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Prolific producer Jason Blum brings horror hits to the big screen and now looks to do the same on the printed page. Doubleday and Vintage Books have teamed up with Blumhouse Productions to launch publishing label Blumhouse Books, setting the short story collection The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City as its first release with Ethan Hawke and Eli Roth among its contributors.
Showcasing more than twenty stories, The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City will come out in July 2015. In addition to the big name authors, Blumhouse Books is putting on a contest in which fans can submit their own stories for publication consideration, with the winning story securing a spot in the book. We have the official press release with full details:
- Derek Anderson
<< Continued from "Weekend Forecast""If it's Halloween, it must be Saw." Lionsgate is banking that moviegoers will remember that old adage this weekend, when the 2004 horror classic is re-released in to over 2,000 theaters.The original Saw opened to a surprising $18.3 million on this weekend 10 years ago, and spawned a franchise that ruled the next four Halloweens. The first sequel (Saw II) was the highest-grossing installment with $87 million; grosses progressively declined to Saw V, which earned $56.7 million.All good things must eventually end, though, and Saw VI got stomped by word-of-mouth sensation Paranormal Activity in October 2009. The movie dropped around 50 percent from the previous installment, which led to a franchise-low $27.7 million gross. The following year, Saw 3D recovered to $45.7 million, though that was thanks to the addition of 3D pricing (during 3D's peak) and a "final chapter" bump.Re-releases have been a hit-or-miss endeavor lately. 3D re-releases for The Lion King, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This year, the cinematic landscape is suffering from a staggering lack of scary movie product. Instead of the usual "Paranormal Activity" installment, we've got a limp haunted board-game movie in "Ouija" and a tenth anniversary re-release of the first "Saw" movie (a film that inspired countless sequels, another staple of Halloween that has evaporated by thinly mixed fake blood). But fear not! There is one late-entry scary movie, opening on Halloween day no less -- French filmmaker Alexandre Aja's "Horns."
Based on a novel by Joe Hill (whose daddy, it should be noted, is Stephen King), "Horns" stars Daniel Radcliffe as a man who, after a night of hard drinking, wakes up to find a pair of devilish knobs poking out from his forehead. What's more -- those horns cause people around him to confess their deepest fears, something which should be especially helpful since he is trying desperately »
- Jonny Black
With The Evil Within proving people never get tired of a good shock-fest as long as it’s crafted with just the right amount of heart, it’s prompted us to think of which other horror franchises could make a comeback on newer hardware.
There’s something so weirdly alluring about the genre overall too, as depending on which side of the ‘how much can you stomach?’ fence you sit on, the drastic difference between experiencing this sort of thing by yourself or with a group can make for some of the most enjoyably pulse-racing experiences out there – or the reason you’re still awake at 3am.
Over the years the biggest innovation to the genre that sent out ripples big enough for the rest of us to take notice was the switch to first-person, heralded in by one Slender Man and the Amnesia series. Both of which when »
- Scott Tailford
Nightcrawler will hit a nice sweet spot this weekend, not exactly a horror, but scary enough to attract date nights as well. Halloween generally doesn't fall so nicely on a weekend, the last time it was close (and probably slightly better) was when Michael Jackson's This is It took the crown, even though Halloween was on a Saturday. Paranormal Activity couldn't beat it, though it was in its 6th weekend of release, and Saw VI was pretty much Doa in its sophomore weekend. My thought here is $13.8 million, enough to win the weekend, though clearly not dominating in any fashion. There are too many other themed choices on the board. Speaking of ... Before I Go to Sleep - I'll present this fact without any judgment, but at the last moment they canceled all critic's screenings. I wonder what kind of sign that isc Still, it's not like it really needs »
- Laremy Legel
This month's release of IFC Midnight's found-footage horror movie “Inner Demons” (pictured above) marked Robin Schorr‘s maiden voyage into the potentially lucrative world of microbudget filmmaking. As her equity finance and production company Schorr Pictures continues to develop studio-sized projects as well as several TV series, Schorr is taking her destiny into her own hands by moving into the microbudget space, which has yielded lucrative returns for a handful of producers including Jason Blum of “Paranormal Activity” fame. “We have a development fund that allows us to autonomously invest in IP. We've found great material for studio features and series, »
- Jeff Sneider
Kids don't trick-or-treat like they used to. And going to the movies to get scared witless on the year's creepiest holiday is also fading. That's a major turnaround from the not-so-distant past when “Paranormal Activity” and before that the “Saw” franchises dominated the holiday at the box office for nearly a decade. It's not that horror movies’ popularity is fading. In fact, it's just the opposite: so many scary movies have found box-office success outside of the end October that Halloween has become an afterthought. “Horror movies have the ability to scare the cash out of audiences no matter what the. »
- Todd Cunningham
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“Die Fighting” Nation-wide On Demand November 4
On November 4, Gravitas Ventures will unleash Z Team Films’ martial arts action film Die Fighting on Video on Demand throughout North America, reaching over 100 million homes. Die Fighting stars Fabien Garcia, Laurent “Lohan” Buson, Didier Buson, Jess Allen, Dave Vescio and Xin Wuku. The movie is directed by Fabien Garcia and is produced by Laurent Buson.
