I Wish I Didn’t Watch ‘Wishmaster’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:49

My God. As horror fanatics we all know how cold and lonely the Netflix instant streaming can be. There are some real gems, but among them are some real pieces of shit, like Wishmaster. A 1997 effects heavy reimagining of genie lore that will numb your brain into jelly before destroying your mind with horrible acting, atrocious editing, and a severe misuse of Robert Englund.

The movie’s heart is in the right place. It’s practical effects heavy and features nods to horror classics like The Exorcist. However, the plot is so ill conceived and inconsistent that the list of things to love is pretty much that short.

Everything begins with a gigantic infodump. Several screens of text are hurled at you in quick succession before whisking you away to Persia, amidst a ton of insanity caused by an evil Djinn who sits at the side of the Sultan whispering sweet nothings into his ears. Chaos erupts and there is a cavalcade of death all brought on by the deceptive wish granting of the Djinn. He’s a tricky bastard with dicks for ears.

We instantly travel to America in the present day. SEE?

The Djinn is trapped in a stone. He quickly escapes and asks a very important question of a bystander in the room where he is revived.

”Am I to understand this is something you do not wish to see?” YES, this fucking movie. Make it stop.

For 1997, there are a lot of good ideas here. The design of the Djinn is super inspired. His body reminds me of Gary Oldman’s Dracula armor, and his slithering head tentacles really captivate when the evil bastard is on screen. It’s just a damn shame he changes into this freak about halfway through the film.

On the left: the newly formed exposition machine.

You see now that he’s a human we’re treated to an assortment of scenes that force us to think about the premise of the film. He challenges an assortment of one off supporting characters to make a wish for their soul. Often after the deed is done, he turns to the camera and explains his motivations right to us the viewer. Just look at the photo above, he’s about to do it, I swear.

So just when you’re thinking this movie couldn’t get any worse. Shit like this goes down. I’m not sure if this is awesome or makes everything worse.

So Wishmaster should be watched by those of you brave enough to see the insane depths of hell that horror was at in 1997. This movie had a 5 million dollar budget but looks like it was shot by people who knew nothing about framing or editing. There are a ton of good ideas here, but the execution is just plain awful.

But let’s take a look at some of the excellent deaths it features, because boy it features a lot.

ACTING

 

So now I’ll watch the rest of these fucking things, and, I imagine wish that my soul had been eviscerated long before I finish. Wish me luck.

 

Hey bro it’s Wishmasta, just wanted to let you know I’ve got 3 more sequels.

 

Did any of you ever see Wishmaster,  what did you think? Am I being to hard on it?

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New Destination America Series Ghost Asylum and Amish Haunting Debuting in September

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:45

Destination America has two new paranormal-themed TV shows hitting the airwaves in September, and we have all the info you need on both of them right here so settle in and check out the details of "Ghost Asylum" and "Amish Haunting."

From the Press Release:
Investigating abandoned insane asylums is dangerous and downright terrifying, but in Destination America’s all-new series "Ghost Asylum" a fearless crew is on a quest to hunt down chain-rattling ghosts and scary apparitions by any means possible, even if that requires luring themselves as the decoy.

"Ghost Asylum" follows the most passionate paranormal team in America, the Tennessee Wraith Chasers, as they examine some of America’s most frightening asylums, sanitariums, and mental hospitals. Their goal isn’t just to conjure spirits and collect evidence, but they are on a mission to physically capture restless souls with their cutting-edge ghost traps and self-trained Tennessean wit.

TWC hunts the most lethal stories: clinics where murdered nurses still roam the halls, hospitals that drive anyone who enters to utter insanity, and rehabilitation centers with earth-shattering cries coming from the windows. Staffed with experts in every aspect of paranormal investigation, these wraith chasers are not your average Ghostbusters but an elite team of ghost whisperers who mesh methodology and skill with old-fashioned common sense and a taste for adventure in order to debunk, disprove, or validate each case.

"Ghost Asylum" premieres Sunday, September 7th, at 10/9c on Destination America. Check out a sneak peek below.

“Every town in America has some sort of haunted building up on the hill with a mysterious legend or local ghost story that leaves to question the truth and reality of lingering spirits," said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. "'Ghost Asylum' follows the clever Tennessee Wraith Chasers as they enter the most petrifying locations, sharing shocking evidence and real life experiences on the hunt to trap the spirits lurking around these haunted institutions.”

