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Win a Bitten: The Final Season Three-Disc Collector’s DVD Set

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 08:30

Today the final season of Syfy’s “Bitten” arrives on home video, and courtesy of the show’s co-producer Entertainment One, we have five (5) of the three-disc collector DVD sets to give away. Featuring all 10 unedited, action-packed episodes, Bitten: The Final Season is highlighted by the featurette “A Look at the Final Season” along with a few other extras.

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About the BITTEN: THE FINAL SEASON DVD Set:
Based on the Otherworld novels by New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, “Bitten” stars Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”, “V”, “Haven”, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf. For three seasons, the show’s rabid followers have tuned in as Elena evolved from a photographer who hides her dark secret after being bitten to a ferocious leader of the Stonehaven pack.

Vandervoort’s co-stars include Greyston Holt (“Once Upon a Time”, “Alcatraz”), Greg Bryk (“ReGenesis”, Immortals, A History of Violence), Steve Lund (“Haven”), and Genelle Williams.

BITTEN: THE FINAL SEASON picks up several months after the harrowing battle in the Season 2 finale. Bolstering their ranks in the wake of the carnage, the Stonehaven Pack is on the hunt for the Russian Alpha and his brethren, seeking to end a decades-old vendetta. Meanwhile, Elena struggles with Pack Alpha Jeremy Danvers’ new draconian leadership style and makes a shocking and surprising discovery about herself. As the thrilling VFX-driven series ends, can the world’s only female werewolf protect her bloodline? 

“Bitten” is produced by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and Entertainment One (eOne) in association with Space and Bell Media, with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund and Cogeco Program Development Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Canada Media Fund. The series is executive produced by J.B. Sugar for No Equal Entertainment, John Barbisan and Patrick Banister for Hoodwink Entertainment, Tecca Crosby and John Morayniss for eOne, Wil Zmak, and showrunner Daegan Fryklind. eOne handles the worldwide distribution for the series.

Bonus Features:

· Deleted Scenes
· Extended Scenes
· “A Look at the Final Season” Featurette

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Categories: Horror News

Rock and Shock Celebrates 13 Years of Music and Mayhem; First Group of Guests and Bands Announced!

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 08:00

If you live on the East Coast (or have the funds to do a little traveling), the one convention that you absolutely should attend at least once in your lifetime is Rock and Shock in Worcester, Massachusetts.  It’s about to celebrate its lucky 13th anniversary this coming October, and the first wave of guests and musical groups that will be there has just been unveiled.

From the Press Release:
MassConcerts is pleased to announce the first of many celebrity guests and musical acts for the biggest yearly horror and music convention in New England. On October 14th through 16th, Rock and Shock will celebrate its 13th year bringing the best in horror and music to Worcester, MA. The convention features celebrity guests, killer bands, incredible vendors, and plenty to do inside the convention. Celebrity guests will appear all three days of the convention unless otherwise noted.

This year Rock and Shock welcomes Matthew Lillard as part of Scream’s 20th Anniversary. Avoiding being typecast, Matthew is an actor who is as popular for his roles in movies for kids (Scooby Doo) as he is comedies (Without a Paddle), rom-coms (She’s All That), cult films (Serial Mom, SLC Punk!), and of course horror, with his role as Stuart in Scream serving as his first big screen genre role.

Joining Matthew is fellow Scream partner-in-crime Skeet Ulrich, who has had a strong career in a variety of genres, starring in movies and television shows such as “Law and Order: LA,” As Good As It Gets, and Jericho, but for horror fans few have had as impactful a year as he did in 1996. Starting with a breakout performance in The Craft and moving right to a career-solidifying turn as Billy in Wes Craven’s Scream, Skeet established himself as a memorable actor from the very beginning, and we are thrilled that he will be with us for Rock and Shock.

