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Get Knocked Out by the New Teaser Trailer for The Demolisher

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:01

The Demolisher is a film we’ve been following for a while now, and today our patience is rewarded as the slow burn, psychological thriller finally has a teaser trailer to share!

This is writer/director Gabriel Carrer’s fifth feature film and serves as his follow-up to In the House of Flies (starring Henry Rollins). He describes The Demolisher as “a surreal and hyper-stylistic take on a relentless and emotionally wounded vigilante.”  It stars Ry Barrett, Tianna Nori, and Jessica Vano.

Shot in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada, The Demolisher is very character-driven and tells of a man’s slow descent into darkness and despair with Toronto being a living, breathing character in the film.

The Director of Photography was Martin Buzora, and the film was edited by Angus McLellan. The score was composed by Glenn Nicholls (Future Funk Squad), a UK electronic artist who is responsible for remixing The Prodigy, Depeche Mode, and Nine Inch Nails singles.

Along with the new trailer, below are several stills. For more info “like” The Demolisher on Facebook.

Synopsis:
Bruce is a repairman tormented by a crippling sense of responsibility for his disabled wife, Samantha, an ex-policewoman. Bruce’s increasing hyper-sensitivity to the injustice suffered by his wife steers him down a dark path of vigilantism. His disintegrating mental health, paranoia, and overwhelming sense of doom cause Bruce to channel his rage towards a young woman. Both a character study and a psychological examination of trauma, The Demolisher is an unapologetic portrayal of what can happen when a fragile mind is pushed too far.

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Buckle Down LA! Muck Opens in Hollywood on March 13th!

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:00

Steve Wolsh made his notable directorial debut with the upcoming film Muck, and Los Angeles will get the first look when Muck premieres in Hollywood on Friday, March 13th. Featuring a gaggle of gorgeous girls, a genuine horror icon, and buckets of blood, Muck promises to be a party.

A more fitting city could not have been selected to premiere Muck as the film embodies all that Hollywood loves: beautiful women, a film legend, and a good time by any means necessary. Written and directed by Steve Wolsh, Muck stars Kane Hodder, Playboy Playmate of the Year 2012 Jaclyn Swedberg, Lachlan Buchanan, Bryce Draper, Jamie Lee Williams, Stephanie Danielson, Lauren Francesca, Gia Skova, and Victoria Sophia.

Shot in state-of-the-art 4K Ultra HD, Muck is a throwback horror film loaded with old-school gore F/X and insane stunts. This is just about as slam dunk for a rollicking time at the movies as you can get. What? Hodder, hotties, and horror. What more could you ask for? Run, don’t walk, to the Arena Cinema in Hollywood on Friday, March 13th!

If you won’t be in Hollywood that day, fear not! Muck will be available everywhere beginning March 17th. Get on board! For more up-to-the-minute information, be sure to “like” the official Muck Facebook page.


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New Year’s Evil (Blu-ray)

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:30

Starring Roz Kelly, Grant Cramer, Kip Niven

Directed by Emmett Alston

Distributed by The Scream Factory

While Joe Six Pack might wait until Halloween to bust out the scary stuff, horror fans only have one time of year they watch fright films: all the time. Not that it ever gets old, but a sporadic way to break up the monotony is through holiday horrors. Odds are pretty good that if a film is set on a major holiday it’ll be getting a yearly viewing from most diehards… even if it’s terrible. This explains how Uncle Sam (1996) winds up in my player every July 4th. Thankfully, New Year’s Evil (1980) is not terrible, even if it is a fairly run-of-the-mill slasher. The film comes across slightly smarter than expected because it incorporates the normal festivities of New Year’s Eve into the plot, turning moments typically of celebration into fear. It also gets another bonus point for a third act reveal that is unexpected (if not a tad cliché) assuming you haven’t checked the cast list on IMDb and ruined it for yourself – which is exactly what I did.

It’s New Year’s Eve! And all the cool kids are celebrating at a taping of Hollywood Hotline, a punk rock & new wave show hosted by Diane “Blaze” Sullivan (Roz Kelly). The show is hosting a late-night countdown, with bands playing on stage and a dozen people standing by to take phone call requests. Diane gets a call from a “fan” who calls himself “Evil” and states that he will murder someone each time the clock strikes midnight in a different time zone, with her to be the final victim. Diane’s security team puts the building on lockdown and keeps her and her son, Derek (Grant Cramer), secured. Meanwhile, victims begin to arrive one per hour as the first stroke of midnight brings with it a nurse’s death. Evil records his crimes and call the show after the deed is done, playing back his promises. It isn’t long before the trail of bodies leads directly to Diane’s dressing room.

