12 items from 2017
Trent Haaga has spent more than 15 years establishing himself in the realm of indie filmmaking. An esteemed graduate of Troma University, where he got his start as the writer on Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger 4, Haaga also penned Deadgirl and Cheap Thrills (and numerous other projects), and has made appearances in over 50 films to date. While Chop, a 2011 micro-budget horror comedy that has been grossly overlooked, may have been Haaga’s first-ever time in the director’s seat, it’s with his follow-up effort, 68 Kill, that he cements himself as a filmmaking force of nature who continues to build a strong foundation as a purveyor of cult cinema.
With a screenplay based on Bryan Smith’s book of the same name, 68 Kill introduces us to Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler), a trailer-dwelling nice guy who pumps sewage for a living and is completely infatuated with his out-of-control girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord »
- Heather Wixson
Jay Asher's heartbreaking novel Thirteen Reasons Why is being developed into a TV series for Netflix, retitled 13 Reasons Why. While details surrounding the project have been pretty scarce over the past year, producer Selena Gomez revealed the release date a few weeks ago, and now we have the official trailer. If you're excited about the adaptation or you're not familiar with the book, check out the crucial details below. What It's About Based on the bestselling book, the series follows a teenager named Clay Jensen who receives a series of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, a classmate who recently committed suicide. On the tapes, she explains to her peers how they each played a role in her death, detailing the 13 reasons she took her own life. Who's Starring? Dylan Minnette (Don't Breathe) and newcomer Katherine Langford will play Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker, respectively. The 13-episode series will also star Kate Walsh, »
- Kelsie Gibson
On the heels of their southern-fried crime caper’s premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, Daily Dead had the chance to sit down and chat with the lovable lunatics behind 68 Kill, including director Trent Haaga and the film’s stars Matthew Gray Gubler, AnnaLynne McCord, Alisha Boe, and Sheila Vand.
During our interview, they discussed their approach to the action-fueled thriller, what attracted them to the world of 68 Kill, playing against genre stereotypes, and more. Look for more on the latest from Haaga, and from the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, right here over the coming days.
Let's start with you, Trent. I know this is based on a book, so I'd love to hear about what you saw in the source material that you thought would translate really well visually, and what was your process in terms of taking this story and adapting it for the big screen?
Trent Haaga: Yeah, »
- Heather Wixson
Oh, 68 Kill features a psychotic AnnaLynne McCord seducing and shit-kicking her way through country-fried thrills? Why yes, this is exactly my kind of midnight carnage. Wait, it gets better? You bet! This dark comedy marks Trent Haaga’s directorial follow-up to Chop (also co-wrote Cheap Thrills/Deadgirl), and 68 Kill only furthers his catalog of gleeful nastiness. Femininity and masculinity clash in a bumbling Bonnie and Clyde reimagining, with a dash of Tarantino unpredictability. It’s a raucous closing-time nightcap that runs on perfume and blood-soaked booty shorts, because what man wouldn’t kill for Ms. McCord? Brilliant casting, Mr. Haaga. Novelist Bryan Smith should be proud of this adaptation.
Matthew Gray Gubler stars as Chip, the love-struck boyfriend of white-trash vixen Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). She’s the talk of the trailer park. Everyone wants her, but Chip is the lucky guy she goes home with – when not sexing landlords in lieu of late rent. »
- Matt Donato
SXSW Interview — ‘68 Kill’ Is Not Your Dad’s Trailer Trash Porn“All money’s got blood on it, one way or another.”Poster art by Evan Yarbrough“You shovel shit for a living. I suck dick. I’m tired of it. What do you want out of life?” — Liza in ‘68 Kill’
68 Kill is a straight whiskey flick with a whiskey chaser. Trent Haaga (writer, director) is not playing about when it comes to his characters. They’re wild, authentic, and painfully mean. For all intents, he’s made a female exploitation film but gender-swapped nearly all the characters. It’s a story about two victims of abuse trying to find their way in life. Well, trying to find their way to $68,000 and then, maybe, life. There’s a lot more than surface level violence for fun’s sake going on here. But, from the get-go, you need to understand that you’re in for some grindhouse nastiness »
- William Dass
"Sooner or later, the truth will come out." Netflix has released the official trailer for the upcoming series 13 Reasons Why.Based on the book by Jay Asher, the young adult drama follows Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), who receives a mysterious box of tapes from his recently deceased classmate and former crush, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford). The cast also includes Kate Walsh, Brain D’Arcy James, Derek Luke, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Alisha Boe, Tommy Dorfman and Christian Navarro.Read More… »
Katherine Langford’s teenager sparks a murder mystery from beyond the grave in the gripping, ominous first teaser trailer for 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix original series due to premiere later this month.
