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The elusive “Golden Ticket”. Beginning next Wednesday (December 4th) in a wave of four announcements, is when the official word comes out. Plenty of filmmakers are already in the know, but some will find out over the course of this Thanksgiving weekend. Having covered the festival and fest circuit for some time now, we’re already aware that worthy films that were indeed submitted will be excluded from the ’14 edition. Thousands of filmmakers won’t get the phone call, and while it can bruise dreams, this is not a rejection of quality…but rather, a preference from a programmer/programming team which reflects a larger mandate. John Cooper, Trevor Groth et al. have a difficult job and the way I see it, it’s the equivalent to draft day for a major professional sport – where a team in a given turn doesn’t go for the consensus pick, but instead »
- Eric Lavallee
Sundance starting breeding this horror-meister way back in 2005 when they invited Nicholas McCarthy to feature his short film Cry for Help. They invited him back in 2011 and 2012 for both the short and feature film version of The Pact. McCarthy hasn’t wasted much time putting together his sophomore film, Home. Production finished way back in January of this year, allowing the helmer to fine-tune the finished project one full year later. Television’s Naya Rivera (Glee) and Ashley Rickards (American Horror Story: Asylum) are joined by Catalina Sandino Moreno.
Gist: This follows a young woman investigating a house that appears to be haunted by the previous tenant who unwittingly welcomed the devil into her life.
Prediction: Another Park City at Midnight showing would be logical.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
- Eric Lavallee
Xyz Films is getting behind some bold and exciting films. This year, at the American Film Market, they're touting a number of interesting projects like Nicholas McCarthy's Home. He's the cat who directed last year's film, The Pact.
After the jump, check out the first images to come from these titles, all currently in post-production. We accompany each pic with a synopsis, so head inside!
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IFC Midnight have acquired the Us theatrical rights to Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath's horror sequel 'The Pact II'. Californication' and 'True Blood' hottie Camilla Luddington (below) takes the lead in the follow-up to Nicholas McCarthy's 2012 mystery thriller which will hit theatres at some point in 2014. Content have picked up the rights to international sales in a whole host of various territories including Germany, Mexico, Japan and a large portion of South America. 'The Pact II' also stars Scott Michael Foster ('Zero Hour'), Patrick Fischler ('Lost'), Haley Hudson ('Freaky Friday'), Mark Steger ('I Am Legend') and Caity Lotz ('The Pact'). Check out the synopsis below. »
We have the first image and new plot details on The Pact 2, which was recently acquired by IFC Midnight for Us distribution. Content also announced that distribution in a number of other countries has been secured:
“Content announced that IFC Midnight has picked up the Us theatrical rights to The Pact 2, the sequel to the box office hit The Pact, written and directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath. The film stars Camilla Luddington (True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, Californication), Patrick Fischler (2 Guns, Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster (Californication, Greek), Haley Hudson (The Pact, Freaky Friday), Mark Steger (The Pact, Mr. Jones, I Am Legend) and Caity Lotz (The Pact, The Machine). The Pact 2 is produced by Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein and executive produced by Content’s Jamie Carmichael and Nicholas McCarthy. Content’s Carmichael and Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina jointly sold North America and Content »
- Jonathan James
I initially brushed off Nicholas McCarthy’s supernatural thriller The Pact as another tiresome rerun of Paranormal Activity, so decided to miss it off my cinematic list. It wasn’t until I reviewed it for our fine website that I realised it deserved better to be tarnished with such a shitty brush. Thanks in part to a superb final twist. McCarthy’s film is great addition to the genre and the surprising sleeper hit was soon given a green light for a sequel.
IFC Midnight has picked up the Us theatrical rights to the upcoming The Pact 2, just as they did with the original, which has this time been written and directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath. The plot takes place only weeks after the first film and also features a number of the returning cast. We’ve added the first still from the sequel starring Camilla Luddington, Patrick Fischler, »
- Craig Hunter
Lots of us here at Dread Central were big fans of The Pact, and we've been eagerly anticipating its sequel, entitled, cleverly enough, The Pact 2. If you're in the same boat, you'll be delighted to hear that the new flick has been picked up for distro!
