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William Shatner, Krampus, and zombie elves come together in A Christmas Horror Story, a festive and frightening holiday horror anthology that makes its world premiere tonight at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival.
There’s trouble at the North Pole at the outset of A Christmas Horror Story. We’re introduced to a weary and bloodied Santa Claus in the reindeer stable before backtracking 12 hours and stepping into the town limits of Bailey Downs—the same place where werewolves roamed in Ginger Snaps.
It’s Christmas Eve and radio DJ Dan (William Shatner) is cozied up behind the mike at the studio, ringing in his beloved holiday with spiked eggnog and tinsel-themed tunes. Elsewhere in town, three teenagers sneak into the basement of a school where a grisly murder-by-crucifixion happened one year previously. Also out and about are two families—one that encounters mystical evil in the forest and another that runs across the vengeful Krampus. »
- Derek Anderson
"Los Angeles, July 17, 2015 - Rlj Entertainment, (Nasdaq: Rlje), under its Image Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated horror film, A Christmas Horror Story. Directed by Steven Hoban (Darknet), Grant Harvey (She Made Me Do It) and Brett Sullivan (Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed), the film stars William Shatner (Star Trek) and George Buza (X-Men). The film will premiere on July 20, 2015 at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival. Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today.
“A Christmas Horror Story brings a scary twist to the traditional Christmas tale,” said Ward. “With the legendary William Shatner and horribly fantastic creatures, genre fans will never see this happy holiday the same way again. »
- Jonathan James
Another Thursday, another This is Our Design. We may or may not be able to continue saying that based on future screeners and scheduling, but–really–isn’t life unpredictable in general? Wouldn’t Hannibal want you to embrace the spontaneity of suffering like the flying patterns of a sparrow? For being without this podcast is suffering. That’s what we tell ourselves, anyway…
What do co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick also tell themselves? Something equivalent to “Omgeuuurrrggghhh!!!” this week, because director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) makes a return appearance to talk about “Secondo” and the opening to this season of Hannibal that he has helped create. Discussion topics range from how we bear sorrow through stories, the effects of shooting through beveled glass and the return of yet another beloved character in Jack Crawford (and his hat). After your “Hannibal by the Numbers,” stick around until later in »
- Sean Colletti
David Hewlett has built a solid career as a performer. Weve seen him in a few serious gems including Cube Splice Haunter Rise of the Planet of the Apes and popular scifi series Stargate SG1 Stargate Atlantis and Sgu Stargate Universe. Hes extremely solid in front of the camera. Debug the third project that hes written and directed will hopefully serve as a reminder that sometimes its best to stick with what youre proven to be skilled at and avoid the call to step outside of the good old comfort zone. »
"Orphan Black" has never met a twist it didn't like. And for a show with a very twisty pedigree, the penultimate episode of season three has its fair share. In this episode there were betrayals, ultra-violence, mistaken identity, and a song thrown in for good measure. Just another week in the Clone Club. Packed between all the twists was a lot of good stuff this week. Episode director Vincenzo Natali ("Hannibal", Splice) brings a distinct style to the show. He works within the visual vocabulary already established by the previous 28 episodes, but stages the action (or doesn't stage in one notable scene) in ways that are brutal yet appealing. As Terry (Daniel Fathers) is beaten and tortured, Natali's camera is more concerned with moments that represent the brutality rather than subjecting the audience to the complete, horrifying picture. He is also able to raise the tension across multiple scenes just »
- Michael Hindle
A re-adaptation of Stephen King's "It" has been in the works for years. Just recently, it was reported that director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, "True Detective") dropped out. It was immediately believed that the project was dead, but New Line is now looking for his replacement. Fukunaga wasn't the first director attached to "It." In fact, before him, "Splice" helmer Vincenzo Natali was considered and even had a chance to pitch his own version of the horror story. Now that Natali is no longer attached, he decided to unveil some of the concept art of what he envisioned the clown to look like. The less professional artwork was done by him, while the others were done by artist Amro Attia. Check everything out below. Concept Art: (click to enlarge) »
Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali (whos recently kicked up a twitter account in which hes having a feild day with) just revealed that he had at one point in time pitched his own adaptation of It. Furthermore he seems to have a really really dark vision of the film as evidenced by the brand new concept art hes been unleashing on the masses. Natali and artist Amro Attia handle these early ideas of a new look for Pennywise and theyre as chilling as they come. »
