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Ghostbusters (2016)

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 01:44

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones

Directed by Paul Feig

Ghostbusters spends its first half feeling like it’s about to get good any minute. It never does, however, and that’s because director Paul Feig squanders his cast at every opportunity.

Remaking one of the most cherished and creative films of the 1980s isn’t an enviable undertaking, and Feig proves ill-equipped for the job. This remake covers much of the same ground as Ivan Reitman’s 1984 original, disappearing into its predecessor’s shadow fairly early on. It’s bland, occasionally funny, but often boring. At the end of the day, it’s almost impossible to believe that, after 27 years, this was the best Ghostbusters idea the studio could come up with.

It’s a bummer, too, because Feig’s cast seems game. If you’re going to remake Ghostbusters, it’s probably a wise idea to get as far away from the original characters as possible. Nobody wants to see another actor step into the Peter Venkman role, for example, and using a female cast helps keep comparisons even further at bay. Kristen Wiig is this team’s “leader,” but instead of Bill Murray’s smirking sardonicism, she’s straight-laced and socially awkward. The movie’s strongest scenes belong to its first act, which is built around shredding her credibility as a college professor gunning for tenure.

The foundation of the film is Wiig’s estranged friendship with Melissa McCarthy, and at first this relationship seems like it’s going to drive the story. The problem is that it’s abandoned after the first act, with a small bit of closure thrown in at the end. Sadly, McCarthy feels the most restrained by the PG-13 rating, managing a handful of giggles and little else.

Leslie Jones is quite good as the non-scientist of the group. She’s got the best throwaway lines, although you’d never know it from the trailers. For some reason, Sony marketing hand-plucked her worst moments and placed them front and center in every piece of advertising. She fares much better in the actual film.

Kate McKinnon is a little one-note as the resident weirdo/genius, but she also creates a character whose oddity increases as the movie goes on. Because of this, McKinnon’s Holtzmann is probably the most memorable of the new Ghostbusters. She’s also the one who develops this team’s ghost-catching tech, which comes in far more varieties this time. I liked the additions here, even if the Ghostbusters are no longer required to catch/contain ghosts because these weapons enable them to somehow “kill” that which is already dead.

That’s kind of a problem, though, because the technology was bound by interior rules and logic in the first movie. Those same rules are applied here to start, but Feig, along with co-writer Kate Dippold, seems to disregard them in the climax simply because their big action sequence doesn’t support them.

Without a doubt, the worst part of Ghostbusters is its villain. He’s the worst kind of generic. An uninteresting nerd tired of being ground down by the world, he decides to unleash an armada of ghosts to purge mankind. The original film had the benefit of unfolding around Dan Aykroyd’s wonderfully wonky mythology. The world of Ivo Shandor, Zuul, and Gozer might’ve been paired back from his original concept, but it feels realized and appropriately threatening.

This movie looks expensive and many of the ghosts are nifty-looking, but Feig doesn’t stage action particularly well. It’s not surprising to anyone who saw The Heat, a funny enough movie that never became the successful fusion of action and comedy it wanted to. When it was announced that Feig would take the helm of the new Ghostbusters, I envisioned this movie unfolding almost exactly this way. It’s fairly inert, climaxing with hundreds of ghosts swirling through Times Square in a sequence that should’ve been a showstopper but instead feels low stakes and small.

To be fair, one wouldn’t have assumed the director of Meatballs would’ve been the best fit for a supernatural comedy, but Reitman rose to the occasion whereas Feig succumbs to his worst instincts as a director.

By now everyone knows the surviving members of the original cast have cameos here. After seeing how worthless they are, it bummed me out that they weren’t brought back as their original characters. I know that Feig felt he had to start over in order to “sell” the concept of ghost exterminators, but that’s nonsense. With the slightest bit of retooling, this could’ve been made into a loose sequel. And while it’s nice seeing Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver on screen again, it’s a missed opportunity.

