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Call Girl of Cthulhu Director Working on Tales from the Crypt Style Comic

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:00

The original Tales from the Crypt comics were nothing short of magnificent, so we can’t wait for the upcoming comic Burial Plots, an all-new horror anthology coming from Chris LaMartina, the director of Call Girl of Cthulhu, that will evoke the feel of the classic series.

Check out the press release below, and if it’s of interest, be sure to contribute to their crowdfunding campaign.

From the Press Release:
Pick up your copy… before you end up bagged and boarded.

Filmmakers Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George are unleashing a Kickstarter campaign for their new horror project, BURIAL PLOTS.

Inspired by creepy comics like Tales from the Crypt and The Witching Hour, BURIAL PLOTS contains thirty ghastly black & white pages, featuring two macabre adventures. With dread-inducing artwork and blood-soaked storylines, it’s perfect for creeps who like their fear mixed with fun.

In BUM WRAP, a wronged homeless man discovers an ancient mummy and uses the decrepit creature to seek revenge. It’s a real rags-to-riches story!

In SHAPESHIFTERS, a scrawny recruit transforms after he joins a gym run by a pack of muscle head werewolves. Will this killer workout get him ripped in thirty days?

Since 2007, Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George have written and produced six award-winning, critically-acclaimed horror features. With an anarchic knack for sharp wit and stylized bloodshed, their work has been praised by the New York Times, VICE, NPR, and MTV. Their film WNUF Halloween Special is currently streaming on Shudder, and their Lovecraft comedy Call Girl of Cthulhu tore up the international film fest circuit.

Illustrator John de Campos (aka GHOSTBAT) has been producing artwork professionally since 2013. Specializing in show posters, album covers, and logos, de Campos has covered a wide range of illustration needs while sharpening a versatile but accessible style. He is a founding member of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society.

If their Kickstarter campaign is successful, BURIAL PLOTS will be the first comic from Baltimore-based Midnight Crew Studios.

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Exclusive: Glen Mazzara Talks Mid-Season Scares for Damien

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:30

With “Damien” kicking ass and taking names (he has so many names) for A&E, we checked in with showrunner Glen Mazzara to get the scoop on fan reaction to the series and what’s next for everyone’s favorite Antichrist!

Be warned… if you’re not completely caught up with the show, there are a few spoilers below.

I think fans were surprised by ‘Damien,’” says Mazzara. “A lot of people were expecting something a bit more campy like “Lucifer,” but that was never on our agenda. We’re trying to basically serve up a horror movie in ten parts. People are really getting it. It’s exciting to see how nuts the fans get on Twitter. The thing I feel greatest about is everything comes together in the season finale. Episodes 7 and 8 continue to get darker and crazier, and then 9 and 10… they’re just absolutely bonkers and incredibly well directed. All the storylines we’ve set up are about to start paying off… and things will be put in motion for Season 2. It’s all there, man. I cannot wait for people to see it!

Related Story: Glen Mazzara Talks Resurrecting The Beast in Damien

Mazzara gets into detail regarding where the titular character is right now in Season 1. “Damien has spent so much of his time avoiding something that he feels in his gut is true. He’s been on the run, he’s been in hiding… Now the running has to stop. In the beginning of the season Damien approached his situation like anyone would… as a problem he needs to gather information to try and solve. But then in the fifth episode, “Seven Curses,” he comes face to face with the supernatural. He learns that he is the Antichrist and that Hell follows behind him. At that point he decides he doesn’t want to carry that cross, and he attempts suicide. However, that doesn’t work; he cannot kill himself. From here on we’re going to see a Damien who knows that now what he’s been fearing is true. He’s not crazy or hallucinating. He knows he can’t run anymore so now he’s like, ‘Okay, well, what am I going to do about this?’ We’re about to see Damien taking action to get ahead of this. He has no choice but to run head-first into the storm. You’re going to see him being pushed to a breaking point over the next several episodes. The noose just keeps getting tighter and tighter around his neck, and believe me… it’s going to be really exciting seeing it all come together.

Mazzara always wanted this show to be socially conscious… and that’s the realistic direction he wants to maintain in the series. “A lot of times what happens in horror films is that people have a tendency to buy into a supernatural explanation for things a little too easily, and then you start playing by those type of rules. Damien is an atheist. He doesn’t believe in any god or a devil, so for him to come to the realizations he must accept, he has to be confronted with both his inner and the external demons that surround and encompass him. He’s a war photographer who faces true horrors as a means to try and connect with people. There’s some stuff coming up that’s very reminiscent of things that have happened in this world. We take the realistic approach to telling his story very seriously. We want people to be frightened and entertained, but if the audience can come away also thinking that, ‘Ya know, that’s like something that’s currently happening in the news… what’s really happening in the world…’ then we have done our job as artists.

