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Faust: Masters of Cinema Edition (UK Blu-ray/DVD) Review

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:55

Starring Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Directed by F.W. Murnau

Distributed by Eureka!

Widely regarded as Nosferatu director F.W. Murnau’s crowning masterpiece, Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage – to give it its full original title – is not only a shining jewel of the filmmaker’s oeuvre but an historical cinematic milestone of major significance.

A telling of the German folk tale of the same name, Faust concerns a wager made between heaven and hell (in the form of an Archangel and the Devil Mephisto) for the fate of all mankind: If Mephisto can completely corrupt the soul of one man – the eponymous alchemist Faust (Ekman) – then the world will be his.

Putting his plans in motion, Mephisto unleashes a deadly plague on Faust’s home village. As his desperate search for a cure proves fruitless while the dying citizens call for his help, Faust enters into a one-day-only ‘trial’ pact with Mephisto. Suddenly, he is able to cure the sick with his bare hands, driving back the plague. All comes to a rough end, however, when the people discover that Faust can no longer look upon or touch the sign of the cross, and so to escape impending execution, he commands Mephisto to make him young again and whisk him away.

Consumed by the pleasures of his newfound youth and power, Faust goes on to accept the full agreement – his soul for indefinite command of Mephisto’s power – and sets about attempting to woo the innocent Gretchen (Horn). Tragedy abounds, however, as Mephisto’s scheming leads to increasingly dire consequences for Gretchen, her family, and Faust himself – pulling them all down a path of darkness which may very well spell the end of the world as we know it.

A product of the silent era of cinema, Murnau’s Faust continues to stress its historical importance, and impact on the art form, to this day. While grounded in the level of visual theatricality customary (and necessary) at the time, it nevertheless produces consistent displays of technical marvel via camera movement, sweeping miniature vistas, and brilliantly effective special effects – to name just a few of the elements Murnau has up his sleeve. Convincingly medieval costuming and set design provide a backdrop for touches of Expressionist style, though somewhat less overtly representative of the movement than similar output of the decade such as Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Story wise, Murnau’s Faust is closer in narrative to that of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play than any other version, though various elements are tweaked to suit the filmmaker’s vision. Emil Jannings relishes his part as the devious Mephisto, full of theatrical mischievousness, wide-mouthed grins, and evil stares. He seems especially happy during the second act’s racier sex farce elements, grinning cheekily as he cops a feel of Gretchen’s aunt, for example. Camilla Horn’s performance as the aforementioned tortured innocent is truly something else – a brave and standout turn at a time when perfection in physical performance was required to truly communicate with audiences, and she communicates all too well.

Faust is a classic for a reason; anyone with even slightly more than a passing interest in cinema ought to cherish this film outright – though a bemoaning of the rather abrupt and saccharine ending would be a forgivable umbrage. It’s a superlative, inventive piece of work by a masterful, visionary director that remains as engrossing and surprising today as it was almost 90 years ago. Yes, it’s that old – and yes, it’s still that good. In a great turn, it’s now actually even better with this “Masters of Cinema” release from Eureka!, which, for the first time outside of Germany, gives us Murnau’s domestic cut – the original cut created for screening within the country of origin which contains all of the best takes and shots and forms his actual, preferred vision.

Picture quality for the domestic cut is startlingly good. Sporting a 1080p high-definition transfer, it’s as close to perfect as one could likely ever expect Faust to look. Grain and print damage are obviously prevalent given the age of the material, and the image can appear rather soft at times, but honestly – you’ve never seen it as wonderfully presented as this, trust me. The export cut that most will be used to by now is also included but doesn’t receive the same meticulous treatment. It still looks decent but can’t compete with the clarity of the main showpiece. Both versions of the film also come on separate DVDs alongside the Blu-ray disc.

