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What’s the best way to follow-up Bobcat Godlthwait’s bigfoot film, Willow Creek, a film that a lot of audiences felt was a tad bit too close to The Blair Witch Project? Well, enter The Blair Watch Project director, Eduardo Sanchez. The man somewhat responsible for creating the found footage craze figured it was time to throw his hat into the Sasquatch game, with his new film, Exists. The film has been getting quite the buzz surrounding it, and now thanks to the gang at Lionsgate, Exists is set to hit DVD/Digital on January 3rd.
“For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway — a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed — something not exactly human, »
- Jerry Smith
Voice actor Redd Pepper would ''love'' to feature in the 'Transfomers' movies. The 53-year-old star has voiced trailers for a huge number of popular films, including 'Amistad', 'The Blair Witch Project', 'Men in Black' and 'Boogie Nights', and has revealed that his ultimate ambition is to feature in one of the 'Transformers' sci-fi movies. Redd told Bang Showbiz: ''I'd love my voice to be in Transformers, with Optimus Prime - and the enemy. I'd love to be the enemy of Optimus Prime. ''I've got a great voice, I could do that. And every time I watch that movie, I'm thinking I really want to be, if I have a dream, that would be it. To be in the Transformers movie as the enemy of Optimus Prime.'' Redd also revealed he's a fan of ''nonsense'' and ''crazy'' films. He explained: ''I like the fantasy movies, the crazy stuff. »
Discovery Networks have generated controversy in recent years for airing faux documentaries with sketchy disclaimers, although the inflated ratings have usually compensated for any critical tongue-lashings. So “The Secret Santa,” a movie designed to resemble an investigative piece, provokes mixed feelings, serving up holiday schmaltz in a package that might actually trick someone who tunes in partway through into believing that they’re seeing some kind of expose proving the existence of Santa Claus. While the intentions might be nice, doing the equivalent of a found footage Hallmark Christmas movie still seems to warrant inclusion on the “naughty” list.
Following in the footsteps of sister networks Discovery and Animal Planet, TLC, which long ago dispensed with the “learning” part of its original name, has tapped the producers of earlier “Mermaids” specials, which employed similar techniques to beguile the gullible. In that case, the premise was that a fish-like strain of »
- Brian Lowry
The prospect of watching an 86-minute flick set almost entirely at sea might not suit every cinematic palette, especially those who were unable to sit through The Blair Witch Project without a brown paper bag handy. Luckily, the shaky camerawork and found footage amateurishness are absent here as Scott Cohen’s impressive directorial debut, Red Knot, prides itself on a flawless visual presentation.
Newlyweds Peter (Vincent Kartheiser) and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby) are at the centre of this isolated Antarctic expedition tale. Instead of a scantily-clad stint on a sun-kissed beach that most newlyweds choose for their honeymoon, this pair opts for the cold, icy pull of an Arctic journey. At the behest of Peter, Chloe agrees to join her husband on a research vessel out of Argentina, bound for the South Pole. His aspirations as a writer twinned with his love of famous travel writers seemingly take first place over a lusty getaway. »
- Gem Seddon
For a first time director to attract the attention of an icon of cinema is a heady experience. So imagine the feelings of Jennifer Kent, the Australian director of the new low budget, independent horror film The Babadook, when she saw this tweet from none other than William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist himself: I've never seen a more terrifying film than The Babadook. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me. — William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) December 1, 2014 Since that first tweet, Friedkin has made beating the drums for The Babadook something of a personal cause celebre, continuing to champion it online and introducing a midnight screening last weekend at La’s Vista Theater. We spoke with William Friedkin by phone to find out how this little film had captured his attention. Hitfix: How did you discover The Babadook? William Friedkin: Well (British film critic) Mark Kermode, »
- Richard Rushfield
The wise-cracking ass-kicking small town ninjas of Ninjas vs Vampires are back with the action-packed horror film Ninjas vs Monsters – to be released by Left Films on DVD and Bluray in the UK on 26th January 2015. This time the ninjas take on an army of traditional horror movie fiends in order to save mankind….
