Elijah Wood’s New Prod. House Picks Up Two Horror Flicks

Variety report Woodshed (a new horror shingle from partners Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller) has announced two new projects — the original production A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and the completed feature Toad Road from writer-director Jason Banker.

The Woodshed partners discovered Toad Road when programming Nightmare City, a horror film festival collaboration between the Cinefamily, Cinespia and the Woodshed that is currently unfolding around Los Angeles.

“Programming the festival, we viewed scores of new horror films, but ‘Toad Road’ leapt out of the pack with its devastating power. We knew we had to do whatever we could to make sure this special film is seen,” Wood said.The pic earned awards for director Banker and star James Davidson at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and was covered in the recent Rue Morgue magazine.

It’s described as blurring the line between documentary and narrative to create a disturbing portrait of drug use in youth culture wrapped around a terrifying supernatural event on New Jersey’s infamous Toad Road, the subject of an urban legend about the gate to hell.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is an Iranian Western about vampires that will mark the feature debut of writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour. The film is described as a love story set in a fictitious Iranian ghost town reeking of death and loneliness, where a strange and jaded population is haunted by a lonesome vampire who preys upon the city’s most depraved denizens.

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Massive Hobbit Poster in NYC

Check out this new gigantic Hobbit promo put up in NYC (found via Reddit/imgur).

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Ti West’s The Sacrament Picks Up Producer and Finance

Interested in the news that Worldview Entertainment has come on board to finance and produce Ti West’s horror thriller, The Sacrament. West wrote and will direct. His credits include House of the Devil (dug the awesome ’70s-ness) and The Innkeepers, which was completely different from his first film but still fantastic.

The Sacrament will begin shooting late this month in Georgia with Eli Roth has set to produce with Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow and Worldview chief operating officer Molly Conners.

“We want to make this Ti’s first mainstream movie, without sacrificing the quality and unflinching horror of the subject matter,” Roth told Variety.

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American Horror Story Second Season Teasers

The teasers for the next season of American Horror Story are amazing. We weren’t sure what to think when we learned the new season was basically going to be an entirely new show, although the idea of Jessica Lange as a creepy nun? We’re in. Now that we’re seeing the teasers, we’re completely hooked. And this cast is to die for … really, just die … Chloe Sevigny, Franka Potente (love, love, love Run Lola Run), James Cromwell, Clea Duvall, Sarah Paulson, and Joseph Fiennes. That’s ridiculous. Really looking forward to this.

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Horror Trailer Bonanza

Check out the latest truckload of horror trailers to hit Apple and Yahoo, including The Wicker Tree, Cabin in the Woods, Innkeepers, and The Woman in Black.

Looking forward to several of these. If you can track it down, be sure to watch the original movie adaptation of Susan Hill’s terrific novel The Woman in Black – great eerie flick. Would love to see her book The Man in the Picture get a film treatment.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes DVD Specs

Here’s what’s coming with Dec. 13 release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes DVD:

Deleted Scenes
Alpha Gets Shot
Will’s Meeting with Lab Assistants
Will Discovers Caesar Has Solved Puzzles
Caesar Plays with Bicycle
Caesar Questions His Identity
Caesar Bites Off Neighbors Finger
Will Ignores the Risks of an Airborne Mutated Virus
Rodney Gives Caesar a Cookie
Rocket Gets Hosed by Dodge
Caesar Destroys the Lab and Koba’s Attempted Revenge on Jacobs
Caesar Pushes Helicopter
Koba with Shotgun

Pre-vis for The Future

Capturing Caesar – Script to Screen

Studying the Genius of Andy Serkis

Multi-Angle: Rocket Cookie Scene

A New Generation of Apes

Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries

Breaking New Sound Barriers: The Music and Sound Design of Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Ape Facts

Audio Commentary by Director Rupert Wyatt

Audio Commentary by Writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

Character Concept Art Gallery

Three Theatrical Trailers

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Last House on the Left’s David Hess Dead at 75

New York Times reports David Hess died last Friday in Tiburon, Calif. He was 75. The cause was a heart attack, his brother, Jeremy, said.

Hess’s film career began in Wes Craven’s first movie, “The Last House on the Left” (1972), one of the first in the “slasher” genre. His sister Judith’s boyfriend, the actor Martin Kove, was considered for the role of the psychotic convict Krug Stillo, but decided not to pursue it for fear of being typecast. Hess won the part and also composed the film’s soundtrack.

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Pee-wee Herman Honored as Visionary at SCREAM Awards

This Saturday, Spike TV will honor the man responsible for one of the most iconic characters of all time, as Paul Reubens receives the Visionary Award for his work as Pee-wee Herman at “SCREAM Awards 2011.” The two-hour event will air on Spike TV Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m.

Said Reubens on his receiving the honor, “If Pee-wee were giving this quote, I think he’d scream out ‘I’m a visionary! I’m a visionary!’ and then run to the dictionary to look up what visionary means. But I know what it means, and I am profoundly grateful and honored to Spike TV for this recognition. I share this with all the amazing collaborators I’ve had over the years and my fans, without whom none of this would be possible or worth it.”

The show will also feature visionary director Quentin Tarantino, Robert Downey Jr., Darren Aronofsky, Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale and Lena Headey.

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Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE Screening w/ Actor Ian McCulloch

Blue Underground will release a new version of Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE on DVD and Blu-Ray Oct. 25. To celebrate the release, actor Ian McCulloch will appear in person at the screening of ZOMBIE Friday, Oct. 21, at the Egyptian Theatre in Seattle, presented by Blue Underground and ZomBCon: www.zombcon.com

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Raven Trailer

Cusack geeks to the core – we’re pumped for this one:

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