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Arriving in homes post-Christmas at the end of next month is Kevin Smith's twisted monster movie 'Tusk'. It'll be getting the typically common same day triple release across Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on 30 December with the home entertainment release coming complete with a few special features. One of which includes the original podcast (or SModcast) where the concept of the movie is discussed between director Smith and co-host producing partner Scott Mosier. 'Tusk' stars Justin Long ('Drag Me To Hell'), Michael Parks ('Red State'), Haley Joel Osment ('The Sixth Sense') and Genesis Rodriguez ('Man on a Ledge'). Head below to check out the Blu-ray artwork. »
When a movie is released, audiences watch it and generally glean the same view of the plot. It’s all there on the screen, and we can see exactly what happens. But, sometimes, if you turn your head slightly to the left and maybe squint a little, a whole new movie is revealed. Perhaps just below the popularly conceived surface, hidden amidst story arc and dramatic device, there lies an alternative interpretation that lends an entirely different perspective to proceedings.
We’ve all heard the idea that Fight Club is really about Calvin And Hobbes, or that Ferris Bueller is really a figment of his friend Cameron’s imagination. Legendary is the concept that The Shining represents the oppression of indigenous people, that Wall-e is alone because he killed all the other clean-up robots in a psychotic rampage, that Drag Me To Hell is about eating disorders, or that Toy Story »
- Sarah Myles
Starz is bringing The Evil Dead back to life. The network announced yesterday that it has ordered 10 half-hour long episode of Ash Vs. Evil Dead, a follow-up series to Sam Raimi’s horror film trilogy. According to Starz, Bruce Campbell, who was the lead in the original 1981 film The Evil Dead, will reprise his role as “Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.” Ash Vs. Evil Dead will focus on Ash as he gets back to his heroic horror roots as after “a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind.” The series will be executive produced by Raimi (Spider-Man, Drag Me to Hell, Spartacus: War of the Damned) and Rob Tapert. In addition to serving as an executive producer on the show, Raimi will also be directing the pilot for Ash… »
- Chris King
Ash is back! Starz announced today the greenlight of the network's next original series, the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The project reteams the original filmmakers, director Sam Raimi, with longtime producing partner Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell.
The Starz Original series officially titled Ash Vs. Evil Dead will be 10 half-hour episodes. Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons - personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its "Evil" grip.
Here's what Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz, had to say in her statement.
"Starz first worked with Sam and Rob on Spartacus, »
We've heard rumblings of an Evil Dead series for a while now, and today it's been confirmed that the limited series based on Sam Raimi's original film, and starring none other than Bruce Campbell is coming to Starz. The first details and title for the series has been revealed!
I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for this. We're finally going to see Bruce Campbell once again play the role of Ash from The Evil Dead! The upcoming TV series called, Ash vs. Evil Dead, will be debuting sometime next year, and the first episode will even be directed by none other than Sam Raimi himself. These are awesome things people! Check out the full press release for more:
Starz announced today the greenlight of the network’s next original series, the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The project reteams the original filmmakers, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Groovy. Fans of Bruce Campbell’s portrayal of the Deadite-slaying, Necronomicon Ex-Mortis-battling, one-liner spouting Ash have reason to celebrate with the news that Starz has picked up Ash Vs. Evil Dead, a follow-up to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead films that will consist of 10 half-hour episodes and star Campbell as an awesomely aged Ash. The series is written by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and Tom Spezialy, with Sam fittingly set to direct the first episode that will air next year.
We have the official press release with full details (via TVbytheNumbers):
“Beverly Hills, Calif. – November 10, 2014 – Starz announced today the greenlight of the network’s next original series, the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The project reteams the original filmmakers, director Sam Raimi, with longtime producing partner Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell.
The Starz Original series officially titled “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” will be 10 half-hour episodes. »
- Derek Anderson
Starz announced Monday that it would air "Ash vs. Evil Dead," a follow-up series to the horror franchise started in 1981. The first season is set for 10 30-minute episodes, to air sometime next year.
Raimi, who wrote and directed the first flick, is returning to helm the pilot, and will co-write the script with Ivan Raimi ("Darkman," "Army of Darkness," "Drag Me to Hell") and Tom Spezialy ("Chuck," "Reaper," "Desperate Housewives"). Raimi will also executive produce the series, along with Campbell and original "Evil Dead" producer Rob Tapert.
