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Gamescom 2016: Little Nightmares Trailer Will Give You Nightmares

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 20:25

Bandai Namco showed off a new trailer for the recently announced horror title Little Nightmares at Gamescom, and as expected, it looks creepy as hell.

From the Press Release:
Leading interactive entertainment media publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announces LITTLE NIGHTMARES, a new adventure title that places players in the role of “Six,” a helpless little girl dressed in a yellow raincoat on a mission to escape from The Maw – a vast, mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking for their next juicy meal. Developed by Tarsier Studios, LITTLE NIGHTMARES is set to be released digitally for the Americas in spring 2017 on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

LITTLE NIGHTMARES presents a grim, shadow-filled adventure through an interactive storyline, outstanding sound design, and a unique art style that is sure to deliver eerie chills and goosebumps. Players will discover that LITTLE NIGHTMARES blurs the lines between dreams and nightmares as they explore The Maw in an effort to escape its nightmarish confines. Gruesome enemies and environments can be found at every turn on this strange vessel; the fate of Six lies in the skillful hands of players.

“It’s taken us about 10 years to come to this moment, to reveal the most exciting game in our company history, a dark, thrilling tale of grotesque misfits!” said Andreas Johnsson – Business Developer & Deputy CEO at Tarsier Studios “Since publishing the teaser last year, we’ve worked day and night to bring the game to life; and now we are beyond excited to show our first original game at Gamescom, LITTLE NIGHTMARES.”

“With LITTLE NIGHTMARES the team at Tarsier Studios is creating a game experience that tackles a subject everyone can identify with, childhood fears and nightmares,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “We’re looking forward to LITTLE NIGHTMARES giving players a heart-pounding adventure, some chills, and maybe a few screams along the way.”

Overcome your childhood fears with LITTLE NIGHTMARES for the first time at Gamescom 2016, which will be displayed in BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe’s booth located in the Gamescom Entertainment Area, Hall 8, Booth B20.

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Make Your Own Stranger Things-Themed Title

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 20:01

“Stranger Things” mania continues to roll on with the advent of a new website that will take whatever text you enter and give it that “Stranger Things” look!

Visit Make It Stranger online to get started while we wait for news about Season 2.

“Stranger Things” stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (“Wayward Pines,” Hidden) serve as writer, directors and co-showrunners of the series, and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night At The Museum, Real Steel, Date Night). Shawn Levy also serves as director.

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Gamescom 2016: Dead Rising 4 Footage Looks Like Crazy Good Fun

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 18:29

Some Dead Rising 4 gameplay footage debuted at Gamescom, and as you’d expect, it features a ton of zombie hordes being slaughtered in the most brutal ways imaginable, not to mention some pretty sweet zombie selfies.

To be honest, aside from the reveal of a seemingly super-powered glowing zombie, this new footage doesn’t show us much of what we haven’t already seen; but damn, it’s always great fun to kill waves of the living dead.

Dead Rising 4 drops on December 6th (and Amazon is already taking pre-orders) so we don’t have long to wait until it’s zombie massacre time again.

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Amy Forsyth Stirs Up Creepypasta in Channel Zero: The No-End House

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 17:55

Some quick casting news has come in for the new Syfy series “Channel Zero,” as Deadline is reporting that “The Path” star Amy Forsyth has been tapped to topline the second installment of the horror anthology series, which has been subtitled “The No-End House.”

Inspired by Brian Russell’s “creepypasta” tale, “Channel Zero: The No-End House” tells the story of a young woman named Margot Sleator (Forsyth; pictured), who visits the No-End House, a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. When she returns home, Margot realizes everything has changed.

Nick Antosca will return as writer, executive producer, and showrunner for the second installment alongside executive producer Max Landis with Universal Cable Productions as the studio. The six-episode first installment of the series, “Channel Zero: Candle Cove,” is set to debut September 27. “Channel Zero: The No-End House,” part of the two-season original pickup for the show, will premiere in 2017.

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Gamescom 2016: Agony Dives into the Bowels of Hell

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 17:41

None of us is going to Hell when we die because y’know, it ain’t real, but the upcoming horror game Agony from Polish developer Madmind Studio gives us a taste of what eternal damnation could be like. And it sure doesn’t taste like strawberries and cream.

An extended gameplay video was released at Gamescom, and damn, it looks nasty. This is a vision of Hell that will be haunting our dreams for years to come.

Agony does not yet have a release date, but we’re definitely keeping this hellish adventure on our video game watch list.

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Gamescom 2016: Bandai Namco Challenges Your Perception of Reality in Get Even

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 17:30

Developed by Polish studio The Farm 51, the psychological horror title Get Even will be published by Bandai Namco next year. Watch the Gamescom trailer below, and prepare to lose your grip on reality.

