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'Bug' Images, Trailer ... '28 Weeks Later' Lead Cast ... Hatchet Plays 'Screamfest LA'

August 24, 2006 -- "Exorcist" director William Friedkin's new horror film is entitled "Bug" and it hits screens Dec. 1 from Lion's Gate. The new trailer is up in Windows Media format. You can select:

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We have also posted giant JPGs from the movie, plus a big image of the poster:

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Here's the official synopsis:

"A lonely waitress with a tragic past, Agnes rooms in a run-down motel, living in fear of her abusive, recently paroled ex-husband. But when Agnes begins a tentative romance with Peter, an eccentric, nervous drifter, she starts to feel hopeful again - until the first bugs arrive...

"Probing the blurry lines between paranoia and nightmarish reality, Liongate’s BUG is an intense, mind-bending psychological thriller in which nothing is quite as it seems. Directed by Academy Award® winner William Friedkin (THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE EXORCIST) and adapted by Tracy Letts from his hit off-Broadway play, BUG stars Golden Globe nominee Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., Lynn Collins, Brían O'Byrne and Michael Shannon."

Here's hoping "Bug" is a marked improvement over Friedkin's "Guardian". ...

Kevin Smith was quoted in MovieHole.net that he wanted his new horror film to be in the vein of "The Wicker Man" or "Race with the Devil". ...

"Next up I want to do a horror movie. I just think it would be kinda interesting – for me at least – to go left. I've made seven comedies, or variation thereof, and some people would argue that none of them are funny. But it would be nice to make a horror movie. An intentional horror movie, not like Jersey Girl. [much laughter]. It's a genre that I grew up watching on VHS and on cable when I was a kid," said Smith.

"No jokes and stuff, not like Scary Movie 4. There are people that do that really well, like Edgar Wright with Shaun of the Dead, but I don't want to make a comedic one, I want to make a straight-forward horror movie.

"It'll be a bit of slasher, but I'm kinda looking more at … you remember that movie Race With The Devil? It's more kind of in that vein. Or Wicker Man. Something in that vein where it's creepy and unsettling more than gore." ...

Variety reports that "North Country" actor Jeremy Renner has been added as the lead to "28 Weeks Later," sequel to the great "28 Days Later." The sequel won't be directed by the original's Danny Boyle, who is producing. It's set in a re-populated London, which goes berserk when a carrier of the plague shows up. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is directing from a script by Rowan Joffe. ...

The new zombie film "Automaton Transfusion" has been getting excellent buzz, and given the excellence of its Web site, it's understandable. Check it out here. ...

You can check out the "Saw III" trailer in Quicktime here and the trailer to French horror film "Calvaire" (which is hitting some screens Aug. 25, and hitting DVD Oct. 3) right here. ... This just in from Screamfest LA:

"Beverly Hills, CA (August 22, 2006) – Rachel Belofsky, founder of the annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival, is pleased to announce the selection of Adam Green’s Hatchet into the 6th annual event, which is to be held October 13-22 at the Mann Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, California. Visit the official website for festival details: www.screamfesla.com

"In Hatchet a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare.

"Hatchet displays an extremely solid cast which includes Kane Hodder (best know as Jason Voorhees in many of the Friday the 13th films), Tony Todd (Candyman) and the infamous Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Up and coming actor Joel Moore (Dodgeball, Art Scool Confidential) also stars next to Tamara Feldman, Deon Richmond, Mercedes McNab, Parry Shen, Joleigh Fioreavanti, Joshua Leonard and Patrika Darbo." ...

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'Masters of Horror' Third Season Details ... 'Vampyres' on the Big Screen ... 'Mystery Science Theater' Clips

August 22, 2006 -- The Hollywood Reporter reports Aug. 21 that the third season of "Masters of Horror" will feature Jason Priestley, Elliott Gould and Christopher Lloyd in the cast, with directors Peter Medak, Rob Schmidt, Norio Tsuruta, Brad Anderson, Ernest Dickerson and Todd Holland, who will each helm an episode.

As we all now realize, "Masters of Horror" is the most exciting thing in existence in the world of horror these days.

Priestley and Gould are cast in the episode "The Screwfly Solution," about a deadly virus that transforms men into psychotic killers. Director of the critically acclaimed "Homecoming" episode, Joe Dante, who also directed "The Howling" is directing from a script by Sam Hamm, who also wrote "Homecoming."

We'll see Lloyd co-starring in the episode "Valerie on the Stairs," based on a story by Clive Barker. It's about an aspring novelist (Tyron Leitso) who receives a visit by a muse-like ethereal creature with dark powers. Series creator Mick Garris is directing.

"Species 2" director Medak is directing "The Washingtonians," penned by Richard Chizmar and Jonathan Schaech. Based on a short story by Bentley Little, this story is a horrific tale of patriotism, revisionist history and cannibalism. But I dunno if Medak qualifies as a "master of horror." (Read our "Species 2" review for evidence of that.)

Scmidt will direct "Right to Die," penned by John Esposito. It's a ghostly take on the right-to-life debate. Tsuruta is directing "Dream Cruise," a Japanese ghost story. The great Todd Holland, of "Child's Play" and "Fright Night" fame is directing "We All Scream for Ice Cream," about children mystically being turned against their parents, starring Lee Tergesen and William Forsythe. Writer David J. Schow adapted from John Farris' short story. Anderson is directing "Sounds Like," a psychological thriller based on Mike O'Driscoll's short story, about a man with extraordinary hearing who takes violent action to silence the horrific cacophony in his head. Chris Bauer and Laura Margolis star. Dickerson is directing "The V Word," about the dire consequences of two teenage boys' decision to break into a mortuary. Michael Ironside stars in the episode, written by Garris. Masters of Horror's second season premieres Oct. 27. ...

Cameron Romero, son of the great George Romero, has made a movie entitled "The Screening." Its trailer can be found at its official site right here. ...

