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Fresh off its recent screening at Shockfest Film Festival in Hollywood, The Black Dahlia Haunting has released a new theatrical trailer and creepy promotional poster. Dig the artwork and get a look at the preview right here.
The film stars Pinn (Hold Your Breath, Nude Nuns With Big Guns), Britt Griffith (Syfy's "Ghost Hunters"), Noah Dahl (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Bad Teacher), Alexis Iacono (World of Warcraft: Cataclysm), Slagle (Argo, Patient Zero, also the film's director) , Jessica Cameron (TLC's "Bride of Beverly Hills," Silent Night), Sarah Nicklin (Nun of That, The Disco Exorcist) and Hall (Syfy's "Monster Man").
- Doctor Gash
By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
After another killer year of the Shockfest Film Festival, we have the official list of winners to share with you.
MoreHorror was a sponsor this year and I want to thank everyone that attended the event as our VIP Guests as well as all the hard working MoreHorror staff members and festival workers that put on another 'shocktacular' festival.
You can check out a couple candid cell phone shots below from our Hollywood correspondent M@tch.
We'll also be posting video interviews from the festival within the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!
So, without further ado, here are this years winners. Congrats to all!
In the film, a young woman joins a cult looking for answers to her sister's disappearance, only to find a dark secret within the cult and an even darker secret within herself.
Director Jourdan McClure said: "Children Of Sorrow is unlike anything I thought I would do. It's really my attempt at a P.O.V mocku-horror film with roots in the slice of life genre. The story is told through the lenses of diegetic devices.
"This is not found footage but this style utilises elements of the Ff aesthetic along with the documentary presentation to make something unnerving and interesting."
Paranormal psychological thriller »
- David Bentley
We’re happy to announce that Tamika Jones is expanding her role on Daily Dead and is taking over the Indie Spotlight. For today’s feature, she brings readers two short horror films to watch, along with the latest indie horror news sent our way:
6 Degrees of Hell Premiere: “Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies) will be in attendance for the Los Angeles premiere of 6 Degrees of Hell. Joined by writer and producer B.H. Smith, the screening will include a Q&A following the film and a horror trivia game, with such prizes as signed scripts, posters and movie packs.
In Northeast Pennsylvania, ”Uncle Jack’s Hotel of Horror” is besieged by a dark presence after two friends of “Uncle” Jack, Chris and Kellen, unwittingly release a deadly evil by transporting local psychic Mary Wilkins’ collection of haunted objects as props for the popular tourist attraction. At the same time, »
- Tamika Jones
Spoiler Alert If You Haven’T Watched The Most Recent Episode Of American Horror Story: Asylum
You think you’ve seen everything as a TV viewer…and then American Horror Story: Asylum comes long and has an episode with a woman (Copper’s Franka Potente) claiming to be Anne Frank. Yep, The Anne Frank. Well, let me tell you Ahs fans: Things only get wilder. In fact, next week’s twist-revealing masterpiece (Major secrets are revealed) represents probably the best hour the mini-series has ever done for pure terror and acting prowess. But there’s tons to discuss in this week’s installment, »
- Tim Stack
To say that Season 1 of American Horror Story was successful is almost an understatement. The series, created by Ryan Murphy and Ryan Murphy, was not only a ratings hit but was nominated for 17 Emmys, with Jessica Lange winning for her portrayal of Constance Langdon. To celebrate the recent Blu-ray and DVD release, Fox Home Entertainment held an event where fans were treated to a few unique perspectives on the series.
First up, we heard from paranormal expert Scott Michaels, who runs the Dearly Departed Tours in Los Angeles, a unique tour experience where fans can see where some of L.A.'s most gruesome murders took place, along with author Tom Ogden. Those who don't live in the City of Angels might not have known that American Horror Story Season 1 references several L.A. murders. Here's what Scott Michaels had to say about the show's connection to Los Angeles' murderous past. »
BBC America is airing The Secret of Crickley Hall on October 28th and beginning an encore run of "Hex" on October 6th following the Season 2 premiere of "Bedlam." Read on for more details on all three projects.
Three-hour event The Secret of Crickley Hall premieres Sunday, October 28, 8:00pm Et/Pt.
