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Realistic Slasher Film Scythe Will Reap the Harvest; Special Offer for Dread Central Readers!

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:00

As there have been approximately 38 billion slasher movies produced so far, it’s safe to say that they’ve gotten a bit repetitive over the years. So it’s refreshing for one to come along that throws all the cliches out the window and attempts to be as realistic as possible.

That’s the aim of Scythe, about a serial killer known as the Grim Reaper, who kills his victims with, you guessed it, a scythe. It’s now on Kickstarter, so head over there to help reap the harvest.

Jim Rothman is the writer/director/producer and co-stars with Andrea Muller and Robert B. Silver.

As a special bonus to Dread Central readers, for TODAY (4/11/16) only, anyone who pledges for the $50 Cap and Blu-ray package (which includes a baseball cap with the Scythe logo on it and a Blu-ray copy of the film), will also receive an autographed copy of the feature length script for free. Plus, if 100 readers respond, the DC logo will be included in the credits of the film (but no pressure)!

From the Press Release:
A psychological slasher thriller WITHOUT all the slasher film cliches!

From the writer/director of the award-winning short films I’m Not Matt Damon, Going Down There, and Minutes…comes the return of the slasher film genre: SCYTHE, a psychological thriller in the same vein as the classic and modern horror films Halloween (1978) and Saw (2004) as well as films from  iconic director Alfred Hitchcock.

On the week of prom night in Concord, North Carolina, RONALD WADE, known as the Grim Reaper Killer, escaped a prison transport and breaks into a hardware store, surprising high school student EMILY JOHNSON, the store owner’s daughter. Under the cover of the store’s blackout, a hide-or-be-killed cat and mouse game ensues, ending with several stab wounds to Emily’s back with a SCYTHE, the killer’s signature weapon.

A television left on breaks the news of the Grim Reaper’s escape and highlights his exploits, as he swings a scythe at Emily, beheading her. She is his latest victim. And his first mistake.

With prom cancelled and a mandatory curfew in effect, shy teen MEGAN MILLER is forced by her best friend, KIM, to meet with AMY, VICKY, REBECCA, and JENNIFER after hours at the abandoned pool for a party. At the pool party Megan opens up about her desire to be great, to be worthy of someone worth knowing. This confession leads the girls to bond and build a sisterhood to watch out for one another. Unbeknownst to them, outside hovers the Grim Reaper Killer, targeting them as his newest victims.

When young, disgraced FBI AGENT CHRIS GIBSON is tasked with recapturing the killer, he encounters seasoned US MARSHAL JOHN DECKER. After a jurisdictional dispute, the two begrudgingly join forces. While examine Emily’s body, it is Agent Gibson that discovers the killer’s mistake: This is not the work of the Grim Reaper Killer. It is someone else…

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Fun with Hackley Trailer Will Have You Laughing Your Axe Off

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:30

Well, now I’ve seen it all. A guy being employed by a corporation to put on a mask and go out and murder people? That’s a crazy premise if there ever was one. It’s also the premise of the upcoming film Fun With Hackley, which you can see the trailer for and some stills from below.

Suddenly being unemployed never looked so promising…

Synopsis:
Life-long serial killer Hackley is going through a midlife crisis and rethinking his life and career while dealing with his meddling, incompetent boss.

Since 1980, Hackley has personified fear. This prolific masked serial killer has axed his way through hundreds during his reign of terror. He doesn’t kill because he’s crazy…

It’s just his job.

Hackley is one of the many masked killers employed at Revelation Killing Solutions, the third most profitable corporation in the growing industry. Hackley is the longest tenured team member in the “Slashers” division but has lost the enthusiasm he once had for the job.

Fun with Hackley is a comedy feature film that chronicles the adventures of Hackley as he stumbles at the office and rethinks his life, love, and career. Hackley struggles with an incompetent manager, rival serial killers and antiquated rules as he tries to regain his love of killing.

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Attack on Titan Game Stomping into the US in August; New Gore-Filled Trailer Unveiled

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:00

Released earlier this year in Japan, Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan video game looked like a perfect adaptation of both the manga and anime that would be loved by fans, who were initially disappointed that there was no US release date. Those fears can now be put to rest, as along with releasing a brutal new trailer, they’ve confirmed that it will be stomping onto US shores on August 30th.

From the Press Release:
Following a successful launch in its native Japan, the eagerly anticipated action game will be released on August 30, 2016, across America under the title Attack on Titan.

We also confirmed that Attack on Titan will be available for players to enjoy on a wide selection of consoles and is currently being developed for physical release on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and for digital-only release on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita handheld system, and on PC via Steam®.

