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’Godzilla vs. Kong’ Monster Mash-Up Movie Grabs Indie Filmmaker Adam Wingard to Direct

’Godzilla vs. Kong’ Monster Mash-Up Movie Grabs Indie Filmmaker Adam Wingard to Direct
Indie horror wunderkind Adam Wingard has signed on to direct the next blockbuster in Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s growing monster franchise, “Godzilla Vs. Kong.”

Quite prolific at 34-years-old, Wingard cut his teeth on micro-budget horrors “Pop Skull” and “A Horrible Way to Die,” often working with indie mainstay Joe Swanberg. His more recent film, “The Guest,” starred Dan Stevens and premiered at Sundance in 2014. He has been moving into bigger budget indies with his last two projects, a 2016 follow-up to “Blair Witch,” and “Death Note,” a manga adaptation set for an August release.

Read More: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review: It’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ With Monsters, Or At Least That’s Part of the Idea

Godzilla Vs. Kong” will be the fourth entry to Legendary and Warner Bros. monster universe, populated with classic creatures of old Hollywood. “Godzilla” came out in 2014; last year’s “Kong: Skull Island” was a
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Godzilla Vs. Kong Gets Death Note Director Adam Wingard

Godzilla Vs. Kong Gets Death Note Director Adam Wingard
After years of making a name for himself as a respected director of low-budget thrillers, filmmaker Adam Wingard will be tackling two iconic monsters next. The filmmaker has come aboard to helm Warner Bros. and Legendary's highly-anticipated monster battle Godzilla vs. Kong, which will bring together the studios' Godzilla and King Kong franchises. This move comes just a few months after the studios finalized a writers room to generate ideas for this film, Godzilla: King of Monsters and other potential movies.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today that the filmmaker has finalized his deal with Warner Bros. and Legendary. While it isn't clear exactly which writer will be working on the script for Godzilla vs. Kong, the project will come out of this talented writers room lead by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise). The other writers in this room include Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, (Star Trek 4
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Commits ‘Small Crimes’ In New Trailer [Watch]

We know Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as the Kingslayer on “Game Of Thrones,” but he’s a versatile actor with a lot of range and even good comedic timing – which works perfectly for the new humorous crime thriller, “Small Crimes.”

The picture is the sophomore effort by Evan Katz, the director behind genre fave “Cheap Thrills.” Katz has collaborated with acclaimed director Adam Wingard on several features, including “Pop Skull, as well as with Jim Mickle as a screenwriter/producer on his Sundance channel TV-series, “Hap And Leonard.” Alongside Coster-Waldau, the movie co-stars Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Gary Cole, Molly Parker, Macon Blair, and “Cheap Thrills” lead Pat Healy.

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Review: 'Blair Witch' is a brute force reminder of what worked about the original film

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Review: 'Blair Witch' is a brute force reminder of what worked about the original film
When I reviewed the original The Blair Witch Project, it was March of 1999. I saw it in Austin, in the apartment of a couple of my friends, thanks to Harry Knowles, who had been sent a VHS copy of the film by the filmmakers during its Sundance run. I went to Austin in February, and Harry had been sitting on his copy, waiting for us to get to town. We were there for the third Quentin Tarantino film festival at the still-young Alamo Drafthouse, and on the last night of the festival, my friends and I were set to hit the road as soon as the movies ended. We were road-tripping, and between the four of us, we figured we’d be able to do the entire drive back to La straight through with no stops for sleep. Harry asked us not to leave town right after the film, though.
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Trailer Watch: Adam Wingard’s The Woods

With films such as Home Sick, Pop Skull and A Horrible Way to Die, and more recently, You’re Next and The Guest, Adam Wingard has established a reputation as one of the most inventive filmmakers working in the horror genre today. Wingard’s latest film, The Woods, tackles the found footage sub-genre and we’re bracing ourselves for maximum scares. Written by Simon Barrett (The Guest, You’re Next), The Woods involves a group of college students on a camping trip who discover they are not alone. The trailer (above) reveals little in terms of plot, but surely succeeds at setting the creepy tone. On Twitter, Wingard boasted that The Woods “is my first full on […]
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Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’ Is Now a Netflix Movie!

After Warner Bros. put the film in turnaround, Netflix is getting behind Death Note, which it to be directed by Adam Wingard. Wingard has been on a tear after helming the micro-indie Pop Skull, having got behind the camera for my A Horrible Way to Die, Bloody Disgusting’s V/H/S and V/H/S/2 as well as You’re Next, The Guest and Cinemax’s […]
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Explore the Physics of Consciouesss in Dxm [Trailer]

No, this is not about cold medicine (for that see Pop Skull) and it looks like it took a few pages from Equilibrium. Billed as a "A sub-atomic fight for the subconscious", Dxm has received very little press even though indiewire debuted a trailer back in May and it just premiered at Grimmfest in Manchester. Someone send me a screener, it looks incredible!

Synopsis:

A group of young bio-engineers discover that quantum theory can be used to transfer motor-skills from one brain to another. They freely spread this technology, believing it to be a first step towards a new intellectual equality. But as the mysterious past of one of their group is revealed, dark forces emerge that threaten to subvert their discovery into a means of mass-control.