This was a fun movie, even for a first time viewer like me who has seen a hundred slashers. Is it original? Absolutely not, but it is very entertaining in a “14-year-old staying up late to watch USA’s “Up All Night” kind of way”. Having the killer strike at midnight works perfectly as a plot device, and it seems like such a natural choice to play up the film’s holiday ties. Perhaps one of the best aspects to the production is the decision to reveal the killer early on. I always find this a creepier approach than the boilerplate “hide in the shadows for 85 minutes” killers in the majority of slasher films. This guy is fairly debonair, too; think of Ted Bundy and you’re on the right track. Even better, he’s got a streak of John “Hannibal” Smith (leader of The A-Team (1983-1987), as played by George Peppard) in him because he shows up at each victim’s location wearing extremely convincing outfits. His third act skirmish with a biker gang (!) is so preposterous and deliciously B-grade cinema. Don’t forget, folks, this is a Cannon Films production – always expect the outrageous and then some.

If there’s one thing to remember the film by, however, it’s the title song; a damn catchy one, too. New Year’s Evil, as performed by Roxanne Seeman and Eduardo del Barrio, spent four days blaring the opening lines in my head before I could get it out. It plays on the Blu-ray’s menu, it opens the film and it may be used one other time; I’m not sure. It’s one of those infectious tunes that are impossible to shake. With all these vinyl companies putting out obscure soundtracks these days, someone please get this on a 7”.

New Year’s Evil is a perfectly decent slasher movie while also being highly enjoyable to watch for the sheer ridiculousness of it all – making it the ideal choice to pop on with a group of wasted friends on its namesake holiday. Or, perhaps, by yourself, Smirnoff Ice in hand, lamenting another year gone by with no social life to show for it. Either way you’re destined for Fun City.

This is the Blu-ray debut for New Year’s Evil, having previously been issued on a burn-on-demand DVD from MGM. The film’s 1.78:1 1080p image appears to have been faithfully reproduced, for better or worse. This is not a good looking film by any means, but it’s about as cleaned up as it needs to be. The print sourced from MGM is in good shape, with the only real anomaly showing up in the form of a yellow vertical line appearing 1/3 of the way across the screen for three shots. It’s a very minor defect. Line work in the shadows tends to fade into a murky mess, and black levels get pretty noisy when it’s really dark. That’s all the bad stuff. On a positive note, closeups reveal nice little details in faces and clothing textures. Colors are nicely saturated. Other than some grain spikes during night scenes, the majority of the appearance is very filmic.

The English DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo track has exactly one issue with it, a high-pitched ringing that occurs for around ten seconds at approximately 30 minutes into the movie. That aside, this is a typically competent audible offering from Scream Factory. Dialogue is balanced and discernible, songs have a moderate presence and sound effects are given good weight. There could be a bit more oomph to the sourced music, especially that theme song, but this gets the job done just fine. Subtitles are included in English.

The film’s audio commentary features writer & director Emmett Alston, and it’s a bit on the dry side. Code Red’s Bill Olsen is on hand to moderate the proceedings, which delve into typical production speak about location shooting, budgetary concerns, how Alston got hooked up with Cannon, etc. It’s a subdued affair that even serious fans of the film may find boring.

“The Making of New Year’s Evil” is a behind-the-scenes piece that runs for nearly 40 minutes. This is yet another in a series of winning behind-the-scenes pieces from Scream Factory, featuring interviews with many cast & crew members who offer up all sorts of interesting anecdotes and reminisce fondly on their time making the movie. Stick around through the brief credits for a fun scene at the end.

The film’s theatrical trailer is included in HD.

Special Features:

  • Brand new HD transfer of the film
  • Audio commentary with director Emmett Alston
  • The Making of New Year’s Evil documentary featuring new interviews with actors Kip Niven, Grant Cramer, and Taaffe O’Connell and director of photography Thomas Ackerman
  • Original theatrical trailer


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Exclusive Zombieworld Q&A with Several of the Segment Directors

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:00

Zombieworld, presented by Dread Central in association with Ruthless Pictures and Image Entertainment, is a wildly original horror anthology focusing on survivors across a plagued planet as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings about a zombie apocalypse.

Survivors in a pandemic is nothing new, but our collection of blood, guts, and mayhem is brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world, each bringing their own flavor to a world populated with flesh-eating corpses.

