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Is John Gulagers Piranha 3Dd Sequel Set For Direct To DVD UK Release

30 December 2011 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Well this is not overly welcome news if it turns out to be factual but it appears that the John Gulager helmed bitey sequel 'Piranha 3Dd' is swimming straight past UK theatres and instead going to hit DVD and Blu-ray. The Dimension Films sequel has been plagued with release issues of late and is being bumped constantly at the moment. So if the Bva are to be trusted the direct to DVD release will arrive in the UK on 19 March 2012. No word yet as to whether or not the Us will follow suit? But time will tell. Danielle Panabaker ('The Ward', 'The Crazies'), Chris Zylka ('Shark Night 3-D'), Meagan Tandy ('Unstoppable'), David Koechner ('Final Destination 5'), Matt Bush, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, Ving Rhames, Paul Scheer, Clu Gulager, Gary Busey, Christopher Lloyd and the sexy Katrina Bowden »

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Looking at What Went Wrong with The Ward: A Movie Review

27 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*here be spoilers.

Director: John Carpenter.

Writers: Michael Rasmussen and Shawn Rasmussen.

Cast: Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer and Danielle Panabaker.

The main problem with John Carpenter’s The Ward is that it tried too hard to be understood. Had it been subtler in its approach, than quite focused in providing some cheap scares, then just maybe, the darkness Kristen (Amber Heard) has been feeling can become real.

The issue here is that Carpenter, with writers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen were out to recreate some of the magic from Shutter Island, released earlier in the 2010 year, whilst their product was delayed. It did not screen until September at the Toronto Film Festival. Its theatrical release did not happen until a year later, so audiences are not saying that they had seen this movie before.

But The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari this product is not. Some imitators will succeed and others will fail. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Ed Sum)

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Neve Campbell: 2011 Scream Queen of the Year

3 December 2011 12:30 PM, PST | Horrorbid | See recent Horrorbid news »

There were quite a few ladies who invested admirable work in the field of horror this year. Amber Heard put forth a criminally underrated performance as she led John Carpenters latest chiller (which was shot last year, but didnt hit shelves until the midway point of this year), The Ward; Jodie Whittaker has been completely ignored, despite offering everything you could ask of a scream queen in the kick ass invasion flick, Attack the Block; mean… »

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Amber Heard Rolls to Motor City

23 November 2011 4:32 AM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Amber Heard Rolls to Motor City

Amber Heard has the looks and the talent, but her luck is floating around somewhere in the sewers. 2011 might not have been her year but 2012 might be off to a good start as she grabs a role in Albert HughesMotor City.

Films like Pineapple Express and Zombieland show that Lady Luck can be kind to Heard but Luck has been a witch to the actress lately. Just this year, Heard appeared in Drive Angry 3D, The Ward, and The Rum Diary, and all three films bombed at the box office. I can understand the first two, but The Rum Diary? When’s the last time a Johnny Depp flick tanked? To add insult to injury, Heard hooked up with NBC’s The Playboy Club, which has already been yanked off the air.

Now, Deadline brings word that the actress is heading back to »

- Marty Shaw

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Amber Heard To Star In Another Revenge Flick

21 November 2011 6:23 PM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

I have the biggest crush on Amber Heard.  What can I say, she is very appealing but I don't she'll give me the time of day; I'm no Johnny Depp ... nor am I a woman.  She has done some pretty awful stuff, from The Rum Diary to The Informers, Never Back Down, The Stepfather, and The Ward but I could add much more to the list.  She starred in Drive Angry with Nick Cage, a revenge film about a dead man who breaks out of hell to save his granddaughter.  Heard seems to retuning to the genre with Motor City.