For the domestic cut you also have the choice of one of three different musical scores: Timothy Brock’s orchestral score, Stan Ambrose’s harp accompaniment, or Javier Pérez de Axpeitia’s piano arrangement. Backing this up is an incredible amount of special features which include a circa 40-minute discussion of the film with learned critic Tony Rayns; a German-language documentary that runs almost an hour dissecting nearly every facet of the film’s creation, entitled “The Language of Shadows”; a feature commentary by David Ehrenstein and Bill Krohn which proves very informed, insightful, and entertaining; a lengthy video comparison of the differences between the domestic and export cuts; and a 40-page booklet featuring various writings on the film (not included for review).

It all combines to form an excellent presentation and package for a film whose importance and ongoing relevance to cinema simply cannot be overstated and adds another gold star to the chart for Eureka!’s fantastic “Masters of Cinema” label.

Special Features
• Restored 1080p transfer of the domestic German print with three optional scores: Timothy Brock orchestral score, Stan Ambrose harp score, and Javier Pérez de Axpeitia piano score
• Export version of the film
• DVD versions of both cuts of the film
• A discussion of the film with critic Tony Rayns
• Audio commentary by critics David Ehrenstein and Bill Krohn
The Language of Shadows documentary
• 40-page booklet containing an essay by Peter Spooner, writing on the film by Eric Rohmer, and rare archival imagery
• Version comparison (Domestic and Export)

Film:

5 out of 5

Special Features:

5 out of 5

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Dread Central Tours Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood; Exclusive Video and Images!

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:30

This past Friday, September 12th, Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Creative Director John Murdy gave Dread Central a preview of their then-under-construction “An American Werewolf in London” and “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line” fright mazes.

Read on for the details, exclusive video, and our photo gallery!

Arriving to a heavily under-construction Universal Studios on a sweltering Los Angeles afternoon (these heat waves seem to historically hit the week of the preview), we hopped in a van to the backlot with mastermind Murdy, where “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line” maze was in its final days of preparation for Halloween Horror Nights, which kicks off next Friday, September 19th.

In keeping with the narrative of Season 4 of the popular AMC series, this year’s “The Walking Dead” maze (the third year running for Universal’s HHN) recreates the prison in which the majority takes place and introduces as well the show’s principals’ search for the purported sanctuary of Terminus. Upon arrival we were greeted by the maze’s exterior, a rather convincing correctional facility façade, with a perimeter ringed with high chain-link fencing. Just inside sat a burned out military tank (repositioned from Fast & Furious 6), as well as the prop carcass of a fallen steed (echoing Season 1 of “The Walking Dead”).

Once inside the impressive and at times two-story attraction, we were greeted by a catwalk, myriad cell doors, rotted zombies, a morgue, a recreation of the show’s convenience store ‘Big Spot’ and much, much more. See our video clip of Murdy chatting about the maze below.

From there it was on to the “An American Werewolf in London” maze, erected just outside the park’s Jurassic Park attraction. Nailing it from the onset, the exterior of the attraction was decked out to resemble the pub ‘The Slaughtered Lamb’ from director John Landis’ classic 1981 film, as was the first room we entered, replete with a bar and requisite pentagram.

Determined, Murdy and crew are set to deliver within the attraction the iconic moments of the groundbreaking flick, which, in addition to the pub, include the film’s hospital room, the demon soldier slaughter, the porno theater (screening See You Next Wednesday, a nice attention to detail), the London tube (which features a clever scare not from the film, but in keeping with it) and most importantly, the famous Rick Baker-created werewolf transformation. See our clip of Murdy talking about that below.

While we don’t want to give much more away in terms of the narrative and scares (these attractions are best experienced without heavy spoilers), you can check out our photo gallery, and keep your eyes on Dread Central for our annual coverage of the Eyegore Awards and the grand opening of Halloween Horror Nights, which kicks off this coming Friday, September 19th.

More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.

