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We recently shared the news that Bone Tomahawk would be the closing night film at Fantastic Fest, with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance. Typically festival films will get picked up closer to or following their screening, but we have news that Rlj Entertainment has already scooped up North American distribution rights to this horror western:
Press Release - Los Angeles, August 4, 2015 – Rlj Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all U.S. & Canadian rights to the Caliber Media western Bone Tomahawk. Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk stars Kurt Russell (Tombstone, Hateful Eight), Patrick Wilson (Insidious, TV’s “Fargo”), Matthew Fox (Alex Cross, TV’S “Lost”), Lili Simmons (“True Detective”, “Banshee”), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge). Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today. Bone Tomahawk marks the first title acquired under the Rlj Entertainment brand. Rlj Entertainment, Inc. previously »
- Jonathan James
*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Rlj Entertainment. Director: Jack Heller. Writer: Tyler Hisel. Cast: Steve Agee, Nick Damici, Kevin Durand and Heath Freeman. Dark Was the Night is the latest film from rookie director Jack Heller (Enter Nowhere). The film, from the promotional material, appears to be a creature feature. But, Dark Was the Night is centrally a family drama; the creatures lurk around the edges of the central setting, Maiden Woods. Though, they do make a late CGI appearance. Starring horror vet Nick Damici (Late Phases) and Kevin Durand, the film offers three mediocre themes: the male protection of femininity, the Devil as evil and a minor one involving hunting, or the creature(s) being a hunter. All of these themes could have been forgotten for a more important one, involving humanity's encroachment on nature. As it is, Dark Was the Night is a fairly standard horror outing. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
On a winter morning that should be like any other, the residents of quiet, isolated Maiden Woods awake to find three-pronged hoof-pints traversing their town. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his new deputy, Donny Saunders (Lukas Haas), track the mysterious, unnatural markings, which disappear as if into nothing in the middle of the forest that surrounds the sleepy logging town. When the local wildlife starts to flee en masse, the residents begin loudly speculating that they’re about to witness the return of a demon that hunted in the trees three decades earlier. Shield tries to quell the rumors and maintain calm, but the closer he gets to determining what’s lurking through town, the less convinced he becomes that it’s of this plane. For years, the imposing Kevin Durand has played supporting roles in such films as “Robin Hood,” “Cosmopolis,” and “Fruitvale Station.” More recently, small screen »
- Zach Hollwedel
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
“Dark Was The Night received an overwhelming response at ScreamFest and the Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival Sidebar Scary Movies Series and is now in theaters across the country and available Day and Date on VOD, and Digital platforms including ITunes and Amazon instant video.
Kevin Durand (The Strain) and Lukas Haas (Inception) star as local policemen who go to battle against an ancient evil. The script, from Tyler Hisel, appeared on the 2009 Black List of best un-produced scripts, a rarity for the monster genre, under the title The Trees. Rounding out the cast are Bianca Kajlich (Undateable), Sabina Gadecki (the Entourage movie), Heath Freeman (Skateland), Steve Agee (@midnight) and Nick Damici (Late Phases).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Something goes bump in the shadows of the small-town setting of Dark Was the Night, the new horror film from Jack Heller (Enter Nowhere) that stars Kevin Durand and Lukas Haas. With Dark Was the Night now in theaters and on VOD from Image Entertainment, we caught up via Q&A with director Heller, who discussed blending creature-centric scares with psychological tension and much more.
Jack Heller: The script Tyler crafted laid the foundation of opportunity to explore characters dealing with both external horrors and internal ones. When I came onto the project I was excited to work with Tyler to bring these elements to the surface of the script and ultimately the film we made. »
- Derek Anderson
A mysterious beast menaces an upstate New York hamlet in “Dark Was the Night,” a well-crafted horror pic that compensates (at least to a point) for its lack of original ideas with nice atmospherics and judicious restraint. This sophomore directorial feature for indie producer Jack Heller reps an improvement on his first, 2011’s “Enter Nowhere,” though if that three-hander thriller was ultimately overdependent on gimmicky narrative twists, Tyler Hisel’s screenplay here could have used a few more complications. Opening theatrically July 24, simultaneous with VOD and iTunes launch, “Night” should connect with genre fans primarily via home formats, with decent sales prospects in horror-friendly markets.
The prologue shows a logging foreman going to look for two men who failed to clock out at quitting time, only to meet the same violent (but as yet murky) fate they did. Then we move 90 miles south to Maiden Woods, a rural burg where precious little happens, »
- Dennis Harvey
You many not recognize the name but when you see a picture of Kevin Durand, you'll definitely recognize the face. The character actor has appeared in everything from indies to big Hollywood productions and over the years, has amassed an impressive filmography that has seen him work with a who's who of entertainment heavyweights.
