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See HBO's True Blood: A Farewell to Bon Temps in its Entirety

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 16:46

With everything there is to watch on Sunday night, it's likely that you either forgot about or didn't have time to watch "True Blood: A Farewell to Bon Temps" last night, but don't fret... HBO has released it online, and we have it for you right here!

"True Blood" follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and vampires Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).

All three of them and lots more, including series creator Alan Ball, appear in the "Farewell" show.

"True Blood" returns Sunday, June 22nd. Not quite caught up? Then join HBO's "True to the End Marathon." They're airing all six seasons this week, beginning tonight, June 16th, at 10PM; check your local listings.

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Other Season 7 cast members - both old and new - include: Sam Trammell as Sam, Ryan Kwanten as Jason, Rutina Wesley as Tara, Chris Bauer as Andy, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Amelia Rose Blaire as Willa, Lauren Bowles as Holly, Tara Buck as Ginger, Gregg Daniel as Rev. Daniels, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, Aaron Christian Howles as Rocky, Joe Manganiello as Alcide, Noah Matthews as Wade, Bailey Noble as Adilyn, Nathan Parsons as James, Adina Porter as Lettie Mae, Carrie Preston as Arlene, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Nicole, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica, and Karolina Wydra as Violet.

Episode 7.01 - “Jesus Gonna Be Here” (air date 6/22/14)
A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur’s with shocking results. As Sookie (Anna Paquin) seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince (Brett Rickaby), Bill (Stephen Moyer) receives aid from an unexpected source. Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Stephen Moyer.

For more info check out "True Blood" on HBO.com, "like" "True Blood" on Facebook, and jump in on the Twitter conversations here using the hashtag #TrueBloodForever.

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The Dead 2 Shambles Home to Blu-ray and DVD

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 16:06

The Ford Brothers' eagerly awaited sequel to their film The Dead, entitled The Dead 2 (aka The Dead 2: India), is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Anchor Bay, and we have the artwork and details for ya cold and clammy!

From the Press Release
Two years ago filmmakers Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford took international audiences on an unforgettable journey through a zombie-infected African veldt with the critically acclaimed and audience favorite The Dead.

Setting a new standard for the zombie film, the Ford Brothers have now raised the survival stakes to new dramatic heights with the September 16th Blu-ray and DVD release of The Dead 2.

As demonstrated with screenings at numerous international film festivals, audiences around the world have once again thrilled to the Ford Brothers’ unique vision of the zombie apocalypse, taking it to yet another epic level. And just as with the first film, reviewers are bestowing glowing praise on the filmmakers’ ability to transform an exotic environment into a vital character within the character-driven narrative. The first international zombie film production to be shot in India, The Dead 2 utilizes the spectacular vistas of Rajasthan, Delhi, and Mumbai to create yet another unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness baked in sunlight. SRP for the Blu-ray is $29.99 and $24.98 for the DVD.

A ship docks fresh from Somalia, which contains one infected worker that passes unnoticed into the very heart of India’s overpopulated bustling streets, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. Meanwhile, American turbine engineer Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson, Casino Royale) is working in the stark yet tranquil Indian countryside when he receives a call from his love, Ishani (Meenu), a local girl who lives on the outskirts of the slums of Mumbai and who has hidden their relationship from her tradition-minded father. She reveals she is now pregnant and scared for her life as chaos and terror have taken ahold of the cities as the dead return to life and attack the living. Nicholas has to battle his way across their 300-mile landscape filled with flesh-eating – and infectious – undead. With the help of young street kid Javed (Anand Goyal), he has to rely on his wits and sheer brute force to try and save them all, as the clock ticks off the minutes before the last flight out of a living hell...

Bonus features on The Dead 2 Blu-ray and DVD include "The Making of The Dead 2" and deleted scenes.

Unfolding across an epic vista of breathtaking scope, thrilling action, death-defying stunts, and spine-chilling fright, yet always keeping the emotional resonance in focus, The Ford Brothers’ The Dead 2 once again melds the terror of the end of the world with the inspiration of the human drive to survive.

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Visit The House of Pain via this Preview of Salem Episode 1.10

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 16:00

Just four episodes remain in Season 1 of "Salem," but thankfully we already know that Season 2 will be following in its witchy wake. To help get you ready for next week's Episode 1.10, "The House of Pain," here's the preview, in which we play a bit of hide 'n seek. Are you ready, heathens?

Look for photos and clips from Episode 1.10 soon!

"Salem" explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

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The series stars Janet Montgomery as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel as local aristocrat Cotton Mather, who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice, Tituba; Xander Berkeley as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg as outcast Isaac Walton.

"Salem" Episode 1.10 - "The House of Pain" (airs 6/33/14)
Increase (guest star Stephen Lang) gets closer to understanding who really runs things in Salem. At the same time, Anne (Merchant) finds herself in danger, and in need of Alden's (West) help, while investigating a mystery.

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Hulu Series Deadbeat Brings Paranormal Humor to Home Video

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:38

Earlier this year Hulu and Lionsgate partnered up for the ten-episode, half-hour series "Deadbeat," which stars Tucker and Dale vs. Evil's Tyler Labine. Today comes word that the supernatural comedy series is headed home, and we have all the details ready for your consumption. Read on!

From the Press Release
The supernatural comedy series "Deadbeat" arrives on DVD (plus Digital) August 26th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Starring Tyler Labine (TV's "Reaper"), the show also features Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder), Lucy DeVito (TV's "Melissa & Joey), and Cat Deeley (the host of TV's "So You Think You Can Dance"). From the production company that produced 12 Years a Slave and Kick-Ass, "Deadbeat" has been declared a "disarmingly funny" (Variety) and "hilarious and heartwarming" (New York Post) comedy. Available exclusively at Target, the Deadbeat DVD includes three bonus featurettes and is available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Kevin Pacalioglu (Labine) may have no money and no clue, but he can see dead people so that's pretty cool. Faced with a constant stream of stubborn spirits, Pac goes to whatever lengths require the least amount of effort to help New York City's most frivolous ghosts finish their unfinished business.

Special Features

  • "Meet Camomile and Sue" featurette
  • "Meet Pac and Roofie" featurette
  • "Medium for Hire - What Is Deadbeat?" featurette

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    See the New Main Title Sequence for Teen Wolf Season 4

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:36

    What with a couple of main characters dying or leaving town and others being promoted to series regulars, it was a no-brainer for "Teen Wolf" to receive new main titles for its fourth season. Curious? Then read on because we have them for you right here!

