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There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.
Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.
It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.
Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »
- Matt Molgaard
The Evil Within
Mount and Carpenter play detectives visiting a mental asylum, the scene of a bloody mass murder where police officers lie slaughtered. Mount's character finds himself alone and battling with a hooded tormentor (Haley). The game launches October 14th. [Source: Joystiq]
Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?
Entitled "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?," Epps beat out the likes of Michael B. Jordan and Marlon Wayans for the role and the actor reportedly just finished a first readthrough session this week. [Source: Twitter]
- Garth Franklin
Resident Evil’s creator, Shinji Mikami, is looking to strike fear into the hearts of players everywhere once again with his new game, The Evil Within. The title’s publisher, Bethesda Softworks, confirmed today that Mikami will have help from a voice cast full of actors who are no strangers to the genre.
- Jonathon Dornbush
The Evil Within aims to set a new bar in horror gaming. From its nightmare inducing character designs to its chilling score. However, the other important ingredient is the voice acting. Bethesda has been pretty tight lipped about who would be voicing the characters trapped in this hellish adventure, but the time has come and it was worth the wait.
The Evil Within will feature an all star cast to guide you along in your journey. As lead protagonist Sebastian Castellanos, Hell on Wheels star Anson Mount has stepped up and will no doubt bring a ruggedness that the character (and you) will need to survive.
- Christopher Jimenez
Jackie Earle Haley, the last actor to wear and use Freddy Krueger’s iconic finger knives on screen, highlights the list of notable performers who will voice characters in Bethesda’s upcoming survival horror title, The Evil Within. Haley, who also played Rorschach in Hollywood’s adaptation of The Watchmen, has been outed as the game’s main villain, Ruvik. His opponent, Detective Sebastian Castellanos, will be portrayed by Anson Mount of Hell on Wheels fame.
Dexter fans will also be happy to hear that Jennifer Carpenter — who is most famous for her role as the serial killer’s sister, Debra Morgan — will appear in the game as Detective Castellanos’ partner, Juli Kidman. She rounds out an impressive cast that will lend an air of credibility to the brand new IP.
Released alongside this news is a trailer that mixes gruesome gameplay footage with shots of the aforementioned actors doing their thing. »
- Chad Goodmurphy
Just like the arachnid creature that stalks Detective Castellanos, the release date for The Evil Within, a new survival horror video game from Resident Evil‘s Shinji Mikami, is scuttling closer. If, like us, you can’t wait for this game to be unleashed in mid-October, then maybe this new trailer featuring interviews with Anson Mount, Jennifer Carpenter, and Jackie Earle Haley will help hold you over.
“August 26, 2014 (Rockville, MD) Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today revealed the talented cast lending their voices to The Evil Within™, a survival horror game developed at Tango Gameworks under the direction of legendary game designer and studio head, Shinji Mikami. The Evil Within cast includes Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (“Lincoln,” “Watchmen,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street”), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter,” “Quarantine,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”), and film and television star Anson Mount (“Hell on Wheels, »
- Derek Anderson
Bethesda Softworks today revealed the cast lending their voices to The Evil Within, a survival horror game developed at Tango Gameworks under the direction of legendary game designer and studio head, Shinji Mikami. The Evil Within cast includes Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Lincoln, Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter," Quarantine, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), and film and television star Anson Mount ("Hell on Wheels," Safe). »
The next game from survival horror legend Shinji Mikami, The Evil Within from Capcom, has casted up its voice actors, including Jackie Earle Haley and Jennifer Carpenter, to bring the experience to life! We have the lowdown plus a brand new video for you to dig on here!
From the Press Release
Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, has revealed the talented cast lending their voices to The Evil Within™, a survival horror game developed at Tango Gameworks under the direction of legendary game designer and studio head Shinji Mikami.
The Evil Within cast includes Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Lincoln, Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter," Quarantine, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), and film and television star Anson Mount ("Hell on Wheels,” Safe).
The Evil Within, out October 14th in North America, embodies the meaning of pure survival horror. Highly-crafted environments, »
- Steve Barton
Dennis Lehane, who wrote the novel Shutter Island is based on, will write the pilot script, with Martin Scorsese set to direct the first episode. The series is tentatively titled Ashecliffe, the name of the isolated mental hospital where the book and film are set, with the story to take place before the events of the movie. The show will focus on the hospital's past, and the sinister secrets of the facility's founders in the early 20th Century, who developed methods of treatment for the mentally ill.
The series was initially thought up by Paramount TV executive Amy Powell. She brought the idea to Martin Scorsese and Dennis Lehane, who loved the idea of expanding the story of his novel. Tom Bernardo is working as a co-writer with Dennis Lehane on the pilot. »
• Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to play the title role in The Black Phantom, replacing Jamie Foxx, who left the project due to scheduling conflicts. Jackson would join Kevin Hart in Screen Gems’ action comedy, which is being directed by Tim Story. The film follows a hit man (Hart) who strikes an unlikely partnership with the hit man hired to kill him, The Black Phantom. Dave Lease and Megan Hinds wrote the script. Will Packer and Will Gluck will produce. [Deadline]
- C. Molly Smith
Dan Pritzker is directing from his own script. He completed the first round of filming for “Bolden” in 2010 and will finish the movie with new scenes this fall.
Because of the four-year hiatus, the title role was recast with Carr replacing Anthony Mackie, who could not accommodate the new shooting schedule. McShane will portray Bolden’s nemesis Judge Perry while Ellis will play the role of the wily entrepreneur who manages the Bolden Band.