Bruce Campbell has reportedly wrapped filming on "My Name Is Bruce," a zombie comedy in which Campbell plays himself. He's drafted into fighting zombies in a town when the townsfolk figure he's ideal for the job, having seen him in such horror films as "Evil Dead 2." Campbell directed the script from writer Mark Verheiden, and the film is listed on IMDB as being in post-production. The press release says:

"My Name Is Bruce is being produced by Dark Horse Indie, the new joint venture production company created by Dark Horse Entertainment and Image Entertainment. Popular actor and Oregon resident Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness) is set to star and direct. He will also produce the project with another Oregon resident, Dark Horse president Mike Richardson. My Name Is Bruce is the tale of a small town set upon by demons after a group of teen-agers unwittingly unleash an ancient curse. Campbell, playing himself, is kidnapped off the set of a B horror movie and, despite his protestations that he's just an actor, is forced to play the role of his heroic movie character in order to save the town. Mark Verheiden (The Mask, TimeCop) is writing the screenplay. Production is scheduled for early 2006 in southern Oregon." ...

The Grind House film series at the New Beverly in Los Angeles is presenting two lesbo-vampire classics from the 1970s on the big screen: "Vampyres" and "Blood Spattered Bride", Sept. 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Check out their official site for location details, etc.. ...

A new edition of "Mystery Science Theater" is hitting DVD, and the folks at Rhino have uploaded streaming video of "Godzilla vs. Megalon," featured in the set. Click here for a Quicktime clip from that movie. Or here for a Quicktime clip from "Teenage Strangler."

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Roger Corman on the 'Death Race 2000' Remake ... Tony Todd's 'Jeckyll and Hyde' Trailer ... 'Aunt Rose' ... Sheri Moon's New Projects

August 18, 2006 -- Here are some gigantic JPGs of the infamous "Saw III" blood drive posters being pushed by Lion's Gate. Too bad they're not desktop wallpaper style. These are big.

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A remake of "Death Race 2000" is in the works from producer Roger Corman, who hopes it will star Tom Cruise. "I have made an option agreement with Tom Cruise to produce 'Death Race 3000' with Tom playing the lead,” Corman told Fangoria, adding that "Resident Evil" director Paul W.S. Anderson was at one point attached to write and direct. "However, it is now two years old and we have had two screenplays so far, and Tom isn’t happy with either of them, so we are working on a third script. If that doesn’t work, then I am going to take the project back and produce it independently myself." ...

Fangoria posted the trailer to Tony Todd's latest horror film, "Jeckyll & Hyde," which can be found right here in Windows Media. The film is directed by John Buechler and appears to be a modern-day retelling of the oft-told tale. The movie opens Sept. 29 in limited release, and its official site can be found here. ...

"Demon Knight" star Billy Zane is returning to the horror genre. Today's Hollywood Reporter reports: "Billy Zane ("Titanic") will star in "The Mad" for Peace Arch Entertainment's Archetype Films division and director John Kalangis. "Mad" is a horror-thriller in which a doctor and his teenage daughter are terrorized by flesh-eating zombies at a truck stop. Production is scheduled to begin this month in Canada. Zane is repped by Paradigm." ...

On the subject of Corman, the official Roger Corman fan community, "The Corman Cult," has just been launched. You can check it out at http://cormancult.com. ...

"Aunt Rose," official selection of of the 2005 New York Horror Film Festival will be released via Anchor Bay on September 12th of this year. The film has been favorably compared to "Last House on the Left". The story involves three ruthless criminals on a killing spree who make a deadly mistake when they break into the house of a Witch. It becomes a struggle of Evil vs. Evil as the three heartless thugs go head to head with the dark powers of Aunt Rose. It stars Joshua Nelson ("Strange Things Happen At Sundown," Alan Rowe Kelly's "The Bloodshed"), Raine Brown ( Dante Tomaselli's "Horror," "Woods of Evil") and Velocity Chyaldd, lead singer of the NY Shock Rock band Vulgaras. ...

Joshua Nelson, who stars in the upcoming Insane-O-Rama film "Last Rites Of The Dead," is in preproduction on his new film "Eat Your Heart Out", a vicious & gritty horror movie/love story. It also stars Melissa Bacelar ("Strange Things Happen At Sundown," "Toxic Avenger 4"). ...

Blue Underground is set to release the cool 1971 lesbian vampire cheese fest "Daughters of Darkness" in a double DVD set with the currently out-of-print 1972 lesbo vamp shocker "Blood Spattered Bride" on Oct. 31. Look for it at fine DVD stores everywhere. ...

In a bit of casting news you could have predicted, Sheri Moon (Rob Zombie's wife) will have a part in the forthcoming "Halloween" remake being helmed by Zombie and due to hit screens Oct. 17, 2007. She will not be playing Laurie Strode. The information was released by Moon's personal assistant through SheriMoonBoards.com. She's also got a voice-only role in Rob Zombie's animated film "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto," which will also feature the vocal talents of Paul Giamatti. ...

And speaking of Giamatti, he's been confirmed to star in "Bubba Nosferatu," sequel to "Bubba Ho Tep," being directed by Don ("Phantasm") Coscarelli and starring Bruce Campbell. This prequel finds Elvis (Bruce Campbell) shooting a film in Louisiana when he runs afoul of a coven of she-vampires. ...

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Movement on the 'Last House' Remake Front ... P.J. Soles at Ybor City Halloween Horror Fest

August 17, 2006 -- Wes Craven will produce a remake of his masterpiece "Last House on the Left" for Rogue Pictures, according to today's Variety. "Rogue Pictures has closed a deal to remake 'The Last House on the Left,' the 1972 horror film that started Wes Craven's career. Craven, who wrote and directed the original, will produce the remake with longtime partner Marianne Maddalena and Sean S. Cunningham." Craven also told Variety that remakes of "Shocker" and "People Under the Stairs" are also going to be done. "I'm far enough removed from these films that the rmakes are a litle like having grandchildren. The story, about the painful side effects of revenge, is an evergreen. The headlines are full of people and nations taking revenge and getting caught up in endless cycles of violence."