    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, and Holland Roden star along with new regulars Arden Cho, Shelley Hennig, and Ryan Kelley as Deputy Parrish. Season 4 also sees the return of Jill Wagner as Kate Argent, JR Bourne as Chris Argent, and Ian Bohen as Peter Hale.

    The new season kicks off Monday, June 23rd, at 10PM.

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    "Teen Wolf" Season 4 Overview:
    In Season 4, still healing from tragic losses, Scott (Posey), Stiles (O'Brien), Lydia (Roden), and Kira (Cho) begin a new semester of school with more human worries than supernatural, while also trying to help their new friend Malia (Hennig) integrate back into society. But Kate Argent’s surprising resurrection brings a new threat to Beacon Hills along with the emergence of another mysterious enemy known simply as The Benefactor.

    For more info visit the official "Teen Wolf" website, "like" "Teen Wolf" on Facebook, and follow "Teen Wolf" on Twitter.

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    Only Lovers Left Alive Dated for Home Video

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:23

    If you're anything like me, you've been wondering when you're going to be able to see Jim Jarmusch's vampire flick Only Lovers Left Alive (review), which has to date only been given a limited theatrical release. That all changes this August, when the bloodsuckers come home. Read on for release details!

    From the Press Release
    Sony Pictures Classics’ visually poetic love story from director Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers), ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, will debut on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD August 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

    The film is the apotheosis of American independent film and underground music, full of Jarmusch’s laconic sense of humor. ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE stars Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton, 2008, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) alongside co-stars Mia Wasikowska (Lawless), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), and John Hurt (Harry Potter).

    Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, this critically well received fan favorite puts an original spin on a well-worn genre – these vampires are mature, highbrow, and charmingly ultra-cool. ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE was selected for official competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and enjoyed critical acclaim at various film festivals worldwide, including the Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, and New York Film Festival. It was also chosen as an official selection at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

    Special features on the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release include never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes as well as an extended version of Yasmine Hamdan performing "Hal." Also included is the “Traveling at Night with Jim Jarmusch” documentary, taking fans behind the scenes for a portrait of the director at work on his latest film.

    Synopsis:
    Only Lovers Left Alive is the tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Hiddleston) and Eve (Swinton). Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature, and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries, but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister, Ava (Wasikowska), who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive is a meditation on art, science, and the mysteries of everlasting love.

    Special Features

  • "Traveling at Night with Jim Jarmusch" -- A portrait of director Jim Jarmusch at work on the set of his latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Yasmine Hamdan "Hal" Music Video – An extended version of Yasmine Hamdan performing "Hal"

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    Go Behind the Scenes of Under the Dome with the Cast and Crew

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:11

    In just two weeks "Under the Dome" returns to CBS, and to help get you ready, CBS has released a new behind-the-scenes video in which the cast and crew remind us where we left off last season as we look forward to Season 2.

    The June 30th premiere episode was written by bestselling author and executive producer Stephen King, who also makes a cameo appearance, and was filmed on location in Wilmington, N.C.

    "Under the Dome" stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Natalie Martinez (Linda), Dean Norris (Big Jim), Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie), and Britt Robertson (Angie).

    The Season 2 newcomers include Brett Cullen, Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Karla Crome, Dwayne Boyd, and Dwight Yoakam.

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    "Under the Dome" Episode 2.01 - "Heads Will Roll" (airs 6/30/14; 10-11 PM)
    Barbie’s fate lies in Big Jim’s hands, and the Dome presents a new threat when it becomes magnetized. Meanwhile, Julia seeks out the help of a stranger to save the life of a mysterious girl who may hold clues to origin of the Dome.

    Don't forget that CBS is airing "Under the Dome: Inside Chester's Mill" on Monday, June 23rd (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). This exclusive one-hour special looks back at the premiere season of the hit summer series, featuring highlights from last season as well as new interviews with the cast and executive producers. In addition, the special will tease what lies ahead for the residents of Chester’s Mill who are still trapped under the mysterious dome with an advance sneak peek at the Season 2 premiere.

    For more info visit "Under the Dome" on CBS.com, "like" "Under the Dome" on Facebook, and follow "Under the Dome" on Twitter (@UnderTheDomeCBS).




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    Adult Film Star Channon Rose Gets Possessed on Camera in This Isn't a Movie

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:01

    Adult film star Channon Rose has dealt with lots of sticky substances over her career, but we don't think ectoplasm was on her agenda. In any event, Ms. Rose apparently suffered a bout of possession that was caught on film!

    From the Press Release
    Linda Blair’s head-rotating, pea soup-vomiting portrayal of demonic possession is the stuff of movie legend, but the events that form the basis of The Exorcist and the book of the same name were actually inspired by a month-long demon-purging over a young boy in 1949.

    Whether you believe in possessions—demon or otherwise—or not, they have been around since ancient times, and so has our fascination with them and the exorcisms that cast these demons, imagined or real, back into the darkness they came from.

    Imagine a movie with all of the ingredients that has made Paranormal Activity a five-time box office success, that spooky “home footage” allure of witnessing a possession unfold, only far more frightening because This Isn’t A Movie is the real deal. It is the unplanned, unscripted, raw footage of a real life possession, exactly as it occurred.

    Channon Rose and Travis Dean aren’t filmmakers or seeking fame via a pseudo reality show. Channon is a beautiful print model with her own beauty blog; Travis comes from the corporate world with an 8-5 job. Since the beginning of their relationship in 2012, they’ve been capturing their good times and getaways on Channon’s handheld camera, and their trip to Big Bear started out like all the rest: fun, silly, and lighthearted. But something unexplained happened to Channon, unleashing a nightmarish experience and a home movie they’ll never forget.

    The question most people will ask is: How do we know it’s real? According to Channon, “It’s pretty obvious from the minute you start watching that this is something real. The whole experience was pretty terrifyingm and the only way to describe it is a possession of some kind.”