Attack on Titan closely follows the riveting storyline of the anime’s first season and focuses on the exploits of various key characters, putting the player in a position to relive its most shocking, courageous, and exhilarating moments. It revolves around the story of three young people who survive the destruction of their walled city district by enormous, man-eating Titans and eventually go on to join the Scout Regiment in order to protect humanity from this overpowering foe.

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80’s Inspired Slasher Field of Screams Hits a Trailer Outta the Park

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 12:42

Major League Baseball’s 2016-17 season kicked off a few days ago, and if you’re a fan of both that sport and the bloodsport depicted in slasher films, then you’ll want to check out the new trailer for Field of Screams, which brings vengeful death to the diamond!

Written, directed, and produced by the terrifically talented duo of Chris Bahr and Joe La Scola of Spectrum Video, the teaser trailer made its debut yesterday on the Lunchmeat Blog. Abounding with VHS aesthetics, Field of Screams also provides evidence of embodying that true-to-era random horror video rental feel. One watch, and it’s bound to be your new favorite baseball-themed slasher of all time.

The below trailer was created as a proof of concept in order to help fund a full-length feature from Spectrum Video. Stay up-to-date on their progress on the Field of Screams Facebook Page.

Synopsis:
In Willow’s Grove, baseball is a way of life. After a bad call during a local championship game, a group of rabid parents corner Stumpy, the umpire. They get more than they bargained for when the encounter ends in murder. After almost a decade in a psychiatric hospital, Stumpy returns for revenge on the home team. Grab your peanuts and crackerjack because this bloodbath is going into extra innings!

Remember: Three Strikes… YOU’RE DEAD!

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Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes Comic Series Announced

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 12:02

In addition to the news of the King Kong vs. Tarzan novel coming the summer, we’ve also learned that the boy who grows up to become the Lord of the Apes will be crossing over with another franchise about literal apes.

Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes sound like such a perfect crossover idea that I can’t believe nobody thought of it sooner. And with both franchises having new films being released in the near future, the timing is impeccable.

The five-issue miniseries is written by Tim Seeley and David F. Walker; Fernando Dagnino provides the artwork with covers by Duncan Fegredo. Here are the full details:

From the Press Release:
Announced at Emerald City Comicon, Dark Horse Comics will publish a new Tarzan tale with the help of BOOM! Studios, taking Edgar Rice Burroughs’s iconic hero to the Planet of the Apes in Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes.

Heavyweight writers Tim Seeley (Revival) and David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist) will script a five-issue miniseries with Fernando Dagnino (Suicide Squad) on interior art and Duncan Fegredo illustrating stunning covers, making this a crossover event readers won’t want to miss!

“It’s a rare opportunity to get to work with two great properties, one great artist, and one hell of a co-writer, but Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes does just that for me,” said Tim Seeley.

In Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes, Tarzan and the ape Caesar, raised as brothers but separated by slave traders, reunite when the war between man and ape takes them from the jungles of Africa to the center of the Earth.

“Planet of the Apes was crucial in sparking my imagination as a child and remains my favorite film franchise of all time. The creative challenge of combining that world with Tarzan, and the opportunity to do so with a great co-writer, an amazing artist, and a supportive editorial team was an offer I couldn’t refuse,” added David Walker.

This stunning crossover hits stands following the summer’s blockbuster film The Legend of Tarzan. Discover Edgar Rice Burroughs’s original superstar hero of the last century all over again at your local comic shop this September!

Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes Issue #1 (of 5) is in stores September 28, 2016.

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Capcom Announces Resident Evil: Bio Terror VR Game

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 11:55

Capcom has announced a brand new Resident Evil virtual reality game. Unveiled at the Middle East Film & Comic Con, it’s called Resident Evil: Bio Terror, and not much is currently known about it, although people are speculating that it will be an on-rails light gun shooter similar to the Resident Evil: Chronicles games.

Unfortunately, it’s going to be exclusive to Hub Zero, a video game theme park in Dubai, which has also entered into deals to host games from several other publishers.

So whether or not Resident Evil: Bio Terror will ever see a home release remains to be seen, but it does seem unlikely that Capcom, which has a reputation for milking the cash cow so much that only the poor cow’s bones remain, would allow a game in one of its most popular franchises to be exclusive to one venue.

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Student Actors’ Throats Cut in Performance of Sweeney Todd

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 11:52

A school performance of Sweeney Todd turned into a real-life horror show earlier this week when two of the student actors accidentally had their throats cut, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Two razors were bought from an antique shop to be used in the play, which was being performed in the secondary school St Kentigern College, Auckland, on April 6th. Duct tape was used to cover the sharp edges, but clearly it wasn’t enough, with one boy sustaining a severe neck injury. Another young man received a slightly less serious, though still pretty nasty, injury; and both needed hospital treatment.

