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12 items from 2011


Updates to the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival Include the World Premiere of The Asylum's 11/11/11

23 September 2011 4:21 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We're just a few days away from September 30th start of the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival, and a few announcements have come out over the past few days with regard to additions to the lineup along with news of a world premiere taking place at the event.

11/11/11, director Keith Allan’s newest film for The Asylum, which is being released on November 1st, makes its world debut a month early at the 2011 Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival. 11/11/11 screens at the Festival’s Opening Night on Friday, September 30, at the Big Bear Performing Arts Center.

“We are honored and thrilled to have Keith’s film make its debut here at the Festival,” said Christopher Gaida, Director of Programming. “I know it’s going to be well received and will set the dark, creepy tone we love to have over this horror weekend. I have goose bumps already!”

Not be confused »

- Emy

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The Asylum's Born Bad Looks Eerily Familiar: First Trailer and Poster

23 September 2011 1:49 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

The Asylum is ready to spread more of their mental illness with their film Born Bad. This latest horror flick is from director Jared Cohn (Revenants) and stars Meredith Monroe, Bonnie Dennison, Michael Welch, Gerald Webb and Bill Oberst Jr. In the film, much like 1996's Fear, an innocent girl brings home a seemingly charming boyfriend. However, this new beau is more serial killer than companion. Strangely, both Fear and Born Bad share similar plot points and The Asylum is known for knocking off big blockbusters. This reviewer has not seen the film, so horror fans will have to make the final call when Born Bad releases on DVD November 8th. Enjoy or throw stones at the film's trailer below.

As an aside, The Asylum was sued in late 2009 by Winchester Mystery House, LLC (PRWeb). The litigants and owners of Winchester House hold property in California in the form of a "State Historical Landmark. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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The Asylum's 11/11/11 Hanging Like a Vulture Over Darren Lynn Bousman's 11-11-11

20 September 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Here is your early warning that The Asylum will be trying to capitalize on another blockbuster release. This time Darren Lynn Bousman's 11-11-11 is being clearly copied to swindle wayward buyers out of their hard earned dollars. The Asylum's doppelganger this time is 11/11/11 and unbelievably, they have another title copying Bousman's film called 11/1/11. Notice the removal of one digit here folks. All three films involve themes of a spiritual apocalypse, with The Asylum's version much lower budgeted.

This reviewer would love to interview someone at The Asylum to find out how well these copies perform financially. Apparently they are successful as this film production and distribution company has created dozens of films that copy blockbustes. To test your film knowledge, try to identify the films copied in the following titles: Battle of Los Angeles, Paranormal Entity, Transmorphers, Titanic II, The Terminators and The Day the Earth Stopped. How well did yo do? »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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Zombie Apocalypse Shows its First Viral Teaser Here!

20 September 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Today is a good day to be a zombie fan folks, as The Asylum and director Nick Lyon (Species: The Awakening) have debuted the first teaser trailer for Zombie Apocalypse. There are make-up effects, pitched battles and actress Taryn Manning in a shower scene, all in under two minutes. The clip shows solid production values and The Asylum, from the promotional material, seems to be backing a winner here based on the story and the cast. Also starring are Ving Rhames (Dawn of the Dead), Gary Weeks (Deadland), Johnny Pacar (The Dead Undead) and Lesley-Ann Brandt (InSight).

This title will debut on television first through the SyFy Network. The first air date is October 29th at 9:00pm and this is just two weeks after the premiere of "The Walking Dead." Perhaps there is a competitive air afoot. Then, not much later, The Asylum will release this title on DVD December 27th. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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The Last Stand aka Zombie Apocalypse Shows Ving Rhames Against the Rotting Hordes

14 August 2011 3:12 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

The Asylum is currently producing an apocalyptic world of zombies with actors Ving Rhames (Dawn of the Dead), Taryn Manning (The Speed of Thought) and Gary Weeks (Deadland). This latest from this mockbuster production company is called The Last Stand or simply Zombie Apocalypse. Fans of the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller can have a look at several photos for this feature below, which shows actor Ving Rhames golfing with zombies and other photos show the zombie make-up effects. This title is slated for a Fall release on DVD.

The Asylum is notorious for creating lower budgeted features based closely on upcoming blockbusters. For instance, they created Battle of Los Angeles to release close to the multi-million dollar feature

Battle: Los Angeles. They created Transmorphers to satirize or capitalize on the success of Transformers. Now, they seem poised to strike at the looming success of World War Z, starring Brad Pitt. Or, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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A Haunting in Salem Delivers Vomit Spewing Demons in this First Clip!

28 July 2011 3:05 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

The Asylum has debuted the first trailer for A Haunting in Salem, starring Bill Oberst Jr., Carey Van Dyke and Gerald Webb. All of these actors are familiar with this creative and cutting edge production company and in the clip below supernatural madness takes place. From the script of H. Perry Horton, characters projectile vomit, or they fall from flights of stairs or, unbelievably, they awaken beside demons. All of this mayhem has to be seen to be believed. Look into a haunted house and into this trailer for A Haunting in Salem. Then, prepare for the DVD release October 4th!

A short synopsis for A Haunting in Salem:

"When the new sheriff of Salem, Massachusetts discovers that he is the victim of a centuries-old curse, he must protect his family from the vengeful ghosts that torment his home" (The Asylum).

Release Date: October 4th, 2011 (DVD).

Directed by: Shane Van Dyke. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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The next ice age hits in 2012: Ice Age trailer

9 June 2011 6:11 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Environmental scientists believe that the earth is indeed due for a second major ice age. I wonder if it will include this many explosions...

