A new thriller is on its way which features The Birds‘ Tippi Hedren alongside the voice of Jonathan Pryce as he breaths life into a big talking whale, entitled The Ghost and The Whale, and we have your first look at it right here.
Anthony Gaudioso and James Gaudioso co-direct the film, which stars Hedren, Pryce, Monica Keena, and The Human Centipede‘s Ashlynn Yennie.
A man, Joseph, loses his wife at sea, then spirals deep into a world of confusion. The wife’s brothers’ need revenge! Joseph tries to tell anyone who will listen that a whale killed his beautiful Annabel Lee, but even he doesn’t quite remember the truth. A journey into the depths of his mind, a conversation with a whale, and bloodthirsty brothers…
Love is forever; so is revenge.
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Though our coverage of The Hunger Games film franchise has lessened over the years as its chapters have distanced themselves from the Battle Royale-influence that first drew us to the series, we have admittedly still kept a keen interest in where Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novels-turned-films would ultimately lead. With Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 finally bringing the saga to a close, we find the sci-fi/adventure series taking a notably bleak turn, a tonal shift that conclusively works in the favor of the series. However, as a 137-minute long film adaptation that is mining source material from only the second half of a 400-page book, there is an awful lot of wheel-spinning to endure before reaching that explosively emotional conclusion.
In the midst of a revolutionary war within the futuristic nation of Panem, the film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) reeling from an unexpected attack from her former friend and sometimes romantic interest Peeta (Hutcherson), who has been “hijacked” by the nation’s menacing dictator President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in an effort to thwart Katniss’ charge against the corrupt powers-that-be within the Capitol. Recognizing that Snow will stop at nothing until the revolution is halted, President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) of the rebel city District 13 tasks Katniss with a mission to infiltrate the Capitol with a star squad of other skilled soldiers, including an unpredictable Peeta and her lifelong friend/second potential romantic interest Gale (Hemsworth). As the rebels battle their way through the streets of the Capitol, which have been armed with dangerous pods set to inflict varying degrees of destruction and terror, it becomes clear that Katniss may have to sacrifice much more than she bargained for in order to finally see Snow’s evil reign brought to an end.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is in fact the best kind of thrill ride you would hope to find in such an action-packed popcorn flick, but only once it stops retreading the contemplative slow-burn territory that the previous film so tirelessly covered. The finale’s most conspicuous problems are (still) inherent in the decision to split up the final book between two movies, which individually feel like two drawn-out halves of a whole. As Mockingjay – Part 1 focused on a dialogue-heavy, uncertainty-laden setup building towards an expectedly massive battle, the fact that we find much of the same “What should we do?” banter still so predominate in the first half of Mockingjay – Part 2 becomes frustrating — even for viewers like myself who have read and thoroughly enjoyed Collins’ divisive final book in the series. There are only so many empowering speeches and introspective exchanges that you can tolerate before you want to shout, “Just get on with it!”
To its credit, the story spanning across the two Mockingjay films is not a mind-numbing extension of a thin narrative yarn. Rather, it just spends a bit too much time focusing on what we have already established when it could have very easily left the more repetitive scenes on the cutting room floor, such as Katniss meeting with Coin and Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final role) more than once. Additionally, screenwriters Danny Strong and Peter Craig questionably retain some of the book’s more on-the-nose dialogue that spells out the state of the Katniss-Peeta-Gale love triangle a bit too obviously. Such moments don’t feel nearly as silly in the novel, but in the midst of the dismal tone that ultimately overtakes the film, they just don’t translate well to screen. Luckily, these moments are brief and are not the focal point of the film, which ultimately does Mockingjay – Part 2 and the character of Katniss a great service.
Once the action really gets going, Lawrence’s film consistently delivers. His directorial approach to the action sequences is gritty and unforgiving, capturing some of the more war-like battles scenes with commendable skill. The most notable of these is a thrilling chase sequence involving monstrously engineered “mutations” pursuing the rebels through an underground tunnel system. The front-lines camerawork in this section is effectively disorienting in the rebels’ race for survival, and the intensely suspenseful scene solidifies the unapologetically dark tone of the film as two notable characters meet tragic deaths quickly and mercilessly. I would have loved to see more sequences like this and those in which the group encounters the deadly pods throughout the city.