In terms of the possibility of a Season 2…

The fans online are so enthusiastic. That kind of rabid fandom is important to any new show. We hope to see that base continue to grow. I think once people hear about the finale and how everything ties together that there’ll be a surge of new viewers who’ve been basically waiting to binge-watch the series. It’s crazy, though; I don’t think anybody expected the fans to embrace this show as quickly as they have. A&E and Fox love the show… they’re fans of it, so I’m hopeful of a second season. I would love to get the writers together to start working again. I have a lot of ideas, setup and payoffs, new things… we have such a great cast, and I have so many new ways to torture them in mind!

About “Damien”:
“Damien” follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 horror film The Omen, who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist. The saga begins when Damien, an acclaimed war photographer, returns home to New York after experiencing a traumatic event while on assignment in Syria. Strange occurrences and flashbacks plague him, and he is then forced to confront his true identity.

“Damien” stars Bradley James (“Merlin,” “Homeland”) along with Oscar® nominee Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon a Time”), Omid Abtahi (“Better Call Saul”), Megalyn E.K. (“House of Lies”), Scott Wilson (“The Walking Dead”), David Meunier (“Justified”), and Robin Weigert (“Sons of Anarchy”).

“Damien” is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios for A&E Network. Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead,” “The Shield”) serves as writer and executive producer via his 44 Strong Productions. Ross Fineman, who developed the project alongside Mazzara, executive produces through his company, Fineman Entertainment. Pancho Mansfield also serves as executive producer.

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Aliens Attack in New Independence Day: Resurgence Trailer

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:09

Today is Earth Day. But on June 24, aliens will destroy the Earth. I’m of course talking about Independence Day: Resurgence, the decades-later sequel to one of the most iconic films from the 1990s. In celebration of Earth Day, a new trailer has just been released, and we’re happy to report that it includes even more Goldblum.

Enjoy the trailer below, along with an Earth Day PSA!

Oh and if you want to revisit the original Independence Day, it will be digitally available for a limited time for only $0.99, with all of Fox’s net proceeds being donated to Earth Day Network. Get your $0.99 download of ID4 over in the Google Play store.

You can also participate in a global #IndependenceDayLive Earth Day Watch Party, starting at 4pm PT by following #IndependenceDayLive and @IndependenceDay

Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Angelababy, William Fichtner, and Sela Ward all star in this epic next chapter. It’s directed by Roland Emmerich and produced by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, and Harald Kloser.

Synopsis:
After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

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PAX 2016: Umbrella Corps Heads to Antarctica in Latest Trailer

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:00

The online multiplayer shooter Umbrella Corps continues to embrace the rich history of the series to which it belongs with the latest trailer, which was unveiled at PAX in Boston, taking place at the base in Antarctica featured in Code Veronica.

I wasn’t entirely sold on this game at first because I thought it would just be a cheap cash grab that took the hugely popular formula of online shooter games and stuck the Resident Evil license onto it, but I have to say that the more I see, the more and more promising it looks.

The snow will turn red when Umbrella Corps hits PS4 and PC on June 21.

Synopsis:
Refamiliarize yourself with Umbrella’s hidden Antarctic base by watching this new Umbrella Corps trailer, which begins with Resident Evil Code: Veronica story footage (as seen in Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles).

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Official Dark Souls Board Game Hits Kickstarter Goal in Three Minutes

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:00

When they work together, the power of geeks knows no bounds. The official Dark Souls board game took only three minutes to reach its £50,000 goal on Kickstarter. Three. Minutes. Not three weeks, not three days. Three minutes.

At the time of writing, the amount of money raised is £625,992, more than twelve times the original goal. Geeks are a force to be reckoned with.

The game can be played by up to four people at a time and will attempt to replicate the experience of the video games as closely as possible, albeit in board game form. Usually I’d encourage you to contribute some money yourself, but in this case they clearly don’t need it as the speed at which the money is flowing their way is just crazy! By the looks of it, their final two stretch goals will be reached later today.

