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Buying a house after three kids and their father all met gruesome ends while living there is apparently nothing to be squeamish about for the Ashers, the family at the center of the horror film Haunt. Rather, they jump at the chance to purchase the supposedly cursed Morello home after former pediatrician Dr. Morello (the divinely weird Jacki Weaver, best known as the matriarch of Silver Linings Playbook) decides that losing her entire family in a variety of tragic and disturbing ways is enough of a reason to get out. Like the Morellos, the Ashers also have three children. And like the Morellos, they too will soon discover that the big, beautiful old house has a dark, ugly spirit inhabiting it.
- Lee Jutton
Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the haunted house thriller.
Image Entertainment negotiated the deal with Wme Global and Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
“Los Angeles (August 15, 2014) – Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, has acquired the North American rights to the haunted house thriller The Houses October Built. Produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Zack Andrews. The film is directed by Bobby Roe and stars Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson. The deal was announced today by Image Entertainment’s Svp of Acquisitions, Mark Ward.
“The Houses October Built is an instant Halloween classic,” said Ward. “This is a film that audiences will seek out year after year – and will be just as terrified each time they watch it.”
The Houses October Built takes you where no other Halloween film has gone before. Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless »
- Jonathan James
Some quick distro news is coming in late in the day as Image Entertainment has nabbed North American rights to The Houses October Built and plans to release the thriller simultaneously in theaters and on video-on-demand.
From the Press Release:
Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment brand, has acquired the North American rights to the haunted house thriller The Houses October Built, produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Zack Andrews.
"The Houses October Built is an instant Halloween classic," said Ward. "This is a film that audiences will seek out year after year - and will be just as terrified each time they watch it."
The Houses October Built takes you where no other Halloween film has gone before. »
- Steve Barton
A trailer for the erotic drama My Mistress has been unveiled.
Warning: The trailer below contains sexual content.
Their erotic dalliances soon lead to dangerous consequences as others learn the truth of their relationship.
My Mistress is expected to open later this year. »
The duo behind Sony’s upcoming take on Sabrina The Teenage Witch are in negotiations to take a stab at the script for Marvel’s tiniest hero. Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari made the 2010 Black List fresh out of Nyu with Die In A Gunfight and later scored the scripting gig on the horror pic Haunt. Now the pair is eyed to rewrite Ant-Man for director Peyton Reed, who replaced Edgar Wright last month. Adam McKay did the most recent pass on the script about the shrinking superhero. Marvel wouldn’t comment. Barrer & Ferrari are repped by Wme and Caliber Media. […] »
It has a cast that includes Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, but Ant-Man apparently still doesn't have a screenplay that Marvel Studios are happy with. Following the departure of Edgar Wright over creative differences, and a subsequent pass by Adam McKay, the latest draft has been taken on by the writing team of Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari.The pair landed themselves on the buzzy Black List for 2010, right after graduating from Nyu, with the screenplay for their still un-produced drama Die In A Gunfight. They've since had their horror pic Haunt (not to be confused with Vincenzo Natali's Haunter) brought to the screen with Harrison Gilbertson in the lead, and they've also been at work on Jonathan Levine's Legend and the developing Sabrina The Teenage Witch reboot.Too many cooks, or necessary triage? Whatever's going on, Marvel and new director Peyton Reed are clearly finding Ant-Man a particularly tough nut to crack. »
“Netflix Horrors” is a regular column in which Shock Till You Drop alerts you to the latest genre titles to hit the VOD service. Today, we just have two films to tell you about. The first is the Mac Carter-directed Haunt, released by IFC. The film tells the story of a family that moves into a new home with a dark past. When their son becomes involved with a beautiful girl next door, and together they begin to explore their sexual awakening, they unwittingly invoke an alternative dimension of the house.
The post Netflix Horrors: The Latest Titles Added to Instant 6/10 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
For the week of June 10th, most of the genre-related titles hitting DVD and Blu-ray shelves this week just happen to be compilations ranging from sets celebrating cult classics to B-movies to indie horror films, which makes it a great week to catch up on owning countless overlooked horror and sci-fi gems, conveniently assembled for you in box set form.