The film was going to be made by New Line, which dropped out. It's a shame they're remaking this classic. If there's one film that does not warrant a remake, it's "Last House on the Left." But, oh well. ...

The trailer for the new horror film "Right At Your Door" is up at the official site here. ...

"Halloween" star P.J. Soles is set to appear at the Halloween Horror Picture Show in the historic Cuban Club of Ybor City, Sunday, Oct. 15. If you've never been to Ybor City near Tampa in Florida, and you enjoy beer, then you owe itself to book a flight. Sounds like a very fun event. Other attendees will include Christa Campbell, who is in the "Wicker Man" and "Day of the Dead" remakes, Tiffany Shepis of "The Hazing, Heidi Martinuzzi of "Dead Things" and the great Joe Bob Briggs. Films that will screen include "Death by Engagement," "HEADer," "Nightmare Man" and "Dark Remains." Click here for the official site.

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'Hostel 2' Hotties ... Johnny Depp Horror News ... Charles Band's New Roadshow

August 16, 2006 -- Three leads were cast in the sequel to Eli Roth's "Hostel," reports the Hollywood Reporter today:

"Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo and Bijou Phillips are in varying stages of negotiations to star in 'Hostel 2,' which Eli Roth is directing for Screen Gems. The first 'Hostel,' which was released this year and grossed about $50 million domestically, followed three men who end up in a Slovakian hostel which serves as a front for an organization specializing in torture. This time, the story follows three women who, while studying abroad for the summer, learn the grim truth behind the Slovakian hostel and its international counterparts. German would play a wealthy girl trying to figure out her next step in life, Phillips would be her best friend and Matarazzo will be a tag-along."

Who are these hotties? Lauren German is remembered as the "teenage girl" in the 2003 "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake. Heather Matarazzo was the lead star of "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and had a small part in "Scream 3." Bijou Phillips will be seen in the forthcoming "Wizard of Gore" remake. ...

In Johnny Depp horror news, Johnny Depp is slated to play "Sweeney Todd," the well-known splatter musical. ... The Will Smith/Johnny Depp sci-fi vampires-take-over-the-world horror film "I Am Legend," from "Constantine" director Francis Lawrence, will begin principle photography on September 23 and will continue filming until March 31st in New York. A November 21, 2007 release date from Warner Bros. is set. ...

Here's the press release on Charles Band's second Full Moon Roadshow, which kicks off in a month! Band, of course, is the producer of Stuart Gordon's "Dolls" and the excellent "Subspecies" series and was the director of the '70s minor classic "Tourist Trap". Back in the 1990s, his Full Moon Entertainment film company was the biggest direct-to-video horror operation around:

Charles Band Announces Second Full Moon Horror Road Show

(HOLLYWOOD)—Charles Band, whose 270 plus films as founder of independent sci-fi/horror studio, Full Moon Pictures, established him as one of Hollywood’s most successful cult movie impresarios, has announced that he will stage the second incarnation of his Full Moon Horror Road Show this fall beginning in San Francisco on September 14.

Last year’s eighteen city theatre run featured Band orchestrating a wild mix of surprise guest appearances, never-before-seen rare Full Moon footage, off-the-wall contests, original puppet & doll auctions at each tour stop, bizarre audience participation, unique merchandise and road show specials and the chance to win a part to be killed in a Full Moon feature. This year’s twenty-one city trek figures to be an even wilder foray into a world where the only limits are that of imagination.

Band is known for the many surprises he brings to his shows and this year’s tour features a raft of new eye openers. The coup de grace is a live on-stage decapitation. In addition, there will be a provocative audience participation event called The Casting Couch and the unveiling of GAMEBRA, the follow-up to last year’s wildly popular MONSTERBRA. Band will also be awarding “Executive Producer” credits to many attendees as well as giving away copies of his much anticipated film, Evil Bong, starring Tommy Chong, set for national release October 24.

“We’ll be having a great time,” he promised. I’ll be unveiling some awesome new merchandise, some of which will be for sale in limited quantity, introducing celebrity guests in each city, presenting our cast of spooky characters and half-naked chicks and much, much more. But you’ll have to come and see for yourself! I’m looking forward to meeting as many of our fans as possible and I’ll be on hand after each show to chat and sign autographs.”

Band will kick off Full Moon Horror Road Show II in San Francisco, September 14 @ Rickshaw Stop; 9/15, La Jolla, CA, @ La Jolla Brew House; Phoenix, 9/16 @ Big Daddy’s North; 9/17, Las Vegas @ Celebrity Nightclub and Lounge; 9/21, Austin @ Alamo South Lamar; 9/22, Dallas @ Lakewood Theatre; 9/23, Norman, OK @ Sooner Theatre; 9/24, Little Rock @ Juanita’s Café & Bar; 9/28, Miami @ The Pawn Shop Lounge; 9/29, Clearwater, FL, @ The Majestic Lounge and Nightclub; 9/30, Marietta, GA @ The Darkside; 10/1, Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre; 10/5, Baltimore @ Have A Nice Day Cafe; 10/6, Garwood, NJ @ The Crossroads; 10/7, Poughkeepsie @ The Loft; 10/8, Allston, MA @ The Kells Of Boston; 10/11, Buffalo @ The Icon; 10/12, Cleveland @ The Agora; 10/13, Chicago @ Excalibur Nightclub; 10/14, Middleton, WI @ The Warehouse Stage; 10/15, Minneapolis @ The Varsity Theatre.

Click here for the official site. ...

The official Web site for "Saw 3" is up with some goodies, including a countdown clock and information on the promotion blood drive. Click here for it.

