Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures’ Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. After Universal executives saw a test screening of Unfriended terrify a test audience, the studio acquired the thriller that was developed and conceived by visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Directed by Levan Gabriadze, Unfriended is written by Nelson Greaves and produced by Bekmambetov and Greaves, as well as Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions (Ouija and Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series).
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#UNFRIENDED in theaters April 17, 2015
In 1999, it was The Blair Witch Project. In 2009, it was Paranormal Activity. In 2015, a new film will revolutionize horror. Universal Pictures presents Unfriended.
Directed by Levan Gabriadze and written by Nelson Greaves, Unfriended follows a group of high school teenagers haunted by the spirit of their dead friend on the one-year anniversary of her tragic suicide. The movie is set as one long, terrifying Skype chat in which a group of teens are terrorized by the spirit of their former friend, who committed suicide after an embarrassing video of her was posted online. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing something or someone that wants them dead.
I had the opportunity to interview Greaves about the origins of Unfriended and how the initial story came together.
As the writer, it was a challenge to come up with material that was compelling enough without having to resort to multiple locations. “I approached this as I was writing a play… and the sort of the same logic questions and challenges that come up were going to be things we were going to be tackling,” Greves said. “At the same time, we also see the benefits of the play. You don’t think about anything else. It’s just the characters. It’s just the world. If you can convince people to buy into that then you can have something that’s much more dramatic than throwing chainsaws…”
Each actor was assigned their own room in the house where the movie was shot and spent long days going through the entire script in one take. The technical crew designed a system where the actors could all see and hear each other, as well as hear direction from the directors. The filming process was far from typical. The entire movie was shot on GoPro cameras to make it look like an actual video chat. “I thinking liberating is the best way to describe (the filming process). We are actors that come from improv backgrounds. I’ve worked in TV and film and you’re really not allowed to do that a lot of the time,” Courtney Halverson stated.
Overall, Unfriended is a horror film very of its time. It premiers in theaters April 17.
“We weren’t setting out to tell a digital horror story. We weren’t setting out to tell a story about digital relationships. We set out a story about the way people live now,” Greaves said.
Wasup movie and ZOMBIE fans!! A few weeks ago this short film called SUPER ZERO was sent to me and I was asked very nicely if I could make the time to watch it and leave my thoughts on the sci-fi/geek/zombie flick.
So I watched it. What did I think?
I liked it. Go nerds! So make the time like I did and watch it – it’s only like 15 minutes.
But I do have one complaint MR. DIRECTOR….WHAT HAPPENS NOW?! (lol) Ya left me wanting more. (lol)
For a comic book-loving, hashtag-hating gamer, the rise of the undead isn’t actually the biggest of his worries. See what happens when you harness the power of your own awesomeness in this mash up of sci fi zombie superhero fun .
Starring Umberto Celisano Giselle Gilbert Al Bernstein Tyler White and with a cameo by Bobak Ferdowsi.
Check it out movie fans! I just received the press release for the upcoming HOLIDAY horror/slasher flick…ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE.
Ya know. I really like that title. (lol) I really do. I just watched the trailer and…OH YEAHHHHH. I see a lot of blood and gore. I see hot chicks…and I see sex. A perfect formula for a horror flick! While watching it – it took me back to my childhood. (lol) It really did – – back to 1984’s SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT. What a classic flick!
By the looks of it – ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE is in post-production in Los Angeles. Watch the trailer! I’m definitely keeping this one on my radar.
Holiday Horror 2015 “All Through The House”
Los Angeles, CA, 3/2/15 – The Readmond Company has teamed up with Director/Writer Todd Nunes to bring you a terrorizing, blood-soaked Christmas slasher. ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE stars scream queens Ashley Mary Nunes (SYFY’S ROBOT COMBAT LEAGUE), Jessica Cameron (TRUTH OR DARE), and Jennifer Wenger (JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE). The film’s gory special effects were created by Tommy Pietch of SYFY’S FACE OFF and STAR TREK: RENEGADES.
ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE is an 80s-style slasher film featuring a deranged Santa Slayer who rips through the town of Napa for some yuletide-terror.
Fifteen years ago, a peaceful Christmas neighborhood was engulfed by fear when five-year-old Jamie Garrett was mysteriously taken from her bedroom never to be seen again. Now on Christmas break, Rachel Kimmel comes home from college to find her neighborhood struck again by a reign of terror. A violent killer is hiding behind a grisly Santa mask, leaving a bloody trail of slaughtered women and castrated men to the steps of the Garrett house. Rachel finds herself in a horrifying nightmare as she discovers the twisted secret behind the mask.
“This slasher has been brewing in my mind since I was a kid,” says Director/Writer Todd Nunes. “It’s not a rehash of popular Christmas horror movie subplots, like punishing the naughty, Santa obsessed psychos, or death by antlers. This is a dark, scary, violent story that delivers on a big bloody body count, beautiful girls, and lots of terrifying action. It’s everything I love to see in a horror movie – every murder is shown on screen and the anti-hero is a killer with a diabolical, sadistic mystery.”
