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Just as the refreshing supernatural horror thriller Deliver Us from Evil hits theaters today before the big holiday weekend, a trailer for a much more generic and seemingly boring film in the same genre has arrive. If The Damned wasn't generic enough of a title for you, the trailer does a much better job of delivering the same kind of story and scares we've seen time and time again. At first it seems like this might be different with the set-up coming from a mudslide accident that leaves a family (led by Peter Facinelli) stranded in Colombia, but then it heads into familiar territory with a creepy, dirty, wet girl scaring them, things moving by themselves, and all that cliche jazz. Plus, it's just edited poorly with long-winded text bumpers. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Victor Garcia's The Damned from IFC Films: The Damned is directed by »
- Ethan Anderton
Eight years after the original film was released, See No Evil 2 heads our way courtesy of WWE Studios and Lionsgate, who have just announced a fall release for the sequel. Read on for a detailed plot synopsis, along with everything you need to know about the return of modern day horror icon Jacob Goodnight!
Though no specific date has been announced, the See No Evil 2 release plan includes an On Demand and Digital HD roll-out, along with a DVD and Blu-ray release.
Greyston Holt ("Bitten," Lost Boys: The Tribe), Chelan Simmons (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), Kaj Eriksen (Ice Twisters), and Lee Majdoub (Soldiers of the Apocalypse) star alongside Danielle Harris (the Halloween franchise), Katharine Isabelle (American Mary, Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs. Jason), and Michael Eklund (The Call, The Marine 3: Homefront, The Day) in the Soska Sisters-helmed See No Evil 2 starring WWE Superstar Kane®.
Lionsgate will handle »
- John Squires
A new trailer for Tyler Shields' upcoming thriller 'Final Girl' has been unleashed onto the general public. Hannibal Classics have unveiled the trailer which most certainly gives us a good insight into the original style that celeb photographer Shields has plumped for. By no means a stranger to controversy director Shields will no doubt be bringing his violent and bloody on-camera style to the proceedings. Abigail Breslin -below ('Zombieland', 'The Call') stars as Veronica who must beat a group of teenage boys at their own game in a deadly hunt for her life. Wes Bentley ('The Hunger Games'), Alexander Ludwig, Logan Huffman, Michael Trevino, Connor Paolo, and Francesca Eastwood also star. Head below for the new 2-minute trailer. »
If you were to check Abigail Breslin’s IMDb page, you would see that the young actress has spent a good bit of time in genre films. She has Zombieland, The Call, Haunter, and the upcoming Maggie all on her resume. You will also find a movie named Final Girl which filmed in 2012 and has been in post-production since March of 2013. It actually received an odd trailer that month, where director Tyler Shields showed the entire film in 1 minute. That was the last we had seen of it.
That was until today. We now have a new, more traditional, trailer for this long gestating project and I have to say it has piqued my interest quite a bit.
A psychological thriller about a beautiful teen girl new to town who is lured out to the woods by a group of senior boys to be the victim in their final initiation. »
- Chris Connors
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
"Revenge" star Madeleine Stowe has signed on to star opposite Nicolas Cage's congressman character in Austin Stark's political drama "The Runner" for Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures. Filming begins in New Orleans in June.
Stowe plays Deborah Price, the congressman's wife. The pair are stuck in a dead marriage in which she ignores her husband's publicly revealed infidelities because the pair are bound together by ambition and power. [Source: Deadline]
Men of Granite
Shirley MacLaine is negotiating to star in the true story tale "Men Of Granite". The story follows a group of poor 1940s high school boys from Slavic and Armenian backgrounds who rose above bigotry in a small town in Illinois by becoming basketball state champions.
MacLaine would play the role of Sophia Prather, a schoolteacher who watches over her boys with a steely eye, takes no guff and prods the boys into getting »
- Garth Franklin
From director Victor Garcia comes the supernatural thriller Gallows Hill. Garcia's previous efforts include Hellraiser: Revelations, Return To House On Haunted Hill as well as Mirrors 2. Rich D'Ovidio, whose credits include The Call and THIR13EN Ghosts, penned the screenplay. Gallows Hill looks to bring the stranded, out of control terror to the forefront. We have the trailer for the film waiting for you below. Starring Peter Facinelli, Sophia… »
Joe Dante executive producing the New York-set thriller.
