Exclusive Trailer Premiere - Paranormal Diaries: Clophill

Dread Central - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:30

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

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

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

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[Exclusive] Preview: “Hellblazer Vol. 8: Rake At The Gates Of Hell”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:13

Anticipation runs high with the upcoming Constantine TV series, and what better time to read or revisit those brilliant “Hellblazer” comics. Vertigo releases “Hellblazer Vol 8: Rake At The Gates Of Hell” today, collecting issues #78-83 of Garth Ennis’ run, and “Heartland” #1. Take a look at the beautiful cover art and a preview below.

WRITTEN BY: Garth Ennis
ART BY: Steve Dillon
COVER: Cliff Chiang
PUBLISHER: Veritgo
PRICE: $19.99
RELEASE: Jun 4 2014

John Constantine heads toward a final showdown with a revenge-crazed Satan during a raging race riot! While trying to save his remaining friends, Constantine has a final reunion with his lost love Kit. Collects HELLBLAZER #78-83 plus HEARTLAND #1

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

Dread Central - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:00

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

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

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

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

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

Dread Central - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hallway Littered In Blood a ‘Rigor Mortis’ Battleground (Clip)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:29

Well Go USA recently announced that Juno Mak’s festival fav, Rigor Mortis, reviewed by Mike Pereira here, will be opening on VOD and in limited locations June 6. Some announced theaters are: New York (Village East), Los Angeles (AMC Atlantic Time Square 14), San Francisco (AMC Metreon), San Diego (Gas Lamp 15), Seattle (AMC Pacific Place 11), and Honolulu (Pearlrige West 16).

We now have an really crazy new clip for the haunter starring Anthony Chan, Siu-Ho Chin, Kara Hui, Richard Ng, Hoi-Pang Lo, and Hee Chang Paw. Watch as two creatures(?) prepare for battle down a long, bloody hallway.

A washed-up actor, desperate and suicidal, moves into a haunted apartment building where supernatural creatures, ghost hunters, taoist exorcists, and the souls of the undead walk among his neighbors.

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‘Resident Evil’ and ‘Silent Hill’: Previously Unseen Effects Work!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:17

Paul Jones Effects Studio has been going behind-the-scenes crazy on their Facebook page sharing incredible never-before-seen images and videos from the set of films like Resident Evil and Silent Hill!

Below we’ve embedded quite a few videos ranging from an awesome green screen shot of the Axeman from Resident Evil: Retribution to them prepping a zombie dog in Resident Evil: Afterlife (easily my favorite).

You’ll find tons more at the above link, and I expect it to be updated with tons more in the coming months.

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

Dread Central - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:15

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

A profoundly unsettling new saga, "Penny Dreadful" completely reinvents literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, who are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.

Related Story: Visit our "Penny Dreadful" Archive!

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

For more info visit "Penny Dreadful" on Showtime, "like" "Penny Dreadful" on Facebook, and follow @SHO_Penny on Twitter. Be sure to also visit the Penny-Dreadful.com website.

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Devin Townsend’s Casualties Of Cool Releases Horror/Sci-Fi Animated Video

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:00

Musical mad scientist Devin Townsend and vocalist Ché Aimee Dorval comprise the duo known as Casualties Of Cool, a new project that is more in line with country than the rock and metal that Townsend is known for. In fact, Townsend states that the music, “…sounds like Johnny Cash songs. Late night music, completely isolated sounding and different than anything I’ve done.

To give people a taste, the duo has released an official music video for the track “Mountain Top”, which was animated by Jessica Cope. The video shows an astronaut who lands on a planet that is more nightmarish than one would ever hope. Skeleton arms pop out of the land, eager to pull whatever they can into the ground. There’s also a strange woman who reminds me of the orb from Heavy Metal.

Head below to watch the video [courtesy of The Independent].

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Ti West’s Western Shoots ‘Sinister’ Star

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:59

James Ransone (Sinister 2, Inside Man) has been cast opposite John Travolta and Ethan Hawke in director Ti West‘s In a Valley of Violence, writes Deadline.

The Western, also written by The Sacrament helmer West, tracks a drifter (Hawke) seeking revenge on the thugs who killed his best friend.

Ransone, pictured, will play the son of Travolta’s character in a cast that last month added Taissa Farmiga and Karen Gillan as sisters who run the local town hotel.

