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Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell are back in business together. The “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” pair is teaming up again for a new event game show that bears the working title “500 Questions” and has received a direct-to-series order from ABC. Also read: Mike Darnell and Jason Blum Land Haunted House Pilot With ABC Billed as a “genius game show,” the show will test the smarts and nerves of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment. The series is scheduled to air next year. Burnett (pictured above) is the executive producer. Also read: Mark Burnett's ‘Dovekeepers’ Casts Star of MTV's ‘Finding. »
- Tim Kenneally
Paramount has announced a new title and release date for “Paranormal Activity 5” as well as a new release date for “Scouts vs. Zombies.” “Paranormal Activity 5” will be released on March 13, 2015 as “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.” The film was previously scheduled to open on Oct. 25, 2014. Also read: Paramount May Delay ‘Paranormal Activity 5' Until Next Year (Exclusive) Gregory Plotkin directed the latest chapter in the supernatural franchise, which is produced by Jason Blum and original “Paranormal” director Oren Peli. Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark wrote the script. The fright flick will now open against Disney's “Cinderella” and Ron. »
- Jeff Sneider
NBC wants to bring horror back to network TV! It is reported that they are looking to bring back the classic horror bases shows that feature stories inspired by true events. As an example would be Unsolved Mysteries or Fact or Fiction. Endemol Studios is the studio behind the project, along with horror kings Jason Blum and Tony Krantz. NBC hasn’t ordered the short 10 episode series yet, as they are waiting to see how it will be developed.
This is exciting news since it has been a good while since we last saw a series like this one. Plus since the stories will be based upon true ones, it will add in a reality-ish feel. Hopefully NBC will love seeing where they can take it. It would be a unique position for the network that could actually benefit them. However, we also understand that it is a big risk »
- Sarah Peel
Marvel has posted more new stills from the second season premiere of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.". The new shots include another one ofHayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, a Hydra logo attached to some kind of facility, and a bunch of the new faces set to appear this season. Click here for the photos.
Live+3 numbers are now in with the recent seventh and final season premiere of "Sons of Anarchy" proving to be the most-watched episode in the series' history. Approximately 9.25 million viewers (6.1M being in the key demo) tuned in for the episode which has also become the most-watched program in the history of the cable network. [Source: The Live Feed]
NBC Genre Anthology Series
The project has been setup with a a script-to-series commitment. »
- Garth Franklin
Horror anthologies like “The Twilight Zone” used to rule the airwaves, and while they’ve fallen a bit out of favor with TV viewers lately, NBC is hoping to reverse that trend… and they’ve joined with some powerhouses to make sure… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
Good day, clawers of all things coffin-topped. Theaters this weekend have something for both those interested in domestic thrillers, as both Sam Miller.s No Good Deeds, and Leigh Janiak.s festival-fave indie horror Honeymoon are both out now. No, No Good Deeds doesn.t really delve in horror, but it puts the stellar Idris Elba that much closer to my genre of choice. Somebody give this guy a machete and send him after teenagers! In smaller news, release dates are all the rage. Relativity will be putting Tom Harper.s The Woman in Black: Angel of Death in theaters on January 30th, during what is generally considered to be the worst time of the year for quality film debuts (and the last few weeks are particularly January-ish.) Mega-producer Jason Blum announced the Blumhouse offshoot Bh Tilt, a label that will handle the distribution of horrors that aren.t headed »
Earlier this week, a trailer for the upcoming thriller The Town That Dreaded Sundown was released featuring a logo fans of 80s and 90s cinema haven't seen in 15 years. The Town That Dreaded Sundown marks the return of Orion Pictures, the distributor of classics such as The Terminator, Robocop and Best Picture winner Silence of the Lambs, for the first time since 1999's One Man's Hero.
Here is the trailer carrying the original Orion logo:
Orion Pictures declared bankruptcy in 1991, but it was bought by MGM in 1996. MGM resurrected the brand in 2013, which is currently used on the syndicated series Paternity Court. MGM is now planning on using the brand for smaller, independent titles for VOD and limited theatrical releases.