From the Press Release:
Leading interactive entertainment media publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announces GET EVEN, a psychological thriller that will have players questioning their perception of reality and justice. Developed by Polish video game developers at The Farm 51, GET EVEN is set to be released in spring 2017 on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

In GET EVEN players take the role of Cole Black, who awakens in an old abandoned asylum.  His sole memory is the attempted rescue of a teenage girl with a bomb strapped to her chest, the rest of his memories wiped away. Players will explore an eerie and destitute world on a mission to discover the truth behind his traumatic memory. GET EVEN’s twisted tale will have players questioning their perceptions of reality and the true meaning of justice as they unravel the mystery of how Cole ended up in the asylum and the fate of that teenage girl. GET EVEN will deliver an unparalleled sense of immersion through the use of Auro-3D acoustics technology from Auro Technologies.

“GET EVEN is the biggest title that has ever been produced in our studio – it features the deepest story and the most advanced technology our teams have ever worked on,” said Wojciech Pazdur, Development Director at The Farm 51. “Thanks to the support we are receiving from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, we have now taken this up to the next level and polished every aspect of the game in ways that were not possible before. Today, we are extremely happy that we can finally show the new face of GET EVEN to both players and media, immersing them into a new experience and asking them to find out: “What is real?”

GET EVEN is currently rated “RP” for Rating Pending by the ESRB. The game will be coming to the Americas for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in spring 2017. To learn more about BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s other products, go to  bandainamcoent.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS or on Twitter at twitter.com/bandainamcous.

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The Exorcist Spins Heads at Halloween Horror Nights; Hollywood Tickets On Sale NOW!

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 16:27

Universal is truly pulling out all of the stops when it comes to making this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event the biggest and scariest one ever! Enter… The Exorcist!

From the Press Release:
Universal Studios Hollywood announces that tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, including a newly introduced After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo ticket inviting guests to experience the theme park’s most exciting attractions by day and remain for the terror that awaits at “Halloween Horror Nights,” which kicks off Friday, September 16, 2016.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase here, including the Frequent Fear Pass, which allows guests to visit multiple times throughout the event. Guests purchasing the all-new After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo ticket can enjoy the park’s popular daytime attractions such as “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” and “Fast and Furious—Supercharged” on the world-famous Studio Tour by day, then step into the mazes and attractions located throughout the park to experience the terror of “Halloween Horror Nights” for one admission price.

“Halloween Horror Nights” guests can also purchase the popular Front of Line ticket, enabling them to enjoy one-time priority access to all the mazes, attractions, all-new Terror Tram, and the special hip hop dance performances by the returning Jabbawockeez.

Advance purchase for all tickets is recommended as event nights will sell out.

“Halloween Horror Nights” dates are: September 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, October 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 and November 4 and 5, 2016.

“Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties. This year’s all-new terrifying line-up includes:

All-New Mazes:

· For the first time ever, supernatural thriller The Exorcist will take possession of “Halloween Horror Nights” in an all-new horrifying maze. In “The Exorcist,” guests will see, hear, feel – and even smell – every iconic levitating, head-spinning, vomit-wrenching, skin-crawling moment from the film. The maze will recreate some of the film’s most haunting scenes, ushering guests into its unparalleled terror as if their very souls were possessed by the devil. They will be paralyzed with fear as they witness the power of the supernatural, scream uncontrollably as they become part of Regan MacNeil’s possession, and run in terror as they try to escape the horrific battle between innocence and evil.

· “American Horror Story” has terrorized television viewers for five suspenseful installments, and for the first time ever, three chapters will come to life in a new frightening maze. Guests will venture through Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking horror anthology, encountering a plethora of iconic scenes and memorable characters designed to jolt them to their very core. Twisted Murder House scenes from Installment 1 will unleash the evil spirits that possess the Harmon estate, spiraling guests through decades of the tortured dead who previously resided there. From Installment 4’s Freak Show, guests will join a troupe of biological misfits in a sinister sideshow where they will be stalked by the murderous and deformed Twisty the Clown. Finally, guests will succumb to the warped desires of The Countess after checking in to the haunted Hotel Cortez, conceived from the beginning as a torture chamber for its customers, from Installment 5.

· Escaped mental patient Michael Myers makes a homecoming return in “Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield,” an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic Halloween horror franchise. Echoing the infamous words uttered by the film’s Dr. Sam Loomis, “You can’t kill the Boogeyman,” the twisted maze will shed new light on the terrifying lunacy of Michael Myers as he scours the streets of Haddonfield and stalks the halls of Haddonfield Memorial Hospital in ruthless pursuit of victims.

· In “Freddy vs. Jason,” demented killer Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) returns to the scene of the crime, this time accompanied by notorious hockey mask killer Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) to inflict twice as much terror. Inspired by the 2003 film that brought together two of the biggest icons in horror history, this new experiential maze will thrust guests into an epic battle between Freddy and Jason and a showdown in which the fate of only one mass killer will survive.

