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#SDCC14 Exclusive: Anne Rice Talks Prince Lestat, Future Vampire Chronicles, Updates on Her Werewolves, Witches, and More!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 23:32

With vampires and witches descending on SDCC today, we squeezed in a few moments with someone who knows a thing or two (or 20) about both types of creatures: author Anne Rice, in town to promote Prince Lestat.

Since "True Blood," "The Vampire Diaries," "Salem," and "American Horror Story: Coven" were all in town, Saturday was the perfect time to head over to the Hyatt for a quiet one-on-one with Ms. Rice, one of the forerunners when it comes to stories about these two uber popular supernatural beings.

We dug right in to find out all we could about Prince Lestat. With so much time having passed since her last entry in The Vampire Chronicles and considering all the various incarnations of vampires over those years, we first wanted to hear from Anne about what excited her most about reconnecting with her muse, Lestat. What was her favorite reaction to revisiting this familiar character in her new novel?

"Exploding with a whole bunch of new ideas," she answered. "I didn't know whether I could. I wanted to get back, I wanted to talk about him again, and I started reading all the books. Right away I thought, 'Of course, of course. I want to do this, I want to do that. I want to take this further, I want to go there.' All this came to me, and that's [why] taking ten years off from the Chronicles has worked out well for me because Prince Lestat couldn't have been written ten years ago. I didn't have it in me at the time. I hadn't gone to those places yet."

"In the book he is coming out of his depression. He's coming out of his exile so I'm accommodating that long delay. Nobody's heard from him in a long time."

We mentioned that she's said before Lestat simply wasn't talking to her anymore, and she agreed, "He wasn't. In a way, he really wasn't. And I associated him with some of the most painful and dark periods in my life. He was very much associated with that, and what I had to do was go and ask him, 'Can you talk about something else besides pain and darkness?'"

"And the novel shaped up with the vampires all turning to him and saying, 'Come back. We need you. We need you as the leader. We have to have some kind of new faith in what's going on.' And that's really what the novel is about; it's about how he becomes 'Prince Lestat.' How he lives up to that title, what that title means."

What sort of surprises might there be for the fans along the way during Lestat's new journey? Rice was pragmatic. "I can tell you this: From the very beginning the audience has always been polarized on every book from the start."

She has no illusions of pleasing everyone. "There were people that hated the second novel [The Vampire Lestat] and felt it was not as good as the first. There were people that read the second one first and thought the first was not as good as the second when they read it. There were people who hated the Queen of the Damned and people who loved it… Every single book that happens."

"Some people are very disappointed, and they say it's not what they wanted. That's one of the first, loudest things you hear. And I think that's inevitable, that's going to happen. But I certainly put everything into it that I wanted to be in it, and I certainly have found it very satisfying to take Lestat into new areas and to revisit old characters and bring in new characters. Some people, again, it's not going to be for them, and that's inevitable."

Anne's next remarks were music to my ears as she compared Prince Lestat to my most favorite chapter of The Vampire Chronicles, the aforementioned Queen of the Damned. "It's definitely the most like Queen of the Damned. It's the only one other than Queen of the Damned that really talks about the whole tribe being in a crisis, more or less - several crises actually - and demands from the young ones for the Old Ones to please come forward, come out of hiding, and take over and lead."

"The young are very dissatisfied that Mekare and Maharet, the eldest of the tribe, are in hiding, in exile, unreachable. They summon people to themselves every now and then. It's Maharet really; Mekare is not doing anything except holding the Sacred Core inside her. It's about the proliferation of the young vampires in 2013 all over the planet needing somebody to be a leader. They are a leaderless tribe, a leaderless people. The threats they are mainly facing are from one another. They are battling over territory in the cities, they're squabbling. Different things happen and they don't know whether it's the Old Ones targeting them or other young ones. There's a lot of chaos. They want somebody to step up; they want somebody to be a leader. And that's what it's really about. It's whether or not Lestat will come forward and whether any other of the ancients is willing to come forward and give up their sort of sublime solitude and their sublime exile to come into the fray, more or less, and be seen and be heard and so forth."

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With a lot of chaos in play and Anne's own Facebook post back in March of this year that she was already formulating ideas for the sequel, which the author confirmed for us will be titled Blood Paradise (conceived by her editor, Vicky Wilson), we wondered how many more novels about the Brat Prince there might be on the horizon.

The potential is "unlimited right now," according to Rice, "unlimited. The second one I hope to have finished by October. It's just boiling over with material…

"When I finish it, I'll know. There'll be a period of exhaustion, but then I'll know if there's going to be a third right away or if it's going to take a little time. But I would say it's unlimited right now; I don't see closing it out. I never really wanted to close it out anyway. When I stopped, I left it open; that's why a lot of people were disappointed in Blood Canticle back in 2003 because there was no real finale. It was just Lestat went dancing off into the night. *laughs* I left it open. I didn't resolve things... I liked the idea of them all existing out there and all moving through time and making new connections and making new vampires."

With new connections being mentioned, we asked Anne, now that Lestat is back in her life, does she still have time for Reuben Golding and his Wolf Gift cohorts? "I'll get back to them soon," she promised. "They're just a different language and a different kind of pleasure to write."

What sort of differences are there when writing about vampires versus werewolves? "[Wolves] are a lot of fun... to me it's a different story [to write] about immortals in the modern world and how they adjust. The wolves are different because, you know, they're really human most of the time. Fully, completely human. So in some ways it's a lot of fun to write about them because they can function so well in the human world. With the vampires, it's always after dark. And it's always titanic powers: mind-reading, flying, defying gravity, being able to burn someone up with your mind."

"When you deal with characters who are that powerful, it takes a lot of negotiation. How do you find a plot when you have a houseful of people who can all read each other's thoughts? You have to find some way to describe how they shut one another out or confuse one another… with the wolves I don't have to do that so much."