The scene had been performed “many times” since January, including eight dress rehearsals where the prop was used, according to St Kentigern head Steve Cole. Cole said he hoped the rest of the show’s run would still ruin – “without those particular props.” He added, “It was an unfortunate isolated incident.” The prop was covered “in all sorts of duct tape and foam and silver paper. It was a razor that you would expect to see in a production of Sweeney Todd. But it didn’t have a sharp edge. I’m very confident that the health and safety situation was strong.

Thankfully, both boys have recovered and have likely been discharged. Don’t worry… they won’t be turned into meat pies.

I guess the main thing to take away from this is to be sensible when it comes to productions and to double-check all the health and safety elements. And not to be fucking stupid and try to cover a razor blade with duct tape.

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Boglins Toy Creator Reveals His Top 4 Favorites; Details About the New Boglins!

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 10:53

Tim Clarke is the co-creator of Boglins – a toy that has undoubtedly become a cult favorite among toy collectors and nostalgia enthusiasts alike. Earlier this year Clarke announced the return of Boglins through several pictures posted on social media. The toy/horror/nostalgia world simultaneously rejoiced at the idea of a new line of monsters (including me — our household has four of them!)

So, in light of this simply spectacular news, Dread Central caught up with Clarke to find out which of the many Boglins created over the years hold a special place in his heart. This is what he told us:

1. Dwork! Because he so much resembles the original prototype that I sculpted.

2. Sponk! He’s the glow-in-the-dark Boglin. You’ve got to love that beautiful, squishy face.

3. Slobster! He is just so weird.

4. Gulp, the Mini Boglin! He lives in a hamburger – where else would a Boglin live?

5. The new Boglins! We are working on them now. They’re being produced by Clutter Toys and will be out this fall.

*Boglins were created by Tim Clarke, Maureen Trotto, and Larry Mass. They are licensed by 7towns.*

To keep up with all things Boglins, follow Tim Clarke on Instagram

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10 Horror Movies That Were Originally Short Films

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 10:45

More often than not, short films stay short films, and the filmmakers either never get the chance to expand upon them or simply have no interest in doing so. But every once in a while, short films grow up to become big, beautiful features, and it’s those feature films with small beginnings that we’re here to talk about today.

You’ll notice that we’ve included each of the shorts down below, so feel free to watch ’em as you read!

THE EVIL DEAD

After making a handful of low-budget short films together, friends Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell decided to go bigger in the late 1970s, and make their very first feature length horror film. Of course, they didn’t exactly have enough money to do that, so they headed out to a friend’s farmhouse and made a 30-minute short called Within the Woods, essentially to show potential investors what they were capable of. Made on a budget of less than $2,000, the short film generated the attention they hoped that it would. Just a few years later, the idea of an evil force overtaking a group of friends in a remote cabin was expanded upon in The Evil Dead – one of the most beloved horror movies of all time.

TRICK ‘R TREAT

It was in 1996, while at film school in New York, that Michael Dougherty (Krampus) made a four-minute animated short film called Season’s Greetings – a delightfully creepy and atmospheric tale about a young boy trick or treating on Halloween night. Dressed in orange footy pajamas and wearing a burlap sack on his head, the short was our very first introduction to the lovable protector of Halloween known as Sam, who came to life a decade later in Trick ‘r Treat and instantly became a fan-favorite icon of the holiday. We love you, Sam. So very much.

RARE EXPORTS

In 2003, a bizarre seven-minute film called Rare Exports Inc. made its way onto the internet, written and directed by Jalmari Helander. The short followed three men as they hunted down a naked Santa Claus, and it became such a hit online that Helander expanded upon the idea for another short a couple years later, called Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions. Seven years after the original short was made, Rare Exports became a feature film, with Helander himself turning the boldly original idea into a truly magical fantasy adventure.

SAW

It was in 2001 that Leigh Whannell wrote the screenplay for Saw, which he and James Wan shopped around in their home country of Australia. Having no luck, the two moved to Los Angeles and decided to pluck out a scene from the script and bring it to life, hopeful that a visual aid would help sell their idea. Running just under ten minutes, the original Saw short starred Whannell as a man who gets kidnapped and locked in the infamous reverse bear trap – the role that Shawnee Smith ended up playing in the film. With the interest of producers piqued by the short, Wan and Whannell were given $1 million and 18 days to turn it into a feature, which grossed over $100 million worldwide and spawned six sequels.

