Fresh off the Slab: ‘Maggie’, ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’, ‘Scary Sleepover’, and more

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By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes….Take a peek at this week’s horror highlights!

Maggie

Maggie-1Is anyone else surprised that Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to star in a zombie movie?

With Henry Hobson directing and John Scott 3 writing the script, Maggie stars Schwarzenegger as the father of the piece and Abigail Breslin plays the title character. The movie is set to release on May 8th.

Maggie “tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman, becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie’s condition worsens, their relationship is tested, a father’s love holding on stronger than the disease. This heart-wrenching twist on the zombie apocalypse puts a human face on an inexplicable horror.”

American Horror Story: Hotel

The first casting announcement has been released for the next season of American Horror Story! Lady Gaga will be joining the show! While no story or plot line has been released, it has been announced that Lady Gaga will play as the star and main focus.

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Adam Green to host a Scary Sleepover

Who wouldn’t love to go to a sleepover event with Adam Green to talk about horror movies? That sounds likes so much fun! How about adding in other horror headliners?

From the ArieScope website:

ArieScope Pictures announces the new on-line series “Adam Green’s SCARY SLEEPOVER” launching this week on the ArieScope Youtube Channel and in a longer uncensored format right here on ArieScope.com.  In the spirit of the popular weekly podcast “THE MOVIE CRYPT” that Adam Green co-hosts with fellow director Joe Lynch, “Adam Green’s SCARY SLEEPOVER” is a short form on-line video series that features a different celebrity guest each week joining Green for a childlike slumber party at ArieScope Studios and candidly discussing their work within the genre, what they love about working in horror, and most importantly… what really scares them.

“The concept for this new series was born out of the overwhelming response to THE MOVIE CRYPT podcast,” says Green. “The podcast is a weekly 2-3 hour long audio show that gets super in-depth and more often than not very serious as Lynch and I discuss the craft, the business, and the trials and tribulations of the entertainment industry with our various guests.  My goal with SCARY SLEEPOVER is to bring the fans even more up close and personal with some of their favorite artists in a much more candid and inherently humorous short format video show.  It’s no secret just how much I adore our genre both as a filmmaker and as a fan myself, but the aspect about all of it that I cherish the most is that whether you are a working artist or a fan… together we equally make up our very own culture.  We are a full-on community that is like no other in entertainment.  While I’m so fortunate to have such an enormously passionate fan base that has loyally supported what we do at ArieScope for the past 17 years and thus given us the freedom to make the kinds of projects we truly want to make, I’m equally blessed to have become incredibly close with so very many amazing artists over my years working in Hollywood and by being a part of this whole scene.  I’m excited to share some of that with my extended genre family in a fun and slightly absurd way that they otherwise would never get the chance to experience.  I mean, how often in life will you get to be a fly on the wall at a slumber party with some of horror’s biggest names… or see Sid Haig in a onesie?”

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Audiences who attended DIGGING UP THE MARROW’s US tour this past February were treated to a short promo for SCARY SLEEPOVER before the movie that featured just a handful of upcoming guests like Kane Hodder, Tiffany Shepis, Tom Holland, Laura Ortiz, and Danielle Harris.  ”Yes, it’s just as ridiculous as it sounds,” proclaimed the voice-over at the end of the promo.  Other guests that have already filmed their episodes include Derek Mears and Sid Haig, with Tony Todd, Darren Lynn Bousman, Bill Moseley, Joe Lynch, and many more all set to shoot their episodes soon.  ”The goal is to eventually get to everyone we can and to feature as many notable artists as possible not only from the horror genre but also from the entertainment industry at large,” continues Green.  ”What I think fans will be surprised by is that despite the silly premise of seeing some of their favorite artists don their favorite pajamas, roll out a sleeping bag, play games, eat junk food, and act like children again… in each episode when I get to the important questions like “what scares you?” the answers are surprisingly personal and real.  You’re not often going to get answers like “I’m scared of spiders” or “I’m afraid of heights” here.  Instead you’re going to hear very personal and far deeper rooted fears.  Family illness, failure, rejection, the current state of the world… nobody has held back.”

