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Spring – Comment On this New Video

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 18:07

Drafthouse Films and FilmBuff are immensely proud to announce that Spring (review), the stunning new genre-defying supernatural love story from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution), is currently the number #1 horror film on iTunes!

To celebrate, directors Benson and Moorhead have created a hilarious new video short, in which they read user comments for the trailer to Spring.

Benson and Moorhead directed from Benson’s script. Evil Dead star Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker appear in the sci-fi horror film.

Synopsis:
Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci; Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

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It Follows Opening Wide; See it Friday!

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:41

We told you last week that David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows (review) was going to get a wide theatrical release, and now today we have the details you need to follow it.

From the Press Release:
RADiUS proudly announced today that the company is going wide with their smash success IT FOLLOWS. One of the best-reviewed films of the year will expand to 1,200 theaters on Friday. Bolstered by strong word of mouth and critical acclaim, audiences came in droves on opening weekend – Friday, 13th – earning the film $160,089 in just four locations for a per theater average of $40,022. IT FOLLOWS had the best limited opening for a horror film since PARANORMAL ACTVITY, boasting 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and garnering over $600,000 in box office to date.

IT FOLLOWS was written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and features an up and coming ensemble cast that includes Maika Monroe (THE GUEST, THE 5th WAVE) in the lead role.

Related Story: David Robert Mitchell Talks It Follows

Monroe plays 19-year-old Jay, who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions. She can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her.

As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

IT FOLLOWS will be available on VOD and DVD later this year after its theatrical run.

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Preacher Casts Cassidy – Joseph Gilgun

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 15:50

If you’re at all a fan of the Preacher comic series, chances are you’re extremely fond of the vampire Cassidy. He, in short, just rules. Today some casting news has come as Deadline is reporting that British actor Joseph Gilgun (“Misfits,” “This Is England”) has joined the drama pilot based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic.

The project, from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Sony TV, and AMC Studios, is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

Jesse’s sidekick Cassidy is described as the most wild-ass, bestest “bro” you’d ever want to meet. He may be 100 years dead, but no one’s more boisterously alive than Proinsias Cassidy. An incorrigible mischief-maker, Cassidy’s up for anything — joyriding, bungee-jumping, bank robbing, peyote dropping. He’s also a relentless conversationalist with opinions on everything from religion to politics to pop culture to theories on why people are better able to tolerate the odor of their own flatulence.

In addition to Negga, Gilgun joins Ian Colletti, who was cast as Eugene Root, aka Arseface. Dominic Cooper has been in conversations for the lead, Jesse.

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Feel the Power of this New Promo for Salem Season 2

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 15:08

We don’t have an official synopsis yet for Episode 2.01 of “Salem,” airing on April 5th, but we do finally know its title and have yet another promo teaser to share. Read on for another look at “Cry Havoc.”

Still not caught up on Season 1?  You can watch all 13 episodes of the first season when WGN America airs a “Salem” S1 marathon on Saturday, April 4th, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

“Salem,” a bold re-imagination of the infamous 17th-century witch trials, returns for its second season on April 5th.  It’s the dawn of a Witch War, and as the disease and devastation unleashed by a deadly supernatural ritual spread through the war-torn village, Salem’s most powerful witch, Mary Sibley, must face off against adversaries old and new who are vying for her throne.

Related Story: Go Behind the Scenes of this Clip from Salem Season 2

The series stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle, and Iddo Goldberg.  Season 2 guest stars include Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend, Joe Doyle, and Oliver Bell as Mary’s long-lost son.

From creators and writers Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, “Salem” is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly re-imagines the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts.  “Salem” is executive produced by Braga, Simon, Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, and Prospect Park’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinez. Nick Copus directs and serves as co-executive producer. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.

For more info follow “Salem” on Twitter and YouTube (@SalemWGNA), and also be sure to “like” the series on Facebook.

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There’s an Exquisite Corpse in this Sneak Peek of The Originals Episode 2.17

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 15:02

We missed “The Originals” last night (it’s currently on spring break), and if you did too, here’s a sneak peek of its April 6th return, Episode 2.17, entitled “Exquisite Corpse.” Can Klaus trust Freya? Our money is on “no,” but time will tell!

