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New pics, trailer for The Tenant

17 December 2009 4:32 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Producer/Actor Randy Molnar just hit Fangoria with a batch of stills and the latest trailer for Ric La Monte's The Tenant.  The film was recently completed in Florida, and the filmmakers promise that it "brings together a dramatic classic feel with its tale of horror  at Edgewood Asylum, and transforms into a modern day masterpiece of mayhem, with outstanding special effects and surprising twists."

J. Larose (Saw III, Repo!, Mother's Day) toplines the film along with horror icon Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, The Devil's Rejects) and Bill Cobbs (Night At The Museum).

As the tormented Dr. Newman (Randy Molnar- Contract Killers, This Man’s Life, Larry the Cable Guy) conducts his dark experiments inside Edgewood Asylum, something goes horribly wrong.  Twenty-eight years later, in the depths of the asylum, something evil still survives.  The Tenant takes you on a terrifying ride of shocking images and a bloody conclusion. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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Ric La Monte’s The Tenant is Ready for Your Visit

15 December 2009 1:59 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

You check in, but you don’t check out. I suppose that tagline has already been used in a previous horror movie involving either an evil hotel or apartment building, etc. You know, a place that requires checking in, since, well, if they didn’t then the tagline wouldn’t work now, would it? Anyways, the folks behind “The Tenant” have wrapped up their film and sent over a trailer and some stills for the film. Check them out below. The much-anticipated independent feature film, The Tenant, has reached completion and expectations are high. The Tenant brings together a dramatic classic feel with its tale of horror at Edgewood Asylum, and transforms into a modern day masterpiece of mayhem, with outstanding special effects and surprising twists. J. Larose (Saw III & IV, Mother’s Day) headlines this classic monster movie. Other stars include internationally known horror icon Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, »

- Nix

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Coroner’s Report: The 15 Best Horror Movies of the Decade

10 December 2009 5:51 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Editor's Note: Please enjoy this very special decade in review edition of The Coroner's Report, our excellent weekly horror column written by Robert Fure. The first thought one has when asked to compose a list of the best of anything for an entire decade is "Oh shit."  Not necessarily because it's going to be hard, but because you actually have to work at it.  It's kind of hard to crap out a relevant "Best of the Decade" without actually reviewing the decade.  Once one overcomes that, they must then contend with "What is the best?"  Not "what are the best" but what is.  What qualifies a movie to the point that we stamp it the best of an entire decade?  Is it the one I enjoyed the most or the one that was the most meaningful? Do I get to put Freddy vs Jason on this list or not?  What I decided was something of an inbetweener »

- Robert Fure

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The apocalypse goes "1970s pop sci-fi" in The Arcadian

24 November 2009 11:38 AM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

The Arcadian is an upcoming post-apocalyptic adventure that follows actor J. Larose (of Saw III, Saw IV, and Repo! The Genetic Opera fame) as an enigmatic warrior called "The Lighthouse Keeper" who goes on a quest for "revenge and redemption in a strange future world" we're told is "reminiscent of wild 1970s pop sci-fi."

Inspired in equal parts by samurai movies, rock operas, and underground comics, we're told that the visual world of The Arcadian will be an homage to the work of underground illustrators and be something quite unique due to the fact that it was shot entirely on a Canon 5D Mark II camera - chosen for its unparalleled low-light sensitivity.

The Arcadian has just wrapped principle photography and is heading into an intense round of post. It is due Q2, 2010.

To make up for the fact that we have no detailed plot synopsis yet, we've included a »

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Lionsgate To Continue Saw Franchise

13 November 2009 5:46 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Drug addicts, doctors, renegade police offices and anyone else that may need “to help themselves” should stay on edge as it looks like the Jigsaw Killer will be on the lamb for the foreseeable future as Lionsgate recently stated that they will continue making the Rube Goldberg horror series Saw “as long as we make money.”

