15 items from 2017
There's a new face in horror and you most definitely don't want to say his name. At all.
The new Universal Studios Home Entertainment release, The Bye Bye Man, is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. This already popular horror/thriller stars an impressive cast featuring Doug Smith (Ouija), Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens), Cressida Bonas (Doctor Thorne), Jenna Kanell (The Vampire Diaries), Carrie Anne Moss (The Matrix), Faye Dunaway (The Thomas Crown Affair), Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Michael Trucco.
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From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man. When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control, making you see and do the most unspeakable acts committed by man. Is there a way to survive his possession? Starring Douglas Smith (Ouija) and Carrie Anne-Moss (The Matrix), see the chilling thriller that critics are calling “a paranormal thrill ride that will echo in your nightmares” (Elizabeth Rayne, Den Of Geek).
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- Andy Triefenbach
“When you have a movie that doesn’t have to make $100 million, you can take chances in the marketing,” he said at the keynote address at Variety’s Massive Entertainment Marketing Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Blum was enthusiastic about Universal’s marketing capabilites, saying the work of making a movie is 50% percent done when you make a good movie and 100% done when it’s marketed right.
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split,” starring James McAvoy and Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” starring Daniel Kaluuya, were both made for under $10 million. They have each grossed $136 million domestically with plenty more yet to be banked by Universal. “Split” has also taken in another $120 million overseas.
Low-budget producer Jason Blum: "Your job is 50% done when »
- Dave McNary
Krasinksi is set to write and direct the Paramount/Platinum Dunes supernatural thriller “A Quiet Place,” marking his third directorial effort and first for a major studio, and also star opposite his wife Blunt in the film.
Michael Bay will produce along with his partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods wrote the earlier draft. Krasinski and his Sunday Night partner Allyson Seeger will serve as executive producers alongside Beck and Woods.
The film goes into production this fall.
Plot details are unknown.
Krasinski and Platinum Dunes last collaborated on Bay’s 2016 drama “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. »
- Justin Kroll
“Buster’s Mal Heart”: Tiff
The newly released trailer for Sarah Adina Smith’s “Buster’s Mal Heart” goes to some heady and heavy places, but the spot kicks off with a hilarious interaction between a man and his boss. “Jonah, I need to see you in my office,” the boss demands. And the not-so-dutiful employee’s response? “In a minute,” Jonah says, continuing to eat his burger in no particular rush.
But “Buster’s Mal Heart” isn’t just a quirky comedy — it’s also a surreal thriller. According to its official synopsis, “the film follows a mountain man on the run from authorities who survives the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes. He’s haunted by a recurring dream of being lost at sea only to discover that the dream is real: He is one man in two bodies.”
“Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek plays both men — one known as Buster, the other as Jonah. We’re introduced to both characters in the trailer, the former a husband and father, the latter an isolated fugitive who resembles Tom Hanks in “Castaway.”
Smith described the film to Women and Hollywood as “the story of a man split in two. Each side demands a conversation with the unnameable forces of the Universe. I like to think of it as a comedy,” she explained, “because there’s nothing more absurd than screaming into the void!”
“Buster’s Mal Heart” was financed by Gamechanger Films, which provides equity financing to narrative feature films directed by women. The film had its world premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Along with Malek, the cast includes Kate Lyn Sheil (“House of Cards”), DJ Qualls (“The Man in the High Castle”), Toby Huss (“Halt and Catch Fire”), and Lin Shaye (“Ouija”).
Smith made her feature debut with 2014’s “The Midnight Swim,” a drama about three half-sisters who return home after their mother drowns in a nearby lake. The film won numerous prizes on the festival circuit, including the Audience Award at AFI Fest. Smith directed a segment in last year’s “Holidays,” a horror anthology.
When we asked the writer and director what she wants people to think after they watch “Buster’s Mal Heart,” she answered, “I suspect there will be many different interpretations of the movie, but that’s not because I didn’t have my own very clear ideas about it: It’s because there are many different outlooks on the human condition, freedom, sanity, and God, or lack thereof,” she speculated. “My hope is that the audiences will leave with a feeling of peace — a rare and special peace, however fragile or fleeting.”
“Buster’s Mal Heart” opens April 28. Check out the trailer below.
Trailer Watch: Rami Malek Is Split in Two in Sarah Adina Smith’s “Buster’s Mal Heart” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Writer and Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Visit) delivers his most gripping film yet with Split, an original psychological thriller available on Digital HD on April 4, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 18, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Jason Blum (Insidious, Ouija, The Visit, The Purge series) returns to collaborate with Shyamalan in the box-office hit, starring James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse, Victor Frankenstein).
The frightening thriller Split delves into the mysterious depths of one man’s fractured mind as a terror unlike the world has seen prepares to be unleashed. Split offers viewers a closer look at the movie fans are raving about with a never-before-seen alternate ending, deleted scenes, character spotlight, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.