Children of the Corn was one of the scariest movies at the time, and Rock and Shock couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Courtney Gains. Not only did he give a masterful performance as Malachai in Children of the Corn, it was also his very first film role. He was an instant horror legend, and after that Courtney cemented his place as an actor with roles in Back o the Future, The ‘Burbs, “Seinfeld,” “Tales from the Crypt,” Rob Zombie’s Halloween, and so many more.

In addition, Rock and Shock will feature another Children of the Corn legend. We’re happy to announce that Isaac himself, John Franklin, will be at the show. Not only did John bring a powerful creep factor as the cult leader, but he also added to his horror film cred by playing “Walkabout” Chucky in Child’s Play and Cousin Itt in both The Addams Family and Addams Family Values before returning to the Isaac character for Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return.

Rock and Shock is never complete without an incredible lineup of bands to keep your day going into the night over at the Palladium. For Friday, October 14th, the lineup features Trivium, Kataklysm, Carach Angren, and Huntress. On Saturday, October 15th, don’t miss Max & Igor Cavalera with their “Return to Roots” all-star lineup and con highlight, The Rocking Dead, and Combichrist. Finally, on Sunday, October 16th, Twiztid return with an incredible support lineup featuring mac Lethal, Lex the Hex Master, Zodiac Mprint, Menace 2 Sobriety, and Godz of Kaos.

Tickets for Rock & Shock 2016 will be available soon at ticketfly.com, FYE stores, or at the Palladium box office. There are still plenty of celebrity guest, musical acts and events yet to be announced so make sure to follow Rock & Shock on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit rockandshock.com.

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Categories: Horror News

Event Report: UK’s HorrorCon 2016 Welcomes Kane Hodder, Doug Bradley, and More!

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 05:00

If HorrorCon 2016, now in its second year, is anything to go by, then this edition of the festival set in Sheffield, England, is waving the flag for all things evil, lurid, and grotesque. HorrorCon set new standards of what a convention should be in a country that is more used to putting on comic cons and sci-fi meetings. It was, in short, refreshing, spectacular, and a joy to behold!

Actors from the horror world such as Kane Hodder, Doug Bradley, David Naughton, and Linnea Quigley graced the dimly lit venue, which only added to the eerie goings-on during what proved to be a typically rainy day in northern England.

That mattered little to the few thousand horror fans inside a vast venue which played host to signing sessions, Q&A’s, photo shoots, FX make-up workshops, and realistic prop masks from our favorite movies.  Even a boa constrictor made an appearance, much to the delight of patrons.

The queues were big for the three main guests of the day, and all seemed to go away happy. David Naughton, most famous for perhaps the greatest werewolf movie ever made: An American Werewolf in London, was in great spirits.

Doug Bradley, known in the horror genre for playing the one and only Pinhead in the Hellraiser franchise, told a packed crowd of his disdain for Dimension Pictures and how the company showed no care and respect for the latest Hellraiser films. The room laughed along as Bradley told the story of how the company wanted him to sign a contract of confidentiality over the plot to the upcoming tenth movie, a film that Bradley rightly turned down. He suggested that with the world in various troubles and strife, he was sure that not many people would care if a new Hellraiser story was ever leaked.

He also told a story about how he met former Beatle Ringo Starr at the 1992 MTV Movie Awards and how to his astonishment the drummer recognized who he was and shouted, “It’s Pinhead!”

Kane Hodder drew a huge crowd and many laughs as he pointed out that a lot of today’s horror actors were not fans of the genre when they were growing up. He coughed and blurted out Robert Englund’s name before backtracking and saying he was just joking. Hodder also asked fans a question: “How many bones do you think I have broken in my career?” The response was 55, then 42, then 25 and then somebody shouted out none, and Kane looked right over and said, “Correct.” He then continued that he was mystified by stuntmen who showed off about how many bones they had broken during their career. His justification was a classic, “Breaking your bones during a stunt means you failed.”

Hodder also pointed to someone wearing a Metallica t-shirt and said that he loved the band.

