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Graham Humphreys' Cover Art Revealed for Hardcover Video Nasty Comic Collection

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 06:00

Reaper Comics will release a hardcover collected edition of its universally praised horror comic series Video Nasty on October 15th, and the collection's artwork, by acclaimed artist Graham Humphreys, has been revealed.

The title that debuted in March of this year to praise from news and review sites, horror movie creators, and media academics will be collected into a premium edition hardcover as well as a VHS boxset with cover art by horror industry icon Graham Humphreys.

Video Nasty, written by Mario Covone with interior art by Vasilis Logios, explores the real world politics behind government censorship and media manipulation in 1980's Britain whilst still maintaining the core of being a fictional horror story.

Humphreys, responsible for producing the art for many classic horror movie posters and VHS/DVD/Blu-ray covers, made his comic book debut with Video Nasty. He painted all six original covers for the series and now unveils the seventh piece of art that will grace the covers of the collected editions.

The aforementioned VHS boxset will contain a smaller videotape-sized paperback and several collectable postcards, stickers, and a bookmark, all packaged in a VHS clamshell box and limited to only 100 pieces.

Pre-orders for the hardcover and VHS boxset are now available through MarioCovone.com. The hardcover will also be available in Forbidden Planet as well as in comic stores though Diamond Comic Distribution. All six issues are still available at Comixology for digital download.

Synopsis:
England, 1983. Police Inspector David Gorely must solve a string of grisly murders in his usually quiet rural town whilst contending with pressure from his superiors to find a link between the killer and the recent influx of horror home videos. The race is on to solve the case before the death toll rises whilst still dealing with the burden of connecting these heinous crimes to video nasties.

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UK Readers: Win an Extraterrestrial DVD!

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 05:00

Fresh from playing as one of three different films helmed by director Nacho Vigalondo at this year's Film4 FrightFest, sci-fi comedy Extraterrestrial (review) is now available on DVD and Digital Download across the UK. To celebrate, we have a copy of the DVD to give away to one lucky reader!

The film, released September 1st by Icon Entertainment, stars Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, Julián Villagrán, Raúl Cimas, and Miguel Noguera.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an EMAIL to contests@dreadcentral.com, including YOUR FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS; then sit back and watch the skies. We'll take care of the rest.

Please note that this competition is open only to UK readers. It will end at 12:01 AM PT on September 15th.

Synopsis:
When Julio wakes up in a strange apartment after a night of partying, he’s pleasantly surprised to discover it belongs to a beautiful one-night-stand he can’t remember - Julia.

What’s already an awkward situation is made even more so when they discover a giant flying saucer hovering above the city, which is now deserted. Now Julio must contend with a jealous ex-boyfriend, an eccentric neighbor – and very possibly the end of the world!

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UK Readers: Near London? See Wolf Creek 2 for Free this Thursday 4 September!

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

To celebrate the 15 September DVD/Blu-ray release of Wolf Creek 2 in the UK, Film4 FrightFest and Entertainment One are hosting a special free screening of the film, alongside Aussie cult classic Dark Age, in London on Thursday. Read on for full info!

Attending the September 4th event, which will take place at The Prince Charles Cinema, just off of London's Leicester Square, will be Wolf Creek 2 (review) stars John Jarratt and Shannon Ashlyn.

Access to the screening is completely free – all you need to do to secure your ticket(s) is send an email containing your name, and the name of any further guests to accompany you, to wolfcreek2@entonegroup.com.

Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis – so make sure you get 'em quick! Timing on the night is as follows:

6:00pm - Doors open
6:30pm - Screening activities begin with a special video introduction to Wolf Creek 2 by star John Jarratt
7:00pm - Wolf Creek 2
9:00pm - FrightFest and Kim Newman introduction to Dark Age with some fun chances for audience members to win prizes
9.30pm - Dark Age

Wolf Creek 2 Synopsis:
Mick Taylor (Jarratt) is back on the hunt, and it’s not wild pigs or crocs that he’s after. Out for the kill, this Outback psychopath continues to add to his staggering body count as he mutilates, dismembers, and tortures anyone and everyone he lays his eyes upon. When two young backpackers venture into the wilderness, they soon find themselves face to face with evil, begging for their lives and bringing a wake of death and gory destruction with them as they attempt to flee. Armed with his trusty knife, sniper rifle, and unquenchable thirst for murder, Mick butchers and crashes his way through the wasteland, loving every bloody moment of the violent carnage.

