I only learned about Dante Tomaselli’s (Horror and Satan’s Playground) indie horror Torture Chamber a few weeks back when I updated the site with posters for the film. But now sales agent Shoreline has picked it up to rep the rights around the world.
Shoreline head Morris Ruskin told Screendaily, “Lately our company has been focused on arthouse, foreign language and documentary films, but distributors have not let us forget that their appetite for genre-driven fare has not waned. We are delighted to take this horror picture that delivers the goods to the marketplace.”
The film is a “Hallucinatory horror shocker about an unholy bond between a mother and her two sons. A Catholic priest, devoted to saving his family, tries to cure his deranged younger brother — but 13-year-old Jimmy Morgan is possessed by an evil too powerful to be exorcised by any religion. After escaping from a mental institution, Jimmy is back with a vengeance — and an army of children who follow his every murderous desire. The town trembles in fear as the youths attack and abduct its residents — innocent and guilty alike — dragging their victims to an abandoned castle and subjecting them to grisly torments deep within its underground tunnels. Those who discover the terrible secret behind the disappearances and deaths don’t live long enough to tell it. The teacher, the doctor, even Jimmy’s own brother and mother, will all confront their fates in the Torture Chamber.”
Torture Chamber stars Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”), Christie Sanford (“Desecration”), Lynn Lowry (The Crazies) and Ron Millkie (Friday the 13th).
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Russell Carpenter reluctantly admits his wife Sadie into an experimental treatment facility for her life threatening disease. While locked in this prison like surrounding they, along with 6 others, are unknowingly subjected to a cure that might just be worse than the disease itself.
Last week it was revealed that Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami is currently working on a brand new survival horror project, codenamed Zwei. Not much else is known about the game, other than it could potentially be the last game Mikami directs as he shifts his focus to running his Tango Gameworks studio. We also know Tango Gameworks is handling development in collaboration with parent company Bethesda Softworks, and some of the locations were teased in an eerie collage released last week. An expanded transcript of the interview from the issue of Famitsu that revealed Zwei Mikami talks a little more about his exciting new project. Head past the break for more details. READ MORE
Detention Of The Dead takes the fun, amiable John Hughes approach to its horror comedy mayhem. As far as entries in the “monsters have invaded our school” sub-genre go, it’s not half bad. While it never quite rises to the heights of Joe Ballarini and Gregg Bishop’s Dance Of The Dead it’s a far sight better than many of the other zombie entries I’ve seen recently.
In the film, “Comedy and Horror unite in this ‘The Breakfast Club’ meets ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ tale about a group of oddball high school students who find themselves trapped in detention with their classmates having turned into a horde of zombies. Can they put their differences aside and work together to survive the night? Fat chance! This is High School after all.”
Co-writer/director Alex Mann has a background in acting and it shows in the way he’s able to corral his ensemble. I recently hopped on the phone with him to discuss the process of adapting Rob Rinow‘s stage play for the big screen as well as the challenges of directing his first feature.
Detention Of The Dead stars Jacob Zachar, Alexa Nikolas, Christa B. Allen, Jayson Blair and Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga) It’s playing Wednesday, May 2nd at The Newport Beach Film Festival before making the more traditional festival rounds.
Head inside for the interview. READ MORE
Capcom recently handed over the reins of yet another of their major IPs to Turning Point: Fall of Liberty and Legendary developer Spark Unlimited. This practice of sourcing out their games to third party devs has yielded mixed results; the Dead Rising series, developed by Blue Castle Games, has fared pretty well critically, but Operation Raccoon City — developed by SOCOM studio Slant Six Games — was met with a substantially less positive reception when it released last month. While I’m sure Spark Unlimited is busy enough handling development of Lost Planet 3, it looks like they have another project in the works as well. More after the jump.
