Welcome to another horror round-up! This time around, we have details on how you can support Tom Savini's Nightmare City remake that's presented by Umberto Lenzi, the director of the 1980 original, a look at a new poster and information for the Halloween-related documentary, Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran, and the reveal of who will play the lead role in Fox's Frankenstein pilot.
Tom Savini's Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with Judith O'Dea (Barbra from Night of the Living Dead) and many more.
An indiegogo campaign has been launched for the film and will run through April 16th. There is a goal of $200,000 and perks aplenty for supporters. To learn more, visit:
Press Release - "When a mutated Ebola & Leprosy virus spreads from Haiti to Miami starts turning people into terrifying, bloodthirsty creatures, a small group of survivors must escape from the City Of The Walking Dead.
Just like George Romero's ‘Dawn Of The Dead‘, Umberto Lenzi's ‘NIGHTMARE CITY‘ is a milestone of the zombie genre and 1980's horror cinema. Lenzi's work has had a big influence upon modern horror movies such as the 2004 ‘Dawn Of The Dead‘, ‘28 Days Later‘ and ‘Word War Z’, and filmmakers such as Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino, who confess to being big fans of Lenzi and ‘Nightmare City‘.
The remake will be directed by the King of Splatter & Gore TOM SAVINI who already proved with the critically acclaimed remake of George A. Romero’s ‘Night of The Living Dead’ (1990) that he knows how to create a dignified, thrilling remake of a cult classic. Savini will not only direct the remake, he will also be Special Effects & Makeup Supervisor and actor. Together with the best creative talents from his Special FX academy in Pittsburgh he will guarantee stunning makeup and special effects and will give horror fans what they desperately demand and miss in current horror movies - impressive practical effects and gallons of blood instead of cheap CGI effects.
The director of the cult original himself, the Italian maestro of horror and gore, UMBERTO LENZI, will be associate producer of the remake. Oscar nominated DEAN CUNDEY, one of the world's best cinematographers, who worked on many films of John Carpenter (‘The Thing‘,‘Halloween‘,‘The Fog‘, ‘Escape From New York‘), is in talks to be Director of Photography.
NIGHTMARE CITY won’t be a simple horror movie or remake, it will be a movie with a social message, based on real life events and threats, this will make the movie more intense and more terrifying. The movie will also be a tribute to the suspenseful horror classics of the 1970s and 1980s such as George Romero's ‘Night Of The Living Dead‘ and ‘Dawn Of The Dead‘, Lucio Fulci's ‘Zombie‘, or John Carpenter's ‘The Fog‘. Parts of the profits will be donated to the Ebola response work of Doctors Without Borders and toThe Leprosy Mission international.
Shooting is planned to start Q3/Q4 around Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. The movie will be an international co-production with Monstaworx Entertainment and Minerva Pictures.
MONSTAWORX Entertainment is a union of independent filmmakers and production companies based in the US, UK, Italy and Austria which develops and produces films, shows, shorts and commercials for the international marketplace. Our professional team and partners feature an international set of creative talents and award-winning filmmakers who worked for renowned studios and networks and for several successful Hollywood productions."
Here's the official synopsis for the Nightmare City remake:
"After the outbreak of an unknown virus in the Caribbean the Miami Port Authority receives an SOS from an international aid ship returning from Haiti. TV reporter Dean Miller and his cameraman Charlie are sent to the port where rescue teams are awaiting the arriving ship. At first the ship appears to be deserted, but suddenly the rescue teams are attacked by dozens of deformed people. Infected by a new hybrid of two of the most deadly viruses of our time - Ebola and leprosy; their faces and bodies are covered with welts and sores and they are hungry for blood.
Dean and his colleague witness a brutal massacre and return to the TV station to inform the public about the horrifying events, but the government and military prohibit the broadcasting of the news in order to avoid a panic. With the public in the dark, the virus and the number of infected people start to spread over the city, while Dean, his wife Anna and a small group are trying to escape from the 'City Of The Walking Dead'..."
Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran: He played the unmasked Michael Myers in the fateful final moments of John Carpenter's 1978 classic, Halloween, and a new documentary explores the life of Tony Moran, the man beneath the mask:
Press Release - "Tony Moran may not be a household name, but his face is an integral part of horror movie history. Moran portrayed Michael Myers in the final scenes of John Carpenter's Halloween, including the unmasked sequence. His life hasn't been the same since the influential film's release in 1978.
Insomniac Productions and Lock it Down Productions are excited to announce Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran and release the official poster artwork.
The independent documentary gives viewers a rare look at the life of a genre celebrity. Co-directors David Langill and Jordan Pacheco were given unprecedented access to Moran's life for the project. From horror conventions to home life and everything in between, nothing was off limits.
The film features special appearances by Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), Andrew Bryniarski (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Debbie Rochon (Tromeo and Juliet), Jonathan Tiersten (Sleepaway Camp), John Dugan (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Timothy Patrick Quill (Army of Darkness), Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior) and more.
"I want to show Tony for who he is," explains Langill. "A father, a friend, an actor and a horror icon. Tony is a passionate man with a big heart and, like all of us, Tony has his ups and downs. Viewers get to see Tony as most have never seen him before."
Pacheco adds, "This is a unique chance to see how a hit film can effect an actor years after its release, the relationships a life of acting and traveling doing conventions have made and what happens after the conventions doors close. Tony has lived an incredible life, and I'm grateful for the chance to share some of it with everyone."
Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran will premiere in October 2015. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/HorrorIconInsideMichaelsMask."
Fox's Frankenstein: True Blood fans may want to turn their attention to Fox's Frankenstein pilot, because Rob Kazinsky will be playing the reanimated lead role in the show, according to Deadline. Also in the cast is Adhir Kalyan (Rules of Engagement), who will play Otto Goodwin, "one of Ray’s creators, the quiet and brilliant Internet billionaire." From Rand Ravich and Howard Gordon, Frankenstein has the following synopsis:
"Taking inspiration from the basic Mary Shelley mythology of a man brought back to life by scientists playing god, Frankenstein centers on Ray Pritchard (Kazinsky), a morally corrupt retired cop who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. The “monster” is athletic, strong and handsome — the reanimated version of a much older Pritchard, a former Marine who was recently murdered. Pritchard’s body may be new, but his mind is still that of a 75-year-old, badass curmudgeon."