 

About Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood
Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s leading Halloween event becomes “More Dead Than Ever,” expanding to 22 select nights with more mazes than ever, from Friday, September 19, through Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at HalloweenHorrorNights.com, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority access at each “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, Terror Tram and theme park attraction. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

“As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we hold ourselves to a very high standard in producing the best and most terrifying Halloween experience,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “Our ongoing collaboration with today’s most influential filmmakers and musicians, and movie and television horror properties, contributes to the authenticity of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and delivers one of the scariest, most compelling experiences anywhere. This year will be ‘More Dead Than Ever’ with more event nights and even more mazes, and we can’t wait.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” 2014 will feature a slate of all-new haunted attractions including “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” inspired by Season 4 of AMC’s Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning TV series. The bone-chilling maze will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.

The engrossing television series will seep into other parts of Universal’s backlot with predatory walkers prowling the secluded wooded areas of the movie studio. “Terror Tram: Invaded by the Walking Dead” will take guests down the daunting path to Terminus, interspersed with landmarks and walkers from Season 4, including the “burned moonshine cabin,” “charred walkers” and “mud walkers.”

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s acclaimed supernatural TV series “From Dusk Till Dawn” will debut at this year’s event in a new maze designed to thrust guests into its deviant world where they will encounter sordid mythological creatures known as “Culebras,” serpent-like vampires who have tormented the Earth for centuries.

Celebrated Grammy® Award-winning musician SLASH, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose the first-ever original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH.”

Other marquee mazes will include “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” a terrifying new haunted attraction based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” bringing together the most deadly species spawned from two blockbuster films; “An American Werewolf in London,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning film; and “Face Off: In the Flesh,” featuring gruesome characters from Syfy’s hit TV series.

A series of unnerving scare zones will also infiltrate “Halloween Horror Nights,” terrorizing guests as they navigate the darkness from one terrifying maze to another, beginning with “The Purge: Anarchy,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ disturbing blockbuster thriller. “The Walking Dead: Welcome to Terminus” will awaken swarms of predatory walkers in a gruesome scare zone situated adjacent to the new “The Walking Dead” maze.

Additional scare zones will include “Mask-a-Raid,” featuring hordes of bloodthirsty cannibals masquerading as French aristocrats; “Dark Christmas,” a Pagan-themed area where demonic creatures hunt disobedient children and drag them to hell; and “Skullz,” based on the Native American legend of Wendigo, a malevolent supernatural half-beast monster with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.

As a complement to the nighttime event, Universal’s most popular rides and attractions will also be open to guests, including “Transformers: The Ride-3D,” “Jurassic Park—In the Dark,” “The Simpsons Ride” and “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” dates are as follows: September 19, 20, 26, 27, October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, and November 1, 2, 2014.

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Exclusive Clip Shows Off The Devil Incarnate

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:00

Indie filmmaker L. Gustavo Cooper is back with another tale of terror called The Devil Incarnate, and it’s getting set for an October 7, 2014, DVD release from RLJ / Image Entertainment. Read on for an exclusive clip.

Graci Carli and Rod Luzzi star.

Synopsis
The future looks bright for newlyweds Trevor and Holly, but their dreams are about to devolve into a nightmare of unspeakable terror.

On a random visit to a tarot reader, they encounter a mysterious old woman who tells them that Holly is pregnant. As the child grows within her, Holly begins to exhibit increasingly bizarre and violent behavior. Soon their joy is overshadowed by a mounting sense of dread that something sinister lurks within her womb. Desperate to save his wife and unborn child, Trevor searches for answers and discovers Holly may have fallen prey to an ancient curse spawned by an evil demon with an insatiable lust for blood.



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Titan Books Releasing Kim Newman’s An English Ghost Story in October

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:30

Looking for something new to read during the upcoming Halloween season? Acclaimed author Kim Newman (Anno Dracula) has a stand-alone novel entitled An English Ghost Story heading our way in early October, and we have all the details right here.

Newman has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and British Science Fiction Awards and been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. Look for his latest, An English Ghost Story, on October 7th from Titan Books.

We’ll be back with an excerpt soon!

Synopsis
A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most—threatening to destroy them from the inside out.

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Exclusive Clip: Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:00

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be releasing Turner Clay’s Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here tomorrow, and right now we have an exclusive clip for you guys to digest. Only the flesh-hungry need apply!

