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We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes new details on Found Footage 3D and Mania, photos from Refuge and a poster from Fetish Factory, release dates announced for Skypemare, Soulmate, and The Inside, a trailer for When Black Birds Fly and Zombie Hood, and more:
New Details on Found Footage 3D: “…the producers of upcoming horror film Found Footage 3D announced the launch of their Indiegogo campaign to obtain additional funding for post-production and marketing expenses.
Produced by Kim Henkel, co-creator of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make “the first 3D found-footage horror film,” but find themselves in a found-footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.
“What Scream did for slasher films, »
- Tamika Jones
Mention the word “werewolf”, and you automatically gain a certain amount of viewers that will take the time out of their day (or night) to watch a movie with the sometimes scary beast. The werewolf subgenre was at one time a booming one, with films like An American Werewolf In London, The Howling, The Wolfen and various others. In time, the werewolf movie quieted down, with occasional gems here and there (i.e-Neil Marshall’s awesome Dog Soldiers and John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps), but for the most part, it’s become a pretty dried out type of film type. When horror fans get a werewolf film these days, it’s either in the form of a lifeless action film (Underworld), a lovelorn teen series (Twilight) or unfortunately, films like Werewolf Rising. While fans of the werewolf film might jump at checking it out, most will find that it »
- Jerry Smith
With WolfCop out now on disc, Ryan takes a look at how werewolf myths have faded in and out of cinema history...
It might seem strange, from our interconnected, know-it-all 21st century perspective, that people really did once believe that werewolves existed. Legends of wolf-men date back to antiquity, but really began to bite into society’s fear centres in Europe of the Middle Ages.
Take, for example, Peter Stumpp, a 16th century man whose strange story was related in a pamphlet published shortly after his death. A resident of a small town in Cologne, Stumpp claimed to have been given a belt of wolf skin by the Devil, which when worn, gave him the ability to transform into a wolf. In this form, Stumpp said he’d killed and eaten a dozen or so people over the course of 25 years - crimes described in grisly detail in that old pamphlet. »
Constantine will premiere on NBC on October 24th, and in some encouraging news for the series, Deadline reports that the network has ordered three extra scripts for the DC Comics adaptation. This has become a common practice for new shows, and The Flash also received a similar order recently. As the site points out, "Picking up backup scripts has become a favorite tactic of the broadcast network as it is a relatively inexpensive way to buy a few extra weeks by keeping writers working on shows that executives feel have promise before the nets have to decide on a back episodic order." From Executive Producer David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) and director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) comes a dark new thriller that proves fighting evil is a hell of a job. The series stars Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford. What do you guys think? »
People who read my blog know that there is little I dislike more than people and critics who dismiss the genre as gross and worthless or who judge genre fans in general based on the movies they like rather than actually getting to know them for who they are. Axelle Carolyn wife of director Neil Marshall (The Descent Dog Soldiers) as well as burgeoning filmmaker and author of It Lives Again Horror Movies in the New Millenium once said in a Horrorhound magazine interview that »
Crime of the Century has been in development since 2011. The project is being produced by Chris Morgan, who wrote the last five Fast & Furious sequels, and has also teamed up with Alex Kurtzman to reboot Universal's classic monster franchise (which includes Dracula, Frankenstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, Invisible Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon).
Lately, Dauberman has been very active reworking scripts at New Line. He worked on Into The Storm, Watching Hour and the latest installments of Nightmare on Elm Street and Final Destination. Dauberman broke into the business by selling his spec script Burst, about a group of people get holed up in a remote lodge during a blizzard and must figure out »
- Laura Frances
Way back in 2011, fledgling director Dan Trachtenberg’s first short, Portal: No Escape, became a viral sensation – and captured Hollywood’s attention. It wasn’t long before Universal and writer-producer Chris Morgan snapped up his next pitch, entitled Crime Of The Century. Hard at work developing the feature with writer Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds), Trachtenberg also took on his directorial debut project, Valencia, for Bad Robot. Whether or not this has slowed progress on Crime, it’s unknown. But Universal have hired Gary Dauberman to come aboard.
