8 items from 2015
Having made his mark as one part of the Neveldine/Taylor filmmaking duo (co-directors of Crank, Gamer and Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance), Mark Neveldine’s first solo effort, the Michael Peña-led good vs. evil film The Vatican Tapes, is set to possess horror audiences when it hits theaters this July 24th, via Pantelion Films. The official one sheet and trailer for the demonic horror film has made its way online, and judging from the trailer, it looks like Neveldine is applying the same breakneck speed, frantic pacing that he and Taylor have become quite well known for executing in their films. I’m curious to see how he does as a solo director, and this could very well be quite the entertaining possession flick.
- Jerry Smith
Oren Peli made a major mark on horror when his inspired found footage flick Paranormal Activity captured the hearts of genre fans worldwide in 2007. Over the last eight years the man has produced a number of chilling features including Chernobyl Diaries The Lords of Salem The Bay and Insidious Chapter 2 (not to mention all of the Paranormal Activity sequels) but hell make his long awaited return to the directors chair this year with another promising handycam feature Area 51. »
USA Network is doubling down on WWE, bringing “SmackDown” over from Syfy next year as part of an effort to hike the volume of live programming on NBCUniversal’s flagship entertainment cabler.
The move of “SmackDown,” a slew of development projects, new programs featuring the Chrisley clan and summer scheduling announcements were unveiled Tuesday morning at USA Network’s press upfront gathering held at 30 Rock’s Rainbow Room.
USA Network president Chris McCumber made it clear in his presentation that the cabler is shifting the focus of its original programming to court a millennial audience. He noted that the generational shift of millennials now making up the largest component of the 18-49 audience is well under way. USA’s new shows are built around stories and characters that exhibit “bravery, optimism, self-reliance and hope” — all themes that resonate with millennials, per McCumber.
Alex Sepiol, USA’s senior VP of scripted programming, »
- Cynthia Littleton
The man who created Supernatural has turned his attention to a superhero.
Kripke will pen both the Vertigo comic book on which Amped is based and the series itself, which he’ll also executive-produce.
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Other potential series the cable channel announced Tuesday include:
* The Tap, a 1969-set spy thriller set at Yale University, »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes casting news for Pilgrimage, details on the 15th Annual Shriekfest Call for Entries, release details for 3 Easy Steps to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, new posters from The Events Surrounding a Peeping Tom & the Horror That Followed, and much more:
Exclusive Stills from The Dark Below: An update to our coverage from earlier this week, we now have new exclusive stills from The Dark Below. You can the view new stills and release details below, along with the recently released stills:
"Dead Wait Productions announce the completion of principle photography for their new genre film the Dark Below. Award winning genre director Douglas Schulze (Mimesis, Dark Fields) and Executive Producer Seth Willenson bring us a survival thriller that explores the fear of entrapment beneath a frozen lake.
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- Tamika Jones
The scariest part of the first V/H/S film was easily the performance of Hannah Fierman, the infamous “I Like You” girl in the “Amateur Night” segment. Ever sense viewing that segment, I have been absolutely interested in what Fierman has been up to, project wise, and news has come our way that she has officially joined the cast of Events Surrounding A Pepper Tom & The Horror That Follows, a psychological thriller being crowdfunded via Kickstarter as you read this.
The buzz on the film has been growing at quite the rapid pace, with Spring Breakers and the upcoming Holidays horror anthology producer Brian James Fitzpatrick handling the productions ditues and and all practical FX extravagaza being planned by the Emmy nominated Jeremy Selenfriend (Boardwalk Empire, Chernobyl Diaries, The Blacklist, Netflix’s Daredevil) and his FX house, Monster in My Closet to get this thing done right!
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- Jerry Smith
Clarius Entertainment has acquired Us rights to Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company’s thriller Cell starring John Cusack (upcoming Love & Mercy, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Oscar-nominated Samuel L. Jackson (upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service, Django Unchained).
The film is based on the best-selling apocalyptic novel by Stephen King.
When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”
- Michelle McCue
Get ready stateside filmgoers, because the “phoners” (aka “crazies”) are coming to the Us. Stephen King fans know that the master of macabre doesn’t like using cell phones. His 2006 novel, Cell, is a cautionary tale about what can go wrong by pressing portable phones to our ears and keeping them close at hand in our pockets, and its unflinching subject matter contains flocks of murderous lunatics that would be right at home in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, George A. Romero’s The Crazies, or Simon Clark’s Blood Crazy.
We knew this unique King novel was getting the adaptation treatment, with King co-writing the screenplay and John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles, but we’re now one big step closer to seeing it on the silver screen, as Clarius Entertainment has acquired the Us rights to the movie.
Slated to hit theaters this year, »
- Derek Anderson
8 items from 2015
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