Based on the novel by best-selling British scribe James Herbert, the thriller begins a year after the disappearance of Cam, the son of Gabe Caliegh (Tom Ellis, "The Fades") and Eve Caleigh (Suranne Jones, "Doctor Who"). As the couple and their two daughters attempt to start anew, they head to Crickley Hall – a seemingly perfect countryside house. But when cellar doors start to open on their own, phantom children’s cries are heard through the night, and a frenzied cane-wielding specter rears its head – the Caleighs realize the house comes with a lot more than they bargained for. »
- The Woman In Black
by Vadim Rizov
Passion is the first "Brian De Palma film" in ten years. He's made movies since 2002's career summary Femme Fatale, but neither 2006's The Black Dahlia or 2007's Redacted foregrounded his trademarks: comically lurid sex scenes, smoothly menacing gliding camera movements that can turn three feet of empty hallway into the world's longest walk or effortlessly blast through quarter-miles, split-screen showboating. In Passion, De Palma parties like it's 1984 and he's making Body Double again: there's a seemingly familiar scene of villainess Christine (Rachel McAdams) lounging in her pad at night in a yellow nightgown and frilly lingerie, pouting while Pino Donaggio's shamelessly retro score pours on bongos and soft sax solos. It's a remake of the late Alain Corneau's last film, 2010's Love Crime, a studiously sexless drama which depicted its past-plausibility events with straight-faced chilliness. De Palma keeps many scenes, changes the shots and »
Every year, there are usually a number of horror films based on or inspired by some sort of true story. The upcoming Relativity Media thriller House at the End of the Street is not based on such a story, but, if you're familiar with any number of grisly crimes in Los Angeles, it very well could be. In honor of this terrifying tale, arriving in theaters September 21, I was invited to take part in a unique tour of infamous L.A. murder houses, all of which were in very different neighborhoods scattered throughout the City of Angels.
Our evening began, fittingly, at the Museum of Death on Hollywood Boulevard, where we were shown a number of bizarre "artifacts" from the Charlie Manson killings and the Heaven's Gate mass suicide. There were also some of the most sickening images I have ever seen, taken by an L.A. woman and her »
It's safe to say that "L.A. Confidential" wasn't greeted with especially high expectations in the run up to its release. James Ellroy's 1990 book, the third of his "L.A. Quartet" (preceded by "The Black Dahlia" and "The Big Nowhere," and completed by "White Jazz") was a favorite among crime fans, but hardly a best seller. Screenwriter Brian Helgeland was known only for "Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" and a rewrite of actioner "Assassins." Director Curtis Hanson was well-liked, but mostly known for mid-level programmers like "Bad Influence," "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and "The River Wild." And the cast was led by two virtual unknowns from the Southern Hemisphere, with the most recognizable names in the cast being Kim Basinger, whose career was a little on the outs, comedy actor Danny DeVito and recently Oscar-nominated character actor Kevin Spacey. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Last week we reported on Luca Guadagnino being set to direct an indirect prequel to La Confidential titled The Big Nowhere. Now we have word that Vincent Sieber has procured rights to another James Ellroy novel, Blood’S A Rover, via his production company Vs Entertainment. Whereas The Big Nowhere, is part of the La Quartet series of books, Blood’S A Rover is part of the Underworld USA Trilogy which takes place during the 1960s-1970s. Blood’S A Rover is a political thriller that follows the FBI in a time following the assassinations of Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy. James Ellroy had this to say about the recent acquisition:
My most recent novel is — not surprisingly — also my best. The story is no less than the psychic inventory of America from 1968 to 1972. I have no doubt that [producer] Clark Peterson and Vincent Sieber will fashion a splendid »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Set in the late 1960s and early ’70s, the story follows three men - J. Edgar Hoover’s strong-arm goon, an ex-cop and heroin runner in the Dominican Republic, and a private eye on the verge of uncovering a conspiracy - who are all in pursuit of a 'Red Goddess' by the name of Joan Rosen Klein.
