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Of course Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur, the dirtbag auteurs that turned Joe Dante's gleeful "Jaws" send up "Piranha" into "Piranha 3D," a hilarious, excessively violent screed about American over-indulgence, would spearhead a remake of 1980's "Maniac," a notoriously misogynistic Bill Lustig horror movie whose poster, featuring a man holding the bloody scalp of a young woman, still elicits cries of outrage. Most filmmakers would be too scared to approach the material; it practically glows it's so toxic. But when thinking about these two, who also turned Wes Craven's backwoods horror romp "The Hills Have Eyes" into an angry, gore-soaked metaphor for Bush-era American intervention and culpability, well, why the fuck wouldn't they, really? The original "Maniac," released during a fertile period for American serial killers and set in New York City (this was three years after the Son of Sam murders), concerned Frank Zito (played by the film's co-screenwriter, »
- Drew Taylor
The filmography of Elijah Wood has some dark moments, be it his depiction of the killer Kevin in Sin City or his twisted relationship with the titular canine in the sitcom Wilfred, which returns to FX on Wednesday. But there isn’t much in the Lord of the Rings actor’s résumé that would prepare you for his new movie, Maniac. Directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2) and co-penned by French gore-teur Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D) this remake of the 1980 cult slasher flick stars Wood as a mannequin renovator and serial killer whose passions come together in extremely violent fashion. »
- Clark Collis
The word has gone out again in visual effects business: “There’s trouble in Montreal.”
Quebec’s new incentives are turning Montreal into a burgeoning hotspot for the global vfx biz. But the city has a bad reputation among vfx artists due to a history of bad management, bankruptcies and/or artists going unpaid at its vfx facilities, notably Meteor Studios, DamnFX, Red FX and Fake Studios.
Now history seems to be repeating itself at Newbreed VFX, whose prexy Josee Lalumiere is the former general manager of DamnFX. Newbreed employees tell Variety they have been paid late or have gone unpaid altogether for weeks of work. According to some of their accounts, most employees have quit and the vfx company is having trouble completing its work.
- David S. Cohen
Most horror fans can agree with the opinion that most remakes that are thrown to the masses on a regular basis these days never quite have the same impact as the original versions. While a couple of decades ago, remakes seem to have had more focus and weren’t such a taboo thing for fans (John Carpenter’s The Thing and Chuck Russell’s The Blob are two example of remakes done brilliantly right). These days good remakes (or “re-imaginings” as the studios like to say) are harder to come by, for every dozen A Nightmare On Elm Street-class remakes (yikes) there is usually only one Let Me In (while not perfect, it was pretty fun).
I thought it’d be fun to choose a few of my favorite remakes and write a bit about each one and why they are either as good as or in rare case, »
Cody Longo -- star of the Nickelodeon show "Hollywood Heights" -- was popped for drunk driving in L.A. this week after cops say he was flashing other drivers ... we're talking lights, not genitals ... sorry. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 25-year-old Longo -- who's also appeared on "Days of Our Lives" and "Piranha 3D" -- was driving in Hollywood around 2:30 Am Thursday morning when cops noticed him driving like a complete d-bag. Sources tell »
- TMZ Staff
This weekend, "The Internship" hits theaters nationwide, just in time to scare a new crop of college graduates into thinking that their lives are going to be really, really different if they don't find a top tier job right out of the gate. The film stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as a pair of out-of-work watch salesmen (wait, what?) who decide to bluff their way into an internship at the most prestigious place ever: Google. They soon learn that getting hired at Google isn't going to be a walk in the search engine park, and have to band together with a team of ragtag outsiders to complete a series of tasks.
