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Adaptation of Stephen King's 'It' Targets Fall Opening Weekend Record

Adaptation of Stephen King's 'It' Targets Fall Opening Weekend Record
With the worst August in twenty years and worst summer in over ten years now behind us, this weekend will turn up the heat as Fall 2017 gets underway. Debuting in over 4,100 theaters, Warner Bros. and New Line's adaptation of Stephen King's It is looking to break more than just a few records while Open Road's Home Again starring Reese Witherspoon will quietly target a much smaller audience as a counter-programming option. Before it even hits theaters, WB and New Line's It has already broken records as its 4,103 theaters is the largest opening for an R-rated film ever, topping the 4,071 theaters Logan opened in earlier this year. Obviously, that also makes it the largest opening for an R-rated horror movie, improving on the 3,761 theaters Alien: Covenant debuted in earlier this year when it opened with $36 million. This, of course, begs the question So how much is it going to open with?
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Happy Death Day Trailer: The Groundhog Day of Horror Movies

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Happy Death Day Trailer: The Groundhog Day of Horror Movies
From the producer of Get Out, The Purge and The Visit, we have the first trailer for Happy Death Day. And it arrives in theaters on one of the most ghoulish days of the year, Friday the 13th this October. You can watch the trailer below, which comes with the first poster and photos courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Blumhouse produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer's identity. Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and written by Scott Lobdell and Landon.

Joining Jessica Rothe in this terrifyingly intense masterwork of schlock cinema are Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Laura Clifton. Jason Blum produces alongside executive producers Angela Mancuso, John Baldecchi,
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First Happy Death Day Footage Gives Millennials Their Own Slasher

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Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer preview for Happy Death Day, originally entitled Half to Death, which reveals the first of many deaths for a young college student named Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe). Blumhouse produces this original and inventive rewinding thriller where Tree relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer's identity. This 20-second video will get fans ready for the first full trailer that arrives on Wednesday.

Universal Pictures debuted this trailer preview on its YouTube page, which is where the full trailer will arrive on Wednesday. The trailer preview begins with Tree Gelbman waking up in a dorm room, before returning to her sorority house to get ready for her own birthday party. While the party is in full swing, Tree is seen entering a darkened room, where she is met by a masked intruder, who
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Akiva Goldsman Will Write and Direct a New Version of Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter,’ Produced By Blumhouse

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Akiva Goldsman Will Write and Direct a New Version of Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter,’ Produced By Blumhouse
Akiva Goldsman may be best known as an Oscar-winning screenwriter whose credits include “A Beautiful Mind” and “Cinderella Man,” but he appears to have found a second act as a horror director. At the inaugural edition of The Overlook Film Festival, a horror film festival taking place at the Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon, Goldsman premiered “Stephanie,” the low-budget supernatural horror film that he directed for Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions.

After the screening, Goldsman and Blum shared some breaking news with the audience: The pair would be teaming up again for a new adaptation of “Firestarter,” Stephen King’s 1980 novel about a young girl with pyrokensis and the government agency on her trail.

No one knows about this at all,” said Blum, who also received the festival’s Visionary Award for his support of horror films. “Akiva and Stephen King have a long relationship. We wouldn’t do
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8 Halloween Movie Marathons Worth Checking Out This Weekend

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Planning on holing up this weekend with a big bowl of fun-sized candy (trick-or-treaters be damned) and some movies? You're in luck, because there are lots of great films playing on basic cable. Favorites like Hocus Pocus, Paranormal Activity, and Zombieland will be playing on various channels all weekend. Of course, there are lots of spooky movies on Netflix, but this way, you can just turn on one channel and plug in for hours. Check it out! Freeform: 13 Nights of Halloween Saturday, Oct. 29 7 a.m. — The Nightmare Before Christmas 8:35 a.m. — Corpse Bride 10:35 a.m. — The Hunger Games 1:45 a.m. — The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 5:15 p.m. — The Addams Family 7:20 p.m. — The Addams Family Values 9:25 p.m. — Hocus Pocus 11:30 p.m. — Sleepy Hollow Sunday, Oct. 30 7 a.m. — Corpse Bride 9 a.m. — Spooky Buddies 11:05 a.m. — Scooby-Doo 1:10 a.m. — Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 3:15 p.
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Giveaway – Win a limited edition merchandise bundle with Stephen King’s Cell on DVD

To coincide with the Blu-ray, DVD & Digital release of terrifying Stephen King adaptation Cell, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, we have a very exclusive merch bundle up for grabs including a Cell DVD, limited Headshot Clothing designed t-shirt, iPhone case and paperback of the hit novel upon which the movie is based! Get ready to fear your phone…

When an electronic signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users are instantly and dangerously re-programmed into rabid killers.