While the promise of an action-packed final battle may draw many in to Mockingjay – Part 2, the strongest aspect of the film lies in the decidedly grim and subdued direction its final act takes. This is a great credit to Strong and Craig, who wisely do not veer from Collins’ heartrending turns of plot that culminate in Katniss finally facing President Snow, once again chillingly portrayed by Sutherland as a relentless despot whose humanity has decayed as much as his health. Jennifer Lawrence shines once again as Katniss, who faces an inescapable, isolating darkness that she eventually accepts as a part of life in a world that has long been collapsing around her. In the film’s more emotionally raw scenes — like one in which she returns to her war-torn home and encounters her family cat — the actress is moving in her conveyance of exhaustion and heartache. The story’s final outcome may surprise many viewers who are not familiar with the books, as it makes very bold moves for a young adult series in regard to how it approaches survival, power, and the ways in which people are scarred by tragedy.
Conclusively, it’s difficult not to dwell on how much the decision to split the final book ultimately hampers would could have likely been an exhilarating single-film conclusion, as opposed to two solidly decent, if not occasionally uneven, efforts. In any case, viewers who walk into theaters with their franchise fandom intact are certain to leave feeling satisfied, as Lawrence’s faithful adaptation brings Collins’ final chapter to a satisfyingly dystopian realization. As big time Hollywood blockbusters go, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 does succeed in the end by solidifying the series’ more provocative attributes in way that is ultimately quite refreshing, as opposed to watering them down with syrupy romance or attaching to them an incongruously buoyant sense of closure. If unsuspecting audiences who are not aware of how the journey ends feel notably despondent as the final credits roll, the film will have most definitely succeeded as a work far more significant in its intentions that most would give it credit for.
Edited by Andy Cox
Published by TTA Press
Backed up by some seriously freaky photo-realistic artwork by Joachim Luetke, Jeffrey Thomas’ Distinguished Mole kicks off the fiction in issue 48 of Black Static. Telling the tale of Dr. Bendo Tin, a skilled physician passing his days in a Far Eastern health centre and lamenting the consistent lack of respect and recognition that his work receives, Thomas’ story takes us on an icky ride into existentially-tinged body horror.
Resentful of treatment by his peers, Dr. Tin decides that what he really needs is an impressive mole on his face – a cultural sign of mental and spiritual wisdom gauged by the size of the mole and the hairs that grow from it. Chance comes in the form of a mortally wounded monk who is wheeled into the operating theatre – sporting a gloriously distinguished growth on his chin.
Utilising his scientific know-how, Dr. Tin creates a tonic of sorts using cells from the monk’s mole… but he is in no way prepared for the surprisingly gruesome results.
Distinguished Mole is a speedy and very easy to enjoy nugget of body horror which takes a pleasantly unforeseen detour into a little bit of existential exploration for the final stretch. Most striking about it is the sense of place, which Thomas admirably creates not through focus on physical description or geographical details, but rather the cultural and local social attitudes revealed by his protagonist’s thoughts and character interaction.
Stephen Bacon’s Bandersnatch is up next. Our narrator, Lawrence, is currently in the midst of a pleasant walk alongside his sister, Michelle. Having just been reunited after a decade apart – owing to the death of their mother – the both of them find themselves working back into the familial groove.
Lawrence gets on just swell with Michelle’s dog, Roscoe… but not so much with her boyfriend, Scott. And let’s just say that Scott’s worries aren’t unfounded. Lawrence is one seriously twisted piece of work – a fact that Bacon gradually lays out for all to see, with excruciating inevitability that’s as calculated as his narrator’s grim intent.
Bandersnatch is uncomfortable stuff. Black as night and superbly unfolded throughout its short length, this is well-tuned human horror that will make you squirm.
In The Suffering, author Steven J. Dines introduces us to his narrator, Julia, a bereaved mother tortured by not only the memories of her beloved daughter’s death but by regular visions of her. As Julia sits nightly and looks from the window of her home, slicing and eating apples, she witnesses her young daughter run for her life – or afterlife, as it may be – from a demonic entity that stalks her though the woods behind the house.
