- June 06
Soldiers 2 - Fresh Meat
'Dog Soldiers 2' has been a LONG time coming, but news has
arrived via ‘Horrormovies.ca’ that we may not
have to wait too much longer. They have picked up on an interview
with Director Rob Green in the new issue of ‘Rue
morgue’. In it Green makes mention of his upcoming
project of ‘Dog Soldiers: Fresh Meat’, the long
delayed sequel to Marshall’s excellent werewolf picture
‘Dog Soldiers’. The story (which Green has written
with Eric Miller) takes place shortly after the first. Private
Cooper following his battle with the werewolves in the farmhouse
- sets off across the Scottish highlands, looking for civilization
with the sheepdog Sam. He is picked up by the American Special
Forces unit from the previous days' wargames. His story is
not believed, and he is detained on suspicion of being a mass
murderer. Meanwhile, a survivor from Cpt. Ryan's unit is found,
who says that some of the other survivors have become werewolves.
Night falls the werewolves turn, and come looking for fresh
meat. Green says: "Some of the characters actually
love being a werewolf because they are so powerful –
the ultimate killing machine…it’s a fun spin on
the traditional angle that being a werewolf is a curse which
damns the person no matter what. We also have a very savage
she-wolf in the climax who faces against the leader of the
pack of Dog Soldiers." ‘Fresh Meat’
has been in a holding circle forever and the film still wont
start shooting until Autumn. Green explains why: "We
need longer nights for shooting because about 70 percent of
the film is set at night. We want to shoot during a Hunter’s
Moon when the moon appears three times its normal size."
So we have a Director, a plot, and a schedule. All going well
(this time) ‘Fresh Meat' will be served up in 2007.
– A mans best friend is his.....Zombie?
stumbled across this today and had to include it if not for
the premise alone. Set in an alternative 1950s the world has
been overrun by Zombies, until a scientist invents a collar
to control them. Soon they are ‘domesticated’
and used as servants. Here’s the full Synopsis: Welcome
to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the
50's, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their
neighbor, and rotting zombies carry the mail. Years ago, the
earth passed through a cloud of space dust, causing the dead
to rise with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. Terror
spread across the land, until a collar was invented that made
the zombies docile, even useful. A company was born: ZomCon.
Thanks to their patented domestication collar, zombies became
gardeners, milkmen, servants, even pets. ZomCon would like
everyone to believe that they have the world under control
- but do they? Timmy Robinson doesn't think so. He thinks
the world is "phony-baloney". An awkward loner,
Timmy spends so much time in his room even his own parents
don't notice him. So when Mom buys a zombie to help around
the house, Timmy is surprised, and even curious, when the
beast wants to play catch. When the zombie saves him from
the local bullies, a true friendship is born, and Timmy names
the zombie, "Fido". But Fido's collar goes on the
fritz, and the neighbors start paying the ultimate price.
To complicate matters, ZomCon's notorious zombie-control specialist,
Mr. Bottoms, has moved in across the street. What begins as
a small town story about a boy and his best friend, becomes
a biting satire about our world, the price of fear, and the
rewards of risking love. "Fido" will rip your heart
out. The film is current in post production and is slated
for release in the autumn.
Bro’s ‘Note’ top in Japan
Bro’s have become the first foreign distributor to launch
a Japanese film at No. 1 in Japan. "Death Note"
opened June 17, displacing "The Da Vinci Code,"
with a two-day weekend total of ¥409 million ($3.54 million).
The film is the first in a two-parter based on a Japanese
comicbook of the same name. WB will release the second part,
"Death Note: The Last Name," in November. The previous
record for a Japanese film released by a Hollywood distributor
was Sony's "Ultraman Tiga," which grossed just over
$1 million in its opening weekend. [source] Variety
note (Official site)
mercy' aka 'To Sir with love'
first covered this intriguing new Korean horror back on May
9th. Now you can check out the official site that has
come online. Details via 'Yahoo korea' .The film is the story
of old classmates from and elementary school who return for
a reunion at the school they haven’t been back to in
16 years. But the happy reunion does not last long. As they
start to talk about the memories of the past, an unexplainable
tension starts to fill the air. Soon brutally murdered corpses
turn up one by one, and the scars and truths around them start
to be revealed.
mercy' (Official site)
Gilliam Talks "Good Omens"
Gilliam is trying to get his next project "Good Omens"
off the ground, based on a Terry Pratchett novel. Gilliam
told UK news service Teletext: "I have struggled to find
big projects that inspire me, but this book has. It's very
funny, about the anti-Christ and devils and angels, it's very
funny and inspiring. I have tried to find a small project
that I could do but I haven't found one." Anyone familiar
with the book and its story will know this would be a perfect
project for Gilliam’s directing style and sense of humor.
