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“Los Angeles (August 15, 2014) – Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, has acquired the North American rights to the haunted house thriller The Houses October Built. Produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Zack Andrews. The film is directed by Bobby Roe and stars Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson. The deal was announced today by Image Entertainment’s Svp of Acquisitions, Mark Ward.
“The Houses October Built is an instant Halloween classic,” said Ward. “This is a film that audiences will seek out year after year – and will be just as terrified each time they watch it.”
The Houses October Built takes you where no other Halloween film has gone before. Beneath »
- Jonathan James
Let’s face it. Exorcism movies have been a bit played out in the last few years. When Paranormal Activity made demons scary again almost half a decade ago, a slew of films came along that immediately plugged into the vein of that and mixed The Exorcist with found footage. What we got was a plethora of bargain bin scares like The Rite and some decent titles like The Last Exorcism and Atrocious.
With Asmodexia, writer-director Mark Carreté has crafted an original and unique entry into the exorcism genre without having to turn it into a traditional shaky cam affair.
The post Review: Asmodexia a Fresh Twist on the Exorcism Genre appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Like the Saw and Paranormal Activity franchises before it, the V/H/S horror anthology series is becoming an annual tradition, with this year's installment, V/H/S Viral, arriving on VOD platforms October 23 before hitting theaters on November 21. The first poster and official plot synopsis have been released for this upcoming sequel, which includes segments directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Gregg Bishop (Dance of the Dead), Todd Lincoln (The Apparition) and the team of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution).
Check out this one-sheet below, then read on for the first official plot details.
A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame-obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell-bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L. »
The Houses October Built appears to be a found footage type film the follows a group of friends looking for most extreme haunted attraction they can find. As a horror fan I love going to haunted attractions and this film concept could turn out to be a great mix up on found footage horror. Check out the trailer below. From the producer of Insidious and Paranormal Activity The Houses October Built stars Brandy Schaefer Zack Andrews Bobby Roe Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson. »
Halloween is coming, and you know what that means… horror themed haunted houses and mazes. Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, and it's always fun going out and finding places that offer some fun scares.
Director Bobby Roe took the concept of haunted houses and mazes and used it as an idea for a new found footage horror film that he calls The Houses October Built. The story follows five friends who embark on a road trip to find the ultimate underground haunt. This leads to some disturbing and strange experiences. This is something I'd actually love to do for real, but I could do without the real aspect of death.
This may be a found footage horror film, which people are getting tired of these days, but it seems to work fine for this particular story. I think this is a really cool idea for a movie, »
- Joey Paur
The haunted attraction biz gets a terrifying twist in the horror film The Houses October Built which is hitting select theaters on October 10th.
The official synopsis...
Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives.
The post The Houses October Built Gets a Trailer, One-Sheet appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
While Halloween mazes and haunted houses may be par for the course for most in October, the fun turns into horror in new indie “The Houses October Built.”
A recently released trailer for the film shows five friends on a road trip to find the ultimate underground haunt, but the haunting comes to them as disturbing things start to happen.
Bobby Roe directs and stars in the found footage film. Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson also star. It was produced by “Insidious” and “Paranormal Activity” producer Steven Schneider and Andrews.
Rlj Entertainment and Image, which acquired North American rights last month, will distribute “The Houses October Built” for a limited run starting Oct. 3.
- Alex Stedman
I ran into Elvis Mitchell in Toronto, where the former Nyt critic with the hairstyle that always fills me with envy is beginning to figure out what films will play the inaugural Greenwich International Film Festival next June 4-7 in the picturesque Connecticut town. Mitchell, already the curator of Film Independent at Lacma and host of NPR’s The Treatment, just recently took the job as the festival’s Marquee Director. I ask Elvis, since you can throw a dart at a calendar and hit a film festival going on somewhere, what’s the point of yet another?
“It’s a fair question,” he said. “The most interesting film festivals are the ones that create a personal stamp. Like, Toronto is the most democratic of festivals, where you buy your ticket and don’t feel like you’re amidst the invading forces as in Sundance and Cannes. All of the good festivals feel distinctive. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Over the past two decades, the number of horror remakes has grown so large that it can be broken down into different genres within its category — slasher remakes, recreations of Japanese horror films, and so on. Though these films have seen varying levels of success, they can at least be credited with introducing classic characters like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees to new generations. Whether or not the remakes improved upon or damaged the original property, however, is left up to the fans.
