Jonathan Maberry is no stranger to vampire lore, having written five nonfiction books on mythology behind the infamous monsters as well as a heap of horror fiction. Next week, on January 1st, Maberry kicks off his new series at Dark Horse Comics, “Bad Blood”. The book follows a young man named Trick who discovers that his blood is poison for vampires.
I talked to the prolific writer about his affection for vampires, his thoughts on pop culture portrayals of blood-suckers, and his plans for “Bad Blood”. Below, you’ll also find an exclusive preview for issue #2. READ MORE
“Do you believe in destiny? That even the powers of time can be altered for a single purpose? That the luckiest man who walks on this earth is the one who finds… true love?” – Count Dracula (Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992)
There was a time in horror when romance was an integral part of the story, where love and the actions that characters would take for it were what moved the plot forward. Films such as the aforementioned Bram Stoker’s Dracula spring to mind as do many of the classical Universal monster films, Cronenberg’s The Fly, Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China, and countless more.
With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, I thought that I would share my thoughts on the topic of romance in horror and why it seems to have faded. READ MORE
Despite the arrival of Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, South Koreans are hot for a teenage werewolf romp of their own. A Werewolf Boy has become the most-watched homegrown romance of all time with over 6.5 million admissions as of Monday, and the craze has prompted the release of a new version with an alternate ending, reports THR.
Jo Sung-hee’s fantasy film, which revolves around a romance between a young girl (Park Bo-young) and a feral yet devoted “wolf boy” (Song Joong-ki), topped the Korean box office for four consecutive weeks from Oct. 31 to Nov. 28, keeping the Hollywood vampire saga – which has been seen by 2.39 million by now – at number two for two straight weeks after its release in the country on Nov. 15.
“Werewolf is a different kind of fantasy compared to the Twilight or Harry Potter films,” said Jo, whose short film “Don’t Step Out of the House” won a prize at Cannes in 2008. “Werewolf does not showcase spectacular, CG-heavy action scenes; rather, it’s a fantasy of the emotions. It is a fantasy because it shows a kind of ‘love’ that many don’t believe can exist in this kind of world.”
At the behest of fans, distributor CJ Entertainment announced Friday that it will release this month in theaters an alternative ending version of Werewolf. Meanwhile, the fantasy flick, which opened Friday in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas regions, is due to hit more theaters across the U.S. and Canada on Dec. 7. READ MORE
Remember this? When we said “Twilight will return. In fact, they’re already discussing it internally. It will happen. It is still undecided exactly what the future of the franchise will be, though. It could be a direct remake, considering the initial saga is so poorly made, but then again it could also be a spinoff or maybe even a one-off sequel. It could be anything to keep the green bills piling high. But expect a remake. Yes, quickly.”
This report was denied again and again but, in all honesty, it doesn’t make financial sense for it not to be true. Now Moviehole has additional details, “When I was informed an hour or so back that “They’re already onto the [Breaking Dawn] follow-up”, I wasn’t surprised, but naturally intrigued. Details are skim but apparently Bloody Disgusting’s earlier sources that some sort of ‘reboot’ of the series was in development, were on the money.”
Exactly what kind of direction will the franchise move in? Head inside for a taste of the ideas they’re kicking around. READ MORE
Director Victor Garcia (Return to House on Haunted Hill, Mirrors 2, Hellraiser: Revelations) has lined up his next supernatural thriller in Gallows Hill. The film will star Peter Facinelli (pictured above; The Twilight Saga), Sophia Myles (Underworld) and Nathalia Ramos.
Per THR, “the story follows an American (Facinelli), widowed from his Colombia-born wife, who flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Myles) to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter Jill (Ramos). After a car accident leaves them stranded in a rundown isolated inn, they discover the old innkeeper has locked a young girl in the basement and their decision to set her free has unintended consequences.” Richard D’Ovidio and David Higgins wrote the script.
The film is being produced by Higgins via Launchpad Productions, Peter Block of A Bigger Boat and Andrea Chung. Octane, IM Global’s genre arm, is handling international sales. Shooting is due to being this month in Bogota, Colombia.
Warner Bros. will release writer/director Todd Lincoln’s The Apparition at the end of the week. The film stars Ashley Greene as Kelly, a young woman whose new home is brought under siege by an evil spirit. I sat down with Greene on Monday at the Four Seasons here in Los Angeles and we talked about how The Apparition differs from her work in the Twilight saga, whether or not she believes in ghosts – and what she would consider the ultimate way to go out in a horror film.
In the film, “When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force…”
Head inside for the interview. The Apparition appears in theaters this Friday, August 24th. READ MORE
Evan Dickson (@EvanDickson) reports live from the San Diego Comic-Con: The “Twilight” fanbase is one of the more maligned groups of people out there. So much so that there was no shortage of jokes yesterday when one of them was sadly killed in an accident while waiting in line for Thursday’s Hall H panel. That’s some seriously unearned hate and it’s pretty sad that someone waiting in line for Pacific Rim or something thinks that someone else’s life is worth less than theirs because of a divergence in taste.