DxM stars Sa [Continued ...]
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‘The Guest’, the newest feature from director Adam Wingard, releases its first trailer

Over the course of the last decade, filmmaker Adam Wingard has risen to prominence among genre fans, for his short films in the horror anthologies V/H/S and V/H/S 2, as well as full length features such as Pop Skull and You’re Next. Many were thus excited to learn that Wingard was beginning work on a new feature, his first full-length film since 2011. Titled The Guest, Wingard takes on directing duties, with Simon Barrett writing the screenplay, and a cast that includes Dan Stevens, Joel David Moore, Lance Reddick, and Maika Monroe. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below. Sound on Sight was able to see the film at SXSW 2014, and our review can be read here.

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May 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Evilspeak and I, Frankenstein

Hey everyone! We’re back again with a look at the DVD and Blu-ray horror titles coming your way this week. Not only does Scream Factory have a double dose of terror in high definition on tap for you guys but we’ve also got two different collections of modern horror goodies being released by Anchor Bay Entertainment as well.

And for those of you who might have missed it in theaters earlier this year, I, Frankenstein is making its home debut this week as well. It’s kind of a light week for horror fans but there are definitely some worthwhile goodies to bring home this week- check them out below!

Spotlight Titles:

Evilspeak (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Life sucks for Stanley Coppersmith (Clint Howard, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), a teenage outcast who’s bullied by everyone at a strict military academy. When Stanley discovers the crypt of a
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Adam Wingard’s The Guest

Sundance’s Trevor Groth has a special place in his cinephile heart for Adam Wingard’s filmic output – allowing the filmmaker to present the V/H/S omnibus series (V/H/S and the festival titled S-vhs) in back to back years. Production on The Guest began in August, which is pretty much the cut off date for late entries at the fest. We haven’t thrown in the towel yet on the Pop Skull (2007) / You’re Next (2013) director making it three for three. The recent concept artwork (tagline says it all) is a positive sign, but seeing that this “action thriller” is larger in budget chances are indeed slim for a January fest showing. Downtown Abbey‘s Dan Stevens toplines with a supporting cast comprised of Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, Brendan Meyer and Maika Monroe (At Any Price).

Gist: Written by Simon Barrett, story follows an ex-Marine who returns
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Great Underground Horror Films Streaming For Halloween

If you’re in the mood for something really scary — and maybe a little off beat — to watch this Halloween, you’re in luck! A terrific crop of wickedly frightening and ghoulishly grotesque horror flicks that terrorized the underground film circuit have made their way to your favorite VOD streaming service just in time for this All Hallow’s Eve.

Saturday Morning Mystery, dir. Spencer Parsons (Amazon | Itunes) Saturday Morning Mystery is one of the best, most original horror movies in recent memory. The film cashes in on both the modern obsession with paranormal investigating as well as on that classic Saturday morning cartoon, Scooby-Doo. But, this ain’t no kiddie film! Four hipsters and their (non-talking) dog look to solve a good ghost mystery and immediately find themselves way in over their heads. Gory and outrageous in more ways than one, what’s most impressive about this flick is how smart,
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Fantastic Fest preview: Director E.L. Katz talks about his demented black-comedy 'Cheap Thrills'

Fantastic Fest preview: Director E.L. Katz talks about his demented black-comedy 'Cheap Thrills'
How crazy would you be prepared to get for $50? What about $500? What about a quarter of a million dollars? Such questions form the dramatic spine of the booze- and drugs-fueled black comedy Cheap Thrills, which is screening at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Anchorman star David Koechner and Sara Paxton play a rich couple who challenge a pair of much poorer new acquaintances — portrayed by Pat Healy and Can’t Hardly Wait actor Ethan Embry — to complete a series of ever more out-there challenges for increasing amounts of cheddar.

Cheap Thrills is the directorial debut of screenwriter Evan “E.
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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 19-23, 2013)

Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 19-23, 2013)
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems

Set in a world of scantily clad demon hunters, bisexual warlocks, and a host of vampires and werewolves apparently on loan from “The Twilight Saga,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is a ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness. Even by the genre’s lax standards of plausibility, not a whole lot coheres in this first adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling urban-fantasy series, a muddled mash-up of Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling and Joss Whedon with a little “Men in Black” thrown in for good measure. While its tattooed torsos, fantastical f/x and precociously kinky undertones suggest a focus group’s notion of what teenagers want from their entertainment, this Canadian-German
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Movie Review - You're Next (2011)

You're Next, 2011.

Directed by Adam Wingard.

Starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Aj Bowen, Wendy Glenn, and Joe Swanberg.

