Principal photography is underway in Australia on writer-director Michael Petroni’s sophomore thriller Backtrack, starring King Kong‘s Adrien Brody and Jurassic Park and In the Mouth of Madness‘ Sam Neill, reports Screendaily.
“The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.”
The cast is rounded out by local actors Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird and Anna Lise Phillips.
Shooting commenced in Sydney on Jan 6 and is scheduled to wrap in mid-Feb. Filming will take place in Sydney as well as the Central West region of New South Wales.
Jamie Hilton (The Waiting City, Sleeping Beauty) is producing for See Pictures alongside Antonia Barnard (The Painted Veil, The Quiet American) and Petroni. READ MORE
At the end of Jurassic Park, Dr. Grant, played by Sam Neill, wouldn’t give the park his blessing. Still, it appears that Jurassic World will open with or without him.
Neill, who has openly stated multiple times that he’d love to return, told Examiner that, as of this writing, he won’t be returning to the world of dinosaurs built by John Hammond.
“Look, you never say no,” Neill told them. “I think there’s a whole new cast and a whole new look at things, and I think that’s great. As I said, I’d never say no, but I wish them… well, I’m sure it’s going to be great, but they don’t need me.”
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and Nick Robinson are in talks to star. Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and will direct the film. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it is known that Robinson would play Simpkins’ older brother.
Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley will produce with a new release slated for June 12, 2015. READ MORE
Yesterday I wondered aloud on Twitter if I needed to re-visit Event Horizon because it seems that, over the years, the film has developed a rabid cult fanbase. Based on the reactions to a Horizon piece on this site a few weeks back, it seems like some of our own readers are nearing a consensus that it’s actually good.
That’s not how I remember it. Back in 1998 or 1999 I was hanging out with a few friends, having some beers while one of our mothers was out of town. One of my pals kept pitching us HARD on Event Horizon. He’d seen it in theaters and thought it was a masterpiece. Not content to just tell us it was good, he practically forced us to go out and rent it that very night. The first Blockbuster we tried? Out of stock. The second Blockbuster? Out of stock. On our way to the third d*mn Blockbuster I remember thinking, “man, this movie must be amazing! It’s rented out all over town!” Finally we got the thing on VHS and headed back to the homestead.
Now, this was obviously a long time ago so I remember very little about the actual film. What I do remember is the rage slowly simmering inside me as the viewing slogged on. By the time we got to Sam Neill with his eyes all messed up waxing philosophical about something (was he possessed?) I was totally checked out. By the time the film ended I was nearly apopleptic. So was the other guy who had’t seen the movie yet. We both turned to our friend – who we blamed for ruining our night – and just stared at him. He caved immediately, “maybe it’s not so great.” READ MORE
How technology takes things from the past and makes them even cooler…
Bloody-D’s Jonny B. caught wind of an incredibly cool imgur album that solely shares screen grabs from Paul W.S. Anderson’s incredible 1997 Event Horizon.
Those of you who recall the sci-fi horror Sam Neill-starrer that takes many cues from Ridley Scott’s Alien, it’s about a rescue ship that transports between dimensions – via a black hole – and literally brings Hell upon the crew.
Anderson flash-cuts the hell out of the film, showing terrifying visions in single frames that appear so quickly that it’s literally impossible for the brain to digest it all.
With HD versions of the film in release, and someone with the time to take some screencaps, we now have a series of imagery that shows the incredible effects work that only graces the screen for seconds. READ MORE
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of director John Carpenter’s 1995 In the Mouth of Madness, which stars Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jurgen Prochnow, David Warner, John Glover, Bernie Casey, Charlton Heston, Frances Bay and a young Hayden Christensen.
The Lovecraftian cult classic arrives on Blu-ray in time for Halloween, on October 15th.
Easily one of my all-time favorite horror movies, “Best-selling author and Stephen King contemporary Sutter Cane’s newest novel is literally driving his readers insane. When the author inexplicably vanishes, an insurance investigator named John Trent (Sam Neill) is hired by Arcane Publishing director Jackson Harglow (Charlton Heston) to track the author down. But Trent, along with Cane’s editor Linda Styles (Julie Carmen), soon finds himself crossing the barrier between fact and fiction, and entering a terrifying world of evil and madness from which there is no escape.”
It’s been in HD on cable for over a year now, but it’ll be nice to finally own a physical copy. READ MORE
A horror film like no other, Possession, directed by Andrzej Zulawski, is an intense and shocking experience that was originally banned in the UK on the notorious ‘Video Nasties’ list. Now this hugely controversial film makes its long-awaited Blu-ray debut courtesy of Second Sight Films.
