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Anthony Michael Hall ("The Dark Knight," "Foxcatcher") has been cast opposite Brad Pitt in David Michod's provocative, satirical comedy "War Machine" at Plan B Entertainment and Netflix. The story is based on the book "The Operators" by Michael Hastings.
Pitt plays a four-star general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. Hall will play General Hank Pulver, his second in command. Filming begins later this month. [Source: Deadline]
The story centers on a man (Highmore) in his mid-20s and still living at home with his mother and stepfather who puts all his eggs in one basket: the girl (Rush) who works at his local coffee shop. Catch is she has a serious »
- Garth Franklin
Having himself played a hybrid of a vampire and a werewolf in the Underworld films, Scott Speedman is well placed to join the cast of There Are Monsters. Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) is directing, and has also signed up Aaron Douglas, Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine for the cast.Details so far are sketchy, but the plot of the film centres on "a mother and daughter trapped and tormented by a ruthless creature". It's probably safe to assume that Kazan and Ballentine are, respectively, the mother and daughter. But all we know about Speedman and Douglas are that their characters are called Roy and Jesse. Do either of those sound like the name of a ruthless creature?Bertino brought us the impressive The Strangers in 2008, but this is only the second time he's directed since, following Mockingbird, which went straight to DVD here in the UK. He wrote an interesting-sounding »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Speedman (Underworld), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica) and Ella Ballentine (The Captive) will co-star in Bertino's There Are Monsters, which is currently in production. The trio join a cast that includes Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks).
Elisabeth Moss was at one time lined up to star in There Are Monsters, but she's no longer involved in Bertino's latest, which "focuses on a mother and daughter who are trapped and tormented by a ruthless creature." A24 has slated There Are Monsters for a 2016 release. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.
- Derek Anderson
There a huge amount of “been there, done that” with the majority of films dealing with possession and/or possible exorcisms. By now, there are very few things that seem original within the subgenre and it takes a whole lot for a film to really stand out. Enter Sonny Mallhi, one of the producers behind such films as The Strangers, The House At The End Of The Street and At The Devil’S Door (just to name a few). While doing a hell of a job developing and producing films, it’s his directorial debut, Anguish, that really offers that breath of fresh air, opting not to follow traditional cliches’ within the genre and instead, giving horror fans a film that pulls you close and gives you quite the frightening experience.
There’s a very intense opening to Anguish, one that makes you as a viewer interested in where the story is going, »
- Jerry Smith
I love when Fantasia gets weird. Featuring its fair share of bigger budget horrors, Asian epics and the occasional mainstream genre pic – it’s the little ones from far off places and no-name filmmakers that excite me the most. This year’s a goldmine for my particular tastes, and it’s been years since I’ve been so excited by their lineup. Most of the films I’m most eager to see are from filmmakers I’ve never heard of, or from countries I’ve nary seen a single film. Living up to its reputation as the world’s largest film festival, Fantasia has allowed it’s breadth to shed focus on new talents and new cinematic languages. This year’s lineup is better than ever, but I managed to choose five films I’m most excited to see. What would be on your list?
If the »
- Justine Smith
Always a film festival that prides itself on giving its audiences a hell of a lineup, filled to the brim with standout titles every year and world premieres for films that are greatly anticipated, the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival has now revealed its final lineup. Like we’ve all come to appreciate, this year is no exception, with films such as Tales Of Halloween, Ant-Man, the greatly anticipated Cop Car (which will be screened with Kevin Bacon in attendance!!) and Jeruzalem all being standout films to look out for, along with a pretty epic list of other films that are sure to leave viewers entertained and excited throughout the entire event (July 14th-August 4th).
If the full lineup wasn’t already enough to make your horror loving heads explode, the new announcement that Fanstasia will host the July 30th premiere of Cody Calahan’s sequel to 2013’s Antisocial, Antisocial 2, »
- Jerry Smith
The 19th Annual Fantasia Film Festival is only a week away, beginning July 14 and running through August 4. And as promised for today, they’ve revealed their full line-up of films screening at 2015’s festival in Montreal.