I loved the book and It would be great to see what he could
do with it on film.
- Website online
discovered today that the website for 'Arang' the new horror
film Directed by Ahn Sang-hoon and starring Song Yun-a and
Lee Dong-wook is on line. The film revolves around two detectives
who encounter mysterious accidents while tackling a murder
case. Check out the site for a new trailer plus other goodies.
Of Flying Daggers sequel optioned
Pictures Classics has snagged the rights – for America,
at least, which bodes well for the rest of us - to Zhang (pic
left)Yimou’s House Of Flying Daggers follow-up 'Curse
Of The Golden Flower'. Yimou is filming right now on the tale
that stars Chow-Yun-Fat and Gong Li play star-crossed lovers
who fall in love within the borders of a kingdom. She plays
Phoenix, an imperial bodyguard, while he plays Prince Ping.
Numerous forces, including Ping's stepmother, who is also
in love with him, try to keep the lovers apart. It leads them
on a dangerous journey where secrets of the royal family are
uncovered. There’s no release date set for the film
yet, and no word on when/if it’ll make it across to
the UK. But given 'Daggers’ success, we doubt there’ll
be much of a delay.
- New horror comedy from the director of 'Creep'
the director of 'Creep'
Christopher Smith comes the great looking horror 'Severance'.
Starring Danny Dyer and Laura Harris in the story of international
arms dealers Palisade Defence who reward its six-member sales
division with a weekend team-building retreat in the mountains
of Eastern Europe. However, the agenda for their trip quickly
changes when the group finds themselves set upon by a renegade
band of war-crazed soldiers seeking revenge. Forced to defend
themselves, the group of corporate execs finds that while
'there's no I in team', there are a couple in 'kill or be
killed. Severance opens in the UK in August.
- New trailers online
new trailers for the upcoming film ‘Bug’ directed
by the mastermind behind 'The Exorcist' William Friedkin,
have turned up on a French website. 'Bug' is psychological
thriller starring Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick
Jr, and written by Tracy Letts. The film based on Letts' play
is about modern paranoia in the wake of the Gulf War, and
contains elements of black comedy, romance, and horror. Most
of the action takes place in a seedy Oklahoma motel room,
where Gulf War veteran Peter (Michael Shannon) and lonely
divorcee Agnes (Ashley Judd) hole up together and fall in
love while contending with an apparent infestation of microscopic
bugs. Agnes' violent ex-husband Jerry, is played by Harry
Connick Jr.. Other characters include her lesbian friend and
co-worker, played by Lynn Collins; and Peter's doctor, played
by Brian F. O'Byrne. The story addresses issues of domestic
violence, conspiracy theories and schizophrenia. These trails
are taken mainly from the dramatic parts of the movie. We'll
probably have to wait to see the truly freaky stuff.
Butler plays 'Priest'
first covered news of the film version of 'priest' back on
30th, now it appears Scottish-born actor Gerard
Butler is in negotiations to star in a new film as a warrior
priest who hunts down vampires. Filmmaker Andrew Douglas,
who cut his teeth on last year's remake of "The Amityville
Horror, has signed on to direct the Screen Gems project titled
"Priest," a post-apocalyptic horror western based
on a comic book by Min-Woo Hyung. Sony Pictures will distribute
the film, which is scheduled to start production October 1
in Mexico. The story centres on a warrior priest (Butler)
who disobeys church law by teaming with a young sheriff and
a priestess to track down a band of renegade vampires who
have kidnapped the priest's niece. Newcomer Steven Strait,
who recently wrapped Screen Gems' horror thriller "The
Covenant" and is filming Roland Emmerich's "10,000
B.C.," is in talks to co-star as the sheriff. Development
of the film has raised eyebrows as Sony now has two similar
high-profile projects under its corporate umbrella. Columbia
Pictures recently gave the OK for production to begin on the
comic book-based vampire movie "30 Days of Night,"
starring Josh Hartnett, with shooting set to begin in early
August in New Zealand. Butler, who played the title role in
"The Phantom of the Opera" and starred as the mediaeval
warrior in 2005's "Beowulf & Grendel," next
stars in Warner Bros. Pictures' "300" and recently
wrapped "Butterfly on a Wheel."[source]
Dirty Carnival' beats 'X-Men 3'
Dirty Carnival' Koreas newest gangster flick directed by Yoo
Ha drew the most viewers at the box office in Korea this week,
with some 80,000 viewers at 390 theaters nationwide, leaving
U.S. blockbuster “X-Men: The Last Stand” behind,
which tallied some 75,000 viewers at 428 theaters. 'A Dirty
Carnival' has become the first Korean movie in seven weeks
to beat Hollywood blockbusters that had topped the box office
there since “Mission: Impossible 3” was released
on May 3. The top spot has since been occupied by “The
Da Vinci Code,” “Poseidon,” and “X-Men”
before “A Dirty Carnival” took the top spot on
Dirty Carnival' (Official Site)
finally gets a Director
they do say a week is a long time in showbiz. As it was only
just over a week (12th June) ago we covered an interview with
the president of DC comics, who was making very non committal
noises about a Film version of this classic graphic novel.
