13 items from 2014
Would you cut off your own foot to see Saw back on the big screen? If so, you’re crazy—but, also, here are some glad tidings. Lionsgate announced today that, to mark the 10th anniversary of director James Wan’s franchise-inaugurating horror movie, the film will return to cinemas on Oct. 31, with select screenings the night before.
“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 »
- Clark Collis
I think we can all agree that porcelain dolls are in the upper echelon of scary things, right next to clowns and spiders. Child’s Play, PuppetMaster, Dead Silence, and Magic are just a few of the films that have scared the bejeezus out of us courtesy of their doll stars, but even they don’t hold a candle to Annabelle and the horrors she has in store for us.
The sort-of prequel to The Conjuring, keeps its plot close to its chest, but more details emerge in this new trailer which see the demonically-possessed Annabelle unleash a string of gruesome horrors upon a young couple and their newborn baby.
Loosely based on the case file of paranormal investigators the Warrens (played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring), the real-life Annabelle was responsible for a number of unexplained and bloody goings-on in the 1970s.
We were teased »
- Rachel West
Dolls can be scary as hell. My family has had a creepy-ass doll lying arounds for years, and we use that thing to scare the living shit out of each other. We will hide it in places where the victim would least suspect it. We've gotten some good scares and hilarious laughs with that thing. It's terrifying! I passed by that doll in the garage today and it inspired me to write up a top 10 list of creepiest dolls in movies.
This jacked-up tricycle-riding doll is a very bad premonition. This is something you'd never want to come across for real because it means pain is coming. It offers the person watching it nothing but bad news. Even though the doll is never actually referred to as Billy in the movies, it was reportedly known behind the scenes as the Billy Doll.
Fats the ventriloquist dummy(Magic)
- Joey Paur
Director James Wan has managed to get a lot of mileage out of creepy dolls over the course of his career in making horror movies – even his Twitter handle is @creepypuppet. Saw took the voice of a sadistic killer and put it in the body of the pale-faced Billy the Puppet. Dead Silence took True Blood star Ryan Kwanten and placed him inside a nightmare of living mannequins controlled by the spirit of a dead ventriloquist. More recently, Wan’s paranormal thriller/drama The Conjuring featured a possessed doll called Annabelle, which was based on the “true story” of a toy encountered by the Warrens.
- H. Shaw-Williams
Director Leigh Whannell revealed the news via his Twitter account:
Mulroney joins a cast that also includes Stefanie Scott (Jem and the Holograms). No other cast has been officially announced.
The first Insidious movie was about a family who was dealing with their child who was possessed by demons while its sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2, was the haunted Lambert family who were investigating a childhood secret that left them dangerously close to the spirit world.
- Luke Owen
With director James Wan abandoning the horror genre for pastures new with Fast & Furious 7, Focus Features and Blumhouse Productions have turned to Wan’s pal and regular collaborator Leigh Whannell to helm the third instalment in the Insidious franchise, appropriately entitled Insidious: Chapter 3.
Whannell will be making his directorial debut on the film, but he’s certainly no stranger to the franchise having written and appeared in both previous instalments, as well as working with Wan on the likes of the Saw franchise, Dead Silence and Death Sentence.
- Gary Collinson
We don't quite know what to think about this news. Back in May of last year, word was that Cabin Fever: Patient Zero would be rebooting the franchise and kicking off a new trilogy. Now things seem to have changed...
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that sources at Cannes have told them that Indomina will instead put a remake of Eli Roth’s 2002 love-it-or-hate-it original Cabin Fever into production now that Patient Zero is arriving on VOD June 26th and in theatres on August 1st via Rlj/Image Entertainment.
Evolution Entertainment, which produced the first three Saw films as well as Dead Silence and Death Sentence, will be producing the remake with Cassian Elwes and Evan Astrowsky. It's doubtful Roth will lend much more than his name to this one.
