Genre specialist Raven Banner Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Doghouse Pictures, Beautiful People.
From the producer of the Uwe Boll Presented Eaters, “Beautiful People is the story of a home invasion turned upside down. A scientist and his family are terrorized by three masked men invading their home, and taking them hostage. The night of terror and violence takes a horrific turn though, when the invaders accidentally unleash the scientist’s secret project, that threatens them all.”
The deal was negotiated by Michael Paszt, and James Fler from Raven Banner Entertainment, and producer Marco Palese from Doghouse Pictures.
Watch the NSFW trailer below. READ MORE
Comedian-turned-filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait has inked a deal with MPI for all U.S. rights to his latest pic, thriller Willow Creek, reports Deadline out of AFM.
The pact adds the Bigfoot chiller to MPI’s Dark Sky line-up.
Following recent Goldthwait films World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America, “Willow Creek puts a faux-docu spin on the Bigfoot mythos as seen through the eyes of an aspiring documentarian (Bryce Johnson) and his skeptical actress girlfriend (Alexie Gilmore) as they take a tour of Northern California’s Trinity National Forest in search of Sasquatch.”
Goldthwait wrote and directed the pic, which will get a Spring theatrical release in Q2 2014. READ MORE
Pantelion Films, a joint venture of Lionsgate and Mexican media corp Televisa, will now distribute English-language horror film Summer Camp in North America, says Variety.
“Skedded to go into production in Barcelona next February, “Summer Camp centers on three American camp counselors who show up for their summer jobs at an English-language camp in Spain and come face-to-face with a virus unlike anything seen before.”
Pantelion will also co-produce Summer Camp, which stars Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages) and is directed by Alberto Marini, scribe of Sleep Tight and co-writer and exec producer of cult zombie franchise [REC]. READ MORE
Entertainment One Films US has acquired North American distribution rights to two films: horror thriller The Hunted and zombie comedy April Apocalypse, pictured above, Bloody Disgusting learned.
The Hunted was written, directed by and stars The Collector‘s Josh Stewart, while Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti produced via their Fortress Features banner.
In the found-footage The Hunted (watch the trailer below), “chasing their dream of landing their own hunting show, two hunters head into the dense, secluded mountains of West Virginia only to realize they are not alone.”
April Apocalypse was directed by Jarret Tarnol from a script by Brent Tarnol, who both produced the film via their Tarnol Group Pictures banner. The film stars Reece Thompson and Rebekah Brandes, with Brent Tarnol, Stephanie Hunt, Todd Stashwick, Mark Rolston, Sarah Hyland, Roger Bart and George Lopez. READ MORE
Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired US rights to James Byrkit’s feature directorial debut, Coherence, Bloody Disgusting is told.
“On the night of an astrological anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party become subject to a troubling chain of strange and puzzling goings-on.” Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, Coherence is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery. READ MORE
London-based sales outfit Salt has inked a German-speaking Europe and Benelux deal with Splendid Film on their new horror-thriller The Neighbor, from well-known genre writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, reports ScreenDaily.
“Set in New Mexico, the film follows a man who discovers the dark truth about his secretive neighbor and what, or who, he may be keeping in the cellar. Casting is underway.”
Dunstan, who wrote Feast, Saw IV, V and VI with Melton and was director of The Collector and its sequel, The Collection (also both written by Melton), will direct.
Producers are Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress Features.
Synchronicity Entertainment has licensed the rights to horror comedy film Cooties, starring Elijah Wood (Maniac), Alison Pill (HBO’s “The Newsroom”) and Rainn Wilson (NBC’S “The Office”) in the UK, Germany, Benelux and Brazil to Universal Pictures International Entertainment.
“When a mysterious virus borne from chicken nuggets hits an isolated elementary school transforming the pre-adolescent children into a feral swarm of mindless cannibals, an unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives against them. Who is thishero? The Substitute teacher.”
Directed by Cary Munion and Jonathan Milott, Cooties is produced by SpectreVision partners Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller as well as Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), and Glacier Films’ Tove Christensen and Georgy Malkov.
