Round-Up: The Visit Poster, The Tell-Tale Heart Film Adaptation, TV Series In the Works from It Follows Writer / Director David Robert Mitchell

Another poster for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit has been released, once again stressing grandma's strict rules. Also included in our latest round-up are details on an upcoming modern day-set film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, as well as information on an in-development mystery series from It Follows writer/director David Robert Mitchell.

The Visit: A Blumhouse Productions and Blinding Edge Pictures film from Universal Pictures, M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit will hit theaters in September:

"Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal PicturesThe Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing,
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Beau Mirchoff & Alexa PenaVega Star In Poe Adaptation ‘Tell-Tale Lies’

Beau Mirchoff & Alexa PenaVega Star In Poe Adaptation ‘Tell-Tale Lies’
Exclusive: The Tell-Tale Heart is headed to college. Beau Mirchoff, who stars on MTV’s Awkward, and Alexa PenaVega are set to star in Tell-Tale Lies, a modern take on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic chiller. Synthetic Cinema International and Stargazer Films have begun production on the film directed by Colin Theys from John Doolan’s script. It revolves around four friends at a prestigious university whose promising futures are jeopardized when they become connected to the…
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Wally Lamb's 'Wishin' and Hopin' is headed to the big screen

For the first time ever, Wally Lamb is getting the big screen treatment! Lamb’s bestseller Wishin’ and Hopin’ is being made into a feature film set to shoot in Connecticut this summer.

With a screenplay written by John Doolan, Wishin’ and Hopin’ is a Christmas story set in the 1960s in the fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, and more specifically, St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School. The book follows a young boy, Felix, as he attends Catholic school and learns about life and culture from a Russian student and a substitute teacher, among others.

The film will be directed by Colin Theys.
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DVD Review: Alien Infiltration

Alien Infiltration

Stars: Jeremy London, Roddy Piper, Cuyle Carvin, Adrienne Lavalley | Written by John Doolan | Directed by Colin Theys

Ok, so the “plot” of Alien Infiltration is a little convoluted – After killing her daughters abusive husband, an alien crash lands in their small-town junkyard. Unable to claim the life insurance payout without a body they go on TV and offer a cash reward to whomever can kill the alien and recover the body. Tempted by a $100,000 rewards every wacko within 100 miles turns out – including an American football team, a school of karate kicking kids, the towns sheriff and a whole heap of unsavoury money-hungry vigilantes (including “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as a maching gun toting priest!), and before long the junkyard is transformed into a war zone as man takes on alien in a epic battle to the death.

With nods to many an alien invasion flick before it, Alien Infiltration
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Chiller Announces 2012 Programming Slate of Scariness

Chiller is a great channel, hopefully one that you’re getting at home, and maybe even watching Right Now. If you’re not sure if you get it, we have a link for you at the end of this article that will make it easy for you to check. If you don’t get it, start harrassing your cable carrier right now, because they have some great programming coming up this year.

Chiller Announces 2012 Programming Slate

New York, NY – January 9, 2012 – Following another year of successes, including double-digit growth among Adults 18-34 and the premiere of its first-ever original movie, Steve Niles’ Remains, Chiller has unveiled an all-new slate of original programming, it was announced today by Thomas P. Vitale, Executive Vice President, Programming & Original Movies, Syfy and Chiller. These projects join the previously-announced original movie Brian Keene’s Ghoul, currently slated to premiere in early 2012.

Chiller’S 2012 Programming Slate

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Remains and Testing the Zombie Infested Waters: A Movie Review

*here be spoilers.

Director: Colin Theys.

Writer: Steve Niles and John Doolan.

Cast: Lance Reddick, Miko Hughes, Evalena Marie, Anthony Marks and Grant Bowler.

Remains premiered on Chiller TV December 16th. Since this time, the film has been rebroadcast several times on this network. The film is based on Steve Niles' graphic novels from 2004 and the film takes place in Reno, Nevada during a zombie apocalypse. "Peace Day" turns into "Irradiation Day" when a nuclear accident spreads illness and disease globally. In the casinos it is business as usual as waitresses sleep with fellow employees and those with emphysema play the slots. But, when the zombies show up to play the $%&^ hits the fan!