Justin Ray and Jerod Meagher star; and Stephanie Estes, Ron Hanks, Michael Taber, Dennis Leech, Ali Williams, Morgan Jackson, and Kendall Mayhew are featured.

Disaster L.A. Release Details
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) has acquired Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here, independent filmmaker Turner Clay’s newest sci-fi zombie thriller, and has warned fans to brace themselves for a September 16 Direct-to-Video Blu-ray and DVD release, plus Digital Download — in time for Halloween viewing.

Clay wrote, directed, and produced (with John Will Clay) Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here, which tells the story of a group of friends desperately trying to escape the toxic smoke that is the deadly result of a meteor shower strike in the middle of Los Angeles. In its wake neither friends nor strangers are safe from each other. The only hope for survival is to try to reach the coast before it’s too late.

Zombies are currently entertaining the world more than ever, as evidenced by the recent successes of “The Walking Dead” TV series and last year’s film World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, which became the highest zombie grosser of all time with over $202 million domestically. Boxofficemojo.com, which has tracked zombie movies since 1982, estimates they’ve grossed more than a billion dollars at the domestic box office since then. That doesn’t include dozens of movies made before that.

While zombie movies have been around since the ‘70s (1972’s White Zombie is considered the first), many credit George A. Romero’s low-budget Night of the Living Dead (1968) — still listed at the top of all-time favorite zombie movies — as the model for all subsequent zombie films. A ‘90s zombie revival points to the creation of the first zombie video game,“Resident Evil, which was adapted to the big screen in 2002.

Other top-ranked favorites include Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978), Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (1979), Dan O’Bannon’s The Return of the Living Dead (1960), Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive (1992), Resident Evil (2002), Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later (2002), Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg’s Shaun of the Dead (2004), Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead (remake, 2004), and Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland (2009).

Turner Clay is the first to say he owes a debt to those who preceded him: “As a kid I was blown away by Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. I realized what makes zombies so fascinating is to imagine what you’d do if they were real. Then I started to notice zombies doing just that: evolving into faster, more realistic creatures. Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later is one of my all-time favorite zombie films because it was really scary. When I found out it was done with a small crew and a cheap digital camera, I was so inspired, I decided to buy my own camera and go all out for the zombie genre.”

Clay’s first effort was State of Emergency about a small town’s chemical facility that explodes, releasing deadly toxins that cause mutations in the town’s residents.

“Turner is an up-and-coming filmmaker so for WB, distributing this film was a logical move. In spite of our vast horror library, we only have only a few films in the zombie segment of the horror genre. This picture will complement our repertoire and continue to drive our physical and digital strength in the fourth quarter,” said Jeff Baker, WBHE’s Theatrical Catalog EVP and GM.

“I’m convinced the reason zombies are so powerful is that they capture an atheistic fear of the dead,” says Esquire’s Stephen Marche. “There seem to be two choices [to deal with them]: shoot them in the face or run away. It’s not much, but even that very slim measure of control provides enough pleasure to bring in millions of viewers every time they show up on screen.”

One final note that illustrates zombies’ current popularity: The government agencies of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have all recently issued zombie “alerts” as a lighthearted way of getting people to focus on preparedness for actual threats.

CDC Director Ali S. Khan noted, “There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse, for example. That’s right; I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens, you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.”

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Another Trailer Emerges from the Swamp for Sleepwalkers

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:30

It’s been close to a year since we last got an update on Ryan Lightbourn’s Sleepwalkers, but the first-time feature director is wrapping up post-production now, and a new trailer has come our way.

The film was written and directed by Lightbourn and stars Ansley Gordon, Amanda Phillips, Tommy Goodman, Ben Owen, and Ben Evans. Producers are Lightbourn, Aviva Christie, Tim Story, and Jesse Fox. It’s only a few short months away from completion and has been submitted to a number of film festivals.