Originally pitched as a full-blown feature film with Selena Gomez attached to star, 13 Reasons Why has been repackaged as a 13-part drama series. Gomez remains involved as an executive producer, and helped adapt Jay Asher’s novel series for the small screen with co-showrunner Brian Yorkey. As if that wasn’t enough to pique our curiosity, Netflix has confirmed that Spotlight director Tom McCarthy helmed the opening two episodes of 13 Reasons Why, which has Dylan Minnette’s Clay investigating the suicide (?) of his former classmate and crush, Hannah Baker (Langford).
- Michael Briers
"I'm about to tell you the story of my life." Netflix has released a new trailer and photos from their upcoming TV series 13 Reasons Why.Based on the book by Jay Asher, the young adult drama follows Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), who receives a mysterious box of tapes from his recently deceased classmate and former crush, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford). The cast also includes Kate Walsh, Brain D'Arcy James, Derek Luke, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Alisha Boe, Tommy Dorfman and Christian Navarro.Read More… »
For years, horror author Bryan Smith has been writing some of the genre’s most consistently entertaining, wildly unpredictable, and thought-provoking (and blood-splattered) novels, one of which, 68 Kill, will raise hell on the big screen this March at the SXSW Film Festival in Trent Haaga’s anticipated adaptation. Ahead of its world premiere, new images from 68 Kill offer a look at the upcoming thriller.
EW revealed two new images for 68 Kill that you can view along with a previously unveiled still below.
Directed by Trent Haaga and based on the book of the same name by Bryan Smith, 68 Kill stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Annalynne McCord, Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand, Sam Eidson, Lucy Faust, Eric Podner, Peter James, Hallie Grace Bradley, and James Moses Black. The film will make its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this March. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details.
“Chip’s problem is »
- Derek Anderson
With little over a month to go until Austin plays host to SXSW 2017 for another year, organizers of the annual showcase have announced that James Franco’s drama The Disaster Artist has been added to the stacked lineup.
Based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s non-fiction book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, Franco’s passion project is set to recount the infamous story behind The Room, Tommy Wiseau’s widely-derided pic that has since gone on to become something of a cult classic. No release date has been set, but we know that the feature will be written and directed by Franco, who stars as the eccentric Wiseau, and features a cast comprised of Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Ari Graynor, Jacki Weaver, and former Community star Alison Brie. Bryan Cranston and Zach Braff are among those set to cameo.
In related news, the midnight »
- Michael Briers
"If you want to know the truth, just press play." Today, Netflix announced their new series 13 Reasons Why will debut in March.Based on the books by Jay Asher, the young adult drama follows Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), who receives a mysterious box of tapes from his recently deceased classmate and former crush, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford). The cast also includes Kate Walsh, Brain D'Arcy James, Derek Luke, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Alisha Boe, Tommy Dorfman and Christian Navarro.Read More… »
Selena Gomez is stepping behind the camera.
The singer-actress shared an eerie first look of her upcoming “passion project,” Netflix’s teen drama series, 13 Reasons Why, via her Instagram on Wednesday. The 13-episode series, which she executive produces (her first major producing credit), premieres Friday, March 31.
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Based on the best-selling 2007 Ya novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why follows Clay Jenson (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside, he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah references 13 people who may have contributed to her decision to end her life, and so the story begins.
12 items from 2017
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