WonderCon 2015: Blumhouse Teases Footage from ‘The Gallows’ [Updated w/ Video and Screenshots!]

[UPDATE: The teaser trailer dropped today (4/16) and we have it here for you!]

Not much is known about Blumhouse Productions‘ summer found footage film The Gallows – set for a July 10 release – but during their WonderCon panel we got a first look at some footage. Without giving away too much, the short clip delivered quite a scare to those in attendance. After the break, learn more about how the film came to Blumhouse’s attention and what shocked audiences.

It was announced late last year that Warner Bros.‘ New Line Cinema set the 2015 summer release for The Gallows. The film caught the eye of Management 360 via a trailer on YouTube, who then brought it to producer Jason Blum.

“We saw a rough cut of this and I really loved it. We were a little bit cautious of this now about found footage. There were a lot of these found footage movies that weren’t that good and just because they were found footage people would watch them. Now I almost feel like people are a little tired of it [found footage], so for it to catchit has to be really good. I just thought this movie felt unbelievably authentic, like no found footage movie I’ve seen in a long time.”

After a flurry of found footage films due to the success of Paranormal Activity, The Gallows impressed Blum for being anti-Hollywood.

“The other thing I should say is that the best found footage scary movies I think is the way Oren’s Paranormal Activity was this crew was two people and they did it totally off the grid in his own house and away from Hollywood, and that’s how these guys made these movie.”

While shooting his thesis, aspiring film school student from Nebraska, Chris Lofing asked Travis Cluff to do stunt work for his movie. (Cluff was fresh off his stint on the reality show Wipe Out – who became the first person to successfully cross the Tipsy Towers. He won his episode too.) The two built a friendship and moved up to Fresno from Los Angeles where they conceived and shot the film.

Most low budget horror films, especially of the found footage variety, generally cast unknowns. Lofing and Cluff explained briefly on their casting process.

“We almost knew immediately who we wanted and they’re really are characters who are related to anyone who has been to high school.”

As a found footage film, the duo did not use a director of photography and had his cast hold the cameras, something that also drew Blum to the project.

“People in jeopardy tend not to hold a camera. But these guys found an organic way to scare people.”

As I said, during the panel a small clip of the film was introduced by Blumhouse’s director of development, Ryan Turek. What we saw was fairly short, but it packed a punch. There was no context to the clip, or how the character shown came to be in her situation, but it was quite the terrifying situation.

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What was shown was one of the lead stars, Cassidy Gifford, scared and alone with only the red tint of emergency exit lights to guide her. As the lights flicker, like they typically do in horror films, we see a shadowy figure appear behind her. From what I recall, he was wearing a white shirt with dark pants while holding a noose. We are now zoomed in close to her face, similarly to a scene in The Blair Witch Project. As the camera pans further away from her face we see scar tissue and scrapes along her neck. The frame pauses for the audience to take in the horror. Cassidy is then jerked by the noose that wraps around her neck and then dragged away on the floor. Whether she survives we’ll find out this summer.

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Here’s the official plot synopsis from IMDb.com:

20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone.

Written and directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing, The Gallows stars Cassidy Gifford (God’s Not Dead!) , Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, and Reese Mishler (Youthful Daze). The film is due out in theaters on July 10, 2015.


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Second ‘Poltergeist’ Trailer Continues to Proves Superfluousness [50 Screenshots]

As the impeding threat of the latest horror remake, Poltergeist, draws ever near, the marketing continues to batten down the hatches to confirm that it will have all your favorite bits from the original. If you’ve never seen the 1982 horror film, I guess this film is shrouded in interesting mystery and full of some frights, but for true fans, this latest trailer is pretty much a slap in the face.

I’d like to understand the necessity of this Poltergeist remake other than the fact that they needed to update the television set for this generation. They might as well make a modern version of You’ve Got Mail because AOL is extinct and people use Tinder now. Sam Rockwell is amazing in most any role he touches, but I’m dumbfounded on the idea that someone saw this necessary to remake.

Most of this footage is rehashed from the first trailer, only this time voiced over by the typecasted Jared Haris, who lays down the foundation of plot for the uninitiated. While he delivers a most bland explanation of what’s happening to the Bowen family, scenes mirroring the original flash by to ensure that this Poltergeist reboot is as superfluous as someone texting in a movie theater. There’s no place for it and it makes me rather upset.