    Travis adds, “Imagine seeing someone you know and love acting so strange and eerie with no explanation or ability to help them. Seeing Channon literally banging her head against the wall of our cabin hard enough to really hurt herself; she kept answering the front door of our secluded cabin, and of course, nobody was ever there. What freaked me out the most was when she completely disappeared and I ended up finding her in the woods with no idea of how she ended up there. That’s when I drove her to the emergency room.”

    This Isn’t A Movie invites viewers to explore what an actual possession is—what it looks like up-close, unedited, and without Hollywood’s special effects. It is a scary journey because it is real. There are no actors going home at the end of the day... just a couple who never imagined this could happen to them.

    For more info visit the official This Isn't a Movie website, "like" This Isn't a Movie on Facebook, and follow This Isn't a Movie on Twitter.

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    Scott Spiegel-Produced Welcome to Purgatory Takes You to the Afterlife with Jillian Murray

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 14:44

    Scott Spiegel has had his hands in many different cookie jars throughout his unique career, most notably serving as the co-writer of Evil Dead 2. Up next he's putting on his producer hat and sending us all straight to Hell.

    Some quick casting news has arrived for Welcome to Purgatory as Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Jillian Murray (pictured; The Graves, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero), Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran, Tony Cook, Tory Kittles and Stephen Marcus are set to appear in the film directed by Gene Fallaize.

    According to the IMDb, a sequel, Welcome to Purgatory II: The Journey to Hell, is already planned with Fallaize back at the helm.

    Check out the artwork below.

    Synopsis
    Welcome to Purgatory follows three new arrivals – Willis, Taylor (Cook), and Danni (Murray) – as they navigate this fresh vision of the Afterlife, helped along the way by trusty Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife in ruins amidst a growing war between Good and Evil. All the rules of the Afterlife have been broken, and they must find a way to make things right before Heaven is ruined for the rest of time.

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    Fun Map Shows United States of Horror Movies

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 14:19

    No matter what state you live in, there's a horror movie connected to it that you can call your own due to the fact that it takes place there. Texans of course have The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, while Pennsylvania is Night of the Living Dead country.

    As an example of the variety of locales horror flicks have taken us to, a fun little infographic map we just spotted over on Imgur assigns one specific movie to each state in the country, based on where they were set.

    The movies range from the iconic to the relatively obscure, and the image essentially serves as a map of the United States of Horror.

    Check out the map below, and then drop a comment letting us know which state you live in and which horror movie that takes place in that state is your favorite!

    Click on the image for a full-screen look.

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    First Dracula Untold Eye Candy Spreads its Wings

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 14:10

    Universal's latest adaptation of Bram Stoker's most popular novella has undergone several changes on its way into our lives, first being renamed from Dracula: Year Zero to Dracula Untold. Nevertheless, it's finally on its way, and we have a pair of posters and the first image!

    The film stars Luke Evans as the titular bloodsucker alongside Sarah Gadon, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson, Zach McGowan, and Dominic Cooper.

    Universal’s dramatic horror movie tells the origin story of the most famous of vampires. Michael De Luca is producing the project, and commercials helmer Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the picture.

    Look for it in theaters October 17, 2014.

    Synopsis
    Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks plays a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson is Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson portrays Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.

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    New Images, Clips, and Preview of Penny Dreadful Episode 1.07 - Possession

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 13:55

    With the title of "Possession," Episode 1.07 of "Penny Dreadful" looks to be heading even deeper into demonic territory, and we couldn't be happier! If you're ready to venture there along with us, here are several new stills, a pair of clips, and a preview of the ep.

    A profoundly unsettling new saga, "Penny Dreadful" completely reinvents literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, who are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.

    Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star.

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    "Penny Dreadful" Episode 1.07 - "Possession" (airs 6/22/14)
    Sir Malcolm (Dalton), Ethan (Hartnett), and Sembene (Danny Sapani) do everything they can to save Vanessa (Green).

    For more info visit "Penny Dreadful" on Showtime, "like" "Penny Dreadful" on Facebook, and follow @SHO_Penny on Twitter. Be sure to also visit the Penny-Dreadful.com website.

    Don't forget you can still enter DREAD20 when checking out from Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" store to receive 20% off all "Penny Dreadful" merchandise. The code is valid through December 31, 2014!







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    Enjoy Some Fantastic Horror Film-Inspired Artwork

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 13:00

    There is truly nothing like a classic movie poster. They can be found everywhere from pinned up on a teenager's bedroom wall to framed in an art gallery or museum. And when talented artists come up with variant artwork for some of our favorite films, that's a fun time, too!

    Reelizer is a fantastic website that focuses on the art of film and art inspired by film. After seeing what we have here, be sure to swing by the site to check out some of the other amazing art that's on display.

    We've included several of our favorites below, including Mike Mignola's The Bride of Frankenstein, RoboCop by Kevin Tong, Ghoulish Gary Pullin's work for The Howling, and Gremlins 2: The New Batch by Dani Blázquez.

    There are dozens more works of art based on beloved films over at Reelizer.com and loads of other themes as well. You're certain to find something that puts a charge in your britches!

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    Get an Exclusive Look Behind the Scenes of Upcoming Thriller Mindless

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:30

    Blanc/Biehn Productions' latest, the psychological thriller Mindless, features rising star Hallie Jordan and a script by Alyssa Lobit; and to help kick off your work week, we have a few behind-the-scenes photos from the set.

    Jordan plays a young woman with amnesia who pieces together her past... with deadly consequences. The cast also includes Lobit (Among Friends, The Victim), Ben Kurland, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Tiffany Shepis, J. Michael Trautmann, Heather DeVan, Cassius DeVan, and Lorraine Ziff.

    Jason DeVan directs while Vance Crofoot serves as DP and editor. The film is exec produced by Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn via Blanc/Biehn Productions in association with Small Red Star Productions. Other producers include DeVan, Ziff, Jordan, Dylan Matlock, and Devon Biehn.

    For more on all of the company's current projects, "like" Blanc/Biehn Productions on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter with @jenniferblancb, @michaelbiehn, and @blancbiehnfilms.

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    Event Report: The Horror Highlights of BookExpo America 2014

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:00

    BookExpo America is a massive event, hosting nearly every publisher on the planet. To walk into it and say, "I've got it easy... I'll just be covering horror and spooky-themed titles!" is LAUGHABLE. Team Dread hit the show hard this year, determined to squeeze it for all it was worth...

