Arrow In The Head recently got their claws on the trailer for William Brent Bell’s (THE DEVIL INSIDE) upcoming werewolf film WER, and now, boils ‘n ghouls, we’ve got it up here on Backwoods Horror. While I wasn’t really the biggest fan of The Devil Inside, my favorite movie monster (as you all probably know by now) is the werewolf, so any news on a new werewolf film and I can’t help but be drawn to it…even if the trailer screams “stay away” with its overabundance of CGI and the werewolf itself looking more like a hairy hobo than the bi-pedal wolf from hell I hold near and dear to my heart.
Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene is blindly charged with their murders. Believing her client is innocent, expatriate American defense attorney Kate Moore and her team decide to take a scientific approach in order to prove his physical incapability to local authorities. As she delves into his enigmatic family history, she uncovers evidence that suggests the rebirth of an unexpected legend. When a bloodbath ensues, Kate must do whatever she can to survive the surrounding terror and prevent the chaos from spreading. A.J. Cook, Simon Quarterman and Brian J. O’Connor star.
The director of 1981?s An American Werewolf In London is getting back into the shape-shifting genre. John Landis has come on board SpectreVision’s [formerly the production company WoodShed ] Bad Vibes pic as an executive producer. “Based on the impressive slate of genre films that Elijah Wood and SpectreVision are producing, I am very excited that Dave Gebroe’s clever and scary Bad Vibes has found the perfect home,” Landis said in a statement [earlier this month]. Produced by Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller’s newly renamed company, the 1960s psychedelic rock music scene-based werewolf film is being directed by Gebroe. The Zombie Honeymoon helmer also wrote Bad Vibes’ original screenplay. Indie musician Ariel Pink has also joined the film as composer. Landis served as EP on the 2011 comedy horror pic Some Guy Who Kills People. Known for directing Animal House, The Blues Brothers and Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America as well as Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, the last feature Landis directed was 2010’s UK comedy Burke And Hare. He also directed an episode of the Brit show Psychoville in 2011. Along with BadVibes, SpectreVision’s has the horror-comedy Cooties starring Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson; ToadRoad; and the Iran-set vampire love story A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, which is in postproduction. Landis is repped by Resolution.
Arclight Films’ genre label Darclight Films has acquired Full Moon, an effects-driven horror movie, presumably about werewolves, to be directed by stuntman-turned-director Lauro Chartrand, reports Deadline. Currently there are no plot details known but producer Daljit DJ Parmar says that “Lauro Chartrand brings his high-powered stunt and special effects team to achieve unsurpassed production value that moviegoers around the world have come to demand.”
The film is set to go into production this year.
Chartrand was the action director of the Toronto Midnight Madness title Afflicted, and his credits as stunt coordinator include The Last Samurai, The Twilight Saga and Elysium.
Nastasha Baron penned the script, and production companies include DreamChaser Productions and Original Entertainment. Daljit DJ Parmar and Chartrand will produce, and executive producer is Jennifer Esquivel. Arclight is handling sales worldwide.
“The first poster has hit for the new Werewolf film WER, from the director of THE DEVIL INSIDE, [William Brent Bell]. Star A.J. Cook stars as a defense attoney who learns her defendant, accused of murder, is actually a werewolf. FilmDistrict is releasing, and I’m curious to see, despite its large opening weekend, how naming THE DEVIL INSIDE on the one sheet will play. If you’ll remember, that film’s decision to close with a URL drew much ire from audiences.”
They had me at Werewolf Film. If any long time (or, hell, new) readers know much about my personal taste, I absolutely LOVE werewolf movies, even awful ones. Unfortunately, this poster isn’t telling us much so far, but I’m still looking forward to it. Hopefully the werewolf will actually LOOK like a werewolf instead of just an overly hairy Italian or Greek guy…
Somehow this is another one that slipped under my radar. Aside from the whole lesbian angle, which is all well and good, this is also some kind of weird coming of age werewolf flick as well with animation by the friggin’ Quay Brothers (Look ’em up!). But I’ll let the press release explain things a little better than I can as I’m trying to watch this flick right now at the same time and so far all I’m seeing is a hipster film with a lot of buzz around it. But, as with all movies (except the horribly, horribly atrocious Stockholm Syndrome), I’m going to give it a chance. I mean, come one…there’s a werewolf in it at some point and I’m a SUCKER for werewolves! So far, it seems as though it may be the most clever werewolf film since GINGER SNAPS.
Magnolia Pictures has released some bloody imagery for their indie horror love story, JACK & DIANE, directed by Bradley Rust Grey and starring Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Cara Seymour, Dane DeHaan, Michael Chernus and Kylie Minogue.
Jack and Diane, two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane’s charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack’s tough skinned heart. But when Jack discovers that Diane is moving, she pushes her away. Unable to grasp her new feelings, Diane’s emotions begin to cause unexplainable violent changes to her body. Through these awkward and insecure feelings, the two girls must struggle to turn their first love into an enduring one.
It is now available on VOD platforms with a limited theater planned for November 2.
If I had to choose my favorite classic horror monster, it’d have to be the Werewolf. Vampires have become so droll over the years with their whining and emo hair. There’s just something about werewolves that’ve always tickled my horror bone (it may have a lot to do with watching that show WEREWOLF growing up) and I’ll watch just about any werewolf flick, no matter what…even if I can’t pronounce its name correctly. Such is the case with Ukranian werewolf film SYNEVIR, which has been flying under my (and many other people’s) radars until recently when it was accepted at a US film festival and a poster and subtitled trailer hit the web (you can check those out below).
The 6th Annual B-Movie Celebration’s Film Festival in Columbus, Indiana is welcoming the Ukrainian horror film Syvenir next month and a English sub-titled trailer has found its way online.
Directed by Alexandr and Vyacheslav Aleshechkin, this werewolf – or tale of a dog headed creature – opens overseas in 3D (it will play in 2D at the aforementioned festival).
Set against the backdrop of Syvenir Lake in the Carpathian Mountains – known for its rich history of supposed mysterious occurrences – the film finds “a group of students who decide to spend a weekend at the lake. They do not believe in those stories about Lake Synevir and the strange creatures around it. Too bad for them….
For more information, be sure to check out the official site (the link’s in English…you’re welcome…)!