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The Babadook Terrorizes the United States This November

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:41

Just one week after being handed a release date over in the UK, The Babadook (review) has finally been given the same treatment here in the States, soon headed our way courtesy of IFC Midnight. Can we get a hallelujah?!

The label just announced today that they will be releasing the critically acclaimed spookshow on November 28th.

The Babadook will have its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on August 23rd at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

Synopsis
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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Six More Join HBO's Westworld Series

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:23

Currently in the works over at HBO is a series adaptation of Westworld, a 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton. As shooting readies for the pilot episode, a whopping six new actors have joined the cast, and we've got all the latest info for you today.

Per TV Line, Jeffrey Wright (pictured; "Boardwalk Empire"), Rodrigo Santoro ("Lost"), and Shannon Woodward ("Raising Hope") have joined the sci-fi drama pilot. Additionally, Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Angela Sarafyan (The Good Guys), and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside) have been added to the ensemble.

As previously announced, Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will also star in the series, revolving around a futuristic theme park where robots go berserk and attack the guests

Hopkins is set to play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn, and complicated creative director, chief programmer, and chairman of the board of Westworld, who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park — and unorthodox methods of achieving it. Wood will portray Dolores Abernathy, the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West — who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.

Below you'll find a rundown of the characters the six new actors have been cast to play.

Wright | Bernard Lowe: The brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s Programming Division, Bernard’s keen observation of human nature provides him with boundless inspiration for his life’s work: creating artificial people.

Santoro | Harlan Bell: Terrifying and brutal, with a dark sense of humor, Harlan is Westworld’s perennial “Most Wanted” bandit. He subscribes to the theory that the West is a wild place, and the only way to survive is to embrace the role of predator.

Woodward | Elsie King: A sardonic rising star in the Programming division, Elsie is charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behaviors in the park’s hosts.

Berdal | Armistice: A savage fighter and brutal bandit, her ruthlessness with her victims is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws.

Sarafyan | Clementine Pennyfeather: One of Westworld’s most popular attractions, every aspect of Clementine is perfectly beguiling, by design.

Quarterman | Lee Sizemore: The narrative director of Westworld, his inspired storylines consistently delight or terrify the guests — and his artistic temperament consistently grates on his colleagues.

J.J. Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. "Person of Interest's" Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. Lisa Joy co-wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Kathy Lingg will co-EP and Athena Wickham is a producer on the Warner Bros. Television drama. David Coatsworth is set as a co-EP and line producer with Susie Ekins set as a co-producer. "Westworld" hails from Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Kilter Films.

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The Devil's Carnival Episode 2 in Production; David Hasselhoff and More Join Cast

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:13

It's been a long while since last we spoke about Darren Lynn Bousman's surreal wonderland known as The Devil’s Carnival (review). Now creators Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back working on The Devil's Carnival 2: Alleluia, and we have more details for you right here.

Check out The Devil's Carnival on Facebook, and follow The Devil's Carnival on Twitter for TONS of behind-the-scenes images. Look for a full report from the set soon.

Per Deadline, Barry Bostwick, Ted Neeley, Adam Pascal, and David Hasselhoff have been added to appear alongside returnees Zdunich, Paul Sorvino, rapper Tech N9ne, Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan, Marc Senter, and Dayton Callie. Musicians Chantal Claret, Jimmy Urine, Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot, and Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie from Skinny Puppy round out the ensemble of carnies and lost souls whose paths cross at a theme park.

Zdunich wrote the script and co-wrote the musical numbers with Saar Hendelman. Producers are Chris M. Bonifay and Sean E. Demott. Brian Perera is executive producer.

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - The Cast and Crew Speak!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:00

You know you’ve arrived – not just as a filmmaker but as a human being – when President Barack Obama comes over to your pad to hang out poolside and have some lunch. Though Robert Rodriguez was coy about that bit of info slipping out at the Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For press conference in Beverly Hills last week.

He did admit he made pizza pies for the prez. “Yes, we had POTUS pizza,” he quipped.