The official synopsis for the series, per The Hollywood Reporter:
Campbell reprises his role as the title character Ash, a stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last three decades avoding responsibility, »
- Katie Roberts
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a full episode of Ghost Trek, first details on a Kane Hodder figurine by DeConte Figures & Collectibles, a new State of Desolation poster, a casting update from Welcome to Purgatory, distribution details from Dark Was the Night, a trailer for What’s Kind About the Dark, and much more:
Watch Ghost Trek: Goomba Body Snatchers Mortuary Lockdown: “Ghost Trek is an episodic supernatural-comedy series that follows the Paranormal Underworld Detective Society (Puds) as they investigate haunts across the U.S. and abroad between tanning beds, babes, body-building, and bong hits – all the while risking life and limb capturing the undead and unexplained on video. The series is not a “parody” of paranormal reality shows, Admittedly, Ghost Trek pokes fun at all the ghost hunting programs but »
- Tamika Jones
As you know, music plays a huge part in the filmmaking process and plays with our emotions while we are watching the movie. Music heightens our senses and adds to the quality of film. When it comes to horror movies, the music is supposed to scare us, make us feel uneasy, and gives us moments of panic and fear. Director Martin Scorsese said the following about music and film:
“Music and cinema fit together naturally. Because there’s a kind of intrinsic musicality to the way moving images work when they’re put together. It’s been said that cinema and music are very close as art forms, and I think that’s true.”
Just the other day the main theme song from Halloween started playing on the radio, and it freaked my kids out to the point that they were in tears. It was sad but kind of funny at the same time. »
- Joey Paur
Ryan Murphy will freak people out for the foreseeable future: The "American Horror Story" creator has just inked a deal to make a new horror-comedy hybrid anthology series for Fox, set to debut next fall.
Murphy, along with "Glee" co-creator Brad Falchuck and "Glee" writer Ian Brennan, has received a straight-to-series order from the network for "Scream Queens," which Murphy has described as blending the lines between two distinct genres. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first season will be comprised of 15 hour-long episodes, "revolving around a college campus that's rocked by a series of murders."
Like its predecessor, "American Horror Story," the "Scream Queens" setting and characters will change from season to season. Each season is expected to focus on two female leads, though Vulture reports that it's unclear if "Queens" will also take a cue from "Ahs" and recycle the same actresses in different roles.
"I knew I »
- Katie Roberts
It looks like director Sam Raimi will be moving in a very different direction of filmmaking than what we are used to seeing him do. Over the years he's given us films such as Evil Dead, Darkman, Army of Darkness, Spider-Man, Drag Me to Hell, and his most recent film, Oz the Great and Powerful.
Deadline is now reporting that the director is in talks to helm an adaptation of a novel called Love May Fail, which was written by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick. The script for this film was adapted by Mike White (School of Rock, Nacho Libre).
The story follows a character named Portia Kane, "who is coming off a demoralizing ending to her marriage to a cheating husband." While going through this, she "returns to her hometown determined to clear the name of her favorite English teacher, whose career was forcibly ended after a classroom scandal. »
- Joey Paur
Highlighting a movie from a horror icon's filmography that was generally well received isn't exactly a reach, but somehow I still feel as if Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell doesn't get the praise it deserves. The 2009 release stars Alison Lohman and Justin Long in a simple tale of a bank loan officer who is cursed by an elderly woman after denying her an extension on a mortgage payment. The conceit may be straightforward, but Lohman's stellar performance in the physically demanding role paired with Raimi's knack for perfectly balancing horror and camp elevate the pic to something special. Perhaps the best thing I can say about Drag Me to Hell is that I have a great time seeing it, every time I see it. The blend of scares and laughs, of the hilarious and the grotesque, make it incredibly watchable even when your instinct is to look away. »
- Jason Barr
Director Sam Raimi, the man who brought us such films as Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, the Spider-Man trilogy, Drag me to Hell, Darkman, The Quick and the Dead, Oz The Great and Powerful, and more, now has his own action figure!