The Suffering feels incredibly personal – reeking with an authentic sense of grief that works on one hand, but tends to drag the proceedings into something of a dirge on the other. The sense of hopelessness seems exactly the point, however, and Dines’ imagery is top notch, including a fearsome-feeling antagonist in the form of the creature – an otherworldly construct of rotting flora and fauna.
Up next, Andrew Hook’s Blood for your Mother is a lovingly old-school kind of family-ties shocker that keeps its revelatory punch for the finish. In it, Miriam Hubbard returns to the home of her all-but-estranged elderly parents in order to care for her father on what appears to be his deathbed.
Struggling with her inability to properly take care of the frail old man – owing to her own commitments elsewhere in life, and the refusal of the social services to intervene without her father’s permission – Miriam discovers a horrible truth about what’s going on beneath the roof of her old home.
And it’s a cracker. Consistently intriguing, all the way to the eye-widening finale, Blood for your Mother feels straight from Tales from the Crypt and would make for an excellent candidate for short film adaptation.
The lengthiest entry in this issue, Cate Garnder’s When the Moon Man Knocks rounds out the fiction with its fantastical approach to grief. Here, recently widowed Olive finds her life turned upside down when she gets an unsolicited phone call from Hector Wynter – The Moon Man – who wants to deliver her a particularly strange bit of news: that the dead live on the Moon, speaking to him by way of messages written on origami birds… and Olive’s deceased husband, Ben, has a message for her.
It’s certainly an inventive premise, and Gardner builds the drama admirably with the introduction of another woman with whom Ben may have been having an affair – putting the two ladies and Hector at a triangle of loggerheads whilst the supernatural tension also grows. With paper birds suddenly being received by all of them, and the actions of said birds becoming ever more autonomous and forceful, everything seems to be building to more threatening intent than Ben’s initial messages proffered.
Unfortunately Gardner does take a little too long building up to the final bombastic set-piece, so that When the Moon Man Knocks often threatens to lose its grip amidst the meandering dramatic threads. The author’s presentations of Olive’s grief and the confusion and denial that accompany the revelation of infidelity are well rounded and authentic, however, and manage to provide a solid anchor through to the darkly poetic finish.
Elsewhere this issue we have the usual wealth of film and book reviews to help you fill up your “to buy” list, along with a great Q&A with author Simon Kurt Unsworth, and columnists Stephen Volk and Lynda E. Rucker continue to uphold their usual high standards – the former assuredly tackling the advance of technology and hyper-reality bleed of film at once via the themes of classic sci-fi thriller Westworld.
All in all, here’s yet another excellent issue for Black Static. The threaded theme of grief and familial fracture makes it a heavy one… but it’s more than worth inviting the darkness in.
I cannot remember a time when horror was more prevalent on TV than it is right now, and we’re all the better for it. Another genre show is on its way as Deadline is reporting that Fox has put in development “Haunted,” a horror drama series written, executive produced, and directed by The Devil Inside co-writer/director William Brent Bell and executive produced by Chris Morgan.
Loosely based on the Bob Cranmer book The Demon of Brownsville Road, “Haunted” is described as a chilling horror series about a military agent who is partnered with her ex-boyfriend, now a rogue demonologist, to help a family overcome a deadly demonic infestation of their home.
The season-long case investigates the true story of one the most haunted houses in America. The believer-vs.-nonbeliever duo, by solving the mystery of the present, will solve the mystery of their damaged past. At its core the series will explore the age-old question, “Is evil real?”
Ainsley Davies also executive produces, while Lisa Arianna serves as a producer. 20th Century Fox TV, where Morgan is based, is the studio.
Fox has just dropped a trio of new posters for “The X-Files” on us, and they may very well be our favorite of the bunch thus far! Check ’em out!
“The X-Files” returns to Fox with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, January 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, January 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their iconic roles as Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully in a mixture of stand-alone investigative episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee.
The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.” Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, and James Wong.
“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 sixteen 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. “The X-Files” is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ten Thirteen Productions. Carter is executive producer and creator of the series. Glen Morgan also serves as an executive producer.
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As fall turns to winter, it is time to turn our attention to the great horror films that have successfully incorporated the chill of the season. While weather is a seemingly unimportant aspect of a film, these movies manage to take advantage of how cold, desolate, and frightening the winter can be… especially in a horror film.
