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Fantasia 2014: Official Artwork and New Still from Bloody Knuckles

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:15

Having its world premiere at this year's Fantasia Film Festival is Canadian director Matt O'Mahoney's Bloody Knuckles, a horror comedy from Junkfood Pictures in association with Fusion Films and Domogeneous; and the film's official poster and first still have arrived.

Written and directed by O'Mahoney (credited as Matt O), Bloody Knuckles stars Adam Boys, Kasey Ryne Mazak, Gabrielle Giraud, Ken Tsui, Dwayne Bryshun, Steve Thackray, Tim Lok, Jason Asuncion, Kent Leung, Robin Jung. and Krista Magnusson.

Look for more soon, and in the meantime keep your eyes on the Bloody Knuckles Facebook page.

Synopsis:
An underground comic artist mocks the wrong mobster and loses his drawing hand in retribution. The artist may be silenced, but the severed appendage returns, to continue drawing comics on its own - and commit some seriously bloody acts of vengeance! A splatter horror comedy about freedom of expression that’s as touching as it is profane.

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The Gasp Menagerie: Chilean Government Releases Report on UFO Photos

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:48

Chile is an interesting place. I've never been there and know very little about it, but they have an actual branch of their version of the FAA that investigates UFO reports. That's pretty damn interesting.

The CEFAA (Committee for the Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena) even has a website where photos under investigation can be viewed. Their latest report, as mentioned in Leslie Kean's HuffPost blog, concerns a series of photos taken in April 2013 at a mining facility in the Andes.

Scientists and engineers working at the mine observed what can only be described as a good, old fashioned flying saucer. The object was said to be hovering over the site, making absolutely no sound. The witnesses said it made several maneuvers that demonstrated it wasn't simply floating in the wind. The lack of noise ruled out a drone.

Both of the photos show the object, but in different locations and in a different orientation. Sunlight is clearly reflecting off the metallic object, although one analyst states that the light is too bright and at an incorrect angle to be sunlight and could be energy being emitted from the disc.

The CEFAA analysis ruled out most explanations, and thus the report states that it is indeed an unidentified flying object.

Do these clear photos from educated, scientific witnesses show something unearthly? An experimental craft? Time travelers? Let us know what you think below!

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Cemetery Dance Releasing Douglas Clegg's Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters this Summer

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:46

Douglas Clegg's new novella Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters is nearly finished at the printer and will be released this summer by Cemetery Dance. We have a look at the cover art and a few of the stunning interior drawings by Caniglia.

Visit Cemetery Dance's online store to pre-order your copy. At this time the exact publication date hasn't been revealed, but expect to see Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters sometime during the summer of 2014.

Synopsis:
You're invited to dinner in this dark gem about a notorious family — and a feast like no other.

In October 1890 authorities discovered two teenaged girls at Bog Farm surrounded by a scene of unimaginable carnage. A legend grew of their cannibalistic night of terror, but young Lucy and Sally were never put to trial and no one has ever before gotten close enough to interview them.

Twenty years later an inexperienced reporter travels to their New Hampshire farm, determined to shed light upon the events of that night.

Lizzie Borden, Dr. Crippen, the Windrow Sisters — murderers whose mystique has lasted more than a century. But of them all, the tale of the Windrow girls is unrivaled in its legend of depravity and innocence corrupted.

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Son of Monsterpalooza Returns to Burbank September 12-14, 2014

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:44

Award-winning F/X artists, monster-related artwork displayed and sold, killer celebrity guests. These things and more will all be found at the 2014 Son of Monsterpalooza at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, CA, running September 12-14.

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 promises to be just as impressive as its predecessors.

Tickets are available here. Be sure to check out the full current guest list below, and then visit the official Monsterpalooza website and "like" Monsterpalooza on Facebook for more information.

From the Press Release
Award-winning FX artists, monster-related artwork displayed and sold, special presentations, a walk-through monster museum, and so much more will be available at Son of Monsterpalooza 2014 in the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, September 12-14.