“Respect, detect, collect” – that’s the Tennessee Wraith Chasers’ motto and the core process they follow in each episode. Led by its founder Chris Smith, the team seeks to separate facts from folklore using every trick in their arsenal attempting to bag a wandering spirit.

In the September 7th premiere the team travels to Old War Memorial Hospital in Scottsville, Kentucky. Throughout its years of operation this institution transformed from a place of healing to a holding cell for the mentally disturbed. Between the ER and the mental ward, it has been the site of countless deaths and could be bursting with lost souls. Locals believe that a doctor lost his mind while in residence at the hospital and that after his death his spirit returned for a permanent shift in the exam rooms he loved so much. Now the Tennessee Wraith Chasers venture beyond the waiting room to track down the doctor’s spirit and finally discharge him for good.

Destination America will also be premiering "Amish Haunting" on Sunday, September 14th, at 9/8c. The all-new series will bring to life the most chilling ghost stories ever to emerge from within the Amish community.

The Amish are no strangers to horror in all its dreadful forms as their full belief is that living in the modern world will lead to sin and inevitably the frightful evil spirits. For the first time ever, these tales will be brought to life by brave narrators from the Amish community who will guide viewers on a grim, captivating trip into the Amish crypt.

"Ghost Asylum" is produced for Destination America by Tremendous! Entertainment with Colleen Needles Steward, Shannon Keenan Demers, and Tim Hamilton as executive producers. For Destination America, Fay Yu is executive producer. "Amish Haunting" is produced for Destination America by Hot Snakes Media with Eric Evangelista, Shannon Evangelista, and Mark Marabella as executive producers. For Destination America, Sara Helman is executive producer. At Destination America, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Marc Etkind is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel, and Discovery Fit & Health.

For more info visit the Destination America website, "like" Destination America on Facebook, and follow @DestAmerica on Twitter.

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Aphex Twin Announces New Album ‘SYRO’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:30

Last week a blimp hovered over London that stated “2014″, with the Aphex Twin logo inside the 0. There was also graffiti of the logo in New York City, stenciled in the streets. Now, the story goes even further with a supposed new album reveal.

How this went down was that Aphex Twin shot out a tweet that only contained a URL: http://syro2eznzea2xbpi.onion. These types of domains are supposedly only for those who wish to go into what’s known as the Deep Web. Working through the site, people found a page with text that seemingly announced the title of a new album, SYRO, as well as the titles of 12 new tracks. The numbers to the right of the tracks are being hypothesized as BPM but there’s no word on that just yet.

A new album from Aphex Twin will be the first since 2001′s Druqks.

The “track list”:
01 minipops 67 (source field mix)
02 XMAS_Eve10 (thanaton3 mix)
03 produk 29
04 4 bit 9d epi+e+6
05 180db_
06 CIRCLONT6A (syrobonkus mix)
07 fz pseudotimestrech+e+3
08 CIRCLONT14 (shrymoming mix)
09 syro u473t8+e (piezoluminescence mix)
10 PAPAT4 (pineal mix)
11 s950tx16wasr10 (earth portal mix)
12 aisatsana

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The Canal's Ivan Kavanagh Talks Getting Away with Things in Horror Films, the Slow Burn, and More!

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:30

Ivan Kavanagh's The Canal will be playing in select theaters day-and-date with VOD on October 10th, and to help get you ready for it, here's our exclusive interview with him at the eerie film’s premiere during Tribeca 2014.

Irish writer/director Kavanagh discusses with Dread Central the strengths of horror as a vehicle for low-budget but expressive and inventive filmmaking, reflects on some of his own influences and favorites from the genre, and shares a few nostalgic video store VHS memories.

Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans, Steve Oram, and Hannah Hoekstra star in The Canal, heading our way in October via The Orchard.

Synopsis:
The creepy Irish horror film THE CANAL tells the story of a film archivist (Evans) who finds his suspicions about a possible infidelity by his wife (Hoekstra) taking a darker turn—that might be connected to the murderous history of their house and the growing possibility of the presence of an otherworldly entity. When his wife vanishes, all eyes turn to him as the suspect. As his world crashes in, he finds himself struggling on the borders between madness and the supernatural.

A return to the classic, slow burn style of horror, THE CANAL is both a chilling tale of the unknown and an unsettling mystery.




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Exclusive Sales Art Debut for The Inhabitants; See a Pair of New Production Stills

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:15

Back at the beginning of 2013, we got the first word on The Inhabitants, Michael and Shawn Rasmussen's follow-up to Dark Feed; and now today the brothers are debuting the film's new sales art plus a pair of production stills.

