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Nicholas McCarthy invited viewers into a haunted home in 2012’s The Pact and he does so again with At The Devil’s Door, which made its premiere back in March at SXSW under the name Home. The film follows a real estate agent and the people she comes across as she tries to sell a house with a past that isn’t exactly “homely”, and IFC Midnight and Mpi Media Group are releasing the movie on home media next month:
Press Release – “A real estate agent looking to sell a house must deal with a satanic presence that just won’t vacate the premises in At The Devil’S Door, a star-studded shocker that will have home audiences cringing when it comes to Blu-ray and DVD on December 16, 2014, via IFC Midnight and Mpi Media Group, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.
When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh (Best Actress Academy Award nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, »
- Derek Anderson
Former co-ceo of Preferred Film & TV Ross Dinerstein has launched the production company backed by Content Media.
The roster features a new documentary project about the personal computer wars of the 1980s.
Dinerstein’s Los Angeles-based venture will make three to five features a year at various budget levels and genres, one to two television and digital series and three to four commercials through strategic partners with European-based production companies.
Campfire will also provide post-production services for in-house and third-party product.
“Campfire is the company that I have been planning since I started in this business, and Content Media has given me the support and resources »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Dallas Comic Con's Fan Days 2014 wasn’t as hectic an event as May’s monstrous blow-out, but it still provided plenty of fun for attendees. Held back at the familiar Irving Convention Center, it was better organized than in the past and only had some minor issues.
The biggest draws of the week came from the media guests. After folks got over the disappointment of several canceled appearances, there still found plenty to do. A mini-Goonies reunion occurred with Corey Feldman and Ke Huy Quan sitting mere feet from each other. Sean Astin was in attendance as well, completing not only that partial reunion, but a Lord of the Rings one with fellow guest Elijah Wood.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
IFC Midnight has announced the acquisition of Dark Summer, with plans to release the movie in North America early next year:
“IFC Midnight has acquired North American distribution rights to Content Media’s supernatural horror film Dark Summer.
IFC Midnight plans to release the film on all platforms January 9th, 2015.
A highly stylized modern ghost story, Dark Summer follows Daniel Williamson, a 17 year old on house arrest for the summer. With his mother away on business, a horrifying incident occurs, followed by an even more terrifying presence in the house, and twists that will leave audiences reeling.
Paul Solet (Grace) directed Dark Summer for Preferred Film & TV (Pft), based off a screenplay by Mike Le (creator of the popular web series, K-town and writer of Screen Gem’s Patient Zero). The film was produced by Pft‘s Ross M. Dinerstein and executive produced by Content’s Jamie Carmichael.
The film »
- Jonathan James
Reviewed By: Chris Wright, Morehorror.com
Directed By: Nicholas McCarthy
Written By: Nicholas McCarthy
Starring: Caity Lotz (Annie), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Liz), Haley Hudson (Stevie), Sam Ball (Giles), Mark Steger (Charles), Agnes Bruckner (Nichole), Casper Van Dien (Creek), Dakota Bright (Eva), Petra Wright (Jennifer), Sam Zuckerman (County Clerk)
“The Pact” exceeded my expectations. I honestly had never heard of this film until I was doing a search for horror films during that particular year and decided to give this unnoticed film a shot. I am glad I did. I was expecting a rather predictable haunted house flick that turned out to be . . . the exact opposite of what I thought would happen. Upon research, I found out this film had a good reception at a festival and then the director was given a shot to make it “again” with a better budget. This is one of the better horror »
We have your first look at Ali Larter in this terrifying and intense new horror film from Alistair Legrand. The Diabolical is the latest petrifying experience from hot genre producer Ross M. Dinerstein, the man behind The Pact franchise and Xavier Gens' cult thriller The Divide. Executive Producers are Content's Jamie Carmichael (The Pact II; Ironclad: Battle for Blood) and Preferred Content's Kevin Iwashina (White Frog; The Truth About Emanuel).
The film follows Madison (Ali Larter) and her children in their quiet suburban home as they are awoken nightly by an increasingly strange and intense presence. Madison desperately seeks help from her scientist boyfriend Nikolai (Arjun Gupta), who begins a hunt to destroy the »
Making a sequel to even a hit independent horror film can be a daunting task. It might not hold quite as much accountability as coming up with the next entry in the X-Men or Batman franchises, but still a nerve-wracking charge nonetheless. It’s a challenge Co-Directors Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath embraced when asked to helm the follow-up to Nicholas McCarthy’s supernatural thriller The Pact.
