Eli Roth’s Green Inferno Finally Gets Release Date

Green Inferno posterMan it’s been a long wait!! Horror fans have been patiently waiting for Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO, Roth’s homage to the classic Italian cannibal film. THE GREEN INFERNO is Roth’s first directorial gig since 2009’s HOSTEL: PART II. THE GREEN INFERNO is directed by Roth, written by Roth, Guillermo Amoedo, and Nicolás López, and stars Lorenza IzzoAriel LevyAaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Magda Apanowicz, Ignacia Allamand, Daryl Sabara, and Sky Ferreira. Check out the plot crunch:

A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.

THE GREEN INFERNO will be released on September 25, 2015 via Blumhouse Productions label BH Tilt, Universal Pictures, and High Top Releasing. Check out the press release:

BLUMHOUSE PRODUCTIONS’ BH TILT PARTNERS WITH ELI ROTH AND

UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO RELEASE

THE GREEN INFERNO 

In collaboration with Universal and High Top, BHT Creates Unique Marketing and Distribution Strategy to Bring Long Awaited Film to Theaters

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(Los Angeles, California, June 1, 2015) BH Tilt, Blumhouse Productions’ label dedicated to creating tailored distribution strategies for genre films, will release Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno on September 25, 2015 in collaboration with Universal Pictures and High Top Releasing, a label dedicated to servicing high quality movies using Focus Features’ distribution capabilities. The companies will debut The Green Inferno on approximately 1,000 screens and promote the film by employing a targeted digital campaign focused on creating awareness and engagement among genre fans.

“The Green Inferno is a wild, fun ride that took us deeper into the Amazon than anyone has ever taken a film crew,” said Roth. “BH Tilt is a forward thinking label that is helping to redefine how genre movies can be released. I want to express my deep gratitude to the fans for their incredible support of this movie and to everyone at Blumhouse and Universal for making sure fans can experience the film in theaters across the country.”

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Jason Blum said: “When we launched BH Tilt we said our goal was to be part of the continuing evolution of distribution, whether it is through changing marketing strategies, changing revenue sources or changing windows. We are excited to capitalize on new developments in distribution and marketing to bring Eli’s movie to horror lovers across the country.”

In The Green Inferno, a group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.

Blumhouse, which has a 10-year first-look production agreement with Universal Pictures, specializes in micro-budget genre movies. The company, whose franchises have grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide, gives directors creative freedom to make the movies they want. Given their low-budgets, the films can be distributed and marketed both traditionally and in new ways.

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About Eli Roth

Eli Roth wrote, directed, and produced the horror films Cabin Fever, Hostel and Hostel: Part II, and as an actor, co-starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. His producing credits include The Last Exorcism and The Man With The Iron Fists, and he serves as Executive Producer on the hit Netflix series Hemlock Grove. Most recently, Roth co-wrote and directed Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves.

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About Blumhouse Productions

Blumhouse Productions is a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking- producing high-quality micro-budget films. Blumhouse has produced the highly-profitable Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious, Sinister and Ouija franchises which have grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide. The company’s award-winning projects include Whiplash and The Normal Heart. Blumhouse has a first-look deal with Universal Pictures which spans across other NBCUniversal business including Universal Cable Productions and Universal Television. The company’s television shows include the Emmy Award winning The Normal Heart (HBO), The Jinx (HBO) and South of Hell (WEtv). Blumhouse previously executive produced Ascension and Stranded for Syfy, Eye Candy for MTV and The River for ABC. BH Tilt is a new label from the company dedicated to movies from Blumhouse and other filmmakers that will be released across multiple-platforms taking advantage of new distribution strategies.

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I’ve been looking forward to this film for a while now. I’m a huge fan of the Italian cannibal films of the 1970s and 1980s and can’t wait to see what Roth does with it.

What about you? Looking forward to this one?

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Teaser Trailer for The Gallows Drops; Too Scary to Watch??

It seems the new buzz phrase for all upcoming horror releases is, “it’s the scariest film of the year.” I noticed this started towards the end of 2014 with the release of THE BABADOOK. Myself and Deggsy (who wrote the review) both really enjoyed THE BABADOOK, but was it scary? Not really, but that’s okay. It wasn’t written and made to be a scary film. Now with the release and success of IT FOLLOWS, which was also promoted as the scariest film you’ll ever see, it seems that “scary” is the new PR word being slapped on every film. Again, IT FOLLOWS is a terrific film and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t find it scary. As the reviewer wrote, IT FOLLOWS goes more for establishing dread, not scares.

