News Bites: ‘World of the Dead’/’Mother’s Day’s UK Release, ‘Wicker Tree’ Goes Anchor Bay, New ‘Melancholia’ Poster

Thanks to Dimension Extreme the U.S. was the last place on the freakin’ planet to see Michael Bartlett’ss pretty-OK The Zombie Diaries, and it looks to be a continuing trend. While the rest of the planet sits back and waits, World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries 2 will be opening in the UK on June 24, 2011. The sequel, directed by both Kevin Gates and Michael Bartlett, begins three months following the first film. Click the title above for more info.

In addition, Darren Lynn Bousman’s Mother’s Day, the quasi-remake of the classic ’80s Troma film, will open in UK cinemas on June 10 via Optimum Releasing. The pic follows “Three brothers on the run from the law head for home, only to discover that their mother lost the house in a foreclosure. Mother ingeniously orchestrates her sons’ escape, teaching the house’s new owners and their guests a few lessons along the way.

More pre-Cannes news as Anchor Bay Entertainment has nabbed Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Tree for U.S. distribution. Wicker Tree, starring Christopher Lee, Joan Collins, Graham McTavish, Paul Wesley, Susie Amy, Morgan James and Natalie Parnes, is a companion piece to The Wicker Man that follows “young Christians Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, whom leave Texas to preach door-to-door in Scotland. When, after initial abuse, they are welcomed with joy and elation to Tressock, the border fiefdom of Sir Lachlan Morrison, they assume their hosts simply want to hear more about Jesus. How innocent and wrong they are.” Click the title for images, art and the trailer.

In addition to the previously released images, poster and trailer, inside you’ll find a second (and much better looking) one sheet for Lars Von Trier’s end-of-the-world drama Melancholia. “Justine (Dunst) and Michael (Skarsgård) who are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth…” The world ends on November 4, thanks to Magnolia Pictures.

Lastly, I don’t really understand why every single website makes a big stink over a film gaining a “sales agent” (some even misreport them as “acquired”). They must not understand that producers behind every completed film will hire a company to help sell their film across the globe. It does not mean the film actually HAS distribution. “Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Huh? Think, McFly. Think!” Yes. Anyways, Lightning Entertainment will help sell both Kerry Prior’s breakout hit festival horror comedy The Revenant and One Way Trip 3D. Revenant, a pretty darn good vampire film, has been sitting on the shelf since 2009. Hopefully this will help get it out into the world (finally). Click either title for posters, images, trailers, etc.


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