Happy 10th Ashtray Dirt

A bit of a busy week this week thanks to a certain convention, but here we go! Cast additions have been announced for Adam Wingard’s new project The Guest which is currently in pre-production. Names attached include Maika Monroe (The Bling Ring, Bad Blood), Brendan Meyer and Alex Knight who will star alongside Downtown Abbey‘s Dan Stevens…

Ti West’s latest offering The Sacrament will have its world premiere at this years Venice Film Festival

A new poster and short clip have dropped for James Wan’s Insidious Chapter 2. The very short, and sweet, footage (which you can watch over at IGN) looks like the film will continue to keep the creepy and jumpworthy tone of the original which is promising…

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Dario Argento is apparently preparing an operatic version of Guiseppe Verdi’s Macbeth for the stage. Opening night is currently set at October 4th at the Teatro Coccia in Northern Italy with plans for the opera to be toured at other Italian theaters…

Arrow have announced they are releasing Larry Stewart’s The Initiation on August 5th…

Big news to come out of this years San Diego Comic Con was the confirmation by Zack Snyder that the sequel to the latest Superman film Man Of Steel would indeed see Superman face off against Batman, in a move that feels very reminiscent of Frank Miller’s cult classic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns (an influence according to Snyder). Christopher Nolan will return as an executive producer alongside Henry Cavill as Superman, whilst Christian Bale has shot down any rumours of him appearing as Bruce Wayne (go here to watch the video of the panel crowd going nuts at the announcement). The film has a current release date of 2015…

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Synapse Films have announced they are restoring the original negatives of 1980 slasher Prom Night for a HD release…

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Director Robin Hardy has announced that he has found the missing The Wicker Man footage he had been searching for and a UK Blu-ray and theatrical release of a ‘final cut’ version of the film will happen this September (theatrical) and October (Blu-ray). Hardy announced that “StudioCanal contacted me last year in their search for the original materials that have been missing. I’m very pleased to announce that StudioCanal have been able to find an actual print of The Wicker Man, which is based on my original cut working with Abraxas, the American distributors, all those years ago. They plan, and this is the exciting bit, to actually release it. This version has never been restored before, has never been shown in UK theatres before, has never been converted to Blu-ray before. This version will – optimistically – be known as the Final Cut.”…

Fans were lucky to grab a peek at a teaser trailer for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla remake at SDCC this week. Word is it looks amazing and Edwards and his team have done a great job so far but no footage has surfaced as of yet (or it has but has been taken down from YouTube). Shooting wrapped this week on the film which is released next year…

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Scream Factory announced their latest release plans at SDCC, with the biggest coup being Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut for 2014. Other releases include John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13 for November this year, Saturn 3 and Darkman for December this year and the 1982 version of Cat People for 2014…

Horror festival FrightFest have announced their short film programme for this August’s Bank Holiday weekend. The nine films, all worldwide premieres, will play at certain times ahead of certain films, details of which can be found on the website

Joss Whedon confirmed at SDCC that the sequel to The Avengers would be called Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whedon also dropped the news that the characters Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch will also appear. The film will start shooting in London in March…

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Lastly, New Zealand has banned the 2012 remake of Maniac, which stars Elijah Wood, from theatrical and home format release. The Kiwi response is that the first person POV style in which the film is shot makes it too graphic. Under the ruling, this restricts viewings of the film to festivals only….

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Ashtray Dirt The Fifth

First up this week comes some exciting news from the Film4 FrightFest camp. The poster for this years festival was unveiled this week with artwork by legendary artist Graham Humphreys, as were this years opening and closing films. Kicking off the festival will be The Dead 2: India (directed by Howard and Jon Ford) and closing the weekend festivities will be Israeli revenge thriller Big Bad Wolves (directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the team behind 2011 FrightFest favourite Rabies). The festivals full line up will be released on 28th June…

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Cineploit have announced their two latest Exploit releases for July. Exploit 03 is Thelema‘s ‘Ephemerol’, a tribute to David Cronenberg’s Scanners, and Exploit 04 will be Zoltan’s tribute to British cult film Psychomania

A new TV spot for the latest James Wan (Saw, Insidious) release The Conjuring has arrived. The film, based on real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, promises a scary jump or two…