The trailer looks action packed showcasing some great fight scenes and choreography. Hard hitting, bone crushing and maybe some skull breaking moments, the camera angles during the fights are well done and it seems the actors involved can all thrown down some great moves. I will certainly be checking this low budget movie out on the release on November 4th 2014.
The Z-Team, »
Ouija is a teen horror flick filling the Halloween void that is decidedly absent of yet another Saw Paranormal Activity or Final Destination remake. With no real alternatives available in U.S. theaters in October 2014 Ouiji went on to a 20Mm opening weekend and will likely ride that wave a little further before it dies off. Not too bad for a reported 5Mm budget. The horror fare is light the storyline predictable and the pieces of the puzzle come together just too conveniently for this film to be taken seriously but maybe the younger set isnt looking for serious horror but just something useless to celebrate the season. If thats youre goal enjoy. »
Halloween is scary in more ways than one for the Hollywood studios, who get skittish about losing audiences to trick-or-treats and parties. Even though it's a week away, the studios took a hiatus from opening any star-driven, high-end films. Per usual, a pre-Halloween horror flick-- "Ouija" from Universal--topped the weekend, while "John Wick," a new film from one-time powerhouse action star Keanu Reeves, added some wattage. Still, the Top Ten continued to improve over last year, generating $96 million compared to $93 in 2013. At this juncture the year to date is down 3.7%, nearly half the highest level of drop earlier in the year. While the weekend before Halloween is often host to a new horror film, "Ouija" is nonetheless a rarity. In recent years, we've seen more horror franchises ("Paranormal Activity," "Saw," "Scary Movie") or remakes ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre"), often opening with weekends of $30 »
- Tom Brueggemann
Over the last full weekend in October, low-budget supernatural horror movie Ouija led the box office with $19.9 million.John Wick wound up in second place, while Bill Murray's St. Vincent did well in its nationwide expansion.The top 12 earned $103.2 million this weekend, which is up nine percent from last year. This caps off a very strong month at the box office: October 2014 is already the highest-grossing October ever, and still has five days left to add to its record-setting number.Playing at 2,858 theaters, Ouija took first place with $19.9 million. This is the second-biggest horror debut of the year ahead of January's Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ($18.3 million); it's also above recent October releases Sinister ($18 million) and Carrie ($16.1 million).With its young cast, PG-13 rating, and pre-Halloween release date, Ouija was a strong option for teenage moviegoers. Universal executed a targeted marketing effort that focused heavily on social media, including »
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Annabelle took first place at the international box office with $26.5 million this weekend.The prequel to The Conjuring opened to a stunning $11.7 million in Mexico. That's the biggest debut ever for a horror movie, and ranks third for the year behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Mexico is already the movie's highest-grossing market ahead of fellow Latin American territory Brazil ($11.5 million).So far, Annabelle has earned an impressive $126.7 million overseas. The Conjuring ended its overseas run at $181 million; that now looks like a reasonable goal for Annabelle as well.Lucy opened to a solid $19 million in China this weekend. To date, the Luc Besson thriller has taken in a stunning $307.6 million overseas.Gone Girl added $18.4 million this weekend, which brings its foreign total to $118 million. The David Fincher thriller took first place in South Korea with $3.8 million. The movie has five markets remaining, including Japan and Italy, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“Ouija” benefited from audiences looking to get into the Halloween spirit by topping charts with $20 million from 2,858 locations. The brain child of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and “Paranormal Activity” maestro Jason Blum, “Ouija” cost less than $5 million to produce, setting Universal Pictures, the studio behind the seance horror film, up for some enviable profit margins.
It marks the seventh of Blum’s micro-budgeted horror films to open in first place.
“He just does it over and over and over again,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s distribution chief.