With witches being so ubiquitous these days, especially on TV, we had to ask Anne about any progress being made with regard to James Duff's adaptation of her The Lives of the Mayfair Witches novels, a project that first sprang to life over five years ago. You'd think HBO, Showtime, or even upstarts like A&E or WGN America would snap it up. Unfortunately, it's not so simple.

Rice explained, "The actual, practical reason [is] Warner Bros. owned two of The Witching Hour books for ten years, and when they reverted back to me, they reverted back to me with a lien against them for a certain amount of money. It's that that's hanging things up. The rights are available; they're mine, I own the rights, but whoever steps up to make a movie or a miniseries has got to pay Warner Bros. that money… It's a fairly large lien… they paid me quite a bit for The Witching Hour and for Lasher, the second novel. But there is a lot of interest... I think things will move. Let's hope that Prince Lestat, even though it's not about the witches, will help."

As for any of the latest reboot/remake/reimagining rumors about the granddaddy of them all, her classic Interview with the Vampire, Anne acknowledged, "There's a lot of movie interest. Let's hope... It's always a matter of hammering out the contract, and it's so complicated. I do think it's a golden era though. We have never had fantasy and the supernatural on TV like we have today of the finest quality… It's just a banquet table right now of unbelievable entertainment. It's really great… Today we have this feast, and we have this archival culture where you can find anything of any age, too. It's just a great time."

It certainly wasn't always that way. Genre films and TV shows of any sort were few and far between back when Anne was growing up and starting her career. She told us how impactful NBC's 1973 TV movie "Frankenstein: The True Story" was on her writing back in the beginning. "That had a big influence on me," she reminisced. "I saw that and wrote Interview with the Vampire… it was so well done and so beautiful, so romantic and so rare, at that time, that it just sent me right in to my desk to write Interview with the Vampire. And now we've got 20 times that happening."

With Prince Lestat hitting bookshelves October 28th, Halloween 2014 is sure to be one to remember for Rice, and she'll be celebrating in style at the Lestat Coronation Ball (hosted by Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat Fan Club) in New Orleans on October 31st.

Anne extended us - and our readers - an invitation: "If you've never come to the Ball, think of coming because it can be quite wonderful. It also can be a lot of fun to be in New Orleans and in the French Quarter for Halloween!" Be careful what you wish for, Anne. We just might take you up on your offer!

Our thanks to Anne Rice for her time, Becket for his camera work, and Josh Zajdman at Penguin Random House for coordinating.

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#SDCC14: Alien: Isolation - Hands-On Impressions; Interview with Developer Al Hope

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 21:48

There are a million things to do at Comic-Con, but if you're a fan of Alien and a gamer, all roads led to Sega's impressive Alien: Isolation booth. It's home to one giant sized Xenomorph egg & opens up to let attendees slide in and spend time with the game in the coolest setting possible.

After checking out the game a bit, we were able to chat with the game's developer, Al Hope. Read on for our first impressions and Al's comments.

Alien: Isolation was running on the PlayStation 4, and the controls were pretty simple. You have to hold down the R1 shoulder button to bring up the Motion Tracker we all know and love. L2 was aim, R2 was fire, pressing the right stick in would crouch, and X would let you interact with the environment (i.e., picking up weapons and collectibles and hiding). Like in Outlast, something tells me hiding is an activity we all will be doing a lot of.

This is not a blazing action game so if you think that you're gonna be going on massive bug-hunts (which were pitifully presented in Aliens: Colonial Marines), then look elsewhere. This is a true survival horror game.

The level we got to play was a simple challenge map. We had to get from point A to point B without dying. Easier said than done. Trying to survive the various hallways is a lot harder than you may think. The stealth approach seemed to be the best tactic. There were closets to hide in and things to duck behind.

Even though you may not see the Alien at first, you can feel that he's omnipresent at all times. This is you against it. As the motion tracker pulsates, signifying that the creature is nearby, the DualShock 4 controller rumbles accordingly. Pretty much in accordance with your heart rate because this was some high anxiety on display. When the Alien gets close by and you're hiding, it's really hard to resist the urge to run. Doing so, however, will alert it to your presence, and if you're not packing some serious firepower, you may just want to stay the hell where you are until it is "safe."

There was never a feeling of safety though, as much like the original movie, this felt like a haunted house in outer space type of experience. Along the way in our playthrough we managed to find a flame-thrower. Even though that's a serious weapon, the Alien was lightning quick, and before we knew it, it was upon us... drooling... black lips peeling back over its metallic teeth until the familiar inner jaws shot out like a rocket. Fade to black.

If this is representative of the final product, we're all in for a serious treat. The graphics and sound were mind-blowing and the controls very intuitive. Immediately upon exiting the egg, I had to speak with game developer Al Hope to ask him some of the hard questions and dig deeper into what to expect.

Again, every Alien fan who's played Aliens: Colonial Marines is naturally taking a wait and see approach to Isolation. We asked Hope if there was anything he could tell us to temper some of those fears.

"The honest answer is, we started making this game about four years ago, so, way before 'Colonial Marines' came out," Hope tells us. "Me, in particular, wanted to make a different kind of 'Aliens' game. I think games based on the franchise previously had been about the James Cameron experience: Vietnam in space, lots of pulse rifles, lots of aliens."

"That can be a great experience but I really loved the first film and I thought there had to be an awesome video game there. So, from day one, that’s what we were going to do. So it was me going to SEGA and then going to FOX and saying, ‘Hey look, this could be incredible.’ So, for a long time we’ve been working on this project going in a completely different direction. We really wanted to make a game completely focused on survival and not about killing so it’s a completely different experience. We really, really just wanted to make one Alien super meaningful to the player: terrifying, intelligent, something that actually made you feel like you were being hunted. I think that's what 'Alien: Isolation' is. For the first time a game offers the player a chance to experience Ridley Scott’s 'Alien' and that’s a completely new and unique experience."

Being that there is just one Alien menace and players are used to getting a constant amount of stimuli in their games, we wondered what Hope's team did to limit the experience to just one 'Big Bad' while keeping it interesting for the player.

