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Brand New Daybreakers Poster

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 26, 2009

by Allan Ford – Filmofilia.com

A brand new poster for the upcoming vampire film “Daybreakers,” starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill has appeared online.

“Daybreakers” synopsis: Edward Dalton is a researcher in the year 2017, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world’s population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.

“Daybreakers”, directed by Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig (Undead), will hit theaters on January 8th, 2010.

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Joel Silver Talks ‘Swamp Thing,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ And ‘Sgt. Rock’ Movies

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 23, 2009

by Rick Marshall – MTV News

“Sherlock Holmes” producer Joel Silver has his hands full with films based on literary heroes these days, and as many comic book fans are aware, quite a few of those projects hail from the DC Comics universe.

Since his name is attached to many of the projects we’re most excited about these days, Silver offered MTV News a quick update on some of those projects during the “Sherlock Holmes” red carpet event last week. We pressed the comics-friendly producer for his thoughts on everything from “Swamp Thing” to “Lobo” and many of the other films drawing on DC’s massive stable of characters.

When asked about his previous comments regarding a 3-D “Swamp Thing” movie, Silver reiterated his belief that 3-D was the intended format for a film about DC’s famous swamp creature. Of course, given the character’s history as the subject of multiple live-action movies, a live-action television series and an animated series, a move to 3-D is pretty much the only format in which we haven’t seen man-turned-monster Alec Holland.

“Yeah, if we pull it together and if the script works, that’s our intention,” said Silver of going the 3-D route.

The producer also indicated that Guy Ritchie’s departure from the “Sgt. Rock” movie hasn’t impeded plans to bring DC’s war hero to theaters. While he wouldn’t comment on rumors that the “Sgt. Rock” movie would be set in the future rather than its World War II roots, he did sound positive about progress on the film thus far.

“We’re working on [‘Sgt. Rock’] now,” he said. “There’s a real possibility on that. There’s a good shot on that one.”

Conversely, Silver didn’t seem to be holding his breath for a “Wonder Woman” movie to go into production any time soon, despite Warner Brothers’ reorganization and renewed focus on DC characters under the DC Entertainment banner.

“I’m not really doing anything with [‘Wonder Woman’] at the moment,” he said. “Once the studio knows what they want to do, and makes a decision, they’ll probably let us know.”

However, with “The Losers” on its way to theaters in April 2010, Silver said he expects “Lobo” to the next comic book movie he concentrates on. The film, which follows DC’s ultraviolent cosmic bounty hunter, was originally rumored to have “Sherlock Holmes” director Guy Ritchie behind the camera, but Ritchie cast some doubts on his involvement during a recent MTV News interview.

“I want to try and make ‘Lobo’ very soon,” Silver responded when asked which comic book project was next on his plate after “The Losers.”

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Paramount Adapting Vampire Comic Damn Nation

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 15, 2009

Writers Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz have been tapped to adapt the Dark Horse Entertainment futuristic vampire story Damn Nation into a feature film for Paramount.

The original comic (based on a comic by Andrew Cosby and art by Jason Alexander) is set in a U.S. that’s been evacuated after an attack from “inhuman nocturnal predators,” and tells the tale of the survivors after the government has been forced to relocate to London while scientists search for a solution.

Miller and Stentz most recently scripted the upcoming Thor movie for Marvel, and also worked on both Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgiras are producing, with Andrew Cosby and his Boom! Studios partner Ross Ritchie exec producing.

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Fox hunting werewolves in ‘Howl’ from DreamWorks TV

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 9, 2009

By MARC GRASER, MICHAEL SCHNEIDER – Variety.com

Never mind vampires — the Fox network is looking to get back into the werewolf business, developing “Howl,” from DreamWorks TV.

Project is being written by Joshua Miller and M.A. Fortin. DreamWorks TV toppers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank would exec produce.

“Howl” is described as an epic family saga about warring families of werewolves in a small Alaskan town.

“Alaska is a place where people disappear and now you know why,” Miller said.

The script reflects the changes that are going on in the country, and “metamorphosis and constant change is the basis of werewolf mythology,” he added. “Howl” is about “the psychology of living with change.”

One of the Fox network’s first series, 1987’s “Werewolf,” also revolved around the mythic creatures. More recently, CBS aired the short-lived “Wolf Lake,” while MTV is currently developing a new take on the 1980s movie “Teen Wolf.”