Dracula has called upon Frankenstein’s monster, The Mummy, Werewolf, and a coven of Witches to wipe out the Ninjas, but our pizza-loving heroes – tougher and wiser after their battles in the 2011 film Ninjas Vs Vampires – now have their own supernatural powers as well as awesome kung fu skills to counter the threat. What follows is non-stop combat with plenty of laughs and gore along the way in director Justin Timpane’s latest horror adventure, which is Executive Produced by Eduardo Sanchez (director of The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly and Exists).
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- Phil Wheat
Magnet Releasing/Magnolia Pictures
Let’s face it: found footage movies aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Why would they? They’re cheap to make, fast to film, easy to market, and practically guaranteed to turn a profit, regardless of their Tomatometer score. And just as quality has become less and less of a priority, so too has the genre’s adherence to authenticity, particularly when it comes to casting.
That Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams weren’t recognizable faces or household names was a huge part of the reason that The Blair Witch Project turned into such an insane success; by casting unknowns in the three lead roles, directors Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick enhanced what was already an uncomfortably palpable experience.
- Benjamin Brown
With their respective track records for torture-porn provocation and monosyllabic action-movie acting, writer-director Eli Roth and Keanu Reeves aren’t exactly synonymous with indie excellence. Yet, the two have teamed up to deliver Knock Knock, the home-invasion thriller that’s screening in the Sundance Film Festival’s 2015 Park City at Midnight section—a horror-heavy programming slate known for yielding such out-of-nowhere hits as Saw and The Blair Witch Project. The festival’s director of programming Trevor Groth seemed pleasantly surprised to be including Roth, the controversial goremeister whose Hostel films and 2002 breakthrough Cabin Fever display unvarnished glee for arterial splatter and abject suffering. »
- Chris Lee
“The terrifying urban legend comes to life when Exists arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD February 3rd from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand. From the director of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, Exists takes you back to the woods in this first-person account of a legend on a deadly attack. The Exists DVD includes an audio commentary with director Eduardo Sanchez, deleted scenes and two behind-the-scenes … Continue reading →
Brian sets up cameras around his friend’s cabin with hopes of recording Bigfoot in action, but he probably doesn’t expect those same lenses to capture his friends’ potential final moments. In Exists, Eduardo Sanchez, co-director of The Blair Witch Project, heads back into the woods in search of a beast that does not come in peace, and Lionsgate is bringing the film to DVD early next year with substantial bonus features:
Press Release – “The terrifying urban legend comes to life when Exists arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD February 3rd from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand. From the director of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, Exists takes you back to the woods in this first-person account of a legend on a deadly attack. The Exists DVD includes an audio commentary with director Eduardo Sanchez, deleted scenes and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. »
- Derek Anderson
There’s not a more overwrought and overused genre trope as the found footage format, at least in terms of direct to DVD movies, with many film makers using the format in place of having a decent story. Which means – at least for me – the sub-genre has become something of a nadir when it comes to horror.
However once in a while the format can be used to great effect, and this year there have been some stellar entries in the found-footage genre, be it in the cinema or on DVD: The Den, Willow Creek, Across the River, The Cellar and Black Water Vampire.
And now you can add Aussie horror There’s Something in the Pilliga to the list.
Australia has something of a tradition of producing some great exploitation movies, many of which »
- Phil Wheat
By Brandon Engel
George A. Romero didn’t invent the concept of zombies. They’ve had a spot in Haitian folklore for years (as explored in older films like White Zombie  and more contemporary films like Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow ). There was also the French World War I reactionary J’Accuse (1919) by Abel Gance, which featured actual footage from the battleground. Some horror enthusiasts might even argue that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H.P Lovecraft’s story Herbert West: Re-Animator were also significant early entries in the zombie canon.
