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Brandon Lee Tenney to Adapt 'Dead Mountain' for Straight Up Films

Congrats! Production company Straight Up Films (of Transcendence, Jane Got a Gun) will be adapting the nonfiction bestseller Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story Of The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar, and they've picked up the rights to turn it into a feature film. Attached to write the script is Brandon Lee Tenney, a name you may recognize as he wrote for this site for many years. Brandon is a friend of mine and wrote many articles and reviews for us (find his posts here) before transitioning into a screenwriting career. This is his first major deal as a screenwriter and I'm proud to be able to post this news. Tenney is adapting the book Dead Mountain, which has become a bestseller since its initial release in late 2013. It tells the true story from the 1950s of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains who were found mysteriously dead.
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Another "Dyatlov Pass" Film Coming

Straight Up Films is developing a film based on Donnie Eichar's book "Dead Mountain" which Brandon Lee Tenney has been hired to adapt for the screen.

The story deals with Eichar's five-year probe into the unsolved 1959 deaths of nine experienced hikers in Russia's Ural Mountains - an event also known as the "Dyatlov Pass incident".

Soviet investigators had found that the hikers had torn open their tents and run barefoot out into the snow on a night in February, saying an 'unknown compelling force' had caused the deaths.

Access to the region was subsequently blocked for hikers and adventurers for three years, whilst there has been decades of speculation. Theories range from failed Soviet military experiment to even an alien attack.

"Transcendence" producers Kate Cohen and Marisa Polvino are teaming with Casey Carroll to produce the film. The story was previously the subject of the 2013 film "Devil's Pass" which IFC released in the U.
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Straight Up Films Options ‘Dead Mountain'; Nonfiction Book Examines Soviet-Era Hiking Disaster

Exclusive: Straight Up Films has optioned the nonfiction bestseller Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story Of The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar. Blacklist screenwriter Brandon Lee Tenney has been tapped write the screenplay. The book details the unsolved 1959 deaths of nine hikers in Russia’s Ural Mountains, in an elevation called Dead Mountain. Soviet investigators later determined that hikers, apparently fleeing some kind of threat, had torn open their tents and…
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Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

Co-written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead features telepathy, a zombie-fueled truck, plenty of living dead mayhem, and much more. On August 4th, Scream Factory's releasing the IFC Midnight film on Blu-ray and DVD.

Press Release: "A raucous, blood-soaked post-apocalyptic epic filled with inspired vehicular mayhem and unrestrained gore, Wyrmood: Road of the Dead is one of the most wildly entertaining genre films in years. Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on August 4th, 2015 from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight, this critically-acclaimed rambunctious adventure Wyrmood: Road of the Dead comes loaded with bonus features, including an audio commentary with the Roache-Turner Brothers, the featurette The Wyrmdiaries: Behind the Scenes of Wyrmwood, Crowdfunding Videos: Wyrmwood Production Pitch, deleted scenes, a seven minute teaser scene, a gallery of storyboards by the director and the theatrical trailer. Fans can pre-order their copies now at

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'Supergirl' TV Show Eyes British Actress Gemma Atkinson

'Supergirl' TV Show Eyes British Actress Gemma Atkinson
Ever since it was first announced in September that a Supergirl TV series is moving forward, fans have wondered which actress will land the title role of Kara Zor-el, the cousin of Superman. While CBS has yet to confirm the series star yet, the tabloid publication The Sun has revealed that British actress Gemma Atkinson is being eyed for the coveted part. The actress, who is the daughter of Mr. Bean star Rowan Atkinson, is reportedly waiting to find out whether or not she has landed the role, but the news has yet to be confirmed at this time.

We reported last month that The Originals star Claire Holt was up for the title role, but just one week later, another report surfaced that the series is no longer interested in the actress. We also reported in October that Kara Zor-El will be 24 years old in the series, with CBS
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Atkinson Up For CBS's "Supergirl" Series

Former "Hollyoaks" star and "Devil's Pass" actress Gemma Atkinson is the latest name rumored to be slipping on the spandex for CBS' upcoming TV series take on "Supergirl".