Written and directed by the Rasmussens, The Inhabitants stars Michael Reed and Elise Couture Stone. They told us that with regard to the film, "We were fortunate enough to shoot in one of the oldest houses in New England as well as parts of Salem, Massachusetts, including The Witch House Museum."

"Built in 1690, the Noyes-Parris House was at one time owned by Samuel Parris, who played a role in the Salem Witch Trials. His daughter and niece were two of the accusers. It was also a stop on the underground railroad and has the hiding places to prove it. The current owner is convinced the house is haunted, and after a few late nights shooting there, we're not ready to disagree."

As for the tone of the film, they confirmed what they told us last year: "[It] is very much a throwback to some of our favorite horror films from the 70's and 80's like The Changeling, Rosemary's Baby, The Haunting of Julia, and of course The Shining."

Lascaux Media and Sinister Siblings Films produced the project.

Enjoy the eye candy, and look for more soon. For additional info in the meantime, be sure to "like" The Inhabitants on Facebook.

Synopsis:
A young couple buys a bed and breakfast in New England only to find that the old house may be haunted.

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‘Silent Hills’ Demo Bug Undermines its Scare Factor

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:00

The P.T. “interactive teaser” used to announce Silent Hills has been seriously effective both as an example of clever marketing and as a solid, standalone horror game that was terrifying before the world gleefully discovered its true purpose. Or, at least it is until you run into stuff like this.

In this video from YouTuber NSX Hosni, we’re treated to a more humorous side to the otherwise deeply unnerving game that can only be experienced when one of its best scares decides to break.

If you’re in dire need of more Silent Hills reading material, you can check out our list of reasons why you should be excited for it. If you fear you may have missed out on some major news to come out of Gamescom last week (there was a lot), you can use our rundown of the biggest horror headlines from the event to get caught up.

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Soulmate - Check Out The Opening Too Nasty for British Censors

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:00

So British censors have deemed the opening of Axelle Carolyn's Soulmate too nasty for public consumption. Well, here in the States we like nasty. We like it a lot. Check out the uncut opening right here.

Soulmate is currently available on DVD over in the UK with no Stateside release yet announced.

The supernatural thriller stars Anna Walton (Hellboy 2), Tom Wisdom (300), Nick Brimble (A Knight’s Tale), and Emma Cleasby (Dog Soldiers) and was penned by Carolyn, who has acted in Neil Marshall’s Centurion and Doomsday.

Synopsis:
Soulmate follows a young woman who retreats to a remote cottage after a failed suicide attempt. She soon discovers the cottage is haunted by its previous owner but decides to remain, hoping to find comfort in the ghost.

The film is produced by Claire Otway and is a Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Centurion) presentation for production company Sterling Pictures. Executive producers on the film are Michael Riley, John Wolstenholme, and Doug Abbott for Screen Projex, alongside Belgian co-producer Title Media.




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‘Meadowland’ Search Begins In New York With Juno Temple

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:37

Filming has begun in New York on Meadowland, which marks the feature directorial debut of Reed Morano, whose cinematography credits include The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings, HBO’s “Looking” and Frozen River, reports ScreenDaily.

Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, pictured, and Ty Simpkins (Insidious) are among a host of cast joining the previously announced Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, and Natasha Lyonne on Bron Studios’ psychological drama.

Chris Rossi wrote the screenplay about a police officer and his wife who attempt to deal with their son’s disappearance.

Also joining are Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Mark Feuerstein and Kevin Corrigan.

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‘WER’ Was Just Dumped to VOD This Morning

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:30

After quietly going to DirecTV, we learned this morning that Universal Home Entertainment has silently dumped Incentive Filmed Entertainment and Sierra/Affinity’s beyond terrible WER to VOD platforms this morning. It will then arrive on DVD September 23 without a Blu-ray release (as of this writing) through “Focus World”.

The new found-footage pic that takes place in police station with the suspect turning into a werewolf.

William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman – the duo behind Paramount’s The Devil Inside – have re-teamed to tell the story of a defense attorney named Kate Moore (A.J. Cook) who has set out to clear the name of a suspect in a brutal murder case. The lead, Talan, is accused of murdering an American family. While Talan appears to be gentle on the surface, his attorney soon learns that Talan is actually a werewolf.

Brian J. O’Connor, Simon Quarterman, Vik Sahay also star in the film produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity).

Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene is blindly charged with their murders. Believing her client is innocent, expatriate American defense attorney Kate Moore and her team decide to take a scientific approach in order to prove his physical incapability to local authorities. As she delves into his enigmatic family history, she uncovers evidence that suggests the rebirth of an unexpected legend. When a bloodbath ensues, Kate must do whatever she can to survive the surrounding terror and prevent the chaos from spreading.

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[Toys] Mezco’s Latest Exclusive, Black and White ‘The Mummy’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:18

Buried beneath the sands of time he rested, until he was awoken by Mezco’s award-winning design team. Now, Mezco proudly presents…“The Mummy”!

Imhotep, the iconic terror from the beneath the sand is presented in glorious black and white, just as he was in the terrifying 1932 classic film.

One of the most limited Universal Monsters ever produced by Mezco, he is an edition of only 250 pieces worldwide. Will he protect those lucky 250 from the curse of Amon-Ra? Only time will tell.

He stands 9″ tall and captures the intricate detail of each ancient bandage: from his mysterious eyes, to his legendary scarab ring.

With 11 points of articulation he’ll be able to take out any explorer who dares to come between him and his tana leaves. He is packaged in a full color, collector-friendly window box.

This Mezco Exclusive is a Limited Edition. A select number of collector’s items will be available online beginning August 22nd.

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Remember This Clip From ‘Before I Go to Sleep’?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:14

Kidman’s character wouldn’t…

From Rowan Joffe, the director of Bright Rock, and the writer of 28 Weeks Later, here’s the first clip from Before I Go to Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

In theaters September 12, 2014, “A taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep is the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life – as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).

The clip shows Firth explaining to Kidman her lifelong disease.

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[TIFF '14] Ryan Reynolds Hears ‘The Voices’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:10

The Toronto International Film Festival announced this morning that The Voices, a genre film starring Amityville Horror‘s Ryan Reynolds, is playing in their Vanguard section. We landed some hi-res pics that display Reynolds freaking out with a bloodied up knife, while the other shows him feeding a bodiless head.

Directed by Marjane Satrapi, and also starring Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver, “This genre-bending tale centers around Jerry Hickfang, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation.

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Die So Fluid “Landslides” Music Video Premiere (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with London rock band Die So Fluid to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Landslides”, which comes from the band’s recent release The Opposite Of Light!

Vocalist/bassist Grog states:

‘Landslides’ is a track from the darker, more introspective side of our new album ‘The Opposites Of Light’. The song is about intense desire and loyalty. The video is an emotional and psychedelic trip into a shamanic desert scene highlighting the dream-time qualities of the song. The lyrics were partly inspired by my fascination with Carlos Castaneda, a kind of cult leader who wrote books about shamanism. Narrated in first person, they have sold millions but some critics say they’re works of fiction. He had three female followers who lived with him, changed their names, and cut off ties to family and the outside world. They mysteriously disappeared after his own death. The remains of one of these women was found in Death Valley near where her abandoned car had been discovered. I directed this video myself and used a Go Pro camera that a very generous Die So Fluid fan gave me. We filmed it at the magical Vasquez Rocks where Star Trek was shot, I’m lucky to live nearby. I just let the ancient land speak to me and the visions flow.

You can snag The Opposite Of Light via the band’s Bandcamp.

Die So Fluid online:
Official Website
Twitter
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Tour dates:
Finland
September
3- Yo-Talo Tampere
4- Henry’s Pub, Kuopio
5- LeBonk, Helsinki
6- Musta Kynnys, Jyväskylä
7-Torvi, Lahti

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Exclusive New NSFW Killers Clip Gets Brutal

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00

The Mo Brothers' latest blood-soaked slice of mayhem, Killers, hits UK DVD and Blu-ray on September 1; and to celebrate we have a rather gruesome new NSFW clip to get the fires burning. Seriously – this one brings the pain!

Synopsis
Nomura is a good looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.

Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.

Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.

Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards a traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence; obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions towards his young daughter, Elly.

When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.




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Film4 FrightFest 2014: Win Tickets to See Extinction

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:00

Playing as part of the 2014 Film4 FrightFest is the upcoming dinosaur flick Extinction (formerly The Expedition), and if you're in the UK, we can tell you how to score yourself some tickets to see it!

From the Press Release
Award-winning producer Ben Loyd Holmes and director Adam J Spinks are proud to announce that Extinction (formerly The Expedition) will receive a glitzy red carpet premiere later this year in London and that two pairs of tickets to this amazing bash are up for grabs!

