Category Archive: News

May 29

Join the Second Annual Cinefessions Summer Scream Challenge

moviesFor the entire month of June, Cinefessions is holding a horror movie contest where everyone wins! It is basically all about watching as much horror / sci-fi movies as you possibly can during the entire month and there are several extra challenges available to gather more points.

But why read more about it on my site, head over to this page on Cinefessions to get a full overview about the contest and how to enter. So far there is (including me) ten people who have signed up for it and I’m sure it will be a fun thing to participate in. And after all, we all watch horror movies daily anyways right?

 

I’m gonna be using this page to track the films I see and everything that will be watched will of course also end up being reviewed for my site in the future. Remember to use the hashtag #CSSC2 on Twitter to add to the fun discussion that is surely to be had while this contest is going on.

June 1
– none

June 2
Humanoids from the Deep (1980) – Featured Film of the Week
Dead Space: Downfall (2008)
Resident Evil (2002)
Starcrash (1978)

June 3
The Thing From Another World (1951)

Apr 07

This Week in Horror – Week 14/2013

theconjuringI sadly have to start off this week with some sad news. The iconic filmmaker Jesus Franco passed away this week, 82 years old. I’m not an expert on his films, although I have of course came across some of his impressive library of nearly 200 films, so here’s a few links to other fans who have written some kind words for the man who lived cinema. Twitch, Fangoria and AVManiacs.

He wasn’t the only one who lived for cinema that passed away this week. The longtime film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday afternoon 70 years old. I send the best of my wishes to the close ones of both Ebert and Franco. R.I.P.

On a more positive note, the remake for Evil Dead finally hit cinemas in the US this weekend and can brag about making an estimated weekend gross of $26 million and ending on the #1 spot. Considering all the positive buzz surrounding the film, it should surely keep doing well after this debut weekend. I do have to say that I hope the success of this film won’t tempt studios to give another big round of horror remakes a go.

Apr 01

This Week in Horror – Week 13/2013

theconjuringBefore I go into the horror news of the week, I want to show some love and support for the lovely actress Karen Black, who is currently fighting cancer. She has created a GoFundMe page where she is hoping to raise enough money for treatment. Head over to her page and give it a read.

The talk of the horror community is still on Evil Dead and this week Bruce Campbell himself spoke with Empire about the possibility of an Army of Darkness 2. Later in the week in WonderCon, the Evil Dead panel revealed that the remake world and the original world might meet after Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness 2 in a final crossover entry. Check out Shock Till You Drop for more info on what they said to the fans. Even if I’m still not convinced on the remake (and honestly, nothing can convince me 100% on an Evil Dead remake), it is hard not to be a little positive when there is already talks about three more films after the remake which hasn’t even come out yet.

Mar 24

This Week in Horror – Week 12/2013

hatchet3A new project that will be directed by Takashi Miike has been announced. The film is called The Torturer, The Cleaner and The Gravedigger and according to Screen Daily it will be written together with actor Juno Mak. It will be produced by Mak’s very own Kudos Films.

I just love Amityville films. You can find reviews of every Amityville done so far and I’m always keeping myself updates on new movies based on the true or not true story of the haunted house. The third out of the three new Amityville movies is called The Amityville Asylum and it surprisingly enough comes from Britain. This film is not to be confused with either My Amityville Horror of The Amityville Horror: Lost Tapes, which are both also on their way. The trailer for this one looks very bad, but it can’t possibly be any worse than The Amityville Hauntings can it? See for yourself at Dread Central.

Twitch posted a news article regarding two new horror films from Thailand that was announced at the Hong Kong Filmart recently. The first one is Ghost Coins from Pawat Panangkasiri and The Second Sight from Pornchai Hongratttanaporn (awesome name). Check their site for more information on both films.

Mar 17

This Week in Horror – Week 11/2013

scream5Wes Craven has given Joblo some information regarding the possibility of a Scream 5 and his upcoming comic book series called Coming of Rage. Does anyone really want another Scream movie or television series based on it? In my opinion, the series is done and we might aswell let it rest in peace now.

The duo of style Helene Cattet and Bruno Forlani is finishing up their new film The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears. The duo made quite an impression with their first effort Amer and also had a decent entry in The ABCs of Death. Twitch has three still photos from their new film that will hopefully bring both the style of Amer but also with a more “normal” story.

Sinister Vision is a new horror anthology film that is set to be released this upcoming fall. The film will consist of five different stories delivered by filmmakers from Sweden, Denmark, UK and the US. Shock Till You Drop has the poster and full info on each segments.

Twitch has some interesting stills for a new Chinese vampire film called Rigor Mortis on their site. Rigor Mortis will be the first film directed by Juno Mak and it will star Chin Siu-Ho.

Mar 10

This Week in Horror – Week 10/2013

evildeadThis week saw the first screening of the remake to Evil Dead at the South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals (SXSW 2013) and horror fans on Twitter went nuts, yearning every little detail they could about the film. The reception so far seems to be positive and considering the fan interest, I’m sure that this will do well in box office when it gets released on April 5th. TriStar and FilmDistrict is probably thinking the same thing since according to Bloody Disgusting, the work on a manuscript for Evil Dead 2 has already started by director Fede Alvarez.

