the collector 3

The Collector and The Collection are both nasty, effective horror films about one seriously twisted killer. They came on the heels of the Saw torture-porn horror trend, but are much better than most Saw knock-offs. The second film ended with a direct set-up for a third…but that third Collector never materialized. But it looks like that’s about to change. A poster has arrived for The Collector 3, and it’s been confirmed that this isn’t some photoshop trickery – the movie is indeed really happening.

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Final Destination reboot

Keep a close eye on your Rube Goldberg machines, watch your back around sharp objects, and avoid roller coasters at all costs: a Final Destination reboot is coming to kill us all. OK, maybe not us, but just like the existing movies, Death will certainly be out to kill this film’s characters in creative and ludicrous ways. Learn more about the reboot below.
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Halloween Returns plot

Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are co-writing the new Halloween film, Halloween Returns, which Dunstan will direct. To date we’ve known only a bit about the film, which has been described as a “recalibration” of the series, with rumors saying that it would follow directly from Halloween II — the original 1981 movie, not Rob Zombie’s most recent entry int he series — by focusing on one character peripheral to the original story, and that man’s daughter.

Now Dunstan has given an interview talking about some Halloween Returns plot influences and timeline clues, and the ideas that he and his team are bringing to creating the latest incarnation of Michael Myers. Read More »

Halloween Returns

Michael Myers is putting on the mask and picking up the knife once again as Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are working on a “recalibration” of the Halloween series. Halloween Returns is the title of the new film, which will be the eleventh overall installment in the Halloween series, and the tenth featuring killer Michael Myers.

The story reportedly centers on the grown child of a former Myers victim harboring a deep (and understandable) resentment of the killer before becoming a target of the newly-freed Myers. In addition to serving as one of the writers, Marcus Dunstan will direct. Read More »

new Halloween movie

Michael Myers never stays dead for too long, and now he’s returning to the big screen. Dimension films has revived efforts to make a new Halloween film. The first step in the process is to hire Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who together wrote several Saw movies (specifically the latter four films), to write the script for the new film. But what is this Halloween going to be? Reportedly, it will be a “recalibration,” which seems like a single-word replacement for “we’re not sure yet.” Read More »

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, you probably spent at least a little bit of your childhood being scared silly by Alvin Schwartz‘s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Now a whole new generation of kids will get the opportunity to be spooked by those stories, thanks to CBS Films.

The studio has just picked up the rights to the three-part horror anthology series, with scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston set to write the screenplay. The pair are best known for their work on the Saw series, so they certainly know their way around creepy material. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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The Stuff of Legend

The twisted minds behind Saws IV, V, VI, and 3D are ready to bring some fun to the whole family. And no, that isn’t a sick way of describing the next Saw plotline.

Writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have signed on for Disney’s The Stuff of Legend, a fantasy-action film about heroic toys involved in an unseen war. Music video and commercial director Pete Candeland has been attached to direct since last year. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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ABCs of Death

The horror anthology V/H/S did well enough that a sequel went into production pretty fast, and you can already see the red-band trailer for V/H/S/2 from Magnet. Now another Magnet-released anthology, The ABCs of Death, is also going to be followed by a sequel.

The hook for The ABCs of Death was that the film featured 25 directors (and a 26th crowd-sourced entry) making short films based around a single letter. The sequel will take the same approach, and as with the first film the hook isn’t the concept, but the people bringing it to life. The new crew includes animator Bill Plympton, Day of the Beast and The Last Circus director Álex de la Iglesia, and Room 237 director Rodney Ascher. More participants in the gruesome sequel are listed below. Read More »

I should have skipped out of The Collection five, maybe ten minutes after it began. It took just that much time to realize that the movie really is only a basic exploration of a simple premise, and ultimately (for different reasons) not for me. The sequel to 2009’s The Collector is once again written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, with Dunstan directing. Crafty masked machinist killer the Collector returns to menace more innocents, this time losing hold of Arkin (Josh Stewart), one of his last victims, as he attacks a rave full of revelers and takes a new living prisoner, Elena.

Knowing based on the Collector’s previous patterns that Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) is likely alive, her father’s commando-like right-hand man recruits Arkin to pursue the killer along with a small team of mercs. This does not end well. Presumably, that’s a good thing, as there’s really no reason to watch The Collection other than to see the various ways that characters are dispatched. Read More »

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The so-called “torture porn” genre is mostly dead, but has given way to a sort of action-adventure horror that fuses elements of that particular vision of horror with other ideas. That seems to be the slot in which to place The Collection, which comes from Saw IV-VI writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. The latter also directs, and the film is his sequel to the 2009 effort The Collector.

The story kicks off with a girl (Emma Fitzpatrick) going to a secret party that turns into a murder spree for a killer known as The Collector. Her father hires a merc crew to retrieve her, and the film seems to go down the Aliens path, as the team recruits Arkin (Josh Stewart), the one guy who escaped the Collector’s lair to guide them in an effort to take him down.

A new trailer shows off some of the action and murderous ideas at play in the film; check it out below. Read More »