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Rose Byrne on the Hunt for The Something

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:59

Rose Byrne has been everywhere lately, working her butt off to make each role memorable. Most recently seen opposite Seth Rogen in The Neighbors, Byrne's eying another flick from the producers of that flick.

THR reports that Byrne is being courted to reteam with Neighbors' producers (Seth Rogen's Point Grey Pictures, Good Universe) and studio (Universal) for The Something, a horror comedy about astronauts who get lost in space, with former "Late Show With David Letterman" head writer Rodney Rothman directing.

In the film she'll be playing a love interest who has "an approachable beauty, though she hates being approached." More as it comes.

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Get Taken Over By an Extended Look at The Strain

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:51

The longest look at the TV adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's "The Strain" is here, and we cannot wait for this sickness to spread over on FX. Check out the new video, an extended version of the 30-second "Take Over" TV spot, right here, right now!

The ensemble cast of "The Strain" includes Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.

"The Strain" is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

The highly anticipated first season of “The Strain” will premiere on July 13th at 10 p.m. and will include 13 episodes.

For more info visit "The Strain" on YouTube, hang out with "The Strain" on Google +, and follow "The Strain" on Twitter.







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New Hemlock Grove Season 2 Image Showcases Madeleine Martin as Shelley

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:32

Another new still is here from the second season of the Eli Roth-produced Netflix series "Hemlock Grove," and it features one of the new denizens of this frightful place front and center. Behold Madeleine Martin as Shelley.

About "Hemlock Grove"
The second season of the Emmy® nominated Netflix original series “Hemlock Grove,” a riveting supernatural thriller from executive producer Eli Roth, will premiere on Friday, July 11th, at 12:01 AM PT. The series is based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name and is produced by Gaumont International Television.

All ten episodes of the one-hour series starring Famke Janssen (X-Men), Bill Skarsgård (Simon & The Oaks), Landon Liboiron (“Terra Nova”), and Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II) will be available at launch in all territories where Netflix is available -- U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America, the Nordics, and the Netherlands. The series also stars Madeline Brewer (“Orange Is the New Black”), Madeleine Martin (“Californication”), Joel de la Fuente (“Law & Order: SVU”), and Tiio Horn (“18 to Life”).

“Hemlock Grove” is a supernatural thriller which explores the strange happenings in a small Pennsylvania town. The show focuses on the unlikely friendship between the founding family’s young heir, Roman Godfrey (Skarsgård), and gypsy newcomer and outsider Peter Rumancek (Liboiron). Each holds a monstrous secret that has been unleashed.

Season Two continues with the town coming to grips with the shocking massacre incurred by one of its deadliest creatures. Roman and Peter are now faced with new responsibilities and the realities that come with adulthood. Roman’s relationship with his mother (Janssen) is all but dead as he struggles with his unwanted Upir birthright and the disappearance of his sister, Shelley (Martin). Peter moves in with Destiny (Horn) and is forced to get a job after his mother is sent away.

Meanwhile, in search of a new life, newcomer Miranda Cates (Madeline Brewer) embarks on Hemlock Grove with an unknowingly profound effect on Peter and Roman. And Norman (Scott), still reeling from the loss of his family, must face the harsh truths that are uncovered about those he still loves.

The drama series was the first foray into television by internationally acclaimed horror master Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever). It was developed by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman and is executive produced by Eli Roth, Charles Eglee, Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, Eric Newman, and Michael Connolly. “Hemlock Grove” is produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix.

For more information on “Hemlock Grove” Season Two in the coming weeks, visit netflix.com/hemlockgrove"Hemlock Grove" on Facebook and "Hemlock Grove" on Twitter.

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Get Rocked by these Stills, Clip, and Expanded Synopsis for Salem Episode 1.08 - Departures

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:50

The arrival of Cotton's father is sure to rock the town of "Salem," and these new stills and first clip from Episode 1.08, "Departures," give us a taste of just how much. Check them out, and let us know what you think about the show - we're LOVING it!