As much as I dislike “Twilight” itself, the fact remains that we have a lot in common with fans of that franchise – the fact that we’re fans of something. It’s one thing to playfully chide your friends, but anyone who is passionate about something ultimately deserves to have their fandom respected.
I just caught up with two groups of Twilight fans outside of Hall H. Both have been here for days. And while one group is here strictly for the romance aspect of the series, another group (the very first people in line) says the “Twilight” saga actually opened them up to horror in general. Who knows? Maybe in two more years they’ll be here to see Guillermo Del Toro. READ MORE
In the past few years there have been some pretty insane stories to come out of the San Diego Comic-Con. With the event not even kicking off until tomorrow night, something incredibly tragic occurred today that’s already shrouding the event in sadness.
Per the U-T San Diego, “A 53-year-old Comic-Con visitor who had been camping in front of the San Diego Convention Center to secure a place at the popular Twilight panel was struck by a car and killed Tuesday.”
I’m sure many of you have have dreamt of seeing Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) get obliterated by a vampire hunter, which is what makes the above video so freakin’ badass. From YouTuber SilverLightSaber, the above edit depicts a legendary battle between Twilight‘s Edward and vampire hunter Blade (Wesley Snipes). It’ll make you grin from ear to ear.
And speaking of vampire hunters, inside we’ve added an incredible graphic via Cheezburger that helps you “Know Your Vampire Hunter”. The list begins with Simon Belmont from the popular NES series “Castlevania” and works its way up to Vampire Hunter D. I didn’t realize that took place in 12,090, because, you now, that’s believable.
But wait, there’s more! Also shared is an awesome 1980′s Panasonic magazine ad that tells viewers why their product makes horror that much more vivid. I want one of those TVs now! (Wait, no I don’t.) READ MORE
Update: As quickly as I predicted, Summit has denied our report using the age-old “semantics card” that basically puts it all on the chest of creator Stephanie Meyer. “We are not remaking Twilight. We will happily support Stephanie Meyer if she decides to proceed in any way. But this will be the last one unless that should change,” said Summit Co-Chairman and now Lionsgate domestic movie czar Rob Friedman to a site that didn’t credit us, therefore you’ll have to guess who reported it. Said site clarifies: “What this statement means is simply that the studio will do whatever “Twilight Saga” author Stephenie Meyer wants. She has said in some interviews that she wouldn’t mind seeing a reboot — so an eventual remake isn’t out of the realm of possibility.” That’s because – mark my words – it’s going to happen.
November 21, 2008. That’s what, a little less than four years ago? Since then Summit Entertainment has released four Twilight adaptations, with the fifth and final arriving on November 16. By the five year anniversary, Lionsgate, who acquired Summit back in January for $412.5 million in cash and stock, will be in serious discussions regarding the future of the Stephenie Meyer vampire/werewolf franchise.
They’ll deny it, right here, right now. We’ll get plenty of eggs in our face. Sites will burn us at the stake like a witch during the Salem trials. Still, the fact will remain: it’s true.
In fact, they’re already discussing it internally. It will happen.
Twilight will return. It will never leave. It is eternal. Prepare to weep for another decade.
It is still undecided exactly what the future of the franchise will be, though. It could be a direct remake, considering the initial saga is so poorly made, but then again it could also be a spinoff or maybe even a one-off sequel. It could be anything to keep the green bills piling high. But expect a remake. Yes, quickly.
Lionsgate’s needs a fresh franchise to run alongside the Tyler Perry and Saw films that fueled them through the 00′s. Now that they have Summit, and The Hunger Games franchise, revising Twilight from another studio’s perspective could be just what the doctor ordered…
Directed by Duane Journey, Black Forest: Hansel and Gretel & The 420 Witch updates the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairytale to modern-day Pasadena. Except now the forest is an immense indoor hydroponic marijuana farm. So naturally some liberties have been taken with the existing text. It’s being described as a bit Edgar Wright and a bit Pineapple Express but very gory.
The film is “about a brother and sister who battle a witch that uses a special drug to lure teenagers into her suburban home where she devours them to maintain her youth and beauty.”
Written by David Tillman and produced by Dark Highway Films, Black Forest stars Molly Quinn (“Castle”), Michael Welch (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse), Lara Flynn Boyle (“Twin Peaks”, Men In Black II) and introduces Bianca Saad.
Sound like your kind of thing? I was able to visit the set recently, so hit the jump for my report! READ MORE
The new trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) hit today. And it looks like director Bill Condon is headed in the same general aesthetic trajectory as the last two (despite the book being markedly more… out there).