Related Story:  The CW Announces Season Finale Dates for The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural

“The Originals” Episode 2.17 – “Exquisite Corpse” (airs 4/6/15)
CONTROLLING THE DEMON — When Eva Sinclair’s (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) reemergence leaves Rebekah trapped and helpless, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is forced to put aside his mistrust for Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) in order to save Rebekah’s life.

Meanwhile, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) learn more about Eva’s violent past from Josephine (guest star Meg Foster), who then makes a startling revelation about Hayley’s future.

With time running out to save Rebekah, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) turns to a reluctant Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) for his help to take down Eva, but his plan takes an unexpected turn as Eva will not go down without a fight. Danielle Campbell also stars. Dermott Downs directed the episode written by Declan de Barra and Diane Ademu-John.

For more info visit “The Originals” on CWTV.com, “like” “The Originals” on Facebook, and follow “The Originals” on Twitter.

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Chloe Sevigny Checks in to American Horror Story: Hotel

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:42

Two Chloe Sevigny stories in one day? The chick’s on a roll, we tell ya! Ryan Murphy checked in on Twitter to make the announcement that Sevigny will be returning to the “American Horror Story” family for “American Horror Story: Hotel.”

Sevigny was last seen in “American Horror Story: Asylum,” in which she played Shelley, a nymphomaniac patient at Briarcliff who was experimented on by Dr. Arden (James Cromwell).

She’ll join previously announced Lady Gaga, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson for the show’s fifth season. Jessica Lange announced earlier this month at PaleyFest that she would not be returning… this time.

For more info visit the “American Horror Story” Facebook page, and follow @AHSFX on Twitter along with “American Horror Story” on FX.

Very excited to announce that Chloe Sevigny returns to the AHS family as a series regular on “AHS: Hotel.”

— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 24, 2015

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The X-Files Officially BACK as 6-Episode Event Series!

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 13:47

Good news for you fans of “The X-Files” who were hoping that something would come of this past weekend’s news that a limited return for the show was close to being greenlit. We have the full official details right here, and fans of the show are certain to be doing the happy dance in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1!

From the Press Release:
Thirteen years after the original series run, Fox has ordered the next mind-bending chapter of “THE X-FILES,” a thrilling, six-episode event series which will be helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.

The announcement was made today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, and Chris Carter, creator and executive producer of “THE X-FILES.” Production on “THE X-FILES” event series is set to begin in summer 2015. Further details remain under wraps and will be announced at a later date.

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

“We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of ‘THE X-FILES’ – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again,” remarked Newman and Walden. “’THE X-FILES’ was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as ‘THE X-FILES’, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”

“THE X-FILES” originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions, “THE X-FILES” is created and executive-produced by Chris Carter.

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Fiery New Martyrs Image

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 13:38

Another image has made it online for the Goetz Brothers’ upcoming remake of Martyrs. This time we have Jenimay Walker, who is credited on IMDb as “Fire Lady.” One look at the image, and it’s easy to understand why.

Filming has been completed with Bailey Noble, who played Adilyn Bellefleur on “True Blood,” toplining with “Pretty Little Liars” star Troian Bellisario. Kate Burton (Stay, Big Trouble in Little China) and Blake Robbins (Rubber) round out the cast. Mark L. Smith (Vacancy, The Hole, The Revenant) penned the screenplay.

Thanks to DC reader Poptron for the heads-up.

Synopsis:
Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them…

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Vivica A. Fox Back for Independence Day Sequel

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 13:30

Another familiar face is returning to the Independence Day franchise as Roland Emmerich took to Twitter to announce that Vivica A. Fox is reprising her role as Jasmine Dubrow, the stripper who marries Will Smith’s character of Capt. Steven Hiller.

She joins the previously announced Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and a returning Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson.

Exciting news… just officially closed @MsVivicaFox for #IndependenceDay! Here's the pic! pic.twitter.com/hXVjnqOFaD

— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) March 24, 2015

Director Roland Emmerich will return to helm the film. Independence Day 2 is set for release on June 24, 2016 — almost exactly 20 years from when the first film hit theaters on July 3, 1996. Dean Devlin, Emmerich and Harald Kloser are producing. James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright wrote the most recent draft.