Related Story: Zombieworld – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

We chatted with several of the filmmakers whose crazy collection of shorts make up one freaky Frankenstein of a zombie flick, and here’s what they had to say:

Tommy Woodard, the director of Dead Stop hails from Portland, Oregon. When asked about how he was approached to take part, he said he pretty much just stumbled upon it. “I was sifting through my morning horror sites, catching up on the latest horror news, when I saw a call for entries for Zombieworld on DreadCentral.com. I had already filmed a zombie short, Dead Stop, a few years back for fun; and I figured I’d enter it in this contest.”

Paul Shrimpton from the UK, whose short Teleportal was selected the same way, says his film “was a bit of a whirlwind shoot. I think we shot over three or four days, and there was a fair bit of blood squirted. It turned out okay considering the peanuts we spent on it. The main actor and actress have since gotten married though so even though she blew his brains out, he didn’t bear too much of a grudge evidently.”

Cameron McCulloch, who wrote and directed Grand Prize winner Home, said the film’s producer, Jesse Baget, approached him. “Jessie saw my film online and emailed me about the film. We had a Skype session where Jessie told me all about Zombieworld. Home had a very successful festival run, and I thought it would be a great opportunity for our little Aussie film to be seen by more people.”

Vedran Marjanović from Croatia said he came onto the project after “someone made a comment on my YouTube channel how we should try to win the contest. Usually I’m too lazy to do those kinds of things, but I checked the link in the comment and decided to send my film [How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse]. A few months later I received the email, and that was it. I’ve checked who send me that link; it was Luna Desoto. Don’t know who that is, but Luna, thank you very much! I haven’t seen the final product yet, but I can’t wait to see how everything looks. It has a bunch of zombies in it so it’s probably awesome.”

Dread Central: What is it about zombies that never fails to entertain horror fans? After all, it’s a trend that just doesn’t die!

Zach Ramelan (Dead Rush): Ha ha, I see what you did there. I think the genre is so interesting because you can really do so much with it. Even though it contains every cliché in the book, I find it fun to harness those and alter them to make the audience not expect what’s coming. At the time of shooting my short… POV zombie stories were very rare to come by. This made it extremely fun for me to direct because I was experiencing it from a completely new perspective.

Woodward: Zombies! See, even the word gets me excited! I believe that the human being is the scariest species on the planet. We have the tendency to do horrific things to other humans, and that’s just when we’re alive. That’s obviously not the case for all of us, but it IS with zombies. They don’t discriminate. Even your nice, sweet, and alive elderly neighbor will chew off your fucking face when she turns and you’re unable to escape. That’s what the appeal is for me: Nobody is safe; every zombie wants to kill you, and the only ally to zombies are zombies. I sure hope the zombie trend doesn’t die, but if it does, I’m sure it will reanimate.

Shrimpton: I don’t know if it is a trend or just a cheap way to include a monster in a horror film. They have pretty much replaced vampires, though, as far as the clichéd horror antagonist. (Vampires were the way to go for a cheap horror creature up until the late Seventies). I think with the advent of ultra-low budget zombie flicks like Zombie 90: Extreme Pestilence, Redneck Zombies, and The Dead Next Door, the floodgates were opened for a plethora of like-minded no-budget movies. Before you knew it, everyone was filming putty-faced people wandering around in a daze chewing on latex innards. I personally prefer monsters in the more traditional (and creatively imagined) sense (Godzilla, The Thing, The Deadly Spawn); but I’m sure that we haven’t seen the last of zombies. Let’s face it; you can’t kill what’s already dead. That said, I do love Zombie Flesh Eaters, The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, and the first ten minutes of the Dawn of the Dead remake was probably the most fun ten minutes I ever had in a cinema.

Jonathan Brown (I Am Lonely): I think there’s two reasons. Firstly, they’re a blank canvas to put your own fears onto. The rules for zombies are pretty flexible so you can make them be what you want and represent anything from rampant consumerism to fear of disease. Secondly, they’re a threat you can live with. There’s not like werewolves or crazed killers who don’t give you a second to rest – with zombies you can build a life around them. I think that’s what makes things like 28 Days Later, “The Walking Dead,” and Zombieland work. We live adjusted lives. That was where I took the inspiration for my film from – how would a useless, 20-something handle the zombie apocalypse?

DC: What’s your favorite moment from your film?

Woodward: There are two memories from filming that stand out for me. We filmed Dead Stop at a gas station in the Utah mountains on a Sunday afternoon, but we didn’t have complete control of the location. So, from time to time, we had to stop filming so somebody could fill up or come inside and get snacks. Needless to say, the zombies, blood, and police car got a lot of strange looks! Another funny memory was being approached by a jerky Highway Patrolman. He said that if our picture police car went one inch off the lot, it’s his. He repeated this several times as if I had a problem with my hearing. I assured him that we’d obey his wishes, and he went on his way. Once he was back on the highway where he belonged, I had our picture police car on the street, ready to roll into the gas station. Cue “Breaking the Law”!