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Vampire myths, legends from around the world

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on November 21, 2009

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By Aprill Brandon – VictoriaAdvocate.com

Oh sure, these days, vampires are just downright cuddly, thanks in part to the popularity of the “Twilight” series and other modern vampire tales. Yes, today’s bloodsuckers, with their roguish good looks and vegetarian attitudes, are pansies compared to their predecessors.

All around the world, there is folklore and myths surroundings vampires, each one different, and, in many cases, each one more horrible than the next (don’t even get me started on Japan’s kappa). Forget sparkling skin and an attraction to humans beyond that night’s dinner. Most vampire legends are scary enough to even make Edward and his sexy bed-head coif tremble.

According to an article in the American Chronicle, vampire-like spirits and beings have been recorded ever since mankind has been around. For instance, even the Sumerians, the earliest known civilization in the world, believed in the Akhkharu, a blood-sucking demon. The ancient Chinese wrote about hopping corpses, which would consume people’s chi (or life essence) and the ancient Egyptians had a goddess Sakhmet, who was consumed with, you guessed it, bloodlust.

In Malaysia, their version of the vampire is the penanggalan, a flying woman’s head complete with, no, not a smoking-

Penanggalan

hot body, but rather hanging entrails, according to an article in the online magazine The Traveler’s Notebook. Formerly a beautiful midwife, the penanggalan made a pact with the devil for supernatural abilities, and all she got for her effort was this lousy T-shirt. Oh, and a curse in which she had to detach from her body each night in search of the blood of newborn infants and pregnant women. As an added bonus, the intestines hanging out of the creature also left constant sores on whomever it grasps.

Yikes.

In Brazil, forget about Brad Pitt hanging out in your bedroom waiting to suck you dry. They have the lobishomen, a hairy and squat fellow with a hunched back, jaundiced skin and rotted teeth, according to the magazine article. However, in a M. Night Shyamalan twist, the lobishomen loves to prey on women, who then turn into nymphomaniacs after his bite (I’m sincerely hoping their lust did not include the lobishomen … talk about a walk of shame).

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In Australia, the indigenous people have a legend of the yara-ma-yha-who, which fed on humans and then … wait for it … regurgitated them, according to mythology writer Wayne Kreger in his article “Vampires Around the World.” Luckily (not), the victim usually survived. However, enough encounters with the creature would eventually slowly turn the victim into a yara-ma-yha-who.

In some of the older Slavic gypsy communities, it was thought that inanimate objects and animals could turn into vampires. So, just think about that the next time you start slicing a watermelon.

Other vampire lore from around the world, according to the Web site http://www.mythicalrealm.com, include:

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Africa has the Obayifo, a tree-dwelling, child-eating vampire.

Bulgaria has the Vapir or Ubour, which rises after 40 days in the grave to feed on blood and … (shudder) … excrement. Apparently it only has one nostril and sleeps with its left eye open.

In China, there is the Chiang-shi, a white or green-haired vampire that drew strength from the moon and could fly.

Russia has the Upyr, a delightful daywalking bloodsucker that loved children … for dinner. Oh, and it also ate those children with its iron teeth.

Those wacky Scottish lads had the Baobhan Sith, also known as the white women of the Scottish highlands. They were ghost-like vampires that could take the shape of beautiful women that invited men to dance with them and then drank their blood, because, you know, sometimes sith happens.

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More Vampire News – New Daybreakers Poster

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on November 19, 2009

By: Craig Sharp – FilmShaft.com

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If glittery vampires such as those in The Twilight Saga: New Moon aren’t quite your thing then worry not, because the tougher, meaner variety are still doing the rounds also.

A new quad poster has been released for Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig’s DAYBREAKERS, starring Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Isabel Lucas and Sam Neil. Gone are the lovey dovey vampire/werewolf/human love stories, the Wolf Pack and dare I say it, The Volturi – all replaced by good old fashioned blood, action and evilness (if that’s a word).

Fresh off the success of their inventive take on the zombie genre, Undead masterminds Michael and Peter Spierig direct Ethan Hawke in an ambitious tale of a futuristic Earth populated entirely by vampires, and the efforts made by the creatures to ensure that their food supply doesn’t run out as humankind is faced with extinction.

Isabel Lucas

The year is 2017, and a vampire plague has turned most of the planet’s human population into bloodsucking ghouls. As the population of mortals fast begins to dwindle, a resourceful team of vampires sets out to capture and farm every remaining human while simultaneously researching a consumable blood substitute. Just when all hope seems lost, a secret is discovered that may provide the key to saving the human race.