The new trailer for Sleepwalkers, a vicious creature feature, was shot in the bayous and swamps of Florida, helping to create its dark tone. An official release date will follow shortly; in the meantime enjoy this sneak peek along with some new stills.

Synopsis
Sleepwalkers tells the story of five college students as they attempt to enjoy a festive spring break getaway, only to encounter a deadly, nocturnal presence. As horrific events unfold, the group joins forces with a local convenience store owner and a prison escapee. Nighttime approaches, and they must set aside their differences and use their wits to survive.

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Win a Copy of The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill on DVD

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:00

Love movies about real hauntings? Then be aware – The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill (review) is hitting DVD at the end of the month, and we’re giving away a copy!

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on September 27th.

The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill Release Details
Image Entertainment is releasing horror film The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill (based on true events) on DVD and digital download on September 70, 2014. Co-directed by Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates, the film stars Gates, Bartlett, Craig Stovin, Criselda Cabitac, Mark Jeavons, and Rob Whitaker.

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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Scribbler, The (2014) Review

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:30

Starring Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Imperioli, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Eliza Dushku, Kunal Nayyar, Ashlynn Yennie, Billy Campbell

Directed by John Suits

The Scribbler is based on the graphic novel of the same name written by Dan Schaffer, who also developed the story for film. And The Scribbler definitely has the feel of a graphic novel coming alive on the screen. Filled with a menagerie of colorful, insane characters and some intriguing sci-fi gadgetry, The Scribbler is a comic come alive.

The story revolves around Suki, a young woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder. She’s crazy. Carrying around about a dozen personalities, Suki finds herself projecting them on a dog and an elevator, and the voices in her head are always giving her all kinds of nutty ideas. However, her doctor considers her almost cured so Suki is staying in a halfway house called Juniper Towers (a ka Jumper Towers), where patients of Dr. Sinclair go after a hospital stay and treatment to try to ease back into society. Unfortunately, that doesn’t ever really happen.

The brooding, mentally unstable Suki is played by Katie Cassidy who does a commendable job in the role. She brings out Suki’s dark side but also has fun with the lighter aspects of her personality that surface from time to time, especially when she’s with Hogan (Garret Dillahunt), the only male resident of Juniper Towers, who realizes he’s in a building with a bunch of women with daddy issues, and he does his best to make the rounds with all of them. Together, Suki and Hogan prove to be an entertaining combination.

Aside from the two leads, The Scribbler is filled with plenty of interesting fringe characters. Juniper Towers has a terrific atmosphere, and the residents are realistic but at the same time almost Wonderlandish. Gina Gershon plays sex addict Cleo; and Ashlynn Yennie plays Emily, who has an irrational fear of clothing (that’s right). But perhaps the coolest resident of Juniper Towers is (fittingly enough for the Wonderland feel) Alice, played by Michelle Trachtenberg. Channeling Sylvia Soska with her look, Trachtenberg is very cool as the dark and threatening Alice. She is the most dangerous resident of the tower, and Suki finds herself having to deal with Alice on several occasions. The atmosphere of the entire film is really fun. Shots inside the residence are always somewhat surreal, and when director John Suits takes the action outside, it has almost a Gotham City feel to some of the scenes.

So here we have our hero, Suki, living in Juniper Towers with Dr. Sinclair’s orders to use the Siamese Burn Therapy machine he’s created to help erase some of the extra personalities she’s carrying around. The only problem is, when you get down to the final few personas, how can you be sure you’re the true one and only that belongs there? You can’t.

The Scribber moves along at a very efficient pace and is fun to watch. The ending of the film, however, makes a bit of a transition from the horror/sci-fi story we’ve watched for the first hour and takes a turn that almost has a superhero feel. Once the mysterious secrets of Juniper Towers are revealed and we find out just what is going on with the Siamese Burn Therapy, things go south a bit in the end. Not to say that the movie doesn’t hold up completely, but once you peel away some of the great fringe characters who helped carry the film through the first hour, some of what is left is less than stellar. Good, but not great.