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Evangeline Conjures Up New Artwork and Trailer

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 13:00

Been wondering when you’ll be able to see Karen Lam’s acclaimed horror movie Evangeline? Wonder no more! The flick will be here before you know it! Read on for the skinny!

From the Press Release:
Uncork’d Entertainment will release the applauded spookfest EVANGELINE, starring “The 100’s” Richard Harmon, on VOD May 8, 2015, and on DVD June 9, 2015.

Evangeline Pullman (Kat de Lieva) has just escaped her sheltered upbringing to reinvent herself in college. As she begins to break out of her shell, she attracts the attention of a violent fraternity leader (Richard Harmon) and his two cohorts. Beaten and dumped in the woods to die, Evangeline finds herself trapped in a supernatural nightmare, and she must choose between vengeance and redemption.

From director Karen Lam, EVANGELINE stars Kat de Lieva as the titular character with Richard Harmon (TV’s “The 100″) and David Lewis (Halloween Resurrection, Man of Steel).

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Cannibal Flick The Bad Batch Eats Up Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:22

Today marks the VOD release of Ana Lily Amirpour’s vampire Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and so it’s only fitting that today also brings casting news for her next film. It’s a cannibal flick titled The Bad Batch, and holy balls is the cast impressive.

Deadline reports that both Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves have signed on to star in the dystopian love story, alongside Diego Luna and Suki Waterhouse. As was recently rumored, the always badass Jason Momoa is also officially on board.

Production is set to start in L.A. on the Texas wasteland cannibal tale next month. Waterhouse will play the charter of Arlen, Luna will play Jimmy, Reeves will play The Dream, Carrey The Hermit, and Momoa is Miami Man.

Amirpour penned the screenplay and is directing.

Described as a cross between The Road Warrior and Pretty in Pink, The Bad Batch is a post-apocalyptic tale set in a Texas wasteland where a community of cannibals reside. The film is a love story about a cannibal (Momoa) and his food.

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Rob Zombie’s 31 – Jane Carr Slithers as Sister Serpent

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:09

The lazy part of me wishes Rob Zombie would announce the cast of his film 31 all at once so I wouldn’t have to keep writing a new story every day. The fun part of me though, it can’t wait to see who Zombie will announce next!

According to the official Rob Zombie Facebook page, Jane Carr is the newest member of the growing 31 cast. Jane plays Sister Serpent a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose.

Carr joins the previously announced Richard Brake as “Doom-Head”; Ginger Lynn as Cherry Bomb, a very special friend of the main man Doom-Head; Malcolm McDowell, who will play Father Murder, the owner of Murder World; Judy Geeson as “Sister Dragon”; 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”; E.G. Daily as the character “Sex-Head”; Torsten Voges as “Death-Head, as well as Sheri Moon Zombie, Lew Temple, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell.

Synopsis:
31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which “The Heads” – murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.

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Dredd 2 Likely Never Happening, Says Alex Garland

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:07

Ever since the 2012 release of blood-soaked action flick Dredd, fans have been clamoring for a sequel. Regardless, it is no closer to being made at the time of writing this, and sadly it seems that the same will be true for the rest of eternity. Read on for the crushing latest.

In an interview with MTV, Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland cut right to the chase when he was asked about the fate of the project, laying out the painful facts about this particular case.

One of the things that’s bugged me is that I feel like fans have been slightly exploited to a degree, by having things dangled in front of them,” said Garland. “The mechanics of film finance are complicated and tricky, and one thing that’s obvious and kind of irreducible is that if a film really bombs at the box office, it’s hard to get money for a sequel. And Dredd bombed.”

And that’s that. Dredd was a box office flop, no matter how much we loved it, and so a sequel is HIGHLY unlikely. Shame, but that’s just the way Hollywood works. So when you really enjoy a movie, no matter the genre, spread the word and make sure people support it!

You can watch the brief interview snippet below.

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Infernal (2015)

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:00

Starring Alyssa Koerner, Andy Ostroff, Heather Adair

Directed by Bryan Coyne

If it weren’t for non-functional parents in horror movies, all children would thrive and lead terror-free existences…but that would be exceedingly boring, now wouldn’t it? If Mom and Dad love to scratch and brawl at every conceivable turn, with no hope of reconciliation, topped off with no sense of where their offspring is at differing moments, then by all means, there is no greater environment in which to bring a young’un into the world!