    It took us two days to walk every aisle of the Javits Convention Center in the heart of New York City and find those 5,000 new zombie books you'll see on the shelves later this year. Yeah, zombies are still hot.. with no signs of cooling down anytime soon. I bet you're shocked.

    We came back with over 100 images (shot by the ninja-like Galaxia Siandre), and so the challenge became how to present this pile to you in a way that will satisfy hard-core bibliophiles but won't give our editors night terrors for the next three weeks. So we've posted the crème de la crème here, and you'll find the rest on the Dread Central Google+ page.

    Just know that any title you see should be easily Google-able or, more specifically, Amazon-able. From there you can gather more info on your favorite titles and pre-order. Remember: On Amazon, if a book is extra large (deluxe edition) or some such, chances are the pre-order price will be greatly reduced from the release day price so do your homework, and you just may save some cash!

    On tap we've got books for everyone from the tiniest creeper to the fully grown adult ghoul in your home from Abrams, Insight Editions, Quirk, DK, Papercutz, Chronicle, Quatro, Capstone, Scholastic, BOOM! Studios, IDW Comics, Diamond Comics Distributors, Random House, Schiffer, Rizzoli, Red Wheel Weiser, and Chaosium. Whew!

    Highlights of upcoming horror titles include:

    Zombies on Film: The Definitive Story of Undead Cinema by Ozzy Inguanzo, Foreword by Max Landis (Rizzoli) - Zombies on Film chronicles popular culture’s greatest and most terrifyingly intriguing monsters in the very medium their shuffling, rotting, flesh-eating characteristics were shaped—at the movies! Spanning nearly a century, the zombie genre has been built by a creative and cultural transfer of influences from generation to generation of storytellers, filmmakers, and artists. This book tells the remarkable true story behind the creative and independent spirit that shaped a legacy, from its cinematic inception and evolution to its ultimate rise to pop culture prominence, covering the most popular, most influential, most overlooked—and of course, the most gory and terrifying—films featuring zombies.

    Author Ozzy Inguanzo’s insightful, witty, and informative text is complemented by more than 300 photographs, movie posters, and behind-the-scenes images spanning nine decades of classic films including Bela Lugosi’s White Zombie (1932), George Romero’s landmark Night of the Living Dead (1968), and Lucio Fulci’s cult classic Zombie (1979) as well as offerings from blockbuster directors such as Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive (1990), Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead (2004), and more recent entries like the breakthrough series "The Walking Dead" (2010) and the international sensation World War Z (2013).

    Six-Gun Gorilla by Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely (BOOM! Studios) - Welcome to “the Blister” -- a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly-contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there. This one is bloody as all hell and insane from minute to minute... two of our favorite flavors!!

    Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix (Quirk) - Something strange is happening at the Orsk Furniture superstore in Columbus, Ohio. Every morning employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds—clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-first century economy.

    A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it!

    Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (Random House) - Jason Segel, multi-talented actor, writer, and musician, teams up with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Miller for the hilariously frightening middle-grade novel Nightmares!, the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town. Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!

    Charlie Laird has several problems:
    1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
    2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself in after dark.
    3.He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.

    What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed. And when your worst nightmares start to come true... well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.

    Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters by August Ragone (Chronicle) - Now in paperback! Behind-the-scenes hero to anyone who’s thrilled by giant monsters duking it out over Tokyo, Eiji Tsuburaya was the visual effects mastermind behind Godzilla, Ultraman, and numerous Japanese science fiction movies and TV shows beloved around the world. The first book on this legendary film figure in English, this highly visual biography surveys his fascinating life and career, featuring hundreds of film stills, posters, concept art, and delightful on-set photos of Tsuburaya prompting monsters to crush landmark buildings. A must-have for fans, this towering tribute also profiles Tsuburaya’s film collaborators, details his key films and shows, and spotlights the enduring popularity of the characters he helped create.

    Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History by Drew McWeeny (Insight Editions) - Not much news on this one yet other than that it's tentatively scheduled for September 2015, but dig the eye candy and AWAIT THE COMING OF GOZER!!

    BookExpo America (BEA) is the #1 book and author event that offers access to new titles and education about the publishing industry. BEA is also the best place to experience the latest technology trends and meet face-to-face and network with your favorite and up-and-coming authors and other industry professionals. BEA combines the largest selection of English language titles on the planet and is the most comprehensive gathering of booksellers, librarians, and retailers in North America.

    Dates have already been set for 2015 and 2016:

    Thursday, May 28-Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Javits Center, NYC
    Thursday, May 12-Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Chicago

    Learn more on the official BookExpo America website, and happy reading!

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    Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Embarking on a Cross-Country Tour This Fall

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:30

    The Southern Gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, written by Stephen King with music and musical direction by John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, respectively, will tour across North America this fall.

    The tour kicks off right outside Bangor at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, Maine, on November 8, traveling through cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles before wrapping in San Francisco on December 5.

    Tickets for the performances go on sale June 20 at AXS.com unless otherwise noted.

    From the Press Release:
    This extraordinary collaboration 16 years in the making is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy, and revenge, performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of John Mellencamp’s band. The staging of Ghost Brothers is an amalgam of different styles – both old fashioned, resembling an old-style radio show, and yet, modern and unique in its interactive use of storytelling, music, and singing to move the macabre Ghost Brothers story forward.

    The story goes that Joe McCandless saw his two older brothers battle over a girl, which ended in the unfortunate deaths of all three. Now, with Joe as an adult and two boys of his own, he’s watching an all too familiar scenario play out before his eyes. As the story continues, a malevolent Shape circles the stage, singing about heaven and hell. Joe McCandless lingers in the dream-land café, remembering the events of his life, and is urged to action by the friendly bartender.

    In 2007 he goes to his family cabin in Darkland County, Mississippi, where his brothers died in 1967, to tell his own sons, Frank and Drake, his tale of brotherly love gone sour. With his sons at each other’s throats, Joe’s story will either save or destroy the McCandless family. Will Joe bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own sons? Find out whether the ghosts left behind will help him—or tear the McCandless family apart forever.

    After Mellencamp brought the story idea to King and the musical developed, it became clear to the collaborators that Ghost Brothers had taken them into unfamiliar territory — and they liked it that way. "John can make rock & roll records and I can write books for the rest of our lives," says King, "but that’s the safe way to do it, and that’s no way to live if you want to stay creative. We were willing to be educated, and at our age that’s an accomplishment." Eventually they enlisted T Bone Burnett, who produced Mellencamp’s last two albums as well as Grammy-winning albums like “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and the Robert Plant-Alison Krauss collaboration “Raising Sand”, to bring his signature shadowy ambience to the music.

