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Choice Cuts Xiii: The Devil Made Us Do it!

30 December 2010 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

For our 13th episode, I called in John Erick Dowdle to talk about his experiences as an independent filmmaker who is steadily on the rise in Hollywood. John, as you may or may not know, landed on the genre map with The Poughkeepsie Tapes (still unreleased from MGM) and took the leap over to Sony for Quarantine . Then, with brother Drew, he did Devil for producer M. Night Shyamalan. It's no coincidence the film recently hit DVD and I roped him into the show, however, I've known John for a bit now and he's a great interview. So sit back and summon up whatever demonic forces you need to glue your peepers to the screen for eight minutes. Click on the player below to hear John talk about his favorite devil-themed flicks, his time working on his latest production, toiling in the »

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2010's "Missing in Action" Horror Checklist

23 December 2010 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Another milk carton has arrived on our doorstep. "Have you seen me?" reads the carton. Beneath that question features a string of portraits for a year's-worth of completed films now looking for homes and/or release dates. Yes, it's time for another "Missing in Action" report; an assessment of completed, unreleased films that we thought for sure would hit sometime in the last 12 months but were no shows. Looking back, 2009's Mia report was significantly longer than the list below. The good news is that a few of those films mentioned last year eventually turned up on the 2010 release schedule. A few, however, are still sitting on the shelf, like The Poughkeepsie Tapes , Hybrid and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane . Let's look at five more titles still »

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MGM Getting Back on Stable Ground? Hope for Future Projects?

21 December 2010 11:22 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

If you're around my age or older the prospect of a movie world without MGM seems wrong. Very wrong. Hell, unimaginable. The lion has been roaring for many years, and even though he took a financial stumble, he looks as if he's getting ready to go back on the prowl.

According to Variety MGM, which has released only one film this year, received approval on Dec. 2 from a bankruptcy court judge of its "pre-packaged" plan of reorganization. The plan wipes out the equity interest of MGM's current owners, the Sony-led consortium that bought it in 2005 in a $4.8 billion leveraged buyout -- which left the studio with a crushing debt load.

"MGM is emerging from one of the most challenging periods of its storied history," said Spyglass Entertainment toppers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum who will serve as co-chairmen and CEOs. "We are honored and inspired at the opportunity of leading »

- Uncle Creepy

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Hope for Cabin in the Woods and Poughkeepsie ?

21 December 2010 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

MGM is getting back on its feet after a period of financial hardships. The studio announced that its plans for restructuring are complete and with $500 million at its back, MGM intends to forge ahead. Why should this matter to you? Because this is the studio that has been sitting on The Cabin in the Woods and The Poughkeepsie Tapes . The former was delayed for a year to be converted to 3D, however, we heard that never occurred so we can presume it's ready for release whenever MGM scrapes the funds together to get it out there. Ditto for Poughkeepsie , the Dowdle brother' found footage flick originally set to hit in late 2007. This may spell good news for the rumored Child's Play remake writer Don Mancini has been trying to get off the ground at the studio. »

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Night of the Demons (2009)

9 December 2010 8:29 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by: Adam Gierasch

Written by: Joe Augustyn, Jace Anderson, Adam Gierasch

Cast: Shannon Elizabeth, Monica Keena, Bobbi Sue Luther, John F. Beach, Edward Furlong, Michael Copon, Diora Baird, Linnea Quigley

After spending most of the past decade cranking out awful horror remakes, it's reasonable to expect filmmakers to figure out what makes the original films such fan favorites. Yet, with one exception, studios keep mucking things up and the remake of Night of the Demons is no exception.