· The unspeakable terror embroiled within “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Blood Brothers” maze will pit guests against the unsavory wrath of demented killer Leatherface and his mentally unhinged brother Chop-Top as they unite in misery to expand the family’s cannibalistic enterprise and slaughter a new generation of innocent victims. With the perverse duo at the helm of a grotesque BBQ restaurant staged inside a dilapidated roadside gas station, unwitting guests will soon come to realize the new terror that awaits as the blood brothers continue their hedonistic prey on human flesh.

· Tis the season for “Krampus” as the terrifying dark Christmas legend is manifested into a maze based on the Christmas-themed horror film. The dead of winter sets the stage for the terror that’s about to unfold one cold, dank and dreary Christmas Eve as the fabled anthropomorphic “half-goat, half-demon” horned creature emerges to terrorize those devoid of holiday spirit. Guests will navigate the dysfunctional Engel family home to encounter the evil ancient spirit of Krampus – the dark shadow of Saint Nicholas – and his band of Dark Elves and sinister Gingerbread Men, who cause the family to fight to see the light of day.

· “The Walking Dead” new permanent attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will have a starring role at “Halloween Horror Nights.” By elevating the scares with more walkers and effects for the nighttime event, “The Walking Dead” creates a no-holds-barred experience that significantly intensifies any other iteration previously developed within the theme park. Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, the attraction delivers an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.

Scare Zone:

· A terrifying twist on this year’s scare zone, “Halloween Horror Nights” introduces a new themed experience, inspired by Universal Pictures’ disturbing blockbuster trilogy, “The Purge: Election Year,” that permeates all areas of the park. Iconic scenes from each of the frightening films will recreate the turmoil and pandemonium that exists when masked vigilantes hunt for victims during the government’s annually sanctioned killing spree. Like civilians in the movie fighting to survive, guests must rely on their cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy brought about by those who believe in an “eye for an eye.” An original scare zone element will be “The Purge: Gauntlet of Fear” that delivers unbridled fear as guests are funneled through an area of the park to try and escape the horrors of the mass slaughter that awaits them.

Show:

· Back by popular demand, Jabbawockeez, the acclaimed, award-winning hip hop dance crew, returns to the stage within the Special Effects Show venue, donning their signature white masks as they perform a repertoire of innovative, synchronized choreography before an enthusiastic crowd. The all-new, high-energy Jabbawockeez show, created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights,” will once again underscore the dance crew’s unique brand of humor as they transport guests into a new realm of gravity-defying dance, elevated to new heights by special effects and pulse-pounding music.

Theme Park Attractions:

· “Jurassic Park—In the Dark,” “Revenge of The Mummy—The Ride,” “Transformers: The Ride—3D,” and “The Simpsons Ride” will be open during “Halloween Horror Nights.”

For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Join the “Halloween Horror Nights” conversation using #UniversalHHN on Facebook at Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood and Instagram; Halloween Horror Nights on Twitter and Periscope @HorrorNights. Add username “HorrorNights” on Snapchat for nightly live content, and watch the terror come to life on the Halloween Horror Nights YouTube Page.

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Stephen King’s It – First Look at The Leper!

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 16:11

One of the things that has us most excited for Andy Muschietti’s take on Stephen King’s It is the addition of creature performer Javier Botet to the cast to play The Leper. If you head on over to Lilja’s Library, they have some behind-the-scenes paparazzi images of Botet in character.

We have one below; check out the other images here and here.

Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor play the Losers’ Club, seven kids who are terrorized by Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). In addition, creature performer Javier Botet has signed on as The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, part of a group of bullies who torment the Losers’ Club.

Andy Muschietti directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman and Chase Palmer. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti produce. The story will be spread across two films.

Synopsis:
In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers’ Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

And here’s a lightened version so you can better see the costume.

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Fantastic Market 2016 Announces First Wave Screenings and Events

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 15:36

The Fantastic Market at next month’s Fantastic Fest is undergoing a big time change this year, expanding into a full-on industry forum for genre films. The first wave of programs and premieres was just dropped into our inbox, and as always, we’re excited to share the info with you. So read on, fiends!

From the Press Release:
Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the first wave of programing for the 2016 edition of Fantastic Market, the festival’s industry program which runs September 22-25, 2016. Fantastic Fest takes place September 22 – September 29, 2016 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX.

This year’s Fantastic Market brings significant changes as the event moves from a Latin American-focused genre project market into an industry forum for genre films. Market Director Rodney Perkins says: “We have transformed the market into a full-fledged industry event with screenings, talks, panels, film pitches and special guests from all over the world. Our goal is to become the premiere industry forum for genre films.”

