Trailer Debuts for ‘Kubrick By Kubrick’ Documentary

A trailer just dropped for a brand new documentary about the legendary director, Stanley Kubrick. Directed by Grégory Monro, Kubrick By Kubrick will explore the life and career of the famously reclusive filmmaker, told through rare clips of Kubrick’s own recorded words as narration for the film.

The Playlist released the trailer for the documentary on YouTube, “with permission by the film PR representing the film.”

In addition to Kubrick’s narration, the trailer for the documentary shows off some recreated imagery in the spirit of Kubrick’s visual style and some iconic props from his films, including The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The clip also includes vintage interviews with Malcolm McDowell and Shelley Duvall. read more

‘The Human Centipede’ Actor Dieter Laser Passes Away at 78

According to his official Facebook page, German actor Dieter Laser, best known to horror fans as Dr. Heiter in 2009’s The Human Centipede (First Sequence), has passed away.  While details are still sketchy, it was announced that his death actually occurred on February 29th of this year.  The circumstances are unknown, but we join the horror community in mourning the passing of Mr. Laser.  He was 78.

Born on February 17th, 1942, Mr. Laser would begin his acting career in the late 1960’s with a series of TV movies.  While he did star in over 60 film and television projects (including 2003’s Baltic Storm with Donald Sutherland), it was his turn as the diabolical doctor in The Human Centipede that would put him on the horror map worldwide.  Tom Six would go on to cast Mr. Laser in the third installment of the franchise, 2015’s The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence), as new character Bill Boss.  His final theatrical turn came in the 2017 Estonian film November, with a relatively small part.  The final years of his life would be spent in obscurity, as evidenced by the news of his death breaking several weeks after it actually happened. read more

IFC Films Acquires ‘The Rental’

The Rental, a thriller that showcases the directorial debut of actor Dave Franco, will be distributed in the U.S. by IFC Films, according to Deadline.

The movie, which is slated for a July 24 release, stars Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White and Sheila Vand.

Franco, who has such films as Neighbors and 21 Jump Street on his resume, told Deadline he has wanted “to direct a feature for a long time. As a viewer, there’s nothing I love more than a smart thriller.”

The screenplay, by Franco and Joe Swanberg, stems from a story they worked on with Mike Demski. read more

A New Manson Family Docuseries Coming to Epix

In keeping with America’s fascination with serial killers and true crime, Deadline reports that Epix has ordered a six-part documentary series on the late Charles Manson and his lovely family of killer hippies.

Titled Helter Skelter (the same title as Manson-trial prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi’s 1974 book), the series plans to speak to the history of Manson and his family and will feature never-before-seen interviews with “family” members and folks who were involved in the trials complete with new images and archived footage. read more

‘The Others’ Remake Coming From Sentient Entertainment

It seems like everything old is new again as Deadline is reporting that Sentient Entertainment has won the remake rights for the hit horror film The Others. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the film.

According to the source, the plan is to modernize the story and is said to already be attracting top talent.

Sentient’s Renee Tab told Deadline that “I am honored to be able to work on my favorite horror film of all time, The Others, and to bring this reimagining to the big screen for new audiences. It is almost eerie and uncanny how timely the themes are today: self-isolation, paranoia and fear, and of course the intense desire to protect our children and ourselves from harm. We look forward to unraveling the layers behind lead character Grace, whose pain and demons draw viewers into a truly compassionate journey.” read more

McFarlane Toys Launches Original ‘Spawn’ Figure Remastered on Kickstarter

McFarlane Toys just began their crowdfunding campaign for a fresh new take on the very first Spawn toy from 1995. The figure has been completely redesigned from head to toe, and it will come with traditional accessories such as a weapons and a comic book (but this time, the book includes a new cover by Todd McFarlane himself). Modern updates include a resealable clamshell case that can be opened and closed so that collectors can display their figures outside of the box.

There will be three versions of this redesign: a classic costume version, a modern costume version, and an artist proof black and white version. Collectors can order them piecemeal at $40 each, or they can order a set of all three. There is also an $80 version of each figure which includes a hand signed placard by Tod McFarlane himself. read more

‘Cannibal Holocaust’ Video Game Announced

2020 is shaping up to be one of the oddest years in recent history. So far we have had the US Senate acquit the President of the United States, a virus that has killed near 87,000 worldwide, a toilet paper shortage and now, on top of all that, a Cannibal Holocaust game as just been announced. Yes, you read that right…Cannibal Holocaust.

On their website, Fantastico Studio has announced that “On the fortieth anniversary of the release of the cult film Cannibal Holocaust, director Ruggero Deodato announces the fourth, highly awaited chapter of his cannibals cycle, with great news: the new episode will not be a movie, but a videogame created in collaboration with Fantastico Studio.” read more

Universal Nabs Rights to ‘Crave’

Universal has acquired the movie rights to Crave, a YA vampire novel by Tracy Wolff, a New York Times best-selling author, according to Deadline.

The book reportedly follows a human girl who becomes involved in a dangerous situation when she falls in love (isn’t that always the way?) with Jason Vega, who just happens to be a vampire prince.

It seems that immortal Jason has been a loner for about a century now, but this young lady is determined to change all that and discover his secret. And thereby hangs this tale. read more

Robert Cuccioli Talks ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ and ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’

From 1997-1999, he was the King of Horror on Broadway. Robert Cuccioli, star of the enormously popular musical Jekyll & Hyde at the Plymouth Theatre in Manhattan, thrilled theatre-goers with his electric performance as both Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde.

The long-running musical, written by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Briccuse, played to SRO crowds for years, captivating audiences with both the classic storyline and the blockbuster musical numbers.

Cuccioli, who won a Drama Desk Award for his efforts, spoke exclusively with Horror News Network about his run in Jekyll & Hyde as well as his background and future stage plans. Broadway, of course, has been dark during the current Coronavirus crisis, but the veteran actor looks forward to returning to what he loves to do as soon as possible. read more

Jim Lee To Create 60 Original Sketches Benefiting Local Comic Shops

Comic book icon Jim Lee just became a real life superhero to local brick and mortal comic book shops! The living legend announced an ambitious plan to create 60 original sketches over the next 60 days, and he will auction them off on eBay to benefit local brick and mortar comic shops that are closed due to coronavirus shelter at home directives.

Each sketch is penciled and inked by Lee, and his initial subjects span everyone from main characters to more obscure fan favorites, including Nightwing, Bizarro, Azrael, Doctor Fate, and The Batman Who Laughs. To make things even more interesting, the highest bidder of the current sketch gets to pick the next DC character that Lee will sketch in the series. Lee is promising no duplicates, so his body of work will surely span the entire DC catalog by the time he reaches #60. Early listings have ended anywhere between $4,700 and $6,500, which will go a long way in assisting comic shops in need during these difficult times. read more