the Duffer Brothers

Who are the Duffer Brothers? That’s probably a question many people are asking themselves after just having binge-watched their Netflix series Stranger Things. They created the show and directed six out of the eight episodes, yet not many people had ever heard of them before they Netflix’d and chilled. And now that all everyone can seem to talk about Stranger Things, I thought it might be worth taking a look at the guys who made this critically acclaimed series.

Did you know they directed a feature film starring Alexander Skarsgård that you’ve probably never heard of? We have the trailer. Also, I’ve included some of their early short films so you can see how they’ve evolved as storytellers.

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Tales from the Crypt format

TNT and TBS President Kevin Reilly spoke with the Television Critics Association at a party Sunday night. The networks’ focus was on new shows Search Party, People of Earth, Good Behavior and continuing The Detour, Wrecked and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. TNT is also developing a new Tales from the Crypt series with M. Night Shyamalan so we asked Reilly for an update. Based on the EC horror comic, Tales from the Crypt was a long-running HBO half-hour series. Reilly’s plan is to more than double that running time.

“I think it may even be longer than an hour,” Reilly said. “There’s going to be a half-hour anthology and then a one-hour original show with some shorts in between. So it’s part of a whole block. The original half-hour, sort of slightly comedic, kind of twisted [story] that Night himself is going to direct will be a part of it every week. Then we’re going to have rotating original one-hours. Then we’ve got shorts that’ll be part of it too.  Read More »

Split Trailer

After stumbling in the film world for some years, director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs) made a decent comeback with the suspenseful thriller The Visit last year. Now he’s back behind the camera again for another unsettling thriller called Split starring James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse), and the trailer has just debuted online.

Split starts off like your average kidnapping thriller with James McAvoy abducting three young girls and taking them to a dark basement. But the kidnapping is just the beginning of the creepiness that ensues as they learn that this man has some serious mental problems that make their imprisonment that much more horrifying. Watch the Split trailer after the jump. Read More »

Tales from the Crypt Reboot

Director M. Night Shyamalan is helping to bring back Tales From the Crypt. The anthology series, which aired on HBO from 1989 to 1996, is coming to TNT. It was originally reported the reboot was inspired more by the 1950s comic book of the same name created by William Gaines and Al Feldstein than HBO’s adaptation, but now it sounds like Shyamalan and all involved might take Tales From the Crypt in another direction, as they’re searching for new stories from fresh new writers.

TNT is teaming up with Wattpad to find horror trends and stories to incorporate into the series. Below, learn more about TNT and Wattpad’s collaboration.

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wayward pines pic

In season two of Wayward Pines, another man (Jason Patric) finds himself just wanting to go back home. The set up is quite similar to season one’s, but the current situation in the small town and the new cast should add some distinction to the upcoming season of Wayward Pines. Executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan (The Visit), the thriller returns this month to Fox.

Watch the Wayward Pines season two teaser trailer below.

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wayward

Wayward Pines returns for a second season this summer, so it might seem premature to declare its end. Executive producer M. Night Shyamalan likes endings, though, so he was enthusiastic to share his ultimate plan for the series, based on Blake Crouch’s books. At a Wondercon roundtable for the new season, Shyamalan declared Wayward Pines would be at most three seasons.

“I think we can say it’s a three-season story,” Shyamalan said. “If we get the opportunity to tell the third and final season, we can finish the story.”  Read More »

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Tales from the Crypt reboot

When TNT announced that M. Night Shyamalan was spearheading a reboot of Tales from the Crypt, they were short on details. As of January, they had not committed to either a half-hour (like the original HBO series) or hourlong format, or even said whether they would feature a Crypt Keeper. The Crypt Keeper was a staple of the original EC comic books as the host of the macabre stories, and even more so on the HBO series as a Kevin Yagher puppet voiced by John Kassir.

Shyamalan was at Wondercon presenting the second season of his Fox series Wayward Pines. /Film participated in roundtable interviews with Shyamalan and the Wayward Pines cast and got a chance to ask him about Tales from the Crypt. He confirmed that there will be a Crypt Keeper in his Tales. “There will,” Shyamalan said.  Read More »

Djimon Hounsou

Two-time Oscar-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, In America) has been cast as a series regular on Season 2 of Fox’s M. Night Shyamalan series Wayward Pines. Learn more details after the jump.

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wayward

Last year was a bit of a comeback for M. Night Shyamalan. The director of The Sixth Sense and The Lady in the Water scored some points with audiences and critics with The Visit and Wayward Pines. The latter, ran by Chris Hodge, ran for 10 episodes on Fox and starred Matt DillonShannyn Sossamon, and more. Much of the original cast will not return for Wayward Pines season 2, but it’s just been confirmed Jason Patric will headline the next season.

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