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It should of course be "Football Am" – an insuperable barrier for the sniffier sports fan. For everyone else, Max Rushden and Helen Chamberlain are on hand with what will undoubtedly be a bumper crop of celebrity guests, the usual tinsel-draped features including the funniest Third Eyes, as well as a feast of highlights and goals from the 2012-13 campaign thus far, both at home and abroad. All this and the footballettes – sorry, Soccerettes. DS
Christmas Day just wouldn't be the same without a winsome family animation playing out through the fug of too many »
- David Stubbs, Mark Jones, John Robinson, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Paul Howlett
Midnight Update: Paranormal Activity 4 grossed an estimated $4.5 million last night. That combines 9 p.m. showtimes (which should be counted towards Thursday) and midnight showtimes (which belong in Friday). This debut is noticeably lower than Paranormal Activity 3 ($8 million at midnight only) and Paranormal Activity 2 ($6.3 million at midnight only). Based on this information, it looks unlikely that Paranormal Activity 4 will reach $40 million for the weekend. Forecast: In what's become a perennial Halloween tradition, the latest chapter in the Paranormal Activity franchise is set to open atop the box office this weekend.While Paranormal Activity 4 is sure to have a very strong debut, though, audiences usually start to lose interest by the fourth movie in any franchise, and it should therefore fall short of its predecessor's record-setting opening. The only other nationwide release this weekend is Alex Cross, which marks the first time Tyler Perry is starring in »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We've waited and waited. We've watched this film tour from coast to coast. And now finally, finally, The Devil's Carnival is becoming available on DVD and Blu-ray on October 23rd. And a lucky reader is going to win a copy after reading this article.
From director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer Terrance Zdunich, The Devil's Carnival will be available in two different versions, "The Ringmaster" and "The Sinner" editions. Similar to the pair's other film, Repo: The Genetic Opera, The Devil's Carnival is a totally unique, horrific musical. For more visit the official The Devil's Carnival website.
Now for the really fun part. One Dread Central reader is going to win a copy of the premium version of the film, The Ringmaster Edition of The Devil's Carnival. It can be yours. All you have to do is send an E-mail Here including your Name and Mailing Address and the answer »
- Doctor Gash
*here be spoilers. Director/writer: Darren Lynn Bousman. Cast: Stephen Moyer, Mia Kirshner, Allie MacDonald, Erik Knudsen, Max Topplin, Demore Barnes and J. Larose. Director Darren Lynn Bousman has spent some time in horror and film in general. He directed Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV and the musical Repo! The Genetic Opera. His supernatural title 11-11-11 was hit and miss with both viewers and critics. Now, his latest, The Barrens, also shoots wide of its mark. Monotonous through sixty plus minutes, this film does not find its legs until late into its runtime. Only Stephen Moyer's ("True Blood") performance as Richard is worth mentioning in this very lukewarm psychological drama. The story begins with the Vineyard family heading out into the New Jersey wilderness for relaxation and fun times. The campgrounds are overpopulated, so dad takes his two kids and new wife deeper into the woods. Something is waiting for them there, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
They say there’s no rest for the wicked, but it seems like there’s no rest for director Darren Lynn Bousman! Hot off the heels of a second successful tour with his rock horror musical The Devil’S Carnival comes the release news for his 7th feature length film The Barrens, a new horror film based on the Jersey Devil legend. We’ve got the cover art (above) and the trailer (below). Anchor Bay Entertainment will release The Barrens on DVD or a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack on October 9th.
Here’s the full press release:
Anchor Bay Films invites viewers to revisit those campfire ghost stories that launched thousands of nightmares at summer camp with the October 9th release of The Barrens, the twisted new chiller from writer/director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Mother’s Day). With a stellar genre and mainstream cast including Stephen Moyer (“True Blood, »
- Rob Galluzzo
Madness Becomes Reality October 9th on Blu-ray™/DVD Combo, DVD and VOD.
Anchor Bay Films invites viewers to revisit those campfire ghost stories that launched thousands of nightmares at summer camp with the October 9th release of The Barrens, the twisted new chiller from writer/director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Mother’s Day). With a stellar genre and mainstream cast including Stephen Moyer (“True Blood,”… More »
From the director of Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV comes The Barrens. A family go off into the woods, that’s their first mistake, and soon hear stories about The Devil. The father, played by Stephen Moyer, gradually descends into madness and becomes a danger to his family. But is he really bonkers or is the devil out to get them? With the ability to freeze frame trailers on line you may be able to capture single frames that might give you some clue. But that’s kind of ruining it don’t you think? The film looks scary and emotional which is always good, but after The Cabin In The Woods it may take me a while to watch a generic horror again.
