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Exclusive Preservation Poster Premiere

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:00

Time to kick off the week with an exclusive for you horror loving cats! Check out this exclusive one-sheet for Christopher Denham’s survival horror flick Preservation (review). The film is set to hit both limited theaters and VOD outlets on January 9, 2015, via The Orchard.

Written and directed by Christopher Denham, Preservation stars Wrenn Schmidt (“Boardwalk Empire”), Pablo Schreiber (“Orange Is The New Black”), and Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”).

Synopsis:
Preservation follows brothers Sean (Schreiber), a recently returned veteran, and Mike (Staton), a hedge fund manager, who head out of town to hunt in a closed nature preserve with Mike’s wife, Wit (Schmidt) – a brainy anesthesiologist – in tow. With Sean unhinged from his stint in the military and Mike distracted by career ambition, this was not the romantic getaway Wit was hoping for. But soon the trio are threatened by an unseen menace, and the hunters become the hunted. A camping trip in the woods turns into a contest for survival. When the brothers are stalked and ensnared, Wit must unleash her own animal instincts or else end up a trophy.

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Pyramid, The (2014)

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 23:20

Starring Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O’Hare

Directed by Grégory Levasseur

With the barrage of clips and teasers Twentieth Century Fox released over the past few weeks for The Pyramid, we were starting to feel like we’d already seen the whole movie; but if you were avoiding them all until you were able to check it out for yourself, it’s a good bet you weren’t able to see any of it this weekend since “limited” doesn’t even begin to describe the flick’s release. Which is why I’m writing this review instead of Foy, who originally claimed it; unfortunately (for me) The Pyramid didn’t open anywhere near him (lucky fucker).

So, what is Fox hiding? A pretty ho-hum affair that probably should have just hit VOD and DTV and gone about its merry way before the better horror offerings the powers-that-be have waiting in the wings for 2015 arrive.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. What’s wrong with – and maybe a little right about – The Pyramid, and what’s it even about anyway?

As the film opens, it’s 2012 and Cairo, Egypt, is in the throes of revolution while 250 miles away Holden and Nora, a father-daughter archaeological team (O’Hare and Hinshaw), are about to open a previously unknown pyramid buried deep in the sand. She used a satellite to uncover their find, a controversial method the more conservative archaeologists, her dad included, aren’t fully on board with.

Plus, it’s no ordinary pyramid; it’s three-sided instead of four with unusual markings. Cue spooky shenanigans like a member of the work crew foaming at the mouth and acting zombie-esque after inhaling the structure’s toxic air. Misdirection or possibly a portent of things to come? We won’t say more except that aliens were also alluded to, as were the Freemasons(!), so we had a smorgasbord of possibilities ahead.

Of course the dig is being filmed by a documentary team (Buckley as annoying cameraman Fitzie and Christa Nicola as annoying interviewer Sunni), and the fifth member of our group is Zahir (Amir K), with whom Hinshaw’s character is having a romance.

To address the elephant in the room, yes, The Pyramid IS found footage… sort of… mostly. Probably 80% of it is with the rest being random overhead shots once everyone enters the tomb of doom plus a few peeks at things we couldn’t see otherwise – like Shorty, the pretty cool camera strapped to a cave-rover Zahir “borrowed” from NASA.

After all the players have been introduced, it takes awhile for things to get cooking. The middle section especially has some eye-rollingly bad dialogue, and aside from O’Hare, who’s only marginally interesting as the assholish Holden, the leads would have benefited a lot from a few additional takes of their scenes. Alas, obviously the budget didn’t allow for that, but it did provide some pretty effective F/X work (similar to the found footage ratio, the effects are around 80% CGI to 20% practical).

