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
First, a bit of a mea culpa: We discovered this news tidbit
in an on-line article from Video Business
a little while back, and have spent the time since trying to dig up more
details. None were forthcoming, and since then the mag and its on-line
incarnation have gone defunct, so the original posted item has been lost in
cyberspace. But trust us: it was announced that THE EVIL DEAD will be making
its hi-def disc debut later this year.
Indie filmmaker Doug Roos passed on the news that his horror
feature THE SKY HAS FALLEN is now available on DVD. The movie, which he wrote,
produced and directed, won Best Horror Feature at the Indie Gathering and Freak
Show Film Festivals and has played numerous other fests in the U.S. and
According to The Hollywood Reporter, genre specialist Scott Kosar will rewrite the
screenplay for VLAD, a feature update of the Dracula legend for Summit
Entertainment and Brad Pitt’s Plan B company. The script was originally penned
by actor Charlie Hunnam, who currently co-stars opposite Ron Perlman on FX’s
SONS OF ANARCHY TV series.
Variety reports that Ralph Winter and
Terry Botwick of 1019 Entertainment have picked up the screen rights to the
series of FRANKENSTEIN novels written by prolific horror author Dean Koontz.
The duo are planning a feature-film franchise based on the books, producing
along with Whitney Thomas.
Dark Sky Films announced today
that it has picked up North American rights to THE LAST LOVECRAFT: RELIC OF
CTHULHU, a comedic horror feature directed by Henry Saine from a script by
Devin McGinn, who also produced (with Oliver Garrett and Ashleigh Nichols) and
co-stars. The film has previously played at last October’s H.P. Lovecraft Film
Festival in Portland, OR as well as last month’s Slamdance Film Festival in
Park City, UT.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, UK sales company Intandem Films will finance
GHOST OF SLAUGHTERFORD, a supernatural pic to be executive-produced by THE
DESCENT and DOG SOLDIERS’ Neil Marshall. Intandem is also representing the movie,
set to start rolling in June, at the current European Film market in Berlin.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired the independent horror film SYMPATHY for DVD release under its
genre-centric Vicious Circle banner. Directed by Andrew Moorman from a script
by Arik Martin (the two also produced), the movie won raves when it played festivals
including Screamfest a couple of years back.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16, St. Martin’s Press will
unleash the zombie anthology THE NEW DEAD under its St. Martin’s Griffin
imprint, and the publisher has dispatched the contributing authors to
bookstores all over the U.S. to help promote it. The writers were assembled for
the collection by editor Christopher Golden, each offering different takes on
the undead and their related themes.
Kerry Beyer, writer/producer/director of the
cheerleader-slasher opus SPIRIT CAMP, has made the film available for on-line
DVD purchase, and sent along the disc specs. And just ’cause we can’t get
enough of sexy actress Julin, who co-stars in it (and previously discussed her
roles in BOGGY CREEK and THE FINAL with us), we’ve got a few comments from her about the movie as well.
Toy Fair 2010 opened yesterday at New York City’s Jacob
Javits Center, and Fango is on the scene to bring you news and images of the
more horrific items on display. Here are some early tidbits from the event:
Chris .R. Notarile, writer/director of the slasher flick
METHODIC, gave us a few words and a new poster (seen after the jump) from his
second feature film, DADDY’S GIRL. The movie, set to roll this spring or
summer, will star Zoe Sloane in the title role of Jessica Hailey and THE
FLASH’s John Wesley Shipp as her father, Jack.
Criterion has announced that it is
giving the landmark 1931 chiller M its Blu-ray debut May 11. The
German-language feature stars Peter Lorre as one of film history’s most
memorable villains, a child murderer who terrorizes Berlin and is hunted by
both the authorities and members of the city’s underworld.
I fell in love almost
immediately with BORDERLANDS when I first played the Gearbox video game several
months back-it’s quite a unique-looking and fun experience. Sadly, it also
seemed to come to an end far too soon. So it was with unbridled elation that I
read the news of fresh downloadable content for the game. ZOMBIE ISLAND OF DR.