Take Bryan Coyne’s latest supernatural thriller, Infernal for example: we’ve got the newly married couple consisting of Nathan and Sophia (Ostroff, Adair), who hardly give the off the impression that they’re in love, or even willing to be compatible with each other, as the majority of their dialogue between each other boils down to screaming and an endless barrage of f-bombs aplenty. Enter their newest addition to the family, baby Imogene – as her little life crawls along, she becomes increasingly more creepy with every passing day. Whether it be the constant need to comb her long blond tresses, or the covert ability to sneak off at a moment’s notice undetected, it’s clearly obvious that something else is in control of this little one, and Mom and Dad are WAY too involved with themselves and their problems to focus solely upon their daughter’s issues. At the request of a psychiatrist, it’s concluded that maybe the intervention of a running camera would be the best way to track her progression…well then, isn’t it always?

Never mind with speaking to the child, or having her under the direct supervision of a qualified professional – nonsense! The only licensed proficient in the house apparently is Doctor Go-Pro (at least they’ll save on health insurance). As would be expected, Nathan chooses to record every single moment of little Imogene’s calendar, from birthday parties to her love of the neighborhood dogs, regardless of whether they love her or not. A few instances even capture the voice (and image) of a dark, horned presence in her bedroom at night, almost taking watch of her as she sleeps, all the while Nathan and Sophia continue to piss and moan at each other like a couple of petulant children, which was kind of a sneaky move by their therapist.

As her behavior grows more and more mechanical and laid-out, unfortunately so does the progression of the movie, and aside from a fairly surprising turn of events towards the movie’s conclusion, we’re left with that overdone feeling that’s been far too commonplace in today’s brand of horror.

Now I’m not one to play the evil reviewer here, and if you believe that statement, I’d like to announce a casting call for Cabin in the Woods Part 2 (just kidding). Look, performances are what you’d expect from a “found-footage” styled presentation, a lot of infighting, a crapload of “fucks!!” being hurled in every direction, and the inability (at least in this movie) to convince me to sympathize with virtually any character…ever. In the end of all things, when you’re hankerin for a big ol’ slice of angry kid-right-hand-of Satan type of film, allow me to offer up a little gem from 1976… anyone? Starred some guy named Gregory Peck? Anyone? Give me a little while, and I’m sure it’ll come to me.

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Alex Roe Lands Male Lead in The Ring Prequel Rings

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:05

Pre-production has begun on F. Javier Gutierrez’s Rings, set to be a prequel to the 2002 remake of The Ring. We recently learned that a female lead had been found, and today another piece has been added to the casting puzzle. Read on for the latest!

Deadline reports that Alex Roe (The 5th Wave) has nabbed the male lead in the prequel, starring opposite Italian actress Matilda Lutz. He will be playing Holt, who is the boyfriend to Lutz’s character and becomes distant from her after watching the tape.

Related Story: First Look at Rings Shows Return of Samara

Rings will hit theaters on November 13, 2015.

Gutierrez is directing from a script written by Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka, and Jacob Aaron Estes.

Based on a Japanese cult success, the first U.S. film went on to gross $249 million at the worldwide box office. That was enough to justify a sequel, which didn’t match the first one’s B.O. power but still grossed $160 million worldwide.

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Within Madness (2015)

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:00

Starring Matt Story, Kaci Champion, Jessica Dickory

Directed by J.M. Stelly

Aah, the ramblings of a madman – whether conceptually fictional or right out of the newspapers, some of them can make for interesting reading (or watching, dependent upon which type of media they choose to utilize). Some of the all-time favorites have got to be Manson, Bundy, Dahmer, and even good old Hannibal the Cannibal himself, but not too many folks recognize the name of Ricardo Lopez, the infamous stalker of Icelandic singer Bjork, who in 1996 took his own life, but not before making a nearly nine-month video rant at his home in Hollywood.