Synopsis:

When a volcanic eruption in Iceland sends a glacier hurtling toward North America, a family struggles to escape the onslaught of the coming ice age.

Produced by: David Michael Latt, David Rimawi, Paul Bales Directed by: Travis Fort Written by: Paul Sinor and Victoria Dadi Cinematography by: Alex Yellen

2012: Ice Age is produced by David Michael Latt and David Rimawi and Paul Bales and directed by Travis Fort Written and written by Paul Sinor and Victoria Dadi.

Watch the trailer for 2012:Ice Age after the break.

The film streets June 28, 2011. I'd keep an eye on SyFy or Netflix.

You might like: The Day After Tomorrow »

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A Real True Story in this Poster for A Haunting in Salem in 3D?

7 May 2011 10:54 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Generally, nothing says fiction like a "based on true events" tag, in horror. However, with the Salem Witch trials and other mishappenings in this little Massachusetts town, there could be some truth behind this tagline. Now, the first poster for A Haunting in Salem in 3D will bring curses into your home, with The Asylum's latest film scourging media players August 23rd. Click on the graphic to scar yourself in greater detail, left.

The short synopsis for A Haunting in Salem is here:

"When the new sheriff of Salem, Massachusetts discovers that he is the victim of a centuries-old curse, he must protect his family from the vengeful ghosts that torment his home" (Horror News Net).

Release Date: August 23rd, 2011 (DVD).

Director: Shane Van Dyke.

Writer: H. Perry Horton.

Producers: David Michael Latt, David Rimawi, and Paul Bales.

Cinematography by: Alex Yellen

Cast: Bill Oberst, Jr., Courtney Abbiati, Jenna Stone, »

- Remove28DaysLaterAnalysisThis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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Who Needs Fast Five? The Asylum Has 200 Mph!

3 May 2011 9:56 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

I kind of figured that mockbuster wizards The Asylum would have a low-budget, direct-to-video response to “Fast Five”, but for some reason, I never really thought to properly and thoroughly investigate my suspicions. Below you’ll find a trailer for “200 Mph”, which quietly landed on DVD and VOD on April 26th, 2011. Directed by Cole McKay and starring David Michael Latt, David Rimawi, and Paul Bales, the film follows a young racer as he is “plunged into the harrowing world of illegal street racing, risking his life as he races with a vengeance”. Sounds like a paint-by-numbers winner to me. The kicker: the screenwriter’s name is Thunder Levin. How could you possibly go wrong? Curious parties are encouraged to check out the trailer embedded below. »

- Todd Rigney

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Bill Oberst Jr. to Star in the Asylum's A Haunting in Salem

23 April 2011 1:54 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

There has been A Haunting in Georgia, A Haunting in Connecticut, and there will be a The Haunting in New York, so it seems like A Haunting in Salem is the next best stop for a ghost story. Early details for this Asylum film talk of a "vengeful ghost" and a "centuries-old curse" (The Asylum). Also, Bill Oberst Jr. (Dismal) will star with Courtney Abbiati, Jenna Stone, and Nicholas Harsin. Production will begin soon with Shane Van Dyke (Titanic II) to direct. More details on this haunting thriller can be found below.

The short synopsis for A Haunting in Salem is here:

"When the new sheriff of Salem, Massachusetts discovers that he is the victim of a centuries-old curse, he must protect his family from the vengeful ghosts that torment his home" (The Asylum).

Release Date: August 23rd, 2011.

Director: Shane Van Dyke.

Writer: H. Perry Horton.

Producers: David Michael Latt, »

- Remove28DaysLaterAnalysisThis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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Battle: Los Angeles or Battle of Los Angeles: You Decide

24 March 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

What if you wanted to knock-off Jonathan Liebesman's Battle: Los Angeles and you only had 1% of the budget? Well, you would still have 700K and you could name your film something very similar like Battle of Los Angeles. This is what The Asylum is known for and 700K is not the budget of their latest.

In 2007, The Asylum tried to capitalize on the blockbuster I Am Legend, with I Am Omega. The result was a decent film (I Am Omega Review). The Asylum has copied other looming big budget films like Transformers, with Transmorphers and James Cameron's Titanic with Shane Van Dyke's forgettable Titanic II (A Titanic II Review). How will Battle of Los Angeles fare? That depends on movie watchers inability to decipher the good, Battle: Los Angeles from the arguably bad, Battle of Los Angeles. The first trailer for the latter is below, courtesy of Quiet Earth. »

- Remove28DaysLaterAnalysisThis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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Pretty Teenagers Battle Hillbilly Scarecrows in Brett Simmons’ Husk

13 January 2011 10:48 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Generally speaking, the After Dark series of horror efforts hasn’t impressed me much over the years, though I find myself indulging in their wonky offerings time and time again. The latest batch of fright flicks bearing the familiar logo is looming on the horizon, and Bloody Disgusting was fortunate enough to get their nasty little hands on a trailer for Brett Simmons’ “Husk”. Naturally, the story is nothing to write to your impossibly elderly grandmother about — teenagers battle blood-thirsty scarecrows on a seemingly abandoned farm in the middle of absolutely nowhere — but I’m always down for a little scarecrow-related carnage. Whether or not Simmons and company can top the unintentional goofiness found in David Michael Latt’s “Scarecrow Slayer” remains to be seen. After all, that is a tough mission to accomplish by anyone’s standards. “Husk” stars Wes Chatham, C.J. Thomason, and Devon Graye. Expect the film »

- Todd Rigney

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