Entries from July 2008 ↓

Warner Bros. Prepares For ‘The Rapture’

We learned of a big project that is being developed internally at Warner Bros. Pictures. Entitled The Rapture, the film is about a damaged young girl in therapy who finds that when she receives shock treatment, she begins to have visions of coming environmental disasters. Eventually, her therapist, a woman in a wheelchair, comes to believe that her patient may be foretelling the end of the world! All while her detractors begin to raise the possibility that the young girl is in fact causing these disasters herself. The film is said to be ROSEMARY'S BAY meets POLTERGEIST with an environmental twist! We hope to find out more soon.

John Carpenter Becomes ‘Scared Straight’

This isn't even close to horror, but it is John Carpenter, so I'll let this be the one and only post about this movie. Nicolas Cage and director John Carpenter are in final negotiations to team up for a prison thriller titled SCARED STRAIGHT, which follows a troubled youth who's sent to prison off the Scared Straight crime-prevention program, which imprisons delinquent teens for a short period in the hopes of deterring them from a life of crime. While the teen is there, a riot breaks out and the prisoners take him hostage. A lifer, played by Cage, is forced to help the young man out. Joe Gazzam wrote the original spec, which was rewritten by Ron Brinkerhoff. An October start is being eyed.

Aug 1, The Fold Web Series Review from BHM: Between Soft Core and Sci-Fi

The Fold is a web series directed by Matt Lambert about Joan of Arc, Aspergers Syndrome, hot tub parties, Swedish Fish Tacos, time travel and the end of the world as we know it.

Skin and Bones

Finally aired. I’m gonna have to re-read the script to catch any changes. The director did a good job of capturing the creepy atmosphere in the teleplay. The implied gore was handled well. Doug Jones was great. My only quibble would be... the lack of a strong ending.

BD Review: Mr. D Calls New ‘Mummy’ Crummy…

Universal Pictures' The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is now in theaters everywhere, and it's pretty crummy. "While [Rob Cohen] definitely has delivered another hit for the studio, its unforgivable how dumbed-down the final product is... The best way to describe this latest MUMMY entry would be to compare the audience to a cat and the film to a ball of yard. Writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar treat the audience as a simple cat with a small brain - stupid enough that a ball of yard will amuse them for hours." Click the title for the review.

Unrated ‘Zombie Strippers’ Gets October DVD Date

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced an October 28th date for both rated and unrated editions of Zombie Strippers, which stars Robert Englund, and Jenna Jameson. DVD Active reports that each will include a commentary with Director Jay Lee, Jenna Jameson, Robert Englund & Joey Medina, deleted scenes with optional commentary, 2 featurettes (The Champagne Room: Behind the Scenes of Zombie Strippers, The Dressing Room: How to Glam a Zombie), and a digital copy of the film. The unrated edition will include some additional exclusive deleted scenes. An unrated Blu-ray edition will also be available for $38.96 with an extra popup fact track.

Sequel Talk: ‘Quarantine’ and ‘Poughkeepsie Tapes’

Last week we had breakfast with John and Drew Dowdle to chat about their forthcoming studio horror film, Quarantine, which hits theaters October 10th. The conversation was short so we hit 'em up later with a few other questions. First, there is still not solid talk about QUARANTINE becoming a franchise, we'll have to see how this one does first. MGM is still saying they'll be releasing The Poughkeepsie Tapes in mid/late November. Lastly, the brothers still would like to turn TAPES into a franchise, once again pending on how well the initial release is. Click the title for more info on both films.

Fear Itself Review: Episode 1.8 ?Skin and Bones?

This afternoon B-D writer Tex sent in his latest review of NBC's Fear Itself (all reviews), which continues every Thursday at 10/9C. Inside you'll find a review of "Skin & Bones", which was written by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan ("Masters of Horror") and directed by Larry Fessenden. When a cattle herder returns home to his family after being lost in the woods for days, he just doesn't seem the same. Soon, a terrible mortal struggle ensues against the terrifying monster possessing him.