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While Green serves as SCARY SLEEPOVER’s creator, executive producer, show-runner, and host, the episodes are directed and edited by Sean Becker who’s directorial work includes Felicia Day’s web phenomenon THE GUILD and many of the episodes in the second season of Green’s sit-com HOLLISTON.  ”I think that the best aspect of this series isn’t just that its fun or that it captures these artists while they are put into such an inherently innocent and youthful environment to play in, but that everyone who participates are real life friends of Adam’s and therefore very comfortable with letting their guards down and answering his questions honestly,” says Becker.  ”No one feels the need to be on or to live up to some sort of tough guy or tough girl persona.  An episode may start off with a ton of ball busting or other funny banter but when it gets down to it, everyone has been incredibly honest.”    Green adds, “After working so closely with Sean on HOLLISTON, I trust his instincts implicitly.  Though I may have final approval as the series creator and show runner, it’s really up to Sean as to what makes it into each episode from each sleepover shoot and there are hours and hours of footage to cut down.”  ArieScope’s Will Barratt who serves as SCARY SLEEPOVER’s cinematographer and also as an executive producer on the series adds, “One minute I’m laughing watching these artists force Adam to eat crickets, play with a ouija board in underoos on top of an actual coffin, giving Adam a drag queen style make-over, or playing a heated game of Battleship… but then moments later you might see those same people get very real as they talk about the pressures of never wanting to let their friends down, the ignorance and intolerance of the world we live in, what their fans actually mean to them, or opening up about family members suffering from dementia and Alzheimers.  We’ve always been about letting people behind the curtain, but there have already been some moments in what we’ve shot where the curtain wasn’t just pulled back, it was removed completely.  Sometimes it’s hilarious, sometimes it’s cute, sometimes its chock full of fascinating stories, and other times it’s touching.  I never know what to expect since everything is off the cuff.”

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Season 1 will consist of 12 episodes, released each Friday on ArieScope’s Youtube Channel that currently has over 3.1 million views.  A longer and uncensored version of each episode will also be released on ArieScope.com in the website’s “Shorts” section.  ”For the moment the series will be free for all,” says Green.  ”In theory the influx of traffic that this show brings to ArieScope.com will result in fans supporting us by buying one of the many films, TV series sets, T-shirts, posters, or other merchandise that we offer in our site’s “Buy Stuff” store as that is how we’ll be able to continue doing it.  But only time will tell if this initial distribution model needs to change over to a more traditional subscription based or sponsored series in order to keep going and cover the various costs of doing it.  Ideally we keep the series all our own in terms of creative control, but we’ve already been approached by other on-line networks looking to discuss financing and distributing the series on their own outlets exclusively.  Anything is possible and we’re keeping an open mind to all of it.  We’re just excited to do it and so far it’s been a total blast to turn the pure fun of hanging out with friends into a project that people can enjoy.  As much as it may be hard work to pull off each episode given everyone’s schedules, it hardly feels like work at all.”

Episode 1 of “Adam Green’s SCARY SLEEPOVER” will release on Friday March 6th and features horror icon Kane Hodder (FRIDAY THE 13th, HATCHET) as the very first guest.  So grab your pillow, roll out your sleeping bag, and whatever you do… don’t wet the bed.

The Void

I saw a post on Facebook from the Soska Sisters (American Mary, See No Evil 2) about this movie. There is currently an Indiegogo campaign to fund the monsters of the film but you can read all about it in the press release below and check out some of the new promo videos below.

From the Press Release:

the-void-posterCult indie directors Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie (Manborg, “W Is for WISH” from ABCs of Death 2) and producer Casey Walker of Cave Painting Pictures (A Little Bit Zombie) have launched an Indiegogo campaign to get a head start on pre-production for THE VOID, an original horror film that pits a small-town police officer against all manner of otherworldly creatures in a derelict, rural hospital.

“We’re launching this campaign early in order ensure that the film’s special effects are achieved practically. It’s important to start building our film’s creatures immediately to ensure we can realize them on set and in-camera,” said Kostanski and Gillespie.

Typical independent productions access funding mere weeks before a shooting window, often necessitating that visual effects be implemented during post-production, when the filmmakers have more time and resources to apply them. “Through crowd-fundraising support, Cave Painting Pictures intends to buck that trend by prioritizing the pre-production period and permitting Steven and Jeremy to get a head start in the development of the various creatures that will terrorize the heroes of THE VOID,” said Walker.

THE VOID marks a new chapter in the rising trajectory of Kostanski and Gillespie, who are also both design and FX veterans of major Hollywood productions. This project sees them shedding their parodic sensibilities (as seen in their previous films made as part of Winnipeg’s Astron-6 collective) in pursuit of a more serious and scary tone. However, as in Kostanski and Gillespie’s previous films, there will still be a strong commitment to practical special effects.

The film is on track to go to camera this summer.

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