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UK Readers: Win a Honeymoon… Signed Poster and DVDs!

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 06:00

Come January 26, UK genre fans will get to witness the horrific fates of newlyweds Paul and Bea when Arrow Films releases director Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon on DVD and Blu-ray. In celebration, we have a special competition for you…

First prize is a combination of an A2-sized poster of the original Honeymoon US art, signed by stars Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie, and a copy of the film on DVD. In addition to that, four (4) runners-up will receive a copy of the film on DVD!

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To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com with the subject line “UK Honeymoon” before the competition closing date of January 25 – then sit back and plan how you’re going to propose to us… since you love us so much and all. We’ll take care of the rest!

Please note that this competition is open ONLY to UK readers.

Honeymoon, the chilling directorial debut of Leigh Janiak, features rising stars Rose Leslie (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Harry Treadaway (Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”). Janiak co-wrote the film with Phil Graziadei; Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced. Ben Huber and Hanna Brown co-star.

Synopsis:
Young newlyweds Paul (Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.



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Honor Your Mother with this New Tales of Halloween Video Production Diary

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 21:06

The sixth video production diary has hit the Net for Tales of Halloween, an upcoming anthology featuring a veritable who’s who of contemporary horror filmmakers, and this one takes a look at the perils of mother-daughter relationships with director Axelle Carolyn and co-stars Alex Essoe and Lin Shaye.

Eleven renowned horror movie genre directors have joined forces with Epic Pictures under the name “The October Society” to create a series of interconnected stories, each with a unique Halloween theme for Tales of Halloween. The directors include Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, & IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), and Paul Solet (Grace). Kasch and Skipp are co-directing one of the short films together.

Related Story: More Tales of Halloween Production Diary Videos Released

Tales of Halloween will showcase the following ten short stories:

  • “TRICK” Directed by Adam Gierasch
  • “BAD SEED” Directed by Neil Marshall
  • “GRIMM GRINNING GHOST” Directed by Axelle Carolyn
  • “THE WEAK AND THE WICKED” Directed by Paul Solet
  • “FRIDAY THE 31st” Directed by Mike Mendez
  • “THE RANSOM OF RUSTY REX” Directed by Ryan Schifrin
  • “THIS MEANS WAR” Directed by Andrew Kasch and John Skipp
  • “THE NIGHT BILLY RAISED HELL” Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
  • “SWEET TOOTH” Directed by Dave Parker
  • “DING DONG” Directed by Lucky McKee

The film has an ensemble cast including Pat Healy, Barry Bostwick, Noah Segan, Booboo Stewart, Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Dana Gould, James Duval, Elissa Dowling, Grace Phipps, Pollyana McIntosh, Marc Senter, Tiffany Shepis, John F. Beach, Trent Haaga, Casey Ruggieri, Kristina Klebe, Cerina Vincent, John Savage, Keir Gilchrist, Nick Principe, Amanda Moyer, Jennifer Wenger, Sam Witwer, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ben Woolf, Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler, Cameron Easton, Austin Falk, Madison Iseman, Daniel Dimaggio, Natalie Castillo, Ben Stillwell, and Hunter Smit.

Cameos include Joe Dante, John Landis, Adam Green, Adam Pascal, Adrianne Curry, Mick Garris, Lombardo Boyer, Graham Skipper, Stuart Gordon, Greg Mclean, Spooky Dan Walker, and Adrienne Barbeau.

Axelle Carolyn created the concept and brought the filmmakers together for this unique production. Tales of Halloween is being produced by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group along with Mike Mendez and Axelle Carolyn. Composers Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves) and Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring) are both attached to the project.

Synopsis:
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens, and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

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Tye Sheridan Takes a Detour With Christopher Smith

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 20:57

Around these parts we’re huge fans of director Christopher Smith (Creep, Black Death, Severance, Triangle), so every time word of a new project comes in with him attached, we are all ears.

THR is reporting that Tye Sheridan (pictured; Mud, The Stanford Prison Experiment) will star in psychological thriller Detour, written and to be directed by Smith.

The new film will center on Harper (Sheridan), a young law student who, while grieving for his dying mother, struggles to decide whether he should kill his unfaithful stepfather. Jason Newmark and Julie Baines are producing the film, which will shoot in South Africa.