Special guests from horror and sci-fi films include: Angus Scrimm (Phantasm I-V, John Dies at the End), A. Michael Baldwin (Phantasm I, III, IV, V), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm I-V), Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Ed Neal (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Terri McMinn (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Caroline Munro (The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Maniac, The Abominable Dr. Phibes), Patty Mullen (Frankenhooker, Penthouse Pet), Ken Satsuma (Godzilla suit actor, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Biollante, Godzilla vs. Mothra), Tsutomu Kitagawa (Godzilla suit actor, Godzilla 2000, Rebirth of Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla), Lori Cardille (Day of the Dead), Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead) and Gary Klar (Day of the Dead).

Additional guests include Mike Hill (renowned portrait sculptor), Casey Love (The Thing, creature designer, sculptor and painter), Ahahito Akido (F/X artist and sculptor), Steve Wang (Predator, creature designer/sculptor/painter), Tim Gore (Hellboy, F/X artist and painter), the Chiodo Brothers (Killer Clowns from Outer Space, Critters)... and LOTS more to come!

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Everything You Need to Know About Sharknado Before Sharknado 2's July 30th Premiere

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:41

Dubbed the "Sumnado of Sharknado," a recap video of the social media phenom known as Sharknado has arrived to make sure you know everything you need to before the storm hits the city that never sleeps in Sharknado 2: The Second One.

In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.

Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie, which promises cameos by the likes of Perez Hilton, rapper Biz Markie, Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa (aka Sandra Denton), Robert Klein, and professional wrestler/Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle.

Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado.

Sharknado 2 premieres on Wednesday, July 30th, at 9 PM PT/ET, just a little more than one year after the original Sharknado aired.




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Tristan Risk Added to the Cast of Save Yourself

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:38

Tristan Risk, who wowed audiences in the role of Beatress in American Mary last year, will be bringing her fabulous talents to the set of director Ryan M. Andrews' newest project, Save Yourself, which begins filming soon.

Little Miss Risk can also be seen in the new short film Call Girl, the upcoming Fetish Factory and Fembot, as well as many other entertainingly twisted underground projects, leading to what is sure to be a huge and exciting year for her. Currently, she joins Jessica Cameron amongst a fully Canadian cast in Andrews' Save Yourself.

Andrews is completely stoked to be working with Risk. "The Soskas’ film American Mary was arguably the biggest indie film of last year, and Tristan Risk’s character, Beatress, was a stand-out performance," Andrews said. "The character was so unique and interesting. Risk played it perfectly, and to have a talent like her bringing her edge and attitude to Save Yourself is truly exciting."

And the respect is mutual as Risk is very excited to join such a talented cast and crew. On joining Save Yourself, Risk said, "I’m so thrilled to be doing this since it’s got some great traditional horror elements with girls road tripping and running afoul of some folks of a deviant nature but also because of its other qualities. I think this will surprise quite a few people and continue a proud tradition with Canadian genre."

You'll find additional info and a pic of Risk and Cameron below. For more "like" Save Yourself on Facebook and follow Save Yourself on Twitter (@SaveYourselfMVE).

From the Press Release
Director Ryan M. Andrews is excited to attach American Mary star Tristan Risk to a powerhouse ensemble cast of Canadian talent in Save Yourself. Risk joins the previously announced cast of Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare), Ry Barrett (The Demolisher), Tianna Nori (Clean Break), and Sydney Kondruss (The Drownsman).

And the talent does not stop there. Andrews, along with executive producers Pino Halili and Allen Ormerod, did a grueling casting session to hand pick for each role, including Caleigh LeGrand (Late Night Double Feature), Bea Santos (Antisocial), and a special appearance from veteran star Bobbie Phillips, whose credits include Wes Craven’s Carnival of Souls, Showgirls, Evil Breed, "The X-Files." and many more.

