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- Michael Stevens
Exclusive: Mpi Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to Tom Hammock’s The Well, a postapocalyptic thriller starring Haley Lu Richardson (MTV’s Awkward, Ravenswood). The Federighi Films pic is set in a once-lush Oregon valley turned dry by a decade-long drought, where a teenage girl fights to protect the last working well from a greedy water baron. Twilight co-stars Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and Michael Welch (Z Nation), Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) also star.
Hammock makes his debut as director after serving as production designer on a number of notable genre indies including All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, You’re Next and The Guest. He also co-scripted with Jacob Forman, who wrote Mandy Lane. The Well premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and will get a theatrical/VOD release early next year through Mpi’s Dark Sky Films. »
- Jen Yamato
Magic Mike Xxl sure is packing the star power, as filming on the sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 stripper hit starts today. Along with confirmation of the newest additions to the cast, Warner Bros. have dropped the official synopsis:
Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, “Magic Mike Xxl” finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.
We’d already been teased with »
- Gem Seddon
Teaser poster for Dark
Let’s face it, as people, we rely so heavily on technology and especially electricity to get through our daily tasks. I don’t know about you, but when there’s a power outage, most of my tasks fall apart. There also comes a sense of dread in those times, making your mind wonder what’s going on and if things will be ok. This seems to be the idea and tone behind Dark, the new film directed by Nick Basile (American Carny) and written by Gut director Elias. Successfully funded through Kickstarter, Dark takes a massive power outage that happened in New York in 2003 and crafts a psychological thriller out of it. Basile and Co. have now debuted the first official teaser of the film, which was also executive produced by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling). Starring Whitney Able (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane »
- Jerry Smith
Since 1988, the Midnight Madness slate at the Toronto International Film Festival has catered to a boisterous bunch of night-dwelling denizens looking for something off-beat from their Fest experience. Over the last quarter-century, selections have included films from legends such as George A. Romero and Dario Argento, and early films by the likes of Peter Jackson. Midnight Madness has even been the springboard for loads of directors, including Eli Roth.
What's unique about this genre slate is that it's programmed by a single individual. These are 10 films handpicked by one very knowledgeable host, Colin Geddes. A fan's fan, he's a guy that started out as a member of those early audiences, parlaying his passions into taking over from Noah Cowan back in 1998, shepherding it into one of the most entertaining and cinematically engaging aspects of this annual festival.
Moviefone Canada spoke to Colin over lunch days after this year's selection was announced. »
- Jason Gorber
It’s been quite a while since we posted anything on that Dead Island video game-to-film adaptation, but it looks like Occupant Entertainment and Deep Silver are digging it up again. It’s a role-playing survival game in which a highly infectious disease turns a resort full of people into zombies after which four immune survivors are tasked with tracking down supplies and finding a way to call for help. Not only has Dead Island sold over eight million units worldwide, but it’s also got an absolutely stunning Cannes Golden Lion-winning teaser trailer that even inspired a live-action remake. You can check out both trailers as well as more details about the possible film adaptation after the jump. Back in 2011, it was Lionsgate that snatched up the rights to the game, but the project stalled. The rights then went back to the publisher, Deep Silver, and now they've opted to team up with Occupant, »
- Perri Nemiroff
The long-awaited Dead Island adaptation has found new life, with Occupant Entertainment signing a deal with video game publisher Deep Silver for a new feature.
Lionsgate acquired the rights to Dead Island back in September 2011, a few months after the game's trailer went viral in February 2011. The game, which follows a group of vacationers on a remote island resort trying to survive a deadly zombie outbreak, has sold over 8 million units worldwide. Machinima even released a live-action remake of the trailer last year, but we haven't heard anything about the movie adaptation in several years.