Fantastic Market will kick off with a keynote talk from two of the most knowledgeable minds in the genre world: Ryan Turek (BLUMHOUSE) and Travis Stevens (SNOWFORT PICTURES). Travis Stevens says: “I began my career as a producer at Fantastic Fest and will likely be wheeled back on my deathbed. In the meantime I’m excited to share what I’ve learned about the genre business with the next generation of rule breakers.” Ryan Turek says: “Fantastic Fest has always been a home away from home for me and I’ve attended as a fan, a journalist and a judge. I’m excited the team asked me to return for the market this year. I can’t wait to not only participate, but also check out some amazing genre films. This year looks incredible.”

In addition to the keynote, Fantastic Market will host a number of other talks and panels featuring special guests. Screenwriter and producer Rodo Sayagues (PANIC ATTACK, EVIL DEAD and DON’T BREATHE) will present a special talk about the genre film industry. SpectreVision founders Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, and CEO Lisa Whalen return to Fantastic Market with another program of unique offerings. SpectreVision has produced such cult favorites as A GIRL WALKS AT HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, COOTIES and THE GREASY STRANGLER, and recently expanded into television, gaming and music.

Finally, the 2016 crop of Fantastic Market film projects reflects the event’s new expanded scope. The initial selection reflects a wide-ranging mix of newcomers and veterans from around the world including people involved in such films as THE VOID, THE HITCHER, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, ABCS OF DEATH, and numerous others. Two projects- JAIRO’S REVENGE and BIRTHDAY PRESENT-were selected through Fantastic Market’s collaboration with Ventana Sur’s Blood Window genre market.

Stay tuned for more announcements regarding Fantastic Market programming, including additional film projects, screenings and other events.

This year’s initial slate of film projects:

IT WAITS BELOW
USA
Director: Eric Red (THE HITCHER, NEAR DARK)
Producer: Soyoung Jung, Brendan McCarthy (LET US PREY, WAKEWOOD), John McDonnell (LET US PREY, WAKEWOOD)
A three-man submarine crew dive to the deepest part of the ocean to salvage priceless treasure from a sunken shipwreck, unleashing a nightmarish extraterrestrial organism they must survive when the sub gets stranded at the bottom of the sea.

DIRT EATERS
Canada
Director: Chris Nash (ABCS OF DEATH 2)
Producer: Peter Kuplowsky (THE VOID, ABCS OF DEATH 2, MANBORG), Shannon Hanmer (ABCS OF DEATH 2), Ant Timpson (ABCS OF DEATH, DEATHGASM)
A down-and-out woman befriends a squirm of intelligent carnivorous worms, and seeks revenge on the small town officials that turned their backs on her, in this poli-sci-fi horror satire that evokes BLACK MIRROR and TREMORS.

BIRTHDAY PRESENT (REGALO DE CUMPLEAÑOS) – 2016 BLOOD WINDOW SELECTION
Mexico
Directors: Christian Cueva (JIRON), Ricardo Farías
Producers: Adrián García Bogliano (SCHERZO DIABOLICO, HERE COMES THE DEVIL), Andrea Quiroz Hernández (SCHERZO DIABOLICO, HERE COMES THE DEVIL)
When you accept a gift, you also accept its consequences.

JAIRO’S REVENGE (LA VENGANZA DE JAIRO) – 2016 BLOOD WINDOW SELECTION
Colombia/Guatemala
Director: Simón Hernández (PIZARRO)
Producer: Ivette Liang (VENICE)
A documentary about cult terror film director Jairo Pinilla, in his attempt to finance and produce his last dream project he’s been working on for 6 years, THE SPIRIT OF DEATH, the first 3D terror film made in Colombia.

EL CUCUY
USA/Canada
Director: Gigi Saul Guerrero (EL GIGANTE)
Producer: Raynor Shima (EL GIGANTE)
A group of troubled kids at a residential treatment center are forced to work together despite their differences to defeat an ancient creature that is stalking and feeding on all of the naughty children within the facility.

ZERCH
USA
Director: J. Xavier Velasco
Producer: Javier Gonzalez (VALEDICTORIAN)
A police detective investigates a missing person case that leads her to a body-snatcher creature who uses humans as hosts in order to survive.

It Waits Below

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Scream Factory Details Lady in White Blu-ray; Three Different Cuts!

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 15:16

Few movies make for better Halloweentime watching than Frank LaLoggia’s Lady in White, and as we recently learned, Scream Factory is giving it a timely first-ever Blu-ray release this coming September. On tap today? Full release details, which reveal that the 2-disc set will feature THREE different cuts of the classic film.

I don’t want this. I need this. Not in September. NOW.

From the Press Release:
Sometimes it takes a little help from the living for the dead to rest. Scream Factory™ proudly presents Lady in White for the first time ever on Blu-ray on September 27, 2016. This 2-disc set includes the never-before-released full-length director’s cut, extended behind-the-scenes footage, and many more special features.

