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The Bonds of Friendship Are Tested in Trailer for Friends Don’t Let Friends

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 11:30

All of us find ourselves wondering from time to time about how well we truly know our family and friends. Sure, they may be people with whom we spend most of our lives and feel like we know inside and out, but do we truly know them?

For all we know, they could be different people entirely. We’ll never be able to enter another person’s mind, so we’ll never truly know what they are.

The new film Friends Don’t Let Friends will explore this by having a group of so-called “friends” discovering that each of them is actually harboring an inner darkness when they come together to try to cover up a crime.

From the Press Release:
As a group of friends come together to cover up a murder, they end up stranded deep in the desert and have to band together to make it out alive. But the further they venture into the darkness, the closer they come to discovering that each one of them is more dangerous than anyone had ever realized. It’s only a matter of time before they understand… Four people can keep a secret, when three of them are dead.

The shooting style of Friends Don’t Let Friends keeps a fast-paced momentum and continually engages the audience in a voyeuristic way.

“We wanted a horror film that had the pacing of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf – if that movie had started with her killing her husband and her dinner guests were manipulated into covering up the murder.”

Friends Don’t Let Friends stars Jake White (Syfy’s Children of the Corn, 2009), Brittany Anne Woodford (Special, 2014), Jenny Curtis (Any Bullet Will Do, 2016), Brendan McGowan (Sweet Darling, 2016), and Kanin Guntzelman (NBC’s “Southland,” 2013). Brownwell Entertainment is a husband-and-wife team helmed by Jamie and Lyndee Brown. Lyndee is a reality TV co-executive producer whose career has spanned every style and genre of non-scripted television. Jamie is a writer, director, and cinematographer with a background in commercials, music videos, and documentaries. For the last few years Jamie has worked on the Travel Channel show “The Dead Files.” The combination of their unique points of view has turned Friends Don’t Let Friends into a raw, suspenseful, and psychologically twisted horror film that even in its wildest moments still feels grounded in reality.

John Stevens composed the score for Friends Don’t Let Friends; his unique style and cinematic soundscapes were something that Jamie was drawn to back in 2007 when a friend recommended John’s band, Ghost Machine. The style of music was unlike anything Jamie had heard before, and they have been working together for almost 10 years. Friends Don’t Let Friends is John Stevens and Brownwell Entertainment’s first feature collaboration.

“There are moments in John’s music where the music feels like another character, someone sinister and dangerous that’s watching the scene unfold with the audience. The soundtrack alone is a ride into darkness.” – Jamie Brown (Writer/Director)

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Today on VOD: Celebrate Friday the 13th with What We Become

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 11:11

There’s no better day to watch horror movies than on Friday the 13th, and since today is the only one this year, we hope you intend on making the most of it. If you’re up for leaving the house, Greg McLean’s The Darkness (starring Kevin Bacon!) is now in theaters, but if you’d rather stay home, we’ve got you covered.

Courtesy of IFC Midnight, writer/director Bo Mikkelsen’s What We Become opened in New York at the IFC Center and in Los Angeles at the Arena Theater today, and it’s also available for digital streaming through all major VOD outlets. Check out the trailer, poster, and plot crunch below!

The film stars Mille Dinesen, Troels Lyby, Benjamin Engell, and Marie Hammer Boda.

Synopsis:
The Johansson family’s idyllic summer is brought to an abrupt halt as deaths stack up from a virulent strand of the flu. The authorities start off by cordoning off the neighborhood but soon panic and force the inhabitants into quarantine in their hermetically-sealed houses. Isolated from the rest of the world, teen Gustav spies out and realizes that the situation is getting out of control. He breaks out, but soon the family of four come under attack from the riotous, bloodthirsty mob which forces them to the extreme to escape alive.

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Exclusive: Short Film The Skin Now Available for Viewing

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 11:03

Fresh off a tour on the festival circuit, which included stops at Knoxville Horror Fest, Macabre Faire Film Festival and Spooky Empire, Justin Timms’ short horror film The Skin is now available for everyone to watch, and you don’t have to leave your bedroom or put on pants to check it out. What could possibly be better than that?!