The Pact was a sleeper hit for Director / Writer Nicholas McCarthy who worked the film festival circuit and successfully secured theatrical and home entertainment distribution through heavy-hitters like IFC Films, E One Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox. Reviews for the movie were mainly positive not only through major horror outlets like Shockya.com and Horror.com, but mainstream ones such as the Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Village Voice. Let’s just say Hallam and Horvath had their »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Murky Contract Part Deux: Hallam & Horvath Continue to Stir a Slushy Cauldron
A vaguely administered narrative continues to plague the concept of what comprises The Pact 2, the sequel to Nicholas McCarthy’s 2012 first film, which had been based on his original short. Directing duo Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath take over the directorial and screenwriting reigns for this revolution. However, despite sharing the title and star of the predecessor, there’s little to significantly link this to the skimpy entrails of the first chapter, itself a film criticized for ambience but faltering in nearly every other department. This latest installment suffers from the same derivative issues, though correctly straddles a menacing tone, while at the same time offering up a committed cast this time around.
- Nicholas Bell
The best that can be said of The Pact 2 is that its existence might draw the attention of more viewers to The Pact, a superior indie creep-out from 2012 whose creator, the writer-director Nicholas McCarthy, fashioned it according to three inviolable principles. One: Get the heroine (Caity Lotz) into picking-her-way-through-a-haunted-house scenes as often as possible. Two: Make those scenes wickedly tense and immersive, soaking viewers in her terror, syncing up our metabolisms to hers, giving us shadows to search and dark corners to cower from.
And, uh, three: Never let pass an opportunity to leer down her tank top.
The Pact’s writer-director Nicholas McCarthy moves to executive producer for this second installment, which reveals itself to be more spinoff than sequel, loosely linked by the brief appearance of Caity Lotz, who starred in the first film. Perfunctorily produced in a manner that barely advances the underlying narrative, the feature's current release on VOD won’t do much to boost theatrical ticket sales. Although the original played as a modest haunted-house chiller, The Pact 2 shifts more into serial killer territory, although plenty of supernatural elements persist to plague June Abbott (Camilla Luddington), a freelance crime-scene cleaner and aspiring
- Justin Lowe
When thinking of recent horror movie sequels garnering minimal demand, The Pact II could be one of the most prominent examples. I don’t care much for Nicholas McCarthy’s original 2012 haunter, a film that only made waves throughout hardcore genre communities, but such an under-the-radar lifespan didn’t stop a sequel from being greenlit – without the involvement of Nicholas McCarthy himself. Placed in the hands of co-directors Dallas Richard Hallam (Entrance) and Patrick Horvath (Die-ner), the Judas Killer lives once again in The Pact II, a direct sequel that strikes an impressively similar tone to McCarthy’s chilling signature style. My problems with the first film never complained about scares, though, only convoluted storytelling more focused on atmosphere than comprehension. Do Hallam and Horvath learn from McCarthy’s weaker notes? Yes and no – but we’ll get to that shortly.
After the apparent death of the Judas Killer, a »
- Matt Donato
Following up a 2012 indie original that was a modest sleeper (especially in the U.K.), “The Pact 2” simply stretches out rather than elaborating on its predecessor’s already thin premise, creating holes that are poorly patched over with false scares and unconvincing character behavior. Unlikely to expand the audience for further “Judas Killer” antics, this soggy sequel from the writing-directing duo of Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath — neither of whom was involved in the first pic — launches theatrically Oct. 10 in New York, with Los Angeles following on Oct. 31. It’s already available on VOD in the U.S., and will likely make its primary coin in that format abroad as well.
The original “Pact,” directed by Nicholas McCarthy (whose sophomore feature, “At the Devil’s Door,” is in current release), generally made up in creepy atmosphere what it lacked in plot intricacy/originality, what with a decapitating villain who at »
- Dennis Harvey
Nicholas McCarthy made a modestly promising feature debut with 2012’s “The Pact,” which spun his earlier short into a slow-burner that wound up grossing nearly 200 times its $400,000 budget (nearly half of that in U.K. theaters) and spawned a just-released sequel. Rather than involving himself with the latter, McCarthy makes his follow-up with “At the Devil’s Door,” a similarly small-scale horror-thriller whose somewhat larger thematic ambitions — this time the menace isn’t just some serial killer and/or his ghost but apparently Beezlebub himself — the pic doesn’t ultimately have the large-enough canvas or ideas to pull off. Opening Sept. 26 at Hollywood’s Arena Cinema, it looks to make a minor theatrical impact, but should do Ok in ancillary formats.
