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Blood Honey: Canadian thriller gets limited theatrical via Northern Banner Releasing

Canadian film distributor Northern Banner Releasing (a side-arm of Raven Banner Releasing) has locked the much-anticipated psycho thriller Blood Honey and will release the film in theaters beginning with Toronto on September 1, at Cineplex Yonge-Dundas. Vancouver and Calgary special screenings throughout Canada will follow with home video release dates TBD.

Blood Honey is directed by Jeff Kopas (An Insignificant Harvey) and stars Shenae Grimes-Beech (The New Beverly Hills 90210) Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption), Don McKellar (The Sensitive Skin), Rosemary Dunsmore (Orphan Black), Natalie Brown (The Strain), and Ken Mitchell (The Astronaut Wives Club).

The film follows Jenibel Heath (Grimes-Beech) on her return to her family’s secluded island lodge to help her siblings care for their dying father, 10 years after the mysterious suicide of her mother. Set to inherit the bulk of the family’s estate, Jenibel learns of a horrific plot against her and finds herself stuck in a life-threatening nightmare, where she must struggle to survive.

With the culmination of many years of hard work, Blood Honey is based on a script Kopas co-wrote with Doug Taylor (Splice). Kopas also shares producing credit along with Robert Budreau and Ryan Reaney.  Marina Cordoni and Doug Taylor are Executive Producers.

“The film is influenced by classic old school thrillers such as Rosemary’s Baby, Vertigo, The Shining, and Jacob’s Ladder,” says co-writer/director Kopas. “It is a completely unpredictable and logic-based story we think film fans will really enjoy.”

For more on Blood Honey including info on the upcoming screenings (including the red carpet premiere in Toronto on August 31st) go to the official Blood Honey Facebook page. And check out the sweeeet trailer below!

Via: ComingSoon

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Justice League Star Announces ‘Flash Week’

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With Justice League approaching its release, ‘The Flash’ week is now underway. While fans have already had a whole movie each featuring Wonder Woman and Superman and saw the two join forces with Batman last year, the other members of the Justice League aren’t quite as familiar. Out of all of them, however, The Flash is the best known. Even before his hit TV show on The CW, The Flash has long been one of DC’s most popular character.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad both featured cameos from Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Barry Allen has gotten plenty of screen time in the Justice League trailers so far; and for those who have seen the movie, he’s apparently one of Justice League‘s best parts. Still, Warner Bros and DC want to make sure audiences know what separates this take on the hero from the one who’s been on The CW for years. As such, this week’s Justice League ad campaign is all about the Scarlet Speedster.

Justice League is kicking off ‘Flash Week’ today, with a new video featuring Miller. All week, new content will arrive focusing on Barry Allen, including new footage from the film. You can watch said announcement clip with Miller, below:

 

 

Last week, Justice League put the spotlight on Aquaman, revealing new footage of him in the film along with commentary from Jason Momoa. ‘Flash Week’ is starting even earlier this week, so we should get even more from the hero and his actor. While Aquaman will get his own solo film next year, WB and DC have yet to announce an official release date for The Flash’s solo movie, Flashpoint. Hopefully, Justice League will help sell fans on Miller’s character and increase anticipation for the solo adventure.

As we await more insight on The Flash, the marketing for Justice League has continued to offer promos, new footage, and interviews with the cast. So far, we learned about the weaknesses of each Justice League member. Though they seem god-like, they do have individual shortcomings. We also learned how Cyborg’s origin will differ from the comics. Like Aquaman and The Flash, he will get more time in the spotlight soon (and considering he’s nowhere near as well-known, he’ll certainly need it). In the meantime, stay tuned as more information on The Flash in Justice League is revealed.

Source: Justice League Twitter Account

 

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Jigsaw Trailer Recaps The Saw Franchise

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A new trailer for Jigsaw gives fans and newcomers alike a refresher course on the series so far. The Saw franchise was a staple for horror fans every Halloween in the mid to late 2000s, until the series seemingly called it quits with The Final Chapter back in 2010. The Saw movies revolved around the exploits of John Kramer, a man diagnosed with a terminal illness who decides to use the time he has left to kidnap victims and test them to see how much they value their lives.

