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“Todd” slaughters overseas box office

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET made a faster-than-deserved exist from U.S. theatres, but the film is doing well in overseas markets.
Horror musical “Sweeney Todd” slaughtered the competition in its U.K. and Gallic openings, and the Coen brothers’ violent thriller “No Country for Old Men” also did solid Euro trade powered by its French [...]

Cloverfield’s box office plummet

Variety takes a look at the 68% box office decline of CLOVERFIELD in its second weekend. Thanks to its low-budget, not to mention overseas sales, the film will undoubtedly be profitable, but the article makes the point that its success tends to be driven more by advertising than audience satisfaction.
Paramount’s “Cloverfield”may have posted the biggest [...]

New Nightmare for Freddy

Freddy Kruger is coming back to haunt your dreams again.
Variety reports that Platinum Dunes – the company behind such abysmal remakes as last year’s THE HITCHER – has been hired to relaunch New Line’s NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise. No details are available; a writer cannot be hired until the current strike ends.
Meanwhile, Platinum Dunes partners [...]

The Last Man on Earth (1964) – Film Review

This first-ever adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend is easily the most faithful of the three; unfortunately, it is also the least entertaining. Although featuring some memorable images that capture the feel of the excellent source material, the Italian production is hampered by an obviously low budget and some poorly recorded post-production dubbing that creates [...]

“Diary of the Dead” in theatres February 15

DIARY OF THE DEAD – the latest installment of George A. Romero’s zombie magnum opus – will get a limited national release on February 15, with exclusive engagements in major cities around the country. The official MySpace page for the film has a list of these theatres, which we have re-created below the fold. As [...]

Del Toro to direct pair of Hobbits?

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that director Guillermo Del Toro is on the short list of names being considered to helm New Line Cinema’s proposed pair of films based on THE HOBBIT. The production, which will serve as a prequel to New Line’s LORD OF THE RINGS, is being co-financed by MGM, and the concern [...]

CyberSurfing 01/28/08

CyberSurfing 01/28/08

ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE – TRAILER AND FIRST TEN MINUTES: Yahoo Movies has the trailer and an exclusive excerpt (the first ten minutes) of this film, which has no firm U.S. release date yet, although it opening on February 15 in the U.K.

INSOMNIFEST 2008: Starting February 1, this is billing itself as the [...]

Storm Warning makes landfall on DVD

Sadly, STORM WARNING is going direct-to-video in the U.S., even though it was one of the best films to screen at last year’s Screamfest film fetival in Hollywood. Here is the press release from distributor Dimension Films:
A “tense tale of terror down under” (All Movie Guide), Storm Warning lands with a fury in an Unrated [...]

Horror goes highbrow – “Diary of Dead” & French thillers at Lincoln Film Center

A trio of upcoming horror films will screen at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center in February: DIARY OF THE DEAD, FRONTIERE(S), and INSIDE. The film’s are part of the “Film Comments Selects” series, in which the critics from highbrow magazine select low-profile movies that might otherwise be overlooked.
DIARY OF THE DEAD is the latest [...]

Shutter trailer

Like THE GRUDGE (2004), SHUTTER is a supernatural horror film about Americans living in Tokyo, where they are bedeviled by Japanese ghosts. Directed by Masayuki Ochiaia, the film bills itself as being from the the “Executive Producers of THE GRUDGE and THE RING.
The trailer, with its insistance that “spirit photography” is real, sounds more than [...]

Gellar in “Possession”

POSSESSION, the new spooky supernatural thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, opens in March. From E-Splatter.com:
POSSESSION was directed by Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist. Gellar stars as Jess, a woman whose life is torn apart when her husband, Ryan (Michael Landes), and brother-in-law, Roman (Lee Pace), crash in a horrific car accident.  Both brothers end up [...]

Anchor Bay grabs “Monster Slayer”

From the Hollywood Reporter:
Anchor Bay Entertainment has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Jon Knautz’s horror comedy “Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer” in a mid-six-figure deal with a theatrical commitment. “Slayer” premiered Saturday at Slamdance, a growing market for edgier fare than that other Park City fest. The film (featuring “Nightmare on Elm Street” star Robert [...]

Giallo: The Yellow Bastard?

A few days ago, we mentioned GIALLO as Italian director Dario Argento’s next project, pointing out that the title refers to a genre of mystery-thriller typified by outrageous plot twists and violent deaths inflicted upon beautiful women. Now, journalist Alan Jones writers in to Dark Dreams to clarify that the title has a more specific [...]