British tabloid The Sun reported the news and says Atkinson apparently auditioned for the show recently and is "waiting to hear whether she has been cast" in the role of 24-year-old Kara Zor-El.

Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash") is producing the series which sports two female leads, the other being Kara's secret government agent foster sister Alex.

Claire Holt ("The Vampire Diaries") was previously rumored for the role, though her name was quickly dismissed due to her commitments to both "The Originals" and "Aquarius".
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Netflix Fires Up the Horror This 4th of July!

If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Fourth of July weekend, you are more than covered in terms of streaming all the spooky shenanigans you could possibly want.

In honor of Deliver Us from Evil opening in theaters this week and to keep the horror going throughout the weekend, be sure to check out these other genre films now available on Netflix.

Ready... Set.... Stream and Scream!

Spend A Night In With One Of The Masters Of Horror

The Stand Cujo The Langoliers Stephen King's Children of the Corn

Horrifying Family Members

Halloween: Resurrection Hemlock Grove Texas Chainsaw Carrie

Vacations Gone Wrong

Wolf Creek 2 Hostel: Part III The Cabin in the Woods Devil's Pass

Horror Throwback

Invasion of the Body Snatchers The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant Night of the Living Dead Barracuda

Scream Series!

Scream Scream 2 Scream 3

And Of Course,
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Exclusive clip: It's a massacre mystery in 'Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives'

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The Dyatlov Pass incident sounds like the concept for a pretty fantastic horror movie, but unfortunately it isn't. The grim reality is that on Feb. 2 1959, nine college students hiked up the slopes of the Russian Ural Mountains but never made it out alive. That, of course, is tragic enough. What's more unsettling is that the students’ bodies were found scattered across the campsite in three distinct groups, some partially naked and with injuries including: crushed ribs, a fractured skull, and one hiker whose eyes had been gouged out and tongue removed. Not exactly the stuff you expect from, say, exposure to the elements. No one has been able to fully explain this horrific scene, but now Discovery Channel and explorer Mike Libecki are giving it a shot with a two-hour special called "Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives" (airing Sun. June 1 at 9:00 p.m.) Okay, we may have lost you at "yeti,
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In Defence Of... Found Footage, the unfairly maligned horror subgenre

In Defence Of... Found Footage, the unfairly maligned horror subgenre
Found footage films get a bad rap - and worse reviews. But the genre combines the vitality of punk rock with the reach of a video viral, and it has earned, if not respectability, then at least a respectful reappraisal. Some found footage (hereafter Ff) films are, admittedly, unwatchable (see The Devil Inside or, better, don't). But others, such as recent West Country-set religious chiller The Borderlands, or Bobcat Goldthwait's creepy Bigfoot hunt Willow Creek (out on May 2), are closer to unmissable.

Beyond an ominous title card, Ff films require little backstory, and the genre has only a brief history of its own. An uncompromising, hand-over-the-camera-lens look at totalitarianism in Vietnam-era America, Peter Watkins' 1971 mock-doc Punishment Park is considered Ff's chief forebear. Ruggiero Deodato's still-troubling Cannibal Holocaust (1979), however, is the most striking early archetype. Following a gonzo film crew into tribal Amazonia, it puts video-nasty atrocities through a film-school filter,
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Renny Harlin Picks Up Fallen Cross

Renny Harlin could use a boost. While he scored some decent notices for icy horror The Dyatlov Pass Incident last year, both critics and filmgoers have greeted this year’s The Legend Of Hercules with ambivalence. Undeterred, he’s pushing on into one his favourite playgrounds, the crime action thriller, with Fallen Cross.David Christopher O’Neill wrote the script, which follows a reformed mafia enforcer named Timothy Cole. As you might expect given his situation, life isn’t easy. Having ditched working for the crime syndicate he once served – the Chicago Cross – he’s languishing in prison and trying to put his past behind him.But then members of the Cross start to threaten his family, so our hero must find a way to break out of jail and track down the criminals before they can kill his children. And that means picking up his old, murderous ways…“Fallen Cross is a thrilling,
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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – February 11th 2014

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Remember last year when through its Amazon overlords Lovefilm put several pilots online including the pretty good failed Zombieland pilot? Well, they are at it again with ten new pilots, none of which have committed to series yet but with which the lucky few will go to one of those full season exclusive type deals that Netflix do so well.