"At E3 we announced that we were going to introduce some other characters to the sort of wider world, so the game takes place on a very remote deep space station. There’s a very small amount of inhabitants in that situation. Now, they're in the same situation as the player; they’re desperate to survive. That makes them extremely unpredictable. Sometimes you’ll come across people and they can be kind of a help and can help you on your way, sometimes they can be less so. That provides a big problem to the player because everyone starts getting jumpy and starts firing a weapon. You can see what can potentially occur."

"Because they are also unpredictable, they’re using the same core A.I. They’re listening and that informs their core behavior. You can have these incredible escalation of events where you think you have a plan of action which might seem very simple but, in a moment, things can change up and suddenly you’ve got a completely different scenario to deal with."

"For me, it’s a game about player choice: moment to moment, what are you going to do? There’s some things to collect in the world that allows you to, if you get the right components, build tools and devices which will help you change the odds. If you’re in the space of an alien and you throw a flare and you get it right, it will attract his attention and he’ll move out of the way and you can bypass him without a confrontation. We also have the synthetics that are all kind of basic androids, and they’re way behind in the tech race and they’re very unpredictable. Sometimes they’re helpful and sometimes they’re very aggressive. There are a number of mysteries and stories within the game, and that gets revealed over time."

In terms of creating the Nostromo and the original cast for the game's DLC...

"For us to be doing this in the first place is amazing. Actually, for this demo, to kind of pitch it, we recreated the medical lab from Alien. We built one and then we smashed up the second one. But, of course, you do that and all the light bulbs start going off and you think maybe we should build the 'Nostromo.'"

"Our game takes place 15 years after the 'Nostromo' goes missing. So, if we’re doing that, we thought maybe we can get the original cast to come and be part of this. One of the goldmines we got was from Twentieth Century Fox; they gave us a huge amount of archive material. For this, one of the most important things we had were the continuity photos of the cast in their full make-up from the front and the side, and we used that original 1979 material to recreate those faces. That really helped us take it further."

Hope continues, "This whole project has been based on ‘We have to make this happen.’ The attention to detail, the atmosphere, the immersion… for me, I was convinced that if we could get it in front of the right people, [we'd succeed]... and fortunately they said yes. For Sigourney Weaver, for the first time in video games, to come back and reprise her role… I still remember the cheer when I told the team that she’d agreed to do it. It was a pretty magical moment."

Alien: Isolation is a single-player experience and Hope confirmed that there are no plans to add on multi-player down the road. Given this fact we inquired as to the length of the game's campaign.

"That’s a really good question and a difficult one to answer, not because I’m trying to avoid it, but because of the nature of the game. People get really immersed and highly involved in the world. It’s a highly detailed world. And also the fact that it’s a very dangerous world means that you can try, but it’s high risk. You go can through the game and replay it differently each time."

"That’s what’s fascinating about [Comic-Con] for me... you have people standing here and these people play for about forty minutes to an hour but that’s because every time someone goes inside an egg, we have a different entertaining experience. When you’re playing the main game, say you do die and you’re in a certain space trying to get from point A to point B, when you go again it’s going to be different. The Alien is really dynamically reacting off the world around you and reacting to your actions."

Alien: Isolation is a first person survival horror game where players must traverse a space station in solitude. Well, not total solitude, there is one guest. A gigantic Xenomorph that wants to know what your insides look like. You will need to use all of your wits, not just to succeed, but to survive.

Alien: Isolation will be released on October 7th, a short one week before the new title from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami releases, The Evil Within. Both titles will be available for PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

For more info visit the official Alien: Isolation website, "like" Alien: Isolation on Facebook, and follow Alien: Isolation on Twitter.

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Nymph Swims to DVD in September

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 21:25

Here's the thing... you put Kristina Klebe in a movie entitled Nymph, you immediately have our attention. Having killer mermaids in it? Well, that's just a bonus! Read on for all the fishy details.

Epic Pictures Group has announced a September 9 DVD/VOD release for the creature feature from Apocalypse of the Dead director Milan Todorovic.

Nymph stars screen legend Franco Nero (Tarantino’s Django Unchained), Kristina Klebe (Halloween, Proxy), and Natalie Burn (The Expendables 2).

Synopsis
The story tells the tale of two young women who go on a Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned fortress.

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#SDCC14: Jurassic World Rolls into Comic-Con

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 20:58

If you can avert your eyes from staring at the copious amounts of camel toe and moose knuckle long enough you never know what you'll see hanging around the San Diego Comic-Con. Case in point: These blink and you missed 'em Jurassic World vehicles.

Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.

More as it comes.

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#SDCC14: New Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Trailer

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 20:44

San Diego, 2014. A mandarin buffet of all things nerdy. But forget the modern trends, cosplay, steam punk, “bronies”. This is the place for the classics, and it doesn’t get more classically nerdy than a Lord of the Rings video game.

It seems Monolith Productions has picked the perfect place, at the perfect time, to unleash a new story trailer for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The new trailer, hot iron branded with the title The Bright Lord reveals the game will feature of the ghost of Celebrimbor. The trailer shows glimpses of him remembering Sauron tasking him with the creating the original rings and the ultimate betrayal, and savage murder that ensued.

If getting a glimpse into the story behind Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor wasn’t enough, the trailer also answers everyone’s dark prayers by revealing Gollum will be featured in the game.

But why should a horror fan care? Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor may be a fantasy RPG, but it is showing some strong horror elements. The game’s protagonist, Tallion is imbued with wraith abilities and is essentially a ghost, hell bent on murder. Speaking of murder, the trailer shows glimpses of Sauron murdering Celebrimbor’s innocent family. Pretty horrific for a fantasy game based on a novel written for children.

The heat has been sweltering for anyone looking forward to the release of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor as this trailer comes just a scant day after news broke that the game was being bumped up from it’s original release date to September 30th. Rejoice nerdom, our day has come.

It is currently available for pre-order here and below.