Convention workers were incredibly friendly throughout, and you could feel the love they have for the genre, which only emphasized their professionalism. It was an event that oozed coolness, awesomeness, and gave you the warmest chill you could imagine. Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and the “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” were all in attendance, just making sure your heartbeat was still thumping.

Later we were treated to a costume contest, which Jason won. Some of the biggest cheers, though, were reserved for the under 15’s competition, which was won by a toddler all geared up like Chucky from the Child’s Play franchise.

HorrorCon (official site here) was rounded up both days by the weirdest and certainly craziest covers act you’re ever likely to witness in Iron Sphcinter. Their lead singer drank blood from a severed brain whilst singing!

Being at HorrorCon for a fan was the ultimate dream- you could see fans enter who didn’t know where to look such was the amount of different things to view and gasp at. The only problem now is the 12-month wait until HorrorCon 2017. But with the reaction that fans gave, it seems that this year’s edition was, emphatically, a horror fan’s wet dream.

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CBS Moves BrainDead to Sundays; See What’s Ahead!

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:44

We haven’t heard much chatter from you guys about “BrainDead” on CBS, but personally speaking, I love it.  If you haven’t been watching, you have a little time to catch up because effective immediately, the show will be airing on Sunday nights; and kicking things off on July 24th is Episode 1.05, “Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn’t),” in which Emmy-winning Margo Martindale guest stars.

“BrainDead” Episode 1.05 – “Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn’t)” (airs 7/24/16, 10-11PM)
Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) asks her brother, Luke (Danny Pino), for his help to get the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the bugs, but he insists she first consult Dr. Joanne Alaimo (Margo Martindale), a leading entomologist, for her perspective on the invasion. Also, Laurel’s relationship with Anthony (Charlie Semine) takes a drastic turn.

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Categories: Horror News

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Gets a Headsy New Poster

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 19:38

Fantasy meets reality in The 9th Life of Louis Drax, the latest film from modern horror master Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D, Horns). While we wait for it to hit theaters on September 2nd, the official one-sheet has arrived, and it teases the mystery we will soon be jumping headlong into. Check it out!

The film stars Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey, and Aiden Longworth.

Based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel of the same title, the screenplay was written by Max Minghella.

Synopsis:
The 9th Life of Louis Drax begins on Louis Drax’s 9th birthday, when he miraculously survives a near fatal fall. His doctor, Allan Pascal (Dornan), finds himself tangled between his professional responsibility and his growing affections for the boy’s mother (Gadon), a fragile young beauty. When Louis’ father (Paul) comes under suspicion, Pascal realizes other mysterious forces may be at work.

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5 Classic Horror Movies Netflix’s Stranger Things Reminded Us Of

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 19:21

No decade has more deep-seated nostalgia linked to it than the 1980s, and in the past several years, Hollywood has absolutely mined that nostalgia for all it’s worth. We’ve seen countless direct remakes of beloved ’80s films as well as movies that were clearly inspired by the decade’s finest, but I think it’s safe to say that we’ve finally hit peak ’80s nostalgia with exceptional new Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

Created by the Duffer Brothers, the 8-episode series plucks out pretty much everything we all love about ’80s cinema and rolls it into one big ole ball of nostalgia, and you’d be hard-pressed to find ANYTHING that feels more authentically ’80s than it does. Rather brilliantly, “Stranger Things” is very familiar while also being entirely its own thing, as the Duffer Brothers recapture the feeling of the show’s influences without hammering you over the head with references or trying to be those movies. If you didn’t know any better, you’d probably believe that it was actually made in the ’80s, which is the strongest possible testament to how well executed it is.

Watching “Stranger Things,” it’s impossible to not be reminded of movies you hold near and dear, and that’s what we’re here to talk about today. Here are just five of the classic horror movies we were often reminded of throughout the series – be forewarned that there will be some spoilers within this article!

