Evil Dead Remake: Out With The Ash, In With The Mia

When we previously discussed the Evil Dead remake, the writers were still aiming to have the character David as the star replacement for the original Ash. According to news released yesterday by Ghost House and Mandate Pictures, however, his sister Mia stole the limelight and will now wear the mantle as Ashs replacement.

The decision makes sense: no living male can match the manly, chainsaw-wielding imagery of Bruce Campbell’s Ash. But a female – that’s a whole different story. A woman can create her own image and personality as Ash, one that may even rival the original popularity of Bruce Campbell’s Ash.

Lilly Collins (The Blind Side, Priest, Mirror Mirror) is scheduled to play the part of Mia in the Evil Dead remake, which should hit cinema theaters on April 12, 2013.

Here’s a recent photo of Lilly:

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According to BloodyDisgusting, In this version, the story centers on five friends (David, Natalie, Eric, Olivia, and Mia) holed up at a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead with a demonic force unleashed possessing each until only one is left to fight for survival.

Mias character has a background of drug use, a habit that recently caused a nonfatal overdose. Mia goes with her friends to the cabin to escape from all temptations of drug relapse. Since she is struggling with sobriety, none of the other friends believe her claims of seeing and experiencing paranormal activity, like trees coming alive and attacking her.

The Evil Dead remake begins filming this March, in New Zealand.

Paranormal Activity 4 is Green for Go

In a press release sent out yesterday morning, Paramount Pictures stated that Paranormal Activity 3 earned $108 million in the US film market.

In addition, the release said, In 2012, Paramounts release slate highlights include ‘World War Z,’ a zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation,’ the next installment in the global franchise starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Channing Tatum, a new chapter in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise, and ‘The Dictator,’ starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, the team behind ‘Borat.

(Notice World War Z on is that list excited!)

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The original Paranormal Activity film cost only $15,000, though it brought in some $193 million in the worldwide box office. Even with its cheap ghost costumes, people could not get enough. Then, the second film of the series saw its financial backing rise to $3 million, and it earned approximately $177.5 million at the worldwide box office.

Although the third film in the series brought in the least amount of return, there are still enough fans out there to justify a fourth film. The press release did not state when we should expect Paranormal Activity 4 to hit theaters.

The Munsters Are Getting A Reboot

We live in an era of remakes and reimaginings, and The Munsters, the 1960s American television show about a family of monsters, is the latest installment to get a swift boot back into mainstream media.

According to Fangoria.com, Bryan Fuller, one of the core writers behind the television series Pushing Daisies, is credited with coming up with the reboots story. While the original Munsters show focused on campy, wholesome comedy and family ties, The Munsters reboot has its roots in modern-day drama, action-packed suspense, and some goofball silliness. Also, the original was only 30 minutes long, while the reboot is expected to be an hour’s worth of entertainment for each show.

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The reboot of The Munsters will see the story centered on Eddie Munster, the pre-teen werewolf with a heart of compassion, who is trying to come to terms with his werewolf transformations.

As for the other characters, Herman Munster is said to be more of a stud, who loves too much. Lily Munster, the perpetually beautiful matriarch of the family, works at a pet store, where she uses her magic to get the job done quickly. Grandpa Munster is a full-blown vampire, feasting on animals and struggling with a growing urge to consume human blood. Marilyn Munster, the only true human of the family, is the shows female sex appeal.

The show is expected to air sometime in 2012.

Rumors Claim Bill Murray Shreds Ghostbusters 3 Script

According to the National Enquirer, Bill Murray shredded the latest revision of the Ghostbusters 3 script. Murray then mailed the shredded script confetti to former co-stars and co-writers Harold Ramis and Dan Ackroyd. An attached note from Murray read, No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts.

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This new script was written by the minds behind the US version of The Office. Various news sources claim the script would tell the tale of the original Ghostbusters handing the business over to a younger generation, thus continuing the series with a new cast of ghost-hunting heroes.

Sony Pictures has already stated that they would feel uncomfortable creating Ghostbusters 3 without Bill Murray. In addition, Sigourney Weaver, one of the original cast members of the previous films, insists she will only join the cast of Ghostbusters 3 if Murray joins, too. Since Murray was originally given the privilege of final approval for the Ghostbusters 3 script, his denial of the script foreshadows the potential death of this sequel.

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However, Dan Ackroyd claims the film will be made with or without Bill Murray, whose character Peter Venkman has been hailed as the backbone of the original Ghostbusters films. Sadly, we may never again see Murray don his Ghostbusters costume.

Carnival Cruise Hosts First Horror Convention at Sea

Scheduled for April of 2012, Carnival Cruise is hosting the first horror convention at sea, the Tides of Torture cruise. The cruise will feature actors and stars from such slasher films as Hatchet 1 and 2, Zombies Halloween 1 and 2, Friday the 13th Part 2, and Machete.

The four-night cruise begins on April 12th, setting sail from Tampa, Florida, and features movie screenings, a scream queen contest, and a Dance of the Dead. Tickets start at $699 per person, and more details can be found at the Tides of Torture website.

