Holy sh*t! There’s obviously a lot of horror in the Midnight Madness selections of the Toronto International Film Festival, but I’m not sure if you were expecting this many big fish! For starters, we’ve got Rob Zombie‘s The Lords Of Salem. Next? The 26 director anthology The ABC’s Of Death. Not enough? How about Nicolas Lopez‘s Eli Roth/Selena Gomez starrer Aftershock. Still hungry? Then there’s JT Petty‘s Hellbenders 3D.
TIFF’s Midnight Madness selections will present the major world premieres for those films, the first time any kind of general audience sees them. But that’s not all! Head inside for the full listing of films! We’ll be updating you throughout the day with image galleries for these selections so keep checking back!
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6th-16th. READ MORE
Content is delighted to confirm production commenced on Slasher Films’ horror film Nothing to Fear last Monday, May 14 in Covington, Louisiana. Anchor Bay previously acquired US rights.
The cast includes Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Anne Heche (Rampart), James Tupper (Mr Popper’s Penguins), Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place), Ethan Peck (In Time), and Rebekah Brandes (Bellflower).
Nothing to Fear is the first feature from the horror shingle launched by iconic rocker Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and Academy-Award winning producer Michael Williams and Rob Eric (Transsiberian, Session 9, The Fog of War). At the directing helm is Gore Verbinski protégé Anthony Leonardi III, who has worked alongside Verbinski on such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Rango, and the upcoming Lone Ranger. Leonardi has also worked as a creature designer on many films, including Francis Lawrence’s Constantine and the upcoming 47 Ronin.
“‘Nothing to Fear’ is the tale of a family whose journey towards a better life in a small town is savagely derailed by a charismatic but emotionally conflicted man of the cloth. The movie is based on an actual town of Stull, Kansas, which is surrounded by Internet folklore proclaiming the town to be one of the seven gateways to Hell.” READ MORE
Clancy Brown (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Burrowers, John Dies at the End) and Ethan Peck (In Time) have joined the cast of Nothing to Fear, the horror thriller being directed by creature and storyboard artist Anthony Leonardi III as the feature producing debut of former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash and his new horror label Slasher Films, says THR.
Anne Heche, James Tupper and Willa Holland are already on board for the movie which “centers on a family whose journey towards a better life in a small town is savagely derailed by a charismatic but emotionally conflicted man of the cloth.” Brown is set as the evil pastor while Peck will play a townsperson with a past.
Producing with Slash are partners Rob Eric and Michael Williams. READ MORE
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way.
Genre favorite J.T. Petty (The Burrowers, Soft for Digging, S&Man, Mimic: Sentinel) is now in production on his fifth horror-themed project, Hellbenders, a horror comedy said to be in the vein of classics such as The Exorcist and Ghostbusters.
Clifton Collins (“The Event”), Clancy Brown (The Burrowers, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Dan Fogler (Hysterical Psycho) were announced just last night and this evening we already have a slew of behind-the-scenes imagery, one of which features what appears to be a possessed old man.
“‘Hellbenders’ is about a secret group of elite demonologists in a Brooklyn diocese who battle a terrifying supernatural force that threatens their lives and faith.”
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If you haven’t heard of J.T. Petty, you haven’t been paying attention. The NY native became a genre force after Lionsgate released The Burrowers, but his infamy comes behind the incredible Soft for Digging and S&Man, which finally got a release last year thanks to Magnet. Also known for directing the Rear Window-inspired Mimic: Sentinel, Petty is gearing up for his fifth genre effort that’ll put your faith to the test.
The crazy badass Clifton Collins (The Experiment, “The Event”) is set to star in Petty’s supernatural pic Hellbenders, which is about a secret group of elite demonologists in a Brooklyn diocese who battle a terrifying supernatural force that threatens their lives and faith. The horror comedy is said to be in the vein of classics such as The Exorcist and Ghostbusters.
The 3D film also stars Clancy Brown (The Burrowers, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Dan Fogler (Hysterical Psycho) and goes into production next week.
The pic is based on a graphic novel written by Petty, who recently sold his spec, “Zombies vs. Robots” to Sony.
A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley), a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another…but when they sleep, there is no escape.
After a family is brutally murdered in their home, a group of ranchers and infantry men embark on a crusade to find the killers. When a mysterious killer attacks their ranks, they discover that carnivorous creatures are hiding beneath the surface of the earth waiting to feed on their flesh.