1) STEPHEN KING’S IT

The most common description of “Stranger Things” is that it’s “Steven Spielberg meets Stephen King,” which pitch-perfectly sums up the general vibe of the show. Two things that were quite obviously huge influences on the Duffer Brothers were Spielberg’s E.T. and King’s It, and it’s often so reminiscent of the latter that it feels like a better adaptation of the novel than the 1990 mini-series was. The show primarily centers on a group of pre-teen outcasts who willingly engage in battle with a nightmarish monster, and the tale kicks off, much like It does, when one of their friends is taken.

The young, often-bullied characters that comprise the “Stranger Things” group would all fit right in with The Losers Club (as well as the titular Monster Squad), and yes, they’re eventually even joined by a female member. I suppose it only makes sense that actor Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series, will next be seen as Richie Tozier in Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of King’s novel!

As King himself noted, “Watching Stranger Things is like watching Steve King’s Greatest Hits.”

2) A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

One of the main characters in “Stranger Things” is Nancy Wheeler, who is Mike’s teenage sister. A good-natured brunette who happens to be dating a handsome jock,  Nancy shares more than merely a name with A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Nancy Thompson, so much so that she ends up being a way better version of Freddy’s arch-nemesis than the one we got in that awful 2010 remake. Unsurprisingly, the mild-mannered Nancy eventually becomes a total badass, bravely bringing the fight to the otherworldly monster that has taken her friend. Nancy Thompson, needless to say, would be proud.

Speaking of the monster, there are several scenes throughout wherein he literally presses through the wall of a house from the other side, taking a page directly out of Freddy’s playbook.

3) POLTERGEIST

Winona Ryder stars in “Stranger Things” as Joyce Byers, the inconsolable mother of Will Byers: the child whose mysterious disappearance triggers the events of the series. As we learn, Will has been abducted by a supernatural force and taken into an alternate world wherein a terrifying beast roams free, the show essentially echoing the basic plot of the Spielberg-produced Poltergeist. Like Carol Anne, Will communicates with his mother via electrical currents, allowing her to hear him from the other side. There’s even a flashback scene early on wherein Joyce presents her young son with tickets to see Poltergeist, and they have a brief chat about the film.

Strong Poltergeist vibes are also felt during a scene at the Hawkins Laboratory, wherein an employee is tethered to the physical world for a trip over to the dark side – reminiscent of a similar scene involving Diane Freeling.

4) FIRESTARTER

One of the standout performances in “Stranger Things” comes courtesy of young actress Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the peculiar Eleven. Her relationship with Mike Wheeler is undeniably similar to Elliot’s relationship with ET, and several nods are made to the Spielberg classic through her. But another character Eleven reminded us of is Charlie McGee in 1984’s Firestarter, which was of course based on Stephen King’s novel. In the film, Drew Barrymore played Charlie, a little girl with psychokinetic abilities who is, like Eleven, being targeted by a sinister government agency that wants to control her.

Nose bleeds, in both “Stranger Things” and Firestarter, are a side effect of the powers being used.

5) HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH

Though not quite as obvious as the others on this list, I couldn’t help but draw parallels to recently-embraced sequel Halloween 3 while watching “Stranger Things.” One of the show’s side plots sees police chief Jim Hopper investigating the strange goings-on at the Hawkins Laboratory, and eventually breaking into the building, and the whole thing calls to mind Dr. Dan Challis’ investigation of the Silver Shamrock factory. There’s even a scene wherein Hopper discovers a seemingly-human body that isn’t actually human, which is also one of the twists in Halloween 3.

As for series antagonist Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine), who’s in charge over at the Hawkins Laboratory, he’s almost a dead-ringer for Season of the Witch villain Conal Cochran.

Oh and of course, it doesn’t hurt that the show’s score is pure Carpenter.

Did “Stranger Things” remind you of any other horror movies? Let us know!

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#SDCC16: Metal Band Slayer’s Repentless Comic Series Gets the Blood Flowing

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 17:58

They may not be as big as some other metal bands, but Slayer have always had a hardcore fanbase consisting of people who aren’t easily offended. And who knows? Maybe their new comic series Repentless will grant them some new followers.