I’ve always been fascinated with horror films. Something about them just works for me so after years of working on documentary content I decided to take a break and focus on developing my own horror film,” Timms told us. “I wanted to create a film with a classic feel like Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a twist at the end.”

At first The Skin may seem like a classic horror tale, two young girls foolish enough to follow a creepy local to his shack but we quickly realize something far more sinister and complicated is underway,” he continued. “We use a lot of classic horror tropes but maintain a memorable and creative ending that leaves the viewer wanting to see more.”

The short stars Elizabeth Paige, Claudine Quadrat and Martin Pfefferkorn.

Synopsis:
After the peculiar death of her father, Lena Hardesty discovers that her sister, Sarah, has acquired the same strange symptoms. With the help of a rustic local, Lena sets a plan in motion to save her sister and herself from the same fate.

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Exclusive Look at Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 11:00

The tales of Edgar Allan Poe have been giving people the shivers for many years, and I’m sure they’ll be doing that for as long as people possess the ability to read. Next up is an adaptation of his terror tale Lighthouse Keeper. Read on for all sorts of goodies.

Vernon G. Wells, Matt O’Neill, Rachel Riley, Monty Wall, Carl Edge, S. Daxton Balzer, and John Spencer File star in this Benjamin Cooper-directed film.

Synopsis:
A young man awakens alone on a remote beach, marooned there by a violent storm. Above the rocky crags, a lighthouse stands like a sentinel. Injured and suffering from amnesia, the man seeks the help of Walsh, the enigmatic lighthouse keeper. Walsh tells him they are stranded until the ferry arrives in two weeks and insists they are the sole inhabitants of the peninsula. But the man is haunted by fleeting glimpses of a beautiful young woman and plagued by visions of hideous phantoms reaching out from the depths.

As this horror tale races towards a mind-bending finale, the man must confront the grotesque denizens of the night or heed the lighthouse keeper’s cryptic warning to “Always keep a light burning!”

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Scream Factory’s Fender Bender Premiering in L.A.; Get Your Tickets!

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:49

Next month, Scream Factory and Chiller take us back to a different time in the genre’s history with Fender Bender, which will premiere on Chiller on June 3. Ahead of the television premiere, we’ve just learned that a special world premiere will be taking place in Los Angeles, and best of all, it’s open to the public!

The screening will take place at The Cinefamily on Monday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm and will be followed by a Q&A with director Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier) and select cast members. A limited number of tickets are now available to the public, and you can grab them over on The Cinefamily’s website.

Fender Bender will premiere Friday, June 3, 2016, at 9 PM ET. Written and directed by Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier), the movie stars Makenzie Vega (“The Good Wife”), Dre Davis (“Pretty Little Liars,” Scavenger Killers), Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville,” “Longmire”), and Bill Sage (American Psycho, We Are What We Are).

Evocative of the horror-thriller classics of yesteryear, Fender Bender brings you back to a time when the boxes on the shelf at your local video store beckoned you with masked, knife-wielding maniacs and a twisted sense of morals.

Shout! Factory and Brainstorm Media present an EchoWolf Production. A Mark Pavia Film. Executive producers are Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Meyer Shwarzstein, Mark Pavia, and Nadia Redler; produced by Carl Lucas, Joshua Bunting, Jordan Fields, and Gus Krieger. Fender Bender is developed and executive produced by Shout! Factory in association with Chiller.

For more info visit the film’s official site, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

Synopsis:
In a small New Mexico town, a 17-year-old high school girl who just got her driver’s license gets into her first fender bender, innocently exchanging her personal information with an apologetic stranger. Later that stormy night, she is joined in her desolate suburban home by a couple of her school friends, who try their best to make a night out of it, only to be visited by the stranger she so willingly handed all of her information to — a terrifying and bizarre serial killer who stalks the country’s endless miles of roads and streets with his old rusty car, hungrily searching for his next unsuspecting victim.

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Radio Station, The (Short)

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:30

Starring Capri Cafaro, Chris Denmeade

Directed by Chris Denmeade

A pretty young lady working all by herself late at night in a lonely radio station – who’s to say she doesn’t know how to handle herself?

