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Evan Husney, Creative Director at Drafthouse Films, is leaving his post after over two years with the company. He's moving on from Drafthouse to pursue a career in producing full-time. "In under three short years what we accomplished together at Drafthouse Films was nothing short of miraculous," Husney said in a statement to Indiewire. "With a small, dedicated team we achieved two Academy Award nominations [for 'Act of Killing' and 'Bullhead'] and built a brand of excellent and diverse features. Additionally, we amassed an enthusiastic fan base, proving that its possible for a distribution label to exist predicated solely on the strength of its curation. I am happy to have been a founding team member, but making the transition to producing features has been my true passion since I entered this business." Husney told Indiewire that he's currently working as co-producer on new films from Jason Eisener ("Hobo With a Shotgun") and Todd Rohal ("Catechism »
- Nigel M Smith
We told you about the Hellions Horror Video Contest back in January. You read, followed orders, made movies and then voted. Now the time has come to reveal the winner. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
After five weeks of competition the Hellions Video Contest Winner was announced on April 7th, 2014. The Crimson Thread, written and directed by Nate Wilson, took top honours and will be featured in a scene of the feature film Hellions.
Over the course of the contest, fans had an opportunity to vote on their favourite entry and elect a Weekly Audience Favourite to advance to the Final Round. The other Finalists were:
I Don’t Bite... by Johnathan Zorbas Mutant Yetis from the Fourth Dimension by Kerim Banka An Offering by Ryan Glover A Horrorible Film by Ty Thompson Xana by Razvan Anton Tasha and Friends by Greg Kovacs
The Final Round was »
- Steve Barton
The guys at Destroy the Brain pick a new flick once a year to show at their monthly Late Night Grindhouse midnight series, which usually showcases classic horror and sleaze from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Hobo With A Shotgun and Beyond The Black Rainbow are a couple of the St. Louis premieres they’ve shown in the past. This weekend they’re screening something new called Cheap Thrills which Andy chose after seeing it at a horror film festival. Good enough for me. I’ve purposely not read up on this film because I’d like to be surprised, but it’s getting praise (and condemnation) from all the right places (Rex Reed says it “lowers the standards of nausea and disgust to new levels”).
Cheap Thrills screens midnights at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave, St. Louis) this Friday and Saturday nights (April 11th and 12th)
- Tom Stockman
Post apocalyptic short T Is For Turbo from Montreal based film collective Rkss was a great favorite among the submissions for the contest portion of the first installment of The ABCs Of Death and while the short ultimately fell just short of making the final anthology it's very much a case of no harm, no foul. They're making it into a feature instead with ABCs producer Ant Timpson on board along with Hobo With A Shotgun director Jason Eisener. And with production now in its first week, we've got your first look at the first still up above, courtesy of Dop Jean-Philippe Bernier. Read on for the official word ... Producers Anne-Marie Gélinas, Benoît Beaulieu, Ant Timpson and Tim Riley are delighted to announce the...
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Fright Rags revealed they’re latest designs this week, which include new artwork for Cujo, You’re Next, and Hobo with a Shotgun. As usual, they’re printed in limited supply and are available in a variety of men and women sizes.
Cujo V2: “I’m honestly not sure what is worse, being stalked by a rabid St. Bernard, or having to to be stuck in a Ford Pinto…”
Killer Animals: “Who’s next? You? oh yeah…You’Re Next! Because what else are you going to wear when you hatch a scheme to brutally murder your family in a plot to collect inheritance?”
The Plague: “If you’ve never seen Hobo With A Shotgun, please stop reading this and go watch it right now…I’ll wait. Ok, now aren’t these the most bad ass bounty hunters Ever?!?”
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- Jonathan James
The trailer for producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles movie will be released this Thursday, but it was screened at CinemaCon earlier today. The trailer reveals the new origin story for the Ninja Turtles, and if you want to wait to find out what that origin is until the trailer is released then don't read beyond this point….
Ok, are we good?
Thanks to Badass Digest, who saw the trailer, we learned that April O' Neil's father and Shredder created the ooze that turns the turtles into ninjas. It's actually a much better origin than the alien one that was first leaked. Here's a brief description of the trailer.
