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12 October 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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With his Roman-on-the-run epic, Centurion, nearing completion, Neil Marshall has already lined up his next movie – and it’s a (gloriously demented) return to horror.

Marshall will direct Burst, a 3D fright-flick produced by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures, about a group of blizzard-stranded travellers who find themselves picked off, one by one, by a mysterious force that kills them via spontaneous combustion.

Sounds barmy as a basket of badgers – we love it. Spontaneous combustion is an utterly terrifying phenomenon (think about it; you could burst into flames while reading this) and has been generally under-used in movies as a means of dispatching victims. And it promises to be, even without the 3D angle, a heck of a lot more cinematic than a masked nutjob stalking around dark corridors with a big kitchen knife.

Interestingly, Burst will mark the first time that Marshall won’t direct from his own script, with Gary Dauberman instead taking on Final Draft duties. But Burst also sounds like something Marshall could have come up with – in a way, it could be a cross between Dog Soldiers’ wacky premise and the cold claustrophobic terror of The Descent – so we’re looking forward to this already.

Raimi will produce the movie, along with his producing partner, Rob Tapert. Lionsgate will stump up the cash, which indicates that this could well become a franchise.

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This sounds like a marriage made in heaven. Doomsday wasn't that bad guys - and Centurion is on my list of films to see........what's not to like? More

Posted by ROTGUT at 18:16 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

Oh, YES!!!
I didn't see Doomsday... But, he knows I love The Descent. This is a director with so much promise. More

Posted by El-Branden Brazil at 13:52 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Neil Marshall Bursts Back Onto The Scene
I'll watch anything Marshall directs. More

Posted by Kazuya at 13:25 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

My standards must be too high. I thought Dog Soldiers and The Descent were, at best, lamer than a one-legged horse with all the best bits being 'homages' and 'echoes' of other films Marshall apires to do his best to 'homage' in the absence of being able to construct a wholly original set piece. EDIT: Since that sounds harsh would like to say I'd have enjoyed the descent a hell of a lot more if it had sought to be more psychological, never showed the creatures properly and created the qu More

Posted by jobloffski at 12:58 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

wow my standards must be low, i thought Doomsday was great. More

Posted by chewbacasnapsak at 12:51 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

Yeah, The Descent and Dog Soldiers were superb films, but something went horribly, horribly wrong with Doomsday. I get the feeling that Centurion might be more similar to Doomsday than the other two unfortunately, but fingers crossed for a return to form for this one More

Posted by dctuck at 11:43 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

I love him too and I would say you are probably better off not seeing Doomsday, that way you don't have to defend it. This sounds awesome, gory and slightly crazy. Can't wait. More

Posted by Youshouldberunning at 11:23 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

Me likey
I love Neil Marshall. Haven't seen Doomsday, but Dog Soldiers and The Descent are brilliant, and I'm really looking forward to Centurion - and Burst sounds terrific as well! More

Posted by britesparc at 10:09 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

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