Phillips says, “I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of Save Yourself and looking forward to working with the delightfully twisted Ryan Andrews, Jessica Cameron, and the rest of the bloody talented crew.”

Returning to Andrews’ side to shoot the film is Michael Jari Davidson (Berkshire County, The Last Halloween, SICK). "Mr. Davidson shares the same love and passion that I have for this genre. His skills are beyond reproach, and his style compliments me perfectly," Andrews says about his cinematographer.

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Let the Hunt Begin! Fan Film Predator: Dark Ages to Feature Predator vs. Knights Templar

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:36

Predator. The ultimate killing machine. He went up against two men who went on to become United States governors in his first film, and he just kept kicking ass from there. But how would he fare in medieval times? The short film Predator: Dark Ages will ask that question.

Featuring a premise that will pit the intergalactic headhunter against the Knights Templar, Predator: Dark Ages promises to be a fan film extraordinaire. The director will be award-winning filmmaker James Bushe.

Actors currently attached to the project are Adrian Bouchet (Clash of the Titans, Alien vs. Predator), Jon Campling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2), Ben Loyd-Holmes ("Da Vinci's Demons"), Zara Phythian (He Who Dares), and Amed Hashimi (47 Ronin).

Check out the teaser trailer below, and to help this project become a reality, visit the Predator: Dark Ages Kickstarter page, "like" Predator: Dark Ages on Facebook and follow Predator: Dark Ages on Twitter (@Predator_DA).

Predator: Dark Ages Synopsis
Our story begins in a dark prison cell with a mysterious man chained to the wall, tired and hungry. He is the only living survivor from an attack on a group of soldiers. The only living witness to the atrocities a demon of the night performed in front of his very eyes.

Entrusted by the church to hunt down the beast that slaughtered their brothers in arms, a group of battle-worn Templar Knights must use this only witness to find and kill the demon that plagues the English countryside. To lead this group is a knight who no longer believes in God or country and has given up on humanity. But will this one last battle help him regain his lust for life and save his fellow brothers as well as himself?

The soldiers are only too aware of the devastation that was brought to their lost comrades and so must turn to others to assist in their quest. A group of battle-hardened, money-driven mercenaries are called upon to join the hunt. Having to not only drag with them a suspicious sole survivor who is an eyewitness but also a pack of untrustworthy mercenaries, a difficult path full of twists and turns lies ahead for the Templar Knights, more so than they first believed.

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Prepare for Hemlock Grove Season 2 with this Excerpt from the Gothic Novel that Inspired It

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:34

We're just two days away from the premiere of Season 2 of "Hemlock Grove" so when we were offered an excerpt from Brian McGreevy's book that inspired the series in the first place, of course we said yes! Check it out, and prepare to binge beginning this Friday, July 11th!

Hemlock Grove: A Novel (FSG Originals) is an exhilarating reinvention of the Gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of our excerpt from Hemlock Grove.

Hemlock Grove: A Novel Synopsis:
The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues -- though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family -- their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel -- where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.

At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right -- and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.

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About "Hemlock Grove" Season 2
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 White Tower looms menacingly over the town as Pryce’s mysterious experiments are questioned and he will be faced with the hardest decision of his career.

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.

Watch Season 2 on Netflix, and stay up-to-date via "Hemlock Grove" on Facebook and "Hemlock Grove" on Twitter.

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Get Well Soon Bernie Wrightson

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:54

The name Bernie Wrightson is synonymous with monster culture and horror artwork. Very few people inspire the term "legendary," but Bernie more than fits the bill. Unfortunately, word has come that Wrightson has just suffered a minor stroke.

The news came from Steve Niles on Twitter, who goes on to write, "He is doing good. I just spoke to him and we were joking around. Please send love and thoughts."

No problem, Steve, and we couldn't echo the sentiments more! Please, if you're reading this, post your thoughts to Twitter sending as many positive vibes as you can using the hashtag #GetWellBernie.