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#SDCC14: What We Know About The Next Mass Effect After BioWare's Panel

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:20

I couldn't be at BioWare's SDCC panel this year and it killed me to miss it. Turns out they remain tight-lipped about the direction of the next Mass Effect game, but we got some interesting tidbits, nonetheless.

Fans speculated that BioWare would at least indicate the direction or title of the next game in the series this afternoon. Instead, fans who attended the SDCC panel got glimpses of character armors and vehicle designs. They were also treated to a quick video that showed the (somewhat infamous) Mako in action.

Those who played the original Mass Effect will recall the mobile infantry vehicle that was necessary for exploring the planets you traversed. The all-terrain buggy was taken out of the sequels when fans complained that navigating it was a royal pain in the ass. To be fair, it was. But it was also a lot of fun, and its removal cost the series its exploratory spirit. Something that many of us absolutely loved, warts and all.

See what I'm talking about (from the 2007 game):

Naturally, most of us assumed that the Mako was gone for good. But this news indicates that BioWare intends to make good on their promise that the new game brings back the exploration. That's a really good thing. While I love the storyline, there was something about picking my team and just scouring every damn corner of the game that I'm looking forward to doing once more.

BioWare also reminded the panel that Commander Shepard is not returning for the next game (which, producer Michael Gamble stressed, will not be called Mass Effect 4). Curiously, though, we may see other familiar faces, and BioWare hinted (but did not state or confirm) that the next game could be set in another galaxy (an obvious choice if they're looking to avoid reference to the trilogy's ending).

If I were a betting man, I would assume this means we'll see Dr. Liara T'Soni once more. Asari live for a thousand years, and Liara was just over 100 when we met her in Mass Effect. She also happens to be one of the only characters who cannot die at any point in the trilogy (unless you really screw up at the end of 3). Hopefully they can pepper in some other characters without making it seem too forced or reliant on past glories.

The new game is being developed by BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Montreal, and they maintain that gender selection for your hero will remain. It's obviously an important feature for player agency and hopefully they'll include more precise character customization. They also confirmed that cooperative multiplayer (introduced in Mass Effect 3) is expected to return as well.

This information comes courtesy of Nerd Appropriate's Twitter feed, which I'll posted below. Appreciate the diligence there, folks!

Watch this space in the coming months. No, it may not be horror, but I'll going to be covering Mass Effect for Dread Central. Let me have this one, guys. I'm kinda excited about it.

- @masseffect #SDCC - I for one am excited about planetary exploration with a brand new Mako! Exciting stuff. pic.twitter.com/AYkVi83Iq7

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#SDCC14: Hotel Guests Have The Chance to Win Exclusive Wrong Turn 6 Poster

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 18:41

If you're like me, this news is shocking because you can't quite believe there are six Wrong Turn movies. At any rate, 20th Century Fox is giving hotel guests a chance to win a really cool poster this weekend.

Are you staying at the Four Points Sheraton Downtown or the DoubleTree San Diego? If so, these hotels will be outfitted with special, bloody Wrong Turn 6 door hangars on their doors. Should you happen to see one, all you have to do is tweet out a picture of the door hanger with the hashtag #WT6. Then all you have to do is stop by Fox booth #4229 and receive an exclusive Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort teaser poster.

You can dig on it below.

The sixth installment in the down-home slasher franchise is due this October, directed by Re-Kill's Valeri Milev.

Watch this stop for more info!

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#SDCC14: Legendary Announces Skull Island Movie With King Kong!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 16:31

Legendary Pictures is apparently all about the info bombs at this year's Comic Con, as they've just announced the return of King Kong in a Skull Island movie! Yes, the stars are already aligning for a King Kong/Godzilla rematch, aren't they?

Legendary previewed some ambiguous teaser footage at their SDCC '14 panel, which wound up being a teaser for a Skull Island movie, set to showcase the return of King Kong.

While it doesn't take a genius to see what Legendary Pictures is planning to do with all these resurrected monster franchises, King Kong has always been near and dear to my heart. I've even got nostalgia for King Kong vs. Godzilla, as it was one of the first films in the Godzilla series that I saw. The prospect of another knock-down, drag-out brawl between these two cinematic titans makes me smile.

Of course, Godzilla was distributed by Warner Bros., and Skull Island will presumably come from Universal. How will this affect things? Stay tuned!

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Exclusive: Angelica Bridges Talks Axeman 2: Overkill

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:00

We told you about Joston Theney's sequel to his flick Axeman, entitled Axeman 2: Overkill, a couple of weeks back; and right now we have the first ever interview with star Angelica Bridges ("Baywatch," "The Bold and The Beautiful").

Dread Central: The producers, Joston "El Rey" Theney and Dr. Christopher Otiko, have been a little tight-lipped about the script. What can you tell us about the film?

Angelica Bridges: I don't want to give out too many of the gory details, but I will say they are going for more horror, if that's even possible. They will be taking the "killings" in the film to a whole other level of profoundness! People that usually don't ever cover their eyes while watching horror films will probably be starting a new trend after watching this film.

DC: You play "Dungie" in the film. What can you tell us about the character? How does she fit into this world?

AB: My character is just a complete badass. She has military background, and with that also comes her love for large firearms. She fits into the crazy mix by being greedy as some of the other characters are in the film, but in different ways. You will have to watch and see how her quest pans out.

DC: The character seems to be quite a departure from previous characters you've played. Do you think your personality is closer to her or other characters you've portrayed in the past? What similarities do you share with the character? And if she isn't closest to your personality, which character from you previous work have been?

AB: What most people don't know about me is that I love playing strong, powerful characters. I think being a badass character fits my personality more than anything else. My two other favorite roles I have portrayed were also tough females. The first was "Omegis," an evil sorceress with split personalities on the TV series "Mortal Kombat," and the other was "Red Sonja" on the "Conan the Barbarian" TV series. I also enjoy firearms. I got my first taste of firing an automatic rifle on the set of the movie Mystery Men. The stunt and firearms coordinator took me into the back of an enclosed semi truck, handed me a rifle, and said, "Let her rip!" I tried a few rounds and then was sent straight to the set to shoot. I was hooked after that experience. I know I will have some fun with Dugie's array of artillery in the new film!

