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Horror-on-Sea 2018 Interview: Mj Dixon on ‘Mask of Thorn’

Mask of Thorn is a throwback to the classic 80 slashers from writer and director Mj Dixon, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Friday 19th January. I got chance to ask Mj a few questions about the continuing legacy of Thorn, his influences in horror and what else is coming in the ever expanding Mycho horror universe.

What can we expect from the film?

I guess it’s hard to say without giving too much away, but we usually try to take the classic slasher formula that the Mychoverse is built on and then turn it upside down and at least approach it from a very different angle. We’re not really interested in making the same film again and again, so it was important find a fresh way to tell the next part of the story. I guess the influences for the film were
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea sequel Nemo Rising set for release in December

Novelist and filmmaker C. Courtney Joyner (the Shotgun western series, Renny Harlin’s Prison) is set to release his new novel, the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea sequel Nemo Rising, this December courtesy of Tor Books.

Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

Nemo Rising is set for release on December 26th.
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Afm: Media Asia to Co-Produce Renny Harlin's Crime Thriller 'Bodies at Rest'

Afm: Media Asia to Co-Produce Renny Harlin's Crime Thriller 'Bodies at Rest'
Hong Kong film studio Media Asia has joined Wanda Studios as a co-producer of director Renny Harlin’s forthcoming action crime thriller Bodies at Rest.

Starring Hong Kong’s Nick Cheung, Chinese actress Yang Zi and Taiwanese actor Richie Jen, the action flick kicks off in a morgue, where a hardworking forensics expert and his assistant are accosted by masked intruders who demand access to a body involved in a crime.

Media Asia is handling worldwide sales of the title and began shopping it to buyers at Afm. The film already has begun shooting in mainland China and is targeting a late...
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American Film Market: Hudson Boards Fun Academy’s ‘Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero’ (Exclusive)

U.S.-based sales agent Paul Hudson is handling world sales on CGI feature “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” inspired by the true story of an Wwi American soldier’s bonding with a stray dog that became a war hero.

Budgeted at $25 million, animated by Technicolor’s Mikros Animation in Montreal and the official movie of the 2018 Wwi Centennial Commission, “Sgt. Stubby” marks the maiden feature from Georgia-based Fun Academy Motion Pictures.

Fun Academy will release “Sgt. Stubby” in April on 3,000 screens, said Fun Academy CEO Richard Lanni, also the film’s writer-director.

Bibo Bergeron (“Shark Tale”) serves as head of story, while Patrick Doyle (“Brave”) is the film’s composer.

Hudson, who also runs L.A distribution-sales house Outsider Pictures, is introducing “Sgt. Stubby” to buyers at this week’s American Film Market. He is in negotiations to sell rights for Poland, Hungary, Latin America, China and the Middle East and has closed South Korea.

“Sgt
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Transmedia Project ‘Back to Earth’ Launching at Afm (Exclusive)

Transmedia Project ‘Back to Earth’ Launching at Afm (Exclusive)
Transmedia project “Back to Earth” will be previewed at the American Film Market with demonstrations of the multi-platform narrative in which a new technology could destroy the world or save it, Variety has learned exclusively.

Creator Clay Space and producers Shad Adair and Behnam Karbassi will be at Afm with a web series, graphic novels, an animated series and an interactive experience with StarCredits tokens, which allow players to alter the interactive experience, receive exclusive content and earn discounts on merchandise.

The story centers on the fictional mega-corporation StarFate with users discovering the true origins of the apocalypse and uncovering secret plans for the future of the human race.

The story world of “Back to Earth” was created by No Mimes Media while M2 handled the visualization of the graphic novel and animated series. Frederico Heller directs the web series.

Space has been a member of the bitcoin community since 2014 and is the founder of Blockspace Media, a
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Afm: Icelandic Wilderness Story ‘Indigo Valley’ Gets Fast-Tracked (Exclusive)

Afm: Icelandic Wilderness Story ‘Indigo Valley’ Gets Fast-Tracked (Exclusive)
Jaclyn Bethany is fast-tracking her feature “Indigo Valley,” about a honeymoon trek in the Icelandic wilderness, Variety has learned exclusively.

