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Back in the 1980s, the British Board of Film Classification and the Morality Police (spearheaded by Margaret Thatcher and Mary Whitehouse, a professional busybody) were offended by the subject matter of films being made. Their censorship efforts resulted in certain offensive films being labelled as “video nasties”, and restricted from viewers in the UK. The most famous of these was undoubtedly The Evil Dead, which went on to become a huge cult classic, spawning two sequels, a remake, and an untold number of unofficial knockoffs (it also gave us Sam Raimi’s mainstream career which produced the infamous Spider-man 3 dance sequence, but one can’t have everything).
Others have gone on to fame (or possibly infamy) among the sleaze horror community, including Cannibal Holocaust, The Last House on the Left, and I Spit On Your Grave. But then there are others that are so laughably outlandish, so deeply offensive to traditional morality, »
- Audrey Fox
If you're a resident of the Los Angeles area and a horror fan, then no doubt you're familiar with the Hyaena Gallery located at 1928 Olive Avenue over in beautiful Burbank, California. In the last several years, the gallery along with it's stable of artists have made a name for themselves not only for their unique dark art, but for paying tribute to all the things we love about the horror genre. When they're not showcasing original pieces from their roster of artists, they sometimes focus on theme specific shows such as the 'Scream' exhibit and the 'Psycho' legacy shows they've hosted in prior years back. But right now, for the entire month of March, they're paying tribute to one of the horror director greats. Wes Craven.
- Rob Galluzzo
Thinks it’s poetical and epic, and the more dramatic it thinks it’s being, the more hilariously histrionic it all is. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s a Fast & Furious ripoff! No, wait, it’s based on a popular videogame!
Which one makes Need for Speed sound more junky and more calculated to trick audiences into parting with their hard-earned cash? Cuz: that one.
And if throwing away 2D dollars on this doesn’t thrill you enough, know that the 3D version was created in postproduction– which never, never looks good — as an extra bonus cash grab. If you want to feel like you’re driving a car in 3D, you could just go drive a car.
There’s no story and no characters in the Electronic Arts series of games this »
- MaryAnn Johanson
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on a Wes Craven art exhibition, the first sighting of Megafoot, a 100 zombie films graphical print, first photos from Australian Horror film, Barrow, an interview with actor, writer, and filmmaker Sean Stone, and much more:
The Horror Legacy of Wes Craven Exhibit Details: “Wes Craven has been feeding our collective horror consciousness since 1972, when his first feature, “The Last House on the Left,” debuted. That film was gritty, raw and terrifying, it still causes a guttural reaction some 40 years later. In his career, Wes has created some of the most memorable moments in horror cinema, from the torture scene in “The Serpent and the Rainbow,” to the Johnny Depp’s explosive scene in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” to the first glimpse of Michael Berryman’s savagery in “The Hills Have Eyes. »
- Tamika Jones
Stars: Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Garrett Dillahunt, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Kunal Nayyar, Billy Campbell, Michael Imperioli, Ashlynn Yennie, Richard Riehle | Written by Dan Schaffer | Directed by John Suits
Based on the graphic novel by Dan Shaffer (Doghouse), The Scribbler is the latest “comic book movie” to grace our screen, telling the story of Suki, a lonely woman dealing multiple-personality disorder, who moves into a halfway house for recently released mental patients. But her arrival coincides with the deaths of other residents, residents who are dying at an alarming rate. Continuing her dissociative treatment at “home” Suki, undergoes an experimental procedure to cure her illness involving ‘The Siamese Burn’ machine which is designed to eliminate her unwanted identities one by one. But each time she uses the machine she black out and the machine changes, doing something new, something that turns her world inside out.
As a comic »
- Phil Wheat
It's been a long time since we've heard anything about Universal Pictures, Mandalay Pictures and Platinum Dunes' remake of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds, but if you were hoping that Michael Bay's production company had forgotten about its plans, then I'm afraid you're out of luck.
Variety is reporting that Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen (Taped, Daylight) has signed on to direct the film, which Bay is producing alongside Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Peter Guber and David Zelon. The project has previously passed through the hands of Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) and Dennis Iliadis (Hardcore, The Last House on the Left), while Naomi Watts was attached to the Tippi Hedren role back when it was first announced in 2007.
- Gary Collinson
Now that the mad rush by every major studio to schedule their buzziest projects in the summer of 2015 appears to have subsided, savvy execs are beginning to look further forward to book slots in 2016. Yesterday, we brought you news that Warner Bros. had slotted romantic comedy How to Be Single for that year’s Valentine’s Day weekend, and now Sony is getting in on the action by handing their children’s book series adaptation Goosebumps a spring release date of March 23, 2016.