Full disclosure: "The Internship" is easily one of the most excruciatingly painful moviegoing experiences this writer has had all year. Even though it's about a high-tech company, every joke feels like it's been sitting on a shelf for years, »
- Drew Taylor
At the time you read this, you probably would have or are about to see Elijah Wood as deranged serial killer Frank Zito in the remake of William Lustig's 1980 cult slasher Maniac, Alexandre Aja's latest service to horror and his third outing as producer. Why didn't he direct, you ask? It seems that Aja has been expanding his horizons to pastures anew with dark supernatural love fable Horns, an adaptation of Joe Hill's acclaimed novel. With surprising casting in Daniel Radcliffe as Ignatius “Ig” Perrish - the vengeful, horn-headed lead and accompanied by fresh up and coming BAFTA winning British talent Juno Temple as his ill fated love interest, this is looking to be Alexandre Aja's most intriguing work yet. We managed to sit down with Alexandre amidst a very hectic schedule for a brief chat to get the skinny on his strange new project. FEARnet: For »
- Aaron Williams
We've seen Franck Khalfoun's remake of William Lustig's "slasher" shocker 'Maniac' and we loved it. And now after a several festival screenings and an overseas release, the Elijah Wood fronted flick will finally hit Us theaters for a limited engagement on June 21st courtesy of IFC Midnight! With that news also comes both a brand new Us poster (above) and a new trailer. Alexandre Aja & Gregory Levasseur (best known for their remakes of 'The Hills Have Eyes,' 'Piranha 3D,' and their original French cult classic 'High Tension') are the producers behind this update along with original director Bill Lustig. The new trailer below is a pretty good tease of what to expect from the point-of-view style feature, but most notable is the really terrific original score by the composer simply listed as "Rob." Have a gander and while there will »
- Rob Galluzzo
Franck Khalfoun’s acclaimed and unique remake of William Lustig’s controversial sleazy slasher Maniac, may have come and gone without much fuss here in the UK. However, those lucky folks in the Us have still to sample the gory of greatness of the graphic horror led by Elijah Wood.
The doe-eyed Lord Of The Rings star gives a startling and disturbing performance as Frank, previously played with demented relish by the late Joe Spinell in the 1981 cult classic. The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha 3D remake masters Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levesssuer are the screenwriters collaborating once again on a modern upgrade of a terrifying tale.
Check out this blood-curdling new poster for the film slashing its way into Us cinemas, iTunes and on VOD from 21st June.
The post Awesome New Poster For ‘Maniac’ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Craig Hunter
Alexandre Aja, the man behind The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha has chosen his next project after Horns. He and Charles Gillibert have nabbed the film rights to In A Perfect World, a novel by Laura Kasischke.
It’s described as follows: ”In A Perfect World revolves around, newly-married, former flight attendant Jiselle, who is surviving life as a new stepmother to three children. Their lives are altered forever when a deadly flu epidemic breaks out.”
This is how the two of them put it: “In A Perfect World is a suspense novel that holds all the emotional layers of a rich family drama, a world where terror, beauty and chaos walk hand in hand. A dystopian family drama, set in an environment of doom,” »
- Andy Greene
Happy Camp Peter Webber ("Girl With a Pearl Earring") is attached to direct the noir thriller "Happy Camp" for Bedlam Productions. Playwright Zayd Dohrn penned the script. Shooting will begin in North America at the end of the year.
The movie follows a drug-addled former deputy sheriff searching for his missing daughter amongst the complex politics of a rural Californian logging community. Stella Nwimo will produce. [Source: THR]
The story revolves arounda newly-married, former flight attendant surviving life as a new stepmother to three children. Their lives are altered forever when a deadly flu epidemic breaks out.
Source: Screen Daily
- Garth Franklin
Just as Cannes kicks off, Lionsgate UK is showing its increased support for British films and filmmakers picking up the theatrical distribution rights to six new titles – the drama Locke, the comedy Born To Be King, The Keeping Room, Horns, the family comedy What We Did On Our Holiday and the love story Love, Rosie. Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK, says:
“We are delighted to be adding these titles to our already strong and diverse slate. It is fantastic to be welcoming back filmmakers and forging new relationships as part of our ongoing support and investment in British films and British talent.”
Produced by Paul Webster and Guy Heeley, Locke is written and directed by Academy Award nominated Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Hummingbird). Starring Tom Hardy, Tom Holland, Ruth Wilson, Alice Lowe and Olivia Colman, the film is about one man’s life unravelling in a tension-fuelled ninety minute race against time. »
- David Agnew
We’ve a trio decidedly different posters for a few of the uniquely horrific upcoming offerings.
First we have a new creepy one-sheet from Chad Crawford Kinkle’s controversial suspense thriller Jug Face. The film reunites The Women’s Lauren Ashley Carter and Sean Bridgers in a dark story of teenager Ada, who is pregnant with her brother’s child. Trying to escape from her hick backwoods community, she discovers she is to be sacrificed to a mysterious creature lurking in the small town’s pit. An equally disturbing tag line makes this festival favourite a one to watch out for! If you missed the trailer you can find it here. No word yet on any release details.
Next up is the first look at comedic double-act Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon’s directorial debut and Sundance hit, Hell Baby. The comic-horror follows an expectant couple (played by Rob Corddry »
- Craig Hunter
“King” is about a film extra who bears a striking resemblance to a movie star.
Lionsgate also acquired “Locke,” which is penned-helmed by Steven Knight (“Dirty Pretty Things”), and stars Tom Hardy and Tom Holland. The film is about one man’s life unravelling in a tension-fuelled 90 minute race against time. Paul Webster and Guy Heeley produce.