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, all fans have to do is head over to the Extinction Facebook page and share the page and the trailer with your friends and followers!

The exact UK premiere date is still to be announced, but in the meantime the Extinction team are heading to London on August 24th, where the film will receive its World Premiere as part of Film4 FrightFest 2014.

Producer Ben Loyd Holmes is understandably very excited, “The FrightFest crowd might be more famous than the filmmakers who screen there! We’re delighted to be a part of this year's festival,” he says. “It's the ultimate event.”

After the screening, the filmmakers and stars of Extinction will be hosting a panel, where fans of the film will be able to put their questions to the team. Confirmed to attend the panel is director Adam J Spinks, producer Ben Loyd Holmes, and stars Neil Newbon, Daniel Caren, and Sarah Mac.

Tickets for the screening are almost sold out, but limited numbers are still available here.

Synopsis:
Deep in the Amazon jungle a research team led by a respected professor strive to protect vulnerable and endangered species, but when their guides abandon them, they soon realize they are in the hunting ground of prehistoric apex predators.

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Sharlto Copley and Michelle Forbes Have Powers!

Dread Central - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:32

More casting news has arrived for the Sony PlayStation Network adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming-created comic series Powers as Sharlto Copley and Michelle Forbes have signed on for active duty!

Variety reports that Copley (pictured) will play Christian Walker, described as a dapper and charismatic character with a darkness and violence right at the surface but with a sense of buried integrity. Walker has the dissolute air of a faded rock star and the body of a battered heavyweight.

Once possessed of super-powers, Walker lost those abilities in a battle with a super-human mass killer. A faded hero, he’s now a detective who works with law enforcement, using his singular expertise to investigate crimes in the Powers community.

Forbes ("True Blood," "The Killing") will play Retro Girl, the undisputed superstar of the Powers community. An icon of justice, selflessness, and business acumen, she has a cool, hard exterior with a fire right below the surface. Her willingness to put herself at risk for the good of others is matched only by her ability to manage her globe-spanning personal brand.

David Slade will direct the first two episodes of the live-action series from scripts by Charlie Huston. Susan Heyward ("The Following") has been tapped as the female lead with Max Fowler ("The Killing") and Adam Godley ("Breaking Bad") also cast.

Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir, and police procedural, "Powers," produced by Sony Pictures TV, is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder.

It follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Heyward), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as "Powers," who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below. Pilgrim is described as equal parts beauty and sarcasm, a wunderkind detective with edgy style.

Fowler will play Krispin Stockley, the son of Walker’s murdered partner, a disaffected teen still struggling with the death of his father at the hand of a rogue Power, which starts him on a dark journey that will warp him both physically and emotionally. Godley will play Captain Cross, the solid steel in a frail frame captain of the Powers division, bookish, respectful, and loyal; but he may harbor a secret agenda that could lead his beloved department into a full-fledged conspiracy.

Bendis, Oeming, and Michael Dinner executive produce "Powers" with Huston and Remi Aubuchon ("Falling Skies") along with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel, David Alpert, and Lawrence Mattis. Huston and Aubuchon will serve as showrunners. SPT will sell internationally.

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Screamfest Announces First Wave of Films! See No Evil 2, Suburban Gothic, Julia, More!

Dread Central - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:54

It's that time of the year again, kids! One of the best damned film festivals in the world, Screamfest L.A. Horror, which is taking place in Los Angeles October 14-23, has announced its first wave of titles; and there's plenty of blood to splatter around!

From the Press Release
Screamfest®, from the festival that brought you such films as Trick ‘r Treat, Paranormal Activity, The Human Centipede and American Mary, announces the first wave of the 2014 festival. Screamfest® kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14-23 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

First Wave Screening Highlights at Screamfest 2014
The Creep Behind the Camera (US) – Directed by Pete Schuermann. The Creep Behind the Camera was an actual filmmaker named Vic Savage; a real scumbag whose only real skill was in his uncanny ability to convince the residents of 1960 Glendale, California that he was making the biggest, the BEST monster movie ever made! The true story of Vic Savage, aka Art Nelson and the making of his monster opus The Creeping Terror (1964) is told in the narrative dark-comedy The Creep Behind the Camera. A hilarious and wholly disturbing look at human nature and delusional demagoguery, The Creep Behind the Camera is a roller coaster ride that takes a nostalgic but cautionary look at the era of drive-in cinema at its very worst. Los Angeles Premiere

