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Q&A: Director Matt Eskandari on Creating a Claustrophobic Atmosphere for the Swimming Pool Thriller 12 Feet Deep

Whether you're afraid of the water or not, finding yourself trapped beneath a pool cover might fall into your "worst nightmare" category, and that's exactly what two sisters face in 12 Feet Deep, the new thriller from Matt Eskandari. With the swimming pool-set film out now from MarVista Entertainment, we caught up with director and co-writer Matt Eskandari for our latest Q&A feature to discuss working with Tobin Bell (Jigsaw from the Saw movies), the challenges of filming underwater, and much more.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Matt. How and when did you and Michael Hultquist first come up with the idea for 12 Feet Deep?

Matt Eskandari: I'm still ashamed to admit it, but even as a grown man, I still cannot swim. I have extreme anxiety around large public pools. The smell of chlorine and the loud reverberated sounds inside get me on edge.
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Principle photography for thriller 'The Deep End' under way

By Seth Metoyer

MoreHorror.com

Principal photography has kicked off in La for the thriller The Deep End from Citizen Skull Production's.

The cast appears to be a killer one, which includes Nora-Jane Noone from the Oscar Nominated Brooklyn and horror hit The Decent, Alexandra Park from the E! Show's The Royals, Tobin Bell from the Saw films and television and movie actress Diane Farr.

The upcoming thriller is being directed by Matt Eskandari. Eskandari previously directed Victim a psychological thriller released by IFC Midnight and the recent movie Game of Assassins for Lionsgate starring Bai Ling. The Deep End was written by Eskandari and Michael Hultquist.

Bell portrayed the widely known iconic antagonist John Kramer/Jigsaw character in all seven “Saw” films spanning from 2004 to 2010. His complex character as a former engineer played games with select peoples' will to live by putting them in elaborate death traps as symbols
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Us Briefs: Daisy Ridley joins 'The Eagle Huntress' as Ep

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Us Briefs: Daisy Ridley joins 'The Eagle Huntress' as Ep
Plus: Lisandro Alonso’s Argentinean film Jauja wins at Cinema Tropical; Dell, Adrien Grenier launch short film contest; and more…

Daisy Ridley From Star Wars: The Force Awakens has joined Morgan Spurlock on the executive producer roster for Sundance selection The Eagle Huntress.

Otto Bell directed the Sundance Kids Premiere selection about Aisholpan, a 13-year old Mongolian girl who strives to become the first female eagle hunter in 2,000 years of male dominated history. Aisholpan plans to attend the festival.

“I was deeply moved by Aisholpan’s story and wanted to be a part of this beautiful film,” said Ridley. “I feel audiences and young girls around the world will be as inspired by her story as I was, and I am so proud to share her journey with the world.”

Lisandro Alonso’s Argentinean film Jauja starring Viggo Mortensen won top honours for best Latin American film of the year at the sixth annual Cinema Tropical Awards
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Us Briefs: 'Jauja' wins Cinema Tropical best Latam film of the year

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Us Briefs: 'Jauja' wins Cinema Tropical best Latam film of the year
Plus: At Sundance, Dell, Adrien Grenier launch short film contest and Vimeo announces female filmmaker support.

Lisandro Alonso’s Argentinean film Jauja starring Viggo Mortensen won top honoursfor best Latin American film of the year at the sixth annual Cinema Tropical Awards in New York on Thursday night.

Panamanian film Invasion by Abner Benaim was named Best Latin American documentary, while Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul was honoured with prize Best First Film.

Chile’s Pablo Larraín was named best director for The Club and Mexico’s Betzabé García best director of a documentary for Kings Of Nowhere. For the full list of awards click here.

Vimeo announced in Sundance an initiative to close the gender-equality gap called Share The Screen. The platform will invest in five projects from women this year and provide marketing support and global distribution via Vimeo On Demand. Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant’s Darby Forever is the first original short from
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James Cullen Bressack announced to direct ‘Squeal: Blood Harvest’

The producers of the upcoming horror flick Squeal: Blood Harvest have officially announced that horror director James Cullen Bressack, known for his work on such films as 13/13/13, Hate Crime, and the forthcoming Blood Lake has officially signed on to direct the psychological horror thriller. Says Bressack:

“I’m very excited to be a part of this awesome project and to push the envelope to a place it hasn’t been yet.”

