Even though all the attention will be on Beauty and the Beast this weekend, those who may not be interested in a live-action adaptation of an animated musical might take solace in the wild violence of The Belko Experiment.
Written by James Gunn and directed by Wolf Creek helmer Greg McLean, the action thriller takes place at a not-for-profit company in Colombia where the employees find themselves suddenly faced with the task of killing each other, or else risk being killed themselves. We’ve seen a red band trailer in all its bloody glory, and now you can see it recreated with the magic of stop-motion animation, LEGO pieces and some red Play-doh.
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The third trailer for Wolf Creek director Greg McLean‘s new thriller The Belko Experiment has been released online. Written and produced by Guardians of the Galaxy series helmer James Gunn, the story follows 80 Americans who are locked in a high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia as part of a twisted social experiment. They are ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate “in a deadly game of kill or be killed.” Watch The Belko Experiment trailer #3 now embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
James Gunn has spent most of 2016 keeping his head down and working hard, but he’ll be back in the spotlight next year with a couple of exciting new releases. One, you surely already know about — we’ve been talking about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 since the moment credits rolled on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 — but the other is just starting its marketing push now.
The Belko Experiment is a lean, mean thriller written and produced by Gunn and directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), starring 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s John Gallagher Jr. as one of many office workers who are trapped together and forced to kill or be killed. Other potential victims / murderers are played by Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Tony Goldwyn, David Dastmalchian, Melonie Diaz, and Josh Brener. The first The Belko Experiment trailer has just been released, and you can watch it below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
James Gunn has been tied up with Marvel movies for the past couple of years, but somewhere in there, he found the time to write and produce The Belko Experiment. Greg McLean, the Aussie filmmaker behind the nasty Wolf Creek films, takes the helm, and the result is a simple, entertaining horror-thriller that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Read More »
Blumhouse Picture has a notable track record of casting their horror projects right. They don’t always work out, but even just looking at that The Purge: Election Year trailer from the other day, the production company really struck gold in Frank Grillo. The actor was a big reason why The Purge sequel was a vast improvement over its predecessor. And for Blumhouse’s latest picture, The Darkness, who better to cast than Kevin Bacon to ground your supernatural horror movie?
Get a taste of what’s in store from Blumhouse this time with The Darkness trailer below.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
As a director, James Gunn is tied up with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for the time being. But as a writer and producer, he’s dipping back into smaller fare. Gunn is teaming with MGM for The Belco Experiment, an original horror to be directed by Greg McLean.
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I was surprised to see Wolf Creek 2 on the schedule for the Venice Film Festival last month, and more surprised to see it get pretty enthusiastic reviews at the fest. Probably shouldn’t have been; here writer/director Greg McLean returns to the scenario he crafted for the original film — a cannibalistic psycho menaces wanderers in the Australian outback — but with a slightly tweaked emphasis.
The idea is one introduced in the original, where John Jarratt‘s brutal killer Mick Taylor was on the verge of becoming a larger than life anti-hero for the super-right-wing set. He’s not just chasing down “invaders” of his territory; he’s doing so because they are “foreign vermin.” This time, McLean seems to be pushing that angle even to an even greater degree. (There’s also more of a “road movie” approach to this story, which could be great.)
And, if nothing else, the outback is a hell of a place in which to shoot a horror picture. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
When Paramount picked up Paranormal Activity, which turned out to be a smash hit, the company helped push forward the idea of major studios making films on shoestring budgets. Paramount has been developing a program to make microbudget movies, and now Lionsgate has announced a ‘microbudget’ initiative that will ideally generate up to ten films per year. Lionsgate’s version of ‘microbudget’ is a little different than most — these are budgeted under $2m. That’s a lot less than what most studio films cost, but the term usually conjures up films costing around $100k.
Regardless, info is out on the first three Lionsgate movies. One is Rapturepalooza, starring Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Office) as the Antichrist. More info on that and two others, after the jump. Read More »
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WYRD Studios is releasing a documentary titled The Splat Pack, directed by Mark Henry and Frank H. Woodward. The movie takes “a look back at the first decade of 21st Century horror films and the filmmakers that re-energized the genre.” The documentary features new interviews with Alexandre Aja (High Tension), Darren Lynn Bousman (the Saw series), Adam Green (Hatchet), Alan Jones, Harry Knowles, Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Greg Nicotero, Eli Roth (Hostel), Staci Layne Wilson and more. The doc seems to be mostly a talking head retrospective, mixed with clips from the horror films discussed. WYRD has released the first movie trailer for the upcoming release, which is embedded after the jump.
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The quick-turnaround required to get another Paranormal Activity into cinemas this Halloween, and possibly kill the Saw franchise once and for all, will mean that Paramount will have to get production up and running very soon indeed.
You probably recall that Saw almuni Kevin Greutert was given the helm before a little contractual black magic from Lionsgate saw those plans dashed. Who then, might Paramount have in the frame for this eight-month wonder now?
It’s an astonishing shortlist. As well as Session 9‘s Brad Anderson and Wolf Creek‘s Greg McLean, the studio are reportedly also sizing up none other than Brian De Palma. Blimey.
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