Dark Age synopsis:
In the Australian Outback a park ranger and two local guides set out to track down a giant saltwater crocodile that has been killing and eating the local populace. During the hunt one of the guides discovers that he has an ESP connection to the giant creature. The ranger is assigned to deal with the killer crocodile, but he finds himself at odds with the local Aborigines, who believe the crocodile contains the spirit of their past and want this Goliath-sized beast preserved. The ranger must work with the Aborigines to develop a plan to respect their wishes as well as protecting the local residents threatened by the crocodile.

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Neve Campbell Making Her Debut Convention Appearance at the 2015 Texas Frightmare Weekend

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30

It's still many months away, but the 2015 Texas Frightmare Weekend is already heating up with an impressive guest list. Next year marks TFW's 10th anniversary, and they're pulling all the stops. This latest announcement is the biggest yet!

Neve Campbell, famous for her role as Sidney Prescott in the Scream films, will be making her first appearance ever at a convention at next year's Texas Frightmare Weekend. As is the TFW tradition, she'll be available all weekend long for autographs, photos, and panels.

The actress, known also for The Craft and "Party of Five" (which was horror if only because it contained Scott Wolf... who is horrific) has never done a con before so this is your first shot to meet her in person!

She joins the already announced list that includes Tara Reid, Josh (The Collection) Stewart, C. Thomas Howell, Malcolm McDowell, Joseph ("Game of Thrones") Gatt, and a first-time pairing of I Spit on Your Grave lead Camille Keaton and director Meir Zarchi with MANY more to come.

The 10th anniversary Texas Frightmare Weekend will once again be at the DFW Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas, running May 1-3, 2015.

"Early bird" rates have already come and gone, but the much-coveted PREMIUM passes go on sale on Saturday, September 6th, at 11:00 am CT. There are only 300 of these sold every year, and they sell out almost immediately. The benefits to this pass are huge so keep an eye on TexasFrightmareWeekend.com for details to grab those premium passes on the 6th!

As always, keep watching Dread Central for the latest breaking news on TFW, the Southwest's premier horror convention.

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Meet Rattbag in Shadow of Mordor's New Trailer

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:09

Suspended in the air, the rat rages. It’s time for some torture. This was the introduction to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s new trailer, Meet Rattbag. Rattbag is a member of Sauron’s orc army and, as the trailer reveals, its chief backstabber.

Based on the trailer, it appears that Rattbag was saved from execution by the game’s hero, Talion, and is now bound to assist him in his quest to destroy Sauron. With Talion’s help he goes from “an orc that snivels and whines to a mighty war chief.”

The trailer details Rattbag’s ascent through the orc ranks and that he is Talion’s liaison in the front lines of Sauron’s army. Rattbag will help conspire with Talion to bring his enemies down, aside from providing some well-timed comic relief. Rattbag has been featured in the game’s previous trailers, but now the developers reveal that Ratbag will play an integral part in the story. He is also the game’s only pre-written enemy,\ with all of Talion’s other foes to be randomly generated in each game.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be released on September 30th for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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The UK to Experience a Grave Halloween in the Aokigahara Suicide Forest

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:52

Just the thought of Japan's Aokigahara forest, or the Suicide Forest, sends a chill down our spines. Director Steven R. Monroe knows this all too well and word has come that his latest film which takes place there, Grave Halloween, is hitting the UK.

Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment has announced the UK release of Grave Halloween, available digitally and on DVD October 27, 2014.