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This brings me to the upcoming film, THE GALLOWS. THE GALLOWS is written and directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing and stars Cassidy Gifford, Pfeifer BrownRyan Shoos, Reese Mishler, and Alexis Schneider. THE GALOWS is coming from genre powerhouses Blumhouse Productions and New Line Cinema and is being described as I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER-esque. And of course it’s also being described as the scariest movie of 2015. Hhmmm. Check out the plot crunch:

20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone.

I’m looking forward to this solely because it sounds like an old-school slasher flick, and I can never get enough of those!! THE GALLOWS is slated for a July 10, 2015 release. For now all we have is a recently released teaser trailer to go on. Check it out:

What do you think? Too scary to sit through? Maybe. I’m’ just hoping for a good old fashioned kick ass slasher flick!! What do you think?

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Official Plot Details Drop for Upcoming High School Horror, The Gallows

filmmakers Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff.
filmmakers Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff.

Last year, New Line Cinema bought the rights to Blumhouse Productions’ micro-budget horror tale SUPERSTITION. The film was given a July 10, 2015 release date and was changed to THE GALLOWS. Recently the film’s official plot synopsis dropped. THE GALLOWS is written and directed by Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff and stars Cassidy GiffordPfeifer BrownReese Mishler, Ryan Shoos, Alexis Schneider, and Price T. Morgan. Rumors have been circulating that THE GALLOWS has some elements of a found footage flick, but nothing is definite. Since the film is still slated for a July 10, 2015 release, I’m assuming we’ll start hearing more about this one soon. For now you can dig on the official synopsis:

Everyone in Beatrice, Nebraska knows the name Charlie Grimille, just as everyone knows what happened 30 years ago on stage at Beatrice High School’s production of ‘The Gallows.’   Originally the understudy, Charlie took the lead’s place on opening night. But instead of bowing to applause, Charlie ended up really swinging from the noose. Charlie’s death has loomed over the small town ever since.  Now, on the anniversary of his tragic real-life curtain call, Beatrice High School’s drama department is preparing to perform the same play, in the same auditorium.  Pfeifer, the star of the show, has spear-headed the revival in an attempt to put the past to rest. The night before the big debut, however, Pfeifer discovers her male costar, Reese, with his football buddy, Ryan, and Ryan’s cheerleader girlfriend, Cassidy, sabotaging the props in an attempt to ruin the opening. But there is far more to worry about than the show going on. Suddenly locked in, with no cell service, no way out, and no one knowing they are even there, the teens soon realize Charlie isn’t at peace.  And he isn’t resting.

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Insidious: Chapter 3 Drops New International Trailer & the Possibility of a Shared Universe?

Insidious posterAnd the INSIDIOUS franchise keeps trudging along!! INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 is a prequel to the previous two films. This installment is written and directed by Leigh Whannell, who wrote the first INSIDIOUS as well as the first three SAW films and DEAD SILENCE. INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 stars Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie ScottAngus Sampson, Lin Shaye, Steve Coulter, Hayley Kiyoko, Ashton Moio, and Ele Keats. Whannell also reprises his role as Specs. The film is slated for a June 5, 2015 release date and is starting to kick the promo wheels into high gear. The film recently released the official international trailer.

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 takes place before the haunting of the Lambert family, which was the focus of the two previous INSIDIOUS movies, and will introduce and explore the mysteries of the otherworldly realm, “The Further.” Check out the plot crunch:

A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Now dig on the new German trailer:

In other INSIDIOUS news, Jason Blum, Executive Producer and founder of Blumhouse Productions, recently hinted that the INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchises may be creating a shared horror universe. When Eric Eisenberg from Cinema Blend, asked Blum if the shared universe model was something he was interested in doing, Blum responded:

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Be like Marvel, you mean? Yeah! I want to do that. We’ve been putting Easter Eggs in movies in different things. There’s some in Insidious 3. There’s some in Sinister 2. So yeah, we’ve been doing that. I would like to do more of that.

With INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 coming out in June and SINISTER 2 being released in August, Blum suggested  that at the very least some strides will be made to show that these two franchises may exist in a shared world. The studio is also, according to Blum, in the process of putting together a bigger picture. As Blum explained:

We’re not close to an AVENGERS, but I do like the idea of having the worlds collide in the different franchises we work on. That’s a really cool idea… I want to continue to do that.

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Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions

 

What do you think about a shared horror universe? Think it would work? Think anyone would really care about it? A shared Marvel Universe works because there’s all these heroes that need to come together to fight a bigger threat than any single superhero could handle. Think the same kind of idea will work with these franchises?

