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  • Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Registration now open!

    Originally posted on 2010-09-09 14:06:54 by Kier-La Janisse

    The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an organization that offers a variety of theory and production-based workshops for youth aged 14-29. This year’s curriculum includes courses on Reality Horror, Hammer Films, Giallo Films, Zombie Films, Japanese Horror, Rape-revenge films, Director’s Spotlights on Mario Bava and David Cronenberg and so much more! Registration is now open and classes start October 5! Hit the jump for all the details..

    In Miskatonic courses, you’ll get to see rare scare films with a group of like-minded fans, as well as the chance to connect with horror professionals who can help you on your way to a career in the world of horror films and fiction. If you live in the Montreal area and are between the ages of 14-29, you don’t want to miss out on what Miskatonic has to offer! See the website for full descriptions of all our courses as well as instructor bios.

    CURRICULUM + REGISTRATION

    Miskatonic begins weekly Tuesday night classes in the fall of 2010, with the occasional weekend class by visiting instructors. Classes may require reading or viewing homework. Come join us for a free information session on Tuesday September 28th!

    Students can register for individual classes, or can pre-register for an immersive year-round curriculum (October-May).

    INDIVIDUAL COURSE COSTS

    Prices vary and are listed on the course description pages at the offcial website above. 

    FULL YEAR REGISTRATION costs $699 + applicable taxes and includes all currently scheduled Miskatonic courses in the 2010-2011 curriculum, as well as admission to any one-off masterclasses with visiting instructors that get added as the year goes along.

    REGISTRATION can be done in advance through paypal/credit card or in cash at the door. However, please note space is limited, so advance registration is recommended!

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  • Ron Howard bringing “DARK TOWER” to both theaters and television!

    Originally posted on 2010-09-09 01:53:44 by Samuel Zimmerman

    It’s long been asked for, an adaptation of Stephen King’s most sprawling work; THE DARK TOWER. Now, it seems it’s finally happening with Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman heading the project. It also seems it’s incredibly ambitious as it will be three feature films and a television series. Hit the jump for the details!

    Deadline broke the story that Universal and Howard and Goldsman (who’ve previously collaborated on A BEAUTIFUL MIND) have acquired the rights to King’s epic tale of gunslinger Roland Deschain and his journey to find the Dark Tower.  The two plan to turn it into both a feature film trilogy and network television show. Howard will  direct the first feature with the other two to be determined, Goldsman is writing, and the films and series will be produced by Brian Grazer and Stephen King.

    In discussing the scale, Howard told the site,”What Peter [Jackson] did was a feat, cinematic history. The approach we’re taking also stands on its own, but it’s driven by the material. I love both, and like what’s going on in TV. With this story, if you dedicated to one medium or another, there’s the horrible risk of cheating material. The scope and scale call for a big screen budget. But if you committed only to films, you’d deny the audience the intimacy and nuance of some of these characters and a lot of cool twists and turns that make for jaw-dropping, compelling television. We’ve put some real time and deep thought into this, and a lot of conversations and analysis from a business standpoint, to get people to believe in this and take this leap with us. I hope audiences respond to it in a way that compels us to keep going after the first year or two of work. It’s fresh territory for me, as a filmmaker.”

    As to how the story will be mapped out, Deadline has provided this outline:

    “The plan is to start with the feature film, and then create a bridge to the second feature with a season of TV episodes. That means the feature cast—and the big star who’ll play Deschain—also has to appear in the TV series before returning to the second film. After that sequel is done, the TV series picks up again, this time focusing on Deschain as a young gunslinger. Those storylines will be informed by a prequel comic book series that King was heavily involved in plotting. The third film would pick up the mature Deshain as he completes his journey. They will benefit from being able to use the same sets cast and crew for the movie and TV, which could help contain costs on what will be a financially ambitious undertaking.”

    Let’s hope something of this scale can be pulled off, and pulled off beautifully at that!

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  • Exclusive “GROWTH” photos

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 22:23:53 by Tony Timpone

    FANGORIA has obtained a couple of exclusive photos from the new horror/sci-fi thriller GROWTH, which debuted on DVD yesterday from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Check them out after the jump.

