• Axl Rosenberg

ENTER SANDMAN: OSCAR NOMINEE THOMAS HAYDEN CHURCH TO STAR IN SLASH’S PRODUCORIAL DEBUTI’ve been following the progress of Slash’s Slasher Films — whose goal is to “produce edgy contemporary horror fare with a nod to the thrillers of the ’70s and ’80s” — since its inception last October, because, well, I think the idea of Slash as a movie producer is amusing, even if he may really only be a producer in name only, (my educated guess is that his partners at the company, Michael Williams and Rob Eric, do all the actual work, using Slash basically just as a mascot/public face of the shingle), and because if he actually ends up being successful at it, I suspect that suddenly we’ll see lots of aging rock stars starting up their own film enterprises (you just know that Lars Ulrich and Nikki Sixx are chomping at that bit). And in January, you may recall, Slasher announced that their first project would be Nothing to Fear, which the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist described as being “about a God-fearing Christian family who gets relocated to a small town in Kansas called Stull, which unbenownst to them happens to be one of the seven gateways to hell, and they’ve been lured there for an annual sacrifice [the townfolk] do for the demon that appears every year to satiate his bloodlust — otherwise he goes on a rampage.”

Now Deadline reports that Nothing to Fear has a greenlight, and will begin shooting this October in Louisiana. Furthermore, Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church — he was nominated for the dramedy Sideways, but you should at least know for playing the villain “Sandman” in Spider-Man 3 — is apparently in negotiations to star as “a charismatic but unbalanced man of the cloth.”

And… that’s all we know right now! The movie is going to be the directorial debut of Anthony Leonardi, who previously did creature design and storyboards big shot helmers Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Carribean) and Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend). And the writer, Jonathan W.C. Mills, doesn’t have any produced feature credits, either. I’m trying to get my hands on a script right now to see if this thing has a snowball’s chance in hell of being decent. Haden Church is certainly not a bad actor, but he sure does pop up in a lot of crap.

The movie doesn’t even distribution yet, so no word on a release date. More info as we get it…


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