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9 items from 2009


Afm: New Films to Deliver Deon Taylor's Chain Letter

8 November 2009 11:53 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

If you're a regular reader of the site, then you know that we've touted Deon Taylor as an up-and-coming director to watch. And now that New Films has acquired his film Chain Letter during Afm, you'll soon be able to see if we're right.

Variety reports that New Films has picked up worldwide rights to Deon Taylor's horror pic Chain Letter and will release the film in the U.S. next year. They believe the film has "franchise possibilities".

Chain Letter stars Michael Bailey Smith as the "Chain Man" along with The Twilight Saga's Nikki Reed, Deadgirl's Noah Segan, and genre staples Brad Dourif, Keith David, and Betsy Russell. Matthew Cohen, Cody Kasch, Michael J. Pagan, Cherilyn Wilson, and Clifton Powell co-star in the flick, which tells the tale of a maniac who targets teens when they fail to forward chain email.

Check out the new Chain Letter trailer below, »

- Uncle Creepy

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New Films answers the Chain Letter

8 November 2009 5:13 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Variety reports that New Films has picked up worldwide rights to the teen-torture flick Chain Letter. The company plans a U.S. release for the movie next year, and sees it as the potential launch of a screen franchise.

Produced by the Saw masterminds at Twisted Pictures and directed by Deon Taylor from a script he wrote with Diana Erwin and Michael J. Pagan, Chain Letter is about a group of high-schoolers who receive the titular messages electronically, and soon learn that failure to pass them on means painful death at the hands of hulking psychopath the Chain Man (The Hills Have EyesMichael Bailey Smith). The cast also includes the Twilight films’ Nikki Reed, the Saw sequels’ Betsy Russell, Deadgirl’s Noah Segan and genre stalwarts Brad Dourif and Keith David; Toolbox MurdersDean Jones created the makeup FX. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Gingold)

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Chain Letter World Premiere at the Afm

2 November 2009 11:18 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

A wicked looking little film is Chain Letter. Chain Letter stars Nikki Reed, Betsy Russell, and Brad Dourif and the film will have its world premiere at the American Film Market. The picture is still looking for distribution, but the first trailer and movie poster are available here. Also, fans can take a look at the full cast from this New Films International production below. Chain Letter will start Monday, November 9th at the Afm and for more info' on this picture visit the Afm homepage past the break.

Release: Unknown.

Director: Deon Taylor.

Writer: Diana Erwin, Deon Taylor, and Michael J. Pagan.

Cast: Nikki Reed, Noah Segan, Keith David, Betsy Russell, Michael Bailey Smith, Matthew Cohen, Cody Kasch, Michael J. Pagan, Cherilyn Wilson, and Clifton Powell.

A trailer for Chain Letter below:

For more info' on Chain Letter and showtimes for Chain Letter visit the Afm website below:

Chain Letter »

- Michael Ross Allen

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Sales Art for Chain Letter With Nikki Reed

30 October 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Another year, another American Film Market and another update on Chain Letter , the slasher film starring Nikki Reed, of the Twilight series, Noah Segan, Keith David, Betsy Russell and Michael Bailey Smith. Writer-director Deon Taylor's effort lensed quite a while ago hasn't found a distributor, but that might be remedied next week when the film hits the Afm seeking a buyer. Here's a look at some new sales art that was whipped up. »

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Never Sleep Again Twitterfeed Continues!

16 October 2009 4:27 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's been another jam-packed day of shooting on Never Sleep Again, and Dread Central is continuing our coverage of the documentary's Twitter feed. Come on in to find out who else has been on the hot seat!

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy officially began lensing on August 22, 2009, in and around Los Angeles. Starring and narrated by Heather Langenkamp, star of the 1984 classic A Nightmare on Elm Street and two of its sequels (1986's Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and 1994's Wes Craven's New Nightmare), this thrilling 90-minute retrospective promises to be the definitive look at the making of the iconic horror series and the enduring legacy of its wise-cracking, razor-gloved villain: the indefatigable "bastard son of a hundred maniacs" known as Freddy Krueger.

