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Clifton Collins Jr. is the latest actor to take part in our Q&A series and he should be no stranger to genre fans with recent roles in Pacific Rim, Hellbenders 3D, and Transcendence. In this feature, Clifton Collins Jr. talks to us about working with Johnny Depp, researching the technical singularity, his role in Stung, and his upcoming book, 101 Ways to Cook Ramen (Prison Style):
Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today. We’re big fans of your work over here and always look forward to talking with you about your latest project. What was it that initially drew you to Transcendence and the character of Martin?
Really appreciate that, nothing better than good folks who appreciate ones work! I think that’s what keeps me working as hard as I do, so thank you for that!
Johnny Depp for starters. I’ve been »
- Jonathan James
Know what irritates the hell out of us? When people throw white makeup on the faces of their friends, splash them with stage blood, tell them to run really fast, film it, and then call it a zombie movie. So many indie filmmakers have done just that. However, Nigel Hartwell is Not one of them.
We get sent a lot of indie projects to look at around these parts from filmmakers trying to raise money for their movies. We spare you the majority of them because 95% of them will either never get made, are just plain lazy looking, or don't spark our interest.
After sitting through Hartwell's truly ambitious sales trailer for his film The Epidemic, we've gotta say, "We're sold!" Sure, it's rough around the edges, but the guy has something big and cool in mind. The best part? It's Not Safe For Work! That's right, horndogs! Here's your »
- Steve Barton
Title: In the Blood Director: John Stockwell Starring: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Treat Williams, Danny Trejo, Luiz Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Stephen Lang If we’re keeping tabs on the evolving filmography of ex-mixed martial arts fighter and future “The Expendabelles” centerpiece Gina Carano, “In the Blood,” from director John Stockwell, slots considerably below “Haywire,” her at once lithe and bruising collaboration with Stephen Soderbergh. And yet there’s still a certain ramshackle appeal to the film, a starchy, “Taken”-meets-”Turistas” revenge picture which could just as easily be titled “Woman on Fire.” “In the Blood” centers around Ava (Carano) and Derek Grant (Cam Gigandet), a newly married couple who head to the Caribbean [ Read More ]
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We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a clip from Alice D, a call for submissions from the London Horror Festival, trailers for Fractured, Too Young to Die, and Ghostline, first details for Imaginapped and Grimmerson Manor, and a Q&A with Jacqui Holland:
First Clip from Alice D: “In the late 1890s the Davenport House was a famous and successful brothel, until a young prostitute named Alice killed herself there. After her death, the brothel became haunted by Alice’s ghost, and was eventually abandoned.
More than a century later, the old structure is renovated into a beautiful mansion. It is still rumored to inhabit the ghost of Alice. Despite this, the new owner; the rich and arrogant heir to the Davenport fortune, decides to throw a wild party for his first night in the house. »
- Tamika Jones
Title: In the Blood Director: John Stockwell Starring: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Luis Guzmán, Stephen Lang, Amaury Nolasco, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Treat Williams and Danny Trejo Running Time: 90 minutes, Rated R, Available on VOD, iTunes & Theaters April 4th Eva (Gina Carano) and her husband Derek (Cam Gigandet) are on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. While out to dinner they meet Manny (Ismael Cruz Cordova) a local who promises to show them around the island and take them to the hottest club. At the club they have a run-in with the notorious kingpin Big Biz (Danny Trejo), and Eva gets into an impressive fight with some goons at the [ Read More ]
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Pulses are likely to remain level during “In the Blood,” a serviceable vehicle for Mma champ Gina Carano (“Haywire”). In a plot that variously recalls “True Lies,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “Kill Bill,” Carano plays a new bride looking forward to a tranquil domestic life who’s forced to deploy her secret, all-purpose beatdown skills after her husband disappears. Given the limited release (the film is opening simultaneously on VOD), B.O. potency will depend on getting the word out to Carano’s fans, who may already be used to watching her on pay-per-view.
Perhaps inadvertently, the kidnapped-vacationers plot revisits territory director John Stockwell explored in 2006′s organ-trafficking thriller “Turistas,” down to a subplot involving a nonconsensual transfusion. A prologue sets the stage on the mean streets of Bridgeport, Conn., in 2002, when Ava (played as a teenager by Paloma Olympia Louvat) witnesses and avenges the murder of her self-styled »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Toronto based outfit Raven Banner Entertainment has acquired the Canadian rights for the action thriller In The Blood, starring Gina Carano. They will release the film in Canadian cinemas on April 24. "Gina Carano is without a doubt, the most badass action heroine in Hollywood today," says Raven Banner's Michael Paszt. "It's a real thrill for us to be releasing the film in Canada." The film also stars Cam Gigandet (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2), Luis Guzmán (We're the Millers, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), Amaury Nolasco (The Rum Diary, Prison Break), Ismael Cruz Cordoba (The Good Wife), Treat Williams (Chicago Fire), Stephen Lang (Avatar) and Danny Trejo (Machete)....