Possible Back-to-Back Shoot For ‘Witchblade’?

We halfway confirmed some interesting news that landed in our laps at the San Diego Comic Con. We learned that Top Cow and Arclight are already planning a sequel to their adaptation of Witchblade, with the possibilities of the two films being shot back-to-back. The news comes from the same scooper who tipped us off months ago that Michael Rymer would be directing the film that centers on an ornate jewel-encrusted gauntlet that gives extraordinary powers to the wearer, a specially chosen female from each generation. We confirmed sequel plans, but weren't able to get any official comment on the back-to-back shoot. More when it comes in.

Watch a Clip From Dimension Extreme’s ‘Pulse 2: Afterlife’

If you click here you can watch a clip from Dimension Extreme's Pulse 2: Afterlife, which arrives on DVD September 30th. The world has been reshaped by the invasion of ghosts via the wireless internet. Cities are deserted, technology has been destroyed and the few remaining human beings eschew anything electrical in order to avoid a confrontation with the soulless ghosts that now wander the planet. Most of the ghosts are doomed to a repetitive loop of something they did while they were still despairing humans (a man repeatedly hangs himself, for example), but there are some ghosts so locked in denial, they do not know they are dead. They continue to haunt their homes, wrapped in fear that their souls will soon be torn from them.

New Images From ‘Feast 2′ Sloppy Seconds’

This evening we were sent a bunch of new stills from Dimension Extreme's Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds, which arrives on DVD October 7th. From the writers/director of Feast comes the next chapter in this soon-to-be-classic horror series. It's the morning after the initial attack and the nasty flesh-eating monsters are now invading the nearby town. The few people lucky enough to have survived the night join a twisted group of locals whose only goal is to stay alive - - - no matter the cost. Featuring a motley group of characters - including an all-girl biker gang and a tag team of ass-kicking midgets - Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds serves up twice the blood, twice the body parts and twice the fun!

Peter Jackson’s WETA Takes Residence in ‘The Home’

This past weekend at the San Diego Comic Con we ran into a long time friend of the site, Kristoffer Aaron Morgan, who we learned will direct a new indie horror feature entitled The Home. What makes this project so special, besides the incredible premise, is that Peter Jackson's WETA is official tapped to provide the practical and creature effects for the film. Inside you can find the full story, along with your first little tease for the film in the form of some production art.

Feast, Saw Scribes Take on Ravenous ‘Piranha’

At this past Comic Con we overheard some really interesting news. We learned that Dimension Films has hired scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to rewrite Piranha 3-D for director Alex Aja. Melton and Dunstan have become household names in the horror world as they've scripted the three FEAST films, SAW IV, V and the upcoming sixth film, a draft of the HELLRAISER remake, THE TINGLER and have even collaborated on MIDNIGHT MAN, which was also directed by Dunstan. It looks like we'll be getting plenty more gore when PIRANHA hits theaters July 24, 2009.

Jul 31, The Vanishing (1988) Horror Movie (?) Review

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Details on Dark Sky’s ‘Texas Chain Saw’ Blu-ray

Dark Sky Films has revealed new information about their upcoming Blu-ray release of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE which is due to hit store shelves on September 30th. Blu-ray.com writes that the video specs have not been released, but audio will come in the form of 5.1 DTS or 2.0 PCM (it is unclear if the DTS will be Master Audio or not). Labeled as a "Ultimate Edition", this release will feature over three hours of special features, including: Brand new featurette with actress Terri McMinn, created exclusively for this release, Feature-length commentaries with director Tobe Hooper, cinematographer Daniel Pearl, actors Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Allen Danzinger, and art director Robert A. Burns, Featurettes "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth" and "Flesh Wounds", Theatrical trailers and TV and Radio spots, A tour of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre House with Gunnar Hansen, Deleted scenes and outtakes and Blooper reel and still gallery.