GRACE

In 2006, with a few shorts under his belt, Paul Solet came up with the idea for Grace, a twisted tale about a baby that needs a little bit more than formula and mother’s milk to stay alive. Realizing he didn’t have enough money to turn the idea into a feature, Solet instead adapted the opening scenes from the script into a five-minute short, taking it to the festival circuit in a bid to generate interest. Solet, who would walk around convention halls at the time carrying the dead baby prop from the short, caught the attention of Hatchet writer/director Adam Green, whose company Ariescope Pictures produced and released the feature-length expansion of Grace in 2009.

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Shudder Invites You to a Karyn Kusama-Curated Collection of Horror

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 01:35

Karyn Kusama’s breakout film was 2000’s award-winning Girlfight, and since then she’s gone on to direct Aeon Flux, Jennifer’s Body, and, most recently, The Invitation (review), which opened this weekend.

If you’re curious what movies Kusama herself might watch in her down time, then check out her curated collection of her top five favorite horror films for streaming service Shudder.

From the Press Release:
Shudder, the popular horror streaming service backed by AMC Networks, continues to add to its offerings for die-hard horror fans. This month’s guest curator, director Karyn Kusama, is the third in Shudder’s program, which kicked off in February with collections by director/writer Robert Eggers (The Witch) and Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes). Each guest curator carefully selects their top five horror films based on personal taste and impact on the genre. Shudder plans to continue the program on a monthly basis with collections from more guest curators.

The full collection by Karyn Kusama, now available on Shudder, is detailed below (with comments from the filmmaker).

Ganja & Hess
“This early ’70’s film about black identity, class politics, and vampirism plays across my memory like a beautiful hallucination. Bill Gunn made a stylish, kaleidoscopically ambitious film about lovers with a thirst for blood. It’s hard to find — so watch it pronto!”

Habit
“I remember seeing this film when it first came out in the mid-90’s and being struck by its twin narrative threads: the story of a man possibly entangled in a romance with a vampire and, more profoundly, the story of a man spiraling into catastrophic alcoholism. The film is an incredible thematic companion piece to Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction and is a grimy, vivid portrayal of a life getting very out of control.”

Let the Right One In
“One of the world’s rare perfect films, centering on a brilliantly realized main character, whose pre-teen loneliness and alienation help fuel a lifelong romance that’s doomed from the start. Utterly sublime filmmaking.”

Nosferatu, the Vampyre
“Four words: Herzog. Kinski. Adjani. Ganz. I don’t really think I need to say any more, but if you like vampire films (and judging from this list, I obviously do), this beautiful film is a must. In more traditional treatments of this story, The Count is a dashing seducer. I love that Herzog and Kinski allowed this Count to be monstrous from the start — there’s no Frank Langella suaveness in sight. AND THOSE RATS!”

The House of the Devil
“I love the simplicity and purity of this movie. Ti West’s film stuck with me in an unexpected way, probably because I spent so much time hanging out with the main character waiting for something momentous to happen. Once it does, you can’t really ‘erase the icky’ from your mind.”

Shudder houses a variety of films that span all decades and sub-genres of horror in detailed collections created by lead curators Colin Geddes, a prominent film aficionado and historian, and Sam Zimmerman, writer and expert on anything horror.  Shudder’s growing library of curated horror is available ad-free and for unlimited viewing on Shudder’s website, mobile apps for iOS and Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, and the Roku platform with a free 14-day trial or $4.99 monthly/$49.99 yearly membership. To sign up or learn more, visit shudder.com.

About The Invitation:
In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama, the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) and his girlfriend, Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi, Miles Ahead), show up to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden, (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods), and her new husband, David (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”). The estranged divorcees’ tragic past haunts an equally eerie present; amid Eden’s suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda.

Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will—and the audience—are unsure what threats are real or imagined.

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Today on VOD: Darling, The Dead Room, Hush and The Invitation

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:04

This weekend, Hardcore Henry smashes up the big screen with a first-person action experience unlike any other, and we urge you to head out to your local theater and take part in the fun. If you’d rather stay home, we’ve got some tasty alternatives for you today, as this weekend is a huge one for indie horror. Read on for the rundown!

First up, Mickey Keating unleashes his Darling (review) today on VOD outlets, which our own Ari Drew favorably compared to the early work of Roman Polanski. Keating’s latest stars Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, John Speredakos, and Helen Rogers.

Synopsis:
Darling follows a lonely young woman who moves into an old, mysterious Manhattan mansion. Hired as caretaker, it’s not long before she discovers the estate’s haunted reputation and troubling past—stories that slowly transform into a backdrop for her twisted and violent descent into madness.