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UK Press Delivered Dog’s Leg For ‘Cheap Thrills’ Release

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:53

Drafthouse Films’ Cheap Thrills is already on DVD and Blu-ray here in the States, but the UK is about to get a heavy dose of violence in theaters this Friday.

Setting up for the release, Total Film just tweeted the following promo item sent to their offices, the leg of a dog made out of cake. Personally, I’d eat the cake and then ask questions later, but those who have seen the film know this is a truly hysterical part of the E.L. Katz-directed thriller.

“Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic, and obscenely wealthy, stranger (David Koechner) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much-needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.

We've just been delivered a #CheapThrills cake. At least, we *hope* it's a cake. #RIPFido pic.twitter.com/EpfOmXazMm

— Total Film (@totalfilm) June 4, 2014

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‘RoboCop’ Throws First Pitch At Comerica Park!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:23

Even though the statue unveiling was a media disaster, RoboCop still took over the city of Detroit Tuesday as the crime fighter hit the streets to meet and take pictures with fans in celebration of “RoboCopDay” and the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film.

RoboCop visited iconic landmarks including The Monument to Joe Louis, The Spirit of Detroit, 8 Mile and Comerica Park.

Additionally, RoboCop visited top radio stations at Clear Channel, CBS Radio and Greater Media Detroit, and even did the weather on WJBK-TV, the local Fox affiliate. The day concluded as he threw the ceremonial first pitch at the beginning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays, with the first 10,000 fans receiving a commemorative RoboCop poster and some lucky fans taking home a copy of the new Blu-ray. RoboCop took photos with players, invaded the press box and kept the peace with passionate fans.

Check it all out below!

Photo Credit: Photo credit: Robert Bruce Photography/Thinkjam/MGM/Sony

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‘Driver’s’ Refn Hosts Restored ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Screening (Video)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:16

About a month ago it was revealed that Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is a huge horror fan.

While at one point he was helping out on the Maniac Cop remake, he’s currently developing The Bringing, inspired by the widely circulated video of a young woman who displayed erratic behavior in an elevator at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles.

Colin Geddes, the man behind the Midnight Madness program at TIFF, was on hand for a screening of the newly restored 4K digital restoration of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in The Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), a showcase of new directors, independent and avant-guard films presented outside competition and parallel to the main festival.

Showing his true love for the genre, Refn hosted said event, and Mr. Geddes was awesome enough to record it all! Watch as one of Hollywood’s biggest up-and-comers talks about the 1974 masterpiece that changes horror cinema forever.

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Linkin Park Releases New Track With System Of A Down’s Daron Malakian

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:10

Alt-rock band Linkin Park has released a stream of a new track entitled “Rebellion”, which features System Of A Down‘s Daron Malakian. The track comes from the band’s upcoming album The Hunting Party, which comes out June 17th. You can hear the track below.

What I’ve noticed about each of the tracks that the band has released so far is that they all sound super compressed. The cymbals don’t sound like their being hit, they sound like their distorting. It’s upsetting because even though I’m not the biggest Linkin Park fan I still recognize that they have a lot of dynamics going on in their songs. However, instead of highlighting those, they opted to even everything out and it all sounds like one mess. What a shame.

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Mastodon Streams Amazing New Track “Chimes At Midnight”

bloody disgusting - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:30

Metal band Mastodon have released a stream of “Chimes At Midnight”, my personal favorite track from their new album Once More ‘Round The Sun, which comes out June 24th. You can, and absolutely should, head down below to listen to this amazing track.

Also, check out our review of Once More ‘Round The Sun here.

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Danny Elfman’s ‘Music From The Films Of Tim Burton’ Coming To L.A.

bloody disgusting - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 19:45

After performing at a sold out crowd at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Music From The Films Of Tim Burton concert will be coming to the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, CA on October 31st, perfectly timed for Halloween. The concert event features music from films such as Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, and Alice In Wonderland, as well as selections from A Nightmare Before Christmas which will be performed by composer Danny Elfman himself.

Conductor John Mauceri will lead the orchestra for these selections while clips from the film, which will be projected on screens, will accompany the performances. A second performance is slated for November 2nd in Anaheim, CA.