The film is co-written by horror powerhouse Leigh Whannell (pictured; Saw, Insidious) and Fox’s hit series GLEE co-creator Ian Brennan, who also serve as executive producers. READ MORE
Alex de la Iglesia, Spain’s most prominent black comedy helmer, premiered his horror comedy Witching and Bitching (Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi) at this past September’s Toronto Film Festival.
“The pic turns on a robber band trying to flee to France after purloining 25,000 gold rings from a Spanish city. A curse falls on them and they fall into the clutches of the witches of the Navarrese town of Zugarramurdi.”
Witching‘s ensemble cast boasts some of Spain’s biggest film and TV stars, such as Mario Casas (“I Want You”), Hugo Silva (“Sex, Parties and Lies”) and Carmen Maura, who earned a best actress award at San Sebastian in 2000 for her role in “Commonwealth.” Further cast members are Terele Pavez, Carolina Bang, Secun de la Rosa, Pepon Nieto and Jaime Ordonez.
Check out some new posters, AFM art, and a batch of crazy stills! I’m excited for this one… READ MORE
Directed by Rustin Branaman, here’s the first stills and sales art for Project Solitude: Buried Alive, starring Vanessa Lee Evigan, Michelle Belegrin, David Frye, Stacy Stas, and Eric Roberts.
“A small group goes into the deep winter woods for a science project run by John Sola, testing human’s survival instincts. But to their horror, this soon becomes more than just an academic question. One the campers disappears along with their van, their only way back to civilization. Then, their only cell phone can’t get any reception in the remote area. Suspicion mounts as the survivors fend for their lives.”
Get the art, trailer and images below. READ MORE
Check out some pretty cool AFM art and a trailer for James Ryan Gary’s horror western, Devil’s Crossing, starring Michael Sharpe, Patrick G. Keenan, and Kevin L. Johnson.
“Nuclear war has ravaged the world. The remnants of humanity fight to survive, taking refuge in bleak settlements. The undead wander the earth, slaves to their blood-lust, or perhaps some higher power? The tattered town of Celestial sets the stage for the greatest battle of the New Dark Age! A score that must be settled and a reckoning that has been 235 years in the making. Shadrach a man who watched his life burnt to the ground! Left for dead, having sold his soul to the devil with his last dying breath. A slave to the devil. Born again as a “Soul Collector”. Now centuries later Shadrach fights to be freed from the chains of the demons that torment him. To regain his soul and save the lives of an entire town he must fight the living dead as hell literally rises from beneath!” READ MORE
I HATE the Sharknado buzz, especially here in Chicago where every parent thinks it’s “cool” to like and talk about it. It’s not.
Anyways, it’s AFM, home of bad movies, so here’s some sales art for Sharknado 2: The Second One, which is sure to disappoint those expecting it to be equally good-bad.
Sharknado 2: The Second One, which will also be produced by The Asylum, hits land July 2014. The movie will be set in New York City.
In the original Sharknado regulars of a beachside bar, including owner Fin (Ian Ziering/”Beverly Hills 90210″), bartender Nova (Cassie Scerbo/”Make It or Break It”), and local drunk George (John Heard/Home Alone), teamed up with Fin’s ex-wife, April (Tara Reid/”Scrubs”), to investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the skies. READ MORE
It was announced back in May (via ScreenDaily) that Shaun of the Dead‘s Simon Pegg has come on board the Australian thriller Kill Me Three Times from Red Dog director Kriv Stenders.
Pegg, who played Scotty in Star Trek Into Darkness, joins the action set in a sun-drenched Australian surfing town of Eagle’s Nest, a young woman is the thread that binds three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge.
Check out the first ever still from the film, which was included in THR‘s print edition.
Tania Chambers, Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings produce the project, which commenced shooting Sept 16 in Western Australia. Hopscotch / eOne will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. READ MORE
Check out this really cool art for Brini Amerigo’s indie Beautiful People, being sold at the ongoing AFM in Santa Monica, CA.
