This could be very, very good news for horror filmmakers adept at pinching pennies. And even better news for fans who want more demanding fare (the lower the budget, the lower the compromise – sometimes).
After seeing the profit margins of Paramount’s micro-budget shingle, Paramount Insurge (The Devil Inside), Lionsgate is making a point of getting into the micro-budget business, Per Variety. They’ve slotted in John Sacchi (exec producer on The Possession and the My Bloody Valentine remake) to oversee the new arm which will make horror films and comedies budgeted under $2.5 Million.
Lionsgate (now partnered with Summit) has a strong genre year coming up already with films like Warm Bodies, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and You’re Next. So far the new division has not been named.
‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.
Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars…
In theaters August 23, 2013, Lionsgate has shared with us a brand new look at You’re Next (read our review), the Toronto International Film Festival smash hit that blew the minds of the Midnight Madness audience.
Directed by Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, the duo best known for A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S and the forthcoming S-VHS, “One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, the film reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist on home-invasion horror. When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped…until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.”
Sharni Vinson, Nick Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Margaret Laney, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Calvin Reeder, Larry Fessenden, Kate Lyn Sheil, Barbara Crampton and Rob Moran all star.
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Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told–until now. From Oscar(R)-winning director Barry Levinson and the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes this nerve-shredding tale of a small town plunged into absolute terror. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak. Told from the perspective of those who were there and saw what happened, The Bay unfolds over 24 hours though people’s iPhones, Androids, 911 calls, webcams, and whatever else could be used to document the nightmare in Claridge.
The biggest question surrounding The Cabin in the Woods has nothing to do with the numerous surprises or unique framework, but rather why nobody picked it up to get it out of MGM bankruptcy hell sooner – the post-conversion nonsense certainly didn’t help much either (neither did all the legal tape associated with it, but I digress), and thank God they didn’t go down that road. The film plays out as an assimilation and exploration of horror tropes, seen from one perspective and lived out by another, that culminates into the most batshit insane third act since Dead Alive’s lawnmower and rooftop brawl combo. It’s almost as if geek favorite Joss Whedon and wunderkind writer Drew Goddard cracked open their heads and let all their horror memories flow out, and then scrambled them up into this really weird, engrossing meta approach. Cabin might not change your life and time will tell if it serves as a template for where the genre heads next, but one thing it’s definitely not is unoriginal. READ MORE
Per Variety, Lionsgate is in negotiations to acquire Lovely Monster a planned feature adaptation of Francesco Calabrese‘s well-received horror short. Calabrese, who also directed the 2008 short “Death By Sexy” will direct the feature version from a script by John Scott 3.
The film, “follows a young woman battling a rare and lethal illness that turns her into a monster.”
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Pete Travis’s ultra-violent comic adaption, Dredd, hits the big screen in a few weeks on September 21st. Lionsgate partnered with publisher 2000AD to deliver a comic book prequel to the film revealing the origins of the villainess, Ma-Ma. The short issue is written by longtime “Judge Dredd” writer and editor, Matt Smith, with art from a fellow “Dredd” veteran, Henry Flint. If you’ve got an itch for judgement but don’t feel like waiting until the 21st, hit the jump for the free “Dredd” prequel comic. READ MORE
Story based on a haunted box purchased on Ebay that brings bad fortune to its possessors. Eventually being passed from one person to the next and causing all sorts of torment.
The film is in the vein of The Exorcist or The Shining, based on real events that transpired after a family wound up in possession of a haunted box, setting off a harrowing struggle to rid themselves of the box’s evil curse. The real-life box gained notoriety in 2004 when it sold on eBay after causing inexplicable bad fortune to its owners which were attributed to a dibbuk – a malevolent spirit of Jewish folklore trapped in the haunted box.
Official: Based on a true story, ‘The Possession’ is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.
Remember when we told you that Lionsgate was planning on remaking the Twilight films? You can go ahead and just replace “Twilight” with “Saw“…
Sources we trust tell Bloody exclusively that Lionsgate is tinkering with the idea of rebooting the Saw franchise, although an eighth film isn’t out of the cards. It should also be noted that nothing is official, and nothing has been decided. Things are at infant stages at this time, but rest assured, Jigsaw will return.
Saw was created by Australian filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell, who have gone on to collaborate on Dead Silence, Death Sentence and even Insidious. Saw premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and opened in theaters October 29, 2004 to rave reviews. The first Saw has grossed over $100 million worldwide, with the several films breaking the $870 million mark worldwide.
Even though Saw 3D (released on October 29, 2010) was dubbed the “final” entry, we’ve been very firm (and public) in our stance that Lionsgate had more up their sleeve.
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The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring Dredd back to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
Seriously, I missed this screening at Comic-Con by a hair and instantly regretted it once I spoke to those who had attended. Everyone was praising the balls on this thing, how it didn’t flinch or shy away from any of the violence implicit in the character.