“Although I loved my character because she is strong and complex, I’m really drawn to the twisted and crazy characters she meets in this movie,” says actress Ashley Mary Nunes (as Rachel Kimmell). “The Killer in ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE is disturbing, gross and really unique – I’m fascinated by the depraved impulses. I know that everyone is going to love all the gore and violence, but there is also a twisted mystery that ties it all together like a big Christmas bow.”
ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE was shot in 21 days in the summer of 2014 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Lake Arrowhead, CA. The 95 minute film is currently in post-production. Director/Writer Todd Nunes graduated with honors from The Los Angeles Film School and studied screenwriting at UCLA’s Writers’ Program. This is the first film by Santa Monica-based The Readmond Company.
FULL CAST: Ashley Mary Nunes (ROBOT COMBAT LEAGUE), Jessica Cameron (TRUTH OR DARE), Melynda Kiring (THE FOG LADY), Jennifer Wenger (JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE), Natalie Montera, Lito Velasco, Jason Rayer, Johanna Rae (NATURAL BORN FILMMAKERS), Cathy Garrett, Matt Poeschl (ENTOURAGE), Danica Riner, Kelsey Carlstedt, Lyndon Laveaux, Justice Lee, Sarah Miller, Milijana Riner, Noah Boylen, John Nunes, and Sky Boylen.
Wanna see more about the crazy Santa slasher – check out www.allthroughthehousemovie.com.
(SPOILERS) I checked out another movie…
Fans of claustrophobic, single location thrillers such as Cube, Saw and Buried are in for a real treat this month when Stephen Manuel’s multi award winning IRON DOORS is released on DVD and VOD in UK by Warwick Films with a street date of January 19th 2015.
As you can see – IRON DOORS had a UK release back in January. I know, I know…I’m late. HEY. I’ve got a 6 month old now. (lol) Here’s a little more on the movie…
Iron Doors premiered at Berlin Film Festival where it was snapped up by Jinga Films for worldwide sales. It went on to win Best Film at Haapsalu Film Festival, Best Actor for Axel Wedekind at Fantasporto and Best Cinematography at the European Independent Film Festival.
As you can see – it’s won some stuff!! (lol) OK. What’s the movie about?
Locked in a vault, a young investment banker faces a slow death from starvation. Who kidnapped him and why? How can he escape the concrete walls and massive iron door that confine him? His journey of self discovery has only just began and his fight for survival will teach him values in life he previously thought impossible.
Now…my thoughts on IRON DOORS?!
I liked the whole SAW feel it had. It really reminded me of that…but without all the blood and gore. The drinking of the piss – loved it! (lol) Film maker Stephen Manuel kept it real there. (lol) Watch the movie folks – it all makes perfect sense. I soooo be doing that if I were ever put in that situation. (lol) IRON DOORS definitely played with my emotions. Axel Wedekind who plays the main dude. Does a good job. In the beginning of the movie – I thought he was a douche. Quite annoying. But as the movie went on…I started feeling for the dude. I actually started feeling bad for him. (lol) His situation is just fucked up!!
Not a happy camper about the subtitles. I mean – 47 minutes into the movie – – then subtitles appear. I just wish we could have gotten them earlier. Watch the movie and you’ll see what I’m talking about. (lol) Another thing that semi-bummed me out was – the “WHY?” Maybe a little hint. (lol)
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I give IRON DOORS… 3 out of 5 popcorns. Overall I liked it. Makes ya think…at least for me. There is some other ‘stuff’ that happens in the movie (not going to say, don’t wanna give away) which makes ya think, “Yeah. Stephen is keeping it real.” (lol) The ending. Thumbs Up dude. Thumbs up.
#EvilWillRise folks! The lovely Olivia Wilde and AMERICAN HORROR STORY’S Evan Peter’s has a new horror movie hitting theaters February 27th!
From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions—producer of THE PURGE, INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchises —THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde), who’ve achieved the unimaginable—bringing the dead back to life.
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25-Feb 7:30PM – Chicago – Regal City North 14
25-Feb 7:30PM – Miami – Cobb Dolphin 19
25-Feb 7:30PM – El Paso – Cinemark West
25-Feb 7:30PM – New York – AMC Empire 25
25-Feb 7:30PM – Los Angeles – Krikorian Pico Rivera Village Walk 15
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CUT!, a twisted, psychological thriller, which won BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST LEADING ACTOR, and the AWARD of MERIT for AUDIO at the 2014 Independent Film and Television Festival was named by Movie Rankings as one of the TOP 5 HORROR MOVIES of 2014. The film stars David Banks, Dahlia Salem, Sam Scarber, Allen Maldonado and Suze Lanier-Bramlett. It was directed by David Rountree.
I watched another movie folks…a HORROR movie…my favorite. It was called CUT and it’s from Psycho Rock Productions and opens in theaters today on Friday the 13th in Los Angeles. It’s playing from 2/13-2/19 at the Arena Cinema Hollywood and if you don’t live in LA – like myself. It will be available on DVD and VOD on February 24th. So. Lets talk CUT.
