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The Broken Imago!Douglas Buck, director of Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America and the Sisters remake, is less than confident in mankind’s ongoing destructive relationship with mother earth. His in-the-works opus The Broken Imago has the earmarks of a terrifying new entry in a subgenre of increasing relevance, the Eco-Horror film. The Broken Imago is about a deadly virus of apocalyptic proportions that wipes pretty much everyone off the face of the Earth, leaving in its wake an evolutionary transformation that will make it very difficult for man to ever devolve back into what we collectively represent in these modern, environmentally destructive times.

Mass scale global hysteria is not specifically what Douglas Buck is most interested in capturing – Imago offers a more myopic apocalypse through how things play out in a remote Catholic boarding school in the jungle. The school is one of the last bastions unaffected by the virus, but when it hits, the virus seems strangely selective in its effects. The teachers don’t respond well to the infection to say the least, while the young students, rather than dropping like flies, seem to be undergoing some kind of bizarre transformation.

That’s the bare bones I could get out of Douglas Buck and Fabrice Lambot on the film; it’s definitely an intriguing premise. My first thought was that it must be heavily influenced by Lord of the Flies. When asked about what he was drawing from in creating such a concept, Buck was quick to point out even though this idea has been germinating in his mind for close to a decade, The Broken Imago could end up existing in a parallel thematic realm to Larry Fessenden’s works like Wendigo and The Last Winter. More specifically, both Buck and Lambot told me that The Broken Imago drew a good bit of inspiration from the 1976 Spanish film Quién puede matar a un niño (a.k.a. Who Can Kill a Child, a.k.a. Island of the Damned).

The Broken Imago!France’s Metaluna productions has taken The Broken Imago on and is fighting hard to bring it to a screen near you. Metaluna is based out of France and co-owned by Fabrice Lambot and Jean-Pierre Putters. It’s a company hardly uninitiated in the world of genre films. They produced the Fabrice Lambot-helmed “>Dying God (review) last year along with a couple of Lambot’s other genre shorts prior to that. You can visit official Metaluna site to learn more.

Douglas Buck met Fabrice Lambot back when Lambot had a sci-fi collector’s store in Paris. The store is sadly gone now, but the friendship has persisted, leading several years down the road to the pair of them collaborating to bring Buck’s long-time dream project to life.

They’ve just finished shooting the teaser trailer for The Broken Imago in Argentina, with Montreal’s Karim Hussain doing the cinematography. As you can see from the images here, it looks pretty cool. Composer David Kristian, whom both Hussain and Buck have worked with extensively in the past, is on board to do the musical score for The Broken Imago. Douglas’s long-time producer Rita Romagnino was on board for the teaser trailer shoot as well, making for a very concentrated Montreal presence on the project.

The Broken Imago!Shooting in a jungle in Argentina was not without its logistic challenges. The crew faced a few interesting hurdles and distractions, quicksand being one of them. “We set up an altar that the children of The Broken Imago had created. It was in the middle of quicksand. As we’re talking about how to approach the shoot we look over and there’s Karim getting sucked in.” Karim escaped unscathed, which is lucky because Buck praises the footage in this teaser trailer as being Karim’s most beautiful cinematography to date.

Horror films with some kind of social or political angle are Douglas Buck’s preferred corner of the genre. His new film draws from the George Romero style of observing the fall of man and how desperate circumstances turn us all against one another. But it’s not just the inherent hostility of man bringing mass ruin – it’s coupled with the revolt of the earth. As Buck said, “The story has elements of the environment treating man like the body treats cancer. It emits antibiotics or destructive antidotes to fight off and remove these kinds of things.”

Thematically, the term “Imago” is an old Latin term that has multiple meanings, anything from insect metamorphosis to how children create idealized versions of their parents in their minds. Buck didn’t specify which meaning is closest to the heart of the story in his film, but the title obviously alludes to a break in such a phenomenon and what happens as a result.

The Broken Imago!So, it all seems quite heady, and yes, these gentlemen are keeping things under fairly tight wraps at the moment as far as what they’ll give away about the story. But when pressed on whether or not it was a horror film or some kind of atmospheric thriller thing, both Douglas and Fabrice chimed in immediately. “It is a horror film numero-uno. It’s got the elements of a straight genre piece more than anything I’ve done before,” Douglas said. “Yes, there will be a slow creepy build-up, but when the shit hits the fan, rest assured; there is going to be mayhem. A lot of human violence, and virus violence!”

Could that be the coining of a new genre right there? “Virus-Violence”? We’ll see. Fabrice echoed Doug’s sentiments, saying we’re in for something extremely dark, disturbing, creepy, and shocking.

At Dread Central, we’ll be waiting with bated breath to get a glimpse of this teaser trailer … that is, unless there’s an apocalyptic virus outbreak between now and then. If that’s the case, we’ll hopefully see any surviving readers of this article at The Broken Imago premiere in your hazard suits and gas masks!

Paul McCannibal

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Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day Has Now Made $100 Million Worldwide

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Well, it looks like it will only be a matter of days at this point until we hear that Blumhouse will be producing a sequel to their recent hit Happy Death Day.