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TCA Winter 2015: What’s Ahead in American Horror Story Season 5?

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:16

With “American Horror Story: Freak Show’s” finale just a few days away, of course everyone is chomping at the bit for the first details of what’s in store for us in Season 5. Well, at FX’s presentation to the Television Critics Association yesterday, the network’s CEO, John Landgraf, said it will be “very different.” Considering how different each season has been thus far, that’s hardly news, so what else did he reveal?

Per TVLine, Landgraf kept mum regarding the theme, teasing, “I know what it is, but I can’t [say]. I have to let [series creator] Ryan [Murphy] do his thing on that… One of the things I love so much… is that it can be radically, radically reinvented in terms of tone, setting, period, characters, cast. I think there’s going to be an unusually large reinvention in between Book 4 and Book 5 relative to, say, between Book 3 [Coven] and 4 [Freak Show].

He did throw us a bone when asked about the show returning to the present day: “That’s my hope, yeah,” he answered.

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As for Jessica Lange’s prior statement that “Freak Show” would be her last appearance on the show, Landgraf neither confirmed nor denied, stating, “Ryan is really, really independent in how he makes these shows and what he does. So I know the setting, I know something about the characters and something about the tone and the time period, but I don’t actually know the cast yet.”

The “American Horror Story: Freak Show” finale Episode 4.13, “Curtain Call,” airs Wednesday night at 10PM.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Season Finale Episode 4.13 – “Curtain Call” (airs 1/21/15)
The Freaks rebel against new management. Dandy (Finn Wittrock) prepares for his debut performance. Elsa (Jessica Lange) arrives in Tinseltown. Directed by Bradley Buecker; written by John J. Gray.

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

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Beetlejuice 2 Filming in 2015? Winona Ryder Confirmed to Return!

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:04

This latest tidbit should have fans of the ghost with the most ectoplasing in their pants! In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, writer Seth Grahame-Smith shared a few new tidbits on Beetlejuice 2, stating that director Tim Burton could make the sequel his next film when work is completed on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

I’ve emailed with Michael Keaton. I know he’s excited about the idea. I know Tim is excited about the idea. Where it stands now is Tim’s got to get ready to make [Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children], and then hopefully we are set, deals are done, and we’re waiting in the wings ready to go right after Peregrine’s wraps up. The ideal timeline is we’re really getting into it toward the end of this year.

It also sounds like Winona Ryder will be back to tally his bananas.

[Burton] was doing press for Big Eyes right before the holiday and was getting the Beetlejuice question and sort of tipped people off that Winona [Ryder] would be back. Which, yes, she will be back.”

And finally…

“I think we landed on the right idea, landed on the right approach. It’s just now making sure that—for me—I don’t want to shit my pants in front of the entire world making a sequel to one of my favorite movies.”

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Adam Green Announces Tour Dates for Digging Up the Marrow

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:02

One of the films we cannot wait to see this year is Digging Up the Marrow, a collaboration between Adam Green (Hatchet) and artist Alex Pardee. On February 20th, the film hits VOD outlets and limited theaters, and on tap for you today are the first theatrical listings. Dig in!

Per Green’s website

The “TOURING THROUGH THE MARROW” 2015 tour dates are in! Join writer/director/star Adam Green and artist/executive producer Alex Pardee for a one-of-a-kind special event as they bring DIGGING UP THE MARROW, an audience Q&A, an art exhibit of Alex Pardee’s original artwork that inspired the film, one of their favorite monsters from the film, and exclusive tour merchandise to the following cities:

Thursday February 12th: San Francisco, CA (Landmark Shattuck)

Monday February 16th: Boston, MA (Landmark Kendall Square) – Presented by Rock N Shock

Tuesday February 17th: New York, NY (Landmark Sunshine)

Wednesday February 18th: Austin, TX (Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar) – Presented by Ain’t It Cool News

Thursday February 19th: Los Angeles, CA (Landmark Regent)

DIGGING UP THE MARROW opens in Los Angeles at the Laemmle North Hollywood Cinema on Friday, February 20th, where it will run nightly for the next two weeks. It also hits Video On Demand everywhere that same day (including outlets such as iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox, Sony Playstation, VUDU, GooglePlay, and more).

