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The question of how far a person will go -- or how low a person will sink -- for large financial gain is one of the more prevalent and provocative questions in recent horror cinema. Eli Roth's Hostel series had a dark and compelling hook that showed how the very wealthy can toy with a person's flesh just because they need a new kick. More recently the excellently twisted thriller called Cheap Thrills offered a series of progressively more disturbing bribes and wagers.
The also fascinating Series 7: The Contenders (2001) offered murder for money, as did Roger Corman's delightful Death Race 2000 from 1975 and the half-decent remake from 2008. Going back as far as The Most Dangerous Game (1932), and probably earlier, the idea of murder as a financial "game" has been a hallmark of horror cinema. One mentions all of that because of this: several years ago the Weinstein »
- Scott Weinberg
When it comes to scary, it’s not the monsters or ghosts that do it for me. The most terrifying thing is an individual who can convince an entire group of people to follow one belief. Even more terrifying than the leader are the people within the group, whose views are so extreme that they are willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill a prophecy. Recently, cults have made their way back onto our screens with the hit HBO series True Detective and the upcoming Ti West horror feature The Sacrament. In honor of my cult fascination, I take a look at some of the creepiest cults in the horror genre, and learn that evil always prevails. To the Devil…a Daughter (1976) When a father is trying to save his daughter from Satanists, naturally he would seek help from a writer who specializes in the occult. Author John Verney »
- Amanda Tullos
A most dangerous game indeed tempts a meek, straight-laced insurance salesman to embrace the beast within in “13 Sins,” a creepy little diversion that ultimately unravels long before its hero’s fragile psyche does. Having made a commercially successful foray into religio-supernatural horror with 2010′s “The Last Exorcism,” German-born director Daniel Stamm here applies his relatively slick, straightforward genre smarts to a template provided by the 2006 Thai thriller “13: Game of Death” (also known as “13 Beloved”). The resulting remake achieves a modest degree of tension and dark humor before tilting into gory overkill, while its diffuse central ideas — about materialism, the dangers of playing God and the latent human capacity for violence — never really take plausible shape. Intriguing enough to appeal to younger thrill-seekers but unlikely to match the B.O. spoils of Stamm’s previous picture, these “Sins” will be paid for primarily through streaming and other home-viewing services following »
- Justin Chang
In the last decade or so, the horror genre has become infamous for producing box-office successes based on minimalist story concepts. The trend may continue later this year with the upcoming horror film "13 Sins," starring Mark Webber ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Golden-Globe winner Ron Perlman ("Drive," "Hellboy"). "13 Sins" takes its audience on a wild ride alongside Elliot, a down-on-his-luck salesman whose response to a cryptic phone call leads him to a dangerous game in which he must perform thirteen tasks to earn the money he desperately needs, with each task becoming more violent and sadistic than the last. The trailer seems to take a page out of the "Saw" series, with Webber as Elliot and Perlman as the officer hunting him down for his crimes, while the mysterious voice on the other end of the phone line intimates how easily people can suddenly turn into monsters when they need to. »
- Ziyad Saadi
13 Sins is a remake of the 2006 title 13: Game of Death. This latest version is from director and writer Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism). And, the film stars Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Rutina Wesley and Ron Perlman. 13 Sins will have its World Premiere at the SXSW '14 Film Festival, before releasing through video-on-demand formats March 14th. Horror fans can view the film's brutal trailer here. 13 Sins tells a tale of a normal man with the common burden of debt. A mysterious caller rings Elliot (Webber) up and the caller has a solution for his money troubles. A series of tests, which become more and more violent, will provide Elliot with 6.2 million dollars. But, can Elliott go on killing and killing? And, can the local authorities stop Elliot's murder spree? The trailer for 13 Sins is one of the most bloody clips to come this way in quite awhile. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
When the list of films screening in this year's SXSW Midnighters lineup was announced, Daniel Stamm's 13 Sins was on it, and with its world premiere happening on March 7th during the fest, the official trailer has arrived.