Able stars as a disturbed young woman who must confront her worst fears when she finds herself trapped alone in a New York City loft during the 2003 blackout.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
It didn't take long for Nick Basile's thriller Dark to surpass its fundraising goal on Kickstarter last year, and it no doubt helped that Joe Dante's name was attached to the project. As production gets ready to begin, the cast has just been filled out, and we've got the latest for ya today.
Variety reports that The Call and "Bates Motel"'s Michael Eklund and Boys Don't Cry's Brendan Sexton have rounded out the cast of the psychological thriller, which will also star Whitney Able (Monsters) and Alexandra Breckenridge ("American Horror Story").
In the film, written by Elias and directed by Basile, Able plays a disturbed young woman who must confront her worst fears when she finds herself trapped alone in a New York City loft during the 2003 blackout.
- John Squires
Whitney Able (“Monsters”) and Alexandra Breckenridge (“American Horror Story”) lead the cast. Able stars as a disturbed young woman who must confront her worst fears when she finds herself trapped alone in a New York City loft during the 2003 blackout.
Minerva Pictures is selling “Dark” to international buyers at Cannes.
- Dave McNary
With its time-twisting plot, sci-fi soapiness, powerful humanism, and to-die-for cast, this is the summer blockbuster done with elegance and heart. I’m “biast” (pro): love most of the previous films in the series
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It is a nasty future we open on, in this I’ve-lost-count-how-many-th X-Men flick: dark postapocalyptic skies and ruined cities left in the wake of the ongoing genocide of mutants and humans by robot Sentinels. The sci-fi Judgment Day has come and the Terminators aren’t even bothering to imprison survivors in the Matrix (they’re not leaving survivors, it seems). And I have to wonder, Was Days of Future Past inspired and informed by the machine apocalypses of 80s and 90s flicks? Or were those flicks inspired and informed by old 70s X-Men comics? Is it both realities simultaneously? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Academy Award winner and notable movie hottie Halle Berry will star in Luis Prieto's upcoming thriller Kidnap. The movie is described as "a heart-stopping action thriller following a mother (Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son." "Not another kidnaping movie" said everyone while reading that plot. It sounds like she's on the other end of the line this time around after starring in 2013's The Call as a 911 »
- Graham McMorrow
Halle Berry stars in CBS' new Steven Spielberg-produced futuristic thriller series Extant, which debuts on Wednesday, July 9, at 9/8c. The actress has lined up what will likely be her next project - another kidnapping thriller (see her last feature film, The Call), titled, simply, Kidnap. The project is being shopped at the Cannes Film Market (Marche du Film), which kicked off yesterday, where it's being repped by Lotus Entertainment. This time however, Berry will not play a 911 operator who takes it upon herself to track down a kidnapped girl (as she did in The Call), but will instead play a mother who will stop at nothing »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Among all the new series heading to ABC in the fall is "Forever," a supernatual comedy-drama starring Ioan Gruffudd. A little bit Sherlock Holmes and a little bit "Groundhog Day," the series centers on handsome coroner Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), who has a special advantage over all the other handsome coroners in NYC: He can't die. Every time he buys the farm, he wakes up in his birthday suit in the East River. A curious and, naturally, good looking detective named Jo Martinez ("Law & Order's" Alana De La Garza) starts to look into Morgan's strange past, while Morgan himself tries to unlock the reason for his immortality. TV legend Judd Hirsch is along for the ride as well, as a father figure who knows Morgan's secret. He also adds to the trailer's overall comic tone, and hopefully the dark humor wins out over such "dramatic" lines as "You might not »
- Dave Lewis
Exclusive: Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick will star in Mr. Right, with Tokarev helmer Paco Cabezas directing a script by Chronicle scribe Max Landis. Kendrick will play a woman whose bad luck streak at finding lasting love seems to end when she meets Mr. Right. That’s until she discovers he is a reformed hit man. When his dark past catches up, their fledgling relationship is tested as they try to save one another. The film’s financed by Amasia Entertainment’s Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo, who’ll produce with Circle Of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis and Rick Jacobs, with Stephen Emery and Landis the exec producers. Two-year old Amasia co-financed the Halle Berry-starrer The Call and the upcoming Nick Jonas pic Careful What You Wish For. Circle Of Confusion has the Landis-scripted American Ultra in production and La Vida Robot in post. Shooting will begin this fall. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Besides making lots and lots of money, "The Conjuring" solidified the fact that, even in whatever you're supposed to call this decade, you can still make a scary movie that doesn't rely exclusively on buckets of blood and extreme sexual violence. Instead, you could tell a classy, subtle, emotionally engaging tale of everyday people faced with an otherworldly presence... And that people would actually show up.