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Original 'Elm Street' Back in Theaters ... 'Grind House' Footage ... David DeCoteau's Latest

August 15, 2006 -- Wes Craven's original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is heading back to theaters Sept. 20-21, and tickets are already available on Fandango here. It's a limited 2-night "Sneak Preview" of "A Nightmare on Elm Street Special Edition," which is heading to DVD on Sept. 26. The film has been newly remastered, and, this exclusive showing features "Freddy's Best Kills" seen ONLY at this 2-night event. The Sneak Preview will take place in Select Movie Theatres nationwide on Sept. 20 and 21 at 8pm local.

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Footage of the Comicon panel on "Grind House" has been posted at iFilm, and can be witnessed right here. Sadly, this does not include footage from the film itself. ...

AOL Moviefone has posted some horror movie tidbits lately. Over at their Summer Movie Blog you can see posters for a Halloween Blood Drive centered around the upcoming "Saw III." Click here for 'em. Meanwhile, at the main site, AOL has posted scenes from the ill-received "Pulse" remake on their official site. See 'em here. ...

Arguably the world's most prolific direct-to-video horror filmmaker, director David DeCoteau's latest diabolical experiment in extreme and provocative horror is entitled "Beastly Boyz" and it's now available for pre-order from http://www.rapidheart.com, but you can probaly expect to see it in a Hollywood or Blockbuster Video soon. Here's the storyline: Rachel, a beautiful young artist, is murdered at her secluded lake front house by a group of soulless killers. Enraged and shocked by his sister's senseless murder, Rachel's brother, Travis, vows to avenge her murder and punish her killers one by one - even if it costs him his soul. ...

Our British readers undoubtedly know this already, but the Odeon Fright Fest takes place in the West End in London Aug. 25-28. The official site is http://www.frightfest.co.uk/ and films being screened this year include "Severance," "Pan's Labyrinth," "Countess Dracula," "Twins of Evil," "Hatchet," "Frostbite," "See No Evil," "Adrift,""Broken," "The Lost" and "Puritan." Looks good.

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'Dark Remains' Distributor ... John Carpenter Tackles the Abortion Issue ... 'Frankenstein' in 3-D

August 14, 2006 -- Indie haunted house film "Dark Remains" was hailed by Variety as a "genuinely creepy ghost story that packs maximum dread per reel" this summer. Now director/writer Brian Avenet/Bradley informs ESplatter that the haunted house film has a distributor. "Yes, we just signed with a North American DVD distributor last Thursday. Monarch Home Video will be releasing the film December 19th. We’re very excited about it." ...

The Hollywood Reporter reports today: "Mary McCormack has checked into "1408," Dimension Films' horror thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. "1408" is one of a number of Stephen King features in the works, based on a short story about a debunker who checks into a haunted hotel room. Cusack, of course, is no stranger to horror, having starred in the excellent "Identity." ...

Following his amazing "Cigarette Burns" episode of "Masters of Horror," John Carpenter is directing "Prolife," starring Ron Perlman as a radical anti-abortion activist whose teenage daughter needs an abortion after she is raped by a demon! Watch for it after October 2006. Dario Argento has also directed another episode of the series, following last year's "Jenifer," directed by him. Click here for the official site. ...

Speaking of Ron Perlman movies, director Guillermo Del Toro tells LatinoReview that "Hellboy 2" won't start shooting until April or May. "But we have a long prep ahead of us. We're going to shoot this one in Budapest in Hungary, and we're going to shoot a little bit in London, and we're going to do preproduction and post-production in London. ... We definitely have all the regulars: Hellboy, Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman are back. We have two characters from the fantasy world, which are a prince and a princess that we will be casting very soon." ...

And speaking of "Cigarette Burns" (which starred Udo Kier), on Sept. 16, Udo Kier will be on hand to introduce a 3-D presentation of the 1970s splatter classic "Flesh for Frankenstein" as part of the 3-D expo in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theatre. Click here for the official site. ...

Charles Band's new production company has posted the trailer to "Evil Bong," a pot-themed horror film starring Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong). Click here for it. Click here for a look at the "Evil Bong" poster. ...

A very clean, Quicktime look at the trailer for the third "Saw" film, due out this Halloween, can be found now at Yahoo! Movies, right here.

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'Driftwood' Trailer, 'Headspace' DVD, 'Forest Hills' Movie, Plus 'Hills Have Eyes 2' Casting

August 13, 2006 -- The trailer for Tim Sullivan's "Driftwood" is live on the film's official MySpace page right here. This is the kick start of bi-monthly video blogs that will feature mini-EPK's and behind the scenes footage highlighting the entire production and cast all building up the supernatural teen thriller's cable broadcast and DVD release at the end of the year. ...

Sept. 1-3 in Louisville, Kentucky, the Fright Night Film Fest will rock horror fans. On Sunday Nights Banquet John Carpenter will be accepting his "Black Mariah" award for Lifetime Achievement in Filmmaking. He'll be thanking all his fans. Yes! Get your tickets NOW! The banquet will sell out. Only 100 true horror fans will be attending. The guests for the first Fright Night Film Fest are as follows:

- Bill Wieger will be giving an afternoon seminar on Make up effects for the Movies.  - David Heavener filmmaker extraordinaire will be bringing his all day seminar to Louisville.
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre himself "LeatherFace" Mr. Gunnar Hansen
- Joe Bob Briggs
- Co-emcee Scream Queen and Horror Reporter extraordinaire Ms. Heidi Martinuzzi.
- Tim Ritter, who has has directed and produced some of the most well knowned movies in the B Movie Kingdom. He has worked and is still working in collaboration with several will known and respected B-Movie studios in the Industry.

From Sub Rosa with Ron Bonk to Fear Films out of Florida Ritter has directed and produced such diverse movies as "Creep" starring Kathy Willets. "Day of the Reaper" and even a different type of "horror" movie called "Reconciled by the Christ" Tim will be discussing the true realities of doing all and getting your movie distributed. For more information, call 502-638-2557 or email frightnightfilmfest@yahoo.com. ...