You can find a bit of everything in The Scribbler. Without a doubt it touches into horror and sci-fi, and even some decent comedic elements exist in it. The intensity of the majority of the film is kind of lost in the finale that feels forced. But when the guy who wrote the graphic novel is also writing the script, I suppose you’ve got to go with what he says.

The Scribbler is entertaining and has plenty of action to keep viewers interested. If you can handle an ending that feels like an afterthought, then you’ll dig this one.

7 out of 5

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Brooke Lewis Accepts Dread Central’s Bloody ALS #IceBucketChallenge

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 21:10

A couple of weeks ago we were challenged by the cast and crew of Muck to take on the ALS #IceBucketChallenge with a bloody twist. Of course we did it, and believe me when I tell you the mere thought of it makes my nuts shrivel back up!

We then challenged Joe Lynch, Adam Green, and Brooke Lewis. Lewis is a feisty spitfire, and that’s just one of the reasons we love our Ms. Vampy! She got together with Staci Layne Wilson (who was filming) and The Purge: Anarchy‘s Jasper Cole to deliver the shiver-inducing goods to you, and we have the video proof right here!

Check out Brooke’s video and imagery below along with ours. Adam, Joe… we’re still waiting…

For more on ALS and what you can do to help (besides dousing yourselves with frigid liquid), visit the ALS Association website.

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Son of Monsterpalooza Image Gallery Crawls from the Grave

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 20:15

The 2014 Son of Monsterpalooza at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, CA, is in the books; and right now we have a look at some of the sights for you monster-hungry fiends who couldn’t make it.

Boasting guests like Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Gunnar Hansen, Ed Neal and Terri McMinn as well as seminars, vendors, a costume contest and walk-through monster museum, Son of Monsterpalooza 2014, which ran September 12-14, was just as impressive as its predecessors.

Visit the official Monsterpalooza website and “like” Monsterpalooza on Facebook for more information.

 

 

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Trailer for Syfy's Dead Still Is Now Live!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:03

Airing as part of Syfy's seventh annual "31 Days of Halloween" is The Booth Brothers' Dead Still, and following up on the first look at the production we gave you a few weeks ago, the flick's trailer has arrived!

Syfy presents, in association with Plus Entertainment, Hollywood Media Bridge, Twintalk Entertainment, and Spooked Productions, A Booth Brothers Film, Dead Still, airing on Monday, October 6th. The film was shot on location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Christopher Saint Booth and Philip Adrian Booth are identical twins who make up the dynamic filmmaking duo of The Booth Brothers. Their previous films include Death Tunnel, The Exorcist File, The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, and Children of the Grave.

Dead Still stars Ben Browder ("Farscape," "Stargate SG1"), Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks," Jeepers Creepers), Gavin Casalegno (Noah, When the Game Stands Tall), and Elle LaMont ("From Dusk Till Dawn," Machete Kills).

Synopsis:
Upon the death of his great grandfather, wedding photographer Brandon Davis (Browder) inherits an antique camera famous for taking Victorian death photography. After photographing his subjects, they start to die from horrible, bizarre deaths and then reappear as eerie death portraits.

One by one Brandon begins to lose people very close to him as he struggles to uncover the haunting mystery behind the cursed camera. When his eleven-year-old son goes missing, Brandon discovers the camera has supernatural powers and has trapped his son inside of it. He must now risk all and journey beyond the realm of all imagination to fight the hideous entities within, save his son, and reverse the deadly curse that plagues them before they all become... Dead Still.

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Tusk - Read the Review and Toke Up!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:30

On tap right now we have our verdict on Kevin Smith's horror comedy Tusk as well as a look at one of the more unique ad campaigns to ever be launched in support of a movie. Don't blame us if you get the munchies. At least 7-Eleven is open 24 hours.

Read our Tusk review.

Let’s get blazed! A24 partners with The World's Best Ever and Buds & Roses, a Los Angeles based medical-marijuana dispensary, to sell two brand new cannabis strains inspired by Kevin Smith’s TUSK! Buds & Roses will sell the two strains - “Mr. Tusk” and “White Walrus” - beginning today through September 26, 2014.