SPOILER ALERT (although if you watched the aforementioned barrage of sneak peeks, you already know this):

There are creatures in The Pyramid, one in particular we don’t see represented all that often with ties to the Egyptian god Osiris and the Book of the Dead. He’s clearly visible and menacing. But it’s too little too late. There are a couple of inventive deaths along the way – at one point Creepy and I both jumped and grabbed each other’s hand laughing, and at another he turned to me and said, “That just raised this from a 2-1/2 to a 3,” to which I replied, “No, all it did was keep it from being a 2,” – but as you’ll see below, I spoke too soon, and Levasseur’s directorial debut joins the dozens of other just barely mediocre films released this year. Although I will say that the ending does mostly satisfy, a nice surprise.

While The Pyramid uses its claustrophobic setting better than As Above/So Below does (c’mon, you knew comparisons were inevitable), it simply doesn’t have the star power to keep an audience’s interest. What it has instead is “not” star power. Like the whole time I kept thinking of Hinshaw as “Not Emilie de Ravin,” Nicola as “Not Stockard Channing” or rather “Not Rizzo,” and Buckley as “Not Jeremy Scahill.” And yes, I know Scahill’s not an actor – or British – but those musings were keeping me more entertained than the events taking place up on the screen.

Toward the end a character is asked how he’s doing, and his response is that he wants to get the hell out of there, which is exactly how I felt at that point. The couple three rows in front of us must have agreed because with just ten minutes to go, they walked out. So listen to me or learn from them, and save your money for holiday shopping. If you do journey into the depths of The Pyramid, don’t blame us if you leave feeling Egypped.

 

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It Follows an International Trailer

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 23:02

The official French teaser trailer (surprisingly in English) has arrived for the highly acclaimed terror tale It Follows (review), and just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean that we’re not right here making sure you get the news as it breaks!

With a riveting central performance from Maika Monroe and a strikingly ominous electronic score by Disasterpeace, It Follows is an artful psychosexual thriller from David Robert Mitchell (whose The Myth of the American Sleepover premiered at Critics’ Week in 2010).

The film also stars Keir Gilchrist (“The United States of Tara”), Daniel Zovatto (Laggies), Jake Weary (“Chicago Fire”), Olivia Luccardi (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Lili Sepe (Spork). David Robert Mitchell directs.

Synopsis:
For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe, AT ANY PRICE), the fall should be about school, boys, and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

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Scary New Bloodborne Footage

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 22:50

Another game that’s MORE THAN on our radar is the PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne. Dig on this new gameplay trailer, and if your wallet wasn’t burning yet, we fully expect it to be soon!

From Hidetaka Miyazaki and FromSoftware — creators of the legendary games Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls — comes Bloodborne, an all-new action RPG brimming with unforgiving, unrelenting terror, developed exclusively for the PlayStation 4 system.

Face your fears as you search for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like wildfire. Danger, death, and madness lurk around every corner of this dark and horrific world, and you must discover its darkest secrets in order to survive.

Look for it in stores on March 24, 2015.

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PlayStation 4 Heads into The Forest

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 22:43

Yet another horror title has been announced for the PlayStation 4 for 2015, and this one is an open world survival horror tale known simply as… The Forest. Check out the announcement trailer.

The Forest is an exciting, beautiful, and terrifying survival horror game from developer Endnight Games. As the lone survivor of a passenger jet crash, you find yourself in a mysterious forest battling to stay alive against a society of cannibalistic mutants.

Build, explore, and survive in this terrifying first-person survival horror simulator.

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Find Out What Remains of Edith Finch

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 22:37

In case you thought we were joking about the PlayStation 4 being the console of choice for horror fans, here’s yet another exclusive they’ve just unveiled… What Remains of Edith Finch.

What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington State.

Each story offers a chance to experience the life of a different family member with stories ranging from the early 1900s to the present day. The gameplay and tone of the stories are as different as the family members themselves. The only constant is that each story is played from a first-person perspective and each ends with that family member’s death. You’ll follow Edith Finch as she explores the history of her family and tries to figure out why she’s the last Finch left alive.

No release date was given.

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Killing Floor 2 to Spread the Red on PlayStation 4

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 22:30

In the market for gallons of gore with your video game fix? Then you’ll wanna make sure that your digital elevator stops at Killing Floor 2 when it hits PlayStation 4.

