BD Horror News - Tobe Hooper's 'Djinn' Buried In Alleged Payoff? New Imagery!
Had concerns when this was announced. Wondering how much of this is truth and how much is misdirected pr. More to come I am sure.Tobe Hooper - the man behind The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeiest - is struggling to get his latest genre offering released as word behind the scenes is that the film's producers are burying it...
Last March Hooper got behind te camera for Djinn, a supernatural horror flick that stars Khalid Laith, Razane Jammal, Aiysha Hart, Carole Abboud, Paul Luebke, and May El Calamawy.
Sounding like an Arabic ripoff of Paranormal Activity and Poltergeist, "The story follows a young Emirati couple who return home from the U.S. to discover that their new apartment in a luxury high-rise built on the site of an abandoned fishing village is also home to the malevolent beings known as "djinn.""
With the feature in post-production, news out of Italy (Movie Sushi) is that there are major problems behind the curtain -- problems that range to the alleged payoff of the studio's chairman. You can read a translation inside, and dig on a trio of new images (at least something good came out of this).
Paolo Zelati translates:
"Rumors are swirling that someone close to Abu Dhabi's royal family has seen the movie and does not appreciate its portrayal of the UAE and considers the movie to be politically subversive, and that they've paid off the studio's chairman, Mohammed Al Mubarak, to bury it.
We have heard that even after the movie had a very successful earlier test screening in London, two other film companies even offered to buy it outright, but the chairman refused to hear their bids.
The whole cast and crew is furious with Imagenation [the studio]. They are telling everybody different stories. One actor in the film was even told by someone at the studio that it would never be released because it portrays a 'witchcraft belief that the country does not acknowledge'. "That's unbelievable!," one source close to the production said. "Everybody knows what's really going on but they're afraid to talk because they think Al Mubarak will start a smear campaign against them in the Emirati pressn - which is not exactly fair or free."
Nicholas Hoult as a Zombie in WARM BODIES
While Hollywood’s zombie obsession has tapered off a bit, it’s far from dead. Though some of the recent zombie output suggests profit rather than creative fascination is the motivating factor, director Jonathan Levine’s (50/50) adaptation of Isaac Marion‘s novel Warm Bodies sounds like a wholly intriguing and incredibly fun zombie pic. The “zombie love story” stars Nicholas Hoult as “R”, a zombie who falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer) after he eats her boyfriend’s brains and absorbs his memories. It’s a really cool premise anchored by a stellar supporting cast (Rob Corddry, John Malkovich) and an exciting young filmmaker.
The first official image of Hoult as the zombified “R” has been released, and it’s pretty great. The look is different enough from the gruesome zombies of The Walking Dead to appear fresh, yet still maintains the vacant stare and pale skin that says “I hunger for brains.”
Here’s the full synopsis for Warm Bodies:
Zombies love people, especially their brains. But R (Nicholas Hoult) is different. He’s alive inside, unlike the hundreds of other grunting, drooling undead—all victims of a recent plague that drove the remaining survivors into a heavily guarded city. Now the Zombies roam about an airport terminal, searching for human prey and living in fear of the vicious Boneys, the next undead incarnation.
One day, R and his best friend M lumber toward the city in search of food. There, R first sets his eyes on JULIE (Teresa Palmer), a beautiful human. Determined to save her—first from the other Zombies and then from the Boneys—R hides her in his home, a cluttered 747 aircraft. Julie is terrified, and R’s grunted assurances of “Not…eat” do little to calm her. But when R begins to act more human than Zombie, coming to her defense, refusing to eat human flesh, and even speaking in full sentences, Julie realizes that R is special.
After a few close calls with the Boneys, and with her father mounting an armed search for her, Julie realizes she can’t hide forever. So she sneaks back home, leaving R broken-hearted. Desperate to see her, R decides to comb his hair, stand a little straighter, and impersonate a human long enough to get past the city guards. If only he can prove to the humans that Zombies can change, maybe R and Julie’s love might stand a chance. But with the rampaging Boneys heading toward the city and Julie’s father intent on killing R and his Zombie friends, the stage is set for an all-out battle between the living and the undead.
A genre-bending tale of love and transformation, WARM BODIES is a story about a boy who loves a girl…for more than just her body.
Dunno. Has Tobe Hopper directed anything during the last decade that wasn't awful? His episodes for Masters of Horror were among the worst.
What do you think of TCM 2, JD?
And there's Poltergeist, but that's a bit of a controversy, eh?
Didn't know that, but it makes sense. TCM2 is more a product of a great performance more than it is a well directed movie.
BD Horror News - [Sundance 2012] Stylish and Eye-Catching 'Excision' One-Sheet
Click the link for a still and a poster that make this look interesting.Richard Bates, Jr.'s Excision, which looks insanely bloody. We've just now landed the official festival one-sheet that's a trip. Dig on it below.
Starring AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, and John Waters, the flick will premiere as part of the Park City at Midnight program next January.
"A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother."