patrick Cooper
In the ’80s, a lot of horny teenage campers got dismembered on screen. The Burning was released in the wake the massive success of Friday the 13th and added its fair share of corpses to the pile. But what makes the victims in The Burning different than those in the majority slasher films is that these kids are pretty damn likable. Usually you can’t wait for the obnoxious teens to get torn up, but the campers at Camp Stonewater are easy to root for. Besides one rapey scumbag, everyone else is pretty cool and the film itself is very entertaining and fun. READ MORE
Sony Pictures has shared a handful of fun and energetic imagery from This Is the End, the new apocalypse comedy directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Aziz Ansari, Emma Watson, Jason Segel and David Krumholtz all on this gory horror comedy. Rogen wrote the script with Goldberg. The project is inspired by a short called “Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse” that featured Rogen and Jay Baruchel playing themselves, holed up in an apartment as they dealt with the end of the world.
“The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.”
This Is The End hits June 14th! READ MORE
“Breaking Dawn‘s” Mia Maestro, pictured, is set to star opposite Corey Stoll in FX‘s high-profile drama project “The Strain,” from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and veteran showrunner Carlton Cuse, Deadline reports.
“The Strain,” an adaptation of del Toro’s vampire novel trilogy, formally has a pilot order, but is being eyed for a 13-episode series pickup.
“The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Actress-singer Maestro, repped by ICM Partners and 3 Arts, plays Dr. Nora Martinez, who works so closely with Ephraim, they finish each other’s sentences and stumble into an affair. A brilliant biochemist, Martinez cares more about people than the diseases that threaten them, but she will soon be forced to embrace a new identity as a ruthless warrior.”
Del Toro will direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, who also co-authored the books with del Toro. Cuse, who helped develop the adaptation, executive produces alongside del Toro and will serve as showrunner, overseeing the potential series with del Toro. Hogan and Gary Ungar also serve as exec producers of the project, produced by FX Prods.
This marks a return to series television for Alias alumna Maestro, who will next be seen in starring in the indie Some Girls, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.
With the order from FOX official, here’s a pair of TV promos for “Sleepy Hollow”, directed by Len Wiseman. The show will air Monday night from 9pm-10pm, which was originally filled by “The Following”.
“Sleepy Hollow,” from “Transformers” team Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, finds Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) being resurrected to find a world on the brink of doom.
From co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the Star Trek and Transformers franchises, “Fringe”), the thrilling new action-adventure “Sleep Hollow” is a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic. ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.
“Sleepy Hollow” is from K/O Paper Products in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is co-created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman (“Hawaii Five-0,” Underworld and Total Recall). The series is executive-produced by Kurtzman, Orci and Wiseman and Heather Kadin. Iscove serves as supervising producer. Wiseman directed the pilot. READ MORE
Comedian-turned-actor Dan Aykroyd joined “Larry King Now” to talk about all sorts of stuff, including the long-gestured Ghostbusters 3, which seems destined to eventually happen. While Bloody Disgusting was the first media site to bring you story details, Aykroyd speaks in more detail to Larry King.
Before getting into the actual plot, it’s important to note that Aykroyd boldly stated that Bill Murray is not currently part of the movie. “He’s a good friend, I love him, he just doesn’t want to reprise the role. However, there will be a hole for him. If Billy wants to walk in the door and be in the movie, we will find a place.”
But, as we previously revealed, Ghostbusters 3 will feature a new cast of Busters. “We’re going to have to cast. We need four new ghostbusters. We need four new Columbia students,” stated Aykroyd.
As far as the plot of Ghostbusters 3, Dan Aykroyd said, “It’s based upon new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University.” Aykroyd added, “Basically there’s research being done that…I can say that the world or our dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width, and time, become threatened by some of the research that is being done. And Ghostbusters, new Ghostbusters have to come and solve the problem.” READ MORE