I don’t know about you but I kind of wish they would just commit to something right out the gate and take the risks, its paid off for Netflix so far and Amazon are attracting some major talent to their stable too.

The pilots include; Bosch a detective show based on a Michael Connelly book series and starring the great Titus Welliver, Kids shows Wishenproof, Hardboiled Eggheads, The JoB and Graff Show and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. We also have comedy from The Rebels; a kind of
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6 conspiracy theories that inspired sci-fi and horror movies

Odd List Ryan Lambie 12 Feb 2014 - 06:36

From faked lunar landings to invisible WWII warships, here are six conspiracy theories and the genre films they inspired...

"Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face," Sterling Hayden's General Jack D Ripper coldly announces in Stanley Kubrick's breathtakingly funny satire, Dr Strangelove.

Ripper's conspiracy theory, that the commies are secretly trying to compromise our "precious bodily fluids", becomes his harebrained reason for unleashing a missile strike on the Ussr. And just as Ripper was inspired by this strange notion to trigger a nuclear apocalypse, so filmmakers have been inspired by conspiracy theories to make all kinds of science fiction and horror movies - some funny, some tense and absorbing, others terrifying.

Here, then, is a selection of six real-world conspiracy theories and the varied movies they inspired - and funnily enough, Stanley Kubrick
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films to stream: Us week of Jan 07

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen’s latest is a striking portrait of a woman on the edge; Cate Blanchett is amazing [at Amazon Instant Video] Carrie: a story four decades old about religious misogyny and basic feminism and the perniciousness of bullying still feels fresh and relevant [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Machete Kills: forget the socially conscious core that fueled the exploitation engine of the first film: this is flat-out, no-message action comedy, outrageous and hilarious [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Spectacular Now: stark and gritty, this may be the most down-to-earth teen romance ever, filled with touches of unpredictable, inescapable reality [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

The Guilt Trip: scattershot but engaging mother-son on-the-road comedy is more genuinely heartfelt than the genre usually allows [at Amazon Instant Video] Jack Reacher: feels like an episode of a TV cop show,
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Travel The Devil's Pass at Your Own Peril: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by IFC Films. Director: Renny Harlin. Writer: Vikram Weet. Cast: Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright, Ryan Hawley and Gemma Atkinson. The Devil's Pass aka The Dyatlov Pass Incident is a found footage film from director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2). This title takes on a non-fiction event, the death of nine Russian hikers, and turns it into fiction, with the introduction of time travel. Five American characters and documentarians grate on the nerves, while the film struggles to build speed and tension. The Devil's Pass is just another average found footage film, in this overcrowded sub-genre. The story begins with five American university students. They are all really excited! to travel to the Ural Mountains, in Russia. Here, they hope to unravel a fifty year old mystery: the death of nine experienced hikers. These hikers were found mostly naked,
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Elysium,' 'Prisoners,' 'Predator 3D'

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Ain't Them Bodies Saints"

What's It About? This little Texan indie is part romance and part dramatic thriller. Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and Ben Foster headline this top-notch cast about a man on the run, the woman he loves, and the sheriff who tries to get between them. (Not in a romantic way, just, you know, because he's a man of the law and Affleck's character broke out of jail.)

Why We're In: It's a slow and sweet Sundance favorite, and the Texas weather looks a whole lot hotter than the snow most of us are dealing with every day.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" (1920) - Deluxe Edition

What's It About? John Barrymore stars as Dr. Jekyll and evil Edward Hyde in this classic silent horror film directed by John S. Robertson. Scientific experiments! Debauchery! Murder!

