Connect with us

News

iHorror Exclusive: Check out the Trailer for Jaysen Buterin’s ‘Kill Giggles’

Published

on

Kill Giggles

Jaysen Buterin’s desire to “kill all the clowns” in his new film Kill Giggles has been a long time coming. In fact, it all began back in the 80s with Poltergeist and that damned clown marionette puppet.

It left him with a crippling case of coulrophobia and a desire for revenge.

“Having a baby boy, I knew it was a matter of time before there was a birthday party and a clown would be there,” he told iHorror in a recent interview. “I figured I could confront the coulrophobia or lock myself in the car and cry in privacy. I went with the former and decided to kill all the clowns. It’s like cinematic catharsis.”

So he locked himself away and began a script for Kill Giggles that would ultimately top out at around 110 pages of thrilling, clown-killing madness though honestly he’s a little surprised that no one had thought of it before though he does have a theory.

“It seemed like a no-brainer but Hollywood and Blumhouse and all those places are busy making reboots and remakes and revisions of things that came out five years ago or ten years ago,” he said. “’Let’s remake the Grudge again!’ No, let’s do an original story like the ones that are out there on the festival circuit in places like Nightmares Film Festival. Go give those movies a fraction of the budget you’ll throw at a reboot.”

Still, he’s proud of his idea and the way that it has come into being with a cast filled with genre icons like Judith O’Dea (Night of the Living Dead), Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior),  and Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) as well as newer faces like Michael Ray Williams (Knob Goblins) and Ellie Church (Skeletons in the Closet). In fact he’s still pinching himself.

Vernon Wells was a dream casting for Buterin for Kill Giggles.

With his cast in place, Buterin went to work, filming the project in a total of 19 working days despite a hiccup or two along the way.

“We showed up on a Monday to do set dressing at a location we had secured so we could shoot on the following Thursday,” the director said, “and we walked in and the entire interior of the place was demolished. Walls were down. There was a pile of rubble in the floor. We called the owner and he was like, ‘Oh yeah, I had a demo crew come in.'”

Fortunately the location was a strip mall and with a quick move down the row of storefronts, they were able to set up their clown college setting in a former Republican Party headquarters.

At the end of the day and with a rough-cut ready for further fine-tuning, Buterin is ecstatic about what he’s created with his cast and crew. Kill Giggles is a unique thriller with horror accents that, he hopes, will appeal to fans of both.

So, without further ado, check out the first trailer for Kill Giggles below and look for its world premiere in 2020 as it makes its way onto the film festival circuit!

Kill Giggles OFFICIAL Theatrical Trailer from Jaysen Buterin on Vimeo.

 

Listen to the 'Eye On Horror Podcast'

Listen to the 'Eye On Horror Podcast'

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

News

Melissa Barrera Says Her ‘Scream’ Contract Never Included a Third Movie

Published

on

The Scream franchise has done a major overhaul to its original script for Scream VII after its two main leads departed production. Jenna Ortega who played Tara Carpenter left because she was overly booked and blessed while her co-star Melissa Barrera was fired after making political comments on social media.

But Barrera isn’t regretting any of it. In fact, she is happy where the character arc left off. She played Samantha Carpenter, the latest focus of the Ghostface killer.

Barrera did an exclusive interview with Collider. During their talk, the 33-year-old says she fulfilled her contract and her character Samantha’s arc finished at a good spot, even though it was meant to be a trilogy.

“I feel like the ending of [ Scream VI ] was a very good ending, and so I don’t feel like ‘Ugh, I got left in the middle.’ No, I think people, the fans, were wanting a third movie to continue that arc, and apparently, the plan was a trilogy, even though I was only contracted for two movies.

So, I did my two movies, and I’m fine. I’m good with that. I got two – that’s more than most people get. When you’re on a TV show, and it gets canceled, you can’t harp on things, you gotta move on.

That’s the nature of this industry too, I get excited for the next job, I get excited for the next skin I get to put on. It’s exciting to create a different character. So yeah, I feel good. I did what I set out to do. It was always meant to be two movies for me, ’cause that was my contract, and so everything is perfect.”

The entire production of the original seventh entry has moved on from the Carpenter’s storyline. With a new director and new script, production will resume, including the return of Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox.

Listen to the 'Eye On Horror Podcast'

Listen to the 'Eye On Horror Podcast'

Continue Reading

News

Read Reviews For ‘Abigail’ The Latest From Radio Silence

Published

on

The review embargo has lifted for the vampire horror movie Abigail and the reviews are abundantly positive. 