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Marvel Has Their ‘Dr. Strange’ Director!!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 19:20

Regular readers know I’m a huge fan of Scott Derrickson, pictured below, even if Sinister wasn’t my favorite of his works. I quite enjoyed his modern day take on The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Exorcism of Emily Rose had its moments. While we have yet to see his latest genre offering, Deliver Us From Evil, he’s already being propelled into Marvel stardom by becoming the new director on Dr. Strange!

Variety explains that talks are still early, but sources say Derrickson is Marvel’s choice and a deal should be struck shortly.

The comicbook revolved around a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear in several other comicbooks that included “The Fantastic Four,” “Spider-Man” and “Nick Fury.”

The pic will be produced by Kevin Feige. Executive producers on the project are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Stephen Broussard.

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Limo Gets ‘Submerged’ In Thrilling First Trailer

bloody disgusting - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 19:14

THR gets all wet with the first trailer for director Steven C. Miller’s (Under The Bed, Aggression Scale) Submerged, which features Tim Daley, Mario Van Peebles, Jonathan Bennett and Rosa Salazar in a heap of trouble.

Penned by Mother’s Day‘s Scott Milam, “the film sees a limo ride home from a party turning into a terrifying ordeal for a group of college kids. A young woman and her friends have been targeted by a ring of vengeful kidnappers and must do everything they can to survive after their limo is forced off the road and plunged into a canal.

Watch as a great night turns into a limo ride from hell…

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McDonald’s New “Happy” Logo Injected Into Horror Films

bloody disgusting - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 19:12

Earlier this month McDonald’s unveiled “Happy”, their new mascot that looks like an psychotic Happy Meal box overeager (much like a car salesman) to sell you some food.

Critics everywhere have been slamming the new centerpiece for being too frightening for kids. Frankly, I think McDonald’s just got a bit cooler.

Whatever the case may be, there’s outrage, so Foodiggity took it upon themselves to insert “Happy” into various horror films where, well, he belongs.

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Michael Moreci Takes You To The “Roche Limit”

bloody disgusting - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 17:18

We’ve been teasing this one over the past week, and we are stoked to finally reveal Michael Moreci’s new series from Image Comics, “Roche Limit”. Joining Moreci will be Vic Malhotra on art. Look for issue #1 in shops this September.

Nerdist reports, “A hardboiled sci-fi noir story, Roche Limit takes us to the edges of the cosmos to the eponymous colony of Roche Limit, a grueling, dangerous place that sits on the precipice of a mysterious energy source and teems with criminal activity. When a girl, Bekkah Hudson, goes missing though, it prompts a search that reveals some terrible truths about mankind and even more terrible dangers facing them.”

I’ve been a fan of Moreci since the first issue of “Hoax Hunters”, but he has since outdone himself time and time again. His last book, “Curse”, from BOOM! Studios is a werewolf masterpiece, that nobody should miss. Given his track record thus far, “Roche Limit” should already be on your pull list.

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Short Indie Doc Celebrates the Horror Anthology!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 17:05

Talented up and coming filmmaker Ryan Spindell is working hard to get his indie anthology project off the ground, and has resorted to assembling a really awesome short documentary detailing years of horror anthologies.

“We Come In Pieces: The Rebirth of the Horror Anthology Film” is a documentary short that chronicles and celebrates the past, present, and future of horror anthology films.

According to the press release:

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

To find out Spindell teamed up with documentary filmmaker Ben Hethcoat (Dead Dad, D.I.Y) and together they sat down with legendary moviemakers Joe Dante (Gremlins, Twilight Zone: The Movie), Michael Dougherty (Trick R Treat), Darin Scott (Tales From The Hood), Larry Fessenden (We Sell The Dead) and a handful of genre experts to discuss the horror anthologies they love, the current state of the format, and the future of the horror anthology film. In the course of making the documentary, Spindell and Hethcoat discovered that despite the studios reluctance to get behind the horror anthology format, the fans of the long-dormant subgenre are as fervent as ever. With renewed enthusiasm the filmmakers have set out to connect directly with those fans by launching a Kickstarter Campaign to finance The Mortuary Collection independently.

Being that I produced the three V/H/S films, I think I have a pretty good answer to his question, but it’s not something I can just spew out in one sitting. There are so many factors that get in the way of a studio getting behind a horror anthology – the main one being fear.

Whatever the case may be, this is a fun, well put together indie doc that any horror fan would enjoy. And frankly, Spindell is a good filmmaker who I’d like to see behind the camera some more. Go support his campaign and keep the horror anthology alive.

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