Ghostbusters is hardly the disaster its detractors want it to be, and it’s far from the hilarious comedy many people are trying to sell it as. Yes, it’s got some chuckles, many of them front-loaded, but it falls short of having any real belly laughs. It also loses steam rather quickly, meaning it isn’t likely to have much lasting impact. I’m already struggling to recall large swaths of it, and I got back from seeing it a few hours ago.

At the end of the day, there was always going to be another Ghostbusters movie. It’s just too bad this one is completely uninspired. The four ladies do what they can with the material, but even they can’t rise above the mediocrity of everything else. It squanders its funny cast, embarrasses itself with useless cameos, and pales in comparison to Ivan Reitman’s classic. So what’s the point?

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#SDCC16: Anchor Bay Reveals Ash vs. Evil Dead and The Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead Exhibits

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 19:12

Anchor Bay always has a big presence at the San Diego Comic-Con, and it looks like 2016 could be their biggest year yet!  Read on to learn more about the sights you’ll be able to see at their booth (#4437) on the Convention Center floor.

WHO: Join Anchor Bay Entertainment at Comic-Con for exclusive photo opportunities and limited edition themed swag.

WHAT: Stop by Booth #4437 to take pictures with the toolshed from “Ash vs. Evil Dead” or with live walkers inside the fuselage of the plane from AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” and preview “The Walking Dead” Season 6 Blu-ray exclusives.

Additionally, Anchor Bay Entertainment will be giving away “The Walking Dead” and “Ash vs. Evil Dead” bags to attendees as well as Lazer Team and Clown buttons, The Neighbor masks, and “Into the Badlands” and “Fear the Walking Dead” temporary tattoos.

As an added bonus, there will be multiple chances to win various DVDs from the Anchor Bay catalogue.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Episode 75 – The Purge: Election Year

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 18:30

We here at the Who Goes There Podcast are pleased as piss to be the newest part of DreadCentral.com! Every week we’ll be bringing you our uniquely cynical, socially awkward, drunken, no holds barred take on all things horror, sometimes with special guests! So buckle up, buttercups; we’re kicking it off with Episode 75!

Well, the good ole US of A had herself a little birthday. And wouldn’t you know it, we partied the only way you can party when sweet Lady Liberty gets another notch in her belt. Like most of America, we drank some beers, ate some Thai food, watched soccer, and Purged. That’s right… we saw The Purge: Election Year so you don’t have to.

We also talk about Chris’ week from Hell (American), Matt is too stupid or stoned to properly insult Jorge (American), Boysetsfire releases the dogs (American af), and we perv on cosplay girls (Japanese, but America is trying). Don’t tell me my business, devil woman! It’s the Who Goes There Podcast Episode 75!

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#SDCC16: Image Comics Announces Cannibal; Southern-Gothic Series Begins in October

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 18:13

It always makes us happy when some actual comics news comes out of the San Diego Comic-Con, and one of the first out of the gate is Image Comics, which has announced new Southern-Gothic series Cannibal.  Read on for the early details!

From the Press Release:
Image Comics is pleased to announce that New York Times bestselling author Brian Buccellato (Sons of the Devil, The Flash, Injustice), Jennifer Young, and artist Matias Bergara (Sons of Anarchy) are teaming up for a Southern-Gothic horror series set to launch this October.

In CANNIBAL #1 a small Everglades town is hit by a new virus that causes those it infects to crave human flesh. But with no cure in sight, the region has become split over what to do with the victims. For the Hansen family the answer is simple: kill them. However, all of that changes when the virus infects those the family cares about most.

“It’s about a Florida town that is just trying to hold on to their everyday lives at the dawn of a cannibal epidemic,” said Young. “Told through the eyes of the Hansen family, it’s an anti-apocalypse story because mankind is too stubborn to give in. It’s about family and community and explores how people respond to the spread of deadly diseases.”