Chris Denmeade is the director of this 4-minute short called The Radio Station, and he’s stated that this is inspired by troubling events he had to endure with a stalker at the radio station he himself worked at. Cafaro is the damsel (in not too much distress), and for the majority of the 4 minute runtime, we witness a timed-out POV of whoever is stalking her through the building.

For a quickie that only spans 240 seconds, I’ll refrain from any more details, but rest assured, this chick can handle her business. Not much more to drone on about here: it’s quick, it’s mildly entertaining, and it’s the project of someone who is attempting to cut their teeth in the business – best of luck, Mr. Denmeade.

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Final The Witcher III Expansion Blood and Wine Launching May 31st

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:00

This is it, people. The final expansion for CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is upon us. Blood and Wine will see the long-haired monster slayer Geralt of Rivia travel to Toussaint, a peaceful and tropical land that is being beset by a mysterious monster.

The expansion will be enormous, offering around thirty hours of gameplay in addition to a huge new area to explore. As if the core Witcher III game wasn’t already huge enough. It seems that one of the most acclaimed games of all time is going out on a bang when Blood and Wine launches on May 31, 2016.

Synopsis:
For the last time become professional monster slayer Geralt of Rivia and explore Toussaint, a remote land untouched by war, where you will unravel the horrifying secret behind a beast terrorizing the kingdom. Blood and Wine is a 30+-hour adventure full of dark deeds, unexpected twists, romance, and deceit.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine launches on May 31, 2016.

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Comic Legends Working on New Miniseries Witchfinder: City of the Dead

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:30

Comic legends Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Ben Stenbeck, and Michelle Madsen will be collaborating on the new comic series Witchfinder: City of the Dead for Dark Horse.  Now that’s one hell of a team!

Read on to find out just what exactly they’ve cooked up.

From the Press Release:
This August, legendary HELLBOY creator Mike Mignola, iZOMBIE co-creator Chris Roberson, original WITCHFINDER series artist Ben Stenbeck, and colorist Michelle Madsen will unite for WITCHFINDER: CITY OF THE DEAD.

In this five-part miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, Sir Edward Grey, occult adviser to the queen, must defeat scores of flesh-eating corpses on the loose in London and explore a temple beneath London full of ancient secrets. Artist Julián Totino Tedesco will provide covers for the series.

“One of the great things about the monster tropes in horror fiction is that they don’t have to be limited to any specific setting,” said Chris Roberson. “Werewolf stories aren’t all set in Eastern Europe, vampire stories don’t have to take place in Victorian London, and zombies needn’t be relegated to the post-apocalyptic scenario. There’s a lot of fun to be had from taking these types of characters and transposing them into different historical periods and cultural milieus.”

Mignola and Roberson are currently co-writing the acclaimed HELLBOY & THE BPRD adventures. “Chris’ pitch for WITCHFINDER: CITY OF THE DEAD is what made us all realize he was a perfect writer to add to our little world,” said Mike Mignola. “Chris and Ben Stenbeck have outdone themselves on this book. I’m super excited about it!”

Stenbeck returns to WITCHFINDER, the title he helped launched in 2009 before working on BALTIMORE and the acclaimed FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND. “It’s fantastic to return to the world of WITCHFINDER,” said Ben Stenbeck. “I get to go back to Edward Grey’s London and help to flesh it out a bit more. Hopefully I’ve gotten better at it in the 7 years since I last drew WITCHFINDER.”

“I’ve always been an enormous fan of Victorian-era occult detectives and of Mignola’s Sir Edward Grey in particular,” said Roberson. “One of the greatest things about Hellboy’s world is the richness of its backstory, and it’s been a real thrill to get to explore some of the uncharted territory and fill in some of the gaps in the map.”

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Curse of Sleeping Beauty, The (2016)

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:00

Starring Ethan Peck, India Eisley, Natalie Hall, Bruce Davison

Directed by Pearry Teo

I’m a sucker for architectural horror – The Haunting, The Legend of Hell House, Dario Argento’s Inferno, The Shining, Crawlspace, and right on up to the Toolbox Murders remake… anything with blasphemous blueprints, and I’m in. Add to that some lush visuals, and I am ready to close escrow.