    Written and directed by BREATHING ROOM’s Gabriel Cowan, GROWTH stars THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO’S POND’s Mircea Monroe, SLEEPWALKERS’ Brian Krause, HATCHET’s Richard Riehle, CABIN FEVER 2’s Alexi Wasser and RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP’s Christopher Shand. Per the official synopsis, “GROWTH is a frightening excursion into science gone haywire. Years ago, a series of experiments in advanced parasitic research on Kuttyhunk Island went horribly wrong, mysteriously killing off three quarters of the island’s population, with the survivors fleeing for their lives. Two decades later, one of the survivors returns with some family and friends to sell the property, only to uncover horrifying secrets and begin a desperate fight for survival against a new enemy capable of entering the human body anytime, anywhere, any opening…” See all the disc details here.

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  • Air date for “HALLOWEEN: THE INSIDE STORY”

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 21:02:01 by Samuel Zimmerman

    It’s getting closer and closer to Halloween season, so isn’t it the perfect time to go behind the mask and check out a documentary about The Shape? Yup, it’s another look at John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN and the film franchise that followed.

    Dread Central reports that Phil Nobile’s feature-length documentary, HALLOWEEN: THE INSIDE STORY, will be airing on A&E’s Biography Channel on October 28, 9 p.m. ET. The talking heads include Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Irwin Yablans, Dean Cundey, Nick Castle, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Tommy Lee Wallace, Danielle Harris, Rob Zombie and more.

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  • Take a peek at new “JULIA’S EYES” poster

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 21:00:15 by

    The Guillermo del Toro-produced supernatural thriller JULIA’S EYES is one of the notable genre features playing at the Toronto International Film Festival that starts tomorrow, and production company DeAPlaneta has marked the occasion by issuing a new poster. See it after the jump.

    Directed by Guillem Morales and scripted by Morales and Oriol Paulo, JULIA’S EYES stars THE ORPHANAGE’s Belén Rueda as a woman who finds her blind sister hanged in the basement of her house, and who begins to lose her own sight—and experience other frightening situations—as she investigates what she’s convinced was a murder. Check out the (Spanish-language) trailer for the movie—which will be released in some foreign territories by Universal, but hasn’t yet secured U.S. distribution—below the poster.

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  • Chilling behind-the-scenes clip from “FROZEN” DVD/Blu-ray

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 20:38:49 by

    Shooting the survival thriller FROZEN on a mountainous location in the midst of a blizzard would be enough to leave anyone cold…but now you can get a taste of it in the warmth of your own home, thanks to a newly posted clip from the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases of Adam Green’s movie. See it after the jump.

    This on-location excerpt is just a small part of the copious extras on the FROZEN discs, which street September 28 from Anchor Bay Entertainment; you can see the full details here. Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell and Kevin Zegers star in FROZEN as three friends who wind up accidentally stranded high up on a ski lift in the dead of winter. You can read the first part of a Green interview on his next film, HATCHET II, in Fango #297, on sale this month.

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  • “MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE” (DVD Review)

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 20:22:21 by Clay McLeod Chapman

    In the course of a single year, Werner Herzog has unleashed a pair of peculiar potboilers in quick succession: BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL—NEW ORLEANS and MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE—two films that announce to their audience of devotees that we are now a far cry from the preferred rough country of FITZCARRALDO. Though the Urubamba River makes a guest plotline appearance in MY SON (on DVD September 14 from First Look), Herr Werner has traded in his Amazonian stamping grounds for the vastly bland urban wasteland of southern California, leading one to speculate that Herzog himself has now suddenly become the fish out of water for once, rather than the parade of hubristic protagonists from his films past.

    Miss McCullum (Grace Zabriskie) is dead, slashed at the hands of her son Brad (Michael Shannon). The weapon of choice? An antique sword that would have served as a prop in a production of the Greek tragedy ORESTES—where, during rehearsal, Brad presciently states to his director, “Some people act a role, others play a part.”