And now we’ve got 12 new images, courtesy of Geek Tyrant. Sort of a hodgepodge of banners, stills and scans. Dredd splatters on screens September 21st. Head inside for the new gallery! READ MORE
We got our hands on a new poster for Lionsgate’s The Possession, and it looks like every other poster for every other haunting/possession movie ever made. The trailer looks great – so why can’t we have something cool for this movie? Moths. Woot.
The film starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport and Natasha Calis is said to be in the vein of The Exorcist or The Shining, based on real events that transpired after a family wound up in possession of a haunted box, setting off a harrowing struggle to rid themselves of the box’s evil curse.
Directed by Ole Bornedal, the Sam Raimi/Ghost House Pictures produced supernatural chiller is in theaters everywhere August 31. The film, “is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.”
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One of the freshest new serial killer films being shopped at Cannes and the like the past few months has been Glenn Withrow’s The Mooring. Its a solid horror film about a group of barely teenage girls who are addicted to technological devices, who have joined a rehabilitation camp with the intent of getting out into nature and away from electricity for a while. The only problem here, of course, is that nature is a wild beast that can not be tamed – and its spectrum includes predators. Not just animals. Man! READ MORE
On August 31 Lionsgate will open their haunted dibbuk box when they release The Possession, the Sam Raimi Ghost House Pictures produced supernatural chiller, in theaters everywhere. Directed by Ole Bornedal, what makes this supernatural horror so special is that it’s actually based on true events. Like, for real.
The story is based on a haunted box purchased on Ebay that brings bad fortune to its possessors (2004 LA Times articles). It was eventually passed from one person to the next and causing all sorts of torment. The real-life box gained notoriety in 2004 when it sold on eBay after causing inexplicable bad fortune to its owners which were attributed to a dibbuk – a malevolent spirit of Jewish folklore trapped in the haunted box. My own personal excitement comes in the fact that I followed a now-defunct website (pre-blogs yo!) that actually traced the box’s steps as it destroyed home after home. I recall all sorts of terrifying accounts that ranged from “bleeding eyes” to an old woman appearing in the owner’s houses.
The film starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport and Natasha Calis is said to be in the vein of The Exorcist or The Shining, based on real events that transpired after a family wound up in possession of a haunted box, setting off a harrowing struggle to rid themselves of the box’s evil curse. The exclusive poster premiere – which delivers in Lionsgate’s typical eye-catching fashion – reflects this with the tagline “Darkness lives inside.” It wants to come out… READ MORE
Much like “Cloverfield,” which Goddard scripted, the “Cabin” story line provides a new twist on a classic scenario — in this case the young-people-stranded-in-the-woods horror trope.
Thor’s Chris Hemsworth stars as a young professional who visits a quaint cabin in the woods with a group of friends and ends up scratching the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out.
Official: A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.
I really liked The Hunger Games and am hoping that it could be the next big film franchise. If we need these behemoth cash cows they should at least be halfway decent, right? So it’s sort of concerning to hear that Games director Gary Ross has dropped out of directing the sequel, Catching Fire.
Per Indiewire, “Gary Ross has officially exited the franchise and will not direct the sequel, formally giving Lionsgate and Summit his notice earlier this week, that he will not be coming back. Though recent trade reports have spun the story as being an issue mostly about money, that’s pretty much a small part of the motivation. Ross has never been a filmmaker that repeats himself (going from satire in “Pleasantville” to horse racing drama in “Seabiscuit” and action in “The Hunger Games”) and we’re told the burning desire simply isn’t there to spend another couple of years with Katniss in the Capitol (evidently, he also liked the first book best).”
*Update – Deadline is now reporting that the director may not be off the project after all. They’re “hearing from multiple sources close to Catching Fire that director Gary Ross has not formally withdrawn from The Hunger Games sequel.” I suspect we’ll see all of this shake out next week. Either he’ll be on, or there will be a mad race for a new helmer.
I haven’t read the books, so I wasn’t aware of any perceived drop off in quality in the second two installments. But apparently a lot of people feel that way. What concerns me is that the original has now made so much money that the studio may go with a cheaper, less seasoned helmer in an effort to get Fire into theaters as quickly (and with as little turbulence) as possible.
A brand new clip from The Cabin In The Woods just hit over at IGN and it’s a great homage/send-up of that old “creepy local” routine we get in so many horror movies. This guy’s a little more assertive than Friday The 13th‘s Crazy Ralph, but his plot function seems to be the same. The clip appropriately refers to him as “the harbinger”.
Anyway, as long as you guys keep in mind that The Cabin In The Woods just a great movie, but not the cure for cancer, I can’t see how you’ll be disappointed when it hits on Friday, April 13th. Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams and Brian White all star.
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At this point you guys know exactly how I feel about The Cabin In The Woods, so it’s no surprise that I jumped at the recent opportunity to host a screening of the film in St. Louis Park, Minneapolis. The idea was to show the film to a group of Bloody-Disgusting readers (along with some other guests) and conduct a Q&A with its co-writer and director Drew Goddard.