Hang in there, sir! Fight back and we'll fight the good fight along with you! Much love from the D.C. family! Bless you... you're in our thoughts!

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Third The Purge: Anarchy Clip Does the Right Thing

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:40

Clip numero tres from The Purge: Anarchy has arrived, and it's not just gonna stand by and watch the chaos. It's gonna do something about it, damn it! Check it out (along with TV spot #14), and don't just sit there and pretend you don't see anything.

All crime will once again be legalized on July 18th of this year when The Purge: Anarchy invades theaters. The sequel stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.

Related Story: The Purge: Anarchy news archive

Synopsis:
The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge.

The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013's sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box office, sees the return of writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country's yearly 12 hours of anarchy.

Returning with DeMonaco to produce are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).

Click here for a limited time offer in which you can Purge $2 off your advance ticket purchase.




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Wes Bentley Joins the American Horror Story: Freak Show for Halloween

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:28

FX's "American Horror Story" series is known for its more than memorable Halloween episodes, and this upcoming season, subtitled "Freak Show," looks to be no different. TVLine just announced the episode's first guest star: P2, The Hunger Games, and Final Girl's Wes Bentley.

They also had some spoilerific info about Bentley's character so if you don't want to know, skip the next sentence.

"Bentley will appear in the show’s two-part Halloween episode (tentatively set to air October 21st and 28th) as Eddie, a dark tormentor from Kathy Bates’ past who is hell-bent on revenge."

Jessica Lange, Denis O'Hare, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, and Michael Chiklis will star.

Visit the show's Facebook page and Twitter feed along with "American Horror Story" on FX.

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#SDCC14: The Walking Dead Reveals Which Cast and Crew Members Are Heading to San Diego

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:17

Ever since its debut back in 2010, AMC's "The Walking Dead" has made a big splash at San Diego Comic-Con, and this year looks to be no exception. Read on for the details of which cast and crew members are heading to America's Finest City!

The cast and producers of AMC’s record-breaking hit series “The Walking Dead” will participate in a panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA, during which they will discuss what fans can expect in the highly anticipated fifth season, which debuts in October.

“The Walking Dead” panelists include: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer and special effects make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero, and executive producer David Alpert. The panel will be moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick.

The panel runs from from 12:20-1:20 pm on Friday, July 25, in Hall H, with an autograph session following from 1:50-2:50 pm in Booth #4237.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.

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#SDCC14: IDW Announces its Exclusives Including Hellboy, Locke & Key, and More!

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:16

There is something for everyone on this year’s IDW San Diego Comic-Con exclusives list, especially the horror crowd. Read on to see the must-haves IDW is bringing to the big show.

A few exclusives are available for pre-order from IDW’s webstore (if a title is clickable, then you can pre-order it). Fans who pre-order will be able to pick up their items from IDW's booth, #2643. All exclusives will be available during show hours.

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: Artist’s Edition Variant HC
Mike Mignola is one of the preeminent comics creators of the past 25 years, and Hellboy, his iconic creation, struck a meteoric chord with fans from the very start and has not abated in the 20 years since his debut. Featuring a variant cover from Mignola himself, only available at SDCC! $125, limited to 100 copies, 2 per person

Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen: Artifact Edition Variant HC
Watchmen has been called the greatest graphic novel of all time. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created a story and graphic narrative unlike anything that preceded it and revitalized the entire art form that followed. Featuring a variant cover from Dave Gibbons, who’ll be signing all 5 days of the Con at the IDW booth! $100, limited to 225 copies, 2 per person

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft #1 B&W Variant
Relive the acclaimed series’ frightful beginning in black & white for the first time! Gabriel Rodriguez’s original line work is on full display in this very special convention exclusive! $10, Limited to 900 copies, 5 per person

Locke & Key: The Covers of Gabriel Rodriguez Variant HC
This convention exclusive displays an original blue-line pencils and inks cover by Gabriel Rodriguez for the show debut of this Locke & Key covers collection! $40, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person

Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland Variant HC
This special convention variant features a bloody exclusive cover by Locke & Key co-creator and artist Gabriel Rodriguez for Joe Hill's original new comic miniseries hardcover collection. $40, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person

Monster Motors Variant Edition
Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening provides a convention exclusive cover celebrating the madness that is Comic-Con for Brian Lynch’s newest IDW project! $10, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person

Winterworld #1 Variant
All-new stories based on the Chuck Dixon/Jorge Zaffino classic with Dixon returning to script and Butch Guice doing some of the best work of his illustrious artistic career. Convention exclusive cover featuring Wynn, by Will Rosado! $5, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person

Locke & Key: Alpha Key
The highly sought after keys made by Skeleton Crew Studios, modeled after Gabriel Rodriguez's designs in Locke & Key, return to the IDW Booth at San Diego Comic-Con with the specially plated edition of the Alpha Key. $25, Limited to 100 pieces, 1 per person

You can see everything IDW has on tap for SDCC 2014 in the below slideshow.

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Official Poster Debut for Kevin Smith's Tusk

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 18:34

Excited for Kevin's Smith's Tusk, heading our way this fall from A24 Films? If you'll be at San Diego Comic-Con in a few weeks, you'll be able to watch the trailer debut, but in the meantime we can all enjoy the film's official poster.

In a posting on his Silent Bob Speaks blog today, Smith calls Tusk "the best film I’ve ever made (or at the very least, the most interesting)," adding, "Thank you all for saying #WalrusYes on Twitter last year. Can’t wait to show you the movie."

Tusk, written and directed by Smith and born out of one of his immensely popular SModcasts, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks. In the horror film 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.

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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#SDCC14: Todd McFarlane Talks The Walking Dead Construction Line; New Images; Spawn Update!

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:45

With SDCC 2014 bearing down on us, Todd McFarlane took some time out from preparing for the big event to answer our geekiest questions and give a teaser of a new line we'll be seeing on the show floor.

McFarlane Toys will always be known for bringing horror back to the world of action figures with its now legendary Movie Maniacs line and has further cemented its place in toy history with an excellent run of "The Walking Dead" action figures.

We started out with a question that's been eating away at us for a good long time. When you establish a line of incredibly popular 7-inch horror figures, why switch over to a 5-inch world of zombies? Todd explained that not everything is always an artistic choice. Sometimes things simply come down to what a retailer asks for... be that price, style, or, in this case, scale. Retailers expressed that all the other companies were reducing the size of their figures and that they'd like McFarlane to follow suit. “When the people who are buying tell you what they want to buy, you usually accommodate them or risk becoming a dinosaur. You won't survive very long,” Todd explained.

We'd been given a sneak preview of McFarlane's new "The Walking Dead" Construction line previous to this interview; think one part LEGO-like brick building and one part snap-kit innovation. The result is a build-it-yourself environment any minifigure would be terrified to enter.

We asked Todd how this line came to be, and his answer was very simple. “I walked down the toy aisles 20 years ago and wondered why the figures couldn't look better. Cooler. So I started my own company because the answer was figures COULD look better and cooler. Now that question is being applied to the brick aisles. 'Why does the final version of these builds have to look clunky?' I guess maybe it appeals to 6-year-olds or moms, but if you're trying to sell something to a 25-year-old and you make it look not realistic - when you CAN, but you choose not to - it seems like you're shortchanging the consumer. I looked at that aisle and said, 'I am going to make it as realistic and detailed as possible and carve out my own little niche there.'”

We asked how McFarlane will reach a collector fanbase that's been tempted by the lure of LEGO mini-figures for years now, and his answer, bluntly, was, “I'm not!” He went on to explain that he's after the 28 million fans who watch "The Walking Dead" every week (when it is on the air), which is a way higher number than the “collector” base everyone is always talking about. “My job is to go to those 28 million people and say, 'What is it that you like?' and then make the product look just like what they see on TV. Why the other companies do what they do... you can take that up with them, but I'm going to add realism to an aisle that has very little of it.”