Ever since developer Double Fine Productions used Kickstarter to fund their next game and received over $3 million in donations, several game studios have jumped on board to see if they could get similar support for their projects. Wasteland 2 is another game that’s received an insane level of support, having recently passed $2 million in donations from the very charitable gaming community. Until now, there hadn’t been a single horror game among the ever-growing catalogue of video game projects on Kickstarter. Now we have The Dead Linger, a zombie mmo in development at Park City, UT based Sandswept Studios. Read on for a video and more info. READ MORE
If you watched Dawn of the Dead and thought to yourself how much better you could’ve handled the situation, here’s your chance to prove it. All you need is to be in or near Reading, Berkshire (that’s located across the pond for all of us in The States). You’ll also need to have £119 ($190) handy and be ready to open a family-sized can of zombie whoopassery. Dubbed ‘The Mall’, this event takes the increasingly popular trend of throwing real people into post-apocalyptic situations that you wouldn’t expect to find outside of a major Hollywood profuction. Head past the break for more.
If the thought of leaving your house to get groceries, go to work, check the mail, etc. doesn’t instill a deep sense of fear that’s on par with the fear someone experiences before they die horribly and very painfully, then I really haven’t done my job. I want you to be terrified to go anywhere, and I’m talking about a level of fear you experience when you look into the wide crazy eyes of that guy or girl you just brought back to your place after a swell first date and you realize they’re a total psycho who’s about to fucking eat you alive.
There’s a myriad reasons you shouldn’t leave the safety of your home — I’ve even broken them up into couple easy-to-read lists, which you can find here and here. We’ve traveled all over the world, looking at some of the most shit-out-your-spine terrifying places this world has to offer. Just when you thought it was safe, here are eight more. READ MORE
Now available on iTunes
, and the official The Devil’s Carnival website
is the official soundtrack for the film. Featuring the voices of Emilie Autumn
, Ogre (Skinny Puppy
), Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch
), and many more, this soundtrack promises to be a delight for fans of a darker, more macabre musical theater experience.
Check out a clip of Ivan Moody singing to an audience below as well as descriptions of each track.
Hitting the road on April 5th, The Devil’s Carnival is a 55-minute musical that shows three sinners facing their transgressions in a carnival run by, yup, you guessed it, the Devil. The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II-III-IV).
Film writer Terrence Zdunich and Saar Hendelman handle the lyrics and music, which sees appearances from Ogre (Skinny Puppy
), Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch
), Emilie Autumn
, and many, many more. The soundtrack is coming out April 3rd. You can hear samples of the entire soundtrack and preorder it here
This simultaneously my most and least favorite kind of news. It’s my most favorite because I love wondering what this kind of project might ultimately look like. It’s my least favorite because this might as well be filed under “jumping the gun”. But here goes… the writing team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) may be writing a horror movie.
Per The Playlist, “a desire to take on new territory… has led Goldberg to one of his next endeavors — writing a full on, straight ahead horror movie. “Seth [Rogen] and I have been talking about doing a horror idea that we came up with, and I don’t like horror movies. It’s interesting to me that I don’t like horror movies and I’m interested in doing it,” Goldberg revealed. “I used to just think, ‘Anyone who likes horror movies is sick or [more] likely to kill me in my sleep than my friends who like comedy.’ But movies are therapy for a lot of people, and it’s good for people to get things out. Maybe there would be more serial killers because they get it out with the horror movies, or maybe it makes people serial killers, I don’t really know. But I’m interested in this whole area now, and I never really was before.”
And while Goldberg is keeping further details close to the chest for now, he does cite one recent franchise for spurring his curiosity, and he hints that comedy could possibly find its way into the story. “We do assume that by making it funnier, we can make it scarier, but people don’t love ‘Paranormal Activity’ because it’s funny,” he said. “If it was a bit funnier, and more realistic, maybe it would’ve been even better — and I did think it was a fantastic movie, I actually really liked that movie. That was the one that kinda drew us into discussing this, because we just thought it was so innovative.””
This is so far off that the world might literally end before I see it, but I’m a fan of theirs so it’s fun to think about. Meanwhile, they start shooting The Apocalypse (seemingly retitled from Jay And Seth Vs. The Apocalypse) soon. To see the fake trailer they made a few years back (the new script differs significantly) hit the jump. READ MORE
“The Box of Sorrows” continues to emanate ghastly sighs in the latest issue of Hellraiser, and, once again, they hum a haunting symphony of pain and lust. Kirsty continues her reign as High Priestess of the Configuration, and Captain Elliot Spencer continues to seek its destruction. Except, now, protocol has become obsolete, and even the highest levels of intuition won’t help either of them. Read on for the skinny…
According to a possible slip from Will Smith, pop star Lady Gaga
might very well be making her Hollywood acting debut in the upcoming sci-fi comedy Men In Black 3
Smith stated, “We have a couple of celebrity cameos, but I cannot reveal who they are. We must keep as a surprise that Lady Gaga appears.”
