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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new poster from Psychophonia, casting and production details from Tales of Halloween, a trailer for The Sugar Skull Girls, and more:
Psychophonia First Details and Poster: “Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions have announced the new thriller Psychophonia. With a story from Lony Ruhmann and screenplay by Nicholl Fellowship winner Barbara Stepansky, the new film will be helmed by Brianne Davis, who earlier this year directed The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story.
Psychophonia stars Vedette Lim (Chicago Fire, True Blood) in the lead role of Lilly Tarver. Rounding out the cast; Andrew W. Walker (The Torturer, 2 Bedroom One Bath), Kellee Stewart (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2, The Soul Man) Adam Rose (Up In The Air, The Bounty Hunter), Daniel Quinn (Fetish Factory, Wrong Cops »
- Tamika Jones
Lucky McKee, director of notorious horror films such as The Woman and All Cheerleaders Die, has joined the horror anthology Tales of Halloween. Production is already underway in Los Angeles. "I'm delighted to be included with so many filmmakers I respect and admire," said Mckee". "The anthology format shows how pliable the horror genre is. Each artist on this project is stretching the possibilities to their limits. For die-hard horror fans and general audiences, this is sure to be an evergreen title for many Halloweens to come."McKee joins a group of filmmakers who have dubbed themselves the October Society. The group includes Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm...
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The upcoming horror anthology Tales Of Halloween has picked up another director. As reported by Deadline, Lucky McKee, known for The Woods, The Woman and 2013’s All Cheerleaders Die, has officially come aboard.
McKee can be considered somewhat of an expert on horror at this point, with the bulk of his filmography falling within the genre. He joins a directorial team of horror aficionados including Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, IV), whose 2012 film The Devil’s Carnival should be seen by all fans of the genre. The remainder of the lineup includes Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp and Paul Solet.
Tales Of Halloween will consist of 10 stories woven together through a shared theme of the holiday. The stories will take place in an American suburb and promise all sorts of ghouls, aliens, imps and axe murderers, »
- William Fanelli
Anthology horror films are a tricky beast. The rule of thumb is, usually only half of the segments are generally satisfying while the remainder leave a lot to be desired (save for the few successes such as Asylum, Creepshow, and Trick ‘r Treat). Epic Pictures Group recently announced that they will help produce a new horror anthology set for release next year around Halloween. The new anthology, Tales of Halloween, is based on a concept created by Soulmate director Axelle Carolyn.
The ten stories will be woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents. Apart from Carolyn the list of directors, under the name The October Society, includes her husband Neil Marshall (The Descent), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Joe Begos (Almost Human), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, »
Good day, horror fans. Hopefully everyone had a safe and scary Halloween, and we.re not going to judge anybody for keeping the celebrations going throughout the weekend. There are a ton of horrors in theaters and on VOD now, including the Saw re-release, the surprisingly coherent ABCs of Death 2, Alexandre Aja.s demonic adaptation Horns, and the Nicole Kidman-starring thriller Before I Go to Sleep. If you can.t find anything to spend some time with in that list, you could always bob for apples in the toilet for a frighteningly fun time. In smaller news, Saw II director Darren Lynn Bousman is finally getting his long-gestating haunted house thriller Abbatoir made. Alexandre Aja.s The 9th Life of Louis Drax has added actors Oliver Platt and Barbara Hershey, among others, and has started up principal photography. Finally, Friday the 13th Part III fans will be jazzed that »
Every year, crackling bonfires, a steaming witch’s brew, and the crunch of dead leaves come together for a creepy Halloween night concoction that makes one feel like anything could happen. Michael Dougherty’s 2007 anthology film Trick ’r Treat certainly embraced the magic of this night and now a group of directors collectively called The October Society have begun development on Tales of Halloween.
A film featuring ten interconnected segments from 11 directors, Tales of Halloween begins shooting this November. Horror readers fond of the splatterpunk genre may be happy to hear that John Skipp, co-author of The Light at the End, the sought after Fright Night novelization, Animals, and many more novels will co-direct one of the segments with Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy). Neil Marshall (The Descent),Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV), and Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!) are among the other directors. »
- Derek Anderson
Epic Pictures Group announced they will bring a new Halloween themed horror anthology to fans by next year. Conceptualized by Soulmate director Axelle Carolyn, the anthology brings together eleven directors, working together as "The October Society," including her husband Neil Marshall, director of The Descent, Doomsday and pretty much everyone's favourite Game of Thrones episode "Blackwater".