From the Press Release:
Dark Souls™ – The Board Game is a strategically challenging, deeply immersive combat exploration game for 1-4 players set in the Dark Souls™ universe. Players choose from a number of core character classes and explore dangerous locations full of monsters, treasures, and deadly boss fights.

Designed specifically for the Dark Souls™ universe and introducing a number of innovative gameplay mechanics, with world-class miniatures faithful to the rich universe, this game delivers an experience that captures the very essence of the original video games.

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Documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story to Explore the Life of the Man Who Became Jason Voorhees

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 19:37

He may be known to many as Jason Voorhees, but Kane Hodder has encompassed all manner of roles throughout his extensive career. The upcoming documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story will shed light on the life of the man who has become an icon of modern horror cinema.

From the Press Release:
Masterfully Macabre Entertainment (“MME”) is raising contributions for its latest documentary, To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story, through the rewards crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. This definitive and exclusive biographical documentary on horror icon Kane Hodder features co-stars and colleagues such as Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), Robert Englund, Bruce Campbell, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Danielle Harris, Sean S. Cunningham, Adam Green, Twiztid, and many others.

The campaign sets out to raise at least $50,000 to bring attention to the documentary, engage fans in a variety of events, donate funds to the Bothin Burn Center, and change the public perception from ‘burn victims’ to ‘burn survivors’. The Indiegogo campaign launches on Thursday, April 21, 2016, and runs for 33 days, ending on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

The Bothin Burn Center in San Francisco, CA, is not only responsible for bringing horror icon Kane Hodder back from the brink of death, but also saving countless lives since opening in 1967. As the first burn center in California, the Bothin Burn Center continuously innovates and treats burns from critical care through rehabilitation. “At the essence of it, we are helping these patients through the most traumatic experience they will have,” said Nurse Paula Fillari, Clinical Director of the Bothin Burn Center. “It’s our job to give the patients back their lives.”

Producer Andrew Barcello added, “As we’ve learned through making this documentary, those affected by burns want to be known as survivors, not merely victims. MME wants to aid in the efforts to further research and education to help those affected.”

In connection with the Indiegogo campaign, Masterfully Macabre Entertainment is announcing the “pull your heart-strings, then cut your head off” documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story. This gripping documentary reveals the struggles and horrific experiences that encapsulate the complex life of Kane Hodder. It is the story of his dehumanizing childhood filled with torment and bullying in Sparks, Nevada, to his adolescence on a small military island through his near-death burn accident and his ultimate rise to the unforgettable horror icon Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th movies and the upcoming Friday the 13th video game. With powerhouse performances in over 100 movies, Kane has killed more people on-screen with his hands than anyone in history. He further solidified his iconic killer status by becoming Victor Crowley in the cult classic Hatchet trilogy. “You will go from crying with Kane to being on the edge of your seat, and that’s what we love about it.” (Andrew Barcello, Co-Founder of Masterfully Macabre Entertainment)

The campaign offers staple crowdfunding perks such as Blu-rays, downloads, and merchandise but also features unique experiences like a day on the set with Kane to one-of-a-kind collectibles such as a video call with Kane, Kane writing a custom dating ad, or the “666 package.” Some of the more exclusive perks can only be redeemed by one super fan. Director Derek Dennis Herbert says, “I’m really excited about all the awesome perks we have; one of my favorites is the ‘Killer’s Cut’ edition, where Kane hacks your Blu-ray with a machete!”

Masterfully Macabre Entertainment was founded in Los Angeles, California, and is the brainchild of Derek Dennis Herbert and Andrew Thomas Barcello. MME is a horror production company focused on the niche market of documentaries profiling horror icons, unique feature horror films, and groundbreaking horror genre reality shows. “We want to bring cult phenomenon to mainstream audiences. Horror is in our blood; it’s a way of life, not just movies!” (Derek Dennis Herbert, Co-Founder of Masterfully Macabre Entertainment)

Check out the Indiegogo campaign at KaneHodderMovie.com, follow them on Twitter @MasterfullyM, and like them on Facebook.

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The Walking Dead: The Alien One-Shot Comic Now Available; Name Your Price!

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 19:33

Are you missing your weekly dose of “The Walking Dead” now that the series’ sixth season has come to an end?  Well, a new entry in the comic world of The Walking Dead has arrived, but it’s a bit different from what we’re used to…

As THR explains it, The Walking Dead: The Alien is the first installment not written by creator Robert Kirkman.  Instead, the issue was written by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Saga) and Marcos Martin — who founded digital distribution platform Panel Syndicate, which released the issue earlier this week.  The price?  Whatever you can afford!