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- Jonathan Silva

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Amber Heard Will Star in ‘Motor City’

21 November 2011 4:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Briefly: The next movie from Albert Hughes -- and his first solo effort without brother Allen -- is set to be Motor City, which sounds like a straight-up revenge story based on quick descriptions of the script by Chad St. John. Dominic Cooper stars as a guy just released from prison, who is out for revenge against the guys who framed him for a crime. I'm told the script is one of the most spare to go into production in a long time, with very little dialogue. Hopefully that will result in a film that is more distinguished than the basic logline makes it sound  -- perhaps a companion piece to Drive and The American. Now Amber Heard is set to play the lead female role, though we don't know anything about the specifics of the part. Heard has been on the verge of breaking out for a while, starting »

- Russ Fischer

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Amber Heard Joins Dominic Cooper In Motor City

21 November 2011 2:47 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Amber Heard is a talented young actress, but she has had a pretty rotten go of it in 2011. The calendar year saw the release of Drive Angry 3D, The Ward and The Rum Diary, but all of them bombed at the box office and received little praise from critics. On the small screen she appeared in The Playboy Club, which was cancelled before it could complete its first season. Heard will likely turn things around in the coming years and that may start with Albert Hughes' Motor City. According to Deadline, Amber Heard has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming revenge thriller. The site says that there was heavy competition for the part, though it doesn't list any of the other actresses that were being considered. The film is set to star Dominic Cooper in the lead role as a man who is released from prison »

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‘The Innkeepers’ starring Sara Paxton – trailer review

15 November 2011 7:30 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Innkeepers

Directed by: Ti West

Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis

Rating: R

Release Date: February 3, 2012

Trailer Score: 9/10

Thoughts by Tsr: If the name Ti West sounds familiar to you, it may have been his initial praise for his horror homage, The House of the Devil. It sounds like West is back at it again with The Innkeepers.

For those that know me, it’s no surprise that I’m this pumped about a horror film. Seriously, the only one who might be able to rival my love of horror is McLaughlin over here. But the real pleasure in The Innkeepers trailer is that the movie stays true to form. Rather than a bloody slasher reboot or a psychological horror, West is sticking to his roots by making a good old-fashioned ghost story.

Part of it feels a little like 1408 from the staff’s perspective, but that might »

- Calhoun Kersten

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Nine Directors in Need of a Career 'Pick Me Up'

10 November 2011 10:01 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

After recently watching Trespass on Blu-ray, The Ward on Netflix Instant and catching J. Edgar on its early rollout, I began to notice a trend of legendary and/or highly touted filmmakers who have tailed off in recent years. So I began thinking of other helmers that have fallen onto similar hard times and came up with a list of nine who, in my opinion, have lost their fastball. It's important to note that while it's difficult to evaluate all of these directors on an equal scale, all of these names were selected based on one basic criteria: their recent output has failed to live up to their once impressive past. Outside the nine below, there were a few I others I considered. Directors such as Bryan Singer, Tim Burton, Stephen Frears and Cameron Crowe, but ultimately I didn't think their declines were as steep as those I chose to profile, »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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A Trio Of New Official Pics From Piranha 3Dd Sequel Plus New Plot Info

2 November 2011 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

This years Afm '11 is certainly bringing us all a heap of fantastic new assets from a variety of new and upcoming horror flicks - one of which is John Gulager's 'Piranha 3Dd'. Returning cast members Ving Rhames and Paul Scheer can be spotted amongst some new pics scored by Shock Till You Drop from the Dimension Films horror sequel. A bikini-clad victim getting her face chewed off plus Gary Busey also make an appearance on the first offical stills. Styd also discovered a fresh plot synopsis. Danielle Panabaker ('The Ward', 'The Crazies'), Chris Zylka ('Shark Night 3-D'), Meagan Tandy ('Unstoppable'), David Koechner ('Final Destination 5'), Matt Bush, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, Clu Gulager, Christopher Lloyd and the smoking hot Katrina Bowden ('Tucker and Dale Vs Evil') all star. Check out the new plot and the pics below. »

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USC Discovers John Carpenter’s Long-Lost Student Film Captain Voyeur