Tickets for the tour will go on sale soon through each cinema directly. Information about VIP ticket options and the awesome merchandise secured by having a VIP ticket will be coming very soon.

And don’t fear… not only will the film theatrically expand to more cities during the week of March 12th (cities TBA), but more special engagement screenings and appearances will be announced soon! If you live in the USA, there is absolutely a way to see this film in February whether it be on the tour, a special engagement, the theatrical release, or on VOD. And then…

The DVD and Blu-ray (packed with special features) releases on March 24th, and you can support the artists directly by pre-ordering your very own copy autographed by Adam Green right here. Want to know even more about this special tour? Listen to today’s all new Movie Crypt podcast where Adam Green spills the details right here.

The monsters are coming! The official theatrical trailer will be released online later this week, and more details (including a listing of tour merchandise) are coming wicked soon. See you soon, America!

Starring, written by, and directed by Adam Green and inspired by the artwork of artist Alex Pardee, the film stars Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” X-Men First Class), Will Barratt (Frozen), and a roster full of horror genre favorites and iconic artists all appearing as themselves.

When filmmaker Adam Green receives a package from a strange man (Wise) claiming he can prove that monsters exist, he and his crew are taken on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying journey into the shadows deep down under the ground below our feet. Digging Up the Marrow is a documentary-style film that blends reality with fantasy in a way that will leave even the most hardcore skeptics believing in the existence of monsters.

“DIGGING UP THE MARROW is the result of an incredibly rewarding four-year creative collaboration,” said Green. “It’s a very unique film that doesn’t neatly fit into any specific sub-genre that has come before it. We’ve been thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response that MARROW has received at early screenings.”

The monsters in the film are vividly brought to life by visionary American artist and trans-media-artistry pioneer Alex Pardee. Under Green’s ArieScope Pictures, the film was produced by Cory Neal and was financed by Neal and Andrew Mysko’s Hacienda Film Co.

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Categories: Horror News

World War Z 2 Hits the Reset Button?

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:54

Given all of the problems that plagued the World War Z shoot, it’s a wonder that the movie turned out any kind of good. With the sequel on the horizon, we have some new details for you.

IndieWire caught up with the sequel’s screenwriter, Steven Knight, who dropped a rather interesting statement on the site.

“I thought, ‘why not? What fun.’ said Knight on his decision to take a crack at the script. “It’s not quite like the other; we’re starting with clean slate. When they’ve signed off [Paramount and Plan B], we’re on.

So would clean slate indicate that we’re telling another story somewhere else? Will Pitt’s character return. Guess we’ll find out soon enough as the article also states that filming is set to commence this coming October. Stay tuned.

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Evil Is Spreading in The Strain Season 2 TV Spot; Infecting FX this Summer

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:13

A handful of our favorite shows are returning later this year, including FX’s vampire series “The Strain.” Though we don’t yet have an official date for the Season 2 premiere, we’ve just been provided with a teaser, which urges that the season will be a fight or die situation. Dig it!

As we recently reported, Joaquín Cosío will be joining Season 2 as ‘The Silver Angel,’ a Mexican wrestler-turned-vampire killer. Ron Canada is also on board, portraying New York City’s mayor. In addition, Ephraim Goodweather’s son Max has been recast, Season 1’s Ben Hyland being replaced by Max Charles (American Sniper).

Related Story: Guillermo del Toro Talks Season 2 of The Strain

“The Strain” is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, 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.


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Resident Evil – HD Remaster (Video Game)

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:05

Developed by Capcom

Available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC (reviewed)

Rated M for Mature

For someone who hates soulless remakes, I sure did pick a funny genre to be interested in. In a genre where there are more series that have a reimagining than those that have been peacefully left as they are, Resident Evil stands out as being a particularly egregious offender. The hyperbole I’m known for is unneccessary here, as Resident Evil / biohazard HD REMASTERED (as it is listed letter for letter on the steam page) is the 8th iteration of the game. 9th if you count the unreleased Game Boy Color version, but I don’t think I have to pad my stats to make my point. Each version has included extras ranging from maybe a couple of guns and costumes to a complete overhaul.