“These cannibals are just like us. They feel remorse and guilt and don’t want to eat people,” added Buccellato. “But the virus manifests as an insurmountable addiction that builds up until they can’t control themselves. After they feed and sate their hunger, they must face the guilt and ramifications of their actions. At its heart, it’s an allegory for drug addiction.”

Young continued: “In a world where your neighbor, your friend, your barber could suddenly try to eat you, this story is also about mankind’s resolve and deeply-ingrained desire to maintain the status quo—so deep that they will assimilate the idea of cannibals into their normal life.”

This is the second collaboration by Buccellato, Young, and Bergara, following the short story “Jennifer,” which appeared in Sons of the Devil, Volume 1.

CANNIBAL #1 (Diamond Code AUG160575) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, October 5th.

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Sing Happy Birthday to a Psychopath

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 18:09

Admit it… at one time or another you’ve either gotten drunk or were thinking about getting drunk down in Mexico. It’s almost like some weird rite of passage. However, such practices can go VERY wrong. Case in point: Happy Birthday.

Directed by Casey Tebo and starring Matt Bush (Adventureland), Britne Oldford, Vanessa Lengies (Waiting), Riley Litman, Steven Tyler (Be Cool), Erik Palladino, Matt Willig, Robert Miano, Sean McKittrick, and Robert Deleo, look for the flick to hit theaters on September 9th.

Synopsis:
On his birthday, Brady finds out his girlfriend has been cheating on him. His best friend, Tommy, decides to take him on a raging drug-induced birthday celebration in Mexico to forget his troubles. Things quickly take a dark turn when the two girls they meet at a bar are connected to a Mexican drug cartel and hold them for ransom. Drugged and tortured, Brady and Tommy now must fight for their lives and find a way to escape a desolate hotel room nightmare in a foreign land.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Episode 74 – The Funhouse Massacre

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 17:57

We know a lot of our listeners hate clowns and got a little uncomfortable with our last episode. So as a way of saying, “Get over it, you pussies,” we did another clown movie!

What happens when a bunch of the world’s most dangerous killers, all housed in the same facility, break out and run amok at carnival? Well, they make a movie about it, and three idiots get together and tell stupid jokes while discussing the movie. You should know that by now. You stupid, podcast listening idiots.  Aunt Maggie was a bitch and got what she deserved! It’s the Who Goes There Podcast Episode 74.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Episode 73 – Clown

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 17:53

God damnit, fuck summer. It’s hotter than two goats in a pepper patch in San Diego, and even our extreme levels of coolness are no match for the bastard sun!

Alia graces us with her pretty face and potty mouth as we debut a sweet new hashtag, throw Chris to the wolves, and ice down our naughty bits. We also talk about the death of Anton Yelchin and the pros of spectral fucking before we put on our rubber noses, squirting flowers and smashing our pies into the face of 2014’s Clown, produced by Eli Roth. I swear, with each week that passes these idiots laugh harder and harder at their own stupid jokes. It really is Old Scratch knocking at the door… it’s the Who Goes There Podcast Episode 73.

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Fathom/TCM Bringing Planet of the Apes to Theaters Again! Win a Pair of Tickets and/or a Collectible!

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 17:43

The legendary 1968 science fiction masterpiece Planet of the Apes is returning to the big screen, crash landing in U.S. cinemas on July 24 and 27 thanks to Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

The duo are working together to bring classics back to theaters with a year-long “TCM Big Screen Classics” series, and if July’s film, the aforementioned Planet of the Apes, sound like something you want to be a part of, you’ve come to the right place. Not only do we have a pair of tickets plus a collectible NECA Apes figure to give away to a Grand Prize winner, but five runners-up will also win the figure on its own!

As part of this special presentation, TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will provide exclusive commentary before and after the feature, offering an inside look at the out-of-this-world classic. The event will screen at more than 650 select movie theaters nationwide, four times only, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time each day.

Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) finds himself on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon, Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall).

