12 items from 2015
Written by Don Jakoby
Directed by John Carpenter
The name John Carpenter, much like Wes Craven, is synonymous with the horror genre. Few American filmmakers have a filmography so thoroughly steeped in horror that their names instantly come to mind of rabid fans of the genre whenever asked to list their favourite directors, or at least those that left an indelible mark on horror cinema. From all the way back in the late 1970s with films like Assault on Precinct 13 and Halloween to as recently as 2010’s The Ward, Carpenter is one of the iconic directors having attained legendary status. If Assault, which is more thriller than horror, is any indication, he can also direct action scenes with relative aplomb. 1998 finally saw him meld horror and action with Vampires.
Opening in a sleepy New Mexican town, vampire exterminators Jack Crow »
- Edgar Chaput
Depending on where one values Black Christmas, Halloween gave birth to the slasher movie. In October of 1978, Michael Myers’ faceless, wordless behemoth escaped from the bowels of Haddonfield to terrorize that town that tried locking him away for a decade. Almost 40 years later, “The Shape,” as Myers’ monster is first credited, remains a horror cinema staple, but he wouldn’t be nearly as effective were it not for director John Carpenter’s chilling music, immortalized by a just-as-iconic sinister title theme.
In a career that boasts nearly as many composer credits as directorial ones, appreciation for Carpenter’s music continues to resurface. In February, Carpenter released a collaborative collection of music, entitled Lost Themes, with that release getting its own remix from Sacred Bones Records this past week. In September, Carpenter announced a stop at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Iceland next year, too. For a guy who’s released »
- David Klein
Two years ago the Rasmussen brothers, Michael and Shawn, spoke to us about the production of their low-budget horror movie Dark Feed. Now the directors and screenwriters (they scripted John Carpenter’s The Ward) are back to talk about their new New England-set horror film The Inhabitants, and the lessons learned making a movie on an even tighter budget. Filmmaker: How did this project start? Michael: The whole thing came about as we were finishing Dark Feed. One of our filmmaker friends said, “You want to keep the momentum going and get started on the next project.” A producer friend who had […] »
- Michael Murie
An old Carriage House in New England is the setting and principle character in the Rasmussen Brothers' latest indie haunting, The Inhabitants. Michael and Shawn Rasmussen wrote the oft-maligned (yet beautifully rendered) final John Carpenter picture, The Ward, in 2010 and since then they have concerned themselves with blood stained institutions that will not give up their ghosts easily. They took their own directorial stab at the haunted hospital in 2013 with Dark Feed. Here, it is a bed and breakfast inn located in Massachusetts, somewhere in the vicinity of Ipswitch or Danvers, the latter famously known as Salem Village. Indeed, the 'Witch Museum' up the street is the primary tourism attraction of the region, not counting the verdant, foggy atmosphere that offers some of the best production value...
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When you’re setting your New England ghost story against the backdrop of a Salem Witch Trial past, it’s quite the coup to secure a locale as famous as the Noyes-Parris House built in 1669. Now owned by author Glenn Cooper (who serves as executive producer), its historical resonance as the home of Reverend Samuel Parris is felt. It was his daughter Betty and niece Abigail Williams who made the first accusations to begin the tragic true-life events that unfolded. It should be no surprise then that Michael and Shawn Rasmussen would decide to let the spectral ghouls of their film The Inhabitants be children led by the spirit of a woman hung for witchcraft (India Pearl‘s Lydia) after a flu epidemic hit the community’s youth centuries earlier.
The Noyes-Parris House is transformed into the fictional March Carriage House—a quaint little bed and breakfast with a well-documented and haunted past. »
- Jared Mobarak
October is finally upon us which means horror and sci-fi fans have a lot to be looking forward to, especially when it comes to the films hitting VOD this month as there numerous highly anticipated choices arriving on various platforms throughout the month, including Tales of Halloween, Deathgasm, Gravy, Knock Knock, The Final Girls, A Christmas Horror Story, Bone Tomahawk, and one of my own most anticipated films of 2015, Tokyo Tribe from visionary filmmaker Shion Sono.
Here’s a look at all the genre titles arriving on VOD this October!
