3 items from 2015
Book author El James has tightened her iron grip over the creative direction of Fifty Shades Darker, the green-lit follow-up to this year’s hit erotic romance, now that her husband Niall Leonard has closed a deal to pen the script for the sequel.
Rumor had it that James herself wanted to scribe the adaptation of her bestselling book, after being dissatisfied with the experience of working with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel on Fifty Shades of Grey. Leonard, though obviously still close enough to his wife that she’ll be able to have the final say over every aspect of the sequel, may be better-qualified. He’s a novelist with titles like Crusher, Incinerator and Shredder, but he’s also written scripts in the past, for shows like Ballykissangel, Holby City, Monarch in the Glen and Wild at Heart. He landed the job after writing an outline for the sequel, »
- Isaac Feldberg
You’ve probably read our exclusive Unhallowed Ground review by now, but if you haven’t here’s the skinny: Unhallowed Ground is a brand new British horror film written by Paul Rachid, who also appears in the film, directed by Russell England (Holby City, Paranormal Witness) and starring Morgane Polanski, Poppy Drayton, Rachel Petladwala, Thomas Law, Marcus Griffiths, Will Thorp and Ameet Chana.
Six late teen/early twenties from North London single-sex private schools spend a night patrolling the eerie grounds of the historic Dhoultham School as part of an initiative with the British Army to provide rich kids with basic military training. As each hour passes and the teenagers complete their mundane tasks, they witness a series of increasingly disturbing occurrences: slamming doors, self-governing lights and ghostly apparitions.
As they spend more and more time together, personal conflicts are magnified and the School’s history erupts onto the surface of proceedings. »
- Phil Wheat
They purchased the haunted mirror on eBay and hung it on a wall in their flat with hopes of winning the $1 million Paranormal Prize offered by the James Randi Foundation. But as they film their application for the fortune of a lifetime, three young friends learn that being truly haunted comes with potentially fatal consequences. Written and directed by Edward Boase, The Mirror is now available on iTunes and we have an exclusive clip in which the flatmates break out the Ouija board.
Synopsis: “Three flatmates buy a haunted mirror on eBay to claim the One Million Dollar Paranormal Prize offered by the James Randi Foundation. Their desire to win blinds them to the evil forces they have brought into their world, which exact a terrible revenge. Based on a true story.”
- Derek Anderson
3 items from 2015
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