The ultimate villain, Satan, makes an appearance (twice!) in this week's Horror Bites. To start, "The Hangover's" Bradley Cooper, supposedly in talks to star in "The Crow" remake, has now set his sights on an adaptation of "Paradise Lost" – no, it has nothing to do with the metal band – and Cooper may be playing the big bad himself, Lucifer. Rutger Hauer won't let anyone show him up, though, and is also engaging in a little devilry on screen.
"Paranormal Activity 3" is slipping into "Saw's" place as the new Halloween franchise. Oren Peli and his crew have brought on a team of "documentary" filmmakers to direct their latest installment in the supernatural series. Pants will be peed this October, for sure. Meanwhile, the cast of "Piranha 3DD" is rounding out quite nicely – and may need to increase a cup size – with the addition of some familiar faces, and the "Sexiest Woman Alive."
Find out the full skinny, and relish in more horror goodies, after the jump.
"Paranormal Activity 3" Teams Up With "Catfish" Filmmakers
Worried you won't have the gorefest otherwise known as "Saw" to keep you company this Halloween? "Paranormal Activity 3" will be hitting theaters on October 21, and this time around the spooky series will be directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman of "Catfish" fame. For those of you who didn't catch the documentary/pseudo-documentary (depending on your take of the film), "Catfish" follows Nev Schulman – who lives with his brother Ariel and friend Henry Joost in New York. Ariel documents Nev's relationship with a woman he falls in love with on Facebook – but he also becomes involved in the strange lives of her entire family. (Explaining more than that is major spoiler territory, so check out the film if you can.) Joost and Schulman are already great at allegedly creating fake documentaries that play as real (again, depending on your opinion of the film), so having the "Catfish" team on board Oren Peli's ghostly franchise could put an interesting spin on the supernatural flick. [Shock Till You Drop & Bloody Disgusting]
Bradley Cooper Might Play Lucifer in "Paradise Lost"
Remaking John Milton's epic 17th-century poem, "Paradise Lost," seems like one hell of an undertaking, but "The Crow" and "I, Robot" director Alex Proyas is going to take a stab at it. He may have found one of his leading men for the role of Lucifer – the rebel angel who falls from grace and is banished to Hell. "The Hangover's" Bradley Cooper may be battling God's faithful army of angels and tempting Adam and Eve to the dark side. The project is being described as an "action vehicle that will include aerial warfare," and shot in 3D. While the studio negotiates with Cooper and possibly makes an official offer, the actor's also been in talks to star in a remake of Proyas' "The Crow." [Variety]
Rutger Hauer is Satan in "The Reverend"
Playing a badass villain is something "Hobo With a Shotgun" star Rutger Hauer has perfected over the years. Now, he's trading his hobo's rags for a pair of horns in Neil Jones' new film, "The Reverend." Production has just begun on the movie – which is apparently also going to be turned into a graphic novel. When a Reverend moves into an eerily quiet town, a mysterious woman transforms the preacher – who suddenly has a thirst for blood. See the first gory still at Shock Till You Drop. Meanwhile, Bloody-Disgusting has a peek at "Hellraiser's" Doug Bradley as the Reverend.
Sexiest Woman Alive Joins Cast of "Piranha 3DD," Survivors Make a Return
The cast of "Piranha 3DD" is the gift that keeps on giving. Esquire's 2011 "Sexiest Woman Alive" was Katrina Bowden, and she's joining folks like Danielle Panabaker ("The Crazies"), Matt Bush ("Adventureland"), Chris Zylka ("The Amazing Spiderman"), and Gary Busey ("Predator 2") for a swim in killer fish-infested waters. The film will also see some familiar faces make a return. Ving Rhames ("Pulp Fiction"), Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future"), and Paul Scheer ("The League") are valiantly reprising their roles for the blood-soaked sequel. The trio made a splash in last year's film directed by Alexandre Aja, and it's cool to see them back for more. Rhames returns as Deputy Fallon – hopefully maniacally wielding another motorboat engine. Scheer also survives after making a bizarre disappearance in the first film, and Lloyd is back as piranha guru Mr. Goodman. More boobs ‘n' blood coming at you on November 23.
"Twilight" Director Nabs First "Host" Star
Stephenie Meyer is trading vamps for soul-sucking aliens. The "Twilight" author's newest film is based off her other bestselling novel, "The Host." Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna") is set to star in the screen adaptation about an alien species that wants to feast on the consciousness of a dwindling group of humans. When "Breaking Dawn" – the final installment in the "Twilight" saga – releases in 2012, will Meyer have any bankability away from Bella, Edward, and Jacob?
Horror Infiltrates the MTV Movie Awards
You may have heard about this little thing we do around here, called the MTV Movie Awards. This years nominees have been posted, but the "Best Scared-as-Sh*t Performance" is the one horror fans are most excited about. You have until Sunday to vote in all categories, but make sure you let us know if Ashley Bell ("The Last Exorcism"), Ellen Page ("Inception"), Jessica Szohr ("Piranha 3D"), Minka Kelly ("The Roommate"), or Ryan Reynolds ("Buried") should win for best scaredy-cat.
Darker, Scarier "Constantine" Sequel in the Works?
"Hellblazer's" John Constantine is a lovable jerk who regularly screws over both heaven and hell to suit his own needs. The film version of the popular comic with Keanu Reeves as the smartass occult detective played out like Neo in the "Matrix" part deux. In other words, it wasn't great. We recently spoke with director Francis Lawrence who had some interesting things to say about a possible sequel: "It would be great to figure out a sequel, and if we did, and we've been trying to figure one out, it would be great to do the really dark, scary [version]. We got caught in that weird PG-13 / R no man's land, and we should do the hard-R scary version, which I would love to do."
Rob Zombie Summons "The Lords of Salem"
Filmmaker and musicmaker Rob Zombie recently announced that he'd be making a movie about a coven of 300 year-old demonic witches, "The Lords of Salem." He told the fearmakers at FEARnet about this year's upcoming projects, including the film – which he promises will be " … probably the bleakest of all of my films ... a long, slow decent into the bowels of Hell." Sounds like unicorns and rainbows as usual.
Michael Sheen is Not in "Dark Shadows."
Sadface about "Tron: Legacy" star Michael Sheen not appearing in Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows." We have the full story over yonder link.
Lionsgate Moves into Joss Whedon's "Cabin in the Woods"
Calling all "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and Joss Whedon fans: the film that was shelved by the financially rocky MGM has been happily gobbled up by Lionsgate. The studio is expected to release Whedon's "Cabin in the Woods" this fall (hopefully in time for Halloween!), starring "Thor's" Chris Hemsworth. The film pokes fun at horror film clichés, as evidenced by their awesome posters, whose taglines read things like: "If you hear a strange sound outside … have sex." "Cloverfield" writer Drew Goddard helmed the project and co-wrote the screenplay with "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon. Stalk our site for an official release date, when Lionsgate gives the good word.
Weird Al Yankovic Pays Homage to "A Nightmare on Elm Street"
Weird Al has a new album coming out ("Alpocalypse," on June 21), and to get you all drooly for it, he put out this teaser trailer of him pretending to be Freddy Krueger. Oh Al, you slay us.
"Frankenstein's Army" Marches Toward Production
Nazis, occult weirdsies, an army of Frankensteins, and the cool visuals of Dutch director Richard Raaphorst is why "Frankenstein's Army" looks so amazing. Twitch has all the details.
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