The practical effects of the original are more wonderful to behold when viewing the original Poltergeist. From the scene in the bathroom to the tree to the closet door to the house of cards, it’s all better to see that practically done than with over the top CGI. Please Hollywood, just stop.

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Here’s the, courtesy of 20th Century Fox, for those who have never seen the original Poltergeist before:

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.

Directed by Gil Kenan, Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon, Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, and Nicholas Braun. This film hits theaters on July 24, 2015.


Source: 20th Century Fox

WonderCon 2015: Saturday Schedule [Insidious: Chapter 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, Gotham, and More]

WonderCon Anaheim 2015 Saturday Schedule

WonderCon 2015’s schedule continues with the unveiling of Saturday’s big panels. The second day of the con in Anaheim, CA is packed full of big panels, including a first look at TNT’s The Last Airship; a Q&A with the stars and producers of Fox’s Gotham; Walt Disney Animation Studios explores the world of Big Hero 6; Warner Bros. will be providing an inside look at Mad Max: Fury Road; and Blumhouse Productions will be showcasing footage from Unfriended and Insidious: Chapter 3. Check out the full Saturday schedule for WonderCon 2015 after the break. Continue reading

Second ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ Trailer Brings Out the Dead [96 Screenshots]

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Tapping the well once more, Blumhouse is laying it all out on the table in this latest trailer hoping for the next installment of the Insidious franchise to succeed. Set before the first film, Insidious: Chapter 3 plans to explore the “origins” of our favorite spirit hunters and their first case together. For the spoiler sensitive out there be warned, this new trailer features a lot of money shots and story elements that you might want to savor for your theater outing. Check it out after the jump at your own risk. Continue reading

Jennifer’s Body Picwhorials?

Megan Fox is hot I guess and stuff. Her new film, ‘Jennifer’s Body,’ has come out with new stills from Empire Magazine. Also starring Amanda Seyfried, this story is about some demonized high school cheerleader (Fox) who goes on some killing spree on some high schoolers.

Get Your Hands Off My Box………

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The trailer for the new film ‘The Box’ starring Cameron Diaz and James Mrsden has released. A story about an old guy dropping off a box to a family saying that if they will receive $1 million if they touch a button in a box that will kill someone they don’t know randomly in some part of the world. Will they do it? What’s the catch? Is this an interesting story?

Quick Notes part 2

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I am busy with learning to new photoshop stuff so I’m doing quick notes today. Quick Notes are articles and blips that I do not feel on typing out full news that could just be viewed in shorts that I don’t feel are as important to rant about. They are all just a bunch of random hooblah of sorts that fell into this little section of fun and goodness after the jump:

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He Eats Bullets for Breakfast……

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Halloween 2 has come out with a brand new trailer with brand new footage with a brand new look at how brand new of a badass Michael Myers is. Only his thirst for blood will please mommy and Mr. Myers is not just out for a bath, he’s looking for a blood shower……This looks like a strange new twist on the Halloween franchise, as yet again Rob Zombie takes you into a freakish look into his world. This film comes out August 28th with a slashing revenge……………………

Scream No More Sid……

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According to a source that got sources from other soucrces whose myspace said that they saw something on  someone’s facebook who tweeted on twitter said………Screenwriter Kevin Williamson is now in a rut as he tweeted, “Trying to figure out a Sid-less scenario. She won’t do it. This sucks.” So apparently Neve Campbell is no longer part of the Scream 4, although Craven only led to the assumption that Campbell would just be in a small cameo anywho. But we’ll see where this interesting little twist on Scream 4 leads to now since Sidney will not be returning.

Welcome to the Happiest Place on Earth!!!

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Check out the new trailer to ‘Zombieland,’ right here, that was released today! This film stars such actors as Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard, Bill Murray and directed by Ruben Fleischer. I believe this is a rejuvenation of what a good zombie movie can be that brings people to the theaters. The last good zombie flick I have seen that I have wanted to go out of my way to see was the ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remake and ‘Shaun of the Dead.’ With ‘Zombieland,’ it looks like it could be the next big zombie zom/com. Parts of the trailer could take a bit of ‘Left 4 Dead’ influence along with ‘Dawn of the Dead’ humor; all they need is Ving Rhames……… With laughs, scares, action and gore what else could you ask for in this October 9th movie.