    Throughout the production the eerie blues ‘n roots music reveals the inner workings of the characters as opposed to just propelling the play’s narrative, with only a few songs directly advancing the plot. Acclaimed director Susan Booth, the Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, who calls the musical “a kind of new age traveling medicine show,” explains, “I want the emphasis to be on this fantastic score and our great singers and how the story advances us from song to song. In most musicals the songs advance the narrative. With Ghost Brothers, the story will advance the songs.”

    Below are the dates and locations; for more info visit the official Ghost Brothers of Darkland County website.

    Nov 8 - Orono, ME - Collins Center for the Arts
    Nov 9 - Orono, ME - Collins Center for the Arts
    Nov 11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
    Nov 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theatre*
    Nov 14 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
    Nov 15 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
    Nov 16 - Baltimore, MD - The Modell Performing Arts Center at the LYRIC
    Nov 18 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
    Nov 20 - Portland, ME - Merrill Auditorium
    Nov 21 - Boston, MA - Emerson Colonial Theatre
    Nov 22 - Providence, RI - The VETS**
    Nov 24 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
    Nov 26 - Detroit, MI - Fisher Theatre
    Nov 28 - Chicago, IL - Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre
    Nov 29 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
    Dec 1 - Denver, CO - Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
    Dec 3 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
    Dec 4 - Los Angeles, CA - Saban Theatre
    Dec 5 - San Francisco, CA - SHN Curran Theatre

    *Philadelphia goes on sale June 27
    **Providence goes on sale June 19

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    Dominion's Chris Egan & Vaun Wilmott Talk Mythology, the Hero's Journey, Differences from Legion, Future Seasons & LOTS More

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:15

    With "Dominion" premiering June 19th, Syfy recently hosted a conference call with star Chris Egan and exec producer/creator Vaun Wilmott, and we have the highlights for you here.

    Settle in a bit because it's a long, wide-ranging discussion that touches upon the mythology of the TV show vs. the movie (2010's Legion) and how things have changed - Wilmott promises for the better - in this adaptation. He also describes the caste system in place in Vega society, what other worlds and supernatural beings we might see, and what the plan is for future seasons.

    Egan elaborates on his character (soldier Alex Lannon) and his relationships with both the Archangel Michael and the upper class Claire Riesen. Of course the great Anthony Head's name comes up as well as how much like the angels we know from religion these guys really are.

    But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Dive in, and be sure to tune in Thursday night for the premiere of "Dominion" on Syfy.

    Q: Chris, how did you get involved in the project, and what attracted you to it?

    Chris Egan: I was approached by my managers. There was a few things I was looking at, a few different scripts, and I heard about this one through the same management company [that reps exec producer] Scott Stewart [director/co-writer of Legion]. They brought it up to me and discussed it… I’d had a look at the script, and it fascinated me straight away. Definitely wanted to get on the call with Scott and Vaun and just talk through the idea and where the series was going to go.

    And I was very impressed with Vaun’s vision, Scott’s vision for the pilot, where they wanted to take the story and where they were going to take Alex. So I was just - in that presentation, in that call with both of them - I was completely blown away. And I loved the idea that we were taking this to Cape Town, South Africa, as well. To me, it just sort of felt that they were really taking this seriously. We weren’t just sort of going off to Vancouver or somewhere local, you know; we were really going to take this production somewhere that was really special. I was totally blown away by it.

    Q: Vaun, how much of the mythology from Legion is going to be in the series? Is it completely the same mythology, or have you changed things?

    Vaun Wilmott: It was definitely the jumping off point. But for the TV show it’s definitely expanded and changed, and there’s all kinds of new stuff. Legion was definitely kind of our foundation, and then from there the show grew into its own thing with new rules, new terms, new angels, new mythology for the chosen one. Then of course a whole new setting, all new characters with just a couple of the characters from Legion moving into the TV show… the baby growing up to be Alex, Michael, Gabriel, Jeep. But it’s definitely become its own thing in terms of the TV show, "Dominion."

    Q: Can you walk us through what the world of Legion is now like in "Dominion," a quarter century later?

    Vaun Wilmott: In terms of what the world is like, 25 years in the future, it’s got contemporary aspects… it’s definitely grounded. It’s definitely a big "what if?"…what if angels appeared in the sky? What if this actually happened; what would life - or what could life - be like? So it’s not an alternate reality. It is very much based in what could have happened, and Vega has a lot of giant casino hotels that could actually be perfect for housing people if need be. And we use all of that to basically create this new city, this new civilization, [ and] built a wall around it to protect this from the angels. But it will definitely be a recognizable world in terms of things we know…

    Chris Egan: For those that are fans of Legion, this will be a whole new story, and for those that haven’t seen Legion, it really is a whole new world 25 years in the future. The world of Vega and this fortified city… the land is desolate apart from these fortified cities. It’s a completely different spin to the movie.

    Q: Chris, Alex has been described as rebellious in nature; can you talk about that a little bit?

    Chris Egan: The story is that hero’s journey that he takes to discover himself, to discover who he is. And that’s sort of between being a man and the responsibility that’s laid on his shoulders to save mankind. It’s from that beginning, and the pitch of the story for me was so interesting and where that was going to go. We establish that in the pilot, but then as the episodes come on, it gets crazier and crazier, and the relationships around him are redefined between [the Archangel] Michael and [Alex's true love] Claire. And really it’s about which path is he going to take as a man to realize and understand his calling in a sense upon his life.

    Vaun Wilmott: I’ve always loved characters that have a strong point of view and something’s thrust on them that they didn’t expect or didn’t want or something’s asking them to change in a way that’s uncomfortable for them. And they fight against that - like John Conner in The Terminator. You know, characters that have something about their personality that fights against what’s being done to them or have had… Alex’s journey has been a tough one. And so he’s had to take care of himself; he’s had to survive. So that rebellious nature has actually kept him alive. But now he’s being asked to do something that he didn’t expect, that he didn’t ask for; it becomes a trick - like what is that rebellious nature going to do in terms of how he handles that destiny that he’s been given? And I think from a character point of view that’s where all of the fun of the storytelling comes in. And we get to watch Alex go through really the thing that we all watch characters for, which is just growth and change. We want to see what they’re going to do. And that’s what’s exciting for me about Alex’s character, about Chris’s character.