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Writer tapped for “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.”

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on November 12, 2009

Hansel and GretelBy Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit – HollywoodReporter.com

Writer Dante Harper has been hired to sprinkle a few more bread crumbs on the script for “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.”

“Dead Snow” co-writer/director Tommy Wirkola is helming the project for Gary Sanchez Prods. and Paramount. The Norwegian pitched and plotted out the story line, which picks up the fairy-tale siblings 15 years after their traumatic gingerbread house incident, which provoked them to become witch bounty hunters.

Sanchez execs Kevin Messick, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Chris Henchy are producing the horror-action comedy, which is pitched as having a gory-but-funny “Shaun of the Dead” vibe.

Harper also worked on the screenplay for “Black Hole,” which director David Fincher has been developing at Paramount.

McKay, Henchy, Messick and Ferrell are shooting the Gary Sanchez comedy “The Other Guys,” which Sony has scheduled for an August release.

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Alien Vs Ninja to UK and Thailand

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on November 11, 2009

Alien Vs NinjaBy Jason Gray – ScreenDaily.com

Japanese studio Nikkatsu has sold Alien Vs Ninja to Revolver Entertainment for the UK and M Pictures for Thailand.

Written and directed by Seiji Chiba, the special effects-laden film is set many centuries ago and follows a band of ninjas doing battle with aliens who crash land in Japan. It stars Masanori Mimoto, Shuji Kashiwabara, Donpei Tsuchihira and Mika Hijii.

The action direction is handled by Yuji Shimomura and Kensuke Sonomura, prolific stuntmen and action choreographers who are now branching out into Asian and US productions.

The sale marks Nikkatsu’s first deal with London and L.A.-based Revolver. M Pictures previously picked up rights for The Machine Girl.

As reported on ScreenDaily, Alien Vs Ninja is the first title for Nikkatsu’s newly-established extreme gore-action film label Sushi Typhoon. Nikkatsu showed buyers a one-minute promo reel for Alien Vs Ninja and is currently negotiating deals with other territories.

Headed by Yoshinori Chiba, Sushi Typhoon will produce titles by cult directors, including Sion Sono, Noboru Iguchi and Takashi Miike, for overseas audiences.

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Viggo Mortensen Wants to Return for The Hobbit

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on November 10, 2009

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Viggo Mortensen

by  Jami Philbrick – MovieWeb.com

It was recently announced that filmmaker Peter Jackson would be returning to middle-earth by producing The Hobbit based on the J. R. R. Tolkien book of the same name. This time around he will be producing only and is giving up his director’s chair to Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro. He is however staying on as a writer as Jackson plans to co-write the film with del Toro and the first trilogy’s writers, his wife Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

The novel takes place sixty-years before events depicted in the first film and tells the story of how Bilbo Baggins became in possession of the ring from the creature Gollum. It was originally announced that the filmmakers intended to make two films, the first being an adaptation of the novel and the second a film that would bridge the gap between the previous movie and the trilogy. However del Toro himself later posted on a Lord of the Rings fan-site that while he still intends to make two films they will instead have only one narrative, based on the book, that will stretch over the two movies. But the director gave a conflicting statement when he was later quoted saying that he felt the second film would need to end by leading directly into The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.the hobbit

Regardless, it’s still fun for fans to speculate on which characters from the first three films could possibly end up in the sequels somehow. Originally when the filmmakers were discussing a “bridge” film Jackson stated that one of the things he would like to include was seeing the moment where Aragorn/Strider begins setting a watch on the Shire. We had the opportunity to speak with Viggo Mortensen, the actor who portrayed Aragorn/Strider in the film, this weekend while he was promoting his new movie The Road.

We asked Mortensen if he would be interested in returning to his role in The Hobbit, if the filmmakers were able to find away to include his character. The actor stated that he had a lot of fun making the first three films and would love to return for more. He went on to say that his understanding was that the filmmakers are trying to find a way to incorporate many of the actors from the first trilogy, even some who’s characters do not appear in the actual novel, into the new films. He also stated how much he loved working with the original cast and crew, how much he loved shooting in New Zealand and how much he would really enjoy returning one more time.

Whether Mortensen ends up in the film or not, there is no doubt that fans are dying to see these films come to the big screen. The Hobbit is due for release in December of 2011 with the conclusion The Hobbit Sequel hitting theaters a year later in December of 2012. Look for our exclusive interview with Viggo Mortensen about his film The Road coming soon.

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