Intrigued?  Read on for the details, including how you can meet the band at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con.

From the Press Release:
Dark Horse Comics and thrash-punk titans Slayer have joined forces to deliver a new comic series this holiday season!

With full participation from the band and taking inspiration from Slayer’s recent “Repentless” and “You Against You” videos (filmed in support of their latest album, Repentless, on Nuclear Blast Records and directed by BJ McDonnell (Hatchet III)), disciple Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) is penning the three-issue comic series with interior bloodlines drawn by Guiu Vilanova (Twilight Zone, Conan the Avenger, Weird Detective). Glenn Fabry’s covers reign in blood while Eric Powell (The Goon, Hillbilly) illustrated the variant cover for the first issue.

“I think of the songs I write as stories,” Slayer’s Kerry King told Rolling Stone in an exclusive interview, “and if nothing else, they are certainly visual.”

Slayer’s appearance at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con will begin on Thursday, July 21, with a special sold-out concert performance at the intimate-capacity House of Blues to a crowd of diehard fans.

Slayer will appear within the walls of Comic-Con for two exclusive signings on Friday, July 22. Nuclear Blast America (Booth #501) will host the band from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and Dark Horse Comics (Booth #2615) will host both the band and the comic’s creative team for a very limited engagement from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Limited edition posters will be provided. See each booth for details.

Regarding the comic, writer Jon Schnepp told Rolling Stone, “It’s definitely a lot of sensitive subjects that need to be explored and addressed. What’s the best way to explore those? With the chaos of metal.”

He added, “It’s a road journey – like a road movie of horror – and it goes across many states,” he says. “It isn’t a mystical or supernatural story. It’s a straight-up human story of terror, like brother against brother, people feeding off hatred, the stupidity and horror of humanity.

Slayer: Repentless Issue #1 arrives in stores in December of this year.

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#SDCC16: See Lights Out During Comic-Con

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 17:56

Excited for Lights Out when it arrives in U.S. theaters on July 22? In San Diego for Comic-Con? Well, we have your chance to check out the movie EARLY and for FREE during SD’s big dance!

LOCATION:
UA Horton Plaza 8
475 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
(844) 462-7342

DATE AND TIME:
July 20, 2016
Wednesday @ 10:00pm PT
(Have your pass ready to show at the door)

Get your passes HERE. Hurry because once they’re gone, they… are… gone.

David F. Sandberg directs the film from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer, based on Sandberg’s own short film. James Wan produces alongside Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer, and executive producers Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Richard Brener, Michael Clear, Jack Murray, and Ben Everard.

For more info visit the official Lights Out website, “like” Lights Out on Facebook, and follow Lights Out on Twitter and Lights Out on Instagram.

Synopsis:
From producer James Wan (The Conjuring) and Lawrence Grey’s Grey Matter comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out… and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety.

A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger… once the lights go out.

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Watch the Stars of Stranger Things Experience Strange Things

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 16:34

The stars of Netflix’s new series “Stranger Things” (preview) thought the frightening, unexpected, and unexplainable occurrences had ended when the filming stopped. Little did they know that they would be exposed to even stranger things at the series’ premiere event Monday night… things like breathing walls, moving furniture, exploding lights, chaos in the streets, and much more.

It seems only fitting that a show about the supernatural should have a supernatural premiere.

“Stranger Things,” created by the Duffer Brothers, stars Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), Matthew Modine (Dr. Brenner), David Harbour (Chief Hopper), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Millie Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler).

All episodes are now streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
An innocent night playing Dungeons & Dragons takes a tragic turn for a group of friends in Hawkins, Indiana, when Will Byers disappears… seemingly into thin air. The year is 1983, and this small town is abuzz with conspiracy theories behind the missing boy’s circumstances.

