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Earlier this month, we brought you word that Texas Chainsaw‘s next installment might not be a direct sequel to 2013′s Texas Chainsaw 3D. Instead, Millenium Films was said to be mulling over a prequel centering on a teenage Leatherface. At the time, a writer was said to be in talks to pen a script for the project. Now, for better or worse, it’s been confirmed that the prequel, simply titled Leatherface, is up next for the franchise and will feature a script from Seth M. Sherwood.
Little is known with regard to the specifics of the plot, though Leatherface is said to be a ’70s-set origin story which will take place before Tobe Hooper’s original film. As such, it’s unlikely that Texas Chainsaw 3D star Alexandra Daddario, originally expected to become the series’ new lead actress after that film, will be returning outside of a possible cameo appearance. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Last Month, it was rumored that this proposed prequel will focus on the iconic killer's teenage years. The Wrap is confirming that to be true, though no further details have been released as Millennium Films keeps the plot under wraps. It's believed that Leatherface will be an origin story, which shows how the chainsaw wielding mad man came of age in the 1970s.
Alexandra Daddario, who starred as Leatherface's long-lost cousin in Texas Chainsaw 3D, was originally set to return for a true sequel to that 2013 movie, which claimed to be the 'real' continuation of the very first The Texas Chainsaw Massacre released in 1974. Because of this new iteration's timeline, it is not known if she is still going to appear, though its unlikely that she »
With Beyond Fright, we like to focus on things somewhat on the fringe of horror. Whether it be great music or just films that might be on the tip of something based in genres that might not be considered “horror” by most standards, but still have that great genre vibe. While brainstorming ideas for articles, it occurred to me that I write with rituals in the back of my mind. Now before you jump to conclusions and picture me with a black and red robe on while sacrificing a virgin, let me clarify: I don’t mean rituals in that sense, but in the terms of specific things that i find myself doing before and during the actual writing of an article, review or various other forms of doing what I enjoy: creating. Music has always played a huge part in my life, and when sitting down to write something for Icons, »
- Jerry Smith
Cult movie classic ‘Pretty Poison’ filmmaker Noel Black dead at 77 (photo: Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins in ‘Pretty Poison’) Noel Black, best remembered for the 1968 cult movie classic Pretty Poison, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on July 5, 2014. Black (born on June 30, 1937, in Chicago) was 77. Prior to Pretty Poison, Noel Black earned praise for the 18-minute short film Skaterdater (1965), the tale of a boy skateboarder who falls for a girl bike rider. Shot on the beaches of Los Angeles County, the dialogue-less Skaterdater went on to win the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film and tied with Orson Welles’ Falstaff - Chimes at Midnight for the Technical Grand Prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. Besides, Skaterdater received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Short Subject, Live Action category. (The Oscar winner that year was Claude Berri’s Le Poulet.) ‘Pretty Poison’: Fun and games and »
- Andre Soares
What if you were guarding a prisoner on death row who was capable of performing miracles? This is the moral dilemma guard Paul Edgecomb faces in Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile, the 1999 film based on the Stephen King serial novel of the same name. At the brink of its 15th anniversary, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a new Diamond Luxe Anniversary Edition of the film on Blu-ray.
One of five films getting the anniversary treatment from Warner Bros. (the other four are Natural Born Killers, Forrest Gump, Gremlins and Ben-Hur), The Green Mile will be re-released on Blu-ray on September 30th. It’s unknown at this time whether the new release will include a fresh transfer, but it will come with new special features, including a longer version of the behind-the-scenes documentary. The 15th anniversary release of The Green Mile features new eye-grabbing packaging that prominently places the movie’s characters. »
- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Diamond Luxe Editions of its films starting Sept. 30 as a way to repackage library titles.
The discs will feature newly designed collector-style packaging.
The first films — “The Green Mile,” “Gremlins,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Forrest Gump” and “Ben-Hur” will be released as anniversary editions, with “Ben-Hur” also offered as a new two-disc Blu-ray package.
All Diamond Luxe discs will include new or additional bonus features and are priced at $24.98.
Warner Bros. said the new line is meant to encourage collectability. It’s also clearly a way for the studio to mint more coin out of its library at a time when more consumers are building digital libraries for their mobile devices.