Synopsis
Deep in stark woodland at the base of Mount Fuji, restless whispers echo as the light fades on a mid-winter afternoon. Here, amongst a maze of roots, a lone figure takes her life, binding her body to the branches and her spirit to the undergrowth. Years later as the crows scatter, Miko and her college friends head into Suicide Forest. Miko yearns to abide a Halloween ritual steeped in demonic tradition which will release her mother’s trapped soul. Filming their journey amongst the shadows, strange things start to happen; angry murmurs and sightings of ghosts warn there are those who do not want them there.

In the Sea of Trees an ocean of lost souls rises up, closing heavy boughs around Miko and her friends. Suddenly, the path to life is barricaded by the dead who have nothing to lose…

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Lars Von Trier to Open The House That Jack Built on TV

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:39

The director whom we lovingly refer to as Captain Sunshine here at Dread Central, Lars Von Trier, is bringing his special brand of horror and misery to the small screen with a new series entitled "The House That Jack Built." Interested? Read on!

Screen Daily reports that the series will be the first to be directed by the controversial auteur behind Antichrist and Melancholia since his acclaimed Danish TV production, "The Kingdom," 20 years ago.

The news was revealed by Zentropa-producer Louise Vesth during the press conference for Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Volume 2 - Director’s Cut at the Venice Film Festival. Von Trier’s regular producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen described it as “a TV series without precedent” adding that "The House That Jack Built" would be “a TV series as you have never seen it before and never will again. You better hold your breath.

Von Trier will start working on the script this autumn with shooting currently set for 2016. The series will be produced by Louise Vesth for the Zentropa Group with executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen. The project is being developed for Danish public broadcaster DR with head of drama Piv Bernth, the producer behind Scandi crime drama "The Killing."

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New Trailer Emerges From the Hellmouth

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:29

If you're a fan of the stellar flick Pontypool, you'd better listen up! The minds of the lunatics behind it have conceived another terror tale called Hellmouth, which we told you about in 2013. Well guess what? We FINALLY have a trailer for you guys to chew on! Dig it courtesy of Twitch Film.

Directed by John Geddes (Exit Humanity), the film stars Stephen McHattie (Pontypool, The Watchmen) as Charlie Baker, a dying gravekeeper who’s forced to take one final job. It features an eclectic cast including female lead Siobhan Murphy, Julian Richings, Boyd Banks (Exit Humanity), Mark Gibson, and some iconic cameos including Bruce McDonald (Pontypool).

An ode to classic horror and fantasy, Hellmouth is a VFX spectacle that chronicles Charlie Baker's dark descent through Gothic landscapes, demonic worlds, and medieval realms as he journeys to discover the secret behind a mysterious cemetery.

"I wanted to create a story-driven film with fantasy and horror combined. Something that was directly inspired by the era of Hitchcock and even Ed Wood," said Geddes last year. "Working with a writer like Tony Burgess [Pontypool] was a pleasure as we both love the simplicity in many of the old classic films of the 50′s and 60′s, and even earlier in films like Nosferatu and Faust. We worked really hard to make Hellmouth something fresh."

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Siccin Unleashes Turkish Horror

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:19

Turkey has long been releasing rip-offs of popular American movies, and now that they have a new original horror flick coming out entitled Siccîn: Büyü Haramdır, we can only hope The Asylum returns the favor, if only out of spite. Read on for the first details of this foreign spookfest!

In Turkish theaters on September 26th, Siccîn: Büyü Haramdır stars Pınar Çağlar Gençtürk, Koray Şahinbaş, Ebru Kaymakçı, Merve Ateş, Güneş Galava, Toygun Ateş, Aydan Çakır, and Asuman Kostak. It is directed by Turkish fear film sensation Alper Mestçi.

Below you'll find the trailer, which is unfortunately subtitle-free. Still. It looks pretty friggin' spooky!

This is normally the part of the story in which we'd tell you what this one is about, but every synopsis we translated via the web came back a ridiculously garbled mess. From what we've gleaned from the gibberish we've read, Siccîn: Büyü Haramdır is somewhat of a tragic love triangle with one of the principal characters either casting or getting someone to cast a spell on one of the women in said triangle, thereby infesting her with demons. SOLD!