The scribe behind New Line’s upcoming The Conjuring spinoff, Annabelle, Dauberman has been busy working for the last decade in the horror genre. Mainly doing uncredited rewrites. He’s polished up a number of high-profile flicks, including Nightmare On Elm Street, Into The Storm and Final Destination. His biggest solo win so far was when he sold his original spec script, Burst. Sam Raimi »
- Gem Seddon
To celebrate the release of the Emmy Award-winning TV series Black Sails, out on DVD & Blu-ray 29th September 2014, we have a copy on DVD up for grabs!
Black Sails is executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers), directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) and stars Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) and Zach McGowen (Dracula Untold). From cut-throat action down to the drama and tantalising scenery, this show is one that demands to be consumed in quick succession. This is a certified binge show, once you start you won’t stop until you reach the end.
“Commendably gritty, down and dirty” – The Scotsman
Watch the UK trailer: http://bit.ly/1lVof0y Available to pre-order on DVD & Blu-ray today: http://amzn.to/1nNSOFh
To win Black Sails on DVD just answer the following question:
Which of the following was also directed by Neil Marshall? Is it:
- Phil Wheat
Ever since Axelle Carolyn's feature debut Soulmate hit DVD over in the UK, we've been anxiously awaiting word about a release date here in the States. Such an announcement is surely coming soon as we've just learned that Revolver Entertainment has scooped up the supernatural thriller...
... and will be releasing it sometime in the remainder of 2014. While we wait for a date with our Soulmate, check out the UK trailer and uncut opening scene below!
The film stars Anna Walton (Hellboy 2), Tom Wisdom (300), Nick Brimble (A Knight’s Tale), and Emma Cleasby (Dog Soldiers) and was penned by Carolyn, who has acted in Neil Marshall’s Centurion and Doomsday.
Soulmate is produced by Claire Otway and is a Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Centurion) presentation for production company Sterling Pictures. Executive producers on the film are Michael Riley, John Wolstenholme, and Doug Abbott for Screen Projex alongside Belgian co-producer Title Media. »
- John Squires
The story centres on a young widow (Walton) who retreats to an isolated cabin after a failed suicide attempt, to recuperate. Still haunted by the tragic death of her husband and struggling with her psychosis, she begins to hear strange noises.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Boardwalk Empire begins in 1920. Its lead character, Nucky Thompson, is on top of the world. History is bending in his direction. He has established an elaborate criminal conspiracy that will funnel an addictive drug (alcohol) directly into the mouths of its consumers (most of America), all of it untaxed. What could go wrong?
Boardwalk Empire began in 2010. Its network, HBO, was on top of the world. It was coming off a decade which you could, with only a bit of hyperbole, referred to as the HBO decade. The Sopranos redefined what television could be; so did Sex and the City, »
- Darren Franich
Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
HBO has been eyeing Lin to direct, an minimum, the first two episodes of True Detective’s next season, according to Deadline. When approached to weigh in on Lin’s potential involvement, HBO declined to comment.
All eight episodes of True Detective’s debut season were directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre). Fukunaga was celebrated for his talents in the critically lauded TV series at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards, where he received the Outstanding Director for a Drama Series award, beating out Tim Van Patten (Boardwalk Empire), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), David Evans (Downton Abbey), Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) and Carl Franklin (House of Cards).
In addition to a number of Fast and Furious movies, »
Marvel has been coming under fire in recent months for a lack of female-led superhero movies in its existent and planned Cinematic Universe, and now Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain, known for playing strong-willed female protagonists in films like Zero Dark Thirty and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, is getting in on the discussion.