The film opens with a flashback to 1920's New Orleans, as a well dressed woman hangs herself off the balcony of the Broussard mansion, rather than be captured by a demon possessed gentleman. Perhaps hanging is too weak a term, as the rope appears to be woven out of piano wire and pops the poor lady's head clean off her shoulders. A bit over the top, but the physical effect is well executed and the flashback, »

- Chris McMillan

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'Quarantine'/'Devil' Directors To Helm Pretty Racist-Sounding Cambodian Horror Movie 'The Coup'

23 November 2010 6:36 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Horror directors John and Drew Dowdle are no strangers to controversy. They first came to the attention of the genre crowd back in 2007 with "The Poughkeepsie Tapes," a found-footage serial killer picture that went down so badly with a crowd of horror geeks at a now-legendary screening during Ain't It Cool's Butt-Numb-a-Thon Festival, that it's barely seen the light of day since. However, the film's notoriety landed them the gig of remaking Spanish zombie hit "[Rec]," which was criticized by many fans for being a near shot-for-shot remake of the original, and they didn't exactly win over their critics… »

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“Devil” and the Details

20 September 2010 9:39 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

John Erick Dowdle and his brother Drew are laughing in unison at Fangoria. This is happening not out of disrespect (“We’re big fans,” the brothers say. “We have the Quarantine cover framed in our office!”) but because your correspondent has just asked about the possibility of the duo switching gears at some point and shooting a romantic comedy. The Dowdles previously won notice for the harrowing Handycam realism of The Poughkeepsie Tapes, then translated the ferocious Spanish zombie film [Rec] into Quarantine for English-speaking audiences. Now they have Devil in theaters, based on a story by executive producer M. Night Shyamalan. »

- (Trevor Parker)

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Review: The Dowdles' 'Devil' kicks off The Night Chronicles in high style

17 September 2010 7:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The new film "Devil," which is part one of a new label called "The Night Chronicles," is exactly the sort of thing that fans though they'd be getting from M. Night Shyamalan when he first became a name brand and not "just" a filmmaker. I'm not surprised.  The film was directed by the Dowdles, John Erick and Drew, and written by Brian Nelson.  The Dowdles are responsible for "Quarantine" and "The Poughkeepsie Tapes," and they're talented horror filmmakers who have proven they've got the chops to genuinely unsettle an audience.  With this movie, they've finally made something that has a shot »

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How 'Devil' director shot in confined spaces

17 September 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Filmmakers have the great advantage of being able to open up stories so the action isn't limited to one location as it is on stage.

But when it comes to thrillers, the trend is to work within very confined spaces.

Case in point: "Devil," opening Friday from Universal and Media Rights Capital, takes place mostly in a stalled elevator whose terrified occupants realize one of them is the Devil himself.

Directed by John Erick Dowdle ("Quarantine"), its screenplay by Brian Nelson is from a story by M. Night Shyamalan. It's the first project from Shyamalan's production banner Night Chronicles.

"He had seen our first film, 'The Poughkeepsie Tapes,' which is very disturbing and bizarre, and he loved it," Dowdle told me, referring to the 2007 thriller he directed and co-wrote with his brother Drew, an executive producer of "Devil."

In September '08 Shyamalan asked for an early look at their new thriller "Quarantine. »

- By Martin A. Grove

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Devil Central - Read the Review, Interviews, and More!

17 September 2010 8:21 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

The time is officially upon us! Devil is wreaking havoc in theatres (and elevators) across the country, and we have the scoop on whether or not you should take the ride ... or just opt for the stairs!

Official Synopsis

Welcome to Universal Pictures’ supernatural thriller with M. Night Shyamalan’s (The Sixth Sense, Signs) signature touch, Devil.

Directed by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, The Poughkeepsie Tapes) from a screenplay by Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) and a story by Shyamalan, Devil stars Chris Messina (Julie & Julia), Logan Marshall-Green (Brooklyn’s Finest), Geoffrey Arend (500 Days of Summer), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell), Jenny O’Hara (Mystic River), Bokeem Woodbine (The Last Sentinel), and Jacob Vargas (Death Race).

In the film a group of people is trapped in the elevator, and one of them is the devil.