    Herzog’s plot (scripted with Herbert Golder) is rooted within the true story of UCSD student Mark Yavorksy, who murdered his own mother with a similar saber, paralleling his part in a play he was set to perform back in 1979. True to his character’s testament, Shannon enters into the pantheon of oddball actors who have worked under Herzog’s demanding eye—an esteemed club of eccentrics including favorite fiend Klaus Kinski and, more recently, Nicolas Cage. And yet, where Kinski and Cage externalized their own patented brands of madness, mincing about like orangutans force-fed copious amounts of acid, Shannon, himself appearing akin to a shaved Yeti, heads in a different direction altogether. His particular insanity seems to seethe out from behind his lazy eye, barely bottled beyond its boiling point and just about to blow. Listening to a crackly recording of “I Am Born to Preach the Gospel,” Brad mistakes Washington Phillips’ warbling blues tune for the voice of God. The very visage of his holy master manifests itself in the logo of a “Puritan Oats” container—a rather unsubtle substitute for the Quaker Oats bloke. “I’m going to stunt my inner growth,” Brad utters. “I think I shall become a Muslim. Call me Faruk.”

    While the film is presented as a whydunit rather than a whodunit, the mystery behind Brad’s actions never seems all that mysterious. What does remain a question, however, is what exactly happened behind the camera. With David Lynch serving as one of the executive producers, MY SON is something of a cinephile’s wet dream. One can’t help but imagine what alchemy such a collaboration of cinematic masters could wring. But beyond the cosmetic casting crossovers of Brad Dourif as a racist ostrich rancher, Willem Dafoe as a police detective and Zabriskie’s smothering mother, it is unclear where one’s contribution ends and the other’s begins. Aside from choice moments of oddball dialogue reminiscent of TWIN PEAKS, including Brad’s coffee-mug banter (“Razzle dazzle, razzle dazzle”), it is Herzog’s aesthetic that ultimately shines through. Those raw moments of improvised awkwardness make for the most exciting scenes in MY SON, a Herzog specialty—and a contrarian ingredient to the antiseptic precision of Lynch’s own aesthetics. At one point an ostrich gulps down Udo Keir’s glasses, only for a ranch-hand to manually cause the bird to regurgitate them back up…and it all looks painfully real. This happy accident caught on camera shows Herzog at his best, making way for those moments in his storyline that present man and nature clashing in the most unexpected ways.

    While it’s safe to say that this is not one of Herzog’s—or Lynch’s—best, MY SON does have much to offer fans of the maverick director. As often occurs, however, Lynch’s imprint is sorely missing from the special features, which include a CliffsNotes commentary by Herzog, along with Golder and producer Eric Bassett. Hearing the director delve into his film’s deeper meanings is something of a safari into the psyche, and one might wish Herzog was actually sitting next to them for couchside observations to further enhance the viewing experience of MY SON, much like the epic narrations of his documentaries. This makes the inclusion of Ramin Bahrani’s short “Plastic Bag” an odd aperitif to Herzog’s own feature. Originally produced as part of the Independent Television Service’s FUTURESTATES series for public television, this 20-minute curio is narrated by none other than the shoe-eating director himself, starring as—wait for it—a plastic bag. It doesn’t get more Lynchian than that.

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  • “NO FLESH SHALL BE SPARED” by Fango scribe

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 19:57:31 by FANGORIA Staff

    Longtime Fango contributor, International Horror Guild Award nominee and general lover of the macabre Carnell (pictured) has just unleashed his debut novel, NO FLESH SHALL BE SPARED. This “GLADIATOR meets DAWN OF THE DEAD”-esque horror/action epic aims to crush your skull and eat your guts…but in that dreamy way that the author often wrangles with his words.

    Here’s the skinny on the synopsis:

    “The novel is set in a near future where society has dealt with a global outbreak of the living dead and is finally starting to move on. As the world begins to pull itself back together, a new, highly lucrative international sport—zombie pit fighting—emerges, which, in a very short period of time, manages to surpass all previous sports revenue and attendance records. The World Gladiatorial Federation and The Undead Fight League have grown bigger and more influential than the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball combined. From the League’s ratings and their fighters’ popularity, it is apparent that the living have not quite finished with the dead.