In Killing Floor 2, players descend into continental Europe, where the outbreak caused by Horzine Biotech’s failed experiment has quickly spread and gained unstoppable momentum. Just one month after the events in the original Killing Floor, the specimen clones are everywhere and civilization is in disarray. A group of civilians and mercenaries have banded together to combat the outbreak and established privately funded operation bases across Europe. Upon tracking specimen clone outbreaks, players will descend into zed-laden hot zones and exterminate the dangerous creatures rampantly destroying mankind.

Delivering an even more visceral and viscera-spewing shooter experience than the original, Killing Floor 2 ramps up the gore with a proprietary, high powered persistent blood system bringing new levels of fidelity to the genre. Players will send entrails, severed limbs, and blood flying as they wade through hordes of enemies. But they need to watch out! If caught, enemies will rip them, and their entire party, limb from limb.

New enemies and fan favorites from the original game are back with expanded and smarter artificial intelligence, dishing out powerful attacks, working as a group to weaken the player’s party and pushing the challenge level and fear factor to new levels.

Look for the game sometime in 2015.

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Another Look at The Order: 1886

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 22:18

We’re still waiting for the release of The Order: 1886 on the PlayStation 4, but thankfully the powers-that-be have released a new gameplay trailer to tide us over. Hang in there, fiends. It’s coming!

Synopsis:
Discover history’s darkest secret in The Order: 1886, the game that re-writes history by introducing a unique vision of Victorian-Era London, where Man uses advanced technology to battle a powerful and ancient foe. In an alternate history where myths and technology co-exist, players take on the role of Sir Galahad, a hardened member of an elite order of Knights engaging in a centuries-old war that will determine the course of history forever.

Hundreds of years before the game’s version of 1886, humanity de-evolves and a subset of humans becomes the genetically different “Half-breeds.” War eventually breaks out between humans and Half-breeds for power and survival, and in order to combat these fierce enemies, a brotherhood was formed through the Knights of the Round Table – an alliance called The Order. The Knights of The Order have waged wars across centuries and sworn to defend humanity while protecting the secrets of this dark history. Strengthened by a mysterious liquid called Blackwater, the Knights of The Order are able to heal their wounds and extend their lifespans in order to engage this supernatural foe.

Through the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, The Order is now equipped with powerful weapons to turn the tide against the Half-breeds, but must also face a new threat. A rebellion emerges and the Rebels’ ranks are growing, as is their boldness, as they declare an all-out war against The Order and the government oppression it represents. Now, the Knights of The Order must face threats on all sides as they struggle to maintain peace and order.

The Order: 1886 is due out exclusively on PlayStation 4 on February 20, 2015.

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New Until Dawn Trailer Brings the Scares

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 22:11

The Sony PlayStation 4 is quickly becoming the console of choice for horror fans with a blood-drenched lineup for 2015 that just cannot be ignored. Right now we have a new look at one of the system’s most compelling games, the slasher Until Dawn.

Until Dawn will feature thousands of storyline branches and hundreds of endings. The game accomplishes this through the use of what Supermassive calls “the butterfly effect.” When a choice must be made, such as whether or not to pick up a book, a small butterfly icon will appear, indicating this choice will have consequences later in the game. The path you choose will lead you to one of Until Dawn’s hundreds of endings.

The choices that shape the game’s path can be something as simple as which door you open to something as pressing as whether or not to put a bullet in your friend’s brain. Sony pointed out at its press conference that every character can die in the game, and if they die, they stay dead and the game moves on. Until Dawn will alter its story based on character deaths, having unique endings based on the number of characters still alive.

Until Dawn was first announced two years ago at Gamescom for the now defunct PlayStation Move. Supermassive has since re-tooled the game with top tier Hollywood writers and actors, including Scream 4 actress Hayden Panettiere.

No release date has been attached to Until Dawn, but it has already appeared in the PlayStation Store pre-order section. However, at the time of writing this article, the content is not selectable. Until Dawn will appear exclusively on the PS4.


