Fango got in a news tidbit about INTRUDERS, an upcoming film
by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the Spanish director who first won notice with the
2001 thriller INTACTO and then helmed 2007’s superior sequel 28 WEEKS LATER.
An early photo from JULIA’S EYES (LOS OJOS DE JULIA), the
latest chiller to have Guillermo del Toro on board as a producer, has appeared
on-line with news that the movie has started selling to assorted international
territories. Check out the pic after the jump.
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
has announced the nominees for its 36th Annual Saturn Awards (though strangely
enough, as of this posting, they haven’t posted them at the org’s official website yet). Sam Raimi’s DRAG ME TO HELL turned
out to be the most honored fright feature, scoring five nominations including
Best Horror Film.
Variety reports that Universal has made
a mid-six-figure deal to buy up a horror/comedy pitch called THE SOMETHING from
Rodney Rothman, who will script. The writer, whose credits include producing
gigs on FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL and the upcoming GET HIM TO THE GREEK, will
also serve that function on THE SOMETHING.
Fango caught up with Australian director Mark Hartley,
creator of the amazing documentary NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY
OF OZPLOITATION!, while he was in NYC grabbing interviews for his follow-up,
MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED. This project is in a similar vein, covering the
history of genre filmmaking in the Philippines—though not so much homegrown
product, he points out.
No notable horror films have lurched out of Western
Australia since ZOMBIE BRIGADE circa 1988. NEEDLE, shot just before Christmas
2009, is seeking to redress the situation, and goes about it with a deadly
device from the 18th century. The third feature from John V. Soto, who wrote
PREY (released Down Under to negligible returns last year) and co-directed
CRUSH (now visible via video on demand and hitting U.S. DVD April 21) with Jeff
Gerritsen, helmed NEEDLE from a script he wrote with Tony Egan.
• Fango got the word from Breaking Glass Pictures that it has picked up Chad Ferrin’s new
shocker SOMEONE’S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR for release under its Vicious Circle
banner. The company also grabbed Ferrin’s previous feature EASTER BUNNY, KILL!
KILL!, as well as the German production SLASHER.
Arrow in the Head got the first word that David
Morse has joined the cast of Summit Entertainment’s 3-D action-chiller DRIVE
ANGRY. This comes hard on the heels of a Moviehole announcement that Billy Burke has also signed onto the film.
Variety reports that Vincent Cassel,
fresh off Darren Aronofsky’s supernatural drama BLACK SWAN, has been cast in
the title role of THE MONK for France’s Diaphana Films and Spain’s Morena
Films. Based on Matthew Lewis’ 18th-century Gothic novel, the film will topline
Cassel as Capucin Ambrosio, who is undone by temptation brought on by black
magic and the devil himself.
The first thing that should be said here about SHUTTER
ISLAND is that it’s not the consistently scarifying horror film that some of
the ads are making it out as—and nor is it trying to be one. While there are
plenty of creepy events and imagery scattered throughout its running time,
here’s a movie that truly warrants description as a “psychological thriller”—no
surprise coming from Martin Scorsese, a director who has always been just as
interested, if not moreso, in tortured souls as in tortured bodies.
Fango got the scoop on the special features that have been
collected for the DVD and Blu-ray releases of THE COLLECTOR, coming April 6
from Vivendi Entertainment. The directorial debut of
Marcus Dunstan, who scripted with his FEAST trilogy/SAW sequels writing partner
Patrick Melton, the film follows a small-time burglar (Josh Stewart) as he
attempts to rip off a wealthy family’s mansion one night and runs into a far
deadlier home invader, who has set murderous traps for him and the house’s
anticipated update of THE WOLFMAN was unleashed in cinemas everywhere this past
Friday, and one of its stars, the MATRIX films’ Hugo Weaving, gave Fango some
of his time to talk up the lycanthropic epic. We spoke to him while he was in
the midst of the Melbourne (Australia) Theatre Company’s production of the
acclaimed play GOD OF CARNAGE.
We reported the other day on an upcoming supernatural
feature called THE GHOST OF SLAUGHTERFORD, but the news break omitted one very
important name: screenwriter Axelle Carolyn, who will also star in the movie. A
former Fango scribe who has since appeared in a number of features and short
films (including DOOMSDAY and CENTURION for GHOST executive producer Neil
Marshall, as well as THE DESCENT: PART 2), Carolyn dropped us a line to give us
a bit of background about the project.
Mark Evans, co-writer and co-producer of the new DEMONIC II
(a.k.a. FOREST OF THE DAMNED II), got in touch to talk up the sequel, for which
an official website has opened. The movie is a follow-up to the 2005 feature
known as FOREST OF THE DAMNED overseas and retitled DEMONIC for its 2006 U.S.
DVD release; the original’s director/co-writer, Johannes Roberts, is an
associate producer on the new film.
Screen Daily reports that Finnish director Antti-Jussi Annila will follow up his
well-received chiller SAUNA with a werewolf movie called HUMAN. As the title
suggests, this is a reverse-transformation tale—about a wolf that becomes a
Dread Central has been reporting on all the viral activity going on surrounding the upcoming
release of Overture Films and director Breck Eisner’s THE CRAZIES, and today
had an update on Operation Scarlet Omega. That’s a government/military program
dealing with security breaches at chemical facilities—like the one that causes
all the madness in the movie’s setting of Ogden Marsh, Iowa.
At the current Toy Fair event in NYC, Fango dropped by the
showroom of JAKKS Pacific, where we got an up-close-and-personal look at this
Halloween’s sweetest costumes. From JAKKS subsidiary Disguise comes Clive
Barker’s Dark Bazaar, a costume lineup based on the original artwork of the
author/artist/filmmaker and horror legend. See some pics after the jump!
Fango got ahold of the specs for the DVD of THE DESCENT:
PART 2, coming from Lionsgate Home Entertainment April 27. The sequel to Neil Marshall’s subterranean scare film, directed by Jon
Harris from a script by James McCarthy, J. Blakeson and James Watkins, sends
the first film’s heroine Sarah (returning star Shauna McDonald) back into the
monster-infested caves with a rescue party in an attempt to save any of her
friends who may have survived the creatures’ attack.
Fango spent another exciting day at Toy Fair 2010 (see our
first report here),
checking out the licensed products and original terrors coming to frighten you
this year. Read on past the jump for the details and pics…
We first reported here about
a new independent horror feature called MEADOWOODS, which was being virally
promoted via a couple of disturbing on-line videos. Now we have more info about
the movie, as well as the scoop on its DVD release and a first look at the