The Toronto International Film Festival have announced their plans for a multi-platform project based on the works of director David Cronenberg. ‘The Cronenberg Project’ will see a collection of some of the most iconic props on display from across the celebrated director’s filmography in a dedicated exhibition entitled David Cronenberg: Evolution. The Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art will also house an exhibition entitled David Cronenberg: Transformation. Whilst opening in Toronto, the exhibition should become the first TIFF curated piece to tour internationally, with dates apparently to be revealed at the end of the year…

The first poster for Insidious Chapter 2 has dropped, never before have baby walkers evoked such scares…

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The latest vinyl release from cult soundtrack label Death Waltz Recording Co. is on sale now. The terrific score by Rob for the 2012 remake of Maniac is currently available on 3 vinyl editions…

First on-site pictures of actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson have emerged from the set of Gareth Edwards (Monsters) Godzilla remake. Rumours are circulating that the film will bring more than just the giant famed lizard in terms of creatures with the latest press release from Legendary Pictures stating; ‘Featuring spectacular creatures, thrilling action, epic battles and a legendary monster, Godzilla provides the backbone for a monstrous merchandise offering for fans of all ages and enables compelling cross-category opportunities across mass and specialty’. Production on the movie has now moved to Hawaii and is slated for a May 2014 release…

Death Waltz Records release The Fog & Maniac on vinyl

This Friday night see’s us teaming up with our friends Death Waltz Recording Co. to bring you a super special screening of John Carpenter’s The Fog. Not only will it be a super rare screening from 16mm but will mark The Fog as Death Waltz‘s latest soundtrack release. And it’s shaping up to be a stunner worth getting for your collection.

The limited edition release will be a double vinyl album including the film’s original score as well as the original movie cues which are never before released on vinyl. Featuring artwork by British artist Dinos Chapman, the edition of 1000 coloured vinyls will be housed in a gatefold sleeve with matte lamination and will also include an art card of the as-yet unreleased cover image (you’ll have to wait until its launch at the event on Friday!). All this will be in a screenprinted plastic over bag and feature liner notes from Chapman, Randall D. Larson and the director himself, Carpenter. A limited edition of 200 copies on black vinyl will also be available at the event with the remainder of the stock going on public sale on June 14th.

June will also see the release of Rob’s soundtrack for the 2012 remake of Maniac with cover art by Jay Shaw. Taking inspiration from the fact that the film is shot from the killers POV, the sleeve has been given silver UV lamination effect turning it into a mirror. 500 copies will be flesh coloured with transparent blood splatter (exclusive to the Death Waltz webstore) and 350 will be silver steel with blood splatter, both editions containing a print of the cover art. There will also be 1000 picture disc releases with a matt lamination and print. Release date and cover art will be revealed at some point this month so stay peeled to the website or follow the twitter account for news.

Ashtray Dirt Vol 2

We’re kicking off this week’s news round-up with the latest piece of Carrie promo to be released, this pretty nifty motion poster. Whilst the tagline feels a little tacky (it’s more than a little overused now don’t you think?), the poster does give some nice glimpses into the remake’s take on the iconic prom scene. With Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore in the leads, we’ll have to wait until November to see just what director Kimberly Pierce has done with her take on the 1970s classic…

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From one remake to another, as on set photographs of Gareth Edwards’ (MonstersGodzilla remake spilt onto the net this week. Whilst not teasing a lot, we do get to see some destruction in what looks like a small fishing town and the possible evacuation of  children from their school. Rumours are circulating that the feature will show Godzilla’s roots in Japan before moving to the West although very little is coming out of the set at the moment…

Cult soundtrack label Death Waltz Recording Co. unleashed their new revamped website this week and announced their latest release, the soundtrack to 2012 remake Maniac, which will go on sale at some point in June…

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Filipino director, writer and producer Eddie Romero passed away this week aged 87. A passionate campaigner for the arts and culture of the Philipines, Romero was named the National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts in 2003 and was very active with the country’s National Comission for the Culture and Arts. Romero’s career spanned over 60 years and included both Filipino (Agila, Manila, Open City and Kamakalawa) and American movies (Savage Sisters, The Passionate Strangers and Black Mama, White Mama)…

On set photographs have also found their way onto the web of an overgrown San Francisco, the setting for next year’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), the film takes place 15 years after its predecessor Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and see’s the growing nation of genetically evolved apes threatened by a small band of human survivors…