Thanks to his stature, Durand has often been tasked with playing "the heavy" in everything from "Lost" to last year's The Captive (review). But the Canadian actor is also an accomplished stage actor, a dramatist and of late, he's been making the move to leading role. He's currently one of the central characters in FX's gruesome Vampire tale "The Strain" and he l [Continued ...] »
One of my absolute favorite things about FX’s “The Strain” is badass exterminator/vampire killer Vasiliy Fet, played by Kevin Durand. Out today in limited theaters and on VOD platforms is Jack Heller’s Dark Was the Night (review), and in it… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
Into the Woods: A Creature Was Lurking in Heller’s Rudimentary Sophomore Film
If it’s nifty poetic title manages to reel you in, you’ll discover a much less memorable narrative at play in Jack Heller’s sophomore effort, Dark Was the Night (if the title sounds familiar, you may be thinking of the 2013 indie Cold Was the Night with Bryan Cranston or the gospel blues song by Blind Willie Johnson). A creature feature filled with familiar scary techniques melded to tangential familial stressors, Tyler Hisel’s screenplay (a writer making a jump from found footage to traditional thriller narratives following the South African flick Safari, 2013) feels rather primitively conceived. A mysterious, mythical beast is unleashed in the woods while the rural townsfolk become terrified as animals disappear and the body count mounts, and the unloved outsider sheriff must contend with stopping the creature from decimating a community »
- Nicholas Bell
Whenever darkness falls upon a cast of horror movie characters, you know it’s go-time. Whether it be in nightmares, during the 3:00Am witching hour, or cloaked under the moon’s pale glow, darkness allows for the most vile beasts to enjoy a little after-hours tormenting. Werewolves, vampires, boogeymen and monsters alike use the dark for cover, which makes for a proper introduction to Jack Heller’s Dark Was The Night. Yes, it’s about the darkness of night, evil figures that lurk between the shadows, and, of course, the perils of deforestation! What, you didn’t see a forest-friendly message coming?
Tyler Hisel’s script has everything you’d expect from a “monster in the woods” kind of creature feature, right down to the desolate little mountain town. Kevin Durand plays the congregation’s sheriff, Paul Shields, while Lukas Haas plays his deputy, Donny Saunders. The two law »
- Matt Donato
Kevin Durand is a very familiar face to viewers of genre films. He’s appeared in films like Real Steel (2011), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Noah (2014), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), I Am Number Four (2011) and Legion (2010). He’s also appeared in dozens of television series, and is currently co starring in the FX series ...
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- The Black Saint
Having failed to defeat The Master, Ephraim and his team retreat to Red Hook and begin fortifying their position…
Guillermo Del Toro directs the opening ten minutes of season two with skill, precision and delicacy. Coming across as part Grimm faery tale, part moral fable. We are treated to high-end storytelling, which adds breadth and backstory before dropping us back into present day Manhattan. Where a split second flashback to last season’s finale, aids the unfamiliar in catching up on The Strain as it hits the ground running.
Once more David Bradley’s Abraham Setrakian stands out from the crowd. Like an ailing Van Helsing circa nineteen seventy something, he piles conviction into a performance which never drifts into caricature. Kevin Durand’s Vasilly Fet meanwhile shows similar skill, playing quietly confident and unfazed without a false note. Just »
- Gary Collinson
Last year, The Strain TV show was one of FX's top performers in the ratings. Will the ratings get better or worse in season two? Will this series be cancelled or renewed for a third season? Stay tuned.
On The Strain, New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight for survival while a diverse team tries to find a way to stop the Master and his creatures. The large cast includes Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mía Maestro, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel, Jack Kesy, and Max Charles.
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The first season of The Strain was a splattery slow-burn affair, chronicling the demise of Manhattan as the city fell to a virulent vampire plague. With season two, the series continues the blood-spattered mayhem, but the slow-burn approach is long gone and the characters are fully embroiled in the daily warfare of the vampire apocalypse. Earlier this year, I visited the set up in Toronto, where I got to see some of that mayhem first-hand and chat with the cast about what's coming up in season two. While on set I had the chance to speak with Guillermo Del Toro and Carlton Cuse, and a huge portion of the cast cast including Corey Stoll (Eph), Mia Maestro (Nora), Kevin Durand (Vasily Fet), Jonathan Hyde (Eldrich Palmer), Richard Sammel (Thomas Eichhorst), Ruta Gedmintas (Dutch), Jack Kesy (Bolivar), and Natalie Brown (Kelly). Find out what they had to say and get the »
- Haleigh Foutch
Three episodes were provided for review purposes.