“A medical scientist and his family are having dinner together in their isolated villa in the hills. But just as they’re getting comfortable, the family is assaulted by three violent, masked thugs who don’t want money or goods; they just want to humiliate and annihilate their prey, both mentally and physically. The men are looking for social redemption, playing a game of cat and mouse which will lead to the certain death of the hostages. The father’s only possibility to save his family is to free the results of his laboratory experiments from their cages – monstrous creatures, hungry for living flesh.
The beasts force both the hunters and their prey to run for their lives. The new and dangerous enemy will force the family and their attackers to adapt to a new shift in power. In order to survive, they will ultimately have to changes their perceptions about what is good and what is evil.”
Danny Cutler, Alex Lucchesi, Alex Southern, and Kate Marie Davies stars. READ MORE
Deadline reports on Vicarious Entertainment, a new shingle being hatched by 1821 Media’s Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas.
The new label will develop, produce and finance four to six thriller and horror feature films. They’ve already got four in post-production.
Vicarious has teamed with Campbell Grobman Films to develop Day Of The Dead, a re-remake of George A. Romero’s zombie extravaganza that is set at Millenium Films.
Steve Miner directed the god awful 2008 remake to Romero’s 1985 classic about a small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. READ MORE
Blumhouse is negotiating with Wedding Crashers‘s Isla Fisher, pictured above, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas‘s Ellen Barkin and “Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons, pictured below, to star in Visions, a Kevin Greutert-directed thriller that Blumhouse International is selling at AFM, Deadline reports.
In the Lucas Sussman-scripted film, “a pregnant woman joins her husband at his vineyard home and begins to have unsettling visions that get increasingly more realistic and terrifying.”
Greutert directed the pretty good Saw VI and Saw 3D, and has Jessabelle opening August 29, 2014 from Lionsgate. READ MORE
On sale at the ongoing AFM is Willow Creek, God Bless America and World’s Greatest Dad director Bobcat Goldthwait’s found-footage Bigfoot movie, which we landed new sales art for.
“Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are in Willow Creek, California, to retrace the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who, in 1967, recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a skeptic, along for the ride to spend time with her boyfriend between acting gigs. Jim, a believer, hopes to capture footage of his own, so his camera is constantly rolling.
The small town is a mecca to the Bigfoot community; sasquatch statues guard the local businesses, murals of the missing link line the roads, and Bigfoot burgers are the town delicacy. The couple interview locals who range from skeptic to believer and from manic to completely menacing. Some of the stories they hear are of chance encounters with a gentle creature, while others are tales of mysterious eviscerations.
On the day that Jim and Kelly plan on hiking into the woods to look for proof, they are given a simple warning: “It’s not a joke. You shouldn’t go there.” Despite the ominous message and Kelly’s own reservations, they head deep into the forest to set up camp. The events that follow will make them wish they had simply spent the night at the Bigfoot Motel.” READ MORE
Holy sh*t does AFM make for an insane news week here at BD. Not only is this a busy time of year in general, but you’re adding into the mix an event in which hundreds of new horror titles – some big, some small, some that will never get made – are announced.
If you’re truly into all of the minutiae, feel free to enter AFM ’13 in the above search bar. But if you don’t have time, I figured I’d collect some stories you may have missed (stuff that might have been pushed off the page in a matter of hours) during this high volume week. A lot of it is AFM, but there’s also some other stuff that may have flow by you as well.
Head below to check it out. READ MORE
It was reported yesterday via Screen Daily that Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter and Jakob Oftebro will star in When Animals Dream.
The film concerns a young girl who is hunted down by those living in her town when it is revealed she is a werewolf.
“Think ‘Let The Right One In’ and ‘Carrie’,” says Gaumont sales chief Cécile Gaget.
We have a brand new still straight from the AFM floor!
When Animals Dream is commercials and shorts director Jonas Arnby’s feature-length debut.
“It’s a coming-of-age horror film set in a secluded fishing village of Denmark about a young girl falling in love and discovering she is a werewolf through her mother at the same time as she gets hunted down by the villagers.”
