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With Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner (in conjunction with Good Universe) set to deliver a remake/re-launch of The Grudge property, we sat down exclusively with the film’s writer Jeff Buhler (above) to get the skinny. Read on!
Taking from both the Takashi Shimizu-directed films Ju-on: The Grudge (2002) and the 2004 Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring The Grudge, the new film will be produced by Raimi, along with Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise. Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane executive produce.
Said Buhler, who is known to genre audiences for scripting 2008’s Clive Barker-inspired Midnight Meat Train and writing and directing that year’s feature Insanitarium (and who is also penning the remake of the 1990 film Jacob’s Ladder), “I’ve actually been talking to Ghost House for a couple of years about it. This is something that’s been in the works »
- Sean Decker
In Oculus, a young woman believes that an antique mirror is haunted and responsible for all the bad things happening in her life (her parent were murdered and her younger brother was institutionalized). Seems like a fair assessment to me: mirrors can be disorienting, deceptive, and objects in them always appear closer than they are. So it makes sense that they can also be evil.
In honor of Oculus’ release in theaters April 11th, I have identified five other horror properties that feature evil mirrors. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I avoided anything too obvious (aka - anything with “Mirror” in the title).
Friday the 13th: The Series (1988)
This old TV show from the 1980s was about cousins who inherit the antique shop of an uncle they never met, only to discover the antiques all carry a deadly curse. One of the objects was a cursed compact. »
- Alyse Wax
Gearing up: it’s what the best action-movie heroes do when it’s time to kick ass and take names. Here’s a supercut that shows film’s finest suiting up for a showdown, just in time to pump us up for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A variety of genres are represented, including scenes from horror and sci-fi cinema, but these characters all have one thing in common: they’re ready for action. We get a peek at the impending Grand Guignol bloodfest in Army of Darkness, the scene where Silence of the Lambs’ Jame Gumb (Ted Levine) puts on his warpaint (Ok fine, makeup and lady-skin suit), Will Smith sliding on his sunglasses in Men in Black, and more. Play, watch and repeat on those days you need a little ass-kicking inspiration...
- Alison Nastasi
After appearing at horror conventions for decades, Wizard World announced that Bruce Campbell will be hosting his own 3-day horror event next year in Chicago:
“Rosemont, Ill., March 24, 2014 – It will be a Wizard World show like fans have never seen when the one and only Bruce Campbell emcees an entire weekend of horror at Wizard World Chicago Presents: Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest, March 6-8, 2015, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. The Army of Darkness and The Evil Dead star puts on what many fans agree is the best programming panel at most Wizard World shows; now fans can get even more of one of the best pure entertainers on the circuit, signing, posing for photos and moderating multiple panels all weekend long.
With the focus on horror, fans can expect to see some of their favorite genre stars, directors and writers from great television shows, »
- Jonathan James
Wizard World Chicago Presents: Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest March 6-8, 2015
‘The Evil Dead,’ ‘Army of Darkness’ Star To Emcee Full Three-Day Event Celebrating Everything Horror; Many Other Genre Stars, Directors, Writers To Attend; New Content To Be Available On Wizard World’s Cinedigm Channel
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- Mike Joy
"Psych's" penultimate episode, "A Nightmare on State Street," is in line with all of the USA comedy's best scary episodes, like "Mr. Yin Presents" and "Tuesday the 17th." In fact, it's full of more horror movie homages and references than one can count.
One of the biggest homages is the casting of horror movie legend Bruce Campbell ("Evil Dead," "Army of Darkness") as Dr. Ashford Simpson -- a "full-of-c*** dream therapist," Campbell tells Zap2it -- whom Campbell, as a "Burn Notice" alum, was excited to play for his fellow USA show.
"I was like, 'Where do I sign?'" says Campbell. "I ran into [stars Dulé Hill and James Roday] at all these events because I was on 'Burn Notice' and they were on 'Psych,' and actors always say, 'Let's work together,' but I actually watch their show, I love it. The tone is like nothing else. I love the humor »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on the Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival, House of Monsters concept art, a Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series casting update, multiple trailers, reviews, and much more:
Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Details: “You can’t keep a lethal lady down. Flicks for Fans and Arrow in the Head, the team behind last year’s Evil Dead Fest, are proud to present the resurrection of the all new Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at the famed art deco-themed 1940’s built Crest Theatre in Westwood, CA. This will be an amazing event for all film fans and those with an appreciation for strong roles by women in horror. As always Flicks for Fans will have much for fans who attend the fest including great concession specials, »
- Tamika Jones
Evil Dead 2 writer Scott Spiegel is hitting horror hard in 2014 with two films on their way: Zombie Wedding and Wrath. Speaking of the latter, we now have some casting news and even some early artwork.