Tusk, written and directed by Smith, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.

Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ's Nate Bolotin are executive producers.

Related Story: New Tusk Poster Offers Spoilers

Look for the flick in theatres on September 19, 2014.

For more info visit the official Tusk website, "like" Tusk on Facebook, check out Tusk on Instagram, and follow @Tusk_TheMovie on Twitter using the hashtag #WalrusYes.

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First Trailer Emerges From the Dark

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:14

Finally the trailer is here for the Kickstarter success story Dark, which was executive produced by Joe Dante’s Renfield Productions. Check it out, and look for more on this one as it comes. Stay tuned!

Nick Basile (American Carny) directs from a script written by Elias (Gut). Michael Eklund (The Divide, The Call) and Brandon Sexton (Boys Don’t Cry) star with Whitney Able (Monsters) and Alexandra Breckenridge (“American Horror Story”).

Synopsis
Set in NYC during the blackout of 2003, Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah's Brooklyn loft, but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly finds herself alone in the apartment in the midst of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate's paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night.

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The Guest Seeks Military Action

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:03

Another new clip from Adam Wingard's next film, The Guest (review), is here and with it comes the military. Well, not really. That would just be awkward.

You’re Next, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, and A Horrible Way to Die's Adam Wingard directs from a script by Simon Barrett while Keith Calder and Jessica Wu produce for Snoot Entertainment. Look for the flick in theatres on September 17th.

The Guest stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick.

Synopsis
David is the perfect guest. Friendly and helpful, this young soldier arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, their teenage daughter Anna starts wondering if David is responsible. Distributed by Picturehouse, THE GUEST visits theaters Wednesday, September 17th. Let us know if you'll be letting him in.




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Surprising First Look at Blackburn

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:54

According to Blackburn's teaser trailer there's a surprise waiting for someone. For us the surprise was how good this latest indie slasher actually looks. We love us some deranged disfigured family films, I tell ya!

Lauro Chartrand directs. Calum Worthy, Emilie Ullerup, Sarah Lind, Zack Peladeau, Alexander Calvert, Brandi Alexander, Maja Aro, Lochlyn Munro, Brad Loree, and Ken Kirzinger star.

Synopsis
A forest fire and rockslide leave five bickering college friends trapped in a small Alaskan ghost town with a horrifying history. When they seek refuge inside an abandoned mine, they must band together to survive as the angry inhabitants slaughter the friends one-by-one.

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First Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort Teaser Attacks!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:16

We live in a world in which there will soon be six Wrong Turn movies. Ponder that if you will. That's amazing since the only deformed killer who survived in the original was Three Finger. So is this another prequel? Looks like it. I think. Does it matter?

Helmed by Re-Kill's Valeri Milev, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on October 21. Sadie Katz, Aqueela Zoll, Anthony Ilott, Chris Jarvis, Rollo Skinner, Billy Ashworth, Joe Gaminara, Harry Belcher, Raymond Steers, Luke Cousins, Tabitha Luke Eardley, and Roxanne Pallett star.

Check out the trailer below courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.

Synopsis
The unrelenting terror starts when an emotionally troubled young man, Danny, inherits an isolated backwoods hotel that may hold the key to his secret past. A trip to the peaceful resort quickly transforms into a blood-soaked killing spree as Danny’s friends are brutally murdered one by one.

Danny discovers that Three Finger and his flesh-eating kin are to blame, but the chilling surprises they have in store for him have only just begun. Danny ultimately learns that he has an unthinkable connection to the clan of hillbilly cannibals, but now that he knows the shocking truth, he will face an even more horrifying choice.

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New Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Sneak Peek Explores Ichabod's Relationship with the Founding Fathers

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:14

Sleepyheads, rejoice! Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow" kicks off in just two more weeks on Fox, and we have a new sneak peek that explores the relationships Ichabod had with some of the Founding Fathers.