The news follows last week's report that "I Am Love" helmer Luca Guadagnino is planning an adaptation of Ellroy's "The Big Nowhere", the second of his four "L.A. Quartet" novels. The first and third novels in that series - "The Black Dahlia" and "L.A. »
- Garth Franklin
According to Deadline, adaptations of James Ellroy's crime novels The Big Nowhere and Blood's a Rover are both in development. It's worth noting that both books are part of their own series, neither is the first book in that series. The Big Nowhere is the second part in "The L.A. Quartet", which spans from the mid-1940s to the late 1950s. Blood's a Rover is set in the 1960s-70s, and closes out the "Underworld USA Trilogy". Hit the jump for more. According to Deadline, director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) is in talks to adapt The Big Nowhere. The book is a murder mystery set in 1950, and follows three characters: ambitious young deputy Danny Upshaw, ambitious Lapd lieutenant Malcolm "Mal" Considine, and disgraced former cop-turned-bagman Turner "Buzz" Meeks. The L.A. Quartet shares characters and setting, and The Big Nowhere follows The Black Dahlia, and is followed by L. »
- Matt Goldberg
James Ellroy is no stranger to Hollywood, having had books like L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia and Brown.s Requiem previously receiving the adaptation treatment, but now it looks like another one of his novels is ready to make the jump from page to screen. Vs Entertainment, which is owned by Vincent Sieber, has negotiated for and acquired the rights to Blood.s A Rover, which is the most recent Ellroy story to hit the stands. First published in 2009, the period piece is set in the late 60s and follows the story of Joan Rosen Klein .who, against all odds, triumphs against her mobbed-up and politically connected foes to avenge her lost loved ones.. Her actions, however, result in changing the course of history for three men: Dwight Holly, who is best known as J. Edgar Hoover.s .strong arm goon;. a heroin runner building a gambling empire in »
De Palma, whose Scarface (1983) and Carrie (1976) have long been considered classics, has had some pot shots thrown his way over the years, and hasn’t put out a movie since 2007′s Redacted. A year before that, his neo-noir crime film The Black Dahlia was greeted with lukewarm reviews. His latest effort, Passion, is a hyper-stylized office thriller starring Rachel McAdams as red-lipped, brutal, blonde viper of an advertising boss Christine »
- Solvej Schou
Luca Guadagnino is said to be developing an adaptation of the James Ellroy novel The Big Nowhere. Luca Guadagnino may be known for shorts and documentaries, but that hasn’t stopped him from dabbling in feature films before. He was responsible for the lackluster Melissa P. (2005) but also the rather impressive I Am Love (2009).
The Big Nowhere is part of James Ellroy’s La Quartet. Those familiar with L.A. Confidential (1997), and let’s face it you really should be, will recognise recurring characters such as Buzz Meeks and Dudley Smith. The main character though is Danny Upshaw, a cop hunting a serial killer during a time of great paranoia and suspicion due to the Red Scare, which sees accusations of communism thrown around.
I feel as though this film could go either way. Despite the fantastic brilliant wonderfulness of L.A. Confidential, Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet was also »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, garnering heat after directing I Am Love starring Tilda Swinton, is looking for future projects and one of those may be an adaptation of crime fiction author James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere.
Publishers Weekly’s official book synopsis for The Big Nowhere:
“Returning to Los Angeles a few years after World War II (the setting of his last novel, The Black Dahlia ), Ellroy has come up with an ambitious, enthralling melodrama painted on a broad, dark canvas. The novel’s first half interweaves two stories of lonely, driven lawmen investigating the crimes of social outcasts.
In the county sheriff’s office, Deputy Danny Upshaw finds that his probe of a series »
- Matt Granados
Author James Ellroy's novel The Big Nowhere is set to be adapted for the big screen. The story is a prequel to L.A. Confidential which was adapted into a film back in 1997. I'm a big fan of Ellroy's work, he also wrote The Black Dahlia, which was adapted into a film back in 2006, and White Jazz, which director Joe Carnahan has been trying to get into production. Ellroy is obsessed with the history of Los Angeles crime and murder and this series of books makes up his "L.A. Quartet" series.
The Big Nowhere is set in Los Angeles in the 1950's and features connecting storylines of various different characters that we were introduced to in L.A. Confidential. The story follows a Sheriff's deputy named Danny Upshaw as he hunts down a serial sex killer. At the same time he's also being forced to expose Hollywood communists. »
- Joey Paur
Though he's stuck mostly to documentaries and short films throughout his career, Italian director Luca Guadagnino made a splash with the Tilda Swinton-starring I Am Love back in 2010, which even made Quentin Tarantino's personal list of favorite films of that year. Now he's attached to a project that will really turn some heads, as Deadline reports that he's developing an adaptation of James Ellroy's book The Big Nowhere, a prequel to L.A. Confidential, which was adapted for the screen in 1997. The Big Nowhere is set in 1950 L.A. and features intertwining storylines involving some characters we saw in L.A. Confidential. The Playlist has a good write-up of this story, reminding us that The Big Nowhere is one of the four books in Ellroy's "L.A. Quartet" series, following The Black Dahlia (which Brian De Palma adapted back in '06), and preceding both L.A. Confidential and the last entry, »
- Ben Pearson
James Ellroy adaptations, for the most part (of what’s not a large pool), don’t exactly “work.” The big, big exception to this rule is Curtis Hanson‘s L.A. Confidential, a remarkable film of great craft and even larger entertainment value that, in its own existence, possibly set unfair expectations for later works. And the only other notable spin is Brian De Palma‘s The Black Dahlia, a film I happen to be one of the six fans of — if only because it takes a complex crime novel and turns it into an intentionally opaque two-hour feature. Above all else, though, it shows that his books are both too long and too specific in their writing to truly function as movies. (There is a 1987 James Woods vehicle, Cop, which I doubt anyone reading this has even seen. Nobody seems to like it, anyhow.)
Buried in a Deadline story »
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