"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 1.08 - "Departures" (airs 6/8/14)
Increase Mather (guest star Stephen Lang) makes it his first order of business to catch a real witch, and starts by pinpointing a prominent figure from Salem's most sinful district. Mary worries that Increase will detect that his old friend George is under a spell and enlists the help of Isaac to deter Increase from uncovering the truth.

Meanwhile, accusations within Salem intensify, and Cotton must deal with a painful turn of events – and Anne’s suspicions of her father reach a fever pitch.

In addition to Lang, guest starring are Christopher Berry (“Resurrection”) as Petrus and Morgana Shaw as Mab. "Departures" was written by Jon Feldman and directed by Alexander Zakrzewski.




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The Walking Dead Table Announced for Zen Pinball 2

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:14

Zen Pinball 2 has played host to a number of great concepts and titles reinterpreted into a pinball format. From Dr. Strange to Star Wars, the game has always had the nerdy in mind, but today Zen Studios announced that it has one in the pipe for horror fans...

The Walking Dead Pinball will be available for download later this summer on Zen Studios pinball platforms across console, PC, and mobile stores.

From the Press Release:
The pinball masters at Zen Studios have partnered with leading developer of digital entertainment Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator and writer of The Walking Dead for his Skybound imprint at Image Comics, to create an all-new digital pinball table based on the award-winning The Walking Dead game series, continuing an age-old tradition in celebrating some of the biggest icons in entertainment on the classic pinball playfield.

A true collaborative effort, both Zen and Telltale have worked together on each detail of the table design, sharing ideas and fusing their passion to bring the story and choice-driven gameplay of The Walking Dead: Season One journey to the playfield. Touring locations from Clementine's treehouse and Everett's pharmacy in Macon, all the way down the tracks to the walker-infested streets of Savannah, players will find an authentic tour of Season One capturing the peril and drama of Lee and Clementine's story.

The Walking Dead Pinball table features choice-driven gameplay across each of Season One's five episodes, along with original story dialogue from the award-winning cast. Scenarios include choosing whom to save and whom to leave behind in a walker attack, solving problems, and keeping up morale within the group, searching for food and supplies, acquiring important tools, and navigating through the herd amidst an oncoming walker breach.

Anyone looking to get their hands on this promising new title can get a taste at this year’s E3 at the Telltale booth in the Concourse Hall.

I have played a lot of games on the next-gen consoles and can report that Zen Pinball 2 is by far the most genuinely fun title available. It features lavish graphics and fully animated tables, providing an experience beyond what is possible in real life arcade. Look for this game to be a must-play for anyone who enjoys zombies or unadulterated fun.

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Dying Light Gets New Trailer and Tentative Release Date

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:42

Wrenches and scissors and handguns? Oh my! Techland and WB Games have announced their upcoming presence at this year’s E3 with authority by giving us a brand new trailer for the upcoming zombie game Dying Light.

The trailer itself is an onslaught of violence with a variety of improvised weapons, showcasing a level of gore that would make H.G. Lewis blush.

Gamers have been waiting a very long time on news of Dying Light’s release date. Finally, our unholy prayers have an answer. The game is slated for a February 2015 release, but there's no concrete day as of yet. It will be available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

Aside from being gleefully violent, Dying Light’s new trailer is meant to show off the game’s natural movement feature. It allows for movements to be more intuitive and combine parkour-style movement with brutal combat. The trailer does nothing to explain this though, but Techland promise to provide full details about it at E3 this year. Yet another reason to attend the world series of video games.

The trailer also showcases some of the more powerful enemies that will be encountered in Dying Light. A large super soldier, effortlessly swinging a rebar club, and a flaming behemoth-like brute charging headlong are just a taste of the more powerful undead that the game will feature.

For those of you who go outside and thus haven’t heard, Dying Light is an action survival horror game where, during the day, you utilize movement and agility to defeat hordes of zombies and complete missions. At night you are on the run, as the zombies become much more powerful and are accompanied by nocturnal predators that leave their hives to feed. In the game’s night segments, the hunter becomes prey as you flee the ravaging undead.

The game will incorporate the RPG elements of collecting and crafting, which the player will utilize to craft their many weapons and find the supplies needed to survive a zombie filled hell on earth.