10. Silent Night Deadly Night (1984):
Directed by Charles E. Sellier, Jr., this Christmas-themed horror movie created such controversy that Tri-Star Pictures pulled it from theaters days after it was released. Thankfully for all of us horror fans, it would eventually be re-released. It tells the story of a young boy who was institutionalized after witnessing the brutal murder of his parents by a man in a Santa outfit. In a serious lapse of judgment, he is released as an adult… at Christmastime. Donning a Santa outfit, he decides to let his freak flag fly and exact revenge on anyone and everyone during the most joyous time of year. The movie offended the PTA and a number of other religious organizations, resulting in the picketing and letter writing that eventually got the movie pulled from theaters. Of course, all that negative attention only served to make it even more popular… forever giving it cult status among horror fans.
9. 30 Days of Night (2007):
Horror fans either love or hate this vampire movie set in Barrow, Alaska. Directed by David Slade, the film capitalizes on the lore that says sunlight kills vampires. Since Barrow, Alaska, is about to experience a 30-day “polar night,” it becomes a target for a clan of vampires, who descend with a vengeance. Isolated and unable to signal for help, the townspeople of Barrow must fight for their lives… for the next 30 days. Plus, with all the snow in this movie, it will definitely put you in the mood for the holidays!
8. Dead Snow (2009):
Tommy Wirkola directed this Nazi zombie flick about a group of students that have to battle the undead in the mountains of Norway. Based on Scandinavian folklore that says the dead will rise to protect their treasures, the undead in this film are Nazis who are out to protect items that were never theirs to begin with. This film became a hit with many horror fans and seems to show that whatever is going on in Scandinavian countries, it seems like they have a knack for making great horror.
MORE Frostbitten Flicks on the NEXT page!
Our friends at Crypt TV have released a new One Minute Horror short film (although in this case it’s more like a minute and a half). Entitled Krampus Is Here, the film is “inspired by Krampus,” the new feature film which is heading our way on December 4th from Michael Dougherty.
Krampus Is Here is directed by John Ross, who also helmed The Thing in the Apartment (review).
Episodes are released several times a month and can only be found on Crypt TV’s Facebook page. One Minute Horror may be short in duration but is versatile in the different types of horror portrayed from week to week. From monsters to scares to thrills, One Minute Horror is designed to be easy to devour and geared to be watched multiple times.
Halloween may be over, but Krampus is coming… in fact, he’s HERE!
ONE MINUTE HORROR: Krampus is HereHalloween is over… but Krampus is coming.
Posted by Crypt TV on Thursday, November 19, 2015
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The Aokigahara Forest (青木ヶ原, also known as the Suicide Forest or the Sea of Trees) is the perfect setting for a horror film given the horrors that have taken place there. There have been several features which took place in the location, and right now we have what’s being called a digital one-sheet for the next one, which is simply entitled The Forest.
Starring Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones,” The Hunger Games), Taylor Kinney (“Chicago Fire”), Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), and Yukiyoshi Ozawa, director Jason Zada’s The Forest hits theaters nationwide from Gramercy Pictures on January 8th. Dig on the image along with a new trailer below.
Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller. A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to “stay on the path.” Determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara at every turn will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself.
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We have such sights to show you… Dread Central has joined forces with the Who Goes There Podcast to bring Frights & Pints Horror Movie Night to The Ugly Dog Pub in sunny (and hot as HELL) San Diego! Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean the nightmares just go away.
Join us on Blackest Saturday for the fun, drink many beers, meet other horror fans, and maybe win yourself some cool horror goodies! Please share this event with everyone you know! It’s FREE!
The event will bring with it a special screening of 1982 classic The Thing! That’s right, one of our favorite films and the story the podcasters named their show after! Not to mention that it’s also one of the best displays of practical effects ever put to film and shows off Kurt Russell’s ability to grow a wicked beard!
Bring your friends and drink away all of your holiday angst!
Start spreading the word and join us Saturday, November 28, 2015, at 8PM PT!
The Ugly Dog Pub San Diego
6344 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, California 92115
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If a horror movie was released in the ’80s and it hasn’t yet been remade, then it’s either completely irrelevant or someone just hasn’t gotten around to it yet. Steve Miner’s House, which hit theaters in 1986, is a favorite among fans, so it comes as no big surprise that it’s up on the chopping block.
