Last Week in Horror News: 9/6 – 9/13

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Theatrical Trailers and Clips

  • ANTICHRIST – New trailer, now you can preview tree-of-human-limb sex in HD!
  • SOLOMON KANE – Trailer for the sweet-ass looking upcoming fantasy film.  Weinberg just saw it at TIFF and dug it.
  • PANDORUM – Clip

Studio News and Attachments

  • FRANKENWEENIE – Tim Burton’s feature length adaptation of his re-animated dog short will be his feature film followup to ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
  • TROLLHUNTERS – Guillermo del Toro will be teaming up with Disney for more mature/thrilling animated fare under the banner Double Dare You.  The first of these films will be TROLLHUNTERS, produced by del Toro and based on his own story.
  • MOURNING AFTER – Remember when one of the key players in creating Lionsgate’s genre friendly identity created his own company, A BIGGER BOAT.  Well their next co-production will be about a “woman with a timeless, deadly secret.”  Real daring material there, guys.
  • JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 – Victor Salva still wants to make it, but it seems people are only just now feeling confident enough to consider investing money…so, don’t expect JEEPERS CREEPERS 3: CATHEDRAL any time soon.
  • HALLOWEEN 3D – According to Variety, Dimension has settled on MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D director Patrick Lussier to direct the Rob Zombie-less sequel to Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN franchise.  According to the big horror sites, he’s only ‘in talks’.


  • RESIDENT EVIL – According to Bloody-Disgusting, the producers plan on the 5th entry in the RE series to be a reboot back to the premise of the first film.  Because that’s what people want.

Indie, Foreign and Random News

Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips

  • BITTER FEAST – Teaser trailer for the upcoming chef-kills-critic film starring real chef Mario Batali!
  • PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – A teaser trailer for the remake of Ed Wood’s most famous disaster.
  • SLICE – A non-supernatural Thai horror movie?
  • LAKE MUNGO – Trailer for that which After Dark Films just picked up for 2010’s Horrorfest.
  • THE SHRINE – Teaser from the makers of JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER.

Last Week in Horror News: June 21st to the 28th.

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The IFC Midnight Slate Will Put After Dark Films Out of Business.

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Courtney Solomon, owner of After Dark Films and sayer/doer of stupid things, needs to open up his knowledge basket to the IFC Films release platform.

When the ADF Horrorfest started three years ago it was hard to hide the hope one had for a once a year event designed to bring the horror festival experience to the non-festival crowd.  Then the ‘fest’ actually arrived and all the noble(?) intentions were for naught. It was a financial fumble the first year out.  Turns out the only people who appreciate the highs and lows of festival horror are the people who go to horror festivals.  Whodathunk?  Plus it doesn’t help that the ADF lineup was less the highs and more the lows.  Year after year this axiom proved truer, the ‘festival’ picked up lamer and lamer titles and locked in narrower and narrower clients who were suckered in to exhibiting said pseudo-fest.  This past January I would have had to drive for over an hour to catch a glimpse of any of ADF’s 2009 titles.  I don’t even have to get off the couch to catch IFC’s Midnight Movies.

Essentially both IFC and ADF attempted the same thing, but only one of them got it right.  While ADF was busy giving niche release to justifiably unreleased titles, IFC’s talent scouts signed up genuine festival buzzers and have given them simultaneous release to both brick and mortar and home theaters alike.  With an expected roster of 30 titles in 2009, I predict that IFC is going to put the final nail in the casket of ADF’s horrorfest within a year- two tops.  That or After Dark is going to have to ape the format (I sense a FEARnet collaboration in the future?).  Even if they do, however, I wouldn’t call it a comeback.  IFC’s acquisition’s department game is just too good.

I already gave a brief overview of the lineup to come, but now that I’ve had a chance to sit down with a few more of the titles my assumptions have only been reaffirmed.  Unfortunately this post has been neglected on the site and some of these titles may no longer be available through IFC OnDemand.

Did you know ANTICHRIST has a Game in the Works?

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I must have missed that press release at E3.

Unfortunately I had the ending to Lars von Triers‘ Willem Dafoe starring shocker ANTICHRIST spoiled for me thanks to a headline at Drudge Report (not unlike the ending to INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, which makes me wonder why I even read Matt Drudge any more), but even without that climactic knowledge I’d certainly be expecting a lightening strike of a movie solely on the track record of the director and the trailer itself.

However, I would, in the incredulous words of Kanye West, never-ever (never-ever?) expect a video game to be made based on a film from the minimalist Danish provocateur.  Quite against instinct it seems that just that has happened; then again going against instinct is kind of Von Trier’s critic baiting bag.

MTV’s Multiplayer blog has an interview up with Morten Iversen, once a writer for the HITMAN series, who is now working directly for von Triers in which Iversen explains that a ‘download only’ game based on ANTICHRIST is moving ahead for release likely some time next year and targeted for an Xbox Live or Steam platform.  Considering the game, sporting the ANTICHRIST divergent title of EDEN, only has 4 people working on it right now, the chance of a wide release even in the next two years is slim, but practicality aside the idea of a “nightmarish version of Myst” is too appealing to ignore.

I must admit I’m warming to the idea of some more buzzed about horror film properties banging out game titles.  I, along with everyone else sitting at a keyboard, laughed at the idea of  SAW game, but I think Konami proved at this year’s E3 that the idea has more worth exploring than the mock heavy crowds may have initially assumed.  One should only hope that a film talent as esoteric as Lars von Trier, who MTV references as being a stalwart fan of ALONE IN THE DARK, would throw his considerable artistic weight behind the simulated freak outs of a CGI Willem Dafoe.

From what I’ve read, ANTICHRIST is the film equivalent of telling Google Images to not moderate your search results.  To be honest, I’m kind of afraid as to what exactly von Trier is going to push a user to simulate.  If the scissors are in our hands…

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