    Q: Alex and Michael seem to have a complicated relationship. How will we see that evolve throughout the season?

    Chris Egan: I’d like to think there’s a Star Wars element to this, the teacher, the student, and those roles that reverse. It’s a great relationship, and it is constantly getting redefined. Alex is constantly learning more about Michael, and Michael is learning more about Alex. So it grows. It’s constantly growing, and as Alex is struggling with this responsibility and learning about the tattoos and learning about his destiny, it gets tense with Michael and then it’s back on track, and it’s this back and forth. It’s been really wonderful to play with Tom [Wisdom] as well, the actor who plays Michael. It’s just been fantastic. He’s a great actor, and yes, it’s a great relationship.

    Q: And what about Claire, played by the lovely Roxanne McKee? It sounds like it’s also a complicated kind of thing.

    Chris Egan: Yes, Romeo and Juliet. And really it’s that great unattainable love. Their love is full of tribulation. And the responsibility; in the pilot Alex just wants to get out of Vega. He’s got the love of his life; he’s got his family. He’s just ready to get out and he’s over the system; he wants the freedom. But then there’s what happens in the end and the responsibility and this great calling. And then there’s a responsibility that Claire has to Vega, and we go into that back and forth. They take that road, sort of discovering themselves, discovering the responsibility that they both have, and it’s going to be interesting to see where that goes.

    Q: Vaun, will the action primarily occur in Vega, or will we be moving on to other cities as well?

    Vaun Wilmott: In the first season we’re very much based in Vega. It was important to establish that world, establish all the characters, establish "Dominion" the series. But definitely in future seasons we’ll be expanding out to New Delphi. We’ll learn what the camp is; the camp is a city that moves, which is very mysterious. We don’t really know much about it or who they are. So we will definitely explore the world, and the world will grow out with each season as we go. But for the first season it was kind of important to orient the audience I think in the world of "Dominion" and then Vega so we didn’t overwhelm right upfront. And so that definitely was the focus for the first season.

    Q: These angels are so different from the traditional ones that we were brought up with as children. Do either of you personally believe in angels? And does that affect your performance, Chris? And your writing, Vaun?

    Vaun Wilmott: That is a great question... Two things: One is the show is very much non-denominational. You know, I always intended it to actually not make a statement about religion. I really view the angels, Michael, Gabriel, and all the other angels, as literary characters, storytelling characters, as interesting as supernatural characters, as interesting as vampires and werewolves and ghosts or anything else that’s being used in genre right now. So for me it was very much about just simplifying it, just seeing it as a literary creation. There’s a 'God' and that God has angels and these angels are doing X, Y, and Z in this story.

    For me, I have my own personal faith, but it isn’t like I grew up fascinated by angels or had that be a focus of my religion. This show is purely for entertainment, purely for storytelling purposes, and they don’t really intersect with my own personal beliefs other than the way that all storytelling is informed by what you believe in all ways, not just in your religious beliefs. You know, the themes you’re interested in, the things that attract you to characters of the storym but for me, those two things are separate.

    Chris Egan: I agree with Vaun. Yes, I have my own personal faith and I think really it’s about… there’s a greater good, you know. I’ve always been very fascinated with that outer world. Like with "Kings," we took a biblical story [and made it modern day. Now we’re taking angels that are in the bible and we’re putting them into this world… it interests me, and I want to know these guys, I want to discover their world. This story resonates with me, and I think - as an actor and as a person - maybe I don’t quite understand subconsciously why I’m so attracted to it and what it is the message in this story, what we’re trying to say. But yes, I think it hits on all those points.

    Q: Will we be seeing any other sort of beings coming into play during this series? Will a 'God' or a higher power or anything that can kind of rival these angels be coming into play during the series as it develops?

    Vaun Wilmott: There definitely will be new and exciting angels, new additions, and expansions of the mythology. But you know… those will all be spoilers if I were to say anything now

    Q: We've heard from people that are pre-judging the show because they were a bit disappointed with Legion. How can you get those people to tune in?

    Vaun Wilmott: I think the most important thing is to give it a shot. If they have interest in genre, if they have interest in supernatural anything, if they have interest in angels or just good characters and drama, give it a shot because it really is its own thing. It’s not called Legion. It’s called "Dominion."

    Chris Egan: Yes, essentially this is a hero’s journey, this is a hero’s story, this is Alex, this is his discovery of himself. And really it’s about taking the audience with him… I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised. It really is a completely different world to where the movie is at. And of course, being 25 years in the future, it really is far from the movie.

    Vaun Wilmott: One quick thing… "Buffy" was [first] a movie that some fans loved, some fans didn’t. And then it became a very new and different show that was very popular that people really loved and embraced. I think they’re two separate things. Personally I liked the movie. I saw Legion and I was a very attracted to it and I thought it was well done, but in terms of our show, it really is its own thing.

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    Q: With regard to Vega, there's some CGI and green screen of course, but did you guys also have practical sets built?

    Vaun Wilmott: We actually used a mix of both; we did build a lot. That was one of the advantages of going to Cape Town; the level of crew was really high in terms of their talent and experience, but also in terms of what we could build, how far our dollars went. Scott Stewart, director of the pilot, was the founder of a special effects house called the Orphanage, one of the founders. And so he’s a real genius at special effects, and he’s just a really talented guy.

    He used to always say to me, "Real is better. Whenever you can point your camera at something real is better." So we built a lot of sets, but we also had [VFX company] Spin working for us, and they could create unbelievable vistas and landscapes and buildings so we did a lot of that as well. And then of course, wherever there’s angels flying, we do something more practical with the wires or we use green screen and those as well.

    Q: I understand that David Peterson created a language for "Dominion." How much of this language will be spoken in the series?

    Vaun Wilmott: David Peterson is an absolute genius, and the stuff that he creates is just incredible… he created a language called Lishepus for the angels, and we feature it here and there depending on where it’s the most dramatic and the best used. But it definitely is going to be in series. We try not to have it be used in an entire scene where you’ve got giant blocks of dialogue being said in it. But we definitely utilize it, and when we do, it sounds cool. David is amazing.

