If you grew up in the ’80s, there’s a good chance the following full-length trailer for Universal Pictures upcoming sci-fi thriller Skyline is gonna remind you of days spent at the arcade playing Defender. Directed by Colin and Greg Strause, the film follows a group of friends who awaken from a drunken haze to discover alien ships sucking up humans in beams of blue light.
The film is set in Los Angeles and was shot with a crew of 20 people utilizing Red One cameras, which provide the quality of 35mm film with the convenience of digital technology. Despite being produced as an indie, Skyline boasts top-notch F/X created by the Strause brothers’ very own effects shop Hydraulx (Avatar, 2012).
I Am Number Four is an adaptation of the upcoming HarperCollins young-adult novel written by James Frey (”A Million Little Pieces”) and Jobie Hughes. The story revolves around John Smith (Pettyfer), an alien refugee living peacefully incognito as a high school student in Paradise, Ohio until he’s discovered by the extraterrestrial enemies that destroyed his home planet.
I Am Number 4 is produced by Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay. It will be in theaters on Feb. 18, 2011.
French director Pascal Laugier’s English language feature film debut The Tall Man has begun principal photography in British Columbia, Canada. Starlet Jessica Biel headlines the abduction thriller.
The official synopsis for the film reads:
Set in the town of Cold Rock, THE TALL MAN is a story of the haunting secrets that hide behind closed doors.
With children gone missing over the years leaving neither a clue nor a witness, superstitious locals talk of ‘The Tall Man,’ a legendary, mysterious dark figure who takes children away never to be seen again.
When a woman’s son is taken, the chase is on and with it the quest for answers: who is the Tall Man and what happens to the children?
Laugier is best known for his award-winning torture-flick Martyrs. Biel’s creds include Platinum Dunes remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the Nic Cage sci-fi vehicle Next, David R. Ellis’ Cellular, David S. Goyer’s Blade: Trinity, and Neil Burger’s The Illusionist.
The Tall Man is produced by Radar Films Clement and Minds Eye Entertainment. The film wraps production on Nov. 18.
“LOST” alum Maggie Grace is set to star in Summit Entertainment’s fourth and final Twilight Saga movie: Breaking Dawn. Grace will play Irina Denali, a vengeful vampire out to make Bella Swan’s life like totally bad or something.
Summit is splitting Breaking Dawn into two movies with the first premiering on Nov. 18, 2011 and the second on Nov. 16, 2012. Grace will star in both films.
Best known to TV fans as Shannon Rutherford on ABC’s sci-fi drama “LOST,” the 27-year-old starlet has also turned in memorable roles in last year’s Malice in Wonderland, a clever retelling of the “Alice in Wonderland” fable, the 2008 abduction-thriller Taken, and Columbia Pictures’ 2005 remake of John Carpenter’s The Fog.
IFC Midnight has unleashed a new extended trailer for director Josh Reed’s survival-frightener Primal. Set in Australia, the film centers on a group of friends that turn savage after skinny-dipping in a remote waterhole during an expedition to find an aboriginal painting.
The trailer gives us an eye-popping look at the film’s horrifying makeup effects, beautiful backdrops, and sexy headlining shelias Zoe Tuckwell-Smith, Rebekah Foord and Krew Boylan. It also provides a peek at what could be a live-action tentacle-rape scene featuring Smith as victim to some giant—and hopefully possibly horny—beast. Or it could just be hungry.
Elvira takes over the boob tube this weekend as host of the newly rebooted syndicated series “Movie Macabre.” The still-surprisingly-sexy 58-year-old horror icon (played by Cassandra Peterson) will provide eye-candy, skits, and snarky commentary for the show, much like she did when it originally aired in 1981.
The premiere episode will feature George Romero’s 1968 beloved zombie frightener Night of the Living Dead, a notable departure from the D-grade titles the original “Movie Macabre” show ribbed.
We saved the best for the first show. Night of the Living Dead may be the only film on my show that qualifies as good. The others are good in their own crappy way, but they are better fodder for me to make fun of. The first show basically features more jokes making fun of me returning to TV than the actual movie.
“Elvira’s Movie Macabre” is slated to air 26 episodes. The show is produced and written by Elvira and will present films such as Attack of the Giant Leeches and The Killer Shrews. To see local listings for time and channels, go here.
Director David Harris’ feature film debut Savage County will air on Oct. 7 at 11 p.m. on MTV.com and MTV 2. The film, shot in Memphis for a reported $250,000, follows a group of teens who run out of booze and out of luck while partying in hillbilly country.
Check it, y’all:
Savage County stars Mimi Michaels (Boogeyman 3), Melissa Carnell (Boggy Creek), and TV actresses Ana Ayora and Rebekah Graf. Vagina-less costars include Ken Luckey (The Haunting of Marsten Manor), Sinqua Walls (Shark Night 3-D), and Doug Haley (Freeway Killer).
The film will also be available on Xbox 360, Playstation, iTunes, Amazon and Comcast VOD.
Madcap director Tom Six has wrapped production on the eagerly awaited sequel to his outrageous sleeper hit The Human Centipede. Entitled The Human Centipede: Full Sequence, the film introduces a new demented doc named Martin and a whooping 12 victims to be sewn together ass-to-mouth.
Peep the quirky teaser:
Unlike its predecessor, The Human Centipede: Full Sequence is being promoted as being “100% medically inaccurate” and will serve as a love letter from Six to those sensitive souls who dismissed the original over its fucked up premise.
Six tells IFC:
I knew when I wrote the script that it was going to be controversial. There are movies that are more gory, but somehow this film messes with your head. People find it so degrading that they think that because I can imagine such horrible things that I must be a pervert or an idiot or an escapee from a mental hospital.
When I was writing [First Sequence]. I had so many ideas that I couldn’t fit them all in the movie. And I wanted the audience to get used to this crazy centipede. Now, in ‘Part 2,’ I can use all my ideas.
So everything is in it this time. I don’t hold back anything. It’s pretty nasty.
IFC Films released The Human Centipede: First Sequence in April to critical acclaim from the horror community and surprisingly much of the mainstream media. After winning Best Picture at the 2009 Scream Fest LA Film Festival and Best Horror Film at the 2009 Fantastic Fest, the indie-frightener is now up for Best Villain and Most Memorable Mutilation honors at the upcoming 2010 Scream Awards.
For those not familiar with the movie, The Human Centipede: First Sequence stars Ashlynn Yennie and Ashley C. Williams as American tourists abducted by an evil German scientist hell-bent on creating a human centipede by sewing people together mouth-to-anus. To get the full skinny, read Clatto’s review here.
The Human Centipede: Full Sequence is slated for theatrical release in 2011. Home editions of the original film will be available on Oct. 5.
Directed by Christian Alvart, Case 39 follows a social worker (Zellweger) as she takes on a troubled young girl’s (Ferland) case with the help of a psychiatrist (Cooper) to disastrous results.
Case 39 marks Zellweger’s return to horror since costarring with Mathew McConaughey in 1994’s The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Cooper’s creds include 2008’s Clive Barker-produced Midnight Meat Train and the Hughes Brothers’ 2004 crime series “Touching Evil.”
Photos from the set of director Amy Heckerling’s upcoming horror comedy Vamps have hit the web. The film stars Heckerling’s Clueless muse Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter as BFFs turned into bloodsuckers by a vicious vampire queen (Sigourney Weaver) in New York.
I had high hopes for this project when it was first announced. I found Ritter to be quite stroke-able engaging during her stint on “Breaking Bad” and figured Sliverstone had probably slimmed down by now. But, these photos make my penis sad.