DC: We didn't find any horror in your resume. Have you worked in horror before? Are you a little fearful walking in?

AB: I have done one horror film before called The Perfect Woman, which was shot in a castle in the UK. I had a fight scene in that film and broke my nose. The whole crew just stopped once the blood started splattering out of my nose and dripping all over my co-star. I was upset because they stopped rolling when the fight got real and blood started flowing! They were so worried about me and I wanted to keep rolling because it was so authentic and I was in the moment. It was an amazing two weeks of my life so I think I will fit in just fine with the Axeman clan!

DC: The original Axeman was pretty dark yet funny, and the minds behind it have said the sequel is going to be darker, grittier, and bloodier. You've read the script - what's your take on it? What are we in store for?

AB: Like I mentioned earlier, be prepared for horror on a whole other level. Death will feel like a 4D experience with how far they are going to take the scenarios.

DC: What can tell us about working with Joston "El Rey" Theney so far? Have you guys gotten into the collaborative process?

AB: Josten is amazing and obviously has a brilliant, twisted mind for horror. He knows what he's doing and his veteran-ship of horror shows tremendously. Everyone that has ever worked with him has an incredible experience and can't wait for the sequel to work with him again.

DC: You're known from your "Baywatch" fame. Do we get a "Baywatch" run in this film?

AB: If there is any type of "Baywatch" run in this film, it will be a much dirtier, grittier run. I won't be looking so "cute" this time. I also will be carrying a big gun instead of a red can. Big difference!

DC Any future projects beyond Axeman 2: Overkill that you're working on? What can you tell us?

AB: I just had the amazing opportunity of co-starring in Pharrell's new video, "Come Get it Babe." It is supposed to drop in a week. There haven't been too many times that I can say, "Wow, today I hung out at a swimming pool for three hours while Pharrell lip synced, sang, and flirted with me and I had to brush him off and act disinterested!" Only in Hollywood. LOL

I just shot a starring role in a comedy pilot titled "The Rent," which is a modern day "Three's Company" set in an chic dysfunctional apartment in Beverly Hills. It's hilarious, and all fingers and toes crossed it will get picked up!

DC: Any website, social media, or event of yourself, the film, or future projects you'd like to share?

AB: I can be followed on Instagram for all of my updates and new projects.

Axeman 2: Overkill Details
On the heels of successful early results from the May 5th release of Axeman, filmmaker Joston “El Rey” Theney and co-writer/executive producer Dr. Christopher Otiko of Blood Red Films announce plans for the sequel, Axeman 2: Overkill.

Officially in pre-production as of Thursday, July 2nd, cameras roll in early October on location in Frazier Park, CA. The upcoming sequel stars former 3-time World Champion (WWE “Adam Bomb / WCW “Wrath”) Bryan Clark as the titular character, former “Baywatch” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” star Angelica Bridges, recent “Big Brother” reality contest winner Rachel Reilly, and Farrah Abraham in her feature film debut.

Axeman alum Arielle Brachfeld returns to the retro 80s-inspired slasher as plucky, reluctant hero Deputy Darlene Whitfield, as does Theney, who reprises his role as the affable, death-defying Darren Cole. Newcomers to the slasher series are Jacqui Holland (My Best Friend’s Girl), Alisha Seaton (The Fourth Kind), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), Monique Parent (Profane Exhibit), and Hannah Landberg (Rabid Love).

When asked for details on the sequel, writer/director Joston Theney replied, “Well, it’s certainly a darker, grittier film than the first. We learned a lot from our first go ‘round. There’s no CGI blood splatters. No short cuts in SFX. No deeply, intertwined love trysts. This is a bloodletting! This film WILL live up to it’s name – Overkill. Guaranteed.”

The sequel will see an initial theatrical release in early 2015.

Get ready for another vacation to dismember with Axeman 2: Overkill.

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Loving First Poster for Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:35

The first official bit of artwork for Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda has swum ashore, and according to it we're in for a bit of a love story. Read on to get your daily dosage of tentacle pron with teeth! No really... with teeth!

From the eagerly anticipated premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One, Roger Corman’s Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda, and Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark to the greatest moments in shark film history, Syfy viewers will be swimming with fin-tastic special programming during the channel’s "Sharknado Week."

HIGHLIGHTS OF SYFY’S SHARKNADO WEEK (ALL TIMES ET/PT)
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark – Saturday, July 26, at 9PM – When the U.S. government creates an exact robotic copy of the original mega shark, this new mecha shark runs wild – with only the original mega shark standing in the way of global destruction. A production of The Asylum, the movie stars Christopher Judge ("Stargate SG1") and Elisabeth Rohm (American Hustle).

Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites – Premieres Sunday, July 27, at 9PM – This original documentary special takes a lighthearted look back at the 15 best shark movie bites of all time. Comedians, actors, and celebrities including Ian Ziering, Brooke Hogan, Richard Moll, Downtown Julie Brown, and Mark McGrath discuss their favorite scenes – fun, ridiculous, and frightening – from classic shark movies such as Jaws to the outrageous Sharktopus and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. A production of Associated Television International. Executive producer: Jim Romanovich. Producers: Dan Goldman, David Stephan. Consulting producer: Robert Corsini.

Sharknado 2: The Second One – Wednesday, July 30, at 9PM – In Sharknado 2: The Second One, the sequel to last summer’s global pop culture sensation, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished iconic sites – and only Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) can save the Big Apple. The movie, directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from a screenplay by Thunder Levin, also stars Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Vivica A. Fox, and Judah Friedlander with cameo appearances including Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Perez Hilton, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Andy Dick, Robert Klein, Sandra “Pepa” Denton, Biz Markie, Downtown Julie Brown, Richard Kind, and Kurt Angle, among others. Sharknado 2: The Second One is a production of The Asylum.

Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda – Sunday, August 2, at 9PM – In this new Roger Corman movie, the child of Sharktopus goes toe-to-toe with the latest science experiment "Pteracuda" – half Pteradactyl, half Barracuda – in a battle for monster supremacy. A production of New Horizons Pictures, the movie stars Robert Carradine (Django Unchained) and Katie Savoy ("Living with Models").

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Godzilla Destroys Home Video in September

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:03

DVD Active is reporting that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla is getting set to land on the shores of Blu-ray and DVD this coming September 16. Read on for specs and more. Now, if only someone could find a way to put more Godzilla in the movie. Then we'd be really happy.

Read our Godzilla review!

The site also reports that there will also be a Limited Edition Godzilla MetalPak, which includes exclusive embossed artwork, the Blu-ray Combo pack, and Zilla’s iconic roar.

All three releases will include the following...

Special Features

  • MONARCH: Declassified – Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla’s existence a secret.
  • Operation: Lucky Dragon
  • MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File
  • The Godzilla Revelation
  • The Legendary Godzilla – Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film.
  • Godzilla: Force of Nature
  • A Whole New Level Of Destruction
  • Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump
  • Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s

    From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

    Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star in the film, which was rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence."

    For more on the movie visit the official Godzilla website, "like" Godzilla on Facebook, and follow Godzilla on Twitter.

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    #SDCC14: Marv Gets Close on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Comic-Con Poster

    Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:56

    Just when you thought you had seen the last of the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For posters comes the first in a series of artwork created exclusively to mark the film's presence at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. Look for more soon!

    Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.

    Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!

    Related News: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For archive

    The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22, 2014.

    Synopsis
    Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.




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    #SDCC14: First Jurassic World Poster Eyeballs You

    Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:51

    Just in time for the madness of this week's San Diego Comic-Con, director Colin Trevorrow has released the first official bit of Jurassic World artwork early on Twitter. Though more than fit for mass consumption, we recommend chewing slowly. It's the good stuff!

    Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.

    Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.

    More as it comes.

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    New Villain's Lair Map Lets You Plan Your Roadtrip to Hell

    Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:44

    Ever wonder where your favorite horror movie stars hang their hats? The good folks over at Roadtrippers have mapped out a new infographic depicting some of your favorite frightening locales. It's all here, kids! Get out your GPS!

    Know what's even more genius about this? The fact that we all know someone silly enough to look at this map and actually set out across the United States hoping to visit each and every area.

    I mean, what kind of a schmuck would really set out to find the Lost Boys' cave? Surely there's something better to do wi... Huh? Oh. Sorry. Didn't realize you were that person. No offense. In fact, have at it! Your gas card is in the mail!

    Head on over to Roadtrippers.com for a more extensive breakdown, which includes some seriously touristy spots!

    Hat's off to ya, Roadtrippers! Job well done.

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    Matt Serafini's Under The Blade Brings Slasher Mayhem to the Literary World

    Mon, 07/21/2014 - 17:50

    The slasher subgenre may be on theatrical sabbatical, but that's not stopping author Matt Serafini (Feral) from keeping masked madmen alive and dangerous. Horror fans looking for a little stalk and slash this summer will want to get their hands on Under the Blade, which is out now!

    This one comes to us courtesy of the wonderfully warped minds at Severed Press, true purveyors of quality horror fiction. You can grab Under the Blade in both paperback and ebook formats on Amazon.

    Those who want the experience of walking into a bookstore and purchasing a copy will have to wait a while longer, as Under the Blade is exclusive with Amazon until late summer.

    Serafini's second novel is inspired by the slasher movie subgenre of the 1980s. As such, readers will find familiar elements (a masked maniac, small town secrets, horny teens) arranged in a story that goes beyond the expected trajectory.

    From the back cover:

    When she returns, so does the horror…

    At seventeen, Melanie Holden was the sole survivor of Cyrus Hoyt’s killing spree at Camp Forest Grove. Now in her forties, she has bottomed out personally and professionally, still haunted by the undying memories of that madman. A publishing deal lures her back to the place where her misfortunes began and trouble starts anew, first with a string of escalating harassments and, soon, much worse.

    When Melanie joins forces with Forest Grove’s new police chief, they get more than they bargained for as they discover that Cyrus Hoyt is only just the beginning. That the town’s past is actually much bloodier than they could’ve imagined.

    And now that it has Melanie back, it doesn’t want her to leave.

    Scott Lowell Jackson designed the fantastic cover art, seeking to invoke nostalgic memories of the VHS era while giving the book a more contemporary design.

    This release makes us proud of our own MattFini, and we hope that some of you will venture into the woods around Forest Grove to try to survive Cyrus Hoyt!

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    Halloween: The Complete Collection Full Blu-ray Specs Revealed! #MichaelisComingHome

    Mon, 07/21/2014 - 17:10

    Listen up, trick-or-treaters! Right now we have the skinny on the single most eagerly anticipated home video release of this year, Scream Factory/Anchor Bay's Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set.

    Loomis once proclaimed that we "don't know what death is." That may bet true, but after this we'll at least we know we'll die smiling!

    Halloween Box Set Release Details
    Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory proudly announce the bonus features and technical specifications for the September 23rd HALLOWEEN Complete Collection Blu-ray™ set. This new set boasts a wealth of NEW bonus features including 7 brand NEW featurettes, 3 brand NEW commentaries, 4 brand NEW interviews – with many of the participants sharing their thoughts about the franchise for the first time -- and NEW transfers and audio specs on selected titles.

    Disc 1 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

    Bonus Features:

  • HD transfer supervised and approved by cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Editor Tommy Lee Wallace And The Shape, Nick Castle
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
  • “The Night She Came Home” Featurette
  • “On Location: 25 Years Later” Featurette
  • TV Version Footage
  • Television Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby TrueHD 7.1; Original 1978 Audio in Dolby TrueHD Mono
    Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

    Disc 2 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
    Original 2008 Blu-ray with different color timing and special features.