    “A fighter, Cleese, is recruited and indoctrinated into this violent world where every match could be the fighter’s last. NO FLESH SHALL BE SPARED is the tale of Cleese’s rise to supremacy in the sport and the unanticipated fallout of that involvement. The Dead will fall. Friends will die. The question that arises is that of Cleese’s fate in the ensuing mayhem.”

    “Carnell writes with the raw sense memory of a battered child and the brute muscularity of a bouncer in a bar fight. NO FLESH SHALL BE SPARED is scarred, scary, deeply disturbed and worth every bloody minute of it. You have to read this book. But you might need therapy later.”

    —Craig Spector, author of UNDERGROUND, TO BURY THE DEAD, THE LIGHT AT THE END

    To learn more about the novel and the work of Carnell, visit his official website; pre-order the book (the first 250 copies of which will be signed and numbered) before September 30 for a discount! And be sure to regularly buy FANGORIA, where esoteric and interesting horror-culture coverage by the writer can always be found.

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  • “COLIN” and “BEYOND THE GRAVE” set premieres

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 15:36:50 by

    A pair of international horror movies—COLIN (pictured left), from Britain, and the Brazilian BEYOND THE GRAVE—have announced where they’re making their U.S. premieres. The latter has set its world premiere as well, and its producers have released a few new photos.

    COLIN, the acclaimed $70 zombie feature written and directed by Marc Price, will make its North American debut at the 13th Floor Haunted House in San Antonio, Texas. It’ll be screened at the attraction—part of the American Haunts network—on Thursday, September 23, with other U.S. screenings to follow across the country (see more info here). COLIN stars Alastair Kirton as a young man who gets bitten by a zombie during an undead outbreak in Britain, and follows him as he transforms and wanders through the postapocalyptic landscape. Check out Fango #298, on sale in October, for Price’s observations on the making of COLIN, and see the movie’s official website here.

    BEYOND THE GRAVE, written and directed by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro, is also set in a wasted world, where a cop named Lockheart (Rafael Tombini, pictured in top photo below) pursues a supernatural serial killer called The Dark Rider. This film will have its U.S. premiere on Saturday, September 25 at the Arizona Underground Film Festival, and its world premiere tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 9 at the CineFantasy fest in São Paulo, Brazil. “BEYOND THE GRAVE is a genre film based on the loneliness of a postapocalyptic planet,” Pinheiro says. “Through the creation of this particular world, I tried to convey not only the films that I love, but the fragility of the human being in this time of fear and battle against nature, without of course forgetting to bring some great action and adventure with it!” Check out BEYOND THE GRAVE’s trailer below the pics, and its official site here.

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  • “GIALLO,” “WHALE WATCHING MASSACRE,” lots more DVD art/dates

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 19:28:36 by

    As the Halloween season approaches, the DVD horror market is shifting into high gear. A whole bunch of cover art and dates have come to light in the last week, and we’ve got ’em collected for you below.

    • Below you can check out the covers for Dario Argento’s GIALLO (pictured), coming from Maya Entertainment October 19 (though it’s already rentable as a Blockbuster exclusive now), and a slew of IFC Films/MPI Media Group DVDs: Rupert Glasson’s COFFIN ROCK and Jake West’s DOGHOUSE, coming Oct. 12; Mark Tonderai’s HUSH and David Morley’s MUTANTS, out Oct. 26, and Stuart Hazeldine’s EXAM and Kristian Levring’s FEAR ME NOT, streeting November 16. No special features have been announced for GIALLO, and specs have yet to be made available for the IFC/MPI titles; we’ll keep you posted.

