7 items from 2015
A new gallery of images has been revealed for the horror comedy Doomsdays. Also showcased in this round-up: Blu-ray release details for IFC Midnight's Backcountry and The Harvest, as well as a look at the Catalyst series pilot.
"A pre-apocalyptic comedy, Doomsdays follows the misadventures of Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick), a pair of free-wheeling squatters with a taste for unoccupied vacation homes in the Catskills. Their commitment to the lifestyle is challenged, however, when a runaway teen and an aimless young woman join their peculiar tribe."
Backcountry and The Harvest: From Scream Factory: "We are proud to announce that we have new IFC Midnight titles planned for release on Blu-ray & DVD this Fall!
Backcountry – Based on true events, this terrifying account of a couple stranded in »
- Tamika Jones
You’ve got to laugh sometimes at the way Hollywood works – despite last fall’s Ouija being absolutely, appallingly awful on nearly every count, the horror pic grossed a surprisingly strong $102.5 million against a chump-change $5 million budget. And so, Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, the scribes behind that faulty frightener (which rests at 7% on Rotten Tomatoes), aren’t just finding more work – they’re being brought in to improve already-written scripts.
Universal has tapped the screenwriters, who also wrote The Possession and Knowing (both bad), to rewrite its untitled Bermuda Triangle pic, which centers on the conspiracy-laden stretch of water between the Florida Straits, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, where multiple ships and planes have inexplicably disappeared over the years. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar brought the pitch for the pic to Universal back in March of 2012 – along with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark, they’ll be involved as producers.
- Isaac Feldberg
Ouija, the teen horror from first-time director Stiles White, may not have spoken to the critics much, but managed to manifest a healthy box-office haul. It beat John Wick to the top of the charts on its opening weekend last October, and currently boasts a worldwide haul just under $100m. You might think a sequel was inevitable. And you'd be right! Universal has broken out the board again.The first film starred Olivia Cooke, and White himself wrote the screenplay with his regular cohort Juliet Snowden (Boogeyman, Knowing, The Possession). In an intriguing change, however, the sequel will be working from a screenplay by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard, who were behind last year's excellent Oculus. Perhaps this will be one of those rare occasions when a follow-up drastically improves on its predecessor. It's unclear at this stage whether Flanagan is interested in directing Ouija 2.Elsewhere the roster is the same, »
Harvest Home: McNaughton’s Return Yields Blighted Crop
Fans of director John McNaughton, known for his gruesome cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), as well as that tawdry neo-noir Wild Things (1998), will be happy to realize he’s returned to filmmaking with The Harvest, his first feature film since 2001. An indie thriller written by first time screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti, it’s headlined by the likes of Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton. While there are several standout moments in the film, it’s constantly marred by an underwhelming screenplay that has a few too many inconsistencies to support the development of tension or believability. The insistent need for extravagant twists undermines the logic of the narrative, something unnecessary here considering the intensity of the performances.
Katherine (Morton) and Richard (Shannon) care for their son Andy (Charlie Tahan) in their isolated home in the countryside. Both working in the medical profession, »
- Nicholas Bell
The frightening secrets and legends of the infamous ‘Ouija’ board are finally being revealed. In celebration of the home release of the horror film, which was unveiled today on Blu-ray and DVD, Shockya is debuting a new exclusive clip from the game’s big-screen adaptation. The clip also honors the feature film directorial debut of Stiles White, who’s also co-scribed the script with his frequent writing partner, Juliet Snowden. The two previously scribed such horror feature films as ‘The Possession’ and ‘Boogeyman,’ as well as the horror short, ‘The Need,’ and the action mystery drama, ‘Knowing.’ The exclusive ‘Ouija’ clip follows a Ouija board that’s placed on a red carpet. As [ Read More ]
The post Uncover Ouija’s Secrets with Exclusive Clip For Film’s Home Release appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
Although it didn't fare well with the nation's critics, with just a 7% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, those who enjoyed last fall's Ouija will be getting a sequel, according to producer Bradley Fuller. While conducting an interview with Collider for Project Almanac, the producer confirmed that a Ouija sequel is in development, although he would not confirm any plot or casting details, only that, "Ouija 2 is coming." It isn't know if Bradley Fuller and his producing partner Andrew Form have hired a screenwriter to craft the story at this time.
While Ouija certainly wasn't a critical hit, the thriller did take in $90.6 million worldwide from just a $5 million production budget. Those numbers are similar to another Universal Pictures' low-budget hit, The Purge, which took in $89.3 million from a $3 million budget, and last year's follow-up The Purge: Anarchy, which bested its predecessor with $110 million worldwide from a $9 million budget. Both »
As Deliver Us From Evil lands on disc in the UK, we look back at key lessons the movies teach us about possession...
The idea of demonic possession goes back thousands of years, to before we had film. Most religions carry their own interpretation of what it means for a person to be 'possessed' by a demon or a spirit and it's a complicated, arcane subject shrouded in mystery and ritual.
The Sumerians, thousands of years before Christ, believed all diseases were caused by 'sickness demons' and had their sorcerers attempt early exorcisms as cures. The Quran talks extensively of Jinn (demons) that can drive people to insanity and may only be expelled via worship. In the Bible, Satan and his demons are very much at large using human beings as vessels for devilish deeds. Jesus casts a whole bunch of them out before he's accused of being demon-possessed himself »
7 items from 2015
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