NED was a great romp through one of BORDERLANDS’ side stories, and the most
recent add-on, MAD MOXXI’S UNDERDOME RIOT, ups the ante even further, with a
variety of new challenges and play modes that will have you back on Pandora in
The long-awaited fourth installment of the immensely popular
and highly acclaimed GOD OF WAR franchise hits stores next month, but fans can
get a sneak peek by purchasing either the GOD OF WAR COLLECTION for PlayStation
3 or DISTRICT 9 on Blu-ray. Albeit brief, the demo is packed with enough
hack-’n’-slash bloodshed to leave both casual and die-hard fans salivating for
the game’s impending release.
shooters took a tight grip on the gaming world nearly a decade ago, only to
become the latest genre to be overrun faceless, interchangeable titles. Whether
titled COUNTER STRIKE, CALL OF DUTY or anything bearing Tom Clancy’s name, the
games began to emulate one another—they all showcased multiplayer squads made
up of varying shooter-types and a medic, pitted teams against one another and
featured humans killing humans. Valve saw this monster (possibly from a
fatherly eye) and decided to kill it, raise it from the dead, infect it and let
it loose through the city streets in the LEFT 4 DEAD franchise, pitting humans
against hordes of zombies.
In order for games in an
overdeveloped genre to stand out, they need to carry either some unique twist
on gameplay or a gripping story coupled with flashy cinematic sequences.
BAYONETTA (Sega, for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) tries both, and after the
opening sequence, all I could say was, “What the hell was that?” Little did I
know how often I would repeat that phrase throughout the game.
Various sources are
reporting that Universal’s THE WOLFMAN, the studio’s reimagining of the classic
monster character, will gross an estimated $30.6 million in its first weekend
of release. Predictions are for the film to pull in about $35 million over the
four-day President’s Day weekend; final figures for the initial three days will
be released tomorrow.
Variety reports that with
only a month and a week to go, Lionsgate has pulled its supernatural thriller
SEASON OF THE WITCH from its March 19 release berth. No explanation was given
for the change, though Universal shifted its violent sci-fi thriller REPO MEN
from April 2 to the 19th a week ago.
Writer/director Chuck Parello, who has previously helmed
such reality-based fear features as HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER PART 2,
ED GEIN and THE HILLSIDE STRANGLER, gave Fango the scoop on his next foray into
murderous true crime, POWDER BURNS. The movie is set to star Zelda Williams,
daughter of Robin who also appears in the upcoming fright features DON’T LOOK
UP and DETENTION.
Independent filmmaker/distributor Ron Bonk sent along info
and some photos from his latest directorial effort, the intriguingly titled MS.
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, which is currently wrapping up postproduction. The movie is
set in a rundown apartment building on the eve of its demolition, when a female
zealot and her cannibalistic followers arrive to terrorize the remaining
LANGLIENA, a short film written, directed and produced by
Italian filmmaker Emiliano Ranzani, is subtitled “A Tale of the Macabre.” And a
ghastly, gruesome and chilling tale it is. As the film opens, we see a young
man telling a grisly but true story into a tape recorder, because otherwise no
one would believe the horror he has witnessed. In its simplest sense, one of
LANGLIENA’S themes is how curiosity kills the cat. However, as the story
unfolds, one can see that there is much more to the story than a childlike
The Mondo Celluloid team are
relaunching their “Mondo Mondays” screening series in Los Angeles next month,
and they’re doing it in a big way. Kicking off the new lineup is a 35mm showing
of the Chiodo Brothers’ cult favorite KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, with a
bunch of the filmmakers and cast in attendance.
Variety reports that Lionsgate has
picked up U.S. distribution rights to THE LAST EXORCISM, the Eli Roth-produced
deviltry drama previously titled COTTON. While a release date has yet to be
set, the acquisition deal includes a $16-million prints and advertising
Shout! Factory has announced
that it will give 1965’s GAMERA, THE GIANT MONSTER (a.k.a. DAIKAIJU GAMERA),
the first in the series of Japanese films starring the giant turtle a.k.a.