From the Press Release
Content announced that IFC Midnight has picked up the Us theatrical rights to The Pact 2, the sequel to the box office hit The Pact, written and directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath. The film stars Camilla Luddington (True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, Californication), Patrick Fischler (2 Guns, Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster (Californication, Greek), Haley Hudson (The Pact, Freaky Friday), Mark Steger (The Pact, Mr. Jones, I Am Legend) and Caity Lotz (The Pact, The Machine). The Pact 2 is produced by Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein and executive produced by Content’s Jamie Carmichael and Nicholas McCarthy. Content »
- Uncle Creepy
Content announced Wednesday that IFC Midnight has picked up the U.S. theatrical rights to “The Pact 2,” written and directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath. Nicholas McCarthy wrote and directed the original movie, which IFC Midnight acquired after it debuted at Sundance in 2012. Also Read: CW’s ‘Arrow’ Casts ‘The Pact’s’ Caity Lotz as Black Canary (Exclusive) The sequel stars Camilla Luddington, Patrick Fischler, Scott Michael Foster, Haley Hudson, Mark Steger and Caity Lotz, who starred in the first film. Set weeks after Annie Barlow’s deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer, the sequel follows June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is. »
- Jeff Sneider
Content has announced that IFC Midnight has picked up Us theatrical rights to The Pact 2, a candidate for Park City At Midnight in Sundance 2014 given that the first film premiered there in 2012.
Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath wrote and directed the horror film starring Camilla Luddington, Patrick Fischler, Scott Michael Foster, Haley Hudson, Mark Steger and Caity Lotz, the star of the original as well as The Machine, which just won Best UK Feature at Raindance.
Rights have already gone to Ascot Elite for Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Alto Adige and German-speaking Luxembourg, Klockworx for Japan, HBO Ole Acquisitions for Latin America, Epulse (Corazon Films) for Mexico and Euro Films for Peru, Chile, Bolivia »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Jennifer Blanc-Biehn took some time off from the many projects she's producing, directing, and/or acting in to return to hosting duties for the horror-themed talk show “Scared Stiff,” and her latest guest was Tara Buck from HBO’s "True Blood." You can watch the episode right here.
“I had the opportunity to work with Tara on The Night Visitor, and I think she is a tremendously gifted actress,” says Blanc-Biehn. “Since we started the show, we’ve been extremely lucky to have had a series of talented guests come on ‘Scared Stiff’ and discuss their experiences – from spooky to silly – that shaped their journey.”
"Scared Stiff" delves into the things that scare – and inspire – the most creative minds in the horror community. More than just a talk show, each monthly episode »
- Debi Moore
Though the majority of filmmakers never get the chance to expand upon the short films they make, it’s not all that uncommon for a feature film to be spawned from the kernel of an idea presented in a short. There’s really no better way to generate interest for a movie idea than to bring that idea to life in a short film; it's a much more attention-grabbing way of presenting a concept than sending out a script and hoping someone reads it. There are a handful of horror films over the years that started small before they got to the chance to grow bigger, and today we take a look a ten of those movies. Where available (which is thankfully nine out of ten cases), the original shorts have been included so that you can witness the small beginnings of these well-known horror flicks! "Within the Woods" (The Evil Dead »
- John Squires
I hear a lot of casual horror fans talking about the lack of quality horror films in recent years... and to some extent they have a point. Studio-funded horror films seem to be less prevalent than they were three decades ago, and many mass-marketed horror films are lighter on gore, nudity, and the like than the features of yesteryear (with the obvious exception of the Evil Dead reboot). But there are still plenty of quality horror films being made – it’s just incumbent upon horror fans to look a little harder. There are a plethora of well-made horror pictures being released every year; they just aren’t all getting the mainstream attention that they deserve. In an attempt to remedy that, and shine the spotlight on some outstanding films that haven’t received a great deal of publicity, we are showcasing five titles from the past five years that may have passed you by, »
- Tyler Doupe
Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath ('Entrance') are set to begin shooting on their follow-up to Nicholas McCarthy's 'The Pact'. The sequel simply titled 'The Pact II' (shocking!) has snagged the British born and down right hot 'Californication' and 'True Blood' star Camilla Luddington (below) for the lead role. Luddington, who currently appears as Jo Wilson is ABC's hit medical drama 'Grey's Anatomy', also voices Lara Croft in the newest 'Tomb Raider' video game. The actress is set to play the role of June Abbott in 'The Pact II', an L.A. woman tormented by a string of violent dreams in which people are slaughtered by a killer named Judas. Things only get worse when she starts to see the murders from the killer's P.O.V. Check out the full plot breakdown below. »
The Pact II will begin filming next month and many of the main roles have been cast. Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy, True Blood, Californication) will be taking on the lead role of June Abbot in the movie. According to a new report, her character “ is plagued by nightmares of serial killer Judas, who she discovers she has a far closer relationship with than previously imagined.”