A Christmas Horror Story (Rlj Entertainment) - October 2nd
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus - the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children - is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins. »
- Heather Wixson
We have even more goodies for our readers from the supernatural thriller The Inhabitants. Exclusive stills from the film are revealed below. Also in this morning's round-up: Sean S. Cunningham's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 New York City Horror Film Festival, Bk Horror Club details, and four new photos from Feral.
The Inhabitants: Press Release: "Cambridge, Ma – Gravitas Ventures, an independent film distributor, announces the North American release of the supernatural thriller The Inhabitants on October 13, 2015, on video on demand (VOD). The film will air on multiple VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox Live, Sony Playstation, various cable providers, and more. The film is also currently available for pre‐order on iTunes.
Written and directed by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, screenwriters of John Carpenter's The Ward and produced by international bestselling author Glenn Cooper, The Inhabitants revolves around a young couple that gets more »
- Tamika Jones
The second Cthulhu figure in a three-part series from Warpo will be available this fall. Also: a trailer for The Inhabitants, first details on IFC Midnight's acquisition of Cabin Fever, El Rey Network's Stephen King marathon, and Last Shift on Blu-ray.
Warpo's Cthulhu Figure Series: Press Release: "Chicago, Il (September 9, 2015): Warpo, creators of the Legends of Cthulhu action figures, today released part two of three of Cthulhu: The Great Old One, their retro commercial series for the forthcoming 12” Cthulhu figure.
In keeping with the company’s method manufacturing, the process of development by which Team Warpo creates everything with the mindset and methods of the late 1970s to mid-1980s, the commercial series was created with the look and feel of being an “uploaded artifact” from the era – a rip from an old VHS tape that was used over and over again to capture storylines for the sandbox adventures of childhood. »
- Tamika Jones
Independent filmmakers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, screenwriters of John Carpenter’s The Ward, along with their producing partner international bestselling author Glenn Cooper are launching an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds needed for the delivery and marketing of their new supernatural horror thriller The Inhabitants.
The film revolves around a young couple that gets more than they bargained for when they purchase and renovate an old bed and breakfast in New England. A series of troubling events leads the husband to suspect that something terrible is hiding within the walls of this house, and whatever it is has set its sights on his wife.
The Inhabitants was filmed on location inside one of the oldest houses in New England which was home to the Salem Witch Trial children. The Noyes-Parris House (c. 1669) was owned by the infamous Rev. Samuel Parris from The Crucible. His daughter Betty Parris and niece »
- Phil Wheat
Filmmakers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, screenwriters of John Carpenter's The Ward, have teamed up with international bestselling author Glenn Cooper to create a supernatural horror-thriller called The Inhabitants. It was filmed in New England for an extra-spooky feel, but the location itself is the icing on the creep-tastic cake. You see, the film was shot in one of the oldest homes in the U.S. --- as well as home to the Salem Witch Trial children. The Noyes-Parris House (c. 1669) was owned by the Rev. Samuel Parris, father of Betty Parris and uncle to Abigail Williams, the two girls who made the initial accusations that led to the tragic events that took place in Salem, Massachusetts. To help raise funds needed for finishing costs of The Inhabitants,...
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Jessica Barth (“Ted 2”), Matt Dallas (“Kyle Xy”), Sydney Sweeney (“The Ward”), Madison Lintz (“The Walking Dead”), Kyla Deaver (“The Conjuring”) and Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Davison are set to star in DeVan Clan Productions’ supernatural horror film “Tell Me Your Name,” TheWrap has learned. Jason DeVan wrote and will direct the exorcism movie, which he and wife Heather DeVan will produce under their DeVan Clan banner along with Dylan Matlock. Ken Dunn will serve as executive producer. Sweeney will play Ashley, a young woman with a troubled past who returns to her hometown to stay with her Aunt Tanya (Barth) after her older. »
- Jeff Sneider
Today we have the first ever images from the Poltergeist remake. Gil Keenan directs the new film which opens in theaters on July 24 2015 in 3D. Poltergeist has been rated PG13 for intense frightening sequences brief suggestive material and some language. Jared Harris (The Ward) will play Carrigan a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show Haunted House Cleaners. Sam Rockwell (Moon) Rosemarie DeWitt (Promised Land) Saxon Sharbino (I Spit on Your Grave) and Jane Adams (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) also star. »
12 items from 2015
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