Shannon and Swift are taking the project in a new direction. It is now described as an action horror pic set in a small-town desert wasteland gripped by drugs and gangs, with plot details still being hashed out.
Ah… 1987. Whereas 1981 gave us two seminal werewolf movies (An American Werewolf In London and The Howling) 1987 gave us two very distinct vampire films in The Lost Boys and Near Dark. Both films remain a part of the cultural conversation to this day (at least in our little horrific corner of the world) but they couldn’t be more different. Lost Boys is a glossy, campy romp with a truly genial (if dysfunctional) family at its center. Near Dark is a stark, poetic western that never once utters the word “vampire.”
Both films had commercial potential, but Lost Boys utterly crushed Near Dark at the box office. Joel Schumacher’s bloodsucking blockbuster was the first of the two to be released (July 31st, 1987) and by the time Kathryn Bigelow’s quieter, more disturbing film came along – the market had had enough. At least that’s the conventional wisdom, part of me thinks that Near Dark never really had a chance at being a hit, regardless of The Lost Boys. It was simply to dry and dour, perhaps too elegant even, for a mainstream 80′s breakthrough.
The trailers for these films tell roughly the same story – gloss vs. grit. I really dig both films, but its easy to see why audiences were swayed to check out Lost Boys – even if I prefer the trailer for Near Dark. READ MORE
Centers on a man who has everything — a beautiful wife, a teenage daughter, a lavish estate — and is confronted with the reality of losing it all when he and his family become the victims of a vicious home invasion.
CS is reporting that Joel Schumacher – hot off the heels of Trespass – has confirmed hopes of landing Halle Berry for the lead role in The Hive, his latest genre outing that centers on an emergency operator who must confront a killer from her past to save a young girl’s life. No other details were available.
Berry first entered the horror foray with Gothika for Warner Bros. back in 2003. It was her first role following her Oscar win. She can also be seen in the indie Dark Side alongside Olivier Martinez. John Stockwell directs the film that pits Berry against some vicious sharks.
Robert Stein and Michael Helfant’s Troika Pictures has announced a slate of new projects, including the Joel Schumacher-helmed suspense thriller The Hive, reports Variety.
From a script by Rich D’Ovidio (who penned the Thir13en Ghosts redo for Dark Castle and Warners), the pic “centers on an emergency operator who must confront a killer from her past to save a young girl’s life.”
Schumacher is best known in the horror world as the director of the 1987 The Lost Boys, and most recently returned to the genre with the direct-to-video title Blood Creek. He also helmed the bizarre Batman sequels, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, along with the totally badass 8MM.
The two will star as brothers on a mission of revenge who become trapped in a harrowing occult experiment that dates back to the Third Reich.
Tune in to Starz this October for the fourth annual “Fear Fest,” a creepy collection of spine-tingling movies kicking off with the world television premiere of the Starz Inside original special Bloodsucking Cinema. Bloodsucking Cinema premieres on Starz Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) and is followed by a 24-hour marathon of spooky films including Underworld: Evolution, Dawn of the Dead, Silent Hill and more. Come back Halloween night for a triple-feature headlined by Bloodsucking Cinema. Bloodsucking Cinema explores vampire films and their enduring hypnotic hold on audiences worldwide. Films featured in the special include Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, The Lost Boys, Blade, Van Helsing and Underworld. Bloodsucking Cinema features interviews with directors John Carpenter (Vampires), Len Wiseman (Underworld, Underworld: Evolution), John Landis (Innocent Blood) and Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys), actors Kristanna Loken (BloodRayne), Stuart Townsend (Queen of the Damned), and critics Leonard Maltin and Harry Knowles (Ain’t It Cool News). Starz Inside is a new monthly series of original specials from Starz hosted by film critic Richard Roeper.
The psychological thriller “The Number 23″ stars Jim Carrey as a man whose life unravels after he comes into contact with an obscure book titled The Number 23. As he reads the book, he becomes increasingly convinced that it is based on his own life. His obsession with the number 23 starts to consume him, and he begins to realize the book forecasts far graver consequences for his life than he could have ever imagined.
This 1987 thriller was a predictable hit with the teen audience it worked overtime to attract. Like most of director Joel Schumacher’s films, it’s conspicuously designed to push the right marketing and demographic buttons, and granted, there’s some pretty cool stuff going on here and there. Take Kiefer Sutherland, for instance. In Stand by Me he played a memorable bully, but here he goes one step further as a memorable bully vampire who leads a tribe of teenage vampires on their nocturnal spree of bloodsucking havoc. Jason Patric plays the new guy in town, who quickly attracts a lovely girlfriend (Jami Gertz), only to find that she might be recruiting him into the vampire fold. The movie gets sillier as it goes along, and resorts to a routine action-movie showdown, but it’s a visual knockout (featuring great cinematography by Michael Chapman) and boasts a cast that’s eminently able (pardon the pun) to sink their teeth into the best parts of an uneven screenplay