Another pickup is Daniel Radcliffe-starrer “Horns,” which was adapted by Keith Bunin from Joe Hill’s novel. Alexandre Aja (“Piranha 3D”) helms. Radcliffe plays a young man who awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples following his girlfriend’s mysterious death.
- Leo Barraclough
Eli Roth was hailed by none other than genre demigod Quentin Tarantino as “the future of horror” following his debut feature “Cabin Fever,” a grotesquely inventive chiller about a flesh-eating virus that has its way with a group of youngsters out camping in the woods. But since then, Roth hasn’t really lived up to the promise. He made two terrific “Hostel” movies (produced by Mr. Tarantino) but then drifted off the map, appearing as an actor in further Qt adventures (“Death Proof,” “Inglourious Basterds”) and producing some forgettable schlock (“The Last Exorcism,” “Man with the Iron Fists”). With “Aftershock,” he makes a returning bid for the title of “the future of horror,” producing, co-writing and starring in a movie that uneasily mixes real-life tragedy with B-movie theatrics, using the 2010 Chilean earthquake as the backdrop for a movie that’s equal parts “Piranha 3D” and “The Impossible.” Like most testosterone-drenched horror movies of this ilk, »
- Drew Taylor
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is most certainly a go, but unfortunately John Cusack will not be returning for a second splash through time. Instead, the film will take on a new lead character in the form of the brilliantly funny Adam Scott. Usually recasting can be a very upsetting experience for myself, but I’m okay with this news. Cusack isn’t the kind of guy to stick around and redo the same stuff over and over again, and being an 80s star, Hot Tub Time Machine was a good suit for him. However, having a new lead could really open a few doors for the sequel. Cusacks co-stars from the first installment, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson, and Rob Corddry are all set to return, so I can imagine a scenario in which Scott wishes to change or relive certain parts of his life, and the other three know the »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Being one of the first directors to start the “Splat Pack” era, a man Quentin Tarantino jokingly referred to as the “Frank Sinatra of the Splat Pack,” Eli Roth’s popularity among the horror genre has only risen. Though his only featured directing gigs to date are Cabin Fever, Hostel, and Hostel II, Roth has been busy producing and acting in a slew of different films, his most recent being Nicolás López’s Aftershock. Centered around an earthquake which is followed by warnings of an approaching tsunami, Roth plays an American vacationer named Gringo who gets stuck in the chaos and fights for survival.
Running the press circuit today in New York City to promote the release of Aftershock, I was invited to participate in a roundtable interview with producer/actor Eli Roth, and of course said “f#ck yes” in a heartbeat. Have you read any of my other work on this site? »
- Matt Donato
The 23-year-old, who is reported to be in final talks for the Max Landis movie, confirmed in a new interview that he is 'committed' to the role.
Radcliffe told Empire that he thinks the off-the-wall retelling of the classic horror story is the "best script" he has read since Harry Potter.
"It's far and away the best script I've read coming out of a big studio in the time that I've been off Potter. It's definitely going to be unusual."
Radcliffe also spoke about his role in new movie Horns.
Daniel Radcliffe during the 'Harry Potter' years - photo gallery:
Say what you will about V/H/S, the film has been incredibly successful, and you know what that means... Yep, a fresh crop of flicks with similar themes that are hoping to capture the same kind of praise. Next up to bat... Death by VHS.
From the Press Release
A battered and mysterious Vcr... A bevy of lethal videotapes... These are the building blocks of horror in Death By VHS. A mind-blowing descent into madness and death. Five shocking vignettes, designed to take your sanity and devour your soul! Mild curiosity leads to severe consequences when a couple rents a supposedly cursed video cassette recorder. An urban legend renowned for leaving a trail of agonizing and torturous death. Unbelieving, they take the plunge... And another legend is horrifyingly born... Do you dare give fate a winning hand and test yourself against the hellish consequences of the VHS machine?
Insert Cassette. »
- Uncle Creepy
Harmony Korine’s latest effort Spring Breakers is a film which should somewhat put him on the map of the wider film-watching consciousness Rather than being an effort which seeks to titillate or excite, something the marketing bods behind it are selling it as for obvious reasons, it’s a film which fits into Korine’s particular style of storytelling through montage and sound design while also boasting an incendiary performance from James Franco, a man who can star in a Disney film in one month and what is virtually an anti-Disney film in the next.
This is a mood inherent to the film right from the start, music begins pounding and we are treated to repeated images of Spring Breakers partying and doing the things they do, reminding »
- Ian Loring
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