Gammera, its first U.S. DVD release. The movie will be presented in its
original uncut version, in anamorphic widescreen from a new hi-def master with
Fango got ahold of a new pic of actress Jaime King from
MOTHER’S DAY, the remake of the 1980 cult shocker directed by Darren Lynn
Bousman of the SAW sequels and REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA. You can see the MY
BLOODY VALENTINE actress, looking rather upset in the role of Beth Sohapi,
after the jump.
Dread Central scored the first look at the likeness of Ben from NIGHT OF THE LIVING
DEAD: ORIGINS, the upcoming 3-D animated feature based on the classic George A.
Romero films. Check out the image after the jump.
Fango just got in some details about OFFSPRING: THE WOMAN,
the Modernciné company’s follow-up to its OFFSPRING feature from last year. The
movie will be directed by Lucky McKee, with his MAY and MASTERS OF HORROR: SICK
GIRL star Angela Bettis in one of the lead roles. Peace Arch Entertainment has
already acquired all distribution rights outside North America.
On the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand’s most populous
city, there’s a compound formed by several old buildings that tyro filmmaker
Dale Stewart has used as the centerpiece of COMPOUND, a new low-budget shocker
revolving around the misfortunes of seven travelers. Stewart, who is currently
knee-deep in postproduction and provided the exclusive photos seen after the
jump, tells Fango, “COMPOUND is a horror film, but doesn’t start out like one.
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release writer/director Ron Carlson’s LIFE BLOOD to DVD April 27, and we
have the disc details after the jump. The movie was originally filmed as
PEARBLOSSOM, and is also known as MURDER WORLD.
Fango got some details and background on an upcoming horror
feature called OLD 37 from Paul Travers, who wrote the script and is producing
the project with Carrie Alton, Dayna Ghiraldi and Melissa Smolensky. Fango fave
Kane Hodder is attached to co-star in the movie, which will roll later this
Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced that it will release the chiller COLD STORAGE to DVD May 4. The
film played numerous festivals over the last couple of years, including
Scotland’s Dead By Dawn, where it won the Audience Award, the Macabro Horror
Film and Video Festival, the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, the
BendFilm Festival and others.
Continuing Fango’s conversation with Texas-based actress
Julin (click here to see the first part, with exclusive modeling pics), she also talked about her experiences on BOGGY CREEK—a movie that, despite its title, “is more of a
fictional story” than the 1972 horror-docudrama THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK,
Julin tells us. “It’s kind of a remake, but they don’t want to call it one.”
The people behind New York City’s haunted attraction Blood
Manor (542 West 27th Street) usually terrorize guests around Halloween, but
they’ve been so successful with that holiday, they’ve decided to spread the fear
for another. This Friday-Saturday, February 12-13, they’re presenting a special
Bloody Valentine’s Weekend, focusing on the dark and bloody side of love and
Fango spoke recently with Rick Walker, one of the partners
in the genre film company Night Light Films, about his first three horror
features (plus a sci-fi thriller) hitting DVD this spring. THE FEAR CHAMBER,
MARKED, PASSED THE DOOR OF DARKNESS and BATTLE PLANET will be released through Echo Bridge Entertainment.
Dark Sky Films and Glass Eye Pix have announced that their latest production
HYPOTHERMIA has begun shooting, with HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER’s
Michael Rooker in the lead. The movie is written and directed by James Felix
McKenney, whose previous films include AUTOMATONS and the upcoming SATAN HATES
Even a film that is pure in heart, apparently, can become
something tortured and misshapen once it finally sees the light of a projector.
The long-awaited remake of THE WOLFMAN has finally emerged as a disappointing
muddle, making it very easy to believe the widespread reports of postproduction
tinkering, re-edits and reshoots. What began as a passion project for star
Benicio Del Toro has wound up as a movie that’s technically proficient but is
crucially lacking both soul and bite.
Writer/producer Destin Pfaff sent Fango the scoop on a nice
little sashimi roll of exploitation called SUSHI GIRL. The film, which Pfaff
co-wrote with its director Kern Saxton, begins production this March at Universal
Studios, and tells the tale of a robbery crew reassembling to celebrate one of
their own’s release from prison—and reminisce about a job gone wrong—while
eating a buffet of sushi off the nude body of a beautiful young woman. However,
things quickly spiral out of control and, as Pfaff describes it, “torture,
madness and violence ensue.”