Ramelan: Shooting a zombie film on our minuscule budget is completely insane. You’re breaking into abandoned buildings, closing roads without permission, surrounded by 30 people acting like the undead. It is a complete adrenaline rush from start to finish. My favorite moment was when one of the characters (Raven Cousens) gets her head blown off in the front seat of the car. I remember on the day it was over 35 degrees and the four of us were locked in this car. Not to mention we were filming on a public bridge that we clearly had no permission to shoot on. On set we had this very handy device titled the Bloodzooka (which basically fires out a clump of blood at 20 miles an hour), and it was going to fire at the car windshield just as Raven pretends to get shot in the head. Everything was ready, we counted down from 5, and when we got to 1, the Bloodzooka was simultaneously going to fire. Fortunately it worked out. Unfortunately the front windshield of the car we shot in completely shattered, and blood went everywhere. Long story short, even though we destroyed a car, in the end we got a pretty cool shot.

Luke Asa Guidici (Certified): Well, my favorite moments of Certified are all “spoilers” so I’ll give you one of my favorite moments from the making of. It took a long time to find the location where we shot. I visited countless homes and film ranches all around the greater Los Angeles area and couldn’t find anything that would work. Finally I ended up at a house deep in the Topanga Hills. As I drew closer, I was surprised how great it looked from the outside, but I tried not to get my hopes up… Then when I walked in – I could barely contain my excitement. Not only would this location work – it was exactly what I’d envisioned in my mind. I never expected to find anything so perfect. It was all I could do not to scream and jump for joy.

David Muñoz (Fist of Jesus): One day, when we were just returning from shooting Fist of Jesus as the sun was setting down, we found near the road that an old lady farmer had fallen into a ditch trying to rescue her goats who had fallen previously. Another lady, when she saw the car, asked us for help so we stopped and me and Marc (Jesus) got in the ditch. I got the two goats and helped them to come out; meanwhile Marc helped the old lady. It was funny to see finally our Jesus doing a real good action and with a beautiful sunset in the background. And for sure the ladies will always remember Jesus stopping his car and coming to help them!

Jared Marshall and Peter Horn, who did Dark Times, said their favorite moments were, respectively, “Organizing a whole crew of off-season WWII re-enactors to drive around in period Jeeps firing off propane canons from turret-mounted machine guns and playing catch with period baseball gloves between takes,” and “My favorite part of filming was the challenge of making everything look like one continues point of view. Lots of long takes and coordination between cast and crew made it feel more like a live performance than a movie. Everybody did such a fantastic job; I’ll never forget it.”

And you’ll never forget Zombieworld after you see it on DVD or VOD on February 24th!

Zombieworld Release Details:
Image Entertainment, in association with Dread Central and Ruthless Pictures, announces the DVD and digital download release of Zombieworld. The no-holds-barred, post-apocalyptic film will be available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 on February 24, 2015.

Zombieworld is a collection of short films focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood and guts is brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world, including Adam Myette O’Brien, Adriàn Cardona, Cameron McCulloch, David Muñoz, Jared Marshall, Jesse Baget, Jonathan Brown, Luke Giudici, Paul Shrimpton, Peter Horn, Tomy Woodard, Vedran Marjanovic, and Zach Ramelan. The directors bring their take to a world of mayhem now populated with flesh-eating corpses. Among the brilliant shorts to be included in Zombieworld is Peter Horn and Jared Marshall’s “Dark Times,” a blood-splattered scamper through the woods shot entirely in POV, where zombies, aliens, and even Santa Claus make an appearance.

In Zombieworld there is nowhere to hide…nowhere to run. The zombie apocalypse has come, and our world now belongs to the dead! From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe, and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale: Walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last chance at survival. But the hordes of undead keep coming, and there’s only one thing on the menu – us.

The DVD will also include the bonus short film “Marathon Apocalypse.”

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Another Short Film Tainted

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:30

Another sliver of bite-sized terror is on its way from indie filmmakers Dion Cavallaro and Paul Thomas, entitled Tainted, and right now we have your first look!

Look for the film very soon on YouTube. Tainted is produced by Cain Harrip and Paul Thomas with the help of Alex Cavallaro. Check out a few stills and the first artwork below! More is on the way so stay tuned.