"Sleepy Hollow" focuses on a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who’s pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that 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).

Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Lyndie Greenwood, and John Noble return along with Mison and Beharie, and joining the show this coming season are Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin; Sakina Jaffrey as Sheriff Reyes, filling in for the incarcerated Frank Irving (Jones); Heather Lind as Mary Wells, Crane’s English ex straight out of the 18th century; Matt Barr as Nick Hawley, an arms dealer who gets drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's work; and Aunjanue Ellis as Abbie and Jenny's (Greenwood) mother, Lori Mills.

"Sleepy Hollow" Season 2 begins September 22nd and will be an expanded 18 episodes. You'll find the synopsis for Episode 2.01 below. If you're still not quite caught up on Season 1, the Blu-ray and DVD arrive on September 16th.

"Sleepy Hollow" Episode 2.01 - "This Is War" (airs 9/22/14)
Picking up immediately after the spellbinding events of the Season 1 finale, Ichabod finds himself buried alive in a coffin; Abbie is trapped in purgatory; Ichabod's wife, Katrina, has been kidnapped by the Headless Horseman; Capt. Frank Irving is behind bars for a murder he did not commit; and Abbie's sister, Jenny, is among the wreckage of an horrific car crash. These events were due, in large part, to the shocking revelation that Henry Parish, the trusted friend of Ichabod and Abbie, is actually Ichabod and Katrina's son and the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse. Now, with Henry's emergence as the Horseman of War alongside the Headless Horseman, Sleepy Hollow has never been so close to destruction.

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




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Radius Says Goodnight Mommy

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:54

More distribution news has come in for one of the films playing as part of the Vanguard Lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival. THR reports that following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Radius has picked up North American rights to the horror thriller Goodnight Mommy (Ich Seh Ich Seh).

Directed by Austrian filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, the creepy movie takes place in an isolated home and centers on a pair of twins whose mother returns home from the hospital. But with a bandaged-up face and off-kilter behavior, the twins begin to think that perhaps this isn’t their mother after all.

Real-life twins Elias Schwarz and Lukas Schwarz star. Radius plans a 2015 release.

Synopsis
10-year-old twins wait for their mother. When she returns with her head wrapped in bandages after surgery, nothing is as it was before. Stern and distant now, she shuts the family off from the outside world. Starting to doubt that this woman is actually their mother, the boys are determined to find the truth by any means.

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New American Horror Story: Freak Show Art Shrieks Its Way Online

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:33

"American Horror Story: Freak Show." It's not even here yet, and already it's sending shivers down our spines. Read on for a new one-sheet for this upcoming season that will be giving lots of people something to scream about. More... much more... as it comes.

"American Horror Story: Freak Show" debuts October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX. It begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.

A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O'Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

"American Horror Story: Freak Show" - Episode 4.01 - "Monsters Among Us" (airs 10/8/14)
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show (Lange) sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin. Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; directed by Ryan Murphy.

For more info visit the "AHS: Freak Show" Facebook page, check out "AHS: Freak Show" on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFreakShow_ on Twitter along with "American Horror Story" on FX.

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New Trailer for The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Urges Us to 'Move On'

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:32

Moving on may be easier said than done, but from the looks of this new trailer that popped up online for "The Vampire Diaries" Season 6, some of the regulars seem more inclined to do so than others. Stefan, we're talking to you!

Several guest stars and new recurring members of the cast have been announced for the show's sixth season including Chris Wood, Gabrielle Walsh, Colin Ferguson, Marco James, Emily C. Chang, Jayson Warner Smith, and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe.

They join series regulars Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert, Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore, Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore, Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert, Kat Graham as Bonnie Bennett, Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes, Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan, Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood, Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman, and Michael Malarkey as Enzo.

"The Vampire Diaries" returns on October 2nd. For more info in the meantime, visit "The Vampire Diaries" on CWTV.com, "like" "The Vampire Diaries" on Facebook, and follow "The Vampire Diaries" on Twitter.

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