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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
You can remake The Evil Dead, as director Fede Alvarez has now done (with creator Sam Raimi's seal of approval, no less), but all of the excessive demonic bloodshed in the world won't let you reproduce Bruce Campbell's iconic hero Ash. That's just one nagging problem plaguing this latest entry in the long, depressing line of recent lousy horror remakes, which even more than do-overs of successful dramas or comedies are usually destined for failure. No genre relies more heavily on the element of surprise. So attempting to replicate material that has already stunned and horrified audiences is a fool's errand, as the past two decades' worth of horror-retread rubbish more than ably confirms.To be sure, there are exceptions — think Rob Zombie's gonzo-brutal and surreal Halloween films, Zack Snyder's action-oriented Dawn of the Dead, Matt Reeves's haunting Let Me In, and Alexandre Aja's goofily exploitative Piranha. »
- Nick Schager
Spring break is getting to be like prom night or Thanksgiving: an alien American institution we've consumed so much in pop culture that it's almost as if we Brits have experienced it in our rainy Brit lives. Anyway, we're expected to be in on the cultural reference – in this case, lithe, young college kids partying super hard in sunny Florida during the March vacation.
The Glasgow comic Kevin Bridges famously took a stand against this Americanisation, dourly recalling watching high school movies with "spring break" scenes: "We didn't have 'spring break'; we had the Easter holidays." Like a Christmas movie in December, this film has actually been released at the correct seasonal time, although it means less in the shivering UK than in the Us. »
- Peter Bradshaw
To celebrate Friday’s Us release of Fede Alvarez’ Evil Dead, the remake of Sam Raimi’s notorious 1981 gore-filled effort, we’ve decided to put together a list of our top favourite horror remakes. We’ve included genre offerings that gave a refreshing spin to their respective source material, some going on to match, and even surpass the originals. Read on to see if any of your favourites made the list…
10. Willard (2003)
The excellent and underrated Crispin Glover puts his heart and (demented) soul into this fascinating take on 1971s Willard, to play the social outcast-turned-sociopathic title character. A film I first caught at an empty cinema in Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Willard tells the story of a young man with the capability to control an army of rats, after suffering years of mental abuse from his domineering mother and boss. Final Destination creator Glenn Morgan made his »
- Craig Hunter
Fox Digital Studio announced today that the series Bad Samaritans and the feature Shotgun Wedding will premiere on Netflix on March 31 and April 1, respectively. The Walt Becker-produced Bad Samaritans will have all episodes of its first season available simultaneously. Here’s today’s release: Los Angeles, CA – Fox Digital Studio will premiere its original comedy series “Bad Samaritans” on March 31st, and original feature film “Shotgun Wedding” on April 1st, both via Netflix streaming. “Bad Samaritans” was produced by Walt Becker, director of “Van Wilder” and “Wild Hogs,” and creator of TBS’s “Glory Daze” in partnership with Fox Digital Studio specifically for digital distribution. The ensemble cast includes Julianna Guill (“Friday the 13th”), Brian Kubach (“Piranha”), Tommy Snider (“Cartoon Cartoon Fridays”), Alice Hunter (“Girlhouse”), Robert Lasardo (“Nip/Tuck”), and David Faustino (“Married with Children”). The show also includes guest starring roles by Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”), Brian Huskey (“Veep »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
Edward Elmore writes for The Guardian about the recent Us release of Spring Breakers, which is out on April 5th in the UK...
"But what of Spring Breakers? It is by most standards Korine's most mainstream work to date. The film, he says, was never meant to be an essay or an exposé. "It's an impressionistic reinterpretation of events. A pop poem. It's more interesting to me when they start flirting with the gangster culture – the beach noir – the drugs, the violence, with its rotting yachts in the backyard and the palm trees ... "It's that culture of surfaces and the pathology that's the residue of it. The menace that's out there is really what I wanted to get into."
Read the full article here.
Like many people, I am keen to watch Spring Breakers. As Elmore writes in his article, it stars three »
- Flickering Myth
Kelly Brook's feud with Katie Price was revisited again on last night's (March 21) Celebrity Juice when the show's team captain was transformed into her glamour model rival, who she described as 'talking a lot of s**t'.
Price, who sparked a row with Brook after calling her a "heffer" and posting online a photo of her naked breast, was branded ugly and unpopular during a game where the 33-year-old had to guess which celebrity's body their head had been superimposed onto.
Brook started by asking if the mystery person was a British celebrity, to which her fellow team member Chris Ramsay replied: "Celebrity's a strong word."
The Piranha 3D star's queries as to whether the person was popular or beautiful were met with vigorous cries of 'no' from the studio audience, with Ramsay saying: "Not for lack of trying."
Having twigged that she was made up as Price, Brook »
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween, Friday The 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Piranha, The Hills Have Eyes, I Spit On Your Grave: that's a list of some of the classic horror movies of the 1970s and 1980s. But it's also a list of some of the worst horror movies of the noughties and 2010s, when you consider their remakes.
They say that no one sets out to produce a bad movie, but watch any low-energy, scare-free, missed-opportunity of a horror remake and you'll doubt the wisdom in that notion. Time and time again fans have been burned by remakes that fail to live up to even the most modest of expectations. The question this begs is: why? Franck Khalfoun, a director who has beaten the odds with his surprisingly excellent remake of sleazy 1980 slasher movie Maniac, »
- Phelim O'Neill
Unless a horror movie is filled to the brim with sunshine and nudity, as was Piranha 3D, a summer release probably isn't the most viable option to get your audience in the right state of mind. But this isn't an essay on "How to Avoid Comparisons to Piranha 3D." It.s good news for horror fans. V/H/S/2, the sequel to 2012's surprise hit found-footage horror anthology V/H/S, has June 6 set as the release day for the VOD version, according to The Hollywood Reporter,with a limited theatrical run opening for July 12, where it will hit 20 markets. The film, formerly called S-v/H/S, premiered successfully at the Sundance Film Festival this past January and screened at SXSW this past weekend. The film will follow roughly the same format as the first film, which wrapped a loose narrative around a series of oddities found on a bunch »
London — The time is coming – maybe sooner than you expect – when you look at Daniel Radcliffe and don't think "Harry Potter."
The 23-year-old actor has gone from boy wizard to Broadway hoofer to Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, whom he plays in new film "Kill Your Darlings." He has several wildly different films lined up, and is soon to take to the London stage as star of Martin McDonagh's barbed comedy "The Cripple of Inishmaan."
The play gives audiences the chance to see Radcliffe in yet another new light, as Billy, a disabled orphan in 1930s Ireland who harbors an unlikely dream of Hollywood stardom.
"Cripple," which opens in June for a 12-week run, is part of a West End season of plays overseen by director Michael Grandage, who has assembled an A-list company of actors that includes Radcliffe, Ben Whishaw, Judi Dench and Jude Law.
First staged in 1996, the »
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