Bressack is not the only high-profile addition to the film, one of my favourite indie horror actors, Bill Oberst Jr. (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Children of Sorrow) has joined the production and is set to play the lead role of Uncle Ollie.

Squeal: Blood Harvest follows the story of young Maggie Crane and her brother Jake as they attempt to unravel the mystery behind Jack’s recurrent nightmares of squealing pigs. After a move to their Uncle Ollie’s farm,
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New Director Announced for Squeal: Blood Harvest; Casting Now Under Way

James Cullen Bressack has officially signed on to direct the psychological horror thriller Squeal: Blood Harvest, and the prolific young indie filmmaker promises to "push the envelope to a place it hasn’t been yet."

Bressack is known for his work on such films as 13/13/13, Hate Crime, and Blood Lake. Bill Oberst, Jr. (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Children of Sorrow), is set to play the lead role of Uncle Ollie.

The screenplay was written by Michael Hultquist (Arena, Victim) based on an original story concept created by Seth Metoyer (Cell Count, Deadly Punkettes, Ballerina Massacre) and story coordinator Shannon Hilson. The film is currently in pre-production and scheduled for a 2015 release through Oberst and Metoyer's Dismal Productions in association with MOnsterworks66. Executive producer Steve Boyle recently joined the project, and additional casting is in progress.

Synopsis:

Squeal: Blood Harvest follows the story of young Maggie Crane and her brother, Jake,
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes DVD release details for Compound Fracture, trailers for Altergeist and Aftermath, first details on Danger Word, the Stage Fright call for submissions, and the lineup from Sci Fest in Los Angeles, a review of the second season of Holliston, and much more:

Compound Fracture DVD Release Details: “Level 33 Entertainment announced today the release of the highly anticipated horror feature film Compound Fracture coming to DVD and VOD on May 13, 2014. Bringing together three iconic figures in the horror pantheon, Compound Fracture stars Tyler Mane (Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Hallowee), Muse Watson (Ben Willis in I Know What You Did Last Summer), and Derek Mears (Jason Voorhees in the new Friday The 13th). The movie will be available at all major retail and rental outlets including Walmart,
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More Horror Exclusive: James Cullen Bressack set to direct Squeal: Blood Harvest

by David Harkness, MoreHorror.com

The production team of upcoming horror feature, Squeal: Blood Harvest has officially announced that horror director James Cullen Bressack has officially signed on to direct the psychological horror thriller.

“I’m very excited to be a part of this awesome project and to push the envelope to a place it hasn’t been yet.” said Bressack in response to inquiries about his involvement in the much anticipated release.

Bressack is known within the indie horror film industry for his work on such films as 13/13/13, Hate Crime, and Blood Lake. He first exploded onto the scene at the age of 18 with the success of his first feature My Pure Joy and has been generating a considerable amount of buzz ever since. He has also been active in the production of a series of horror anthologies focused on showcasing other up and coming indie horror filmmakers.

Bressack's
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Squeal: The Harvest Has Something Else on the Menu

Tagline: "The food chain is not what it used to be." Dismal Productions and MOnsterworks66 are teaming up to produce the horror thriller Squeal: The Harvest. This title has already announced some casting news and the first poster for the film has recently been released. The graphic alludes to the film's story. Maggie and Jake are isolated on a family farm. They have moved in with Uncle Ollie (Bill Oberst Jr.) and his strange behaviours. Ollie might be involved in satanic practices and Maggie and Jake are caught in a desperate situation. The first movie poster for Squeal: The Harvest is here. As well, other cast and crew announcements are listed below. Production for the film is expected to begin later this year. Director: Ted Payson. Writers: Shannon Hilson, Michael Hultquist and Seth Metoyer. Cast: Bill Oberst Jr. and Dawna Lee Heising. The film's fan page is listed below. Squeal: The Harvest on Facebook  |  |  Advertise.
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Breaking News: MOnsterworks66 and Dismal Productions team up to produce Horror feature 'Squeal: The Harvest'

By Terry Farmer, MoreHorror.com

The latest news from Hollywoodland is that two horror powerhouses – Seth Metoyer and Bill Obert Jr’s Dismal Productions and Maria Olsen’s MOnsterworks66 – have joined forces to bring their rabid horror fans Squeal: The Harvest, a dark and sordid feature that will leave audiences gasping and, yes, squealing!