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Martyrs Remake Has Already Been Filmed?!??!!!?

Marytrs posterI’ll give you a second to let the bile and vomit clear your throat. It’s been a while since I heard or read anything about the possible remake of the 2008 French film MARTYRS, but all good things must come to an end. As I was sitting down to write this article about how the MARTYRS remake was back on track another news item came across my desk (okay okay, it was my laptop) telling me that filming for the MARTYRS remake has already wrapped!! I think the studio pulled a fast one on us. The last time a big announcement was made about a remake was back in 2010 when THE LAST EXORCISM’s Daniel Stamm was attached to direct and Kristen Stewart was rumored as the potential lead. If a remake wasn’t bad enough the possibility of Kristen Stewart starring was too much for horror fans and the internet lit up like the Times Square Christmas tree!! It worked. Talk of the remake faded away. Now, though, the rumors aren’t rumors and it looks like we’re getting a MARTYRS remake whether we like it or not. According to Bloody-Disgusting.com, “MARTYRS, which is to be produced by Blumhouse and The Safran Company, has already been completed.”

The remake is directed by The Goetz Brothers (Michael and Kevin) and Mark L. Smith, who wrote VACANCY, THE HOLE, and THE REVENANT, penned the script. Here’s the big question: Who’s starring? Bailey Noble (TRUE BLOOD) and Troian Bellisario (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) star along with Kate Burton and Blake Robbins.

For those of you not familiar with MARTYRS stop reading this and go out and buy this film immediately. MARTYRS is the most important horror film to come out in the past two decades. MARTYRS was written and directed by Pascal Laugier and on the surface was about an abused woman seeking revenge against her tormentors. But this film is way more than a revenge film. MARTYRS delves into topics that other films won’t even dare tread. The nature of suffering, the nature of violence, the Meaning of Life … these themes and more are explored both on an emotional and visceral level. 

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Marytrs1From the second studios started whispering about a U.S remake of MARTYRS horror fans united in their unanimous cry of it being a completely unnecessary remake. The phrase “unnecessary remake” gets thrown around a lot but when talking about MARTYRS this has never been more appropriate. Quite frankly MARTYRS can’t be remade properly if it’s being done by a mainstream studio (which it is) for a mainstream audience (which it is). Why? I’m glad you asked.

Firstly, the level of violence is unrelenting. Even if the studio cut out sixty percent of the violence that was in the original film it would still get an R rating. And if recent Hollywood trends are any indicator then the remake will be going for a PG-13 rating in order to maximize the amount of people able to see it.

Secondly, the themes explored in the original are themes that Hollywood just won’t touch. The theme of suffering and the ultimate meaninglessness of life are not your typical Hollywood themes. There’s also a negative religious vibe throughout the film that I assure you won’t be in the remake.

Finally, MARTYRS is one of the most nihilistic films you’ll ever see. There isn’t so much as a knock-knock joke in the original. There’s no comedy relief, there’s no hope, there’s no uplifting resolve. If the remake so much as attempts to throw in a smile here and there or tries an uplifting ending then the filmmakers fail. They will have failed to grasp what Laugier set out to accomplish in the original MARTYRS. MARTYRS was not made for a general audience. In fact director-writer Pascal Laugier provides an introduction to the film where he tells us that we may not want to see this movie; that it came from a very dark place within him. After we see it, he continues, we may hate him but that’s okay because, as he tells us, “I don’t really love myself either.” This isn’t a PR stunt. This is a difficult film to get through but after you watch it you realize that you just experienced something unique and important.

I can’t see a U.S remake successfully pulling off a remake while staying true to the source material. Maybe I’m wrong and the remake is a masterpiece just like the original. It could happen. Right?

Tell me what you think about both MARTYRS and the MARTYRS remake. Think these filmmakers can pull to off?

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Upcoming Horror Film Incarnate Lands Lead Actor

Aaron EckhartAccording to Independent.ie, THE DARK KNIGHT actor, Aaron Eckhart has landed the title role in the upcoming film, INCARNATE.  INCARNATE will come from the producers of the INSIDIOUS and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY films and Blumhouse Productions is hoping INCARNATE becomes their next low budget franchise.  Check out the brief plot crunch:

INCARNATE is about an unconventional exorcist who can tap into the subconscious of the possessed people he tries to help.  But he meets his match when a nine-year-old boy is possessed by a demon from his past.

INCARNATE will be directed by Brad Peyton (CATS AND DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE) and is due to start shooting in November.  But before INCARNATE, Eckhart will be in I, FRANKENSTEIN, being released in early 2014.

