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18 items from 2009

Excl: Director Talks Frankly About Poughkeepsie 's Absence

13 November 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

In response to this week's 2009 Mia list , director Drew Dowdle took a quick break from the production of Devil to weigh in on the absence of The Poughkeepsie Tapes , which he collaborated on with his brother John. "We were hoping that the incredible success of Paranormal Activity would spark MGM to finally release The Poughkeepsie Tapes . The magnitude of MGM's situation has been well publicized in recent days," he says, referring to the studio's recent placement on the auction block. "Sadly, I feel the best chance for our film is if another distributor recognizes the opportunity and makes a move to buy the rights. Otherwise I'm afraid it's going to remain on the shelf. Obviously it's been a very disappointing outcome for my brother and me and everyone »

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Bowling for Boobies: Dread Central’s Horror Starlets Wish to Thank You!

30 October 2009 2:06 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

This scribe and my bowling team - Dread Central’s ‘The Horror Starlets’ comprised of Carlee (Wicked Lake, the upcoming Alluvial) Baker, Heather (The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Alluvial) Snell, Brooke Lewis(iMurders), and Tracy (Dark Woods) Coogan - took part in Tuesday night’s fifth annual non-profit Bowling for Boobies Los Angeles breast cancer event, and we wish to thank those in the horror community who so generously donated to this wonderful cause (see the list below).

Culminating at Jillian’s Hi-Life at Universal City Walk with a red carpet, a night of bowling, and the paparazzi snapping away (see our photo gallery below), the charity - run by founder Stephanie Lahart of the Busted Foundation - raised over $80,000, with our team (who received an award for ‘Best Look’) contributing $5,000 of that total. As they do each year, the proceeds will benefit local Los Angeles women battling breast cancer.

Thanks »

- SeanD.

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Bowl for Boobies with Tracy Coogan - Win Tickets to Dark Woods & Lunch at Spago!

21 October 2009 3:23 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Tracy Coogan (Zombie Honeymoon, Dark Woods) has been invited by this scribe to join the 'Horror Starlets' who are "Bowling for Boobies" to raise money for women fighting Breast Cancer. To support the Busted Foundation, Ms. Coogan, along with Nom De Plum Films, Dread Central, and Tcb Public Relations, will give away two exclusive tickets for this Thursday's Dark Woods screening in Los Angeles.

This Exclusive Dark Woods screening will be held on the 22nd of October at 7:30 at Laemmle's Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046. The film will be followed by a reception at the Bar Marmont, where the winners have the chance to meet up and mingle with Tracy, James (Public Enemies) Russo, Dark Woods director Michael Escobedo, writer/producer John Muscarnero, Dread Central's Sean Decker, and Wicked Lake's Carlee Baker.

To enhance this offer, in addition the winners will win an exclusive lunch at Wolfgang Puck »

- SeanD.

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Plot Details for M. Night Shyamalan's Devil Finally Uncovered

17 October 2009 8:11 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

If you want to stay completely fresh on this project, then you should stop reading. But if you want to know just a little bit more about what happens in this, not enough to ruin the experience, but enough to get you interested, then keep on reading. Most of what is said will be revealed in the first trailer anyway, so it's not that big of a deal. Earlier this week it was announced that Chris Messina would star in Devil, an M. Night Shyamalan produced project and the first film in his Night Chronicles series. John Erick and Drew Dowdle (of The Poughkeepsie Tapes) are directing from a script written by Brian Nelson. Read on to find out! Following that casting, Brendon from SlashFilm went on a quest to find out more details about the project. He first discovered this short logline: "A group of people are trapped in »

- Alex Billington

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Horror Starlets Bowl For Boobies

16 October 2009 5:17 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Breasts: we all love’ em. What better way to show your love for breasts than to

help fight breast cancer?

Sponsor The Horror Starlets In Bowling For Boobies

For the last couple of years, Sean Decker of has been involved directly with Bowling for

Boobies (a non-profit fundraiser which provides monetary assistance to L.A.

women who are experiencing financial challenges as the result of fighting and

living with breast cancer). It’s been a vastly rewarding experience, as the

money Bfb generates goes directly to someone struggling with this deadly

disease (and not some ambiguous reasearch society).