The next recreation of a cult classic horror film comes from producers Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge: Anarchy) and Ryan Murphy (co-creator of American Horror Story): The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Based on Charles B. Pierce’s 1976 slasher film of the same name, the meta remake will return to the town of Texarkana, Texas.
In the first trailer ...
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- Molly Freeman
Summer’s winding down, the nights are drawing in and Halloween is the next big holiday. For all you horror fans out there, this means one thing: a cinematic calendar filled with spooky, gory, and altogether frightening flicks to aid your insomnia. Or, in more recent years: remakes, sequels and reboots. Either way you’ll likely leave the theatre screaming; from fear or frustration. To prepare you for the dark nights ahead, we urge you to scope out the first trailer for meta-remake, The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
Resist the urge to rant for at least the remainder of this article. This isn’t your typical cash-in. This remake of the 1976 classic horror comes from two genre masters. American Horror Story‘s Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum – whose Blumhouse Productions gave the community Insidious, Sinister and the Paranormal Activity franchise. They’ve each forwarded the somewhat stagnant genre. With Ahs »
- Gem Seddon
Paramount Pictures Mexico exec to oversee Latin America for Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Michael Horn has joined Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri) as a senior vice president supervising the region of Latin America. Horn will report to Steven O’Dell, president of Spri, beginning Oct 1.
In his new role, Horn will oversee Latin American distribution operations for the studio, which will also include overseeing local production activity in the region.
Horn has served as vp and managing director of Paramount Pictures Mexico since 2007.
Prior to that, Horn was the managing director for United International Pictures in both Chile and Mexico from 1997-2007, handling the combined film slates from Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Skg, Focus Features and Paramount Classics.
Over his 17 years in international distribution in Latin America, Horn has overseen the release of blockbusters and franchises such as Transformers, The Fast and the Furious, Madagascar, Shrek, Mission: Impossible, G.I. Joe, Paranormal Activity, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Although Blumhouse releases annual lineups of profitable and widely watched genre titles (Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and the Insidious franchises), horror hounds know the production company has many projects suspended in picture purgatory. But Blumhouse announced today the launch of a new label, Bh Tilt, that will specialize in distributing these gestating fright films as non-wide release titles.
A multi-platform banner, Bh Tilt is set to distribute a number of titles horror fans have been eager to see for quite some time, including Bryan Bertino’s (2008’s The Strangers) long-awaited sophomore effort, Mockingbird, and the Chandler Riggs-starring Mercy, based on Stephen King’s 1984 short story, Gramma.
Also on the movie menu is Joe Carnahan’s Stretch, the not-yet-completed Creep trilogy from director Patrick Brice (and starring Mark Duplass), and Joe Johnston’s office invasion film, Not Safe for Work.
Not to be forgotten as a movie on Bh Tilt »
- Derek Anderson
Describing his company as an “international-facing, producing, financing, distribution and licensing studio,” Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford said business flexibility has been key to survival and growth.
Ford was speaking Saturday at a festival seminar on film financing.
For a company started in April 2007, and which endured the collapse of its first two business partners, staying small and lean was key to remaining in operation until it boarded highly profitable global horror hit “Paranormal Activity.” Since 2010 the company has been substantially backed by diversified Indian conglomerate Reliance Ada Group, which Ford likened to “South Asia’s unsexy equivalent of Ge.”
“Our mantra is to stay opportunistic, not be wed to one business or financing model. And to keep one eye on the wider business — digital distribution, growth markets, lower cost film-making. These make it easier to build a business and make a buck, than building a big studio structure, »
- Patrick Frater
Greenstein will assume the role previously held by Jeff Blake, who was forced out in late July, and oversee the day-to-day management. He will report to Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
Friday’s announcement came three days after Variety reported that Greenstein, the former Paramount Pictures chief marketing officer, was in final negotiations with Sony to succeed Blake.
Greenstein, who has been at Paramount since 2005 and previously served as co-president of marketing and executive vice president of creative advertising, had already informed his bosses at the Viacom Inc.-owned studio that he would not be renewing his contract when it expires at the end of this year.