Synopsis:

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

Adam Wingard’s 2007 lo-fi Pop Skull was a surreal, unnerving acid horror venture into the disputable eyes of a pill addict bearing witness to the evil spirits residing either inside his home or his head. Made on a meagre budget and beholden to no lofty expectations - generic, financial or otherwise - it succeeded in modestly illustrating a hallucinogenic descent into delirium. Wingard’s latest horror You’re Next - arriving on our shores almost two years after its premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival – is a far more conventional affair that revisits and ravages the supposed sanctum of the family home.
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'You're Next': How a group of indie filmmakers produced one of 2013's most terrifying movies

'You're Next': How a group of indie filmmakers produced one of 2013's most terrifying movies
Director Adam Wingard has received rave reviews for his R-rated, home invasion horror-comedy You’re Next, which screened at several film festivals over the past couple of years and will be released August 23. But his often gore-drenched creative sensibility — and twisted sense of humor — is not everyone’s cup of Darjeeling. In the spring of 2007, for instance, the then just the 24-year-old Wingard appeared on the premiere episode of Fox TV’s On The Lot, a much-hyped but now little-remembered, Steven Spielberg-produced filmmakers’ competition with the first prize of a million-dollar development deal at Dreamworks. As Wingard recalls, he
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Film4 FrightFest 2013 announces full line up; record 51 films, and more.

From the press release:

Are you ready for a spine-chilling global avalanche of Indian zombies, Israeli oldboys, vengeance-crazed Vikings, Swedish mesmerists, Irish telekinesis, Argentine undead, Aussie bone-crushers, murderous Mormons and Chilean assassins?

Film4 FrightFest 2013, returning for its 4teenth year, has unveiled its biggest line-up in history. From Thurs 22 August to Monday 26 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square to present 51 films on three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery strands will play in Empires 2 & 4. The new FrightFest Xtra strand, also in Screen 2, will allow fans to catch up with sold-out performances of the most popular attractions.

This year there are eleven countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-three UK or European premieres and ten world premieres.

The world premieres include our opening night attraction The Dead 2: India from the Ford Brothers,
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Ex-’Downton Abbey’ Star Dan Stevens Joins ‘The Guest’

His exit on Downton Abbey might still bring a lump to our throats, but it is nice to see that actor Dan Stevens showing that the show must go on as it was revealed that he will be joining new Indie film The Guest.

The film will follow a family who befriends a man who has just returned from a tour of duty, but the man is not who he claims to be. It will be directed by Adam Wingard, known for his segments in the V/H/S/ movies and horror movie Pop Skull. The Guest looks to be just as scary, so it looks like we will be seeing prim and proper Dan Stevens in his first horror role.

But Stevens has kept himself busy since leaving Downton Abbey. He has been filming The Fifth Estate and his latest film Summer In February is out now. Check out
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SXSW 2013 Exclusive: Adam Wingard Talks You're Next, Sequel Potential and More

While at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, Dread Central had the opportunity to sit down and chat with You're Next filmmaker Adam Wingard the day after the film's hugely successful first screening in Austin.

Written by Simon Barrett, You're Next (review) centers around a family reunion gone horribly awry after the family becomes targeted by masked murderers who crash the party. As it turns out, their only hope to make it out alive is Erin (Sharni Vinson), the Australian girlfriend to one of the family's sons whose experience living as a survivalist in the Outback turns out to be very handy against the mysterious killers who will stop at nothing until everyone is dead.

You're Next also stars Aj Bowen, Barbara Crampton, Joe Swanberg, Wendy Glenn, Ti West and Amy Seimetz and will be arriving in theaters August 23rd courtesy of Lionsgate.

During our interview, we heard more from Wingard about
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Big Ass Spider Invades B.U.F.F. Film Festival!!

The Boston Underground Film Festival (B.U.F.F.) is gearing up for its 2013 event later this month, and to celebrate the festival, the second wave of programming has now found its way online. Judging from the looks of it, Boston residents are in for some fun, as the lineup is a pretty solid one. Already having announced films such as Cheap Thrills (the directorial debut of Autopsy and Pop Skull writer E.L. Katz), and a special screening of Jim VanBebber’s cult hit The Manson Family, The B.U.F.F. just announced that it will also closing the fest out with a special screening of genre favorite Mike Mendez’s much anticipated sci-fi/horror romp Big Ass Spider!

The festival runs from March 27th to the 31st and more info, including ticket prices and a full lineup can be seen at the Official B.U.F.F. Site Here.
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Producers talk SXSW horrors “Milo” and “Cheap Thrills”

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Producers talk SXSW horrors “Milo” and “Cheap Thrills”
“This year, we wanted to make people laugh before we made them squirm,” New Artists founder/producer Gabe Cowan tells Fango. “Both films are funny and intense, and defy genre in their own ways.”

Milo stars Gillian Jacobs, Ken Marino and genre regular Peter Stormare. Marino plays Ducan, a man whose stomach issues prove to be much more than irritable bowel syndrome: A demon child is inhabiting his intestines. How’s that for nausea inducing? Jacobs plays Sarah, Ken’s stressful wife, and Stormare is his therapist Highsmith. This is the first feature from director Jacob Vaughan since 2006’s narrative-bending Cassidy Kids; this time, he teamed up with writer Benjamin Hayes (True Blood, Angel Of Death) for the Milo script, so it’s certain to be equal parts blood and camp. The producing team is comprised of Cowan and longtime producing partner/New Artists co-founder John Suits, along with the Duplass brothers and Adele Romanski.
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