In The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, Thomas Kaiser (Peck) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations. Cool, right? Well… not really. The inspection papers neglect to mention that Thomas has also inherited an ancient curse placed on the evil abode. Stemming back to the Crusades, this spell demands that the Kaiser family’s latest living heir act as an ever-endangered guardian to keep the evil demons dwelling in the house at bay.

Thomas has really got his hands full – while he’s busy unraveling the mystery of the house in hope of ending the curse, he’s also trying to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose (Eisley), a drowsy maiden held captive in a terrifying netherworld. The two fall in love but can never be together as they each exist in a different corporeal plane.

While The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is more dark fantasy – think Jim Henson’s Labyrinth or Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm on a tight budget when it comes to the visuals – there are some horror elements nestled into the nooks and crannies of the creepy cinematic manse. There’s also a good old-fashioned mystery when it comes to the curse, which is sure to please fans of historical adventure along the lines of The Awakening, the “Once Upon a Time” TV series, and Mother of Tears.

The cast is able, but when veteran actor and Oscar nominee Bruce Davison shows up, the story really hits its stride. He brings a certain gravitas to every movie he’s in, even when the flick itself is only adequate. Director Pearry Teo does a great job, but there is a certain unevenness to the whole thing which I can only guess is the fault of a too-low budget in opposition to ambition and not altogether wise editing choices.

In spite of its issues, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is well worth a look for fans of dark fairy tales, malevolent mysteries, and old-fashioned storytelling.

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Frontières@Fantasia Announces First Wave of Projects; Industry Registration Now Open

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:30

After a highly successful third European edition at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in April, Frontières returns to the Fantasia International Film Festival for its sixth edition, which will take place July 21-24 in Montreal.

Note that industry registration for Frontières is now open (the early bird deadline is June 10th).

From the Press Release:
Frontières connects North America with Europe in an environment specifically focused on genre film production and financing. Frontières marks its return to Fantasia with an expanded Frontières line-up that will allow more projects to participate in live pitch sessions. The complete project line-up will be announced during the first week of June.

Frontières is thrilled to announce a first wave of projects selected to participate in its 5th North American edition. For the first time, Frontières will be presenting two television series as part of its line-up: “HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN,” from producer Andy Starke (SIGHTSEERS, THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, THE GREASY STRANGLER) , based on the book by Canadian author Kier-la Janisse, and “UNTOLD HORROR,” an 8-part documentary series on the greatest horror movies never made, from Dave Alexander, editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue magazine. The line-up also includes film projects in development from director Brian O’Malley (LET US PREY), directors Yoav and Doron Paz (JERUZALEM), director Alexandre Franchi (THE WILD HUNT), and the team behind HE NEVER DIED, producer Zach Hagen & writer-director Jason Krawczyk.

Frontières is also pleased to include in its line-up the winner of the Imagine Film Festival Pitch Contest, THE PROFUNDIS, awarded to the top Dutch genre project. THE PROFUNDIS, from director Richard Raaphorst (FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY), is a co-presentation with the Imagine Film Festival, with support from the Netherlands Film Fund.

Frontières recently announced a new partnership with the Marché du Film-Festival de Cannes for 2017. To introduce the partnership, Frontières and the Marché are pleased to present Frontières Day, which will include a day of programming in Cannes on Sunday, May 15. Events will include a Canadian-Genre VR presentation in collaboration with the Canadian Film Centre; Frontières Goes to Cannes, a work-in-progress presentation of 3 films in post-production; and the Fantastic Fanatics Mixer, a networking cocktail in collaboration with Blood Window at Ventana Sur, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

Frontières@Fantasia 2016: First Wave Projects:

Brain Freeze (Canada)
Director/Writer: Julien Knafo
Producer: Barbara Shrier (Palomar)

Darius (Canada)
Director/Writer: Alexandre Franchi
Producers: Ménaic Raoul, Alexandre Franchi, Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette (Voyelles Films / Les Films de la Mancha)