    Image Entertainment has picked up the Gunnar Hansen-starrer REYKJAVIK WHALE WATCHING MASSACRE and partially retitled it HARPOON: WHALE WATCHING MASSACRE, setting a street date of December 7 on rated and unrated DVD as well as unrated Blu-ray. The Icelandic slasher/survival shocker, directed by Julius Kemp, will be presented in anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio on the DVDs (which will retail for $27.97 each) and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio on the Blu-ray (retailing for $29.97). Image also has THE LOST TRIBE, Roel Raine’s film pitting Lance Henriksen, Emily Foxler and others against prehistoric semihumans on a remote island, coming on DVD Oct. 19, with an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and these extras:

    • Audio commentary by producer Mohit Ramchandani and actor Hadley Fraser

    • Behind-the-scenes featurette

    • Trailer

    Retail price is $27.97. The company has also set a Nov. 9 DVD/Blu-ray street date for DAMNED BY DAWN, Brett Anstey’s Aussie frightfest in the EVIL DEAD tradition about a farm family terrorized by evil spirits. This one will be presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound on the DVD and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio on the Blu-ray; special features are:

    • Audio commentaries

    • “Making the DAMNED Film” featurette

    • Trailer

    Retail price is $27.97 for the DVD, $29.97 for the Blu-ray.

    • The well-reviewed indie RULE OF THREE will hit DVD Oct. 26 from Big Screen Entertainment. Set in a single hotel room, the movie concerns a father’s desperate search for his missing daughter, with flashbacks to various time periods revealing the awful truth surrounding what happened to her. The bonus features include:

    • Audio commentary by director/producer Eric Shapiro

    • Audio commentary by scriptwriter/actress Rhoda Jordan

    • Trailer

    Retail price is $19.95.

    • The art and info for Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet’s DVD and Blu-ray releases of S&MAN were revealed a little while back, but the movie’s so cool we figured we should include them here just in case you missed ’em. Filmmaker J.T. Petty’s study of the underground horror scene—including one auteur who may be taking his quest for murderous images too far—will hit both formats Oct. 12, accompanied by:

    • Audio commentary by Petty and “S&Man” Eric Rost

    • Audio commentary by Petty, Erik Marcisak and producers

    • Deleted scenes

    • Complete “S&Man” film

    • Excerpts from underground films

    Retail price is $19.96 for the DVD, $24.96 for the Blu-ray.

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  • New “LET ME IN” TV spot appears

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 15:25:38 by Allan Dart

    The face of an angel, the thirst of a vampire… The American remake of the Swedish vampire sensation LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, written and directed by Matt Reeves, opens October 1. Check out a new TV spot after the jump.

    Dread Central posted the clip. LET ME IN stars KICK-ASS’ Chloe Moretz, THE ROAD’s Kodi Smit-McPhee, SHUTTER ISLAND’s Elias Koteas and THE BROKEN’s Richard Jenkins. You can read an exclusive interview with Reeves in Fango #297, on sale this month.



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  • “I SPIT” trailer, “RENFIELD” poster contests

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 14:52:33 by

    A pair of upcoming genre features—Anchor Bay’s I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE remake (pictured) and the indie vampire flick RENFIELD THE UNDEAD—are giving fans and filmmakers a chance to get involved. Find out how after the jump.

    Anchor Bay and Texas Frightmare Weekend have announced a trailer contest tying in with I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE’s Dallas premiere on September 30 at 8 p.m. at the city’s Angelika Film Center. Filmmakers are being invited to submit trailers capturing the exploitation-cinema vibe, and the top three selected will play before I SPIT at the premiere. The trailers must be original, but otherwise anything goes: “We’re looking for submissions that are over the top, scary, wild, absurd and freaked out,” according to the Texas Frightmare website, where the chosen previews will be posted. “Live action, animated, stop-motion, claymation…it doesn’t matter as we’ll consider everything submitted.” Winners will additionally receive an I SPIT/Texas Frightmare prize pack. Submissions can be sent to Texas Frightmare Weekend, PO Box 384, Grapevine, TX 76099 and must be received no later than September 24; they must be in DVD format, ready for presentation in NTSC video. Questions should be sent to loyd@texasfrightmareweekend.com. Check out Fango #297, on sale this month, for a feature story on I SPIT, which opens nationwide October 8; you can see its official site here.

    Meanwhile, the producers of RENFIELD THE UNDEAD, which we last covered here, are offering fans the chance to vote on the poster design that will be used to market the movie. Five different variations (including the one seen here) are up for consideration at RENFIELD’s official website; click on that link to see the different variations and choose your favorite!

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