Some belated news e apparently missed out on as Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters‘ Gemma Arterton, pictured below, and Pitch Perfect‘s Anna Kendrick, above, have been set to star alongside Ryan Reynolds in The Voices, the Marjane Satrapi-directed psychological thriller that is being co-produced by 1984 Private Defense Contractors and Mandalay Vision.
Deadline reports that filming is about to start in Berlin, with script by Paranormal Activity 3‘s Michael R. Perry.
“Reynolds plays a lovable but strange bathtub factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden murderous turn, Jerry’s evil “talking” cat and benevolent “talking” dog lead him down a fantastical path that ultimately brings him to salvation.”
Thanks to Bloody reader ‘Dana D.’ for the tip. READ MORE
Paris-based Backup Media, a film consultancy and investor, has unveiled the first financing deals put through on three titles by B Media Global.
Variety reports that, launched last year by Backup, B Media Global is a film fund aimed at bringing Gallic financial know-how and clout to non-French movies made around the globe.
In one of its earliest moves, B Media Global has fully financed Cold in July, the next film by American director Jim Mickle, hot off his English-language remake, We Are What We Are, pictured, which bowed at Sundance. He also directed Mulberry Street and Stakeland.
Produced by Linda Moran and Rene Bastian at New York-based Belladonna, Cold is a character-driven thriller. Mickle rolls on Cold in July.
It’s unclear how many horror elements will be included, but the concept for Phase 4′s newly acquired Philosophers is pretty rad.
The distributor has acquired all rights in the US and Canada to John Huddles’ sci-fi thriller starring James Darcy, says Screen Daily. Bankside Films handles international sales on the Croisette.
“The Philosophers centers on a philosophy teacher at an international school in Jakarta who challenges his graduate class of 20 to elect which 10 they would send into an underground shelter in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.”
Sophie Lowe, Daryl Sabara, Freddie Stroma, Rhys Wakefield and Bonnie Wright star.
Captain America‘s Chris Evans is now circling the Stephen King adaptation The Ten O’Clock People, which once had Justin Long attached before scheduling conflicts got in the way, reports Deadline.
Tom Holland (Fright Night) is still attached to adapt and direct the modernized take on the short story from King’s “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” “about a man who tries to quit smoking with the help of a new drug only to discover a frightening aspect of reality as he kicks nicotine.”
The pic is aiming for a fall shoot in Atlanta and will mark Holland’s third King adaptation after The Langoliers and Thinner. READ MORE
It’s not quite an app, and it’s not quite a movie, it’s Haunting Melissa, a brand new moviegoing experience that happens right now exclusively on your Apple devices.
We now have a new trailer for the film, directed by Hollywood producer Neal Edelstein – an award-winning independent filmmaker and early technology adopter whose credits include The Ring, The Ring Two, Mulholland Drive and The Straight Story.
“No one knows why Melissa vanished. She warned her friends that some ghostly presence had awakened in the isolated farmhouse where she lived… something that whispered to her from the locked room where her mother went mad and died. Now she’s gone… and no one knows what unearthly horror had risen from the past and was… Haunting Melissa.
Little by little, all will be revealed.
You’ve never seen anything like this, because there’s never been a haunting quite like this. The first-of-its-kind Haunting Melissa is a terrifying tale with twists and frights that you won’t soon forget. Delivered piece by piece when you least expect it — and want it most — Haunting Melissa will scare you into discovering the truth.”
You can read our special report on the launch. READ MORE
UK-based Stealth Media Group and Iron Sky producer Cathy Overett’s new shingle Cathartic Pictures have joined to produce a revolving slate of films and to set up an Australian outpost the sales agent.
Deadline reports that the first film in the deal is Bullets For The Dead, a $2M zombie Western set to shoot in Queensland Australia in July, followed by Bite, a $5M vampire film slated to shoot in Oz in October. No details ave been released about either film.
Stealth Australia is also looking to pick up 2-3 films a year out of Australia.
The Weinstein Company‘s Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters has added the final pieces to its casting puzzle.