The single issue reveals the fate of Rick Grimes’ younger brother, Jeff Grimes, who was first mentioned in the third issue of The Walking Dead.

“I’d been fascinated by the idea of Rick Grimes’ long-lost kid brother ever since he was first mentioned waaaaaay back in Walking Dead #3,” Vaughan wrote in the afterword of the issue.

The one-shot takes place in Barcelona — where Martin is from — and reveals that the apocalypse isn’t just happening in America.

“In the comics, we’ve stayed in the continental United States; we haven’t really ever explained what’s happened outside of it,” Kirkman said. “I used to joke that people are hanging out in Australia and they’re fine and it’s just the American continents that are all messed up — but that’s not the case.”

Hear more from Kirkman and Vaughn about The Walking Dead: The Alien in the below video from Skybound.

Synopsis:
The Walking Dead: The Alien centers on Jeff Grimes, who wakes up in Barcelona and meets local girl Claudia, a museum curator, and their efforts to return to the States, where the American government is rumored to have found a way to contain the outbreak.

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Deadworld’s King Zombie Action Figure Arriving Soon

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 18:26

If you’re a zombie fan and a comics fan, chances are pretty good you’re well aware of Deadworld, first published back in 1986 and considered by many to be the original zombie comic. Now, thanks to Caliber Comics and Executive Replicas, you’ll soon be able to place the first ever King Zombie in your collection of action figures.

Product Description:
Based on the long running classic Deadworld comic book series, this iconic figure is sure to not only please fans of the granddaddy of all zombie comics but worldwide horror fans in general. King Zombie – the sadistic, chain-smoking, Harley motorcycle-riding, intelligent zombie – is the main villain within Deadworld, who made his debut back in 1986 and continues on to this day. He is on a mission to take over the world, and he wants to control everyone… alive, dead, and undead.

Highlighted Features:

  • 12” Tall Fully Articulate Figure
  • 2 Head Sculptures
  • 6 Interchangeable hands
  • Leather Biker Jacket
  • Wood Axe
  • 2 Pairs of Glasses
  • 1 Cigarette

“This King Zombie figure perfectly complements the comic book series and our recent nationally launched soda beverage line Deadworld Zombie Soda,” commented Caliber Comic CEO Gary Reed.

The King Zombie figure is now available to pre-order from Executive Replicas for $135.00 with delivery scheduled for mid-July, 2016.

 

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Stephen King Gets Loud About Hush

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 18:19

So, how good is Mike Flanagan’s new film, Hush (review)? Good enough for Stephen King to get the word out about it, and he is damned right! The flick is available right now on Netflix, and you should make it your business to check it out!

Flanagan directs the film from a script he wrote with star Kate Siegel. John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Trucco, and Samantha Sloyan also star.

How good is HUSH? Up there with HALLOWEEN and–even more–WAIT UNTIL DARK. White knuckle time. On Netflix.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 21, 2016

Synopsis:
In this heart-pounding thriller from acclaimed writer and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake), silence takes on a terrifying new dimension for a young woman living alone in the woods. Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a life of utter isolation after losing her hearing as a teenager. She’s retreated from society, living in seclusion and existing in a completely silent world. But one night her fragile world is shattered when the masked face of a psychotic killer appears in her window. Without another living soul for miles, and with no way to call for help, it appears that Maddie is at the killer’s mercy… but he may have underestimated his prey. As this horrifying game of cat and mouse escalates to a breathless fever pitch, Maddie must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survive the night.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne Season Finale Launch Trailer Delivers the Goods

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 16:50

With the season finale of The Walking Dead: Michonne now just days away, we got our hands on the launch trailer, and man, it packs a punch.

From the Press Release:
Today we can share the all-new launch trailer for ‘What We Deserve,’ the third and final episode in The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries.

Episode 3: ‘What We Deserve’ will be available starting Tuesday, April 26th, on PC/Mac via the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

In ‘What We Deserve,’ feeling the weight of choices both recent and long ago, Michonne tries to protect an innocent family… but Norma and the vengeful Monroe crew are closing in. As reality shatters and the ghosts of the daughters she abandoned demand to be heard, your choices will determine who lives, who dies, and what redemption really means in a world gone to hell.

