20 items from 2014
It’s hard to believe it’s already been ten years since audiences were first introduced to the world of Jigsaw in James Wan’s debut feature film Saw which left an indelible mark on the horror genre and spawned one of the most successful franchises of the last several decades.
During a recent press day for the upcoming re-release of Saw in honor of its 10th anniversary, Daily Dead had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the two men who made it all possible- Wan and writer/co-star Leigh Whannell. Both Wan and Whannell discussed how their experiences working on Saw have continued to inform their respective careers and why they feel that the film’s message has continued to endure with fans over the years.
We also heard from the duo on how they managed to pull together such a high-caliber cast of talent for the »
- Heather Wixson
After a few years of making middling movies like Dead Silence and Death Sentence, James Wan has begun to emerge as one of the big name directors in Hollywood. Both The Conjuring and Insidious Chapter 2 were incredibly big hits last year (both made on very tiny budgets), and next year we will get to see his first step into blockbuster filmmaking with the release of Fast & Furious 7. Given his career trajectory, it was only a matter of time before the comic book movie genre came calling, and it seems that the folks at Warner Bros., New Line and DC Comics are striking first. Buried in an article about James Wan signing on to direct The Conuring 2 and inking a producing deal with Warner Bros., Deadline has revealed that the major studio is very much interested in the idea of having the filmmaker take the helm of one of their upcoming »
“IFC Midnight has acquired North American distribution rights to Content Media’s supernatural horror film Dark Summer.
IFC Midnight plans to release the film on all platforms January 9th, 2015.
A highly stylized modern ghost story, Dark Summer follows Daniel Williamson, a 17 year old on house arrest for the summer. With his mother away on business, a horrifying incident occurs, followed by an even more terrifying presence in the house, and twists that will leave audiences reeling.
Paul Solet (Grace) directed Dark Summer for Preferred Film & TV (Pft), based off a screenplay by Mike Le (creator of the popular web series, K-town and writer of Screen Gem’s Patient Zero). The film was produced by Pft‘s Ross M. Dinerstein and executive produced by Content’s Jamie Carmichael.
The film »
- Jonathan James
Directed by John R. Leonetti.
A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.
John R. Leonetti is clearly a nice guy and is well liked by the people he works with. Having worked as director of photography on Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mortal Kombat, his nice attitude meant he was given the director’s chair for its sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. And despite that being a critical flop (but financially successful), he was hired to direct the straight-to-dvd feature, The Butterfly Effect 2, nearly ten years later which was once again a critical failure. Since 2007, Leonetti has been working with James Wan in the camera department for titles like Dead Silence, Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2 and The Conjuring and has done an admirable job. So, »
- Luke Owen
I went into Annabelle with a slight bias: I love creepy doll films. Yes, it sounds amateurish to enjoy such a silly and niche aspect of the horror genre, but I grew up with watching and reading so many stories about toys coming to life. The idea may not be as overdone as zombies, but there’s a number of classic characters that I love for being a little nightmare in plastic form. So it should come as no surprise that I was excited about a film featuring the creepy doll from last year’s scare-fest The Conjuring. As an added bonus, I love cinematographer John R. Leonetti’s work on both Insidious films, Dead Silence, and The Conjuring, and was curious to see him step into the director’s chair. Given all of this, I still ask myself what went wrong?
Mia and John are expecting their first child. »
- Michael Haffner
The killer doll film, an oft-derided sub-genre of horror, can very easily fall into tongue-in-cheek camp. There’s just something innately funny about a small little toy attempting and often succeeding at killing a bunch of grown adults. Child’s Play, Puppet Masters, and, hell, even James Wan’s own Dead Silence have all walked that fine line between the horrific and the simply ludicrous sight of a homicidal doll. Annabelle tips way over that line – but not in the way one would naturally expect. This is a very serious film with not even the slightest hint to the arch or humorous. In fact, the film owes very little to the killer doll genre or even the demonic possession genre of its predecessor The Conjuring. Instead Annabelle fits more at home with the psychological ‘Yellow Wallpaper-esque’ horror of early Polanski. Think less Dolls or Demonic Toys and more Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby. »
- Tommy Cook
With every horror fan’s favorite time of year just right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 31 genre-related titles currently available on Netflix Instant that undoubtedly will get you ready for the Halloween season.
David is the only one who knows the truth about the aliens invading his small town in this remake of the 50s science-fiction classic.
Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows an egotistical medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead.
When Charley Brewster discovers that his suave new neighbor is a vampire, he seeks help from actor Peter Vincent, famed for portraying a ghoul hunter.
Join the rotting but amiable Creep as he introduces this anthology of three gruesome tales written by the master of horror, »
- Heather Wixson
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!
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[Debi "The Woman in Black" Moore]
[Gareth "Pestilence" Jones]
[Scott "Doctor Gash" Hallam]
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20 items from 2014
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