    Q: Vaun, you mentioned "Buffy" earlier. Certainly American genre fans have a fond affection for Anthony Head. Can you talk a little bit about working with him and what he’s brought to the series as a cast member?

    Vaun Wilmott: Tony Head is just… you know, he’s Tony Head. He’s so funny, he’s so talented, he’s smart… he just pops off the screen, and I think the "Buffy" fans will be really interested to see him in such a different way because he plays such a different character than he did on "Buffy." [Secretary of Commerce] David Whele is this rakish and manipulative, charismatic, articulate kind of power broker. And I think it will be a big surprise for the fans of "Buffy" and Tony Head to see him in "Dominion." It’s really a whole new Tony.

    Q: From what we've seen of the way that the social society is structured, it’s a very strict caste system. What’s the thinking behind having these very specific social structures and people unable to move between them?

    Vaun Wilmott: It basically was a system that General Riesen [Claire's father, played by Alan Dale] created at the beginning, basically at the founding of Vega when they were still fighting the war against the angels. They were quickly trying to build a wall at the same time as fighting off these onslaughts… So it was a chaotic time and they needed a way to kind of give everybody a job, give everybody a designation, give everybody a way to pitch in and be classified. It was a very military system that Riesen used. It was called the V system for Vega, the V one through six. And each level had a different designation in terms of what it means and who’s in it.

    But then, like all systems that start out intended to be one way and often become something else, that happens. Over time you have the elites getting entrenched, taking control of more and more of the resources of the city, installing themselves as senators, as basically the fat cats of the city. And then everybody else below them getting further and further cemented into their V system or their V level and not being able to move about. So I think that one of the great conflicts in the season and in the series will be, certainly in Vega, what is right and what’s wrong and what’s happening to the people and is it fair?

    I think Claire certainly represents a very different point of view than her father in terms of believing that it needs to change; whereas, although he recognizes that it did get warped and… became distorted basically over time, he’s not really willing to get rid of it. But that was the thinking at the beginning. It was definitely created for survival, and then over time just unfortunately it turned into something else.

    Q: Talking about the caste system, is Alex going to maybe to some extent move up, or is he going to continue for most of the series to hide who he is since nobody else knows anyway?

    Vaun Wilmott: I’m sure we can both answer that. From my point of view, he’s got bigger fish to fry because of what kind of landed on his shoulders. But certainly, as we clearly see in the pilot, he does not like the system. He hates it. He wants to escape it. And who knows? Down the line we’ll get to see if he does anything about that as part of his journey, and that’s just something that we’ll learn as we go. But I’m sure Chris can speak about that from a character point too.

    Chris Egan: It comes down to that saying: 'With great power comes great responsibility.' I think we’re going to see that struggle, that constant struggle with himself and with his relationships around him. And by the end you’re really going to be left with: What’s going to happen? Is he going to leave? Is he going to join? With the relationship with Michael, where does that leave us? He goes through stages and he makes sacrifices and it’s really about someone owning that calling on his life.

    Q: Vaun, it sounds like a lot of planning went into this series. As far as what’s ahead, how much do you have planned out for this season and possibly beyond?

    Vaun Wilmott: When I wrote the pilot, I spent about six weeks working on a series document that broke down the first three seasons in detail. And then another three seasons after that more macro. And one of the main spines through the series is, of course, Alex’s journey and the stages that he goes through - through each season. I’ve got loads of ideas, loads. So yes, we have all kinds of stories to tell for many seasons for "Dominion"!

    Our thanks to Chris and Vaun for their time, moderator Stephen Cox, Garrott Smith, and everyone at Syfy.

    "Dominion" follows the perilous journey of soldier Alex Lannon, set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth. The series stars Christopher Egan ("Kings"), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee ("Game of Thrones"), Alan Dale ("Lost"), Anthony Stewart Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), and Luke Allen-Gale ("The Borgias").

    It premieres Thursday, June 19th, on Syfy (9-10 pm ET/PT) with limited commercial interruptions.

    About "Dominion"
    Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), "Dominion" is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post–apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel (Carl Beukes), has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael (Wisdom), turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25-year battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control; and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier (Egan) begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.

    "Dominion," produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, is executive produced by Vaun Wilmott, Todd Slavkin, and Darren Swimmer, along with executive producers Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed the feature film Legion, Michael Litvak, and David Lancaster of Bold Films, who produced the original film. Film Afrika serves as the local production entity in South Africa.

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    The Blood Stream: Alice in Murderland

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:00

    The Blood Stream mines the Internet for horror gold so you don’t have to, delivering streamable horror titles never before featured on Dread Central. Occasionally I’ll dredge up something good, maybe even great. To find those gems, I’ll have to sift through a lot of breathtakingly bad cinema. Enjoy!

    This week my choice came down to two movies directed by a prolific no-budget auteur named Dennis Devine: Don’t Look in the Cellar and Alice in Murderland. (Fun fact: In 2000 Devine directed a movie called Bloodstream. Full circle!) Knowing both movies would likely be nigh unwatchable, I decided to choose whichever was shorter. As a result, I won’t be looking in the cellar this week. At 87 minutes it's a full minute longer than Alice and who has time for that?

    The story, insofar as it's coherent, is this: A seven-woman sorority decides to throw a party to celebrate the 21st birthday of fair-haired sister Alice. Do they throw this party at the sorority house? A local bar? Showbiz Pizza? No, they do not. They choose a house known as "the old Glass place", which is described as a rundown mansion situated next to a garbage dump. (We never actually see the exterior of the building, just an alley and a metal door as characters enter and exit.) The Glass place also just so happens to be where Alice's mother was brutally murdered exactly 20 years ago to the day. These girls know how to make a birthday special.

    For no goddamn reason whatsoever, they decide it will be an Alice in Wonderland theme party. Because 150-year-old children's books are all the rage with college kids. Furthermore, they decide, there will be no boys allowed and no cellphones. No cellphones! What, no mandatory "split up to check out strange noises" rule?

    You'd be mad as a hatter to add Alice in Murderland to your Netflix Queue.

    Chop off your own head before you put it on your Amazon Watchlist.