Currently, the Rob Letterman-helmed film, inspired by R.L. Stine’s massively popular Ya horror anthology series, has the weekend all to itself, though it will probably face stiff competition from two holdovers: Summit’s already-scheduled Divergent sequel Allegiant and DreamWorks’ ambitious Mumbai Musical. Putting Goosebumps so close to both films indicates that Sony has a large amount of confidence in the film’s ability to overcome the pair, »
- Isaac Feldberg
About a year ago, it was announced that John Cusack (1408) signed on to star in another Stephen King movie, called "Cell." Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) was hired soon after to direct from a script by King and Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left). "Cell" has now started shooting and we have the first photo of Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson re-teaming after working together on "1408," another Stephen King adaptation. Check out the photo below. Plot: When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users' minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the blood-thirsty and hyper-connected "phoners." Photo: (click to enlarge) »
After deftly handling supporting roles in action fare like Man on a Ledge and The Last Stand, actress Genesis Rodriguez is set to make her mark as a scream queen in the upcoming Blumhouse thriller Home.
The actress will star alongside Topher Grace in the thriller, which centers on a man (Grace) who inherits a creepy old mansion from his parents and begins to believe that it is haunted. It’s not much of a spoiler to say that he’s right, and lots of horrifying supernatural events ensue. It has not been confirmed which character Rodriguez will be playing in Home, though I imagine that she’ll be taking on the role of the love interest of Grace’s protagonist.
- Isaac Feldberg
If you count "Kid," tonight's casting report features a great group of first names. Holliday Grainger is in negotiations to star opposite Christoph Waltz in the period romance Tulip Fever, directed by Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom). Kid Cudi has joined the cast of the Entourage movie, written and directed by series creator Doug Ellin. Genesis Rodriguez will join Topher Grace and Patricia Clarkson in the supernatural thriller Home, directed by Dennis Iliadis (The Last House on the Left). More on each project after the jump. The adaptation of Deborah Moggach's novel, Tulilp Fever, is set in 17th century Amsterdam. The Wrap reports Grainger will play a married woman in an affair with an artist in Tulip Fever: "The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together." This is a passion project for Alison Owen »
- Brendan Bettinger
Man on a Ledge and Identity Thief star Genesis Rodriguez is, according to TheWrap , set to join the recently-announced Topher Grace and Patricia Clarkson for Home , Blumhouse Productions' upcoming haunted mansion thriller. Grace stars as a young man who, recently released from a mental institution, moves into a newly-inherited mansion. Unfortunately for him, he soon begins to believe that the building is haunted by a mysterious supernatural force. Dennis Iliadis, the director behind the recent The Last House on the Left remake, will helm Home , directing from a script by Adam Alleca. Jason Blum will produce alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Graham King (the three of whom were originally developing the property through their Appian Way). Universal »
It’s easy to see that Stephen King has been finding huge amounts of success in television and film throughout the past few years (we just won’t mention that Carrie remake). Though the bestselling author has always been hugely popular, Hollywood has really been jumping to option his books of late.
ABC’s adaptation of Under the Dome proved to be a ratings success this past summer, with another season set to debut in June. Meanwhile, NBC is planning a miniseries adaptation of his book The Tommyknockers, adaptations of The Dark Tower and The Stand may finally be gaining traction, True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga is set to direct a two-part adaptation of It and J.J. Abrams is trying to get his hands around the author’s time-travel tome 11/22/63. Now, one more King adaptation is heating up as well, despite having flown under the radar for quite some time: the apocalyptic zombie yarn Cell. »
- Isaac Feldberg
[Editor's Note: This interview originally ran during the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, where "Love & Air Sex" -- then titled "The Bounceback" -- world premiered. It opens in select theaters this Friday and is available to view on VOD.] You'd be hard pressed to find a more balls to the wall comedic performance at SXSW this year than Sara Paxton's scene-stealing turn in the breakup/makeup romantic comedy "Love & Air Sex." In Bryan Poyser's Austin love letter, Paxton plays Kara, a heavy-metal loving wild child nursing a nasty breakup, who's called upon to come to the aid of her best friend Cathy (Ashley Bell), after Cathy's ex shows up in Austin intent on wooing his old flame back. Best known for her work on the teen and horror film circuits in movies like "Aquamarine," "The Last House on the Left" and "The Innkeepers," Paxton proves in "Love & Air Sex" that screwball comedy is where she truly excels. It's no wonder a character in the movie refers to her as a Goldie Hawn-type. »
- Nigel M Smith
After being stuck in development since 2006, the adaptation of Stephen King's novel Cell is finally moving forward, with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson attached to star. Today, actress Isabelle Fuhrman has landed the female lead in this thriller, playing Alice.
