Archive for Horror News
MTV today announced the second season pick-up of its hit series “Scream” with Dimension Television. More than 21 million viewers have tuned in to the debut season of “Scream” on-air and the series has generated another 7.9 million streams across platforms. Additionally, “Scream” has averaged 60% increases in L+3 over L+SD ratings week to week.
MTV Executive Vice President of Series Development and Head of Scripted Programming, Mina Lefevre said, “It has been a wonderful experience working with Bob Weinstein and his team who are such connoisseurs of this genre and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of ‘Scream.’ We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror and more twists and turns.”
“We couldn’t be happier ‘Scream’ has been renewed for a second season and that we have a wonderful working relationship with Doug Herzog, Stephen Friedman, Susanne Daniels, Mina Lefevre and her team,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. “The ‘Scream’ franchise has been such a huge part of our history and to watch it evolve, find a new generation of fans and succeed at MTV makes this all the more sweet. We promise even more scares, surprises, romance and of course kills in season two.”
During its 2015 Summer TCA Presentation, MTV also premiered exclusive clips from returning favorites “America’s Best Dance Crew,” “Awkward,” and “Faking It” and announced returning series “Finding Carter” will premiere Tuesday, October 6 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT. Additionally, in a series first, “Ridiculousness” will hit New York City in August to film two episodes from the MTV Headquarters in Times Square with 50 Cent and Action Bronson as guests. The announcements were among those made today by Lauren Dolgen, Executive Vice President of Series Development and Head of Reality Programming for MTV, during the network’s presentation at the Summer 2015 Television Critics Association Press Tour.
She’s lean, she’s mean and she has no idea she’s the daughter of a monster killing machine! This October, it’s the Marvel Universe’s resident vampire hunter like you’ve never seen before in BLADE #1 – a brand new ongoing series from writer Tim Seeley (Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy) and artist Logan Faerber (Secret Wars: Battleworld)!
Meet Fallon Grey. A normal sixteen year old girl from rural Oregon. Nominated for Prom Queen, Captain of the Debate Team, most popular girl in her class. But there is another side to Fallon. A feeling like there’s something else going on inside. When terror strikes her small town, she’ll find out just how right she was. As fearsome supernatural forces invade her town, hunting her down – she’ll come face to face with something even more shocking than the monsters on her tail.
Eric Brooks…Blade…her father?!
“[Fallon’s] sort of ‘anti-Peter Parker’,” says Tim Seeley in an interview with Marvel.com. “She’s popular, she’s well-liked, and it seems like the world is her oyster. But, the expectations that come with being so damn perfect are starting to break her down, and that’s before she learns she’s the heir to a Daywalking-Monster-Stabbing-Empire.”
But there is a new evil brewing deep in the forests of Oregon. A new cult of monster scientists, twisting and mutating demons, vampires, werewolves and more into even powerful new creatures. To stop them it will take more than one Daywalker. And in each other, Eric and Fallon may just discover the purpose they’ve each been struggling to find. Don’t miss the highly anticipated new series when it debuts this October in BLADE #1!
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by LOGAN FAERBER
Variant Cover by TIM SEELEY
On Sale October 2015!
Danai Gurira, who plays “Michonne” on “The Walking Dead,” has teamed up with CrowdRise to offer fans a chance to attend the exclusive event and win the ultimate fan package. By donating as little as $10 at www.crowdRise.com/WalkingDead, fans will be entered to win a trip for two to New York, including flights and hotel. The winner and a guest will attend the season 6 premiere at Madison Square Garden, where they’ll get a chance to go backstage with Gurira.
Additionally, the winner will be flown to Atlanta, GA, to tour some of the famous sites from the show as well as have lunch with Gurira. “The Walking Dead” experience will continue with a weapons training session, where the winner will learn to shoot a crossbow, get made up as a Zombie and receive a “Go Bag” full of disaster survival gear.
All proceeds will benefit the Almasi Arts Alliance, an organization which Gurira co-founded. Almasi Arts Alliance’s mission is to create professional opportunities within the dramatic arts industry in Zimbabwe, where Gurira was raised.