Check out the new trailer below

To learn more as it is revealed, keep an eye on the Dying Light website and "like" Dying Light on Facebook.

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Scream Factory Charges Up The Battery

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:28

It's been called one of the best zombie films in years, and after scooping up heaps of acclaim on both the festival and VOD circuits, Jeremy Gardner's must-see film The Battery (review) is headed to home video, courtesy of our friends over at Scream Factory. Release details await!

Over on their Facebook page, Scream Factory revealed that the Blu-ray release of The Battery has been given the street date September 16th, with pre-order links set to make their way onto the net real soon. No details have been confirmed about extras, but we're told they will be available real soon.

In the meantime, check out the reversible artwork for the release below, featuring the original theatrical poster on one side and a brand new piece of alternate art on the other. Dig it!

The film follows Ben (Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim), two former baseball players with clashing personalities, as they trek through a bleak landscape overrun with the walking dead searching for a glimmer of hope.

With the emphasis placed less on the zombies and more on the dynamic between the two diametrically opposite main characters, The Battery is an incredibly ambitious film that defies convention and is loaded with emotion and a sense of sentimentality not often seen in your traditional zombie flick. It’s also proof positive that a great movie is made through passion and dedication, not a huge budget or crazy special effects.

For more visit the official Scream Factory website and "like" Scream Factory on Facebook.

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RoboCop Shows Some Balls in Detroit - Throws First Pitch

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:19

RoboCop officially took over the city of Detroit yesterday as the crime fighter hit the streets to meet and take pictures with fans in celebration of #ROBOCOPDay and the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film.

RoboCop visited iconic landmarks including The Monument to Joe Louis, The Spirit of Detroit, 8 Mile, and Comerica Park. Additionally RoboCop visited top radio stations at Clear Channel, CBS Radio, and Greater Media Detroit and even did the weather on WJBK-TV, the local Fox affiliate.

The day concluded as he threw the ceremonial first pitch at the beginning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays, with the first 10,000 fans receiving a commemorative RoboCop poster and some lucky fans taking home a copy of the new Blu-ray. RoboCop took photos with players, invaded the press box, and kept the peace with passionate fans.

About RoboCop
Directed by José Padilha, RoboCop stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley and Samuel L. Jackson. InRoboCop, the year is 2028 and OmniCorp – the world’s leader in robot technology – sees a golden opportunity to reap billions for their company. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman)–a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured, OmniCorp grabs their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and will stop at nothing – no matter the cost to Alex – to make sure the program succeeds. But OmniCorp never counted on one thing: there is still a man fighting inside the machine. The film is written by Joshua Zetumer and Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, and produced by Marc Abraham and Eric Newman. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures released RoboCop theatrically on February 12, 2014.

Check out the images courtesy of Robert Bruce Photography below.

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Lin Shaye Goes Nutty for The Signal

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:48

Around these parts we love Lin Shaye. This lady can do it all, especially act... shall we say... not all there? You'll see what we mean when you dig on this latest clip for the new flick from William Eubank entitled The Signal (review) !

The Signal will hit theaters on June 13 with Focus Features expanding the release on June 20 and again on June 27.

William Eubank directs The Signal from a script he wrote with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. "Bates Motel’s" Olivia Cooke and "Hannibal’s" Laurence Fishburne star in the flick about group of college students who are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker.

Brenton Thwaites and Beau Knapp co-star.

Synopsis
Three college students disappear under mysterious circumstances while tracking a computer hacker through the Southwest.




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Stay for the End of this Slightly Different New Fetish Factory Teaser

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:41

Yesterday morning we saw the first teaser trailer for Blanc/Biehn Productions' upcoming Fetish Factory, but that just wasn't enough for the powers-that-be. Today we have a slightly revamped version that includes a killer ending... so be sure to stick around for it!

Fetish Factory, written and directed by Staci Layne Wilson, stars Chase Williamson, Carrie Keagan, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Diane Ayala Goldner, Tristan Risk, Emma Julia Jacobs, Jesse Merlin, Ruben Pla, Benjamin Easterday, Tom Ayers, Stephen Wastell, and Daniel Quinn.