- Marc Graser
We previously reported that Oliver Stone (JFK, Natural Born Killers) had gotten the ball rolling on an untitled adaptation of Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files, which tells the story of Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden as he’s hunted by the U.S. government after leaking information about the organization’s invasive spying techniques. Now that Stone, also directing, has sat down and began to write the screenplay, however, he’s turned to another popular book that will help him in plotting out the story: Anatoly Kucherena’s novel Time of the Octopus.
Though the book itself is fictional, the author’s close ties to Snowden – Kucherena was the whistleblower’s Russian lawyer - inspired him to write Time of the Octopus. He recently said as much in an official statement, explaining:
“The more I engaged in the Edward Snowden case, the more I was impressed by his story. To understand Edward and his actions, »
- Isaac Feldberg
So, I guess there's a bit of a problem with making these things harder, which is not many of you want to even try. At the same time, if I make it too easy, then you guess it right away. I'm not sure what the best option is with this because I really like this game, but it's no fun if someone gets them right away, nor is it fun if not many of you guess. Oh well, my problem I guess... That said, here are the answers to this latest graphic. If you want to browse the graphic before seeing the answers don't scroll below the image below or just click here or on the picture for a larger look in another window. Otherwise, I have posted the answers just below the picture. Thanks for participating! ... and here's the color version... Mr. & Mrs. Smith The Sword of Doom Tropic Thunder »
- Brad Brevet
Oliver adapts Guardian hack's book. Director Oliver Stone could be taking on his most controversial subject yet - a biopic of notorious American cyber-leaker Edward Snowden. Stone, who has previously tackled corporate greed (Wall Street), dodgy American politics (Salvador, JFK, Nixon) and mass murder (Natural Born Killers) is reported to be adapting Guardian journalist Luke Harding's book The Snowden Files. »
There is a lot of talk about horror movies in the non-horror-movie-watching community. Many of its films are simply kept at a respectful distance, non-horror fans politely avoiding them on the basis that they just do not see the attraction in voluntarily frightening the life out of oneself. But over the last ten years or so, certain types of film have gained a different sort of notoriety among non-horror audiences. These are, of course, those films whose content is noticeably extreme; films such as The Hills Have Eyes, Saw, Hostel and various remakes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre are among the most obvious titles. Aversion to the graphically bloody, the excessively violent and to the dependence on worryingly disturbing storylines has grown, with concerns that such movies are losing regard for the boundaries of decency echoing frequently through the film world. The advent of horribly descriptive terms such as »
- Rachel North
The phrase "serial killer" is most often attributed to the late FBI agent Robert Ressler, who coined the term along with fellow agent John Douglas as they began profiling and researching murder cases in the 1970s. His work led him to have direct contact with serial killers, with Ressler apparently receiving a painting from killer John Wayne Gacy with an inscription that apparently read: "Dear Bob Ressler, you cannot hope to enjoy the harvest without first laboring in the fields. Best wishes and good luck. Sincerely, John Wayne Gacy, June 1988."
The inscription sounds like it came out of a movie, which perhaps isn't so surprising since Hollywood has been making movies about serial killers since the silent era. Sometimes these movies are about real-life killers, other times they are based on real-life killers or events, or, and perhaps even more disturbing, they are based on nothing but imagination. Either way, »
- Ryan Gowland
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
According to the La Times, Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) has nabbed both Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis to star in his live action Jem And The Holograms movie. Those of a certain age will probably remember Ringwald from the likes of Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and the tv miniseries take on Stephen King's The Stand. While Lewis has appeared in Cape Fear, Kaliforna, Natural Born Killers among many others; and she also fronted the rock band "Juliette and the Licks" for years before moving on to pursue solo work. The site don't reveal who they'll play in the movie but since none of "The Misfits" (the bad guys) have been cast yet, we'll assume it'll be a couple of them. The movie will be produced by Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Scooter Braun. »
Briana Evigan, a genre fave, plays Lyla, "the sweet, nurturing girlfriend to Michael, who has schizophrenia (and is played by the wonderful Joseph Cross). She's the calm one of the gang who definitely has her head on and thinks logically... Not that the others don't," Evigan laughs.