    As you've no doubt surmised, this is an awful movie even by amateur standards. It suffers from choppy editing, inconsistent ambient noise from shot to shot and atrocious camera work. Most shots appear to be autofocused on whatever's in the foreground. The back of a listener's head will often be in perfect focus while the speaking character in the center of the scene is fuzzy.

    Most of the girls are high school theatre caliber actors, with Alice unfortunately the dullest of the bunch. (There are three men in the movie too, all of whom are just as bad.) However, while I wouldn't call her quite a professional, I genuinely enjoyed Donna, the obligatory ditz. She alone is consistently likable and amusing. Her endearing innocence and unforced delivery allow for some cute, funny lines. ("I made a pun! I said blow chunks...and it's a junkyard!")

    The whole movie takes place in approximately two locations: an improbable ranch-style sorority house and the old Glass place itself, which in real life is probably a rental studio space. At least that's the most likely explanation for the black box theater half the scenes take place in. (Hey, free lighting!) I have no idea why there's a basement full of sewing machines. They certainly have nothing to do with the narrative.

    I have a special affinity for terrible independent horror movies made on shoestring budgets. I admire films whose plots are determined by what kinds of props and sets are available for free. These movies are built on the belief that if you put in enough energy and love, even a bad horror movie can sell. All it takes is a little gore, a little humor and, ideally, the promise of a little T&A.

    I was involved in just such an endeavor many years ago. I remember tearing a hole in a pair of jeans and applying corn syrup and provolone cheese to my kneecap to simulate a gunshot wound. It was a lot of fun.

    The movie I was in was just as dreadful as this one (and I was among the worst parts). But we all worked really hard and we had a blast. Making shlocky movies to turn a buck is a fine goal, even if the end product is all but devoid of artistic merit. Though I've never understood the term "so bad it's good", I imagine there are enough masochists out there to make this thing profitable. After all, Devine has made five movies since. So good for him.

    But, as a sophisticated consumer of entertainment, Alice in Murderland is not good for you. It's a technical disaster. It's not scary. It's not sexy. It's a little gory and a little funny, but even at 86 minutes it's way too long.

    Instead, read Lewis Carroll's original novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, then watch Scream for the hundredth time.

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    Infographic Offers Tips and Tools For Surviving the Zombie Outbreak

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:30

    Who knows more about survival gear than REI, the outfitter for the outdoors? Probably no one outside of that "Man vs. Wild" guy on TV, and who really wants to live if you have to drink your own pee? REI offers some more palatable alternatives to surviving when the zombie outbreak occurs.

    Take a look at the snappy graphic from REI below and learn all you need to know to help you stay alive when the living dead are milling about.

    The first section gives tips on what to wear and what to carry with you. The rest of your education comes in the form of explaining survival skills like how to exterminate a zombie with a frying pan, applying moleskin to a blister, and disorienting the undead with a flashlight. These all sound like really important abilities to have when the ultimate crapstorm finally hits.

    There's also a handy reference area at the bottom that contains useful articles, books, movies, television shows, and websites that can give those interested additional information on zombies.

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    Set Visit: Actress Kirsten Prout Talks Joy Ride 3

    Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:15

    With writer/director Declan O’Brien’s Joy Ride 3: Road Kill releasing to DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday, June 17th, here’s additional coverage stemming from our set visit last summer to the same in Winnipeg, Canada.

    Written and directed by O'Brien, whose previous horror entries include the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment features Wrong Turn 3, Wrong Turn 4 and Wrong Turn 5 (as well as Syfy's Sharktopus), Joy Ride 3: Road Kill (review) originated with the 2001 Paul Walker-starring, J.J. Abrams-co-scripted film Joy Ride.

    Produced by Kim Todd, this installment (which melds the worlds of tuner car racing and road-trip horror) stars Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason) as the project's villainous truck driver 'Rusty Nail.’

    Joining him are Kirsten Prout (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as tuner-car girl ‘Jewel McCaul,’ Jesse Hutch (Freddy vs. Jason) as racer ‘Jordan Wells,’ Benjamin Hollingsworth (of the television series “Cult”) as mechanic ‘Mickey Cole,’ Gianpaolo Venuta (of the series “Being Human”) as ‘Austin Moore,’ Jake Manly (“Hemlock Grove”) as ‘Bobby Crow,’ Leela Savasta (2006’s Black Christmas) as ‘Alisa Rosado,’ Dean Armstrong (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings) as ‘Officer Williams,’ Sarah Mitch as ‘Candy,’ and J. Adam Brown as ‘Rob,’ among others.

    Touching down in Winnipeg last summer, we joined the cast and crew for Days 13 and 14, which featured two evenings of practical effects-heavy night shoots outside the city. In addition to witnessing some rather gruesome gags involving vehicular-inspired mutilation (courtesy of FX artist Cameron Patterson and crew), we chatted with Canadian actress Prout, who stated of her attachment to Joy Ride 3 and her character of ‘Jewel,’ “I read the script and thought it was badass. My character is kind of the ‘cheerleader’ of the (Jordan Wells) racing team, and I think Gianpaolo (Venuta) and I provide a bit of the comedic relief in the film, which I don’t think was intentional, but sometimes you have a funny chemistry with (another actor).”

    “It’s safe to say that I’m a horror fan,” continued the affable and striking Prout, who previously starred in the horror flick My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 3 and will appear in the upcoming genre features Stalker and Captured.

    “In high school my friend and I would go and dig in the 99-cent bargain bins for the worst horror movies we could find. So I would say how my love for horror started out was through comedy, which is why every time I do a horror film I try and add a little bit of humor into it, because at the end of the day the best horror films have those terrifying moments combined with unintentionally weird, gross or awkward moments, and you just have to laugh. So my love of horror films kind of grew out of a place of camp.”

    With director O’Brien nearby overseeing a FX gag involving a character’s grisly demise via radiator fan to the face, “What I love doing is running around, with blood all over the place, screaming and crying and out of control,” commented Prout. “How often do you get to do that in everyday life? So it’s nice to be on a show where we can just let loose. If I can just keep working in horror films, I’d be happy. They are incredibly fun.”

    Look for our exclusive video interviews with actor Kirzinger and more from the set of Joy Ride 3: Road Kill here soon, and have a look at our exclusive photo gallery here.

    We’d like to thank Fox’s Conor Sellers and Trailer Park’s Cara Mandel for their assistance.

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