This year, they are at it again, with the 5th Annual Bowling for Boobies, which

culminates on October 27th in Los Angeles at Jillian’s Hi-Life at Universal

City Walk with a red carpet, followed by an evening of bowling. The Go-Go’s

Jane Wiedlin will be on hand to »

- sean

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Help Horror Actresses 'bowl for boobies'- and raise money for breast cancer survivors!

16 October 2009 11:59 AM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Sponsor the Horror Starlets bowling team as they raise money for Breast Cancer Survivors in Los Angeles on October 27th in Universal Studios, California! Bowling for Boobies is a non-profit fundraiser which provides monetary assistance to Los Angeles women who are experiencing financial challenges as the result of fighting and living with breast cancer. The money Bfb generates goes directly to someone struggling with this deadly disease.

The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin will be on hand to knock down some pins with The Horror Starlets bowling team, which is comprised of Carlee Baker (Wicked Lake and Alluvial), Heather Snell (The Poughkeepsie Tapes), Tracy Coogan (Dark Woods and Zombie Honeymoon ), Brooke Lewis (iMurder and Slime City Massacre), and Eve Mauro (Penance and The Steam Experiment). So, how can you help?...

A modest (and tax-deductible donation) would be most appreciated.

This year the 5th Annual Bowling for Boobies is on October 27th in Los Angeles, »

- Superheidi

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Chris Messina Cast in M. Night Shyamalan Produced 'Devil'

16 October 2009 3:56 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Finally Chris Messina gets cast in a lead role! Unfortunately it's for a horror movie and I'm not sure it'll end up being that big. Messina is set to star in Devil, a horror-thriller based on an M. Night Shyamalan story that's being directed by John Erick and Drew Dowdle of The Poughkeepsie Tapes and Quarantine. Devil is the first film in the Night Chronicles series, a trio of thrillers in which Shyamalan will create the premise then pass the idea off to other filmmakers to be developed into a feature. The script was written by Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night writer Brian Nelson. Production begins in Toronto later this month. The plot of Devil is being kept under wraps by Universal at the moment, but word is that Messina will play Bowden, a "sobered-up homicide detective." Not much to go off of. We last wrote about the project »

- Alex Billington

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Bowling for Boobies a Starlit Event

15 October 2009 10:18 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Hmmmm...boobs! What better way to celebrate boobs than by supporting the annual "Bowling for Boobies" fundraiser that kicks off this October 27th? Sponsored by Sean Decker from the focus of this charity event is in supporting women with breast cancer and the financial struggles that are often associated with fighting cancer. A first rate charity with a first rate cast of supporters several horror icons will be there at the Universal City Walk including: Tracy Coogan (Zombie Honeymoon 2), Brooke Lewis (IMurders), and Bill Millsap. Have a look at a full list of actors and actresses attending the "Bowling for Boobies" charity event inside.

Brooke Lewis (IMurders, Kinky Killers -Seen left),

Bill Millsap (Experienced Voice Actor),

Carlee Baker (Wicked Lake, Alluvial),

Heather Snell (The Poughkeepsie Tapes),

Tracy Coogan (Dark Woods, Zombie Honeymoon -Seen left),

Eve Mauro (The Steam Experiment).


- Michael Ross Allen

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Messina goes to the Devil for Shyamalan and the Dowdles

15 October 2009 9:42 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Variety reports that Chris Messina (pictured) has been tapped to star in Universal PicturesDevil, being produced by M. Night Shyamalan (based on his original story) and his regular filmmaking partner Sam Mercer. The movie gets rolling October 26 in Toronto.