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter, Actress Jamie Lee Curtis and Co-Writer/Producer Debra Hill
  • Featurette: Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby Surround 5.1; PCM 5.1; Original 1978 Mono Audio
    Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

    Disc 3 – Halloween II (1981)
    Theatrical Version

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio commentary with director Rick Rosenthal and actor Leo Rossi (Theatrical version)
  • Audio commentary with stunt co-ordinator/actor Dick Warlock (Theatrical version)
  • “The Nightmare Isn’t Over: The Making Of Halloween II” Featuring Rick Rosenthal, Lance Guest, Dick Warlock, Alan Howarth, Dean Cundey, Leo Rossi and Moore...
  • “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: The Locations of Halloween II” - Host Sean Clark revisits the original shooting locations of the film
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary from director Rick Rosenthal
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Audio Commentary from director Rick Rosenthal
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1

    Disc 4 – Halloween II TV Cut (1981) DVD (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

  • Television Cut With Added Footage Not Seen In The Theatrical Version

    Tech Specs:
    Standard Definition Full-frame 1.33:1; Dolby Digital Mono

    Disc 5 – Halloween III: Season of The Witch (1982)

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with director Tommy Lee Wallace
  • “Stand Alone: The Making Of Halloween III: Season Of The Witch” featuring Tommy Lee Wallace, Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dick Warlock, Dean Cundey and more
  • “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds” - Revisiting the original shooting locations
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1; Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0

    Disc 6 – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Actors Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dwight H. Little and Author Justin Beahm
  • Theatrical Trailer

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

    Disc 7 -- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Actor Don Shanks and Jeffrey Landman
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Actors Danielle Harris And Jeffrey Landman
  • Halloween 5: On The Set
  • Halloween 5: Original Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

    Disc 8 -- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Theatrical Cut

    Bonus Features:

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1); Dolby Digital 5.1
    Subtitles: English

    Disc 9 – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Producer’s Cut (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

    Bonus Features:

  • NEW High Definition Master from the original inter-negative
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Daniel Farrands and Composer Alan Howarth (Producer’s Cut)
  • NEW “Jamie’s Story” – An Interview With The Original “Jamie” Actress Danielle Harris
  • NEW “The Cursed ‘Curse’” – An Interview With Producers Malek Akkad And Paul Freeman
  • NEW “Acting Scared “– A Look At The Film’s Cast With Actresses Mariah O’Brien And J.C. Brandy
  • NEW “The Shape Of Things” – A Look At Michael Myers’ Murders And Mayhem With Special Make-Up Effects Artists John Carl Buechler And Brad Hardin And Actor George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers)
  • NEW “Haddonfield’s Horrors” – The Sights of Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers With Director of Photography Billy Dickson And Production Designer Brad Ryman And Director of Photography (Additional Scenes) Thomas Callaway
  • NEW “Full Circle” – An Interview With Composer Alan Howarth
  • NEW Cast And Crew Tribute to Donald Pleasance
  • Archival Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage (approx. 30 Minutes)
  • Alternate And Deleted Scenes (Not Present In Either Cut Of The Film)
  • Teaser Trailer: Halloween 666: The Origin Of Michael Myers

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    Subtitles: English

    Disc 10 -- Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

    Bonus Features:

  • Presented in the correct 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • NEW Commentary With Director Steve Miner And Jamie Lee Curtis, Moderated By Sean Clark
  • NEW “The Making of Halloween H20” Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Nancy Stephens, Adam Hann-Byrd, Tom Kane, Editor Patrick Lussier, Producer Malek Akkad, Producer Paul Freeman, Composer John Ottman, Chris Durand (Michael Myers), Writer Robert Zappia, Stunt Co-Ordinator Donna Keegan, Make-Up Brad Hardin And Cinematographer Daryn Okada
  • Vintage Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

    Disc 11 -- Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal And Editor Robert A. Ferretti
  • Alternate Endings
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurette: “Head Cam”
  • Storyboard Analysis
  • Set Tour With Production Designer Troy Hansen
  • Set Interview With Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Vintage Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Home Video TV Spots

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    Subtitles: English

    Disc 12 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)

    Bonus Features:

  • Unrated Director’s Cut With Audio Commentary By Writer/Director Rob Zombie
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
  • Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary
  • Bloopers
  • Featurette: “The Many Faces Of Michael Myers”
  • Re-Imagining Halloween
  • Meet The Cast
  • Casting Sessions
  • Scout Taylor-Compton Screen Test
  • Theatrical Trailer

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Dolby Digital 5.1
    Subtitles: English, Spanish

    Disc 13 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) Bonus Disc (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

    Bonus Features:

  • Documentary: “Michael Lives: The Making of Halloween (4 ½ hours)

    Tech Specs:
    Dolby Stereo
    Subtitles: English

    Disc 14 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 (2009)

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Rob Zombie
  • Deleted And Alternate Scenes
  • Audition Footage
  • Make-Up Test Footage
  • Blooper Reel
  • Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures Music Videos
  • Uncle Seymour Coffins’ Stand-Up Routines

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1;
    Subtitles: English

    Disc 15 – Bonus Features (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

  • John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN – The Extended Version (In HD - TV Inserts Are In Standard Definition)
  • Interview with Moustapha Akkad about origin of HALLOWEEN
  • Featurette: HALLOWEEN UNMASKED 2000
  • Featurette: The Making Of HALLOWEEN 4: FINAL CUT
  • NEW The Making Of HALLOWEEN 4 Featuring Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Kathleen Kinmont, Beau Starr, Raymond O’Connor, Erik Preston and Sasha Jensen, Stuntmen Tom Morga (Michael Myers) And George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers), Composer Alan Howarth, Writer Alan B. McElroy, Producers Malek Akkad And Paul Freeman, Special Make-Up Effects Artists John Carl Buechler And Ken Horn
  • Featurette: Inside HALLOWEEN 5
  • NEW The Making Of HALLOWEEN 5 Featuring Interviews With Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Wendy Kaplan, Jeffrey Landman, Jonathan Chapin, Frankie Como, Tamara Glynn, Matthew Walker, Don Shanks (Michael Myers), Producer Malek Akkad, Line Producer Rick Nathanson And Composer Alan Howarth
  • NEW Interview With Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Burman On HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH
  • HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH Radio Spots
  • TV Spots – HALLOWEEN 4, HALLOWEEN 5, HALLOWEEN (2007) and HALLOWEEN II (2009)
  • Photo Galleries -- HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN 4 and HALLOWEEN 5

    Tech Specs:
    1080p, 520p Full Frame, Anamorphic Widescreen 1:85:1, 2.35:1;
    DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Stereo, Mono

    Is it September 23rd yet?