When it was released in February 1968, the film was a commercial and critical success, also breaking ground with its revolutionary prosthetic makeup techniques created by artist John Chambers. The Planet of the Apes franchise is still going strong today with the 2011 reboot and its 2014 sequel achieving box office success and strong support amongst critics. The highly anticipated third film in that trilogy will debut in 2017.

Tickets are available online at FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of participating theaters, click on the “Theater Locations” tab.

So, how can you win?  Just send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with the DATE, TIME, and THEATER of choice.  (Click here for the full list of theaters to make sure it’s showing in your area.)  You have four choices:

  • Sunday, July 24, 2016: 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. local time
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016: 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. local time

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on July 19, 2016. Note: By entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Dread Central and its subsidiaries use of your email address.

Don’t want to take your chances on winning?  Tickets to TCM Big Screen Classics: PLANET OF THE APES can be purchased online from Fathom Events.

 

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Spoiler-Free Preview of Netflix’s Stranger Things

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 16:59

Tomorrow, July 15, the ’80s set horror/sci-fi series “Stranger Things” arrives on Netflix, and right now we have a spoiler-free preview to help get you ready for it!

Within the wooded landscape of Hawkins, Indiana, stands the aerial crowned square building that is the Hawkins National Institute. Deep beneath the Institute’s unostentatious exterior is a lab that has made the breakthrough of the century: a pulsating rift to another dimension, a shadowy mirror of our world.

Through this gash in the fabric of space and time, a creature with the insatiable need to consume has crawled, and the residents of the small town are in its sights.

“Stranger Things” follows the quest for Will Byers, a young boy who has been spirited away by the aforementioned beast. The search is conducted by three groups, each of which go down a different trail leading back to the Institute.

Will’s mother, played with unbreakable frantic energy by Winona Ryder, attempts to break through barriers to see her boy. She is aided in uncovering the conspiracy by David Harbour’s Chief Hooper, who seems to be channeling the ultimate ‘80s cop, Tom Atkins.

Group 2 is comprised of Charlie Heaton as Jonathan, Will’s older brother, and fellow concerned student Nancy (Natalia Dyer). The third group, and the true stars of the series, is comprised of the combined force of Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and the mysterious “Eleven” (for more, see my cast & crew interviews here).

To delve into the individual characters would reveal too much plot, but there is a standout performance that was an unexpected delight: Harbour’s Chief Hooper. In a series filled with likable and interesting civilian characters, the law enforcement roles fall into the background as hindrances and obstacles. Here, Chief Hooper is the damaged and charismatic hero who must rely on his intuition and reliance to piece together the mystery without paranormal assistance. The Chief also subscribes to the best philosophy of all: When in doubt, punch a guy out.

During our recent set visit, the Duffer Brothers stated that they wanted to represent the best of the 1980’s horror, thriller, and sci-fi films without making a product that felt or looked like a gimmicky knock-off. There are passive nods to many familiar films from the decade of excess. Nothing, however, is so meta that it becomes a distraction. The keen observer may catch references to Silver Bullet, The Explorers, Rambo, The Goonies, and IT to name just a few.

Filmed in a cinematic style with a color palette reminiscent of E.T., “Stranger Things” invites viewers in via such familiar visuals. The shiny spandex and glaring neon approach genre fans may have feared would return are not present even in the most passing sense. The same can be said for the more cringe-worthy parts of that era’s pop culture. Ears won’t be accosted by pandering colloquialism or mandatory Madonna, but instead by a subtle synth soundtrack courtesy of Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon.

“Stranger Things” does hit some ‘80s tropes that increase the predictability of the main and sub plot lines, but they never reach the point where audience members can pat themselves on the back and say, “Called it!” Where “Stranger Things” does succeed in handling the ghosts of horror movies past is by not giving in to them just for the sake of nostalgia. Major and minor characters maintain an air of realism through their actions and dialogue. A stereotypical list of victim and survivor roles horror fans may expect to find is largely not present, and thankfully so.