As friends, family, and local police search for answers behind his disappearance, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and the discovery of one very strange little girl. Her appearance and powers appear superhuman, and the boys begin to understand that she might have a sinister connection to their missing friend.

With the debut of an impressive young breakout cast (Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Millie Brown as Eleven), “Stranger Things” is a love letter to the ubiquitous cult classics of the 80’s.

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Party Down with a New Clip from Viral

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 16:19

A new clip has arrived from Viral, the upcoming feature from filmmaking duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish, Nerve, Paranormal Activity 3 and 4). Check it out right here, and look for lots more soon!

Viral debuts in select theaters and on Digital HD July 29th and hits DVD/VOD on August 2nd.

Barbara Marshall and Christopher Landon penned the script. Sofia Black-D’Elia, Analeigh Tipton, Travis Tope, and Michael Kelly star.

Synopsis:
Teenage sisters Emma and Stacey live a normal life, until their small suburban neighborhood is stricken with a mysterious parasitic virus. As the disease rapidly spreads throughout the town, the two band together to barricade themselves from infection.

But it may already be too late – when the virus enters their home, the sisters are faced with an impossible choice: protect each other, or survive the virus.

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Dane Cook Joins the Cast of American Gods

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 18:56

The last time we saw Dane Cook in a horror project was 2011’s Detention, but he’s just landed a role in a pretty big one: Starz’s upcoming “American Gods.”

Cook will portray Robbie, the best friend of main character Shadow Moon, played by Ricky Whittle. According to Deadline‘s description of him, Robbie promises to hold Shadow’s job for him while he’s in prison. Additionally, Robbie is married to Audrey, best friend to Shadow’s wife, Laura (Emily Browning), and he provides another shoulder for Laura to cry on while Shadow is away.

He joins previously announced stars Whittle (Shadow Moon), Browning (Laura Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), Crispin Glover (Mr. World), Demore Barnes (Mr. Ibis), Jonathan Tucker (Low Key Lyesmith), Gillian Anderson (Media), Peter Stormare (Czernobog), and Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya).

“American Gods” is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel of the same name, which has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

“American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”) are writers and showrunners. David Slade (“Hannibal,” The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade, and Neil Gaiman. Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Ken Segna are the Starz executives in charge of “American Gods.” Starz retains all network pay TV and SVOD rights to the project. FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.

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Andy Palmer Heads to Camp Cold Brook for Joe Dante

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 17:57

Another Joe Dante Presents film is on its way as Terror Time is reporting that director Andy Palmer (The Funhouse Massacre) will be at the helm of the new flick, Camp Cold Brook.

I could not be more excited to be taking on Camp Cold Brook,” says Palmer. “In addition to Alex Carl’s script being one of the scariest I’ve ever read, with great characters and frightening imagery, being able to partner with Renfield Productions and Joe Dante is a dream come true. He’s directed and produced some of my favorite films, and I look forward to not only working with him, but learning so much from him as well.

Petri Entertainment, Busted Buggy Entertainment, and Joe Dante’s Renfield Productions will produce.

Synopsis:
Camp Cold Brook centers around a horrific incident in 1993 when dozens of young campers, without warning, stand at attention, seemingly in a hypnotic trance, and proceed to attack not only each other but the staff as well with deadly intent. The survivors then bind their feet with rope tethered to large rocks and drag themselves into the nearby lake.

Twenty-five years later, reality TV ghost hunter Jack Wilson finds himself in a tough spot. His show, “Haunted Places,” is on the brink of being cancelled. In a last ditch effort to spark ratings to land a final season, he and his producers, as well as their trusted cameraman, choose the legend of Camp Cold Brook to try to save their show.

Their arrival begins like any other episode. Cameras are placed, and the team sets up shop in the dilapidated lodge and waits. But this is not going to be a regular episode. The terror here was real, and the 30 are about to rise.

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Expecting a New Abattoir Poster? Now You Have One!