Deadline reports that “Modern Family‘s” Sarah Hyland, pictured above, and “Vikings’” Gabriel Byrne, below, will now also be sinking their teeth in the movie based on the books by Richelle Mead. Bryne will play Victor, one of the leaders of the Academy while Hyland will play Natalie, Victor’s daughter and the best friend of the lead Rose and Lissa characters. Lucy Fry and Zoey Deutch have already been announced as Lissa and Rose.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Joely Richardson and Dominic Sherwood have also joined the film. Richardson will play Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi Vampires. Sherwood will be playing Christian, Lissa’s love interest. These latest cast additions come on the heels of the announcement last week that Sami Gayle (Blue Bloods), Cameron Monaghan (“Shameless”), Ashley Charles (White Buffalo) and Claire Foy (White Heat) had joined the ensemble cast. The film also stars Oblivion’s Olga Kurylenko and Danila Kozlovski.
“Mead’s best-selling books tell the tale of Rose Hathaway, a teen who has a mental and spiritual bond with her vampire best friend Lissa. The two attend a special school for vampires who are attempting to keep some of their humanity while other of their species are becoming more wild.”
Filming is scheduled to start next week. READ MORE
Emili Pons has launched Barcelona-based low-cost genre label Ms Entertainment to exploit the demand for Spanish or English-lingo fright fare, Variety is reporting.
First movie to roll at Ms Entertainment will be Asmodexia, the feature debut of Catalan Marc Carrete, whose shorts — “Mal cuerpo” (pictured) and slasher pic “Castidermia” (trailer below) — bowed at Catalonia’s Sitges Festival in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
“The Spanish-language horror film unspools over five days in the lives of an exorcist and his granddaughter, working in the Barcelona area.”
Screenplay is by Sitges fest deputy director Mike Hostench and Carrete, from his original idea. Asmodexia goes into production Aug. 26, with Hostench taking an associate producer credit. READ MORE
IFC Midnight acquired North American rights to Cinipix’s action/thriller Raze, directed by Josh Waller, Deadline writes.
The film, written by Robert Beaucage, stars Zoe Bell, Rachel Nichols, Tracie Thoms and Sherilyn Fenn, and made its world premiere at last month’s Tribeca Film Festival.
“Raze follows Sabrina, a woman who is mysteriously abducted and held captive in an underground lair, where she is forced to do battle with other innocents for the amusement of unseen spectators. Each of these reluctant warriors has something to lose, but only one will remain when the game is done.”
It’s a pretty solid little flick that’s sort of like Bloodsport without the creative characters. I think you guys will enjoy the brutality of it. READ MORE
Most of the Godzilla coverage on other sites is hit-whoring garbage. I mean, how many images and videos do you need to see of a talk or a guy wearing a military uniform? Exactly.
Today Legendary Entertainment actually shared something pretty cool, a behind-the-scenes green screen shot of a subway crash. The caption stated: “Director Gareth Edwards setting up a shot on the set of Godzilla.” Also check out a video of Edwards checking in…
Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira) Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind. Warner Bros. will unleash his fury on May 16, 2014.
Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, and Yuki Morita all star. READ MORE
Saturday morning cartoons were hotter than ever in 1991, which is why there are literally a plethora of pilots and single-seasoned shows that failed to make it to a second round.
Such the case with the god awful “Little Shop,” Fox’s attempt at a cartoon based on Little Shop of Horrors, featuring Seymour and the now brunette Audrey as children.
Says Wiki, the concept of the adaptation is credited to Ellen Levy and Mark Edward Edens, and the series was produced by Tom Tataranowicz. The horror elements in previous versions of the story, in which characters are eaten by the plant, are toned down for children in this series.
We’ve added the first episode from the failed first season below for your Saturday Morning Cartoon special. Next week, we promise to get you something awesome. READ MORE
Here’s the pretty funny short film “Giant Squid,” animated and directed by Maxwell O. Perry for Dimly Lit Films.
It features the voices of Jason Glassbrenner, Lauren Wanveer Glassbrenner, Anna Hatchett, Ryan Hall, Maxwell Perry, and Frances Wasylewski.
“When Elise’s boyfriend is abducted by a giant green killer squid in the Atlantic Ocean, she enlists the help of a marine biologist and a drunken squid poacher to track the squid before it is too late…but the squid has other plans.” READ MORE
I feel like a lot of advertisers have lost focus on what advertising is. Many of the ads we see today just go through the motions, so much so that we literally block them out as they’re blasting across our small/big screens. I went to school for advertising, which is why I’m so incredibly sensitive to how something is being sold to me.