I am going to assume that not all of them came out at full retail price, but I think it is safe to assume that they averaged out to maybe 30 bucks a pop. I know for a fact that the GameCube version was $50 when it came out, and stayed expensive for a good long while (along with the re-releases of Resident evil 2 & 3, which fell far short of the RE1 remake in terms of quality). I’ve heard that the original was also $50, so lets assume the rest came out at the discounted price of $30, since they are charging $20 now for a game that came out in 2002. So, if you had bought every version at release, you would have likely spent $270 on the original Resident Evil

Yes, I realize I said that the game came out in 2002. That is because this is a remake of the 2002 GameCube version, and not the 1996 original. The 2002 GC version and the 2006 DS version stand out as adding a significant amount to the game. The GC version completely overhauled the game, adding new areas, progression, weapons, enemies, bosses, and a complete visual do-over in a new engine. The DS version added a series of touch screen and microphone mini-games, which while not revolutionary were unique enough to make the installments distinct.

This is not one of those installments. The additions that the HD REMASTER version brings to the table are 1) a new control scheme that sucks 2) two new costumes, one for Chris and one for Jill 3) jiggle physics for Jill’s tits. Wow, I’m so glad I paid 20 bucks for wanton bouncing breasts in a new coat of paint. As if they hadn’t disrespected the character enough by turning her from a brunette in police gear into a busty blonde in a cleavage leather bondage suit, now they have to fuck up her appearance in respectable installments.

As for the controls, I played it on the PC, so maybe it works better on the console. I doubt it, since the new scheme moves away from tank controls to directional. This requires a bit of explanation. Resident Evil was designed with tank controls. This means that pushing forward made your character move forward, while pushing left and right made your character rotate in that direction. This is the same as with general direction when the camera follows you like in most games. Forward will always be forward when the camera is behind you. However, Resident Evil uses fixed camera points. Every time you walk off camera, it changes to another preset camera view. This means that pushing up does not always mean forward. In one angle, pushing left might lead you to the left, but in the next angle now you are running straight up. This is why the tank controls worked, since the constantly flipping camera is a cause of consternation and confusion when using WASD.

The graphical update isn’t even worth mentioning. It looks slightly better, but not good enough to be passable by even last gen standards. It still looks like a GameCube game. It is easily one of the most gorgeous GameCube games, but it is not a PS4 or XB1 game.

As for the gameplay, it is Resident Evil. Maybe I should elaborate, but this is Dread Central, not the Christan Movie Review. People know horror here, and people know what Resident Evil is. While the 2002 update presented significant changes, it was still fundamentally the 1996 version. If you have played any of the versions between 1996 and now, you have played Resident Evil. I recommend playing the 2002 version if you have not, but I have trouble saying that this is the version you should play.

At this point, it is easy to find the older versions online. I know I shouldn’t talk about piracy as a critic, but realistically any game over 8 years old is available for free online to anyone that knows what Google and an emulator are. Given that reality, remakes now have to offer significant improvements to be worth the expense versus a free option. This game does not. There is no reason to buy this game if you have experienced previous versions.

The one constantly squawked opinion people have when something like this comes out is “what about the people that never played it before?” Okay, sure, some people are children and don’t know what Resident Evil is. Sure, I guess we can just re-release the same shit every year just incase someone just discovered video games yesterday, and for them I’m sure the existence of Resident Evil is underwhelming. Is Resident Evil a game worth playing? It’s a ridiculous question. Sure, at one point it was. Then they came out with more of them, and better versions of it. Sure, the game totally holds up out of nostalgia factor and uniqueness, but then again everything holds up if you forget about all the advancements since then.

Resident Evil is an interesting museum piece. It was a time when clunky gameplay could be made up for with cool puzzles and a unique atmosphere. The story is Grade A USDA certified bullshit, but then again people haven’t cared about the Resident Evil story since the first utterance of “Jill Sandwitch!” The arsenal is limited, mechanics confusing, and puzzles often deliberately frustrating. This was all fine when it came out, but now it sticks out like a sore thumb. Games are supposed to lead you now, giving you clear indicators of where to go and what to do. Playing Resident Evil feels like brute force, pushing the use button on every door until something sticks. There is a logic to it, but one that requires a significant amount of trial and error rather than intuition.