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Godzilla The Game CONFIRMED for North America on PS4 and PS3

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 21:59

I can barely contain myself. As a lifelong Godzilla fan, the following news tickles me every color in the rainbow! Godzilla: The Game will be stomping to America next summer! Read on for new images and a trailer!

From the Press Release:
Leading video game publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. today announced GODZILLA for Western audiences coming to both the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Developed by Japanese video game studio NATSUME ATARI, GODZILLA places players in control of one of the most famous and destructive monsters in entertainment history. As Godzilla players will trample and lay waste to cities and environments with the goal of taking out each area’s Energy Generator while collecting as much G-Energy as possible. The G-Energy can then be used to power-up Godzilla, increasing both his physical size as well as his offensive and defensive skills.

The game will also allow players to utilize a dynamic Movie-Style Camera Angle System, delivering the most epic camera angles from which to destroy both a multitude of locations as well as classic enemies such as Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Mechagodzilla.

“Godzilla has had a long history and is one of Japan’s most famous pop culture exports that have entertained millions of people for generations in the West.” said Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. “We’re excited to continue this great history by bringing the GODZILLA video game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 to excited fans. Let the countdown to monstrous destruction and epic battles begin!”

GODZILLA will feature multiple game modes including; Mission Mode where players will wreak mayhem through more than 20 different stages of play; a Diorama Mode that allows players to place Godzilla in different settings to capture epic photos; and a King of Monsters Mode where Godzilla must fight his way through the franchises most famous enemies to reach the top of the monster hierarchy and claim the throne as the true King of Monsters.

Currently rated “RP” for Rating Pending by the ESRB, GODZILLA will be available in the Americas for the PlayStation®4 system and PlayStation®3 system in summer 2015.

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Dracula Untold Tells Home Video Tales in February

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:22

You know… I kinda dug Dracula Untold. Yeah, it was a bit on the goofy side, but all-in-all I had a good time with it. Will you dig it? Come February you can come back and let us know!

From the Press Release:
One of the most enduring and captivating figures of all time unveils his beginnings in Dracula Untold, a gorgeously realized, never before seen, story of the legendary vampire’s origin story. Dracula Untold debuts on Digital HD on January 20, 2015 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, and On Demand February 3, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures.

For almost a century, the legend of Dracula has mesmerized audiences with the story of a charismatic royal who feasts on the blood of innocents after the sun goes down. Dracula Untold reveals the man behind the myth in the thrilling, action-packed tale of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Fast & Furious 6), who makes a terrifying deal with a supernatural ally that will allow him to save his family and his country – at the cost of his soul.

Joining Evans is an all-star international cast featuring Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Charles Dance (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Art Parkinson (HBO’s Game of Thrones). In this epic tale of heroism and sacrifice in the face of savagery, the Dracula Untold Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD takes audiences behind the scenes with exclusive bonus content including interactive features, filmmaker commentary and much more.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™.

  • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™

  • Alternate Opening
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Land of Dracula – An exclusive interactive map that takes fans deep into Dracula’s mysterious world, including Castle Dracula, Cozia Monastery, Broken Tooth Mountain and Borga Pass.
  • Luke Evans – Creating a Legend

Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ and DVD

  • Day in the Life – Luke Evans – Personal moments with the film’s star provide a glimpse into life on set.
  • Dracula Retold – An exploration of the production, including costumes, sets and how the real history of Dracula is woven into the story.
  • Slaying 1000 – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Vlad’s epic battle against an army of thousands, from the script and visual effects.
  • Feature commentary with director Gary Shore and production designer François Audouy.

Synopsis:
Witness the origin story of one of legend’s most captivating figures in the action-adventure, Dracula Untold. The year is 1462 and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III, the prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series). But when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper, Captain America: The First Avenger) demands 1,000 of Wallachia’s boys – including Vlad’s own son – become child soldiers in his army, Vlad must enter into a Faustian bargain to save his family and his people. He gains the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star, and the power to crush his enemies. In exchange, he’s inflicted with an insatiable thirst for human blood that could force him into a life of darkness and destroy all that he holds dear.