In CUT!, the apparent is never the truth as an ex-con and aspirant filmmaker set out to manufacture a film by scaring people for real; however, when it goes too far and someone actually dies, the pair decide that killing for real on film is the only way to make a truly terrifying movie.
My thoughts on CUT?!
I really liked it. I liked how it started with the credits playing…to the way it was shot. It felt to me…very American Horror Story/True Blood. All the prostitutes. (lol) They were all hot. I’m glad they weren’t all cracked out. (lol) They were good on the eyes.
Now…Lane. That dude was a total douche bag! David Banks plays him and man…he did a pretty good job. Soooo many times I wanted to reach through the TV and slap Lane. The dude’s a total dick in the movie and…I liked it. (lol) I mean…for me – I found myself wanting to punch him…but then…he was funny at times then at the end of the movie – – you almost feel kind of bad for him. (lol) Weird. I know. I just like movie’s that can play with my emotions. (lol)
I thought it was cool seeing Suze Lanier-Bramlett in CUT. She’s old school horror – THE HILLS HAVE EYES and THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART II. Classic movies. Gabrielle Stone makes an appearance – not only is she hot but she’s the daughter of Dee Wallace (Stone). Remember her? E.T., CUJO, THE HOWLING, CRITTERS and a ton more!! Yeah. Gabrielle comes from good stock!
The movie itself is really good. I really liked the story – – – if you like thriller, slasher, twisted movies – you should check out CUT. Just when I thought I had it figured out…BAM! A twist. It’s dope.
I really don’t have any complaints…well…except one. MORE. BLOOD!! (lol) With a name like CUT…I thought there would be more blood – but after watching it – it all makes sense. (lol)
I give CUT... 4 1/2 out of 5 popcorns.
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Well. I just watched it. Hmmmmmm…what to think. They sure show A LOT in the trailer. I hate when movie people do that. Some of the stuff I just saw would have been great to see in the theater. BUT…I could be wrong. Maybe there’s nothing to worry about. (lol)
Kind of sucks that it’s PG-13. A Rated R rating would have been dope! (lol) Sam Rockwell’s in it – – I didn’t know that until now. I like the dude.
Hmmmmm…what I saw – it looks good. Jumpy. I’m just a HUGEEE fan of the original. I still watch it every time it comes on cable OR TV. It’s just a classic. It’s going to be hard not to compare the two of them, ya know?
Save the date folks. July 24, 2015 is the big day.
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
What did YOU think of the trailer? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.
If you wanna follow the new POLTERGEIST online…here ya go.
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“80’s OLD SCHOOL HORROR IS BACK!!”
If you’re a fan like me – you might wanna check this out. It’s for a movie called THE TORMENT OF LAURIE ANN CULLOM…and I gotta say…after watching the trailer…this is my kind of movie. (lol) Check out all the goodies below!
A young woman’s fear of the outside world is nothing compared to what she will soon find inside her own home.Writer-director Mark Dossett pays homage to old-school 80’s horror flicks by setting his film in 1988.
Due to a horrific attack in 1987, 26 year old Laurie Ann Cullom (Shannon Scott) has become completely terrified of the outside world. She finds comfort by moving back home with her divorced mother and living her life safely behind locked doors and windows.
However, when her mom is away on a business trip, Laurie starts to notice that things are out of place and she may not be alone. She must overcome her paralyzing fear of the outside world or face the evil presence that is stalking her from the shadows.
Mark says, “When I saw Shannon’s online audition, she was the only actress out of 150 that made me really feel she was truly terrified and I didn’t want to see her get hurt. To me, that had to be the most important aspect of the character in order for the audience to care about her as well. One of the cool things about doing an independent film is that you get to break the rules. I decided to shoot this film sequentially because I wanted the audience to warm up to Shannon at the same time as she warmed up to the camera. I truly feel her talent gets stronger with every minute that passes by on screen. She actually plays 2 on screen characters because she is that good!”
Basing his film in the late 80’s affords Mark to remind us of a time when the immediacy of such items as the internet and cell phones were not available. A time that, while simpler, was in many ways more dangerous.
The Torment Of Laurie Ann Cullom marks the feature film debut of lead actress Shannon Scott and writer – director Mark Dossett.
THE TORMENT OF LAURIE ANN CULLOM was shot in Apopka and Ocala Florida. The film was made with a skeleton crew of 3 people which consisted of the director, lead actress and a boom operator. The most people ever on set at one time was 5.
Check out the trailer below…OFFICIAL TRAILER from mark dossett on Vimeo.
Director – Mark Dossett (@mark_dossett) | Twitter
In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.
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10/21/2014 7:30 PM Miami – Cobb Dolphin 19
10/22/2014 7:30 PM Dallas – Cinemark 17
10/22/2014 7:30 PM El Paso – Cinemark West
10/22/2014 7:30 PM Los Angeles – Krikorian Pico Rivera Village Walk
10/22/2014 7:30 PM New York City – Regal Union Square
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