It really hurts to trash talk Resident Evil, since the GC version is one of my favorite games. I beat that game so many times that I can make my way around that mansion better than my own house. If Resident Evil were a boy, I would go gay for it. But the GC version was a bold, huge update. It was a love letter not only to the fans, but to new players as well. It was 8 years after the original, and Capcom realized that they needed to update the game for a new audience. Well, now it is 12 years after the remake, and what we get is just a minor reskin? That isn’t enough to make the version relevant. Consumers should stop accepting subpar remakes out of nostalgia and because of those younguns that never got to see it in the first place. This game should be worth owning, but it just is a sad cash-grab in a market currently sparse because of a console switch.

There should be a different scale for remakes. Rating it on how good it is is stupid, since usually the game being remade is good. You have to judge the re-release based on how much it makes you lose faith in the industry. Shameless add-nothing installments like this are just sad. This game doesn’t get 2 ½ knives out of 5. This is 2 ½ guns in my mouth out of 5.

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NSFW: UK-Exclusive Honeymoon Clip Gets Nasty

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:01

This January 26th, Arrow Films will be throwing the confetti out for director Leigh Janiak’s shocker Honeymoon via a UK DVD and Blu-ray release. To get you primed, we’ve nabbed an exclusive look at a particularly nasty scene from the film that you really don’t want your boss (or anyone else of a nervous or sensitive disposition) to see you watching…

Honeymoon, the chilling directorial debut of Leigh Janiak, features rising stars Rose Leslie (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Harry Treadaway (Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”). Janiak co-wrote the film with Phil Graziadei; Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced. Ben Huber and Hanna Brown co-star.

Synopsis:
Young newlyweds Paul (Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.



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China Bigfoot: Legend of the Yeren Has a Hilarious New Poster

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 13:00

Here’s the thing… Photoshop is good for a lot of things. Putting the face of a Chinese kid on a poster is obviously not one of them. Unless of course this kid really looks like that… well then, they NAILED it!

Check out the aforementioned artwork and trailer for the film, which is directed by Ethan Wiley, below.

Synopsis:
CHINA BIGFOOT: LEGEND OF THE YEREN is the story of Chinese teenager Shi Kang and his American tutor, Denise, who crash land in the remote mountains of China. After being rescued from the crash by a giant, ape-like creature, they eventually befriend the mysterious Yeren. But a group of poachers are hot on the Yeren’s trail, and now it’s up to Shi Kang and Denise to help protect their new friend.

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Jessabelle – See the Extended Ending Now

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:00

Even though most of you probably haven’t even seen the latest film from Saw VI and Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert, Jessabelle (review), you can now dig on the flick’s extended ending. Note: We do NOT recommend doing so unless you’ve seen the movie.

Jessabelle Release Details:
From the mastermind producer behind Insidious and The Purge comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. The haunting, supernatural thriller, directed by Kevin Greutert (Saw VI, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), written by Robert Ben Garant (Hell Baby, Night at the Museum), and starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, and Joelle Carter, will arrive on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD on January 13, 2015, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The Jessabelle Blu-ray and DVD, including audio commentary with the filmmakers, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes, and an extended ending, will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return and clearly has no intention of letting her escape.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Kevin Greutert, Writer Robert Ben Garant, and Executive Producer Jerry P. Jacobs
  • “Jessabelle: Deep in the Bayou” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Extended Ending


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Behold! The Incredible Melting Man-dle!

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:30

I make no bones about it… The Incredible Melting Man is one of my favorite movies! I could watch it every day, anytime, anywhere. Yeah, I know it’s pretty terrible, but that doesn’t matter in the slightest bit for my money! If you’re like me, you’re gonna love this!

New for Christmas 1977, it’s the Incredible Melting Mandle. He’s cast in wax and hand-painted by skilled U.S. labor. Something to treasure for many years, to be sure, but how long can you resist the wick that beckons from atop his cranium?

When you inevitably set him aflame, he will decompose over the course of three glorious, unforgettable hours. Afterwards you get a solidified pool of viscera for your keepsake box.

Contains acrylic paint: burn in a ventilated area. Allow clearance in case of tippage. Don’t burn it unsupervised. Don’t let your kids even look at it, cause they get ideas.

