Monday, 21 March 2011

Found Footage genre lives on? Cloverfield 2

Thanks to B-D reader 'Avery' for the heads up on a new article over at Total Film who scored some massive news regarding the long-gestured Cloverfield sequel. Since the release back in 2008, Matt Reeves has been busy with Let Me In, while producer J.J. Abrams has been working furiously on Star Trek and Super 8. Getting the two in the same room focusing on a sequel hasn't been an easy task, and both have repeatedly stated that they want to make sure they have a super cool new idea.

Finally there appears to be a breakthrough...

"Well, you are going to see it - we just don't know when," laughs Reeves, officially acknowledging a sequel WILL happen for the first time ever.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Zombies for charity...

Dublin Zombie Walk 2010
by Sean Fallon on July 2, 2010

Who are those people with blood on their face staggering down a Dublin street? It’s not a drunken mob (this time), it’s participants in the Dublin Zombie Walk 2010. They went all out with the costumes, and the whole thing is for a good cause. The event is held to raise money for the Irish Cancer society.

(Dublin Zombie Walk)

Sunday, 13 March 2011

BBC snotty about horror/fantasy/sci-fi?

A highly vexed sci-fi writer watched a BBC special on our book-reading habits, noting the glaring lack of horror et al. ...
Hunt and thousands like him could have been forgiven for thinking that these selections might have had some SF, fantasy or horror titles among them, especially, as Hunt says in a blazingly angry blog posted the same night, given that these genres "together account for between 20%/30% of the fiction market." But no.
Read the full article at

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Using YouTube video to pitch for $45k horror

If you've got a spare $45k you can get this into production...
The detail from the YouTube page is added below

thepaperboatman | Aug 30, 2010 | likes, 2 dislikes
COST TO MAKE: $45,000

Synopsis: Professor William Seabrook, an obsessed American researcher, uncovers what he had
been searching for the last five years of his life-- an ancient meteorite made of pure
diamond that landed on a desolated island in Zambales, Philippines a hundred years
ago. But the local pirates he hired to help him uncover the treasure want the diamond
for themselves and betrayed the Professor. Unbeknownst to the pirates, the diamond
contains microscopic alien virus. Despite the warnings from the Professor, the pirates
keep the diamond. The pirates die after contracting the virus and their body resurrect
into mindless flesh-eatiing creatures.

And so they remain on the island, undead, hungry for flesh, thirsty for blood...

In a not so distant town roam the Grave Bandits, Romy and Peewee, two orphan
kids wanted by the law for making a career out of stealing precious belongings from the
dead. As they try to escape the townspeople, they end up on the desolated island and
discover a greater foe: The undead, lots of them! The Grave Bandits hide in a cave
where they meet Maiya, a beautiful native girl and Professor Seabrook.

Trapped on an island and left with nothing to defend themselves, the Grave
Bandits formulate a plan to escape and battle the undead using
improvised tools. But a diamond the size of a tangerine is hard to resist, just
when things are going according to plan, they discover greater enemies
amongst themselves. Will the Grave Bandits become our unlikely heroes or will they
ulitmately succumb to greed?

The Grave Bandits is a feature length horror-adventrue film filled with twists and
dark humor. It's a film no horror fans can afforrd to miss!
Running time: approx 1 hr 45 min.

Fan trailers of movies they WANT made!

Interesting phenomenon (which can provoke some fierce criticism on YouTube; the Alien 5 trailer has 3 times as many dislikes as likes): franchise fans creating fake trailers for films they want to see, and labelling them 'official':

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Researching recent genre egs + presenting this in vid

The following vids were compiled by a horror enthusiast; they contain both more and less detail than you'd need: there are so many films it must be close to comprehensive, and must have taken quite a while to research (and find the posters) ... but, on the other hand, provides zero further info on screen by way of titles, which you would (and/or via a voiceover).The vid is essentially simple to create, once the research is done and images gathered: a jpg image inserted into an iMovie project automatically becomes a 5sec clip which you can trim or extend.