Also on hand for the Dimension Films event were Rodriguez’s co-director, Frank Miller, and stars Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Based on Miller's Dark Horse Comics series, the sequel includes two segments derived from existing storylines A Dame to Kill For and Just Another Saturday Night plus brand-new original stories The Big Fat Kill and The Long, Bad Night. Favorite characters seen in the first film are back (with a vengeance, of course!): Alba as exotic dancer Nancy, Bruce Willis as Hartigan, Mickey Rourke as muscle Marv, and there are some new faces as well -- Green as femme fatale Ava, Gordon-Levitt as lucky Johnny, and Brolin slips in seamlessly as Dwight (who was played by Clive Owen in the first film).

The sequel has Rodriguez and Miller recreating the stark, dark and contrasty look of the first flick, shooting entirely against a green screen and in 3D. The scenery was added later, and they took great care in digitally manipulating the lighting and design in post-production. “It’s like being an artist,” said Rodriguez. “You pencil out your sketch first, then you fill it in.

For Miller’s part, he thinks the whole process is rather like reverse-engineering. “We take a movie and make it into a book.

Q: What was it like shooting with so much green screen?

Josh Brolin: You have to find the cadence. The cadence doesn't come to you. It's the kind of movie you really have to dive into. You can't manipulate the movie. And you can't manipulate Frank Miller's mind.

Frank Miller: Many have tried.

Miller said that although some things are ingrained – “I draw the way I draw,” regardless of whether or not he knows who might be playing certain individuals in a film – in some ways he’s evolved as a storyteller. “I am far more aware of character than I used to be,” he said.

Q: How did you newbies feel, stepping into the legendary Sin City?

Josh Brolin: I was a big fan of the first movie, but this one is different. The opportunity to be able to do it was really unnerving, but when I watched it afterwards, it was one of the few movies that I've done where I thought, 'Thank God I'm in this movie. I'm really proud to be in this movie.' I would go see a few times if weren't in it, but because I'm in it, it would seem pretentious.

Q: What did you like best about it, Joe?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: I liked the cover page of the script, where it said, “Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.” [What I really liked about it was] you get to become a cartoon in a way. We're not in the real world, in Sin City.

In fact, Levitt revealed that it was totally unreal from Day One. On his very first day or work, he shot two surreal scenes, back-to-back: one with Christopher Lloyd and one with Lady Gaga!

Eva Green: Playing Ava, it was a challenge to still be believable and lie all the time... she's so bad, so that was very fun. No conscience. No sense of right or wrong. She's pretty evil. But it was interesting to play all these different women in one.

Though the actors had some challenges, the co-directors’ mettle was also tested. It’s not easy to top an unforgettable first film, or at least try to compare. Dashing the hopes of Starbucks scribes everywhere, Rodriguez said the secret to great writing is a great environment. “Everything around you needs to be inspiring,” he said.

Q: How has Nancy evolved since the original film?

Jessica Alba: Nancy is devastated. She's an alcoholic, she's still dancing, and she's not happy about it. That wasn’t easy, all those skimpy costumes, because I'm a mom. I have two kids. I run a company. I'm not this drunk stripper, so I really had to get into that headspace of the character. But I liked playing a character who goes from being a sweet, innocent, naive victim to this very powerful warrior who takes her life into her own hands and gets revenge.

Revenge is indeed the name of the gory game in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. Although it’s not a horror film, the body count is just as high as any – not to mention eye-gouges, eviscerations, bludgeoning and blood (mostly white… but just as flowing as the red stuff). See for yourself when the film opens nationwide on August 22, 2014.

Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.

Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba, Juno Temple, Josh Brolin, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Jamie Chung, Lady Gaga, and Christopher Meloni, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!

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Synopsis
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.

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Take a Wild Ride with this Pair of Promos for Sleepy Hollow Season 2

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:52

We're closing in on the September 22nd premiere date for "Sleepy Hollow" Season 2, and Fox is pulling out all the stops to make sure you remember that it's on its way. Here's a pair of new promos that promise a wild ride awaits!

"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, and John Noble return, 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); and Matt Barr as Nick Hawley, an arms dealer who gets drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's work.

Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow" will be an expanded 18 episodes, and 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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Indie Screenwriter Pitches Direction for Paramount's Upcoming Friday the 13th Project

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 17:08

We don't cover pitches on Dread Central, so I debated about this one. In the end, it got me thinking about all the different ways to approach the story of Jason Voorhees, though, and I wanted to share what one filmmaker would do with the opportunity to pen the next Friday the 13th.

This comes from Dale Zawada (A Big Love Story) , an an award-winning indie screenwriter and Chicago-based comedian who's thinking big about his next project.

That project? Paramount's upcoming Friday the 13th film, which is slated to open on March 13, 2015. A feat, considering the studio has had no luck locking down a script as of yet.

Dale Zawada recently produced a comedic horror film called Dirtbags and has put together a pitch for Paramount and production company Platinum Dunes for the 2015 film.

In what would be a re-imagining of the series, Jason Voorhees is the protagonist. A young kid suffering from psychological issues after witnessing the murder of his mother. A sort of "real world" take, if you will. In this pitch, Crystal Lake has been taken over by a corporation that has established a brand of summer camps all over the United States, and the narrative would alternate between the flashbacks of a very human Jason, and the modern day element, which would, presumably, offer fans a glimpse of the slasher they know and love.

This is definitely a different take. Is it too different? I'd love to hear what some of the fans have to say about a Friday the 13th like this. Is it time for something new? Check out Dale's pitch video and let us know in the comments section what direction you're hoping to see the franchise go in when it hits theaters next year.

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Piranha Sharks Unleashed Online This Friday

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:50

Yep. We have reached the point when mockbusters are mockbusting the original mockbusters. Are you ready for Piranha Sharks to get unleashed on the Internet? Wondering why they chose that title instead of Piranhado which is infinitely better? Read on for details.

The US release of Piranha Sharks will happen this Friday, 8/8 exclusively on Vimeo OnDemand. Jose Canseco, Kevin Sorbo, David Shuster and many other familiar faces star.

From the Press Release
Angry Armadillo Inc., an innovative, new distribution company announced today that they will release Leigh Scott's “Piranha Sharks” in the United States on August 8. The film will be available for rent or purchase through a strategic partnership with the video hosting company Vimeo. Audiences can also enjoy an extended, ten minute clip for free starting Wednesday August 6th.

Directed by Leigh Scott, who produced and/or directed fifteen films for The Asylum including “Transmorphers” in 2007, “Piranha Sharks” is a comedy that follows the disaster caused when a genetically engineered bio-weapon, mini-piranha/shark hybrids are sold as children’s toys in big- box retailers, and then unleashed upon Manhattan.

The oddball cast includes TV's Hercules Kevin Sorbo, ex-WWE wrestler Al Snow, former MLB player Jose Canseco, former MSNBC news anchor David Shuster, and reality TV star Gina Marie Zimmerman of the CBS show “Big Brother.” The film was written by Scott, with a score composed by Ramona Mallory, who also starred, co-edited, and produced the film. The film's hero creatures were created by Academy Award winner Barney Burman (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”).

“I helped start the Asylum”, remarked director Leigh Scott, “a lot of the ways in which they make films, in terms of production and development, are based on my ideas. I even presented the idea of giant shark movies long before they made 'Mega-Shark' or any of their other shark epics. And for all of that, let me sincerely apologize to the world. The goal of this launch, and our company Angry Armadillo is to prove the superiority of internet delivered content over traditional cable, as well as the triumph of talented people who care about their filmmaking over money grubbing hacks who prostitute their meager skills to make a quick buck. We want our films to contain jokes, not be jokes.”

Co-Producer and co-star Benjamin Kanes had this to say, “It’s simple really. This is about creating movies that are awesome. Movies that people want to see. Movies that don’t presuppose and rely upon the stupidity of their audiences. And then delivering them in the most inexpensive and convenient possible way.”