Lionsgate vice chairman Michael Burns spoke those exact words at the Median and Money conference in New York on Thursday. To further prove his point, the confident Burns states that Dirty Dancing, 20 years after its debut, still sells an average of 2,000 DVDs per day.

 

While the most recent Saw VI didn’t perform as well as its predecessors, most people are attributing its dramatic drop off to the phenomenon of Paranormal Activity. I know most people say that the Saw stories aren’t good and it’s the same thing over and over, but »

- Anthony Ocasio

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Saw VII (In 3D) Gets 2010 Release

12 November 2009 11:10 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

No matter how it silly it may seem that the Saw franchise has gone on for this long, it doesn’t stop them from making money and (I stress this word) consequentially making more. We reported back in July that Saw VII was already in the works before the sixth one came out (they’re pretty much automatic cash for the studio so they have no problem putting that kind of faith in it).

However, what wasn’t known at the time (either that, or it flew passed us quicker than we could catch it) was that the seventh installment of Saw would be in 3D. Yes, even the franchise that effectively kicked off the torture-porn phenomenon less than 10 years ago has jumped aboard the 3D bandwagon. And something tells me the technology isn’t going to be employed subtly (read: correctly)…

 

Saw III, IV, V and VI screenwriters, Marcus Dunstan »

- Ross Miller

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'Up' beats latest 'Saw' at UK box office

28 October 2009 4:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pixar's Up has beaten Saw VI to retain its place at the UK box office summit. The 3D animation's £3.8 million take overpowers Saw's £1.7 million to secure it the top spot for the third week running. The opening is the UK's lowest for the Saw series, which peaked with £2.5 million for Saw III in 2006. Fantastic Mr Fox is a new entry at number three with £1.5 million, while Cirque du Freak debuts in fifth place. Last week's runner-up Couples Retreat slips to four after crossing the £900,000 mark. Elsewhere, Cloudy With A Chance Of (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Huff Post Review: Saw VI (2009)

27 October 2009 3:34 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Saw VI 2009 91 minutes Rated R With Saw VI, we see the surprising sight of a long-running franchise trying to dig itself out of its own grave. Clearly intended to either be the final Saw film or at least a finale to the second three-film arc, the picture goes out of its way to tie up loose ends, retroactively explain awkward story points, and sweep away dead weight. By once again returning the focus to its core dilemma ('how much blood would you shed to save yourself or others?') and its key character (John Kramer once again takes center stage), this sixth chapter inexplicably works as a solid horror film and a skewed morality tale. Most tellingly, Saw VI is actually almost good enough to make you glad that the series didn't end after Saw III. There will be no plot »

- Scott Mendelson

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Weekend Box Office: 'Paranormal' over 'Saw'

26 October 2009 9:56 AM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Updated Monday 10Am: As of this morning's estimates, Paranormal Activity took the weekend with an impressive 22M on less than 2,000 screens.  Saw VI's estimated take is 14.8M, good enough for second place but the weakest opening ever for a Saw sequel.   Early box office estimates are in and according to Deadline Hollywood, Paranormal Activity scored an estimated 7.5M on Friday despite being in about 1,100 less theaters than Saw VI, which took in an estimated 6.9M. Weekend totals for Paranormal Activity are estimated to be 21M when all is said and done, while Saw VI (arguably the best entry in the series since Saw III) will likely come away with a modest 18M for the weekend. We'll have actual »

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Weekend Box Office - Paranormal Activity Scares Up Another $22 Million For First Place

25 October 2009 10:49 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Friday’s box office results spelled trouble for the once mighty “Saw” franchise in the form of Paramount’s upstart horror pick-up “Paranormal Activity”. Luckily for film fans, Saturday’s attendance rates could offer no quarter to the fearsome Jigsaw killer who finished outside of first place for the first time since the original “Saw” debuted back in 2004. Playing in about 1,000 fewer venues, “Paranormal” didn’t just manage to keep its lead throughout the three day frame, its solid performance also kept those “Saw VI” numbers down to about half of what the film’s predecessors averaged from 2005 to 2008.