Now it seems Zach Snyder has come aboard to develop and direct
"Watchmen," for Warner Bro's Pictures. Alex Tse
is writing the script of the long-gestating project, which
is being produced by Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin. "Watchmen"
has a development history almost as epic as the story the
comic tells. The project has seen such studios as Fox, Universal
and Paramount come and go and has seduced and vexed such filmmakers
as Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Greengrass and screenwriter
David Hayter. Sources say Snyder has impressed Warner's with
"300," an adaptation of a Frank Miller graphic novel
that he directed and co-wrote. Snyder shot the movie -- a
Greek epic about the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. --
on sound stages in Montreal using partial sets and greenscreens,
similar in technique to Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City."
So we finally have a runner. Lets hope it gets over the next
bites Dog' - Trailer
'kaijushakedown' comes word of a new film out of Hong Kong
'Dog bites Dog'. Headed by Soi Cheang, director of 'Love Battlefield'
and 'Horror Hotline:Big Head Monster' , and it stars Edison
Chen and Sam Lee as a monstrous hitman and a sadistic cop
out to get each other. To quote from their article "After
watching a rough cut, I can say that it's a hard-hitting movie
that's definitely not like anything else you've seen from
Hong Kong this year. Forget slickness, forget cleanliness,
forget kindness. DOG BITE DOG is like swallowing a handful
of broken glass". After watching the trailer I'd have
to agree, this is raw stuff, but looks great. Check it out
bites Dog' Trailer (Streaming Windows)
Entertainment secure rights to Pang bro's films
We still cant as yet confirm the rumours of Tartan getting
the UK cinema rights to Re-Cycle. But we have had excellent
news and confirmation that North American independent distributor
Image Entertainment, Inc., have announced that its European
subsidiary, Image Entertainment (UK), has secured the exclusive
North America home video rights to three new films
by noted Hong Kong/Thai filmmakers Danny and Oxide Pang. The
films acquired by Image are Re-Cycle, Diary
and Forest of Death. "These features
are among the finest films in their category," said Barry
Gordon, senior vice president of worldwide programming of
Image Entertainment. "In conjunction with Image's North
America-based efforts, our UK staff will continue to aggressively
pursue the best films available to independent suppliers like
ourselves. We're committed to a film acquisition initiative
and expect nothing less than success." This is great
as it means we can look forward to good quality region 1 &
2 dvd releases in the not too distant future.
- Yet another project by oxide pang
doesn't come close to describing the amount of films the Pang
bro's are turning out this year. Oxide Pang is to be the producer
on another film 'The Remaker'. The film is the story of Tom
(Andrew Gregson) On his way to deliver a brass Buddha replica
when his car skids off a bridge and plunges into a river.
He struggles to free himself from his car as water rushes
in, but he cannot help himself. Drowning, Tom is rescued by
a stranger, a girl named Pim (Phiyada Akkraseranee), who happens
to be passing by the scene of the accident. He is rushed to
hospital and recovers quickly. His savior, however, inexplicable
falls into a coma. After
the accident, something strange happens to Tom as he visits
Pim at the hospital. He hears Pim’s voice crying for
help even though she is still unconscious. He turns away from
her and sees a train coming from out of nowhere in his direction.
He sees a woman standing nearby. The sound of the train reverberates
loudly in his ears. Window panes shatter. Tom slowly comes
to realize he has a debt that must be repaid. But to Who!?