Courtesy of IFC Midnight comes Jason Stutter’s The Dead Room, which employs groundbreaking sound design technology designed to increase pulse rates, heighten blood pressure, and temporarily release cortisol in viewers. The film stars Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, and Laura Petersen.

Synopsis:
Step inside the Dead Room, where something sinister guards a home’s horrifying secrets. Inspired by a 1970s urban legend, this atmospheric nerve-shredder follows two scientists (Thomas and Brophy) and a young psychic (Petersen) as they travel to the countryside to investigate mysterious goings on at a remote farmhouse. Skepticism quickly turns to terror, as the researchers’ presence unsettles a seriously angry demonic presence possessing the home.

Upping the haunted house movie ante with visceral camerawork and unsettling sound design, The Dead Room creates a sense of palpable danger lurking in every corner and hallway.

In the heart-pounding thriller Hush (review), from writer and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus), silence takes on a terrifying new dimension for a young woman living alone in the woods. Starring Kate Siegel. John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Trucco, and Samantha Sloyan, the Blumhouse-produced film exclusively hit Netflix today.

Synopsis:
Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a life of utter isolation after losing her hearing as a teenager. She’s retreated from society, living in seclusion and existing in a completely silent world. But one night her fragile world is shattered when the masked face of a psychotic killer appears in her window. Without another living soul for miles, and with no way to call for help, it appears that Maddie is at the killer’s mercy… but he may have underestimated his prey. As this horrifying game of cat and mouse escalates to a breathless fever pitch, Maddie must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survive the night.

And finally, Drafthouse Films brings Karyn Kusama’s critically acclaimed latest, The Invitation (review), to limited theaters and VOD outlets today. Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the thriller stars Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman), Emayatzy Corinealdi, and John Carroll Lynch.

Synopsis:
Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband… and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will’s hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?

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Mister J’s Sense of Dread 4/8/16

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:00

When it comes to delivering you the goods on a daily basis, we strive to stay both fresh and as far removed from what people refer to as “normal sensibilities” as possible. That’s why were always looking for fun ways to celebrate the genre! Enter the recurring feature Mister J’s Sense of Dread

Each week Mister J will dive deep into his psyche to provide you with a new comic of the dreadful variety. From the horror genre to real-life events that tie into it, our new contributor will bring his insane brand of artistry to you, dear reader, with enough reckless abandon and obscurities to make the legendary Charles Addams proud!

Mister J has been drawing cartoons and watching terrible movies for as long as anyone can remember. His work appears in a variety of places but can be seen online daily at mrjcomics.com. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @misterjcomics.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the chuckles. Look for more soon!

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Decay (2016)

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:30

Starring Rob Zabrecky, Lisa Howard, Elisha Yaffe

Directed by Joseph Wartnerchaney

It’s a blurred line between love and obsession at times, with one rarely gaining any distance between the other, but when that obsession turns into straight-up unsanitary nastiness, it’s time to get some serious professional aid. In Joseph Wartnerchaney’s Decay, the instance of coveting someone WAY past their expiration date is showcased to loving extremes…”come on Roy, get your hands dirty.”

Rob Zabrecky plays a lonely, reticent man named Johnathan whose days consist of watering his beloved plants, getting the gossip lowdown from an overly nosy neighbor (Jackie Hoffman), and heading off to work at the local theme park. Simple, unobtrusive, yet potentially damaging in the scheme of things, all crushed in between multiple flashbacks to when he was a child, dealing with a mother (Howard), who for lack of a better term, was a crazy bitch. After a botched break-in into Johnathan’s home after they perceive it to be a marijuana grow-house, both of the “burglars” end up on the deceased side of things, and lucky John has found himself a lady-friend…who cares if she’s dead? He doesn’t! His overwhelming need to be accompanied by the female persuasion is severely muddied, and frankly, this chick is starting to get a wee-bit stinky as time goes by.

As the movie rolls on, there isn’t terribly too much along the lines of dizzying action or brutal imagery, just a look at a poor soul who has been on the short end of female affection over the course of his years, and now after he’s obtained one under his roof (hey, I didn’t praise the guy for HOW he did it), his nature is to attempt to care for one, much like his prized flowers that he attends to so diligently…frightening, a little morose, but in the scheme of things, it’s basically what he’s known, and we are all going to watch this bizarre “relationship” start to blossom (sorry, couldn’t resist). Zabrecky holds down the fort quite admirably as the quiet, tortured little child still in a man’s body, and while some could empathize with his situation and even his demeanor, make no mistake, this man is a danger to not only himself, but those around him. There are FAR too many slow points in the film’s progression to give this an overwhelmingly positive review, yet the dragging tempo does aid with the strengthening of the overall story, and while I felt a little detached from the movie in some aspects, I was reeled back in by the intense display of pride and care that Zabrecky’s portrayal emitted – anyone need a good looney-tune in their next film? I know someone who could knock that role out of the park. In the end, I could certainly recommend Decay to someone who knows what it’s like to covet something do dearly…even if it does need a good embalming for freshness purposes.

