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The Atticus Institute is the directorial debut of Chris Sparling, who burst onto the scene as the writer of the amazing Buried and the super fun Atm. For this film, he's teamed up with producer Peter Safran who brought us James Wan's The Conjuring to bring us another period set possession shocker that takes place in the 1970s.
Quiet Earth have scored the first exclusive images from the film and we must say the film ranks highly on our list of anticipated films in 2015.
In the fall of 1976, a small psychology lab in Pennsylvania became the unwitting home to the only government-confirmed case of possession. The U.S. military assumed control of the lab under orders of national security and, soon after, implemented measures aimed at weaponizing [Continued ...] »
With a slew of major commercial (and often critical) hits like "The Conjuring," "Insidious: Chapter 2," "World War Z," "Warm Bodies" and the terrific "Evil Dead" remake, 2013 was a great year for horror. 2014? Eeh...let's just say the business of fright was a little weak. And it wasn't just the numbers, which were bad enough - only 4 horror films broke $50 million domestic this year as compared with last year's 9 - but the quality of the films themselves that disappointed. If we're being honest, the number of truly worthwhile mainstream horror films this year can probably be counted on one hand. So what did we learn from horror's (mostly) horrible 2014? Below are 8 lessons we'll be taking away. Lesson #1: Even in a down year, horror remains the most consistently profitable genre Judging strictly by budget-to-worldwide gross ratio, the only true flop this year was the bloated Aaron Eckhart reboot "I, Frankenstein, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Leigh Whannell has been making movies for a while now, sometimes with his longtime friend James Wan and sometimes without. Recently he spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his horror flicks and what’s next for him. The way things sound,… Continue Reading →
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- Steve Barton
Leigh Whannell is half of one of the most successful partnerships in horror history. With writer-director James Wan, Whannell, who is predominantly a writer and actor, is behind two ongoing franchises based on original ideas. Their breakthrough, Saw, expanded with six sequels that have drawn nearly $900 million at the worldwide box office, and Insidious, which has its own box-office hit of a sequel, will return to theaters next year with a third installment that will be Whannell’s directing debut. But Whannell isn't planning on restricting himself to horror in his upcoming projects "not because I would become
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
The best story ideas are often the simple and pure ones. It's little wonder, then, that so many filmmakers and storytellers start by making short films - after all, if you can tell a good story in just a few minutes, you might be talented enough to make a feature.
Cinema history is full of stories about young filmmakers getting their start by making low-budget shorts. James Cameron famously made Xenogenesis, a sci-fi short which contained lots of things that would appear in his later feature films: a giant robot with big tank tracks, a cyborg, and a heroine at the helm of a hard-hitting mecha.
The short films below vary wildly, from two-minute chillers to 30-minute post-apocalyptic science fiction, but each of them are watchable for their own reasons, »
It's been 10 years since Leigh Whannell wrote and costarred in Saw. Since then there have been six sequels, and though the last movie in 2010 was titled Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, there's been plenty of talk about how soon it would be before Lionsgate resurrected the beloved (and incredibly profitable) franchise in some capacity. Some of it has been fueled by rumors, some of it by cheeky prodding by Whannell and James Wan themselves (they hid Billy the Puppet in their first Insidious installment). So when we spoke to Whannell last week about his terrific new movie The Mule, which he cowrote, executive produced and acts in, we wanted to ask about the likelihood that Saw is coming back and if he'd even want to be involved with a new version of...
- Peter Hall
The Saw franchise has just celebrated its ten-year anniversary. It’s hard to believe an entire decade has passed since the cinema-going public were first introduced to the merciless game-playing of Jigsaw. Since his gory debut back in 2004, Jigsaw and his minions went on to terrorize “bad people” in a further six sequels, to varying degrees of success. So, now that it’s been four years since the last entry, 2010’s Saw: The Final Chapter, are we likely to see another take?