The original, Roth's directorial debut, is an offbeat horror tale about a group of five college friends on vacation at a remote mountain cabin. »
- Debi Moore
Jousting its Way Into More Than 75 Markets, this 2014 Theatrical Release Also Starring Summer Glau (“Firefly”), Debuts on Blu-ray ($24.98srp) and DVD ($19.98srp) on April 1, 2014 with Bonuses Including Cast Interviews, Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, the San Diego Comic Con Panel and More.
New York, NY – Sound the horns and prepare thyself for a most glorious tale of battling knights, spell-casting wizards, fair maidens and one blood-thirsty demon from the netherworld in Knights Of Badassom. Starring Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”, The Station Agent), Steve Zahn (“Treme”, Dallas Buyers Club), Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”, Dead Silence) and Summer Glau (“Arrow”, “Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles”), this 2014 theatrical release called “a blast and a half” (Max Nicholson, IGN), marches onto extras-loaded DVD and Blu-ray editions on April 1 from Entertainment One. »
- Jess Orso
The producer's cut of the flick which is LARPing as a Joe Lynch film, Knights of Badassdom, is coming home to both Blu-ray and DVD; and we have all the details you need to know about its upcoming release.
From the Press Release
Sound the horns and prepare thyself for a most glorious tale of battling knights, spell-casting wizards, fair maidens, and one bloodthirsty demon from the netherworld in Knights Of Badassom.
Starring Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones," The Station Agent), Steve Zahn ("Treme," Dallas Buyers Club), Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood," Dead Silence), and Summer Glau ("Arrow," "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles"), this 2014 theatrical release called "a blast and a half" (Max Nicholson, IGN) marches onto extras-loaded DVD and Blu-ray editions on April 1 from Entertainment One. Cans't thou handle it?
Knights Of Badassdom follows three best friends (Dinklage, Zahn, and Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they »
- Uncle Creepy
[Press Release] New York, NY - Sound the horns and prepare thyself for a most glorious tale of battling knights, spell-casting wizards, fair maidens and one blood-thirsty demon from the netherworld in Knights Of Badassom. Starring Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones", The Station Agent), Steve Zahn ("Treme", Dallas Buyers Club), Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood", Dead Silence) and Summer Glau ("Arrow", "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles"), this 2014 theatrical release called "a blast and a half" (Max Nicholson, IGN), marches onto extras-loaded DVD and Blu-ray editions on April 1 from Entertainment One. Cans't thou handle it? Knights Of Badassdom follows three best friends (Dinklage, Zahn and Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a »
- Pietro Filipponi
Along with its first piece of Dlc, titled Onslaught, Call of Duty: Ghosts will be receiving a title update today, bringing with it “anti-cheat improvements, PC security additions and more.” Perhaps the most exciting thing about the update though is that it will include two new games modes: Gun Game and Ffa Hunted.
A full list of changes can be found below:
Ied Avoidance Capability. Changes to Dead Silence & Amplify Functionality. Spawn System Adjustments (in specific playlists). Two New Game Modes – Gun Game and Ffa Hunted. eSports rules applied to the Clan vs. Clan Playlist. Multiple Broadcaster Mode Additions. eSports Performance Enhancements and Improved Functionality. New/Additional PC Security Features. New Anti-cheat Prevention Improvements Including PC. Extinction Updates and Bug Fixes. Various Bug Fixes.
As for the Dlc, it will come with four brand new multiplayer maps, Episode 1 of the Extinction story mode (the trailer for which is below) and of course, »
- Matt Joseph
Man is there a lot of new content on streaming services this week. There are literally hundreds of new titles available for your viewing pleasure, I couldn’t possibly have written about all of it because I would be writing into next week! Just know that there is something there for everyone whether your bag is comedy, drama, action or horror.
Most impressively this week, Netflix have stepped up to the plate and unleashed a full load of good stuff. They have also announced that they are going to add an audio commentary to their original show House of Cards, which can only be good news for those holding on to their physical media love and may mean that this most valuable of DVD extras is not going away but will instead be reborn in a different guise.
This week’s new titles are as follows:
- Chris Holt
Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.
We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II
Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!
[Buz "Danger" Wallick]
[Debi "The Woman in Black" Moore]
[Gareth "Pestilence" Jones]
[Scott "Doctor Gash" Hallam]
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13 items from 2014
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