The contest is open now and ends on September 24, 2015 at 11:59:59am ET. Gurira made an exclusive video to announce the contest and you can view it on the charity page site.
SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce that they have just signed a deal with Jacob Grim and Sal Hernandez of STX Media for the distribution of “Dreadtime Stories,” a horror anthology film consisting of 10 tales of terror.
Synopsis: A party turns bizarre when a malevolent book makes its way into the hands of the attendees who reveal its tales of monsters, madmen and the supernatural. Some stories are better left untold.
Dreadtime Stories will be screened at The Horrific Film Fest in San Antonio and the Montreal Horror Fest in Montreal, Canada.
The movie was written by Jacob Grim and Sal Hernandez, produced by Sal Hernandez and directed by Jacob Grim. The Film features more than 50 cast members.
Dreadtime Stories will be available in the US and Canada on Blu-ray, DVD, Comcast Xfinity Cable TV and the top VOD sites like iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, M-GO and more in early 2016 via SGL Entertainment with their partners MVD Visual and Indie Rights Distribution. SGL Entertainment is headed up by Jeffrey A. Swanson and Damien Dante with Massimiliano Cerchi handling foreign distribution.
After a two year hiatus following the tragic death of cast member Dave Brockie, the popular sit-com Holliston will return for a third season in 2016 on the GeekNation digital network, it was announced today by ArieScope Pictures President and series creator/ show runner Adam Green in conjunction with GeekNation’s CEO Clare Kramer and COO Brian Keathley. The highly anticipated third season is set for a full 10-episode order to premiere on GeekNation’s digital streaming network next summer, making this the first time that Holliston will be readily accessible for all, including audiences in many foreign countries that were unable to watch the series until now.
Created by Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen), Holliston stars Green and fellow real-life genre filmmaker Joe Lynch (Everly, Knights of Badassdom), as “Adam” and “Joe”, two aspiring horror filmmakers, dealing with the struggles of life, love, and career aspirations during the post-college period where nothing ever seems to work out like it should. With storylines inspired by Green’s own life experiences that mash-up situational comedy plot lines with popular horror genre-themes, Holliston is an edgy, genre-fueled, and heartfelt sitcom that horror and comedy fans have passionately embraced since its television debut in 2012.
The series also stars Laura Ortiz (The Hills Have Eyes) as “Laura”, “Joe’s” longtime girlfriend and adorably demented artist; Corri English (Unrest) as “Corri”, “Adam’s” emotionally confused and on-again/off-again childhood sweetheart; and heavy metal icon Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) as “Lance Rockett”, a delusional wannabe rock star who ran the local cable station where “Adam” and “Joe” worked up until the cliff-hanger finale of Season 2 when each of the character’s lives were turned upside down. All five actors will be returning for season 3.
Just as the third season was being developed, tragedy struck Holliston on March 23, 2014 when the show suffered the sudden death of cast member Dave Brockie (who played “Oderus Urungus”, “Adam’s” imaginary closet-dwelling guardian angel on Holliston and who also fronted the iconic heavy metal band GWAR for 30 years). Only three weeks after Brockie’s tragic passing, the series’ cable television network distributor FEARnet was dissolved. “In most cases, the trials and tribulations we have endured as a cast would mean the end of a series,” says Green. “But this is Holliston and we are much more than just a sit-com. We are a bona fide family. By leaning on each other and embracing the overwhelming love and support of our fans (known as the “Holliston Nation”), we never became disenchanted by our unfortunate circumstances or allowed our collective inspirational fire to go out.”