Orion Pictures is alive again. The mini-major studio and distributor behind The Terminator, RoboCop and Best Picture Oscar winners Amadeus, Platoon, Dances With Wolves and The Silence Of The Lambs was acquired by MGM in 1997 after flailing financially through most of the 1980s and ’90s, but it fell off the map within a few short years. Now MGM quietly is positioning Orion Pictures as a specialty multiplatform distribution arm, starting with the October release of horror sequel The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
Deadline revealed this week that Orion will release the Jason Blum- and Ryan Murphy-produced low-budget slasher, which MGM is framing as the first new title from the revived brand. The familiar Orion constellation logo even caught some viewers’ eyes when it appeared in the film’s trailer yesterday. MGM is taking small steps; it won’t be launching the new Orion as a stand-alone initiative and »
- Jen Yamato
It’s been nearly 40 years since the town of Texarkana was terrorized on the big screen in Charles B. Pierce’s The Town That Dreaded Sundown, but now the Phantom Killer is back thanks to director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and producers Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy. There's bound to be skepticism when you're getting a sequel to a film almost four decades later, but this new trailer actually plays well enough. Hit the jump to check out The Town That Dreaded Sundown trailer. The film is set to premiere at Fantastic Fest after which it’ll hit Beyond Fest and the London Film Festival before it arrives in theaters on October 16th. The piece is incredibly exposition-heavy at the beginning, which is unfortunate because based on the footage in the quick-cutting montage at the tail end of the trailer, there could have been so many more interesting ways to explain what »
- Perri Nemiroff
Touted as a remake of the 1976 original, the new The Town That Dreaded Sundown, on the evidence of this-just-released trailer, turns out to be a much-belated sequel. The latest opus from Jason Blum's prolific Blumhouse shingle, the director is Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story) and the writer is Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (last year's Carrie). For those of a certain age, the first glimpse of the Orion Pictures logo since 1998 will be almost as exciting as what follows.Charles B. Pierce's original was an unusual '70s slasher in that it was set in the '40s, just after World War II. Based (natch) on a true story, that one was about a killer with a bag over his head picking off the local youth.Gomez-Rejon's new attack picks up the story 66 years later, with the killer re-emerging for some new blood. Is it the same guy as before? Is it a ghost? »
Over the past two decades, the number of horror remakes has grown so large that it can be broken down into different genres within its category — slasher remakes, recreations of Japanese horror films, and so on. Though these films have seen varying levels of success, they can at least be credited with introducing classic characters like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees to new generations. Whether or not the remakes improved upon or damaged the original property, however, is left up to the fans.
The next recreation of a cult classic horror film comes from producers Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge: Anarchy) and Ryan Murphy (co-creator of American Horror Story): The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Based on Charles B. Pierce’s 1976 slasher film of the same name, the meta remake will return to the town of Texarkana, Texas.
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- Molly Freeman
A first trailer dropped Wednesday for “The Town That Dreaded Sundown,” an upcoming Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum-produced horror flick set to premiere at Fantastic Fest this month. “Do you remember anything about the murders?” Addison Timlin asks over ominous music. She plays a young, pretty resident of Texarkana, Texas. Also read: Fantastic Fest Lineup Adds Premiere of ‘The Hive,’ ‘Guardians’ Director James Gunn as Moderator “He was the Boogeyman, they said. Can't catch the Boogeyman. Can't kill the Boogeyman,” her grandma responds. “Before that summer, everybody would leave their doors unlocked, and after the summer if you saw a stranger you'd run. »
- Travis Reilly
Summer’s winding down, the nights are drawing in and Halloween is the next big holiday. For all you horror fans out there, this means one thing: a cinematic calendar filled with spooky, gory, and altogether frightening flicks to aid your insomnia. Or, in more recent years: remakes, sequels and reboots. Either way you’ll likely leave the theatre screaming; from fear or frustration. To prepare you for the dark nights ahead, we urge you to scope out the first trailer for meta-remake, The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
Resist the urge to rant for at least the remainder of this article. This isn’t your typical cash-in. This remake of the 1976 classic horror comes from two genre masters. American Horror Story‘s Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum – whose Blumhouse Productions gave the community Insidious, Sinister and the Paranormal Activity franchise. They’ve each forwarded the somewhat stagnant genre. With Ahs »
- Gem Seddon
Shock Till You Drop is proud to be collaborating with Blumhouse Productions to bring you a Free screening of The Town That Dreaded Sundown at Beyond Fest in Los Angeles next month. Now, since we announce this event a lot of you have been wondering: "How the hell do I get in?"
I've got a few new details to share with you. Let's start with the exciting stuff first: Producer Jason Blum and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story) will be in the house for a Q&A! I'll be moderating but I'll be sure to open the floor to audience questions, so come equipped with some good stuff.