Devil is produced by Shyamalan and Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense »

- kwlow

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Box office weekend ahead - 'Devil,' 'Easy A,' 'The Town' and 'Alpha and Omega' contend.

17 September 2010 12:29 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Four films will try their luck at the box office this weekend, aiming at a diverse group of viewers. Of these, two films look most likely to contend for the top spot. Warner Bros. Pictures' critically-acclaimed "The Town" crime thriller is helmed by and stars Ben Affleck alongside a strong cast including Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm and Blake Lively. Crime drama is also screenwritten by Affleck alongside Peter Craig based on the Chuck Hogan novel "Prince of Thieves" and opens in 2,861 venues. Universal's M.Night Shyamalan written/produced horror "Devil" is also in the running, despite an unknown cast in comparison to the Warners release. Eerie looking film opens into 2,810 locations and is helmed by John Erick Dowdle ("Quarantine," "The Poughkeepsie Tapes") from the writing by Brian Nelson ("Hard Candy") and Shyamalan. Comedy-wise, Screen Gems sends out their "Easy A" into 2,856 venues with Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, »

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Devil Premiere: A View from the Red Carpet

16 September 2010 4:31 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

On Wednesday, September 15th, the cast and crew of Universal Pictures’ upcoming thriller Devil were on hand at The London Hotel in West Hollywood to celebrate the release of the film in style on a jam-packed red carpet.

On hand to celebrate all things Devil were producer Sam Mercer, the directing duo of John Erick and Drew Dowdle, story originator and producer M. Night Shyamalan, screenplay writer Brian Nelson, special make-up effects creator Robert Hall, as well as the film’s stars including Bokeem Woodbine, Jenny O’Hara, Geoffrey Arend, Chris Messina, Matt Craven and Jacob Vargas. Even Mr. Machete himself, the beloved Danny Trejo, stopped by to support his long-time friend Vargas for his big night.

Unfortunately, Dread Central ran into a bit of technological issues with microphone failure right as the red carpet event started; however, we’ve got a gaggle of stills for you to feast your eyes on below. »

- thehorrorchick

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Three Final Devil Clips

16 September 2010 3:02 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Well, the day of judgement is close at hand as Devil begins tonight at 11:59:59. Two Shyamalan films in one year – whodathunk it?? Devil is the first installment of The Night Chronicles, a series of terrifying stories conceived by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) that he now turns into movies with up-and coming filmmakers. As these talented writers and directors bring Shyamalan.s tales to life, he collaborates with them on new ways to scare us all.

From Yahoo! Movies, here are 3 final clips to get you ready for Devil.


Five strangers in Philadelphia begin their day with the most commonplace of routines. They walk into an office tower and enter an elevator. As they convene into this single place, they are forced to share a confined space with strangers. Nobody acknowledges anybody else. They.ll only be together for a few moments. But what appears »

- Michelle McCue

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Bokeem Woodbine Rides with the "Devil"

16 September 2010 8:51 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

This Friday, Devil, the Dowdle Brothers follow-up to Quarantine and The Poughkeepsie Tapes, will be unleashed in theaters under M. Night Shyamalan’s Night Chronicles banner. While relatively little is known, the plot revolves around five strangers caught in an elevator, with one of them not exactly who they say they are. Actor Bokeem Woodbine (Black Dynamite, The Breed, Dead Presidents) essays one such stranger and spoke to Fango about the film, his role and why people just may be wrong about Shyamalan. »

- (Samuel Zimmerman )

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Exclusive: The Dowdle Brothers Talk Devil / First Word on New Project, The Coup

14 September 2010 11:33 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

In 2008 John and Drew Dowdle surprised horror fans with their American version of [Rec] that was surprisingly tense and shocking, despite following the source material very closely. Now the duo are gearing up to unleash their latest thriller, Devil, in theaters later this week, and in anticipation of the film’s debut, Dread Central caught up with the Dowdles to find out if the devil is really in the details.