Michael Hultquist (Arena, Victim) has written a cracker of a script exploring murder, mutilation and mayhem, and the cast will be headed by the ultra-creepy Oberst as Uncle Ollie. Oberst is probably best known for winning a Daytime Emmy award for his role in the internet sensation Take This Lollipop, which was actually blocked on Facebook under suspicion of being a malicious app when it was first released. His other on-screen horror triumphs include Children of Sorrow, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, The Shunning and Deadly Revisions.

Squeal will also feature Olsen in a supporting role, and
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Exclusive: Teaser Poster and first details about ‘Squeal’ (working title) unveiled

By David Harkness, MoreHorror.com

Dismal Productions has unveiled the first poster and details for the upcoming horror film Squeal (working title).

The movie is currently in pre-production and has tapped Ted Payson (The Cohasset Snuff Film, Sunday Night Slaughters) to direct. The story is by Seth Metoyer (Cell Count, Slink) and Shannon Hilson. The script was penned by Michael Hultquist (Arena, Victim). Poster design was created by Charlie Hintz of Mental Shed Studios.

Squeal is currently casting for minor roles, but actor Bill Oberst Jr. (Children of Sorrow, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies) will be playing the role of Uncle Ollie. Consequently, Oberst and Metoyer co-own Dismal Productions. When speaking with Oberst about his role as Uncle Ollie, Oberst said it was "perfect" for him because he is "so twisted".

When speaking about the script, Oberst added that it has a "very fun and scary vibe...it's like Escape To Witch Mountain
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Blu-ray & DVD News: Arena

Rising star Kellan Lutz (Twilight series, Nightmare on Elm Street) and Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Pulp Fiction,1994) face off in the action-packed, visually stunning thrill ride Arena, available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 2nd courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

How do you make a fortune from the bloodlust of millions? One sadistically savvy businessman (Samuel L. Jackson) has created an empire with his brutal, fight-to-the-death gladiator website. His newest warrior is David Lord (Kellan Lutz), a kidnapped fireman, now imprisoned and forced to fight for his life. To buy his freedom, Lord agrees to do a series of lethal bouts. But as the body count escalates, and with his most challenging battle remaining, Lord unleashes a torrent of bloody carnage and reveals a secret that threatens to tear down the entire enterprise. Also featuring Daniel Dae Kim (TV’s “Lost”) and
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IFC Films Shows that Victim will go to Places You Do Not Want to Even Think About

You know that you are in a strange territory when even the film poster for the film makes you uncomfortable. But directors Matt Eskandari and Michael Hultquist do not stop there. The trailer for Victim is here and if you are at work and have not been fired for showing the one-sheet on your screen then go a little farther and watch one young man feminized. Yes, that is right; this guy has his physical masculinity shaved off via a scalpel (yeesh)!

IFC Films continues to set the bar lower in the category of the depraved, with Martyrs and the Human Centipede a mild bloody pitstop. Now, Victim will offer viewers a chance to watch one man undergo involuntary sexual reconstructive surgery. This film debuts on IFC Films November 17 on video-on-demand (Film). A limited theatrical run is expected shortly thereafter. The chilling details unfold below.

The synopsis for Victim is
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'Vampire Diaries' Beauty Nina Dobrev Enters 'Deathgames'

Nina Dobrev has joined "Deathgames" which already has Kellan Lutz, Samuel L. Jackson and Daniel Dae Kim on the cast line-up. The Hollywood Reporter exclusively learns that the 21-year-old beauty has been tapped to play the on-screen wife of the "Twilight" hunk.