For ten year old Frankie Scarletti (played by Lukas Haas), school isn’t just a place for learning. On Halloween of 1962, after being forced to spend the night locked in the coffin-like confines of his fourth-grade cloakroom, Frankie discovers the ghost of a little girl who was murdered in the very same room ten years earlier by a serial killer that has eluded the police for the last decade . With the death toll continuing to rise, Frankie, along with the help of the girl’s restless spirit, takes it upon himself to bring the killer to justice.

Originally released in 1988, this thriling ghost tale comes from director Frank LaLoggia (Fear No Evil) and stars Stars Lukas Haas (Witness), Alex Rocco (The Godfather, The Simpsons, The Facts of Life) , Katherine Helmond (Soap, Who’s The Boss) and Len Cariou (Blue Bloods).

Special Features:

DISC ONE – Director’s Cut (117 minutes)

  • EXTENDED Behind the Scenes Footage – production and post production
  • Introduction by Frank LaLoggia
  • Audio Commentary with Frank LaLoggia
  • Behind the Scenes Footage with introduction by Frank LaLoggia
  • Deleted Scenes with introduction by Frank LaLoggia
  • Promotional Short Film
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Alternate Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Behind the Scenes Photo Montage
  • Extended Photo Gallery

DISC TWO – Extended Director’s Cut (127 minutes) & Original Theatrical Cut (113 minutes)

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Rest in Peace: David Huddleston

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:18

Some sad news has come in to close out the day… popular character actor David Huddleston, best known for playing the title character in The Big Lebowski, passed away earlier this week at the age of 85.

Huddleston, who also dipped his toes a few times in the horror genre, died this past Tuesday, August 2nd, of kidney and lung disease in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to Variety.

His career spanned several decades, and along with horror fare such as Nightmare Honeymoon (1974) and The Man Next Door (1997), Huddleston can be seen in the likes of Roman Polanski’s Frantic, Uwe Boll’s Postal, Locker 13, and TV series “The Sixth Sense” and “Tales of the Unexpected.”

Born September 17, 1930, in Vinton, Virginia, Huddleston served in the Air Force and then studied acting in New York on the G.I. Bill. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Koeppe.

We here at Dread Central send our condolences to David’s family members and friends… thanks for the memories!

 

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TCA Summer 2016: Tales From the Crypt Info Surfaces; Possible Premiere Window Set

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:15

With the Television Critics Association press tour happening now, lots of new TV projects are being announced and followed up on. SlashFilm caught up with TNT and TBS President Kevin Reilly to get an update on the new “Tales from the Crypt” series with M. Night Shyamalan.

Based on the EC horror comic, “Tales from the Crypt” was a long-running HBO half-hour series. Reilly’s plan is to more than double that running time. “I think it may even be longer than an hour,” Reilly said. “There’s going to be a half-hour anthology and then a one-hour original show with some shorts in between. So it’s part of a whole block. The original half-hour, sort of slightly comedic, kind of twisted [story] that Night himself is going to direct will be a part of it every week. Then we’re going to have rotating original one-hours. Then we’ve got shorts that’ll be part of it too.

In March, Shyamalan told the site he was leaning towards an episodic anthology format, where each episode will tell a standalone story. “The anthology will be part of it every week, and then there’ll be rotating different serialized original hours,” Reilly said.

He is even hoping to solicit fan stories, if he can work out the legalities of that. “Some of those shorts are going to be crowdsourced ultimately,” Reilly said. “I don’t even think we’ve announced this yet, but we are working with Wattpad, and ultimately I’d like some material to come from [from viewers]. We have some Guild issues we need to work out on this, but I’d like fan fiction to essentially make its way to our air.

Shyamalan also confirmed his plans to use the Crypt Keeper, who was a character in the EC comics. The HBO puppet voiced by John Kassir was the most famous incarnation as he made non-canon pop culture appearances as well. TNT will have to make a new Crypt Keeper and make sure it is different enough from the previous ones.

That’s also a little bit of a legal thing too,” Reilly said. “The rights on this are just a disaster. It’s been a mess trying to sort out. There are so many people that seem to have an ownership position on this. So yeah, that’s both a creative and legal thing.

“Tales From the Crypt” is still over a year away, so there’s time to work those details out. “’Tales’ will be on towards the end of ’17, in the fourth quarter ’17,” Reilly said.

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Demon Trailer Bends Over Backwards

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:06

Distribution label The Orchard acquired North American rights to Demon (review) out of the Toronto International Film Festival, though Polish director Marcin Wrona tragically passed away shortly after the premiere. The film arrives in limited theaters on September 9th, and right now we have a new trailer for you.