John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, of Quarantine and the still-unreleased The Poughkeepsie Tapes, will direct and executive-produce Devil (which we first reported on here) from a script by 30 Days Of Night’s Brian Slade. The filmmakers aren’t revealing anything about the storyline, though the trade does report that Messina, who has been seen mostly in comedies like Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Away We Go and Julie & Julia, will play a sobered-up homicide detective named Bowden. Devil is the first in the Night Chronicles, a trilogy of features to be produced one a year by Shayamalan and Media Rights Capital. »

- (Michael Gingold)

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Horror Starlets Bowling For Boobs Need Your Help

1 September 2009 1:37 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Perhaps at some point in your life you've spent $20 in a strip club. If so, can you spare another $20 for a woman battling breast cancer? You know you can!

The fifth annual non-profit Bowling For Boobies is upon us again, and myself, Wicked Lake actress Carlee Baker, and The Poughkeepsie Tapes' Heather Snell are assembling a "Horror Starlets" bowling team for the event. We are asking you for a small donation to help this great cause and to benefit local Los Angeles women fighting breast cancer. Please help!

All you need to do to donate is click here.

The fundraiser culminates on October 27th in Los Angeles at Jillian’s Hi-Life at Universal City Walk with a red carpet, paparrazzi, and bowling.

Thank you so much in advance (and my gratitude to those who donated last year to this wonderful cause: Wicked Lake director Zach Passero, Our Lady's Alex, »

- SeanD.

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M. Night Shyamalan Moves the Dowdle's Devil Up To Canada

25 August 2009 2:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

An interesting story uncovered today by our friends at SlashFilm as found in the Philadelphia Inquirer. M. Night Shyamalan has been a hometown filmmaker ever since he started with The Sixth Sense and Wide Awake back in the late 90s. He's shot eight out of nine of his films in the Philadelphia region and is even staying there for post-production on The Last Airbender. Which is why the local newspaper made a big deal out of Shyamalan taking his film Devil up to Canada. But what is Devil? First off, it's not a new Shyamalan film, as he's only producing (and writing the story), but it sounds like a very interesting project anyway. There are no actual story details available yet, but we do know that Devil is being directed by the Dowdle Brothers - Drew and John Erick - who last brought us two creepy thrillers, The Poughkeepsie Tapes »

- Alex Billington

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M Night Shyamalan’s Devil Relocates To Canada

25 August 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

M Night Shyamalan is known for shooting his films close to home, in and around the Philadelphia area. Right now the director is even doing post production on his latest, The Last Airbender, in Philly. This morning I received an e-mail from a /Film reader named Bruce W who alerts me that Shyamalan is being forced to relocate his next film, Devil, to Toronto. My first reaction was... Wait, what the hell is Shyamalan's Devil? (pun intended) Details after the jump. Somehow I totally must have missed this project when it was first reported last October. Devil is a supernatural thriller, based on an original idea from Night, co-written by Brian Nelson (30 Days of Night) and directed by The Dowdle Brothers, John Eick and Drew Dowdle, who were executive producers and writers on Quarantine and The Poughkeepsie Tapes. What is it about? We don't know... details are being kept tightly »

- Peter Sciretta

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Shyamalan's Devil Gets The Hell Out Of Philadelphia

25 August 2009 2:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The upcoming feature Devil from producer M. Night "The Sixth Sense" Shyamalan is reportedly moving production out of Philadelphia to tax-friendly Toronto. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, officials with the state film office say the director's planned move is due to uncertainty over whether Pennsylvania's film tax credit will be approved in the state's budget. Shyamalan lives near the Philly suburb of Malvern, filming eight of his nine features in the region. Devil, due for a 2011 release is being directed by brothers Drew and John Erick Dowdle, noted for horror thriller The Poughkeepsie Tapes. The feature is to be the first property in the Night Chronicles series of films in which Shyamalan will create the central premise, then pass the idea to suitable writers/directors to develop into a movie. Screenplay for Devil is by writer Brian "30 Days Of Night" Nelson. Sneak Peek the original trailer for The Poughkeepsie Tapes. »

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Alluvial Casting Update

30 July 2009 3:42 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

More casting news has come our way today concerning Fire Sign Films' production of Alluvial, which is being produced and directed by Geza Decsy and co-written and produced by Sean Decker and

Jack Ulrich.

