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Lebbon on White & Beyond!

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Last week it was announced via the trades that Stephen Susco, writer of both US Grudge films among many others, would be making his directorial debut on White, an adaptation of the story of the same name by UK author Tim Lebbon (pictured). As a big fan of Lebbon’s work, I am very excited to see it finally make its way to the big screen, and with no small force of horror behind it.

I dropped Tim a line to get this take on the project, specifically the man who would be bringing it to cinematic life, and to see if he had any trepidations about this being Susco’s first directing gig. “I think Stephen’s a great choice to direct, and I’m not at all nervous about this being his first time,” he told me. “We’ve e-mailed and spoken at length about his vision for this movie, and if I were asked how I’d like to see White made, this would be it. He has a great love of the source material, which, as well as very flattering, is extremely comforting. It’s a project he has chosen to be his first directorial job, and I know it’s going to be wonderful.”

Indeed, I’m sure Susco has had many options to get behind the camera over the years, so the fact that he hand-picked a project so close to him shows that he’s taking it seriously. Stephen’s had the rights to the film for almost three years now but wanted to make sure it was made when he was in the best position possible: “I know that he’s been keen to make the movie in a way where he can maintain as much creative control as possible, and that’s good news as far as I’m concerned!”

For those not familiar with the story, which is part of a collection released here in the States called White and Other Tales of Ruin (get it here), it tells of a group of survivors holed up in a mansion in the middle of nowhere. The world around them has seemingly ended, as an unstoppable snowfall has blanketed the globe and made any form of shelter nearly impossible. To make matters worse, there’s something out there in the snow that begins to take them out one by one, something that is never full seen or described, which is always a challenge when it comes to the movies.

“One of the main criticisms I had from a lot of the readers of the novella was, ‘So what were those things in the snow?'” Tim explains. “My answer is always, ‘The characters didn’t know, why should you?’ That annoyed some people, but I think it’s something that Stephen has very much in mind. I think we’ll be seeing something ghostly and graceful … but I can’t say much more, or it will spoil the surprise.” Indeed, in a recent chat with Fangoria Susco specifically mentions that his idea for the creatures is to make them “more like ghosts than anything else,” so don’t expect some big monster reveal at the end or you’ll be sorely disappointed.

Lebbon has been a very busy author since he first came on the scene just under a decade ago with his first novel, Mesmer, and has compiled an impressive list of horror tales in that short time. Along with White, no less than four more Lebbon works are in various stages of development at the present time. “There’s my novella In Perpetuity, for which I’m co-writing the screenplay for an Irish production company. A screenwriter in LA has written a screenplay for Face and is showing it around. The Mob Film Co. in London is working on the screenplay for Until She Sleeps, while Exorcising Angels is also moving on quite nicely.” Not a bad list for any author, especially one who’s only been published since 1997, and I hope we’re able to tell you more about all of these projects soon!

Lebbon said he’d also love to see a movie of Berserk (review), which Leisure released here in the States earlier this year, and has some great ideas for Desolation (review) that he said he may run with whether it’s optioned or not!

For more on Tim’s work be sure to check out my recent interview with him here, and then make your way over to his official site. Keep your eyeballs stuck here for updates on White and the numerous other irons Tim currently has in the fire!

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Mill Creek Celebrates Shadow Stalkers and 100 Years of Horror in February

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Mill Creek Entertainment is kicking off the new year with a couple of collections that have nothing but giving you the shivers on their agenda!  Read on for the details of both Shadow Stalkers and 100 Years of Horror!

Shadow Stalkers – February 6, 2018

Let the nightmares begin with this freaky film collection filled with creepy clowns, masked killers, and maniacal murderers.

Out of the Dark – 1988 – R – Karen Black, Bud Cort
Happy Birthday to Me – 1981 – R – Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford
Eyes of Laura Mars – 1978 – R – Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif
Don’t Answer the Phone – 1980 – R – James Westmoreland, Nicholas Worth
Nightmare in Wax – 1969 – R – Cameron Mitchell, Anne Helm, Scott Brady
Bloody Pit of Horror – 1965 – R – Mickey Hargitay
Silent Night, Bloody Night – 1972 – R – Patrick O’Neal, Mary Woronov, John Carradine
Funeral Home – 1980 – R – Barry Morse, Kay Hawtry
Don’t Open Till Christmas – 1984 – R – Edmund Purdom, Belinda Mayne
The Driller Killer – 1979 – R – Abel Ferrara

100 Years of Horror – February 6, 2018

Hosted by Christopher Lee, 100 Years of Horror is the first show of its kind ever produced; it chronicles the history of movie horror from the earliest experimental chillers through the unforgettable golden age of movie monsters and on through today’s terrifying fright films.