Deadline is reporting that the PG-13 slasher has just snatched up $100 million dollars worldwide. It breaks down to a total of $55.5M domestic and $44.6M international.

These are surprising numbers considering the film is a (fairly) bloodless slasher. But it does sport the twist/gimmick of being placed within a time-loop so it has my interest.

I haven’t seen the film yet myself, but I do plan on checking it out once it hits Blu-ray on January 16th, 2018. How about you? Let us know below!

Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon from a screenplay he wrote with Scott Lobdell. The film stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, and Rachel Matthews.

The film hits Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand January 16, 2018.

Blu-ray Bonus features:

Alternate Ending

Deleted Scenes

Cupcakes & Killers

You’ve Killed Me!

Tree’s Final Walk of Shame

Worst Birthday Ever – Filmmakers and cast discuss the challenges of executing the time-loop concept at the center of the film, including how to make each day feel different despite the fact it’s being repeated.

Behind the Mask: The Suspects – At the heart of any great murder mystery is a list of possible suspects. In this featurette, we explore all the possible identities of Tree’s killer.

The Many Deaths of Tree – Director Christopher Landon, star Lena Rothe, and producer Jason Blum recap the various ways in which Tree is killed, but also explain why we never actually see her die.

Synopsis:

A college student who relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

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Whatever Happened to John Gulager’s Children of the Corn: Runaway?

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Sometimes a movie goes into production and then seemingly disappears from the world altogether. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Usually, Dimension is involved.

Ouch. But true.

Such as Amityville: The Awakening which was filmed in 2014 but didn’t get released until recently this year (3 years). And All the Boys Love Mandy Lane which was completed in 2006 but didn’t see release until September of 2013 – a whopping 7 years!

Another such movie you may not have even heard about – or more specifically – may not remember hearing about is the lost Children of the Corn sequel from Feast-director John Gulager called Children of the Corn: Runaway.

What follows is the history of the film as best as we could piece together, along with a possible update on just when we might expect to see this missing sequel.

It’s worth noting right off the top that this film is closely linked to yet another Dimension film which still has yet to see the light of day, Hellraiser: Judgment. Both films were produced around the same time, in the same area, under producer Michael Leahy.

Anyhow, the first word we heard on the production of Children of the Corn: Runaway came on March 21, 2016, when it was merely rumored that there was a new Children of the Corn movie secretly being filmed in Oklahoma City, OK.

It was thought at the time (and most likely true) that Dimension was rushing out a sequel so they could keep the rights to the franchise, regardless if they had a release plan or not.

That same day we learned that the new film was directed by John Gulager and was going by the title Children of the Corn: Runaway. We also learned the film was currently shooting in Oklahoma City, OK and the surrounding area including Luther and Coyle and that filming would wrap on April 2nd of that year.

Joel Soisson was rumored as the screenwriter for the new film, and Gatlin Returns, Inc. (natch) was producing with Mike Leahy, Joel Soisson, and Sean Patrick Eaton.

At the time, the plot of the movie was rumored to be:
A young pregnant Ruth who escapes a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town. She spends the next decade living anonymously in an attempt to spare her son the horrors that she experienced as a child. She lands in the small Oklahoma town, but something is following her. Now, she must confront this evil or lose her child.

Then all of this info was confirmed the very next day by press release.

A month later on April 13, 2016, we got a bevy of behind the scenes pics via News OK – all courtesy of Nathan Poppe – and you can check all of those out below.

After that? Nada. Total silence for 19 months. Children of the Corn: Runaway seemed to fall off the edge of the world. Just like Hellraiser: Judgment.

But unlike Judgment, which gets fairly regular updates via new Pinhead Paul T. Taylor and director Gary J. Tunnicliffe, no one seems to be talking about Runaway. At all.

What’s the deal?

Truthfully, we’re still not sure. In the researching of this article, we reached out to director John Gulager, writer Joel Soisson, producer Michael Leahy, and new Malachi actor Blaine Maye. But all of these leads came up fruitless.

That is until I attempted to contact lead actress Marci Miller.

While I was unable to contact her directly, I did take a look at her Instagram, where I was able to confirm that the film is currently doing some ADR and will be shooting for a February/March release date.

Here is her post:

Children of the Corn #ComingSoon

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And if you look closely, you can see that a fan asked (and I’m paraphrasing):

“When will the movie be released?”

And below you will see Miller’s reply:

“February/March.”

For now, that is all the new info we can find on Children of the Corn: Runaway.

That said, with Dimension and the Weinstein Company going under recently, maybe another top horror producer (You listening, Jason Blum?) will snatch up the rights to this and Hellraiser: Judgement and we will finally see the films released.

After all, in the above-mentioned set-visit from NEW OK, producer Michael Leahy said this about Children of the Corn: Runaway and Hellraiser: Judgment:

“We’ve had a lot of fun,” Leahy told the site back in 2016. “Blood has been flowing here in Oklahoma City. These are two horror films that are going to be seen by a core audience.”

Yeah, we’ll see about that…

We’re not trying to be pessimistic here, but really this is getting ridiculous at this point. Will we ever see Children of the Corn: Runaway and/or Hellraiser: Judgment? Your guess is, unfortunately, as good as mine.

Fingers crossed. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date

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Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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