At first the trailer hides the turtles – there’s voice over from William Fichtner’s Shredder explaining the city has gone to shit. We see criminals with automatic weapons and buildings exploding and maybe – just maybe! »
- Joey Paur
Paramount kicked off the proceedings in Las Vegas tonight for CinemaCon -- the annual convention for theater owners -- and among the trailers screened was the highly anticipated first glimpse of our new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Apparently the teaser was quite short, but showed plenty of shots of the Turtles as they slid around snow-capped mountains etc. Here's a good description from Badass Digest. At first the trailer hides the turtles - there's voice over from William Fichtner's Shredder explaining the city has gone to shit. We see criminals with automatic weapons and buildings exploding and maybe - just maybe! - it seems like this could be a Hobo With A Shotgun version of a city in decline. It turns out that this version of Shredder hates that crime and violence, and so he started a program to create heroes. That's juxtaposed with Tcri ooze canisters and experiments. »
We told you about the Hellions Horror Video Contest back in January. You read, followed orders, and made movies. Now the time has come for the voting process to begin. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
The submission phase of the Hellions Video Contest came to a close Saturday, March 1st, and now the voting phase begins! New entries will be posted on Monday mornings for the next four weeks on the Hellions website.
Each week visitors will have an opportunity to vote on their favourite entry, and a Weekly Audience Favourite will be elected to advance to the Final Round. The Final Round will be juried by Hellions director Bruce McDonald, director and Rue Morgue publisher Rodrigo Gudiño, and Hobo with a Shotgun director Jason Eisener.
The winning entry will be shown within the context of the feature film Hellions, and the director will be invited to the premiere. »
- Uncle Creepy
Sci-fi and horror anthology series 'Metal Hurlant Chronicles' is coming to SyFy. The Guillaume Lubrano helmed series has been picked up by the network who'll be importing the first two seasons of the 12 episode series straight from its homeland of France. The show is based on the 70's French comic book Metal Hurlant (Aka 'Screaming Metal') and stars Michael Jai White ('The Dark Knight'), James Marsters ('Buffy The Vampire Slayer'), Darren Shahlavi ('Watchmen'), Rutger Hauer ('Hobo with a Shotgun'), Scott Adkins ('Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning') and the uber-sexy British model/presenter Kelly Brook (below). »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes DVD release details for Chastity Bites, trailers for Alter Ego and Founders Day, The Walking Dead Hawaii poster, reviews for The Halloween Experience: Volume One, Open Grave, and Still: The Web Series, and much more:
Chastity Bites DVD Release Details: “Grand Entertainment Group (Geg) wants You to celebrate “Women in Horror” month this February with the DVD release of Chastity Bites on February 11. The horror-comedy, which has been slaying festival audiences and has been praised by media, is created by a team of strong and vibrant women including writer/producer Lotti Pharriss Knowles, co-producer Wendi Mirabella and executive producer/lead actress Allison Scagliotti (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13″).
- Tamika Jones
We are super stoked about this next project from Dark Sky Films. Why, you ask? Because the label has a true eye for talent, and if anyone is gonna be able to pull off a kick-ass ghost story, it's them! Read on for your first word regarding We Are Still Here.
From the Press Release
Filming is officially under way in Western New York on We Are Still Here, a 70's-set ghost story produced by preeminent independent genre specialists Mpi/Dark Sky Films and Snowfort Pictures. The announcement was made today by Mpi/Dark Sky's Evp Greg Newman and Snowfort's founder and producer Travis Stevens.
The cast of We Are Still Here includes genre icon Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, You're Next), Andrew Sensenig (The Last Exorcism Part II), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes), and actor-filmmaker Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, Stake Land). The film marks the directorial debut of Ted Geoghegan, »
- Uncle Creepy
“Filming is officially underway in Western New York on We Are Still Here, a 70′s-set ghost story produced by preeminent independent genre specialists Mpi/Dark Sky Films and Snowfort Pictures. The announcement was made today by Mpi/Dark Sky’s Evp Greg Newman and Snowfort’s founder and producer Travis Stevens.