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Falling Water Returns to USA Network in January; New Teaser Unveiled!

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We learned way back in April that “Falling Water” had been renewed for a second season on the USA Network, but since then things have been rather quiet. Now, finally, the Season 2 premiere date has been revealed along with a new teaser video, which you can see above.

From the Press Release:
An intersection between reality and unconscious thought, “FALLING WATER” explores the story of three unrelated people who realize they can affect the waking world from inside their dreams, but they aren’t the only ones with this ability. Together they seek to eradicate factions that use dreaming for nefarious purposes.

From USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, the series returns on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 10/9c.

Season 2 picks up with Taka (Will Yun Lee, “Hawaii 5-0”), Tess (Lizzie Brochere, “American Horror Story: Asylum”), and Burton (David Ajala, Fast & Furious 6) struggling to protect themselves and their loved ones against an unknown entity that manipulates nightmares, bringing chaos and death into the waking world. The fate of the humanity rests with these gifted dreamers.

“FALLING WATER” is executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”) of Valhalla Entertainment, Richard Rothstein, and Tim Andrew (“Teen Wolf”). Rémi Aubuchon (“Falling Skies”) joins as showrunner and executive producer.

Catch up on Season 1 of “FALLING WATER” on Amazon.

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Danny Trejo FINALLY Gives Update on Machete Kills Again… in Space!

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Back in 2010, director Robert Rodriguez unleashed Machete, his cheesy action extravaganza starring Danny Trejo as a Mexican vigilante seeking revenge on those who had double-crossed him. Based on a “fake” trailer promoted during Grindhouse, the film managed to attract an all-star cast consisting of Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Jessica Alba, and Robert De Niro.

Having fared decently at the box office, a sequel, Machete Kills, was released in 2013. Sporting another unbelievable cast with Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, Demian Bichir, Charlie Sheen, Sofia Vergara, and Lady Gaga… Machete Kills was a riot! My personal opinion: I love Machete, but the sequel scores a few higher points in my book; watching the film on the big screen was one of my all-time favorite theatre-going experiences.

Attached at the opening and end of the film was a teaser for the supposedly upcoming film Machete Kills Again… in Space. This trailer took the cheese factor to the next level, promising the return of Lady Gaga while insinuating that Justin Bieber would star as Bleep, an obvious spoof of Star Wars‘ C-3PO. Also featured was none other than Leonardo DiCaprio! Touted as the Man in the Silver Mask, DiCaprio would supposedly take over the role previously played by Mel Gibson (although this bit of casting notice includes the subtext: “actor subject to change”… hopefully not!!!)

It’s been over four years since we were treated with this trailer and Machete Kills Again… in Space hasn’t graced our screens yet. But according to Danny Trejo, there is still hope!

While promoting Dead Again in Tombstone in a recent Facebook Live Q&A, the From Dusk Till Dawn actor revealed, “We’re waiting. I’ve already talked to Robert [Rodriguez]. He says, ‘Yeah, I’m putting it together. Let’s start writing it.’ So I talked to Mel Gibson. I said, ‘Mel, hey, come on, let’s talk. Let’s do Machete Kills in Space.’ Mel goes, ‘I’m in. I’m ready. Tell Robert.’ So we’re gonna do it.”

Better hurry up! With the recent influx in all things Star Wars, there is simply no better time to send up that material than now.

News of the film has been slim since April 2015, when Trejo implied that shooting would begin later that year. In the time since, Rodriguez has become busy with the launch of his El Rey Network, as well as the upcoming film Alita: Battle Angel; not to mention, a number of projects lined up including a remake of Escape from New York… but here’s to hoping he still plans on sending Machete into space! And soon!

Back in 2015, Michelle Rodriguez was also quizzed about the film’s future, stating: “Just out of knowing Robert, I’m sure that if it was insinuated, that possibility looms. I don’t know when. But for sure. I think that he would not leave that door open if he didn’t plan on using it.”

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