What Romero can be credited with, however, as the recent documentary Birth of the Living Dead examines, is the mainstream popularity of zombies. It all began when he made the film Night of the Living Dead (1968). It features a group of wayward strangers who’ve found themselves stuck in an old farmhouse in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Technical difficulties tend to intertwine with my work every once and awhile. One of those times is when I had a phone interview with director Michael Bartlett. Bartlett is coming into St. Louis to promote his latest film, Treehouse. I didn’t realize until a few hours prior to the interview that Bartlett was the co-director of The Zombie Diaries and Zombie Diaries 2. Prior to calling Bartlett, I did some research – as I usually do – and got my questions ready. Typically, when I do interviews, I try to be more conversational than just ask questions. It seems to flow better for both myself and the subject of the interview. I’m also always interested in what got said subject into creating something in the genre as well as their background with the genre.
After I prepped “guideline” questions, I called Bartlett and proceeded to have about an hour long conversation with him. »
- Andy Triefenbach
Yesterday, we gave you a look at the cover art for the third issue of Deadly Magazine and we’re back with multiple preview pages, including a tease of our tribute to the work of Wes Craven. Issue #3 features an exclusive interview with Robert Englund and our spotlight on some of Craven’s more obscure titles, including Shocker and The People Under the Stairs.
Deadly Magazine #3 also puts a spotlight on the Batman TV series’ recent Blu-ray & DVD release, with comments from Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar. For those following the Batman comic book series, we catch up with Scott Snyder, who teases the return of The Joker.
Heather Wixson’s retrospective series continues with Demon Knight and we also have features for The Blair Witch Project, Marvel’s Phase 3 plans, and more. We encourage Daily Dead readers check out the Deadly Magazine site and support us by »
- Jonathan James
Elegant and elliptical, Josephine Decker's psychodrama is a blurring of the line between waking and dream states. In Butter on the Latch, the first of her two 70-minute films opening at Ifp Media Center, two women (Isolde Chae-Lawrence and Sarah Small, who improvised their dialogue) have their friendship tested during a Balkan festival/retreat near Mendocino, California. There's something in the woods, and it would appear to know more about them than they do about it: the past traumas that draw them together, the small conflicts that may drive them apart. The abrupt movement and shallow focus of Ashley Connor's arresting cinematography affords us only the most claustrophobic view of their affairs, like an avant-garde reimagining of The Blair Witch Project. »
Deadly Magazine issue #3 includes a look at the Batman TV series making its way to Blu-ray & DVD, with comments from Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar on the new release. For those following the Batman comic book series, we catch up with Scott Snyder, who teases the return of The Joker.
This issue is also dedicated to the work of Wes Craven, with an exclusive interview with Robert Englund and our spotlight on some of Craven’s more obscure titles, including Shocker and The People Under the Stairs. Heather Wixson’s retrospective series continues with Demon Knight and we also have features for The Blair Witch Project, Marvel’s Phase 3 plans, and more. Be on the »
- Jonathan James
The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.
With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.
In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »
- Gary Susman
Bates Motel's third season is luring in a new face: Joshua Leonard. He may be new to the hit A&E series, but he's no stranger to the genre. He landed on our map with The Blair Witch Project and, this year, we saw him co-starring in The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
Per TVLine, Leonard "will play the recurring role of James Finnigan, a community college psych professor whose pull towards Norma (Vera Farmiga) slowly chips away at his carefully constructed house of cards."
The post A ‘Blair Witch’ Vet Is Joining Bates Motel Season 3 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Described by the film’s writer/director Fabien Delage as “The Blair Witch Project meets The Descent,” Cold Ground is certainly being held to high standards. Take a look at some early footage from this upcoming French frightener. With Delage at the… Continue Reading →
The post Get a Sneak Peek at Nightmarish Creatures from French Film Cold Ground appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Scott Hallam
Over 15 years ago, they entered the woods with a camera and returned with footage that would leave an indelible mark on independent filmmaking. To commemorate the anniversary of Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s influential found footage horror movie, The Blair Witch Project, Lionsgate has provided us with two Digital HD copies of the film to give away to Daily Dead readers.
“Relive the horror classic! The Blair Witch Project follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods, but quickly becomes an excursion into heart-stopping terror.”
Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive (1) Digital HD copy of The Blair Witch Project.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “The Blair Witch Project Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on November 10th. This »
- Derek Anderson
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