When we first started talking about Stamm's The Last Exorcism follow-up 13 Sins back in August of 2012, it was called Angry Little God. It may have undergone a title change, but its cast of Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Ron Perlman remains rock solid.
The film will be getting a March 14th release on iTunes and On Demand followed by a theatrical run from Radius-twc beginning April 18th.
A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last. Cast: Mark Webber, »
- Uncle Creepy
Watch as a man gets turned into a monster in just 13 steps in the gory red band trailer for 13 Sins, directed by Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism). Mark Webber stars as Elliot, a desperate salesman drowning in debt, as he tries to provide for his financee (Rutina Wesley). A mysterious caller reveals that he can make all of his debt go away by completing a series of 13 challenges on a hidden camera game show, though he soon realizes he is in over his head as the tasks grow more and more sadistic. In addition, we have the poster for this harrowing thriller co-starring Ron Perlman and Pruitt Taylor Vince, debuting in limited release April 18 from Radius-twc.
13 Sins follows a bright but meek social services coordinator who's drowning in debt and desperate as he's about to marry the love of his life. He receives a mysterious phone call informing him that »
Brian F. O’Byrne (Prime Suspect, FlashForward) has nabbed a lead role in ABC’s drama pilot Exposed, from writer Charles Randolph, Peter Traugott’s Tbd Entertainment, and Universal TV. It centers on Anna, an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth including making questionable alliances. O’Byrne, repped by Gersh and Lisa Richards Agency, will play Quigg, a very powerful, mysterious man who works for the Pentagon. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots British actress Jessica Knappett (The Inbetweeners Movie) and Iris Bahr (The Last Exorcism) are set as female leads opposite David Schwimmer in ABC comedy pilot Irreversible, from Peter Tolan and Sony Pictures TV. Schwimmer also serves as a producer on the project, based on the Israeli series Bilti Hafich. It centers on Andy (Schwimmer) and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves. Knappett, repped »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
When two Vice Media journalists try to track down their friend's missing sister, they enter a world they are truly not prepared for in director Ti West's The Sacrament. Following the red band trailer that debuted last week, Magnet Releasing has provided us with the all-ages trailer, which shows the journey of Vice Media reporters Sam (Aj Bowen) and Jake (Joe Swanberg) as they enter a self-sustained community known as Eden Parish, lead by their charismatic "Father" (Gene Jones), in hopes of reuniting their colleague Patrick (Kentucker Audley) with his long-lost sister (Amy Seimetz). Check out the latest footage for this new thriller, debuting on iTunes and VOD formats May 1, before arriving in theaters June 6.
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House of the Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they »
We told you last month about John Simm (the sometimes-bleached-blond Master in the rebooted Doctor Who) in BBC America‘s upcoming original series Intruders, from writer and executive producer Glen Morgan of The X-Files. Now comes word that Mira Sorvino and sci-fi familiar face James Frain (most recently of Grimm and Sleepy Hollow) will be joining him, as filming begins on this body-snatcher-type series:
New York – February 24, 2014 – Production is underway in Vancouver British Columbia for BBC America’s new original series Intruders, starring celebrated British actor John Simm and Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino. The series is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, from writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), the series is »
- Erin Willard
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever) comes The Sacrament, scheduled to be released on iTunes/On Demand May 1st, 2014 and in theaters June 6th. From acclaimed writer/director Ti West and master of horror Eli Roth, The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend's journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of "Eden Parish," a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as "Father." As their friend reunites with his »
- Pietro Filipponi
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey … Continue reading →
- Dave Dreher
In recent years, Roth has focused largely on appearing onscreen in films like Inglourious Basterds and serving as a producer on releases like The Last Exorcism films and The Man with the Iron Fists as well as Netflix’s hit werewolf series Hemlock Grove. Back in 2013, The Green Inferno - Roth’s first directorial effort since the 2007 release of Hostel: Part II - toured the film festival circuit ahead of a U.S. theatrical bow in September this year, and now it looks like Roth is ready ...