And now...DETAILS!! Series One will have single-pack, blind-bagged (approximately 2-inch) figures with articulation, a five-pack of figures with both humans and zombies (low difficulty of build for all figures), Daryl Dixon on his chopper (around 150-160 pieces) riding down the highway with a zombie in the grass beyond the guard rail, The Governor's Room (just under 300 pieces) where he sits and watches the fish tanks with those floating, decapitated heads (the fish tanks light up!) and a cage door with little Penny lurking behind it, and finally, the deluxe box will contain one of the prison towers as well as around 18 inches to 2 feet of “gnarly,” dirtied-up fencing with customizable grass and Glenn with a dead zombie lying on the ground. If you snap up those blind-bagged figures and five-pack, you should be able to reenact one of those pivotal prison conflicts that have kept us on the edge of our seats.

Knowing McFarlane's business model fairly well, we had to ask if they were thinking of expanding this new construction model to their other licences. Todd answered with a resounding "YES! What I think is missing in that industry that appeals to adults, hopefully I can touch on it and then go after more licenses that make sense.”

We couldn't let a Todd McFarlane interview go by without asking about the return of Spawn to the big screen and, inevitably, the toy pegs. Todd has answered this question many times, and in this case his response was pretty much in the tone of “nothing new to report.” He thinks the right time for Spawn to return to the action figure aisles is when there is a significant vehicle for him to ride in on... and that means a full-blown film rocketing to theaters across the globe. “There's a handful of people that are waiting for me to finish my script, and once we do that, I think very quickly, once it gets polished up, we'll be rolling film on it. I'm looking for a replacement writer on the Spawn comic that will free me up. I keep threatening every year to finish that damn script, but I keep getting distracted with things like the comic book and new toy lines so I have a tendency to fill up my idle time not with the movie script but with coming up with other creative endeavors.”

In closing, Todd remarked he wished the photos they are taking could convey the cool factor of these Walking Dead Construction builds, but SDCC will be the first opportunity for fans to see them in all their glory, first-hand, and that will be the highlight of the show for him.

The Building Sets: MSRP $9.99-64.99 – Daryl Dixon with Chopper, The Governor’s Room, and Prison Tower with Gate. Expand your brick building apocalypse with additional figure and accessory packs.

Blind Bag Figures: MSRP $2.99 – Daryl Dixon, Michonne, The Governor, Carl Grimes, Riot Gear Walker, Michonne’s Pet Walker, and Herd Walkers.

McFarlane Toys’ The Walking Dead building sets and figures will be available this fall only at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at ToysRUs.com.

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Check Out Lee Hardcastle's Short Film Fun with Black Bulbs

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:17

Lee Hardcastle is a whiz with Claymation. So much so that he won The ABC's of Death contest with his short T Is for Toilet, which was included in the film. Now Hardcastle has released a horror short entitled Fun with Black Bulbs. Check it out.

The entire short is one minute and 30 seconds long. How much tension can you build in one minute and 30 seconds? Hardcastle manages to do a pretty fantastic job of making your toes curl in a minute and a half. It's an impressive short that you're sure to dig.

About Fun with Black Bulbs, Hardcastle says, "[It's] a simple trick you can do yourself but one you might regret because it can be pretty creepy what you find around the home. Try it; you'll be surprised."

And be sure to try this short. It's a minute and a half, Dreadies. So worth your time!

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Danny Trejo and Dave Bautista Talk Twinkies in First L.A. Slasher Clip

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:09

While we're still waiting for the trailer, which we're told is going to be hitting the Net shortly, we managed to get our hands on the first clip from upcoming film L.A. Slasher today, featuring pro wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista and all-around badass Danny Trejo.

Check out the clip below, courtesy of Comic Book Movie, and keep your eyes peeled for more real soon!

