Our intrepid reporters have been busy at the Sundance Film Festival, trekking through the snow to bring you the latest news in all things movies. (Suckers!) Meanwhile, the rest of us have been staying cozy at home, and getting ready for the awesome horror slate that 2012 seems to be promising.
Daniel Radcliffe’s “The Woman in Black” has a new poster and TV spot to check out. Also, there are some new stills from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s “The Cabin in the Woods” that have us anxious to see more from the friends-go-into-the-forest-and-possibly-never-come-back tale. But if you have the munchies for more horror bites, hit the jump, and get caught up with this week’s news.
Magnolia Snags “V/H/S” at Sundance
Horror anthology “V/H/S” — directed by Ti West (“The Innkeepers”), Adam Wingard (“A Horrible Way to Die”), Glenn McQuaid (“I Sell the Dead”), Radio Silence, David Bruckner (“The Signal”), and Joe Swanberg (“You’re Next”) — has been purchased by Magnolia at Sundance making it the first genre film to get picked up for distribution. The story revolves around a group of ” … petty criminals who are tasked with finding a VHS tape in a remote and rundown house, only to discover an entire trove of recorded nastiness there.” Apparently someone fainted during one screening, which means it’s a good thing that Magnolia will be releasing the found footage horror first on VOD with a theatrical date to follow.
Russell Brand Becomes a “Hauntrepreneur”
The Platinum Dunes boys (Michael Bay and his buddies) are putting Russell Brand (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Arthur”) in their new movie, “Hauntrepreneur.” Variety reports that the story revolves around a family that can’t seem to get acclimated to their new town. They hire an eccentric man who calls himself a “Hauntrepreneur” to help them adjust. He ends up transforming their home into a haunted house. With Brand involved, we can assume this one will have a comedic slant. The studio is looking for a director, but for now, what do you make of Brand in a horror flick? Can he pull it off?
“Carrie: The Musical” Details Emerge
Broadway’s biggest flop, “Carrie” — a musical based on Stephen King’s first published novel and the Brian De Palma movie we all know and love for its gory bucket of blood — is returning to the stage. Yes, despite losing $8 million, the story about a mousy girl who uses her telekinetic powers to get revenge on her nutty mom and bullying high school friends is giving it another go. Dread Central has all the details and ticket information.
The “Red Lights” Trailer Speaks Spanish
If you speak Español, there’s a trailer for “Buried” director Rodrigo Cortes’ new movie, “Red Lights.” Even if you don’t, you can enjoy the imagery — which tells the twisty, psychologically thrilling story about a psychic, a skeptic, and a dark mystery. Who doesn’t want to see Robert De Niro shame his career further by playing a kooky clairvoyant? We kid (kind of). Check out the trailer over here.
Danny Trejo Makes an Exorcism Movie That Hopefully Doesn’t Suck
Danny Trejo is trading exploitation territory for exorcisms in “The Cloth.” The actor will star alongside action movie buddy Eric Roberts in a creepy Catholic Church thriller. “With the arrival of the Devil’s General Kasdeya on earth, the members of the Cloth have only seven days to stop the crossover of the ultimate evil into our realm. To stop Beelzebub’s arrival, their mission depends on Jason (Kyler Willett), a young godless man, to lead the next generation of Cloth members before the Devil and his armies walk the earth.” The film just finished production, which means we’ll be hearing more about this spooky thriller soon. Are you sick of exorcism flicks for a while, or did movies like “The Devil Inside” whet your appetite for more?
A Haunted Farmhouse Horror Mystery Rounds Out Its Cast
“The Haunting’s” Lili Taylor and “Office Space” actor Ron Livingston will be joining the cast of the film formerly known as “The Conjuring” and now being called “Untitled Warren Files Project.” They join already announced stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga for the creepy, haunted farmhouse story inspired by a real-life event that the Perron family suffered through in the 1970s. Wilson and Farmiga play a husband and wife team of paranormal investigators/demonologists. Sound like “Amityville Horror” in the country? Cue banjos.
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