Michael Bailey Smith, previously of "Nightmare on Elm Street 5", is starring as the lead mutant in the sequel to the "Hills Have Eyes" remake due to hit screens in 2007, from rock-video director Martin Weisz. Derek Mears is set to play his sidekick. In bigger news, however, Michael Berryman, who played the bald mutant in the original 1977 movie is in talks to appear, according to the IMDB. ...

Speaking of the original "Hills Have Eyes," one of the stars of that mega-classic, Dee Wallace Stone (also of "The Howling"), completed another horror project in '05, and like all good things, it could be worth the wait now that it's finally getting released. The generally well-received movie is heading to DVD next month.  Genre legends Olivia Hussey ( "Black Chrismtas"), Dee Wallace Stone ("The Hills Have Eyes"), Udo Kier ( "Blade," "Flesh of Frankenstein"), Sean Young ("Blade Runner"), William Atherton ("Ghostbusters"), and actor Christopher Denham, all star in "Headspace." When a man's intelligence begins to grow, so does the terror and when friends start disappearing he questions his sanity and the nature of evil. Coming to DVD on September 12, 2006, from Freestyle Home Entertainment and distributed by Vivendi Visual Entertainment a division of Universal Music Group Distribution, "Headspace" is a psychological mind-twister, part monster movie and part thriller. The DVD's special features add to the shear terror and mayhem with alternate endings, additional footage and an exclusive look behind the scenes of this most darkly imaginative and award winning supernatural thriller. Director Andrew van den Houten is a graduate of the film program at Emerson College. It was at Emerson where he produced and starred in Alma Mater, which won the Audience Award at the 2002 Austin Film Festival.

After graduation he directed several short films and commercials for companies like Volkswagen, Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury. Mr. van den Houten is the founder of Moderncina, under whose banner he produced "Headspace." The New York Times liked it. The official site is here. ...

Another low-budget fear film, "The Forest Hills," starts principal photography on August 26th, 2006 in Glen Cove, New York and stars Paul Kratka (Friday the 13th Part 3), Peter Iasillo, Jr., Dr. Disgusting, Kristen Spaeth John T. Farley and Robert Youngren. The script was written by Scott W. Perry, as Scott Goldberg is at the helm to direct the film. "What we wanted to do was make a film that was smart and original and I believe that the script captures that vibe. Today you see horror films that rely on gore, decapitations, fake scares and a lot of blood. "The Forest Hills" is going to rely on very little gore, and a ton of suspense and scares. We wanted to make the story and characters as realistic as possible." Mr. Goldberg explains.

Stu Charno ("Friday the 13th Part 2," "Christine") and Ron Millkie ("Friday the 13th") have joined the cast of "The Forest Hills". Stu will be playing the role of a Kentucky Sheriff, pairing up with Millkie in the final scene of the film. Director Scott Goldberg explains: "I knew that for the final scene of the film, we had to pick two horror actors who the horror fans could relate with. I also think it was very interesting to have two actors from the Friday films in the same scene together. It sort of gives this retro feeling to the end of the film. We are working on incorporating a third Friday actor (Paul Kratka) to compliment the other two."

"The Forest Hills" is about two horror journalists who travel to the Kentucky woods to document an urban legend about "The Forest Hills". Also joining the cast of "The Forest Hills" is actor John Brodie (Horror Business). He will be playing the role of Reverend Brooker, a local Kentuckian who knows the truth about "The Forest Hills".

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Asia Argento Confirms 'Mother of Tears' Role, Plus Mother Daria Is Also in the Film!

August 11, 2006 -- We all remember Daria Nicolodi as the main female character in Dario Argento's "Deep Red," along with her roles in "Phenomena" and other Italian horror classics. Well, she's set to reappear in an Argento film: the second sequel to "Suspiria," in fact, entitled "The Mother of Tears." Her daughter (and Dario's daughter) Asia Argento has also confirmed her role in the movie. Asia had this to say to fan site OdetoAzia.com:

"I’ve been in Hong Kong for a while and i didn’t bring my computer with me. I am now writing you from the “business center” of my hotel. God, you’re always ahead of everyone, yes I am going to be in my dad’s new movie (the script is brilliant!) and I am happy to tell you before anyone else that my mother is playing a role in it as well! How exciting! The family reunited. My heart is so mushy. And no, Sienna Miller ain’t gonna be in it." ...

The official Web site of Ghost House pictures has an interview with David Slade, who is directing the movie version of the graphic novel "30 Days of Night." Click here for it. ...

If you happen to live near Denton, Texas, tonight you have a chance to see a moldy oldie on the big screen at midnight. The 1981 Linda Blair slasher film "Hell Night is screening at the Movie Tavern, 916 West University Drive in Denton. Director Tom DeSimone will be in attendance. Click here for more. ...

Fangoria spoke with "Blair Witch Project" co-creator Edward Sanchez, who confirmed a third "Blair Witch" film may happen yet. Sanchez's new movie is called "Altered" and its a sci-fi horror offering, whose official site can be found right here. ...

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Ratner Directing 'Boys From Brazil' Remake

August 10, 2006 -- Variety is reporting that Brett Ratner (of "X-Men III" fame) is going to direct a remake of the 1978 shocker "The Boys From Brazil". That film was based on a novel by the great Ira Levin, whom of course wrote "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Stepford Wives". ...

The "Saw 3" trailer is up on YouTube. Check it out here. ...

