Get Up Close and Personal with Prometheus’ Space Jockey Mask: This one is pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re as excited about Ridley Scott’s quasi-Alien prequel Prometheus as we are, then you’re going to want to see this pic of the infamous Space Jockey’s biomechanical mask.
The spy photos come direct from a fellow who actually worked in the art department on the film, and it’s hard to imagine that Sony Pictures will be thrilled about them leaking, but that’s apparently life in the Internet age. The masks, which are presumably in an early build state, look pretty impressive. We’ll get to see the finished product when the film opens this summer – but until then, check out the photo below and start pondering how all of this will fit into the feature.
Gory Zombie Comedy Zombibi Unveils a New Trailer: The world may not need another zombie comedy, but that hasn’t stopped Dutch filmmakers Martijn Smits and Erwin van den Eshof from debuting the trailer for their upcoming zombie comedy Zombibi – which actually looks kind of amusing, if not all that original.
Enemies become friends after a satellite crashes to Earth, turning everyone in Amsterdam into the walking dead in the feature. The film boasts some broad comedy, lots of gore, and the always popular 3D effect, which will hopefully be enough to get adventurous zombie film fans to check it out when it debuts sometime later this year. Have a peek at the trailer and see what you think.
Sales Trailer for Tobe Hooper’s Djinn debuts: It’s been six long years since director Tobe Hooper stepped behind a camera (his last work was a 2006 Masters of Horror episode), but the Texas Chainsaw Massacre helmer is back in the game – sort of – with his latest tale of terror: Djinn.
The “sort of” springs from rumors that the royal family of the United Arab Emirates wants to bury the film – apparently because it shows Arabic women doing things frowned upon in that part of the world. However, producers ImageNation have denied that claim. Whatever the case may be, a sales trailer that was on display at the American Film Market has made its way to the Internet.
While this is only a sales trailer, it looks much more complete than the recent Dracula 3D clip that turned up online. That being said, we hope the finished film is better than this footage. Djinn doesn’t look even remotely scary, playing more like some sort of weird domestic drama than a straight horror film. Hooper’s never managed to live up to the success of Texas Chainsaw – and Djinn looks to be his latest failing attempt to top his debut feature. As of this time, no one has acquired the film for distribution, but I'll let you know if that changes.
Neil Marshall’s Hellfest Scores a New Writer: We’ve been intrigued about Neil Marshall’s Hellfest since we first heard about it last month. Marshall, who directed Dog Soldiers and The Descent, is set to return to his horror roots with this tale of a masked serial killer offing patrons at a Halloween Horror Nights-styled event at an amusement park. Sounds like the kind of body count film we love around here.
The project, which is set up at CBS Films, was written by William Penick and Chris Sey (whose previous credits include a horror film for the Lifetime channel), but now Gary Dauberman has been called in to provide some polish to the material. Dauberman has done work for New Line previously, with credits on A Nightmare on Elm Street and Final Destination 5. Hopefully this script turns out better than either of the aforementioned films – particularly since CBS wants to shoot this summer with an eye toward turning Hellfest into a franchise.
Devil Inside duo prepares new feature: While The Devil Inside made a whopping $34 million at the box office last weekend, it also earned an F rating and tons of negative publicity from audiences outraged over its ending. That’s put everyone in a strange spot moving forward – do you make a sequel to a film that so outraged people they actively booed the ending credits? The answer to that question hasn’t emerged yet (I’d bet there will indeed be a The Devil Inside sequel, though), but filmmakers William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman are striking deals for new projects while the iron is hot.
The duo inked an agreement to create a new horror film based on one of their scripts. The project has no title and the only details divulged are that it will “bring a similar filmmaking style to another classic horror mythology.” Does that mean we could be getting a found footage vampire film or something? The options seem endless. Shooting is set to start in Romania (hence my guess of vampires…) in April.
Sundance Midnight Movies Lineup
Normally, this is where you’d find a review of one of the countless horror flicks I’ve watched over the past few weeks – however, we’re going to change it up today and take a look at a few of the genre offerings set to be part of this year’s Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight Madness event.
This year’s fest runs from January 19th through the 29th – and once again features a slate of after hours flicks sure to appeal to hardcore horror fans. You can check out the full listing of titles featured in the program here – but in the meantime, here are the three I think sound the most interesting.
Grabbers (Director: John Wright)
This Irish horror comedy sounds like the kind of high concept piece I expect to find at each year’s Sundance. According to the synopsis, aliens attack a small fishing village – which isn’t particularly groundbreaking, but the fact that they die from alcohol is. So, the Irish citizens must stay drunk in order to kill the blood-thirsty alien invaders in director John Wright’s feature. If Wright manages to nail the delicate balance of humor and horror, Grabbers could appeal to fans of similar horror comedies like Slither.
The Pact (Director: Nicholas McCarthy)
With so many horror films blurring genre lines and focusing on found footage, it’s harder and harder to find an old-fashioned traditional ghost story in the multiplex these days. Maybe that will change with the debut of Nicholas McCarthy’s The Pact – a film about a young woman who runs afoul of a supernatural presence in her childhood home in the wake of her mother’s death. Programmer Trevor Groth gives the title high marks, saying “This is a more classic horror film, working on tension. It’s not about gore or violence. It’s a ghost story, and really well done.” There’s always room in my world for a good ghost story, so I’m hoping The Pact delivers some old school chills.
V/H/S (Directors: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence)
If you haven’t seen enough found footage films yet, V/H/S should appeal to you. Unlike the traditional film in this format, V/H/S is an anthology flick, featuring a framing story about a group of criminals tasked with breaking into a home to steal a rare VHS tape. They discover a multitude of tapes in the collection – each one featuring something truly disturbing. The bulk of the film appears to be made up of the stuff found on each videocassette they uncover. These sorts of anthology flicks can go either way, but I’ve got high hopes for V/H/S based on the talent involved. The filmmakers behind this project are some of the best up-and-coming horror directors in the field today – that alone makes it worth checking out.
Horror on the Horizon
Take heart, fright fans – there's a cornucopia of horror movies on the docket. January feels like the new October, with several genre flicks set to sneak into theaters during the heart of winter. We’ve already seen The Devil Inside do big business (despite wildly negative word of mouth), but can these titles continue the trend?
Xavier Gens’ The Divide is set to open tomorrow in what is assuredly a limited release. The film, which comes from the horror lovers at Anchor Bay, features Michael Biehn and Rosanna Arquette as part of an ensemble cast in this post-apocalyptic thriller about what happens to a group of survivors trapped in a nuclear bunker as supplies dwindle and madness sets in.
Also opening Friday is Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin – which isn’t a horror film in the most traditional sense of the word, but the tale of a mother dealing with her sociopathic son and the aftermath of his violent actions is certainly disturbing. Ramsay’s film has been garnering loads of awards buzz, thanks primarily to a smart script and a fantastic performance from Tilda Swinton.
Friday, January 20th sees the release of Underworld Awakening, the latest installment in the popular “vampires vs. werewolves” series. Kate Beckinsale returns as the seductive and deadly Selene, in this, the franchise’s fourth feature.