Synopsis:
Strange things occur when a young man finds a small rocking horse on his doorstep.

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100 Bloody Acres Team Launch Scare Campaign

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:15

Scare Campaign, the upcoming horror film from Colin and Cameron Cairnes after 100 Bloody Acres, has announced its cast just in time for production to begin in Australia.

Meegan Warner (Turn, The Veil), Olivia DeJonge (Hiding, The Visit), and Ian Meadows (The Moodys, The Pacific) have all been cast in major roles.

From the Press Release:
SCARE CAMPAIGN, the upcoming horror feature film from writers and directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres) and producer Julie Ryan (Red Dog), has unveiled its key cast as production begins this week in Victoria, Australia.

It can be announced that Meegan Warner (Turn, The Veil), Olivia DeJonge (Hiding, The Visit), and Ian Meadows (The Moodys, The Pacific) have all been cast in major roles for SCARE CAMPAIGN. Warner is currently starring alongside Jamie Bell in Season 2 of the AMC TV series “Turn” and features in the upcoming Blumhouse horror The Veil. DeJonge stars in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film The Visit.

Other roles have gone to Sigrid Thornton (Sea Change), Cassandra McGrath (Wolf Creek), and John Brumpton (The Loved Ones).

“We have assembled a formidable cast,” comments director Colin Cairnes, “including the cream of Australia’s next wave of acting talent along with some Aussie acting royalty.”

For producer Julie Ryan, SCARE CAMPAIGN marks her second feature with the Cairnes brothers after 100 Bloody Acres. “I’m very excited to be making another film with the Cairnes brothers, and fans of 100 Bloody Acres are not going to be disappointed. The brothers are original storytellers, and this one has scares aplenty with a number of twists to keep people guessing,” says Ryan.

SCARE CAMPAIGN also reunites key crew from 100 Bloody Acres including Director of Photography John Brawley and SFX and Production Designer Justin Dix.

SCARE CAMPAIGN charts the increasingly extreme attempts of a horror-themed TV “prank” show to stay one step ahead of its nihilistic online rivals. “The film will be packed with jolting scares and suspenseful set pieces,” says Cairnes. Aptly, shooting commences this week at the Mayday Hills Village previously known as the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum in Victoria. “Our script screamed out for a location steeped in history and dripping with atmosphere,” continues Cairnes. “Beechworth Ghost Tours, who operate nightly explorations of the asylum, have been especially helpful in showing us the spookiest corners of Mayday Hills.”

SCARE CAMPAIGN has received funding from Screen Australia and Film Victoria, with Soundfirm also on board as an investor. “We are privileged to be the beneficiaries of Screen Australia and Film Victoria’s support,” says Cairnes, “and hope that they continue to display the courage shown in supporting the distinctive genre films we and other filmmakers seek to make.”

Australian distribution for SCARE CAMPAIGN will be handled by Bonsai Films and Madman Entertainment, with international sales by Films Distribution. “We learnt a lot from the 100 Bloody Acres release,” comments Ryan, “and we’re aiming to connect with our fanbase earlier via social media throughout the shoot, post, and release phases.”

Cairnes also points out that the international audience will be key to the success of SCARE CAMPAIGN, “This doesn’t mean going out of our way to water down the ‘Australianness’ of the film, but it does necessitate our meeting the expectations of a sophisticated, genre-savvy international audience and respecting their desire for big, bold ideas and polished execution.”

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The Gasp Menagerie: Video Shows Woman Attacked by Invisible Assailant

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:00

The Internet produces a lot of junk evidence. Trust me; I spend hours and hours scouring the stuff, both as my hobby and to bring spooky tales to you creeps. From blobsquatch to camera cords to dusty “orbs” to outright fakery, there’s just a ton of crap out there pretending to show true unexplained activity.

When I run across something like this one, it just makes my twisted, black heart all giddy.

From South America, courtesy of Yahoo UK, we have the tale of Cecilia Carrasco. Cecilia was walking past the reception desk at her lawyer’s office in Santiago, Chile, when… well, watch the video.

Now, you can say she slipped, but I’ve never seen a slip where the upper half leads with such force. We also have testimony from those involved who say there was nothing slippery there. She’s also standing still when it happens, feet firmly in place for at least a couple seconds. She goes down, and she goes down hard, and it’s clear there’s nobody there.

What’s more, Cecilia says she clearly felt two hands push her down. She assumed the attacker ran away, but after seeing the video, it became clear there was no attacker. None visible, anyway.

So what was it? Invisible man? A ghost or spirit? Telekinetic force? A fraud? Chime in below!