The story of Remains primarily follows Tom (Grant Bowler) and Tori (Evalena Marie) as they struggle to stay alive in the Silver Star casino. An underground storeroom has saved them from the nuclear blast above.
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TV Review: Steve Niles’ Remains

Genre: Horror | Action

Air Date/Time: Friday, December 16 at 10/9c

Network: Chiller

Summary: Based on the highly acclaimed Idw Publishing graphic novel written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and illustrated by Kieron Dwyer, Remains is set in a chilling post-apocalyptic Reno, Nevada, and follows the survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the world’s population to zombies. The group takes refuge in a vacant casino and fights a losing battle against the undead, who grow steadily stronger, smarter and more aggressive by the minute.

Remains stars Grant Bowler (True Blood, Ugly Betty), Lance Reddick (Fringe, Lost, The Wire), Miko Hughes (Pet Sematary), Tawny Cypress (Rescue Me, Heroes) and Evalena Marie (Are We There Yet?). Remains is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys; Andrew Gernhard and Zach O’Brien serve as producers for Synthetic Cinema International.

Steve Niles said in a recent interview that
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Steve Niles’ Remains: New Pics and the Prequel for Chiller’s Original Movie

As we told you back in October, Steve Niles’ Remains will be Chiller‘s first original movie, and now it’s nearly here. It premieres this Friday, December 16 at 10/9c, and we have some pics, a summary, and a prequel to share with you. We’ll have a review of this show, and excerpts from a Q&A session with Steve Niles, later in the week.

Although it’s destined to be compared with AMC‘s The Walking Dead, the zombies in Remains are very different, as you will quickly see if you click on to the 11-minute prequel that Chiller has very kindly posted on its website. Seriously, check it out, but Not while you’re eating. It is totally gross, but it also has at least one laugh-out-loud moment. If this is a taste – sorry – of what’s to come in the movie, this production is going to be Very entertaining.
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Remains to Premiere Steve Niles' Post Apocalyptic Tale on Chiller TV Dec. 16th!

Remains is the first movie produced independently by Chiller TV. Thankfully, their first outing is a zombie film which takes place in Reno, Nevada. A nuclear strike has irradiated the landscape turning most of the survivors into flesheating monsters. Those unaffected hole up in a local casino. However, the undead outside are growing smarter and more aggressive. How long will they last?

The premiere date for this original film is December 16th. If you cannot wait, then check out a prequel for the film below. In the short clip two of the changed square off against each other. Only one character will make it out of this grudge match.

Release Date: December 16th (Premiere, 10:00pm).

Creator: Steven Niles.

Director: Colin Theys.

Writer: John Doolan.

Producers: Andrew Gernhard and Zach O'Brien.

Cast: Grant Bowler, Evalena Marie, Lance Reddick, Miko Hughes, Tawny Cyrpress, Terry Shappert, Frank Taveres and Bobby Rice.

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Two New Promo Videos for Chiller TV's Remains; Q&A with Remains Creator Steve Niles

Did you remember to check out the online-only prequel webisode for Chiller TV's Remains entitled Remains: Road to Reno that premiered today? If not, be sure to head over to and do so. But first how about a quick Q&A with executive producer Steve Niles, who also wrote the graphic novel Remains is based on? In addition, we have two new promo videos to share!

Niles recently conducted a roundtable conference call in advance of Remains' December 16th premiere on Chiller TV, and the network was kind enough to share the transcript with us. Read on for a look inside the mind of this creative genius as he discusses his role in the production, what he looks for when someone approaches him about adapting his work, his preference between vampires and zombies, and lots more!

Reporter: Were you involved in this production beyond creating the source material?
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Remains: Road to Reno Online-Only Webisode Premieres on December 9th

A week before the premiere of its first original movie, Steve Niles’ Remains, Chiller TV will whet viewers’ appetites for zombies with the debut of a special online-only prequel, Remains: Road to Reno. This eleven-minute webisode, produced exclusively for, will debut online Friday, December 9th, and will give viewers a glimpse at the origins of Remains’ post-apocalyptic zombie invasion.

At the outset of the film (premiering Friday, December 16th at 10:00 pm on Chiller), a radioactive blast transforms every tourist and local in Reno, Nevada, into mindless, ravenous zombies. But before the action begins in Reno, somewhere just outside the city a lone mechanic (Morgan West) is learning first-hand what’s required to survive the undead.

With Remains: Road to Reno, Chiller’s official prequel to Steve Niles’ Remains, viewers can head back before the blast to watch as the virus descends upon an isolated gas station. Imagined by writer Steve Niles,
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"Remains": This Town Will Eat You Alive - December 16, 2011

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Idw Publishing's graphic novel series "Remains", from creator Steve Niles ("30 Days Of Night") will premiere on the Chiller station as a TV movie, December 16, 2011.