- Dennis Harvey
IFC Midnight is preparing to scare fans of “The Pact” once again with “The Pact 2.” The film, which is on VOD now, will soon be available for theatrical viewings Oct. 10. The first “Pact” film introduced us to the Judas Killer and heroine Annie, and “The Pact 2″ reunites us with Annie again as she works to take down the Judas Killer for good. Here’s more about the film. “The stunning sequel to Nicholas McCarthy’s recent horror classic The Pact ups the ante on terror when a series of brutal murders lead authorities to believe the Judas killer is back and Annie (Caity Lotz – ‘The Pact,’ ‘Arrow,’ ‘Mad [ Read More ]
The post The Pact 2 Clip Puts Audiences Back on the Trail of The Judas Killer appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Heading for release in U.S. theaters on October 10, The Pact 2 picks up where Nicholas McCartney's unsettling horror thriller left off. In the first film, Caity Lopez starred as Annie, a troubled young woman who came home for her mother's funeral. She discovered that "home," or, more specifically, the house itself, harbored very troubling things. Now, in The Pact 2 ... A series of brutal murders lead authorities to believe the Judas killer is back and Annie (Caity Lotz, Arrow, Mad Men) returns home for the final showdown. The film, directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, also stars Camilla Luddington (Grey's Anatomy), Scott Michael Foster (Halt and Catch Fire, Greek), Patrick Fischler (2 Guns, Mad Men, Californication), and Haley Hudson (The Pact).Distributed by IFC Midnight,...
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Sequels, spinoffs, and reboots aplenty after the jump. Samurai Cop 2 is happening with Tommy Wiseau Caity Lotz will return for The Pact 2 Mark Ruffalo offers a Now You See Me 2 update The third Sharknado will hit Washington DC Ghostbusters producer Joe Medjuck talks threequel Woman in Black 2 will open in January […]
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- Angie Han
A second clip from At the Devil’s Door (review) has arrived. The flick is available now in limited release. Don’t wanna leave your house? You can also order the movie on VOD right now! Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) directs, and… Continue Reading →
The post Latest At the Devil’s Door Clip Home to Lofty Scares appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
When The Pact dropped two years ago, it quietly snuck onto the scene and surprised everyone with how smartly written and genuinely creepy it was. It seems that with losing its connection with writer-director Nicholas McCarthy (who has gone on to direct this year's At the Devil's Door), The Pact 2 pulls some punches and just can’t get the scares that the first one delivered.
The sequel, written and directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath (the duo who directed Entrance), tells the story of June and her boyfriend Daniel. Both are involved with law enforcement, Daniel is a beat cop who works nights and June cleans up crime scenes.
The post Review: The Pact 2 is Timid in Comparison to Its Predecessor appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
In the new horror film At the Devil’s Door, a young woman played by Awkward star Ashley Rickards makes a deal with the Devil, and it has terrifying consequences for pretty much every character in the movie, including a pair of sisters played by Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace) and Naya Rivera (Glee).
Writer-director Nicholas McCarthy reveals he got the inspiration for At the Devil’s Door during a bizarre cab ride at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where his previous terror tale, The Pact, was screening.
“When I was at Sundance, a cab picked me up to »
- Clark Collis
Director/writer Nicolas McCarthy’s 2012 debut The Pact draw favourable notices from horror aficionados for its old-fashioned and prolonged thrills and chills. His follow up, the brooding, apocalyptic-flavoured At the Devil’s Door (on limited release today over in the States) sees McCarthy working within a similar milieu but across a bigger canvas, cranking up the foreboding, dread-filled atmosphere to almost unbearable levels at times.
We had the opportunity to speak with the filmmaker recently to discuss the comparisons between his two features and his carefully-orchestrated bumps in the night.
HeyUGuys: Your first film The Pact seemed to register quite strongly over here in the UK. It felt very reminiscent of the kind of low-key horror film from a couple of decades back which would leave you pleasantly surprised after discovering and renting it from the local video shop.
Nicolas McCarthy: Thank you. I grew up watching lots of »
- Adam Lowes
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