Ready for Part 2 of our Day 1 coverage of AFM happening in Santa Monica, California? Up now we have early looks at Prisoners, Pompeii, and (one I personally can’t wait for) The Quiet Ones from Hammer.
Prisoners: Alcon Entertainment’s Prisoners stars Hugh Jackman, Melissa Leo, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano with Denis Villeneuve ( Incendies ) helming. Written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband), the story revolves around a small-town carpenter named Keller (Jackman) whose young daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands but in the process runs up against Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal), a hotshot cop with confidence to burn, assigned to the case.
Pompeii: All right, so this one isn’t really horror, but it’s directed by Paul W.S. Anderson of Resident Evil fame and has dead crows falling from the sky, a seven-foot tall killing machine known as the Beast of Tartarus, and Mt. Vesuvius exploding with the power of 40 nuclear bombs so we figured you guys might be interested. Production is set to begin April 15, 2013.
The Quiet Ones: Starring Jared Harris (“Mad Men”, The Ward) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and directed by John Pogue, The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.
Other cast members include Erin Richards (“Breaking In”, “Being Human”), Olivia Cooke (“The Secret of Crickley Hall”, “The Fuse”), and West End theatre actor Rory Fleck-Byrne. With the story and original screenplay by Tom DeVille, revisions by Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman, and most recently John Pogue, the film is produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop) and Ben Holden in association with TPSC Films.
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