Patrick Fischler has been cast as FBI profiler Greg Ballard and Scott Michael Foster will be playing a cop who is also June Abbot’s boyfriend. Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath (Entrance) are taking over for director Nicholas McCarthy for the sequel, with production expected to begin next month. Here are previously released plot details:
“Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning »
- Jonathan James
Some quick casting news is coming in for the sequel to terror tale The Pact, entitled The Pact II, as Camilla Luddington ("Grey's Anatomy") has signed up for active spookery. But wait... there's more!
In the film Luddington will take on the lead role of June Abbott. The character is plagued by nightmares of serial killer Judas, with whom she discovers she has a far closer relationship than previously imagined.
Patrick Fischler and Scott Michael Foster have also been cast in the sequel to the Nicholas McCarthy written and directed 2012 movie as FBI profiler Greg Ballard and June’s cop boyfriend Daniel Meyer.
Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is »
- Uncle Creepy
Exclusive: Grey’s Anatomy is wrapping up its ninth season tonight but Camilla Luddington has a scary summer ahead of her. The actress, who plays Dr. Jo Wilson on the ABC medical drama this year, is set to star in indie horror movie The Pact II. Luddington will take on the lead role of June Abbott in the film. The character is plagued by nightmares of serial killer Judas, who she discovers she has a far closer relationship with than previously imagined. Patrick Fischler and Scott Michael Foster have also been cast in the sequel to the Nicholas McCarthy written and directed 2012 movie as FBI profiler Greg Ballard and June’s cop boyfriend Daniel Meyer. Directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath, The Pact II is set to start filming in mid June. Ross Dinerstein is producing with Juliana Cardarelli co-producing. A regular on Californication this past season, Fischler is »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Remember 'The Pact', last years horror offering from writer/director Nicholas McCarthy? Caity Lotz and Agnes Bruckner played sisters whom return to their childhood home when their mother passes away and come across mysterious goings-on in the homestead and a secret room full of horrific mysteries. Anyway a sequel is in pre-production with Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath ('Entrance') at the helm and now the official synopsis for the follow-up has been revealed. Head below and read on for the fully extended plot details. »
Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath (Entrance) are taking over for director Nicholas McCarthy in The Pact 2. The movie is only in pre-production at this point, but the official plot synopsis was revealed at the European Film Market.
via Styd: “Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.
When Special Agent Kevin Dickey, the FBI agent assigned to wrap up the case of the newly deceased Judas Killer shows up at June’s door, he brings with him some terrifying news – there is a Judas copycat killer on the loose in her neighborhood! In the course of his investigation, Dickey shows June a picture of the copycat killer’s victim, and she is stunned to see that »
- Jonathan James
Yeah, a sequel to Nicholas McCarthy‘s The Pact is definitely coming! This time, directors Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath will stand behind the whole thing, and as you’re about to see in the rest of this report – The Pact 2 story sounds great! Check it out & let us know what you think… So, at this moment we know that a sequel to McCarthy’s 2012 film will be directed by Hallam and Horvath, the duo who stands behind another indie thriller Entrance. Unfortunately, still nothing about the sequel-cast, but at least we have an official synopsis to share with you today: Only a few...
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- Jeanne Standal
During the European Film Market, it was revealed Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath would be directing The Pact 2, a sequel to Nicholas McCarthy's 2012 film. The duo directed the critically divisive indie thriller Entrance (also released last year).
The sequel is currently in pre-production and we've received the official plot synopsis which you can read below! Stay tuned for casting news as it comes in...
Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.
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