Last month, original producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules answered that query with a resounding yes. According to the duo, they intend to re-enlist the franchise’s original creators, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, and make their first presentation at Comic-Con 2016. Now we’ve got word on the subject from Whannell himself, who in an interview with Movies.com gave his honest opinion of the likelihood of a »
- Gem Seddon
Since making one hell of a splash writing (and acting in) 2004’s epic franchise starter, Saw, Leigh Whannell hasn’t really stopped for a second. Being involved with the Saw series, along with collaborations with Saw director James Wan, Leigh wrote films like Death Sentence, Dead Silence, Insidious and Insidious: Chapter Two, as well as acting in a decent amount of films outside of that collaborative team. While just finishing up writing the upcoming horror/comedy Cooties, making his directorial debut helming the third film in the Insidious franchise and a million of other projects, Whannell co-wrote and co-stars in The Mule (hitting theaters/VOD/iTunes on November 21st via XLrator Media), a crime thriller revolving Insidious star Angus Sampson (read our recent interview with Sampson here) getting entangled in some nasty situations, when he decided to smuggle drugs.
We had a chat with Whannell recently about his role in The Mule, »
- Jerry Smith
Two of Hollywood's biggest, most important blockbuster franchises share something in common. Both The Hunger Games and the Fast & Furious series lost a prominent actor during the productions of their next entries. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1 lost Philip Seymour Hoffman to a drug overdose on February 2, 2014 and Fast & Furious 7 lost Paul Walker to a car crash on November 30, 2013. But while Fast & Furious decided to press on, using a complex combination of stand-ins and CG magic to finish off Walker's scenes in a reworked script, Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence says you'll see no such thing in his film.
"He had two scenes with dialogue that were left and we decided we didn't want to try any digital trickery with him, so we rewrote his scenes and gave the dialogue to other actors," he told the Huffington Post. "I just think to try to fake a Philip Seymour Hoffman »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
While saying they'll be mindful of audience fatigue, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley sees the Fast & Furious franchise lasting despite the recent passing of star Paul Walker. "We think there are at least three more," Langley said during the recent Hollywood Reporter executive roundtable. "Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story, but there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it's still a growing franchise. We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there's more to mine there." I imagine when she says "there are at least three more" she's including Furious 7, which hits theaters on April 3, 2015. Added to that film you'd have a nine films, enough for three trilogy packs. Then again, if »
- Brad Brevet
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for ZombieWorld, casting updates on The Private Eye and Desolation, DVD release details announced for Fantasm, a teaser poster from One Night of Fear, a Q&A with writer, Duncan Ralston, and much more:
ZombieWorld Trailer and DVD Release Details: “ZombieWorld is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood, guts and mayhem will be brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world that Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central will handpick from short film entries received between April 21, 2014 and May 30, 2014 on Dread Central.com. The work of each chosen director will be featured in the film and will bring »
- Tamika Jones
The Fast & Furious series will continue for "at least" another three films, a Universal Pictures executive has said.
Donna Langley claimed that the action series is "still a growing franchise".
The statement follows reports that director Justin Lin would be returning to film a double finale for the series back-to-back.
"We think there's at least three more," Langley told The Hollywood Reporter. "Paul [Walker] is, and always will be, an integral part of the story.
"But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it's still a growing franchise.
"We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there's more to mine there. But we're of course very mindful about fatigue."
Earlier in the week, it was reported that Universal Pictures wanted Fast & Furious director Justin Lin to return for a multi-part finale that would end the lucrative franchise. Most assumed this would be a two-part adventure, and that The Fast and the Furious would wrap up with 9 films. Now, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley is claiming that the franchise might come to an end with ten movies, as three more sequels are being planned. Though, it may not end there.
"We think there's at least three more...I think it's still a growing franchise. We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there's more to mine there. But we're »
In the late 1960’s, cult activity is on the rise in the Santa Monica area and unfortunately for the young Forms family, it makes its way into their home one life-scarring night. But the Forms move on from the incident, thinking the worst is behind them… not aware that evil lives on in their recently acquired doll. A spin-off prequel to 2013’s The Conjuring, Annabelle comes out on home media this winter.
From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Annabelle will be available beginning January 20th in a Blu-ray combo pack that includes a DVD and Digital HD copy, in addition to a sole DVD version.
Special Features (via Home Theater Forum):
““Annabelle” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
“Annabelle” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
The Curse of Annabelle »
- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros. has announced the full title and release date for James Wan’s The Conjuring 2. The movie will be called The Conjuring 2: The Endfield Poltergeist, and it’s set to be released in theaters on June 10th, 2016.
