When you realize so little new blood gets into a genre that’s based on blood, it’s actually kind of sad. Almost every horror movie released on a massive scale is a sequel, remake or PG-13 money grab. Original ideas are hard to come by, but one that’s coming soon is Sinister. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Ethan Hawke as “a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.”

Sinister has some great buzz growing from the festival circuit and opens October 5. However the gang at Tugg.com is hosting a bevy of early, free screenings in cities across the country. After the jump, check out the new poster for the film and find out how you can see Sinister first. Read More »

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On the surface level, Sinister doesn’t sound so different from a million other haunted house films. Ethan Hawke stars as a writer who moves his family into a new home, in which the previous occupants were brutally murdered. When he stumbles upon a box of home movies in the attic, he begins to make some even more horrifying connections.

But when it comes to movies like these, it’s the execution that really counts, and based on the reviews we’ve read out of SXSW it sounds like Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and first-time screenwriter C. Robert Cargill (a.k.a. AICN’s Massawyrm) know exactly what they’re doing. A new trailer has just hit the web, and it looks pretty damn spooky. Watch it after the jump.

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The star power that came out in defense of the West Memphis Three was remarkable and now there’s added juice behind an eventual dramatic film version. Oscar-winner Colin Firth has just joined previously cast Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon in Devil’s Knot, the first narrative feature (after several documentaries) concerning the complicated yet fascinating subject of the West Memphis Three. It’ll be directed by Atom Egoyan and is based on the non-fiction book by Mara Leveritt.

Firth will play Ron Lax, a private investigator who was instrumental in finding key evidence that raised considerable doubt as to the guilt of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of victim Steven Branch and the wife of the man believed to have committed the crimes. There’s more after the jump. Read More »

Months after we first heard of Atom Egoyan‘s planned feature about the West Memphis Three, the project has found its first star. Reese Witherspoon has boarded The Devil’s Knot, based on reporter Mara Leveritt‘s 2003 nonfiction book which chronicled the 1994 trials that put two teenagers in prison for life and another on death row for the murder of three eight-year-old boys, despite a lack of physical evidence. After years of appeals, the three men were finally freed this summer. More details after the jump.

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One of the films to play Fantastic Fest in Austin last month was the Dutch ghost story thriller Zwart Water, aka Two Eyes Staring. Germain wasn’t thrilled with the film, calling it a good story that wasn’t handled well. It’s one that sounds like prime material for a remake, and indeed that is something that is already in motion.

Even as the film played Fantastic Fest, the remake rights were in the hands of Charlize Theron‘s production company. Now The Exorcism of Emily Rose writer/director Scott Derrickson has been hired to co-write and direct the remake, which will star Theron. Read More »

Whenever I picture the story of David and Goliath (which is not often), the characters look in my mind’s eye like old-timey illustrations out of a children’s Bible or a classic painting. Although I love a good round of fantasy casting as much as the next movie geek, it’s just never occurred to me to consider which modern-day actors might fit the parts.

As the director of Relativity’s Goliath, however, Scott Derrickson has been tasked with doing just that. And the names he’s come up with so far are, apparently, Dwayne Johnson for Goliath and Twilight star Taylor Lautner for David. Hmm. Read more after the jump.

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Last week saw the dramatic end to the story of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., aka the West Memphis Three. The trio were the subject of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky‘s documentary Paradise Lost in 1996. That film told of how the three young men had been tried and convicted for the murders of three 8-year old boys in 1993, despite a lack of any physical evidence. (The three were convicted in part because of supposed Satanist leanings and interests in metal and the occult.) The fact that the three are free is wonderful, but that freedom was obtained not through exoneration, but by pleading guilty to the murders and being released with time served for the 18 years each has spent in prison. It’s hardly justice.

Berlinger and Sinofsky were almost finished with their third documentary about the case, and are talking about how the end of the case will be reflected in their film. And Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan has announced his plan to make a dramatic feature based on the case. Finally, Peter Jackson, who along with Fran Walsh, Eddie Vedder, Johhny Depp and others contributed to the WM3′s defense fund, has responded to the end of the case. Read More »

We all know how this one ends. Puny David slays the giant Goliath with only a slingshot. It’s the journey towards that epic showdown, however, which makes up the plot of the new film Goliath. A period action film “with contemporary sensibilities,” the Biblical tale is set to be directed by Scott Derrickson who did The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Day The Earth Stood Still remake. Before it goes into production, though, the original script, written by John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, is apparently going to be overhauled to make it more like 300 or The Bourne Identity. Read more about this project after the break. Read More »

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