Producer Ramona Mallory was a bit more measured in her remarks. “The online revolution is happening, just not fast enough for our tastes. We think this distribution model not only represents the future, but the best way for producers to monetize their investment and continue to produce quality work. The Vimeo service is great, not just for producers, but for audiences. They can enjoy films on HD television sets, mobile devices or computers. It better fits the way people now watch movies and television shows”.

Independent film producer, promoter, and inspiration for the Jeff Bridges character in “The Big Lebowski”, Jeff Dowd, recently declared Angry Armadillo’s strategy and team to be “the future”, noting that they “are the revolution”.

The decision to launch both the film and the company to coincide with “Sharknado 2” is not accidental. The Asylum built their brand on “mockbusters” and piggybacking their productions onto the marketing budgets of studio films. “It’s time to mockbust the Mockbusters”, noted Scott, “you live by the sword, you die by the sword”. In addition to some rather familiar looking posters, Angry Armadillo will be releasing a series of promotional videos and trailers leading up to the release.

“Piranha Sharks” will be available for rental and purchase through the official website PiranhaSharks.com” as well as the Vimeo OnDemand website beginning August 8 and is available for pre-order now.




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Red Band Trailer for Septic Man Gets Filthy

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:37

Who's ready for some red band goodness? On tap right now we have a new trailer for Starz Digital Media's upcoming release of Septic Man (review). Check it out and don't forget to disinfect when you're done. You never know what you'll catch from where nowadays!

Septic Man Release Details
Starz Digital Media is set to release the award-winning horror film Septic Man this summer. The film will be available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and will have a limited theatrical run on August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.

From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest, where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.

Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town's water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape. Septic Man is an odyssey into the darkest depths of gross-out horror.

Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).







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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Revived with New Cast; Filming Begins in September!

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:24

It was January when we last did a story on the long delayed adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but over the past few months a cast has come together, and filming is about to kick off.

Per Deadline, principal photography is slated to start in September with Cross Creek Pictures having acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release. Lily James (pictured), Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote will star.

Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, Charlie St. Cloud) is directing from a screenplay by David O. Russell and Steers. Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson, and Marc Butan will produce the film, which mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice with a legion of bloodthirsty undead, on behalf of Sierra/Affinity, which is also handling foreign sales. (The project was formerly at Panorama but moved over with Butan when he joined Sierra/Affinity in January.) CAA packaged the Cross Creek deal.

James ("Downton Abbey") plays Elizabeth Bennett, Riley (Maleficent) is Mr. Darcy, and Heathcote (Dark Shadows) portrays Elizabeth’s sister. Jack Huston is also in talks. Seth Grahame-Smith's popular novel plays with the relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England who are faced with the challenge of an army of the “sorry stricken” (i.e., zombies).

Now that things are moving again, look for lots more soon!

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Nitehawk's AUGUST MIDNITE: BITE THIS! Vampire Series Starts Tonight with Martin!

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 15:33

Attention, New Yorkers! Starting tonight in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, Nitehawk Cinema kicks off a month-long series highlighting five of the “new classics” that now proudly sit among other classic films of the vampire genre.

George Romero’s angst-ridden dark horror comedy Martin is first up tonight at 9:30 PM ET, and actor John Amplas will be in attendance! Our old friend Sam Zimmerman from Fangoria will also provide the introduction.

Be sure to check out the official press release below to find out the other films playing (one of which has arguably the best makeup sequence of Dick Smith’s legendary career in a scene featuring David Bowie). Hope to see you there tonight and all this month!

For more info check out Nitehawk's AUGUST MIDNITE: BITE THIS! website.

From the Press Release
With appearances on film now spanning over a century, the vampire is the most fictionalized character in the history of cinema. This month they're featured in five very different modern interpretations of the movie vampire: an introspective, perhaps delusional, self-diagnosed vampire struggling with his thirst in George Romero’s masterpiece Martin. Neon 90s, green blood bleeding, Mexican comic book monsters await you in the Tarantino/Rodriguez collaboration From Dusk Till Dawn. Quite possibly the most badass bloodsuckers ever to walk the night are coming to get you in Kathryn Bigelow’s hugely influential Near Dark. Come spend your eternity in the sexy, stylized shadows in Tony Scott’s vampire-chic The Hunger. It’s nearly impossible to re-make a classic iconic film and make it your own while staying true to the spirit of the original, but Werner Herzog did just that with Klaus Kinski in his cold and atmospheric Nosferatu The Vampyre.