Shooting began last month. READ MORE
Evan Dickson caught wind of a new film from Intandem Films starring Sharon Stone, Billy Zane, Gina Gershon, Tom Berenger, Brad Dourif, Edward Furlong, Caterina Murino, and Claudia Gerini. WOWSA.
Entitled Twisted, Pitof directs.
“As a child, margot was witness to brutal events in her home. Now an adult, and a famous novelist, she finds her inspiration on the darkest forums dedicated to violence.
In the steamy city of New Orleans she writers Twisted, her latest thriller live on the Internet. Each chapter describes a murder which is matched by a real-life crime.
As the murder investigations deepen, the carnal worlds of sex and violence that rule The Big Easy are exposed in all their brutal savagery.”
Directed by Ron Scalpello from a screenplay by Alan McKenna and Paul Staheli comes Pressure, for sale at the ongoing American Film Market.
The pic stars Danny Huston (30 Days of Night, X-Men: Origins: Wolverine), Mathew Goode (Stoker), and Alan McKenna (7 Lives).
“Beneath the most hostile ocean on Earth and beyond the extremes of human endurance, four deep sea divers are trapped. As they face their deepest fears, hold your breath, control your fear and experience where terror runs deep!
A heart-stopping underwater adventure. A taut claustrophobic suspense movie.”
Check out the awesome sales art. READ MORE
Via Raven Banner Entertainment, here’s the AFM sales trailer for L. Gustavo Cooper’s Copiii: The 1st Entry, starring Graci Carli, Rod Luzzi, Emily Rogers, Cindy Hogan, Barbara Van Fleet, and Walter J. Colson.
“Copiii: The 1st Entry is the story of two newlyweds, Trevor and Holly Davidson, driving through Florida on the way to their honeymoon in Miami. A simple tourist stop in Cassadaga, the psychic capital of the world, for a tarot reading ends in a frightening encounter with Vjestica Patkavior, the scion of the ancient curse known as copiii pierdere, Romanian for “the loss of a child.” Vjestica’s ancient curse has long rendered the Patkavior’s incapable of bearing children naturally, therefore to carry on their family legacy they have always stolen other people’s children and raised them as Patkaviors. When Holly Davidson walks into Vjestica’s enchanted home for an innocent tarot reading, she doesn’t know that she is pregnant much less that her and her unborn child’s lives are in danger.”
Also check out some new banner art. READ MORE
There are some places Mankind was never meant to go…
Bloody Disgusting has the sales art and first still from Territorial, a genre-splicing horror flick from director-writer Matthew Holmes and produced by Wolf Creek‘s Greg Mclean. The film is said to blend the classic ‘Western’ with a gritty ‘creature-horror’, exploring Australian Indigenous mythologies like never before.
“Pursued by a dark and ancient force of nature, a group of escaped outlaws must join forces with those who hunt them to fight their way out of a forbidden and feared valley deep in a mountain wilderness.”
For sales at Cannes by Odin’s Eye Entertainment, Wolf Creek Pictures and Two Tone Pictures. READ MORE
Here’s new art on display at AFM for the Hong Kong vampire tale Rigor Mortis (read our review).
Juno Mak’s debut feature is said to be an eerie and chilling, contemporary action and special effects-laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980s.
“A public-housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos, in this loving tribute to the cult classic Hong Kong horror-comedy series Mr. Vampire.”
It’s starring Chin Siu-Ho, Kara Hui, Anthony Chan, Lo Hoi Pang and Richard Ng.
The pic had its North American Premiere at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival. READ MORE
Check out some art for The Bunnyman Massacre, which clearly rips off Lionsgate’s You’re Next. Funny.
“In this sequel to the successful 2011 film Bunnyman, the adventures of Joe and Bunnyman know no limit of bloodlust and carnage. Bodies pile up as Bunnyman indiscriminately slaughters anything that crosses his path in a mutually beneficial relationship that gives Joe plenty of beef jerky to sell in his local store.”
Look for more on the Carl Lindbergh-directed film soon. READ MORE