“9, the Creative Shop” out of Portugal has shared an extremely impressive print ad for Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead, which was placed into various newspapers back in April. Title Evil Dead: The Night of the Living Dead in Portugal, the poster was placed on the Obituaries page with a bunch of empty slots where the deceased announcements used to remain. Now that the dead are living, there’s no need for obituaries. “Clever girl,” as Muldoon would say.
What are some of the most memorable ads you’ve seen lately? This is a good exercise to show you how good/bad of a job they’re doing… READ MORE
Robin Hardy’s 1973 British horror classic The Wicker Man was based upon David Pinner‘s 1967 novel “Ritual.”
35 years later, Pinner announces that he’s penned a sequel. And the title, well, it’s actually pretty great… “The Wicca Woman.”
“I’ve just completed the sequel to ‘Ritual,’ after all these years, called ‘The Wicca Woman,’” Pinner tells Rue Morgue Magazine in the most recent issue. “The children who are in ‘Ritual’ are grown up in this. It’s set 30 years later just before the millennium.”
In terms of looking at a cult from the outside in, the idea of exploring where the children end up is fascinating. Stephen King is doing the same thing with his “Dr. Sleep,” the sequel to his “The Shining.”
Are you guys cool with this new trend? I am, so long as the original author is. READ MORE
Here’s the official one-sheet to go along with the first still and red band trailer for Paul Middleditch’s Rapture-Palooza, which Lionsgate will release in limited theaters and on VOD platforms June 7. The poster is absolutely hideous.
Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Ken Jeong all star in a new end of the world comedy from Lionsgate.
“When the Apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are raptured up to heaven, Lindsey (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect) and her boyfriend Ben (John Francis Daley, TV’s “Bones”) are left behind in suburban Seattle. The young couple tries their best to lead a normal life surrounded by talking locusts, blood rain showers and pot-smoking wraiths. But when The Beast (Craig Robinson, TV’s “The Office”) makes his home base in their neighborhood, Lindsey finds herself the object of his affection. With the help of her family, friends and a lawn-mowing zombie neighbor (Tom Lennon, TV’s “Reno 911”), the young couple set off to stop the Anti-Christ from taking her as his bride…and just maybe, saving the world in the process.” READ MORE
French producer Charles Gillibert and filmmaker Alexandre Aja have jointly acquired adaptation rights to American writer Laura Kasischke’s bestseller In a Perfect World, Screen Daily writes.
“In A Perfect World revolves around, newly-married, former flight attendant Jiselle, who is surviving life as a new stepmother to three children. Their lives are altered forever when a deadly flu epidemic breaks out.”
Aja is best known internationally for High Tension, Mirrors, the 2010 horror comedy Piranha, and recently co-wrote the screenplay for Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac remake.
Former MK2 producer Gillibert, whose credits include Something in the Air and Laurence Anyways, has just launched his own company CG Cinema. READ MORE
Hong Kong’s Golden Scene is producing Dumplings (pictured) director Fruit Chan’s first Hong Kong-set feature in almost a decade, sci-fi thriller The Midnight After, based on a best-selling novel, reports Screen Daily.
Chan plans to start shooting in June with an ensemble cast including regulars from his previous films, including Wong You Nam (Hollywood Hong Kong), Chui Tien You (Little Cheung) and Sam Lee (Made In Hong Kong). The cast also includes Hong Kong stars Simon Yam, Lam Suet, Janice Man, Kara Hui and Vincci Cheuk.
“Based on the novel Lost On A Minibus From Mongkok To Tai Po, the story follows a group of passengers on a minibus who emerge from a tunnel to discover that every single person has disappeared from Hong Kong. Then the remaining passengers start to go missing one by one.”
Golden Scene is producing with Fruit Chan and Amy Chin’s One Ninety Films Co. One of Hong Kong’s leading indie directors, known for his wry observations of Hong Kong life, Chan has directed shorts, or features outside Hong Kong, since 2004 horror Dumplings.
Shaun of the Dead‘s Simon Pegg has come on board the Australian thriller Kill Me Three Times from Red Dog director Kriv Stenders, Screen Daily reports.
Cargo Entertainment is handling international pre-sales in Cannes.
Pegg, who plays Scotty in this weekend’s North American release Star Trek Into Darkness, joins the action set in a sun-drenched Australian town where a young woman is the link between murder, blackmail and revenge.