Cultra Video and Temple of Schlock are hosting a night that
Los Angeles-area horror and exploitation fans will want to catch this Friday,
February 12. This week’s installment of the “Art of Exploitation” series will
showcase a trio of cult films from the ’70s, including a pair by notorious
B-meister Andy Milligan—one of which is his highest-budgeted feature, the
vampire thriller THE BODY BENEATH.
Variety has reported on new casting for a trio of upcoming genre
features. The highest-profile name and project: Rachel Weisz has been added to
the cast of Universal and Morgan Creek’s psychothriller DREAM HOUSE, joining
Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts.
Fango got the scoop from DVD distributor E1 Entertainment about its slate of horror releases coming in 2010.
The most notable titles are PARASOMNIA, the latest feature from HOUSE ON
HAUNTED HILL and MASTERS OF HORROR: FAIR HAIRED CHILD’s William Malone, and
DON’T LOOK UP, helmed by Chinese filmmaker Fruit Chan and starring Eli Roth.
sequel to STRANGELAND, the 1998 fright film penned by rocker and FANGORIA RADIO
host Dee Snider, who also starred as the evil Captain Howdy, is finally headed
before the cameras. Encouraged by tax breaks for film production in the state
of Ohio, STRANGELAND: DISCIPLE, whose story Snider began writing shortly after
the original was released, has been picking up speed and will lens soon in
Cleveland and Youngstown, OH. Snider spoke exclusively to Fango and let us in
on a wealth of new info about what to expect from the follow-up.
Fango #291 is ready to hit the stands this month, and past
the jump you’ll find the first look at the cover, as well as the full contents.
It’s got everything from werewolves old and new (a Makeup FX Lab and cast piece
on THE WOLFMAN and a remembrance of the late Paul Naschy) to independent chills
(Adam Green discussing his new FROZEN) to literary horror (a chat with hot
author Jonathan Maberry)!
Fango got ahold of a few exclusive pics (seen past the jump)
from NEEDLE, an Australian chiller being handled by Lightning Entertainment.
The movie stars Michael Dorman (also seen in the recently released DAYBREAKERS
and TRIANGLE) as a college student who inherits an 18th-century device with
supernatural properties that begins causing the deaths of his friends.
Revolver Entertainment has set
an April 6 DVD release date for Gerard Johnson’s British serial-killer film
TONY, and passed on the content details for the disc. The movie, which recently
premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and has already won critical raves, is
a case study of an alienated Londoner (Peter Ferdinando) whose mental downward
spiral leads him to murder.
Dread Central reported today on a mysterious new project called MEADOWOODS, for which
information has been slowly leaking out on-line. It started with a YouTube
video of a girl being buried alive, and Dread got an exclusive look at an early
trailer; checking out the YouTube poster’s page also leads to a clip called
“Naked Ginger Runs Through Forest.” You can see all three videos below.
• Fango has learned that Jonas Barnes and Michael
Manasseri’s BABYSITTER WANTED will be released on DVD by its production entity
Big Screen Entertainment Group. Sarah Thompson (pictured after the jump) stars
as a college student who takes a job looking after a young boy at a remote
farmhouse one night, and becomes subjected to frightening phone calls and
Austin, TX’s South by Southwest Film Festival has announced its lineup of features for the 2010 event,
running March 12-20. Among them is a slate of Midnighters features including several rounded up
by the folks behind the city’s Fantastic Fest, an
eclectic group of international movies that counts three in the horror genre.
We first broke the news here about the updated schedule for the many Roger Corman DVDs and Blu-rays coming
from Shout! Factory this year, and now we’ve got an
update courtesy of disc supplement producer Michael R. Felsher. He’s currently
putting together extras for a few of those titles, and gave Fango the first
word on what to expect from them.
Los Angeles-area fans can catch a new chiller and a horror
cult classic and hear from the people responsible this month. First, director
Adam Green will be on hand for showings of his ski-lift-to-terror film FROZEN
when it begins its commercial run this weekend.