The story centers on Boston artist Clayton Riddell (John Cusack), who is on the verge of selling his comic book when a mysterious pulse turns any human using a cell phone into deadly, zombie-like creatures. Clayton teams up with Tom McCourt (Samuel L. Jackson) and Alice (Isabelle Fuhrman) to get out of the city alive.
Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) is directing from a screenplay adaptation by Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left) and Stephen King. The project had initially been set up at Dimension Films in 2006, when Eli Roth was attached to direct. In 2009, the project was being eyed as a mini-series adaptation, although that never got off the ground. »
The Parenthood star has signed with ICM Partners. Monica Potter snagged a Golden Globe nom for her role as a soccer mom battling an illness on the NBC drama. She also was a regular on TNT’s 2009 drama Trust Me and recurred on Boston Legal. Her big-screen credits include The Last House On The Left, Saw, Along Came A Spider and Patch Adams. Potter also is represented by The Schiff Company and Felker Toczek. ICM last week signed Spike Lee; David Zellner and Nathan Zellner, the filmmakers behind Sundance Jury Prize winner Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter; and actor Pierre Boulanger of Sundance pic God Help The Girl. Related: Emmys Q&A: Monica Potter Sundance: ICM Signs ‘Kumiko’ Duo & ‘God Help The Girl’ Actor »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Stop me if you.ve heard this one before. Jason Blum and his mega successful microbudget studio Blumhouse Productions are putting together a film where the central location is a big house that just so happens to be . get this . haunted! The company that started the Paranormal Activity franchise will return to a residence of revenants for the upcoming thriller Home, which Universal will be distributing. Two of the actors putting on their best fright faces will be Topher Grace and Patricia Clarkson, who are both in negotiations to star. This will be the fourth feature from director Dennis Iliadis, most famous for helming the remake of The Last House on the Left, and whose film +1 was an interesting sci-fi film whose interesting gimmick was lost in the midst of a bunch of partying teenagers. Home.s screenplay was written by Adam Alleca, who also wrote Last House and the »
Blumhouse Productions' newest venture into full out horror thrills is haunted mansion thrill-ride 'Home'. 'Predators' and 'That 70's Show' star Topher Grace has landed the lead role in the movie set to be directed by Dennis Iliadis ('+1', 'The Last House on the Left'). Along with Grace 'Shutter Island' star Patricia Clarkson is also currently in talks to join the cast. Iliadis will helm from a script by 'Last House..' scribe Adam Alleca. Universal will distribute whilst Jason Blum at Blumhouse and Leonardo DiCaprio and co. will co-produce via Appian Way. »
Sometimes the most-used formulas are the most-used for a reason. A prime example of that is haunted house movies. No matter how many we’ve seen over the years, there’s still always something unsettling about the thought of having a ghost for a roommate. In recent years, few have used that formula better than Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, and they’re going to try to do it at least one more time with Home, which now has Topher Grace attached to star.
Adam Alleca’s script focuses on a man who inherits a mansion from his deceased parents after being released from a mental institution. After a series of disturbing events, he begins to think the giant house is haunted. The film will be directed by Dennis Iliadis, who’s best known for the remake of The Last House On The Left in 2009, and will co-star Patricia Clarkson. »
- Alexander Lowe
Topher Grace will star in Home, a supernatural thriller that Jason Blum and his Blumhouse have come aboard to produce. Universal will distribute the picture per its first look deal with Blumhouse. Additionally, Patricia Clarkson is in negotiations to co-star in the project, which will be directed by Dennis Iliadis, best known as the helmer behind the 2009 remake of The Last House on the Left. Photos: Oscar Nominees Adam Alleca wrote the script, which centers on a man (Grace), recently released from a mental institute, who inherits a mansion after his parents die. After a series of disturbing
- Borys Kit
Topher Grace is set to headline Blumhouse Productions' haunted mansion thriller Home , says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter . Patricia Clarkson, meanwhile, is in negotiations to join the project as well. Grace will play a young man who, recently released from a mental institution, moves into a newly inherited mansion. Unfortunately for him, he soon begins to believe that the building is haunted by a mysterious supernatural force. Dennis Iliadis, the director behind the recent The Last House on the Left remake, will helm Home , directing from a script by Adam Alleca. Jason Blum will produce alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Graham King (the three of whom were originally developing the property through their Appian Way). Universal Pictures is set »
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