To quote Uncle Creepy, “We bleed for this stuff.” “Stranger Things” is a love letter penned in fandom blood and sealed with nostalgia’s kiss.

Disclaimer: This preview is spoiler-free. For a more in-depth review, look for me on an upcoming broadcast of Brainwaves.

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Rob Zombie’s 31 – Malcolm McDowell Gets a Character Poster

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 15:40

There are a few things we can guarantee about Rob Zombie’s 31. It’s going to be brutal and totally gruesome, for starters, and it’s also likely to introduce a couple new villains that will be idolized and soon tattooed on the bodies of horror fans. Would you expect anything less from Zombie? Course not!

While we wait, meet Father Murder courtesy of a new character poster.

The cast of 31 includes Meg Foster as Venus Virgo; Judy Geeson as Sister Dragon; Jeff Daniel Phillips as Roscoe; Jane Carr as Sister Serpent; Richard Brake as Doom-Head; Ginger Lynn as Cherry Bomb, Doom-Head’s very special friend; Malcolm McDowell as Father Murder, the owner of Murder World; David Ury as Schizo-Head; Daniel Roebuck as Pastor Victor; Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Panda Thomas, the manager of a traveling roadshow known as “The Venus Lux Happy Time Fun Show”; Pancho Moler as Sick-Head; Tracy Walter as Lucky Leo; E.G. Daily as Sex-Head; and Torsten Voges as Death-Head as well as Sheri Moon Zombie, Lew Temple, Sandra Rosko, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell.

Look for 31 in select theaters beginning September 16 from Saban Films and Lionsgate.

Synopsis:
From the visionary mind of the man who brought us House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and Halloween, comes the horrific story of five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large compound. At the mercy of their captors, they are forced to play a twisted game of life or death called 31. For the next 12 hours they must fight for their lives against an endless parade of homicidal maniacs.

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Michael Myers Slashes Again in Halloween Horror Nights 2016 Mazes

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 16:00

When I attended Halloween Horror Nights back in 2014, the coolest attraction was hands down the Halloween-themed Michael Myers haunt. This year, at both the Orlando and Hollywood locations, that attraction is getting a direct sequel in the form of Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield, and we’ve got the scoop today.

Other confirmed 2016 haunts include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Exorcist.

From the Press Release:
Fans may have thought it was over, but he’s still out there. This fall, Michael Myers will make his return to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic horror series “Halloween.”

The iconic horror film sequel continues the story of masked killer Michael Myers as he stalks an entire town and relentlessly pursues his victims. Now, his focus turns to guests as Universal joins forces with Compass International Pictures to bring the haunting film’s most suspenseful and terrifying moments to life at Halloween Horror Nights.

At both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, Michael Myers returns in Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield – a maze that’s bigger and filled with more menacing scare-actors than the original, top-rated “Halloween” maze. It will begin with the final scene from “Halloween,” where Michael Myers is presumed dead after falling from a bedroom window – only to disappear from the ground. Guests will dodge Myers’ lethal knife at every turn as they step into iconic scenes from the film – all culminating in a horrifying finale.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

Additional details about Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. To purchase tickets and find out more about Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26, visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando. For information about Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood.

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Experience Hellweek on Amazon Prime

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:56

Available for free with a subscription, the awesome sounding flick Hellweek has just made its way onto Amazon Prime. You’ll find the full details right here!

From the Press Release:
SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of classic horror slasher HELLWEEK on Amazon Prime Movies. It can be watched for free with a subscription, and non-subscribers can rent or buy the film. SGL also has plans to re-release HELLWEEK as a special fullscreen edition DVD in early 2017.

Directed by Eddie Lengyel (Scarred, Voodoo Rising), the film stars Rob Jaeger, Karen Fox, Robyn Griggs, Michael Reddy, Breanne Racano, Greg Jackson, Alex Ratcheson, Steve Thomlin, Eric Matyjasic, Shane Clark, Michelene Pancoe, Rob Purcell, April Needham, Robert S. Miller, Michael Braddock, Roger Conners, and Don Kilrain.

