This was the perfect way to introduce Blair Witch to the world. The series is rooted in clever marketing, as the original film was positioned as real found footage of real film students who disappeared. The sequel twisted the concept to focus on the Blair Witch hype more than the legend itself. Now they’ve made the third film, 16 years later, a true surprise. Lionsgate committed to early marketing of the film as The Woods so that the first audience to see it could learn it was actually Blair Witch. No one else will get quite that experience, as it would be impossible to keep the secret once it began screening, but this way all the fans could be in on the reveal, even if they only followed it online. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Not too long ago, we heard about a new horror movie called The Woods. Though we didn’t get a lot of detail at the time, we were immediately intrigued, since it was to be the next release from director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett, who’d previously worked together on You’re Next and The Guest.
But the film has already revealed its first shocking twist. At today’s The Woods Comic-Con event, Lionsgate dropped the bombshell that The Woods is actually a sequel to The Blair Witch Project. Read More »
There are two religious horror-tinged television shows based on comic book series premiering this summer, but AMC’s Preacher has been grabbing all of the headlines and walking away with all of the buzz. Meanwhile, internet has been awfully quiet about Cinemax’s upcoming adaptation of Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s Outcast. In fact, the pilot episodes of both shows premiered at SXSW this year (opposite each other on the schedule, even) and everyone seemed to flock to the Preacher screening, leaving Cinemax’s demonic possession drama hanging.
And it seems like Cinemax knows that it is time to finally start trying to hook people on its new show because the premium cable network has put the entire first episode of Outcast on YouTube for free and you can watch it right now.
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The horror genre has always been home to good old fashioned hucksterism. William Castle would rig theaters with flying skeletons and install seats that “shocked” the audience. Alfred Hitchock famously declared that those who were late to Psycho would be denied admittance. Even the 2013 remake of Evil Dead got in on the action with one of the most audacious movie posters in recent years. The horror genre is one big dare, a challenge from a filmmaker to their audience, and I can’t help but cackle like a loon when I see a movie declare its intentions as clearly as The Woods does.
The trailer for The Woods, the newest film from director Adam Wingard, has arrived and the clacking sound you hear is the Lionsgate marketing department showing off some big brass balls. They have declared that this is one of the scariest movies ever made. That’s their message. Are you brave enough to learn for yourself?
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I’ve been reading Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta‘s Outcast since its first issue and it’s a rock-solid horror comic, a character-driven, beautifully illustrated tale of two men doing battle with the devil himself when a series demonic possessions begin to plague their community. However, the series also feels like it was carefully conceived to double as a perfectly packaged television pitch. And here we are: the Cinemax TV series based on the comic is set premiere in a little under a month and a new trailer for the show has arrived online.
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Yesterday, a Hollywood Reporter story revealed that Warner Bros. doesn’t want to take risks on smaller projects in the wake of Batman v Superman‘s tumultuous box office and will make fewer movies, focusing on major tentpole releases. We may already be seeing the impact of this new policy: director Adam Wingard‘s adaptation of Death Note has been dropped by the studio. Thankfully, Netflix arrived to pick it up.
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Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
A Hollywood adaptation of the popular manga Death Note has been in the works for some time, with Shane Black announced to direct back in 2011. Since then, Black has dropped out, You’re Next director Adam Wingard stepped in, and a cast has started to take shape. It’s happening. For real this time! Maybe. Hopefully?
Anyway, a new interview with producer Roy Lee has offered a few updates on the American adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata and fans should be happy to know that they don’t plan to tone this macabre story down.
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Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
Adam Wingard has found another new name for his Death Note. The Leftovers star Margaret Qualley is set to join Nat Wolff in Warner Bros.’ live-action, English-language adaptation of the hit Japanese manga, about a magical notebook that kills people. (Just go with it.) Learn more about the new Death Note female lead below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 12th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The new Outcast trailer has answers for all of your burning questions. What show will Cinemax add to its line-up to actually make you tune in when The Knick isn’t airing? When will The Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman take advantage of his TV clout and bring another series based on his work to the small screen? Where did that kid from Almost Famous go? The short answers: “Outcast,” “just about right now,” and “right here and ready to battle demons on weekly basis for your amusement.”
And with those pressing queries out of the way, you can watch the new Outcast trailer for yourself after the jump.
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