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Just last month, we learned that Saw and Insidious writer Leigh Whannell would step up to direct Insidious: Chapter 3 with James Wan taking a step back to only produce the horror sequel for Focus Features (they absorbed Film District) and Blumhouse Productions. Now we have our first official cast member on board, and it's not anyone we've seen in the franchise up until now. Whannell announced on Twitter that Dylan McDermott Dermot Mulroney will star in the film that is already slated to hit theaters on April 3rd, 2015. However, the story for this third film in the horror series is still under tight wraps, so that's all we have for now, with no indication of any returning cast members from the first two films yet.
"Tonight we take lives. We can't have any interference." The theatrical trailer for The Purge: Anarchy gave us the full rundown of the chaos that unfolds in this sequel as we see the full effect of The Purge crime spree unleashed across the city, no longer isolated to a small neighborhood. This time we get a better idea of the story as we see more of Frank Grillo's vigilante character in a new trailer getting involved with some innocent people stuck on the streets during The Purge. It seems like the first half of the film focuses on them trying to survive and stay hidden, while the second half sees them being capture and hunted as part of a twisted game after being auctioned off to the higest bidder at some creepy socialite gathering. Watch below!
"I want you to take a deep breath..." Scared of being stuck in a cave? Are you claustrophobic? This isn't the trailer for you. IFC Films has debuted a trailer for Ben Ketai's Beneath, not to be confused with the other Beneath horror directed by Larry Fessenden. This one is about coal miners who end up trapped after a mine collapse, and one of them is a very pretty coal miner's daughter (go figure), played by Kelly Noonan. The cast includes Jeff Fahey, Eric Etebari, Kurt Caceres, Brent Briscoe. While the synopses seem to hint there's a The Descent like creepiness in the cave, this actually just seems like a solid psychological thriller.
"What you're seeing tonight is the reason why I started making movies." One of the many events that took place during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was a special tribute screening of a 4K restored version of Tobe Hooper's horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It was a special screening for the Directors' Fortnight, or Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, and it was introduced by Cannes jury member Nicolas Winding Refn. He gave a rather rambunctious intro, joking about how he should've won the Palme last year, but later going on to say that introducing this was a kind of closure for him, because when he was 14 he saw this at the Cinema Village in NY and it made him want to be a director. He then goes on to call it a masterpiece.
Though Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes recently picked up David Bruckner, who directed the segment "Amateur Night" in the horror anthology V/H/S, to helm yet another reboot of Friday the 13th, it will no longer arrive on the wholly appropriate date of March 13th, 2015. Instead, Deadline reports the film has been pushed back to November 13th, 2015, which is still a Friday, so that's good. It's just a shame that it's not in October. Meawhile, Christopher Landon's Scouts vs. Zombies will take the March 13th release, up against Kenneth Branagh's new Cinderella and the drama Heart of the Sea. Stay tuned.
It's been nearly a year since we saw a trailer and a wild poster for the horror film Willow Creek from comedian turned filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait, and the film is finally coming to limited theaters and VOD this summer. The found footage film has been described as The Blair-Squatch Project since it follows a bigfoot believer who heads into California’s Six Rivers National Forest in order to finally capture footage of the infamous Bigfoot. Now we get another trailer hyping the release next month, and there's also a cool new poster that cleverly uses the footprint of the possibly mythical creature. This looks pretty fun. Watch now!
After news surfaced that Oscar-winning Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón was in deep talks to direct the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we have a rumor that makes that possibility seem a little less likely. Schmoes Know has learned that Warner Bros. has also made an offer for Cuarón to direct their gestating prequel to The Shining called The Overlook Hotel. The project has been simmering since the summer of 2012 and over a year ago, ormer "The Walking Dead" showrunner, writer and producer Glen Mazzara was brought on to write the script. Could Cuaron be the man for the job now?
After pulling out two projects with Ryan Gosling in Drive and Only God Forgives, director Nicolas Winding Refn is ready to step into the horror genre. Deadline reports Refn is currently in early talks to direct The Bringing, a spec script by Brandon & Phillip Murphy that was picked up by Sony Pictures after an intense bidding war happened in February. The catalyst for the project was the mysterious tale of a young woman named Elisa Lam, who can be seen in a security video on an elevator in the Cecil Hotel in LA acting strangely before she disappeared and was found dead in one of the roof's water tanks two weeks later.
We've gotten a good look at Scott Derrickson's latest horror thriller Deliver Us from Evil with the spooky teaser trailer and a longer international trailer showing off ore of the story. Now a new online trailer gives us the best look yet as Eric Bana deals with an influx of perpetrators who all appear to be crazy. But soon he learns there may be something more sinister at play when he joins forces with a priest (Edgar Ramirez) who seems to know what's going on. This looks pretty bad ass, and has an original spin on the idea of people being possessed by demons as a grounded detective encounters a variety of spirits. Watch it!
Following the reveal of the official title, cast synopsis and first look at the horror anthology sequel V/H/S: Viral, the sales trailer from the Cannes Film Market has just made its way online, and it's just as creepy as you'd expect. The tease comes hot on the heels of the news that Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has picked up the distribution rights to the film in the United States. The trailer uses some snippets from the first two film before showing teases of the new segments, which feature a deranged illusionist, some creepy paranormal activity, a death cult and more. Looks pretty damn freaky. Watch now!
We already know that director Kevin Smith is preparing to deliver a holiday themed horror film called Anti-Claus, inspired by the tale of the centuries-old, devil-like creature known the world-over as the Krampus of Alpine country folklore, infamous for eating naughty children during the season of giving. So it only makes sense that another studio is using that same idea for a competing holiday horror film. Deadline has word that Legendary Pictures has set Trick 'r Treat director Michael Dougherty (working on a sequel to his film) to co-write and direct a film called Krampus. Maybe that's why Smith changed his first title.
After writing and taking a supporting role in both Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2, Focus Features, eONe, Sony Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have picked Leigh Wannell (right) as the director to take over Insidious: Chapter 3 from director James Wan, who said he was done with horror last summer. Whannell also co-created the Saw franchise with Wan, so his experience with horror is extensive. The filmmaker is currently coming off directing the horror comedy Cooties which premiered at Sundance earlier this year and also features his own scene stealing performance, and is preparing to begin production in July.
Earlier this year, director Kevin Smith revealed that another feature film project had surfaced following an idea that came about during an episode of Smodcast's EDUMACATION podcast with Andy McElfresh. The Clerks and Dogma director intended to co-write the script for a film called Comes the Krampus, which was proposed as a holiday horror anthology that would have Smith directing a segment. Now the film is making moves towards a reality as THR reports XYZ Films will be selling the project to foreign buyers at Cannes, and Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks are on board.
"According to mythology, that's the inscription over the gates of hell." Following in the footsteps of The Descent and throwing in a little Raiders of the Lost Ark, the new horror film As Above, So Below from Devil director John Erick Dowdle and his co-writing brother Drew Dowdle will make you feel a little claustrophobic. A team of explorers go looking in an ancient catacomb under the streets of Paris to unearth one of the largest mass graves in history. But of course, they get trapped, and stumble upon a much darker secret in the underground system of secret caves and tunnels. This looks pretty damn spooky. Watch below!