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Full Grimmfest 2014 Lineup Announced: The Canal, Life After Beth, Housebound, Zombeavers, and Lots More!

Last week the opening night events for Grimmfest 2014 were announced, and now we're back with the full lineup, which includes several films we've been keeping our eyes on like Housebound, Zombeavers, WolfCop, Starry Eyes, Coherence, Devil's Mile, Sororal, and Many more!

Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October.

From the Press Release:

We are proud to announce our bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest lineup yet! This year we will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi, and cult feature and short films from around the globe, playing host to some amazing Q&A’s and appearances from some very, very special guests!

Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan talks about this year's edition of the annual event being the greatest yet: “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last, and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles.
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Devil's Mile is a Winding Road to Nowhere? A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Phase 4 Films. Director/writer: Joseph O'Brien. Cast: David Hayter, Maria del Mar, Casey Hudecki and Frank Moore. Devil's Mile is the first feature film from writer Joseph O'Brien (Fresh Meat) as director. Both, Devil's Mile and Fresh Meat (2012) blend genres, with this one going for more mystery and horror, over comedy. Devil's Mile is the second film this reviewer has seen, recently, which deals with a circular curse. Characters go in circles, with no obvious way out of a complex trap. Still, one character manages to square off with Satan, late in the picture. Earlier, O'Brien brings some Japanese horror influences to the film as seen in the antagonist's awkward movements and sounds. Pacing issues slow down the middle portions of the film, while lighting effects amplify the horror elements. Devil's Mile is a slow-burning indie production that offers a mostly entertaining time.
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Fantasia 2014 Review: Can You Escape From The Devil's Mile?

The Canadian horror flick, The Devil's Mile, had its World Premiere at Fantasia Saturday night. It is the feature debut of long-time screenwriter and Rue Morgue magazine contributor Joseph O'Brien. Three kidnappers, Toby, Cally and Jackie, take a detour to deliver their hostages - two teenage girls - to their powerful employer, Mr. Arkadi. The trip is taking longer than they expected and a couple of complications with the kidnappings only escalate the frustrations everyone feels. Then one of the girls is killed during an escape attempt and an easy kidnapping job turns into a white-knuckled ride into horror and fear. Down The Devil's MileJoseph O'Brien's feature debut is an entertaining crime-horror with splashes of Lovecraftian and J-horror tropes. And while one may wonder how on...

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Exclusive Clip Speeds Down the Devil's Mile

On tap right now we have an exclusive clip from Joseph O'Brien's directorial debut, Devil's Mile, to help kickstart your asses into gear this Monday morning. Don't fall asleep at the wheel. Dig it right now!

Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (David Cronenberg’s Rabid) as crime lord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of Devil’s Mile in motion.

Look for the indie thriller on August 12th via both DVD and VOD outlets!

Synopsis

A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits,
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This Devil's Mile Clip Will Rip Your Face Off!

A clip from Joseph O'Brien's directorial debut, Devil's Mile has arrived; and we have it right here for you. It's a bloody, face-ripping good time for sure!

Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (David Cronenberg’s Rabid) as crime lord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of Devil’s Mile in motion.

Look for the indie thriller on August 12th via both DVD and VOD outlets!

Synopsis

A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits, forcing the captors and young girls to work
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Joseph O'Brien Talks Walking the Devil's Mile

Forget Route 666. The Devil’s Mile is an even more evil stretch of road in this new horror thriller starring David Hayter and directed by Joseph O’Brien, with whom we recently had a chance to chat about the film.

Devil's Mile follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour (is there any other kind?) en route to deliver their hostages – a pair of teenage girls - to their mysterious employer. When one of the girls dies along the way, the trio’s slowly-boiling mistrust explodes into chaos.

But what they thought was their worst day ever is only beginning as they are engulfed by the hellish forces that haunt the road - a road they may never escape.

Dread Central: This is one of the few indie horror movies that really lives up to the promo material. I'm curious to know how much the story evolved
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New Stills Travel the Devil's Mile

A pair of new stills from Joseph O'Brien's directorial debut, Devil's Mile, have arrived; and we have them right here for you along with the previously released goodies. Read on for all that you need!

Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (David Cronenberg’s Rabid) as crime lord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of Devil’s Mile in motion.

Look for the indie thriller on August 12th via both DVD and VOD outlets!