In an exclusive interview with Fangoria, House producer Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th) spoke about a modern day take on the horror-comedy gem, revealing that he’s currently developing a remake. Only he doesn’t quite call it a remake because some big changes are being made.
“I’m doing it right now. We are deeply in development,” Cunningham told Fangoria after accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York Horror Film Festival. “We worked on [a new] HOUSE about four or five years ago and determined that the structure of [the original] is extremely strong and that just remaking it in modern times wasn’t going to improve it and wasn’t going to change it. It would have to be rethought, and there had to be a really good reason to do it.”
“Recently we came up with—and it sounds so obvious—what if we made a gender switch, so that it’s not a man in the house?” Cunningham continued. “Although they’re not involved, imagine HOUSE starring Kristen Wiig or Melissa McCarthy. It wouldn’t be either one of them… well, it could; I mean, that’s a dream. But suddenly we realized, oh wait, then everything would have to adjust. And also, if we did it that way, it would bring back the fun that HOUSE had. So that’s the direction I’m committed to going in. I would love to make that movie, and I hope to be able to keep all the elements of the personal story from the Bill Katt version and still have it be fun.”
Good idea? Terrible idea? Sound off below!
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Each year Santa Monica, CA, hosts the American Film Market, where buyers and sellers gather to show off their latest projects. It’s also when we typically bring you a boatload of sales art, and we did so last week. But just like any good horror movie… there’s always a sequel.
Related Story: All AFM 2015 News Here
Kick back, relax, and dig on the second batch of everything that’s fit to print, INCLUDING the second bit of sales art for the wonderfully titled Terrordactyl!
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We absolutely love when horror fans put their talents to use and pay tribute to their favorite movies in their own creative ways, and that’s why we’re always happy to share that DIY handiwork here on Dread Central. On tap today is a Jason Voorhees coffee table that is, well, to die for.
This bad boy comes our way courtesy of DIY master RLS FX, who has been creating his own horror props since the age of 10. As the artist explains on his Facebook page, which you can check out by clicking the link you just passed by, it was a childhood trip to Toys R Us that sparked his creativity.
“I can clearly remember wanting an over-priced, very poorly made Freddy Krueger glove from Toys R Us but was too poor to purchase it,” he recalls. “I figured I could do better anyway, so I made a real one just by looking at the scenes from the first movie – the same went for the makeup.”
“I’ve been self-taught in every way. Using only what I had available to me, which I used to call my ‘poor man’s FX tools’,” RLS continues. “Although I now use professional grade materials, I still find that a lot of my makeshift ideas work much better.”
Based on The New Blood, RLS’ Friday the 13th coffee table depicts Voorhees in his watery grave, and all sorts of bells and whistles make it the ultimate conversation piece. The Jason prop housed inside is covered with a glass lid, and LED lighting, as well as audio from the film, really brings it to life.
Check out photos and videos of the world’s coolest coffee table below!
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Walker Stalker Con, in partnership with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, is hosting “The Walking Dead Experience – Chapter 1,” an immersive attraction created by acclaimed director Michael Counts, for a limited run, November 18-29, near Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Georgia, at 218 14th Street NW.
If you live in or near the city of Atlanta, it’s one event you don’t want to miss! Read on for all the gory details.
From the Press Release:
The Walker Stalker Con, now the second largest fan convention in North America, in partnership with Skybound Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based entertainment company led by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and executive producer David Alpert, have come together to present a new immersive experience and attraction created by Michael Counts, the theater luminary who has been called a “mad genius” by the New York Times. The production premiered at the 2015 Atlanta Walker Stalker Con, at the Georgia World Congress Center, to sold out audiences and critical acclaim. Among the first to experience the attraction were celebrities Chandler Riggs, Jordan Woods-Robinson, Cory Brill, Michael Traynor, and others from “The Walking Dead” and its new spin-off, “Fear the Walking Dead,” including Lincoln A. Castellanos.
“The Walking Dead Experience – Chapter 1” is a 30-minute full-throttle immersive attraction that drops audiences straight into the chaotic and terrifying world of The Walking Dead. Experienced in small (7-person) audience groups, “Chapter 1” sends participants on an adventure through the edge of a small town on the night the outbreak hit – the night zombies began their rampage and the social order began to unravel.