He would place inside vicious, themed traps, where they would usually have to shed some blood – or limbs – to survive; most of them didn’t. The series is one of the few horror franchises that paid close attention to continuity, with each sequel building on characters and plot revelations from the previous entry. By the time the series reached part seven, though, the story had gotten too convoluted for many, and it felt like Saw had run out of steam by the time The Final Chapter opened in theaters.

Jigsaw aims to revive the series once more, and a new trailer has appeared that quickly recaps the first seven Saw movies, and explains Kramer’s motivations and philosophy. The new sequel follows a fresh batch of victims being tested – and tormented – by the legendary Jigsaw… which should be impossible, since John Kramer died in Saw III.

It will be interesting to see if Jigsaw does well, since audiences seemed burnt out on the series back when The Final Chapter was released. The Saw franchise belongs to an era of horror commonly known as “torture porn”, which typically featured victims being graphically tortured and dismembered. Other movies from this subgenre including the Hostel films, The Collector and Wolf Creek; and while they proved profitable for a few years, their inherent nastiness soon turned most viewers off.

The original Saw was actually more of a taut thriller with little in the way of gore, and this new entry appears to be playing up the mystery of who exactly is behind the new tests. Jigsaw may have also lucked out in terms of timing since horror is experiencing a real boon right now. IT is now one of the highest grossing horror movies of all time, and Blumhouse is having a great year thanks to films like Happy Death Day, Split and Get Out.

With Pennywise emerging as a new horror icon, and the forthcoming Halloween reboot bringing Michael Myers back to life, maybe there’s room after all for Jigsaw in the modern horror scene.

Source: Lionsgate

 

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Blumhouse is Dominating at the Box Office

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Blumhouse Productions has quickly established itself as a studio to watch over the last decade and in 2017, they’re having an especially noteworthy run at the box office. Specializing in crafting low-budget horror films that go on to make enormous profits, Blumhouse first made noise by releasing Paranormal Activity, which was made on a micro budget and earned nearly $200 million worldwide. Paranormal Activity would of course spawn a six-film franchise, which hauled in nearly $900 million total.

Blumhouse has had similar success with the Insidious franchise – 3 films, $372 million – and The Purge franchise – 3 films, $320 million – as well as standalone hits like M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit, which banked nearly $100 million on a $5 million budget. While every film Blumhouse releases doesn’t hit that big financially, the budgets on most of them are so small that profits are nearly guaranteed. Guiding this successful journey is namesake founder Jason Blum, who takes a keen interest in all the films produced by his company.

2017 has been one of Blumhouse’s best years to date at the box office, with early releases Split – January 20 – and Get Out – February 24 – becoming the studio’s two highest grossing films to date. Staying #1 domestically for an impressive three straight weeks, Split earned nearly $280 million worldwide on a $9 million budget, furthering Blumhouse’s profitable relationship with director Shyamalan. Later, Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed Get Out would cruise to a cool $253 million on a budget of only $4.5 million.

This past weekend saw Blumhouse rack up its third big horror hit of 2017, as time-twisting slasher comedy Happy Death Day managed to surpass all advance expectations with a $26.5 million opening. This allowed the $4.8 million budgeted flick to easily knock off Blade Runner 2049 from the #1 spot. While Happy Death Day opened to considerably less than either Split or Get Out, the film’s small budget means that it’s likely already profitable for Blumhouse, and there’s no guarantee that positive word of mouth won’t lead to it holding on well in weekend two.

Next year looks poised to possibly perform even better for Blumhouse, as the studio has three big franchise entries coming up. Insidious: The Last Key arrives in January, The Purge: The Island hits theaters on July 4, and the John Carpenter-produced new Halloween movie slashes into the big screen just in time for its titular holiday. As if that wasn’t enough to look forward to, it was recently announced that Chris Hardwick will team with Blumhouse to produce three new horror films, one of which the Talking Dead host will direct himself. Anyone waiting for Blumhouse’s box office dominance to end will likely be waiting for a really long time.

 

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