Synopsis

A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits,
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The Devil's Mile Leads to Home Video Release

We've been talking about Joseph O'Brien's directorial debut, Devil's Mile, for a few years now, and as we learned back in February, Phase 4 Films scooped it up for distribution. Today a release date has been set, at long last bringing this devilish journey to a conclusion.

Look for the indie thriller on August 12th on both DVD and VOD outlets!

Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (best known to genre fans for his lead role in David Cronenberg’s Rabid, opposite the late Marilyn Chambers) as crime lord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of Devil’s Mile in motion.

Synopsis

A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more
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You Can Travel the Devil's Mile in this Preview for Joseph O'Brien's Latest

Tagline: "The road will never let you go." The indie horror feature Devil's Mile will release this summer. The film is from director Joseph O'Brien (Fresh Meat) and writer Mark Opausky. In the film, a gang of kidnappers find themselves trapped in strange supernatural universe, after a ransom goes wrong. Devil's Mile will release August 12th, 2014 and a preview of the release is here. A few more details on the story are available. After two young women are kidnapped, the captors find themselves attacked on a lonely highway. Sinister spirits waylay both the kidnappers and the captured, forcing both groups to work together, just to survive. The official DVD artwork for the film is here. The graphic shows one of the ghastly spirits from the film. As well, the tagline, "the road will never let you go," promises viewers a journey into another cursed world. Fans of horror can view the film's official trailer below.
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Travel Down the Devil's Mile with Poster and Release Details

It was way back in 2011 that we told you Joseph O'Brien's directorial debut Devil's Mile was finished filming, and all has been quiet on that front since then. Finally, we've got new things to report, and it's all good news!

Phase 4 Films has acquired the North American rights to the flick, which they will be releasing this coming summer. No word yet on specific release details, but you can check out a brand new poster for the film below, which should whet your appetite for the devilish destruction!

Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (best known to genre fans for his lead role in David Cronenberg’s Rabid, opposite the late Marilyn Chambers) as crimelord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of The Devil’s Mile in motion.

Synopsis

A relentlessly-paced
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A Freshly Cut Trailer and Poster for New Zealander Horror Fresh Meat

The latest horror export from New Zealand is Danny Mulheron's new cannibal comedy horror 'Fresh Meat'. It is set to make its official premiere at this months Tribeca Film Festival on 23 April but you can catch it on VOD a whole week earlier kicking off on the 16 April. And to lead up to its Tribeca debut a new trailer and one-sheet have been released. Mulheron helms from a script co-written by Brad Abraham, Joseph O'Brien and Briar Grace Smith. Temuera Morrison, Nicola Kawana, Hanna Tevita, Kate Elliott, Jack Sergent-Shadbolt, Leand Macadaan, Ralph Hilaga, Kahn West, Will Robertson, James Ashcroft and Richard Knowles all star. Head below for the goods....
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Afm 2012: First Word on Horror Comedy Fresh Meat and and Update on Psychological Thriller The Crack

Word on two more new projects we'll hopefully get to see someday has come out of the 2012 American Film Market: Danny Mulheron's horror comedy Freash Meat, and Spanish-language thriller The Crack from Alfonso Acosta.

Fresh Meat: Written by Briar Grace-Smith based on a story by Brad Abraham and Joseph O'Brien, directed by Danny Mulheron, and starring Temuera Morrison, Hanna Tevita, and Kate Elliott, Fresh Meat comes to us from The Gibson Group in association with the New Zealand Film Commission. Check out some images below the synopsis, and for more info visit the official Fresh Meat website and "like" Fresh Meat on Facebook.

A dysfunctional gang of criminals invade the home of a middle class Maori family and take them hostage. But this seemingly normal family has a deep, dark secret, and when the fugitives discover the home abattoir, the tables are turned and the hunters become the hunted.
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Gorgeous First Still from Lovecraftian 'The Devil's Mile'!

