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The beginning of May every year means one thing to me and thousands of other horror fanatics around the world. For the past ten years, it’s meant we’ve arrived at another annual Texas Frightmare Weekend. It’s the only event in the Lone Star State that brings together genre actors and artists that we not only grew up watching but are still enjoying on the silver screen and television. 2015’s convention lineup is no different as we welcome actors from Scream, The Craft, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, and Phantasm to name a few. The terrifying fun kicks off this coming Friday, May 1st at the Hyatt Regency located on the grounds of the Dfw Airport.
I’ve attended Texas Frightmare Weekend for the past few years and only regrettably missed it once. It’s one of the best conventions in the South. All the celebrity guests are »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Not content with bringing Scream to the small screen, it is now being reported that Wes Craven is teaming with Universal Cable Productions and Syfy to adapt his 1991 horror classic The People Under the Stairs, in what is being described as “a contemporary Downton Abbey meets Amityville Horror“.
The logline for the series reads: “When a young woman goes missing at the grand Robeson Family Manor, the search for her unveils the centuries-old horrors that lie deep within the estate.”
Furthermore, as part of his deal, Craven is also developing an adaptation of Daryl Gregory’s We Are All Completely Fine, which “tells the story of an enigmatic psychologist, Dr. Jan Sayer, who gathers survivors of five horror movie scenarios in a support group — and unwittingly unlocks the evils of her patients’ pasts. As their traumas are brought back to the surface, they uncover which monsters they face are within »
- Gary Collinson
Relativity, the maker of films such as “Don Jon,” “Oculus” and the upcoming “Masterminds” is expected to name a replacement soon, while Potter continues to consult with the company, which is headed by its founder, Ryan Kavanaugh.
Potter reported to president of production Robbie Brenner.
Before joining relativity two years ago, Potter was a screenwriter on a number of films, including “Diary of a Car Salesman,” “The Most Haunted House in England” and a remake of “The Boys from Brazil.” He had previously served as a sr. VP at Miramax as head of the story department of Dimension Films, where he oversaw “Scream,” “Scream 2,” “The Faculty” and “Nightwatch.”
Relativity reportedly raised a $250 million round of financing, announced in January, from VII Peaks Capital of San Francisco. VII Peaks managing »
- James Rainey
Evan Peters is taking a room in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Hotel. Also included in our latest round-up are details on The Girl in the Photographs, starring Kal Penn and executive produced by Wes Craven, as well as recently revealed photos from Fox's Scream Queens.
American Horror Story: Hotel: Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter today that Evan Peters has officially joined the cast of FX's American Horror Story: Hotel. Peters, a frequent American Horror Story actor, joins a cast that includes Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, and Chloë Sevigny.
This season, Evan Peters will be waiting for you in Room 64. #Ahshotel
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 24, 2015
The Girl in the Photographs: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2015) – Al-Ghanim Entertainment (Age), a specialty financing and production company founded by Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim, has announced today that Kal Penn »
- Derek Anderson
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Ryan Murphy’s upcoming anthology horror, Scream Queens, has operated thus far under the cover of darkness. It’s not hard to see why, either. Everything Murphy puts his hand to turns to gold and Fox wants to keep a lid on his next bout of genius. From Glee to American Horror Story his unique approach to television narratives is refreshingly lapped up by appreciative audiences and critics. And now, Murphy has opened up about some of the campus comedy’s inner workings, along with revealing the first official photos from the show.
Thus far, we’ve only been clued in to the vague outline of the series: a campus-set horror comedy about a series of killings. In a new interview, Murphy has gone one step further, describing it as a “real murder mystery whodunit” in the vein of “Heathers meets Friday the 13th.” He goes »
- Gem Seddon
AMC’s next comic book adaptation is quickly assembling a solid cast. News of the latest addition to Preacher hails from Deadline, who report that W. Earl Brown (Deadwood, Scream) has signed on to appear as one of the titular chappie’s most reviled enemies.
Known in the comics as Jesse Custer’s biggest adversary, Sheriff Hugo Root comes to fisticuffs with the preacher on more than one occasion, even roping in his son Eugene Root (aka Arseface) into his agenda of hate. While it’s his grisly fate that spurs his bumbling son into action, his earlier run-ins with Custer ought to be granted a substantial chunk of screentime.