In a recent conversation with TheWrap, Chastain commented on the fact that Scarlett Johansson, who has played superhero Black Widow in three Marvel entries thus far (Iron Man 2, The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier), has yet to receive her own movie.
“Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don’t understand it, why is it taking so long for this? This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in movies.”
- Isaac Feldberg
Now, her co-star Robert Downey Jr. has revealed his thoughts on the topic during a recent interview with USA Today, saying the actress deserves some time off - especially considering she's about to have her first child:
"Doesn't Scarlett deserve a break? Look, I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians (of the Galaxy) with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really - to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow.
There's something about her that grounded the story. She's not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 she's swallowing serums and putting »
- Garth Franklin
Many fans have been wondering when Scarlett Johansson's The Black Widow will get her own stand-alone movie, after starring in Iron Man 2, Marvel's The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall even revealed last week that he's interested in directing the movie, but we have no clue how far along Marvel is in developing Black Widow.
The actress' co-star Robert Downey Jr. chimed in with his thoughts on the topic during a recent interview, where he says the actress deserves a break before starting a new movie, especially since she's about to have her first child.
"Doesn't Scarlett deserve a break? Look, I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians (of the Galaxy) with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really - to me the Iron Man »
Stan Lee’s actual involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is extremely limited, despite being cited as an executive producer on all the films. However, he is the granddaddy of the Marvel-verse, and still knows a bit of what goes on behind the scenes.
Lee is often asked by fans and reporters about the goings-on at Marvel, and was recently approached at Fan Expo Canada about a Black Widow solo movie. The character has had a role in three Marvel films so far, and actress Scarlet Johansson headlined the successful Luc Besson film Lucy earlier this year; which drastically increased the demand for a Black Widow movie.
Lee weighed in on the possibility of one happening by saying:
“We haven’t made a Black Widow movie but she’s been in some of our movies, and she will be featured more prominently as we move forward. And the chances are »
- James Garcia
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America 3, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Defenders, Big Hero 6, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Doom Patrol, Plastic Man, Tales of Metropolis, Kick-Ass 3, The Tick, The Greatest American Hero and more…
…We’ll kick things off this week with Marvel Studios’ most recent release Guardians of the Galaxy, which climbed back to the top of the U.S. box office chart last weekend on its way to becoming the biggest domestic release of year (overtaking Captain America: The Winter Soldier to do so) and passing the $500 million mark at the box office, making it the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do so. Guardians is sitting on »
- Gary Collinson
Devil in Distress: The Dowdle Bros. Spelunk Their Way to Hell
Known as acolytes of fallen angel M. Night Shyamalan, the output of the Dowdle brothers could be a lot worse. First arriving back in 2008 with the American remake of Rec, known as Quarantine, they followed that up with the painfully terrible Devil, whereby said entity terrorized stereotypes in a stopped elevator (based on Shyamalan’s script). So really, their latest venture, As Above So Below, from producing brother Drew and directing brother John Erick, feels like the first time we’re experiencing their own sensibilities. It’s their best film to date, yet a penchant for overreaching tactics and underbaked explanations forces the potential of their madness into a muddle of silliness. Yet, the film isn’t without an enjoyable amount of tension and fans of the genre may find its intentions, at least, to be in the right place. »
- Nicholas Bell
As Above/So Below opens today, and reviews (including mine and Uncle Creepy's) are mixed. Before rendering your own verdict, hear from director/co-writers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle about their experiences making the film.
Dread Central: When I walked into the screening of As Above/So Below, I was not prepared for a modern twist on an old fashioned archeologist vs. a curse adventure. Then there’s this Satanic element and sort of a body count/slasher vibe, too. How did you manage to put everything in there and still make it very linear?
John Erick Dowdle: You know, we just trusted our intuition. It just felt right to us, more than anything else. It was funny; this movie moved so quickly, which is a rare thing. We had to stay intuitive and maybe a little less intellectual. I think that really served this movie really well. »
- Staci Layne Wilson
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