Jesse Burks and Eric England's new project, Cured, stars Michael Berryman and Scout Taylor-Compton, and we have photos and impressions of the exorcism short film. In Wayward Pines, there's one road in and no road out, and another teaser has dropped hyping fans of Fox's Wayward Pines for the second season that premieres on Wednesday, May 25th. Also: a trailer and release details for Incarnate and six preview pages as well as cover art for the graphic novel Death Follows.
Cured Impressions and Photos: Tied and gagged on a gurney, The Possessed is carted down a hallway by four solemn women. They cart her into a room to see The Surgeon, leaving her writhing below a pair of overhead lights before backing out the door. Eyes wide and wearing a surgical mask and cap, The Surgeon turns around to greet his latest guest. He is accompanied by a tray of tools, a young girl in a dress… and a vacuum cleaner. The first tool he selects is a razor blade, and what follows is several minutes of intensity and intrigue during one of the most unique exorcisms I've seen on film.
Directed by Jesse Burks (One Please) and Eric England (Contracted), Cured is a new short film featuring no dialogue (minus the screaming) but plenty of atmosphere. Gabe Mayhan's black-and-white cinematography places viewers into a gothic nightmare where all is not as it appears, and what at first seems sinister could actually be the key to salvation.
Longtime horror veteran Michael Berryman (One Please, 1977’s The Hills Have Eyes, The Devil’s Rejects) reunites with Burks to star as The Surgeon, and fans of the beloved actor will take great delight in seeing him perform a methodical exorcism on The Possessed, played by Scout Taylor-Compton (Laurie Strode from Rob Zombie’s Halloween movies). The Surgeon’s procedure for extracting demons is bloody and painful, and Burks and England wisely don’t take the camera off the hair-raising details, forcing viewers to feel The Possessed’s pain, all while Berryman’s empathetic eyes keep the violence grounded in a nightmarish reality.
Featuring some dark humor amongst the horror, Cured is bolstered by believable performances, confident filmmaking, and one of the best uses of a vacuum cleaner I’ve seen onscreen. If you’re looking for a refreshing take on the exorcism subgenre, then you should check yourself in to get Cured. - Derek Anderson
Directed by Eric England and Jesse Burks from a screenplay by Burks, Cured stars Michael Berryman,Scout Taylor-Compton, and Sailor Holland. Keep an eye out for Cured, which is now making the rounds at film festivals.
Synopsis: "A young woman, possessed by a demonic entity, encounters a surgeon with a most unusual method of performing exorcisms."
Wayward Pines Season 2 Teaser Video: From the Press Release: WAYWARD PINES, last summer’s No. 1 scripted series on broadcast television, returns for a second season Wednesday, May 25th (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. From executive producer M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “The Visit”), the 10-episode, psychological thriller is based on the rich world created by author Blake Crouch in his international best-selling series of books.
Starring Jason Patric (“Rush,” “Narc”), two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “In America”) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Hope Davis (“American Crime,” “The Newsroom”), the 10-episode, second season will pick up after the shocking events of Season One, with the residents of Wayward Pines battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation. Dr. THEO YEDLIN (Patric) – a new resident of Wayward Pines – awakens from suspended animation and finds himself in the middle of this rebellion, as he tries to understand what Wayward Pines really is and help preserve the endangered human race.
Also joining the second season are cast members Tom Stevens (“Cedar Cove”), returning from Season One as JASON HIGGINS, a member of the First Generation and Pilcher’s young acolyte; Nimrat Kaur (“Homeland”) as REBECCA, who has her own secrets she keeps from Theo, her husband; Josh Helman (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as XANDER, a resident working to undermine Wayward Pines from within; and Kacey Rohl (“Hannibal”) as KERRY, one of Jason’s lieutenants in the civil war going on in Wayward Pines.
Additionally, several Season One cast members will appear in Season Two, including Terrence Howard (SHERIFF ARNOLD POPE), Carla Gugino (KATE HEWSON), Toby Jones (DR. JENKINS/DAVID PILCHER), Melissa Leo (NURSE PAM), Tim Griffin (ADAM HASSLER), Shannyn Sossamon (THERESA BURKE) and Charlie Tahan (BEN BURKE).
Incarnate Release Details and Trailer: "A scientist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed must save a young boy from the grips of a demon with powers never seen before while facing the horrors of his past.
Hightop releasing and BH Tilt present, in association with IM Global/BLUMHOUSE/WWE Studios, A Deep Undergrounds film.
Directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas), INCARNATE stars Aaron Eckhart, Carice Van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno, David Mazouz, Kier O’Donnell, Matt Nable, and John Pirruccello The film was produced by Jason Blum, Trevor Engelson, and Micheal Seitzman and written by Ronnie Christenson. INCARNATE will be released in theaters September 30th, 2016."
Death Follows Graphic Novel Preview Pages and Cover Art: From Dark Horse Comics: "Birdie lives with her family on a struggling farm. When an itinerant farmhand comes to their aid, she should be relieved. Instead, she finds her life spiraling into a nightmare, as wherever the hired man goes, the dead grow restless.
* An all-new original graphic novel collecting never-before-printed material from Harrow County’s Cullen Bunn, with illustration by A. C. and Carlos Nicolas Zamudio!
* Cover by Simon Bisley!
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: A. C. Zamudio
Colorist: Carlos Nicolas Zamudio
Cover Artist: Simon Bisley
Publication Date: May 25, 2016
Format: FC, 136 pages; TPB, 7'' x 10''