Director J.M. Stelly used Lopez’s maniacal tendencies to inspire Within Madness, a thriller basing its focus upon Donovan Summer (Story), a personal trainer who had become obsessed with a former client (Champion), and sat down (in painful lengths) to prattle on about his morbid fascination with her. His deep descent into complete mental separation is drawn out over the course of its relatively short runtime, and with Selly’s usage of 16mm stock, the grain and feel is that of a retro art house production – nice touch, indeed. Summer’s slip into depravity is wrought with cut scenes of a slave and her master in some antiquated S&M footage – odd in appearance and it just looks out of place. As the movie slogs along in its attempt to convince the viewer that Summer is flipping his loon-switch (as if we couldn’t already tell), his rants become more fervent in their emergence, and the way that Stelly shoots the video diary shots is a way to pull you in, yet if you’ve seen and heard the musings of sociopaths in the past, this dialogue can seem both tedious and pedestrian.

Story does a respectable job in his portrayal of the damaged soul, and at times offers up memories reminiscent of one Mr. Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, but it’s the slowdown that will whittle away at your patience (at least it did mine) and almost slams the brakes so hard that your skull bounces off of the dashboard – quick on the startup, even faster to decelerate, and that is nothing short of a terminal diagnosis for a presentation with a 75-minute life span. My advice for those looking for the real deal when it comes to true schizoid delirium on tape? – Google some of Lopez’s actual video diaries, as that’s the kind of stuff what will keep you up at night, because when it comes to this kind of “madness,” my prescription would be to sleep it off, and save yourself the psychological wear and tear on your melons.

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Today on VOD: Backcountry, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Spring and Zombeavers

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:18

Today is thus far the biggest horror VOD release date of the year, as a handful of 2015’s hottest gems are now available for instant viewing. Read on for all the details, and get ready to spend the weekend on the couch!

First up, writer/director Adam MacDonald’s Backcountry (review) has been unleashed by IFC Midnight today, and our own Matt Boiselle raves that the flick “does for the woods what Jaws did for the ocean.” High praise, to say the very least.

Starring Eric Balfour, Missy Peregrym, and Jeff Roop, Backcountry follows an urban couple who embark on a camping trip in the Canadian backcountry. When they enter a predatory bear’s territory, their trip turns into an horrific tale of tragedy, will, and survival.

We go from survival horror to vampire horror with Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (review), which is being touted as the world’s first Iranian vampire Western. Is your interest piqued? Because it should be!

In the film, the Iranian ghost town of Bad City, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.

One of this year’s most anticipated horror films has been Spring (review), the latest from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution). It has received predominantly rave reviews from those lucky enough to see it, and today it’s available for all to enjoy.

Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead) and Nadia Hilker appear in the sci-fi horror film, centered on a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

And last but certainly not least, those looking for a whacky horror-comedy need look no further than Jordin Rubin’s Zombeavers (review), which chomps its way to VOD outlets today courtesy of Freestyle Releasing.

When a trio of sexy college girls arrive at a remote cabin for a weekend getaway, their vacation is quickly jeopardized by a hungry bear, a menacing hunter, and the girls’ own party-crashing boyfriends. However, these disturbances are nothing compared to what lurks in the lake by the cabin: The result of a local chemical spill, a horde of bloodthirsty, zombified beavers closes in on the unsuspecting co-eds.

 

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Exclusive – Lou Taylor Pucci Talks Spring

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:00

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Lou Taylor Pucci, whose latest horror/romance feature film, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Spring (review), will be opening up next week; and after coming to the conclusion that we both were reeling from the effects of different St. Patrick’s Day celebrations the night before, we settled in and discussed a number of topics. So grab some aspirin and a little black coffee along with us, but more importantly, enjoy!

Dread Central – Can you give us a little insight about how you got your start in the business?