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New Tamara Book Gets a Trailer

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:48

We told you back during the madness of the San Diego Comic-Con about Final Destination writer Jeffrey Reddick releasing a book based upon his 2005 movie Tamara, which starred the now everywhere Jenna Dewan. Today we have a trailer to share with you cats!

Reddick is revisiting this titular character along with author JD Matthews for a special novelization. "The book is based off the original R-rated draft of Tamara that I sold to Lionsgate," Reddick tells us.

He adds, "This is my first book, and I’m really excited about the project. Writing is my passion, and I’m thrilled to team up with someone as talented as JD. Tamara has a cult following, and I wanted to show fans the uncut version of the story. I also wanted to give people who’ve never seen the movie a chance to read the story of Tamara Riley."

If you missed the film, Tamara tells the story of an unattractive and unpopular young girl who’s constantly bullied by classmates. Her only source of relief is dabbling in some old witchcraft books left to her by her mother. After being killed in a horrible prank, Tamara comes back from the grave as a sexy vixen who knows the dark secrets of all of her tormentors. She uses these secrets to get revenge against the kids responsible for her death. And she uses her new powers of seduction to go after the one thing she’s always wanted… Billy Natolly, her married English teacher.

Look for more on the book soon, and in the interim check out the official Tamara Facebook page.

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2014 Reaper Awards Nominees Announced; Fan Vote Now Open!

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:43

Labor Day is considered the end of summer, which means fall, our favorite season, is just around the corner. And it's also time to cast your votes for the sixth annual Reaper Awards, running now through October 17th. Winners will be announced just prior to Halloween on October 27th.

From the Press Release:
The Reaper Awards, honoring the best horror and thriller titles of the past year on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, are presented by Home Media Magazine and DreadCentral.com. Eligible titles were released between August 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014.

Results of the consumer vote will be combined with the selections of a judging panel of horror experts and home entertainment reviewers. The panel of judges will also select a Title of the Year.

Note that titles were submitted by participating studios, and if you believe a title is missing from the list, it may be due to the studio not submitting it for consideration. There is space on the ballot for write-in votes, including a spot to write in your choice for the best Horror/Thriller title of the past year (released between August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014).

The full list of nominees is below. For the electronic ballot, visit ReaperAwards.com.

Choice Theatrical Cut
Carrie (Fox)
Insidious Chapter 2 (Sony Pictures)
Devil's Due (Fox)
Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Paramount)
World War Z (Paramount)
The Purge (Universal)
You're Next (Lionsgate)

Best Limited Release/Direct-to-Video Title
Joy Ride 3: Roadkill (Fox)
Scavenger Killers (Cinedigm)
Dead Before Dawn (Cinedigm)
Europa Report (Magnolia)
Crystal Lake Memories: History of Friday the 13th (CAV)
The Last Days on Mars (Magnolia)
Absence (Cinedigm)
Fright Night 2 (Fox)
Afflicted (Sony Pictures)
Ghost Team One (Paramount)
Big Bad Wolves (Magnolia)
The Haunting of Helena (Cinedigm)
Static 3D (Cinedigm)
Curse of Chucky (Universal)
Mr. Jones (Anchor Bay)
Alyce Kills (Cinedigm)

Best Title From the Vault (Re-release or Catalog Title)
Predator 3D Edition (Fox)
Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition (Anchor Bay)
Day of the Dead Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
Night of the Demons Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
Sleepaway Camp Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
The Evil Dead Steelbook Edition (Anchor Bay)
Prince of Darkness Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)

Best Collection
The Vincent Price Collection (Shout! Factory)
True Blood: Season 6 (HBO)
The Walking Dead: Season 3 (Anchor Bay)

Best Indie or Foreign Disc
Absence (Cinedigm)
Europa Report (Magnolia)
Return to Nuke Em High Vol. 1 (Anchor Bay)
Big Bad Wolves (Magnolia)
V/H/S/2 (Magnolia)
Static 3D (Cinedigm)
You're Next (Lionsgate)
In Fear (Anchor Bay)
Stage Fright (Magnolia)
The Last Days on Mars (Magnolia)