“House of Psychotic Women” (United Kingdom)
Directors: Various TBA; TV Series
Writers: Sean Hogan (pilot episode), Kier-La Janisse (book)
Producers: Andy Starke (Rook Films), Kier-La Janisse

Mars Camp (USA/Israel)
Directors: Yoav and Doron Paz (PAZ brothers)
Writers: Yoav and Doron Paz (PAZ brothers), Lauri Donahue
Producers: PAZ Films, Epic Pictures

The Profundis (Netherlands)
Director: Richard Raaphorst
Writers: Shane Berryhill and Richard Raaphorst
Producer: Richard Raaphorst
Winner: Imagine Film Festival Pitch Contest

Room Service (USA)
Director: Yedidya Gorsetman
Writers: Mark Leidner Yedidya Gorsetman
Producers: Josh Itzkowitz, Matthew Smaglik and Mark Leidner

Soulless (Ireland)
Director: Brian O’Malley
Writer: Tony Philpott
Producers: Brendan McCarthy, John McDonnell (Fantastic Films)

The Squall (Canada)
Director/Writer: Jason Krawczyk
Producer: Zach Hagen (Alternate Ending Studios)

Striguni (Croatia)
Director/Writer: Aldo Tardozzi
Producer: Barbara Jukopila, Damir Ibrahimovic (Ziva produkcija)

“Untold Horror” (Canada)
Director: Bob Barrett; TV Series
Writers: Mark Pollesel, Dave Alexander
Producers: Bob Barrett, Dave Alexander, Kevin Burke, Andrea Butler (Post No Joes Productions)

Established in 2012 at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Frontières specifically focuses on the co-production and financing of genre films between North America and Europe. Frontières 2016 is a collaborative initiative between the Fantasia International Film Festival, the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF), and Vision-in-Motion. Frontières is made possible thanks to the generous support of Creative Europe, Telefilm Canada, and SODEC.

For more information visit frontieresmarket.com, and check back in early June for the rest of the line-up.

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Topps Joins Forces with AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead for New Trading Cards

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 09:00

If you’re a fan of “The Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC and also like to collect trading cards, this story about a new partnership between those shows and Topps is for you!  Some of the cards will include Shane as a walker, Carl with a can of beans, and Carol in disguise as one of the “Wolves.” What more could you want?

From the Press Release:
The Topps Company, Inc., is announcing an official partnership with AMC to bring terrifying, never-before-seen content from the TV phenomenon “The Walking Dead” and its popular companion series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” to both physical and digital cards for fans to collect and trade.

The Topps Digital app “The Walking Dead: Card Trader” is now available in the App Store and Google Play Store and is the first place fans can access new Topps trading cards from the world of “The Walking Dead.” The app will feature new digital card releases on a daily basis, covering the entire history of “The Walking Dead,” from Rick’s initial discoveries in abandoned Atlanta during Season 1 to the suspenseful introduction of Negan in the Season 6 finale.

In the same app, and for the first time ever, fans of “Fear the Walking Dead” will also be able to collect and trade cards of new favorite characters including Madison, Travis, and the enigmatic Victor Strand as they experience the collapse of society. To celebrate the launch of the new app, Topps will give all fans who install and register for the app one special limited edition digital card daily for their first seven days of app use.

“’The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ have passionate and rabid fan bases looking for new and creative ways to stay connected to their favorite shows,” said Jeremy Strauser, General Manager of Topps Digital. “Topps is uniquely capable of delivering both physical and digital trading cards that will keep fans engaged and allow them to own a piece of these acclaimed shows.”

Fans will be able to get their hands on Topps’ physical trading cards for “The Walking Dead” starting this fall. The Walking Dead: Complete Fifth Season card set will be available in October and will tell the full story of the highest rated season of the show, from the escape from Terminus to the journey to Alexandria. Each box of cards will feature two hits per box including autographs from the cast, artist-drawn sketch cards, and relic cards with pieces of actual set-worn costumes. Topps will also release a premium collector set, The Walking Dead: Survival Bo,  in December. This will be the first-ever high-end trading card set for “The Walking Dead” and will be the perfect gift for mega-fans.