Mads Mikkelsen in "Hannibal"Photo: Brooke Palmer / NBC The season three premiere of "Hannibal", titled "Antipasto" is exactly what you'd expect based on that title, an appetizer (albeit an explosive one), teasing you for the main meal of what is the venture into all new territory for the dark and murderous series. When we last left the story, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) walked out his front door on a dark and rainy night, the victor (depending on how you look at it) in a bloody battle. Jack (Lawrence Fishburne) was left bleeding out in the pantry, Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) seemingly paralyzed after being pushed from Hannibal's upstairs window and a severely injured Will (Hugh Dancy) was gasping for breath, staring at the corpse of Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl). And just before the season two finale came to an end we see Hannibal and Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) aboard a plane flying to Europe. »
- Brad Brevet
Filmmaker Vincenzo Natali ("Cube," "Splice"), who has recently been helming various episodes of NBC's "Hannibal," has used social media to post some of the early concept art and pitch work that was created for some of his unmade movies. On the list includes an adaptation of Stephen King's "It," the comic "Swamp Thing," William Gibson's legendary cyberpunk novel "Neuromancer," and an entry in the "Predator" franchise. It's a hell of a collection and worth a good look.
More #TsutomuNihei art for #Neuromancer. Kaung Grade Mark Eleven penetration program. pic.twitter.com/IY4pU1lRdL
Night City from #Neuromancer pic.twitter.com/8eGmv7f9L2
#Neuromancer Design: Maelcum. My sketch and #AmroAttia's beautiful painting pic.twitter.com/S0bNXQ4DwG
#Neuromancer Design: The Sense/Net pyramid pic.twitter.com/wbyfQSTNIi
- Garth Franklin
It's got to be tough when you put tons of time and effort into a pitch or script that never takes off, but director Vincenzo Natali (Hannibal, Splice) isn't letting his prep work for Neuromancer, It, Predator or Swamp Thing go completely to waste. Even though none of the movies were made, Natali opted to share some material on Twitter.
- Perri Nemiroff
It seems it's harder than we thought to make another version of It, the classic horror film based on the beloved Stephen King novel. In the wake of True Detective's Cary Fukunaga vacating the director's chair on New Line's remake, thereby sticking it on the backburner indefinitely, some new concept art for another failed remake has hit the airwaves. Take a look at how concept artist Amro Attia would've envisioned the killer clown. Pitch Imperfect 2: #Pennywise designs from #StevenKing's #It: Good drawings by #AmroAttia, not so good ones by me pic.twitter.com/BfbG03rlkH . Vincenzo Natali (@Vincenzo_Natali) June 1, 2015 Vincenzo Natali directed Splice, "U for Utopia" in the second ABCs of Death, and seven episodes of Hannibal, and apparently he was also working on a remake of It. Based on a tweet he posted yesterday, he had a hand in creating some concept art with Attia, his »
It's always fascinating for film nerds like myself to read about projects that never actually make it onto the big screen. Whether it's concept art, aborted scripts, or screen tests, we are able to see a little bit of what's behind the curtain. You can see how studios either dodged a bullet, or in some cases, passed up on something special. Yesterday, Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice, "Hannibal") posted four pages of his "aborted" screenplay for Swamp Thing from 2010 that could have been really special. Swamp Thing is a property with a checkered past. When I was a kid, I have fond memories of the "Swamp Thing" animated TV show. It's far from award-winning animation, but it was one of my favorites. From there I sought out the live action movies from the '80s. Like the animated series, most people tend to forget they exist, or at least try to forget. »
- Charles Dean
In just over a week on Twitter, filmmaker Vincenzo Natali has quickly become a fascinating follow. While promoting his work on Hannibal, Natali has taken to sharing some of the best stuff an artist can. There are storyboards, concept art and animatics from the likes of Hannibal, Haunter, Splice, Cypher and Cube; he displays his…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) just recently joined the 21st century and got a Twitter, and the director is having a lot of fun with his social media account. Natali has been sharing artwork and script pages from several of his dead/never got off the ground film projects, including his take on the William Gibson novel Neuromancer, his version of Swamp Thing, and his art pitches for new Predator and It... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
There are countless filmmakers who join Twitter just to promote their next project. So far that hasn't been the case with Vincenzo Natali. The director of Cube, Nothing, Splice, and Haunter recently joined Twitter, but he's not just drumming up promo for new episodes of Hannibal (he's a regular director on the series), he's actually sharing details on a ton of his past movies that never came to be. Natali has been attached to a handful of big projects in the decades since Cube blew people's minds, perhaps most notably an adaptation of the seminal cyberpunk book Neuromancer, but he's tried to get even more movies off the ground that most never even knew were a possibility. He's shared concept art for Predator, Stephen King's It, an...