Devil, an ensemble project featuring five people stuck in an elevator trying to figure out just which one of them is more than meets the eye, stars Chris Messina, Geoffrey Arend, Jenny O’Hara, Bokeem Woodbine, and Matt Craven. The film is the first project from the Night Chronicles production banner, the new company formed by M. Night Shyamalan. The Dowdles discussed how working with the man who revolutionized the modern twist ending in films with 1999's The Sixth Sense was »

- thehorrorchick

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Exclusive: John Erick and Drew Dowdle Deal with the 'Devil'

14 September 2010 3:30 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

M. Night Shyamalan's up to his old spooky tricks again. In Devil, five strangers trapped in an elevator begin to experience some horrifying events that lead them to believe one of them isn't totally… human. The prolific Shyamalan came up with the film's concept, and passed the reins on to director John Erick Dowdle and Executive Producer Drew Dowdle (the duo behind The Poughkeepsie Tapes and Quarantine), to complete the first instalment of his Night Chronicles series. The two brothers recently spoke with me about bringing this supernatural thriller to life. Check out our conversation after the jump. Did you have a "pinch me" moment when Shyamalan approached you for Devil? John Erick Dowdle: »

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Directors John and Drew Dowdle Talk Devil and Working with M. Night Shymalan

14 September 2010 9:46 AM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Directors John and Drew Dowdle began their careers with 2007's still unreleased The Poughkeepsie Tapes, which then landed them Quarantine and Universal’s upcoming supernatural thriller Devil. The brothers explained to Styd how producer M. Night Shyamalan hired them for the movie.

"Poughkeepsie was one of the first movies [Shyamalan] watched in his new house with his wife who has a PhD in psychology," explained Drew. "They both loved it and hated it and hated the fact that it was the first movie they watched in their new place. Either way, it affected them and from that one viewing, it got us a meeting."

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- Ryan Gowland

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M. Night Shyamalan Talks Devil

11 September 2010 9:45 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Writer M. Night Shyamalan talks about the upcoming film “Devil” by writer M. Night Shyamalan (The Last Airbender, Lady in the Water) from directors Drew Dowdle (Quarantine) and John Erick Dowdle (The Poughkeepsie Tapes, The Dry Spell) and starring Chris Messina (An Invisible Sign, Six Feet Under), Geoffrey Arend, Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell, Edge of Darkness), Logan Marshall-Green and Caroline Dhavernas. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Devil. Synopsis: A group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them. Stay tuned to for the latest movie news and more from M. Night Shyamalan’s “Devil”. »

- Brian Corder

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Check out The Devil's Meeting Website from Universal

9 September 2010 8:48 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Universal put together a really fascinating pop culture and folklore website that delves into the mythology of The Devil. The site also features ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’ where fans can share there most terrible secrets. The upcoming film “Devil” by writer M. Night Shyamalan (The Last Airbender, Lady in the Water) from directors Drew Dowdle (Quarantine) and John Erick Dowdle (The Poughkeepsie Tapes, The Dry Spell) and starring Chris Messina (An Invisible Sign, Six Feet Under), Geoffrey Arend, Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell, Edge of Darkness), Logan Marshall-Green and Caroline Dhavernas. Click Here to visit The Devil’s Meeting from Universal. Synopsis: A group of people trapped in a [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Devil Featurette

9 September 2010 9:05 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

A featurette is now online from the new thriller "Devil." "Devil" is set to hit theaters on September 17, 2010. Have a look at the new film clip and let us know what you think. Directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, The Poughkeepsie Tapes) from a screenplay by Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) and a story by M. Night Shyamalan, Devil stars Chris Messina (Julie & Julia), Logan Marshall-Green (Brooklyn's Finest), Geoffrey Arend (500 Days of Summer), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell), Jenny O'Hara (Mystic River), Bokeem Woodbine (The Last Sentinel) and Jacob Vargas (Death Race). In the film, a group of people is trapped in the elevator, and one of them is the devil. Source: Universal Pictures »

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