Best Extras
Prince of Darkness Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
The Walking Dead: Season 3 (Anchor Bay)
Day of the Dead Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
The Vincent Price Collection (Shout! Factory)
World War Z (Paramount)
True Blood: Season 6 (HBO)
Bad Milo (Magnolia)
Stage Fright (Magnolia)

Best Box Art (click here to see images of the Best Box Art nominees)
House of Dust (Anchor Bay)
Europa Report (Magnolia)
True Blood: Season 6 (HBO)
Return to Nuke Em High Vol. 1 (Anchor Bay)
Sleepaway Camp Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
Night of the Demons Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
In Fear (Anchor Bay)
Devil's Due (Fox)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Paramount)
V/H/S/2 (Magnolia)

Best Packaging (click here to see images of the Best Packaging nominees)
The Walking Dead: Season 3 Zombie Head Tank (Anchor Bay)
Predator 3D Limited Edition Predator Head (Fox)
V/H/S/2 — Blu-ray/VHS combo pack (Magnolia)

Best Big Bad
The Governor — "The Walking Dead Season 3" (Anchor Bay)
Hammer Girl — "The Raid 2" (Sony Pictures)
Gerri — "Fright Night 2" (Fox)
Lee Harvey Herzkauf — "Return to Nuke Em High Vol. 1" (Anchor Bay)
The Zombies — "World War Z" (Paramount)
Milo — "Bad Milo" (Magnolia)

Best Scream Queen/King
Guy Getting Penis Bitten Off — "Bad Milo" (Magnolia)
Rachel (Sara Paxton) — "Static 3D" (Cinedigm)
Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz) — "Carrie" (Fox)
Lucy (Alice Englert) — "In Fear" (Anchor Bay)
Chrissy Goldberg (Asta Paredes) — "Return to Nuke Em High Vol. 1" (Anchor Bay)
Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) — "Teen Wolf Season 3 Vol. 2" (Fox)

Best Kill
Time Index 1:21:50 to 1:23:05 — Jewel, tied to the top of a big rig, is torn in half by an overpass — "Joy Ride 3: Roadkill" (Fox)
Time Index 0:05:30 to 0:06:05 — Minnie Driver Stabbed — "Stage Fright" (Magnolia)
Time Index 1:30:50 to 1:36:35 — Hammer Girl rips through a bunch of guys on a subway — "The Raid 2" (Sony Pictures)
Time Index 0:34:20 to 0:35:50 — Disemboweled Zombie Cyclist eaten by other Zombies — "V/H/S/2" (Magnolia)
Time Index 0:40:30 to 0:42:30 — Stage Director eats a light bulb — "Stage Fright" (Magnolia)

Best Line of Dialogue
“I’m gonna need you to keep that coat clean for me, so please take it off and then rip her arm off." - Eric — True Blood Season 6 (HBO)
“Wow — How’s your ass?” – Highsmith — "Bad Milo" (Magnolia)
“If you think you can sit here [while we] raise your litter of alien babies, you’ve got another thing coming." - Arlene — True Blood Season 6 (HBO)
“Well, you're halfway to the hospital now, Jewel.” – Rusty Nail — "Joy Ride 3" (Fox)

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Stunning Fan Art for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Game on the NES

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:42

In a perfect world we'd have seen all of our favorite horror movie villains star in their own games. In a SUPER-perfect world said games would actually have been good, too. Still, we can dream of taking control over our favorite maniac, and that's exactly what artist Blake Armstrong has done.

Below you'll see his version of what the artwork for a Nintendo Entertainment System game based on Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre would have looked liked.

Of course he made the common mistake of getting the title wrong as "chainsaw" is actually two words in the original's title, but hey, the artwork is bitchin' enough for us to overlook it!

Oh, the possibilities. Click here for more of Blake Armstrong's artwork.

It should be noted that their actually was a game based on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for the Atari 2600 home entertainment system in 1983 from Wizard Video Games, who put out several adult-themed games back then, including one based on Halloween.