Jessica Harper will be hosting a screening of Dario Argento's "Suspriia" at the Carolina Theater in Durham, N.C. Friday, October 13, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. This exclusive presentation marks only the second time that Jessica Harper has appeared in the United States to host Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece, Suspiria! (The first occurred years ago in Hollywood.) After studying voice and modern dance at Sarah Lawrence College, Jessica debuted on Broadway in Hair and later scored her first major film role in Brian De Palma's rock opera Phantom of the Paradise. She has more than a dozen feature film credits to her name, including Love and Death, Inserts, Suspiria, The Evictors, Woody Allen's Stardust Memories, Shock Treatment, Pennies From Heaven, My Favorite Year and Minority Report. Click here for more. ...

Tim Sullivan's "Driftwood" has a DVD release date of February 13, 2007. It's being released by Image Entertainment. ... Quicktime trailers to the Sean Bean horror film "The Dark" are up. Click the links below for 'em:

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Gear up Sept. 26 for the two-disc special edition of Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre". The PR folks are hyping this new release of the masterpiece: "The two-disc Ultimate Edition is a real celebration of this American masterpiece, a set that Michael Gingold of Fangoria calls "truly the Ultimate, the zenith, the most exhaustive possible celebration and dissection of this horror classic." The digital transfer is remastered from 16mm camera originals, and the new Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 audio tracks are remastered from the original mono track. Hooper joins cinematographer Daniel Pearl and "Leatherface" actor Gunnar Hansen on one audio commentary track, and on a second the actors – Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Allen Danziger – join art director Robert A. Burns for a film-long chat. The disc also includes trailers, TV, and radio spots. A second platter features the documentaries "Flesh Wounds" and "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth" (plus outtakes), along with Chain Saw bloopers, deleted scenes, and stills, and a tour of the actual Chain Saw house with Gunnar Hanson!"

The new DVD is being released by Dark Sky Films to coincide with the theatrical release of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning." ...

UGO.com has posted videos and set visit documentaries for "Wrong Turn 2." Click here for 'em.

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'Friday' Remake Movement ... Possible 'Halloween' Casting

August 9, 2006 -- Fangoria reports that Jonathan Liebesman, who is directing the forthcoming "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" for both Platinum Dunes and New Line is heading to New Line to pitch an idea for a new "Friday the 13th" remake/sequel/prequel/whatever.

“I’m afraid that things will change between the time you run the story and what the outcome of my meeting will be,” he laughs. “I don’t want to get the fans all excited and then see them pissed off that they got excited over nothing!”

Our own take here at ESplatter is they should just make another Jason film or a "Freddy vs. Jason" sequel and not do a remake, but then we're not in charge. ...

Look for Dimension Films' Project Greenlight production "Feast" to hit DVD Oct. 17. ...

On another classic remake front, according to Dark Horizons, on the Rob Zombie "Halloween" remake, "Amber Tamblyn ('The Grudge 2') is rumoured to be up for Laurie Strode in the remake." ...

You can throw away all those bootlegs. On NOv. 14, Retromedia is set to unleash the anthology fear film "From Beyond the Grave" to DVD. This is a lesser known, 1973 British anthology horror film, but it does star Peter Cushing, and isn't half bad. It was on video back in the eighties. Heretic Films, meanwhile, is releasing a new special edition of "The Last Broadcast", a mockumentary that just barely predated "The Blair Witch Project" and likely served as one of several inspirations for that blockbuster (which was only the most profitable independent movie of all time). Look for "The Last Broadcast" back in stores Sept. 26. ...

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George A. Romero's New Movie Announced. ... Kevin Smith Horror Movie? ... New Indie Horror Film 'Necrophobia' ... '2001 Maniacs' Sequel

August 7, 2006 -- This just appeared in Total Film:

"George A Romero may be the father of the modern zombie genre, but he’s stepping away from the rotting, walking dead for his next film. He’s just signed up to write and direct 'Solitary Isle' for Hyde Park Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.

"Based on a short story written by Koji Suzuki (the fertile mind behind the tales that led to The Ring and Dark Water), Isle will see an expedition head to what they think is a deserted island. Naturally, things go all scare-shaped when they discover that there’s a deadly, unknown force stalking the place. And the explorers are the prime targets…

"It’s planned as a low-budget horror ( 'low' in this instance being the Hollywood low of under $25 million), and is jointly funded by Hyde Park and a company called Kadokawa, which owns the rights to a shedload of Japanese short stories just itching to be made into movies. If Solitary Isle is a success, expect plenty more scares where that came from." ...

A new site is up for the indie horror film "Necrophobia," at www.odysseepictures.com. "Necrophobia" is a feature horror film written, directed, lit, shot and edited by Stacy Davidson, and it features ghosts, carnival freaks, headless people, a tentacled monster, a skeletal demon creature, a psycho slasher with a huge, rusty auto-sickle, leather/spike clad warriors from a Dante's Inferno-like "DeadWorld", and of course the walking dead. There are dozens of practical latex F/X and over 100 CG F/X shots, all done by Odyssee Pictures as well. ...

The cover art to the HD-DVD version of James Gunn's "Slither" DVD and here it is. Looks good. Excellent movie too. Click the film title for the full ESplatter review. It hits DVD Oct. 24. ...

20th Century Fox's DVD of the "Omen" remake will feature an alternate unrated ending. It will also be available in a box set with all the other '70s-'80s "Omen" films. Look for both the remake and the box in stores Oct. 17. ...

"Imprint," the banned episode from Showtime's excellent Masters of Horror series -- directed by Takashi Miike -- is heading to DVD courtesy of Anchor Bay. Showtime refused to air it so this is the first time it will be seen. Look for it on DVD Sept. 26. Pre-order here. ...

On the message board of comedy filmmaker Kevin Smith's official site comes a rumor that Smith, who once penned an unused screenplay for a "Superman" movie, will be making a horror film as his next project. Click here for the board. ...

The Will Smith horror film "I Am Legend," based on the novel of the same name by the great Richard Matheson, is being released Nov. 21, 2007, according to Internet Movie Database, with Johnny Depp rumored to co-star as a vampire, while the already-filmed "The Visiting," a remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", starring new James Bond Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman, will be out the same month, on Nov. 2, 2007. ...