The miniseries stars the iconic, blade-wielding character from Robert Kirkman’s best-selling comic books, portrayed in-game by award-winning actress Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”). Haunted by her past and coping with unimaginable loss and regret, the story explores Michonne across a three-episode miniseries event. Players will dive into the mind of Michonne to discover what took her away from Rick, Carl, and the rest of her trusted group… and what brought her back.

To date, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series has sold more than 50 million episodes worldwide, earning more than 100 Game of the Year awards from outlets including Metacritic, USA Today, Wired, Spike TV VGAs, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, Mashable, Polygon, Destructoid, and GamesRadar and was also the recipient of two BAFTA Video Games Awards for Best Story and Best Mobile Game.

The Walking Dead is set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series and offers an emotionally-charged, tailored game experience where a player’s actions and choices affect how their story plays out across the entire series.

The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries Episode 3 – ‘What We Deserve’ is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Intense Violence, Blood & Gore, and Strong Language by the ESRB.

For more information on the game, visit the official website, Facebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter.

For more information on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, and all of his titles, visit Skybound.com and TheWalkingDead.com.

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Lovecraft-Inspired Game Phantasmal: City of Darkness Awakens on Steam

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:00

What is it with all the Lovecraft-inspired games coming our way recently? Well, I sure ain’t complaining. The latest is Phantasmal: City of Darkness, which has just made its way onto Steam after spending some time in Early Access. It’s a procedurally generated horror game which promises to change and evolve with every playthrough, so you never feel as though you’re experiencing the same thing twice.

As if the horrific creatures hunting you weren’t enough to drive you insane, Hollywood lighting expert Brian Bell also worked on its visual design, so expect it to look incredible.

Buy it by April 21st for a 20% discount.

From the Press Release:
Experience terror that is never the same twice with Phantasmal, a Lovecraftian survival horror that evolves every time you play!

You will need to face off against lurking, otherworldly horrors in the perilous, run-down Kowloon Walled City before its destruction in the early 90s. You are fragile. Not just physically, but mentally as well. The grotesque creatures will challenge your very sanity, and losing your mind can be a fate worse than death!

The odds are stacked steeply against you, but you can prevail through sheer cunning. You must scavenge for resources carefully, sneak past and distract your enemies. If you are caught, you can fight back, but don’t expect to live for very long.

The environment has been carefully crafted by none other than Brian Bell, critically acclaimed lighting lead of several Hollywood movies, including Riddick, Life of Pi, and Ring 2.

Key Features:

  • Fear the Unknown: Every ramshackle, disgusting room and corridor is uniquely generated. Battle your anxiety as you’ll never know what comes next!
  • Don’t Go Insane: Facing terrifying creatures and skulking in the suffocating darkness will erode your sanity until you can no longer tell the difference between reality and illusion!
  • Tread Softly: Every fight you have could be your last. Sneak past and distract your enemies as much as possible.
  • Light, Both an Ally and Enemy: Every asset to survivability has a price. Use light sources wisely – you’ll need them to restore your sanity, but you’ll risk being seen!
  • Scavenge to Survive: Scrounge the environment for anything you can use: from firecrackers and flares through to wooden boards and metal pipes. Guns are rare, but if you find one, remember that every bit of noise you make will attract more creatures and eventually much, much worse!

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New Scream Season 2 Stills Go for the Throat

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 18:22

That’s right, kids! Like it or not, the second season of MTV’s “Scream” series is about to kick off, and right now we have some new eye candy courtesy of EW. Check it out!

“Scream” Episode 2.01 airs on Monday, May 30th.  Are you ready for the games to begin again?

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.

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

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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Nina Dobrev to Join Flatliners Redux?

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 17:04

“The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev left the show at the right time because it’s gone on to jump a hell of a lot more than just the shark. Deadline reports that Dobrev is in talks to star in Sony’s reboot of the sci-fi medical thriller Flatliners, opposite Ellen Page and Diego Luna.

If signed, she will play the character of Marlo in the Niels Arden Oplev-helmed project based the 1990 original film. The character is an overachiever who is at the top of her class. Oplev, who directed the original Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is directing from a screenplay by Ben Ripley. Michael Douglas and Laurence Mark are producing.

Opening with the line “Today is a good day to die,” the original Flatliners featured Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, and Kevin Bacon and focused on a group of medical students who conduct near-death experiments to travel into the afterworld to find greater meaning and hidden truths. Being a movie, things go wrong; and they get a lot more than they bargained for, as will likely also be the case in the reboot.

