Welcome, mortals, to The Weekly Offering. Here, we present our dark gifts in hopes that we please the Ancient Ones, that they might spare us. They are satisfied with our humble sacrifices of news, images, reviews, and commentary through the week, but on Fridays, they desire more. Their weekends, their unholy Sabbath, know no bounds. And so, to satisfy their bloodlust, as well as yours, we bring you these short, savory offerings.
Hideo Nakata to Direct ‘Suicide Forest’
I have a love/hate relationship with the tagline, “Based on a true story.”
On the one severed hand, a horror story based in truth can make said story all the more terrifying. On the other, more gangrenous, severed hand, we all know that studios take a true incident, slap this label on the film, and go clinically insane with the plot.
However, I can forgive this on occasion when the existing story (and its potential) are creepy enough.
Hideo Nakata (Ringu, The Ring 2) has been attached to direct the film adaptation of the IDW Publishing graphic novel, The Suicide Forest, by El Torres with art by Gabriel Hernandez.
For those of you who have not heard about it, the title refers to a real section of woods outside of Tokyo that is considered to be one of the most popular suicide destinations in the world. The plot centers around an American living in Japan who recruits a forest ranger to assist him in escaping the grasp of an evil forest spirit.
So the story may not be true, but the setting sure is. Maybe this is just the right mix of fact and fiction that can make for memorable hike through the forest.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
New Poster for ‘V/H/S’
A new poster for V/H/S has been released by Magnolia.
V/H/S premiered at Sundance, and is a bloody cornucopia of film making, containing works from Adam Wingard, Ti West, David Bruckner,Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and the group Radio Silence. A group is hired to break into an old house and find a rare videocassette, but what they find is a dark collection of footage. See what I did there?
V/H/S will play on our own televisions on August 31st when it hits video on demand, before playing a limited release in theaters starting October 5th.
In the meantime, check out the poster, and dust off some home movies. Who knows what you’ll find?
Source: Shock Til You Drop
Trailer and Poster for ‘Branded’
Many of you know by now that I look for two things in a film: A unique twist or element, and biting social/political commentary. And this film looks to have both.
Jamie Bradshaw and Aleksandr Dulerayn are declaring cinematic war on the advertising industry with Branded. Imagine a global conspiracy designed to control all of us right down to the DNA-level through advertising. Imagine that corporations have taken over the weak-minded masses. And on top of all of that, it seems that some sort of monstrous creatures may be involved. Wait, you mean this isn’t already happening?
And how do you advertise such a film? By using those ever-increasing and ever-annoying QR codes! Intriguing. By scanning these codes (100 total), you can unlock hidden information all about a film centering around an advertising conspiracy. Did anyone’s brain just do somersaults? The QR codes can be found on the film’s website, social media, and even in the trailer itself. If you’re going to go after something as powerful and looming as the advertising beast, you go big.
On September 7th, as the film’s tagline says, “Crack the Code. Take Back Your Mind.” Check out the trailer below!