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Though he took some time off from directing following the release of Hostel: Part II in 2007, filmmaker Eli Roth doesn’t seem keen on taking a similar breather before his next project. The director most recently helmed the 2013 cannibalism movie The Green Inferno, and now The Wrap reports that he will direct the horror pic Knock Knock, which he co-wrote with his Aftershock collaborators Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoeda. Knock Knock revolves around two young girls who unexpectedly show up at the home of a married man, where they subsequently seduce him and wreak havoc on his life. Production on the $10 million film is set to get underway in April, though no casting has been announced just yet. While Roth took a break from directing for a bit, he stayed busy as a producer in the years after Hostel: Part II on films like The Last Exorcism and The Man with the Iron Fists. »
- Adam Chitwood
Magnet has released a red-band trailer and poster for Ti West's new horror film, The Sacrament. The film stars Aj Bowen and Joe Swanberg (both actors from You're Next) as reporters for Vice Media who go to a remote Central American compound that holds a religious "community" (i.e. cult). The utopian setting is then revealed as (shocker) not all it appears to be, and judging by the trailer, lots of violence and horror ensues (naturally). I do like the premise, and I hope West can deliver on it. Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer and poster. The film also stars Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Kentucker Audley (Ain't Them Bodies Saints), and Gene Jones (No Country for Old Men). The Sacrament is On Demand on May 1st and opens June 6th. Here's the official synopsis for The Sacrament: From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, »
- Matt Goldberg
As promised, the first trailer for Ti West’s latest movie has dropped and we have it for you to watch right now.
Courtesy of Magnet Releasing, The Sacrament will have a limited theatrical release on June 6th, but it will be available first on digital services and VOD on May 1st. A Blu-ray and DVD release will follow, but a date has not yet been mentioned.
“From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, »
- Jonathan James
While Eli Roth hasn't been behind the camera to direct a film in seven years (his latest film The Green Inferno arrives this fall), he's certainly been busy producing some interesting horror films like The Last Exorcism. The latest producing effort is The Sacrament, directed by indie horror director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House of the Devil). The film follows two journalists (A.J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg) who decide to shoot a documentary following their friend (Kentucker Audley) searching for his missing sister living in a cult inspired by the Jonestown Massacre. The red band trailer is quite spooky. Watch now! Here's the first red band trailer for Ti West's The Sacrament from IGN: Patrick (Kentucker Audley) is a fashion photographer. When his colleagues Sam (Aj Bowen) and Jake (Joe Swanberg), correspondents for Vice magazine, catch wind of a letter from his estranged sister Caroline (Amy Seimetz »
- Ethan Anderton
Here’s all the relevant info from the press release:
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find … Continue reading →
- Dave Dreher
After all the positive buzz that followed festival screenings of The Sacrament, including from our own Todd Gilchrist, the latest film from Ti West will be released in May. The first red band trailer is due out tomorrow, but we have a brand new poster for you to check out in the meantime. Courtesy of Magnet Releasing, The Sacrament will have a limited theatrical release on June 6th, but it will be available first on digital services and VOD on May 1st. A Blu-ray and DVD release will follow, but a date has not yet been mentioned.
“From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United »
- Jonathan James
The one-sheet’s for Ti West’s films have a much appreciated knack for embracing the beauty of illustrated art, and his latest, the cult centric docu-horror The Sacrament, is no exception. Gene Jone’s Father is front and center above a mass suicide, something we’ll more than likely get a glimpse of in the trailer that drops tomorrow. Thanks to IGN for the reveal.
The Sacrament opens on VOD May 1st and then in select theaters June 6th!
Fantastic Fest Review: The Sacrament
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers) and master of horror Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever, The Last Exorcism), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States »
- Justin Edwards
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