11 items from 2013
When people think of the name Joe Dante, most likely, they think of his work in the ‘80s. Whether it’s “Gremlins”, “Explorers,” “The ‘Burbs,” or maybe even one of his later ‘90s works, like “Small Soldiers.” His career has never really been the same since his heyday in the ‘80s; his most recent work mostly being in television. His last film, “The Hole,” was actually shot in 3D, but more-or-less went straight to DVD. So what’s the deal?Well, Dante is actually teaming up with Simon Pegg on an adaptation of “Casting the Runes,” the M.R. James ghost story that has been modernized by screenwriter David Tully. Simon Pegg is set to play the lead. Here’s a plot synopsis taken from the film’s website:When up-and-coming actor Jake Harrington inexplicably hurls himself in front of an oncoming subway train, celebrity gossip blogger Mark Dunning smells a story »
- Ken Guidry
Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival – it takes place this year between July 18 and August 6 and has always been about more than just the films. They offer plenty of panel discussions and master classes every year, and last year’s edition introduced the Frontières International Co-Production Market, uniting North American, European, and Australasian talent and funders in an initiative focused specifically on fostering genre film productions and relationships. Noteworthy projects from the inaugural edition included new works from seasoned filmmakers such as Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) and Bruce McDonald (Pontypool), as well as up-and-coming talent like Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution), Paul Campion (The Devil’s Rock), Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun), and Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are). At the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous – a sort of three-day industry cocktail party – professional introductions were made, and many of the projects found co-producers and/or international sales agents. »
- Jason Widgington
The team behind Montreal's acclaimed Fantasia International Film Festival have announced the official selections for the second edition of their Frontières International Co-Production Market – hailed as the first and only international co-production market to connect North America with Europe in an environment focused specifically on genre film production. Frontières is part of the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous, which supports the sales efforts of features in the festival’s 2013 programming. International producers and sales agents, distributors, broadcasters, talent agents and festival programmers will attend the Rendez-Vous from July 25-28 2013, the mid-point of the 3-week run of the Fantasia Festival. The twelve-project slate includes some beloved genre names, as well as some debut directors and up-and-comers. Here's the list: Casting The Runes (Canada/Germany/USA) Director: Joe Dante (The Hole, Gremlins, The Howling) Starring Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek Into Darkness) The Colour Out of Space (France) Director: Richard Stanley (Dust Devil, »
- Gregory Burkart
Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, is proud to announce the official selections of the second edition of its Frontières International Co-Production Market.
Frontières is the first and only international co-production market to connect North America with Europe, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production. It was just announced last week that Frontières will become a circuit in-between Fantasia, in July, and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, in April. This initiative was made possible by funding from the Media Mundus program of the European Commission. Frontières was the only new initiative to be funded by the program this year.
The projects to be presented in the market feature an exciting array of filmmakers, from gifted newcomers to world-renowned maestros, coupled with numerous established international producers. The second edition of the Frontières International »
- Uncle Creepy
For the unfamiliar, Montreal is a city which hosts at least one film festival each and every month of the year. Of the dozens of fests, Fantasia Film Festival is without a doubt our favourite, and is widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world. They’ve just announced the official selection of the second edition of its Frontières International Co-Production Market, and the slate is looking good. Frontières is the first and only international co-production market to connect North America with Europe, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production. The projects to be presented in the market feature an exciting array of filmmakers, from gifted newcomers to world-renowned maestros, coupled with numerous established international producers. The selection of the second edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market will consist of the following 12 projects:
Casting the Runes (Canada / Germany / USA)
Just in time for Cannes comes the first official artwork for David Hayter's Wolves that some may find just a bit too Twilight-esque, but hey... Jason Momoa and Stephen McHattie are in it so we're all in no matter what!