“Ouija’s” PG-13 rating helped the film broaden its appeal to younger, female audiences. The picture’s opening weekend crowd was 75% under the age of 25 and 61% female.
“Marketing knew exactly what audience they were going after and they nailed it, »
- Brent Lang
When Laine (Olivia Cooke) and Debbie (Shelley Hennig) reunite and dig out the dusty board game, the game becomes more sinister than they remember. Before long, the dormant powers of the board are awoken and their deepest darkest fears are laid bare and exposed in this Michael Bay-produced horror film directed by Stiles White.
Critics are not impressed with Ouija, detailing the many ways in which it fails to capitalize on the concept's possibilities. In the end, the movie provides little more than the all-to-familiar cliché’s of horror films, particularly ones in which spirits are meant to induce the flick’s big frights. A few kinder reviewers enjoyed the absurdity of the movie and found it no worse that its simpler scary movie predecessors.
“If nothing else, »
Chicago – Out of respect for the filmmakers and actors, I don’t walk out on films. I hold true to that even when I know in the first 10 minutes the film’s not for me. Perhaps the second act could surprise me. Maybe the whole film is a flop but it redeems itself with shock and awe in the last 5 minutes.
But let’s be honest: As much as you can tell yourself you’ll walk into “Ouija” with an open mind, it’s impossible to have high hopes about this latest “horror” film in a tiresome string of formulaic attempts. You’re not expecting Oscar-caliber performances and that’s why these kinds of films can get away with casting no one you’ve ever heard of.
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With no “Saw” or “Paranormal Activity” sequels on the calendar and sorry substitutes like “Annabelle” and “Ouija” in their place, fright fans will have to turn to Netflix, iTunes or their own DVD collections to conjure up a good scare. Luckily, TheWrap‘s genre-loving film reporter Jeff Sneider is here to help you with your search and plan the perfect viewing party. Also read: ‘Saw’ Returns to Theaters on Halloween in Honor of 10th Anniversary Watch the video for Sneider's top 10 movies to watch on Halloween! It's not a trick, just a treat … »
- Jeff Sneider
Four reviews for you today including Birdman, John Wick, Citizenfour and Force Majeure while we also dig into that $745 million reported budget for The Hobbit trilogy and discuss the budgets for filmed trilogies over time. We've got a few questions to get to, random asides, a large batch of games and we hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us »
- Brad Brevet
Friday Am Update: From shows beginning at 8 p.m., Ouija opened to an estimated $911,000 from 2,061 theaters last night. That's on par with 2012's Sinister ($930,000), which went on to earn $18 million on opening weekend. John Wick wasn't far behind with an estimated $870,000 on Thursday night. That number essentially guarantees that the movie earns over $10 million this weekend, and points to a likely finish north of $15 million.Forecast: After a few busy weeks at the box office, look for things to quiet down a bit this weekend.Horror movie Ouija*based off the "game"*should open in first place with around $20 million. Meanwhile, John Wick will likely open behind holdovers Fury (2014) and Gone Girl.At 2,858 theaters, Ouija is poised to do solid business with teen moviegoers this weekend. The movie revolves around a group of teens who try to connect with their deceased friend via a Ouija board, and inadvertently summon an evil spirit instead. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
After spending the past seven years launching film franchises based on its toys and games like Transformers and G.I. Joe, and setting up other movies like “Monopoly,” “Candy Land” and “Risk,” Hasbro Studios is poised to take the next logical step: financing its own features.
The toymaker has launched Allspark Pictures — a clever nod to “Transformers” — through which it will fully fund and co-finance a slate of films. The projects that will inaugurate the banner are an animated “My Little Pony” movie, the first planned to play theatrically in 2017, and a live-action adaptation of animated series “Jem and the Holograms,” which will sing into theaters on Oct. 23, 2015. Universal will split “Jem’s” budget with Hasbro.
“We have a long history in film, and it’s become a very important part of our content strategy,” says Stephen Davis, president of Burbank-based Hasbro Studios. “We want to use great stories to activate our brands, »
- Marc Graser
For producer Steven Schneider, the dream came true: He found a cheap little movie that turned into the 2009 phenomenon Paranormal Activity, a film made on a $15,000 budget that grossed $193 million worldwide, spawned three sequels and opened the door for Schneider’s partner on the project, producer Jason Blum, to launch a horror empire. But for Schneider. the success was too much to handle, as he reveals in an interview on Kcrw’s The Business to promote his latest low-budget genre film, The Houses That October Built, now playing in limited release. See more Which Horror Films Freak Out
- THR Staff
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