Now this is interesting! A remake – and new franchise – of Sleepaway Camp might be around the corner! It’s also encouraging that Jeff Katz (the former New Line exec who helped bring Freddy Vs. Jason into focus) is involved, that guy seems to be passionate about horror and doing things the right way.
Per Deadline he’s “optioned remake rights from the original movie’s trio of makers and rights holders: Writer/director-turned-lawyer Robert Hiltzik, producer Michele Tatosian, and actress Felissa Rose, who starred in the 1983 pic as Angela, the bullied teen protagonist whose summer turns into a bloodbath when a killer begins offing campers.”
Hiltzik, Tatosian and Rose will produce alongside Katz, who apparently “aims to reboot the Sleepaway Camp mythos in a modern setting with a new film series that echoes its legacy and the psychosexual elements that made the first pic such a memorable cult favorite.”
That last sentence is the most encouraging of all! Let’s hope they can find a studio (or independent financier) that will let them keep it that way! More as this develops. READ MORE
By The Wolfman (@TheWolfmanCometh – on the boards).
There’s yet to be a Webster’s Dictionary entry for the term “Final Girl” but, as you all know, the Final Girl is typically the last female to survive. She doesn’t have to live, she just has to be the last one. She’s the girl who refuses to be just another victim and actively fights back against whatever force is killing off everyone she knows. I’d say that out of all possible female roles in a horror film, it’s the role of Final Girl that’s most coveted.
Even though there are quite a few actresses famous for being a Final Girl, I’d like to point out that there’s a difference between a Final Girl and a “Scream Queen.” A Scream Queen is an actress who has gained fame and notoriety for her frequent appearances in horror. I wanted to make sure to add the distinction between a Final Girl and a Scream Queen because – spoiler alert – Jamie Lee Curtis will not be found on this list. The entries here are women who have fought back against whatever it was that was after them in hopes of vanquishing their foes. Jamie Lee Curtis is generally considered a Final Girl for surviving her encounters with Michael Myers in the original Halloween, but other than poking her brother in the eye with a coat hanger, what did she actually do to survive the night? Run around? Hide in a closet? Had it not been for Dr. Loomis shooting Michael, Laurie would be dead. Similarly, Marilyn Burns from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre also won’t be found below, sinceStill here? Good! all she did was run through the woods for what seemed like hours after her captors tied some horrible knots.
Still here? Good! Head inside for my Top 5 Final Girls!!! READ MORE
A few months back I wrote a piece that highlighted 5 horror films and the horrible endings that the filmmakers chose for them. But now it’s October and I’m in the mood for love, especially when it comes to my favorite genre, so it’s time to turn the tables and talk about the films that really hit it out of the park with their endings.
When it comes to endings, sometimes you’ve got to take the advice of Jesus (as played by Jerry Cantrell in Jerry Maguire) and hang your balls out there to be great. So while all of these endings are awesome, most of them aren’t exactly happy. It’s not that I’m against happy endings, but often they clash so harshly with the film’s overall tone and theme that you just know they’re tacked on compromises.
Head inside to check it out. And let me know YOUR favorite horror endings in the comments! READ MORE
FlickLaunch, the first movie distribution platform built on Facebook for independent filmmakers, will premiere the horror thriller The Perfect House on October 1, 2011 as a 7-day rental on the film’s Facebook fanpage. Prior to the October 1st premiere, The Perfect House will take the film on a barnstorming 30-city tour. The film is directed by Kris Hulbert and Randy Kent and stars Monique Parent, Felissa Rose, Will Robertson, Andrea Vahl, Chris Raab, Jonathan Tiersten, and John Philbin.
Not every house was meant to be a home. Some houses are just born bad. The Perfect House franchise is the story of such a house. All three films and TPH Origins: John Doesy intertwine in any order to tell a single story about the life and death of the Perfect House.
Each film in the franchise tells separate segments of a seemingly perfect home that is consistently on the market for new occupants. Adding to this unique franchise are the different styles that each installment is shot in and the original way each film connects together.
The original film gives the back story of three home owners spread out over several decades. Filmed as an homage to horror, every story is shot with the horror influences of the time period that each home owner occupies the house. The second film gives us the stories of what happens before and after the first film, and reveals someone desperately working to uncover the secrets of the Perfect House. In the third installment, the birth and death of the house is front and center as the secret origins of the house are finally revealed.
The franchise’s most popular and prolific killer, John Doesy, takes over with his own franchise. TPH Origins: John Doesy delves into the childhood and traumatic experiences that ultimately bring Doesy to the door step of the Perfect House. The Doesy franchise will follow his weekly routine of psychological and physical torture, which claims the lives of over 200 victims during his five year reign of terror.
It’s summer camp as usual at Camp Manabe where the kids torment each other for fun while the underpaid camp staff provide as little supervision as possible. Greedy camp owner Frank (Vincent Pastore) and junior partner Ronnie (Paul DeAngelo) do their best to keep everyone in line, but something sinister is about to put a slash in the roster. When campers and staff mysteriously begin disappearing and turning into gruesome corpses, paranoid Ronnie can’t shake the memory of a series of grisly murders that took place at Camp Arawak where he worked 2 decades ago. Has a “ghost” from the past come back to haunt him?
Actor Jack Wade takes his sick wife Frankie, a former Hollywood studio executive, to an isolated cabin in the mountains-a place where a man once murdered his entire family.
Poor Jack was a kept man. Now he must care for Frankie alone, because they have run out of money. This dilapidated cabin is all they have left. The redneck father and son that live nearby are pretty eccentric, but seem harmless enough. Jack flirts with Kate Eidson, the local constable, a woman who has such bad memories of the war in Iraq she won’t even carry a gun.
Jack is a fish out of water. Everything in nature scares him. He starts to imagine things and comes to believe Frankie is up and moving around. She’s rude, crude and taunts him relentlessly. Jack starts to come unraveled–and eventually decides to smother his wife.
But Frankie won’t die.
Is Frankie some kind of monster, or is Jack just insane? Is the cabin haunted, or is it all of the above?
When a dead body turns up, a local group of Satanists, The Black Circle, seem the most likely suspects. With the help of a friend, a criminal law student decides to conduct his own investigation by placing his neighbors under 24/7 video surveillance. But the deeper he digs and the closer he watches, the more suspicious and frightened he becomes…and with no one to trust, the killer may be closer than he thinks. Inspired by the true story of the Say You Love Satan killer.
After a horrible boating accident kills her family, Angela, a shy and sullen young girl, moves in with her eccentric aunt Martha, alongside her protective cousin Ricky. One summer, Martha sends the kids to Camp Arawak. Soon after their arrival, a series of bizarre and increasingly violent accidents begins to claim the lives of various campers. Who is the twisted individual behind these murders? The disclosure of the murderer’s identity is the most shocking climax in the history of American cinema.