The film, which writer/director Hayter previously described as "Twilight with a bit more bite to it and without abstinence," stars Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Jason Momoa (Conan, "Game of Thrones"), and Merritt Patterson (The Hole, "The Selection") along with Stephen McHattie, Kaitlyn Leeb, Simon Northwood, and John Pyper-Ferguson. Hayter is best known for writing/co-writing Watchmen, X2, The Scorpion King, and X-Men.
Cayden Richards (Till), 18, has it all: captain of the high school football team, straight-a student, gorgeous girlfriend. But when he wakes one dark night to find his parents brutally murdered, he is horrified to realize that he is turning into an animal... a wild, »
- Uncle Creepy
News Glen Chapman 21 Mar 2013 - 06:45
Cards on the table: I was a big fan of R L Stine's Goosebumps series when I was younger. They provided me, as well as many others I'm sure, with a great introduction to horror fiction. Ever since I finished my first Goosebumps book, I was desperate for a decent movie adaptation, and obviously that is yet to happen. There was, of course, the TV series, but for the most part it did little to honour the source in my opinion.
Well, the movie adaptation seems to be moving closer to production, with the announcement that Rob Letterman (Monsters Vs Aliens and Gulliver's Travels) is in talks to direct the adaptation, working from a script that has been in development for a number of years, »
There's just something about multiple title changes that can sometimes predetermine a movies fate. But let's hope the stigma doesn't attach to the new Oliver Blackburn ('Donkey Punch') helmed horror 'Random'. And if you're bemused by the title then that's because it's already gone through two previous titles already including 'Satanic' and 'Kristy'. It's the 'Rosemary's Baby'-esque project that stars Haley Bennett ('The Hole') and Ashley Greene ('Twilight') and EW have revealed our first look at Miss Greene giving us her best 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' look. Head below for the image and fingers crossed that 'Random' sticks this time. »
By far, my favorite place to shop at in La is Del and Sue Howison’s awesome horror-themed shop, Dark Delicacies. I’ve been going there regularly for about five years now and it’s always fun. What makes Dark Del such a cool shop is that aside from their very impressive stock of books, movies, posters, toys, etc..Del brings some pretty awesome signings to the store multiple times a week, giving horror fans a chance to meet and get their favorite items signed by the people whom they love.
Icons of Fright head honcho, Rob G did a shop visit to Dark Del a while back, check it out:
The upcoming slate of signings at Dark Delicacies is turning out to be, like always, pretty impressive:
Alrighty, kids! It's time to add a little bit of fuzzy to your afternoon as we have the first stills from David Hayter's Wolves on tap and ready for grooming. They're light on wolf action, but at least we have a dude with a crazy eye!
The film, which writer/director Hayter hilariously described as "Twilight with a bit more bite to it and without abstinence," stars Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Jason Momoa (Conan, "Game of Thrones"), and Merritt Patterson (The Hole, "The Selection") along with Stephen McHattie, Kaitlyn Leeb, Simon Northwood, and John Pyper-Ferguson. Hayter is best known for writing/co-writing Watchmen, X2, The Scorpion King, and X-Men.
Cayden Richards (Till), 18, has it all: captain of the high school football team, straight-a student, gorgeous girlfriend. But when he wakes one dark night to find his parents brutally murdered, he is horrified to realize that he is turning into an animal. »
- Uncle Creepy
Vulture has a super vague rumor that Warners is attempting to coax Steven Spielberg into giving his blessing for a remake of Gremlins. It’s not the first time, it probably won’t be the last, and so far there’s no reason to believe that this trial balloon will soar where others have failed before it. But if the studio really wants to recapture a bit of Amblin magic, they’re going to need drop the eternal sticking point that kept Joe Dante from making Gremlins 3: the insistence of switching to CGI (a point succinctly argued by Quint in his open letter to Spielberg). Quints main parallel is perfect — how would audiences react if the new Muppets movie was going to feature a CGI Kermit? Regardless of whether technology has made fantastical leaps and bounds, Gizmo and the gang are rooted in that practical puppet look. On the fan side, making »
- Scott Beggs
11 items from 2013
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