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Here’s the first ever shot of The Forest and “Games of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer with Ed Skrein (Deadpool) in Anthony Byrne‘s psychological revenge thriller In Darkness. In Darkness centers on a blind musician (Dormer) who gets pulled into London’s dark underbelly after she hears a murder committed in the apartment above her. As she becomes embroiled in this […] »
- Brad Miska
There are many filmmaking workshops, hosted by institutions ranging from Sundance to Ifp, that allow emerging directors to assess their next projects with a group of mentors. Shudder Labs falls in line with that tradition, but comes equipped with a special focus: The new creative retreat is exclusively designed for horror directors. Hosted by Shudder, the horror streaming platform owned by AMC Networks, Shudder Labs was run by former journalist and curator Sam Zimmerman and took place June 11–15 at the Mohonk Mountain House.
Seven filmmakers participated in the lab, taking guidance from mentors that included Sarah Adina Smith (“Buster’s Mal Heart”), Larry Fessenden (director, “The Last Winter”) and Lindsay Peters (Director of the Frontieres International Co-Production Market). The Masters-in-Residence were Mike Flanagan (director, “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” “Hush,” the upcoming Stephen King adaption “Gerald’s Game”) and Nick Antosca (screenwriter, “Channel Zero,” “Hannibal,” “The Forest”).
Since horror filmmaking occupies a unique niche, »
- Eric Kohn
Horror fans have flocked to Shudder to watch a wide rage of pre-existing content since AMC launched the streaming service back in 2016, and now Shudder is adding original programming to its arsenal with upcoming "Shudder Originals," beginning with Rodney Ascher's (Room 237, The Nightmare) new horror documentary Primal Screen on June 8th.
Press Release: New York, New York — June 2, 2017 — Today, AMC Networks’ Shudder announces its entry into original content. The premium streaming service, known for super-serving fans of thrillers, suspense and horror, is developing six new titles all of which will debut as “Shudder Originals”. The high-caliber original programming slate launches Thursday, June 8 with a new horror documentary from genre favorite Rodney Ascher, titled Primal Screen. Other upcoming Shudder Originals include a mystery series; a Ted Bundy-inspired scripted project; and a series based on an Emily Schultz novel, among many others.
As the first Shudder Original, Primal Screen explores »
- Derek Anderson
French animator and illustrator Arthur de Pin’s child-friendly comedy-horror tale Zombillenium (pictured) - set against the backdrop of an amusement-terror park were the staff are a motley crew of vampires, zombies and werewolves - will open this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, running June 12-17 this year.
It is among nine special event screenings including Pixar’s Cars 3, which will be proceeded by a presentation of footage from Mexico-set, Day of the Dead-inspired drama Coco in the presence of director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla K. Anderson and co-director Adrian Molina; Despicable Me 3 and The Big Bad Fox And Other Animals.
Zombillenium will also compete in the 10-title feature film competition.
It’s been a long while since we heard anything about The Strangers 2, the planned sequel to the 2008 home invasion horror, but now comes word from THR that The Other Side of the Door director Johannes Roberts has signed on to helm the film, with production set to get underway this summer.
“The Strangers redefined the home invasion genre by perfectly combining character and terror in a way that we rarely see,” said Mark Lane, co-founder of The Fyzz Facility Pictures. “This is a sequel that has been eagerly awaited and we are delighted to deliver it to the fans.”
The sequel has been written by original director Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai (The Forest) and “follows a family whose road trip takes a turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park and after the power goes out they decide to hunker down for the night in a borrowed trailer. »
- Gary Collinson
Following its world premiere last year at the SXSW Film Festival, Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word is coming to VOD platforms this March courtesy of Momentum Pictures, and we have the release details, trailer, and poster for the new film from Simon Rumley.
Momentum Pictures will release Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word on VOD platforms beginning March 7th.
Directed by Simon Rumley (The ABCs of Death, Red White & Blue) from a screenplay by Tony Giglio (Chaos), Ben Ketai (The Forest) and Marc Haimes (Kubo and the Two Strings), Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word stars Mike Doyle (The Invitation, Jersey Boys),Sean Patrick Flanery (Powder, The Boondock Saints), Erin Cummings (Late Phases, Bitch Slap), and Devin Bonnée (Fashionista).
Synopsis: “Based on a true story, a nun was murdered in her convent bedroom in Amarillo, Texas on Halloween 1981. The police arrested a young man, Johnny Frank Garrett, who always »
- Derek Anderson
Welcome back to the first Weekend Warrior of 2017, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out (when applicable).
We’ll bypass the past couple holiday weekends cause that was so 2016, and we’ll instead get right into the new movies opening on Friday including two that opened in select cities and are expanding nationwide.
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Plot: The vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) finds herself facing both Lycans and vampires, both of them trying to use the blood of her daughter to create new hybrids, so she and David (Theo James »
- Edward Douglas
7 items from 2017
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