From the Press Release
In September of 2013, it was announced that Scott Spiegel (Intruder, Evil Dead 2, Hostel III) would be returning to the director’s chair for the upcoming feature film Wrath. The Spiegel/Andrea A. Albin-owned Fatality Films has released the concept art for the film.
An horrific murder that took place over two hundred years ago gives birth to a vengeful creature, The Easter Witch, who returns to exact revenge on the unsuspecting locals of a California coastal town in the mid-1980s. »
- Uncle Creepy
I’ve heard it said that somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world. A world of darkness.
“Our cause is not for evil,” said Sullivan during an interview for Championship Wrestling from Florida in 1982. “Because all we’re looking for is refuge from this cold, cruel world.”
Ring a bell?
Sullivan’s dark mystique, his messianic charisma, his penchant for dark riddles — they all seem to have been resurrected in the form of Bray Wyatt.
Take, for instance, these words recently delivered by the leader of the Wyatt Family to nemesis John Cena:
“This is a terrible world,” Wyatt drawled. “A cold, cold dark and lonely place. You stand for these illusions. But »
- Marshall Ward
No less an authority than Stephen King calls Nick Cutter’s The Troop “old-school horror at its best.” The book, which goes on sale February 25, finds a young group of scouts on an isolated wilderness trip confronted by a strange man with a horrible, deadly infection. Early reviews are invoking everything from Lord of the Flies to Night of the Creeps, which is a good sign in my book. I’ll have my own review of the novel here at Fearnet next week, but for now we’ve got a few words with the author himself. Fearnet: You've cited Stephen King as a major influence on your work and this novel in particular. What elements of his work do you see in The Troop? Cutter: Well, I cribbed its structure from Carrie, which is a debt I make clear in the acknowledgements. “The Body” (made into the film Stand by Me) is another obvious touchstone. »
- Blu Gilliand
In this week's installment of The Vault, we have gathered director Jeremy Kasten (The Wizard of Gore, The Profane Exhibit) and actor/director Ted Raimi (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Morbid Minutes) to discuss Two Evil Eyes.
1990's Two Evil Eyes marks the first collaboration between George Romero and Dario Argento since 1978's Dawn of the Dead. Two Evil Eyes is actually an anthology movie that never quite came together, and instead features two hour-long films based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Romero wrote and directed "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," which stars Adrienne Barbeau, and Argento wrote and directed "The Black Cat" with Harvey Keitel.
Previous Vault commentaries:
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- Alyse Wax
Just when you think you've seen every single piece of promotional artwork from The Evil Dead series, something new rears its head like Cheryl trapped below the chained basement door.
The unique one-sheet you can find below was pulled from Sam Sarowitz's book Translating Hollywood. Obviously this Japanese version of the Army of Darkness movie poster took quite a few liberties with the original artwork, including adding Bruce Campbell soup cans (only available at S-Mart, I would assume). Nice touch.
And is that Bill Moseley I see as the Deadite Captain by Ash's knee amongst the other action shots from the film?
Thanks to our friends over at Posterwire.com for running such a cool image.
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- Scott Hallam
From his modest start in that ramshackle cabin in the woods what must seem like a lifetime ago, Sam Raimi has become one of the more versatile and beloved directors in Hollywood. With Scream Factory's Blu-ray release of Darkman today, we bring you our Top 9 Sam Raimi Films - Horror and Otherwise.
We're going to keep this list to films directed by Raimi. If we were to include the movies he's acted in, or god forbid produced, we'd be here all night. But a few of his production credits like 30 Days of Night, both of The Grudge films, Boogeyman, The Possession, Timecop and of course the Evil Dead remake are noteworthy.