Circus Road Films has picked up Martin Owen's horror/satire feature L.A. Slasher. Glenn Reynolds' Circus Road is handling domestic sales.

The film stars Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie), and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”), with the voice of Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”) as the "L.A. Slasher."

Synopsis
Produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys), L.A. Slasher is a biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous. It explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent - purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior. Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the "L.A. Slasher" publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them.

For more follow L.A. Slasher on Twitter (@LA_Slasher) and on Facebook.

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Complete First Season of Sleepy Hollow Dated for Home Video Release

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:56

While we wait for the second season of Fox's fun show "Sleepy Hollow" to premiere on September 22nd, the complete first season has just been dated for DVD and Blu-ray release, and it's coming our way jam-packed with bonus features. Read on for all the details!

From the Press Release
Created by the writers of Star Trek (2009) and Transformers (2007) comes this suspenseful and witty series inspired by Washington Irving’s supernatural classic.

Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), a British expatriate who dies in the American Revolution, is revived in upstate New York during the time of the cell phone – as is the evil Headless Horseman, who plans to annihilate mankind! Teaming with a feisty police lieutenant (Nicole Beharie), Crane races to vanquish the newly unearthed dark forces – or face the impending apocalypse.

Own “Sleepy Hollow” Season One, and bring home a musketful of special features including commentaries, deleted scenes, and more!

Blu-ray and DVD Special Features

  • Welcome to Sleepy Hollow – Follow the creative journey of the cast, creators and crew on the making of “Sleepy Hollow”
  • Mysteries and Mythology – The Secrets and Demons of “Sleepy Hollow”
  • Audio commentaries: “Pilot” – featuring Executive Producers Heather Kadin, Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci and Len Wiseman and “The Indispensable Man” / “Bad Blood” – featuring Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Mark Goffman and stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie
  • The Corbin Case Files – A look inside the files of Sheriff August Corbin and the mysteries of “Sleepy Hollow”
  • Welcome to the 21st Century, Mr. Crane – A mash-up of moments when Ichabod marvels at technology, contemporary culture, and doughnut holes
  • The Horseman – Featurette about the horses behind the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and their trainer
  • The Horseman's Head – Special-effects featurette on the creation of Headless’ head.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

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    Sony Bringing More Toho Godzilla Collection Titles to Blu-ray Along with the Mothra Trilogy

    Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:06

    When Sony released a slew of Heisei and Millennium series Godzilla movies as double feature Blu-rays this May, there were several noticeably absent titles. Those three films and a trio of modern Mothra flicks are finally due on Blu.

    SciFi Japan reports that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing two more entries in its Toho Godzilla Collection this September and, as an added bonus (for the dozen or so people that enjoy them, kaiju completists, or mere gluttons for punishment), all three installments of the late 90s Rebirth of Mothra trilogy.

    The one and only true King of the Monsters roared not only back to life following Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Hollywood reboot debacle but also back to multiplexes in the US in Toho’s loopy relaunch Godzilla 2000. The Big G battles both the Japanese military, a UFO that looks suspiciously like a metallic bed pan, and a rubbersuit monstrosity named Orga that looks like a Jim Henson creation gone horribly awry.

    While Godzilla 2000 will be the only title available on this disc, you can very much consider it a double feature since you will be getting two different versions of the film. Included will be the goofily dubbed American big screen release version that runs 99 minutes and the English-subtitled Japanese version that runs 107 minutes.

    On the double feature front, the film widely hailed as the best Toho Godzilla movie of the modern era Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack gets paired with another popular entry, Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla for its Blu-ray bow.

    The former from Shusuke Kaneko (aka the director of the highly-acclaimed 90s Gamera reboot trilogy and the live-action Death Note movies) returned Godzilla to his more malevolent roots, making him an unstoppable force of supernatural vengeance that can only be defeated by the three mystical Holy Beasts of Yamato: Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Baragon. When Ghidorah is cast as one of the good monsters, you know Godzilla’s gone super bad.