The series was developed, produced, and is owned by Green’s ArieScope Pictures (the Hatchet franchise, Digging Up The Marrow) who licensed the broadcast rights for the first two seasons to the FEARnet network, therefore making it possible for Holliston to continue on with a new distributor in FEARnet’s wake. “Holliston never would have had a chance to exist if it were not for FEARnet,” says Green. “It was such a shame to see the network’s life cut short while they were still just getting started.” Though there have been several potential opportunities presented to Green and company to continue Holliston over the past two years, the cast remained unified and waited until the circumstances and the timing were right. “It’s crucial to note that Dave was so much more than just a cast member of Holliston,” says series star and Executive Producer Joe Lynch. “He was a dear friend to all of us and his absence will be deeply felt by everyone in our cast and crew. For Adam especially, he not only writes every single episode but he was also the only actor on the show who shared scenes with “Oderus”, so continuing the series without Dave is an extremely difficult task for him emotionally. It has been a very delicate and slow process to get ourselves back to this point, but rushing ahead any sooner would have been a disservice to the fans and to the show itself. Thankfully we have an incredibly patient and understanding fan base that has supported us unconditionally and that has mourned with us through all of this. Our fans appreciate that we’re real people who have to heal from our loss and that we’re not just fictional characters on their screens, despite the fact that we all play versions of ourselves in a way.”
“As cliché as it might sound, no one would want to see Holliston continue more than Dave,” adds Green. “On the Season 2 behind the scenes Blu-Ray making of feature Dave says directly to the camera that “Holliston is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me.” It’s been a long, heartbreaking road, but we’re at a point now where we’re back on our feet and we’re ready to laugh once again. Last week, the main cast got together to table read some of the new material for the first time and we could all feel without a doubt that no one was laughing louder or harder than Dave. ”
As Season 2 of Holliston began airing in 2013, Green and Lynch began doing a weekly podcast on GeekNation called “The Movie Crypt”, an audio program spin-off named after the fictional cable access show that their character’s host on Holliston that was initially intended to merely run as extra promotion for the 10 weeks that the second season would be airing. 2 years later, “The Movie Crypt” has become one of the most popular filmmaking podcasts on the internet. Guests who have shared their extremely candid career stories on the podcast have included Chris Columbus, Jordan Peele, Slash, Joe Dante, James Gunn, David Wain, Greg Nicotero, Henry Rollins, Bobcat Goldthwait, and countless other notable artists from all aspects of the entertainment industry. Last Christmas the main cast of Holliston (Green, Lynch, Ortiz, and English) surprised “The Movie Crypt” listeners with the performance of a new episode of Holliston in the form of a radio play which attracted over 450,000 listeners in its first week alone. In January, Entertainment Weekly listed “The Movie Crypt” in their magazine’s “20 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To” and the weekly audio program now averages roughly 600,000 listeners. “It’s almost embarrassing to admit, but there we were on a quest to find a new outlet for Holliston where we could continue to creatively make the show our way but also have it be distributed on a platform where absolutely anyone who wants to watch it can easily find and enjoy it… and the answer was literally right in front of our noses the entire time,” says Green. “Bringing Holliston to GeekNation almost kind of makes it a spin-on,” says Lynch. “The sit-com lead to the podcast spin-off which in turn has now lead us back to the sit-com again. I’m coining the term spin-on, by the way.”
“When I first spoke with Adam and Joe about producing “The Movie Crypt” podcast together it was intended to be temporary, just to help promote Holliston,” says GeekNation’s COO Brian Keathley. “I don’t think any of us expected the podcast to take off like it has with fans and industry professionals alike. Now, with Season 3 ofHolliston coming to GeekNation, it just completes the picture.” CEO Clare Kramer adds, “With Holliston, Adam’s creation embodies the definition of intellectual humor combined with pop-culture creativity, creating what we believe is a cult phenomenon. We’re excited to partner on the third season, which will bring network-quality serialized programming to GeekNation for the first time, with Holliston as our initial offering in this division. This initiative of long-form content will round out well against our current short-form web series and podcast content, and we look forward to our millions of users re-watching or discovering Holliston for the first time.”