Indigo Valley,” based on Bethany’s short film of the same name, marks the first collaboration between Bethany and Harmstone under their new banner Indigo Films, which will focus on female-driven narrative content, with a focus on international markets.

Indigo Valley” is a U.S.-UK-Icelandic co-production, with Courtney Harmstone producing. Matthew Helderman of Buffalo 8 is coming on board as an executive producer. Fenrir Films of Iceland is a co-producer.

Bethany will direct and star in the film in which a newlywed couple is on a hiking trip through the Icelandic wilderness. The couple is unexpectedly joined by the woman’s estranged sister, played by Bethany, an actress recently released from rehab. Jealousy, insecurity and sexual tension run high in the desolate landscape of Iceland, highlighting the tumultuous future these three people face.

Icelandic actor Atli Oskar Fjalarsson
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True-Life Third Reich Story ‘The Invisibles’ to Travel Worldwide (Exclusive)

“The Invisibles,” a docu-drama theatrical feature film based on a little known true-life story about four young Jewish people who survived the Nazi terror in Berlin, has been sold to multiple territories, including major markets like the U.S., Britain, China and Japan.

Munich-based sales company Beta Cinema has sold the movie, directed by Claus Raefle, to Greenwich Entertainment in the U.S., Signature in the U.K., DDDream in China, Lucky Red in Italy and New Select in Japan. It has also signed contracts for Brazil (Mares Filmes), Israel (Nachshon) and Portugal (Pris). Further deals are being negotiated.

The film, which was released in Germany by Tobis last week, intertwines dramatic reenactments with interviews with the survivors, describing their lives as teenagers and young adults “under the most dangerous circumstances and with an unknown future,” according to a statement. “The two [elements] blend together into an intense, emotionally moving film, with its authenticity
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10 Freddy Krueger Movies You Never Saw

10 Freddy Krueger Movies You Never Saw
Freddy Krueger is one of Halloween's most celebrated horror movie killers. A Nightmare on Elm Street, from the brilliant mind of the late fright master Wes Craven, is a stone cold classic. While the many sequels are a mixed bag, there's no disputing the greatness of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, or the bold adventurousness of Wes Craven's New Nightmare, which reimagined the entire franchise in a fascinating new way, years before "meta" became a trendy buzz word.

Jack Sholder put Freddy Krueger inside another dude, Renny Harlin put him in sunglasses, and Rachel Talalay nearly finished him off in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. Though he once hosted his own TV show and finally faced off with the killer of the Friday the 13th franchise in Freddy vs. Jason, there are still multiple Freddy Krueger projects that were in some stage of development that simply never got made.
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Deadly Pleasures: A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

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Like with any long-running slasher movie franchise, every horror fan has a favorite Nightmare on Elm Street sequel when asked. The most popular response is Dream Warriors, which, based on anecdotal evidence, many fans prefer even to the first film. Some like its follow-up, the Renny Harlin-directed The Dream Master, best. Very rarely, if ever, do Nightmare fans name the fifth installment, 1989’s The Dream Child, as their favorite. It’s the unloved orphan of the franchise, lacking even the novelty of Freddy’s Dead with its 3-D climax and the fact that it’s designed to end the series for good (even if Wes Craven’s New Nightmare would render said closure impotent just a few years later). For many, The Dream Child represents the franchise overstaying its welcome for one film too many before wrapping up. And, yes, the movie has its share of problems both in
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Top 5: Movies from The Asylum

With Sharknado 5 making a splash on TV screens across the globe these past few weeks, what better time to visit the world of The Asylum? With a myriad of films under their belt, from their beginnings as king of the mockbuster to their foray into original film making, it’s no secret we’re big fans of these bastions of the direct to DVD market and have reviewed a Lot of their output! With that in mind, here’s my pick of the Top 5 (because it’s Sharknado Five… geddit?!?) movies from The Asylum in – shock, horror – order of preference…

5) Avengers Grimm

An off-the-wall mix of Grimm Fairy tale characters and superhero team-up movies which, frankly, should have been obvious given the title, Avengers Grimm’s plot is relatively simple: when Rumpelstiltskin uses the Magic Mirror to escapes to the modern world taking Snow White with him and destroying the mirror in the process,
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‘Conan the Barbarian’ and ‘The Legend of Hercules’ 4K Blu-ray Bound

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced plans to pull a couple fantasy action films out of their catalog and debut Conan the Barbarian and The Legend of Hercules on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a September 19th release date.