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
"Sources we trust tell Bloody exclusively that Lionsgate is tinkering with the idea of rebooting the Saw franchise, although an eighth film isn’t out of the cards. It should also be noted that nothing is official, and nothing has been decided. Things are at infant stages at this time, but rest assured, Jigsaw will return."
Read the full article here.
I'll bet they are 'tinkering' with this idea. It was a franchise that generated $873 million worldwide. The most successful film in the franchise is generally considered to be Saw II (on domestic box-office), but according to worldwide box-office, it seems Saw III takes the crown. And believe me, I was there. I watched »
Lionsgate is reportedly considering a remake of its 2004 horror hit, but has not ruled out the possibility of an eighth film
It only debuted in 2004, and the most recent instalment hit cinemas fewer than two years ago, but the Hollywood studio behind the Saw horror series is already planning to bring it back to the big screen, according to the Bloody Disgusting blog.
Having grossed more than $870m (£556m) worldwide, the seven films in the franchise have been a huge moneyspinner for Lionsgate, which delivered a new movie annually each year at Halloween between 2004 and 2010. The series helped fuel the popularity of the "torture porn" subgenre typified by Eli Roth's Hostel films, though Australian creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell have always dismissed such labels.
The first Saw film was a significant critical hit after debuting at the Sundance film festival in 2004 to strong reviews. However, subsequent films have diminished in popularity with critics, »
- Ben Child
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Lionsgate may not be done with the Saw franchise just yet. Despite what the subtitle for Saw VII was (in case you forget, it was subtitled The Final Chapter), we may be getting yet another film in the once great and now horrid series.
Truthfully, I never believed the studio in the first place. How could they let a cash cow like this come to an end? The films are relatively cheap to make and they still earn quite a bit at the box office, despite being absolute trash.
Yes, Saw, Saw II and maybe even Saw III were good films, but after that things just went way down. Now, the studio is looking to reboot the franchise, or as Bloody Disgusting tells us, “Lionsgate is tinkering with the idea of rebooting the Saw franchise, although an eighth film isn’t out of the cards. »
- Matt Joseph
Over at Total Film’s website the guys have put together a list of the 50 Worst Horror Movie Sequels and whilst the list does contains some real clunkers, there are a number on their list which I consider amongst my favourites. So, I thought I bring you my own list – another Top 10 – of films I think Shouldn’T be on Total Film’s list…
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)
Saw III (2006)
Sorority House Massacre 2 (1990)
Lake Placid 3 (2010)
Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
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Critters 2 (1988)
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
With his roadshow for The Devil's Carnival in the spotlight, we'd almost forgotten about Darren Bousman's The Barrens, but Voltage Pictures is in Cannes with it and has released a new poster for the film about a man who becomes convinced his family is being stalked by the Jersey Devil.
Fansite All Stephen Moyer (the "True Blood" star plays the lead in The Barrens) tracked down the poster for the flick, which co-stars Mia Kirshner ("The Vampire Diaries", 388 Arletta Avenue, The Black Dahlia), Erik Knudsen (Scream 4, Saw II), J Larose (Insidious, Saw III), Allie MacDonald (House at the End of the Street), Max Topplin (Dead Before Dawn 3D, "Fringe") and Peter DaCunha.
The legend of The Jersey Devil has been passed along for hundreds of years as the creature has risen from obscurity to take its place alongside the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, and the Chupacabra. The »
- Uncle Creepy
*Editor’s note: This interview originally appeared on Icons Of Fright’s sister site Massive Hysteria back in September of 2010. With this week’s DVD/Blu-Ray releases of both Mother’S Day and 11-11-11, we thought we’d present it again to the Icons audience completely unedited and uncut. Check it!
Considering director Darren Lynn Bousman’s impressive body of work, which spans over 3 Saw sequels, the crazy rock musical Repo! The Genetic Opera, an episode of NBC’s short lived Fear Itself TV series and the upcoming remake of Mother’S Day, it’s a surprise that we never got him in the hot seat for an extensive Icons Of Fright interview. So, with the launch of Massive Hysteria, we decided that he would make for the ideal interviewee to kick things off in style!
Bousman invited Mh over to his place for our career spanning lengthy chat, »
- Rob Galluzzo
11-11-11 is a horror thriller that happens on the 11th day of the 11th month and is about a entity from another world that enters the earthly realm through Heaven's 11th gate. The film was just released to DVD on April 24, 2012, and I just watched the film and it was much better than expected, look for my review soon. We have also posted a deleted scene from the movie for you to enjoy. The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV) and stars Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes (Final Destination 2) and Brendan Price. »
We've all been there, man. On a road trip, smokin' weed, drinking with our friends, disappearing in the desert once our van breaks down, becoming little more than meat for the beast...