The project stalled at Lionsgate after Alli Shearmur left the company, and, eventually, the rights reverted back to Deep Silver. There are no filmmakers or talent attached to the project yet, but given the buzz that was swirling around the property at the time of its release, it may not take long to find a »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details from Kadence and soon-to-be feature length film, Headless, a new Phantasmagoria poster, a teaser video for Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, a review of The Well, and more:
First Details on Kadence: “Still reeling from the loss of his mother, a damaging and complex relationship with his father, and a relentless battle with his own inner demons, Kadin’s  grip on reality is loosening by the day. Amid this struggle comes an enigmatic and brazen new neighbor, Marissa , who, along with the promise of a budding new friendship gives Kadin an ancient voodoo doll. Her reassurance is seductive and the promise of a brighter future leads Kadin to make a sinister choice.
Kadence, a short film blending psychological horror with a chilling character drama that could »
- Tamika Jones
By Jennica Lynn Johnson
After seeing the trailer for Warm Bodies (2013), I made a mental note to steer clear of it in movie theaters. Zombies-- although they have had their popularity throughout horror history-- have become significantly trendy within the horror community for the past decade with movies such as 28 Weeks Later (2007), Zombieland (2009), and Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012). By the time the third season of The Walking Dead aired in 2012, it was clear that the end of the current zombie craze could be upon us. I suspected that Warm Bodies would be the last nail in the coffin of what started out as a delightfully gory ride.
I’m not entirely sure why I expected Warm Bodies to be such a failure. Perhaps I feared that it would be another teen romance movie with just a dash of horror elements. Or maybe I thought the leading lady, Teresa Palmer, »
Director Thomas Hammock is about to premiere his debut film at Laff. A post-apocalyptic thriller set in the near future, "The Well" follows 17-year-old Kendall as she fights against an evil water corporation, led by a gang leader named Cason. Previously, Hammock worked as a production designer on various films including "You're Next," "The Guest" and "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane."Read More: Laff Review: Post-Apocalyptic Drama 'The Well' is a Superb Debut for Tom S. Hammock[Editor's Note: Indiewire reached out to filmmakers with films playing at the 20th La Film Festival (June 11-19) to ask them about how they shot their indie, and what advice they had for other filmmakers. We'll be posting their responses throughout the run of the festival. Go Here for the master list.] What camera and lens did you use? We shot with a Red Epic and a Panavision Primo lens. What was the most difficult shoot on your movie and how did you pull it off? Easily the most difficult »
- Oliver MacMahon
Horror Channel plans to screen a selection of provocative revenge and hormonal horror movies in its ‘Xtreme Teens’ season, with will play Saturdays at 22:50 from 5th July and end on 26th July with the Network TV premiere of David Slade’s award-winning, controversial vigilante thriller Hard Candy. The other titles are: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Loved Ones (a personal favourite) and Ginger Snaps.
Plus Horror Channel will be showing the long overdue UK TV premiere of Sexy Killer, Miguel Marti’s brilliant Spanish black comedy horror and the network premieres of Brett Simmons Husk, a 2011 remake of the 1988 film Scarecrows and Cube 2: Hypercube, the 2002 Canadian sequel to the psychological thriller Cube.
Sat 26 July @ 22:50 – Hard Candy (2005) * Network TV Premiere
- Phil Wheat
Marking the directorial debut of production designer Tom S. Hammock ("You're Next," "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”), it's hardly a surprise to note that "The Well" has a stunningly well-designed sense of place, whether the huddled hideaways or sun-seared expanses are both required of the film's ruined world. Years after something's broken the world -- and a decade since the last rain -- "The Well" takes place in what used to be the Oregon Valley, now a dry desert. Kendal (Hayley Lu Richardson) is still trying to survive at the orphanage where she was a child, along with fellow holdout Dean (Boo Boo Stewart); their well, superbly hidden and maintained, provides them with just enough water to live. But their silence and exile and cunning is meaningless when Carson (Jon Gries), representative of "The Company," has his derricks suck the aquifer under the valley dry while rounding up -- »
- James Rocchi
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes Save Yourself first details, a new clip from The Well, a look at the first four minutes from Discopath, the teaser trailer for Bestseller, and much more:
New Clip from The Well and Screening Details: “At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush. It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by, while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether »
- Tamika Jones
In a post-apocalyptic world you have to do whatever it takes to survive against its many dangers. Need an example? Check out this exclusive clip from Tom Hammock's (You're Next, V/H/S/2, The Guest) new flick, The Well.