Jackie Earle Haley had formerly portrayed the Judge Perry role.
- Dave McNary
We thought it was dead, but could Enlisted actually get a second chance on Yahoo?
As a follow-up to the post last night about NBC straight-washing Constantine, it turns out that the reporter who asked the original question was our own Jim Halterman, and Jim sent over the full transcript. Turns out David Goyer was probably expecting to be asked about it.
Director: José Padilha
Running Time: 121 minutes
First of all, it’s easy to negate remakes or reboots and wax lyrical about their purpose or the advantages of having a new angle but what it always comes down to, beyond anything, is the story and how it tries to tell and achieve it – regardless of originals.
In Robocop (2014), we’ve jumped out of the gritty, violent late 80s and delved into the paranoia of nearly 30 years later, where the world is a lot more aware but evidently just as concerned over things beyond their control. While Jose’s Robocop tries to tell a story »
- Dan Bullock
RoboCop officially took over the city of Detroit yesterday as the crime fighter hit the streets to meet and take pictures with fans in celebration of #ROBOCOPDay and the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film.
RoboCop visited iconic landmarks including The Monument to Joe Louis, The Spirit of Detroit, 8 Mile, and Comerica Park. Additionally RoboCop visited top radio stations at Clear Channel, CBS Radio, and Greater Media Detroit and even did the weather on Wjbk-tv, the local Fox affiliate.
The day concluded as he threw the ceremonial first pitch at the beginning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays, with the first 10,000 fans receiving a commemorative RoboCop poster and some lucky fans taking home a copy of the new Blu-ray. RoboCop took photos with players, invaded the press box, and kept the peace with passionate fans.
- Steve Barton
With 20th Century Fox's RoboCop debuting on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD June 3, the city of Detroit will unveil their 10-foot bronze statue of the crime-fighting cyborg, portrayed by Peter Weller in the original Robocop and by Joel Kinnaman in this year's reboot. Take a look at the photo of this statue, then read on for more details about "RoboCop Day" in the Motor City tomorrow.
The initiative to construct a RoboCop statue started three years ago, when a Massachusetts resident suggested to Detroit mayor Dave Bing that the city should celebrate this iconic character with a statue in the following message.
"Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & RoboCop would kick Rocky's butt. He's a Great ambassador for Detroit."
While the mayor responded that there were no plans for a RoboCop statue, non-profit organization Imagination Station raised $50,000 to fund the construction, just days after the initial suggestion was made. The unveiling »
On Tuesday, June 3, the Motor City will celebrate RoboCop Day to honor the brave men and women of the Detroit Police Department. There will be a RoboCop appearance and meet and greet, a chance for the fans to check out some screen used memorabilia and...
...the action will culminate with RoboCop throwing out the first pitch for a Detroit Tigers game.
In conjunction with the release of RoboCop on Blu-ray and DVD, RoboCop Day promises to be a memorable event and it's open to all. The afternoon activity takes place at the Detroit Police Department and Public Safety Headquarters, 1301 Third Street, Detroit. Check out the schedule below, and if you're in the Detroit area, you're primary directive is now to be sure to attend RoboCop Day!
From the Press Release
RoboCop Day (Tuesday, June 3) Schedule
12:00 p.m. - RoboCop and Detroit Police Department arrivals
12:10 p.m. - RoboCop »
- Scott Hallam
Director Jose Padilha has brought back Detroit's cyborg crime fighter RoboCop for a new generation with Joel Kinnaman stepping into the shoes of Alex Murphy, a dedicated police officer given a second chance at "life." Fox Home Entertainment is bringing RoboCop to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD for the first time on June 3, and we've hooked up with the studio to offer one lucky reader one of the combo packs in this contest.
For a chance to win RoboCop (2014) on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every time you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
The story centers on four young men who find themselves in trouble with the mob. Filming begins in Cleveland in June. [Source: THR]
Musician Toby Sebastian has joined the four-hour Bible-themed miniseries "Red Tent" for Lifetime. Sebastian plays Re-mose, a scribe to the Pharaoh's vizier and the the son of the lead character Dinah (Rebecca Ferguson).
Based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, the story follows Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob and sister of Joseph, a minor character who was briefly referenced in the Old Testament. [Source: The Live Feed]
The film revolves around a »
- Garth Franklin
Edi Gathegi has joined John Travolta, Michael Pitt and Dan Stevens in an indie thriller titled Criminal Activities, which will be actor Jackie Earle Haley's directorial debut. The Capacity Pictures, Phoenix Rising Motion Pictures and Producer Capital Fund project centers on four young men who reunite at a former classmate’s funeral. During the service, one of them shares some Wall Street insider knowledge that the group sees as a chance to make them millionaires. Unfortunately, the deal goes bad, of course, and they lose their investment, which is particularly bad news for one of them, since he borrowed his share from a mobster, who naturally wants his money back, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Twilight actor Edi Gathegi has joined the cast of thriller Criminal Activities, starring John Travolta, Michael Pitt and Dan Stevens. Actor Jackie Earle Haley is making his directorial debut with the indie project, which centers on four young men who find themselves in trouble with the mob. Photos: 'Twilight': Where Are They Now? The project, from Capacity Pictures, Phoenix Rising Motion Pictures and Producer Capital Fund, will shoot in Cleveland in June. Wayne Rice, Howard Burd and Micah Sparks are producing, with Mark Johnson, Warren Ostergard and Daniel Diamond exec producing. Gathegi played Laurent in the Twilight franchise. More recently, he appeared
- Rebecca Ford
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