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Haunter review not scary enough to put the frighteners on

3 April 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The ghost of a serial killer inhabits Abigail Breslin in this supernatural nail-biter, but it's too derivative

Abigail Breslin takes the lead in this serviceable supernatural horror thriller as 15-year-old Lisa, the only one aware that she and her family are trapped in a monotonous Groundhog Day of missing laundry, macaroni cheese and Murder She Wrote. After realising there's a ghost in the house, or rather quite a few, she sets about solving the mystery of her family's time loop, and ends up taking on the evil spirit of a serial killer who once lived there. He is the Haunter (an unnerving Stephen McHattie), who can possess the living. But who is living and who is dead? Director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) explores some intriguing ideas but the pace lags, and the film itself becomes inhabited by the presence of The Amityville Horror, The Shining and The Others, to name a few. »

- Dee Rudebeck

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Ginger Snaps Team Comes Together for A Christmas Horror Story Anthology

20 March 2014 11:07 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

There are a few Christmas, or holiday, themed horror anthologies in the works. Kevin Smith is tinkering around with one about Krampus, as previously reported. Now, producers Steven Hoban and Mark Smith (Ginger Snaps, Haunter, Splice). Hoban will direct a segment, as will Grant Harvey of Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning and Brett Sullivan (Orphan Black). Doug Taylor, Sarah Larsen, James Kee and Pascal Trottier are scripting four "interweaving tales." It sounds like we're going to get the Trick 'r Treat treatment applied to Christmas...

The post Ginger Snaps Team Comes Together for A Christmas Horror Story Anthology appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Upcoming Anthology Will Send A Christmas Horror Story Down Your Chimney

19 March 2014 11:56 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Here on Dread Central we absolutely love movies that infuse a whole lot of horror into the holiday season, and though Christmas is a long ways away at the moment, it's never too early to take a peek under the tree.

Read on for details about an upcoming anthology flick that will bring blood, guts, and carnage to this year's holiday proceedings! As reported by our friends over on Bloody Disgusting, filming is currently under way in Toronto, Canada, on A Christmas Horror Story, an anthology comprised of three tales of yuletide terror.

Santa's trusty elves become flesh-hungry monsters in the first story, which centers on a mysterious disease that sweeps through the North Pole, transforming the elves into the ravenous undead. Santa and the Missus wage a desperate battle for survival.

The mythical demon Krampus comes to life in the second, with the wicked Bauer family discovering that the »

- John Squires

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Stars reveal their criminally underrated entertainment picks

14 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Everyone — stars included — has that one show or movie they believe hasn’t received the attention it deserves. EW asked some celebrities, ranging from director John Waters to actress Allison Janney, what shows or movies they think are criminally underrated. Here’s what they said:

John Waters, director Hairspray, Serial Mom

Bruno Dumont’s movies, which are all long, depressing, French art movies about farmers and the earth and misery [such as Humanité]. I love a feel-bad movie. I hate to feel good at a theater. There is such honesty in the pain he puts on screen.”

John Lasseter, director Toy Story, Cars »

- EW staff

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Haunter’ Does More Than Simply Haunt

14 February 2014 2:08 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Director Vincenzo Natali’s name always gets my attention. You always get the sense tha the’s trying to do something new. He first came to prominence with “Cube” (1997), which is a gorily stylistic bit of cheap psychological horror masquerading as science fiction. “Nothing” (2003) put two men in a literal void reminiscent in some ways of the classic and surreal Chuck Jones Looney Tune “Duck Amuck”. “Splice” (2009) offered an updated Frankenstein myth mixed with sexual politics and a critique of profit-driven genetic engineering.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

So, it’s a little surprising to see him tackle something as careworn as the classic ghost story. “Haunter” has been called a scary version of “Groundhog’s Day”. In reality, from its opening frame, it’s clear that Natali is after far more than simple scares or genre mashup. He’s treading old ground in surprisingly novel fashion (especially compared to his mainstream peers »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Haunter Exclusive Interview with Abigail Breslin

14 February 2014 9:18 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

For those seeking an anti-Valentine's Day movie to watch on this romantic holiday, you can't go wrong with the new thriller Haunter, which debuted on Blu-ray and DVD this week from IFC Films. We have an exclusive interview with star Abigail Breslin, who plays Lisa. This teenager, along with her family, was brutally murdered nearly 30 years ago, although their spirits continue to roam the house thinking they are alive. Lisa begins to suspect her fate when a new family moves into her house, including the young Olivia, played by Eleanor Zichy. Take a look at our exclusive video, which also features interviews with Eleanor Zichy, along with behind-the-scenes footage from director Vincenzo Natali's thriller.

Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, August: Osage County, Zombieland) stars in director Vincenzo Natali's (Splice, Cube, ABCs of Death 2) unique take on the traditional haunted house story. In 1986, 15-year-old Lisa (Breslin) and her family »

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In Transcendence, artificial intelligence is viewed with suspicion

14 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A capable cast and tantalising trailer for this Johnny Depp sci-fi film can't transcend Hollywood's digestible vision of the future

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There seem to be two schools of thought in science fiction about artificial intelligence. The first, as espoused by the late, great Iain M Banks, suggests digital beings with intellectual capabilities greater than our own will most likely be liberated from the destructive desires of their fleshly forebears. Banks posits a galactic utopian civilisation, The Culture, in which eccentric, omniscient machines take great joy in indulging the cute whims of their human charges. These "minds" sit back like wise, all-powerful nursemaids while their simian inferiors bumble around the universe, interfering with every backward civilisation they find while simultaneously partying on til the break of dawn via genetically enhanced sexual organs and auto-synthesised recreational drugs. »

- Ben Child

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There are a Few Haunter(s) in Vincenzo Natali's Latest: A Movie Review

13 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*full disclosure: a Blu-ray screener of this film was provided by IFC Films. Director: Vincenzo Natali. Writer: Brian King. Cast: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, David Hewlett and Peter Outerbridge. Haunter is a film from American director Vincenzo Natali (Splice) and writer Brian King (Night Train). Natali has created a few standout films in his career, including 1997's chilling Cube. His latest is a haunted house thriller, which offers a few surprises in its short runtime. Very mysterious, Haunter brings an intriguing protagonist into this puzzling film. This title, from IFC Films, is one of the better horror features to release so far this year. The film begins and ends with Lisa (Abigail Breslin). She comes out of the Matrix (1999) of her life, after noticing how her life keeps repeating. Events start to change when she expresses the repetition to her family. More characters, also trapped in some sort of limbo, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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Exclusive: Watch The First 5 Minutes Of Vincenzo Natali's Haunter

11 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Vincenzo Natali's Haunter hits home video today (Tuesday, February 11), and we've got the first five minutes to tempt you. Here's the official synopsis: The film stars Abigail Breslin in director Vincenzo Natali's (Splice, Cube, ABCs of Death 2) unique take on the traditional haunted house story. In 1986, 15-year-old Lisa (Breslin) and her family died in their home under sinister circumstances. Unable to move on, their spirits have continued to roam the house. And for nearly 30 years, they have had to live the same miserable day over and over, never thinking they're anything but alive. The Hollywood Reporter aptly called the film: "a clever, supernatural take on Groundhog Day." It was also an Official Selection at the 2013 SXSW festival. Our own Eric...

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Check out this Haunter of an Exclusive Clip

10 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The new spooker from Vincenzo Natali, entitled Haunter (review) and starring Abigail Breslin, is hitting home video tomorrow, but right now we have an exclusive clip from the Blu-ray for ya! Dig it!

From the Press Release

A teenager comes to the distressing realization that she is a ghost and must save others from the fate that befell her years earlier in the eerie horror thriller Haunter.

The latest film from scare master Vincenzo Natali arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on February 11, 2014, via IFC Midnight and Mpi Media Group, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.

Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, August: Osage County, Zombieland) stars in director Vincenzo Natali's (Splice, Cube, ABCs of Death 2) unique take on the traditional haunted house story. In 1986, 15-year-old Lisa (Breslin) and her family died in their home under sinister circumstances. Unable to move on, their spirits have continued to roam the house. And for »

- Uncle Creepy

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Blu-ray Giveaway: Win Haunter Starring Abigail Breslin

8 February 2014 2:13 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A teenager comes to the distressing realization that she is a ghost, and must save others from the fate that befell her years earlier, in the eerie horror thriller Haunter. The latest film from scare master Vincenzo Natali arrives on DVD & Blu-ray on February 11, 2014, via IFC Midnight and Mpi Media Group, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.

Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, August: Osage County, Zombieland) stars in director Vincenzo Natali’s (Splice, Cube, ABCs of Death 2) unique take on the traditional haunted house story. In 1986, 15-year-old Lisa (Breslin) and her family died in their home under sinister circumstances. Unable to move on, their spirits have continued to roam the house. And for nearly 30 years, they have had to live the same miserable day over and over, never thinking they’re anything but alive.

But now, Lisa has started noticing things that make her believe that she and her uncomprehending family are in fact ghosts. »

- Movie Geeks

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Thor Star Tom Hiddleston Heads to Ben Wheatleys High Rise

5 February 2014 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Some years back writer/director Richard Stanley and 'Splice' helmer Vincenzo Natali teamed up to work on a script adapted from author J.G. Ballard's sci-fi thriller 'High Rise'. Bring it forward to 2014 and the production has gone through all sorts of changes. Most notably that Brit director Ben Wheatley ('Sightseers', 'A Field in England') has taken the reigns and now has landed his leading man. 'Thor' star Tom Hiddleston has been cast in the lead role as Robert Laing, a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal. Head below for what Wheatley had to say on the matter as well as some early cool teaser art. »

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Paris-based WTFilms Expands Scope Beyond Pure Genre

30 January 2014 4:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dimitri Stephanides’ WTFilms, which bowed as a pure genre label in 2012, is widening its scope with a more diversified slate and the appointment of French sales/acquisition expert Gregory Chambet in the run up to Berlin’s Efm.

Chambet, formerly VP of International acquisitions and sales at TF1 Intl., has just joined the company and will be a driving force behind its expansion.

 At TF1 Intl., Chambet brought such genre-oriented projects such as “Hobo with a Shotgun” and handled major territories such as U.S., U.K. and Japan. Gregory Chambet previously worked at Snd/M6 where he also oversaw international marketing.

The Paris-based company has snatched up two major actioners which will be shopped at Berlin, including thesp-turned-helmer David HewlettDebug” (pictured), a space prison thriller toplining  Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”).

“’Debug’ is typically the type of project that the market wants right now: Elevated sci-fi with impressive »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Wolves Acquired for Us Distribution

29 January 2014 8:25 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It has been announced that Ketchup Entertainment has acquired Us rights to Wolves, a new werewolf movie staring Lucas Till and Jason Momoa:

“Los Angeles (January 29, 2014) —- Ketchup Entertainment today announced the acquisition of U.S. rights to Wolves, the directorial debut of screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, X2, Watchmen). The werewolf action-thriller, written by Hayter, stars Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Stephen McHattie (Immortals, Watchmen) and Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian). The film is produced by Copperheart Entertainment’s Steve Hoban (Splice, Ginger Snaps), with makeup effects by Oscar-winning creature designers Dave Elsey and Lou Elsey (The Wolfman, X-Men: First Class).

Wolves follows the story of Cayden Richards (Till) – a handsome eighteen year-old with a dark secret. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden finds himself turning into a savage wolf and is thrust between two warring clans of werewolves »

- Jonathan James

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‘X-men’ Writer is Ready To Unleash his Werewolf film, ‘Wolves’

29 January 2014 7:02 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

The other night I was looking through those Bernie Wrightson images from Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf and realized that we haven’t had a ruthless, gory werewolf film in some time. While I’m not sure if X-Men writer David Hayter’s new film Wolves is going to be what I (we) want, I’m always down for a new werewolf film.

While I have never heard of Ketchup Entertainment, David Hayter is someone that floats above the radar for me after being involved with the first two X-Men films and worked on the Watchmen screenplay. Let’s just hope Wolves delivers. Read below for the official press release.