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Current expected guest list:

  • Doug Bradley (Hellraiser)
  • Tony Todd (Candyman; Final Destination 1, 3, 5; Hatchet 1 and 2)
  • Danielle Harris (Hatchet 2; Zombies Halloween 1 and 2; Halloween 4 and 5)
  • Kane Hodder (Hatchet 1 and 2; Friday the 13th 7, 8, 9, and 10)
  • Leslie Easterbrook (Zombies Halloween)
  • Brad Loree (Halloween Resurrection)
  • J LaRose (Insidious, Saw 3 and 4)
  • R.A. Mihailoff (Hatchet 2, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3)
  • Elise and Electra Avellan (Machete, Death Proof, Planet Terror)
  • Steve Dash (Nighthawks, Friday the 13th 2)
  • Ashley Williams (The Human Centipede)

If you love horror conventions, but are sick of standing in lines, surrounded by stale air and sweaty bodies, this convention is for you. Plus, where else can you grab some sun, spend time with prominent horror actors, and wear Halloween costumes, all for four whole days?

Movie Trailer: You Can’t Kill Stephen King

 

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You ever see movie or show so embarrassingly awkward and unfunny, you physically feel uncomfortable? If you’re like me, you’ll find an excuse to change the television channel, or pretend you need something from another room – any room, really, just somewhere away. Well, that’s how I feel about the trailer for You Can’t Kill Stephen King, a horro film currently in the post-production stage.

Plot synopsis: Six friends head to a small town, where they hope to meet Stephen King, but, instead, they are murdered.

Clearly the trailer is trying to get across that the movie is designed to poke fun at horror films. It’s a meta-film, essentially. But there is a fine line between over-the-top and appropriate, and if this trailer is an indication of what this movie has to offer, it definitely belongs in the over-the-top category. I mean, I wouldn’t even be surprised if Stephen King was the killer.

Will I still see it? Of course.

Why? I want to see if I’m right, that Stephen King is the killer. And if he is, does he die?

Horror Films in 30 Seconds…with bunnies.

That’s right todays topic involves cartoon bunnies recreating your favorite films, all within a 30-second time-frame. The creator of these 30-second bunny films is Jennifer Shiman, who is the sole creative talent voices, art, animation, story-boarding, writing behind the short films. She even recreates the scary costumes the original actors wore during the film. Dedication meets art, mixed with bunnies.

While the bunnies got their start as a small solo project, they have exploded into an Internet phenomena, attracting more then 25,000 unique hits every day. All of this popularity caught the attention of Starz Entertainment Group, who purchased the films and moved the bunnies to mainstream media. (If you subscribe to Starz, you may have seen these 30-second segments every now and again.)

Here are some 30-second horror recreations using Jennifer’s bunnies:

Evil Dead II

Hellraiser

Halloween

The Shining

The Exorcist

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Saw

Alien

Twilight: New Moon

While Jennifers bunnies have recreated countless popular films, we are only showcasing the horror recreations. If you want to find more 30-second bunny films, click here: Angry Alien.

Evil Dead Remake: More Horror Than Humor?

Not every horror film is designed to make you cringe beneath a shower of blood and gore. Some simply want to make you laugh, while showering you with blood and gore. The Evil Dead series, the inspiration for so many Halloween props, is a perfect example of a horror comedy done right, and now the original Evil Dead is scheduled to see a remake.

Thats right Sam Raimis original Evil Dead film is set to see a remake well, actually, the movie officials are calling it a reimagining, not a remake.

Whats the difference?

A remake would mean an exact copy of the original film, just updated for modern audiences. But a reimagining means the directors / writers can alter the original story. In this case, the Evil Dead reimagining will have no Ash no Bruce Campbell. (A recent release of news states that Bruce Campbell will have a small cameo, not a major role, at the end of the film.)

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We’ll miss your crazy face, Ash.

Here’s the current cast of characters set for the reimagining:

David (Ash’s replacement) Hero, sibling to Mia, married to hot chick.

Mia David’s sister, fighting a drug addiction, suffers from death of her and David’s mother.

Eric David’s friend, cocky.

Plot synopsis: The characters travel to the infamous cabin in the woods from the original Evil Dead, when a storm forces them indoors. Eric finds the Necronomicon and convinces the others to read passages from it. Mia begins to go nuts. The other characters assume its just her suffering from drug withdrawals. But then something moves outside the cabin.

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The original cabin of death.

Director Federico Alvarez claims the film will focus more on the horror of the original Evil Dead, straying far away from the comedy of Army of Darkness and Evil Dead II. Part of this stray can be seen with the replacement of Ashs character. If fans of the original Evil Dead saw an Ash character, they might expect the humorous Ash they fell in love with from Army of Darkness. This new hero, David, allows for a focus on the horror. We’ll have to wait and see how this choice turns out.

The release date of the Evil Dead reimagining is scheduled for April 12, 2013.

Zombies from Outer Space!

In an attempt to combine irony, humor, and horror, Martin Faltermeier wrote and directed Zombies from Outer Space, a film as strange as the name suggests. Using a low budget and lots of cheap Halloween props, the film is set to steal the indie film circuit.

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The film takes place in Bavaria, during the late fifties. The main character, Maria, stumbles upon the dead body of a woman. The local authorities are then tasked with solving what obviously appears to be a murder case. But as more and more dead women are discovered, along with sightings of unidentified flying objects, the local populace grows unruly. Somehow, this leads to undead aliens arising from the earth, killing lots of people.

I could continue talking about how the film is only available in German, with English subtitles that are more wrong than right; or how the aliens can speak, even though theyre supposed to be dead; or how the romance subplot comes off as forced and odd. But thats all irrelevant, because even with these faults, I’d pay money to witness a Bavarian village fending off undead aliens.