We also have a few other notable titles getting their home entertainment release this week including Mac Carter’s supernatural thriller Haunt, the zom-com Kill Zombie!, Patrick: Evil Awakens and an indie Sasquatch film called Bigfoot vs. D.B. Cooper.
100 Greatest Cult Classics Collection (Mill Creek, DVD)
Drink from the cup of cult classic gold with 100 of the most deliciously-strange cinematic treasures! This 25 DVD collection turns away from »
- Heather Wixson
*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by IFC Films. Director: Mac Carter. Writer: Andrew Barrer. Cast: Harrison Gilbertson, Liana Liberato, Jacki Weaver and Ione Skye. Haunt is an indie horror feature from first time director Mac Carter. As well, the film was developed from one of writer Andrew Barrer's first scripts. And, the central cast is a young twosome: Liana Liberato and Harrison Gilbertson. All of this newness should create for a few interesting bits. But, Haunt is a fairly straight-forward haunted house horror tale. Only a few jump scares and an interesting late reveal, in the story department, create any intrigue. Haunt needed a few more shocks and surprises along the way to break up the film's tedium. In the story, a large manor serves as the film's focal point. Here, the Morello family were cursed by spirits of a netherworld. Five family members were tormented, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Mac Carter's spookfest Haunt will be available on DVD via IFC Midnight and to usher it in we have the DVD artwork for you and all the details you need to steady your nerves for a terrifying trip into the Morello house.
From the Press Release
Years ago, Dr. Janet Morello (Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom) saw her entire family die in their house under tragic and gruesome circumstances. Now, wanting a change of scenery, she sells her home to the Asher family, including teenage son Evan (Harrison Gilbertson, Need for Speed). Evan is the only one suspicious about his family's supposed new dream house, and after striking up a friendship with his troubled neighbor Samantha (Liana Liberato, Free Ride), he discovers a way to communicate with the ghosts of the slaughtered Morello family. But soon Evan and Sam's morbid curiosity into the supernatural turns »
- Steve Barton
It would have been nice to see a film of this ilk with some ingenuity. And it would have been greatly satisfying had the movie actually been frightening. But Haunt shouldnt be sold entirely short. You may not be terrified by the flick but youre likely to be entertained. It looks beautiful. Hell even the computer generated effects are quite polished. And those performances well theyre worth lauding. There is a lot of passion packed in this package. And even if director Mac Carter and writer Andrew Barrer didnt stir any serious imagination with the ideology at work they scored in other key areas that are just prominent enough to lure viewers in. Ill watch this one a second time somewhere down the road and thats a good sign. »
With a star-studded adapation of his bestseller The Fault In Our Stars, about the unusual romance between two teen cancer patients, primed to light up the box office this June, it’s safe to say that novelist John Green is having a pretty phenomenal 2014. Today, Green got even more great news, with Fox 2000′s announcement that the studio has picked up his book Paper Towns and plans to reteam with The Fault In Our Stars writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, and co-star Nat Wolff, for the adaptation.
Considering how well The Fault In Our Stars is tracking (its first trailer broke 3 million views in less than 24 hours), Fox 2000′s enthusiasm in extending its working relationship with Green doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Paper Towns is widely considered to be one of his best works, so fan anticipation is already high for the adaptation. »
- Isaac Feldberg
For his feature film debut, up-and-coming director Mac Carter gives us his own spin on various familiar haunted house tropes in the “better than its bland name would suggest” supernatural thriller Haunt.
It’s opening, ripe in self-awareness that we’re all more than familiar with every kind of supernatural story under the sun these days, establishes early that while Haunt may not be necessarily the most original horror movie you’ll see this year, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a well-crafted, finely executed and highly enjoyable one all the same.
