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A bloody good trailer has dropped for the new horror comedy series from Blumhouse Television, 12 Deadly Days. The series will debut on YouTube Red on December 12th. Also: a new exclusive clip from Wives With Knives, acquisition details for Slasher.com, Wizard World's financial partnership with Bristol Investment Fund, Superstition details, and El Rey Network's new focus on "Strivers."
12 Deadly Days Trailer & Release Details: Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA) -- December 6, 2016 -- YouTube and Emmy Award-winning Blumhouse Television today announced that they have partnered on a new half-hour horror-comedy series called “Deadly Days”. Over the course of a dozen interconnected tales, the residents of Saturn, CA find themselves terrorized by everything from killer carolers and lovelorn vampires to cursed fruitcakes and haunted Christmas trees. The series will debut exclusively on YouTube Red on December 12, 2016.
Blumhouse Television is serving as the studio on the series created by executive producers Chris Cullari »
- Tamika Jones
By Seth Metoyer,
More holiday horror for you who can't get enough. Nothing says the holidays like felons turned into reindeer while on the run and killer carolers on the loose. From the masters of horror at Blumhouse, a holiday anthology series like you’ve never seen before. It’s going to be a ho-ho-horrific time on YouTube Red this season.
12 Deadly Days, a holiday-themed horror-comedy series, will debut exclusively on YouTube Red in partnership with Blumhouse Television on 12/12/16. The series features 12 twisted tales, starring top YouTube creators and some of horror’s most seasoned actors.
Check out the official trailer below the press release.
From The Press Release
YouTube and Emmy Award-winning Blumhouse Television today announced that they have partnered on a new half hour horror-comedy series called “12 Deadly Days.” Over the course of a dozen interconnected tales, the residents of Saturn, CA find themselves terrorized by »
About a decade ago, the team behind the biggest hit of the decade wrote a screenplay for the prequel. It had been a long time coming. In 1999, the shaky-cam horror movie “The Blair Witch Project” grossed nearly $250 million around the world, turning the microbudget chronicle of a few friends who venture into the woods and never returned into an unexpected phenomena. “We had a plan for if it failed, what do with our finances without declaring bankruptcy,” said Eduardo Sanchez, who co-directed with Daniel Myrick. “We didn’t have a plan if it became the highest-grossing independent film of all time.”
However, distributor Artisan Entertainment had plenty of ideas. In the immediate aftermath of “The Blair Witch Project” taking off around the world, the company announced its investment two follow-ups, only one of which came to fruition. Myrick and Sanchez, eager to try something different, instead threw themselves into raising »
- Eric Kohn
The stigmatic reputation of found footage horror is strong enough to scare away even the most determined filmmakers, but director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett aren’t your everyday horror makers. Not only did they accept the challenge of found footage filmmaking, but they did so by making a sequel to one of the most historic genre films of that nature – The Blair Witch Project.
The duo’s surprise sequel, Blair Witch, is an intense little horror thrill-ride built on what made Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale’s iconic Massachusetts nightmare such an instantaneous success. Tight-knit, claustrophobic tension serves up a platter of anxiety-riddled scares once a group of campers find themselves lost in the witch’s woods, doomed by the curse inflicted upon them. My review out of the Toronto International Film Festival really says it all, detailing how standard subgenre fare evolves into a beastly haunted house »
- Matt Donato
Director Adam Wingard’s surprise sequel Blair Witch is terrifying and something of a rebirth for the found footage format. It’s a welcome surprise and an excellent continuation of the lore established in the original Blair Witch Project. In this interview, writer Simon Barrett goes into detail about his own love for Blair Witch, his writing process and influences.
I loved the film. It really feels like the right time to be bringing ‘Blair Witch’ back. How did the project materialise? Did you approach Lionsgate with a take on it with Adam (Wingard- Director), or did they come to you?
Sb: To be honest, we had so little idea as to who even owned the rights to The Blair Witch Project that in the »
- Mark Bartlett
If you’re asking why we need another found footage movie – let alone another sequel to The Blair Witch Project – then you don’t watch enough horror movies. The reality is simple. If it wasn’t now, then it’d happen sometime in the future. And if you’re complaining that Blair Witch doesn’t do anything “different,” well then you Certainly don’t watch enough found footage schlock, because if you sifted through the same handy-cam trash I do on a monthly – nay, Weekly – basis, you’d be thanking Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, not questioning their surprise horror sequel.