Heading north through New England to find his estranged wife and son, Clay Riddell (John Cusack: 1408, High Fidelity) is joined by a group of survivors to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as their world descends into madness. Based on Stephen King’s best-selling apocalyptic novel of the same name, Cell is from the director of Paranormal Activity 2 and also stars Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained), Isabelle Fuhrman
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Film Review: Cell

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★★★☆☆ John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson should make a thing of appearing in Stephen King adaptations together. This, their second rodeo, isn't in the same league as 2007's underrated 1408, but it gives the tired zombie survival horror subgenre a much-needed recharge and does more than enough to entertain as B-movie fun. The expression 'throwback' can be deployed for either positive or negative purposes, but here it's almost entirely positive. Tod Williams, a journeyman best known for Paranormal Activity 2, has managed to transfer King's very popular brand of horror with a good deal of success.
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Frightfest 2016: ‘Cell’ review

Cell review: The adaptation of Stephen King’s 2006 novel, but should you answer the call?

Cell review by Paul Heath, August 2016.

Cell finally makes it to cinemas after what feels like forever in trying to adapt Stephen King‘s well-liked novel for the big screen. First published in 2006, various filmmakers have attempted to bring this zombie-apocalypse type story to the big screens, most notably the talented Eli Roth who was announced to be helming a film version shortly after completing work on his second Hostel movie back in 2007. That wasn’t to be, but genre filmmaker Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2), eventually bagged the job and, along with screenwriter Adam Alleca (The Last House On The Left remake), set to task on bringing King’s story to life.

The film revolves around the character of Clayton “Clay” Riddell, here played by John Cusack, an artist intent on getting to his
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Giveaway – Win a limited merchandise bundle with Stephen King’s Cell

To coincide with the release of terrifying new Stephen King adaptation Cell, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, we have a very exclusive merch bundle up for grabs including a limited Headshot Clothing designed t-shirt, iPhone case and paperback of the hit novel upon which the movie is based! Get ready to fear your phone…

In this highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling apocalyptic thriller, John Cusack (1408), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) star as some of the few survivors of a murderous epidemic fending off bloodthirsty predators who have been dangerously re-programmed to kill by a mysterious worldwide phone signal.

Also starring Stacy Keach (American History X) and Lloyd Kaufman (Tromeo and Juliet), produced by Richard Saperstein (Seven, 1408) and Michael Benaroya (Margin Call, Lawless) and directed by Tod ‘Kip’ Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is a frightening new
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Cell Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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Don’t answer your phone this fall… On September 27th, Lionsgate will release Cell (based on the Stephen King novel of the same name) on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (including Digital), complete with an audio commentary and a “To Cell and Back” featurette.

“Experience action-packed terror as two men race against the clock to stop a horde of rabid killers as their city descends into apocalyptic madness in the pulse-pounding thriller, Cell, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD on September 27 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Based on Stephen King’s chilling book, the film stars John Cusack (Love & Mercy) alongside Oscar® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Supporting Actor, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy). Cell was directed by Tod Williams from a screenplay by Stephen King and Adam Alleca. The home entertainment release of Cell contains
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Film Review: ‘Cell’

Film Review: ‘Cell’
The most disturbing moment in any zombie movie is often the opening scene: that first chilling jolt of revelation that former live human beings have gone murderously off their rocker. The all-time scariest zombie scene? I’d still vote for the graveyard prologue of “Night of the Living Dead” (“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!”), which in hindsight heralded the creepy grandeur of the entire genre. In “Cell,” the most unsettling scene — sadly, it’s the only unsettling scene — is certainly the opening, when John Cusack is in the Boston airport talking on the phone to his ex-wife, and suddenly he looks up and sees…an orgy of insanity. One after another, people are having seizures, and then they start to attack each other, with bare hands or weapons (a cook comes at Cusack with a kitchen knife), or to attack themselves (a girl smashes her teeth against the
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‘Cell’ Review: Stephen King Novel Becomes a Phony Zombie Story

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‘Cell’ Review: Stephen King Novel Becomes a Phony Zombie Story
Give “Cell” points for narrative expediency. It wastes no time bringing about the complete collapse of Western Civilization. Over the elapsed time of a single phone call, graphic novelist Clay Riddell (John Cusack) watches the normal bustle of his surroundings at a Boston airport erupt in a full-scale brawl. The inciting incident isn’t an act of domestic terrorism, but a mysterious electronic pulse that turns all of the terminal’s cell phone users into unrepentant rage monsters. Because Clay was on a pay phone, he’s able to watch in horror as employees and passengers alike descend into a series of increasingly horrific, animalistic displays.

Despite the indiscriminate nature of these newly-birthed beasts (some are violent, some seem intent on self-harm, some seem content to convulse), the sight of innocent bystanders getting launched over escalator handrails and a member of the airport security detail ripping out the intestines of
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Movie Review – Cell (2016)

Cell, 2016.

Directed by Tod Williams.

Starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman.

Synopsis:

When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”

When I read Stephen King’s Cell ten years ago (2006), like many of his books, I thought it would make a great movie. Dimension Films thought the same thing and bought rights to make the movie with Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) directing. Roth dropped out in 2009 and then finally in 2012 and 2013, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson casting was announced with a Saban Films release date on VOD in June and theatrical release in July. I was not familiar with new director Tod Williams
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‘Cell’ trailer debuts; John Cusack leads the Stephen King adaptation

The trailer for Cell, the adaptation of Stephen King‘s book, which will debut at Horror Channel’s FrightFest in August, has just landed, as has the first poster.