In Wizard's game you are Leatherface and it's your job to hunt down and eviscerate a group of hapless tourists who are "trespassing" on your property. You're given three tanks of gasoline to power your chainsaw. You're always burning a little gas, but when you rev up the saw, you'll really go through it. Save gasoline for killing your victims or cutting away at the brush that occasionally blocks your progress. While you are chasing your victims, you must avoid various obstacles that will slow you down such as fences, cow skulls, and wheelchairs. For every victim you kill, you receive 1,000 points. Extra gas tanks are awarded for every 5,000 points. The game ends when you run out of gas.

By the way... they got the title of the movie wrong, too.

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Labor Day Weekend Box Office Report: As Above/So Below Somewhere in the Middle

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:04

Those Guardians of the Galaxy continued to rule the box office this Labor Day weekend. So where did that leave the horror offering As Above/So Below and the 30th anniversary re-release of arguably the most influential horror comedy of a generation?

As Above/So Below managed to continue two trends at once. First, the Paris-set Universal/Legendary horror film marks the latest found footage movie promoted in such a way as to hope you didn't know that going in. Just how on the outs is the found footage genre that Hollywood marketers are now going out of their way to downplay the format?

As Above/So Below also continues the trend of wide release horror movies in 2014 not exactly lighting the box office on fire. Falling near the middle of the pack at #5 with an estimated $10.3 million for the Labor Day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, that's just slightly more than previous Labor Day weekend horror releases Apollo 18 ($8.4 million) and Shark Night ($8.3 million). Oof!

Always fickle horror-goers gave the film a C- Cinemascore so this one might as well be buried in the Catacombs in which the film is set.

The 30th anniversary re-release of the comedy classic Ghostbusters finished outside the top ten in 15th place with $2.2 million. That's a bit above what Raiders of the Lost Ark's re-release did ($1.67 million), though not quite as impressive given Ghostbusters was released on over 700 screens and Raiders returned on less than 300. I'd still call that number notable given how widely available Ghostbusters is on every conceivable video format and VOD service.

Hey, maybe that bodes well for that upcoming 10th anniversary re-release of Saw. Most remarkable: I typed that last sentence with a straight face.

Aside from the upcoming fantasy thriller Innocence, the Fatal Attraction-esque No Good Deeds, and the young adult adaptation The Maze Runner, the genre takes the month of September off before returning the first week of October with the Conjuring spin-off Annabelle.

As Above/So Below director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) wrote the script with his brother, Drew. The film stars Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks, and Edwin Hodge.

Read Staci Layne Wilson's positive As Above/So Below review.

Read Uncle Creepy's negative As Above/So Below review.

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Zombeavers Cast and Crew Talk Using Practical Effects, Working in the Genre, Peeing in the Woods, and More!

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:00

Horror comedy Zombeavers (review) recently had its UK debut at Film4 FrightFest, but it hit Tribeca last spring for its world premiere, where we had a chance to chat with director and co-writer Jordan Rubin plus several members of the cast.

Stars Peter Gilroy, Rex Linn, Courtney Palm, Jake Weary, Rachel Melvin, and Lexi Atkins emerged from the Zombeavers onslaught to discuss acting in horror movies vs. watching them, the treasures to be found while peeing in the woods, and the ghostly presence of poor Old Yeller.

Additionally, Rubin (pictured above), a veteran of television comedy, joined in to talk about the technical considerations one must take into account when choosing between practical puppet zombeavers vs. CGI zombeavers.

Beware: A few spoilers for some classic movies that should be beyond spoiling by now are lurking in the below video, but there are no spoilers for Zombeavers itself.

Zombeavers is a horror comedy with hysterical interludes, gross-out gore, and old school animatronics. The flick will be releasing in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD on October 20, 2014.

Synopsis
A group of college students head out into the wilderness for spring break, unaware of the danger that lurks beneath the lake. Unbeknownst to the vacationers, a chemical spill has irreversibly altered the wildlife, and zombeavers are on the prowl. As a weekend of sex, drugs, and debauchery gets under way, the beavers close in on their prey; and the bloodthirsty beasts really do take the term ‘killer weekend’ to the next level.