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10 Horror Movies That Actually Won Academy Awards

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:00

It’s no secret that our beloved horror movies are often snubbed at the Academy Awards. The genre as a whole just doesn’t get all that much respect in the world of cinema, which is why it’s so important for us fans to support and spread the word on the movies we love. Quite frankly, if aren’t doing it, nobody’s going to do it.

That said, there are a handful of horror movies that have defied tradition over the years and actually managed to snag themselves those little golden statues. With the 87th Academy Awards heading our way this Sunday night, today we shine the spotlight on 10 of those movies, which make all of us horror fans proud!

Though the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t televised until 1953, it actually began way back in 1929, held at a private dinner party. Just a few years after being established, horror scored a win at the ceremony, with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde becoming the first horror film to scoop up an Oscar in 1932. It was Fredric March’s performance as the title character(s) that earned the film a Best Leading Actor statue, and it was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Rosemary’s Baby seemed poised and ready to become the first horror film nominated for Best Picture, but it did not receive such an honor at the 1969 ceremony. It was, however, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Ruth Gordon won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Rosemary’s whacky neighbor Minnie. Oddly enough, Mia Farrow was not even nominated for her performance, which many consider to be a big time Oscar snub.

At the 1974 Academy Awards, The Exorcist was nominated in a whopping 10 categories, including Best Leading Actress (Ellen Burstyn), Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair), Best Supporting Actor (Jason Miller) and Best Director (William Friedkin). It also scored a nomination for Best Picture, making it the very first horror movie to achieve such an illustrious honor. Unfortunately, the film didn’t win any of those awards, but it did scoop up statues for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay.

LIST CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE!

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Get a Taste of Aaron’s Blood

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:30

On tap right now is the first trailer for the next flick from Tommy Stovall, entitled Aaron’s Blood. Sip slowly, and dig it!

Aaron’s Blood, the third feature from Arizona-based Pasidg Productions, is written and directed by Tommy Stovall and is being produced by Marc Sterling.

James Martinez (“Low Winter Sun,” “Breaking Bad”), Michael Chieffo (Argo), and Trevor Sterling Stovall star.

Synopsis:
A single father (Martinez) fights to save his only child, a 12-year-old bullied hemophiliac boy (Sterling Stovall), who becomes infected with vampire blood.

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WolfCop Begins in This Exclusive Clip

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:15

Lowell Dean’s insanely fun WolfCop (review) hits Blu-ray and DVD on March 10th via RLJE/Image Entertainment, and right now we’ve got an exclusive clip for ya!

Written and directed by Lowell Dean, the film stars Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Aidan Devine, Jesse Moss, Sarah Lind, Jonathan Cherry, and Corrine Conley.

Synopsis:
Officer Lou Garou isn’t the best cop in small-town Woodhaven – in fact, he’s probably the worst. He mostly just looks to avoid anything that could possibly interfere with his goal of getting wasted. One evening during the night shift, Lou investigates a mysterious disturbance at the edge of town and wakes up with a pentagram carved in his chest, heightened senses, and body hair that’s growing at an alarming rate. To solve the mystery of his transformation, he’ll have to take on a case no normal cop would be able to solve, but this half-man, half-beast is not just a cop… he’s a WOLFCOP.



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Neil Marshall Signs Deal with Legendary TV

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 21:23

It sure is a good news day for people named Neil (one “l” or two)! Deadline is reporting that director Neil Marshall and his longtime agent Marc Helwig have formed a TV/film production company, Applebox Entertainment, which has signed a two-year overall deal with Legendary TV.

The English-born duo will develop scripted dramas with a focus on elevated genre fare and projects with worldwide appeal.

Aside from our longstanding business relationship, going on 17 years now, Marc and I are also great friends and share a common passion and desire to create exceptional television and movies,” Marshall said. “Marc understands the business, inside and out, but he also understands and appreciates that great drama comes from a great story and great characters.

More as it comes!

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Official – Neill Blomkamp Directing Next Alien Movie!

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 21:18

We’ve been talking about the possibilities of this happening for several days now, and Fox has heard all the noise from us and elsewhere! Neill Blomkamp’s next movie will be an Aliens film for Fox.

According to Deadline Ridley Scott’s Scott Free will produce the movie, which Blomkamp will direct. He will develop a script that is set after the Prometheus 2 story. Scott is set to direct and produce the Prometheus sequel. Sources add that there is no script for Prometheus 2 or the new Alien film.

Blomkamp used an Instagram post to confirm the project he had talked about online in recent months!

