This year at the Film4 FrightFest, (August 23rd) John Mcnaughton will return with his horror thriller The Harvest.
His last big horror hit was back in 1986, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.The Harvest stars Morton and Shannon as a married couple with medical backgrounds and a sick son (Tahan) who lives secluded in a controlled environment until a young girl (Calis) moves in next door and gives him hope of a better life. As the teens grow closer, the tight-knit world his over-protective mother has created begins to unravel. According to Variety, the film has been amassing steady buzz among midnight-movie acolytes since making its world premiere last fall at the Chicago Film Festival — where “Henry,” not coincidentally, also began its journey to cult status.
Annabelle the creepy, possessed doll from “The Conjuring” has her own movie. Here’s the synopsis.
After surviving an attack from a satanic cult, a young couple move into a new home. When Annabelle mysteriously shows up even after they’ve discarded her, they decide to keep her. Annabelle arrives in theaters October 3rd.
It’s interesting how production companies follow trends.But not Universal. With Universal, monsters are the “in thing” and they’re putting a lot of money on the line to prove it. According to Variety, here’s some of their recent acquisitions.
This month, the studio acquired rights to Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” book series. In July, it announced plans to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. At the same time, the studio inked an eyebrow-raising 10-year, first-look deal with microbudget horror producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Films is behind the profitable “Paranormal Activity,” “Sinister,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” franchises. Last summer, the studio lured Legendary Entertainment into the fold, and now the production firm is co-financing U’s “Jurassic World” and “Dracula Untold,” and has its own upcoming thrillers, including “As Above, So Below” and King Kong tentpole “Skull Island,” which Universal will release.
So what’s motivating Universal? Why are they bucking the current trend when the stats point to action films, comic adaptations and superhero films?
To answer that question just look at “The Conjuring’s” worldwide gross. Then look at the target audience… 16-30 year-olds. While there have been some horror “bombs” over the last year, (take The Vampire Academy for example) Universal’s gamble just might pay off. We wish them well.
In a couple of recent interviews including last months San Diego Comic Con, Sarah Wayne Callies opened up to Zap2It and IGN about fandom, and her new movie Into The Storm.
The interview started off with her being asked about The Walking Dead fans hating her character.
“Actually, I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s really honest. I come from theater…there’s something about having a relationship with your audience that feels very honest as an actor.”
“I don’t need people to like me. I want people to engage with the stories I’m telling and feel passionate about them,” she added. “So if they’re feeling passionate about them one way or another, I feel like I’m doing my job.”
Meanwhile, Callies spoke about her San Diego Comic-Con reunion with her former “The Walking Dead” co-stars during a roundtable interview at a press junket for her latest film “Into The Storm.”
“We were all together at Comic-Con, which was a trip,” she told Zap2It. “Jon Bernthal was there for ‘Fury,’ which looks amazing. I was there for this and they were there for ‘The Walking Dead’ extravaganza. We all got together and had dinner and there’s a lot of love there. A lot of love there. I see Norman Reedus quite a bit and Andy Lincoln s family and my family are really close. I think those are bonds that will hopefully last for quite a while.”
Sarah Wayne Callies will be here in Atlanta on Oct.17-19th for the Walker Stalker Con. http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/ Get your tickets and come say hello!
This is one video you’ll want to pay attention to. According to South Carolina’s newspaper The State, Michael Rooker from The Walking Dead will introduce a video series for an upcoming traffic safety campaign by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Entitled, “The Driving Dead,” Rooker will attend a news conference Thursday at the Music Box Theater in Chicago to unveil a video trailer.
It will kick off state officials’ Labor Day crackdown on impaired driving — “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
Safety advocates and representatives from Arthur Agency, a Carbondale-based advertising firm, will join Rooker for the event.
The campaign will use digital and social media to reach drivers who are most likely to drive drunk or without a seat belt.
There’s little doubt that the fourth season of AHS will be a hit. Last season 7.1 million viewers tuned in to watch season 3, “Coven”. Just take a look at this creepy teaser trailer from “Freakshow”. AHS kicks off the new season October 8th.
Molly Hagan has come on board the new series iZombie replacing the former Nora Dunn. Moly will play the hospital administrator, Eva Moore, mother of Liv. Based on the DC Comic, iZombie stars Rose McIver as Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who works in the corner’s office to gain access to the brains she needs to eat in order to stay alive. Every time she eats a brain, she uses the memories to help her solve homicide cases.
Hagan (Unfabulous) will recur as Eva Moore, a hospital administrator and overbearing mother who watches her ambitious daughter become a zombiefied couch potato who breaks off her engagement to every mom’s dream son-in-law.
Have you been watching The Strain on Sunday nights on FX? In a nutshell, vampires are scary again.
From our friends at Project iRadio (Nerdvana) comes word on F/X renewing The Strain for a second season.
The 13-episode season will premiere next summer. FX CEO John Landgraf said he knew the series would return.
“We’ve never had any doubts about The Strain. Working with Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse, and the brilliant cast led by Corey Stoll has been everything we had hoped it would be and more. It is thrilling when you have a show that is a creative and commercial hit, which is a rare accomplishment in this increasingly crowded marketplace. We look forward having it on FX for as long as Carlton, Guillermo and Chuck Hogan need to tell this epic tale.”
The series ranks number one for a cable series among the highly sought after demographic of 18-49 year-olds. Its premiere was the most-watched premiere in the history of FX, garnering 12.7 million viewers.
del Toro, who not only directed the pilot, but also co-wrote with Chuck Hogan the books the series is based on, said he was thrilled with the news.
“Working with Carlton, Chuck and FX has been immensely rewarding and we have such sights to unveil in the upcoming episodes. The blood hits the fan on this one, mankind becomes an endangered species.”
I remember the first Walker Stalker Con here in Atlanta. For a first time con I couldn’t help but be impressed with the staff, volunteers, organization, and general professionalism. In a word, it was impressive. Since then,the Walker Stalker Con has become one of the most highly publicized conventions nationwide. So much so,the con has sold out of their 3 day VIP tickets months in advance. Returning to Atlanta this October 17th-19th, the con is adding new events, welcoming new celebrities and of course, has a great after party! Follow the links below for more details. ** Remember check back with us for the latest Walker Stalker updates and your chance to WIN FREE tickets!
Here’s the latest press release:
NORMAN REEDUS RETURNS TO WALKER STALKER CON ATLANTA THIS OCTOBER!
Atlanta, GA – In addition to the 53 guests previously announced, Walker Stalker Con announced that Norman Reedus will be attending the convention located at the Atlanta Convention Center at Americas Mart October 17-19, 2014.
Norman Reedus will be attending on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 & 19, 2014, only. He will be signing autographs and doing photo ops.
The full list of guests can be found at http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/atlanta/guests/
Walker Stalker Con kicks off on Friday, October 17th at noon. The exhibit floor will be open all three days featuring games, toys, comic and other memorabilia for true fans of zombie, horror and science fiction. The full event schedule can be found at http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/atlanta/schedule/.
Tickets for the event start as low as $35 for general admission and can be purchased at
For more information, guest announcements and regular updates about Walker Stalker Con please visit the website
Constantin Film officially announced that the last installment of the Resident Evil franchise has been postponed due to Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. Recently, Jovovich broke the news to her legion of Facebook followers. Scheduled to begin filming this fall in South Africa,the shoot will now be pushed back by 10 months. The Resident Evil franchise has collected over $915 million in worldwide box office to date.