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Event Horizon: from doomed ship to cult gem

Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2016

Marred by a troubled production, Event Horizon was a box office flop in 1997. But time has been kind to the sci-fi horror, Ryan writes...

In the spring of 1997, movie journalism was dominated by discussions of doomed ships. James Cameron’s Titanic, originally scheduled for the lucrative 4th July slot that summer, had suffered yet another delay. It added fuel to the growing speculation that Cameron was at the helm of a potential disaster akin to Heaven's Gate. The cost of making the movie had swollen to such huge levels - $200m according to some accounts, and possibly higher according to others - that the financial burden was shouldered by two of Hollywood’s biggest studios, Fox and Paramount.

Speaking to the La Times in April that year, Titanic’s first assistant director Sebastian Silva admitted that “The horror stories are true” - referring to the news of an unhappy cast and crew,
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Anne Heche Has Nothing to Fear In The First Horror Offering From Slasher Films

Director Anthony Leonardi III makes his feature debut with the first Slasher Films' production, 'Nothing To Fear'. Slasher Films is the new studio outfit setup by Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash which will deal mainly with all things horror. The new demonic flick will star Anne Heche -below ('Psycho', 'I Know What You Did Last Summer') along with the sexy Willa Holland ('Legion', 'Straw Dogs'), Jennifer Stone ('Mean Girls 2'), James Tupper and Rafi Gavrone. The production kicks off in February 2012. Slasher Films are also attached to two other horror projects on the horizon - Philip Eisner's 'The Other Kingdom' and Vincenzo Natali ('Splice') and 'Predators' scribe Michael Finch's 'Theorem'. As a little Tuesday treat why not check out a trio of Heche snaps below....
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Slash’s Slasher Films Picks Up Three New Horror Films, But Not A Slasher In the Bunch

Slash likes horror movies. Enough so that the top-hat wearing Guns N’ Roses guitar player launched Slasher Films last fall by setting up “Nothing To Fear”, written by Jonathan W.C. Mills. Now the bushy-headed shredder has acquired three new genre properties. Jay Russell is attached to direct “Wake the Dead”, a contemporary re-imagining of “Frankenstein”. It is adapted from the graphic novel by Steve Niles, whose work has been turned into such films as “30 Days of Night”. A deal is being made to produce “Theorem”, to be helmed by “Splice” director Vincenzo Natali from a script he wrote with Mike Finch…about a genius college professor who, trying to break down the genetic compound of an ancient artifact, discovers it’s a relic from hell and that he has unwittingly unlocked the equation for evil. Steve Hoban is producing. The third film is “The Other Kingdom”, written by Philip Eisner,
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Slash Announces More Horror Projects

In addition to the previously-announced Nothing to Fear and an adaptation of Steve Niles' Wake the Dead , Slash's production outfit, Slasher Films, will shepherd Theorom and The Other Kingdom . Vincenzo Natali - of Cube - is poised to direct Theorom , which finds him returning to the horrors he explored in Splice when a college professor unleashes a genetic evil after unlocking an ancient relic. Philip Eisner, meanwhile, penned The Other Kingdom and will make his directorial debut. Eisner also wrote Event Horizon . This time, he has scripted a tale about a hospital staff who has to defend itself from people infected with an alien pathogen. All Slasher Films will be co-produced by Scout Films.
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Three More Slasher Films Projects Announced!

Along with an adaptation of Steve Niles' Wake the Dead, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash has announced three more films that have a great chance of falling under his Slasher Films banner. Dig it!

According to Bloody Disgusting "Slash has partnered with Michael Williams and Rob Eric of Scout Productions (Transsiberian, Session 9, The Fog of War, Mr. Death) and is in negotiations to acquire three new feature film packages under the shingle that will produce edgy, contemporary horror films.

The first film to be produced under the new moniker will be Nothing To Fear, a horror/thriller revolving around two young sisters and their family, who accidentally discover one of the seven gateways of Hell in a small town in rural Kansas. Several directors are currently circling the project, which is scheduled to shoot in Louisiana this summer.

Slasher Films is also negotiating to produce Vincenzo Natali's Theorem.
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Sundance: Slash Tunes Up Fright Film Trio Infused With '70s Spirit

Sundance: Slash Tunes Up Fright Film Trio Infused With '70s Spirit
Musicians spiced up the 2011 Sundance Film Festival last weekend, with films involving Lou Reed, James Taylor and the Grateful Dead. And then there was iconic ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, who spent the weekend meeting potential studio partners for three new horror films he has set under his Slasher Films producing label. Slash launched Slasher Films last fall by setting up the Jonathan W.C. Mills-scripted fright film Nothing to Fear. He has partnered with Scout ProductionsMichael Williams and Rob Eric to acquire three horror film packages. Jay Russell is attached to direct Wake the Dead, a contemporary re-imagining of Frankenstein. It is adapted from the graphic novel by Steve Niles, whose work has been turned into such films as 30 Days of Night. A deal is being made to produce Theorem, to be helmed by Splice director Vincenzo Natali from a script he wrote with Mike Finch. Pic is
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The Academy to highlight Nasa’s Apollo program