The post Shock is Co-Hosting The Town That Dreaded Sundown! Free Screening & Special Guest Details! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
“Before that summer, everybody would leave their doors unlocked. And after the summer, you saw a stranger, you’d run the other way. And now… he’s back.” The Phantom Killer changed the way of life in a small Texas town 66 years ago with a string of Moonlight Murders, and a modern-day copycat killer has emerged in the trailer for Blumhouse’s meta-horror remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown will play at the BFI London Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Beyond Fest before coming out on October 16th. We have the film’s first official trailer and poster below: (a big thanks to Shock Till You Drop for the poster image!)
“Set in a world in which the original film exists and is very much part of popular consciousness, this update sees the quiet streets of Texerkana plagued by a maniac who bears striking »
- Derek Anderson
Playing as part of the second annual Beyond Fest (September 25-October 4, 2014) in Los Angeles as well as Fantastic Fest (September 18-25th) in Austin is The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Check out the trailer and poster!
"American Horror Story" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon helmed the remake of the 1976 Charles B. Pierce horror classic with Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum producing. Addison Timlin, Travis Tope, Veronica Cartwright, Gary Cole, and Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project) star.
The flick will also be screening at the BFI London Film Festival on October 14th and 18th.
Drawing inspiration from the 1976 classic of the same name, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s striking debut is not so much a remake as it is a shrewd reinvention, resulting in a genuinely innovative and unexpected meta-horror experience. Set in a world in which the original film exists and is very much part of popular consciousness, this update sees the quiet »
- Steve Barton
MGM’s horror meta-remake from producers Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy has dropped its first trailer. Following the events of the low-budget 1976 slasher from Charles B. Pierce, The Town That Dreaded Sundown picks up decades after the Phantom Killer terrorized rural Texarkana when the murders start again and a teenager (Californication‘s Addison Timlin) finds herself in the killer’s sights. Town is helmed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon in his feature directing debut and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The film will have its first public screening this month at Austin’s Fantastic Fest before MGM’s Orion Pictures releases it in October. (See the fest lineup here.)
- Jen Yamato
Although Blumhouse releases annual lineups of profitable and widely watched genre titles (Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and the Insidious franchises), horror hounds know the production company has many projects suspended in picture purgatory. But Blumhouse announced today the launch of a new label, Bh Tilt, that will specialize in distributing these gestating fright films as non-wide release titles.
A multi-platform banner, Bh Tilt is set to distribute a number of titles horror fans have been eager to see for quite some time, including Bryan Bertino’s (2008’s The Strangers) long-awaited sophomore effort, Mockingbird, and the Chandler Riggs-starring Mercy, based on Stephen King’s 1984 short story, Gramma.
Also on the movie menu is Joe Carnahan’s Stretch, the not-yet-completed Creep trilogy from director Patrick Brice (and starring Mark Duplass), and Joe Johnston’s office invasion film, Not Safe for Work.
Not to be forgotten as a movie on Bh Tilt »
- Derek Anderson
Based on the box office performance of last year's pickups at the Toronto International Film Festival, acquisition executives busily brandishing their checkbooks at this year's fest may want to proceed with caution. Only one of the 2013 Toronto acquisitions has broken out at the box office, while some of the pricier and higher profile pickups have fizzled. The micro-budgeted horror film “Oculus” has done the best commercially with roughly $28 million domestically and more than $40 million worldwide. Relativity Media partnered last year with Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse in a $2.5 million domestic rights deal after the haunted house tale written and »
- Todd Cunningham
It’s no secret that Jason Blum and his production outlet, Blumhouse Productions, dig low budgets. It’s their nature – they’re primarily interested in horror. This is why today’s unveiling is a pivotal moment for the little-genre-that-could. Blumhouse Productions have launched a new label, Bh Tilt, with the sole purpose of enabling Blumhouse filmmakers (and whoever else wants to come and play) the potential to release their movies through a multi-platform model. This means a change to the distribution framework, allowing fans multiple options to access the latest horror smashes. Snuck into the announcement over at Deadline was a word that’ll no doubt bring much joy to Joe Carnahan: Stretch.
Produced by Jason Blum and directed by Carnahan, Stretch was given a raw deal by Universal. When it came to marketing the $5 million grit-fest, the studio pulled out. Apparently they weren’t keen to dish out »
- Gem Seddon
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