Synopsis:
Rush Week turns unexpectedly hellish when a band of sadistic masked, homicidal maniacs holed up in an abandoned warehouse wreak havoc on a bunch of not-so-innocent college kids. Wanting to ensure the new pledges prove they’re worthy, fraternity president J.J. sends them to a deserted warehouse rumored to be inhabited by demonic squatters. But the hazing takes on a sadistic tone when the tales turn out to be true. Now the pledges find themselves in a fight for their lives.

Watch the Movie Worldwide on Amazon Prime:
United States
United Kingdom
Germany
Japan

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Ghostbusters Snapchat Filter Slimes Your Selfie

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:44

Snapchat, known for popularizing the often creepy “Face Swap,” has partnered with Sony for a Ghostbusters-themed filter that we’re having a lot of fun with right about now. It allows you to either become a Ghostbuster or get slimed by Slimer, and it’s the first ever filter that utilizes both the front- and rear-facing cameras on your phone.

From the Press Release:
For the first time ever, Snapchatters can use both the front and rear cameras of their phones with a new type of lens as millions of users become true Ghostbusters on the popular digital platform. Using the front camera on your smartphone, you can “Bust” ghosts. By switching to the rear camera, users can “Slime” unsuspecting friends or themselves.

Sony Pictures is the first brand partner to use this new kind of lens on Snapchat, taking full advantage of the fact that smartphones come equipped today with front- and rear-facing cameras. Sponsored lenses allow brands to take part in the communication between Snapchatters in the most interactive and personal way. Lenses are a creative, dynamic, and fun extension for Snapchatters to make the most out of their selfies. They offer users the opportunity to add a selection of real-time visual effects and sounds to their photos.

With the Ghostbusters lenses, the iconic music from the movie will play in the background as Snapchatters can choose between wearing a proton pack and becoming a genuine Ghostbuster or getting doused with green slime by a playful apparition.

“Whether its dog ears or flower crowns, face swapping or alien eyes, Snapchat’s popular portfolio of lenses are highly engaging pieces of content that fans truly love,” said Elias Plishner, Executive Vice President of Digital Marketing for Sony Pictures. “We are very excited to be the first ever partner to introduce this new type of lens to the market. These lenses are fun and creative extensions of Ghostbusters, and we think Snapchatters will have a great time using them.”

Try it out, let us know what you think, and send us your slime-covered selfies!

Ghostbusters will begin haunting the big screen on July 15, 2016. Directed by Paul Feig and written by Feig and Katie Dippold, Ghostbusters 2016 is based on the 1984 film of the same name written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.

Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are our new paranormal investigators along with their loyal secretary Chris Hemsworth. Neil Casey, Andy Garcia, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Pat Kiernan, Cecily Strong, and Charles Dance also star. Cameos will include the original film’s stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts plus Ozzy Osbourne and more.

Synopsis:
Dead criminals from all eras of New York’s under­belly past have returned to roost among the living. Pilgrims, old-­timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot­-suited gangsters are ready to take on four formidable female busters looking to rid the city of its phantasmic filth.

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Magic: The Gathering Expanding into Horror Territory with Eldritch Moon Product Line

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:27

With over 20 million players worldwide, Magic: The Gathering remains one of the most popular trading card games around today.

Later this month a new horror-themed set of Magic products called Eldritch Moon will be coming our way. The series has always been known for its incredible artwork, and not only does this look beautiful, but it seems like it will take the series to the darkest places that it’s ever been.

Synopsis:
The world of Innistrad has been descending into madness for some time now; from cultists to cathars, no mind is safe. Even angels have fallen prey. [The angel] Avacyn herself went mad, transforming from protector to monster and wreaking unimaginable devastation upon even the most faithful in her church. Then she was destroyed. With its angelic protector gone, Innistrad was exposed to overwhelming forces of darkness and evil.