In the initial rundown from Deadline, his character description suggests he may undergo somewhat of a transformation from page to screen. He’s dubbed “a flinty-eyed, conspiracy-credulous redneck who is not a fool,” which sounds about right, but he also “has a vulnerability to him. »
- Gem Seddon
MTV is getting ready to take some of the biggest programming swings in its more than three decades on the air.
The Viacom-owned network will launch a reimagining of the popular horror-movie franchise “Scream” and is preparing a limited series based on the epic fantasy series of “Shannara” novels by author Terry Brooks. What’s more, the network will also debut two new takes on the talk-show format, a documentary series featuring a YouTube celebrity; and a reality series built around rapper Ja Rule. In all, the network will launch eight new series in all and said it had another 85 in development.
The idea behind the slate is to woo communities of passionate viewers with the cinematic “Scream” and “Shannara,” while devising other series that can be diced up and played and posted on social networks and digital sites to augment traditional TV-viewing activity. One new show, :”Greatest Party Story Ever, »
- Brian Steinberg
We've already had remakes of A NIghtmare On Elm Street, Last House On The Left and The Hills Have Eyes. Now with Scream heading to MTV, Wes Craven is digging yet again in his back catalogue for another project to dust off himself. The one he's come up with is The People Under The Stairs, which he's developing as a series for Universal Cable Productions and SyFy.The original People is a 1991 horror about an La ghetto kid who stumbles into the house of Mommy and Daddy Robeson and finds a community of cannibal children hiding in the cracks. Many have noted the resemblance of the Robesons (Everett McGill and Wendy Robie) to Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and therefore interpreted the film as a bitter satire on American society.But Craven has always denied that political reading, and the pitch for the series seems very different anyway. We're told it's »
Beloved horror filmmaker Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes II, Scream) is working with Universal Cable Productions to produce content for NBCUniversal and affiliated networks, Deadline reports. At Syfy, Craven is set to write and direct author Daryl Gregory’s dark fiction We Are All Completely Fine. Gregory’s story is about an experimental psychologist with a support group for survivors of “horror-movie” scenarios. As one might expect, the group therapy sessions stir up old demons and traumas. This story is an exploration of harm, damage, and survival, and it crosses fantasy, horror, and mystery genres. All of this make it ideal for Craven’s innovative and imaginative horror style.
Also at Syfy, Craven will executive produce a series adaption of his 1991 movie The People Under The Stairs. In the 1991 film, a young unfortunate boy gets trapped inside the home of his family’s evil »
- Max Wood
Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) continues to fortify its genre slate signing a first-look deal with horror mastermind Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), which includes a TV adaptation of his 1991 thriller The People Under the Stairs. The deal, announced today by Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, will focus on creating unparalleled scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks. Here's what Dawn Olmstead had to say in a statement.
"Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We're thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television."
Wes Craven himself had this to say about his deal with Ucp in a statement.
"Ucp is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and I'm delighted to be working with them. Fasten your seatbelts."
Take a look at the »
Craven will executive produce a pilot based on an updated version The People Under the Stairs.
Two other projects are also in development from Craven and cable channel Syfy.
Also in development is a television version of Daryl Gregory's Nebula Award-winning book We Are All Completely Fine, about a psychiatrist extracting horrific secrets from her dangerous parents.
Craven is also currently producing MTV's television series Scream, »
Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) has signed a first-look deal with horror mastermind Wes Craven (“A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Scream”), Executive Vice President, Development Dawn Olmstead announced on Monday. The agreement will focus on creating scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks. “Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades,” said Olmstead. “We’re thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television.” “Universal Cable Productions is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and I’m delighted to be working with them, »
- Tony Maglio
Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies is one of the iconic horror movie villains of the 1980s, and while he was always recognizable, he went through a few aesthetic changes over time. There is, however, one that franchise mastermind Wes Craven wishes he hadn.t signed off on. Talking to the Hollywood Reporter about his involvement, or lack thereof, in MTV.s upcoming Scream revamp, and the network.s decision to change the Ghostface mask, much to the chagrin of fans, Craven compared it to the alterations made to Freddy.s charred look in 1994.s meta New Nightmare. While it.s a more streamlined look, possibly even more realistic, Craven wishes they had left it alone. He says: With Freddy [Krueger] and the New Nightmare, I felt that I probably should have stuck with the original face. [With Scream,] we just let Ghostface be Ghostface. It would »
MTV’s small-screen reboot of Scream unleashed the first pieces of its marketing campaign earlier this week. A handful of teaser trailers signalled that we’re no longer in the fresh terrain of Wes Craven’s 1996 original movie. No, now we’re in a world that’s all-too-familiar with the tropes of horror, to the point where it’s becoming a trope in itself. Self-self-reflexivity? I’m sure that’s not where Kevin Williamson imagined his script would lead some twenty years down the line. Nevertheless, Scream is heading back to us this summer, and along with that fresh youthful cast all waiting to get sliced and diced, there’s another few changes in store.