“We are thrilled to be working with Topps to bring both great physical card products and an innovative digital app to our ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ fan base,” said Theresa Beyer, Senior Vice President of Brand Activation and Promotions for AMC.

“The Walking Dead: Card Trader” digital app is now available for free on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as well as Android devices in the App Store and Google Play Store.

The Walking Dead: Complete Fifth Season physical trading cards will launch in October, 2016, and The Walking Dead: Survival Box physical trading cards will launch in December, 2016.

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LA Fans – See the First Two Outcast Episodes with Robert Kirkman and the Cast

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 19:11

Earlier this week Cinemax provided us with the official trailer and artwork for its upcoming new series “Outcast,” and if you simply can’t wait until the show’s debut on June 3rd, and you live in or near Los Angeles, we have the scoop on how you can see it early!

The network has informed us that fans can see the first two episodes with creator Robert Kirkman and several members of the cast at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on June 1st in LA. We don’t have all the details yet so keep your eyes on the Hollywood Forever Cemetery website for updates.

About “Outcast”:
The CINEMAX drama series “OUTCAST” will launch its ten-episode first season on Friday, June 3, 2016.  It also already been renewed for a second season ahead of its debut.  The series is created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and executive produced by showrunner Chris Black.

“OUTCAST” follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.

Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl) stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers and for redemption, who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt. Philip Glenister (“Life on Mars”) portrays Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends people to sweat the small stuff. Gabriel Bateman (“Stalker”) co-stars as Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.

“OUTCAST” is produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Studios (FIS) and also executive produced by David Alpert, Sharon Tal Yguado, and Sue Naegle. The pilot was directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest).

 

 

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The Base Starring Cam Gigandet Begins Shooting

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:57

We’ve just gotten word that actor Cam Gigandet, whom you may remember from movies such as Twilight and Burlesque, has started shooting the upcoming action thriller The Base from director Jesse Gustafson. Full details below.

From the Press Release:
XLrator Media and Benattar/Thomas Productions announced the start of principal photography on the action-thriller THE BASE, starring Cam Gigandet (The Magnificent Seven, Twilight) and directed by Jesse Gustafson (Day 39). XLrator Media will release the film worldwide in 2017 on its “TURBO” action label.

Based on an original story by Nigel Thomas and Rick Benattar and written by Guy Stevenson (The Last Heist), THE BASE stars Cam Gigandet as the leader of a “Dirty Dozen” band of military prisoners who have to fight off a terrorist attack on the remote “black site” prison in which they’re being held, which, unknown to them, is a cover for a secret drone control facility.

Director Gustafson is a military veteran and a Columbia Film School graduate who has directed and performed in over 40 stage productions. His film work includes writing and directing the short film Day 39, which was a finalist for a student Academy Award in 2015, and writing “Ace of Spades,” which was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship finalist.

The film is produced by Rick Benattar, Nigel Thomas, Barry Gordon, and Michael Radiloff and has been fully financed by The Fyzz Facility with Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones coming on board as executive producers.

THE BASE is the fourth action-thriller from Benattar/Thomas Productions as part of an overall production and global distribution deal with XLrator Media. The companies have previously partnered on PARADOX starring Zoë Bell and Malik Yoba and the upcoming releases THE LAST HEIST starring Henry Rollins (in theaters June 17, 2016) and THE FIXER starring Tom Hopper (“Black Sails”) (in theaters November 4, 2016).

“We are thrilled to work on THE BASE with Jesse Gustafson, a fresh and exciting new filmmaker. The film is reminiscent of classics like The Dirty Dozen and Kelly’s Heroes. Movies we love that truly blur the line between the good guys and bad guys. It’s a great story, and we can’t wait to bring it to a global audience,” said Rick Benattar.

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First Look – Geena Davis in The Exorcist TV Series

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:50

Fox works fast! After just announcing that the network has given a series order for a TV version of The Exorcist, which is said to be a “new take” on the seminal horror film, they’ve released the first image!