At this point, you either know if these movies are for you or not. The last thing you want to is to hear another opinion about them (good or bad). So I’ll cut to the chase without further ado…
Hit the jump for the trailer. Twilight: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) is in theaters November 18, 2011.
A coterie of “Twilight” stars showed up for the heavily-hyped press conference at Comic Con early this morning to dish on Breaking Dawn: Part 1, the latest entry in the seemingly never-ending ‘tween fantasy series that will be released on November 18th to a horde of screaming young girls, drooling gay men, and countless thousands of desperate MILFs who creepily enjoy fantasizing about the now-legal Taylor Lautner.
First up were co-stars Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Julia Jones and Booboo Stewart, who star as Alice Cullen, Rosalie Hale, Esme Cullen, Leah Clearwater and Seth Clearwater, respectively. The foursome gamely took questions from the legion of already-exhausted reporters about filming the latest installment and whether they expect the series to continue on after Breaking Dawn: Part 2, the supposed final entry in the series, is unleashed in fall 2012.
Summit Entertainment’s “Twilight” franchise is finally coming to a close and this morning they provided us with the first official still from the first half of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn that features love birds Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson,) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) mixing their juices for what will eventually become an insane hybrid vamp-baby. Directed by Bill Condon, the first half of Breaking Dawn arrives in theaters November 18. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to Jacob Black, Bella Swan has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. READ MORE
Eclipse will be considered by many people to be the best of the Twilight series so far, and it’s easy to see why. It still features the same uneven performances and groan-worthy screenwriting that made the other entries unintentionally humorous, but this time around, the film seems to be at peace with what it is: a soap-opera. No longer is the franchise tussling with its identity; it’s comprised of minimal action, minimal plot, and people talking to each other about the same things over and over again, while being especially dramatic about EVERYTHING. And for what it is, I’d be lying if I said it was the worst thing ever, but it’s still not good. READ MORE
Now in production is the final Twilight entry, Breaking Dawn, which is being split into two movies by Summit Entertainment, much as Warners broke up the final Harry Potter. Director Bill Condon is at the reigns and already teasing the upcoming finale with the following image: a bright picture of Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) arm in a bed with feathers. It’s a surprisingly bright pictorial considering the dark nature of the final frames (crazy hybrid baby birth). The beginning of the end hits theaters on November 11, 2011 — quite a long ways away. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to Jacob Black, Bella Swan has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. READ MORE
A whole slew of new (and mostly unfamiliar, at least to me) faces were added to the giant list that is the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn cast today. New members of the Bill Condon helmed sequels roster include Olga Fonda (Love Hurts), Janelle Froehlich (Hacienda Heights), Masami Kosaka (The Runaways), Sebastiao Lemos (Força-Tarefa), Amadou Ly (THE TESTED), Ty Olsson (2012), Wendell Pierce (Ray), and Carolina Virguez (Matalobos). No word on their roles, or which film they’re cast in (could be both!),and I can’t even begin to speculate because I never made it past page one of the first novel. Breaking Dawn: Part I hits theatres on November 18, 2011, while Breaking Dawn: Part 2 arrives almost a year later on November 16, 2012. Sparkle, sparkle, everyone. READ MORE
I recently got the opportunity to do a phone interview with Damon Fox, singer and keyboardist of progressive rock band Bigelf. Damon was a very cool guy who was eloquent and intelligent and gave some great responses that were not only well thought out, but also very intimate and personal. Read on to see how Damon responds to questions about a new Bigelf album, how the band survives the rigors of the road as well as his thoughts on the current state of music and a few of his favorite horror movies!
Bigelf’s last album, ‘Cheat The Gallows’ came out in 2008. Check inside for the video to their latest single ‘The Evil’s of Rock and Roll’!
Nachtmystium embrace the true spirit of individuality and intolerance forming solely as an outlet to express the dark musical visions and summonings of those involved. A new video trailer based upon the album’s dark visuals can be accessed now at the link below.
Few bands today embrace their own individualism to ultimately craft something truly unique and genre defying regardless of the sales potential. Enter the Chicago-based Nachtmystium who embrace the true spirit of individuality and intolerance forming solely as an outlet to express the dark musical visions and summonings of those involved.
This vicious, uncompromising group’s (led by mastermind Blake Judd) much anticipated new full-length offering, Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II, is set for a June 8th release. The disc was recorded once again with Sanford Parker (Minsk) at Volume Studios. They have enlisted the talents of Wrest (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice, Twilight) to record all drum tracks as well as Will Lindsay (Wolves in the Throne Room, Middian) on bass for this new album, which was hailed by Decibel Magazine as “One of the 25 most anticipated albums of 2010.”
The film is about a high school girl named Bella falls in love with a vampire. The new couple leads a rival vampire clan to pursue them and attempt to force her to decide if she, too, wishes to become one of the undead.