Montreal-based alternative model and fetish superstar The Richard and go-go icon Jenimay Walker round out the cast. Lony Ruhmann is executive producer, cinematography is by Steve Romano, and the original Fetish Factory score is by Mars Homeworld with new original songs by guitar superstars The Ventures.

Related Story: I Love My Zombies… A Mini-Memoir on the Making of Fetish Factory

It’s “SURVIVAL OF THE FOXIEST!” in Fetish Factory, a thrilling and darkly comic horror suspense film with a heaping helping of vintage burlesque bawdiness.

Synopsis:
Imagine a wickedly saucy by invitation-only stage show and posh private peeps in which your every fantasy can come true, fulfilled by the likes of luscious ladies imitating the sex goddesses of yore: Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, and Suzie Wong. Along with classic burlesque strip-teases and curio acts – a ventriloquist, a magician, and a whip-dancer – you are in for the night of your life at the Fetish Factory. That is, until your life is at stake when the apocalypse strikes! Once mild-mannered men become bloodthirsty zombies, and it’s up to the girls to defend themselves by any means – even if that means turning their bullet bras, garter belts, and spike-heels into deadly weapons.

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New Rigor Mortis Clip Reveals a Horror Filled Hallway

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:34

Another clip from Juno Mak's Hong Kong vampire flick Rigor Mortis has come our way courtesy of Well Go USA, and it cries out for a clean-up crew wearing the most protective gear that they possibly could. Somebody made one hell of a mess!

Well Go USA has announced that they'll be releasing Rigor Mortis on VOD outlets June 6th along with a limited theatrical roll-out on the same day. The theatrical listings thus far include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and Honolulu.

Along with the clip, check out the film's poster art, trailer, and a gallery of stills below!

In this eerie and chilling contemporary action/special effects-laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980’s, writer-director-producer Juno Mak makes his feature directorial debut. Co-produced by J-Horror icon Takashi Shimizu, and reuniting some of the original cast members of the classic Mr. Vampire series, Rigor Mortis is set in a creepy and moody Hong Kong public housing tower whose occupants, we soon discover, run the gamut from the living to the dead to the undead, along with ghosts, vampires, and zombies.

Synopsis
RIGOR MORTIS stars action movie veteran Chin Siu-ho (Siu-ho) as a former vampire hunting actor who now finds himself reaching the end of the line as a washed-up star, separated from his wife and alienated from his son. Down on his luck and with barely a dollar to his name, he checks into Room 2442 in the housing estate, an allegedly haunted flat. His aim is to end his misery by doing himself in, but instead Siu-ho is interrupted by some of the other "occupants" of the building including a Taoist master-exorcist (Anthony Chan), a traumatized housewife with a tragic past (Kara Hui), as well as a seemingly benign elderly woman (Paw Hee-ching) who has an empty coffin conspicuously hanging in the middle of her apartment. Soon it becomes apparent to Siu-ho that the people around him and the situation are far from normal. Despite his lack of belief in superstition, Siu-ho is soon thrust into the battle of his life as vicious vampires with unsettled business begin to rise from the dead...







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Exclusive Clip Takes You Deep Inside Willow Creek

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:00

On tap right now is an exclusive clip from the upcoming sliver of sasquatchploitation from Bobcat Goldthwait, Willow Creek (review). What better way could there be to spend your hump day? Dig it!

With Willow Creek Goldthwait has apparently mixed satire with suspense, and overall his film is driven by “exploring the idea of bearing witness.” The flick is home to various characters who believe they’ve seen the elusive Sasquatch. They each give differing accounts and at times even come to blows. Goldthwait is said to use this kind of tension to get in some observations on faith and religion.

Look for it in theaters and On Demand June 6th!

Synopsis
Jim and his girlfriend, Kelly, are in Willow Creek, California, to retrace the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who in 1967 recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a skeptic, along for the ride to spend time with her boyfriend between acting gigs. Jim, a believer, hopes to capture footage of his own, so his camera is constantly rolling.

