12 items from 2008
Cabin Fever actress Jordan Ladd has joined the lineup of the next West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention. The event will be held April 17-19, 2009 at Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa).
In her first-ever Fango con appearance, Ladd will discuss her starring role in the new motherhood chiller Grace (alongside director Paul Solet and producer Adam Green), as well as her scream roles in Hostel Part II, Death Proof, Club Dread and Madhouse. Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout (and this is just the early tip of the iceberg!) include:
Paranormal investigators/hosts Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes (pictured) of the hit Sci Fi Channel series Ghost Hunters have joined the lineup of the next East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors. The event will be held June 5-7, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City.
Since debuting in 2004, Ghost Hunters remains one of cable’s hottest shows. In season four, an average of 2.8 million viewers tuned in each week to catch the latest cases from the files of Taps (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), led by Rhode Island plumbers Hawes and Wilson. Hot on the heels of Ghost Hunters wrapping its most successful season to date, Sci Fi has renewed the reality show for a sixth season; season five will premiere in March.
Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Big Apple blowout (and this is »
Horror-star-packed panels on the new indie screamers The Graves and Penance (formerly Days Of Darkness) will take place at the next West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention. The event will be held April 17-19, 2009 at Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa).
Attending the Graves panel will be writer/director Brian (Evil Ernie) Pulido and actor Tony (Candyman) Todd (pictured), plus co-stars Bill (The Devil’S Rejects) Moseley, Clare (Masters Of Horror) Grant and Jillian (The Fun Park) Murray. The Graves concerns two sisters stranded in an abandoned mine town who wind up in a desperate battle for survival against unspeakable horrors—both human and supernatural.
Heading La’s Penance panel will be director Jake (Fangoria’S Blood Drive) Kennedy and cast members Marieh (Jeepers Creepers II) Delfino, Tracy (Zombie Honeymoon) Coogan, Graham (Jekyll) McTavish, Alice (American Zombie) Amter, Valorie (Resident Evil: Extinction) Hubbard, Eve (Wicked Lake) Mauro, »
Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer co-star Tom Towles has joined the lineup of the next Chicago edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held March 6-8, 2009 at the Wyndham Chicago O’Hare Hotel (6810 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Il). Besides playing Henry’s henchman Otis, Towles appeared as Lt. George Wydell in both House Of 1000 Corpses (pictured) and The Devil’S Rejects.
• George A. Romero: the director of Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, Day Of The Dead, Land Of The Dead, Diary Of The Dead, Creepshow, Martin, Knightriders and The Dark Half will have the first news and footage from his latest zombie flick
• Tobe Hooper: director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, »
The toughest thing about visiting the American Film Market is finding time to squeeze in as many movies as humanly possible before your head explodes from retinal abuse. At this year’s 29th annual Afm, held November 5-12 in Santa Monica, CA, I watched 25 movies in seven days, and I still couldn’t squeeze in everything I wanted to see.
I had to sacrifice the Brit gorefest Mum & Dad and Combat Shock director Buddy Giovinazzo’s Life Is Hot In Cracktown, sadly. And I’m withholding judgment on Jamie (Urban Legend) Blanks’ Long Weekend remake until I watch the original on DVD.
Ok, I covered the travelogue and business stuff already (see here). You’re more interested in the movies, right? Well, here are my capsule comments on some upcoming fright fare that I got an early gander at. For more information on the Afm, go here.
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**Please Note: This will be at the top for a while; be sure to scroll down for updated news stories!** Horror may currently be in a slump, but the 2008 American Film Market has shown a huge light at the end of the tunnel. This year showcased a record number of horror titles and Dread Central was on hand to catch a great deal of them. Some were good, some were bad but all showed that this genre still has plenty of lifeblood left. Many exhibitors were also kind enough to show us movie promos, while others coldly showed us the door (Lesbian Vampire Killers, I’m looking at you). The most promising show previews were easily Night of the Demons and Clive Barker’s Dread, with plenty of new projects being announced. Check out our full Afm '08 coverage here.