Title Weekend Total 1 Paranormal Activity $22,000,000 $62,400,000 2 Saw 6 $14,800,000 $14,800,000 3 Where the Wild Things Are $14,420,000 $53,960,000 4 Law Abiding Citizen $12,713,000 $40,317,000 5 Couples Retreat $11,097,000 $78,213,000 6 Astro Boy $7,017,000 $7,017,000 7 The Stepfather $6,500,000 $20,312,000 8 Vampire’s Assistant $6,347,000 $6,347,000 9 Cloudy w/Meatballs $5,600,000 $115,200,000 10 Zombieland $4,300,000 $67,300,000

A few weeks back I offered up a prayer to the movie gods concerning the future of the “Saw” franchise. It was basically the »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Will Jigsaw Direct Saw VIII?

25 October 2009 1:43 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Saw III, IV, and V director David Hackl is in pre-production for Saw VII, but right now Saw VIII is resting in the planning stage with no director. Tobin Bell, Jigsaw himself, says that he may take the director's chair if it is offered.

They asked me about that, I don't know quite how sincerely. I told them it was way too much work. Directors are there forever. Actors, they come in, they do their scene, but directors.... Then when they get a break, that's the time for everybody to descend on them and say, "Oh, I'm glad you're free for a moment because we've got a major problem in costume." I appreciate my down time. I'm being a little tongue in cheek about that. The truth is that I really do want to direct one of these sometime. I'm just waiting for them to come to me again. I »

- Ryan Gowland

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Psyched for Saw 6

24 October 2009 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

The end of October. This means changes in weather, the end of baseball, lots of parties with women dressed up in "sexy" versions of everything from Strawberry Shortcake to nuns, and another Saw movie to be unleashed upon the multiplexes.

You know, I gotta hand it to the filmmakers. They've crafted a wholly original new series of cheap thrillers that don't require much money, and have led it to the greatest grossing horror series of all time!

On top of which, we're six movies in, and they haven't resorted to 3-D releases, a prequel set in the old west, or Jigsaw in space yet, which means there must still be plenty of needlessly complex methods of killing people with common household rusted objects. Although I hear the next one will probably be in 3-D, so Saw VIII will probably take place aboard the Nsa Jigsaw

Anyway, with the release of »

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'Saw' Traps That Didn't Make Jigsaw's Final Cut

23 October 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Rube Goldberg machines are awesome. There's nothing quite like watching an absurd, elaborate series of actions and reactions. It's tricky stuff, making sure disparate mechanical parts that weren't designed specifically to work together operate in concert. Can you imagine what it's like setting up one that could hurt you? Hell, what about one that's intentionally designed to kill somebody, like the ones deranged killer Jigsaw sets up in the "Saw" movies?

Imagine the hours upon hours it takes to set up those elaborate deathtraps. How many tetanus shots he must need after sticking himself with rusty power tools. How many vaccinations he must require from handling all those used syringes. Hell, how many times the poor bastard has stubbed his toe after dropping that damn puppet. He's bound to have set up some traps that plain don't work, schemes that looked great on paper but just didn't prove up to »

- John Constantine

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HorrorFest 2009: 'Saw VI'

23 October 2009 4:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to HorrorFest 2009. Oh, my.  I had no idea how much work it was going to be to step back in and review the newest film in the long-running "Saw" series. I didn't intentionally sit the series out, but I also didn't make any big effort to catch up with them at any point, either.  The last "Saw" film that I know for sure I saw was the second one.  I think maybe I saw "Saw III" at some point, but I couldn't swear to it in court.  I definitely didn't see the fourth or fifth one.  I just felt like I got the point already, and I didn't find the »

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To Scream for Saw VI

22 October 2009 8:58 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Every Halloween for the past four years, a new Saw sequel has opened—and the film series’ high mortality rate necessitates the casting of a group of new faces each time. Many an up-and-coming actor has shrieked and suffered his or her way through a role as one of Jigsaw’s victims—but one of the ensemble in Saw VI, opening this Friday from Lionsgate, had special preparation. Tanedra Howard, who plays Simone in the latest entry, won her part via VH1’s Scream Queens reality/competition show last year.