You can check out the excellent trailer and website in full
Rays of 'Sunshine'
has arrived of the first teaser trailer for Danny Boyle's
upcoming Sci-fi Adventure 'Sunshine'. The film once again
pairs director Boyle with writer Alex Garland and producer
Andrew Macdonald, who previously teamed up for the thinking
person's zombie film, 28 DAYS LATER. Synopsis: The Sun is
dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship
and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which
will breathe new life into the star. But deep into their voyage,
out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting
to unravel. Soon the crew are fighting not only for their
lives, but their sanity. Check out the teaser on the official
- A' Trailer
Besson's monochrome romantic comedy starring Jamel Debbouze
and Gilbert Melki has been out in France since December last
year. For those of us not 'lucky' enough to live in France
its been quite a wait. The film is released in the UK in August,
and the USA in Sept. This time theres no gunfights, car-chases
or explosions. The movie is completely shot in Paris and seems
to be one of the most secret projects of French cinema. Well
at least now you can see what we've been waiting for. There
is a trailer for your consideration over at the official site.
Select 'Videos' then 'Bande annonce'.
- A' (Official Site)
Wo-Ping Wants Jet Li to Help Him Build 'The Great Wall'
choreography master Yuen Wo-Ping will return to the director's
chair for "The Great Wall," according to the Beijing-based
Star Daily. Yuen arrived in Beijing Tuesday to discuss his
idea of the project with PKU Starlight Group. He said he has
asked Jet Li to be his leading man, according to an interview
by the newspaper. Yuen will also choreograph the fights scenes,
which would occupy about two-thirds of the movie. The story
is set between the Qin and Han Dynasties and is about fighting
the nomadic invaders from the north, the Xiongnu, known as
the Huns in the West. Jet Li has announced previously that
he would not do any more martial arts film after his last
production, "Fearless," but Yuen said it does not
matter and he is pretty confident that Li will say yes.
- Great new clip from the Jet Li action flick
guys over at 'Moviesonline' have turned up a treat for us
in the form of no less than 5 clips of the new Jet Li blockbuster
'Fearless'. And to make things even better they have kindly
edited all 5 action scenes into one long montage! Check out
the mayhem from the link below.
- Hardcore action from Malaysia
film Recently had its western premiere as part of the New
York Asian film festival. A blood bath of a film from Malaysia,
GANGSTER is reminiscent of 1980’s Hong Kong criminal
cool, carved up and served hot. It was the number one movie
in Malaysia last year by far. Malaysians flocked to a movie
about illegal street racing, gutter-crawling losers ripping
off their dealer and fleeing the country, nightclub assassinations
and prostitutes with lethal pimps. Telling three overlapping
stories about three desperate losers who've hit bottom and
are running out of air, GANGSTER follows a hooker who plans
to rip off her boyfriend, a food stall owner who's borrowed
too much money and doesn't know how to pay it back, and an
illegal car racer as obsessive as Captain Ahab, who's willing
to turn pedestrians into a smear on the pavement, if that
means he can beat the top ranked driver. With all three of
the lead roles played by Malaysia's no1 actor Rosyam Nor (all
three people in the poster left are him) this movie takes
every convention from film noir movies, and dumps them out
on the streets of Kuala Lumpor. Fun!
- Bollywood's First Superhero
long black coat ripples in the wind. He surveys the city from
high atop a skyscraper. He's a man with a mission. He's Krrish:
Hollywood's first caped crusader. With Superman Returns poised
to conquer the world's multiplexes, the Indian film industry
has hit back with its own masked avenger. 'Krrish' is the
sequel to another Bollywood flick called 'Koi ... Mil Gaya'.
Our hero inherited his superpowers from the hero of the first
film. Director Rakesh Roshan is a man with a mission too:
"As there is Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman, in the
same way I have created a superhero character. I want to prove
to the world that Bollywood is no less than Hollywood".
To perfect the visual effects, Rakesh imported two experts
from Hollywood, Marc Kolbe and Craig A. Mumma, who worked
on "Godzilla" and "Independence Day".
As for the action sequences he didn't skimp there either,
hiring the Hong Kong-based action choreographer Tony Ching,
acclaimed for his work on "House of Flying Daggers"
and "Hero." All of which has pushed the budget up
to more than 450 million rupees (approximately $10 million).
