“Entertainment Weekly” has posted two bloody photos from Kimberly Peirce’s “Carrie.” The film is inspired by Brian De Palma’s 1976 movie, and is more faithful to the chilling Stephen King novel. Chloë Grace Moretz plays bullied high school student Carrie, who uses her telekinetic powers to retaliate against her nasty classmates. Julianne Moore is her mother, Margaret White — a religious woman whose sense of humanity and affection for her daughter turns vicious and violent. Moretz spoke to the magazine about the famous scene at the prom where a bucket of pig’s blood is dumped on her head. “We only have, like, four chances to get it right, because that stuff stains your hair.” Carrie unleashes mayhem in theaters on March 15.
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Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell Approve of ’Evil Dead’ Remake
We recently reported that Bruce Campbell gave a big thumbs up (or is that a chainsaw… ) to the remake of fan favorite “Evil Dead,” calling it “fabulous.” We were hoping for groovy, but beggars can’t be choosers. He’s a producing partner on the project, along with the famed Sam Raimi — who directed the 1981 cult cabin in the woods tale — and Rob Tapert (a producer on the original movie).
Just yesterday, Raimi added to the excitement of many when he told Total Film, “I’ve seen almost all the dailies, and they’re really going for it. It’s gonna be grisly and intense and nonstop. Definitely R [rated]. Maybe worse.” While many appreciate the smart-mouthed humor, the relentless gore in the original movie really sealed the deal. It’s a relief to know that new director Fede Alvarez — who is working off a script that “Jennifer’s Body” scribe Diablo Cody contributed to — is going to deliver on the icky, red stuff.
With team Raimi and Campbell’s stamp of approval, we’re not too worried about the remake — which finds a female version of Ash (played by Jane Levy) trying to recover from a drug addiction. She heads to a remote cabin with friends where they discover the Book of the Dead — and we all know how that ends up. Even if it sounds familiar, Campbell promised audiences were still in for a unique treat. “This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] ’Evil Dead’ without being the same movie,” he told Digital Spy.
New ’Paranormal Activity 4’ Photo May Answer, “What Happened to Hunter?”
Spoiler alert: In 2010’s “Paranormal Activity 2,” Kristi and Dan’s infant son Hunter goes missing after possessed aunt Katie whisks him away into the supernatural abyss. A new image posted on the “Paranormal Activity 4” Facebook page features a grainy photo of a child, who may Hunter all grown up. Is he channeling the spirit of Damien for the new installment in the ghostly franchise? We’re speculating of course, since details about the story directed by “Paranormal Activity 3” filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are being kept under wraps. As we get closer to October, expect to see more viral goodies coming your way. Don’t forget to text “WantIt” to 21534 for an exclusive peek at the trailer and additional footage that is sure to make you pee your pants.
John Travolta to Become the Toxic Avenger? …Wait, What?
And now for the most hilarious news of the week: John Travolta has been attached to star in the “Toxic Avenger” remake, according to Twitch. The idea of the “Pulp Fiction” actor playing a meek and bullied janitor, who transforms into a deformed creature with superhuman strength after landing in a vat of toxic waste, is so ridiculous it just might work. This isn’t the first time that Travolta has dramatically changed his appearance. The man loves his prosthetics, as evidenced in films like “Battlefield Earth” and even “Hairspray.” “Hot Tub Time Machine” director Steve Pink is set to helm the remake of the low budget classic, but the Travolta news is still just a rumor for now. Does this make Travolta even weirder, or does it make you like him even more?
New Stills and Poster for ’Solomon Kane’ Promise Brutal Mercenary Action
Bloody Disgusting shared the new poster and several stills for “Deathwatch” director Michael J. Bassett’s reboot of pulp mag character Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) in a self-titled film that hits theaters September 28 (VOD August 24). The 16th-century Puritan is tormented by his violent past and owes his soul to the devil, but tries to redeem himself by fighting evil. Max Von Sydow (“The Exorcist”), Pete Postlethwaite (“The Omen” remake), Rachel Hurd-Wood (“Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”), and Alice Krige (“Silent Hill”) star with Purefoy. The stills promise a dark, atmospheric, sword-filled story. Will you spring for VOD, or wait for opening weekend? Check out a cool alternative poster for the film from Radius-TWC on website IGN.
’Last Exorcism’ Sequel Centers on Ashley Bell’s Nell (Who Will Get Extra Creepily Contorted)
Dread Central caught up with goremeister Eli Roth to chat about supernatural sequel, “Last Exorcism 2.” The “Hostel” filmmaker is producing the follow-up, and when asked about actress Ashley Bell who is reprising her role as Nell — the possessed young woman whose body contorted into all kinds of horrific and unimaginable positions in the 2010 movie — Roth had this to say:
“’The Last Exorcism 2’ is totally catered to her and her character; it is going to be an even more physically challenging role than the first film, but we knew she could handle it. She’s fantastic, and I can’t wait for people to see what happens with her in the sequel.”
Bell is a gymnast with a yoga, dance, and martial arts background, and all of the strange positions she found herself for the first movie were 100% real and performed by her. We look forward to seeing how they put her through her paces this time around. Head to Dread for more from Roth.
“Clueless” Director’s Vampire Flick Starring “Breaking Bad” Actress and Alicia Silverstone Coming Soon
Writer-Director Amy Heckerling is readying for the limited theatrical release of her twist on the traditional vampire tale, which debuts on November 2. “Clueless”’s Alicia Silverstone, “Breaking Bad”’s Krysten Ritter, “Princess Bride”’s Wallace Shawn, and “Aliens” icon Sigourney Weaver are just a few interesting faces that appear in the comedic romantic-fantasy movie. Silverstone and Ritter play a pair of undead, New York socialites that find love, jeopardizing their immortality. It basically sounds like “Clueless” (which Heckerling wrote and directed) and a bloodsucker storyline smashed together. If this isn’t your kind of horror flick, you could always just watch Silverstone regurgitate her food and feed it to her baby out of her mouth. Some of us are still recovering from that.
“Videodrome” Remake in Talks with Director
Never one to miss an opportunity to take a celebrated cult film and butcher it into a large-scale action spectacle, Hollywood has decided it wants to tackle a retelling of David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome.” Deadline reported that commercial director Adam Berg is in talks to helm the story about the head of a television station who becomes transfixed with a sadistic and deadly TV series known as “Videodrome.” Cue vagina stomachs, gooey VHS tapes, and James Woods making out with a pulsing television set. Universal apparently wants to modernize things, with the addition of nano-technology, and all the CG-heavy, sci-fi action you can expect from the studio. Ehren Kruger (“The Ring,” “The Ring 2”) wrote the updating of the 1983 movie. Remaking a Cronenberg film — especially one of his early body horror masterpieces — is no easy task. We’re not thrilled with the news, but we’re willing to see what the new flesh has in store just so we can say, “We told you so.”