In addition to Marshall and Carolyn, there’s Joe Begos (Almost Human), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy) and John [Continued ...] »
Horror movie fans have a new anthology film project in development called Tales of Halloween. The film follows in the footsteps of previously released horror anthologies such as the Trick 'r Treat, V/H/S, and The ABCs of Death. I've always enjoyed watching movies like this! I grew up on films and shows such as Tales From the Crypt, Black Sabbath, Tales From the Dark Side, and the Creepshow. As long as Tales of Halloween turns out to be fun and entertaining I'll watch it.
The news come from Deadline, who reports that the movie will consist of ten segments from eleven directors. It will be an interconnected series of stories, and they will all be set in "a sleepy American suburb terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers one Halloween night."
- Joey Paur
I’m an anthology nut. Sure there are definitely a decent amount of uneven and/or straight up bad ones, but the ones that do it right, Really work well for me. I just love the idea of horror filmmakers taking the short form of filmmaking and telling quality stories in a limited amount of time, which makes this announcement that much more exciting to write about.
Epic Pictures Group, the studio responsible for Big Ass Spider!, The Aggression Scale, Sushi Girl and many other popular genre films, have announced their deal to finance and produce Tales Of Halloween, a horror anthology boasting a pretty impressive roster of genre directors each putting their own stamp on the anthology format. The lineup includes Joe Begos (Almost Human), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV, The Barrens), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons, Fractured), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy »
- Jerry Smith
Following the likes of the "VHS" and "ABCs Of Death" films, Epic Pictures Group is assembling its own horror anthology feature project and has hired some top-level genre filmmakers for the job.
"Tales Of Halloween" will collect ten segments from eleven directors into one interconnected series of stories set in a sleepy American suburb terrorised on Halloween night.
The most high profile directors involved are Neil Marshall ("The Descent," "Game of Thrones") and Darren Bousman ("Saw II," "Repo: The Genetic Opera"). Also onboard are the likes of Joe Begos ("Almost Human"), Axelle Carolyn ("Soulmate"), Adam Gierasch ("Night Of The Demons"), Andrew Kasch ("Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy") and John Skipp ("Stay At Home Dad"), Mike Mendez ("Big Ass Spider!"), Dave Parker ("The Hills Run Red"), Ryan Schifrin ("Abominable"), and Paul Solet ("Grace").
- Garth Franklin
The offerings on the big screen for Halloween this weekend are pretty weak with the only straight-up horror film in wide release being last weekend's holdover of Ouija. But if you're looking for a fun, thrilling, crazy ride, you should definitely check out Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal. However, it seems appropriate as All Hallow's Eve approaches that we get news of a holiday centric horror anthology in the works. Following in the footsteps of films like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, Epic Pictures Group is working on a new collection of horror shorts called Tales of Halloween, with 10 segments from 11 directors. More below! Deadline reports filmmakers include Darren Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Neil Marshall ("Game of Thrones," The Descent), Joe Begos (Almost Human, not the TV show), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy »
- Ethan Anderton
<< Continued from "Weekend Forecast""If it's Halloween, it must be Saw." Lionsgate is banking that moviegoers will remember that old adage this weekend, when the 2004 horror classic is re-released in to over 2,000 theaters.The original Saw opened to a surprising $18.3 million on this weekend 10 years ago, and spawned a franchise that ruled the next four Halloweens. The first sequel (Saw II) was the highest-grossing installment with $87 million; grosses progressively declined to Saw V, which earned $56.7 million.All good things must eventually end, though, and Saw VI got stomped by word-of-mouth sensation Paranormal Activity in October 2009. The movie dropped around 50 percent from the previous installment, which led to a franchise-low $27.7 million gross. The following year, Saw 3D recovered to $45.7 million, though that was thanks to the addition of 3D pricing (during 3D's peak) and a "final chapter" bump.Re-releases have been a hit-or-miss endeavor lately. 3D re-releases for The Lion King, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Exclusive: Now that horror hits V/H/S and The ABCs Of Death have shown that the omnibus film can live again, a new anthology is assembling with the likes of Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Darren Bousman (Saw II, III and IV) behind the camera. Epic Pictures Group has come aboard to finance and produce Tales Of Halloween, which will collect ten segments from eleven directors into one interconnected series of stories, all set in a sleepy American suburb terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers one Halloween night.
Tapped to helm segments alongside Marshall and Bousman are Joe Begos (Almost Human), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night Of The Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy) and John Skipp (Stay At Home Dad), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), and Paul Solet (Grace). Carolyn conceived of the project »
- Jen Yamato
We’ve been patiently sitting back and waiting for more information about Darren Bousman’s (Saw II, III, IV; Repo! The Genetic Opera, Mother’s Day) Abbatoir, which piqued our interest right off the bat with its incredibly original concept. Finally we’ve got… Continue Reading →
The post Filming Begins on Darren Bousman’s Abbatoir appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
This Halloween, Lionsgate is bringing Jigsaw and all his deadly contraptions back to the big screen for a one-week limited re-release of James Wan’s indie horror triumph, Saw. To honor the occasion, I thought it would be fun to take a look back and celebrate some of my favorite traps and set-ups featured throughout the series.