The same line of thinking is involved with this weekend's "Oculus," which we first saw back at SXSW --it's the tale of a pair of adult siblings (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) who confront the haunted mirror that was responsible for a seismic family tragedy many years earlier. Yes, that sounds like a very silly horror movie. But sometimes, in the words of George Michael, you've got to have faith.
But does "Oculus" actually bring it? Or does it leave you screaming... for more? »
- Drew Taylor
WWE Studios plans to promote the film across its various platforms, from weekly TV shows, including flagship “Monday Night Raw,” websites, magazines, social media and the recently launched WWE Network.
Billingsley, who directed Vaughn’s “Couple’s Retreat,” helms “Term Life” from a script by A.J. Lieberman, who wrote the graphic novel on which the film is based. Lieberman created the Image Comics-published book with Nick Thornborrow.
Movie revolves around a man who plans and sells heists to the highest bidder, but when his latest job goes horribly wrong he finds himself hunted by everyone he knows — mob bosses, contract killers and dirty cops. With no way out, he takes »
- Marc Graser
For a decade, WWE has wrestled with the kind of movies it wants to make, shifting from actioners and horror fare headlined by wrestlers John Cena, Kane and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to silly comedies and treacly dramas that seemed more at home on the Hallmark Channel. But over the past year, the company’s film arm, WWE Studios, appears to have found its footing.
Its biggest hit to date, the Halle Berry thriller “The Call,” earned nearly $69 million at the worldwide box office. Produced with Troika Pictures and released by Sony’s TriStar banner last year, the film represents the kind of projects WWE now wants on its slate: movies with notable names it can pair with other producers on and offset the financial risk that has dragged down so many others in Hollywood.
In March, that included co-producing the latest Scooby-Doo caper — set at WrestleMania, of course — with »
- Marc Graser
It took three years, a Golden Globe nomination and possibly a slew of recent hit films targeting African-American audiences for Halle Berry’s “Frankie & Alice” to finally open in 125 theaters on Friday.
Geoffrey Sax’s gritty drama based on the true story of a 1970s go-go dancer with dissociative identity disorder was shot in 2008 and, after a decade in development and a year on the shelf, it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to fairly positive reviews in May 2010 and screened at the AFI Film Festival six months later.
But after a one-week qualifying run in a single Los Angeles theater during awards season in December 2010, the movie vanished. The film’s producers Access Motion Pictures never followed through with the February release that had been planned through Freestyle Releasing and yet Berry was still nominated for a Golden Globe in 2011, and won an NAACP Image Award and a Prism »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Matthew McConaughey’s journey from rom-com stud muffin to Oscar-winning actor is officially complete. Six years ago, he starred in Fool’s Gold and Surfer, Dude. At Sunday night’s Oscars, he took home the Best Actor prize for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the culmination of a string of career-rehabilitating roles that included Magic Mike and Mud. McConaughey was always a popular star, and his frivolous, formulaic romantic comedies likely served as golden handcuffs for several years of his career that left him in a creative rut. Give him credit for recognizing that and then actually doing something about it. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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