Fantastic Films and MPI Media Group (Hatchet II, Stakeland, The Innkeepers)’s horror comedy Stitches, directed by Conor McMahon, is currently out on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD – and I certainly recommend it! So I’m taking the time to re-post Mr. Disgusting’s review to remind you of the film’s potential!
“And while the filmmakers let the good times roll, when its time to get to business, they f*cking deliver. Stitches is a relentless and brutal slasher that’s not only ultra violent, but also off-the-wall gory. But the icing in the ice cream cake is how original the death scenes are taking the genre to an entirely new level (think Killer Klownz weird).”
I loved Stitches almost as much as Mr. Disgusting (read his review). I recently sat down with the film’s writer/director Conor McMahon and one of its’ stars, Tommy Knight to talk about preserving character in a slasher full of inventive kills. We also touch on the possibility of Stitches 2.
“Years after a cruel kids’ prank during a birthday party for 8-year-old Tommy (Tommy Knight, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures) left hired clown Richard “Stitches” Grindle (Ross Noble) dead on the kitchen floor, the childhood friends gather to plan a birthday bash to end all bashes. But they haven’t counted on the degenerate jester rising from the grave to seek vengeance on the children who mocked him and caused his grisly, untimely end. Now Tommy and his teenage friends are on the run from an undead jokester who’s ready to use every trick in the book (and many that aren’t) to exact his revenge. McMahon delivers a delirious slasher epic, a hilariously twisted and blood-soaked tale of one very bad clown with a talent for making balloon animals – but with one very hideous difference.”
Head inside for the interview! Stitches is available now on VOD, Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD from MPI /Dark Sky Films. READ MORE
Nick Damici (Stake Land, Premium Rush and the upcoming We Are What We Are remake) is set to play the lead in Late Phases the upcoming production from MPI’s Dark Sky Films and A Horrible Way To Die producer Zak Zeman’s company Site B. The werewolf tale will be directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Penumbra, Here Comes The Devil) and was written by Eric Stolze (Under The Bed) and shooting is scheduled to start shooting in 2013.
“‘Late Phases’ will tell the story of Ambrose McKinley, a blind war veteran, who moves into a community where the residents have been dying in increasing numbers – oddly, all have supposedly been the victims of dog attacks. But after barely surviving his own attack on his first night there, Ambrose discovers that the assailants are not just canines – they are entirely different and far more terrifying.”
Per Zeman, “Nick Damici fits perfectly into this role. Combining forces with MPI and Glass Eye will bring ‘Late Phases’ to a whole new level“.
MPI and Fantastic Films have struck a deal to produce three genre films, per Screen Daily, The two-year deal triggers principal photography The Cherry Tree in the fourth quarter. David Keating (Wake Wood) will direct.
MPI’s Greg Newman said, “Fantastic films have amazing taste and a great understanding of genre filmmaking and we look forward to our collaboration with them. Together, we make an incredibly strong development and production team, and are very likeminded about the type of films and filmmakers we intend to work with. There are several amazing projects on the horizon and we look forward to jumping in immediately.”
MPI/Dark Sky Films today announced the first day of principle photography on Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s latest film, Here Comes the Devil has been completed in Tijuana. The film stars Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are) and rising actress Laura Caro. Shooting is underway in Tijuana and will take place on locations in the Mexican city and its environs, including ominous caves that figure prominently in the story. Here Comes the Devil is a co-production from MPI’s Dark Sky Films and Bogliano’s Salto de Fe Films. Adrian Garcia Bogliano is the creator of the international horror sensations Penumbra and Cold Sweat.
Here Comes the Devil is the first full-length feature from Salto de Fe Films, which is based in Mexico City. In addition to the recent Penumbra and Cold Sweat, Garcia Bogliano’s many films include such independent genre achievement as Rooms for Tourists, 36 Steps, Watch ‘em Die and The Accursed.
With Here Comes the Devil, he moves into a supernatural realm: “A married couple loses their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be, that something terrifying has changed them.”
The Spanish-language movie is the most recent addition to MPI/Dark Sky’s solid slate of original productions, which include the The Innkeepers, Stake Land, Hatchet II and Frankenstein’s Army, which is currently shooting in Prague.
MPI Media Group today announced that it will co-produce with Salto de Fe Films Here Comes the Devil, a thriller to be directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano, creator of the international horror sensations Penumbra and Cold Sweat.
Casting in underway on the movie, which will center on a couple’s children who go missing in the caves of Tijuana. Shooting will take place on locations in the Mexican city and its environs, including ominous caves that figure prominently in the story.
“With ‘Here Comes the Devil’, he moves into a supernatural realm: A married couple loses their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be, that something terrifying has changed them.” READ MORE