Stay tuned for more as it comes!

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Here Alone (2016)

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 17:00

Starring Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson, Shane West

Directed by Rod Blackhurst

Premiering in the Midnight section of the Tribeca Film Fest this year, this film is probably best viewed in a vacuum. If the nearest theater doesn’t offer this and your living room isn’t properly equipped either, then Here Alone will probably be bagged and tagged as just another survival story taking place in a zombie-ravaged post-virus world where the few humans left fear each other more than the infected creatures trying to rip their faces off.

Rod Blackhurst directs his vision of this familiar setup almost like he’s channeling Terrence Malick at first, showing a woman becoming in tune with nature even if it’s a side effect of the apocalypse.

The solitary Ann (Walters) still had a small shred of life after most of the living became fertilizer, and through a series of flashbacks, we see her and her husband, Jason (West), and their baby daughter fight to stay alive in the remote woods where Jason grew up. As two wanderers, Chris and Olivia (Thompson and Piersanti) happen upon Ann and slowly gain her trust, the flashbacks tell how she came to be alone in the past just as she finds more people in the present. The main question of Here Alone is if they can survive together where they are or venture out in the hope of something better.

The real threat is despair and the dread that, once survival is all but guaranteed, the only thing worth living for is living itself. Aside from a few infected stragglers craving another bite, the only real danger comes toward the end of Here Alone when Ann’s forest paradise is threatened by her new guests and their interests. The proceedings are uneventful but pleasant, like a campfire story you’ve heard before but quietly sit through because you like the ending.

Any tension that exists among Ann, Chris, and Olivia doesn’t last long, which doesn’t do much to drive the story forward; and because Here Alone is set on slow cook, subdued scenes of Ann and Chris getting to know each other eventually become tiresome. Even though both actors have chemistry and the writing (at least until the end confrontation) is confident, there’s just not much happening underneath the surface and too few characters to create any real spark.

Just like the campfire story, Here Alone does have an ending worth getting to, and for such a simple story it exudes a real sense of dread and desperation. Dropping you at the end of one story instead of the beginning of the outbreak, David Ebeltoft’s script depicts the monotony of day-to-day existence in a ruined world that was never intended to be seen.

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Trailer, Images, and Poster Art Introduce The Girl on the Train

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:35

Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train will get off at her stop and head into theaters on October 7; and ahead of the release, Universal has just unloaded the official teaser trailer. The novel shocked the world, and the movie promises to do the same. Check out your first look!

Written by Tate Taylor and Erin Cressida Wilson, and directed by Taylor, the thriller stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow, and Laura Prepon.

Synopsis:
Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

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Fantasia Hit Synchronicity Heads to Home Video

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:18

Garnering the L’Écran Fantastique Award at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival, Jacob Gentry’s (The Signal) stunning sci-fi adventure Synchronicity (review) arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on May 10 from Magnet Releasing. We’ve got art and release details for ya today, so read on for everything you need to know!

Chad McKnight (The Signal, “ER”), Brianne Davis (Jarhead, “Casual”), and Michael Ironside (Total Recall, The Machinist) star in Synchronicity, a fascinating thriller that blends time travel and romance with corporate espionage. The home entertainment release includes in-depth commentary from Gentry, cast interviews, and a mesmerizing video bringing to life the spellbinding film’s original musical score from composer Ben Lovett (The Signal, Black Rock).

Synopsis:
SYNCHRONICITY (pre-order here) is a mind-bending “sci-fi noir” thriller in the tradition of Blade Runner, Gattaca, and Memento. Daring physicist Jim Beale has invented a machine that can fold space-time, and ruthless corporate tycoon Klaus Meisner will stop at nothing to get it. When Jim uses the machine to tear open the fabric of the universe, a rare dahlia appears from the future. But in order to keep the rights to his invention, he must prove that it works by finding the flower’s identical match in the present. Jim soon discovers that the dahlia lies in the hands of the mysterious Abby, who seduces him into revealing his secrets. Convinced that she is in league with Klaus to take ownership of his life’s work, Jim travels back in time to stop the conspiracy before it can happen. But once in the past, Jim uncovers a surprising truth about Abby, the machine, and his own uncertain future.