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    Accept The Sacrament on Blu-ray and DVD

    Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:48

    Hallelujah! Ti West's latest fright flick, The Sacrament (review), is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD; and we have the official specs and artwork for you! Say your prayers, clutch your bibles, and read on for the skinny!

    From the Press Release
    The “bone-chilling” (The Hollywood Reporter) death-cult thriller from acclaimed director Ti West arrives on Blu-ray and DVD August 19th from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet label.

    Two reporters for VICE Media journey to a remote Central American compound hoping to reunite with the photographer’s sister, who feels out of touch after struggling with a drug addiction. They find an isolated community of true believers devoted to a shadowy but charismatic figure called “Father.” Skeptical at first, the journalists begin to come around to the group’s utopian claims until things rapidly take a very dark turn.

    Special Features

  • The Making of The Sacrament
  • AXS TV: A Look at The Sacrament
  • Theatrical Trailer


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    #SDCC 14: Perk Up at The Marriott Marquis & Marina

    Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:11

    Need a break after fighting past zombies and comic book characters at the Convention Center in San Diego? Overheating in your superhero costume? Did your lightsaber run out of juice? Marriott Rewards will help you refresh and perk up at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Marriott Rewards Local Perks Lounge, July 24-27 from 2pm-6pm PT.

    From the Press Release
    While at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, guests who have downloaded the "Marriott Guest Services" application will receive a notification for a "Local Perk."

    "Local Perk" is a new initiative that’s part of Marriott Rewards’ "Make It Happen" campaign. Notifications will invite you to enjoy the Marriott Rewards Local Perks Lounge at the hotel, where convention goers will get the chance to relax, charge their electronics at charging stations, feast on complimentary snacks, create a souvenir “gif” at a gif photo booth, and experience other amenities.

    WHEN:
    July 24th-27th

    WHERE:
    San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
    333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
    Just a 7-minute walk from the San Diego Convention Center!
    TIME: 2 PM – 6 PM PT

    HOW: To access the lounge:

    · If you are an iPhone user: download Marriott’s "Marriott Guest Services" application and accept push notifications. When prompted, accept location services and opt into receiving Local Perks. Go stand by a beacon (we will direct you) and you will receive a Local Perks push notification inviting you to enter the Perk Up! lounge.
    · If you are an Android user: please see a brand ambassador at the entrance to the Perk Up! lounge to get a tutorial of Local Perks and sign up for Marriott Rewards.

    With Local Perks, Marriott International becomes the first major hotel company to offer opt-in beacon technology with geo-targeted, mobile offers during a member’s stay. Using beacon technology, participating hotels will send guests push notifications on their mobile devices as they move about the property. Offers will be tailored to the property, ranging from food and beverage to spa to golf. Future plans for Local Perks include Marriott Rewards offers available locally in the neighborhoods surrounding participating hotels.

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    Baby Blues to Be Delivered in September

    Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:59

    You're pregnant with twins, your feet hurt, it looks like you're harboring a medicine ball under your shirt, and pretty soon you're gonna have to try to squeeze a watermelon through a straw. Yep, that sucks, but in the end we hear it's worth it. But sometimes families aren't so lucky.

    From the Press Release
    When a young couple moves into a new home, they find a mysterious doll that changes their lives forever in the horror thriller BABY BLUES, debuting on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital September 2nd from Well Go USA Entertainment.

    Po-Chih Leong (Hong Kong 1941) directed this terrifying story of Tian Qing, pregnant with twins, who has a miscarriage and gives birth to only one child. With his wife suffering from postpartum depression, Hao seeks help and discovers a mysterious doll that may be the source of their problems.

    BABY BLUES also stars Kate Tsui (Eye in the Sky), Karena Ng (Magic to Win), and Hoi- Pang Lo (The Grandmaster).

    Synopsis
    A new home brings a fresh start for Hao (Raymond Lam) and Tian Qing (Sing Kwan Janelle), a happily married couple who soon discover she's pregnant with twin boys. But when a difficult delivery leaves the couple with only one son alive, Tian is consumed with grief and postpartum depression. These “Baby Blues” weave an obsessive attachment to a baby doll, presumably abandoned by the previous owner. Before long, mysterious accidents grow into violent episodes that threaten the entire family - and one neighbor's warnings about a curse on their home becomes terrifyingly real...

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    Graduation Day Graduates to Blu-ray in September

    Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:48

    1981's Graduation Day was a flick filled with boobs and blood. Then there's a few minutes of boobs, followed by several minutes of blood, which are again followed by even more boobs and blood. Sound good? Then you'll be delighted to hear that you'll soon be able to see all those boobs and blood in 1080p HD!

    From the Press Release
    After the death of a high school track star during a race, a mysterious, fencing-mask wearing killer begins murdering her friends and teachers.

    Who could the killer be? Her disgruntled coach? Her angry sister? Her violent boyfriend? As the bodies pile up, a twisted mystery unfolds, slowly revealing itself as it moves towards its bloody climax.

    One of the quintessential high school set slasher films of the early 80s, Vinegar Syndrome is bringing GRADUATION DAY to Blu-ray, newly restored in 4K and presented in its original aspect ratio for the very first time on September 9th, 2014!

    Directed by Herb Freed GRADUATION DAY stars Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie, Michael Pataki, Linnea Quigley, Vanna White(!), and E.J. Peaker.

    Bonus Features: New 4K restoration from the Camera Negative + Interview with Producer David Baughn + Interview with Editor Martin Sadoff + Interview with Star Patch Mackenzie

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