Last year’s PANDORUM was
an underseen exploration into sci-fi horror, offering psychological terror,
excellent production design, mutated creatures and some intriguing ideas about
the future of humanity. Now, with the film currently available on DVD and
Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment, screenwriter Travis Milloy spoke to Fango about the film’s genesis and
creation, and we got ahold of some exclusive creature photos to go with his
comments. Beware if you haven’t seen the film, as spoilers will follow.
If, like us, you’re a fan of writer/director Stevan Mena’s
superior slasher film MALEVOLENCE, you may have been wondering what’s up with
BEREAVEMENT, the second in Mena’s intended MALEVOLENCE trilogy. Fango spoke to
Mena recently to get the lowdown on his progress with the sequel, which lensed
a couple of years back and stars genre vets Michael Biehn and John Savage.
FANGORIA, in association with distributor Oscilloscope
Pictures, is offering readers the chance to win a free pass for two to the New York
City run of the dark Danish thriller TERRIBLY HAPPY, opening this Friday,
February 5 at the Angelika Film Center (18 West
Houston Street). Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz, the movie follows a city cop
who is reassigned to a small town, where he becomes embroiled in local violence
In the small,
Mayberry-esque town of Greensburg, Kentucky, stomach-turning things are going
on in the enormous crawlspace of one decaying house. A demented marijuana
farmer in his 50s named Roland is about to smash a young girl’s head in with a
sledgehammer. Bloody brains will surely burst from the skull upon impact, which
is probably why Roland is so giddy—he can’t seem to stop croaking long, raspy
laughs (extremely unpleasant to the ears due to his laryngectomy). Also in this
subterranean pit are two nude women trapped in chicken-wire cages, a hacked-up
torso hanging from the ceiling by its feet and a mentally and physically warped
character referred to on the set as “Hamburger Head” (seen in the first of the
exclusive photos after the jump).
The sci-fi thriller DISTRICT 9, a sleeper hit this past
summer for Sony’s TriStar Pictures, has something more to celebrate this
morning with the announcement of the nominees for the 82nd annual Academy
Awards. The Peter Jackson-produced, docudrama-style saga of the bloody conflict
between humans and extraterrestrials they’ve segregated in South Africa landed
four nominations, including one of the 10 slots for Best Picture.
It’s only the first of February, but it’s never too early to
start thinking about the fright festivals gearing up for Halloween season 2010.
The organizers of the New York City Horror Film Festival dropped us a line to let us know that they’ve
already begun accepting entries for this year’s event.
2001 MANIACS: FIELD OF SCREAMS director Tim Sullivan sent
over an exclusive new photo (see it after the jump) with the news that his
sequel will have its world premiere at Film4 FrightFest’s 2010 Glasgow edition,
part of the Glasgow Film Festival. The event takes place in the Scottish city
Friday-Saturday, February 26-27.
Actress Julin, who can be seen in theaters right now in Joey
Stewart’s revenge chiller THE FINAL, gave Fango the exclusive first look at
some of her latest modeling pics; check ’em out below the cut. She also talked
to us about THE FINAL, part of After Dark Horrorfest 4, in which she plays one
of a group of “mean kids” who suffer badly at the hands of an outcast group
they tormented in high school.
Murder runs rampant again in Texas in THE TOY BOX, a new
feature from director/cinematographer Michael Colburn, who gave us some info on
the soon-to-lens feature. Based on an original screenplay by Kristin Wong that
was adapted by Jennifer Peebles, the movie is based on the true case of serial
killer David Parker Ray, who is suspected of slaying as many as 60 victims,
whom he tortured in the homemade chamber of the title.
Britain’s Arrow Video is
preparing to unleash a new Blu-ray release of George A. Romero’s classic DAY OF
THE DEAD with all-new bonus features, and Fango scribe Calum Waddell, one of
the creators of the fresh material, got in touch with details of what it has to
offer. The disc is set to street March 29.
Fango scribe Jeremiah Kipp passed along word that his genre
short CONTACT is now visible on the web as part of the IndieRoar on-line film
festival and competition. Designed to give filmmakers a venue to share and be
honored for their work, IndieRoar is showcasing a number of minimovies in
horror and other genres.