The Sam Raimi action figure comes from Credenda Studios, and it's a New York Comic Con exclusive. The carded figure will be available at the Tenacious Toys booth #208. The designer of the action figure, Beau Greener of Credenda Studios, will be signing the figures on Thursday at 4pm.
There's a limited run of only 50 figures, and they are priced at $65 a piece. This is the perfect collectors piece for any fan of Raimi, so if you get one, consider yourself lucky, especially since there are so few of them.
"Fed up with the poor state of current horror films and how CGI has taken over »
- Joey Paur
Magnet Releasing – the ‘genre arm’ of Magnolia Pictures – has announced the acquisition of its latest horror anthology, which will be produced by Xyz Films. Having seen huge success with The ABCs Of Death and V/H/S, among others, Magnet now turns its attention to Xx – an anthology made up of short films that have female leads and female directors. Now, if there’s one thing that draws out the anti-feminist crowd, it’s the subject of female representation in the horror film genre. The reason for their dramatic eye-rolling is fairly obvious at first glance – there are plenty of women in prominent roles onscreen in horror movies, so what’s the problem? Halloween, Scream, The Exorcist, The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Mama, 2013’s Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell, 2006′s The Hill Have Eyes – in horror, it seems, there are women everywhere you look. So, why does Magnet Releasing »
- Sarah Myles
Kevin Smith’s second venture into horror camp – the use of camp is not an accident – may seem like a grand departure for him on the surface, but make no mistake, Smith is still in his comfortable and safe wheelhouse. Tusk is without a doubt a Kevin Smith film to the extent that his fans will glorify it as his new crowning achievement and critics will roll their eyes and claim it as a pompous excuse of horror deconstruction. Neither are fairly accurate but both descriptions will give you an idea of how divided audiences will be on this one. This reviewer included.
Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) co-hosts a podcast comedy show called the “Not-See Party.” His show leads him to travel to Canada to interview new internet star “The Kill Bill Kid” – a naïve teen who accidentally cut off his leg while swinging around a katana. Upon his arrival to the great white north, »
- Michael Haffner
There are moments in my life where I make extremely unwise decisions and I will be the last to admit it when I’ve made a mistake. However, this is an instance where I will scream from the rooftops how much of an idiot I am. I’m the type of person that likes to watch franchises all at once. When it’s Halloween, I’m that asshole that stays inside all day to watch every single Halloween film ever made in a row. Well, at least whatever ones will be playing on AMC that night, but I digress. For whatever reason, I felt compelled to sit through all three Hostel films one right after another. All this proved is that yes, I’m really into masochism. I’m not going to sugarcoat it; I hated Hostel when it first came out. I really, really hated Hostel. I felt the »
- BJ Colangelo
Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »
Another genre project looking to feature at this September's Toronto International Film Festival is Kevin Smith's 'Tusk'. Along with the announcement comes this new official first image from Smith's bizarre modern-day monster movie featuring star Justin Long ('Drag Me To Hell') recovering in a wheelchair from what we assume to be some post-surgical work on his feet (or flippers!). 'Tusk' also stars Michael Parks ('Red State'), Haley Joel Osment ('The Sixth Sense') and Genesis Rodriguez ('Man on a Ledge'). Check out the new image below. »
A24 will be distributing Kevin Smith's latest horror yarn about an insane adventurer who seeks the company of new housemate whom he plans to to splice with that of a walrus. 'Tusk' arrives in theatres across the Us this coming September and the official trailer has been unveiled bringing with it as much weirdness as we had expected. The movie stars Justin Long ('Drag Me To Hell'), Michael Parks ('Red State'), Haley Joel Osment ('The Sixth Sense') and Genesis Rodriguez ('Man on a Ledge'). Check out the new trailer below. »
Raimi dropped the bombshell during the Screen Gems panel in Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con, while discussing the film adaptation of the acclaimed video game The Last of Us. He didn’t offer any additional information about the show, where and when we may see it, or how it will connect to the films (if at all), but did say that he’s co-writing the series with his brother Ivan, who collaborated with him on Army of Darkness, Spider-Man 3, and Drag Me To Hell.
We’ll have more news on the Evil Dead TV series as it develops. In the meantime, let us know your reaction and predictions in the comments below! »
- James Garcia
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