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Mitch DavisJust the other day we told you about a production deal being signed by Mitch Davis (pictured), programmer for the Fantasia Film Festival (read it here). The deal allows Davis to work with Blumhouse Productions, who are based at Paramount, to get some talented and fresh filmmakers the chance they deserve to make good films.

Though we’ve been trying to track him down ourselves, Fangoria managed to get to him first to discuss what we might expect from the deal as things move forward. Obviously it’s all brand-new now so nothing has been signed yet, but Davis did say that some remakes might be first on the block; “The remake aspect isn’t the big attraction of my deal for any of us. None of us are fans of the trend, but those are 1,000 percent more likely to get greenlit in the studio system these days, and there are angles that can be played where an essentially original film gets made under the guise of being a remake.” he explains, “We’d be looking more for a film with an incredible core premise that can be expanded into an altogether different direction, in order to make something unique that can’t be compared against its source. Beyond that, we would likely go out under a different title, so as not to hijack the initial film’s identity, which I’ve always felt was important to consider in the midst of the current remake craze.”

Hey, if something out there has to be remade I would rather these guys be behind it than another Michael Bay, that’s for damn sure. At least Davis can appreciate what remaking a film is all about, not just looking to cash in on the trend.

Ultimately, though, remakes are just a stepping stone to their ultimate goal; “What we’re all hoping for is to get original projects into production from incredible filmmakers who are currently either neglected or underrecognized, and that includes short filmmakers who too regularly find their voices lost in the shuffle, and are ready to make their first feature.” he continued, “I always wished there was a way for me to help [a] project beyond the point of simple feedback. Many brilliant scripts are written way beyond what their eventual budgets or casting options can deliver, and it’s always sad to see a compromised version of what could have been.”

Think you have a brilliant script? This is just the team you should be tracking down! Keep it here for more details as we get our own time with Mitch, and of course expect to hear some juicy Fantasia programming news any day now!

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 148 – Inside (2017 Remake)

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We’ve all heard the old saying, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, I’m here to tell you that’s only partially true. It seems there is a third certainty that had been omitted from the original quote, “It is certain, if you enjoy a movie, at some point someone will remake that movie.” Now is the time when one of my favorite movies gets reimagined, “for an American audience”.

In the late 2000’s an explosion of “French extreme” horror films was released. Martyrs and or High Tension can often be found on any number of lists of the “most fucked up horror movies ever”. Unfortunately, the vastly superior Inside is often forgotten (as well as Frontier(s), but that’s a whole ‘nother rant). Now, ten years after it’s initial release, Inside has been Americanized. Don’t worry, we watched it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Mommy says you’re not dead. Is that true? It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 148!

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Must-See: Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees Fan Short Film

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The short film titled Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees made its much-anticipated debut on YouTube channel CallMeJeff86 on January 15th, 2018.

The film is a passion project that pits two horror movie icons against each other; it’s Michael Myers from Halloween against Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th in a bloody fight to the finish.

What are you waiting for? Give the 3-part short a watch below, and then let us know what you think!

Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees is written and directed by Mason C. McDonald and stars Jeff Payne as Michael Myers, Dustin Miller as Jason Voorhees, and John Alton as the Vengeful Father.

Don’t forget to follow the film on Instagram and Twitter!

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating

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Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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