This year’s line-up boasts 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres. Both Marvel’s Ant-Man and the animated Miss Hokusai were previously announced, but now they’ve added the much anticipated Attack on Titan movie as their closing night film. Other highlights include the Sundance darlings Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by the upcoming Spider-man director Jon Watts, and a trio of films from horror auteur Sion Sono.
See the full line-up announcement of films below via Fantasia’s Facebook page, and be sure to check out their website at fantasiafestival.com for additional information.
36 Countries, 135 Features, and Nearly 300 Short Films
- Including 22 World Premieres, »
- Brian Welk
Well, that didn.t take long did it? It.s only been a few days since the world learned of the chilling and traumatic ordeal that a New Jersey family went through because of a miscreant named The Watcher. But that hasn.t stopped Hollywood from leaping at the opportunity to turn the Broaddus family.s horrific plight into a movie. Tracking Board has reported that various Hollywood studios, writers and directors are now chomping at the bit to turn the story into a feature film. Rights for the tale are still up for grabs, and the likes of Blumhouse Productions, Dimension Films, New Line Cinema, and Universal are currently trying to get the story into development. It.s believed that Dimension is making the biggest strides to develop the film after an unnamed writer pitched the story to them. Directors James Wan (Furious 7) and Bryan Bertino (The Strangers »
The 19th Fantasia International Film Festival is right around the corner. Though the full lineup for the festival won't be unveiled until early next month, the second wave of Fantasia titles have been revealed and horror fans have a lot to look forward to.
Press Release: "Montreal, June 11, 2015 – The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
- Derek Anderson
The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
From The Official Press Release:
The International Premiere Of Takeshi Kitano’S Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen Coming immediately after his Outrage saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (In The Realm Of The Senses) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere
A Special Screening »
- BJ Colangelo
A little over one month away, the Fantasia Film Festival announced it’s second wave of titles this morning. Fantasia Film Festival holds a special place in the hearts of Sound on Sight and we could not be more excited for their upcoming edition which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Arguably the largest genre film festival in the world, Fantasia will run from July 14th to August 4th this year and feature a large number of world and international premieres. The full-lineup, including special events, will be announced on July 7th.
From the official press release, here are some titles we can now look forward to:
- Justine Smith
This week’s biggest upcoming project was one so weird that we needed a few days to process it. It has been called Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (possibly even Lost in Translation for good measure), and if it seems like those two titles don’t add up in anyway whatsoever, you’re not far off.
The movie is Colossal, and THR reports is set to star Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays a woman returning to her hometown from New York after losing her job. Upon returning home, she discovers that a giant lizard is attacking Tokyo, and she feels strangely connected to the incident via her mind.
Colossal isn’t even some tongue-in-cheek Spike Jonze project but coming from Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), and aiming to be sold at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. “Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one. »
- Brian Welk
The pic, written and directed by The Strangers‘ Bryan Bertino, will center on a young mother who must protect her daughter against attacks by a terrifying, merciless creature of unknown origins. The official synopsis reads:
There Are Monsters focuses on a mother (Kazan) and her terrified young daughter Lizzie who are trapped and tormented by a merciless creature. In the end, only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, can save them.
In the wake of The Conjuring, Insidious and The Babadook, horror pics about beset-upon matriarchs are hot again, and it will be interesting to see what kind of spin Bertino, whose home-invasion thriller The Strangers was one of the most effective, non-supernatural frighteners of the past ten years, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Zoe Kazan, best known for writing and starring in the offbeat romantic comedy Ruby Sparks, is set to lead writer-director Bryan Bertino's (The Strangers) horror film, There Are Monsters. Kazan stars as a mother who must protect her daughter from a merciless creature. William Green and Aaron Ginsburg of Atlas Independent will produce alongside Adrienne Biddle of Unbroken Pictures with A24 set to distribute the picture. Bertino previously wrote and directed the excellent home invasion horror The Strangers, which grossed $85 million dollars. His sophomore feature, Mockingbird, was silently dumped to VOD last October after years of post-production. I can only assume that decision was motivated by found footage fatigue. While Mockingbird didn't quite live up to The Strangers, it's a well executed film driven by an ever-growing sense of dread. [caption id="attachment_331667" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Entertainment One[/caption] I'm excited to see what Bertino brings to the creature feature given that »
- Haleigh Foutch
The film is directed by Bryan Bertino from his own script. Embankment Films is selling the feature to international territories at the Cannes Film Festival.
Kazan plays a mother who, along with her terrified young daughter, is trapped and tormented by a merciless creature — with only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, able to save them.
William Green and Aaron Ginsburg of Atlas Independent, an affiliate of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment, will produce with Adrienne Biddle of Unbroken Pictures. Atlas Entertainment’s Richard Suckle will be executive producing alongside Sonny Mallhi.
Production will start this summer in Ottawa, Canada.
UTA Independent Film Group brokered »
- Dave McNary
Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”) is set to star in “There Are Monsters,” a new horror film from “The Strangers” writer-director Bryan Bertino that will be distributed in the U.S. by A24, it was announced Tuesday by Atlas Independent and Unbroken Pictures Production will start this summer in Ottawa, Canada, and Embankment Films will begin selling the feature to international territories at the Cannes Film Festival. “There Are Monsters” follows a mother (Kazan) and her terrified young daughter Lizzie who are trapped and tormented by a merciless creature. In the end, only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, »
- Jeff Sneider
Don't be angry, just accept it. Hollywood will always find ways take old things, as perfect as they may be, and put contemporary new clothes on them. All you can hope is that everyone involved endeavors to get it even half right. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Nicolas Roeg's classic, "Don't Look Now," will get a new coat of paint. The producers behind "The Last House On The Left" remake, "The Strangers," "Non-Stop," "The Gunman," and "Project X" are driving this one for StudioCanal, so make of that what you will. They also helped bring "Coraline" to life, though that seems to be an outlier in the catalog of Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman. The plan is to find a studio for this before hiring writers and directors and that kind of stuff. Read More: Nicolas Roeg's 'Don't Look Now' Coming To Criterion Meanwhile, "Furious 7"'s billion dollar success story, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Though his spectacular work behind the camera on Furious 7 is sure to send countless blockbuster offers across his desk, James Wan is still keeping true to his bloodcurdling origins. The Insidious helmer will produce a remake of 1980s horror pic The Entity with the same creative team behind his 2013 horror hit The Conjuring.
Chad and Carey Hayes, who scripted The Conjuring and are also set to reteam with Wan in the same capacity when he directs next year’s The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, will write the screenplay, working from novelist Frank De Felitta’s original script. Roy Lee, a major player in the horror world, is also attached as a producer.
The original Entity starred Barbara Hershey as Carla Moran, a single mother who was reportedly assaulted, both physically and sexually, by a supernatural presence. Ron Silver also starred as a doctor who believed Moran was abusing »
- Isaac Feldberg
The home invasion movie "The Strangers," starring Liv Tyler, hit theaters in 2008 and became a hit by grossing $82 million worldwide on a $9 million budget. Work on a sequel started immediately, but nothing ever happened. Now comes word that "The Strangers 2" is finally moving forward with Marcel Langenegger (Deception) in talks to direct from a script by Ben Ketai ("Chosen"). The plan is to begin shooting this spring. The sequel follows a family on the verge of sending their troubled teenage daughter to boarding school as they embark on one last family trip to a mobile home park that their uncle runs. Their last bonding opportunity turns to horror when the teenage children discover the bodies of their aunt and uncle, fresh from a recent visit from the Strangers . Man in the Mask, Pin Up Girl and Dollface. The night becomes a race to escape for the family, as the »
Why can't studios ever just leave well enough alone?
The studio has been talking about making a sequel since the original came out but over the years, interest on the project has waned and at some point, Bertino dropped out of writing the project and the entire thing just seemed dead. Sad, considering the original director was involved, but probably for the best.
Not satisfied that they've mined this concept to the core, there are reports now that Relativity is movin [Continued ...] »
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