Now, the few on the plane who have not yet lost their minds are left to wonder if this is the end. As the world tilts off balance, beginning its final descent, the people pray for anything or anyone powerful enough, good enough, to stand in Avacyn’s place, to protect them from the maddening darkness.

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Fantasia 2016: Danish Horror Film Shelley Gives Birth to a Trailer

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:21

From the producers of When Animals Dream and Only God Forgives, director Ali Abassi’s Danish/Swedish Gothic chiller Shelley has been favorably compared to Rosemary’s Baby, which is more than enough to pique our interest. The film, an official selection at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, will have its North American premiere at Fantasia.

In the meantime, check out the trailer below.

Cosmina Stratan and Ellen Dorrit Petersen star.

Synopsis:
A housekeeper finds a new job in an isolated house in the middle of wilderness. Once there, the two owners ask her to carry their child.

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Tabloid Vivant Debuts a New Poster Ahead of Premiere

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:16

Ahead of its premiere at the University of Chicago tomorrow, July 8, a new poster has debuted for Tabloid Vivant, a horror film that explores the darker side of the art world. Have a peek at the new artwork here along with the trailer.

From the Press Release:
Ahead of its premiere this Friday at Doc Films Chicago, Tabloid Vivant has released a stunning new poster.  The film will screen at 7PM and 10PM on July 8, 2016, at the University of Chicago; and the earlier screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer-director Kyle Broom and producer Alexandra Spector.

Broom’s first feature is as much philosophical art film as it is pure horror. Both screenings and the filmmaker Q&A will be free and open to the public. Get more info here.

Jesse Woodrow (TV’s “Charmed”) and Tamzin Brown (The Adderall Diaries) are spellbinding in the award-winning (Best Feature Film – Audience Selection. Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival) festival fave.

Look for a wide release of Tabloid Vivant later this year.

Synopsis:
Max is an artist seduced by the allure of fame. Sara is an art critic whose obsessions exceed even his. When she lands a writing gig at a major art magazine, the pair retreat to a cabin in the woods, where Max reveals his strange new painting method. Convinced of its potential, she agrees to collaborate on a piece sure to revolutionize the art world.

While both original and mesmerizing, the project reveals something dark and disturbing about their relationship. Like two digital-age Frankensteins, they manage to make a painting come alive – though the unsettling consequences of their success may be more fit for the pages of a blood-soaked tabloid than the chronicles of art history.

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Exclusive Day of the Dead Images Showcase the Cast

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:14

On tap for you cats hungry for more on the second remake of George Romero’s Day of the Dead, we have some exclusive images from the set for you!

Hector Hernandez Vicens (The Corpse of Anna Fritz), who is directing, wrote the script. Johnathon Schaech stars alongside Sophie Skelton, Marcos Vanco, Jeff Gum, Nick Loeb, and Lorina Kamburova.

The Day of the Dead remake comes courtesy of Millennium Films and Campbell Grobman Films. Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, and James Dudelson produce.

Synopsis:
The post-apocalyptic tale follows a former medical student tormented by a dark figure from her past, who happens to be a half-human, half-zombie hell-bent on destroying her.

Nick Loeb

L-R: Jeff Gum, Sophie Skelton, and Marcos Vanco

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First Look at Ashley Bell in Mickey Keating’s Psychopaths

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:01

Easily the most prolific indie filmmaker working today, Mickey Keating has been a nonstop genre powerhouse these last few years. His latest film, Carnage, just hit VOD outlets, and it won’t be long before we meet his Psychopaths. The trippy flick recently wrapped production, and the first image has arrived today.

Check it out below, via Bloody Disgusting!

The cast includes Ashley Bell, Angela Trimbur, Jeremy Gardner, Helen Rogers, Graham Skipper, Matt Mercer, Sam Zimmerman, Larry Fessenden, Mark Kassen, Ivana Shein, and James Landry Hébert.