Conan the Barbarian is the modern remake starring Jason Mamoa of Game of Thrones fame in the titular role made famous by a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. It co-stars Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, and Ron Perlman.

The Legend of Hercules is not the 2014 version starring Dwayne Johnson, but instead the competing Hercules-themed film from the same year starring Kellan Lutz as the mythical Greek hero with Renny Harlin directing.

Both 4K releases will feature Hdr and Dolby Atmos audio tracks.

Pre-order The Legend of Hercules on 4K Blu-ray for a discounted price at Amazon.

Pre-order Conan The Barbarian on 4K Blu-ray for a discounted price at Amazon.

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Uwe Boll Isn’t the Worst Director of the 21st Century, Says Metacritic, but He’s Close — See the Top 20

Uwe Boll Isn’t the Worst Director of the 21st Century, Says Metacritic, but He’s Close — See the Top 20
After naming Alfonso Cuarón the best director of the 21st century, Metacritic has gone ahead and averaged out filmmakers’ Metascores to name the worst directors since 2000. As with the first list, filmmakers must have made at least four movies in the last 17 years to be eligible — meaning that Tom Six (“The Human Centipede”) and Dinesh D’Souza (“Hillary’s America”) don’t qualify despite the fact that they’re far from critical darlings.

Read MoreAlfonso Cuarón Is the Best Director of the 21st Century, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25

Uwe Boll, known for his oft-panned video-game adaptations, comes in at #2; the dubious honor of defeating him goes to Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, whose average Metascore of 14.5 comes from directing spoofs like “Meet the Spartans,” “Date Movie,” and “Epic Movie.”

You might not be familiar with some of the other names to be found here, in part because directing
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Sword & Sorcery Heroes Make 4K HD Debuts

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Experience the exhilarating adventures of the legendary heroes in the most amazing picture quality available today when both Conan the Barbarian and The Legend of Hercules arrive separately on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on September 19 from Lionsgate. In Conan the Barbarian, Jason Momoa portrays the vengeful warrior on a quest to find and kill the evil warlord who murdered his father when he was a boy. Directed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and written by Tehomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood, the film also stars Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, and Ron Perlman. From director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) and written by Sean Hood and Daniel Giat, The Legend of Hercules, a Summit Entertainment release, tells the origin story of the mythical Greek hero, played by Kellan Lutz.

Both movies are available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD,
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Rejoice! A ‘Deep Blue Sea 2’ Is On The Way!

Various websites are reporting that a Deep Blue Sea 2 is on the way and it is filming right now. The origin for the story seems to be Moviehole who report that Darin Scott (House Party : Tonight’s the Night) has been shooting the film in Cape Town for a little while now and that we should see it pop up on the Syfy network, so don’t expect any of the original players to return. We do know that the aptly named Michael Beach, who will appear in Aquaman, is amongst the cast. More on the Deep Blue Sea sequel below.

Deep Blue Sea sequel on the way from the Syfy network!

The first Deep Blue Sea, which was directed by Renny Harlin, was released in cinemas all of the way back in 1999 with Samuel L. Jackson and Thomas Jane amongst its cast. If you’ve forgot what it was all about,
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Deep Blue Sea 2 has started filming

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A sequel to Deep Blue Sea not only exists, but it's already filming in Cape Town...

The list of people who watched 1998’s shark flick Deep Blue Sea and got nothing out of it is a short one, we’d politely suggest. Directed by Renny Harlin, the movie was and is an absolute blast, with genetically modified intelligent sharks doing battle with a selection of human fodder.

