Guillermo Del Toro producing CG-animated Day of the Dead film – Guillermo Del Toro loves to stay busy, as anyone who’s peeked at his production slate is well aware. Now, the filmmaker has added another title to his ever growing docket, a computer-generated animated feature tentatively titled Day of the Dead.
No, this Day isn’t an homage to George Romero’s classic third zombie film, but instead will focus on events transpiring against the backdrop of Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday.
While billed as a “Romeo and Juliet type love story”, we have a hard time imagining there won’t be some spooky stuff going on as well. We’ll keep you posted on this one as more details emerge.
International Piranha 3DD posters revealed – We still don’t have an official release date for John Gulager’s Piranha 3DD – sequel to one of the biggest genre surprises of 2010, but we do have two new international posters for the feature. The first, pictured below, returns to the Jaws vibe of the original film’s advertising. Meanwhile, the second (which can be found here) reminds us a bit of the poster art to Chuck Norris’ Good Guys Wear Black -- only with more flesh-eating fish.
Zombie short Abed trailer lurches onto the Internet -- As hard as it is to believe, there was a time when zombies weren’t everywhere in popular culture. Back in the 1990s, finding a good zombie flick was akin to finding a four-leaf clover, and the only really cutting edge stuff featuring the walking dead was taking place in the world of horror fiction.
John Skipp and Craig Spector, founding members of horror’s infamous Splatterpunk movement, published two collections of zombie fiction back in the early part of that decade -- Book of the Dead and Book of the Dead 2. The collections were inspired by George Romero’s zombie films and featured work from some of the biggest names in the field.
One of the stories was Elizabeth Massie’s Abed -- a tale that has earned tons of praise for being one of the most disturbing zombie tales ever. I won’t spoil the details here, but there’s a short film version in the works and we’ve got the trailer for your perusal below.
Directed by Ryan Lieske and produced by Fangoria’s Phil Nutman, the video looks faithful to the story. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Teaser trailer for HP Lovecraft-inspired Ages of Madness debuts – If there’s one thing the world needs, it’s more movies inspired by the works of noted horror author HP Lovecraft – and Lince Studios is set to answer the call with Ages of Madness.
An animated feature inspired by the works of Lovecraft, Ages follows the dread book The Necronomicon as it changes hands throughout history – leaving death, destruction, and madness in its wake.
Boasting a budget of $13 million Euros, this isn’t exactly a tiny project. It’s hard to get much of a feel for what’s happening from the teaser alone, but I’ve got high hopes for this one – animation should allow the creators to capture all of the horror of Lovecraft’s creations without having to spend hundreds of millions on special effects.
Ages of Madness is set for release in late 2014. Until then, enjoy this clip.
Found footage film Haunted reveals teaser trailer and Kickstarter campaign – My former AOL colleague Brad McHargue, and my current GameCritics.com co-worker Dan Weissenberger have teamed up to reveal the first teaser trailer for their in-development horror feature, Haunted.
The duo are looking to revitalize the found footage subgenre with a new take on the formula, featuring four cameras instead of one. Think of it like Timecode meets Paranormal Activity. Swing by the film’s Kickstarter page to check out the clip and decide if you want to contribute to the cause.
Horror Movie Review
In 1940, the residents of a small northeastern town named Friar got up from their homes, left their belongings, and started to walk en masse up a forest trail. When they were eventually discovered, only one person had survived the trek – and he was incapable of telling authorities what happened or why the town’s citizens had made the strange journey. Now, 70 years later, the investigation has been declassified – and a team of nine people have set out to walk the path and find out what happened to the citizens of Friar. The question is, will any of them make it to the journey’s end?
Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton’s YellowBrickRoad might be the most confounding horror film to emerge in recent memory. It’s a clever piece of cinema, one that borrows liberally from not only the story of the vanished settlers at Roanoke, but also films like The Shining and The Blair Witch Project. Unfortunately, the second half of this 100-minute feature falls apart as Mitton and Holland simply run out of ideas and limp to the finish line.
It’s unfortunate that YellowBrickRoad ultimately wanders off its narrative path, because the premise is fantastic. There’s a genuine air of mystery surrounding why this entire town of people vanished and were brutally slaughtered during the course of their journey. The filmmakers capture that air of quiet menace perfectly early on, but they eventually have to provide some sort of resolution – what happened to these people? Why is there big band music playing in the wilderness? This is where the film starts to fall apart.
The ensemble cast, led by Michael Laurino and Anessa Ramsey, certainly give YellowBrickRoad a shot at success. While none of the characters are particularly likable, and some of the performances are better than others, the characters feel real enough to keep our interest. Acting crazy is a tough gig, but these performers seem up to the task.
It’s just frustrating that YellowBrickRoad never really goes anywhere. I’ve never been a proponent of movies spoonfeeding meaning to their viewers, but the opposite approach – being so obtuse that there’s no real resolution at all – isn’t acceptable either. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t really “get” the end of YellowBrickRoad – but when I went to look for explanations, it seems almost no one else did either. Endings left open to interpretation are one thing – being purposely confusing is another matter entirely.
It’s a shame things end on such a sour note. While YellowBrickRoad could have been a little leaner in the running time department, the first half of the film is a moody and atmospheric piece guaranteed to suck in horror fans looking for something cerebral in their entertainment. It’s all build-up with no real payoff, though. I don’t know anything more about what happened to the inhabitants of Friar as the credits roll than I did when the film started. That’s disappointing, because this could have been a minor cult classic with a better ending.
Horror on the Horizon
Not a lot of horror fare on the horizon, but March 2nd sees the release of The Snowtown Murders – a film based on a real-life series of murders in Australia. While it doesn’t look like Wolf Creek, the early trailers have been chilling. This isn’t a horror film in the traditional sense, but I’m willing to bet that fright fans will enjoy it.
If you like your horror more interactive, then you may want to check out Alan Wake: American Nightmare – a downloadable sequel to one of 2011’s coolest Xbox 360 horror titles. The title will be available for purchase by the time you read this. Maybe someday we’ll get an Alan Wake movie.
Another game series that did get a movie of its very own is Konami’s Silent Hill – and fans who missed out on the early titles in the franchise can revisit them in the Silent Hill HD collection on March 6th. Fans will get to relive the first three spine-chilling games in the Silent Hill universe, updated with HD graphics and other goodies. Pyramid Head has never looked better…