Set in over 10,000 square feet of highly produced sets and employing state-of-the-art technology and never-before-seen special effects, this attraction promises to take the rapidly developing genre of “immersive” extensions of popular entertainment brands to the next level. Counts, who is one of the early pioneers of immersive theater and attractions, boldly described “The Walking Dead Experience – Chapter 1” as “the scariest and most fully transportive production of this type ever made.”
As the first chapter in an episodic series, this installment renders the “world on the night hell broke loose” at the start of the outbreak that led to the zombie apocalypse. Subsequent productions will continue the stories and experiences introduced in “Chapter 1.” Though the experience is designed so that each episode can stand alone, the structure of the concept follows the expanding story framework of The Walking Dead comic books, TV show, and video game series.
James Frazier, founder of Walker Stalker, executive producer of this project, and one of the leaders of the TWD fan community, explained his motivation as a direct response to the desires of the fans like himself: “We’ve heard the fans’ desire for more immersive and terrifying experiences at our events. ‘The Walking Dead Experience – Chapter 1’ is the response to that desire! We’ve all wanted to be thrown into the middle of TWD. Now we can do that in a way that is true to what TWD is and in a way that we can expand upon in upcoming chapters. This is the ultimate in ‘fan fiction’!” He added, “As a fan of TWD, this is a dream come true to create an immersive experience with the team of Robert Kirkman, Skybound, and Michael Counts.”
Jon Goldman, Managing Partner of Skybound, said of the project, “The Walking Dead has been extremely successful working with fellow creators to expand the universe of The Walking Dead. We’re excited to extend Robert’s vision to live, immersive entertainment.”
Tickets for the attraction allow audiences to choose whether they want to be a “survivor” and/or a “walker,” and premium ticket options offer additional unique opportunities like show quality “walker” make-up and a customized one-on-one experience that the production calls a “sole survivor” ticket. Tickets start at $50.
Counts’ production team includes longtime collaborators Ryan O’Gara (Hamilton) – lights; Matt Haber and Phil Gulley (Michael Kors, Grand Central Station) – Video and Special Effects; Caleb Sharp (Fighting Gravity) – Sound Design; Katie Fleming (Sleep No More, Queen of the Night) – Props, Set Dressing, and Associate Scenic Design; and Katie Naka (Blue Man Group) – Production Management and Associate Direction. The project and ongoing tour are being produced and managed by Captain Worldwide.
For more info and tickets, visit the-walking-dead-experience.ticketleap.com.
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According to Lorne Dixon, author of the upcoming psychedelic thriller Blue Eel, which Cutting Block Books is releasing on November 30th, it’s time for a new kind of horror book. A proponent of “progressive horror,” a subset of the genre rooted in current social anxieties, Dixon believes the time of traditional monster novels and rewritten urban legends is over.
An established author whose titles include Snarl, The Lifeless, and Eternal Unrest, Dixon’s latest work focuses on the more realistic fears that plague today’s society.
“Blue Eel sits at the crossroads of horror and noir, presenting characters in various stages of moral decay,” Dixon reveals. “Millennials and GenX readers especially will respond to the novel’s modern sensibilities and themes. There are no creaking castle doors or cursed family trees here. The fears on display reflect the anxieties manifesting in today’s society—and tomorrow’s.”
If Blue Eel sounds up your alley, then you can pre-order it from Amazon now.
Long suspected of guilt in his daughter Madeline’s disappearance, Branson Turaco takes an abrupt turn in his life when a lock of Madeline’s hair is found in a child predator’s home. Branson buys an unlicensed handgun, enlists the help of a disgraced filmmaker and a desperate intern, and heads out onto the open road.
Clinging to the dim hope that his daughter might still be alive, Branson finds himself pursued by a team of post-human assassins with glowing skin and a symbiotic relationship with a mysterious species of eel. Lost in a psychedelic world of uncontrollable substances and bizarre evolutions, he must decide how much he is willing to sacrifice in order to unravel the mystery of Madeline’s disappearance.
What remains of a man once he sheds his humanity in the name of vengeance?