The film stars Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska, Andrzej Grabowski, Tomasz Schuchardt, Katarzyna Herman, Adam Woronowicz, Wlodzimierz Press, Tomasz Zietek, Cezary Kosinski, and Katarzyna Gniewkowska.

Synopsis:
A young man travels to the hometown of his future wife, where he knows no one. As a wedding gift from the bride’s grandfather, he receives a piece of land where the two can build a house and raise a happy family. While preparing the land to build, he finds human bones buried beneath the new property. Strange things begin to happen to change this happy couple’s life forever.

Demon is a modern take on one of the most famous figures of Jewish folklore, the dybbuk, a spirit of a person not properly laid to rest that seeks to inhabit the body of a living person.

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Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley to Face the Apocalypse in Chaos Walking

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:00

Some interesting news is coming via THR, who report that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley has signed on to topline Lionsgate’s YA adaptation Chaos Walking.

Doug Liman is directing the post-apocalyptic thriller, which takes place in a world where all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called “Noise.”

Lionsgate picked up the rights to Patrick Ness’ best-selling young-adult trilogy in 2011. Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) adapted the book, and Jamie Linden (Money Monster) penned a draft.

Doug Davison, who produced the Liman-directed Tom Cruise starrer Mena, is producing alongside Allison Shearmur (Rogue One, Cinderella).

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Alien: Covenant Video Puts Us to Hypersleep

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 19:54

To mark its official 365 days until release, Alien: Covenant took to Facebook to bring us a brief teaser video featuring star Katherine Waterston!

Alien: Covenant is headed our way on August 4, 2017. Along with the returning Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, the cast also includes Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Benjamin Rigby, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, and Callie Hernandez.

Specific plot details for the new film are being closely guarded; but it is believed to follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet, who discover what they believe is an uncharted paradise but is, in fact, a dark, dangerous world, the only inhabitant of which is David (Fassbender), the “synthetic” and survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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One Dark Night Coming to Blu-ray! Tom McLoughlin Working on Remake!

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 19:22

We spent a large chunk of this week celebrating the glory of the 30th anniversary of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, and tomorrow we’ll be running an exclusive interview with the film’s director, Tom McLoughlin.

Interestingly enough, Tom let it out of the bag that Code Red will be bringing the awesome 80’s spookfest One Dark Night (review) to Blu-ray, and this news has me elated as it’s one of my favorite movies ever.

Even cooler? Tom also told us he’s currently working on a remake of the flick! Hey, Tom! I’m ready to be a floating corpse when you are! I give good dead! Ask Romero!

Directed by McLoughlin, 1982’s One Dark Night (retrospective) starred Meg Tilly, Melissa Newman, Robin Evans, Leslie Speights, Elizabeth Daily, and Adam West!

Synopsis:
A strange man named Karl Rhamarevich dies shortly after discovering a way to become even more powerful in death through telekinesis. On the night of his burial in a crypt, Julie is to spend the night there as part of an initiation rite, supervised by two other girls. The crypt becomes a scene of horror as Raymar returns to life and deploys his horrifying telekinetic powers, with coffins sliding out and splintering open to release decaying bodies on Raymar’s command. The bodies soon begin to menace the three girls trapped inside. Will they survive the horrific night in the crypt?

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The Movie Crypt’s Save the Yorkies Marathon Schedule Detailed!

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 18:51

Details have come in for Adam Green and Joe Lynch’s 3-day long (48 hours straight) Movie Crypt podcast to benefit Save A Yorkie Rescue! Read on to find out what’s in store and how you can help!

From the ArieScope Website:
This Friday night (8/5) at 7pm PT Adam Green, Joe Lynch, and Arwen will begin their first ever LIVE broadcast of The Movie Crypt podcast… and stay on the air until 7pm PT on Sunday night (8/7). This special event is all being done in an effort to benefit SAVE A YORKIE RESCUE, and listeners will be encouraged to make donations to the rescue organization as their way of saying “thank you” for the 48 straight hours of exclusive entertainment that the boys (and their special guests) will be providing for free.

SAVE A YORKIE RESCUE is a non-profit, volunteer operated dog rescue that is near and dear to the boys’ hearts given that both are owners of rescued dogs themselves and that Adam’s own Yorkie (Arwen) is the podcast’s beloved official mascot. All of the money raised will go directly to SAVE A YORKIE RESCUE and help the wonderful people that work there provide much needed medical assistance, foster homes, and (ultimately) permanent placement with loving families. These dogs have already lost everything once and (in some cases) have even been abused or horrifically neglected by their previous owners, but together we can make sure that as many of these wonderful, wonderful dogs as possible live happily ever after.

The event will be broadcast live on Geek Nation. Just go to the GeekNation homepage, and when the event begins on Friday at 7pm PT, there will be an area to click on that will start streaming the broadcast for you – for free. Throughout the weekend Adam and Joe will also be interacting with fans on Twitter, on Adam’s Periscope account, and on other social networking platforms – so that you can join in on the fun, ask questions for the guests, and be a part of the show. Most importantly – you can donate to Save A Yorkie Rescue! Be sure and leave a message for Arwen and the boys along with your donation, and they will read it on the air.