Um… So I think it’s officially my next film. #alien

A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Feb 18, 2015 at 3:55pm PST

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Watch These New TV Spots for The Lazarus Effect… If It’s Not Too Late!

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 20:10

Another pair of TV spots have arrived for this month’s theatrical horror offering, The Lazarus Effect.  Check ‘em out, and start praying it’s a good one!

The film was directed by David Gelb and written by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater. It stars Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger, and Donald Glover.

For more info follow The Lazarus Effect on Facebook and Blumhouse on Twitter using the hashtag #EvilWillRise.

Related Story: The Lazarus Effect Trips Out on Death

Synopsis:
From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions – producer of The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister franchises – THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Duplass) and his fiancée, Zoe (Wilde,) who’ve achieved the unimaginable: bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil its breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated.

Frank, Zoe, and their team (Glover, Bolger, and Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank pushes them to do the unthinkable: attempt to resurrect their first human test subject.

Initially, the procedure appears a success, but the team soon realizes something is wrong with Zoe. As her strange new persona reveals itself, the team quickly becomes stuck in a gruesome reality. They are no longer faced with the question of whether they can bring someone back to life – but rather, the wrath of her return.

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Damon Plays Nice in this Clip from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.15 – Let Her Go

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:30

A clip has arrived from tomorrow night’s Episode 6.15 of “The Vampire Diaries,” titled “Let Her Go,” in which Damon proves he can be nice when the situation calls for it.  Which is why we’re so frustrated with the show… no one wants to see a “nice” Damon!

Related Story: It’s Time to Let Her Go with these Images from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.15

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.15 – “Let Her Go” (2/19/15)
After assigning tasks to each of her friends, Caroline (Candice Accola) attempts to deal with her current situation as reality begins to set in around her. While spending the day with Caroline, Elena (Nina Dobrev) grows concerned when she starts noticing a strange change in her behavior.

Meanwhile, Alaric (Matt Davis) becomes wary when Kai (guest star Chris Wood), who has begun experiencing unexpected consequences from the merge, turns to Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), desperate for her help.

Elsewhere, while Bonnie (Kat Graham) finds herself in an unfamiliar situation, Matt (Zach Roerig) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) contemplate a major life change. And when Damon (Ian Somerhalder) offers Caroline advice on how to cope with everything going on around her, it forces him to revisit painful memories involving his own mother. Paul Wesley also stars. The episode was written and directed by executive producer Julie Plec.

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The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death Haunts Blu-ray in April

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:24

The far better than the original The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD, and we have the early details here. Look for it in stores and online April 14th.

Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory, and Oaklee Pendergast star. The film was directed by Tom Harper.

Synopsis:
The supernatural terror returns and unspeakable evil sets its sight on new prey when a group of orphaned children are forced to move into the abandoned Eel Marsh House with their caretakers, Eve and Jean. As the children begin to mysteriously disappear, Eve makes a shocking discovery… it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in a place inhabited by the murderous Woman in Black.

Special Features:

  • The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death: Chilling Locations
  • Pulling Back the Veil: The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (Blu-ray only)
  • Deleted scene
  • Theatrical trailer


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Dan Aykroyd Insists His Ghostbusters 3 Is Coming

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:13

In news that’s bound to make you either cheer or cringe, Dan Aykroyd is still dead set on making the Ghostbusters 3 movie we’ve all been hoping for a reality.

Aykroyd sat down this week at the SiriusXM studios for an episode of “Unmasked with Ron Bennington” and shared a few more details.

“Oh, I’ve written… well, we have… I’ve written, well, there’s three drafts of the old concept that exists,” he stated, “and we’re going to be able to salvage some of it and use it. Yeah, we’re gonna be able to use it some day. Let’s get this one [the reboot] made and that will reinvigorate the franchise and then we’ll go on to maybe doing a more conventional third sequel as we were planning and another idea I have for it.”

So, what say you? Go for it, or stick it in the Bass-o-matic?

In the interim, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are on board to play the brand new ghostbusting quartet. The reboot from director Paul Feig will begin haunting theaters on July 22, 2016.

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Exclusive Reveal: UK DVD/Blu-ray Trailer for [REC] Apocalypse

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:44

On March 2, Entertainment One will be bringing Jaume Balagueró’s much anticipated finale to the [REC] series, [REC] Apocalypse, to the UK crowd on DVD and Blu-ray. In fevered anticipation of the release, we’ve nailed an exclusive reveal of the new UK trailer for you to enjoy.

Watch out for those monkeys!

Related Story: Exclusive: How Will You Survive the [REC] Apocalypse… Or Not?