Psychopaths is a sprawling, psychedelic ensemble piece that follows several serial killers over the course of a single night. The film is written and directed by Keating, who previously wrote and directed Ritual (Lionsgate/After Dark Films), Pod (Vertical Entertainment), Darling, and Carnage Park, which celebrated its world premiere at Sundance 2016.

Psychopaths is produced by Jenn Wexler, William Day Frank, and Keating, with Cam McLellan and Al Lewison producing for Bad Camal and Fessenden executive producing for Glass Eye Pix.

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Scream Factory Details Child’s Play Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:52

Distribution company Scream Factory can only be described as the gift that keeps on giving, as they’ve put out so many incredible releases these last few years that we’ve honestly lost track. In addition to new films and undiscovered gems, they also love to give the Collector’s Edition treatment to beloved faves, and Child’s Play is up next.

Read on for all the details!

From the Press Release:
Chucky is back! “A jolting roller-coaster of a ride” (Los Angeles Times), Child’s Play hit theatres in 1988 and forever changed the way the world saw dolls. On October 18, 2016, the SCREAM FACTORY home entertainment brand celebrates the landmark film and the iconic character with a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release which includes a brand new 2K scan of the film and hours of bonus material.

Scream Factory will also have a limited edition set offer complete with an exclusive poster, slipcover, and “Good Guys” Chucky action figure from NECA available for pre-order on shoutfactory.com beginning July 7th.

The “chills come thick and fast” (Los Angeles Times) in this riveting, jolt-a-minute thriller about an innocent-looking doll inhabited by the soul of a serial killer who refused to die. From the director of Fright Night, Child’s Play comes complete with “excellent special effects” (Leonard Maltin) and a slew of special features that make this Blu-ray your “friend to the end!”

Since its release, the killer-doll film, alongside its synonymous character, has proven itself one of the all-time horror classics, and Child’s Play is now offered as a definitive, two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray.

Special Features:

  • NEW 2K scan of the interpositive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Tom Holland
  • Audio Commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks, and “Chucky” Designer Kevin Yagher
  • Audio Commentary with Producer David Kirschner and Screenwriter Don Mancini
  • Select Scene Chucky Commentaries
  • Evil Comes in Small Packages featuring interviews with Don Mancini, David Kirschner, John Lafia, Chris Sarandon, Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent, and Kevin Yagher (24 minutes)
  • Chucky: Building a Nightmare featuring Kevin Yagher (10 minutes)
  • A Monster Convention featuring Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent, and Chris Sarandon (5 minutes)
  • Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child’s Play vintage featurette (6 minutes)
  • The Decade of Darkness featurette on ‘80s horror films (23 minutes)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Photo Gallery
  • More to be announced

Standard Offer:

  • Receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with slipcover
  • Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from artist Justin Osbourn
  • Product will be shipped two weeks earlier than National Street date of October 18th

Deluxe Offer (Limited to 2,000 orders only):

  • Receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with slipcover
  • Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from Justin Obsourn
  • Product will be shipped two weeks earlier than National Street date of October 18th
  • Receive a second custom-made “Good Guys Doll” slipcover—made exclusively for this promotion.
  • Receive a second 18” x 24” poster of the custom-made “Good Guys Doll” artwork
  • Receive an exclusive, limited edition 5.5″ tall “Good Guys Chucky” doll by NECA

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New Nerve Clip Is Blindfolded

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:47

Another new video has arrived to help get you ready for Nerve, which is heading our way at the end of July.  So, are you a Watcher or a Player?  You better decide by July 27th!  If you’re in the UK, you have until August 12th to pick a side.

Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4) directed the film, which stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, and Juliette Lewis. Jessica Sharzer, a writer and exec producer on “American Horror Story,” wrote the adaptation from Jeanne Ryan’s young adult novel of the same name.

Synopsis:
Hard-working high school senior Vee DeMarco (Roberts) has had it with living life on the sidelines. When she’s asked by the online game of Nerve – Are you a Watcher or a Player? – Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like a fun, harmless game. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.

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