That figure is considered huge in Bollywood, but is small
by Hollywood standards. The Warner Brothers movie "Superman
Returns," cost more than $200 million. 'Krrish' premieres
in India this Friday. 'Krrish'
aka 'They' - French Horror thriller based on a true story
French have been known to produce a good Horror film in their
time and this seems no exception. The work of director David
Moreau , and starring Olivia Bonamy and Michaël Cohen.
'ILs' ('They' in french) Synopsis : Lucas and Clémentine,
are a thirty something couple living quietly in the suburbs.
One evening the phone starts to ring. At at the other end
of the line terrifying and incomprehensible messages can be
heard. Shaken they go to bed, only to be woken in the middle
of the night. The couple is not alone… The nightmare
starts… THEY are there… To see the trailer
click on the link below, then select 'Entrez dans le site'
then 'Vidéo' .'ILs' opens in France in July.
aka 'They' (Trailers)
Chronicles' - Website updates
have been some additions to the 'Mutant Chronicles' Website
including an updated cast list, and a 'How the film is going'
video blog by the director Simon Hunter.
Chronicles (Official Site)
- New 'making of' feature
to 'KFC Cinema' who have turned up a new extended making of
feature for the new Pang bro's fantasy Horror 'Re-cycle'.
It features some great new behind the scene footage, but alas
no english subs. Re-Cycle premieres in Hong Kong on 1st July.
Another plus is the rumour that Tartan are planning on releasing
this in cinemas in the UK!!
of part 2 (Windows Media)
this movie has the perhaps dubious pleasure of Fred Durst
(of Limp Bizkit) starring in it, I don't think this looks
half bad. Synopsis: Rockwell Falls is an idyllic town
whose population of 436 has remained unchanged for 100 years.
Sent to find the reason for such consistency, a census-taker,
Steve Kady (Jeremy Sisto) finds that something sinister may
be at hand. He becomes trapped in the prison-like town full
of 'golden rules' that don't allow its population to drop
below or exceed exactly 436 citizens, a number in accordance
with 'God's Law'. He eventually learns that no one is ever
allowed to leave Rockwell Falls and that the town citizens
will do whatever it takes to maintain the status quo.
Check out the teaser, especially the eerie bit at the end
with the clock. Note the time!. The film premiered at Austin's
South by Southwest film festival in March. Oddly it still
has had no official release date for the USA, but in Europe
we will be able to see the film on dvd, released in July.
436' teaser (You tube)
Dirty Carnival' - New Korean Gangster movie
is a low level gangster and an outsider even within the criminal
organization he belongs to. He was given the lowly job of
supervising an arcade, but even that is taken away from him
by an up-and-coming subordinate. The boss of his gang suggests
killing a prosecuting attorney as a way to improve his position
in the outfit. Jo In-seong (Classic, Public Toilet) stars
as Byeong-du and others in the cast include Nam Kung-min (tv
actor), Lee Bo-yeong (My Brother), Jin Gu (Bittersweet Life,
Romantic Assassin) and Cheon Ho-seong (Blood Rain, Big Swindle).
Yu Ha, director of Once Upon a Time in High School and Marriage
is a Crazy Thing) directs this Sidus FNH action picture, released
by CJ Entertainment yesterday.
Dirty Carnival' Trailer (Flash)
Vishal Bhardwaj's Bollywood adaptation of 'OTHELLO'
the site 'kaiju shakedown' comes news of one of the most anticipated
films in India this year 'Omkara'. The film is Vishal Bharadwaj's
contemporary adaptation of the Shakespeare masterpiece "Othello".
As with almost all 'Bollywood' films you can probably expect
a large dose of song and dance, but from the looks of the
trailer we can also expect some stunning cinematography. I
have included the link to the official site, buts its not
live as yet. 'Omkara' premieres in India, in July.
teaser trailer (Streaming Windows media)
Nam Joo and Sol Kyung Goo to star in the movie 'His Voice'
Nam Joo and Sol Kyung Goo will head the movie “His Voice”.
The film portrays a couple played by the pair who go through
traumatic 44 days during which they are threatened by a kidnapper
to pay a ransom for the release of their 9-year-old son. Kim
Nam Joo plays the role of 'Oh Ji Sun' a loving wife and mother,
while Sol Kyung Goo plays 'Ji Suns' her husband, a TV anchor
reporter. Ji Sun is shocked at the news of her sons is kidnapping,
and in a state of desperation she looses emotional control
completely. KNJ states, “Although my inexperience in
performing in a movie makes me feel burdened, I have sympathy
towards my role in this movie because I am a mother now. Moreover,
I couldn't miss the opportunity to collaborate with Sol Kyung
Goo. So that's why I chose this film as my comeback project.”