The House at the End of Time (Venezuela) – Directed by Alejandro Hidalgo. A mother imprisoned for 30 years for murdering her husband is released on compassion, but when she returns to her family home the supernatural events that led to the crime return to haunt her and reveal a sinister secret about the building in which she lives. US Premiere

I Survived A Zombie Holocaust (NZ) – Directed by Guy Pigden. The crew of the New Zealand low budget Zombie film "Tonight They Come!" are filming in the middle of nowhere. The troubled shoot goes from bad to worse when key cast and crew are struck down by a mystery illness. The replacement runner, WESLEY PENNINGTON arrives on set fresh out of film school and bubbling with enthusiasm just in time for the mystery illness to start turning zombie extras into REAL, shuffling, un-dead Zombies. Los Angeles Premiere

Julia (US) –Directed by Matthew A. Brown. A neo-noir revenge thriller centering on Julia Shames (Ashley C. Williams - The Human Centipede), who after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself. US Premiere

Parlor (US) – Directed by Devon Downs & Kenny Gage. The film follows six young college hopefuls vacationing and partying in Eastern Europe who get more than they bargained for when they unwittingly get caught up in a maniacal tattoo artist's fiendish side business. Shot entirely in Vilnius, Lithuania starring Robert Lasardo (Nip/Tuck, Death Race, Human Centipede III) World Premiere

Refuge (US) – Directed by Andrew Robertson. This apocalyptic genre thriller is set in the American south about a family struggling to survive in the wake of a catastrophic plague. Los Angeles Premiere

See No Evil 2 (US) – Directed by Jen & Sylvia Soska. Starring WWE’s Glenn “KANE” Jacobs, Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle (American Mary). A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws. World Premiere

Suburban Gothic (US) – Directed by Richard Bates, Jr. Starring Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Kat Dennings (Two Broke Girls), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can't find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone's lives. "The Dead Just Got Deader.” Los Angeles Premiere

For more information and to buy tickets go to the Screamfest website, "like" Screamfest on Facebook, and follow Screamfest on Twitter. The location of the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres is 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028.

The festival runs in Los Angeles from October 14-23, 2014 – just in time for Halloween!

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Shaun and Ed of Shaun of the Dead Resurrected for Phineas and Ferb Halloween Special

Dread Central - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:47

There's no question that Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) of Shaun of the Dead have become two of our genre's most beloved and iconic characters. Well, guess what... Pegg and Frost are bringing back the Deadnamic Duo!

According to Pegg on Twitter:

"Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!"

“Phineas and Ferb” is a Disney Channel animated comedy about two stepbrothers who find inventive things to do on each day of their summer vacation such as building a roller coaster out of materials you would find in your everyday home like Popsicle sticks, indoor plumbing, etc. Unbeknownst to them, their pet platypus, Perry, leads a double life as a secret agent.


Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!

— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014

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A Monster Calls. Sigourney Weaver Answers.

Dread Central - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:38

Another bit of casting news for Juan Antonio Bayona's next film, A Monster Calls, which is being produced by Belen Atienza (The Impossible, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage), has come in. Read on for the whos and whats!

THR reports that the forever hot Sigourney Weaver has joined Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson in A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children's fantasy novel.

Look for it in US theatres via River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features on October 14, 2016.

It will be distributed by Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain and Lionsgate International throughout the rest of the world.

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss, and faith. Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother. Jones is on board as the mother, while Neeson is playing the titular monster.

Ness wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, and he and illustrator Jim Kay won Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal in 2012, presented to the year’s best children’s literature in the UK. Ness is adapting the screenplay from his novel.

More on this one as it comes.

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New Z Nation Promo Reminds You to Keep Your Friday Nights Open

Dread Central - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:32

Syfy's upcoming new series "Z Nation" premieres on Friday, September 12th, at 10PM; and the network wants to make sure you remember to keep your Friday nights open to check it out. In the meantime you can check out a new promo!

"Z Nation," produced by The Asylum, is an action-horror series about the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The 13-episode "Z Nation" stars Harold Perrineau ("Lost," "Oz"), Tom Everett Scott ("Beauty and the Beast," "Southland"), and DJ Qualls (Road Trip, "Supernatural").

The cast also includes Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga), Kellita Smith ("The Bernie Mac Show"), Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II), Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish), and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies).

Karl Schaefer ("Eerie Indiana," "Eureka," "The Dead Zone") serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) directed the pilot.

Synopsis:
"Z Nation" starts three years after a zombie virus has gutted the country, when a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all.

With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

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