Carlee Baker (Wicked Lake) is set to star alongside Ken Lally ("Heroes", "Enterprise") and R.A. Mihailoff (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3). Gunnar Wright (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Heather Snell (The Poughkeepsie Tapes), and Deacon Conroy (A Marine Story) have also been attached to headline in

leading roles.

“Carlee offers not only a genre pedigree, says director Decsy, “she brings to Alluvial a sweet charisma and quietly unhinged quality that fully embodies what we wanted for the role of Eileen. Still, serious character work aside, she’s also promised her fans that she’ll 'rock the side boob better than anyone'! How can you not just adore that kind of dedication to the art? »

- Uncle Creepy

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More Casting News for Alluvial

30 July 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

One of the sexy sirens of Wicked Lake is joining the cast of Alluvial , the indie horror film we introduced to you earlier this month . Carlee Baker (pictured) joins Ken Lally and R.A. Mihailoff as well as the recently cast Gunner Wright ( G.I. Joe ), Heather Snell ( The Poughkeepsie Tapes ) and Deacon Conroy ( A Marine Story ). Alluvial , written by Sean Decker and Jack Ulrich, will roll cameras this fall with Geza Decsy in the director's chair. Fire Sign Films is producing. In the film seven friends contract a mysterious illness while camping the badlands of the Panamint Valley. The virus they contract causes them to turn on one another in a display of skewed emotions and primal rage. You can visit the film's MySpace page here . Here's another exclusive look at a »

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Sony Finally Allows You to '[Rec]' Yourself

4 May 2009 5:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Okay, so for months and months, we've yammered on about the merits of [Rec], the Spanish-language horror flick that inspired the moderately successful Quarantine, and how we'd yet to see a proper domestic release of it (with Canadian retailers coming to the rescue in that regard).

Well, worry no more, all two of you that held out, because Sony's home entertainment department has seen fit to release the movie this July 14th, according to Fangoria and DVD Active. Apparently, the movie will come with a single making-of featurette, though I find the inclusion of an English-language dub track a bit superfluous in the wake of the (virtually) identical remake.

I haven't been able to check out Quarantine yet on home video, though I hear that the commentary track by the filmmakers makes no mention of this film, but does name-check their previous work, The Poughkeepsie Tapes, which has still yet to hit shelves. »

- William Goss

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Three years of Tribeca Film Festival reviews!

21 April 2009 1:18 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The eighth annual Tribeca Film Festival begins this week in Manhattan, offering a number of intriguing and exciting new genre movies (see details here). We’ll be bringing you reviews of these movies soon, and we also thought we’d offer a look back at the fright fare (including some of the highest-regarded horror features in recent years) we reviewed from past Tribeca fests.

Follow the links below to read our previous coverage of these fear features, some of which were also part of our After Dark Horrorfest Flashbacks:

Tribeca 2006

The Gravedancers: review here

Hatchet: review here

Alone With Her and Sam’S Lake: review here

Lunacy and Sheitan: review here

Tribeca 2007

Unearthed: review here

Rise: Blood Hunter: review here

Mulberry Street: review here

The Poughkeepsie Tapes: review here

Tribeca 2008

Baghead: review here

The Wild Man Of The Navidad and Kirksdale: review here

Let The Right One In »

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes (Tribeca Flashback Review)

21 April 2009 12:46 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

I’m gonna start by venturing into some potentially contentious territory here, so please bear with me. When the self-videotaped rants of Virginia Tech killer Cho Seung-Hui were broadcast on television, many objected, claiming it to be a glorification of the maniac and his acts, and unnecessarily upsetting to a wounded nation in general and the victims’ loved ones in particular. Yet there was also a potentially therapeutic purpose to airing Cho’s expressions of his diseased mindset; when such an unthinkably tragic act of violence occurs, the opportunity to find out what made the culprit tick can serve to make his actions less incomprehensible, and more reconcilable with reality; a down-to-earth human monster can be easier to deal with than one who seems an inhuman force of evil. That’s one reason documentaries on serial killers continue to draw viewers—on a certain level, ascribing these malefactors concrete psychological »

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