- Peter Hall
Director Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube) has been attached to helm a big screen version of the William Gibson cyberpunk novel Neuromancer since 2010, but according to the latest update on the project from Screen Daily, he won't be behind the camera for the adaptation. The site is reporting that producer Lucas Foster (Law Abiding Citizen, Jumper) "is currently in talks with new writers and a director" for Neuromancer. It's not clear why Natali left the »
- Jesse Giroux
There's good and bad news this morning for anyone following the tortuous and slow development of Neuromancer. The good news is that the adaptation of William Gibson's cyberpunk classic is still out there and has just secured some new funding. The bad news is that the long-attached Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) is no longer directing. And with him has gone the Gibson-approved screenplay that was supposed to have been cracked.The UK-based Gfm films remain in play on the project, and the company has now partnered with the Chinese C2M Media Group for co-financing and further development. Producer Lucas Foster (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Man On Fire) is currently in talks with unspecified new writers and a new director.Published in 1984 (two years after Blade Runner, which, when he saw it, almost caused him to stop writing), William Gibson's book was part of the vanguard of the cyberpunk movement. »
Director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) has signed on to direct an adaptation of In the Tall Grass, a 2012 novella from Stephen King and his son Joe Hill, which centres on a brother and sister on a cross country road trip who find themselves fighting for their lives after reponding to a young boy’s cries for help coming from an overgrown field.
“Who would think that grass could be frightening,” Natali tells Screen Daily. “Trust Stephen King and Joe Hill to find a way. They have transformed an otherwise innocuous Kansas field into a stage for some of the most disturbing horror fiction I have ever read. When they go to assist the boy, they discover that strange forces are at work. Space is warped so that one minute they are together and the next they are miles apart. The field is an ineffable maze from which there is no escape. »
- Gary Collinson
With new adaptations of It and The Stand in the works from major Hollywood studios and talented, in-demand filmmakers, Cary Fukunaga and Josh Boone respectively, it.s not a bad time for Stephen King adaptations. And we can add one more to the list, as Splice director Vincenzo Natali is bringing In the Tall Grass to the big screen. Talking to Screen Daily, Natali revealed that not only will he direct In the Tall Grass, he.s handling screenplay based on the novella written by King and his son and fellow horror writer Joe Hill. Now available as an e-book, the story originally appeared in the pages of Esquire in two parts back in 2012. Described as a horror road trip, In the Tall Grass follows a young man named Cal DeMuth and his pregnant sister Becky. While driving through Kansas, they hear a boy crying out for help in a »
Set around an abandoned Kansas rest stop, the story starts out innocently but ultimately turns an innocuous field into a stage for some disturbing horror fiction.
Natali says in an interview: "Who would think that grass could be frightening. Trust Stephen King and Joe Hill to find a way. They have transformed an otherwise innocuous field into a stage for some of the most disturbing horror fiction I have ever read."
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
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