From the Press Release
At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush.
It's been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by, while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished people and things she has left. »
- Steve Barton
This drama is adapted from the book of the same name by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, which recounts his journey from working as a rodeo cowboy to becoming the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, with over 150 confirmed kills. Luke Grimes is playing fellow Seal team member Marc Lee, although no further character details were given.
Clint Eastwood is directing from an adapted screenplay by Jason Dean Hall (Paranoia, Spread), with Bradley Cooper, Andrew Lazar, Robert Lorenz and Peter Morgan producing. It isn't known when production will begin.
The pic is based on the autobiography by Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle, the Texas native who went from rodeo cowboy to Seal chief with the highest number of sniper kills in U.S. military history. Grimes will play Marc Lee, a Navy Seal who fights alongside Kyle.
Besides playing Christian Grey’s brother in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Grimes just wrapped production on “Shangri-La Suite” opposite Emily Browning. Other past credits include ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters,” Fox’s “Taken 2″ and the indie horror pic “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.”
He is repped by CAA, »
- Justin Kroll
We've been talking about a Doctor Strange movie here on Dread Central for a long while now, and with the pieces slowly falling into place, a short list of directors for the project has come to light. Read on to see who could possibly be bringing the Strange in a big way!
According to THR reporter Borys Kit on Twitter, the aforementioned directors includes Mark Andrews (Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane), and Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose).
Given my familiarity and love for the character, I'd like to see Derrickson tackle it, but Levin is also a very inspired choice. Stay tuned.
Created in 1963, Doctor Strange »
- Uncle Creepy
Over the years, the Toronto International Film Festival has been the premiering ground for many well-regarded horror movies, from All the Boys Love Mandy Lane to You’re Next. Thus, horror movies often pique the interest of fans of the genre simply by making their premiere at the festival. One such film that make its debut at Tiff 2013 was Almost Human. The project marks the feature film writing and directing debut of Joe Begos, and stars Graham Skipper, Josh Ethier, Susan T. Travers, and Vanessa Leigh. A new clip from the movie has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: The Playlist)
The post ‘Almost Human’, the Tiff 2013 horror film, releases a clip appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
In "3 Days to Kill," Amber Heard plays Vivi, an enigmatic, high-ranking CIA officer who brings retired assassin Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) back for one more job with an offer that Renner finds too good to pass up -- even though he has returned to Paris to make amends with his estranged wife and daughter after learning he has just months to live. As a result, Renner is immune to Vivi's considerable charms, even though she quite enjoys playing both the temptress and the ruthless boss while rocking the flashy wigs and tight leather outfits.
Vivi is the latest in a wide-ranging collection of characters that the equally enigmatic Heard has portrayed in both movies and TV, ever since making her big screen debut in the 2004 film "Friday Night Lights." Her other movies include the near-legendary "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" -- a horror film shot in 2006 that finally came »
- Don Kaye
Over at Blumhouse Productions, Jason Blum is working away on a slew of buzzy horror projects, including sequels to his studio’s biggest hits (Sinister 2, Insidious: Chapter 3) and stand-alone flicks that he likely hopes can spark franchises (Ouija, Lazarus). Personally, I’m on already on the lookout for Visions, a Blumhouse pic that, despite its fairly generic premise, is building an increasingly promising cast. Now, Deadline is reporting that Desperate Housewives‘ Eva Longoria has climbed on board the project.
The actress joins Isla Fisher (Now You See Me), Gillian Jacobs (Community), and Anson Mount (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) in the horror-thriller, which focuses on a pregnant wife (Fisher) who begins to suffer terrifying visions of a hooded figure when she moves to the countryside with her husband (Mount). Longoria will play Fisher’s best friend, a glamorous, funny and sarcastic city girl who disapproves of her friend’s life decisions. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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