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Adam Brown and Sarah Greene Star in Live-Action Video Game The Bunker

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:00

I’m not sure how I feel about the idea of a live-action video game. I mean, it kind of defeats the purpose of it being a video game in the first place, right? They might as well just call it an interactive film.

But anyway, The Bunker is indeed an upcoming interactive video game, which stars Adam Brown and Sarah Greene. Have a look at the trailer below and decide whether this should be classified as a game or a film.

From the Press Release:
The Bunker is a live-action psychological horror starring Adam Brown (The Hobbit trilogy) and Sarah Greene (“Penny Dreadful,” Assassin’s Creed 3) with a story written and developed by gaming talent behind Broken Sword, The Witcher, and SOMA.

The Bunker tells the story of John, the last survivor living in a government bunker after a nuclear attack wiped out England. But the bunker holds many secrets, and John must confront his suppressed memories to survive the horrors deep underground…

The Bunker is a collaboration among Splendy Games, Wales Interactive, Green Man Gaming, and All 4 Games.

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2 Days Left for Necronomicon and Shaun of the Dead April Box of Dread Seventh Box

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:45

Consider this a gentle reminder that our Necronomicon and Shaun of the Dead Seventh Box will go to only one Box of Dread acolyte in the month of April!

You have two ways to become a Box of Dread acolyte:

So, hurry and sign up to be a Box of Dread acolyte now so that you would be eligible to win this Shaun of the Dead and Evil Dead April 2016 Box of Dread Seventh Box. You have until 11:59pm ET on April 9, 2016, to sign up!

The items in this set of Shaun of the Dead and Evil Dead April 2016 Box of Dread Seventh Box are:

(i) a copy of the Official Book of the Dead / Necronomicon Prop which was sculpted by Tom Sullivan, the actual FX Artist that made the Book of the Dead for Evil Dead 1 and 2! Cast in high quality latex and foam-filled, which gives the book a solid feel and look as if it came right off the screen.
(ii) Vinyl Idolz figure of Shaun from Shaun of the Dead
(iii) Vinyl Idolz figure of Ed from Shaun of the Dead

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Epic Samurai Fantasy Game Nioh Being Released This Year; Demo Coming This Month

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 09:00

Team Ninja’s dark supernatural samurai video game Nioh, which we last reported on back in September, will finally be released this year after being announced over a decade ago, as confirmed in a post on the PS Blog.

So although we don’t yet have a firm release date, we can rest assured that we’ll be seeing the PS4 exclusive hack and slash RPG, which is based on a screenplay by the great Akira Kurosawa, releasing within the next eight months. If you can’t wait that long to swing your katana at demons, a demo will be available from April 26 to May 5. They’ve also put out a new trailer which shows some of the monsters that you can expect to slay in your journey across 16th-century Japan.

From the Press Release:
Today we announce the upcoming release of a downloadable demo for samurai-centric, dark fantasy action RPG, Nioh. Developed exclusively for release on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Alpha Demo for Nioh will be available for download and play via the PlayStation™Network Store only between April 26 and May 5.

Aiming to challenge players in a unique way that heightens their sense of accomplishment, this Alpha Demo will offer a rare chance to experience the deep and authentic samurai combat of Nioh and allow access to special rewards! Limited to those who play through the demo, this opportunity will allow players to download exclusive in-game content upon the game’s official launch. All players who manage to clear a stage of the demo will be awarded The Overlord DLC from the PlayStation™Network.

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Spoiler Alert: Synopses of Containment, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals for the Week of April 25th

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 01:47

By the week of April 25th, “Containment” will be settling in with its second episode, and both “The Originals” and “The Vampire Diaries” should be picking up steam heading into their season finales. But the real highlight looks to be the Eduardo Sanchez-directed Episode 11.19 of “Supernatural,” a true monster-of-the-week installment entitled “The Chitters.”