While there was some small talk about a potential fourth film in the original series last week, Shock Till You Drop talked with Robert Tapert, Sam Raimi’s production partner on Ghost House Pictures about that and he said that the potential new film would be an Army of Darkness 2 and not Evil Dead 4, not that fans would probably care about which of the titles they choose but that would make it easier to separate the new and old series.

Keeping ourself within remakes of classic horror films of the 1980’s, the Poltergeist remake has gotten itself a new director in Gil Kenan. Deadline can report that the director of Monster House and City of Ember with Sam Raimi being a producer, perhaps taking on the Spielberg part from the original?

Mar 04

Look out for Lord of Tears!

Screen08 (Key Art 03)Lord of Tears is a new independent horror/fantasy film that have been filmed in the highlands of Scotland. The film is directed by Lawrie Brewster and is starring David Schofield (Gladiator, Pirates of the Carribean), Lexy Hulme (500 Days of Summer, The Ugly Truth), Euan Douglas (If Only) and Jamie Gordon (Making Ugly, Blooded).

Lord of Tears is a British Chiller in the classic tradition of films such as The Wickerman, The Innocents and The Haunting. Our story concerns a man trapped in a crumbling mansion, stalked by Owl Headed monster in the misty highlands of Scotland, on a mission to piece together a childhood broken apart by repressed memory and dark secrets. It takes inspiration from classic mythology, ancient history and modern legends such as those of – Slender Man!

The filming is done and what they are hoping to get help with through their Kickstarter campaign is to get funds so they can bring the film out to the festival circuit and also to further polish the film, complete the soundtrack and help with the marketing campaign. Check out their Kickstarter page for more info, including a very good presentation of the film by Lawrie Brewster himself.

Mar 04

This Week in Horror – Week 09/2013

theconjuringA new week of horror is behind us and it’s been eventful with plenty of interesting tidbits from both new and classic horror franchises.

The Last Exorcism II premiered this weekend in the US theatres and it didn’t do great compared to the first… Last Exorcism. According to the Box Office Mojo, the film made a little over $8 million which is under half of the opening weekend numbers of the first… last… one. The production budget for the film was only at around $5 million though, so it’s not terrible numbers but I would not hold my breath for a third and final last Last Exorcism movie.

Bleeding Cool first posted a news item saying that Sam Raimi confirmed that he would start to work on a script for the fourth installment to the Evil Dead saga and a few days later they had another article that he wants to work on it, but it still seems very unsure. I would normally be very excited about something like this but with the remake to the original coming out in theatres in just a few weeks, it seems strange that they would go back and give us another sequel to the original trilogy. I guess I just wish that the movie coming out would be Evil Dead 4 instead of a remake to my favorite movie of all time.

Feb 25

This Week in Horror – Week 08/2013

mamaNot the most exciting horror week of 2013, but here are some quick news of what I’ve noticed during this week.

After the success of Mama, it should come to no surprise that Universal is considering starting the production of a sequel. David Kosse, the president of the international Universal Pictures has told Screen Daily that they are considering to continue the franchise but it is still in the very early stages. Mama has brought in nearly 90 million dollars worldwide so far.

Dread Central has posted the trailer for the upcoming horror anthology film Sanitarium. The film will have three segments that will be directed by Bryan Ortiz, Kerry Valderrama and Bryan Ramirez and known genre actors such as Robert Englund, Malcolm McDowell and Lacey Chabert is involved.

Jim Van Bebber’s The Manson Family is returning to the big screen in America and is also about to be released on Blu-Ray for the very first time. Check out Fangoria for all the dates and if you are unsure if the film is worth seeing in theatre, then check out my very positive review of it here.

Feb 18

This Week in Horror – Week 07/2013

kissofthedamnedA new vampire film called Kiss of the Damned VOD services on March 28th and some theatres on 3rd of May. The film might sound like something that Hammer would release in the 60’s, and the poster also looks very retro in that regard. The film is directed by Xan Cassavetes (the daughter of John Cassavetes) and stars the french actors Josephine de la Baume and Roxane Mesquida. Head over to Bloody Disgusting to check out the early trailer, which promises gore and erotica.

Twitch has posted news regarding some new acquirements done by Artsploitation Films. The first film is Wither from Sweden, directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund. The next film is a horror anthology from Korea called Horror Stories and the last one is Memory of the Dead from Argentina. Check out the article on Twitch for more info regarding each film.

Remember the 1970’s film Mark of the Devil? The director Michael Armstrong has been very quiet since that film, only co-directing an obscure 80’s film called Screamtime ever since. But now he is getting back into the director’s chair with Orphanage (not related to the Spanish film and the upcoming remake to that one), a new horror film based on his own screenplay. Source: Shock Till You Drop.

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