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that they will explore the physical realities of science fiction movies in the three-evening series “Out of This World: The Science of Space Movies” beginning on Thursday, August 5. “Out of This World” will continue on Friday, August 6, with a presentation of Fritz Lang’s 1929 silent classic “Woman in the Moon” and conclude on Saturday, August 7, with screenings of “Project Apollo” (1968) and “For All Mankind” (1989), documentaries that focus on Nasa’s Apollo program.

All three evenings are being presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council. The following is information for each night:

Out of This World: The Science of Space Movies”

Thursday, August 5, 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

Hosted by Adam Weiner, the program will examine the physics principles behind many science fiction movies and explore how the fictional world
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Simon Hunter Gets Bloody with Mutant Chronicles

The director of this new horror film talks about the new DVD release

Director Simon Hunter is getting some genre acclaim for his new film Mutant Chronicles, which recently hit the shelves on DVD and Blu-ray on August 4. I recently had the chance to speak with Hunter about his new film and here's what he had to say.

This film was offered to a few other directors like Stephen Norrington and John Carpenter, so can you talk a bit about how you came on board and what you first thought of the script?

Simon Hunter: The script offered to Norrington and Carpenter bares little resembalnce to the final screenplay.

You dont' see many films based around these types of card roleplaying games, so did you explore that world a lot before the film or were you mainly just going off of Philip Eisner's script?

Simon Hunter: Yes
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The Mutant Chronicles (DVD Review)

  • Fangoria
This review also appears on our Starlog website...

Mutant Chronicles tries to be The Dirty Dozen meets Aliens but it’s really more like Pearl Harbor meets The Chronicles Of Riddick. In case you couldn’t guess, that’s Not a compliment. It’s out today from Magnolia (reviewed from the $26.98 single-disc DVD; also available as a $29.98 two-disc Collector’s Edition DVD; $34.98 Blu-ray).

Director Simon Hunter and screenwriter Philip Eisner haven’t been prolific in the last decade. Hunter hasn’t helmed a feature since 2000’s Lighthouse (a decent horror movie) and Eisner has only added Firestarter: Rekindled to his credits since penning Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon. Perhaps both have gotten a little rusty over the years, because Mutant Chronicles is a boring, flavorless, sermonic flick that dulls with its repetitive, exhausting “action” sequences and tiresome, pedagogical passages on the values of religious conviction and blind faith.

It’s the 28th Century,
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Mutant Chronicles — The DVD Review

  • Starlog
Mutant Chronicles tries to be The Dirty Dozen meets Aliens but it’s really more like Pearl Harbor meets The Chronicles Of Riddick. In case you couldn’t guess, that’s Not a compliment. It’s out today from Magnolia (reviewed from the $26.98 single-disc DVD; also available as a $29.98 two-disc Collector’s Edition DVD; $34.98 Blu-ray).

Director Simon Hunter and screenwriter Philip Eisner haven’t been prolific in the last decade. Hunter hasn’t helmed a feature since 2000’s Lighthouse (a decent horror movie) and Eisner has only added Firestarter: Rekindled to his credits since penning Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon. Perhaps both have gotten a little rusty over the years, because Mutant Chronicles is a boring, flavorless, sermonic flick that dulls with its repetitive, exhausting “action” sequences and tiresome, pedagogical passages on the values of religious conviction and blind faith.

It’s the 28th Century, and an Ice Age
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"Mutant Chronicles" - We interview Ron Perlman 1-1 about the Simon Hunter film.

Ron Perlman on the set of "Mutant Chronicles" We chat 1-1 with “Mutant Chronicles” star Ron Perlman about the science fiction actioner directed by Simon Hunter. Perlman plays a monk called Brother Samuel in the film which also stars Thomas Jane, Devon Aoki, Sean Pertwee, Benno Fürmann, Anna Walton, Tom Wu, Steve Toussaint, Luis Echegaray, and John Malkovich. What’s it about? In the year 2707, war rages between earth’s four giant corporations as they battle over the planet's dwindling resources. In an era marked by warfare and social regression, the earth is on the verge of ruin, destruction is everywhere; battles explode on every ravaged continent. Amidst heavy combat, an errant shell shatters an ancient buried seal releasing a horrific mutant army from its eternal prison deep within the earth. As the mutant scourge threatens human extinction, a single squad of soldiers descends into the earth to fulfill the
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Magnet Picks Up The Mutant Chronicles

We've been following Mutant Chronicles for a long time. The cast sounded great, the early posters looked incredibly cool and then the trailer looked somewhat campy. Not exactly a bad thing -- maybe this could even become a cult sci-fi hit. Magnet Releasing is showing faith, as the company has acquired the Us distribution rights to the film and already has a theatrical release set.