Saw: The Reverse Bear Trap
We’ll just go ahead and start with the most iconic trap of the entire Saw franchise- the reverse bear trap that Shawnee Smith found herself locked inside of during Wan’s original film. Visually, the contraption is a horrific marvel of complicated steel and death, demonstrating just how visceral Jigsaw’s object lessons could be. And when you couple that with image of Smith waking up inside the reverse bear trap- and how she masterfully sells that moment with just the use of her eyes- it »
- Heather Wixson
On a relatively quiet pre-Halloween weekend, teen horror flick Ouija reigned. Based on the Hasbro toys property and released by Universal, Ouija took in an estimated $20 million from 2,858 locations for first place. John Wick was second with $14.1 million. While not quite at the level of recent R-rated fare like The Equalizer and Fury, the male-skewing action pic did manage to top last month’s A Walk Among the Tombstones – and its own pre-release projections. Title Weekend Total 1. Ouija $20,000,000 $20 2. John Wick $14,150,000 $14.1 3. Fury $13,000,000 $46 4. Gone Girl $11,100,000 $124 5. The Book of Life $9,800,000 $29.9 6. St. Vincent $8,058,000 $9.1 7. Alexander and Terrible… $7,023,000 $45.5 8. The Best of Me $4,736,000 $17.6 9. The Judge $4,345,000 $34.3 10. Dracula Untold $4,302,000 $48.3 Full story after the jump. Ouija came out pretty much in line with expectations for its first weekend. Granted, the film’s expectations were on the low-side for a would-be franchise horror pic opening the week before Halloween, but considering how hard Ouija is getting slammed by critics and audiences alike, »
- Nicole Pedersen
The studio will roll out the notorious horror film on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.
Saw will play in select screenings on October 30 and officially re-launch on October 31.
Saw opened over the weekend of October 29-31 2004 and went on to gross $55.2m in North America, spawning an $874m global franchise. The top earner in the seriesat the North American box office was 2005 release Saw II on $87m.
“The launch of Saw was a signature event in Lionsgate’s history, establishing our first franchise and paving the way for our growth into a global studio,” said Lionsgate president of acquisitions & co-productions Jason Constantine. “We are excited for our fans to revisit the twisted magic that first blew their minds on Halloween 2004.”
“As part of Saw’s tenth anniversary, we’re thrilled to give new fans and audiences »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Lionsgate stopped cranking out Saw films roughly four years ago and that decision opened the door for the inevitable compilation Blu-ray box set, which has taken its time materializing. A listing at online retailer Amazon.com has finally confirmed the set's existence and provided us with a September 23, 2014 release date for what Lionsgate is calling Saw: The Complete Movie Collection.
You have to take a stroll down memory lane to recollect how many Saw films Lionsgate produced between 2004 and 2010. The horror franchise started with Saw (2004) and then delivered annual entries with Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009) and Saw 3D (2010).
Saw: The Complete Movie Collection will include the unrated cuts of all seven Saw films on Blu-ray and Digital HD across three discs. It would be unfortunate if Saw 3D wasn't presented in 3D, but that's a possibility considering there's no mention of 3D on the box art. »
Described as a mix of Predator and Call of Duty, the film tells the story of a Special Ops team sent to optain a weapon of mass destruction from North Korea. The team is then transported to another world, and must fight for survival against a dangerous alien race.
Written by newcomer James E. Cavanaugh, Apex is taking shape at 2511 Productions in association with Ambiance Pictures. Joe Di Maio (Kid Cannibis, The Last Call) will produce along with Aaron Ray (V/H/S, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt).
Bousman calls Apex “a love letter to the sci-fi films I grew up watching with my dad, such as Alien, Predator, Enemy Mine, Tremors. But I also want it »
- James Garcia
Darren Lynn Bousman, the horror director behind Saw numbers II, III, and IV, is moving on to some different kinds of thrills. He’s attached himself to Apex, an indie sci-fi pic described as “Predator meets Call of Duty.” James E. Cavanaugh penned the script. Hit the jump for more details. According to THR, Apex follows […]
The post ‘Saw II’ Director Gets ‘Apex,’ Described as ‘Predator’ Meets ‘Call of Duty’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
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