    The Millennium series reboot of the MechaGodzilla rivalry also delves into the metaphysical by having this MechaGodzilla (now called “Kiryu”) being a melding of cybernetics and the skeleton of the original 1954 Godzilla disintegrated by the Oxygen Destroyer. There’s still some life left in those bones and that causes even bigger problems for the Japanese military. There’s also a very depressed child way too attached to a plant helping to make this perhaps the most emo of all Godzilla movies.

    Sure, it would have made far more sense to pair Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla with its direct sequel, Tokyo SOS. You’ll have to take that up with the folks at Sony.

    Then, because why the hell not, they’re going to release Rebirth of Mothra 1, 2, and 3 together on one Blu-ray. Prior to the 1998 Godzilla, when the genre was in a boom period and it looked like the King of the Monsters was going to be Hollywood’s for a while, Toho hatched the idea to make a series of Mothra-centric films catering to the young girl audience. The result was a trilogy of movies that don’t get mentioned very often for good reasons – none of which are good.

    If I recall correctly (I’ve only seen each of these films once a long time ago), Rebirth of Mothra featured the Queen of the Monsters battling a terrible-looking variation of King Ghidorah named Death Ghidorah whose objective is to destroy all the forests in Japan, the twin fairies befriend some children and contend with evil fairies, and there are mini-Mothra dogfights in the kids’ home. The only clear memory I have of this film is that I found it to be insufferable.

    Rebirth of Mothra II I seem to remember being a smidge less hate-inducing. This one saw Earth’s guardian insect contending with a reptilian/manta pollution monster and transforming into “Aqua Mothra” in order to do so. I also have hazy memories of the movie coming to a screeching halt for a J-pop Mothra music video montage. I could have dreamt that last part but I’m not sure.

    Rebirth of Mothra III, unless I’m mistaken, was the one that boasted an inane time travel plot and tried to explain that King Ghidorah single-handedly (or should I write “triple-headedly”) wiped out the dinosaurs. Honestly, I know I saw it but I’ll be damned if I remember a frame of it. I do seem to remember others claiming this one to be the best of the series for whatever reason. For the record, this is the first time this particular sequel has ever been released for home entertainment in North America.

    Godzilla 2000, GMK/GxMG double feature, and the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy will arrive on Blu-ray September 9th. All will be digitally remastered in High Definition and English and Japanese audio options.

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    Take a Sneak Peek at Less Than a Whisper

    Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:00

    A special sneak peek of filmmaker Francis Xavier's latest genre project, Less Than a Whisper, has found its way online, and we have it for you right here to dig on! Check out its nearly four minutes NOW.

    "This is a story that I've been waiting to make into a film for many years now, and broadly speaking, there are many surprises," Xavier tells us. "My passion for film is expressed through the story, which I have done for many years now."

    "Having always been surrounded by art and cinema all my 52 years, I have developed my film and artistic skills, as well as my creative eye, watching great directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. I always felt people watched movies to be entertained, and the key note of Less Than a Whisper, the thing I should be concerned with, the thing I'm aiming for, the thing I'm working toward, is entertainment. What I’m creating is a function of providing an adult, meaningful, exciting, challenging ghost story without dealing with any controversy necessarily. A movie should make a comment on the things that affect our lives. It's my thinking that an audience will sit still, listen, and watch a well-told story, and I truly believe Less Than a Whisper is that story."

    Xavier also wrote the film and stars alongside Sonia Monroy (in her first American movie).

    Look for more on this one soon.

    Synopsis
    Robert and Taylor Usher expect to be happy in their new home in Northridge, California, where years ago murder and mutilations destroyed the former residents. It doesn’t matter to the Ushers until those who caused the deaths come back... those that live in the earth, those that need, those that are not human. The Ushers' new house stands between them and what they must have. THEY'RE COMING.

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