The small town is a mecca to the Bigfoot community: Sasquatch statues guard the local businesses, murals of the missing link line the roads, and Bigfoot burgers are the town delicacy. The couple interview locals who range from skeptic to believer and from manic to completely menacing. Some of the stories they hear are of chance encounters with a gentle creature, while others are tales of mysterious eviscerations.

On the day that Jim and Kelly plan on hiking into the woods to look for proof, they are given a simple warning: “It’s not a joke. You shouldn’t go there.” Despite the ominous message and Kelly’s own reservations, they head deep into the forest to set up camp. The events that follow will make them wish they had simply spent the night at the Bigfoot Motel.

Director and two-time IFFBoston alum Bobcat Goldthwait (WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, 2009; GOD BLESS AMERICA, 2012) pumps new life into the found-footage horror genre with WILLOW CREEK. His characters’ genuine humor gives them a humanity that is essential to setting up the scares. The satire is so successful that the film’s audience will have no idea what to do with the tension and fear that comes later—other than to white-knuckle it while sitting in the dark.




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Showtime Greenlights a Second Season for Penny Dreadful

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:41

If you're as big a fan of Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" as we are, this news should make your day: The network has picked up a second season of the critically acclaimed series. Read on for more details!

From the Press Release:
As announced today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc., the network has given an expanded order of ten episodes to the series, which was created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan.

"PENNY DREADFUL" has been embraced by the network’s subscribers, drawing 4.8 million weekly viewers across platforms since its launch. The series, which debuted to rave reviews, has claimed the spot as the network’s No. 1 watched new show ever on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME with over 3.6 million viewers on those platforms through the third week of the season. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green, "PENNY DREADFUL" will once again shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland, for a 2015 launch.

“Picking up 'PENNY DREADFUL' was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made,” said Nevins. “The series has had worldwide impact, drawing big, passionate audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and more than any other show on our network has hit the bullseye with viewers who want to watch television in all the new ways that are available. John Logan has deftly created an epic series that has drawn raves from a wide-range of audiences from quality drama lovers to critics, to hardcore genre fans. We look forward to working once again with our partners at Sky Atlantic and are extremely excited for what’s in store for Season Two.”

Related Story: Visit our "Penny Dreadful" Archive!

"PENNY DREADFUL’s" series premiere was sampled early across online, On Demand, and authenticated platforms; and the debut episode now ranks as the biggest sneak preview ever and the largest online streaming sampling ever for SHOWTIME, surpassing "Ray Donovan's" and "Masters of Sex’s" premieres by half a million viewers through the premiere week.

"PENNY DREADFUL" is not only a hit in the United States but has also attracted an early global audience, debuting as the second-highest-rated launch for an original commission ever for Sky Atlantic, and also ranked as the second biggest program of the week in pay TV homes for the premiere episode in the U.K. Additionally, the John Logan created world of "PENNY DREADFUL" has inspired unprecedented interest with a wide range of licensees. Special edition classic horror books boxed sets, cast action figures, and tarot cards are among the early items hitting the marketplace.

The fifth episode of the series airing this Sunday (June 8th) at 10 p.m. ET/PT is not to be missed – viewers will learn the shocking truth behind the bond that connects Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Vanessa (Eva Green), and Mina (Olivia Llewellyn). Leading up to this Sunday’s episode, SHOWTIME will air two "Penny Dreadful" marathons on Saturday, June 7th, before and after the 10 p.m. television premiere of The Last Exorcism Part II. Episodes 1.01 through 1.04 of "Penny Dreadful" will air from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then again from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Viewers hoping to catch up on what they’ve missed so far can also watch the first four episodes on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

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.

"Penny Dreadful" Episode 1.05 - "Closer Than Sisters" (airs 6/8/14)
Vanessa recalls her past and the events which ultimately lead to Mina's disappearance.

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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Spend Nearly 4 Minutes With The Bonesetter

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:30

Next out of the gate for you indie horror loving cats is a new sneak peek from the next flick from Brett Kelly, The Bonesetter! Even the title unnerves us a bit. Check it out along with the previously released trailer, artwork and details.