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Exclusive First Look at iPhone-Shot And Uneasy Lies the Mind

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:00

Indie filmmakers are some of the most creative folks to ever walk the planet, and that's why when something unique catches our eyes, we make sure to tell you about it. Case in point: the iPhone 5-shot feature And Uneasy Lies the Mind.

From the Press Release
Detention Films has announced that its latest production, Ricky Fosheim’s And Uneasy Lies the Mind, the first feature-length narrative film shot entirely on an iPhone, will be available nationwide on VOD from Gravitas Ventures.

And Uneasy Lies the Mind will be available to rent or own starting September 2nd on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, Redbox Instant, and most cable operators across the United States and Canada.

Written by co-stars Jonas Fisch and Dillon Tucker, the film is told through the fragmented and traumatized memories of its protagonist following a brutal attack. The filmmakers embraced both the limitations and the powers of Apple’s mobile camera to create visuals that would reflect his state of mind.

The film debuted at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose this past March, and its main titles were showcased as part of this year’s SXSW Film Excellence in Title Design Awards alongside opening sequences from "True Detective," The Lego Movie, Pacific Rim, and "Masters of Sex."

Synopsis:
Peter (Fisch) is a freshly minted movie star. He has it all: wealth, fame, and a beautiful expecting wife, Julie (J’aime Leilani Spezzano). When the couple’s two best friends, Jack (Tucker) and Lauren (Michelle Nunes), join them at their new mountain mansion for Peter’s birthday, envy, secrets, and paranoia play out behind a barren, frigid winter landscape.

Soon the nostalgia and fake smiles crumble and the two couples grow increasingly antagonistic, turning to alcohol and drugs to bury the past. When Peter’s old friend Shawn (Isaac Nippert) shows up unexpectedly and covered in snow, Peter must scramble to protect his new life. The harder he fights to hold it all together, the faster he descends into a cavernous mental abyss. As the night grows late, Peter is forced to decipher reality from a twisting rabbit hole of truth and illusion.

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L.A. Slasher Set to Terrorize Salt Lake Comic Con with Two Special Screenings

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:22

Social satire horror film L.A. Slasher is opening and closing the 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con, running September 4-6; and if you'll be there, we have all the details you need right here, including a look at the Con's guest list, which is pretty impressive considering it's only their second year.

L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys, The Alphabet Killer), will have a special advance screening to open the festival and a midnight screening to close it out.

Salt Lake Comic Con 2013 was the largest first-year comic convention in North American history and the largest convention ever to take place in Utah. This year’s event will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“We are thrilled that such an iconic event will be screening our film,” said L.A. Slasher producer Jeffrey Wright.

The film offers a tongue-in-cheek commentary of reality TV and the undue admiration for people who are famous for simply being famous. “[It] is definitely bound to make waves, and to screen at Salt Lake Comic Con is a very exciting experience for us all,” commented producer Daniel Sollinger.

The special advance screening of L.A. Slasher will include a panel. In attendance at the prestigious event will be director Owen, producers Wright and Sollinger, as well as several members of the notable cast, which includes Eric Roberts, Brooke Hogan, Abigail Wright, and Elizabeth Morris.

Along with the aforementioned Roberts, other SLCC 2014 guests of note for the horror crowd are Bruce Campbell, Ron Perlman, Eliza Dushku, Sam Witwer, Danny Glover, Cary Elwes, Charisma Carpenter, Ernie Hudson, Ian Ziering, James Hong, Eugene Clark, and Jim Wynorski. You'll also find Stan Lee, Barbara Eden, Giancarlo Esposito, Hulk Hogan, Lou Ferrigno, and "Arrow's" Stephen Amell and John Barrowman.

For more SLCC info and tickets, visit SaltLakeComicCon.com.

L.A. Slasher stars Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie), and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”) with the voice of Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”) as the "L.A. Slasher."

Synopsis
Produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger, L.A. Slasher is a biting social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous. It explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent - purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior.

Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the "L.A. Slasher" publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them.

For more info follow L.A. Slasher on Twitter (@LA_Slasher) and on Facebook.

