14 items from 2015
Sneak Peek footage from director Colin Minihan's science fiction horror feature "Extraterrestrial" (aka "The Visitors"), starring Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma and Melanie Papalia, available on Blu-ray and DVD, September 8, 2015 from Anchor Bay Entertainment:
"...'April' (Brittany Allen) and her boyfriend 'Kyle' (Freddie Stroma) plan to go to her parents' cabin for a romantic weekend alone, however she finds out that Kyle has invited his annoying friend 'Seth' (Jesse Moss), Seth's girlfriend 'Lex' (Anja Savcic) and another friend named 'Melanie' (Melanie Papalia).
"Along the way, Seth sets off fireworks in the car and they are pulled over by 'Sheriff Murphy' (Gil Bellows) who gives them a warning before letting them go and they make it to the cabin and begin drinking and smoking marijuana.
"Suddenly they see something crash in the woods and upon investigating find that it's a 'UFO'. After returning to the cabin they hear noises upstairs, and »
- Michael Stevens
A younger generation of viewers likely know siblings Aly and Aj Michalka from the stints on Disney television, or as the musical duo 78violet, but the sisters have taken a confident step into the world of indie filmmaking with "Weepah Way For Now." Inspired after watching Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" to try something in a similar spirit, their effort arrives soon at the L.A. Film Festival and today we have an exclusive clip. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes the Michalkas along with Mimi Rogers, Dan Byrd, Amanda Crew, Madeline Zima, Liam Aiken, Jon Heder, Tyler Labine, Gil Bellows, Ryan Donowho, Gale Harold, Erin Cummings, plus narration by Saoirse Ronan, the story follows musical sisters Elle and Joy, who spend their last week before going on tour visiting friends and preparing for the going away party they intend to host. Their apprehensions about throwing the party is universally »
- Edward Davis
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley (in motion capture as Chappie), and Hugh Jackman star in this thought-provoking sci-fi film from Neill Blomkamp, director of "District 9." The Blu-ray comes with a ton of features, including an alternate ending, extended scenes, and eight featurettes: "Chappie: The Streetwise Professor," "Arms Race: The Weapons and Robots," "Bringing Chappie to Life: The Visual Effects," "From Tetra Vaal to Chappie," "Keep It Gangster," "The Reality of Robotics," "Jozi: Real City and a Sci-Fi Setting," and "Rogue Robot: Deconstructing the Stunts & Special Effects."
Liam Neeson plays a mobster hit man caught between his crime family and his estranged son in this action thriller co-starring Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris, and Vincent D'Onofrio. The Blu-ray features "Shoot All Night, »
- Gina Carbone
Filmmaking duo The Vicious Brothers (Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz) won over genre fans with the found footage horror flick, Grave Encounters, a movie that did pretty well for horror lovers and gained somewhat of a cult following for the film. Their new film, Extraterrestrial (out now on DVD/Bluray via the new partnership between Scream Factory and IFC Midnight), bypasses the found footage approach of their first film in favor of a balls to the wall, terrifyingly entertaining narrative alien abduction tale dealing with a group of friends stumbling into a horrifying and deadly situation.
The filmmaking team took some time to chat with Icons of Fright about Extraterrestrial and their inspiration behind the film, and where they’d like to go next. Read on!
- Jerry Smith
It’s a pretty good week for genre releases, with a decent amount of titles hitting shelves today. Everyone from Scream Factory, Virgil and Anchor Bay, to a double dose of Jess Franco from Severin…there’s just something for everyone.
We thought it would be nice to tell you fright fanatics about some of the highlights of the week. The two Franco releases are pretty huge in themselves, so they’re getting their own reviews (both are two discs and full of some insanity), but we wanted to bring three other fun titles to your horror-loving attention. Read on!
Continuing the partnership between IFC Midnight and Scream Factory, Grave Encounters-directors The Vicious Brothers return with the Bluray and DVD release of what is easily one of the most entertaining and refreshing alien abduction films in recent time, Extraterrestrial. The film, which has quite the impressive cast of everybody »
- Jerry Smith
On May 12, horror and sci-fi fans have many reasons to be excited as there are a ton of great titles making their way onto Blu-ray and DVD. Anchor Bay is unleashing The Drownsman this week and Scream Factory is releasing Extraterrestrial, the latest from The Vicious Brothers, as well. Kino Lorber also has several fun cult titles getting a high-def overhaul this week, including X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes and The Premature Burial. For all you Troma lovers out there, The Toxic Avenger III is getting repackaged in a fun Blu/DVD combo pack featuring some new content that should thrill all the Toxie fans out there.