“My hope with Holliston was always that it would fill a void in situational comedies by speaking directly to those of us who identify as being geeks and horror fans but who can’t typically find these kinds of types of themes, characters, or comedic sensibilities in the average network sit-com,” says Green. “I believe that Holliston’s consistently growing fan base appreciates it because they can tell that the series is being made by people who really live it and who aren’t just pandering to a demographic that’s currently proving to be lucrative in the mainstream. Just because a character on a show makes a dozen comic book references, lives for Star Wars,collects action figures, wears an obscure Evil Dead shirt, goes to Comic Con, or symbolizes any of the other various stereotypes associated with “geeks” doesn’t mean that people like us are going to watch and relate to it. Fans of the series have responded to the show’s genuine heart even more than the various horror icon celebrity guest stars or the genre themes and references.” Lynch adds, “When we were doing cast appearances and live performances on the convention circuit in support of the first two seasons, it was so rewarding to see firsthand how Holliston also draws a large fan base of mainstream comedy fans. We’ve had people of all ages and even full families come through the lines to meet us and tell us that they have never been to a convention before in their lives or that they weren’t necessarily into horror genre stuff before getting into Holliston. So whether we’ve won over genre fans who would typically never have watched a sit-com or whether we’ve served as a gateway drug into horror and sci-fi for people that never gave the genres a chance before… people from all walks of life are feeling welcome and accepted with Holliston and that’s an incredible feeling.”
“As a culture we might be into monsters, gore, science fiction, superheroes, video games, heavy metal, or whatever…. but we’re also real people with ambitious dreams who face struggle, disappointment, and loads of heart break,” says Green. “We all need friends that love and believe in us unconditionally and I think that “Adam”, “Joe”, “Laura”, and “Corri” not only represent that but are that for a lot of Holliston fans who perhaps don’t have a solid support system in their own lives. It took me 13 years and more “almosts” than I can count to get that first season of Holliston made with the exact people I wanted to make it with. For a show that tells its audience to have hope and to “never give up”, who would I be to throw in the towel because of the unfortunate circumstances we’ve faced as a show these last two years? There’s no guarantees in this business and I know I won’t always win, but I’ll keep getting back up, I’ll keep trying, and I’ll keep swinging while I have this family standing with me. Cast, crew, and fans alike. You know what they say… 15th year is a charm.”
Green is currently writing Season 3 as he and the rest of the Holliston cast work on various other feature film, television, stage, and tour commitments. Pre-production and the extensive rehearsal process for Season 3 will commence early next year with a summer 2016 premiere on GeekNation. Cory Neal (Frozen), Sarah Elbert (Hatchet), Will Barratt (Hatchet), and Peter Block (Saw) will continue to be producers on the series. Directorial duties will remain in the hands of series directors Green and Sean Becker (The Guild).
We’re pleased to announce Fallout Anthology, the definitive PC collection from the award-winning Fallout® series, will be released on 2 October, 2015 for £39.99/€49.99/AU$99.95. Fallout Anthology features five critically-acclaimed games and official add-ons in a premium collectible set, with a space reserved to add your copy of Fallout® 4 . This ultimate collectible is packaged together in an exclusive mini-nuke storage case with audible bomb sound.
This Fallout collection includes:
• Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition
• The Pitt
• Operation: Anchorage
• Broken Steel
• Point Lookout
• Mothership Zeta
• Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition
• Dead Money
• Honest Hearts
• Old World Blues
• Lonesome Road
• Gun Runners’ Arsenal
• Courier’s Stash
• Fallout Tactics
• Fallout 2
Anchor Bay Entertainment, a leading distributor of STARZ Original series and other TV/independent feature film content, and the home entertainment division of Starz, announced today the acquisition of all North American rights — theatrical, Digital HD, Blu-ray™/DVD and broadcast (except first pay TV window) to the feature film MARTYRS from Wild Bunch.
Starring Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”), Caitlin Carmichael (300: Rise of an Empire), Kate Burton (127 Hours), Bailey Nobel (“True Blood”) and Taylor John Smith (Insidious: Chapter 3) MARTYRS is directed by Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz, and produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring). MARTYRS was screened at the market in Cannes this year where the deal was negotiated by Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch and Josh Thomashow, who was recently put in charge of acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment.
A woman and her childhood friend seek out revenge on those who victimized and abused them.