Every donation helps so please, please, please give what you can, spread the word to your own friends and followers, and help The Movie Crypt podcast save as many lives as possible with this landmark event. It has been a year in the planning, three very difficult months of coordination, and the boys certainly aren’t staying awake all weekend long for their (already questionable) health and sanity! So please give what you can this weekend and help these unfortunate dogs have a chance at a wonderful, healthy, happy life.

Just what can you expect to hear during the weekend? SO, SO, SO MUCH! Artists and celebrities from all sides of Hollywood have stepped up to join Adam, Joe, and Arwen in raising money for the rescue. You’ll hear from people like Seth Green (FAMILY GUY, AUSTIN POWERS), Michael Gladis (MAD MEN), comedian Jonah Ray (HIDDEN AMERICA, COMEDY BANG! BANG!), comedian Dave Anthony (MARON, VEEP, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT), producer Sarah Elbert (HATCHET, HOLLISTON), make-up FX artist Robert Pendergraft (HATCHET 1-3, DIGGING UP THE MARROW), and clairvoyant Marilyn Kapp, who will communicate with the other side live on the air… and even speak directly with Arwen! You’ll hear improv comedy from Derek Mears & The Resistance (FRIDAY THE 13th 2009, SLEEPY HOLLOW) as well as from the hilarious comedy duo of Kelly Vrooman & Lauren Pritchard (THE CHICA SHOW, MAD TV). You’ll hear musical performances from Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT), Ace Von Johnson (FASTER PUSSYCAT), Jason Charles Miller (GODHEAD), and Jesse Snider (BAPTIZED BY FIRE). You’ll hear exclusive film commentaries for FRIGHT NIGHT (with writer/director Tom Holland), CANDYMAN (with director and co-writer Bernard Rose), THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (with stars Sid Haig and Bill Moseley), and John Carpenter’s THE THING (with guest co-host Drew McWeeny from Hitfix). You’ll hear short stories generously donated to the cause by best selling authors Clive Barker and Joe Hill. You’ll hear live script readings of Adam Green’s never-before-seen/heard unproduced draft of CABIN FEVER 2, a brand new episode from the upcoming season of HOLLISTON (performed by the cast), and of course… the main event…

A live reading of Chris Columbus’ never-before-seen/heard early draft of THE GOONIES performed by an all-star cast including Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Joel David Moore, Michael Gladis, Deon Richmond, Felissa Rose, Parry Shen, and many more! (If you’re a GOONIES fan, you need to hear this! It’s very different from the final shooting script but every bit as awesome!)

Tune out or fall asleep and you’ll miss something awesome as very little of this incredible event will ever be re-broadcast again! So start chugging coffee now because this weekend “we’re staying awake so that they don’t get put to sleep.” Listen. Laugh. Learn. Be inspired. And help us save them by donating.

Every dog deserves a life like Arwen’s. Together we can make a life changing difference for so, so many dogs that are currently sick, scared, hurting, and just praying for a chance to be loved… and then to give that love back in return ten times over.

The special 3-day live broadcast will be available to listen to directly on GeekNation.com. Listeners will have the opportunity to ask questions and post comments for Green, Lynch, and their guests through their Twitter accounts (@Adam_Fn_Green, @TheJoeLynch, and @MovieCrypt) as well as watch and take part in live Periscope broadcasts on Green’s Periscope channel (@Adam_Fn_Green) throughout the weekend. “The Movie Crypt’s” dedicated link to donate directly to “Save a Yorkie Rescue, Inc.” will be posted and given out consistently throughout the 3-day broadcast.

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Dig on the Stranger Things Online Experience

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 18:37

Can’t get enough “Stranger Things?” Neither can we! Thankfully the powers that be have given us some toys to play with on the way to Season 2. Case in point: The Stranger Things Online Experience.

Meanwhile, don’t forget that only one Box of Dread acolyte will receive this Stranger Things Box of Dread Seventh Box in August 2016! See what this Seventh Box looks like!

From the Press Release:
“Stranger Things” is an intensely atmospheric series, full of deep mystery, dark secrets, and terrifying thrills. Now, Netflix is offering consumers the chance to step into the show and experience it first-hand!

Beginning today (Thursday, August 4th), Netflix is rolling out The Stranger Things Online Experience. See, hear, and feel the excitement of “Stranger Things” as you discover the shocking truth behind the disappearance of Will Byers in terrifying VR.

For the most immersive experience, find a quiet room to strap on your Google Cardboard, plug in your headphones, and let the world of “Stranger Things” surround you completely. You can also enjoy the experience on mobile or directly through your browser. Click on the YouTube link for all viewable options.

