Below are bits, pieces, and goodies all over the place from what has been seen and witnessed at the con this year......
Today DreamWorks revealed the official teaser poster for Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, which hits theaters December 21. Stephen Sondheim musical thriller revolves around Benjamin Barker alias Sweeney Todd, (Depp) who returns to London after being deported to find out what happened to his wife and child at the hands of Judge Turpin. When he learns of their terrible fate he joins fortunes with Mrs. Nellie Lovett, the baker downstairs from his barbershop, and sets out to seek revenge.
Spooky Thoughts about the Lionsgate Panel By SpookyDan
Hey Guys, I just want to update you all about the next wave of Lionsgate films that were presented today at the San Diego Comic Con. Saw IV hits theaters this fall and you have to live under a rock to not know all about this franchise. Director Darren Bousman, Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell, and Producer Mark Burg premiered a clip to the excited audience. The clip was exactly what the horror fans wanted! Set inside a mortuary, two men are chained to a mechanical device in the center of the room, each one has been slightly disabled, one with his eyes, and the other with his mouth SEWN SHUT! Trapped metal collar they must quickly figure out how to get the hell out of the situation. The crowd responded with huge applause at this bloody clip, and Bousman dropped a few hints about the film, saying that the script that Patrick Dunstan and Markus Melton completely took him by surprise and blew him away. For a man who killed off all the characters so meticulously, so as not to bring them back, the writers figured out such a clever device that it even convinced the man who killed them all off. That said, he promised that it will not be a silly evil twin brother, or typical movie convention, but that “the last 5 minutes of the film will really deliver.”
They also told the audience that they originally wanted to premiere the first 5 minutes of the film, and the fine folks at Comic-Con told them a very definite “NO, way to extreme.” This defiantly didn’t bode well with the audience, but the clip was very bloody, and a curious fan asked what the Rating was. Not surprisingly the (more and more despicable) MPAA gave it a NC-17 and Bousman told us that they were used to this happening, as they HAVE TO deliver an R rated film to get proper distribution. I really hate the MPAA, as it has been a touchy topic for many films lately. Those F@ckrs!
Midnight Meat Train
This was the most bizarre, and wonderfully entertaining panel of the Liongate set. I have a number of complaints and first and foremost was the moderator they got. Some jackass from Fox News who had the wonderful insight to insult the crowd on a couple of occasions, and then insult the guests, as he ridiculed a very strangely behaved, yet very funny Clive Barker. Clive told us how impressed he is with this film, and that it is ”THE BEST ADAPTATION of one of my short stories that has been made.” The director and cast were on hand to explain their parts in the films and rib Clive about trying to make a film that is better than Candyman or Hellraiser. Leslie Bibb, kind of stole the show with her talks of Clives’ artwork (featured in the film) explaining that they were paintings of dudes with giants “members”. Midnight Meat Train is poised to be the first of a number of films based on the Books of Blood that he has written. The second in the series will be Pig Blood Blues directed by Anthony DiBlassi, under the Midnight Picture Show banner.
The rest of the panel was used to showcase the upcoming Good Luck Chuck, and 3:10 to Yuma, with some celebs like Peter Fonda, Ben Foster , Dane Cook and of course Jessica Alba, to promote their respective films. Non horror…not on this site.
Side note… Whoever decided that a Fox News douchebag (whose name I don’t know) was the right guy to moderate a filmmaker panel should be FIRED. Maybe next year they can hire Kathy Griffin to insult the audience and panel at least it MIGHT be a little funny. HATCHET
At this week's San Diego Comic Con Bloody-Disgusting caught up with writer-director Adam Green to talk a little bit about his first feature film, HATCHET, which begins it's theatrical run September 7. What can fans expect to see when the lights dim and the movie starts? "Fans can expect a return to the stuff we grew up on. In the 70's and 80's horror had villains, monsters, nudity, gore, and most of all FUN," Green tells B-D.
Speaking of gore, Green tells us that HATCHET is going to let the red flow," It's gory to the point of being over the top," he explains, "When limbs fly off- the blood shoots 20 feet in the air. Victor Crowley literally tears people to shreds with his bare hands in some scenes. There are deaths in this film that will have audiences cheering and applauding this is John Carl Buechler at his absolute finest hour."
HATCHET has already gained such massive popularity without even having been released, so much so that a sequel is already being planned, "The first film, being an independent movie, has already made money just off of the domestic and foreign acquisitions... so the people who made the first one are ready to start moving on a sequel." But in the end it all depends on the fans, "The storyline is set and ready to go... you guys just have to say when!"