I have to admit I was a little nervous about the how the audience would receive the film. Of course I love Cabin and everybody I know who has seen the film loves it. But that basically means a bunch of film critics in LA, I was curious how it would play to a group of horror fans in the middle of the country.
Any concerns I had were assuaged just moments in, when the crowd went bananas for the film’s opening scene. A moment that actually has nothing to even do with horror, they were just responding to the quality of the film itself (and its awesome title card). What followed was a screening that could legitimately be described as “raucous”, which is a word I usually avoid using in conjunction with anything.
The Q&A with Drew Goddard was conducted with an audience that had just seen the film and thus is too spoiler-heavy to reprint at the moment. I’ve included a few quotes here but I’ll be adding some of the best bits to the post-release interview that I already have waiting for you guys.
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Want to know how much reporters in the UK enjoyed The Cabin in the Woods (review)? Below you’ll find the UK one-sheet jam-packed with critic quotes for the high concept slasher in theaters Friday, April 13.
Directed by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, and penned by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”‘s Joss Whedon, Lionsgate’s R-rated slaher follows “A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.” READ MORE
Lionsgate dumped on us two fresh hi-res looks at The Cabin in the Woods (review), which begins making its free screening rounds this week before opening wide on Friday, April 13. Both images feature Kristen Connolly, one battling a creature, the other bloodied up on a dock.
Directed by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, and penned by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”‘s Joss Whedon, Lionsgate’s R-rated high concept slaher follows “A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.” READ MORE
The Cabin in the Woods (review) recently took the SXSW Film Festival by storm where it was selected as the Opening Night Feature Film for the entire festival. It’s funny, bloody, and scary. Our readers should eagerly lap this one up starting on Friday, April 13.
I was lucky enough to conduct several interviews with many of the creators and participants in the film. Up first are veteran actors Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins. I was only allowed 10 minutes, one-on-two with the gentlemen, and asked not to reveal any key plot points of the film. This made an organized and cohesive interview near impossible, but I think you can still get the gist of what’s going on.
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Every little morsel of The Cabin in the Woods (review) content to hit the web adds another layer of intrigue. Unless you’ve read a spoiler-filled review, most of you have no idea what’s going on in said images, clips and even the fast-paced trailer. Fact is, you’ll never figure it out, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want you guessing (that’s part of the fun!) Snap on those thinking caps and take a gander at the following picture that displays Sitterson (Richard Jenkins, left), Lin (Amy Acker, center) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford, right) having a thick conversation as they walk through the halls. What’s on their mind? Eh?
Directed by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, and penned by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”‘s Joss Whedon, Lionsgate will release the high concept slaher in theaters Friday, April 13. The R-rated horror flick follows “A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.” READ MORE
Lionsgate has released the first ever clip from Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods, which slasher into theaters Friday, April 13.
We’ve already seen the film (and loved it), which is why we can honestly understand the difficulty in marketing such a film. This is why I truly love the clip the Gate has selected to share with you guys. Below you’ll watch as the group of friends play a game of “true or dare” only to be interrupted by the cellar door blowing open. The clip shares the playful dialogue delivered by “Buffy”s Joss Whedon, while also giving homage to classic horror like Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead franchise. In short, this clip is a very honest representation of the high concept slasher.
The R-rated horror flick follows “A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.” READ MORE
The Scholastic book, the first of a trilogy, has a “Battle Royale” meets “Running Man” feel to it, tackling contemporary culture by telling the story of an America where the subjugated districts must pay tribute in the form of a boy and a girl who are forced to participate in a televised battle to the death.
Alternate: The pic is set in post-apocalyptic America, Hunger Games introduces 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen, who must participate in a fight-to-the-death annual event called the Hunger Games. The battles are televised, and pit youths from each of the Capitol’s 12 Districts against each other.
Bloody Disgusting readers in Minneapolis keep Wednesday, March 28 open as you’ll be one of the first EVER to see a special advance screening of Lionsgate’s The Cabin in the Woods (review), hosted by Bloody and featuring a very special cast appearance and Q&A with director Drew Goddard and star Kristen Connolly!
The kicker? It’s FREE! FREE! FREE!
WHERE: The advance screening takes place @8PM on Wednesday, March 28 at the Kerasotes Showplace ICON at The West End (625 West End Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416).
HOW TO GET TICKETS: It’s incredibly easy to get yourself some free tickets. All you have to do is click HERE or HERE and enter the following pin code: CITW-BLOODY-DISGUSTING
Arrive early! Seats are first come first serve. There will also be giveaways of an exclusive poster and t-shirts and you’ll be allowed to tell the world what you thought on Facebook/Twitter (no spoilers please)!
“Five Friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.”
If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. Produced by Whedon and directed by Goddard from a script by both, the film starts Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.
Remember – just click HERE or HERE and enter the following pin code: CITW-BLOODY-DISGUSTING – and you’re all set!
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