Lou Taylor Pucci – I did The Sound of Music on Broadway – I was running around in a sailor’s suit, singing “Do-Re-Mi.” I did community theater as a kid and that’s where it led to in New York City – I lived about an hour away, and almost my entire family has been in the entertainment industry in some way or another. My Dad was a musician, and my Mom did some modeling, and they said that they gave me a good stage name, because they thought I was going to be a musician, so I guess that’s what I aspired to, but nobody said that, which was nice because I never felt the pressure to become a musician, and honestly I didn’t have the talent for it. Something in me just picked up singing so fast – I had the right pitch, and maybe because it was from me hearing my Dad sing so much when I was younger. So I was on Broadway about a year and a half after I started auditioning, and then film came way later – there was a year in between where I was trying to figure out what the hell to do next. I remember thinking after The Sound of Music was done, I thought “I hope this isn’t the coolest thing I ever do in my life” (laughs). Then film started coming around, and that was because of one awesome woman: Rebecca Miller, who is married to Daniel Day-Lewis – she made this movie called Personal Velocity, where I played this dark, dark role, and coming from Broadway to being a hitchhiker who’s been beaten, and picks his fingers until they bleed, it was so different and real that it actually shocked my system when I went for the audition, and I realized what acting was like for film, and from then on, I’ve just been riding the wave.

DC – Tell me about your character Evan in Spring.

LP – It’s a little hard for me to describe it because he’s so real…just a regular guy. The one thing that’s really special about him in some ways is that he has no one. He starts the movie off by losing his mother, and he finds out later on that he’s lost his mother, and that it occurred before his mother’s passing. He’s a regular guy, and I kind of base him on my brother, Zack, in terms of the masculine figure – he’s just the normal dude – he doesn’t give away his feelings very easily, and he’s not very emotional outwardly, but when he finds this woman, everything changes, and he opens up and falls in love. From there he realizes that he’s got someone, and they’re the only person that matters in his life – he’s a lonely character, and he’s at that point in his life where he’s got to try something different.

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DC – Now I’ve wanted to nail someone down from the Evil Dead cast for a while for this question: How rigorous was the filming? It looked like a lot of you took quite a beating during the shoots!

LP – Dude, that was one of the coolest things I ever did. Using all practical effects like that – there was no green screening at all – when someone’s arm was getting cut off, that was it! It felt like a throwback to when you could make horror films well, because people could see what the hell was going on, and everyone was covered in fake blood, and they all were frustrated and angry that they stuck to everything! My hair was stuck to my shoulders the entire movie – I’d wake up and have to get a spray-down on my shoulders just so I could life my cheek off (laughs). We make it in New Zealand, which is beautiful, but we were filming in Winter, so it was shockingly cold in this giant warehouse, and I honestly got to see the biggest production that I’ve ever been a part of. The house had each room rolled away from each other room, so that they could film in it as best they could, and each room was built to exact specifications so that they could fit all the crew in there, yet make each room look tiny in the cabin, and it was really well done. Fede Alvarez was one of the coolest dudes ever, and I just could believe that he had the immediate ability to not only make amazing homages to the original, but also make his own thing happen, and not be too precious about the original stuff either. Making the lead character a girl, and not having Bruce Campbell be a part of that was awesomely smart – no one can replace him, and only Bruce Campbell can be Bruce Campbell – he’s just a personality all to himself.

DC – You’ve had your hands in both TV and film projects, so do you have a preference, or just happy to be acting as a whole?

LP – I just love acting different characters and playing parts that look different. I know that sounds weird, and a lot of people start from the inside and work their way out with it, but I do the reverse. If I can’t look at myself in the mirror, and I look like a different person, then it’s very hard for me, and that’s why my character of Evan in Spring was so hard to play because it was just me – head shaved bald, so I had to start from the inside with that, but most of the time whatever part will give me the ability to do that, I’ll try. I once played a transvestite on Law & Order, and I said “only if I get to keep the beard that I have!” I looked whacked out – I had makeup and a beard, and it looked hilarious, and he was also sad and strange – it was awesome. I always look for those kinds of parts where people are going to allow me to make the audience forget that its me, as if they ever had any idea who this person ever was, because I don’t think that’s real acting, and I don’t think it should be a fucking popularity contest. If you’re a musician, you’ve got to create a personality,if you’re a comedian, you’ve got to create a personality, but if you’re an actor, you’ve got to create a personality that can fit into anything. Personally, I don’t like the whole “Tom Cruise in the next shootout movie!” – to me, it doesn’t make sense – I want to feel the story, and believe that story, and forget that it’s Tom Cruise.

DC – I recently saw on your IMDb page that you’re listed as a producer on a movie titled Poor Boy – what’s going on with that?