At the time she tried out for the series, however, she had no idea what screen vehicle might await her at the other end. “We were all, ‘What movie is this gonna be for?’ ” Howard recalls. “We didn’t know if it was gonna be a straight-to-dvd, so it could have been good or it could have been kind of embarrassing. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Gingold)

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To Scream for Saw VI

22 October 2009 8:58 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Every Halloween for the past four years, a new Saw sequel has opened—and the film series’ high mortality rate necessitates the casting of a group of new faces each time. Many an up-and-coming actor has shrieked and suffered his or her way through a role as one of Jigsaw’s victims—but one of the ensemble in Saw VI, opening this Friday from Lionsgate, had special preparation. Tanedra Howard, who plays Simone in the latest entry, won her part via VH1’s Scream Queens reality/competition show last year.

At the time she tried out for the series, however, she had no idea what screen vehicle might await her at the other end. “We were all, ‘What movie is this gonna be for?’ ” Howard recalls. “We didn’t know if it was gonna be a straight-to-dvd, so it could have been good or it could have been kind of embarrassing. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Gingold)

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See Saw with Alex, Day 4: Saw IV

20 October 2009 12:15 PM, PDT | Rotten Tomatoes | See recent Rotten Tomatoes news »

Suspecting they would have large significance in later sequels, I yesterday refrained from commenting on Saw III's plethora of useless shots. The camera's fixation on Agent Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), barely above a bit player in part three. Amanda reading a letter. Jigsaw pouring candle wax on a tape. All of these are meant to clue us in to later events in the series, but taking Saw III as a standalone movie (a test that, I believe, all movie sequels have a responsibility to meet), these moments were just dead weight that contributed to an already slow, putrid movie. »

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Excl: Saw VI 's Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton

20 October 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

They're not allowed to publicly speak about what went wrong with Saw V , which was critically torn asunder, even by the most devout fans of the series, like it was a victim of Jigsaw's many traps, but writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton will gladly talk to you about how Saw VI is an improvement. This latest entry, directed by series editor Kevin Greutert (making his directorial debut) and coming to theaters October 23, is the third Saw film penned by the duo, also behind this summer's The Collector and the Feast trilogy. They've had the unenviable task of picking up a storyline which found its principle antagonist, Jigsaw (aka John Kramer) dead. For Saw IV they deftly met that challenge head-on by telling a story than ran parallel to Saw III . In Saw V , »

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If it's Halloween... It Must be Saw.

17 October 2009 11:49 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

"Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood."

On Friday, October 23rd the sixth chapter in the popular Saw franchise will arrive in theaters everywhere, and to celebrate - it's Saw week on Fangoria.com

We're taking a look back at the entire franchise, starting with the first film and ending with the sixth. In addition to our flashback coverage found below, look for all-new Saw VI features right here all week, along with your chance to win some great Saw prizes!

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Terror Tidbits (Fango #288): Saw VI, Audiences Sick

6 October 2009 12:43 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Sunrise, sunset. Days bleed into days, weeks into weeks and years into years. And as the world turns and nature casts an indifferent eye to our petty mortal foibles, stresses and concerns, a legion of dedicated men and women know that outside of death and taxes, there is but one constant in their lives, one definite that will call to them and embrace them every year, without fail. It will lead them to a place that, though strewn with all manner of glistening viscera and roughly removed limbs, is a sort of home away from home.

And when that phone rings, they know what the disembodied voice on the other end will say to them from the corporate ether:

“Get ready…we’re doing another Saw.”

Since James Wan and Leigh Whannell unleashed their original horror/torture/morality tale in 2004, the neverending Saw franchise has become a predictable presence. Relocating »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Chris Alexander)

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