James Allen McCune stars as the brother to The Blair Witch Projects‘s Heather Donahue – also named James – who believes his long-lost sister is still alive after an ominous YouTube clip surfaces. He can’t go alone, so he enlists his best friend (Pete, played by Brandon Scott) and accompanying girlfriend (Ashley, »
- Matt Donato
In easily one of the best surprises us horror fans have been treated to as of late, the recent collaboration between director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett, and Lionsgate, which was initially titled The Woods, was revealed at this year’s Comic-Con to actually be a sequel to one of the most influential genre films in modern cinema: The Blair Witch Project.
Simply entitled Blair Witch, Wingard and Barrett’s effort embraces everything fans love about the original film while also incorporating several fun elements that take the legend of the Blair Witch in some really intriguing and clever new directions.
I recently had the opportunity to speak in depth with Barrett about all things Blair Witch. During our nearly hour-long chat, Barrett discussed how the sequel came about through a prior collaboration they had with Lionsgate, You’re Next. He also talked about the challenges of keeping the production »
- Heather Wixson
Moment of Truth 3am-ish on October 25, 1997, and Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, and Dan Myrick and I were in full-body camouflage (and still cold) at the first campsite for “The Blair Witch Project,” exhausted actors tucked away in their sleeping bags inside… Continue Reading →
The post The Making of The Blair Witch Project: Part 5 – The Art of Haunting appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Ben Rock
In theaters September 16 is the upcoming Blair Witch. Lionsgate originally promoted it as The Woods when in reality it is a sequel to Blair Witch.
The film is helmed by director Adam Wingard (You’Re Next, The Guest, V/H/S, V/H/S/2), who has assembled an accomplished behind-the-scenes team that includes screenwriter and longtime collaborator Simon Barrett (You’Re Next, The Guest, V/H/S, V/H/S/2); producers Roy Lee (The Ring, The Strangers, The Grudge), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder, p.g.a. (You’Re Next, The Guest, Anomalisa), and Jess Calder, p.g.a. (You’Re Next, The Guest, The Devil’S Candy), ; and executive producers Jenny Hinkey, Daniel Myrick (director/writer, The Blair Witch Project), Eduardo Sanchez (director/writer, The Blair Witch Project) and Gregg Hale (producer, The Blair Witch Project).
For several years, Lionsgate had been searching for the right concept to reboot Blair Witch, »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Blumhouse is teaming up with The Blair Witch Project‘s co-director Eduardo Sanchez on the new horror movie Sevenfold. Story details are being kept under wraps for the micro-budget feature written by Jaime Nash. Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming and Gregg Hale are producing. Meanwhile at SXSW, Blumhouse has three movies – Hush, In A Valley of Violence and Alive and Kicking, a swing dance doc directed by Susan Glatzer. The debut screening of it just ended and the… »
Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced at today's Starz Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation that Starz' diverse programming strategy continues with the development of "Santeria," a "supernatural series" from Cuban writer and director Alejandro Brugues ("From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," "Juan of the Dead") and Eduardo Sanchez ("The Blair Witch Project," "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series") who will executive produce and direct, with Gregg Hale ("The Blair Witch Project") serving as executive producer. Per the press release, the description of the series reads: "Cuba, its doors finally »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced at today's Starz Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation that Starz' diverse programming strategy continues with the development of "Santeria," a "supernatural series" from Cuban writer and director Alejandro Brugues ("From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," "Juan of the Dead") and Eduardo Sanchez ("The Blair Witch Project," "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series") who will executive produce and direct, with Gregg Hale ("The Blair Witch Project") serving as executive producer. Per the press release, the description of the series reads: "Cuba, its doors finally open to the world. But a secret war brews there, a clash between opposing sects of Santeria, the ancient religion born on the island. Two undercover agents investigating a bizarre murder are pulled into this supernatural conflict and discover it's more dangerous and far-reaching than anything they...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Starz is looking to boost its profile with Latino viewers. The premium cabler has set three development prospects revolving around Hispanic themes and creative auspices that include Televisa USA and “The Blair Witch Project’s” Haxan Films.
The focus on Hispanic audiences comes after Starz has found broad success with shows rooted in African-American experiences, including the drama “Power,” which ranks as Starz’s most-watched original series, and comedy “Survivor’s Remorse.”
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht has been vocal about the void in premium cable programming featuring diverse casts and creative teams. The Hispanic initiative was unveiled Friday morning during Starz’s presentation at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
Starz has teamed with Televisa USA, an offshoot of Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa, to develop an English-language rendition of telenovela “El Malefico,” about a powerful businessman who makes a pact with the devil. The »
- Cynthia Littleton
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