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Witchfinder General Comes to DVD

Witchfinder General DVD

Michael Reeves' 1968 horror film Witchfinder General (also known as The Conqueror Worm) will finally be coming to DVD in the USA, according to DVD Drive-in. The film follows Matthew Hopkins (Vincent Price) as a man who preys on the superstitions of 17th Century England, torturing "witches" for a fee. The new DVD will contain Reeves' director's cut of the film, as well as the original score by Paul Ferris, which had been replaced in all previous US video editions of the film. Producer Phillip Waddilove and actor Ian Oglivy have recorded a commentary for the release, and Waddilove's personal collection of production stills will be included as well.(read more...)

Val Lewton Films Get Twisted Remakes

Twisted Pictures, the genre arm of Evolution Entertainment, will produce remakes of four classic horror films in a joint venture with RKO Pictures. The deal would allow Twisted to follow in the footsteps of Robert Zemeckis's Dark Castle pictures, substituting Val Lewton in for William Castle. Three of the four remake titles have been selected: I Walked with a Zombie (1943), The Body Snatcher (1945), and Bedlam (1946).(read more...)

Brad Caleb Kane Digs Into "The Historian"

Brad Caleb Kane has signed on to write a feature-length adaptation of Elizabeth Kostova's novel "The Historian" for Sony, Variety.com reports. Kane, who has done stints as a vocalist (Aladdin) and an actor (Starship Troopers, an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), has been making a name for himself as a screenwriter with These City Walls, a script that has been making the rounds in Hollywood. Kostova's novel involves a teenage girl delving into the work of her father: discovering the truth about Vlad the Impaler. Said producer Douglas Wick regarding their choice of screenwriter: "One of the things we've been looking for is someone who could not only capture the visceral, sexy part of the story, but who also has the talent to make it credible."

"Castlevania" on the Big Screen

Director Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) has signed a seven-figure deal to direct a big-screen adaptation of the popular video game series Castlevania. The film was originally under development with Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, AVP: Alien vs. Predator) attached to write and direct. Anderson will instead direct a remake of Death Race 2000, but he remains attached as the writer. He and White are expected to rewrite the script together. White grew up playing the Castlevania series. "Most of the vampire films have been present or set in the future, from 'Blade' to 'Underworld,' and I was attracted by the chance to make a dark, epic period movie that almost has an anime feel to it," White said. Rogue Pictures will co-finance the film and distribute it. The theatrical release is projected for late 2008.

David S. Goyer Takes On "The Invisible Man"

Variety.com reports that Universal and Imagine Entertainment have hired David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible) to write and direct a new adaptation/sequel to H.G. Wells' classic novel "The Invisible Man." The film would follow the nephew of the original Invisible Man as he uses his uncle's invisibility formula to aid British intelligence during WWII (thus giving the plot some resemblance to 1942's Invisible Agent). Regarding the project, Goyer said, "I've always been a fan of the original H.G. Wells book as well as the Universal film and felt the property was ripe for reimagining." Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind) will produce the film. Universal previously produced a string of Invisible Man movies in the 1930s and 1940s, starting with James Whale's The Invisible Man (1933).

Official "Sunshine" One-Sheet

Sunshine poster

Fox Searchlight has released the official one-sheet for Danny Boyle's upcoming sci-fi thriller Sunshine. The official studio synopsis of the film follows:

Fifty years from now, the sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it.  Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women.  They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star.  But deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel.  There is an accident, a fatal mistake, and a distress beacon from a spaceship that disappeared seven years earlier.  Soon the crew is fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity.

Sunshine, starring Cillian Murphy and Rose Byrne, arrives in theaters July 20th, 2007.

New DVD of 1978 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"

DVDActive has learned that MGM will be releasing a brand-new two-disc special edition of their 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. This edition will feature a commentary by director Philip Kaufman, four featurettes (including what I presume to be a making-of, entitled "Re-Visitors From Outer Space or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod"), and the original theatrical trailer. No word yet on whether the commentary is a rehash from the previous DVD release of this film. Invasion of the Body Snatchers stars Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, and Veronica Cartwright. The Collector's Edition DVD comes out on August 7th, a week and a half before the August 17th theatrical release of Warner Bros.' not-a-remake The Invasion.

Gold Circle Casts a Spell on "The Arcanum"

Variety.com reports that Gold Circle Films (White Noise, Slither) has bought the film rights to Thomas Wheeler's novel "The Arcanum" from Miramax. Wheeler's book, published in 2004 by Bantam, deals with a circle of familiar historical figures -- Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, H.P. Lovecraft, and Marie Laveau -- battling evil in 1919 New York City. Gold Circle exec Paul Brooks said, "We see this as a potential franchise property." The company is currently seeking out directors for the project.

"Stendhal Syndrome" DVD Art

Fangoria.com has received the cover art for the new two-disc special edition of Dario Argento's The Stendhal Syndrome, which is set to be released by Blue Underground on September 25th. The DVD will come with a new DTS 6.1-ES English soundtrack, as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Italian soundtracks. Blue Underground's edition will run at an uncut 119 minutes, three minutes longer than the current Troma edition. Disc 1 will also contain the film's trailer, while Disc 2 will house featurettes on Argento, Sergio Stivaletti, Luigi Cozzi, and others involved in the production.(read more...)

"Wizard of Gore" Remake Premiere Date Set

Heads-up, Herschell Gordon Lewis fans: Jeremy Kasten's remake of Lewis's 1970 Wizard of Gore is set to premiere at the LA Independent Film Festival on Friday June 22nd at 11:59PM. The exact location of the event will be The Majestic Crest Theater at 1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Those who read Classic-Horror.com's interview with Kasten from October 2005 will remember that this project was foremost on his mind at the time. The new Wizard of Gore, starring Crispin Glover, Kip Pardue, Bijou Phillips, and the Suicide Girls, tells the tale of Montag, a magician whose illusions become frighteningly real. Read up on the film at the official website.

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