The cast of We Are Still Here includes genre icon Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, You’re Next), Andrew Sensenig (The Last Exorcism Part II), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes) and actor-filmmaker Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, Stake Land). The film marks the directorial debut of Ted Geoghegan, the screenwriter of Don’t Wake the Dead and one of the producers of the anthology film ABCs of Death 2. The director of photography is Karim Hussain (Antiviral, »
- Jonathan James
The team behind "Hellions" an upcoming Halloween horror film about a girl who is harassed by vicious trick-or-treaters, have announced their Hellions Horror Video Contest. The contest invites aspiring filmmakers to submit a two minute film, trailer or scene of any kind as long as it's scary and fits the theme: Red. Contestants have until Feb. 28 to submit. The first round of the competition will be judged by audience members who can vote to choose their favorite submissions. The final round will be judged by Bruce McDonald, director of "Hellions," director Rodrigo Gudiño, ("The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh") and director Jason Eisener ("Hobo with a Shotgun"). The winner of the contest will be invited to the "Hellions" premiere and will have their work featured in some context in the film. For more details on how to apply you can check out the "Hellions" website and check out the video below. »
- Eric Eidelstein
Review written by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Director: Dario Argento
It took me a while to warm up to Francis Ford Coppola’s take on Dracula from 1992. No cape, and morphing from an old guy in a geisha outfit to one of the Doobie Brothers in a Victorian pimp suit. I was accustomed to the refined stylings of Christopher Lee and Frank Langella. I’m glad, because even more takes on the classic vampire tale would follow, and being a purist just isn’t conducive to having an open mind.
There have been Italian vampire tales before, but never by the master of the giallo himself. I’ve got a good friend who summed up Italian horror cinema perfectly. »
Dimitri Stephanides’ WTFilms, which bowed as a pure genre label in 2012, is widening its scope with a more diversified slate and the appointment of French sales/acquisition expert Gregory Chambet in the run up to Berlin’s Efm.
Chambet, formerly VP of International acquisitions and sales at TF1 Intl., has just joined the company and will be a driving force behind its expansion.
At TF1 Intl., Chambet brought such genre-oriented projects such as “Hobo with a Shotgun” and handled major territories such as U.S., U.K. and Japan. Gregory Chambet previously worked at Snd/M6 where he also oversaw international marketing.
The Paris-based company has snatched up two major actioners which will be shopped at Berlin, including thesp-turned-helmer David Hewlett “Debug” (pictured), a space prison thriller toplining Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”).
- Elsa Keslassy
From the Press Release
Whizbang Films and Storyteller Pictures are proud to announce the Hellions Horror Video Contest! You wanna make a short horror film and have it shown everywhere? Then check out the video hosted by director Bruce McDonald and info below.
The contest is open to everyone, and we’re looking for scary videos up to two minutes long. The theme: Red. Your submission can take any form – a fake trailer, a scene from a horror script you’ve been working on, a short film all of its own – as long as it somehow connects to Red. »
- Uncle Creepy
Though the majority of Dario Argento's earlier films are more or less universally loved by horror fans, not even the biggest supporter of his work can deny that the Italian maestro has lost something along the way.
By all accounts, his take on Dracula (review) represents an all-time low for the filmmaker, but you'll be able to form your own opinion later this month. Sink your fangs into the details below.
From the Press Release
Horror maestro Dario Argento puts his unique stylistic spin on the classic supernatural tale in Dracula, a sexually charged, visually sumptuous retelling of the legendary myth. The film arrives on DVD and 3D Blu-ray on January 28, 2014, via IFC Midnight with SRPs, respectively, of $24.98 and $29.98.
It's been 400 years since Count Dracula's (Thomas Kretschmann; Wanted, Valkyrie) beloved Countess Dolingen passed away, leaving the immortal bloodsucker forever abandoned. But when he discovers that local newlywed Mina »
- John Squires
Following up on my previous article, “Watch 15 Great Horror Short Films,” which received a very positive response, I’ve researched and collected 13 more superb horror short films. As with the first article, I limited the choices to stand-alone live-action horror short films not produced for an anthology film and the selections were narrowed down by availability.
In further keeping with the criteria of the first article, animated horror short films and horror-comedy short films were excluded from consideration as both of these categories would make good subjects for their own individual articles. Sorry, Brutal Relax and Fist of Jesus fans.
It should also be noted that a number of highly regarded horror shorts readers might clamor to see in an article like this such as Ryan Haysom’s Yellow continue their long festival runs and have not been posted for online viewing and were therefore not considered for this piece. »
- Terek Puckett
18 items from 2014
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