From the Press Release
Big Screen Entertainment Group (Pinksheets: Bseg) is pleased to announce the acquisition of foreign sales rights for "Dead Stop," an exciting, suspenseful thriller from filmmakers who've worked on "The Hunger Games," "Alice In Wonderland," and "Saw III, IV, V & VI."
"Dead Stop" is about a group of teenagers who set out on a ski trip only to have their vacation thwarted when their van breaks down in the middle of the California desert. One by one, the teenagers mysteriously disappear. With limited water and food supplies, they must make a choice to stay in the van or take their chances going out into the desert to look for help.
"We're extremely excited to share »
- Uncle Creepy
Conventions: the gathering place of all things nerdy and fantasy-based. Whether it’s for comics, video games, horror movies, or just movies in general (we tend to call those film festivals, though), conventions truly do have a similar make with similar fan bases to go along with them. And I say this as someone who’s been around the block a time or two. If it’s a Chicago-area affair, I’ve probably been to it at least once.
It was this past Saturday that I made my first trip to the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (or C2E2), and laid eyes upon one of the busiest and most diversified conventions I’ve ever been to. I, of course, had fun and will be back next year in a heartbeat, but I left the show floor a changed man, with a realization that shook me to my core: there are »
- Wiliam Bitterman
Monday April 9th sees the release of horror 666: The Prophecy (a.k.a. 11-11-11) from writer-director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Mother's Day) and to celebrate, Flickering Myth have three copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely folk at Metrodome. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter this competition...
After the tragic death of his wife and child, famed American author Joseph Crone travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain to reunite with his estranged brother Samuel and dying father, Richard. However, fate has a different plan for Joseph as his life becomes plagued with strange happenings, and the constant sightings of the number 11.
Curiosity quickly turns to obsession, and Joseph soon realizes that this number holds a horrific meaning not only to himself but possibly to all of religion. Isolated in »
Directed by Gabe Torres
Written by Timothy Mannion
Brake answers the question, “What the fuck has Steven Dorff been doing?” in more ways than one.
Secret Service Agent Jeremy Reins (Dorff) is trapped in a weird box! Yes, indeed! When you first meet Reins he is just rudely awakening in a dark, box-like container with smooth, thick, plastic walls. He can’t sit up, he can’t move properly, be can’t do much of anything except futilely pound the sides of his enclosure and yell into the darkness. Who put him there? Why? How will he get out? How much fucking air is in there?
If this sounds like one of those “one dude stuck in one spot” thrillers we’ve been enjoying so goddamned much lately, that’s because it is. Like Wreck, the one with Adrian Brody trapped in a car, »
There's nothing more comforting than the love of a Mother for her children. But beware any Mother when her children are threatened! And for a certain diabolical Mother and her vicious progeny, she'll send anyone who threatens her brood straight to Hell itself!
Anchor Bay Films presents the ultimate "Mother" with the May 8th release of Mother's Day on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and on DVD. With an all-star cast including Rebecca De Mornay (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Wedding Crashers), Jaime King (Red Tails, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Sin City), Briana Evigan (S. Darko, Step Up 2 the Streets), Patrick Flueger (Footloose, Brothers), Deborah Ann Woll (HBO's True Blood), Lyriq Bent (Saw IV, Skinwalkers), Frank Grillo (The Grey, Minority Report) and Shawn Ashmore (the X-Men films, Frozen), Mother's Day is the chilling and gorier remake of the 1980 Troma classic by the same name. Srp is $26.98 for the DVD, and $29.99 for the Blu-ray/DVD combo. »
Chicago – It is incredibly rare for a third installment in a franchise to find what was lost in the second one. That usually takes much longer, if it ever comes. “Saw III,” “Friday the 13th, Part III,” “Halloween III” — none of these movies come close to the original. Which is why it’s so remarkable to report that “Paranormal Activity 3” comes surprisingly close to the quality of the first film, arguably surpassing it.
Blu-ray Rating: 3.5/5.0
Where “Paranormal Activity 2” was a lot like watching the same rabbit come out of the same hat, the follow-up is a refreshing remix of the strengths of the first film. Instead of the sometimes-cluttered scares of the second movie, the directors smartly return to slow burn horror, allowing the scares to build slowly to a stunning ending. There are some true, honest scares in “Paranormal Activity 3,” including a great bathroom scene, an »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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