If she is in the movie, make up and wardrobe won’t have to do much. Just tell her to show up as she normally dresses and they can kick back and take a breather. Hell, just give ‘em the day off.
A little while ago I tossed up an article about the sale of Black Rock at Sundance. In fact, it should be the piece right below this one.
Right after doing so I saw that Devin Faraci, one of my favorite critics, had already filed his review of the film over at Badass Digest so I headed over there to check it out. You can do the same by clicking here.
Now I’m gonna state in bold letters that I have not seen Black Rock. For all I know it could become my favorite movie of 2012. I don’t always agree with Devin (maybe 70% of the time), but he’s one of a handful of about 5 or 6 critics whose reviews are my “go-tos” when I’m deciding what films to spend my time or money on as a consumer (I don’t always see everything for free, especially non-horror stuff). Whether or not I ultimately agree with his take on something, he’s got a knack for thoroughly explaining the reasoning behind his reactions that’s in a language I can relate to.
So I was surprised to come across a couple lines in his piece on Black Rock that echoed something that’s been on my mind for sometime in regard to genre and people who think they’re slumming in it.
Hit the jump to see what I’m talking about. READ MORE
Brian Miller wrote Apollo 18. Ryan Murphy co-created “American Horror Story” and “Glee”. Together? They’re gonna bring you an as yet untitled sci-fi/horror flick.
Per Variety, “Apollo 18″ scribe Brian Miller and Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of “American Horror Story” and “Glee,” are set to pen an untitled sci-fi/horror movie for Sony Pictures. Murphy will produce with John Palermo (‘Drive’), and story details remain under wraps.
Miller wrote the found footage sci-fi pic ‘Apollo 18′ for The Weinstein Company and is also writing an untitled sci-fi thriller for Paramount and producer Brad Weston.”
This could be good! It could also be an unwieldily combo of boring and “whatever sticks to the wall” weirdness. Only time will tell! READ MORE
That guy you see in the picture above is Richard Garriott, and he shot Apogee Of fear, an 8 minute sci-fi horror short. And he shot it in space. For real!
Apparently Garriott visited the international space station in 2008 as on a paid civilian trip. The screenplay was written by Tracy Hickman and two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut served as the crew.
There was some doubt that that short would get released due to the intergalactic equivalent of not having a film permit (NASA says Garriott’s film was outside the scope of his agreement with them), but that seems to have been cleared up now. Perhaps we can se Apogee Of Fear in the near future.
Per Wired, “NASA is working with Richard Garriott to facilitate the video’s release. While the project was not part of his original Space Act agreement with NASA, everyone involved had the best of intentions. We hope to resolve the remaining issues expeditiously, and we appreciate Richard’s cooperation and his ongoing efforts to get people excited about the future of space exploration.”