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Terminator: Genisys – Trailer Sneak Peek

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:02

We told you yesterday that on Thursday the first trailer for Terminator: Genisys would be coming. Now we have a trailer for the trailer… you know in case you need anymore convincing!

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the T-800, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Conner, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Conner, and Matt Smith as John Conner’s ally (his role is being kept quiet).

Byung-hun Lee, Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi, and J.K. Simmons also star. Alan Taylor directs.

Look for the film in theatres July 1, 2015, via Paramount.

Synopsis:
The beginning of Terminator: Genisys, the first of three planned films that Paramount hopes will relaunch the beloved sci-fi franchise, is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes. John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (Divergent‘s Jai Courtney) is his loyal soldier, raised in the ruins of post-apocalyptic California. As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save Connor’s mother, Sarah (Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator programmed to kill her so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected.

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The Pyramid – Exclusive Clip Unfolds

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:00

It’s exclusive time, Dreadies! On tap right now is brand new clip from the year’s final theatrical horror offering, The Pyramid, that you won’t find ANYWHERE else… for now! Dig it! Or should we say unearth it?

Gregory Levasseur’s directorial debut, The Pyramid, will be in theatres on December 5, 2014. Look for our review soon!

Alexandre Aja produced the film, which stars Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley, and Daniel Amerman. Levasseur worked from a script by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon.

Synopsis:
A team of U.S. archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid’s depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become desperate to seek daylight again. They come to realize they aren’t just trapped… they are being hunted.

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8 Horror Films Plagued By Real-Life Death Curses

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:30

Is it possible for a horror film to be cursed, the mere act of making it evoking some sort of malicious entity hell-bent on inflicting harm to those involved? It sounds pretty silly, I’m well aware, but the truth is that many horror films over the years have seemingly incurred the wrath of an evil force.

Of course, it’s impossible to ever know if what we’re dealing with in these situations is coincidence or something far more sinister, though the stories we’re presenting to you today certainly seem to indicate the latter. So turn off all the lights and prepare to be spooked.

Here are 8 horror films that were (allegedly) plagued by real-life death curses!

1) THE EXORCIST

One of the most infamous tales of a horror movie curse is tied to The Exorcist, many believing that an evil entity took up residence in the celluloid itself. So plagued was the production by strange occurrences that E! aired a two-hour special a decade ago to collect all of the stories together, ranging from on-set fires to nearly a dozen mysterious deaths in the immediate families of crew members.

At several points a real priest was brought in to bless the set, and he seemed sure that Satan didn’t want the film to be made. Furthering belief in the alleged curse is the fact that Jack MacGowran, who played Burke Dennings, died of influenza shortly after completing his scenes. Other oddly timed deaths included actress Valsiliki Maliaros, Max von Sydow’s brother and Linda Blair’s grandfather.

The strange activity continued after the movie was shot, with many fainting, passing out and/or vomiting upon its theatrical release. At one screening in Rome, a church nearby was struck by lightning after the audience filed into the theater, a giant cross landing in the plaza below.

2) THE OMEN (1976)

Just three years after the release of The Exorcist, The Omen fell victim to a similar rash of mysterious activity, and many cast/crew members lost their lives before, during and soon after the film was shot. Star Gregory Peck’s plane was struck by lightning, director Richard Donner was hit by a car right around the time of filming and an animal wrangler was eaten alive by one of his tigers a mere two weeks after production wrapped.

The most chilling example of the so-called “Omen Curse,” however, is tied to special effects artist John Richardson. The artist, who designed the film’s memorable decapitation scene, was involved in a fatal car accident in late 1976, which beheaded his female passenger. It’s even been rumored that when Richardson got out of the car, he saw a sign indicating that he was 66.6 miles from a town in the Netherlands called Ommen.

These stories are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Omen Curse, which nearly claimed the life of a stunt coordinator as well as the producer – the latter narrowly avoiding being struck by lightning.

MORE Real Life Death Curses on the NEXT page!