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 17:48

Director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw IIIV, Repo: The Genetic Opera, Mother’s Day) is telling a highly unique horror story with his latest film Abattoir, which centers on a house that has literally been built out of rooms where horrifying tragedies have occurred. On tap right now we have a shiny new poster for you cats!

Abattoir (review) stars Jessica Lowndes, Dayton Callie, J. LaRose, Joe Anderson, and Lin Shaye. Bousman directed from a script by David Schow, Teddy Tenenbaum, and Christopher Monfette.

Synopsis:
A real estate reporter named Julia Talben unearths an urban legend about a house being built from rooms where horrific tragedies have occurred. The investigation ultimately leads Talben and a detective to the enigmatic Jebediah Crone and the answer to the question: How do you construct a haunted house?

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New Poster Causes a Trash Fire

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 17:41

One of the films that made some noise at this year’s Sundance was Richard Bates, Jr.’s Trash Fire, which stars Adrian Grenier; and it was hot enough to land some distro via Vertical Entertainment, which acquired worldwide rights to the flick.

Today we finally have a poster for you!

Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, Sally Kirkland, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Ray Santiago round out the key cast. David Clark Lawson, Jr., produced with Lawrence Mattis and Matt Smith, while Makan Delrahim served as executive producer.

Bates, Jr., directed Sundance 2012 entry Excision as well as Suburban Gothic.

Synopsis:
When Owen is forced to confront the past he’s been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit, and murder. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll be scarred for life.

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The CW’s Friday the 13th TV Show Not Dead Yet

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 17:30

We haven’t heard ANYTHING about the proposed “Friday the 13th” TV show to air on The CW for a while now. In fact, it’s been ages! The good citizens of Crystal Lake over at the Friday the 13th Franchise website, however, have dug up this little tidbit from “a source“:

The show has been shelved with a revisit planned for some time close to April 2017. At that point it will be determined by CW if they can find a story to warrant a series order. If they opt to not go with Friday The 13th at all then the show is open for a different avenue of release. Netflix has long been requested by fans as a destination that would hopefully limit the amount of studio interference.

Stay tuned. In the interim check out these 25 Possible Friday the 13th TV Series Scenarios!

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The Tension Experience: Ascension – Tickets on Sale Now!

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 16:01

For those who have been following along, The Tension Experience appeared out of nowhere and promised an interactive horror experience like no other. And they quickly lived up to their word when they plunged me into a paranoia-fueled odyssey that has gone on almost daily for the past 5 months.

Part haunt, part ARG/immersive theatre, and part psyche experiment, Tension is the closest thing to living out a horror movie, and the number of things I’ve experienced could easily fill an entire Stephen King novel.

But everything has been a warm-up act for the main event – ASCENSION – and tickets are finally on sale for the full experience, which begins this September in Los Angeles.

I still have no idea what to expect from Ascension, but the website does a good job laying out the bullet points:

The Tension Experience is a fear-based paranoia, immersive production that will require you to make a series of decisions that will dictate the evening’s outcome. Ascension is only for guests 18 years or older.

– The entire evening will be over two hours once you enter and are checked in.

Tension will blur the lines between reality and fiction. We will use actors, emails, phone calls, live video streams, in-person events, and just about every other avenue to get inside your head.

And if you’re hesitant because you missed out on the previous events, Tension assures that Ascension exists as its own narrative and has even posted a handy Timeline giving a broad overview of everything that’s happened thus far.

So what the hell are you waiting for? Join us… if you’re brave enough.

The OOA Institute would encourage those interested in taking the path to enlightenment to visit The Tension Experience website, “like” The Tension Experience on Facebook, and follow The Tension Experience on Twitter and on Instagram.

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More Lights Out Clips Keep You in the Dark

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 15:50

Lights Out will be bringing screams to U.S. theaters beginning July 22nd, and to go along with our exclusive clip, we have a couple more for you to chew on!

