Entries by Sean McLaughlin

Connecticut Cult Classics “Sci-Fi Madness” Festival Wrap-Up

On Saturday, April 22nd, Connecticut Cult Classics invaded the historic Strand Theater in Seymour, CT for the latest installment of its double-bill film festival.  Entitled “Sci-Fi Madness”, the cinematic voyage included two films that encapsulate the genre magnificently in Lady Terminator and Predator.  For some movie-goers, this was the first time seeing either cult film on the big screen (for the little-known gem Lady Terminator, that’s no huge surprise).  Founder and owner of CCC, Larry Dwyer, made sure that everyone went home happy and overflowing with goodies and celluloid memories to last a lifetime.

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“Flesh of the Void” Trailer Will Give You Nightmares

Get ready for the creepiest thing you’ll see on the internet all week….perhaps all year.  Sodom & Chimera Productions has unleashed the first trailer for their upcoming buzzworthy film Flesh of the Void and it’s everything your nightmares should be made of.  Not much is known at this time about the movie, which is being shot almost entirely on expired Super 8 film from the 80s (mostly Kodachrome) and it still currently in production.  But none of that matters right now, as the new trailer drags you through a horrific and terrifying version of a Nine Inch Nails music video from the 90s.  You can check out the trailer below.

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TNT Passes on Let the Right One In Series

In a move that won’t make fans of the vampire genre happy, Deadline is reporting that TNT is deciding against proceeding with the series based on 2008’s acclaimed film Let the Right One In.  The drama, which was based on the film as well as the 2008 popular novel by author John Ajvide Lidnquist, had been picked up to pilot back in August but never went into production.  The series was to be written by Jeff Davis, who created television hits Teen Wolf and Criminal Minds.
While TNT has passed, Tomorrow Studios is continuing to shop the series to other networks and outlets.  Let the Right One In is based on the 2008 vampire film, a critically-acclaimed hit in 2008 which follows a young boy, bullied by his classmates, who sparks a friendship with an enigmatic female newcomer.  Her appearance in the small Vermont town coincides with a series of grisly murders that confound and alarm law enforcement.  Lundquist would go on to adapt his novel as a screenplay for the film, and it’s unknown at this time whether he’d have a hand in the television series as well.  Davis will executive produce with Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements (among others.)  Kristine Froseth is attached to star in the role of Eli.

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New Planet of the Apes Trailer Released by 20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox has released the official trailer for the next installment in a revived franchise, War for the Planet of the Apes. The third film in the rebooted Planet lineage (or fourth, if you count Tim Burton’s 2001 remake Planet of the Apes) is hoping to follow in the critical and financial footsteps of its predecessors. You can check out the new film trailer below.

In the footage, we see both races preparing for a huge battle, perhaps the ultimate one.  The finality and decisiveness of this battle depends on the success of the film, of course, as a big box office would practically ensure that another sequel will be produced. The movie features Woody Harrelson and Judy Greer, and Andy Serkis will return to reprise his role as Caesar.

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New Poster Released for Stephen King’s IT

For those eagerly awaiting the remake of Stephen King’s IT, the hits just keep on coming.  Hot on the heels of yet another released still of Pennywise last week comes an even better treat to satiate the horror masses.  The folks over at Warner Brothers have unleashed the official teaser poster, featuring the poor unfortunate Georgie starring down the wicked clown’s hand as the demon clutches the ill-fated red balloon.  For those that have read King’s brilliant novel, the manifestation of this imagery is enough to make your heart beat stronger.  The new poster can be seen below.

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Robert Rodriguez In Talks to Direct Escape From New York Remake

When Snake Plissken next hits our theater screens, he’ll be taking orders from somebody very familiar to horror fans.  The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that director Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror, Machete) in in talks to helm the remake of the cult classic Escape From New York.  While plans for the remake of the 1981 movie (which takes a bleak look into a dystopian future where New York City is now a city-wide prison) have been floating around the 20th Century Fox studios for around a decade, the hiring of the 48-year-old Rodriguez is a strong sign that the project is really ramping up and is one step closer to becoming a reality.

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New Image of Pennywise from Stephen King’s IT Released

Horror fans worldwide are chomping at the bit, eagerly awaiting original stills (or how about a trailer???) for the new cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.  Though due to hit movie screens in 2017, the release of production imagery or details have been held to a deliberate pace in order to build up as much anticipation as humanly possible.  Luckily, the folks over at Empire Magazine are here to the rescue.

In the latest issue of the pop culture publication, a brand-new image of our favorite demonic clown Pennywise will be unleashed upon the masses (see below).  You can view the image on the film’s Facebook page as well, as Pennywise (portrayed by Bill Skarsgard) peers out from the depths of a sewer drain….ready to (presumably) rip poor Georgie’s arm off in an iconic scene from the best-selling horror novel.

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Fox In Negotiations With J.D. Dillard to Direct The Fly Remake

It appears that the cinematic remake of the horror cult classic The Fly is one step closer to becoming reality.  Deadline is reporting that Fox is currently in negotiations with rising star director J.D. Dillard (Sleight) to helm the much-anticipated project.  Dillard is an interesting choice, as his hiring would indicate that the studio is looking for a fresh take on the beloved film series.  If the deal is finalized, Dillard is expected to co-write the script as well, with writing partner Alex Theurer.

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Netflix Heads to the Kingdom

Following in the footsteps of Stranger Things and Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix is hoping another original horror series will turn some heads.  Deadline is reporting that the online streaming behemoth has commissioned the Korean original series Kingdom, a zombie series which takes place during Korea’s medieval Joseon period.  The idea of a period drama where a fast-moving illness is wiping out an entire kingdom is surely a unique one, and the international aspect of the setting can only help Netflix continue its massive growth globally.

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Barbeau, Others Officially Sign On to Jeepers Creepers 3

The long-awaited third movie in the Jeepers Creepers franchise appears to be close to production, with several familiar faces signing on to be a part of the film in recent days.  Cinema Runner is reporting that Gina Phillips, who starred in the original movie along with Justin Long, will reprise her role as “Trish Jenner” alongside the Creeper himself, Jonathan Breck.  However, horror fans may be more excited to hear that scary movie icon Adrienne Barbeau (Creepshow, The Fog) has also been added to the cast for the third installment, in a role that has not yet been announced.
After several false starts and unending rumors regarding a third film over the years, this news is the closest to a production confirmation as we have.  While no plot synopsis has been officially announced, there is speculation the that movie will follow Trish Jenner as she returns to the Creeper’s realm to save her son and avenge her brother.  Phillips and Barbeau will be joined by a very strong supporting cast, including Chester Rushing (Stranger Things), Brandon Smith (From Dusk Till Dawn) and Ryan Moore (Pitchfork).  Victor Salva will once again write and direct this film, as he did with both Jeepers Creepers and Jeepers Creepers 2.

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