Bonus Features:

  • Commentary with Writer/Director Jacob Gentry
  • Interview with Actor Chad McKnight
  • Interview with Actress Brianne Davis
  • Interview with Writer/Director Jacob Gentry
  • SYNCHRONICITY Music Video – “Time Travel”
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Rings Could Turn The Ring into an Annual Horror Franchise

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:04

Believe it or not, it’s already been over ten years since the release of American sequel The Ring Two, and the franchise will be brought back from the dead later this year courtesy of brand new installment Rings. It’s headed our way on October 28, and it may be the first of many upcoming encounters with Samara. Read on!

As reported by Movie Web, the Vice Chairman of Paramount was on hand at CinemaCon last week, and after showing off a teaser trailer for Rings, he noted that if the film does well at the box office, The Ring franchise could become an annual Halloween staple on the big screen – like Saw and Paranormal Activity before it.

Here’s a rundown of the footage shown off in that trailer, which hasn’t yet found its way online.

“The trailer was set entirely on an airplane. A passenger is talking to a woman next to him when the plane hits a spot of turbulence. He tells the story of meeting a woman, part of a group called The Sevens. From this woman, our narrator received the video tape that The Ring fans will well remember. The next day, he received a call that he would die seven days later. That call was six days, 23 hours and 55 minutes ago. Suddenly the turbulence worsens, the cockpit flight instruments flicker to static and some mysterious black liquid bubbles up out of the airplane lavatories. We cut to Samara’s well, both on the cockpit instruments and the airplane monitors throughout the cabin. Samara crawls out of the video and towards the narrating passenger and we are cut quickly to the title treatment.”

Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez and stars Johnny Galecki as Gabriel, a handsome, pleasure-seeking professor who mentors and helps boyfriend and girlfriend duo Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz). Scream 4‘s Aimee Teegarden, Laura Wiggins (“Shameless”), and Zach Roerig (“The Vampire Diaries”) round out the main cast. Bonnie Morgan plays Samara.

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Andy Serkis Producing Adaptation of The Ritual

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 15:48

Known mostly for his incredible motion-capture performances in films like The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, Andy Serkis is nothing short of a Hollywood icon, and up next he’s stepping behind the camera completely to bring The Ritual to the big screen. Read on for details.

The Tracking Board reports today that Serkis will produce The Ritual through his Imaginarium banner, based on Adam Nevill’s award-winning horror novel. BAFTA nominated screenwriter Joe Barton (“Humans”) will adapt the novel.

The Ritual centers on four friends from college who head off into the Scandinavian wild in an effort to get away from it all and reconnect with each other. But what begins as a trip of bonding and friendship turns into a nightmare when they take a shortcut and end up lost. Some of them are injured and they seem stranded with nothing but forest in every direction direction.

While trying to find their way back to civilization, they come across what seems to be an abandoned cottage. Inside they discover ancient artifacts on the wall and bones scattered on the floor in a sacrificial manner. They soon discover that something is stalking them and is intent on keeping them from leaving the woods.

Serkis will produce the film with Jonathan Cavendish. Chloe Sizer will oversee for Imaginarium, while Laura Wilson will oversee for eOne, which will finance and distribute.

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The Creepiest Cakes You’ll Ever See!

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 15:38

Artist Katherine Dey has cooked up a number of tasty treats over the years, some of which are so disturbing that we cannot wait to share them with you.

Recently Buzzfeed caught up with her and inquired about her wondrous skill set!

I am inspired by a lot of things,” says Dey. “I love that strange feeling I get when something looks real but it isn’t. Or when a cake doesn’t look particularly appetizing but it is a cake and it tastes delicious.

I like to make people feel two conflicting things at once. The subjects I choose are things that have interested me forever, be it anatomy, mushrooms, or portraiture. I love portraiture. Making a portrait of someone helps me to really see them. I love the details.

Take a look below and let us know what you think. Could you chow down on these?

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Nazi Punks Raise Hell in New Green Room Clip

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 15:35

Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room opened in New York and Los Angeles on April 15th and will begin a nationwide roll-out on April 29th so today we have a new clip to share to help you get ready for it.

Green Room (review) tells the story of a band’s encounter with a group of neo-Nazis and their deranged leader (Patrick Stewart). The film also stars Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Anton Yelchin, Mark Webber, and Macon Blair (Blue Ruin).

Synopsis:
Down-on-their-luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights agree to a last-minute gig in a backwoods Oregon roadhouse. The gig soon takes a sinister turn as the band members stumble upon a grisly murder scene and find themselves targeted by a ruthless club owner and his associates, determined to eliminate all witnesses.

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