Tania Chambers, Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings produce the project, which is set to commence shooting on Sept 16 in Western Australia. Hopscotch / eOne will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. READ MORE
We’re back from vacation. The 40oz. Of Horror Podcast was absent last week, but with good reason — Chad was MIA while visiting Eli Roth’s Goretorium. Is it worth the cost of admission? Chad has the answer.
Are Netflix original series worthy of marathon viewings? Chad and James go toe-to-toe and duke it out over original on-demand television — what is your opinion?
In WTF News, we talk about a company who will mail your enemies… well, something brown and smelly. And of course we have tons of horror news to catch you up.
Also, we must apologize for the drunken shitshow that was last episode. If you were drinking along, sorry for your hangover.
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Stealth Media is now in pre-production on The Hatching, a giant croc movie we now have sales art for.
From a screenplay by Nick Squire, Michael Anderson directs with Greg Davies (Inbetweeners), Thomas Turgoose and Sylvia Syms starring.
“Tim Webber, a teenager at boarding school and his friends Baggy and Nick take a dare to sneak out of the dormitory one night and steal crocodile eggs from a nearby zoo, but the prank ends in tragedy with Nick being killed and Tim taking all responsibility. Fifteen years later, after the death of his father, Tim returns home to Somerset to run the family stone masonry, but there is a sinister undercurrent to the idyllic village setting that seems to harbour a dark secret. People have been disappearing, and it all seems to be centred around the old quarry. Tim meets up again with his old friend Baggy and to their horror clues mount. It appears that the time has come for both Baggy and Tim to pay for their actions of years ago. Those crocodile eggs that came home with Tim hatched!”
Producing is Nigel Wooll and Chantelle de Carvalho. READ MORE
Scott DiLalla’s Ouija movie I Am ZoZo (official website and Facebook) has been picked up by Image Entertainment, who has acquired US rights to the film.
The entire film was shot on Super8mm a few Halloweens back on San Juan Island, WA. It stars Kelly McLaren, Courtney Foxworthy, Demetrius Sager, Caleb DeBattista, and Caleb Courtney
“Five young people sneak into one of their rich dad’s island getaway on Halloween weekend. When they decide to play with a Ouija board things take a terrible turn for the worst as they become the target of a malevolent demon named ZoZo. The newest film from award-winning production outfit One World Studios will be the first feature film to be shot with Kodak’s new Super 8mm stock.” READ MORE
We’ve got a new full length trailer for Season 8 of Showtime’s “Dexter” that quickly catches us up on the events of the previous seasons before launching in to some new footage. As disappointed as I’ve been in the show recently, I might as well check out this new stretch seeing as its the final one.
“Dexter” returns June 30 to Showtime (including Yvonne Strahovski reprising her role on the show) followed by the premiere of “Ray Donovan.”
Check it out below! READ MORE
There’s a bunch of titles floating around for this indie horror film, currently going to market, but we’ll just call it Ragnarok until we hear otherwise. (Other titles floating around include The Gates of Ragnarok, The Enigma of Ragnarok and Gåten Ragnarok ). Anyway, if you’re into low budget fantasy Viking and Dragon stuff, this may be for you.
“Norwegian production company Fantefilm is behind the upcoming large scale action-adventure film, which stars actor Pål Sverre Hagen (KON-TIKI, 2012) as an archeologist obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. Convinced that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology, with his two children he mounts an expedition to “No Man’s Land” between Norway and Russia, which holds a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.”
Mikkel Brænne Sandemose directed the film which is written by John Kåre Raake. Sofia Helin, Bjørn Sundquist, Nicolai Cleve Broch, and Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd co-star. READ MORE
We’ve got quick a look at a new project from Swedish filmmaker Andreas Lindergard (via Twitch) in the form of the trailer for RE.
The film “is a psychological thriller where we follow Emma as she returns to her childhood home only to find her past catching up with her. She is well aware that some things are not real, still she is drawn towards a path beyond reality. Emma also finds herself attracted to what scares her the most, the neighbor she can not remember ever having been living in the house close by. It is a film in the spirit of 60′s films, with some subtle visual references to movies like Repulsion and the like.”
RE is currently is post production and is will hit festivals later this year! READ MORE