The adaptation is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys :

"...set in a post-apocalyptic Reno, Nevada, "Remains" follows the survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the world's population to 'zombies.

"The group takes refuge in a vacant casino, only to fight a prolonged and losing battle against the undead, who grow steadily stronger, smarter and more aggressive by the minute..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Remains"...
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Chiller Network Looking to Scare Up Some New Originals

I have a love hate relationship with Chiller. To be honest, I really only watch it around Halloween. Their count down shows are pretty good, but I’m not happy with most of the programming they show because it’s usually Syfy recycles or some straight to DVD low budget flicks that aren’t worth anyone’s time. I was pleased to see them pick up Showtime’s Masters of Horror, and I’ll be honest, the airing of Buffy put a smile on my face. So it seems with the recent success of some original programming they will venture into films now instead of just countdowns. Read more after the jump to see the two new features from Chiller.

First up is Steve Niles’ Remains, which is about two survivors of a bad and bizarre accident that reduces the population to nothing but zombies. The film is slated for
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Steve Niles' Remains is Getting an Adaptation!

Remains based on the comic book, will be Chiller's second original horror movie as their first is Ghoul which is adapted from a novel. From Chiller: Based on the graphic novel by Steve Niles, and set in a chilling post-apocalyptic Reno, Nevada, Remains follows the two lone survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the world's population to zombies. The pair take refuge in a vacant casino and fight a losing battle against the undead, who grow steadily stronger, smarter and more aggressive by the minute. Steve Niles' Remains is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys. Andrew Gernhard and Zach O'Brien are serving as producers. Ghoul by the way follows a group of young friends who risk their lives to stop a rash of disappearances in their own town. LEEE777 - If the Chiller network original programming continues its ratings growth, we will see
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TV: Chiller Produces Two Original Features 'Ghouls,' and 'Remains'

Can you believe all of this horror TV news? It's awesome! In the past few months I've posted more news regarding piloted series than in the past ten years combined. Chiller is getting into the mix (although it's pointless until they give us their channel in HD) with the rollout of two original films and a new special, the network announced Tuesday. Among the original film titles slated for 2011 is Steve Niles' Remains, which follows the two lone survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the world's population to zombies. The movie, written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys, is based on a graphic novel by Steven Niles ("30 Days of Night"). Also, Brian Keene's Ghoul -- based on a horror novel of the same name -- follows a group of young friends who risk their lives to stop a rash of disappearances in their town.
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Banshee!!! | Review

Director: Colin Theys Writers: John Doolan, Gregory C. Parker, Christian Pindar Starring: Ashley Bates, David McCarthy, Kevin Shea, Kerry McGann, Iris McQuillan-Grace The term banshee comes from Gaelic folklore in which a female spirit uses her piercing wails to warn of impending death. Banshees most often appear as ugly old hags, but they can also appear as stunningly beautiful women. Director Colin Theys’ banshee provides a monstrous take on the creepy ladies from Gaelic folklore. Banshee!!! features an Alien-esque creature with wings and a long face with vibrating flaps – rather than a mouth – that it uses to produce a powerfully deafening wail which allows it to disguise itself as whichever human it chooses. Cocooned in a stinky pod in the trunk of a ‘68 Plymouth Fury that has been buried since 1970, the banshee has been awakened in the backwoods of “bumble-fuck Connecticut” (to quote one of the characters) when Jack (Kevin
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Banshee!!!: Why one does not Judge a Book by its Cover

Banshee!!! is an indie film from Synthetic Cinema International that releases on DVD March 23rd, but early reviews are less than satisfying. On the film has been rated 1.5 knives out of 5, which is way below average and on IMDb the current rating is 3.3 out of 10. So, while the poster art and trailer are amusing Banshee, with three extra exclamation marks, likely is not worth purchasing. However, for some afternoon laughs have a look at several of the scenes from the film, that according to Dreadcentral, "just jump around at random." All the details on Banshee!!! below.

A synopsis for Banshee!!!:

"A group of college friends on a spring break camping trip are stalked and slashed by an unknown creature with the ability to make them hallucinate through sound waves. The survivors seek refuge in an isolated farmhouse, cut off from all communication. Now they have to come
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