From the Press Release
Director Brett Kelly (My Fair Zombie) is hard at work on pre-production for his latest horror film THE BONESETTER. The Bonesetter is the tale of a town with a dark secret. A century ago a traveling healer was lynched for killing the town's children, and now, in the present, the current generation of townsfolk are faced with the supernatural return of the murderous Bonesetter.

If this sounds somewhat familiar, it's because Kelly originally made a version of The Bonesetter in 2002 and a sequel in 2005, both of which found their way to DVD. In revisiting the tale, Kelly says; "I was never able to tell the story in the scary way I really wanted to back when I first started in this biz." He continues, "I made the original Bonesetter early in my career and now the tools of production, post-production and my own experience have finally given me what I need to truly scare the pants off of an audience. My previous films have all had elements of tongue-in-cheek to them. Not this new Bonesetter; I want people frightened and disturbed."

Kelly adds, "I should mention also that the script of this movie is completely new and is not the same movie as my originals. It's a new take."

The Bonesetter is based on a folk tale from Quebec (known in French as Bonehomme Sept-Heures). While technically in pre-production, Kelly and his crew have already filmed the opening scene of the movie. This scene is set in the past when the titular villain of the film was still alive and committing his murderous crimes upon the unsuspecting populace.

Production of the film will resume in the fall once Kelly has completed filming a western for Lionsgate.




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New Horror Documentary Comes in Pieces

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:00

There's no question that lately there's been a resurgence in horror anthology films, due in no small part to the success of the V/H/S franchise, and now one indie filmmaker is taking a look at the subgenre with the doc We Come in Pieces: The Rebirth of the Horror Anthology Film.

From the Press Release
WE COME IN PIECES is a documentary short that chronicles and celebrates the past, present, and future of horror anthology films.

When filmmaker Ryan Spindell (Kirksdale, The Root of the Problem) set out to make his horror anthology film THE MORTUARY COLLECTION, producers rejected it outright. Time and time again, he was told that horror anthologies are dead at the studio level, but the question no one seemed to be able to answer was why?

To find out, Spindell teamed up with documentary filmmaker Ben Hethcoat (Dead Dad, D.I.Y), and together they sat down with legendary moviemakers Joe Dante (Gremlins, Twilight Zone: The Movie), Michael Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat), Darin Scott (Tales from the Hood), Larry Fessenden (I Sell the Dead), and a handful of genre experts to discuss the horror anthologies they love, the current state of the format, and the future of the horror anthology film.

In the course of making the documentary, Spindell and Hethcoat discovered that despite the studios reluctance to get behind the horror anthology format, the fans of the long-dormant subgenre are as fervent as ever. With renewed enthusiasm the filmmakers have set out to connect directly with those fans by launching a Kickstarter Campaign to finance THE MORTUARY COLLECTION independently.

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Exclusive Trailer Premiere - Paranormal Diaries: Clophill

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:30

Alrighty, kids! On tap right now is the official trailer for the steller new spooker from Kevin Gates and Michael Bartlett, The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill (review). Check it out and look for more on it as RLJ/Image Entertainment nears its September 30, 2014 DVD release date.

Mark Andrews, Michael Bartlett, Criselda Cabitac, Samantha Carpenter and Sarah Catlin star.

Synopsis
Based on true events, six investigators head to one of the world’s most haunted places to uncover the source of supernatural sightings and phenomena. Known for centuries as a notorious magnet for grave robbers, body snatchers, Satanists and cultists since the time of The Black Death, the ruined St. Mary’s Church at Clophill plays host to filmmaker Kevin Gates and his team of researchers. Obsessed with unraveling the secrets of this “unholy ground,” they venture into the murky darkness armed with cameras, curiosity and a need to expose the truth. However, some secrets were meant to stay buried – permanently. Over the course of three chilling nights, it becomes clear that they have unleashed something ancient and evil that has long been hungry to escape into this world.