Gorgeous First Still from Lovecraftian 'The Devil's Mile'!
Filming has completed on The Devil's Mile, the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Joseph O'Brien (Robocop: Prime Directives), who most recently collaborated with filmmaker and Rue Morgue founder Rodrigo Gudino on the screenplay for the Gudino-directed remake of Cutthroats Nine starring Mads Mikkelsen and Harvey Keitel. Starring Maria Del Mar, Casey Hudecki, David Hayter, Samantha Wan, Amanda Joy Lim, Frank Moore, Craig Porritt and Shara Kim, the horror pic is described as "a relentlessly-paced hybrid of gritty crime thriller and Lovecraftian supernatural horror. 'The Devil's Mile' follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour en route to deliver their hostages -- two teenage girls -- to their mysterious and powerful employer. When they accidentally kill one of the girls during a botched escape attempt, their simmering mistrust explodes into shocking violence...."
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First Photo from The Devil's Mile

Filming has completed on The Devil's Mile and we've got your first look at the movie below. This is the directorial debut of screenwriter Joseph O'Brien ( Robocop: Prime Directives ), who most recently collaborated with filmmaker and Rue Morgue founder Rodrigo Gudino on the screenplay for the Gudino-directed remake of Cutthroats Nine starring Mads Mikkelsen and Harvey Keitel. .It.s been a wild ride,. says O.Brien of his first time in the director.s chair. .Guns, chases, vehicular manslaughter, demonically-resurrected murder victims, slashed throats and one seriously nasty mauling (the latter three courtesy makeup FX maestro Allan Cooke). On top of all that we shot a vicious knock-down drag-out fight between Casey Hudecki and David Hayter for the climax. They just went for...
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David Hayter to Walk The Devil's Mile

Question: What does Metal Gear Solid's lead character Solid Snake have in common with Watchmen and the first two X-Men films? That's a real head scratcher, isn't it? The answer is David Hayter.

Not only does this renaissance man provide the distinctive voice for Solid Snake but he also wrote the screenplay for Watchmen and both X-Men films mentioned above. That alone is a pretty nice resume, considering the successes of the films and the fact that Hayter has voiced Solid Snake in about a dozen video games. However, Hayter also has a love of acting. And he'll get a chance to display his chops in the upcoming chiller The Devil's Mile.

Screenwriter Joseph O'Brien will be taking on the role of director for the film, helming his first feature. Maria Del Mar and Casey Hudecki co-star. Research has shown neither Del Mar or Hudecki have voiced any video game characters,
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David Hayter to Explore The Devil's Mile

David Hayter (writer of X-Men , X2: X-Men United ) is heading back in front of the camera to star in The Devil's Mile . Hayter previously played the titular character in Guyver 2 and also provided the voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid games. He'll star in The Devil's Mile for writer-director Joseph O'Brien ( Robocop: Prime Directives ). Maria Del Mar and newcomer Casey Hudecki will also appear in the film. Blending "gritty crime thriller" elements with "Lovecraftian supernatural horror," The Devil.s Mile follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour en route to deliver their hostages - two teenage girls - to their mysterious and powerful employer. When they accidentally kill one of the girls during a botched escape...
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Rodrigo Gudino talks about 'Cut Throats Nine' remake!

You will know of our love for Canadian filmmaker Rodrigo Gudino. You will also know that his first foray into feature film making will be a remake of the 1972 splat-ghetti western Cut Throats Nine, penned together with another local boy Joseph O'Brien. He already has a great cast forming with Harvey Keitel, Mads Mikkelsen, and Canadian Quebecois actor Roy Dupuis signed on.

Rodrigo sat down with Opium and answered a couple questions about his upcoming film...

Why "Cut Throats Nine"? Because it has an amazing story at its core and yet it is a movie that is far from perfect. I always referred to it as a tarnished gem. When I first saw the original I also saw a lot of potential to expand on themes that I thought were bigger than a cult movie, themes having to do with human evil and violence. I guess I see the remake
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Harvey Keitel Toplines Rue Morgue Feature Film

It's about time, we say! Rodrigo Gudiño of Rue Morgue Magazine and The Facts In the Case of Mister Hollow fame is finally cutting his teeth on his first feature film Cut Throats Nine . Rue Morgue Cinema and Someone at the Door Productions are spearheading this endeavor, a remake of the Spanish/Italian grindhouse western Condenados a vivir . Toplining the project is star Harvey Keitel ( Bad Lieutenant , From Dusk Till Dawn ), Mads Mikkelsen ( Casino Royale ) and Roy Dupuis ( La Femme Nikita ). Hell of a trio. Gudiño scripted the remake with Joseph O'Brien ( RoboCop: Prime Directives ) which, in turn, is based on a story by the original film's helmer Joaquin Romero Marchent and co-writer Santiago Moncada. Cut Throats Nine follows a wagonload of convicts as they travel...
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