Fangoria reports that Tim Sullivan is directing "2002 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbellies," sequel to his successful "2001 Maniacs." "Basically, it's the maniacs from the first film taking Pleasant Valley on the road to somewhere in California. The lunatics are heading west in search of gold and gore."

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'Pulse' TV Spots ... 'Exorcist' Box Set

August 4, 2006 -- You can check out some new TV spots for Dimension Film's upcoming "Pulse" right here! Dimension releases the film August 11 (next week). ...

Apple posted a long trailer for Renny Harlin's "Exorcist: The Beginning" follow-up entitled "The Covenant" yesterday. Click here for it. Looks like there's a hell of a lot of CGI in this one. ...

On October 10, Warner Bros. is set to release an anthology box set of six different "Exorcist" films, including the original movie, the director's extended cut of the original movie, "Exorcist II: The Heretic", "Exorcist III: Legion", "Exorcist: The Beginning", and "Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist." ...

Meanwhile, the musical theme for Rob Zombie's "Halloween" remake is also up. Grab it right here. The film is being released Oct. 17, 2007. ...

Guillermo del Toro finally has funding for his "Hellboy" sequel, according to Variety. Universal will pay for and distribute the film. "Studio picks up a project orphaned by Revolution Studios, which made the original and distributed through its deal at Columbia Pictures."

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Asia Argento to Star in Her Dad Dario's 'Suspiria' Sequel

July 29, 2006 -- The official site of the Profondo Rosso store in Italy reports that Asia Argento has joined the cast of her father Dario Argento's "The Mother of All Tears," second sequel to 1977's "Suspiria". This will be the first time that Asia has starred in one of her father's films since "The Stendahl Syndrome". She was originally meant to star in "The Card Player", but backed out. ...

Code Red DVD have announced they are releasing "Beyond the Door", one of the cheesiest Exorcist rip offs of the 1970s, to DVD at last. The 1974 hit will finally hit disc in 2007. ...

Melissa George's own Web site reports that the "Amityville Horror" starlet is set to appear in "30 Days of Night." ...

The cult horror hit from Jake West entitled "Evil Aliens" will invade New York City screens Sept. 8 and LA screens Sept. 29. ...

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Official 'Grind House' Press Release From Dimension

July 25, 2006 -- Here's the official release on GRIND HOUSE!

Kurt Russell and Zoe Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Marley Shelton, Tracie Thoms and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Cast in Quentin Tarantino's Segment of the Highly Anticipated Film GRINDHOUSE co-directed with Robert Rodriguez.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (July 22, 2006) - Quentin Tarantino has cast Kurt Russell ("The Thing," "Escape from New York"), Zoe Bell ("Kill Bill"), Rosario Dawson ("Sin City," "Rent," "Clerks II"), Vanessa Ferlito ("24," "CSI: NY," "Shadowboxer"), Jordan Ladd ("Waiting," Eli Roth's "Cabin Fever"), Rose McGowan ("Charmed," "Scream," and Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror"), Sydney Tamiia Poitier ("Veronica Mars," "Joan of Arcadia"), Marley Shelton ("Sin City," "Planet Terror"), Tracie Thoms ("Rent") and Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Final Destination 3," upcoming "Bobby" and "Black Christmas"), in his segment of GRINDHOUSE, the highly anticipated double feature he is making with Robert Rodriguez, which will include two films joined by faux ads and trailers. Rodriguez's PLANET TERROR, will be a zombie film, while Tarantino's section, DEATH PROOF, will be a slasher flick. The announcement was made today by Quentin Tarantino and Dimension Films in front of over 6000 film fans at the 2006 San Diego Comic Con International, an annual convention for comic book and genre pop culture fans with over 100,000 attendees.

The ensemble cast for Rodriguez's PLANET TERROR includes Freddy Rodriguez ("Poseidon," "Six Feet Under," "Dead Presidents"), Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin ("Into The Blue," "Hollow Man"), Naveen Andrews (ABC's "Lost"), Marley Shelton, Michael Biehn ("Alien," "The Abyss"), Stacy Ferguson (also known as Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, "Poseidon"), Jeff Fahey ("Dark Hunters," "Wyatt Earp"), and Michael Parks ("Kill Bill," "From Dusk Till Dawn").

GRINDHOUSE will be shot in the tradition of the '70s exploitation films that have significantly influenced both Rodriguez and Tarantino.

Rodriguez is currently in production on PLANET TERROR in Austin, Texas, with Elizabeth Avellan serving as producer. Tarantino is scheduled to begin shooting DEATH PROOF in Austin in August. Erica Steinberg and Elizabeth Avellan are serving as producers.

GRINDHOUSE will be released in theatres nationwide on Easter weekend - April 6, 2007.

Sandra Condito, vice president of production and development, Shannon McIntosh, executive vice president of production and post production, and Richard Saperstein, president of production, are overseeing the project on behalf of Dimension Films, reporting to Bob Weinstein.

Other films on the horizon from Weinstein include the remake of "Black Christmas" on December 25, "Pulse" on August 11 and "Feast" on Sept. 22. Click here to check out a giant image file of the brand new poster from "Pulse."

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'Grind House' to Clock in at 3 Hours-Plus ... 'Evil Dead' Musical to Premiere in New York

July 22, 2006 -- The big horror news to spring from this weekend's Comicon in San Diego involves the Quentin Tarino/ Richard Rodriguez film "Grindhouse." Originally, the belief was that both directors would film 60 minute horror films -- Tarantino's being a slasher flick, Rodriguez's being a zombie film entitled "Planet Terror" -- a la "Masters of Horror." It turns out the films are actually going to be a full 90 minutes apiece, with fake trailers in between. So expect a 3-hour-plus experience in theaters. "We're going to make two, sleazy grindhouse movies that will deliver on the posters… and beyond!" Tarantino told attendees. "This isn't some Twilight Zone the Movie f*cking thing. This is not a faux double feature. This is two f*cking movies for the price of one! You're $10 will be well spent at the Grindhouse, baby!"