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Get Your First Look at Book One of the Afterlife with Archie Trade Paperback

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:00

Archie Comics' Afterlife with Archie has been a huge hit, and now they're releasing the first trade paperback for the series, which collects Issues 1-5, featuring the first storyline, "Escape from Riverdale." Get a sneak preview right here!

The story is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Francesco Francavilla and Jack Morelli and cover by Francavilla.

Afterlife with Archie Book One arrives in stores June 10th; pre-order yours below.

Synopsis:
When Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion—Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful, and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he's not the same... and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale!

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Sleepy Hollow Season 2 – Exclusive Red Carpet Interviews and Premiere Date Info

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:30

Amongst the headstones at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, fans gathered to catch a glimpse of their beloved headless horseman TV show, Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow”, which will be returning for a much-anticipated second season on September 22nd.

In case you’re not familiar with the show, basically it’s about a magically resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who’s pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery which dates all the way back to America’s founding fathers. Along for the wild ride is a modern day cop, Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie).

Joining the show this coming season are Timothy Busfield (best known for his role on “thirtysomething”) as Benjamin Franklin, plus “House of Cards” star Sakina Jaffrey as the new sheriff and “One Tree Hill” alum Matt Barr as a bounty hunter.

On their way to the Masonic Lodge to show a few clips (they’ve only got two episodes in the can so far) and do a Q&A, the show’s two leading stars and producers walked the red carpet and answered our questions.

September seems a long ways off, and so of course we wanted to know how soon in the season some of those nail-biting cliffhangers are going to be addressed.

Executive producer Mark Goffman told us, “We left everybody in some pretty tough situations, but you have to be true to those situations, so I don’t think it’s going to be easy, and I don’t think people would expect it to be. So, we aren’t going to resolve it right away. We need to give every character their just time to figure out where and how to get out of their situations… if they can figure out how.”

At least there will be 18 episodes on tap, up from the 13 of Season 1. Producer Len Wiseman admitted, “Going from 13 episodes to 18 is a lot more work. It just is. But it’s two-fold. It allows us to really expand and take a little bit more time with the storylines that we want to, but it also means that we really, really have to prepare because we are trying to pull off a little movie every week. We’ve got a fantastic crew that’s up for the challenge of it, and it is a real challenge to just keep the bar up when you add more episodes.

The show’s co-creator, Roberto Orci, said of the stretch, “We’re trying to not have any filler. Every episode is meant to be epic and to feel like a season finale.” The main thing is, “How will our characters deal with the fact that our classic villain is someone they are related to by blood?

That was, of course, the cliffhanger: that Ichabod Crane’s own son was the bad guy. Orci said, “Obviously [Crane’s son being evil] was a big shock to him! Which makes his fight in this season difficult. It’s difficult enough fighting a villain, but when the villain is someone whom you may feel responsible for their villainy… he asks himself, is it because he was a bad father? How much can he blame himself? How much can he believe he can maybe help his son not be the villain that he is? Is he going to have to face off again his own son and do something he doesn’t want to have to do? Is there any reconciliation there possible? That’s drama.

It’s not just drama for the fans, but the actors as well. When I asked Tom Mison, “How would you like to see Crane handle his son’s villainy?” He replied, “It’s something that, throughout the break in filming, has been on my mind constantly. Desperate emails to Mark Goffman asking, 'What happens? What happens?' Never mind Ichabod having to prepare for it… I have to prepare for it! It’s a big one. It’s a tough family dilemma.

Orci wouldn’t reveal any spoilers, but he did say, “Their physical jeopardy wraps up in a few episodes. But their souls’ jeopardy… never! Or at least until the end of the series... And yours too!” he laughed.

That’s all fantasy, fiction, and drama – the dilemma, I mean… but how do they approach real life figures from history? Since Timothy Busfield will be joining the cast as Benjamin Franklin, I asked producer Heather Kadin what they draw on. “Well, it’s a combo” of fact and myth, she said. “That’s how we approached the pilot, like, when we were doing research and found out George Washington’s body was moved. I mean, wow, did you know that George Washington’s body was moved? And why? So there are some things in history that are just kind of insane on their own and so it’s a jumping off point.