“Containment” Episode 1.02 – “I to Die, You to Live” (4/26/16; 9:00-10:00 pm)
48 HOURS — While Lex (David Gyasi) attempts to maintain control outside the cordon, he learns that a young woman who had close contact with an infected patient, is unaccounted for.  With limited resources available, Lex is forced to enlist help from Jake (Chris Wood), whose growing resentment towards Lex for getting him trapped inside is causing him to spiral.  Elsewhere, Katie (Kristen Gutoskie) attempts to keep it together as she keeps a watchful eye over her students, while Teresa (Hanna Mangan Lawrence) is devastated to learn that her friends may have been exposed to the virus.   Finally, Jana (Christina Moses), who has learned that her best friend, Suzy (guest star Nadine Lewington), is also trapped inside the cordon, rations out their limited food as they wait out the 48-hour quarantine.  Claudia Black, Trevor St. John, and George Young also star.  Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Julie Plec.

“Supernatural” Episode 11.19 – “The Chitters” (4/27/16; 9:00-10:00 pm)
SAM AND DEAN MEET A NEW PAIR OF HUNTERS – In a small town in Colorado, mysterious disappearances happen every 27 years.  Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) head to the town to investigate and meet two hunters who have a personal vendetta against these once-in-a-generation monsters.  Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, “Intruders”) directed the episode written by Nancy Won.

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 7.20 – “Kill “Em All” (4/29/16; 8:00-9:00 pm)
A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL — With Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) life at stake and an uphill battle ahead of them, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) lead the charge to save Bonnie before her condition worsens.  Stefan (Paul Wesley) reluctantly teams up with Matt (Zach Roerig) for the sake of Bonnie and uncovers the truth behind Matt’s anger towards him.  Elsewhere, determined to help her best friend, Caroline (Candice King) joins Alaric (Matt Davis) on a mission and quickly realizes how much she’s missed her former supernatural lifestyle.  Finally, after their plan takes an unexpected turn, Damon makes a fateful decision that will forever change his relationship with Bonnie.   Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux.

“The Originals” Episode 3.19 – “No More Heartbreaks” (4/29/16; 9:00-10:00 pm)
THE RACE TO SAVE CAMI — Following a violent encounter that has left Cami’s (Leah Pipes) life hanging in the balance, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is forced to rely on his family and allies to find a cure as he keeps a watchful eye over Cami at the compound.  With time running out, Freya (Riley Voelkel) turns to her arsenal of spells, while Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) head to Cami’s apartment to gather a crucial ingredient.  Elsewhere, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) travel to the bayou in hopes of bringing back a potential antidote that could save Cami’s life.  Finally, Davina (Danielle Campbell) confronts Lucien (guest star Andrew Lees) and learns some heartbreaking information that will change her future with Kol (guest star Nathaniel Buzolic) forever.  Millicent Shelton directed the episode written by Celeste Vasquez & Michael Narducci.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 2: Give No Shelter (Video Game)

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 21:50

Developed by Telltale Games

Available on PC, Mac, PSVita, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android, and Apple devices

Rated M for Mature

I don’t have a lot to say about The Walking Dead: Michonne’s Episode Two, “Give No Shelter.” It’s certainly not a holding pattern, padding out time for the sake of sales. There’s only so much meandering you can do in three episodes, so it still presents a tight narrative package. That doesn’t mean that “Give No Shelter” is not without its fair share of restrictions. It’s the awkward middle child, straddling the line of explosive violence and neutered pointlessness.

I’ll explain what I mean before getting into spoilers. I’m confused as to why you’d be reading this review if you haven’t played the first episode, but I’ll section off the spoilers to appease those of you that accidentally clicked on this review and haven’t yet figured it out. As a title both within Telltale’s The Walking Dead franchise and the main The Walking Dead comic book canon, The Walking Dead: Michonne has worked to establish its own identity. While maintaining the staple Telltale brand of tough decisions and meaningful choices, the game has also brought in a level of brutality reflective of the titular Michonne. It’s a fine line, and has drawn a lot of scorn from those who were expecting this to be more of a “Telltale” take on the character.

As Michonne goes on, I’m more inclined to side with the naysayers. I don’t think that games should just endlessly replicate their predecessors, but something gets lost in Michonne’s fountains of blood and endless piles of flesh. As the body count rises and the stakes ratchet up to yet another level, life has begun to lose its meaning. Minor choices like “who gets food” was a fundamental piece of what made the bigger decisions in The Walking Dead meaningful. You were always unsure which decisions actually meant the difference between life and death, providing tense undertones and a constantly looming threat. That isn’t the case anymore, and thus ends my ability to talk without spoilers.