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Adrian Phoenix, the New York Times bestselling author of A Rush of Wings and The Maker’s Song series, has a humorous, action-packed urban fantasy about a werewolf pack and an animal control officer in over his head heading our way in January of next year. If that sounds like the type of book you’d enjoy, then read on for a few more details about Thinning the Herd.
Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint is releasing Phoenix’s new novel on January 4, 2016. You can pre-order the Thinning the Herd eBook now from Amazon.
Someone is picking off fortune tellers and hippies in Oregon, snatching them out of their Birkenstocks mid-stride. And when the legend himself, Hal Rupert, Animal Control Officer, gets a whiff of the mystery, he knows he’s the man to solve it. In between proudly wrangling out-of-control cats and dogs, he’s noticed a peculiar uptick in another sort of animal… werewolves.
Hal infiltrates the country fair to investigate the disappearance of the flower children. But his real priority is protecting the love of his life, Desdemona Cohen, whose long purple tresses and black-glossed lips captured his heart the moment he first saw her standing behind the register at Hot Topic. Desdemona may have nicknamed Hal “Creep,” but he’s determined to win her heart. And, you know, save everyone else, too.
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Starring Sharon Lawrence, Beth Grant, Robert Forster
Directed by Gabriel Olsen
Sometimes, it’s not what you hear, but what you THINK you hear that scares you most, and in the case of Gabriel Olsen’s mysterious short The Bridge Partner, a mistaken threat could prove to be deadly for one unlucky woman.
Beth Grant heads this quickie as a shy, reclusive soul who is joining a local Bridge-playing group, and after getting passed over for a partner like the fat kid who used to get picked last in gym class, she figures she won’t be able to partake in one of her favorite hobbies. That is, until a mysterious woman (Lawrence) teeters in on her blue-soled stilettos and gets paired up with our bashful little lamb.
After one game in particular, our timid little housewife SWEARS that she hears her new partner threaten to kill her, via a church-mouse quiet tone whispered ever-so-gently into her ear. This simple action results in the paranoiac-styled thinking that will carry the viewer through the remainder of this quickie, and I’m being blatantly honest when I tell you that if you don’t fall asleep before it’s over, then you’ve just earned yourself a gold-star.
Not that the performances are dull or drab, but it’s just that the penchant for riveting depictions simply doesn’t exist – woman threatened (or so she thinks), woman now frightened, woman learns the truth – facile, straightforward, and unfortunately boring to an extent. If you’re up for a “misdirection-like” mysterious thriller of a short, then I suppose you could partake, but if you’re looking to be glued to your seat, then you’d better sit out this hand.
Heading our way on December 9th is Eerie Comics #8 from Dark Horse, and to help get you ready for this special holiday issue, we have an exclusive sneak peek of a few pages to share. The pages are from the tale “Goldfish,” which takes parental meddling in their child’s life to a new extreme.
Volume 8 of this fan-favorite collection is written by Justin Jordan and Jen Van Meter with art by TK, Tony Parker, and Kelly Williams and cover by Jim Pavelec. You can pre-order your copy today from TFAW.
Sing scary carols with Cousin Eerie! Featuring frightful familial fables from fiction’s fantastically fearsome fabulists, including Justin Jordan, Jen Van Meter, Tony Parker, Kelly Williams, and many more! Pick up your Yuletide ghoul guide!
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That’s not Warrington Gillette under that sack! It’s Steve Dash! Well actually, it’s just a bunch of pixels, but still! It’s fucking cool to see! That’s right, kids! Friday the 13th: The Game has reached its $700,000 goal with 51 hours (at the time of this writing) to go!
The cash will go toward creating a single-player mode and much more! To celebrate the good news, we have some new images of the game’s star, including the aforementioned Friday 2 look! Sure it’s just concept art, but it warms our hearts that it’s coming! Check them out!
For the first time in more than twenty-five years, Friday the 13th is returning to the video game world. Gun Media and IllFonic, in partnership with Crystal Lake Entertainment, are proud to announce that Friday the 13th: The Game is set to launch next fall, 2016.
Friday the 13th: The Game is an online, asymmetric multiplayer experience where one player will assume the role of Jason Voorhees against seven other players assuming the roles of camp counselors trying to survive the night.