The movie is scheduled premiere this winter.
outbids DiCaprio for Zombie film rights
A-listers Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio found themselves
at loggerheads in their battle to obtain the film rights to
a zombie horror book that will be published in the autumn.
But in the end there could be just one winner. Following a
lengthy bidding war, it was confirmed last night that Pitt's
production company had come out on top. World War Z, an as-yet-unpublished
novel by Max Brooks, had attracted the interest of both Pitt's
company, Plan B, which is backed by Paramount Pictures, and
DiCaprio's Appian Way production arm, based at rival studio
Warner Brothers. The tale is set 10 years after an epidemic
has turned the bulk of the planet into flesh-eating zombies.
Brooks, a former writer at Saturday Night Live, had a cult
hit with his 2003 novel, The Zombie Survival Guide. Details
of the deal remain sketchy, but reports claim that Plan B
have paid a high six-figure for the rights. This will rise
to seven figures if and when the picture actually goes before
this looks damn good! 'The Tournament' is an upcoming British
film written by Jonathan Frank, based on an idea by him and
Nick Rowntree and is currently under development. Synopsis
: "Every ten years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament
takes place. A battle to the death between 40 of the world’s
most lethal assassins. The last man standing receiving the
$10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No1, which
itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price
tag. All fights are monitored 24hrs a day on redirected CCTV
cameras and broadcast secretly to a ring of high stake billionaire
gritty, multistranded action-thriller, The Tournament brings
together international killers from every imaginable discipline
in a blood-bathed contest to the death. We follow the competition
favorites through stories of love, betrayal, revenge and redemption
as they finally discover the true value of life" Gritty
as hell, and with an excellent cast this definetly one to
be keeping an eye out for
The Tournament - Shakabuku Films production site. The
(Downloadable AVI file)
trailer for 'The Host' online
new trailer for the Korean Monster movie'The Host' has turned
up on the net. Go take a look see.
new trailer (Google
Burton to do 'Sweeney Todd'
Pictures chairman Brad Grey has exchanged one big-budget Tim
Burton project for another: He has sent "Believe It or
Not" back into development while Stacey Snider, CEO and
co-chairman of Paramount's DreamWorks, is putting "Sweeney
Todd" on the fast track with Burton at the helm. DreamWorks
will now need to assemble and cast that movie, which is a
project adapted by John Logan ("The Aviator") from
the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical. Burton already is talking
with Johnny Depp for the lead role as the Demon Barber of
Fleet Street, Paramount sources said. Burton and producers
Richard Zanuck, Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks had been fighting
the battle of the budget bulge on "Believe," starring
Jim Carrey. But Grey refused to give the project a green light
until the ambitious production, based on the adventurer Ripley,
fell into the $150 million range, co-president of production
Brad Weston confirmed.[source] Hollywood Reporter.
President talks 'Watchmen'
Comics President Paul Levitz has been interviewed re what’s
coming up on the DC movie front. One interesting snippet he
did give away was about a film version of ‘Watchmen’
which was enough to generate a small amount of extra hope
that this project might actually get off the ground. One day
soon hopefully! "Warner's is looking at Watchmen
right now. I believe they are looking for a director at the
moment. I negotiated the Watchmen film deal when the third
issue of the maxi-series was coming out in 1985 or 1986. It's
been through Fox, Universal, Paramount so far and now it's
at Warner's. God knows. I think it's an extraordinary difficult
property to do right as a film. It is a creative property
that is very specifically designed for the medium in which
it is published. I think it's a real challenge to break out
and do it. I think they had a very interesting script and
certainly Paul Greengrass is a great director, so I had some
hope for the Paramount one. I hope Warner will be able to
put something great around it." So to translate
from corporate speak, I think we can say its on the cards
but most definitely don’t hold your breathe yet.
Myung-se to Direct Horror Melodrama
LEE Myung-se's next project is a horror melodrama titled 'M'.
The production was part of the Film Market at the Cannes Film
Festival. The story is about a man struggling to remember
something important, a woman who is unrecognized by the man
she's in love with, and death. LEE Myung-se is the director
of last year's Duelist. The film polarized its viewers from
people who thought the film was utterly awfull to those who
judged it as a brilliant film. The film starring GANG Dong-won,
HA Ji-won and AHN Seong-gi was recently released in French
cinemas and was earlier released in Japan. Director LEE focuses
on choreographing movement and visual esthetics. His stories
don't follow the general rules of story-telling. Another factor
that deviates from the norm is the acting in LEE's films.