*SPOILERS*: There’s a lot of this stuff

*DON’T OPEN SPOILERS INSIDE*

Picking up directly where “In Too Deep” left off, Michonne and friends need to escape the floating colony of Monroe while they have the chance. The big decision at the end of Episode One was whether or not you kill Zachary, which so far doesn’t seem to have a serious impact. As you make your escape via boat, the vengeful residents of Monroe make chase with a seemingly endless supply of bullets. Michonne does her signature zombie safety procedure, cutting off the arms and jaws and allowing the group to slowly make their way through the herd. A young girl gets hurt, and you make your way to her home, where you meet a new crew of survivors who soon become reluctant allies. Bad guys show up and shoot the leader of your new friends, so Michonne does what she does and kills all but one, whom she takes as a captive. Then, surprise, you once again decide between life and death, and “Give No Shelter” ends.

Of course, there’s a lot more to playing “Give No Shelter” than that. It’s full of great action set pieces and even a halfway decent illusion of danger. Getting from point A to B is flashy, fun, and exciting. The problem is that those hallmark pivotal moments feel hollow. When life is this cheap, death becomes less of a pivotal choice, and everything else seems inconsequential in comparison.

Holding back the unending hordes of dead loses its kick when you have protagonist armor +10

That’s what I mean when I say that “Give No Shelter” feels awkward. It ramps up the danger from the first episode, but has to hold back from the explosive finale. In previous The Walking Dead games, a five episode season allowed this curve to feel smoother, but they also didn’t start at such an elevated level. With Michonne, it goes from “brutal” to “muderfest” much too quickly, but I’m not exactly sure how that transition could have been made more gradually. It could have taken place over 10 episodes and the high starting point would have still made it feel unrealistic.

I understand that there is a source material they have to respect. It wouldn’t be Michonne if she didn’t just merc a bunch of scrubs once an episode. Unfortunately, that source material strips it of a lot of consequence. We know that Michonne isn’t going to die, so this higher body count comes without tension. I cared about Kenny’s family in the original The Walking Dead game because when I met them, there was always the illusion that they might make it. When I come across a character who from introduction until inevitable death is always in peril, I just can’t connect. There’s no down time to establish the human element.

I just don’t really feel for pointless meatsack 1 or 2. The zombies on leashes are pretty underdeveloped, too.

I don’t know how it all comes together, so I’m reserving much of my judgement. Still, don’t give me a pivotal choice in the middle of a flashback. I know for a fact that it isn’t going to change the major events. Also, don’t make the guy I can choose to let live or die a massive dick. Wasn’t that hard of a decision. I hope that they can make it up in the final episode, but I doubt it can all come together satisfyingly. I’d love to have to eat my words, as the overall experience of The Walking Dead: Michonne is fun. At this point, it’s just an undeniably inferior package to either of the previous two titles.

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Official Trailer Takes Us into The Dead Room

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 20:21

IFC Midnight is on a roll!  We have another trailer from one of their upcoming releases to share – it’s time to enter The Dead Room!

The film, which stars Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, and Laura Petersen, opens in limited theaters and on VOD tomorrow, April 8th.  Jason Stutter (Diagnosis: Death) directs.

Synopsis:
Step inside the Dead Room, where something sinister guards a home’s horrifying secrets. Inspired by a 1970s urban legend, this atmospheric nerve-shredder follows two scientists (Thomas and Brophy) and a young psychic (Petersen) as they travel to the countryside to investigate mysterious goings on at a remote farmhouse. Skepticism quickly turns to terror, as the researchers’ presence unsettles a seriously angry demonic presence possessing the home.

Upping the haunted house movie ante with visceral camerawork and unsettling sound design, The Dead Room creates a sense of palpable danger lurking in every corner and hallway.

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Sacrifice Some Time to See this New Trailer

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 19:57

Just a few days ago we learned that IFC Midnight will be releasing Sacrifice, in which Radha Mitchell co-stars with Rupert Graves, on April 29th; and now we have the new trailer to share.

Sacrifice, written and directed by Peter A. Dowling, will screen in New York at IFC Center and will be available On Demand and via all Digital platforms.

Along with Mitchell and Graves, the film co-stars David Robb and Ian McElhinney. The producers include Peter Lewis, Tristan Lynch, Aoife O’Sullivan, and Arnold Rifkin.

Synopsis:
Disturbing secrets lie buried in the bogs of a remote island in this spellbinding thriller. Shortly after surgeon Tora Hamilton (Radha Mitchell) moves with her husband (Rupert Graves) to the Shetland Islands – 100 miles off the coast of Scotland – she makes an unnerving discovery: the body of a young woman with strange symbols carved into her flesh and her heart ripped out. When what at first appears to be the remains of a victim of an ancient ritual turns out to be a fresh corpse, Tora is plunged into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to the dark myths of the island’s folklore.

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