Some honorable directorial mentions include his most recent, Oz the Great and Powerful. It might not have been the epic it was billed to be, but it looked fantastic; and when you manage to haul in half a billion »
- Scott Hallam
No matter what else he does, director Sam Raimi has two unassailable fan favorites under his belt: 1987's Evil Dead 2, and the 1992 trilogy-capper Army of Darkness. (His first film, 1981's The Evil Dead, is more "respected" than "loved" by the fans.) Released between those two films, Raimi's 1990 superhero movie, Darkman, was largely overlooked by his base because it wasn't another Dead movie -- it didn't even star Bruce Campbell! -- while Universal tried to market it as the Batman clone the studio desperately wanted it to be. Raimi, of course, went on to revitalize the superhero genre in the 2000s with the considerably blander Spider-Man films, setting the template until Christopher Nolan came along and gritted up the joint with »
Zombie movies feel like they may have been done to death over the last few years, so I am always delighted when I see a film with a relatively new idea that brings zombies back on screen. Full disclosure: I am ride or die for anything set in the Middle Ages. The idea of zombies existing during the Medieval era excites the Hell out of me (*cough* Army Of Darkness *cough*), so I was really looking forward to cracking into this gem. Knight Of The Dead is ambitious, unique, but the overall execution tremendously suffers. This film clearly went for style before substance, and it leaves a disappointing product in the wake of an excellent idea. Right off the bat, the overall look is unlike the typical zombie movie. Beautiful mountains predominately line the scenery, and the addition of gray skies littered with a great deal of snow keeps »
- BJ Colangelo
Since the early 1980s supernatural monster films have utilized more and more action elements to captivate an adrenaline-hungry audience who might not be so entertained by the boogie man jumping out off the screen. This then increased in the 1990s with the popularity and success of films such as Army Of Darkness and Blade. However, since the start of the 2000s there has been a huge surge in supernatural action films that have taken classic movie monsters and combined them with over-the-top, extremely stylized fight sequences usually consisting of leather-clad women. I should probably state now that by ‘supernatural’ I’m referring to any films involving vampires, zombies or werewolves, because no matter how much pseudo-scientific nonsense is thrown at us we all know that those classic monster-baddies will forever belong in the supernatural category. Like them or not, this new sub-genre of films – from Underworld to Resident Evil – is here to stay, »
- Ben Read
Knight of the Dead could have been an exhilarating throwback film that fused medieval themes and flesh hungry zombies to create a slice of originality. Instead what we get is a silly horrendously edited (I dont think theres a scene in the first act that lasts longer than 2.5 seconds) blend of Army of Darkness and Black Death that somehow feels nothing like an outrageous beast of a medieval zombie flick. »
To coincide with the release of Team Ninja’s upcoming Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Dark Horse has released the first issue of a companion comic via their digital store.
Written by Tim Seeley (Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash) and Josh Emmons (Ex Sanguine) and featuring art by Rafael Ortiz, the first issue details the life of the eponymous Yaiba before he became a zombie-slaying cyborg ninja and how his katana came to be known as “Heartless.” Maybe because it keeps on sinnin’ in the name of rock and roll?
You can get the first issue for free from Dark Horse via the aforementioned digital store, or through their iOS and Android apps. A physical version of the comic will be released alongside the game on March 18th which, sadly, is a 2 week delay from its original release date of March 4th.
- Carl Lyon
I hadn't even heard of this film to be released on January 21, 2014 until today. So, they don't have much for marketing, but that doesn't necessarily mean this independent film won't deliver on its effort to entertain a niche market of role-playing geeks and those that enjoy some good ol' fun... reminiscent of Army of Darkness and Shaun of the Dead horror style comedy. Yes, Summer Glau is doing her "thing" and for some, that is a good thing and for some that is a redundant thing. Depending on your taste, she isn't too hard on the eyes. Call it brilliant or so bad that it could be good, but what say thee? A watch or pass? From the Official Movie Site: _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Knights Of Badassdom follows three best friends (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact »
Jim Mickle returns to Sundance for the second year in a row following his 2013 critical smash We Are What We Are, which also played at Cannes Director's Fortnight prior to its theatrical release this year by eOne. This year he comes to Park City with the film adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's cult novel of the same name starring Michael C. Hall, and we snagged him for a minute to grill him with our brand new Sundance Speed Dating line of questioning.Twitch: At what age did you know you wanted to be a director?Jim Mickle: I was 13. I was home sick from school and I saw Army of Darkness and I'd always sort of been in to sloppy B movies. It blew me...
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