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Updates on Sandman Adaptation

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:21

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series, and yesterday Joseph Gordon-Levitt offered up a long-awaited update on the exciting project. Read on for the latest!

In an AMA session over on Reddit, Gordon-Levitt revealed that the screenplay is still in the works and that things are coming along smoothly. As we previously reported, the actor plans on both starring in and directing the feature film.

Been doing a lot of work with David Goyer and Jack Thorne, working on the screenplay,” the filmmaker said. “We’ve been doing our meetings at the DC office, which is a frickin rad place to work. Also just had a great conversation last week with David and Mr. Gaiman. Neil has been extremely big hearted with me, and he’s the one I want to please most.”

Meanwhile, Goyer recently offered up an update of his own to Deadline, which should be music to the ears of all fans of the comic books.

I hesitate to definitively say when it might go before the cameras, but the one thing different between other iterations and ours is that Neil Gaiman has been in the room with us and is a vital part of the team,” Goyer said. “We have a draft Warners is very happy with and we’re moving forward, knock on wood.”

The Sandman series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge, and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. Warner Bros. has tried for some time to get a script right, and they may have finally cracked it.

Expect more on this one soon!

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Abysm Finds a Mad Scientist on the Loose in New York City

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:00

We just don’t have enough mad scientist movies anymore, man. Thankfully a new flick which is filming now in New York is out to change all that. Read on for your first details on Abysm.

From the Press Release:
Dark and terrifying, ABYSM follows Sam Miller, a man who spirals into depression after the death of his brother in war-torn Iraq. Following a failed suicide attempt, Sam finds himself directed to a research facility under the supervision of Doctor Julian Loro.

Utilizing new technology, Sam undergoes a series of experiments to scan and alter human emotions. But when his neurology proves to be unlike anything they’ve seen before, Dr. Loro pushes the machine to its limits, opening unforeseen abilities within Sam: the unrestricted power to manipulate and alter the emotional state of others. Seeking gruesome revenge for those who have wronged him, Sam tries to stay one step ahead of those who want to turn him into a science experiment or, even worse, a military weapon.

Written and directed by Serge Levin (Paragon Algorithm), ABYSM stars Charles Baker (first picture below; “Breaking Bad,” Splinter) as Sam Miller, Michael Ironside (second picture below with Serge Levin; Total Recall, Scanners, Terminator: Salvation) as the scheming Dr. Julian Loro, and Alex Veadov (The Equalizer, We Own the Night) as the mysterious Kaine.

In conjunction with Isle Empire Pictures, ABYSM is being produced by award-winning filmmaker Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare, Fall Down Dead, Nightmare Box) and Matthew Panepinto (The Harrow, Redrum). They are also joined by director of photography Richard Clabaugh (The Prophecy, Phantoms, Hellraiser 3).

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Go Behind the Scenes of Animated Horror Lake Villa Vamps

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:45

Lake Villa Vamps, which marks Sonny Fernandez and Down Twisted Studios’ ninth production and first animated feature, follows a group of bloodthirsty, murderous vampires as they are tasked to save the world from the mighty Brethren, a werewolf empire intent on taking over.

Full of blood, action, drama, and romance, Lake Villa Vamps was written and completely animated by Down Twisted founder Sonny Fernandez. It promises to take viewers places they’ve never gone before, including a whole new world.

Fernandez has posted a video peek behind the curtain in which he explains the process behind animating a 2-1/2-hour film all by yourself, including the programs he uses, the technique behind it, and what it takes to bring something so insane to life.

With voice work from DT veterans Cody Tergesen, Sam Ova, and Edgardo Osorio and introducing a whole new slew of talent including Matthew Brooks, Andrew Gilliland, Nicole Sachiko Nitta, and Meredith Williams, Lake Villa Vamps attempts to set a new standard for the company as well as bring an entirely new genre to the table.

Check out the goods below, and look for more soon. In the meantime visit the Down Twisted Studios website and befriend Sonny Fernandez on Facebook.

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The Great Horror Campout – 2015 Tickets On Sale NOW!