LP – Yeah, we’re going to be making it in a month – it’s about two brothers in Nevada living on a houseboat on Lake Mead. I play Romeo “Prickface” Griggs – big beard, mohawk, and my brother, who is kind of called “Poor Boy” – you actually never hear his name in the movie, which I think is cool. It’s sort of a brother-love story about these two people trying to take care of each other, but at the same time it’s a total comedy – not slapstick, but the dialogue is smart, and it’s very realistic, and it reminds me of a real version of Run Ronnie Run. Robert Scott Wildes is directing, and he’s a first-time feature guy, and I came on early, and helped him in a couple of ways, and it’s the first time I’ve gotten the chance to produce, which is really cool, and I’ll be one of the main characters in the movie – it’s really different for me, which is cool.

DC – Last one I’ve got for you – after the work on Poor Boy, how full is the future slate for you?

LP – Honestly, the last thing that I did was the Law & Order and Spring, which comes out in a week, so that’s the most major thing out right now, and I’ve been working on Poor Boy for about a year – doing research and working for that specific reason – I have a nine-month beard on me right now – it’s huge! With pilot season coming up, combined with a nine-month beard, you’re not going to find a lot of stuff (laughs). The film I’m working on right now is such a passion-project, and it’s so much of what I want to do, that I’ve got to focus on that.

Benson and Moorhead directed from Benson’s script. Evil Dead star Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker appear in the sci-fi horror film.

Synopsis:
Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci; Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

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AMC’s Preacher Pilot Finds Its Arseface

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:46

Casting news for AMC’s upcoming “Preacher” pilot is coming at us hot and heavy this week, and today the latest announcement has been made. Who will be playing the lovable character known as Arseface? Read on to find out!

Deadline reports that young actor Ian Colletti (“Rake”) has landed the role of Arseface, whose real name is Eugene Root. The character has a horribly disfigured face and a severe speech impediment but is an otherwise nice kid, looking up to main character Jesse Custer. However, the town’s reviled monster is troubled by something terrible he’s done in the past — something he fears might have turned God himself against him.

As we reported yesterday, Ruth Negga has landed the female lead in “Preacher,” playing Jesse’s ex-girlfriend, Tulip. The character is described as a volatile, action-packed, sexified force of nature, a capable, unrepentant criminal with a love of fashion and ability to construct helicopter-downing bazookas out of coffee cans and corn shine who’s not afraid to steal, kill, or corn cob-stab her way out of a bad situation.

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“Preacher,” a Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production, was developed for TV by Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”) and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors). Rogen and Goldberg will produce through their Point Grey banner along with Neal Moritz’s Original Film.

The pilot was written by Sam Catlin. Rogen and Goldberg are attached to direct.

Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s twisted ‘90s comic book series, “Preacher” is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

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Fight of the Living Dead – Exclusive Clip

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:00

Billed as “Survivor” meets “The Walking Dead,” we now have an exclusive clip from the new series “Fight of the Living Dead.” Check it out and look for it to premiere on CONtv this Sunday!

From the Press Release:
Shot over the course of two days at Sybil Brand Women’s Prison in Los Angeles, “FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD” competitors were first blindfolded, driven in circles, led onto the set, and zipped into body bags, all to help simulate the all-too-real tension of awaking in a post-apocalyptic landscape riddled by monsters out for blood. Instructed by a faceless character named Dr. Altagracia (portrayed by Tony E. Valenzuela, Executive Producer and founder of YouTube’s #1 ranked genre channel BlackBoxTV), the “survivors” are tasked finding the antidote that can save mankind.

Enlisting over 200 extras, FX Supervisor Tommy Pietch (“Face Off”) and his team create a horrifying mob of rotting, wounded, bloody zombies tasked with keeping the competitors from accomplishing their mission. “FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD” also turns up the thrills by including a collection of zombie-clad Parkour experts, overseen by renowned stunt coordinator Chris Carnel (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), who use the prison’s walls as their terrifying playground, threatening to unleash destruction from any angle.

Requiring over 60 cameras to track each competitor as they fight to survive the game, each participant was also clad with their own GoPro cameras so that the viewers may get even closer to all the explosive action.

“FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD” is produced by Alpine Labs and Revolver Picture Company; Alpine’s Kevin Abrams, Jamie Denenberg, BlackBoxTV’s Tony E. Valenzuela, and Aaron Lewis are Executive Producers; Revolver Picture Company’s Rodney Frazier, Nick Phillips and Kelly Martin Wagner are Co-Executive Producers. It will air on CONtv.

CONtv Details:
CONtv has announced an expansive portfolio of acquired film and television content that will be available on the new digital network. Launching in early 2015, the direct-to-consumer digital service geared specifically for fans in the Comic-Con community, will also include the previously announced original program “Fight of the Living Dead,” a horror-competition series from Alpine Labs, BlackBoxTV, and Revolver Picture Company. CONtv plans to announce additional programming initiatives, original series, and talent partnerships in the coming weeks.

Spanning cult television, sci-fi, horror and fantasy films, grindhouse classics, thrilling martial arts adventures, and more, CONtv’s extensive launch offering includes:

  • Superhero Action: “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” “Voltron,” “Trial of the Incredible Hulk,” “She-Ra: Princess of Power”
  • Cult Classics: Godzilla, Death Race 2000, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Return of the Killer Tomatoes, Beware the Blob, Transylvania 6-5000, Night Patrol
  • Horror: Evil Dead, Re-Animator, Hellraiser, I Spit on Your Grave (#1 and #2), Hellboy: Blood & Iron, Rob Zombie Presents The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Ichi the Killer, Puppet Master, Embrace of the Vampire
  • Martial Arts: Fists of Fury, Shaolin, Man from Nowhere, War of the Arrows, Legend of the Fist, Yakuza Weapon, Blade of Kings, Lady Ninja
  • Gaming: “Sonic the Hedgehog,” “Super Mario Bros,” “Legend of Zelda,” “Stargate Infinity,” “Street Fighter Alpha,” “Heavenly Sword”
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television: UK’s “Being Human,” “Farscape,” “Highlander,” “Demon King,” “Stargate Infinity”
  • Anime: “Yu-Gi-Oh,” “Beyblade,” “Digimon,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “High School of the Dead,” “Saint Seiya,” “Angel Beats,” “Clannad”

CONtv is a joint venture between Cinedigm, a leading independent content distributor, and Wizard World, a leading producer of live pop culture multimedia conventions.

“CONtv is at the apex of fan culture,” said Bill Sondheim, President of Cinedigm Entertainment. “It’s a celebration of the best in fandom, with carefully selected and curated content from some of the industry’s top creators.”

CONtv has licensed this content from well-known distributors including Starz, RLJ Entertainment, DHX Media, The Jim Henson Company, Full Moon Films, Sentai Filmworks (aka Anime Network), Well Go USA, and Zodiak Media. Carefully selected for the passionate fans that make up the CONtv audience, these new partnerships enable the network to carry a deep catalogue of the best in pop culture obsession from pulse-pounding horror, to short-lived TV series, to cult classic films. With a selection ofmovies from cult directors Ed Wood, John Carpenter and Roger Corman, the digital network will also feature George Clooney’s famous performance in Return To Horror High, Seth Green in Arcade, Bruce Campbell in My Name Is Bruce, Gary Busey’s Gingerdead Man series and Tommy Chong’s Evil Bong films.

“We are excited to offer fans a robust cross section of content curated especially for them,” says John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World. “Clearly nobody knows the comic community better than our staff – we’ve got the most rabid fans amidst our own ranks shaping CONtv’s content offering.”

The network will also include original series geared specifically to the CONtvfan base. The first of which is an unprecedented mash-up ofreality and scripted genres, “Fight Of The Living Dead,” which will be available at launch. The thrilling show follows nine YouTube stars as they work to survive the first 24-hours of a simulated zombie apocalypse. Contestants will face a series of grisly challenges in an attempt to eliminate the competition through the undead’s frightening realistic onslaught.

Upon its launch in early 2015, the digital service will be offered as a free ad-supported platform as well as a low-cost monthly subscription of$6.99/month with content exclusives, audience rewards, a dynamic social viewing experiences, and ticketing bundle opportunities for fans planning to attend Wizard World conventions. CONtv plans to launch across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, Samsung Smart TV, Windows, Mac OS, mobile, and tablet devices.

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