Amidst the cast of the film were Saffron Burrows, Samuel L Jackson, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport and Stellan Skarsgard, and even writing a few words about it makes me want to reach for the disc and sit through it again.

There had been talk of a straight to DVD sequel being prepared for the movie, as part of the Warner Premiere series seven or eight years ago. But that never came to fruition, and the idea of a follow-up was presumed dead.
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There’s A Deep Blue Sea Sequel In Development

Deep Blue Sea, Renny Harlin’s 1999 sci-fi/horror fest that was unleashed during a pretty loaded summer season, is a concept that would seem right up the alley of a Syfy original.

For those unfamiliar with it, here’s the gist. In an effort to cure Alzheimer’s, a team of scientists working on a floating laboratory named Aquatica in the middle of the ocean have genetically engineered a trio of Mako sharks whose brain tissue fluids, once drained, serve as the key to unlocking the cure. Unfortunately, the sharks’ increased brain size only results in making the beasts even smarter, and it’s not long before the sharks enact a plan to gain their own freedom by picking off everyone they can and sinking the facility itself in the process.

As you probably know, there’s nothing deep about Deep Blue Sea. It knows it’s not Jaws, and
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Syfy is shooting a sequel to Deep Blue Sea

No doubt spurred on by the success of its Sharknado series, Syfy is dipping its toes back into the sharksploitation genre, with Moviehole reporting that the network has kicked off production on a made-for-tv sequel to 1998’s Deep Blue Sea.

The site reports that the project is currently shooting in Cape Town, with Darin Scott (House Party: Tonight’s the Night) directing and Michael Beach (The 100) starring. The plot revolves around Dr Klaus Van Etten, who is experimenting on bull sharks, which of course soon get out and all hell breaks loose.

Deep Blue Sea was directed by Renny Harlin and starred Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J and Samuel L. Jackson. A straight-to-video sequel was planned in 2008, although it failed to materialise.
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‘Deep Blue Sea’ Sequel Coming to the SyFy Channel

‘Deep Blue Sea’ Sequel Coming to the SyFy Channel
In 2009, we were deprived of a straight-to-dvd Deep Blue Sea with surgically enhanced sharks equipped with machine guns and torpedoes. It was a great loss, no question. Now, a sequel to Renny Harlin‘s 1999 shark attack semi-classic is happening, but it’s not going to theaters or straight to DVD. It’s coming to the SyFy channel. Below, learn more about […]

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Best Shark Movies

Jaws © 1975 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

“Boys, oh boys… I think he’s come back for his noon feeding.” – Matt Hooper

On June 20, 1975 a thriller from a relatively unknown filmmaker was unleashed on unsuspecting theatre goers. That summer saw the birth of the blockbuster, the likes of which had never been seen before in cinemas.

Shark films are seemingly all the rage now. Last year was The Shallows, 1999 was the super fun Deep Blue Sea, this past weekend was the release of 47 Meters Down and in 2018 comes the intriguing Meg from Warner Bros. Pictures.

The science fiction action thriller Meg, directed by Jon Turteltaub, stars Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films) and Chinese actress Li Bingbing and is slated for release on March 2, 2018.

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies
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Renny Harlin to direct Chinese action thriller Operation Somalia

THR is reporting that Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) has signed on to direct the Chinese action thriller Operation Somalia, which will mark his fourth Chinese project in three years.

The project is based on true events and follows an epic rescue operation by Chinese special forces against Somali pirates. It is set to begin production in China and Australia in April 2018.

“I love working in China and Operation Somalia gives me the type of canvas that a filmmaker can only dream of,” said Harlin. “[Producer Zhiyuan Zhang] has put together an exceptional production, and having the support of Jindun Film & Television Center of the Ministry of Public Security is an honor to our team. The story is based on real events and some real-life characters, and offers a spectacular canvas. The action will literally take place on land, sea and in the air.”

Harlin’s first Chinese production Skiptrace starred Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville.
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