AUGUST 4 (9:30PM)
MARTIN


George Romero • 1976 • 100 mins • English • 35mm • John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau, Tom Savini • R

George A. Romero’s is-he-or-isn’t-he vampire film may just be his best! The father of the modern cinematic zombie (the one and only George A. Romero) is also the creator of one of the most subtle vampire films ever made, Martin. Set in the decaying urban landscape of Pittsburgh, the film contains much of the underlying social and political concerns expressed in his Dead works. Here we have a young man named Martin, who has been sent to stay with his elderly relative. Things are a little tense between the two because dear old Martin has a tendency to kill people for their blood (with razors, not teeth). It’s never quite clear if he’s actually a vampire or just someone with mental issues, but it’s this ambiguity, the focus on the fine line between reality and unreality, that makes Martin so great.

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WWE Studios Sending Leprechaun: Origins to Select Theatres

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 15:19

If you're one of the fans who are eagerly anticipating the WWE's Leprechaun: Origins, starring WWE Supertstar Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl, then consider your lucky charms officially rubbed!

From the Press Release
Lionsgate and WWE Studios announced today that Leprechaun: Origins, starring WWE® Superstar Dylan “Hornswoggle®” Postl, will have a limited theatrical run on August 22nd.

The announcement comes after an enthusiastic reception at this year’s Comic-Con, where fans were given a sneak peek at footage from the reimagined franchise. The move is intended to support promotional efforts during the film's multi-platform release on August 26th for Digital HD, Video On Demand, and Pay-Per-View and September 30th on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital).

Also starring Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason), Leprechaun: Origins was written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky.

Related News: #SDCC14 Exclusive: WWE Superstar Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl and Director Zach Lipovsky Talk Leprechaun: Origins

Synopsis
Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennett), David (Fletcher), and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon the friends will find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.

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Lionsgate Accepts the Devil's Deal in October

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 15:07

Hell hath no fury like a Devil scorned when Devil's Deal arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and Video on Demand October 14th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Interested? Good! Read on for the skinny!

The small town of Burning Bush learns the hard way to never make a deal with the Devil as he returns to fulfill a past agreement to collect promised souls. The Devil's Deal DVD, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes, will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.

Mathew Greer, David K. Shelton, Jaysen Dry, Kari J. Kramer, Tristan Lavelle, Allen Reed, and David Ford star. Justin Mosley and Allen Reed direct.

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Outtakes

    Synopsis
    Hell has come to the town of Burning Bush. When the terms of a deal with the devil made long ago resurface, the innocent must fight for their lives as the Devil aims to destroy everything and everyone in the town to reap the souls he was promised.

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    Syfy Unveils the First Teaser for Sharknado 3

    Mon, 08/04/2014 - 14:54

    At the end of April, Syfy announced a third installment in its Sharknado juggernaut will be heading our way in summer 2015, and today they released the first teaser video for it. Place your bets now on what city is next on the 'Nado's hit list!

    After the original Sharknado swept across Los Angeles and Sharknado 2: The Second One turned its deadly fury on New York City, be on the lookout for Sharknado 3 and the next city the Sharknado will hit!

    Sharkado 2: The Second One co-stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath. Among the guest stars are Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Judah Friedlander, Andy Dick, and Perez Hilton. The movie, which was filmed in New York City, was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from a screenplay by Thunder Levin (both of whom worked on the original Sharknado).

    The upcoming Sharknado 3 will once again be produced by The Asylum. Look for more soon!

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    Twilight Time Set to Release 1988 Remake of The Blob on Blu-ray

    Mon, 08/04/2014 - 14:27

    Picking up where the big studios have been leaving off, home video label Twilight Time has for the last few years been releasing some pretty damn awesome horror flicks on Blu-ray, including the original Fright Night and Tom Savini's remake of Night of the Living Dead.

