Presented by Eli Roth. A found-footage docu-style horror movie set it a Jonestown type cult where we watch a mass suicide begin and the filmmakers are trapped inside.
AJ Bowen (A Horrible Way To Die) had both You’re Next and Grow Up, Tony Phillips at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, TX. While the first film was one of my favorites of 2011 (and one of my favorites of 2013 – it holds up), you probably need no introduction to it – except for the question many of you ask at this point, “where is the trailer?” The answer to that seems to be that it will be paired with Evil Dead in the first week of April. Update: It’s March 28th for the trailer. I’m going to miss not getting that question every day for 18 months!
The latter film, Grow Up, Tony Phillips, is the 4th directorial effort from genre favorite Emily Hagins (My Sucky Teen Romance). While it’s by no stretch of the imagination a horror film – it is a sweet and poignant look at Halloween and what it means to embrace that holiday in an “age appropriate” manner. In that regard it’s almost a (funny) dramatization of a character that might have appeared in An American Scream. If you’re a fan of Hagins’ earlier work, I’d recommend checking it out regardless of genre – it’s definitely a more polished iteration of that aesthetic.
AJ Bowen plays “Pete” in the film, and the role couldn’t possibly be more different from what he achieves in You’re Next. I caught up with Bowen after the fest wound down to talk about what it was like to have two films there and get his thoughts the delicate nature of moving in and out (and back into) the horror genre. I also tried to scoop him on Ti West’s upcoming Eli Roth produced The Sacrament – but he did an expertly friendly job of shutting me down on that one.
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A huge thank you to Bloody member DarkHolmes7 for tipping us off to a new interview with Eli Roth, who reveals the top secret plot of The Sacrament, the latest genre offering from horror fav Ti West (The Innkeepers, V/H/S, The House of the Devil, The Roost).
“I’m now producing a film called The Sacrament that Ti West produced and directed,” Roth, producer on CBS Films’ forthcoming The Last Exorcism: Part II, tells The Guardian. “He made a terrific film called House of the Devil, and had a great idea about a found footage docu-style horror movie set it a Jonestown type cult where we watch a mass suicide begin and the filmmakers are trapped inside. It’s really, really scary.”
The first still, above, took us to the Savannah, Georgia set where star AJ Bowen (The Signal, You’re Next) is on the run from something terrible. Sound like he’s on the run from cult members?
Joe Swanberg (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die, V/H/S), Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die, Upstream Color) and Gene Jones also star. READ MORE
Bloody Disgusting is excited to share the first ever look at The Sacrament, the latest genre offering from horror fav Ti West (The Innkeepers, V/H/S, The House of the Devil, The Roost)
The first still takes us to the Savannah, Georgia set where star AJ Bowen (The Signal, You’re Next) is on the run from something terrible. It’s a bit reminiscent of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Joe Swanberg, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz and Gene Jones also star.
The Sacrament was written by West and is produced and presented by Hostel and Cabin Fever‘s Eli Roth, alongside Jacob Jaffke, Peter Phok and Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners. West and Eric Newman are executive producing with Worldview’s Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Hoyt David Morgan and IM Global’s Stuart Ford. READ MORE
Magnolia releases V/H/S (write your reviews) DVD/Blu-ray TODAY, December 4th! Extras include deleted scenes, a featurette on the visual effects, a behind the scenes featurette, an AXS TV: A Look at V/H/S feature, a filmmakers’ commentary and trailers. If you’re not into physical media, it’s also available on iTunes – though I’m not sure if all of the extras come with that version.
In the film “When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.”
To celebrate we’ve got some (in most cases) new/previously unpublished quotes from filmmakers Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Pop Skull), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds, Red Sands), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Roost, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), and Radio Silence.
Head inside for some brief reflections on their segments. READ MORE
Even though The Man With the Iron Fists is billed as a “Quentin Tarantino Presents” project, Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel, Hostel 2) and RZA are the clear creative forces behind the film. They wrote the project together (based on an original story by RZA), working for years to create the world and mythology of the film. As a producer, Roth was on the film’s set in China every day helping RZA through his directorial debut.
In the film, “Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans’ brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.”
I recently hopped on the phone with Roth and we discussed his partnership with RZA, building the world of Iron Fists, working with Russell Crowe and avoiding fight fatigue. In regard to his own work as a director, we talked about his evolution and what we can expect from The Green Inferno. READ MORE
Worldview Entertainment’s horror thriller The Sacrament, written and directed by Ti West (V/H/S, The Innkeepers, House of the Devil, The Roost) is currently in its third week of shooting in Savannah, GA.
We’ve learned that The Sacrament stars Joe Swanberg (V/H/S, You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die), AJ Bowen (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die, House of the Devil, The Signal), Kentucker Audley (V/H/S), Amy Seimetz (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Tiny Furniture) and Gene Jones (No Country for Old Men). Talk about a reunion!
The Sacrament is produced and will be presented by Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever). Worldview is also producing and financing Roth’s The Green Inferno, marking the company’s second project with the prolific filmmaker. Production on the much anticipated film is set to begin in Peru and Chile on November 5th.
Plot details on The Sacrament are being kept securely under wraps. READ MORE
Cray! Ti West (The Innkeepers, V/H/S) will write and direct The Sacrament, a new film being financed by Octane and Worldview Entertainment. Eli Roth (Hostel, The Green Inferno) will be shepherding the film.
We don’t have a synopsis yet, but it will start shooting soon. As in the end of this month! Per Roth, “I’ve been a Ti West fan since his first film and have watched him continue to grow into one of the smartest and most exciting filmmakers working today. We want to make this Ti’s first mainstream movie, without sacrificing the quality and unflinching horror of the subject matter. And I’m thrilled to once again partner with Worldview Entertainment, as they fully appreciate what we bring to the project and are letting us run wild with it.”
More details as they come in!