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy is being directed by Dan Farrands and Andrew Kasch, with Buz “Danger” Wallick serving as director »

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Thirsty Debuting At Rhode Island Film Festival In August!

5 August 2009 12:20 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

We just got word in that Andrew Kasch's short film Thirsty (based on the short story by author Joe Knetter) will debut at the Rhode Island Film Festival taking place between August 4th through the 9th. Below are the full details via the press release, along with the new poster!

Joe Knetter Adaptation “Thirsty” To Premiere At The Rhode Island International Film Festival This August.

Los Angeles, CA, July 16, 2009 – The horror-comedy Thirsty will finally be making its world premiere at the 13th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival which runs August 4-9 in Providence, Ri. Based on the short story from cult horror author Joe Knetter (“Zombie Bukkake”), Thirsty stars Joe Lynch (director of "Wrong Turn 2"), Tiffany Shepis ("Night of the Demons”) and Michael Bailey Smith (“The Hills Have Eyes”) along with several voice cameos from different genre icons and filmmakers. The 15-minute short is directed by Andrew Kasch »

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Rhode Island Film Fest gets Thirsty

4 August 2009 5:50 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Filmmaker, Editor, and Dread Central staffer Andrew Kasch just hit Fango with the news that his short film, Thirsty will be making it's debut at the 13th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival this Friday, August 7th.

Thirsty is a 15-minute horror/comedy directed by Kasch from a screenplay by David Rosiak (Shark Swarm, Ring Of Death), based on a story by cult scribe Joe Knetter (Zombie Bukkake). Joe Lynch (director of Wrong Turn 2), Tiffany Shepis (Night Of The Demons), and Michael Bailey Smith (The Hills Have Eyes) star.

Thirsty "chronicles a slacker on his cross-country drive through a lonely desert highway. As a massive heat wave rolls in, only one thing can quench his monstrous thirst: a delicious frozen beverage. But first he must dodge a series of bizarre obstacles and ultimately survive the night."

Quench your thirst at the film's official website.

About The Festival:

Now in its 13th year, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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Thirsty to Premiere at Rhode Island Int'l Film Fest

3 August 2009 10:19 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's been a long time coming for those of us who have been following the progress of the short film called "Thirsty" since its inception, but we're pleased to announce that it will be having its world premiere this Friday, August 7th, at midnight, during the 13th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival. Way to go, guys!

"Thirsty" is a horror-comedy that chronicles a slacker on his cross-country drive along a lonely desert highway. As a massive heat wave rolls in, only one thing can quench his monstrous thirst: a delicious frozen beverage. But first he must dodge a series of bizarre obstacles and ultimately survive the night...

Based on the short story of the same name from cult horror author Joe Knetter (Zombie Bukkake, review here), "Thirsty" stars Joe Lynch (director of Wrong Turn 2), Tiffany Shepis (Night of the Demons), and Michael Bailey Smith (The Hills Have Eyes »

- Uncle Creepy

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Super Early Art for Chain Letter

31 March 2009 11:17 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

You know what? I'm super excited about Deon Taylor's upcoming flick under the Twisted Pictures banner, Chain Letter, and not just because the movie has a great cast and is rumored to have some insane kills.

I'm excited because of Taylor himself! Why? Because of his anthology Nite Tales (review here). That little low budget flick had every right to completely suck, but it didn't. True, Flava Flav almost killed it, but he's not in Chain Letter and that's a bonus right there! Taylor's energy and enthusiasm to make a good horror movie won me over. I expect the same from his latest effort.

Chain Letter stars Michael Bailey Smith, Nikki Reed, Noah Segan, Keith David, Betsy Russell, Matthew Cohen, Cody Kasch, Michael J. Pagan, Cherilyn Wilson, and Clifton Powell and tells the tale of a maniac who targets teens when they fail to forward chain mail. Still no word on a release date. »

- Uncle Creepy

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