“The Exorcist” series will take the form of a psychological thriller. Starring are Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera (as Father Tomas Ortega), and Ben Daniels (as Father Marcus Lang). Beasts of No Nation‘s Kurt Egyiawan co-stars as Father Bennett, a liaison for the Vatican, with Hannah Kasulka playing Casey Rance, the wallflower of the family, who is worried about her sister, Charlotte (Brianne Howey), who has been holed up in her room ever since her serious accident.

The producer is Jeremy Slater (The Fantastic Four), and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is directing the pilot.

Synopsis:
More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.

L-R: Alfonso Herrera and Geena Davis; Cr: Jean Whiteside/FOX

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Something Sinister Lurks in this Most Likely to Die Clip

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:49

MarVista Entertainment is releasing Anthony DiBlasi’s Most Likely to Die in select theaters and On Demand this coming Friday, May 13th; and up now we have a new clip from the film to share.

Heather Morris, Ryan Doom, Perez Hilton, Chad Addison, and Tess Christiansen star.

Synopsis:
Glee” star Heather Morris and “Celebrity Big Brother’” enfant terrible/showbiz gossip blogger Perez Hilton are part of a 10-year high school reunion hosted by a disgraced ice hockey player. Soon the party takes a deadly turn when one by one the former classmates, each with a secret shared history, turn up dead according to their senior yearbook superlatives. Who is the masked psycho with the razor-sharp mortarboard, and what exactly is his problem?

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MTV Unveiling the First 7 Minutes of Scream Season 2 on Friday the 13th!

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:32

This Friday the 13th, MTV is unveiling the first 7 minutes of the new season of “Scream,” and we all know that means one thing: an iconic opening kill.

Tune in at 3PM PT / 6PM ET and interact with “Scream” cast favorite Tom Maden during this terrifying Facebook live event.

Oh, and one more thing… Someone. WILL. Die.

Related Story: Five Reasons to Watch Scream: The Series Season Two

“Scream” Season 2 premieres Monday, May 30th, on MTV.

Returning cast members include Willa Fitzgerald (Emma), John Karna (Noah), Tom Maden (Jake), Tracy Middendorf (Maggie), Amadeus Serafini (Kieran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey), and Carlson Young (Brooke). Joining them are recording artist Kiana Ledé, Santiago Segura (47 Meters Down, “Silicon Valley”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Banshee,” “American Horror Story”), Austin Highsmith (“Murder in the First,” “Criminal Minds”), Sean Grandillo (Spring Awakening), and Karina Logue (“Ray Donovan,” “Gotham”). The new showrunners are Michael Gans and Richard Register.

Season 2 picks up with Emma’s return to Lakewood after several months at a retreat, where she tried to recover from the horrors of last season. Everyone is walking on eggshells around her, questioning whether she has truly gotten over the Killer’s crimes. Meanwhile, Audrey is hiding her connection to the Killer but is getting harassed by someone who knows the truth. Brooke and Jake are also keeping secrets — they are hiding a budding romance from Mayor Maddox. And Noah is getting closer and closer to the truth about the Season 1 murders.

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Asylum Mockbusters Make a Resurgence with Their Independents’ Day Trailer

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 17:09

Independents’ Day? That’s pretty damn shameless even for The Asylum. Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo. I salute you.

The Asylum will not go quietly into the night, and thus, they mark their return to the type of lawsuit-baiting mockbusters I thought they were trying to move away from. If you can’t guess what movie and its forthcoming sequel Independents’ Day is trying to capitalize on, then you must be from another planet.

You can’t say The Asylum hasn’t come a long way. Just look at the special effects in this trailer. Maybe not on the level of its big screen counterpart but very well done for a low budget knock-off. Hell, I still remember watching the big blue energy beam blasting down from a similar oversized spaceship in their Battle of Los Angeles mockbuster years ago and remarking how it looked like aliens were bombarding the City of the Angels with what looked to me like a colossal stream of dishwashing liquid. Odd how the f/x look solid here but everything else feels a wee bit on the chintzy side.

So, what’s it about, who does it star, and who made it? Well, I can tell you The Asylum produced it because they’re the ones who posted the trailer. I can’t seem to find any other information. What more do you need to know?