David F. Sandberg directs the film from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer, based on Sandberg’s own short film. James Wan produces alongside Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer, and executive producers Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Richard Brener, Michael Clear, Jack Murray, and Ben Everard.

For more info visit the official Lights Out website, “like” Lights Out on Facebook, and follow Lights Out on Twitter and Lights Out on Instagram.

Synopsis:
From producer James Wan (The Conjuring) and Lawrence Grey’s Grey Matter comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out… and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety.

A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger… once the lights go out.

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Fan-Made Friday the 13th Part 2 Trailer Hits Our Happy Buttons

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 15:40

Dread Central reader David K. brought the following trailer to our attention, which is being passed off by its maker as a teaser for Friday the 13th Part 2 (2017). Check it out as it’s definitely well made and… well… it’s Friday so it seems appropriate!

As for the actual film itself, producer Brad Fuller recently noted that, as previously rumored, Jason’s return will be a period piece.

The story takes place between the late 1970s and the early 1980s,” he said, referring to writer Aaron Guzikowski’s script. “There is a summer camp, and there are camp counselors.

The new film is on the fast track, but don’t expect it on the upcoming Friday the 13th in January 2017.

That decision will be made by Paramount, and I’m sure they will announce a release date soon – whether it’s the Friday the thirteenth date in October 2017, or another date altogether,” said Fuller. “Things are moving very fast, and we all know that these films can be filmed and then released very quickly. We’re now looking for a director and hope to start filming soon.

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Official Trailer for The Neighbor Comes Knocking

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 15:30

Written by the co-writers of Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI and The Collector, Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, and directed by Dunstan, the suspense thriller The Neighbor aims to remind that you should probably fear the creepy dude living next to you. He may be a vampire or a serial killer, but either way, he wants to kill you.

Check out the trailer below!

The Neighbor arrives on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Fortress Features, and Salt Company International Production and on Digital HD and On Demand from Starz Digital on September 6th.

Josh Stewart (The Collector), Melissa Bolona (Shark Lake), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Bill Engvall, Ronnie Blevins (Fear, Inc., Seven Psychopaths), Jaqueline Fleming, and Luke Edwards (“True Detective”) star.

Set in Mississippi, The Neighbor centers on a man who discovers the dark truth about his secretive neighbor and what, or whom, he may be keeping in the cellar.

Synopsis:
In the small town of Cutter, Mississippi, most people keep to themselves. But when John (Stewart) comes home to find his girlfriend, Rosie (Essoe), missing, he suspects his mysterious and off-putting neighbor (Engvall) is somehow involved. John learns that Rosie’s life is not all that is at stake after a visit to his neighbor’s cellar. It becomes clear that the seemingly quiet town is more dangerous than it looks, and John and Rosie must do more than just run away if they want to survive the night.

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New The Exorcist Teaser Invites You In

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 15:29

Ready for another tease of what awaits us when “The Exorcist” TV series debuts on Fox in September?  Then read on for the latest promo video!

“The Exorcist” (airing Fridays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT, on Fox) premieres on September 23rd; it is a contemporary psychological TV thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), the series stars Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis (“Commander in Chief,” Thelma & Louise), Alfonso Herrera (“Sense8,” The Chosen), and Ben Daniels (“Flesh and Bone,” “House of Cards”).

About “The Exorcist”:
“THE EXORCIST” is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. FATHER TOMAS ORTEGA (Alfonso Herrera) is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious, and compassionate. He runs a small but loyal parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, another priest finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. FATHER MARCUS BRENNAN (Ben Daniels) is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive, and utterly consumed by his sacred mission.

Caught in the middle is the RANCE family, members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface they’re a normal, suburban family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The patriarch, HENRY RANCE (guest star Alan Ruck), is slowly but surely losing his mind. Eldest daughter KATHERINE (Brianne Howey) has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, CASEY (Hannah Kasulka), thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother ANGELA (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis) has been plagued by recurring nightmares, each more frightening than the last. Angela believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries.

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