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Blade 4 Talks Look to Be Moving Forward with Wesley Snipes

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:30

More speculation about a possible Blade 4, starring a newly rejuvenated Wesley Snipes, is swirling around the Internet thanks to his recent well regarded return to the big screen in The Expendables 3, and we have the latest for you here.

This tidbit of information comes from the Confidenti@l gossip column of the New York Daily News so no telling how concrete it is, but according to the site Wesley Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in a new installment of Blade for $3 million plus a cut of the profits.

The likelihood of the project getting the green light is “looking good” according to sources close to the actor.

Not a lot to go on, but we'll keep our eyes and ears open for more as it comes.

The three Blade films released thus far (Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity) are based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. They were written by David S. Goyer, Marv Wolfman, and Gene Colan and directed by Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro, and Goyer respectively, and distributed by New Line Cinema. Per Wikipedia, their combined worldwide gross was over $400 million.

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Hope, Courage, and Destiny Collide in this Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Promo

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:00

Fox has released a new promo for the upcoming Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow," setting the stage for the show's thrilling return in just a few weeks. Check it out, and expect lots more soon.

"Sleepy Hollow" focuses on a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who’s pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to America’s founding fathers. Along for the wild ride is a modern-day cop, Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie).

Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Lyndie Greenwood, and John Noble return along with Mison and Beharie, and joining the show this coming season are Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin; Sakina Jaffrey as Sheriff Reyes, filling in for the incarcerated Frank Irving (Jones); Heather Lind as Mary Wells, Crane’s English ex straight out of the 18th century; Matt Barr as Nick Hawley, an arms dealer who gets drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's work; and Aunjanue Ellis as Abbie and Jenny's (Greenwood) mother, Lori Mills.

Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow" kicks off on September 22nd and will be an expanded 18 episodes. We should have a synopsis for Episode 2.01 shortly - stay tuned! If you're still not quite caught up on Season 1, the Blu-ray and DVD arrive on September 16th.

For more info visit "Sleepy Hollow" on Fox.com, "like" "Sleepy Hollow" on Facebook, and follow "Sleepy Hollow" on Twitter.




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Yet Another Horns Poster Arrives; See the UK Quad

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:40

In case you haven't yet seen enough cool artwork for Alexandre Aja's Horns (review), the film's UK quad has been released, and we have a look at it right here for you.

Directed by Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, and James Remar.

Look for Horns on October 31st in the US and a few days earlier on October 29th in the UK.

Synopsis:
Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.

This rock and roll infused dark fantasy explores why bad things happen to good people and what the loss of true love can do to a man. The widely acclaimed book was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks and has become an international bestseller as well.

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New Lords of the Fallen Trailer Is Devilishly Cryptic

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:59

“Only evil can destroy evil,” remarks the stoic narrator in a glimpse into the hidden secrets and living world of the upcoming action RPG Lords of the Fallen. Check out this latest trailer.

A red mist in a moonlit forest, a dungeon of torment, dizzying hilltop grottos... the new video is meant to showcase some of the settings found in Namco Bandai’s upcoming game. But what is truly intriguing is the trailer’s cryptic monologue, delivered by a brogue-voiced, mysterious narrator and revealing brief glimpses of some of the details surrounding the game.

It has been known since the game’s announcement that its anti-hero, Harkyn, would be battling an awakened god; and today’s trailer put a name to that ancient evil, Rhogar.

The voice speaks of an abandoned temple and that it is the gateway to Rhogar’s realm. This may indicate that the game will feature two realms: one of the living and one of the god Rhogar. This idea is further hinted at as the voice speaks of traveling to alternate dimensions.

"Find out the truth about the war." The storyline for Lords of the Fallen has long been known to be that of ancient evil gods returning to Earth and humanity looking to former criminals to save them. But these brief quotes reveal another layer to the story, adding depth beyond the simplistic goal of hunting down the bad guys.

The trailer also hints that the game may have multiple endings, as the narrator states, “There is no single end to your journey.”

Lords of the Fallen will be available on October 28th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Those who pre-order the game will receive a free upgrade to the limited edition, which includes the game’s soundtrack, the Monk’s Decipher DLC, and the Demonic Weapons Pack DLC.

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