From day one, The Strain always felt like a bit of an oddly mixed cocktail. A pandemic thriller that attempted to balance ancient monsters with modern medicine, its first season was torn between Midnight Madness craziness and jargon-heavy, scientific rationality, which more often than not left the show feeling bloated, so weighed down by its desire to combine two disparate tones that it didn’t fully succeed in capturing either. The series improved over the course of its freshman run, particularly around the time a strigoi Swat team showed up circa episode 7 – once sharp-toothed vamps start forming military squadrons, there’s really no salvaging your show’s believability, no matter how many grave voice-overs are employed.
- Isaac Feldberg
The smartest move FX’s vampire horror series The Strain makes in its return is opening its first episode with Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley), and a little history. Setrakian is the show’s most heroic character, a strigoi-slaying badass with a sword cane and inestimable amounts of knowledge, and The Strain is at its best when it’s able to show off its effects and its action sequences. So the choice to kick off Season 2 with a look back at the mythology and chaos that created The Master (Robert Maillet) is the perfect way to reorient viewers with the world, and get everyone excited about the season to come. From there, though, things are a little less certain. In between the completely gross aesthetics of the strigoi (their appearance, their habit of vomiting out worms, their blood-sucking projectile tongues, etc) and the nicely edited scenes of heads being chopped off »
- Allison Keene
Despite its literary underpinnings, “The Strain” gradually became more comicbook-like throughout its highly entertaining first season, and fully embraces those qualities for the better launching into season two. Having settled on a solid core of players after some casualties along the way, the show forges ahead with a strong sense of momentum and vision, as well as an intricate mythology that connects the ancient evil of the series’ vampire race, the strigoi, to the past. FX dramas are full of dark corners, but unlike many of those other shows, this fast-paced hour benefits enormously by not taking itself too seriously.
Lest anyone has forgotten, a towering vampire called the Master has invaded New York City, unleashing a viral outbreak of bloodsuckers with the help of a wealthy businessman (Jonathan Hyde), who thirsts for the gift of eternal life; and a former Nazi (Richard Sammel), who has achieved it. Those opposing »
- Brian Lowry
Comic-Con 2015 has kicked off in San Diego, and below you'll find Digital Spy's mega-guide, listing all of the major movies and TV panels for each day.
Note: All timings are in California's Pacific Standard Time (Pst), for GMT (UK time) add 8 hours. So 12 noon in San Diego will be 8pm in London.
13 things we're most excited about at Comic-Con 2015
Browse our ultimate guide day-by-day:
Thursday, July 9
Friday, July 10
Saturday, July 11
Sunday, July 12
Thursday, July 9
Open Road (10.45am local time/6.45pm UK time, Hall H)
The Autobiography of James T Kirk (10.45am local time, 6.45pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 / The Last Witch Hunter (12pm local time, 8pm UK time, Hall H)
New footage presentation, plus cast and filmmaker »
Below is Digital Spy's daily guide to the major movies and TV panels happening in San Diego this Friday, July 10.
The 16th Annual Animation Show of Shows (10am local time, 6pm UK time, Hall H)
A programme of new award-winning short films. Includes an introduction and Q&A with panelists to be announced, moderated by Ron Diamond.
The Big Bang Theory: Inside the Writers Room (10am local time, 6pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
The show's executive producers and writers offer a behind-the-scenes look into the show's scripting process.
Falling Skies (11.15am local time, 7.15pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
The Walking Dead (12pm local time, 8pm UK time, Hall H)
Toronto, Ontario. It's a mild spring day in Toronto, but unknowably dark things are happening at the Royal York Hotel. A group of journalists has descended on the filming location for Season 2 of FX's "The Strain," but we can't see what's actually being filmed. Yes, the late-season episode is heavy on spoilers, not that it's really a spoiler to tease that one-or-more of our intrepid heroes have run afoul of the vampire hordes and one-or-more of our intrepid heroes is staging a rescue mission of some sort. That's standard operating procedure on the FX adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's thriller trilogy. The real reason we can't observe filming is one of simple logistics: A pursuit is taking place in the stairwells of the Royal York. Stairwells are tight. The number of reporters isn't tiny. For that reason, we're sitting in a medium-sized ballroom at the Royal York, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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