26 October 2011 3:54 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

John Carpenter's latest horror thriller The Ward, about a group of young women trapped in a haunted mental hospital, recently played theaters but the master of horror made news today over his first student film at the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, USC staff discovered Captain Voyeur, which Carpenter wrote and directed for his 1969 introductory film class. Carpenter made the eight-minute-long black and white movie about a nerdy computer worker who follows a female coworker to her home and attempts to kill her. USC archivist Dino Everett described the movie as sharing similar technique with Carpenter’s classic Halloween such as the killer putting glasses over his mask and much of the action unfolding in the Pov of the killer. »

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USC Discovers John Carpenter’s Long-Lost Student Film Captain Voyeur

26 October 2011 3:54 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

John Carpenter's latest horror thriller The Ward, about a group of young women trapped in a haunted mental hospital, recently played theaters but the master of horror made news today over his first student film at the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, USC staff discovered Captain Voyeur, which Carpenter wrote and directed for his 1969 introductory film class. Carpenter made the eight-minute-long black and white movie about a nerdy computer worker who follows a female coworker to her home and attempts to kill her. USC archivist Dino Everett described the movie as sharing similar technique with Carpenter’s classic Halloween such as the killer putting glasses over his mask and much of the action unfolding in the Pov of the killer. »

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John Carpenter: The 5 Best & The 5 Worst

25 October 2011 9:50 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

John Carpenter is considered one of the most iconic horror directors, having created such classic chillers as Halloween, The Thing and The Fog. Carpenter has also given us some damn good action movies too, introducing us to Snake Plissken in Escape From New York and even blessing video game icon Duke Nukem with one of his most famous lines (“I’m here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…. And i’m all outta gum”) which was nabbed from alien invasion movie They Live.

Sadly, Carpenter’s work has become somewhat overshadowed by a later career of disappointing films – many of which have failed to excite both critics and audiences.

As we enter the final stretch of this years 31 Days Of Horror celebration, we take a look at the 5 best and the 5 worst films made by the infamous master of horror.

The 5 Best The Thing (1983)

 

I once managed to see an »

- Stephen Leigh

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Video Interview: Lyndsy Fonseca talks ‘The Ward’

21 October 2011 9:40 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

John Carpenter’s The Ward, which is s out now on Blu-ray and DVD just in time for Halloween, marks the return of legendary Godfather of slasher horror after nearly a decade. Set in a psychiatric Hospital, the film follows Kristen (Amber Heard) who finds herself committed to the ward of the title, with no recollection of previous events. Imprisoned in this terrifying asylum alongside a group of erratically behaved young women – played by Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Laura-Leigh and Lyndsy Fonseca – Kristen not only faces overbearing wardens during the day but by night a savage ghostly figure stalks the ward hallway for her next victim to swallow into the darkness.

Not only have we already been lucky enough to interview The Ward star Jared Harris (read it here), but now we’ve also managed to sit down with actress Lyndsy Fonseca to discuss the film, John Carpenter, and the »

- Phil

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[Now Streaming] Halloween: All Horror Special Edition

20 October 2011 6:36 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch.

This week in honor of the release of Paranormal Activity 3 and in anticipation for Halloween, we’re dedicating the entire column to all things horror. Whatever your preferred Halloween watching — be it satanic scares, ghoulish ghosts, creature features or humorous horror — we’ve got you covered with the spookiest movies streaming online.

Is it spawns of Satan that scare you most? Then pregame for Paranormal Activity 3, by taking in the prequel’s sister flicks…or visiting with another little brunette girl plagued by dark forces.

Paranormal Activity (2007) Shortly after moving in together, Katie and Micah begin to experience strange late night phenomenon. Initially amused, Micah decides to set up a camera to record the paranormal activity, never realizing he’ll shoot his own demise. This »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Now on Netflix Streaming: Red State, The Ward, Paranormal Activity 2

19 October 2011 2:24 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Netflix has recently added Kevin Smith’s Red State and John Carpenter’s The Ward to their streaming service. Other recently released horror movies include Paranormal Activity 2, The Last Exorcism, Poltergeist II, Poltergeist III, Ghoulies, Children of the Corn: Revelations, and The Nesting.