Why We're In:
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Summit Entertainment Picks Up Hercules: The Legend Begins Starring Kellan Lutz

Summit has acquired Hercules: The Legend Begins from Millennium Films which stars Kellan Lutz, and has set the film's release date for , February 7th, 2014, reports Deadline. This puts it ahead of Dwayne Johnson starrer Hercules from Paramount Pictures which opens July 25th, 2014. Also on board the cast of The Legend Begins are Scott Adkins, Johnathon Schaech, Liam Garrigan, Roxanne McKee and Rade Serbedzija. Let's be honest here, quality-wise, there's just no way you would be able to compare this film with Paramount's release, with a far better caliber of actors, and director, which opens as a summer tentpole, and should easily top the charts on its debut. Renny Harlin (Devil's Pass) directs and also wrote the screenplay alongside Sean Hood, Giulio Steve and Daniel Giat. The story follows Hercules who is sold into slavery and must get free to save his true love Hebe - the Princess of Crete (played
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On my radar: Matt Stokoe's cultural highlights

The Misfits actor on the brilliant Joe Pug, Nicolas Winding Refn, a tale of true courage and the magic of Punchdrunk

Durham-born actor Matt Stokoe graduated from the National Youth Theatre and appeared in a number of minor TV roles before landing the part of Alex in the Bafta-winning sci-fi comedy drama series Misfits. Since then, Stokoe has also appeared in Renny Harlin's film The Dyatlov Pass Incident, inspired by the deaths of a group of hikers in the Urals in 1959, and more recently starred alongside John Simm in the BBC drama series The Village. Stokoe is currently reprising his role as Alex, who has acquired a strange new superpower, in the fifth and final series of Misfits on E4, Wednesdays at 10pm.

Documentary: The Act of Killing

I went the whole hog and saw the director's cut of this film, which is about three hours long. It's about
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View from the Bottom Shelf: It’s time for Found Footage to get Lost

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The headlines and articles back in summer 1999 said that the film had changed cinema forever. They made extravagant claims that the internet had now been used to such a degree that the marketing and distribution of films would never be the same again. This may have been premature, what these journalists didn’t quite grasp was that the majority of citizens with a connection to the internet were still on slow dial-up connections, and this made watching trailers or downloading porn a lengthy night’s chore at best.

The film that was causing all of the hoopla was none other than Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick’s The Blair Witch Project, although not the first ever in the sub-genre now known as ‘found footage’, it turned out to be the most memorable and acclaimed. Sanchez and Myrick had used the internet and showings at film festivals to build a major
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Kellan Lutz Introduces ‘Hercules: The Legend Begins’ Teaser

Will the release of the forthcoming action-adventure Hercules: The Legend Begins see director Renny Harlin return to form? Only time will tell but his most recent work has been a far cry from his Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight heyday. Lately he’s been directing episodes of the enjoyable Burn Notice, White Collar and the upcoming Graceland, although his latest big-screen effort, found-footage horror The Dyatlov Pass Incident (or Devil’S Pass), died a death in the UK and went straight-to-dvd/VOD in the Us.

Of course, things are going be a lot harder as Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnston also have their own mythic Greek god epic – Hercules: The Thracian Wars – due next year. Twilight hunk Kellan Lutz leads Harlin’s 3D version and here he is introducing the brand new teaser trailer which premiered at the recent New York Comic Con.

Hercules: The Legend Begins
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Let the Mayhem Begin in this Official Trailer for Monumental!

Monumental is an indie drama from director Scott B. Hansen and production company Digital Thunderdome. This title was recently completed in June of 2013. Now, an official trailer for Monumental has been released. The film's screenplay was developed by two of the actors: Luke Albright (Devil's Pass) and Gary Cairns (Hero Wanted). As well, British born actor Mem Ferda (The Devil's Double) has been influential behind the scenes on this film as producer. The film also stars AnnaMaria Demara (Sullivan & Sons) and Agnes Olech (Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?). The official trailer is available below! Monumental involves a cross-country journey. Two men, Steve (Cairns) and Clayne (Albright), decide to undertake this road trip after one of their mothers dies. The film is full of conflict. Marital strife, jail time, car chases and much more are part of Steve and Clayne's travels and more of that journey can be seen below. Producer
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