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Ulli Lommel Has Ken Foree Sniping and Frankenstein Wrestling

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Could it be that after years of making no-budget, nearly plotless, factually inaccurate, pseudo-art films based on the exploits of real-life mass murders (like Nightstalker, review here), Ulli Lommel is actually about to try his hand at making a real motion picture, albeit still a really low budget and possibly factually inaccurate film based on a real-life serial killer? How else does one explain Ken Foree signing on to star in Lommel’s take on the DC Sniper?

Granted that Ken Foree is hardly a huge name, but considering the no-name talent Lommel has had star in his output the last few years, signing Ken Foree is akin to Uwe Boll wrangling Tom Cruise to star as “Bounty Bob” in his big screen version of Miner 2049er.

For those in need of a refresher, the DC Sniper (also referred to as the Beltway Sniper) committed a three-week reign of terror in October of 2002 throughout the Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Ten were killed. Three were seriously injured. The media had a field day. The arrests revealed that there were two snipers working together: 42-year-old John Allen Muhammad and a 17-year-old John Malvo.

It’s unclear yet whether or not Ken Foree will be portraying John Allen Muhammad or Charles Moose, the police chief who spearheaded the investigation that eventually led to the arrests; the later role strikes me as more befitting given Foree’s age. Principal photography on DC Sniper has completed. Look for it next year.

Ken Foree Stars in Ulli Lommel's DC Sniper

Now here’s where the Ulli Lommel news gets really wacky. Lommel’s website for his Hollywood Action House production company also proudly announces another movie Lommel has in the works for 2010: Frankenstein in 3D. According to his website Lommel “will be directing the film on a $10 million budget, with a delivery date of March, 2010.”

TEN MILLION DOLLARS!

How do these German directors keep getting money like that even after churning out one crap film after the next?

“Frankenstein is ripe for the taking, as long as it is hip and happening. Taking the classic novel into the 21st Century with a teenage Dr. Frankenstein and into the wrestling world in 3D, it is destined to create a new and lasting franchise.”

Let’s recap. Ulli Lommel has $10 million to make a 3D Frankenstein movie about a teenage Dr. Frankenstein who builds himself a Frankenstein’s monster that becomes a professional wrestler?

I hereby take back every bad thing I have ever said about Ulli Lommel and his films. This I want to see. Bring on Frankenstein in 3D!

Though to be perfectly honest, if he really wanted the film to be hip and happening, wouldn’t he be making Frankenstein an ultimate fighter instead of a sports entertainer?

Hat tip to TheGoldenSimitar from the boards for pointing this info out to me.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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