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:30

There’s really nothing like The Great Horror Campout, and the sickos who bring us this woodsy mayhem are back to chill your winter with promises of blood, boobs (both figurative and literal), buffets, and beasts! Read on for details.

From the Press Release:
Ten Thirty One Productions (TTO), the worldwide leader in producing live horror attractions, has announced the return of The Great Horror Campout.  The production will begin touring in June 2015.

Kicking off its run in Los Angeles on June 5th and 6th, the production is a 12-hour, overnight, interactive horror camping adventure unlike any other in the horror-themed events genre.  Tickets are on sale now. Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, the tickets are the perfect gift for your friends and family who enjoy distinctive and one-of-a-kind experiences.    

“We are developing a night that is packed with layered interactive content to provide our campers an experience that they will never forget.  This chapter will again continue to push the envelope and kill the spectator sport status quo in the live attraction space. Campers will leave feeling like they have been fully submerged in the experience for the entire night,” says Melissa Carbone, CEO of Ten Thirty One Productions.

“This year’s Campout will be the best yet,” added Carbone.  “Our goal is to get campers to go further and further down the rabbit hole.  The further they go, the more they engage, the bloodier, scarier, more challenging the experience will get.  The content and characters will be unmatched.  At its core Campout is just fun where there is something for everyone.  Campers can choose their level of scare.”

The Great Horror Campout offers campers a choice to sleep in two- or four-person tents.  Campers can choose their level of engagement when they choose their activities and tent zone.  The experience can be an extreme horror adventure or a more mild horror adventure based on preference.  Additionally, Hellmasters from previous years will receive VIP status and many perks at all future Campouts and TTO productions. 

For more info visit the official Great Horror Campout website, “like” The Great Horror Campout on Facebook, and follow The Great Horror Campout on Twitter.

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Mick Garris’ New Novel Salome Arriving in January

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:15

Award-winning filmmaker Mick Garris has a new book heading our way next year from Cemetery Dance, and on tap today is a look at the cover art, synopsis, and more details on Salome.

With cover artwork by Alex Ruiz, expect Salome in January 2015. It’s at the printer now, and Cemetery Dance has two options available:

• Hardcover Limited Edition of 750 signed copies bound in full-cloth and Smyth sewn ($40)
• Deluxe Hardcover Lettered Edition of 26 signed and hand-lettered copies bound in leather, Smyth sewn with a satin ribbon page marker, raised hubs on the spine, custom gilded page edges dipped by hand, and featuring illustrated endpapers ($175)

You can also snag a copy from the EvilShop below, but you’ll have to wait until mid-February for it to arrive.

Synopsis:
I thought I hated my wife. Until she was murdered.

I thought I knew her, too. Better than anyone.

The spouse is always the first suspect. You feel guilt regardless of how far you are from the scene of the crime. I couldn’t help but feel complicit, that our mutual and growing hatred had somehow taken root and led to this. I knew it wasn’t true in a legal sense, but I felt dirty with responsibility regardless.

Maybe I never really hated my wife. Maybe she just drove me mad. Maybe I would miss her.

But mostly, I needed to know who killed her, and why…

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Sugar Skull Girls Plus Horror Icons Equals SWEET!

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:00

Your first look at the upcoming kid-friendly horror flick Sugar Skull Girls has arrived. Sit back, relax, and dig on this image gallery along with the first official trailer.

Christian Grillo directs. Addy Miller, Carmela Hayslett, Cece Hagen, Anika Buchanan, Isabella Sobejano, Michael Berryman, John Amplas, and Leslie Easterbrook star.

For more information and to keep up-to-date with the flick’s progress, check out the official Sugar Skull Girls Facebook page and follow Sugar Skull Girls on Twitter.

Synopsis:
Three demonic sisters who resemble neo-Goth voodoo dolls are accidentally conjured from the other side during a failed attempt to raise a little girl from the dead. With impeccable fashion sense and teenaged angst, the Sugar Skull Girls will stop at nothing to escape the clutches of The Pale Witch, the ruler of The Shadow world.

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