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Gina Carano is the only selling point that In the Blood, a predictable yet enjoyable action flick from Into the Blue helmer John Stockwell, really needs. After all, a hero who’s charismatic, easy on the eyes and capable of kicking some serious ass is hard to come by. Carano fits the bill quite nicely, and she’s the sole reason that action aficionados will (and should) check out In the Blood.
Starring as Ava, a newlywed with a rough past who goes on the hunt for her husband (Cam Giganet) after he disappears following a zip-lining accident on their Caribbean honeymoon, Carano gets her first real opportunity to prove herself as a leading lady (I’d argue that Soderbergh’s touch in Haywire made the film more about him than her). Luckily for In the Blood, there’s more to the actress than just her fists. Though the film’s script, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Gina Carano found success as an Mma fighter, but my aversion to sweaty acronyms meant I first learned of her existence in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. She plays a CIA (more my speed) agent framed by her own people, and the film is basically her kicking one Hollywood leading man’s ass after the next including Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, and Antonio Banderas. It’s a combination of star power and a very frequent use of Carano’s impressive fighting abilities that makes the film so fun, but more than that, those elements helped deflect attention away from the sloppy script and her poor acting. Fast forward three years later and she’s finally found a follow-up leading role, but oddly and unfortunately, In the Blood has very little clue what to do with her. Ava (Carano) and Derek (Cam Gigandet) are newlyweds on their honeymoon in the Caribbean, and »
- Rob Hunter
Blood Crush: Stockwell Returns to Exotic Paradise for B Movie Thrills
Considering that In the Blood was scripted by James Robert Johnston (The Howling Reborn; Joy Ride 2) and Bennett Yellin (Dumb & Dumber films) plus directed by actor/director John Stockwell, you might be surprised at how competently structured it is, even as it operates solely on the fumes of generic derivatives, plumbing the depths of any number of B action film tropes. Cashing in on Gina Carano’s headlining presence, it can’t quite manage to escape feeling like the poor man’s version of Haywire 2, though an intriguing supporting cast distracts from the silliness of it all as it glides along to a truncated denouement.
Opening with Ava’s (Gina Carano) narration about how her father turned her into a brutal killing machine and how she remembered his death, a scene of brutal violence segues to 12 years later in Arlington, »
- Nicholas Bell
The creators of In the Blood seem to hate the Caribbean, depicting it as a cesspool of slums, cockfights, corrupt cops, and ruthless killers -- until, finally, director John Stockwell and company seem to feel so bad about slandering the islands that a villain (Danny Trejo) criticizes his cronies for giving their home a bad name. That he does so immediately before committing even more gruesome crimes is part and parcel of the ridiculousness of this subpar action movie, in which Ava (Gina Carano) must find her husband, Derek (Cam Gigandet), after he suffers a zip-lining accident on their honeymoon and then vanishes. Ava’s search is complicated by the fact that everyone, including a shady police chief (Luis Guzmán) and Derek’s wealthy dad (Treat »
The early word on VANish and a trio of stills that feature co-stars Tony Todd, Danny Trejo, and Maiara Walsh landed in our inbox, and given filmmaker Bryan Bockbrader's promise "there's no escaping the chaos," of course we had to share.
From the Press Release:
Maiara Walsh ("Desperate Housewives," "Switched at Birth"), who is starring in the upcoming Summer Camp by the [Rec] filmmakers, has strapped in with iconic actors Tony Todd (Candyman/Final Destination) and Danny Trejo (Machete/Con Air) in the high-octane action/horror thriller VANish.
VANish is about a kidnapped woman forced on a road trip full of murder and mayhem which takes place entirely inside her captor's getaway van.
Writer/director Bockbrader explains his unique premise: "I »
- Debi Moore
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature has first details on multiple projects including Night of the Living Deb, The Broadcast, Dial 9 to Get Out, and House of Forbidden Secrets, a monster themed giveaway from The Hub’s Spooksville, artwork from The Walking Dead Tribute, trailers for Infliction and Damned Love, and much more:
Night of the Living Deb Casting News: “Night of the Living Deb is an indie movie in development from producer Kyle Rankin (Battle of Shaker Heights, Infestation). Attached actors include David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs,” This is the End, Ray), Michael Cassidy (Argo, “Men at Work,” “The Oc”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” “Mad Men”).