Earth is being invaded by insectoid aliens in gargantuan UFOs that want to annihilate us. We fight back. The President is a woman. A bald guy with a beard also appears to play a key role in Earth’s salvation. The White House gets blown up in a scene lifted directly from a 20-year-old movie of roughly the same title.

At this point I truly believe The Asylum could release a boxset comprised exclusively of mockbusters they’ve done based on Roland Emmerich movies alone.

I decided to Google “Independents’ Day” to see if there is an actual holiday by that name. I can confirm there is an annual “Independents’ Day” celebration in East Ohio that actually takes place in September, but I have a hard time believing extraterrestrials would arrive just to wreck that. There’s also a rap album by that name from 2005 by Royce Da 5’9”, who, alas, is not in the movie playing the Will Smith character.

But I digress…

Here’s the trailer for The Asylum’s Independents’ Day, written and directed by people, starring other people. Educated guess this will arrive on DVD and/or VOD right around the time Independence Day: Resurgence invades theaters this summer.

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Open the Door to a New Clip from The Darkness

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:57

You just thought we were done talking about The Darkness today!  Hot on the heels of sharing a new behind-the-scenes look at the film, we’re back with a clip provided by our friends at Crypt TV. Dig it!

The Darkness stars Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh, and Jennifer Morrison. Directed by Greg McLean and written by McLean, Shayne Armstrong, and S.P. Krause, the film was produced by Jason Blum, Bianca Martino, and Matt Kaplan. It will be released by BH Tilt in coordination with High Top Releasing.

The film arrives in theaters on Friday, May 13th.

For more info “like” The Darkness on Facebook, and follow The Darkness on Twitter along with BHTilt on Twitter using the hashtag #FearTheDarkness and tagging @BHTilt and @TheDarknessMov.

Synopsis:
As a family returns from a vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.

 

 

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MUST OWN – Mezco’s Hellraiser Rubik’s Cube

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:34

How in the hell did it take someone so long to think of this? If you’re a Hellraiser fan and have just 13 bucks burning a hole in your pocket, Mezco Toyz just hit a home run!

From the Site:
The Hellraiser series of films are widely considered classics of modern horror. With a rich and intricate mythology, Hellraiser has enthralled audiences with the blood-soaked world of Pinhead, the Cenobites, and the Lament Configuration.

Within the Hellraiser universe, the Lament Configuration is the key to the gates of Hell itself and the summoner of the Cenobites. Now, for the first time ever, it is recreated as a working puzzle. Featuring artwork based on the designs of Philip Lemarchand, the prop-sized square puzzle rotates on both its X and Y axes with an almost supernatural smoothness. With 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations, even Dr. Channard would find himself bedeviled in a quest for the solution.

Suitable for use as a fiendishly confounding puzzle or as a film replica display piece — the choice is yours!

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In Los Angeles? See Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th with Director Sean Cunningham!

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:29

This coming Friday, the 13th of May, 1980’s iconic slasher Friday the 13th has a special 11:00 PM screening in L.A., and we’ve got three pairs of tickets to give away to a trio of lucky Dread Central readers.

Presented by Fandango and M3, doors to the Midnight Movie Massacre event will open at 10:30 PM at the Crest Westwood Theater (1262 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024). Featuring food trucks, vendors, a donation bar (benefiting The Breast Health and Healing Foundation), DJ, and a special guest appearance by the film’s director, Sean Cunningham, at the 11:00 PM pre-show party, what better way is there to spend the evening?

Additionally, a step and repeat with Friday the 13th characters Jason and Mrs. Voorhees will be on hand, as will the works of local artists for sale inside the venue.

Pre-sale tickets are just $16 for general admission and $25 for reserved leather couch seating with event poster (you can purchase them here) or $20 at the door (cash only), although as mentioned, we have three pairs available for free!

To win, simply answer the following Friday the 13th trivia question by sending an email with the answer to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS along with “Friday the 13th” in your subject line.  We’ll email back the first three respondents with the correct answer and include a promo code for use at the above website that’ll secure your tickets.

Question: “What was the original working title of the Friday the 13th script?”

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on May 12th. Note: By entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Dread Central and its subsidiaries use of your email address.

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