James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan's thriller, Split, which lit up the box office upon its release is coming to blu-ray next month. Universal Pictures announced the home release today revealing when you can pick it up, and what features are coming on the disc. Come inside for all the details!
M. Night made his comeback well and truly known with the release of Split, which delighted critics and audiences the world over. If you missed out on the thriller, or simply want to watch it over and over, you'll get your chance on April 18th when it comes to blu-ray (or April 4th if you buy digitally):
Writer and Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Visit) delivers his most gripping film yet with Split, an original psychological thriller available on Digital HD on April 4, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 18, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. »
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The Beast can awaken in your living room, as Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will unleash M. Night Shyamalan's Split on Digital HD on April 4th, followed by a Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release on April 18th, with special features including an alternate ending and deleted scenes.
Press Release: Universal City, California, March 1, 2017 – Writer and Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Visit) delivers his most gripping film yet with Split, an original psychological thriller available on Digital HD on April 4, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 18, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Jason Blum (Insidious, Ouija, The Visit, The Purge series) returns to collaborate with Shyamalan in the box-office hit, starring James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse, Victor Frankenstein). The frightening thriller Split delves into the mysterious depths of one man’s fractured mind as a terror unlike the world has seen prepares to be unleashed. »
- Derek Anderson
“Get Out,” the low-budget horror hit that dominated the weekend box office, proves that it pays to be fiscally prudent and creatively risky. The story of a black man who finds himself preyed upon by liberal white suburbanites is a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” for our racially polarized time. It’s a film that uses scares as social commentary.
Writer and director Jordan Peele, previously best known for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” never expected a studio to greenlight his project. At a time of #blacklivesmatter and Trump, that kind of subversion just seemed too hot to handle.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Peele said that when he told producers that he had a cool pitch, he would always add, “The caveat is: No one will make this movie.’” Most studios would greet any non-superhero related proposal these days with a hard pass, »
- Brent Lang
Someone must have said his name or entertained a fleeting thought of the urban legend, because The Bye Bye Man is coming to Digital HD on April 11th, followed by an April 25th Blu-ray / DVD / Digital HD unrated release (and VOD release) from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Feb. 23, 2017 -- People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we're asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what…but who? Stx Entertainment (Bad Moms, The Boy) redefines horror with an-all new iconic villain in The Bye Bye Man, arriving on Digital HD on April 11, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 25, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Doug Smith (Ouija), Lucien Laviscount ("Scream Queens"), Cressida Bonas »
- Derek Anderson
The horror maestro announced the project via Facebook.
“David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team,” he wrote. “David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.” He added: “David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and…Wow. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away. I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.”
Halloween will be released on October 19th, 2018.
David Gordon Green is the »
- Luke Owen
John Carpenter just gave Michael Myers fans a huge reason to mark their calendars by announcing an October 19th, 2018 release date for Blumhouse and Miramax's new Halloween movie, which will be directed by David Gordon Green (Joe, Pineapple Express) from a screenplay he's writing with Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant, Eastbound & Down).
In addition to executive producing the new Halloween film, Carpenter might also help guide the franchise he began back in 1978 by providing the music for the film. Green and McBride will also be executive producing the anticipated project, along with Malek Akkad and Jason Blum. We have the official press release below with full details, including Carpenter's initial announcement of Green and McBride's involvement:
Press Release (via HalloweenMovies.com): Los Angeles, February 9, 2017 – John Carpenter announced today via his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JohnCarpenterTheMasterofHorror/) that David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express »
- Derek Anderson
John Carpenter’s 1978 “Halloween” stands as one of the best horror films ever made. Now after decades of not being involved in the franchise, the filmmaker, who will executive produce a new installment, has announced that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride have joined the new production.
Carpenter shared the news on his Facebook page, adding that Green and McBride, part of the “Eastbound & Down” team, shared their vision for the movie and blew him away.
“David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team,” Carpenter announced. “David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed. David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and…Wow. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. »
- Liz Calvario
“Little America” is described as being reminiscent of John Carpenter’s iconic 1981 sci-fi action-thriller “Escape From New York,” starring Kurt Russell. “Little America” is set in a time where America is so bankrupt that China is calling all the shots.
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- Dave McNary
Overall moviegoing jumped 29 percent to $148 million this weekend, led by a surprisingly strong $40.2 million debut for “Split.” Universal’s forecasts before the weekend had been in the $20 million range for “Split.”
Year-to-date business, which had been lagging by 8.8 percent before the weekend, has reached $748 million and is now only 4 percent behind the same point last year when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was driving business.
“This really kicks off 2017 in earnest, which I didn’t think would happen until ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ on Feb. 10,” noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. “There were a lot of distractions such as Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday and the women’s marches on Saturday, so the number for ‘Split’ is very impressive. »
- Dave McNary
15 items from 2017
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