Matt BettinelliOlpin and Tyler Gillett of Radio Silence are getting early praise for their latest horror movie which opens on April 19. Unless you’re Barbie or Oppenheimer the name of the game in Hollywood is about what kind of box office numbers you pull on opening weekend and how much they drop thereafter. Abigail could be this year’s sleeper. 

Radio Silence is no stranger to opening big, their Scream reboot and sequel packed fans into seats on their respective opening dates. The duo are currently working on another reboot, that of 1981’s Kurt Russel cult favorite Escape From New York

Abigail

Now that ticket sales for GodzillaxKong, Dune 2, and Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire have gathered patina, Abigail could knock A24’s current powerhouse Civil War from the top spot, especially if ticket buyers base their purchase off reviews. If it is successful, it could be temporary, since Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s action comedy The Fall Guy opens on May 3, just two weeks later.

We have gathered pull quotes (good & bad) from some genre critics on Rotten Tomatoes (score for Abigail currently sits at 85%) to give you an indicator of how they are skewing ahead of its release this weekend. First, the good:

“Abigail is a fun, bloody ride. It also has the most lovable ensemble of morally grey characters this year. The film introduces a new favorite monster into the genre and gives her room to take the biggest swings possible. I lived!” — Sharai Bohannon: A Nightmare On Fierce Street Podcast

“The standout is Weir, commanding the screen despite her small stature and effortlessly switching from apparently helpless, terrified child to savage predator with a mordant sense of humor.” — Michael Gingold: Rue Morgue Magazine

“‘Abigail’ sets the bar as the most fun you can have with a horror movie of the year. In other words, “Abigail” is horror on pointe.” — BJ Colangelo: Slashfilm

“In what may become one of the greatest vampire movies of all time, Abigail provides an extremely bloody, fun, humorous & fresh take on the subgenre.” — Jordan Williams: Screen Rant

“Radio Silence have proven themselves as one of the most exciting, and crucially, fun, voices in the horror genre and Abigail takes this to the next level.” — Rosie Fletcher: Den of Geek

Now, the not-so-good:

“It’s not badly made, just uninspired and played out.” — Simon Abrams: RogerEbert.com

A ‘Ready or Not’ redux running on half the steam, this one-location misfire has plenty of parts that work but its namesake isn’t among them.” –Alison Foreman: indieWire

Let us know if you are planning to see Abigail. If or when you do, give us your hot take in the comments.

Listen to the 'Eye On Horror Podcast'

Listen to the 'Eye On Horror Podcast'

Continue Reading

Movies

Ernie Hudson To Star In ‘Oswald: Down The Rabbit Hole’

Published

on

Ernie Hudson

This is some exciting news! Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 1984, The Crow 1994) is set to star in the upcoming horror film titled Oswald: Down The Rabbit Hole. Hudson is set to play the character Oswald Jebediah Coleman who is a brilliant animator that is locked away in a terrifying magical prison. No release date has been announced yet. Check out the announcement trailer and more about the film below.

ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER FOR OSWALD: DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

The film follows the story of “Art and some of his closest friends as they help track down his long-lost family lineage. When they find and explore his Great-Grandpa Oswald’s abandoned home, they encounter a magical TV that teleports them to a place lost in time, shrouded by dark Hollywood Magic. The group finds that they are not alone when they discover Oswald’s come-to-life cartoon Rabbit, a dark entity that decides their souls are it’s for the taking. Art and his friends must work together to escape their magical prison before the Rabbit gets to them first.”

First Look Image at Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

Ernie Hudson stated that “I am excited to work with everyone on this production. It’s an incredibly creative and smart project.”

Director Stewart also added “I had a very specific vision for Oswald’s character and knew I wanted Ernie for this role from the start, as I’ve always admired iconic cinematic legacy. Ernie is going to bring Oswald’s unique and vengeful spirit to life in the best way possible.”

First Look Image at Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

Lilton Stewart III and Lucinda Bruce are teaming up to write and direct the film. It stars actors Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 1984, The Crow 1994), Topher Hall (Single Drunk Female 2022), and Yasha Rayzberg (A Rainbow in the Dark 2021). Mana Animation Studio is helping produce the animation, Tandem Post House for post-production, and VFX supervisor Bob Homami is also helping. The budget for the film currently sits at $4.5M.

Official Teaser Poster for Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

This is one of many classic childhood stories that are being turned into horror films. This list includes Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2, Bambi: The Reckoning, Mickey’s Mouse Trap, The Return of Steamboat Willie, and many more. Are you more interested in the film now that Ernie Hudson is attached to star in it? Let us know in the comments below.

Listen to the 'Eye On Horror Podcast'

Listen to the 'Eye On Horror Podcast'

Continue Reading