Older horror films tend to be less visible on their streaming service, so here are some other titles you may be interested in giving a try: Dracula (1931), Dracula (1979), Dracula Ad 1972, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb, Vampire Circus, The Crimson Cult, Count Yorga, Vampire, The Return of Count Yorga, Witchfinder General, Countess Dracula, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, The Fly. »

- Jonathan James

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11 scary movies starring out actresses

19 October 2011 7:56 AM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Last year we compiled a list of horror films with lesbian or bisexual characters. This year, we thought we'd highlight out actresses who have appeared in some Halloween-worthy watching. From the classic to the contemporary, we've been in some of the best (and worst) scary movies.

Here are 11 movies you can find for your viewing (dis)pleasure this holiday.

Amanda Bearse in Fright Night

The actress played a teen named Amy Peterson in the 1985 original. She gets turned into a vampire, but is able to turn back into herself after the cure is discovered. Amanda came out eight years later — as a lesbian, not a vampire.

Portia de Rossi in Scream 2

Portia played a bitchy sorority sister in the 1997 sequel to the very successful Scream. She doesn't last too long, but she steals the scenes she's in with some sassy insults.

Sara Gilbert and Drew Barrymore in Poison Ivy »

- Trish Bendix

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Spike TVs Scream Awards Premieres First Hottie-Filled Piranha 3Dd Teaser Trailer

19 October 2011 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

It's double the terror and double the D's for John Gulager's tongue-in-cheek horror sequel 'Piranha 3Dd'. The first teaser trailer has premiered for the follow-up at this years Spike TV Scream Awards. The new teaser which gives us a peek at returning cast members Christopher Lloyd and Ving Rhames (minus a leg) also cameos David Hasselhoff playing himself and a horde of super-hot bikini clad babes bouncing here, there and everywhere. There's booty shaking, boobie bouncing and other water park frolics which soon end in bloodshed. Danielle Panabaker ('The Ward', 'The Crazies'), Chris Zylka ('Shark Night 3-D'), Meagan Tandy ('Unstoppable'), David Koechner ('Final Destination 5'), Matt Bush, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, Clu Gulager, Gary Busey, Paul Scheer, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames and the hottest of the hot Katrina Bowden -below ('Tucker and Dale Vs Evil') all star. »

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Jared Harris interview: John Carpenter, Mad Men, and being Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2

18 October 2011 9:04 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jared Harris chats to us about Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, John Carpenter's The Ward, and Mad Men...

A gifted actor with a long and diverse career in such films as I Shot Andy Warhol, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Other Boleyn Girl, Jared Harris puts in a small yet captivating performance in John Carpenter’s horror, The Ward, out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

One of Harris’ finest performances in recent years, though, is as Lane Price in the acclaimed TV series, Mad Men. Initially a supporting player, Harris’ character, a buttoned-up English financial officer, has gradually grown in prominence, and is now one of the most engaging faces in the entire series.

It was a real pleasure, then, to speak to Mr Harris about his role in Mad Men, what it was like to work with John Carpenter, and also about his appearance as »

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Blu-ray Review: The Ward – John Carpenter’s Best For Over 20 Years

17 October 2011 3:12 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

After a triple whammy of major disappointments with his last three movies, Escape From La, Vampires and Ghosts Of Mars, cult director John Carpenter has spent the last decade well and truly out of the limelight. As a result of this extended sojourn expectations for his latest project were obviously high with many questioning had the once great director of true cinema classics such as Halloween, Escape From New York and The Thing lost his edge? A step in the right direction was the casting of scream queen of the moment Amber Heard as his leading lady for his latest film The Ward, released on Blu-ray and DVD today, but is this the return to form that everyone was hoping for?

When an old farmhouse is set ablaze by Kristen (Amber Heard), a distraught young woman, she is taken by police to the North Bend Psychiatric Hospital. She awakens in »

- Chris Wright

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