The sequel will continue to follow the supernatural adventures of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, and this sequel could be even more terrifying than the first one. The subtitle of the film offers us some insight into what the story of this film will be.
The Endfield Poltergeist is based on another real life investigation that the Warrens worked on. After a little digging around I found a detailed account of what this story entailed on a website called The Committee of Skeptical Inquiry.
"In August 1977, a series of disturbances that were soon characterized as a case of poltergeist phenomena or even demonic possession began in Enfield, »
- Joey Paur
The "Fast & Furious" franchise is a perpetual moneymaker for Universal, but could it be ready to hang up its racing tires? That's the new speculation from Deadline, which also writes that longtime "Fast" director Justin Lin is being courted to return to the series for its final outing.
According to the site, Lin -- who directed "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," "Fast & Furious," "Fast Five," and "Fast & Furious 6" -- is widely considered the favorite to direct "Fast & Furious 8," taking over from "Furious 7" helmer James Wan. Wan has already signed on to direct "The Conjuring 2," taking him out of consideration for the "FF8" job, and Lin is a logical replacement -- especially now that there's a gap in his schedule following news that his Aaron Cross movie with Jeremy Renner is being pushed to accommodate a new Jason Bourne film starring Matt Damon.
But could Universal really »
- Katie Roberts
With Fast & Furious 7 still a few months always from release, Universal is allegedly already planning Furious 8 and 9 back to back bringing the franchise to a close. Rumours are circulating that Universal are looking to bring back Justin Lin who directed Tokyo Drift through to Fast 6. Lin departed the franchise after Universal wanted to shoot the seventh instalment within stricter timescales; instead Conjuring director James Wan stepped in.
Following the release of Fast 6 in 2013, Vin Diesel talked about a new Fast & Furious trilogy, but Lin had already announced his departure from the franchise moving on to The Bourne Legacy 2 and directing a handful of episodes for True Detective season 2. However now Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass have announced their return to the Bourne franchise, Legacy 2 is now on hold freeing up Lin’s schedule.
The news comes from Deadline‘s Mike Fleming, who reports that Universal could soon begin talks »
- Gary Collinson
Justin Lin is reportedly being targeted to direct Fast & Furious 8 and Fast & Furious 9...
Well, by the looks of it, that Fast & Furious boxset is going to be nine movies long.
With Fast & Furious 7 heading into cinemas next April, Universal already has plans for Fast & Furious 8. But a new report suggests that the studio is looking to shoot both Fast & Furious 8 and Fast & Furious 9 back to back, which will bring the movie series to a close. Well, at least until the inevitable reboot.
Furthermore, the studio is reportedly looking to lure director Justin Lin back for the final two movies. Lin has helmed four movies in the series to date, from Tokyo Drift through to Fast & Furious 6. He ducked out of Fast & Furious 7 when Universal wanted a very quick turnaround on the film, the chair and megaphone instead going to The Conjuring's James Wan.
In the interim, »
When Justin Lin joined the Fast & Furious series with 2006's Tokyo Drift, the automotive action series appeared to be in decline. Over seven years and four movies, Lin presided over a critical and commercial ascension unparalleled in Hollywood blockbuster history. Each of the four Fasts directed by Lin earned more than the previous one; film critic Wesley Morris famously described 2011's Fast Five as "the most progressive force in American cinema." After Furious 6 came out last year, Vin Diesel began talking about a new Fast & Furious trilogy. But Lin had already announced his intention to depart the franchise, at »
- Darren Franich
IFC Midnight bought Us rights to The Babadook and has now added Wyrmwood to its release slate. Also Raven Banner Entertainment has collared Canadian rights to the zombies comedy/horror, the feature debut of brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner. On their blog the brothers modestly hailed the North American deals as "no small feat for a tiny, hard-core little indie horror flick. and they thanked their Us sales agent Xyz Film Sales.
"We're still finalizing things from our end but are looking at an early 2015 release presently, " says Tristan, who co-wrote and co-produced the film with his director brother. As If reported, Studiocanal acquired the Australian and UK rights and the brothers signed with one of the top five Hollywood talent agencies, Paradigm Agency, which reps James Wan.
- Don Groves
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