While talking to Fango about his role in Adam Green’s
much-anticipated chiller FROZEN (which just played the Sundance Film Festival
and opens in limited theatrical release February 5), actor Shawn Ashmore gave
us a little info on what to expect from Darren Lynn Bousman’s MOTHER’S DAY, the
remake of the 1980 shocker which is expected to hit theaters this spring. “In
broad strokes, it’s about a trio of bank-robbing brothers,” says Ashmore,
previously seen in THE RUINS and the X-MEN features. “In the middle of a heist,
one gets shot and they have to hole up somewhere while they figure out what to
Director Jack Perez dropped Fango a line with details on
SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE, an offbeat serial-killer/revenge shocker he’s just
about to start lensing. Scripted by Ryan A. Levin, who made the horror shorts
THE FIFTH (an award-winner at Fantasia, Fantastic Fest and other festivals) and
TOUR DE FRIGHT, the movie is executive-produced by John Landis and stars Kevin
Corrigan, whose credits include THE LAST WINTER and a recent recurring role on
FRINGE (and playing a nerdy Fango fan in WALKING AND TALKING), in the title
Just a couple of days ago, we reported that MTI Home Video had acquired the alien-hunter opus CREATURE OF
DARKNESS, and now the company has given Fango the first look at the DVD cover
art and passed on the specs (see ’em after the jump). Devon Sawa from FINAL
DESTINATION and IDLE HANDS stars as Andrew, who’s been suffering horrible
dreams of being killed by a clawed extraterrestrial beast. When he and some
friends head into the desert for an off-road cycling trip, Andrew’s nightmares
start coming true for all of them.
Fango heard from the filmmakers behind THE REEDS, one of the
8 Films to Die For playing in After Dark Horrorfest 4, which hits theaters
nationwide January 29-February 4; they also provided a couple of exclusive
photos (seen after the jump). Directed by Nick Cohen from a script by Chris
Baker and producer Simon Sprackling, the movie was shot in Norfolk, England and
is based on the true case of Tony Martin, a farmer who shot two youths in 1999
when they attempted a burglary on his property.
Joining the ranks of MACHINE GIRL and TOKYO GORE POLICE is
DEATH KAPPA, the latest Japan-lensed production from the New York-based Fever
Dreams company. At the helm is Tomoo Haraguchi, a veteran special FX artist and
monster-suit maker whose previous directing credits include SAKUYA: SLAYER OF DEMONS
and KIBAKICHI. Fango logged several days observing the filming of the recently
wrapped DEATH KAPPA, and has photos from the set to share; see them after the
If I were a zombie, I would be jealous. Vampires have more
popularity and are clearly all the rage these days. Of course, this trend
didn’t begin just now, but boy, has it taken off with lightning speed. One
could say it began with HBO’s TRUE BLOOD—where, due to the availability of the
right type of blood, vampires went from scary monsters to ordinary—but
sexy—citizens practically overnight. Or was it with the TWILIGHT books and
movies that offered female fans a series of romantic supernatural fantasies?
And then there’s always THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on the CW, a series that shrewdly
mixes teen drama and the supernatural.
Filmmaker Joshua Grannell passed on the latest character
poster from his independent horror/comedy ALL ABOUT EVIL. It features Cassandra
Peterson, beloved to genre fans as horror hostess Elvira, out of her familiar
makeup as Linda, described as “a loving mother concerned about her son’s
obsession for horror movies.” Check it out after the jump.
Fango heard from the recently launched Synergetic Distribution, which sent along the
complete specs for their upcoming DVD release of the fest-award-winning chiller
9 LIVES OF MARA. Directed by Balaji K. Kumar from a script he wrote with Eric
Massey, the movie, which has both Oedipal and Lovecraftian overtones, stars
FINAL DESTINATION’s Chad Donella as an institutionalized young man who recounts
his childhood experiences with his widower father’s new girlfriend (OFFSPRING’s
Pollyanna McIntosh). Based on her strange behavior, and after readings of the
ancient book The Malleus Maleficarium, the boy comes to suspect that his
potential new stepmother is a witch. PHENOMENA and CARNIVÀLE’s Patrick Bauchau,
Bret Loehr and Troy Gentile co-star.