New details on Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s upcoming horror-comedy film Slaughterhouse Rulez have been released, and this time we’ll see the duo facing a subterranean monster. Last year, Pegg and Frost co-founded the production company Stolen Picture, and announced their first film, Slaughterhouse Rulez, which marks their return to the horror-comedy subgenre.The film takes place at an elite boarding school named Slaughterhouse, where young men and women are “groomed for power and greatness”. There we will meet Don Wallace, a boy from a modest background who must navigate “a baffling new world of arcane rules and rituals, presided by sadistic sixth formers”. When a controversial fracking operation on school grounds unleashes some “unspeakable horrors” a new hierarchy is formed as students and teachers battle to survive. But what are these “unspeakable horrors”?
In an interview with Digital Trends, Simon Pegg was asked about this new project and shared a few details about the kind of creature the characters will have to face, as well as the real-life inspiration behind this monster. Pegg explained:
“It’s going to be really fun. It’s a sort of a horror comedy. It felt like the right thing for Nick and I to have as our first collaboration with Stolen Picture. It’s about a private school in the U.K which sells off parts of its land to a fracking company, and the fracking company then unleashes a subterranean monster that terrorizes the school. It’s a big metaphor for the U.K privatizing things, and it’s mixed up with some ridiculous, sloppy horror. So it’s right up our street”. [ . . . ]
‘Hot Fuzz’ is one of the great action movies of all time. Seriously.
An Edgar Wright movie is instantly unmistakeable: He folds jokes, ADHD-infused editing, and innumerable loving pastiches into his films. Not a single frame or line of dialogue is frivolous. (And here, it’s easy to guess why he and Marvel Studios broke up long before he was able to realize his vision for Ant-Man.)
Since his film debut in 2004 with the horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead, Wright has helmed just four more films, including his first (and only) adaptation in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and last year’s triumphant quasi-musical Baby Driver. As sublime as his record is so far, his best remains Hot Fuzz, the second film in his “Blood and Ice Cream” trilogy. It’s streaming on Netflix right now, and you’d be a fool not to watch (or rewatch).
Hot Fuzz follows Sergeant Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) of the London Metropolitan Police Service, who is so good at his job that his superiors deem it necessary to relocate him to the English countryside, for fear of his individual accomplishments eclipsing the mission of the force as a whole. Angel is dumped unceremoniously into a small village called Sandford, a seemingly idyllic rural town in which the day-to-day police work mostly involves giving directions to bemused tourists, investigating some illegally-trimmed hedgerows, and chasing down a lost swan from a local farm. Stifled by his cheerfully oblivious Inspector, Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent) and the Inspector’s fuck-up policeman son, Danny (Nick Frost, of course), Angel finds himself a fish out of water in the slow-paced Eden of Sandford.
Until people start dying and don’t stop dying.
Suddenly, the people of Sandford are being dispatched with ruthless and gory efficiency by a mysterious entity in a hooded cloak. We know this, and of course it doesn’t take Angel long to suspect a pattern (we’re told time and time again Sandford hasn’t experienced a recorded murder in 20 years), but the rest of the town’s police force and its inhabitants balk at the idea of a serial killer on the loose, especially with the Village of the Year competition coming up. To that end, Angel forms a close alliance with Danny, a connoisseur of American action movies who one day yearns to “jump through the air while firing two guns and going ‘Aaaaaaaah!'”
Simon Pegg is planning to make more TV shows than movies and these are his reasons.
Simon Pegg is on a hot streak in his film career. He has supporting roles in both the Star Trek and Mission Impossible franchises, as well as a voice role in the popular Ice Age movies. Most recently, Pegg starred in Steven Spielberg’s hit Ready Player One. Things are going well for Pegg. Despite his silver screen success, the actor, comedian, and screenwriter, is planning to shift his attention towards television. Pegg explained his decision, saying:
The opportunities that television affords now are just super different. If we want to run a business, there is no money in independent cinema, unfortunately. I still want to make it and I still want to create it but the film side of Big Talk productions which made Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Pauland The World’s End really wasn’t the money-making side. It’s a really rickety world out there for filmmakers and there are no sort of mid-budget movies anymore. For financial reasons, really, television is such a fertile marketplace: that’s where it is at present.[ . . . ]
How Edgar Wright’s zombie horror-comedy resurrected the genre.
Few comedies made in the past 15 years have inspired a devoted following quite like Shaun of the Dead has. The film made stars of director Edgar Wright and co-stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and launched the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” that also includes Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. It’s one of those films that can make fellow fans into fast friends, and it’s now considered one of the best zombie flicks ever made.
So, to celebrate Shaun of the Dead and its bloody legacy, here are a dozen facts about the film, from its original title to its TV origins [ . . . ]