    Joining them next is the 1988 version of The Blob, headed our way just in time for Halloween! As the company just revealed, October 14th will mark the Blu-ray release of The Blob.

    Joining it on Blu will be a handful of other horror films, including Audrey Rose (1977), The Believers (1987), Man Hunt (1941), Under Fire (1983), and The Vanishing (1993).

    Typical for Twilight Time, all of the releases will be limited with The Blob being cut off at 5,000 copies and the others limited to only 3,000.

    Directed by Chuck Russell, The Blob is one of the better horror remakes we've yet seen, centering on a strange pink life form that consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

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    Remake of The Monster Squad Falls Completely Off the Platinum Dunes Radar

    Mon, 08/04/2014 - 14:08

    Plans to remake the 1987 classic The Monster Squad have been in motion for many years, much to the chagrin of the original film's writer/director Fred Dekker. Now it seems the remake is officially dead in the water, and Dekker is quite pleased about that. Read on!

    In an interview with Collider, Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller revealed the death of the project, Form saying that they're no longer developing the film. "That's dead," Fuller emphatically added, sealing the fate of this particular remake. For now, that is.

    On his Facebook fan page, Fred Dekker remarked that "'Dead' is usually not a good thing" but offered up a big ole "HURRAY!" in response to the interview.

    Can't say we disagree with you on this one, Fred. There are just some movies that can't be remade, and we're feeling like The Monster Squad is one of them!

    Rob Cohen was at one point set to direct the remake of The Monster Squad, which begins when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. The heroes – the Monster Squad – are the only ones daring to stand in their way. Mark and Brian Gunn penned the latest screenplay.

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    Fantasia 2014: Anchor Bay Canada and Breaththrough Entertainment Swim Away With The Drownsman

    Mon, 08/04/2014 - 14:04

    Some early distro news has come in for another flick which is playing as part of the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival, The Drownsman. Read on for the latest on this splashy new fear flick.

    Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada and Breakthrough Entertainment will release The Drownsman in the Canadian home market.

    Chad Archibald directs the film, which stars Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, and Ry Barrett, who plays the title character.

    Synopsis
    After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, Madison begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water.

    Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world around her, but her fear intensifies when she begins to be haunted by the vision of an evil figure. After watching her struggle for over a year, Madison's four friends stage an intervention in a desperate attempt to help. In doing so, they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them are safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of the evil that haunts them, they’re dragged one by one to a horrifying place from which they may never return.




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    New Jersey Shore Massacre Trailer Arrives! Smell the Hair Gel!

    Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:56

    On tap right now is the trailer for the latest comedic slasher flick to come our way, Jersey Shore Massacre. Check it out and decide for yourself if this Guido and Guidette slaughter fest will do the trick in terms of a smile and a scream!

    Paul Tarnopol directs. Danielle Dallacco, Angelica Boccella, Giovanni Roselli, Chris Lazzaro, Nicole Rutigliano, and Christina Scaglione star. Jenni Farley (Jwoww, "The Jersey Shore") executive produces.

    Look for the film in theaters on August 22nd and on VOD on August 26th.

    Synopsis
    When Teresa and the girls leave their suburban New Jersey salon for a weekend of sun and sin down the shore, they are blindsided by a bizarre twist of events that catapult them from the sands of Seaside Heights to a secluded house deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Frightened by stories of the legendary Jersey Devil, the local population of Pineys, and a giant dim-witted neighbor, the girls eagerly return to Seaside Heights, where they hook-up with five fist-pumping delinquents who incessantly disrespect all with their reprehensible behavior.

    As day turns to night, the group converges at a Seaside bar where they are soon ejected for inciting a dance-floor brawl. With nowhere else to go, the group retreats to the house in the Pine Barrens for a night of carnal delights. Blinded by their selfish pursuits, they remain unaware that their long outstanding debt to humanity is about to be settled - with their lives. One by one, the body count soars as retribution is exacted at the hands of a mentally-deranged killer with much more than just an axe to grind.