This baby comes packaged in a polyethylene bag with shiny card stock header, as pictured. Stands about 5″ tall (not including the wick).

You can order one right here on Stexe’s Etsy shop! Also check out his other stuff, which includes products inspired by classics like Basket Case and Return of the Living Dead! Seriously! You need this stuff like YESTERDAY!

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Exclusive: Annabelle – A Demonic Unveiling!

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:00

On tap right now we have an exclusive clip from the home video release of Annabelle that offers a really good look at the film’s demonic presence played by Joe Bishara.

Annabelle Release Details:
Discover the secret of what she wants when Annabelle arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD on January 20, 2015, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Reuniting the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller The Conjuring, Annabelle is the terrifying story of where it all began as Annabelle comes to life.

Annabelle stars Annabelle Wallis (X-Men: First Class) and Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street) as the Forms; Oscar® nominee Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek, 12 Years a Slave) as Evelyn, a neighbor who owns a bookstore; Kerry O’Malley (TV’s “Those Who Kill”) and Brian Howe (Devil’s Knot) as neighbors Sharon and Pete Higgins; Tony Amendola (TV’s “Once Upon A Time”) as Father Perez; and Eric Ladin (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”) as Detective Clarkin.

Annabelle was directed by John R. Leonetti, who served as cinematographer on The Conjuring. James Wan, director of The Conjuring, produced Annabelle along with Peter Safran. Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, and Hans Ritter served as executive producers for the film, which came from the script written by Gary Dauberman.

Annabelle will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own Annabelle via purchase from digital retailers.

Synopsis:
She terrified you in The Conjuring, but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month.

New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller Annabelle begins before the evil was unleashed. John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.

On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.

Special Features:

Blu-ray Combo Pack

• The Curse of Annabelle
• Bloody Tears of Possession
• Dolls of the Demon
• A Demonic Process
• Deleted Scenes

Standard Definition DVD

• The Curse of Annabelle

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Listen to New Track from John Carpenter’s Album of Lost Themes

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 09:18

There are few things we’re looking forward to more in 2015 than John Carpenter’s Lost Themes, his first solo album that will feature 15 brand new tracks that are sure to get your ears all kinds of turned on. And we’ve got a sneak peek for ya today, so read on!

John Carpenter has been responsible for much of the horror genre’s most striking soundtrack work in the fifteen movies he’s both directed and scored. The themes can instantly flood his fans’ musical memory with imagery of a menacing shape stalking a babysitter, a relentless wall of ghost-filled fog, or a mirror holding the gateway to hell. The all-new music on Lost Themes asks Carpenter’s acolytes to visualize their own nightmares.

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Lost Themes was all about having fun,” said Carpenter. “It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they’re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It’s just fun.”

The album is due out February 3rd from Sacred Bones Records, but you don’t have to wait to start listening. Check out the new track ‘Night’ below!

Lost Themes Track Listing:

1. Vortex
2. Obsidian
3. Fallen
4. Domain
5. Mystery
6. Abyss
7. Wraith
8. Purgatory
9. Night
10. Night (Zola Jesus & Dean Hurley remix)
11. Wraith (ohGr remix)
12. Vortex (Silent Servant Remix)
13. Fallen (Blanck Mass Remix)
14. Abyss (JG Thirlwell Remix)
15. Fallen (Bill Kouligas Remix)

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We’re Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire with this First Clip from The Originals Episode 2.10

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 21:11

Hot on the heels of giving “The Originals” an early renewal for a third season, The CW has released the first clip from next week’s Episode 2.10, “Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire.” See if Klaus and Kol can make an alliance when the series returns on the 19th!

“The Originals” Episode 2.10 – “Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire” (airs 1/19/15)
WHEN TWO SIDES COLLIDE — With Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) on the loose and hellbent on revenge, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) brings Cami (Leah Pipes) to the safe house as he and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) return to the compound. Hayley and Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) devise a plan to bring the vampires and werewolves together to consider a truce, but tensions grow when Vincent places a spell on the compound, trapping the two sides together.

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Meanwhile, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) grows concerned when Rebekah fails to show up at the safe house, prompting Klaus to confront Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman) for answers. Lastly, after accepting her mother’s offer to jump into a new body, Rebekah (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) turns to former Harvest girl Cassie (guest star Natalie Dreyfuss) for help when she finds herself trapped inside an insane asylum.