Magnet to Distribute Mutant Chronicles

The Wagner/Cuban Companies. Magnet Releasing (www.magnetreleasing.com) announced today that it has acquired Us rights to the sci-fi/action epic, Mutant Chronicles. With an impressive ensemble cast, including Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki and John Malkovich, Mutant Chronicles boasts incredible special effects and riveting, action-packed battle sequences in a painstakingly crafted post-apocalyptic landscape. An Edward R. Pressman production directed by Simon Hunter and written by Philip Eisner, the film is long anticipated by fans of the Mutant Chronicles intellectual property,
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Magnet Takes Us Rights to Mutant Chronicles!

Magnet (the genre division of Magnolia Pictures) sent over the press release for Mutant Chronicles, a film they just secured Us distribution for which will debut Friday March 27th on VOD (video on demand) followed by a limited theatrical run starting Friday, April 24th. The sci-fi action epic was directed by Simon Hunter (Lighthouse) from a script by Phillip Eisner (Event Horizon) and stars Thomas Jane (The Mist), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, The Last Winter) and John Malkovich. Check out the full press release after the image!

New York - January 6, 2009 - The Wagner/Cuban Companies' Magnet Releasing (www.magnetreleasing.com) announced today that it has acquired Us rights to the sci-fi/action epic, Mutant Chronicles. With an impressive ensemble cast, including Thomas Jane (The Mist), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Devon Aoki (Sin City) and John Malkovich, Mutant Chronicles boasts incredible special effects and riveting, action-packed battle sequences in a painstakingly crafted post-apocalyptic landscape.
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Release updates on Mutant Chronicles and Splice

Fango got the word that Magnolia Pictures has picked up the U.S. rights to Mutant Chronicles, the grisly sci-fi action-thriller based on the popular role-playing game. The film will be distributed under Magnolia’s genre-centric Magnet banner.

Mutant Chronicles will first appear as a video-on-demand title from Magnolia parent the Wagner/Cuban Company’s Ultra VOD service, premiering Friday, March 27. It’ll then receive limited theatrical release on April 24; as we reported here, the movie will have its broadcast premiere on the Sci Fi Channel later this spring. Dead Of Night’s Simon Hunter directed from a script by Event Horizon’s Philip Eisner, with The Mist’s Thomas Jane (pictured), Hellboy’s Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki and John Malkovich starring. “Mutant Chronicles is a blast,” says Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “It’s an action-packed thriller with a dynamite cast and very impressive production values. We’re thrilled to
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Tad 08: Review of The Mutant Chronicles

Year: 2008

Release date: Unknown

Director: Simon Hunter

Writers: Philip Eisner

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: Dr. Nathan

Rating: 5 out of 10

Dr Nathan is unsure about steampunk extravaganzas like Mutant Chronicles – there is a certain stylistic joy imbedded in the fetishization of non-digital machinery, but ultimately you have to be very careful not to let the sets and props take over from the story, or you end up with the equipment as the movie’s stars, and the actors merely attendants with oil cans, or, in this case: god, guns and swords.

Mutant Chronicles does a good job of balancing the props and people so one doesn’t dominate, but unfortunately the people side is somewhat hampered by a less-than-stellar script and a proclivity to endless preaching about how god is love and love is life, and how these rotten mutants aren’t even life, but unlife, yadda yadda, and
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Paramount pockets 'Watch' pitch for Rudin

Paramount pockets 'Watch' pitch for Rudin
Paramount Pictures has made a pre-emptive purchase on the comedy pitch Neighborhood Watch from writers David Guion and Michael Handelman for Scott Rudin Prods. The studio paid about $750,000 for the pitch, which revolves around three men who form a neighborhood watch. The property is the latest in a number of recent acquisitions for Rudin, who has been on a spending spree lately. Last month, Rudin acquired Philip Eisner's family melodrama/supernatural thriller, Furious Angels, as well as Michael Cunningham's Specimen Days. With several projects on the fast track, Rudin recently set Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker to star in the comedy Failure to Launch.

Rudin becomes guardian of Par's 'Furious Angels'

Rudin becomes guardian of Par's 'Furious Angels'
Ramping up for the new year, Paramount-based Scott Rudin Prods. has acquired its second property this week, making a pre-emptive bid on Philip Eisner's family melodrama/supernatural thriller, Furious Angels. Earlier this week, Rudin acquired the rights to The Hours scribe Michael Cunningham's latest offering, Specimen Days, and set Matthew McConaughey to star in another project, Failure to Launch. Eisner's credits include Event Horizon. He is repped by Lisa Callamaro Literary Agency and managed by Untitled Entertainment.

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