So without further ado, we present you with our yearly »
- Andrew Kasch
Straight from the Afm, those wonderful fiends at Dread Central got their hands on the first trailer to the upcoming Essential Entertainment release Book Of Blood (based on Clive Barker's short stories "On Jerusalem Street" and "The Book of Blood")! Written and directed by John Harrison, Book Of Blood stars Jonas Armstrong, Sophie Ward, Doug Bradley, Simon Bamford and Paul Blair. Check out your first look at the film down below and on Dread Central's site right Here!
Our friends over at Dread Central got their dirty mitts on the first trailer for Clive Barker's Book of Blood which is based on one of his short stories about a house which is an "intersection to hell". I remember reading this story when I was in my teens and it's definitely one of his best. We here at Quiet Earth are really glad that Barker's now getting major play, will someone please do Jg Ballard, Walter Tevis, or Thomas Disch next?
"Paranormal researcher Mary Florescu's investigations lead her to Simon McNeal, a college student who appears to be channelling messages from the dead. As their erotic relationship develops the line between the worlds of the living and the dead become blurred and finally collapse in a stunning and astonishing climax."
Trailer after the break.
Saw film series actor Tobin Bell—Jigsaw himself!—will headline the next West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19, 2009 at Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). In his first-ever Fango con appearance, Bell will discuss his enduring legacy as the Saw movies’ maniacal John Kramer, as well as his roles in such films and TV shows as Boogeyman 2, Buried Alive, The X Files, Revelations, 24 and his upcoming lead role in the movie adaptation of the Fangoria Graphix hit comic series Bump (see news item here).
Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout (and this is just the early tip of the iceberg!) include:
• Tobe Hooper: director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, »
A new interview was discovered today where Writer-Director John Harrison talks about his upcoming adaptation of Clive Barker's Book Of Blood, which has 10-minutes teased to a lucky Frightfest UK audience last month. Inside you can find word from Harrison, who says that the film won't be the blood-soaked horror film we all expected. "It has its moments, but it is not a gore-fest," John Harrison tells IFMagazine. "It is more of a supernatural thriller a la The Others, or The Orphanage. Very moody. Very character driven. We screened a preview of the first ten minutes at the Frightfest Festival here in London last week. Its the big U.K. horror festival, and thousands of fans come from all over the U.K., the U.S. and Europe." »
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BERLIN -- Bo Zenga is making his directorial debut on the horror spoof Stan Helsing for Scott Steindorff's Stone Village Pictures. Jere Hausfater's Essential Entertainment has signed on to handle worldwide sales on the new film.
Written by Zenga, the film takes place on Halloween night where the reluctant hero and video-store clark, Stan Helsing, has to save a town from the six biggest monsters in cinema history. Principal photography starts in April.
Zenga has a strong track record in the spoof genre. His credits include serving as a producer on Scary Movie, which grossed more than $300 million. The Scary Movie franchise went on to gross more than $800 million.
Steindorff and Zenga previously collaborated together on Turistas. Essential is also selling the Julia Roberts starrer, Fireflies in the Garden; Clive Barker's Book of Blood; The Informers, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Bassinger and Winona Ryder; Solomon Kane from writer-director Michael J. Bassett; and the action-drama Defiance from Edward Zwick. »
1 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
British horror master Clive Barker is taking his tales of terror to the big screen again.
Matador Pictures and Barker's Midnight Picture Show shingle are teaming to adapt what is planned to be the first in a series of films based on the horror author/filmmaker's fiction collection Books of Blood.
John Harrison (Tales From the Darkside: The Movie) will direct from a script written by Harrison and Darin Silverman. Sophie Ward (Young Sherlock Holmes) and Jonas Armstrong (the U.K.'s TV series Robin Hood) are set to star.
The Blood series consisted of six collections of horror stories published from 1984-85. The books made Barker an overnight literary sensation.
Blood will adapt the first story from Book 1, which centers on a paranormal expert who, while investigating a gruesome slaying, finds a house that is at the intersection of "highways" transporting the souls in the afterlife.
12 items from 2008
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