Developed by Gun Media and IllFonic, Friday the 13th: The Game will deliver a terrifying combination of features designed to satisfy gamers and fans of the Friday the 13th franchise alike. In addition to bringing the tension and horror of the movies to life, the game will also let players don the mask of Jason Voorhees for the first time and control all new levels of brutal action!
Friday the 13th: The Game is being developed for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for release in the fall of 2016.
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More distro news was released today, and this latest announcement should be of special interest to fans of The Raid‘s Iko Uwais and Asian horror! Read on for the details of how and when you can check out Headshot!
From the Press Release:
Nikkatsu Corporation has partnered with Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films for global distribution of the Indonesian action thriller HEADSHOT. The companies will coordinate to release the film day-and-date around the globe on digital and VOD platforms, alongside targeted theatrical releases in select territories.
HEADSHOT, which is currently in production in Indonesia, is directed by The Mo Brothers (Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel) and stars Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Julie Estelle, and Sunny Pang. The film is based on a script by Tjahjanto and is produced by Mike Wiluan, Wicky Olindo, Sukdev Singh, and Shinjiro Nishimura, with Nikkatsu handling international sales and negotiating the global pact with Vertical and XYZ. The film is financed by Screenplay Infinite Film, Surya Citra Media (SCM), Amuse Entertainment Singapore, and Nikkatsu Corporation Japan.
Screenplay Infinite Film and partner SCM will handle Indonesian distribution, Nikkatsu in Japan and the rest of Asia, with Vertical and XYZ releasing in North America and orchestrating a simultaneous worldwide VOD release across multiple platforms.
Vertical has had success with its North American distribution operation and is pushing into the global market with day-and-date releases set for titles Terminus, He Never Died, and Frank & Cindy, the first two in collaboration with XYZ. XYZ worked with The Mo Brothers on the Sundance hit Killers and with Uwais and Estelle on Gareth Evans’ iconic The Raid franchise.
“The distribution landscape is changing for films like HEADSHOT. It makes the most sense to target the core audience directly on a worldwide basis, taking advantage of the platforms with the most traction,” says Aki Sugihara, EVP of International Operations for Nikkatsu.
The film is expected to wrap production in mid-December.
HEADSHOT follows an amnesiac (Uwais; pictured below) who washes ashore with a serious and mysterious head injury. His past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor (Islan).
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Around these parts we’re huge fans of the 2013 Korean feature film Snowpiercer, and word has come via THR that it is being adapted as a TV series with Josh Friedman (“Sarah Connor Chronicles,” War of the Worlds) attached to pen the script for Tomorrow Studios, which has optioned the rights to the film.
The potential series will be based on the 2013 film that was written and directed by Bong Joon-ho in his first English-language production. The movie, which starred Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, is set in a post-apocalyptic Ice Age where the only remaining life on the planet survives aboard a train that travels around the globe. Bong and feature co-producer Dooho Choi are attached to executive produce alongside Tomorrow’s Marty Adelstein and producing partner Becky Clements. Park Chan-wook, who produced the feature, is also attached as an EP.
The drama hails from Korea’s largest movie studio, CJ Entertainment & Media, which produced the feature. The sci-fil film is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige.
The feature was released in June 2014 and grossed $4.5 million domestically en route to a $86.8 million worldwide cume after being released on video on demand after only two weeks in release. The film was also was an awards season favorite, picking up nominations from various festivals as well as the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. before landing on multiple Top 10 films of the year lists across the country.
“We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story,” Adelstein said. “As such a prolific and innovative writer, he is the ideal person to create a massive new world in this adaptation. This is an expansive, high-concept project; and we are thrilled to be a part of reimagining it for television.”
For Friedman, “Snowpiercer” marks his latest TV gig. His credits include NBC’s pirate drama “Crossbones,” comic book adaptation “Locke & Key” (which did not move beyond the pilot at Fox), and the upcoming Wizard of Oz-themed mini “Emerald City.” He’s repped by UTA and attorney Karl Austen.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity,” Friedman said. “Marty and Becky are the perfect partners to help me bring this world to TV. I’m a huge fan of director Bong’s films, especially Snowpiercer. It’s great the way the best sci-fi is great — thoughtful, political, funny, scary, and sly. And it’s on a train. A big f—ing train. What more could you want?”
Tomorrow Studios is a partnership between Adelstein and ITV Studios.