Therefore, his films often praised by critics - have not reached
wide audiences. LEE's 1999 film Nowhere to Hide gained him
international recognition. The film was a fusion of genres.
The style, visuals and movement impressed the brothers Ridley
and Tony Scott and they invited him to America to collaborate.
LEE returned to Korea to make Duelist.
- Concept art
concept art for the upcoming Vampire flick ‘Daybreakers’
has appeared on the Weta workshop site. The film is from the
directors of the cult Zombie classic ‘Undead’
known jointly as “The Spierig Brothers” .The film
is set in the near future tells the story of the world where
vampires have become the dominant species, and humans are
kept only for feeding purposes.
'Arang' - First teaser trailer online
covered in our article 'Korean Summer season of Horror' back
on the 1st of June, 'Arang' is one of a swathe of horror releases
due out in the next few months. Information on the plot is
still a little sketchy, but you can check out the creepy teaser
trailer (Streaming Windows media)
aka Slachtnacht' - Slaughter Night Website online
official website for this new Dutch horror 'Slaughter Night'
- 'Slachtnacht' is now up and running. No new trailer as yet
but there is a gallery of stills.
Night (Official Site)
Seek' - New project from Wayne Kramer
The writer-director of THE COOLER and RUNNING
Kramer has recently revealed to ‘Now playing Magazine’
details of his new movie 'Evil Seek' and the premise does
sound dare we say it.... quite original! From Kramer : "It’s
basically every 1000 years in hell, they elect a new Satan,
so the reigning Satan has to come down to Earth, take over
the body of a mortal and find his successor, the most evil
person alive. And he wakes up in the body of an FBI profiler
working a terrible serial killing case in LA. And sort of
like Satan is the one moral guy in this film. And he has inherited
a disgruntled ex-wife, a 15-year-old daughter who’s
becoming all promiscuous, a lesbian partner. And he’s
got no powers, just a nose for evil. And it turns out that
when he starts investigating these bizarre killings, it looks
like the killer’s trying to summon the devil."
Along with this very interesting storyline we are also promised
the supernatural thriller will be "humorous (in a
pitch black kind of way) yet, also very disturbing and freakish.
It’s definitely one that’s gonna challenge the
MPAA, I’ll tell you that." A definite one
to keep an eye on here methinks.
2' picked up by Paramount
not Hellboy fans, it seems that he of the Red horns will ride
again. News has arrived that Paramount will be picking up
the rights to the sequel 'Hellboy 2 -The Golden Army' .Del
Toro has been quoted as saying "We're moving studios
right now," says Del Toro. "They don't have a deal
with Sony any more and we are looking for financing for HELLBOY
2. It's at Paramount right now. It's bigger in scale, but
not necessarily in budget. Abe Sapien has a much bigger part,
and we're keeping closer to the mythology of the comics."
Del Toro giggled with glee as he revealed a singer whose music
would be part of the film. "There is a song by Barry
Manilow, and you'll have to find out about how that fits in.
I know you are all saying 'what the f**k is that?!' Hmmmm
ok. Manilow aside, fingers crossed the project gets off the
Apartment' Website goes live
have just discovered that the website for Ahn
Byung-gi's new Korea horror A.P.T has gone live. As
well as the full trailer there is a short making of feature
also. Another nifty thing is the site is very interactive,
you can explore all the different floors of the haunted apartment
block making a few gruesome finds along the way.
Wicker man' - Trailer online
Arguments as to whether they should have even attempted a
remake of such a seminal classic as the Wicker Man to one
side, I've watched the trailer and I have to admit it doesn't
look too bad. Saying that I still think Nicolas
Cage wasn't the right choice for the leading role and his
performance from this first trail at least, doesn't look Oscar
material. But hey too late now. See it for yourself and decide.
Man Trailer (Quicktime)
Beyond' - Uncut Promo!
back in March we covered
the news that 'From Beyond' An
80s classic from the director Stuart Gordon was finally
after many years able to get a dvd release. Stuart has
also been responsible responsible other movie greats as "The
Reanimator" and "Dolls".Now
today the guys at Horror-movies.ca have tracked down this
pre-release trailer of the directors cut. Gordon has apparently
teamed up with Monsters
HD to clean up the print and make it as pristine as possible.