Haunt begins by setting us up with a backstory to its tale, creating an early sense of tension after we witness a grieving man, desperate to make contact with his deceased family, unleashes something far more dangerous than he could possibly imagine via a mysterious box that can communicate with the dead. The story then catches »
- Heather Wixson
Haunt Me Tender: Carter’s Debut Reduced to Derivative Schlock
As Mac Carter’s directorial debut, Haunt, quickly unfurls a haul of standard haunted house clichés, don’t be surprised if you’re put in mind of a couple James Wan features. In fact, there’s not much by way of originality to be experienced as far as its narrative is concerned, a film that chugs along until it finally arrives at a revelation that feels as predictable as it is unenthusiastically rendered. In fact, the film’s opening narration attempts to address this issue, and does actually temper what it’s lacking in chills with considerable effort in providing us with a pair of protagonists that elevates the material. Despite Carter and screenwriter Andrew Barrer’s efforts, an overabundance in supernatural flourishes in the second half severely detracts from any mounting dread inspired by its fitting design, which cheapens »
- Nicholas Bell
Emblematic of much of the film's problems, this "lucky" family is never shown behaving harmoniously — a rote line of dialogue will have to suffice.
Action is replaced with exposition even in the film's press notes, which indicate teenage son Evan (Harrison Gilbertson) is moody; other than the occasional mopey facial expression, there's little to suggest he's a volatile teen, or any other kind of teen at all, as he's given little to do except thrust the narrative forward.
After moving, Evan befriends local girl Sam (Liana Liberato), who explains that his new house is haunted — of the previous family that inhabited »
Haunt was recently released to VOD and, with its theatrical release coming up later this week, we had director Mac Carter take part in our latest Q&A feature. Continue reading to learn about his experience working on his first feature film and what he’d like to tackle next:
Great job on your first feature! I thought you did a wonderful job keeping the story from feeling like every other haunted house movie- it has some nice twists. Can you talk about what drew you to Andrew’s story originally and what your approach to the material was as a storyteller?
Mac Carter: Kind words. Thank you very much. The script for “Haunt” came to me through a producer friend, Ronnie Eisen, who knew of my enthusiasm for the genre. I make no secret of my deep love for all things genre and comic books. All my friends »
- Heather Wixson
Haunt will also be in limited theaters March 7, 2014.
The Mac Carter-directed horror film stars Harrison Gilbertson as Ethan, an introverted teen who makes friends with his new neighbor. As the duo become romantically involved, they also begin to explore the haunted house Ethan’s family has unknowingly just moved into and discover a terrifying alternative dimension.
Check out the viral Morello House site here.
A family of five moves into a beautiful, sprawling dream home. One problem: It’s cursed, having caused the deaths of the previous family to occupy it, »
- Uncle Creepy
Following on the coattails of “The Conjuring” and “Insidious,” “Haunt” is a classical haunted-house thriller with perhaps little that’s out of the ordinary for the genre, but occasionally inventive execution. The winter-set ghost story follows a teenage boy (Harrison Gilbertson) and his new neighborhood crush (Liana Liberato) as they uncover the mysterious events behind the supernatural presence in the former’s new attic residence. Director Mac Carter pulls off a few truly creepy sequences on a low budget, and the film’s old-school approach, as well as the presence of Jacki Weaver in a key supporting role, may pick up positive VOD buzz before the pic’s limited theatrical release in March.
Things start out quite suspensefully in the opening sequence, as a father frantically communicates through an eerie vintage radio device before an unfortunate end; Carter’s careful shot choices recall those in “Poltergeist,” creating a thrilling sense »
- Peter Labuza
The problem with teenager-oriented horror-thrillers is that, at least to this former teenager, they're really stupid. Teenagers may not have a lot of life experience but they're usually pretty sharp, which explains why they love a good horror flick. Unfortunately most horror flicks geared toward teenagers are written for the dumbest teenager in the room, which explains why so many producers try to populate their scary tales with pretty people under the age of 20. The actual screenplay is rarely a priority.
But hey, here's a new indie horror flick about teenagers and haunted houses that isn't A) moronic, B) boring, or C) a formulaic retread simply hoping to cash in on one profitable weekend at the box office. Like the recent (and also rather interesting) Vincenzo Natali film Haunter, Mac Carter's Haunt treats its youthful protagonists like actual human beings -- and that certainly helps to raise the stakes »
- Scott Weinberg
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