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This Latino Started On A $300 Budget And Ended Up With A $30M Movie Contract

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Fede Alvarez’s “Don’t Breathe” is the horror movie fans have spent all year waiting for.

Aside from a few exceptions, 2016’s scary movies have been half-hearted sequels or boring supernatural attempts at terror, which is what makes “Don’t Breathe” so refreshing. The premise is simple: Burglars break into a blind man’s house and then end up the victims of unimaginable horrors. Rather than relying on the tried-and-true formulas that dominate the stagnant genre, director Fede Alvarez looked elsewhere for inspiration, saying, “It has to be in the real word, there’s enough horror in the real world.” He was right. “Don’t Breathe” has been hailed by Filmmaker magazine as “the best American horror film of the past 20 years” and a “flawless exercise in suspense.” This is exactly the kind of praise we expected for Alvarez, who dropped an A-bomb of horror on YouTube back in 2006.

His short film, “Ataque de Pánico,” hit YouTube with such force that tremors were felt all the way to Hollywood.

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Filmed on a $300 budget — yes, less than the cost of a PS4 — Alvarez’s “Ataque de Pánico” was uploaded to YouTube in 2006. Within a few days, Hollywood was all over the Uruguayan director like flies on hot sh*t. By 2009, Fede secured a $30 million contract with Ghost House Pictures to direct the highly anticipated “Evil Dead” remake. As expected, “Evil Dead” had a hit-or-miss relationship with fans, but the film scored big money for the company and further cemented Fede’s reputation in the horror genre.

“Don’t Breathe” has a received tons of praise from critics and fans. Does it live up to the hype? It currently holds a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, if that matters. Check out the gritty, NSFW Red Band Trailer here.

Fede Alvarez Will Write And Direct Upcoming Labyrinth Sequel

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Fede Alvarez Will Write And Direct Upcoming Labyrinth Sequel

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If you grew up in the 80s, chances are you consider the movie “Labyrinth” a classic.

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The film starred Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, and several Muppets from Jim Henson’s workshop. Quite the hat-trick of awesome talent.

Well, it turns out that Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez has been selected to both write and direct an upcoming sequel.


Fede Alvarez’s directing talents have been increasingly in demand over the last several years. His suspense-horror “Don’t Breathe” was a hit at the theaters. Working on the “Labyrinth” sequel won’t be the first time the director has pulled from iconic source material. In 2013, he directed the reimagining of “Evil Dead,” a movie that divided critics and fans, but that was to be expected considering the cult status of that movie. Alvarez is expected to co-write the film with Jay Basu, Variety reports.

Also on board is the daughter of Jim Henson, Lisa Henson, who is set to produce the movie.

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Lisa was barely into her mid 20s when her father, Jim Henson, directed the original “Labyrinth, originally released in 1986. It won’t be the first time the child of a director will work on the sequel of a movie originally directed by his or her parent. In 2015, “The Peanuts Movie” was co-written by Charles Schulz’s son and grandson, resulting in a movie that retained the charm of Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang. Let’s hope Lisa Henson’s presence ensures the remake’s visual aesthetic will remain true to the original.

There’s no word on who will play the Goblin King Jareth, originally played by David Bowie…

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Bowie unfortunately passed away in 2016.

…But we have a suggestion…

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Walter Mercado! Perfect casting, right? Well, no matter who takes the role, we’re pumped!

[H/T] Labyrinth: sequel to David Bowie fantasy film in the works

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