John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star in the film, while Tod Williams directs.

Here’s the plot.

In this highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling apocalyptic thriller, John Cusack (1408), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) star as one of the few survivors of a murderous epidemic fending off bloodthirsty predators who have been dangerously re-programmed to kill by a mysterious worldwide phone signal.

Also starring Stacy Keach (American History X) and Lloyd Kaufman (Tromeo and Juliet), produced by Richard Saperstein (Seven, 1408) and Michael Benaroya (Margin Call, Lawless) and directed by Tod ‘Kip’ Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is a frightening new story from The Master of Horror.

Cell premieres at
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Watch a New Clip from the Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell

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"If we're going to survive this—whatever it is—people are gonna have to put aside their... finer sensibilities." Clay (John Cusack) and Tom (Samuel L. Jackson) receive a troubled visitor at their door in a new clip from Cell, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

Following its June 10th VOD debut, Cell will receive a theatrical release on July 8th from Saban Films and Lionsgate.

Synopsis: “Stephen King’s best-selling novel is brought to terrifying life in this mind-blowing thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as the city descends into apocalyptic madness.”

Based on King’s
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Violent Behavior Spreads in First Clip from Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell

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Heads bash, teeth gnash, and fists flail when a deadly cell phone signal overtakes an airport in the new clip from Cell, starring ohn Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, and co-written by Stephen King (based on his 2006 novel of the same name).

Saban Films and Lionsgate will release Cell on Ultra VOD on June 10th, followed by a theatrical and VOD release on July 8th:

Stephen King’s best-selling novel is brought to terrifying life in this mind-blowing thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as the city descends into apocalyptic madness.”

Based on King’s unflinchingly violent 2006 novel of the same name,
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Cell: new trailer for upcoming Stephen King adaptation

Simon Brew Jul 5, 2016

Samuel L Jackson and John Cusack star in Cell, from Stephen King. Here's the new trailer...

Just a quickie: a new trailer for Cell has landed. Which we thought you might like to see...

Cell: April 2016

The next Stephen King-based project to make it to the big screen will be Cell, which is heading our way from Paranormal Activity 2 director Tod Williams.

Cell stars John Cusack, Samuel L Jackson and Isabel Fuhrman, and it tells the story of a strange signal that goes out across mobile phone networks, that consequently turns people into zombie-like savages.

Based on Stephen King’s novel, the author co-wrote the screenplay with Adam Alleca, and Cell heads to UK cinemas on August 26th.

We’ve got a trailer for the film and synopsis here, so as tradition dictates, we shall do them in turn.

Trailer first….

And here’s the synopsis…
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The Signal for Cell Grows Stronger in this First Trailer

Actors Samuel L. Jackson (1408) and John Cusack re-team for another Stephen King written film endeavour - Cell. Published as an apocalyptic novel in 2006, Cell has been completed by director Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) and many others. Now, the film will be released this summer through Video-on-demand and in a few theatres, one month later. The film's first trailer shows dire scenarios as a virus spreads from cellphone to cellphone. The exciting trailer for Cell is hosted here. For more on the story, Cell focuses on Clay (Cusack). He witnesses a viral pandemic in a over-populated airport. Escaping to an underground railway, Clay is determined to return to his family. But, thousands of rabid, hive-minded killers stand in the way. This father and husband will have to find others in order to fight his way back to his family as the "phoners" home in on their position. Director Tod Williams is no stranger to horror.
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Trailer and Poster for Stephen King's Cell

We've been covering this adaptation for a few years now, so it's great to see it finally speeding towards the finish line. The first trailer and a fresh poster for the Stephen King adaptation of "Cell" has landed and it looks decent.

We also have release dates! Cell hits Ultra VOD June 10th and then theatrically and on VOD July 8th.

Directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Stephen King, who adapted the screenplay along with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).

Synopsis:

When a mysterious cell phone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals, struggling graphic artist Clay Riddell [Continued ...]
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Stephen King's 'Cell' finally gets a trailer, so is it better late than never?

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Stephen King's 'Cell' finally gets a trailer, so is it better late than never?
This one’s been a long time coming. Stephen King is a genre unto himself at this point. A “Stephen King movie” can be anything from Stand By Me to Maximum Overdrive, and the only thing they all have in common is him as the original source of the material. It seems like a given at this point that if King publishes something, it will eventually be turned into a film. Some books just take longer than others to make the jump. For example, Hulu just wrapped up 11.22.63, the eight-part adaptation of King’s time-travel story about trying to stop the murder of JFK from taking place. Co-produced by Bad Robot and starring James Franco, that was not the first attempt at cracking that adaptation. Jonathan Demme was the first director to try to take a crack at that one, and he was going to do it as a feature film.
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