Before joining Paramount, he served as head of marketing for Dimension Films.
“We seized the »
- Dave McNary
Update: That was quick. Sony just sent the release, which runs below the brief update.
Exclusive: I reported back on July 24 that Josh Greenstein was top choice by Sony Pictures to become head of worldwide marketing and distribution, and then again when Paramount Pictures announced Greenstein was leaving his chief marketing officer job as the studio promoted Megan Colligan to President, Worldwide Distribution and Marketing, reporting to vice-chairman Rob Moore. I’m hearing that Greenstein’s deal is closed and that it’s all over but the press release at this point. The official word should come before the weekend. He replaces Jeff Blake, who exited after launching Sony’s summer box office. Stay tuned.
Culver City–Sony Pictures Entertainment (Spe) today announced that Josh Greenstein will join the company as the studio’s President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution. In this role, Greenstein will assume the role previously held »
- Anita Busch
Casey La Scala is best known as a producer of the legendary 2001 film Donnie Darko. Most recently, La Scala has written and directed an intriguing film entitled The Remaining, releasing today, and he sat down with Dread Central to discuss all the details.
Premiering at London Frightfest on August 25, The Remaining is an intriguing jaunt. We asked La Scala about his influences and inspirations for the film. "After my father died, I really started to question life, death and my own mortality," La Scala said.
"Watching my father die was a tough experience, but I learned the most important lesson," he continued. "I learned that life can end at a blink of an eye so it's important to live life like it's your last day on earth. Specifically, taking care of family and friends and making sure you have said everything you need to say. You could miss your chance. »
- Scott Hallam
Blumhouse Productions, Ivanhoe Pictures and Phantom Films announced today that they have formed a multi-year partnership to produce local language genre movies in India. The deal calls for the production of a minimum of ten films over five years. Ivanhoe, the recently launched Asian focused film and television production company, will finance the films that Phantom, which is India's first director led production house, will produce while one of its founders, Anurag Kashyap will direct one of the movies and Blumhouse will help oversee the creative, bringing its expertise creating horror franchises like Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and Sinister. The films will be released in India under the Blumhouse brand, which has generated success in the area. Distribution will be announced at a later time. Speaking on the association, Ivanhoe co-founder and CEO John Penotti commented, "We are so pleased to be part of this extraordinary partnership. Blumhouse and »
Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions has been scaring audiences stateside since 2007′s Paranormal Activity. Seven years later, with the company’s low-budget horror films Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge becoming highly profitable horror franchises and Sinister looking to do the same with its upcoming sequel, Blumhouse is now taking its filmmaking formula to India.
In a partnership with Asia’s Ivanhoe Pictures and India’s Phantom Films, Blumhouse is expanding their banner overseas to make local-language genre films, with the deal specifying that at least ten movies need to be made in five years.
The plan calls for Ivanhoe to provide financial backing for the pictures with Phantom set to produce and Blumhouse involved at a creative level. Celebrated Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap (Black Friday), one of Phantom’s founders, has signed on to direct one of the untitled films. We have the official press release with full details (via Collider):
- Derek Anderson
Indian cinema has long been recognized for its vivid colors and impromptu dance numbers, but there have been a few spookers along the way. Bhoot comes to mind along with several titles from director Vikram Bhatt. Anyway, things are about to get a lot scarier in Bollywood as Blumhouse is opening its doors there with select partners.
From the Press Release
The deal calls for the production of a minimum of ten films over five years.
Ivanhoe Pictures, the recently launched Asian focused film and television production company, will finance the films; Phantom, which is India’s first director-led production house, will produce while one of its founders, Anurag Kashyap, the acclaimed Indian filmmaker, will direct one of the movies. Blumhouse will help oversee the creative, bringing »
- Steve Barton
Partnership brings together Indian and horror film producers; Anurag Kashyap to direct one of the new features.
Blumhouse Productions, Ivanhoe Pictures and Phantom Films have formed a multi-year partnership to produce local-language genre movies in India. The deal will see the production of at least ten films over five years.
Ivanhoe Pictures, launched in 2013 to pursue opportunities in Us and Asian production, will finance the films.
The films will be released in India under the Blumhouse brand. Distribution has yet to be announced.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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