Orci agreed, “Yeah, history is not written in stone. History is being revised all the time, as we learn new things. History is a living document for a lot of academics, and so finding out what the very latest theory on what’s going on is actually part of the fun. You think you knew everything but [surprise] you don’t. When it comes to Ben Franklin, of course everyone knows about the kite and the key. But some people don’t know he was quite the ladies’ man.”

And he liked to be naked a lot,” Kadin chimed in. I asked how they handle that on commercial TV, and she said, “We can imply his nudity, but I don’t know if anybody really wants to see Benjamin Franklin naked.

Orci rejoined, “Hey, Timothy Busfield is a very good looking man.” To which Wiseman added, “Yeah, he’d just be free-ballin! No, not really. He’s not naked ‘a lot’… The man has clothes!” Goffman said, “Anyone who knows Franklin history knows he was not a modest man, so we play with that.” Wiseman deadpanned, “Yeah. We thought that would work great for our show!

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Since the show’s creators and producers have worked so heavily in genre (Orci with the Star Trek films, Wiseman with the Underworld films, and so on), a genre that has such passionate fans, I asked if they can indeed guide the series.

Goffman hedged, “Well, in the first season in particular, it was fun to just interact with the fans and see how they would react to what we’d shot. More than guiding the season. A show like this really does have to be mapped out pretty far in advance.

Beharie countered, “I would venture to say that some of the things the fans have said online have actually swayed the writers… like when people are talking about his clothes and the whole skinny jeans thing. I think that came from the pressure online, a little bit. We care about what they think. We honestly want to please them. I feel like they have a lot more power than they may know.

Wiseman said, “I find that [fans can influence the show] more in its fine detail than the overall plots and structure of it. For instance, there was so much reaction as to whether or not Ichabod was ever going to change his coat. So because of that, we listened. My point of view on it was actually, no, he wouldn’t change his coat because he’s stubborn and he’s not somebody who has any interest in the people of the modern era. That’s part of his character. And he also feels safe in this. This is what he’s comfortable in. But that’s something that came up so much, we addressed it. But we addressed it in a way that fit with his character; he tries it, and he does change his clothes, but they’re period.

Mison said of all the thing to talk about, “Fans mostly talk about the coat!” I told him, “Yes… we know that. So, what else do they talk about?” “I think we are fortunate that we’ve got a really, really nice fan base. They get really invested in it, so much. 'Sleepy-Heads,' we call them,” he said. “I think it’s just so nice that we live in an age [of social networking] where they can constantly say to us, 'This is amazing.' And we can in turn see what they are doing: the art work, the fan fiction that’s inspired by the work that we are doing. There is no greater compliment for an actor or creator.

And of course, I had to ask, as my final question, “What can the fans look forward to in the very first episode of Season 2?” Mison answered, “In the first episode fans can expect it to take off exactly where the Season 1 finale ended. So, you can expect the absolute peak of our last 13 episodes to be the starting point. It’s very exciting stuff!

For more info visit "Sleepy Hollow" on Fox.com, "like" "Sleepy Hollow" on Facebook, and follow "Sleepy Hollow" on Twitter.

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Go Behind the Scenes of Penny Dreadful for a Look at its Monsters' Make-up and Prosthetics

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:15

Personally, all I needed to know to make sure "Penny Dreadful" is set on my DVR is that it stars the red-hot Eva Green, but it also has monsters - lots and lots of monsters, and this new video shows us how they came into being.

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.

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

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.

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Radius-TWC Picks Up Cannes Flick It Follows

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 13:16

After screening in Cannes as part of Critics Week, David Robert Mitchell's It Follows has just been scooped up for distribution here in the states. Read on for all the details!

Deadline reports that Radius-TWC picked up the U.S. rights to the flick, with a planned release in the first quarter of 2015.

The film centers on a teenager (Maika Monroe) who finds herself plagued by disturbing visions and the inescapable sense that something is following her after she has a strange sexual encounter.

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

Mitchell, who wrote and directed 2010′s The Myth Of The American Sleepover, produced with Rebecca Green, Laura D. Smith, David Kaplan and Erik Rommesmo.

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

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