Possession was nominated for a BAFTA and the Palme d’Or and stars Isabelle Adjani (Subway, La Reine Margot), whose astonishing performance earned her Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the French Césars, alongside Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Omen III – The Final Conflict). The film features stunning special effects by Carlo Rambaldi (Alien, E.T) and comes to Blu-ray with an amazing array of bonus features on July 29, 2013.
“With their marriage in tatters Anna (Adjani) and Mark’s (Neill) tense relationship has become a psychotic descent into screaming matches, violence and self-mutilation. Believing his wife’s only lover is the sinister Heinrich, Mark is unaware of the diabolical, tentacled creature that Anna has embarked on an affair with. The unhinged woman visits her monstrous lover in a deserted Berlin apartment and will stop at nothing to protect him. With its dark subject matter and high gore quotient, Possession is not for the faint-hearted.” READ MORE
Sam Neill, who you
may better remember as Dr. Alan Grant in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park, talked to the Dominion Post about Universal Pictures’ forthcoming sequel. His response was stomach-churning.
“I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig.”
The project, which was being called Jurassic Park IV, was put on hold this month so Safety Not Guaranteed‘s Colin Trevorrow could further develop the screenplay with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Behind-the-scenes rumblings were that the plot could be about the government who has trained dinosaurs to carry weapons and use them for battle purposes.
And Collider, who caught wind of this shocking blurb, pointed out that producer Frank Marshall told them the project is not a reboot.
Still, you have to admit the timing is weird, especially since the 3-D re-release did quite well, and the fact that Trevorrow was scouting the same locations as the first film. Could Uni have decided they want a reboot instead of a sequel? Will they pull the ol’ title trick and have the park just re-open having similar events occur? If they do, expect the new title to be The Jurassic Park.
And I’m not one to shame a remake, but come on, Jurassic Park is a perfect movie. Neill shouldn’t even joke about it… READ MORE
Steven Spielberg’s epic Jurassic Park gets the 3-D treatment April 5, 2013.
While the post-converted garbage is just a way to pull in some extra cash, it could also tell the studio we want more dino action.
Sam Neill and Laura Dern star in the 1993 adaptation that begins during a preview tour of a new theme park, which suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Thus far the film has grossed $914,691,118 worldwide, could the re-release push it over a billion? Who cares…I just want more movies, toys and JP t-shirts. READ MORE
I love playing the “what if?” game, especially when it comes to major films and incredibly powerful filmmakers. This one is the size of a dinosaur.
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is one of my all time favorite films. It never even crossed my mind that someone else may have ended up adapting the Michael Crichton novel. But what if James Cameron, known for his darker fare such as The Terminator and Aliens, ended up directing?
The filmmaker with the world’s two highest-grossing films under his belt revealed to HuffPost UK that he had always wanted to make the film Jurassic Park, but was beaten to it by Jaws director Steven Spielberg.
“I tried to buy the book rights and he beat me to it by a few hours,” Cameron revealed at the recently-opened “Titanic Museum” in Belfast, where the ship he brought to the big screen was designed and crafted back at the beginning of last century.
“But when I saw the film, I realized that I was not the right person to make the film, he was. Because he made a dinosaur movie for kids, and mine would have been aliens with dinosaurs, and that wouldn’t have been fair.
“Dinosaurs are for 8-year-olds. We can all enjoy it, too, but kids get dinosaurs and they should not have been excluded for that. His sensibility was right for that film, I’d have gone further, nastier, much nastier.”
Spielberg’s 1993 film, which stars Sam Neill and Laura Dern, is nearly $1 billion worldwide. Universal is post-converting the film for 3-D release on April 5, 2013 – that should tip the iceberg and set the stage for the already announced 3-D remake. READ MORE
When teenage twins Rachel and Theo investigate the creepy old house next door, they discover the Wilberforces – shape-shifting creatures that lurk beneath Auckland’s ring of extinct volcanoes.
Guided by the mysterious Mr Jones and with the help of their older cousin Ricky, the twins must rekindle the unique powers they once shared if they are to destroy this ancient evil – before it destroys them.
Edward Dalton is a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world’s population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned…with someone or something new on-board.
With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose…literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane’s mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb’s End. The fact that this town exists as a figment of Cane’s twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent’s problems….