Namely, the striking look of the series’ killer, Ghostface. The iconic mask worn by every killer in all four movies has been cast aside by MTV in favor of what network VP Mina Lefevre has »
- Gem Seddon
Since it quietly opened on December 18, 1996, Wes Craven's groundbreaking slasher flick "Scream" has spawned a total of three sequels and now an MTV series that's slated to premiere in June. Does the original movie hold up? I'd say so. The meta-premise is inevitably dated at this point, and the plotting is a bit of a mess at times, but nearly 20 years later "Scream" remains a watchable diversion thanks to Craven's sure-handed direction and a cast of colorful characters populated by the likes of self-involved tabloid reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox); man-child deputy Dewey Riley (David Arquette); orange-loving bestie Tatum (Rose McGowan); and rule-spouting horror nerd Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy). After watching the first trailer for MTV's upcoming series (which boasts the conspicuous absence of both Craven and original writer Kevin Williamson) and taking in its rather CW-esque young cast, I got to thinking about the movies for the first time in years, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The choice to do away with the now iconic GhostFace mask for something fleshier has proved a controversial one for Scream The TV Series. Clearly tied to some story element, many simply already miss the white visage, while others are worried it’ll be a device to explain away the killer. Scream director Wes Craven has…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Face to Face: Gabriadze’s Topical Mutation of Technological Terror
How effectively chilling it is may be arguable. But there’s no denying that Levan Gabriadze’s English language debut Unfriended manages to be clever and somewhat topically meaningful in the age of cyberbullying on social media apps that have chained humans unwittingly to being constantly recorded, in some sense, at nearly every waking moment. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov, the film premiered as Cybernatural (too kitschy for the cool kids) at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival, its fascination with and deliberate technological framing manage to meld found-footage aesthetics with the attention span of the real-time generation. Screenwriter Nelson Greave’s plot feels kind of similar to Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s creepy 2001 internet ghost film Pulse (which got a Us redo in 2006), but manages to keep an adept, impressive focus on all the action taking place from the perspective of one character’s home screen. »
- Nicholas Bell
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.
Everyone knows A Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday The 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – including their respective remakes over the last few years. Less known to the general populace is Charles B. Pierce’s 1976 slasher The Town That Dreaded Sundown, in which a hooded killer terrorizes a small town in Arkansas following World War II. Perhaps that’s simply because it’s not as good as such aforementioned classics, but that’s still nothing to stop the perpetual influx of »
- Edward Gardiner
In the realm of post-"Scream" teen slasher flicks, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" isn't terrible. Which isn't the same as saying it's good! Because, objectively, "Ikwydls" is not a "good" movie. In fact, it's a pretty dumb one. But I'll be damned if I haven't watched it at least seven or eight times, and that's mostly thanks to Sarah Michelle Gellar's oddly compelling performance as Southport, North Carolina's doomed resident "Croaker Queen" Helen Shivers. Here's how old I am: I saw "Ikwydls" in theaters. The year was 1997, and I was...12? 14? Let's go with 14 (for now). We were in the midst of a horror "revolution," which is to say: one good movie came out ("Scream"), that movie became a giant sleeper hit, and Hollywood just kept making lesser versions of that movie over and over again until it stopped working for them. (I peg the end of »
- Chris Eggertsen
They do! David Arquette is off the market again, after tying the knot with girlfriend of four years Christina McLarty on Sunday in Los Angeles. The couple just released the first official photo from their special day, a black and white shot showing the two in a joyous moment following the ceremony. McLarty, 33, wore a stunning strapless embroidered gown, while Arquette, 43, looked dapper in a suit and bow tie. David's daughter with ex-wife Courteney Cox, Coco, attended the wedding ... as well as Arquette's year-old baby boy with Christy, Charlie. The couple's two basset hounds were also reportedly in attendance. This is the second wedding for both of them. McLarty was briefly married to Joe Francis, while Arquette and his "Scream" costar were hitched from 1999-2013 ... though they first separated in 2010. Congrats to the happy couple! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
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