In exchange for their help Monsters HD would get to show the
film on their station first before it will be released on
a special DVD presentation. It's been a long wait ! Check
out the trailer of this classic B-movie masterpiece.
Beyond Promo (Downloadable Quicktime)
almost seems as though the Dutch are having themselves a mini
horror film renaissance at them moment with films due out
left and right. First up 'Dood Eind' (left) Synopsis :Seven
friends travel to Scotland to hike in the mountains.. One
of the friends is badly hurt, so they flee to an old abandoned
house deep within the woods. They soon discover that the house
is cursed - and once you've entered it you can't get out.
A room transforms into another room, doors become lethal weapons,
and one by one the friends are killed. Standard haunted
house fare you could argue, but the trailer seems to promise
more than usual.
Eind' trailer (Flash)
aka Slachtnacht' - Slaughter Night
up from the Netherlands is 'SL8N8 aka Slachtnacht' with a
familiar story of miscreants toying with Ouija boards. Having
brought along an Ouija board just for kicks to deserted mine,
they contact the spirit world and unwittingly unleash the
spirit of Martiens a serial killer looking for revenge .Their
visit becomes a grueling nightmare as, one by one, they fall
prey to a hidden and merciless evil power that takes possession
of their bodies. In a nerve wrecking race against time they
have to put Martiens’ spirit to rest and get out of
the mine alive… Again as with 'Dood Eind' this isn't
anything we haven't seen before, in fact it has definite overtones
of director Marcus Adams Ouija board film 'Long
time dead' but the movie seems to have been put together
with a tad more style and flare than most that Hollywood has
come up with recently. Source:[Joblo]
Teaser (downloadable MPG)
Zero' - Website updated
website for Luna (aka Maria Lidon's) Russian set horror piece
has been updated with a couple of new trailers. Val Kilmer
joins Oksana Akinshina who replaced Alicia Silverstone and
Vincent Gallo. In "Moscow Zero," Kilmer plays the
head of a group of Muscovites who live in the city's underground.
Akinshina plays Lyuba, another underground dweller; Gallo's
character leads a rescue team in search of a Russian anthropologist
who's disappeared beneath the underground system. They discover
an eerie multilevel system of caves and catacombs. The $10
million psychological horror began shooting last December
in Moscow, Spain and the UK. For those that don't like too
many spoilers I'd suggest only watching trailer 2.
Zero (Official Site)
full trailer for 'A.P.T- Apartment'
No sooner had we covered news of this upcoming Horror flick
Ahn Byung-gi yesterday, they go and release a new poster and
full length trailer!
Full Trailer (Windows media)
DVD updates online
out what's caught our eye from this months new dvd releases
Summer season of Horror
Koreans it seems have long relied on horror flicks to cool
the summer heat. And as the summer season lurks just around
the corner, serial killers, freaks and ghosts are out in full
force to chill moviegoers. The following are some of Korean
horror films slated for this summer. First up is 'Arang' (pic
left) which opens the summer season. As it is based on a Korean
folk tale in which a ghost visits a district governor to ask
him help her pay off her grudge, the film aims to put Korean
touches to maximize fear for local audiences. Directed by
Ahn Sang-hoon and starring Song Yun-a and Lee Dong-wook, the
film revolves around two detectives who encounter mysterious
accidents while tackling a murder case.
Ahn Byung-gi, who is well known for his hit horror films including
``The Scissors’’ (2000), ``Phone’’
(2002) and ``Punsinsaba’’ (2004), now bring this
new film. Starring
actress Ko So-young, who is making a major comeback to the
show business after a four year hiatus, the film is an adaptation
of a popular cartoon that was serialized on the Internet.
night, at the same hour, when the light turns off, people
are mysteriously killed. And Se-jin (played by Ko) witnesses
serial murders, and freaks out without knowing what to do.
Trailer (Windows media)
by Bong Man-dae starring Shin Se-kyung and Do Ji-won, the
film deals with serial murders of high school girls who underwent
plastic surgery to be pretty. At
a girl’s high school, students who had facial plastic
surgery are mysteriously killed with their faces cut off,
and Hyun-su (played by Shin) traces down the incidents and
finds out secrets, which reveal the connection between her
and the murders. The
film is Shin’s debut work as a film actress, but she
has long been loved since after making her first appearance
in show business as a promotion poster model for the legendary
pop singer Seo Tai-ji’s fifth album when she was an
elementary school student.