The ‘Tremors’ TV Series Finds a Director in Vincenzo Natali

horror movies for kids

In 2017, beloved movies and television shows don’t die – they just hibernate. We knew that Tremors was coming back as a television series on Syfy and we knew that it would see the return of Kevin Bacon‘s Valentine McKee, but now we know who will help usher forward the small screen continuation of this (pretty darn great) horror adventure: director Vincenzo Natali.

Deadline reports that Blumhouse TV has hired Natali to helm to the pilot for the Tremors revival series and it’s a match that makes perfect sense. After all, Blumhouse has built its empire on low-budget horror movies and Natali cut his teeth on tiny-but-terrific genre films like Cube and Splice. And while he hasn’t directed a feature since 2013’s ambitious and clever Haunter, he’s made a successful transition to television, having helmed episodes of Hannibal, American Gods, Luke Cage, Westworld, Orphan Black, and The Strain. So yeah, making monsters and science fiction and horror sing on a TV budget is what he does best.

As you may recall, Tremors followed the citizens of a small Nevada town who do battle with a group of “graboids,” giant worms that tunnel underground to hunt their victims. It’s icky without being violent, scary without being upsetting, and funny without losing its edge. It’s a hoot.

And unlike the four direct-to-video Tremors sequels (a fifth is on the way), this television sequel will actually bother to bring back the lead character from the first movie. Whether or not those other entries will be referenced in any way, or if they’ll be part of the Tremors canon, remains to be seen. It gets even more confusing when you recall that Syfy (then known as the Sci-Fi Channel) aired another Tremors TV series sequel in 2003. It didn’t last long.

But that TV series sequel had more in common with the increasingly ludicrous and cheap sequels than the original movie, which remains a delicious blend of horror and comedy nearly 30 years after its release. Here’s how Deadline describes the plot of the new series:

…the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back, and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex.

Despite his extensive television experience, this will be Natali’s first time directing a pilot, so it will be exciting to see him establish the look and tone of an entire series. The pilot is also a reunion, as writer Andrew Miller also starred in Natali’s audacious 1997 debut, Cube.

The Tremors TV series does not have an air date yet, but should Syfy like what they see, expect to see something in 2018.

The post The ‘Tremors’ TV Series Finds a Director in Vincenzo Natali appeared first on /Film.


‘I Am Another You’: How SXSW Award-Winner Nanfu Wang Finds the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Nanfu Wang follows up her highly acclaimed ‘Hooligan Sparrow’ with a deceptively complex take on contemporary American life.

In Nanfu Wang’s SXSW award-winning doc I Am Another You, what seems like a fairly straightforward portrait of a disarmingly charming “homeless by choice” young man ends up leaving you questioning the very meaning of freedom. The film’s artfully constructed three-act structure begins with Wang joining her protagonist, Dylan, in an Americana adventure that recalls the boxcar freighthopping days of yore. The cameras revisit Dylan over several years and much more becomes revealed about both his inner demons, and those of the United States at large.

Wang’s own story is almost as compelling as her subject’s. She came to the US from China, where she had never even experimented with filmmaking. After discovering a love for documentary films, she enrolled as a Masters student at NYU Film School, and started shooting I Am Another You in her first semester.

Read More

No Film School

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ investigation finds no mistreatment of dogs


If you have a shred of human decency, you’ll agree that “a dog’s purpose” is not to get abused just to help Hollywood make a buck. Thankfully, it looks like a previously released video that appeared to show a dog on the set of the film A Dog’s Purpose being abused may have been edited to make things look far worse than they actually were, according to a new report.

On Friday, American Humane (not to be confused with the Humane Society), the group responsible for monitoring the treatment of animals on the set of the film, released a statement effectively absolving the filmmakers of what many had thought was abusive treatment of dogs on set.  Read more…

More about Animal Rights, Film, Movies, Dogs, and Pets

Momentum Finds a Devil in the Dark

Momentum Finds a Devil in the Dark

New Canadian thriller Devil in the Dark set for a March 7th Digital/On Demand premiere

Momentum Pictures have announced March 7th as the On Demand/Digital premiere of their black-as-night horror thriller Devil in the Dark, the new film from director Tim J. Brown (The Cradle).

Synopsis: When estranged brothers Adam and Clint attempt to reconnect over a week-long hunting trip in remote British Columbia, they find the tables turned by a mysterious presence lurking in the forest. Convinced that they are now besieged by a supernatural presence, the siblings begrudgingly agree on only one thing: they will have to put aside their differences and work together if they plan on making it out these dark woods alive. There’s no escape from this…

Devil in the Dark stars Robin Dunne (Syfy’s Sanctuary), Dan Payne (Star Trek Beyond), Daniel Cudmore (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Briana Buckmaster (The CW’s Supernatural).

For more on the movie go to the Momentum Pictures official site.


The post Momentum Finds a Devil in the Dark appeared first on

The Rats Of NIMH Movie Finds a Director

First time director James Madigan will helm The Rats of NIMH movie.

First time director James Madigan will helm The Rats of NIMH movie

It was announced nearly two years ago that MGM had secured the rights to develop a new theatrical take on author Robert C. O’Brien‘s enduring children’s classic, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Today, Variety reports that the film — which is being developed as a CGI and live action hybrid — has brought aboard first time director James Madigan. Madigan recently completed work as second unit director on the upcoming prehistoric shark thriller Meg. It also looks like the new film version with drop the Mrs. Frisby from the title and will simply be known as The Rats of NIMH.

RELATED: Shark Thriller Meg Begins Filming, First Photo Released

Published in 1971 with accompanying illustrations by Zena Bernstein, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH follows the titular Mrs. Frisby, a recently-widowed field mouse who faces impossible odds in the quest to move her family before a farmer’s plow comes through. The text was famously adapted as an animated film, The Secret of NIMH, by Don Bluth in 1982.

MGM has set Ice Age 5 scribe Michael Berg to script the new film, which has Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger are producing.

O’Brien authored a sequel to his original book, Racso and the Rats of NIMH, which was published in 1986. R-T, Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH, a third book, was written in 1990 by O’Brien’s daughter, Jane Leslie Conly. The animated film version, meanwhile, received its own direct to video sequel in 1998 with The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue.

How do you feel about a new big screen version of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH? Is there anyone you’d like to see lend their voices to the film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

The post The Rats Of NIMH Movie Finds a Director appeared first on

Young Han Solo director finds the perfect way to reveal filming has begun


We are one step closer to the Young Han Solo movie we all so desperately want and crafted the perfect tweet to tell us.

Director Chris Miller declared to the world that filming for the movie started today by tweeting out a photo of the film’s very first clapperboard, showing that they are on roll one, take one.

The Lego Movie writer accompanied the tweet with the words, “Han first shot,” a clever homage to the decades-old discussion about Solo shooting Greedo first during the two characters’ tense encounter in A New Hope.


— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) January 30, 2017 Read more…

More about Twitter, Han Solo, Star Wars, Conversations, and Entertainment