The film stars Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Hector Colome, and Ismael Fritschi. It was produced by Julio Fernández and co-written by Manu Díez. Executive producers are Carlos Fernandez, Adrià Mones, Laura Fernandez, and Julio Fernandez.

Synopsis:
Following directly on from the brutal events in the doomed apartment building, TV reporter Ángela (Manuela Velasco) is rescued and taken to an oil tanker to undergo examination. But unfortunately for the soldiers on board, Angela is carrying the seed of the mysterious demonic virus that turns its victims into mindless, bloodthirsty monsters. It’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose and the carnage begins again…

Extras on the release are set to include the featurette “The Making of [REC] Apocalypse.



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Riddle Teases Hidden Content on UK Home Video Release of The Babadook

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:47

While Scream Factory/IFC Midnight are teaming up for the Stateside home video release of The Babadook (review), Icon Film Distribution is handling that duty over in the UK; and today they’re teasing some tasty hidden morsels. Check out a fun little riddle, which hints at the additional content!

The Babadook UK Release Details:
Are you brave enough to let the breakout horror hit of 2014 through your door? Find out when The Babadook comes tap, tap, tapping onto UK Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms from February 16, 2015, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her out of control 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the creature in the book is the monster he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.

But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about – The Babadook – may be real after all…

Directed by visionary first-time director Jennifer Kent, The Babadook looks set to be the most terrifying release of 2015, as well as one of the most critically acclaimed. Discover if you can take it from February 16.

Special Features:

  • Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene
  • There’s No Place Like Home: Creating the House
  • Illustrating Evil: Creating the Book
  • The Stunts
  • Alternate trailer
  • Original trailer
  • UK trailer

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International Sweet Home Poster Wields an Axe

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:37

Rafa Martinez makes his directorial debut with Sweet Home, centered on a hooded killer who slashes folks up with a big ass axe. If that sounds up your alley, and it should, then check out the brand spankin’ new international poster!

The film is set to open in Spain on May 8, 2015, courtesy of Filmax International. No word on a U.S. release at the present time.

Written by Martinez, Angel Agudo, and Teresa de Rosendo, Sweet Home stars Ingrid Garcia Jonsson and Bruno Sevilla.

Keep your eyes peeled for more soon!

Synopsis:
A couple decide to spend a romantic evening on a floor of a semi-abandoned building. During the evening they discover that a hooded murderer is the only tenant left in the building… and they have become the new target.

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Win a Zombieworld Survival Kit

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:30

The living dead will be clawing their way home as our fan-driven anthology with Ruthless Pictures, Zombieworld, releases on February 24th. Good thing we’re giving away these ten kits to help you survive the gory onslaught of lunacy!

Zombieworld was put together for one reason and one reason only… okay, two. First and foremost is to give indie filmmakers a spotlight to get their stuff seen on a worldwide scale, and thanks to RLJ Entertainment and Image Entertainment, that’s exactly what it’s going to do. The second reason… FUN!

Speaking of fun, the survival kit includes:

  • Belt bag to hold all items
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Flashlight keychain
  • Bloodbag water bottle
  • Poster
  • Emergency blanket

To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on February 27th.

What we have here is a grab bag of zombie-themed mayhem that’s home to something for everyone. From the insanely absurd to the dead serious, Zombieworld proves it has guts to spare, and hopefully that means you’ll have a great time watching it. You just never know what you’re going to see next, and that’s that beauty of it!

Zombieworld Release Details:
Image Entertainment, in association with Dread Central, announces the DVD and digital download release of Zombieworld. The no-holds-barred, post-apocalyptic film will be available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 on February 24, 2015.

Zombieworld is a collection of short films focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood and guts is brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world, including Adam Myette O’Brien, Adriàn Cardona, Cameron McCulloch, David Muñoz, Jared Marshall, Jesse Baget, Jonathan Brown, Luke Giudici, Paul Shrimpton, Peter Horn, Tomy Woodard, Vedran Marjanovic, and Zach Ramelan. Each director brings his or her take to a world of mayhem now populated with flesh-eating corpses. Among the brilliant shorts to be included in Zombieworld is Peter Horn and Jared Marshall’s “Dark Times,” a blood-splattered scamper through the woods shot entirely in POV, where zombies, aliens, and even Santa Claus make an appearance.

In Zombieworld there is nowhere to hide…nowhere to run. The zombie apocalypse has come, and our world now belongs to the dead! From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe, and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale: Walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last chance at survival. But the hordes of undead keep coming, and there’s only one thing on the menu – us.

The DVD will also include the bonus short film “Marathon Apocalypse.”



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