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Dimension Films acquires Livid

Dimension Films has acquired French language horror film Livid directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo from SND (Groupe M6). The film stars Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Chloe Coulloud and Felix Moati and marks the second collaboration with Dimension Films and duo Maury and Bustillo, who previously directed Inside. The announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC). Livid is a horror fairytale set during Halloween night when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady’s desolate house, but what awaits them is no ordinary house… “We are thrilled to be back in business with Julien and Alex and couldn’t be more excited to help bring their frightening vision to fans everywhere,” said Bob Weinstein. “It’s a pleasure to collaborate with such a great partner on the ‘Livid’ adventure. Dimension is the perfect fit,” declared Lionel Uzan, Director of Acquisitions and Sales of SND. Livid is produced by Vérane Frédiani and Frank Ribière (La Fabrique 2) and coproduced by SND, Plug FX and La Ferme.

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Evil Dead 4 in the works

According to Bruce Campbell’s official website, BruceCampbell.com, Bruce officially joined Twitter over the weekend (follow @GroovyBruce). On his Twitter site Bruce was questioned by a fan who stated, “I won’t believe in a new Evil Dead film until I see it. Or at least not until @GroovyBruce tells me to believe in it,” to which Campbell responded, “Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.” More as it comes. Sam Raimi has enlisted Federico Alvarez to helm the redo. The fledgling director signed with Raimi in 2009 after Alvarez’s short film, Panic Attack, garnered Hollywood’s attention.

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Evil Things interview with Dominic Perez

t’s Miriam’s 21st Birthday. As a birthday gift, Miriam’s aunt Gail lends Miriam her beautiful country house for an entire weekend. Aunt Gail’s country house is amazing. It’s a four bedroom house surrounded by breathtaking mountains and miles and miles of woods. Miriam invites her college buddies Cassy, Mark, Tanya and Leo to join her at the country house for what looks to be the most amazing weekend ever. Of course they all jump at the chance to spend a free weekend in the country, in the middle of nowhere. Miriam, Cassy and Tanya bring the food. Mark brings the beer and Leo, the aspiring filmmaker, brings his new video camera. Leo hopes to produce a short movie by documenting every amazing moment of this weekend getaway. Unfortunately, what Leo ends up capturing on camera is not a weekend of peace and tranquility, but a nightmarish descent into pure terror.

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Johnny Depp could play Carl Kolchak in The Night Stalker

Johnny Depp could play Carl Kolchak in a big-screen version of “The Night Stalker,” based on the monster-hunting journalist played on TV by Darren McGavin. Deep will co-produce through his production outfit Infinitum Nihil.

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The Thing poster

Universal Pictures has released the new one-sheet for The Thing, the thriller opening in theaters on October 14. Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller “The Thing,” paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet. Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish. “The Thing” serves as a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name.

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Basket Case Blu-Ray coming in September

Image EntertainmentFrank Henenlotter’s 1982 horror film Basket Case has been slated for a Blu-ray release courtesy of Image Entertainment and Something Weird Video. A release date of September 27th has been confirmed along with an assortment of new special features. Basket Case earned its reputation in the horror genre through its theatrical midnight movie screenings and popularity on VHS. It tells the story of Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck) and his deformed siamese twin brother Belial, whom Duane was surgically separated from and now carries with him in a basket. In a bid for revenge, the two hunt down the doctors who performed the separation. For its Blu-ray presentation, Basket Case will feature a 1:33:1 aspect ratio to faithfully replicate the 16mm stock it was filmed on. Image Entertainment will also include DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 for this release.

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Mimic: Directors Cut announced

Lionsgate is proud to announce major updates to the September 27th Blu-ray Disc release of Mimic, now to be released as Mimic: The Director’s Cut, including newly restored footage, a sound upgrade and the addition of another featurette to the list of never-before-seen special features from director/co-writer Guillermo Del Toro. Audiences will experience High Definition thrills as Lionsgate debuts Guillermo Del Toro’s never-before-seen director’s cut of Mimic, available for the very first time anywhere, on 1080P High Definition Blu-ray Disc. This all-new cut of the film, featuring seven minutes of restored footage, introduces subtle character moments that transform Mimic into a film that Del Toro fans and newcomers alike will embrace as the definitive version. Containing new bonus materials created especially for this release, the disc includes audio commentary and a video prologue from Del Toro plus three featurettes — a look at the creatures from the film, a behind-the-scenes retrospective on the shooting of Mimic and Del Toro discussing his vision of the film and how he completed this version — as well as deleted scenes, a gag reel and storyboard animatics. Mimic: The Director’s Cut stars Academy Award® winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) and Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men) along with Jeremy Northam (Showtime’s “The Tudors”). Directed by Oscar nominee Del Toro (Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006), the Miramax film Mimic: The Director’s Cut features a screenplay and screen story by Matthew Robbins and Guillermo Del Toro and is based on the short story by Donald A. Wollheim. A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing children in Manhattan. In an effort to stop the epidemic, entomologist Susan Tyler (Sorvino) creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form.

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Here’s the U.S. Poster for Tucker and Dale Versus Evil

The Tucker and Dale Versus Evil US poster has been released. Synopsis: TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count. TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL has been a hit on the festival circuit, debuting at Sundance, and winning the Midnight Audience Award at SXSW, the Jury Prize for First Feature at Fantasia, the Best Director award at Fantaspoa, and the Best Motion Picture Award at Sitges.

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Talk to John Carpenter. on Twitter (today July 8)

On Friday, July 8, 2011, John Carpenter will be LIVE on Twitter (@ARC_Entertain) He will be answering questions via tweets from 2:00-3:30pm PST. JOHN CARPENTER’S THE WARD, a psychological thriller about a young woman locked in a mysterious mental institution in the 1960s, marks iconic horror master John Carpenter’s first feature film in over ten years. Kristen (Amber Heard), a beautiful but troubled young woman, finds herself bruised, cut, drugged, and held against her will in a remote ward of a psychiatric hospital. She is completely disoriented, with no idea why she was brought to this place and no memory of her life before being admitted. All she knows is that she isn’t safe.

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Hammer Films Wake

Deadline reports that Hammer Films will produce and finance Wake, a story that the studio says involves a “modern day Jekyll and Hyde who knows no bounds.” It’s in the hands of Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom, who’s also responsible for The Rite and 1408. The screenplay is from Christopher Borrelli, who’s also writing The Vatican Tapes, due in 2014, with a new draft by Matt Sand, who’s working on Deepwater Horizon, about the oil-rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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