"But it is a thriller full of young partying adults! Someone has to be serious! She's Michael's left hand when it comes to his sickness and is always understanding."
Evigan gets lots of offer to play in these kinds of seemingly cookie-cutter horror films, so we asked her what it was about this one in particular that attracted her. "What grabbed me most was Michael's illness and playing the woman who holds him up. »
- Staci Layne Wilson
Before he was Tam Honks, he was Fahrst… Fahrst Gump. The Greenbow-born-and-bred witness to history may not have been the sharpest tool in the shed, but he was all heart — and (once those braces fell away) legs. Based on Winston Groom’s fantastical novel, Robert Zemeckis’s decades-spanning movie touched on nearly ever major cultural milestone in the second half of the 20th century: Vietnam and the March on Washington, Watergate and “S— happens” shirts, Elvis and world-class ping pong, and on and on. Yet, it was solid as a rock while feeling light as a feather. It was also »
- Lanford Beard
Universal Pictures is looking to give Timecop a redo. The 1994 film, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and his mullet, was an undervalued sci-fi gem. To this day, it remains Van Damme’s highest-grossing movie, but middling reviews and a crowded year of notable films meant that it was soon forgotten. And when I say a “crowded year,” I mean it. 1994 gave us The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, True Lies, Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers, Stargate, Speed, The Crow, and many more. So Timecop disappeared, except in the hearts of fans that really dug the premise.
Based on a Dark Horse Comics story, Time Cop, which was featured in an anthology for the comic book shingle, the movie told the story of Max Walker- a cop who works for a special police force that has time traveling capabilities. Ron Silver played a corrupt politician that was hellbent »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
The Unknown Known: documentary interview with Bush-era insider Don Rumsfeld is like a horror movie with a calm sociopath at its center [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Great Expectations: a lively, vibrant retelling that feels very modern, with none of the stuffiness of a traditional costume drama [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Philomena: a cry-till-you-laugh-dramedy about seeking lost family and finding new purpose; Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are fantastic; seriously, though: bring Kleenex [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s in theaters
The Machine: the bleak chic of this Sf drama is intriguing, but the script that starts out smart and elegant soon slips into the shoddy and familiar [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to Prime
new to stream
Crouching Tiger, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
He boasts an astonishingly wide variety of film roles, spanning violent zombie killer Tallahassee in horror comedy Zombieland, self-assured bounty hunter Carson in No Country for Old Men, mass murderer Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers, blind telemarketer and pianist Ezra in Seven Pounds, and alcoholic anti-hero Haymitch Abernathy in the Hunger Games franchise.
If all this wasn't exhausting enough for one man, he's now dominating our small screens once again alongside Matthew McConaughey in acclaimed crime drama True Detective, and remains one of Hollywood's most interesting and colourful characters - the following ten fast facts stand as proof. »
Not only is Benjamin Ironside Koppin a video editor/camera operator here at Fearnet but he's also a filmmaker, with a handful of shorts under his belt. Today we're happy to report that Koppin has completed production on his first feature length horror flick, which he describes as the love child of John Carpenter's Halloween and Natural Born Killers, with a little Psycho thrown in the mix. Is your interest piqued? Because it should be!
In Made Me Do It, which also stars Fearnet's own Kyle "Splatty" Van Vonderen, college student Ali Hooper and her little brother are attacked by a masked maniac, and the key to them surviving the night lies in unlocking a secret from the killer's past. Filmed over the course of six days, partially with the hand-crank camera the late Tony Scott used in films like Man on Fire and Domino, Made Me Do It »
- John Squires
There are many ways a person can commit suicide, quick and easy or long and slow, but the end result is all the same. One way, for example, would be to deliberately do something to royally piss off the mafia. Yes, that would just about guarantee your own demise. With this in mind, let’s talk about a film, based on a true story…
By its title, Rob The Mob does sound like it should be a comedy about the mafia. In fact, it is actually a very funny film. I’d even say it holds its own against My Cousin Vinny (1992). As appealing as that is on the surface, it gets better. Not only is this a funny, entertaining movie, but it’s also based on a true story. The events in this film, or at least parts of it, actually happened… in real life!
So, why am I »
- Travis Keune
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