Scream of the Banshee and 51 to have their own debut

After Dark announced today that it will release Scream of the Banshee and 51 films on their own later in the year, and separate from the After Dark Originals festival which hits selected theaters around the country on January 28th this year.

After Dark Films CEO, Courtney Solomon said, “We love our partnership with Syfy and look forward to expanding on this exciting line-up. Scream of the Banshee and 51, will be the first Syfy Saturday Original Movie to also get a theatrical release thru After Dark”.

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Suicide Club review

Suicide movie review

Staff member, Melissa Frolich, recently reviewed Suicide Club.

54 high school girls throw themselves in front of a subway train. This appears to be only the beginning of a string of suicides around the country. Does the new all-girl group Desert have anything to do with it? Detective Kuroda tries to find the answer, which isn’t as simple as one could hope.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt to direct Wait Till Helen Comes

Jennifer Love Hewitt is to direct her first feature film ‘Wait Till Helen Comes’. The ‘Ghost Whisperer’ actress – who has also gone behind the camera for several episodes of the show – will direct and produce the ghost story, which tells the tale of a family who move in to a strange house that turns out to be haunted. The script – which has been adapted from the novel of the same name by Mary Downing Hahn – will focus on a 12-year-old girl, the eldest of three children who discovers the ghost of a young female who may be a danger to the family.

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Red Riding Hood second poster revealed

The second poster for Red Riding Hood is here. Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure.

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FilmDistrict will release Insidious movie

FilmDistrict will release INSIDIOUS, a new horror film from the director-writer team of James Wan and Leigh Whannell (SAW), produced by the masterminds behind PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. The film also features Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell and was executive produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. It will be FilmDistrict’s inaugural theatrical release on April 1, 2011, opening on 2500 screens. INSIDIOUS is the terrifying story of a family who shortly after moving discover that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to discover that it was not their house that was haunted. “With INSIDIOUS, James and Leigh are redefining the haunted house genre,” says Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict. “By taking well-known horror movie conventions and elevating them to the next level, they’ve created a film that is fun, suspenseful and very, very scary.” FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) own all U.S rights on INSIDIOUS, which was financed by Alliance Films and is an Alliance Films/ IM Global presentation. The film was acquired after a riotous screening at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. DVD and other ancillary rights will be handled by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It will also be the first film in FilmDistrict’s partnership with Netflix. Alliance will release the film in Canada, Spain, and the UK. “James and Leigh have once again demonstrated their extraordinary talent and innovation as filmmakers,” says Haunted Movies CEO Jason Blum. “We are excited that FilmDistrict will bring this frightening and incredibly entertaining movie to audiences across the country.” “INSIDIOUS is truly this generation’s POLTERGEIST,” says Bob Berney, FilmDistrict’s President of Theatrical Distribution. “James and Leigh know their stuff, and horror fans and film lovers alike are in for a real treat.”

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Naomie Harris possibly in Dark Tower

New York Post reports that “Pirates of the Caribbean” beauty Naomie Harris is being considered for the female lead in the Ron Howard’s eagerly anticipated “Dark Tower” trilogy. Howard’s vision of the Dark Tower series will stretch across three films and a TV series. The first Dark Tower installment is expected in 2013.

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Throwing Stones web series debut

The teen horror series premiered yesterday on both Koldcast and Mingle Media TV. You can check out the season premiere of stylish teen thriller Throwing Stones from creator Bart Van Bemmel and Jason A. Wheeler at their official site. The series is described as: When a group of high schoolers have to attend Saturday School, they must work together to overcome their differences in order to survive when students end up missing.

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The Exorcist added to National Film Registry

Every year, The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress selects 25 American movies to be preserved in perpetuity for their cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance. The Registry began in 1989 and, as of this year, has preserved over 500 films. William Friedkin’s 1973 The Exorcist is one of the 25 films added today to the Nation Film Registry.

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Silent House to Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Institute announced today that filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water) will return to the Sundance Film Festival with their latest feature, Silent House, which will have its world premiere in the out-of-competition Park City at Midnight section. Following Open Water, which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau once again confront the face of fear in this enthralling psychological thriller. Impressively captured with a continuous camera shot, Silent House tracks the growing panic of its enigmatic lead, Elizabeth Olsen, who’s trapped in an unnerving nightmare. Never ones to be limited by a challenging production, Kentis and Lau mastermind a truly unique horror experience with immediate intimacy and unsettling terror.

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The Girl Next Door review

The Girl Next Door movie

Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt…and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

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