Thanks to Jonathan Barkan for passing this info along. What do you guys think? Want to see a short horror film actually shot in space? READ MORE
Monocyte is a densely gothic work of science fiction that will grab you by the throat and refuse to let you go until the last page. For a book that seems to intentionally disregard all major tropes in mainstream comics today, it is without a doubt a book that will find a large number of fans, and deservingly so. After issue #2 it is certain that IDW has another hit horror book on their hands, one that brings something completely novel to the table, one that works adamantly to re-imagine the horror genre. It’s bleak, dark, absurd, complex, poetic, and it remains steadfast in its use of elevated language and beautiful artwork. The creative team certainly has a wonderfully dark vision, and to let us into their minds is an absolute treasure that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Read on for the skinny…
Well, this is big news for horror fans everywhere. IDW has just announced that Bob Powell’s Terror, printed under their Yoe! Books imprint has been named as the number four graphic novel of the year by USA Today. Those well versed in classic horror comics know that Powell’s influence on the genre is monumental, offering some of the most terrifying illustrations in the genre. Bob Powell’s Terror collects the very best of his works in a single volume. You can check out more from IDW down below. Read on for the skinny…
The DC “Dark” line has been absolutely killing it over the past three months. There’s really not a single flop in the roster, and I, VAMPIRE stands out as the best of the best. Unlike most of the new titles that kicked off with a bang, I, VAMPIRE began with a rather slow pace, offering a nice break from the usual in-your-face storytelling methods. Over the past two issues Fialkov put out some top-notch drama between the two main characters, mixed with some ultra gory scenes to keep things interesting. Not to mention Sorrentino’s artwork, which stands out as some of the most original in the new DC catalogue. Though the series started slowly, hopefully this issue will ‘up the ante’ and plenty of visceral blood spattering goodness. Though the vampire craze is rampant and downright annoying right now, don’t let that turn you off from this book. Read on for the skinny…
Buena Vista Intl. has picked up Latin American distribution rights to Chilean helmer Jorge Olguin‘s (Descendents) fantasy horror pic, Caleuche (The Call of the Sea), reports Variety.
The long-gestating pic (announced in 2006 with Guillermo del Toro as a producer) is shooting on the Chilean island of Chiloe, whose myths and legends inspired the story penned by Olguin and Carolina Garcia.
Brazilian thesp and The Expendables hottie Giselle Itie (pictured below) stars alongside Catalina Saavedra (The Maid) and Marcelo Alonso (“Profugos”).
Itie plays a terminally ill marine biologist, based in Boston, who keep a promise to her father to visit the island of her ancestors, where she discovers her family’s links to a ghost ship, Caleuche.
Co-produced by ChileFilms and Olguin Films, pic will feature CGI special effects plus full-size mock-ups of a tall ship that will be built at a hangar in Chile’s capital, Santiago, where interiors will be shot. READ MORE
For horror nuts like us who thrive off of suspense, gore, and a good old-fashioned ghost story, there is no better time of the year than Halloween. There’s just something about the chilly fall breeze, the naked trees, the wind that whirls, calling out to the dead. This week is the perfect time to nestle up in your favorite chair by the window with a brand new horror story.
With the ever-increasing number of books coming out between the tie-ins, the
crossovers, and the new series, we’ve got to limit our list of comics for the week somehow. Rather than cramming so many previews down your throat that you barely breathe, I’m going to give you my ten most anticipated books of the week. So feast your eyes on these! Whether you’ve been into comics since you were a young’un, or you’re new to the game, I’m here to help you decide which books to read. Read on for the skinny…
All you video game horror nerds have been rolling around in your graves waiting for Freddy to finally come out for download on Mortal Kombat. Well, stop rolling around and get to your consoles because Freddy is waiting for you! Check out his vignette below. They aren’t just throwing him into the game, but gave him a sweet back story as to why he is in the game and why he has 2 claws.
You can buy Freddy for $4.99 on the Playstation Network, or 400 Microsoft Boo Hoo It’s Not The Original Freddy points on Xbox Live. Freddy comes with a complete move-set, an arcade ladder story ending and two fatalities. READ MORE
Most games can cover up their flaws with jaw-dropping visuals, slick combat, or boobies, but horror games don’t have it as easy. In fact, for a game in this genre to succeed there’s one thing it always has to have, and that’s a powerful atmosphere. An atmosphere is a compilation of a bunch of different things that makes the game stick with us long after we’ve played it. It’s also a little different for each person since everyone experiences their games differently from the next.
For me, atmosphere is how the game looks, sounds, and feels. For example, if I’m walking down the rusted, broken halls of a long abandoned down mental institution with only my flashlight to illuminate the path in front of me as I instinctively jerk the beam of light toward what I could’ve swore was a shadow or the sound of footsteps – that’s an experience I’m not going to forget any time soon. It’s the atmosphere, or all the little details that sets the game apart from the rest and helps immerse you into the experience. So head past the break to see the 13 most atmospheric games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing, and remember, these aren’t in any particular order, so please don’t freak out if your game is #5 while an obviously crap game made #3. READ MORE