Along with Dobrev, James Remar and Derek Mears have also been cast in the film. The depicter of Dexter's father on TV series "Dexter" will play a mysterious character called Tall Man, while Mears who recently played Jason Voorhees in "Friday the 13th" will be seen as a fighter named Brutus Jackson.

The forthcoming movie centers its story on Lutz's character who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses. Jackson's character orchestrates the games, overseeing them from his computer lair with the help of twin ladies who see to his every desire.
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Kellan Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson in Negotiations for Deathgames

Twilight heartthrob Kellan Lutz may have lost out on his chance at the lead in director Marcus Nispel's Conan reboot, but it appears he might soon be trading up from barbarian to gladiator anyway. According to THR, Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson are in negotiations to star in the indie action movie Deathgames from Motion Picture Corporation of America, the company's first project to come out of its $50 million movie fund.

Deathgames will be the directorial debut of Jonah Loop, who comes from a visual effects background. Loop, Michael Hultquist, Robert Martinez and Tony Giglio all contributed to the script about a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced to compete in a deadly gladiator event for the amusement of an online audience. Jackson would play the sinister man orchestrating the event from his computer hideout. Production is expected to begin next month in Louisiana.

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Samuel L. Jackson, Kellan Lutz play 'Deathgames'

Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz are joining an action flick about fighting. The title of the film is "Deathgames," and the story focuses on a man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and taken to a big gladiator arena where he is forced to take part in deadly fights that are streamed online.

Okay, last time I checked, this film was titled "The Condemned," and it sucked big time. Anyway, Heat Vision reports Jackson will be boss of the show who sets up the games and monitors the action on the field. Jonah Loop will direct the film. Michael Hultquist, Robert Martinez and Tony Giglio wrote the script.
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Samuel L. Jackson, Kellan Lutz like to play 'Deathgames'

Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz are in negotiations to star in the independent action film "Deathgames," from Motion Picture Corporation of America.Jonah Loop, a visual effects supervisor on films such as "Collateral" and "A Perfect Getaway," is making his directorial debut with the film. Shooting is set to begin next month in Louisiana. Mpca's Brad Krevoy and Mike Callaghan are producing with Mark Williams.The story centers on a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for the amusement of the online masses. Jackson.s character will be overseeing the matches from his computer lair. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Hultquist, Robert Martinez and Tony Giglio worked on
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Samuel L. Jackson Does Indie Action In ‘Deathgames’

We like news about Samuel L. Jackson. Though lately, most of that news also means chatter about Iron Man 2 or The Avengers. Either way, we like to see when the man picks up new work, especially when the project sounds pretty cool.

Jackson is now in talks to work on a new indie action flick titled Deathgames, alongside the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Kellan Lutz. The premise sounds a bit like something we’ve seen before, though. From Heat Vision:

The story centers on a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses. Jackson orchestrates the games, overseeing them from his computer lair with the help of twin ladies who see to his every desire.

Jonah Loop, a visual effects supervisor on such pics
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Lutz, Jackson Open The "Deathgates"

The independent action thriller "Fury" has scored the new title of "Deathgames" reports Heat Vision.

The story centers on a young man (Kellan Lutz) kidnapped and forced into a savage modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for the amusement of online gamblers.

Samuel L. Jackson plays the organiser of the games who has twin female servants/concubines serve his every whim.

Jonah Loop makes his directorial debut on the $10 million project which begins shooting next month in Louisiana. Michael Hultquist, Robert Martinez and Tony Giglio worked on the script.
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Samuel L. Jackson And Kellan Lutz Set For Some 'Deathgames'

According to Heat Vision, Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz are in negotiations to star in "Deathgames," an independent action movie from Motion Picture Corporation of America.

The story centers on a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses. Jackson orchestrates the games, overseeing them from his computer lair with the help of twin ladies who see to his every desire.

Jonah Loop is making directorial debut with the film.  He was the effects supervisor for movies like "Collateral" and "A Perfect Getaway."

Michael Hultquist, Robert Martinez and Tony Giglio penned the script, which starts shooting next month in Louisiana.

Source: Heat Vision 
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