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Doll Boy review

Doll Boy horror movie

When a brutal daylight massacre leaves them bound and gagged in a remote, abandoned warehouse, eight young West Texans soon realize their minutes are numbered.

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Stanley Weiser to write Rod Serling Biopic

Wall Street co-writer Stanley Weiser is set to script a biopic about The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling for Andrew Meieran and his Bureau of Moving Pictures. Serling fought as a paratrooper and a member of the demolition squad during World War II and the horrors that he witnessed would influence the twisted sci-fi horror he would become famous for. While Seinfeld joked that all episodes of The Twilight Zone were simply that the protagonist was the same and everything else was different, the show still managed to work in thoughtful social and moral commentary. “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” was a comment on the prejudice and mass hysteria caused by the Red Scare and the grotesqeries of “The Masks” was a parable about vanity. Serling also co-wrote the adaptation of Planet of the Apes, a film that proudly wears its social commentary on its damn, dirty sleeve.

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Final Destination 5 poster

The latest poster for Final Destination 5 is here. The movie opens August 12. Series regular Tony Todd says at least two further episodes are guaranteed if this one’s as successful as the last.

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Thomas Jane in Lycan

In an interview with Collider, Thomas Jane said: “I’m doing a werewolf movie called, The Lycan, which is a gothic werewolf romance set in the late 1700s. it’s fuckin’ cool. It’s basically Alien, set in a castle, with werewolves.”

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Universal Studios launches Halloween Horror Nights competition

Universal Studios Hollywood invites aspiring filmmakers to compete in its annual “Halloween Horror Nights” short film competition, offering budding directors an opportunity to have their most disturbing horror short films judged by a panel of industry insiders, including horror film auteur Eli Roth, Daily Variety senior writer, Marc Graser and “Halloween Horror Nights” Creative Director John Murdy. The winning film will be awarded a premiere showing on Chiller, a posting on Syfy.com, a cash prize of $1,000, and a trip for two to “Halloween Horror Nights'” opening night “Eyegore Awards” at Universal Studios Hollywood. Contest entries will be accepted from June 27 through August 1, 2011. Prospective filmmakers can submit short films from 90 seconds to three minutes in length on DVD (two copies of each film must be submitted). Films will be judged based on storytelling skill, originality and scare factor. The top 10 horror shorts, as determined by the panel, will be posted online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com from August 22 to September 9, 2011 for public voting. The winning film will be announced on September 12, 2011. Eyegore Award recipient and horror filmmaker, Eli Roth said: “As a producer I’m always looking for new talent, and happy to help a first time director get their big break. New blood, so to speak, is vital for the continuation and growth of our beloved genre, and programs like this one can help deserving people get noticed. I am excited to see the competing films, and whoever makes me lose the most sleep will win.” Returning film contest judge, Marc Graser, Daily Variety, said: “As a studio known for bringing the horror film genre to life, it’s a thrill to help Universal Studios identify the next generation of filmmakers that will scare audiences. I can’t wait to see who steps forward with their creepy visions this year.” John Murdy, Creative Director, Universal Studios Hollywood, said: “Just as ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ interprets horror filmmakers’ visions into living horror movies for the most ardent fans, our film competition provides a platform for future horror film directors to showcase their work to an audience of influential entertainment industry professionals.” Entries must be sent to: “Halloween Horror Nights” Short Film Competition, 100 Universal City Plaza, Building 5511-5, Universal City, CA 91608. Additional information on the contest, including a complete list of rules and regulations, is available online at the Halloween Horror Nights website.

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Haley Joel Osment in Wake the Dead

After an eight year hiatus from the movies, Haley Joel Osment is making a return to acting with three independent projects. The first two are in post-production, with no release set and truly unfortunate titles: Sassy Pants and Montana Amazon. The third has a fine title (Wake the Dead) and should have no trouble finding distribution given the marketability. Variety reports that Osment will play Victor Franklin, a college student who experiments with raising the dead in a present-day retelling of Frankenstein. Wake the Dead is set up at Slasher Films, a production company launched by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. Jay Russell (The Water Horse) will direct from a script he co-wrote with James V. Hart (August Rush), based on Steve Niles comic of the same name. Wake the Dead is one of many upcoming projects based on the Frankenstein tale.

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Old 37 begins pre-production

Big Picture Media has begun pre-production for Old 37, a psychological slasher about two brothers posing as paramedics, who intercept 911 calls in a retired old ambulance. Fast-paced and blood-soaked, Old 37 taps into the most basic human fear: vulnerability. The words “don’t worry, I’m a paramedic” will make you think twice before dialing 9-1-1. The chaos begins filming this fall in Long Island, New York, directed and edited by two-time Emmy winning editor, Christian Winters. First time writer/producer Paul Travers will produce his script with partners Carrie Alton and Evan Greenhill. The film will be executive produced by Steven Beer and co-produced by Josh Newman of Cyan Pictures, who will also distribute the film. Although casting is still under way, the film has secured horror heavyweight Kane Hodder as one of the killers and as the stunt coordinator, as well as some solid young actors, including Brandi Cyrus (Hannah Montana, Zoey 101), Max Ehrich (High School Musical 3, The Pregnancy Pact) and Dalal Bruchmann (Into the Darkness). The movie soundtrack will be composed by talented music producer Darius Holbert (Hobo with a Shotgun, Cedar Rapids)

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Bigfoot horror movie Exists

The Blair Witch Project’s Eduardo Sánchez has signed onto direct Exists for Haxan Films and Amber Entertainment. Eduardo Sánchez co-wrote the screenplay with Jamie Nash, which focuses on a group of twentysomething friends who spend a weekend in the woods. The group is savagely hunted by a beast resembling the mysterious creature Bigfoot. Here’s what Eduardo Sánchez had to say about this new project. “The film is the first in a trilogy exploring and reinventing the Bigfoot myth. We all remember the terror of watching such classics as The Legend of Boggy Creek, and I look forward to making Bigfoot scary again.”

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Jon Keeyes to direct second season of Throwing Stones

Throwing Stones horror series

Popular Indie Horror director Jon Keeyes (Suburban Nightmare, American Nightmare) has signed on to direct the second season of the award winning teen horror web series THROWING STONES which stars Chad Cox (Powder, The Good Guys), Cherami Leigh (Fast Food Nation, HBO’s Temple Grandin), Rebekah Kennedy (Creature, Season of the Witch), Lindsay Seidel (The Final), Bryan Massey (Mad Money, Boggy Creek), Kayla Carlyle (From the Dark), Lynn Andrews (MTV’s: High School Stories), and other up-and-comers. The teen series about students sent to Saturday School to learn a lesson has become one of the most watched series on KoldCast TV ever since the cliff hanger episode aired two months ago. Recently MTV producers fell in love with series and began posting episodes on their Facebook pages. The Stones cast were able to stay in touch with the fans of the show by doing live interactive broadcasts on Mingle Media TV where they answered questions about the series. Whereas the first season was about getting to know the students at Blair High while focusing more on the psychological elements, the second season moves into full Slasher-Mode. After finally coming together to overcome their differences, the students of Blair High are violently separated and forced to follow Mr. Beckett’s new set of rules. One by one he challenges each student’s will to live as he pushes his Broken Window Theory to the test. Their objective is to survive.

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Universal Sets Date for R.I.P.D.

Deadline reports that Universal has picked a June 28, 2013 release date for R.I.P.D., starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. Based on the Dark Horse comic book of the same name which focuses on the “Rest In Peace Department” where a murdered cop comes back from the dead to find his killer.

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