John Carpenter is in negotiations to do the music to the Rodriguez segment.

Kurt Russell is now cast as Mad Man Mike, the baddie in Tarantino's film "Death Proof." Footage from the new movie was shown as well with a description from ComingSoon.net:

"The footage shown – with an intentional grainy, camp-like effect – kicked off with a sheriff's deputy busting into his cop shot ranted about just having his finger bitten off by a suspect he arrest. The other deputies and sheriff in the office all grab guns and proceed out to the cruiser. The cops stalk the cruiser but the detainee has escaped through a shattered rear window. The deputy asks if they see his finger. They don't... but they do find his ring.

"From here the clip cuts to trailer-type piece for an anti-hero named Machete! – a tough looking biker type that wears a trench coat lined with very long knives and swords.

"Then bam! – another segway, but this one goes into full on zombie action. It is unclear where the zombies are coming from, but a hospital seemed to play a central role. Freddy Rodriguez and Rose McGowan are there. Rose's character, Cherry, had an unfortunate scrape and has lost her right leg above the knee. When Rodriguez tries to get her to flee the now undead infested hospital, she exclaims "I don't have a leg!" This moves Rodriguez to walk over to a nearby table, break off one of its legs and jam it on the end of McGowan's bandaged stump. "You do now!" he says.

"More zombie action follows as the two escape the hospital. In a later scene, Rodriguez offers McGowan a gift – a heavy-duty machine gun that clips onto her stump. Now with a machine gun as a leg, McGowan mows down several zombies with one, effective round-kick spray!" ...

A musical version of "Evil Dead" is set to hit a New York stage in November, adapting the first and second films. Click here for the official site.

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More Classic Slasher Films on the Big Screen! ... 20th Century Fox Release Dates ... 'Night' 3-D Update

July 15, 2006 -- A new horror film series entitled "Friday Night Frights" launched in Denton, TX at the Motive Tavern on July 14. "The series will feature new and old favories from the genre with a variety of special guests from the films, 3-D presentations and movies that aren't out on DVD. These events will be tons of fun because you'll be able to watch these classics with fellow fans of the genre while eating and drinking. Good times!" August 11 will feature "The Burning" and "Hell Night" unuct. Click here for the offical page of the Movie Tavern. ...

At the Cinema Arts Centre Huntington, NY, a new horror film series launches tonight (July 15) with a double feature of the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and the sequel, also by Tobe Hooper. On July 22 they'll be screening Bob Clark's "Black Christmas" and James Gunn's "Slither". Click here for more. ...

In November, the "Night of the Living Dead" 3-D movie is going to hit 1,500 screens, according to the distributors. The film's star, Sid Haig, appeared on "Dead Pit" radio this week. Click here to hear the interview. Check out the poster for the remake here. ...

On October 10, Code Red DVD will release the eighties slasher film "Don't Go in the Woods," giving the film the special edition treatment. ...

Jessica Alba is now set to star in the remake of the Japanese horror film "The Eye" for Lionsgate, with David Moreau and Xavier Palud directing. ...

The upcoming "Hills Have Eyes" sequel is hitting screens March 2, 2007, courtesy of 20th Century Fox. "28 Weeks Later," sequel to "28 Days Later" is hitting screens May 11, 2007 from Fox also, and the follow up to "Aliens vs. Predator" is being moved to December 21 of next year.

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'Day of the Dead' Remake to Start Shooting ... 'Dr. Butcher' on the Big Screen ... 'Hills Have Eyes' Sequel News

July 11, 2006 -- Two big news pieces on the latest big budget zombie film to come out of Hollywood -- and this one appears to have a big budget. BlackFilm reports: "On the heels on www.bloody-disgusting.com reporting that Ving Rhames and Mira Sorvino are in "Day of the Dead", the remake of the classic horror film by George Romero, blackfilm.com has confirmed through Millennium Films that while Rhames is definitely in the film, but Sorvino is NOT, it's Mena Suvari. Besides Rhames and Suvari, the cast include Michael Welch, Annalynne McCord, Stark Sands, and Nick Cannon. Steve Miner (Halloween H20, Friday the 13th, Part 2, 3D) will direct the film. Jeffrey Reddick wrote the screenplay. In the original, Day of the Dead dealt with the zombie assault on a military establishment, satirizing the military mindset in the process. The remake could be different as "Dawn of the Dead" was a few years ago."

Rhames has apparently joined the cast, to link the film to the "Dawn of the Dead" remake from a few years back. Word is he may be playing a Bub-like character this time around. All the same, expect running zombies in this one. Meanwhile, the truth of this report may have been hinted at by screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick, who told Fangoria: "The official start date for principal photography on 'Day of the Dead' has been set for July 23. Everyone involved is extremely excited about the project. They're in the process of casting as we speak. Millennium and Emmet/Furla Films will be announcing the cast soon, and they've landed some really great, high-profile names for the film."...

On Tuesday, July 18, the New Beverly Cinema -- in association with Grindhouse -- is showing two moldy oldies from 1980: "Dr. Butcher M.D." and Joe D'Amato's "The Grim Reaper." No idea whether "Reaper" will be the full uncut version. Presumably these are the versions of the film that screened in U.S. theaters, but it should be a lot of fun anyway. The New Beverly Cinema is located at 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 and can be reached at (323) 938-4038. ...

The inevitable sequel to the remake of "The Hills Have Eyes" is now in the works. Martin Weisz, best known for directing music videos, will film the sequel. Wes Craven is co-writing it with his son Jonathan. The movie will focus on National Guardsman who confront the mutants and even head underground. Hopefully it will be better than Wes Craven's own sequel to the original movie.

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