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    Pelgrane Press and The Last Door Team Up for Horror Contest and Giveaway

    Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:45

    Phoenix Online Publishing and Pelgrane Press have teamed up to offer fans of Lovecraftian horror a free novella inspired by the award-winning game The Last Door, discount codes on both companies' products, and a chance to win a free RPG PDF from Pelgrane.

    For the month of August, all new subscribers to Phoenix Online’s newsletter will receive a free PDF of “The Five Arches.” This prequel story to point-and-click adventure game The Last Door is written by David Conyers.

    Conyers is the author of more than fifty short stories, including an ongoing Lovecraftian sci-fi espionage series. The PDF also includes discount codes for $5 off at the Pelgrane Press webstore and 20% off The Last Door: Collector’s Edition at the Phoenix Online Store.

    Additionally, from now through August 10th, the two companies invite horror fans to submit 140-character flash horror stories to horror140@postudios.com for a chance to win a free Pelgrane Press PDF of their choice, such as Trail of Cthulhu, 13th Age, or Night's Black Agents.

    Five winners will be announced on August 12th on both sites.

    About The Last Door: Collector’s Edition:
    Feel what it's truly like to be alone in the dark with this low-res, high-suspense point-and-click horror adventure, winner of multiple Best Games of the Year awards. Set in Victorian England, when Jeremiah Devitt receives a letter from his old schoolmate Anthony Beechworth with a hidden, cryptic message, he knows something is wrong. His journey to an abandoned manor is only the beginning as he starts to remember a long-buried secret from his youth, discovering things man was not meant to know and opening doors that should have remained closed…

    The Last Door: Collector’s Edition contains four terrifying episodes of occult and otherworldly horror inviting you to investigate Victorian England's deepest, darkest secret. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and featuring new scenes and puzzles, enhanced graphics, unlockable bonuses, and remastered sound, the game's the haunting, original musical score is by Carlos Viola. Explore ancient manors, decaying tenements, and twisting underground warrens with little but a lamp and magnifying glass to guide you. Dare you open The Last Door: Collector's Edition?

    For more information, visit Phoenix Online Studios and Pelgrane Press.

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    First Details on Found Footage Slasher Paranormal Demons; New Teaser Poster and Concept Art

    Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:30

    Another found footage movie about a film crew encountering supernatural shenanigans is in production, but this one has a twist: Not only is it coming all the way from Germany, but it's also a slasher! Here's the first word on Paranormal Demons.

    The film, which bills itself as "a mix of Paranormal Activity and Friday the 13th," is directed by David Brückner from a screenplay by Mario von Czapiewski. It's produced by Brückner and stars Roland Freitag, Annika Strauss, Manoush, and Michael Krug.

    In addition, it was just announced that American shock rocker Demon Boy has joined the soundtrack.

    Even though it's being shot in Germany this October, Paranormal Demons will be all in English and internationally sold. The project is fully funded but has a Startnext page with all excess proceeds going toward improving the quality of the film.

    Synopsis:
    A group of young adults interested in scary happenings want to film the first episode of their web show “Paranormal Demons” inside an old building that's been uninhabited for several years and is said to contain poltergeist phenomena. But after entering the mansion, they notice that they are not alone. Something is hunting inside the building, and his prey has just arrived.

    Look for more soon, and for additional info in the meantime, visit the Paranormal Demons Facebook page.

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    Win a Signed Septic Man Poster!

    Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:00

    Starz Digital Media's upcoming release of Septic Man (review) is right around the corner, and to celebrate the flick's arrival, we have YOUR chance to score a signed poster! Sound good? You betcha! Read on for details.

    The posters are signed by Jesse Thomas Cook, Tony Burgess, and Julian Richings.

    To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

    This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on August 15th.

    Septic Man Release Details
    Starz Digital Media is set to release the award-winning horror film Septic Man this summer. The film will be available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and will have a limited theatrical run on August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.

    From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest, where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.

    Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town's water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape. Septic Man is an odyssey into the darkest depths of gross-out horror.

    Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).




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