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Gremlins director Joe Dante is producing a new horror movie titled Camp Cold Brook, and he’s tapped an SSR agent and a scream queen to star in the film.

According to Deadline, Chad Michael Murray (who played East Coast SSR chief Jack Thompson on Marvel’s Agent Carter) and Danielle Harris (Halloween) will headline the movie, currently in production. The premise for the film is somewhat interesting, if a tad generic, considering Harris has already starred in Camp Dread. Still, it's giving me a lot of Halloween: Resurrection (2002) vibes. So hey, I'll bite. Could be fun.

Here’s a description of the storyline and the characters played by Murray and Harris:

"Murray stars as reality TV producer and host Jack Wilson, who finds himself in a tough spot when his show is about to be cancelled. In a last ditch effort to spark ratings, he and his producers Angela (Harris) choose to film their next episode at the legendary Camp Cold Brook, which was host to a horrific incident where the young campers were drowned in a nearby creek 20 years ago. Their arrival begins like any other episode but the TV crew find that they get more than they bargained for."

Joining Dante in producing Cold Camp Brook are Warner Davis of Petri Entertainment, Mark Alan of Renfield Productions, and Jason Van Eman and Ross Marroso of Weathervane Productions. Andy Palmer (The Funhouse Massacre) will direct, from a script by Alex Carl (Reeves Road).

There’s no premiere date for the movie yet, but since they’re currently filming, my best guess is that it’ll hit the screens sometime in 2018. What do you think of the premise?
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The 2017 Frontières Market at the Fantasia International Film Festival has just wrapped up, and some exciting breaking news has been announced. Dave Alexander and Mark Pollesel have entered into an agreement with The Wolper Organization at Warner Bros. to develop their now-in-progress docu-miniseries called Untold Horror.

The series will highlight passion projects from some of the biggest names in horror that tragically never saw the light of day and ended up in development hell.

Untold Horror was created by host/writer/producer Dave Alexander (former editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue magazine) and writer/producer Mark Pollesel. With additional partners director/producer Bob Barrett and editor/animator/producer Kevin Burke, the documentary series officially debuted as a selection in the 2016 Frontières Market. Dedicated to exploring the greatest horror tales almost told, Untold Horror will uncover the fascinating stories behind these stillborn films – as told by the legends who tried to get them made, reveal truths about the often tortured relationship between art and commerce, and find out what it would take to bring some of them back from the dead.

Yesterday at the festival, the Untold Horror panel revealed some great info about a few of these long lost projects with directors Gary Sherman (Dead and Buried, Vice Squad), Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock), and Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) in attendance.

Buddy Giovinazzo spoke at length about his desire to make Maniac II, aka Mr. Robbie, with Joe Spinell before the actor’s death ultimately put an end to the production. Also, Gary Sherman gave an incredible description of a post-apocalyptic anti-nuclear musical he developed with Zalman King that would have featured Eddie Van Halen, Joe Cocker, and possibly even Marlon Brando!

Perhaps the most intriguing news came from Richard Stanley, who announced that pre-production on his version of The Island of Dr. Moreau is under way with Edward R. Pressman Film. Anyone who has seen the fantastic documentary Lost Soul knows Stanley’s insane journey with this project until a bastardized version hit theaters with Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer.

Stanley also talked about how Bill Paxton was who he originally wanted as the lead in Hardware and his plan to do a sequel entitled Hardware II: Ground Zero with the tagline “Even the end of the world has to start somewhere.” Bruce Campbell was also set to star in what Stanley referred to as “my 9-11 movie” called Vacation about a rich couple who fall into chaos at a hotel during an attack. If the film had actually come out, Stanley joked, “I suspect someone would’ve killed me.”

Look for more insight on these projects and interviews with John Landis, Joe Dante, and Guillermo del Toro (to name a few) when Untold Horror makes its way to screens!
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There is a long and respected history of filmmaking teams, whether they’re writers and directors (like Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader), directors and producers (like Danny Boyle and Andrew MacDonald), or directors and actors (like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp). It’s clear that some filmmakers bring out the best in each other, and in working together, audiences get the best from both of them.

This is definitely true in the horror arena, where directors and actors reteam with regular consistency. So who are the iconic horror director/actor teams? Who is the Scorsese/De Niro duo of gore? The Kurosawa/Mifune team of the supernatural? This is a list of some of the most frequent and enjoyable collaborations in horror film history (in no particular order):

2. Joe Dante and Robert Picardo, Dick Miller, and Kevin McCarthy

Sometimes, a filmmaker finds a muse in an actor because that actor captures something distinct and unique about their filmmaking style and message. And sometimes, directors are just loyal to the people who started with them, and they enjoy having fun, talented people around them.

In this case, Joe Dante constantly works with actors he likes on multiple occasions, from Rick Ducommun to Henry Gibson. But by far, his most frequent collaborators have been Robert Picardo, Dick Miller, and Kevin McCarthy.

Dick Miller has been with Dante since the beginning, appearing in Hollywood Boulevard when Dante worked for Roger Corman. McCarthy joined one movie later, in Piranha, and Picardo joined the troupe in 1981 as the villain in The Howling. Since 1981, Dante has made 14 feature films and there hasn’t been a single movie that hasn’t had at least one of those three actors in it. The real question is, when Dante makes the Roger Corman biopic The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes next year, will Dick Miller play himself from fifty years ago?
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Ever since Alfred Hitchcock popularized the director cameo, audiences expect to see certain filmmakers pop up in small roles within their own films; from Quentin Tarantino to Spike Lee to M. Night Shyamalan, the faces of the directors are as expected as their distinct visual styles.

But what about those directors who enjoy film so much that they want to appear in OTHER people’s movies as well? Here are ten well-known horror filmmakers who have popped up frequently in a variety of films they didn’t make themselves.

Aside from making brilliant films himself, Joe Dante is also a curator of film history (having created Trailers from Hell) and has many friends in the film world who like to put him in front of the camera. Friend and frequent collaborator John Landis put him in front of the camera for Beverly Hills Cop III alongside Eddie Murphy.

Dante and Landis both had cameos in the recent horror anthology Tales of Halloween, and they also both appeared in Sleepwalkers, directed by friend and Masters of Horror creator Mick Garris.

Director Jack Perez, who previously directed the John Landis-produced Some Guy Who Kills People, cast Dante and Landis in cameo roles in Blast Vegas, and Landis even had an in-joke in the credits for his gangster comedy Oscar, in which Joe Dante is billed as Face on the Cutting Room Floor. There have been other small roles, a bodyguard in 1982’s A Time to Die and the cab driver in The Butterfly Room; however, one of his more memorable cameos is in the opening moments of the horror parody The Silence of the Hams, performing alongside some other famous faces as seen here:
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Director Joe Dante speaks to Eve Jackson about the success of "Gremlins", parodying Donald Trump and why making scary horror movies today is so hard ahead of his Paris retrospective at the Cinematheque Francaise.


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