It’s a female-driven action-horror rom-com set in the world of a zombie apocalypse on Christmas.
The crowdfunding campaign is gaining popularity for its unusual approach: rather than the »
- Tamika Jones
Uncle Sam wants you, but not quite enough to give you your citizenship. At least that’s the message imparted by “Greencard Warriors,” a well-meaning but leaden and predictable inner-city drama about the hardscrabble lives of illegal immigrants trying to survive the violent streets of Central Los Angeles. We’ve been here before — and better — in films by Gregory Nava (“Mi familia”), Edward James Olmos (“American Me”) and Chris Weitz (“A Better Life”), which offered finely detailed atmosphere and character work where Dutch writer-director Miriam Kruishoop offers mostly tiresome ghetto cliches. After playing the fest circuit last year under the title “Crosstown,” the pic rolls out in select AMC theaters this weekend via distrib New World Cinemas.
For her English-language directing debut, Kruishoop (“Vive Elle,” “Under the Palms”) has chosen the kind of social melodrama that seeks to open the eyes of privileged audiences to some alarming plight happening right under their bourgeois noses. »
- Scott Foundas
Muppets Most Wanted, 2014.
Directed by James Bobin.
While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.
When it was released in 1979, The Muppet Movie was a stage for Jim Henson and his Muppet cohorts to take their relatively simple TV show and expand and develop their techniques as puppeteers to show off what they could really do. They dreamt big and it paid off. Its sequel The Great Muppet Caper on the other hand was just that - a sequel. It wasn't bad, nor was it inferior. The jokes were all solid, the writing was great and the songs were brilliantly executed, »
- Luke Owen
Three first look photos from Bryan Bockbrader's action horror thriller VANish have surfaced. The film follows a young woman that is kidnapped and forced to take a deadly road trip. It takes place entirely in the kidnapper's getaway van. Check out Danny Trejo, Tony Todd and Maiara Walsh in these initial photos.
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Writer/director Martin Owen's satirical horror 'L.A. Slasher' has completed post-production and is now available for distribution. Described as a biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous the project stars the likes of Mischa Barton ('Apartment 1303'), Dave Bautista, Marisa Lauren, Danny Trejo ('VANish'), Abigail Wright, Drake Bell, Andy Dick, Brooke Hogan, Eric Roberts, Frank Collison, Elizabeth Morris, Korrina Rico and pornstar Tori Black. You can check out the new teaser poster below which features a bloody look at an iconic celebrity of yesteryear. »
'VANish' looks to be a good old fashioned bloody flick and we've grabbed the first stills! The film is about a kidnapped woman and will be shot entirely inside the getaway van. Danny Trejo ('Machete') and Tony Todd ('Candyman') will be supplying the mayhem whilst this will be Bryan Bockbrader's debut behind the camera. 'I had this idea of doing a road movie from the perspective of inside the vehicle' said Bockbrader. '...giving the viewer a chance to ride along as a passenger. As the tension builds, we are trapped in this place with extremely dangerous people and when the shit hits the fan (or van) there's no escaping the chaos.' Danny Trejo is the f***ing man and both he and co-star Todd are featured in the two new stills shown below. Maiara Walsh, Joe Davis, Hope Diaz, Austin Abke »
Maiara Walsh, who stars in the upcoming movie Summer Camp by the guys behind Rec, and is also a Disney/ABC Family alum, has strapped in with iconic actors Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination) and Danny Trejo (Machete, Con Air) in the high-octane action/horror/thriller VANish.
The film, which is about a kidnapped woman forced on a road trip full of murder and mayhem which takes place entirely inside her captor’s getaway van, is helmed by first time writer/director Bryan Bockbrader who also appears in the movie. Rounding out the cast are newcomers Austin Abke and Adam Guthrie in pivotal roles.
Say writer/director Bryan Bockbrader:
“I had this idea of doing a road movie from the perspective of inside the vehicle, giving the viewer a chance to ride along as a passenger. As the tension builds, we are trapped in this intimate place with extremely »
- Phil Wheat
Shock Till You Drop is bringing you a first look at VANish, a horror-thriller that stars Maiara Walsh, Tony Todd and Danny Trejo. The film comes to us from writer-director Bryan Bockbrader, who co-stars with Austin Abke and Adam Guthrie.
- Ryan Turek
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