After almost drowning in a lake accident, Madison (Michelle Mylett, Antisocial) develops hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. After shutting the world and her friends out for over a year, her friends attempt an intervention. »
- Heather Wixson
The Vicious Brothers look to the skies in their latest film, Extraterrestrial, hitting Blu-ray from Scream Factory on May 11th. We've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of the alien abduction film to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Still reeling from her parents' divorce, April (Brittany Allen, Dead Before Dawn) is dragged by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma, Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, Pitch Perfect), and a group of his friends back to the cabin where she spent summers as a child. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. The group venture out to the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet, along with »
- Derek Anderson
It was reunion night in Hollywood on Saturday, as the casts of some truly beloved TV series got together for the first time in ages at the TV Land Awards. Picking up the Groundbreaking Award at this weekend's event was the cast of "Ally McBeal," Calista Flockhart stepping out for a rare public event to share the stage with her costars 13 years after the Fox series went off the air. While we'll have to wait for the special to air on April 18th, Flockhart told the audience, "What I remember the most are the friendships, truly." Flockhart was joined at the event by Gil Bellows, Greg German, Lisa Nicole Carson, Courtney Thorne-Smith, series director David E. Kelley, Peter MacNicol and writer Bill D'Elia. They all look great, don't they?! That wasn't the only reunion of the evening though. The stars of "The Wonder Years" were also on hand to accept the Impact Award, »
- tooFab Staff
Stars: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia, Jesse Moss, Anja Savcic, Sean Rogerson, Emily Perkins, Mike Kovac, Fred Keating, Gil Bellows, Michael Ironside | Written and Directed by The Vicious Brothers
Horror fans usually know where a film is going when they see a group of walk into a cabin in the woods, it means that blood is going to flow as freely as the alcohol they brought with them. This is the perfect example of what to expect with Extraterrestrial, you can tell what is coming because it never deviates from what is expected. In truth though this may be exactly what the Vicious Brothers were aiming for anyway.
When April (Britanny Allen) is asked by her father to take pictures of their holiday cabin in the woods that they are selling her boyfriend Kyle (Freddie Stroma) decides to invite a few friends so they can party all weekend. When »
- Paul Metcalf
Directed by Colin Minihan.
A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorised by alien visitors.
We have always been fascinated with life beyond our own, up amongst the shimmering night sky and far distant reaches of the universe. Menahem Golan, co-founder and Chairman of 1980’s “schlock-meisters” studio Cannon Films, once said that life “beyond E.T.” was what we as humans, as cinema-goers, was what we yearned for most. In 2015, it is easier than ever to create such a film experience, even on a smaller, more independent level.
In fact, Extraterrestrial, the new horror film from The Vicious Brothers (not real brothers, really Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz) is the kind of over-the-top, gory and ridiculous sci-fi horror nonsense that helped »
- Scott J. Davis
When Syfy’s extremely solid, enjoyably retro Ascension aired as an event miniseries last December, there were active talks about continuing the story it set up in a regular series, á la Battlestar Galactica. Now, however, network brass has nixed those plans, likely discouraged by the mini’s less-than-spectacular ratings.
Speaking to Deadline, Syfy explained, “We were very happy with Ascension as an event series, but with so much high profile development in the works, we have decided not to pursue a full series.”
The three-night limited series, which I awarded three stars, premiered to a so-so 1.8 million viewers. Given the network’s extensive advertising and maneuvering of the series as a massive small-screen event, those numbers had to sting a little.
- Isaac Feldberg
There won't be any more Ascension, at least on Syfy. The cable channel has told Deadline that, "We were very happy with Ascension as an event series, but with so much high profile development in the works, we have decided not to pursue a full series."
Airing in December 2014, Ascension follows an alternate reality in which, in 1963, President Kennedy and the government sent 600 volunteers (men, women, and children) into space on a century-long voyage aboard a self-sustaining generation ship. The cast includes Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows, Brian Van Holt, Andrea Roth, Brandon P. Bell, Jacqueline Byers, Tiffany Lonsdale, and P.J. Boudousqué.
Director: The Vicious Brothers
Running Time: 98 minutes
Extraterrestial is the latest science fiction horror movie to be released straight to home entertainment. Sadly it doesn’t add anything original to the genre, instead rehashing the same old story.
A group of college students go to a cabin in the woods (yes that original) for a weekend of partying. Whilst there they encounter a crashed UFO and it’s occupants are not friendly. Unbeknownst to the teens they have stumbled onto the aliens frequented stomping ground and they may be the next victims.
It is mentioned several times early on that leading lady April and her family haven’t been to the family cabin since she was a young girl. Personally the more interesting plot line for me would be that her and her family were previous victims of the space travelling tyrants, »
- Kat Smith
After touring the paranormal-plagued Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, the writing/directing duo known as The Vicious Brothers, step out of the asylum’s haunted halls and into the woods for their latest film, Extraterrestrial. This spring, keep one eye on the skies and the other on store shelves, because on May 12th, Scream Factory is releasing Extraterrestrial on Blu-ray and DVD with a batch of bonus features:
Press Release - “From The Vicious Brothers, the creators of Grave Encounters, comes a pulse-pounding encounter of the deadly kind. On May 12th, 2015, the sinister alien abduction thriller Extraterrestrial makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. Filled with dread and suspense, Extraterrestrial is a hair-raising homage in the tradition of classic alien abduction movies, with impressive visual effects that bring a visceral energy to the film. Scream Factory’s Blu-ray and DVD »
- Derek Anderson
14 items from 2015
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