From the Press Release

Los Angeles (January 29, 2014) —- Ketchup Entertainment today announced the acquisition of U.S. rights to Wolves, the directorial debut of screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, X2, Watchmen). The werewolf action-thriller, written by Hayter, stars Lucas Till »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Ketchup Entertainment Acquires David Hayter's Wolves

29 January 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Ketchup Entertainment today announced the acquisition of U.S. rights to Wolves , the directorial debut of screenwriter David Hayter ( X-Men , X2 , Watchmen ). The werewolf action-thriller, written by Hayter, stars Lucas Till ( X-Men: First Class ), Stephen McHattie ( Immortals , Watchmen ) and Jason Momoa ("Game of Thrones," Conan the Barbarian ). The film is produced by Copperheart Entertainmen's Steve Hoban ( Splice , Ginger Snaps ), with makeup effects by Oscar-winning creature designers Dave Elsey and Lou Elsey ( The Wolfman , X-Men: First Class ). Wolves follows the story of Cayden Richards (Till) - a handsome eighteen year-old with a dark secret. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden finds himself turning into a savage wolf »

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Haunter Going Bump in the Night on DVD and Blu-ray

23 January 2014 7:30 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The new spooker from Vincenzo Natali, entitled Haunter (review), starring Abigail Breslin is finally on its way to home video, and we have your details right here. Dig it!

From the Press Release

A teenager comes to the distressing realization that she is a ghost and must save others from the fate that befell her years earlier in the eerie horror thriller Haunter. The latest film from scare master Vincenzo Natali arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on February 11, 2014, via IFC Midnight and Mpi Media Group, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.

Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, August: Osage County, Zombieland) stars in director Vincenzo Natali's (Splice, Cube, ABCs of Death 2) unique take on the traditional haunted house story. In 1986, 15-year-old Lisa (Breslin) and her family died in their home under sinister circumstances. Unable to move on, their spirits have continued to roam the house. And for nearly 30 years they have »

- Uncle Creepy

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Indie Spotlight

5 January 2014 11:28 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details and photos from Muck, a teaser trailer for Stranger in the Dunes, the Truth or Dare Pajama Party event, the UK premiere of Iron Sky: Dictator’s Cut, and more:

Exclusive Photos from Muck: “Muck is the highly stylized and hyper-violent middle chapter of a true horror trilogy that unfolds like a love letter to horror fanatics everywhere. Filmed completely on the Red Epic in ultra HD without any CGI, Muck simultaneously pushes the limits of what can be done both within the horror genre and independent filmmaking.

Starring Lachlan Buchanan, Jaclyn Swedberg, Lauren Francesca, Puja Mohindra, Bryce Draper, Stephanie Danielson, Laura Jacobs, Gia Skova, Grant Alan Ouzts, and horror legend Kane Hodder as Grawesome Crutal.”

Release details for Muck are expected shortly and we »

- Tamika Jones

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Stranger In The Dunes Drops A New Teaser Trailer!

5 January 2014 12:32 AM, PST | Horrorbid | See recent Horrorbid news »

For those of you that have seen Vincenzo Natali's 2009 film Splice, you should have no problem remembering the devilishly evil winged creature called Dren, which was portrayed by Delphine Chaneac. Fast forward up to now and she is returning to the world of Horror starring in an independent thrill ride called Stranger In The Dunes. We have the new teaser trailer for you below and although it is only half of a minute, it provides some insight into… »

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Stranger in the Dunes Scares with Teaser Trailer

3 January 2014 10:51 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The upcoming horror thriller ‘Stranger in the Dunes’ is setting out to scare audiences with its first official teaser trailer. The 30-second trailer features actress Delphine Chanéac, who made a name for herself in the genre with her portrayal of the creature Dren in the 2009 movie ‘Splice.’ Besides Chaneac, the trailer also features actors Andrew Hovelson and Mike Dwyer. The thriller was written and directed by Nicholas Bushman. Not much information has been released yet about ‘Stranger in the Dunes’ plot, except for the tagline: An old friend visits a troubled married couple at their beach house. For more information on ‘Stranger in the Dunes,’ visit the thriller’s Facebook  [ Read More ]

The post Stranger in the Dunes Scares with Teaser Trailer appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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