A few years ago, Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice came together to create one of the best found footage films of the modern era of horror, Creep. A surprise hit that connected with horror fans in a big way, Duplass is reprising his disconcerting character (now known as “Aaron”) in Creep 2, but this time, he finds that his new “project,” an online filmmaker named Sara (Desiree Akhavan), doesn’t scare nearly as easy as he was hoping, especially after she agrees to continue working with him after he confesses that he is indeed a serial killer. Realizing that he may have finally met his match, “Aaron’s” new companion is about to push him and his fragile psyche further than ever before.
Earlier this year, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with several folks involved with the slasher comedy Tragedy Girls while in Austin at SXSW 2017 (which is where it celebrated its world premiere). But now that the film is set to enjoy its theatrical run this Friday, courtesy of Gunpowder & Sky, we thought we’d catch up again with co-writer/director Tyler MacIntyre, as well as with one-half of the film's titular anti-heroes, Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Straight Outta Compton), to talk Tragedy Girls one last time.
Over the weekend, Creature Features in Burbank, California played host to an amazing panel called Creating Pennywise, which featured Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis from studioADI, as well as fellow legendary effects artist Bart Mixon, who was responsible for bringing the Tim Curry iteration of Pennywise to life for the 1990 IT miniseries.
This Friday, Momentum Pictures is set to release Jungle, the latest from Greg McLean (The Belko Experiment, Wolf Creek 1 and 2), which tells the real-life story of Yossi Ghinsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe), who traveled to the Amazon rainforest during the 1980s, and had to contend with the brutal dangers lurking all around him and his group of fellow travelers as they made their way through the unforgiving titular locale. Shortly after surviving his ordeal, Ghinsberg wrote a book about his experiences, which is also entitled Jungle, and McLean discussed in a recent interview with Daily Dead how he first discovered the autobiographical tale and knew that he needed to adapt it for the big screen.
Earlier this year, D.J. Caruso’s Disturbia turned 10 years old, and since I was already chatting with him for Happy Death Day, I could not resist chatting with Christopher Landon about the project, which became a turning point in his career as a then up-and-coming screenwriter with huge aspirations.
This past summer, I was invited to Dallas for the annual QuakeCon gaming celebration, and while there, I entered the haunted city of Union in an immersive demo for the new video game The Evil Within 2. After surviving the demo, I had the chance to sit down with some of the creative team from The Evil Within 2, including Tango Gameworks Studio Director Shinji Mikami (also known for his work on the Resident Evil video game series), Game Director John Johanas, and Writer Trent Haaga (Cheap Thrills, Deadgirl).
Continue reading to learn about expanding the world of the 2014 game, bringing back Sebastian Castellanos as a main character, and the emotional journey behind the surreal scares of the sequel, which is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
In theaters today is Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day, a horror comedy about a sorority girl who must contend with living out her death over and over again to figure out just who it is that is trying to kill her. Landon’s latest was produced by the fine folks over at Blumhouse Productions, and at a recent press day for their latest offering, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with producer Jason Blum.
This past weekend I traveled up to the Northeast United States to check out Salem Horror Fest, a brand new horror festival whose mission is “to examine the themes of Fear and the American Experience within the horror genre.”
Arriving in theaters today is Happy Death Day, the latest from filmmaker Christopher Landon that follows a young woman (Jessica Rothe) who must live out her own demise again and again in hopes of unlocking the puzzle to her untimely death. Landon, who has been at the helm of some great genre films like Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, delivers yet another unique cinematic experience with his latest effort.
For Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day, star Jessica Rothe gets to live out her birthday—and her untimely demise—over and over again, in hopes of figuring out just who’s trying to kill her. On paper, it might seem like redoing the same day over and over again would be easy, but for Rothe and her director, there were challenges they both faced while collaborating together on the latest production from Blumhouse.
Since it started in 2001, Screamfest has served as both a launching pad for new filmmakers and a celebration of the horror genre's past, and this year is certainly no exception.
Sy Lombrok (Kellan Lutz) is an escaped convict, Kane Sommerville (Daniel MacPherson) is an alcoholic lieutenant. They don't really get along, but they both have only hours to get off the planet before it's obliterated in the new sci-fi action film The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One. An ambitious sci-fi story that retains an epic scope without losing sight of its character-centric sensibilities, The Osiris Child is now out on VOD and Digital HD from RLJ Entertainment, and Daily Dead recently had the chance to speak with actor Kellan Lutz about his intriguing role, working with director Shane Abbess, visiting a real prison to prepare to play his character, and much more.
This Friday, Chris Peckover’s holiday horror comedy Better Watch Out (read my review here) arrives in select theaters and on VOD platforms everywhere, courtesy of Well Go USA. The film pits three teenagers (Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, and Ed Oxenbould) against an unknown assailant who is terrorizing them, but it’s quickly revealed that this isn’t your typical home invasion, and soon enough, a wicked game of cat and mouse breaks out, leaving them all wondering just who will be left standing after this night of babysitting gone awry.
It’s been amazing to watch Don Mancini shepherd the entire Child’s Play franchise for nearly 30 years now, successfully navigating these films through various eras in modern horror, all while keeping the spirit of everyone’s favorite possessed killer doll Chucky very much alive and kicking.
I’m always interested in new ways (and platforms) on which filmmakers can create and share new and compelling horror projects, so when I heard about Stage 13’s new series Two Sentence Horror Stories, I knew it was something I wanted to check out.