Danielle Campbell and Charles Michael Davis also star. Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.

For more info visit “The Originals” on CWTV.com, “like” “The Originals” on Facebook, and follow “The Originals” on Twitter.

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Penny Dreadful Gets a Bloody New Trailer

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 20:51

Rejoice, “Penny Dreadful” fans! A new trailer has arrived for the show’s upcoming second season, and we have every bloody pixel right here for you! Elizabeth Bathory would be proud!

Look for “Penny Dreadful” beginning Sunday, April 26th, at 10PM ET/PT.

An erotically-charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, “Penny Dreadful” completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein, and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul — even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green.

In the upcoming season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear), and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own.

Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.

For additional 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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Kyle MacLachlan Returns to Twin Peaks

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:35

Great news has come in for fans of “Twin Peaks.” According to Deadline (and confirmed by David Lynch via Twitter), Agent Dale Cooper himself, Kyle MacLachlan, has closed a deal to topline the new limited series for Showtime from original creators Lynch and Mark Frost.

“I’m very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of ‘Twin Peaks,’” MacLachlan said. “May the forest be with you.”

Welcome back to #TwinPeaks Special Agent Dale Cooper! @Kyle_MacLachlan returns in '16 on @SHO_Network #damnfinecoffee pic.twitter.com/vTphDLvR0y

— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) January 12, 2015

The nine-episode series will go into production in 2015 for a premiere in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of when the series finished its run on ABC. Lynch and Frost are writing and produce all nine episodes with Lynch directing every episode.

The new “Twin Peaks” is set in the present day, more than two decades after the events in the first two seasons. It will continue the lore and story of the original series with Lynch and Frost committed to providing long-awaited answers and, hopefully, a satisfying conclusion to the series.

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Get Your First Look at The Returned

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:06

At 10PM on March 9th, the same night when “Bates Motel” Season 3 kicks off, A&E will also premiere “The Returned,” an adaptation of the acclaimed French series; and we have your first look at several of the cast members right here!

“The Returned,” from executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”), focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.

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“The Returned” is based on the popular and International Emmy®-award winning French suspense series adapted by Fabrice Gobert and inspired by the feature film Les Revenants, directed by Robin Campillo.

“The Returned” stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Smashed), Mark Pellegrino (“Lost”) , Jeremy Sisto (“Suburgatory,” “Six Feet Under”), India Ennenga (“Treme”), Sandrine Holt (“House of Cards”), Agnes Bruckner (“24”), Sophie Lowe (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”), Tandi Wright (“Nothing Trivial“), Mat Vairo (“Revolution”), Kevin Alejandro (“True Blood”), Dylan Kingwell (“The Tomorrow People”), Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”), Dakota Guppy (“Rush”), Leah Gibson (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”), Rhys Ward (“The Strain”), Scott Hylands (“V”), Terry Chen (“Bates Motel”), and Roger Cross (“24”).

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Beetlejuice 2 – Seth Grahame-Smith Talks Sequel; Stephen King Projects; Something Wicked This Way Comes Remake

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 18:16

I feel like we’ve been talking about a sequel to Beetlejuice almost as long as we’ve been talking about Ghostbusters 3. Still, both projects seem to be moving along nicely now, and recently writer Seth Grahame-Smith talked a bit about his approach to bringing back the ghost with the most as well as his directorial debut, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and more.

As per THR:

Grahame-Smith says he is rejecting the idea of rebooting the movie with a new star in favor of bringing Michael Keaton back in a sequel set in the present day. He also took Keaton’s “less is more” advice with the character, noting that in the original Beetlejuice doesn’t appear until almost the midpoint.”

Grahame-Smith also says hopes to start filming his directorial debut, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, this year! Also on the busy man’s plate… an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Things They Left Behind with Greg Berlanti for CBS and other movies, including a possible Gremlins reboot, another project called Last American Vampire, which takes the character on a Zelig-like journey from Jack the Ripper to the Hindenburg disaster to the Kennedy assassination, and producer Dan Lin is working with Grahame-Smith on adapting King’s It.

Talk about a busy year! Look for more on all these projects soon.

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