I’m pretty done with exorcism movies and am surprised they’re attempting to create another franchise with this as the central plot.  Hopefully they have some good writers on this one.

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Dimension Films Plans on Being a “Pest”

dimension_films_logo_a_lDimension Films has announced today plans to bring a new terror to life in conjunction with Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions.  Check out the press release below for the announcement of PEST:

Dimension Films and IM Global announced today that Dimension has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the horror thriller PEST, directed by Mark Tonderai (HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET), from IM Global and Blumhouse Productions. Octane, the genre division of IM Global, a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA, will fully finance the film which will be produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (SINISTER, INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, THE PURGE) and Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark (CLOVERFIELD). Blumhouse International is overseeing foreign sales. BHI has a worldwide distribution and servicing deal with IM Global. IM Global CEO Stuart Ford, Charles Layton and Matt Kaplan are executive producers. PEST is based on Barbara Marshall’s original screenplay, which appeared on the Black List, the Blood List, and the Hit List in 2012. Discussions are underway for the lead roles with some top talent in consideration.

In PEST, when a deadly virus invades their hometown, a teen documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister as society begins to crumble outside.

“I was captivated by Marshall’s screenplay. There is a complicated family drama amidst a terrifying and tense story of an outbreak that is unleashed. I’m excited to be working with Jason Blum and Stuart Ford again to bring this terrifying thriller to audiences,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.

Said IM Global CEO Stuart Ford, “We’re delighted to continue our long-standing and successful relationship with both Jason and Bob Weinstein. We couldn’t ask for two more savvy and prolific partners on a smart, elevated genre piece such as PEST.”

Blum said: “We are excited to work with Bob, Stuart, Mark and the entire team on bringing Barbara’s terrifying world to life.”

The deal was negotiated for Dimension Films by David Glasser, COO, The Weinstein Company and Michal Steinberg, EVP Business/Legal Affairs and Acquisitions; on behalf of the film by IM Global’s Ford, SVP of Business Affairs Florence Larsonneur and Jason Blum.

I was kind of hoping for something a little different than the standard “deadly infection” storyline, but I’m always up for some new blood being injected into this sub-genre.  What do you think?

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Sequel to Sinister is in the Pipeline … Shocker!!

sinister-movie-poster__130301195419When a little film grosses more than $87 million worldwide off of a $3 million budget, you can bet your ass that a sequel won’t be far behind.  The PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise is still cranking them out (for better or worse) and now it looks like SINISTER will be the new sequel on the block.  Deadline.com has reported that Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions is moving forward on its third micro-budget franchise with SINISTER 2.

The move to build the Sinister franchise follows in the footsteps of Blumhouse’s successes with theParanormal Activity and Insidious series of ultra-low-budget genre hits.

Deadline.com further reports that:

[A]ll of the major behind-the-scenes players are back for Sinister 2, including creators Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. They wrote the original, which Derrickson also directed. Thinking is that they’ll write the sequel, and I hear director conversations are in the works. Blum will produce as will Derrickson. (Blumhouse and Derrickson are also working on a screen adaptation of Stephen King novella The Breathing Method.)

The cast and plot for the sequel are so far being kept under tight wraps.  More on this one as it comes.

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Mark & Jay Duplass Sell Their Found Footage Horror Flick, Peachfuzz, to Blum

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I’m loving Mark Duplass more and more. First off he’s brilliant in FX’s THE LEAGUE, which is the funniest show on the air right now. Now I’m learning that he’s a horror fan and has been writing some horror scripts. One script, PEACHFUZZ, that he wrote with his brother Jay, has been bought up by Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions. According to The Wrap:

Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions have acquired distribution rights to “Peachfuzz,” a found-footage horror film produced by Mark and Jay Duplass. Blum and his company, producers of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, have invested an undisclosed sum in the movie and will work with the Duplass brothers on the film, its distribution and marketing. Patrick Brice directed “Peachfuzz,” which follows a young man who encounters unforeseen surprises after answering a Craiglist ad.

No other plot details are available right now, but what really excites me about this project is that PEACHFUZZ is said to put a “new spin on found footage horror.” I am game for that!!

“We’ve been wanting to do something with Jason and Blumhouse for a while,” Mark Duplass said in a statement. “Our love for the absurd and uncomfortable combined with his horror experience is the exact fit we wanted for our vision for the found-footage genre.”

Bring it on, Mark. Bring it on!! No news yet on when PEACHFUZZ will be available.

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