8 items from 2014
At this year’s FrightFest the director of Spanish time travelling horror Timecrimes returned with cyber action-thriller Open Windows and comedy-horror Extraterrestrial. If that was not enough, Nacho Vigalondo also returned to the horror anthology following a first tour of duty on the ABC’S of Death, with the Parallel Monsters segment for the ongoing V/H/S found footage series –V/H/S Viral.
For the sake of dramatic escalation we suspect ahead of Nick (Elijah Wood) that not all is above board with the competition he’s won to dine with film star Jill Godard (Sasha Grey), or the reason for its cancellation. Mystery not being the precedence here, it is where this event leads that is of concern, and unfortunately for Nick it leads into his own personalised cyber nightmare where he unwittingly becomes the actress’ stalker.
From Hitchcock’s career long exploitation of the theme of voyeurism and watching, »
- Paul Risker
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting announcements on multiple films, including Recovery, The App, and Dark, details on The Wobbling Dead, Repentance, and the 2014 TromaDance Film Festival, a review of Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, a Q&A with Lindsey McKeon from Supernatural, and more:
Casting News for Recovery: “Kirby Bliss Blanton (The Green Inferno, Project X) and Samuel Larsen (“Glee”) have been cast in the upcoming thriller “Recovery”, starting production this summer. The film follows Blanton’s character on the night of her high school graduation after her iPhone is stolen and tracked down with a “find my iPhone” app to a house where the demented tenants plan on kidnapping her and making her part of the family. Alex Shaffer (Win Win) and James Landry Hébert (Two Step, Gangster Squad) are also on board to star. »
- Tamika Jones
Described as the horror version of The Expendables, "Dukes of Hazzard" star John Schneider's Smothered is noteworthy for boasting the largest number of horror icons ever to grace the screen at the same time, which is a claim that certainly grabs hold of our attention.
Want a sneak peek? Ask and you shall receive!
Fairlight Films has just dropped a new promo video in our inbox, which peels back the curtain and invites you to be a fly on the wall of the film's set, and hang out with the likes of Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley. Sounds like fun, right? Check out the behind the scenes video below!
From the Press Release
Smothered, written and directed by Hollywood legend John Schneider (Smallville, Nip/Tuck), sees horror icons Kane Hodder (Freddy vs. Jason, Jason X), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, Repo! The Genetic Opera), Don Shanks (Halloween 5, I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer »
- John Squires
Fairlight Films has released a new behind-the-scenes promo for the upcoming horror-comedy Smothered, which is written and directed by Hollywood legend John Schneider (Smallville, Nip/Tuck), and sees horror icons Kane Hodder (Freddy vs. Jason, Jason X), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Repo! The Genetic Opera), Don Shanks (Halloween 5, I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer), and R.A Mihailoff (Leatherface : Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Pumpkinhead 2), playing themselves in a scenario that sees them attending a small, disheartening horror-convention on Friday the 13th.
Running out of patience but principally money, the group accept a cash-offer to go and scare-up the local Rv park – but things take a surprising, dark turn when they arrive. The tables are turned as the monsters of the movie screen become the prey!
Early reviews have compared the film – which had it’s official premiere in New Orleans in mid-May – to »
- Phil Wheat
Starring Paul Walker (Fast & Furious) in one of his final roles and featuring an incredible supporting cast including Matt Dillon (Crash), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings), Brendan Fraser (The Mummy), Lucas Haas (Inception) and Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), the black comedy Hustlers hit DVD and Blu-ray here in the UK this past Monday (April 21st), and to celebrate we’ve got a copy up for grabs courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
The Shotgun (The Road To White Gold)
After Vernon pawns their shotgun for gas money, Paul Walker’s Raw Dog and his equally strung-out accomplice Randy go in search of a suitable weapon so they can rob their Meth dealer and live happily ever after. »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Wayne Kramer
Running Time: 112 minutes
Hustlers (or Pawn Shop Chronicles in the Us) follows the lives of a group of people who happen to pass through the same pawn shop. As their stories unfold, we see how their paths cross and where their journeys take them.
Paul Walker captivates in this insane adventure as the hilarious, dirty and drug-fueled imbecile – which certainly makes a nice surprise for the actor more commonly known for being a pretty boy in his roles. His character is so high when the film begins that he sees fire come out of painted flames! However, despite the severity of »
- Amanda Keats
Tom Jolliffe on the must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014...
If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.
As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share »
- Gary Collinson
Norman Reedus is teaming up with The Walking Dead executive producer and original comic book creator Robert Kirkman, as well as Djimon Hounsou, for the sci-fi thriller Air, which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is in final talks to acquire.
The plot is set in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster, centering on an underground cryogenic facility that is one of the only habitable places left on Earth. The story centers on two custodial workers (Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou), who take care of the personnel in deep cryogenic sleep, while maintaining the fragile environment and grappling with their own sanity.
Video game writer and lead designer Christian Cantamessa, who is behind the hit titles Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, is making his directorial debut, working from a script he co-wrote with Chris Pasetto. Robert Kirkman is producing alongside fellow The Walking Dead executive producer David Alpert, »
8 items from 2014
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