Currently streaming its first season on Netflix, the hit supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” chronicles the search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under highly suspicious circumstances. His mother (Winona Ryder) opens an investigation into the boy’s disappearance with local authorities that unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl. A love letter to the ubiquitous cult classics of the 80’s, “Stranger Things” is also a coming-of-age story for the boy’s three closest friends that draws them into a world where mysteries lurk beneath the surface.

“Stranger Things” stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (“Wayward Pines,” Hidden) serve as writers, directors, and showrunners of the series and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night at the Museum, Real Steel, Date Night). Shawn Levy also serves as director. “Stranger Things” is a Netflix production.

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Ghost Adventures Goes Inside Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum for Season Finale

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 18:23

When Zak Bagans started to put together his haunted museum in Las Vegas for the show “Deadly Possessions,” he began amassing a collection of objects that have a storied history behind them, like Doctor Kevorkian’s suicide van and Ed Gein’s body cauldron. Since then he’s run into construction troubles as workers keep on quitting because of their experiences there.

On the season finale of “Ghost Adventures,” Zak, Aaron, Billy, and Jay head into the museum itself to find out exactly what’s going on. Check out a clip and more below.

Season 12 of “Ghost Adventures” concludes this Saturday. Look for “Ghost Adventures” Season 13 to officially begin on September 24th.

For more info visit “Ghost Adventures” on Travel Channel, and “like” “Ghost Adventures” on Facebook. In addition be sure to follow @GhostAdventures, @Zak_Bagans, @JayWasley, @AaronGoodwin, and @BillyTolley on Twitter using the hashtag #GhostAdventures.

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Syfy Sheds Light on Creepypasta-Based Series Channel Zero: Candle Cove

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 18:10

Creepypastas, man! You’ve gotta love them. For those unfamiliar with the term, the official Creepypasta website has a great definition: A “creepypasta” is a short piece of horror fiction. The name is a play on the 4chan slang of “copypasta” – when the creepypasta meme first began, there was a set group of pastas that tended to get shared over and over. Many people actually kept them in a text file and just re-pasted them wherever and whenever the mood struck.

Since the site’s inception in 2008, many creepypastas have gone on to take on a life of their own, like Slender Man. Now Syfy is looking to these terror tales for new material and has found some in “Candle Cove.”

From the Press Release:
You may have watched “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” or “Goosebumps” on television as a kid, which gave children a lot of nightmares, probably even you. Now these scary stories and movies have advanced over the years, already having some popular horror writers and directors to give a good scare, like Wes Craven (director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream) or Stephen King (author of The Shining and IT). However, most of those movies and stories don’t scare us that much anymore, but now there are these popular scary stories that are told throughout the deepest corners of the Internet, spread out onto websites for everyone to read. And this kind of storytelling has become popular after being discovered in 4chan, in what is now known today as Creepypastas.

For you people who are not familar with Creepypastas, they are horror stories told out onto the Internet, spread on websites for readers to feel unsettled or disturbed reading them. We already have a lot of familiar ones, like Slender Man, Jeff the Killer, Ben Drowned, etc. Most of these stories are based off either photos or videos, and some of them are based off cartoons and video games, just telling them in a way to frighten people. There are creepypasta YouTube channels that narrate and tell creepypastas, like Mr. Creepypasta; a few movies based off creepypastas, like Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story or Slender; and video games based off creepypastas (the ones that are most familiar are Slender: The Eight Pages and Slender: The Arrival). Creepypastas are now being adapted into a new television show called “CHANNEL ZERO.”

“Channel Zero” is an upcoming horror/thriller television show coming to Syfy, with the show being made like “American Horror Story.” Each season will be based off a scary urban legend. The first season, which will premiere on September 27th, is based off the creepypasta “Candle Cove,” written by Kris Straub.

For you readers who have not heard what “Candle Cove” is, it’s about a couple of people who remember their past of watching a children’s show called “Candle Cove.” Written in blog posts, these users tell their experiences watching the show, most of them feeling terrified after watching the screaming episode, with a few of them being confused about seeing nothing but “dead air,” which, if you don’t know what that means, is static on the television.

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“Channel Zero: Candle Cove” will have six episodes, and Season 2 (thus far untitled) will premiere sometime in the fall of 2017. “Candle Cove” centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980’s and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood.

Craig William Macneill (The Boy) is directing “Channel Zero.” Nick Antosca wrote the script for the pilot and will serve as executive producer alongside Max Landis. Harley Peyton is a writer and co-executive producer. Don Mancini will also serve as a writer and supervising producer. The series stars Paul Schnieder as Mike Painter and Fiona Shaw as Mike’s mother, Shaun Benson, Natalie Brown, and Luisa D’Oliveira.

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