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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

Remember, only ONE Box of Dread acolyte who is current on his/her subscription will receive this set of Shaun of the Dead and Evil Dead April 2016 Box of Dread Seventh Box. So hurry and sign up before the April 9th deadline and ensure that your credit card information is up-to-date. We will be choosing the Seventh Box winner right when the April 2016 Box of Dread signup deadline ends on April 9, 2016!

You have two ways to subscribe to Box of Dread:

Don’t miss out. The deadline to sign up for the April 2016 Box of Dread is 11:59pm ET on April 9, 2016.

If you missed out on our previous Box of Dread, we have a few overstock boxes left for purchase at our Box of Dread Store. Some international shipping is available for these older boxes.

For even more pictures and videos, check out Box of Dread on Social Media!

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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


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.

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.

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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Spooky Launch Trailer For Haunted House Game Obscuritas

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:00

Having just been released on Steam, check out the launch trailer for the creepy as hell looking haunted house game Obscuritas.

The first-person horror title has you navigating an ancient country house in an attempt to solve its deep dark secrets. And honestly, that house looks so damn spooky that I don’t even think that I would step foot inside during the day, let alone in the dead of night.

When Sarah inherits her great-uncle’s old country home, she has no idea about the dark secret she has stumbled upon and into what obscure world it will take her to. Help Sarah solve the mystery and escape the malicious clutches of the old mansion. Fear is a constant companion on your journey. No matter the dark shadows lurking behind every corner, creeping beasts or demons from another dimension: You have to face your greatest fears to defeat the darkness.

Creeping shadows, huge spiders or terrifying monsters that are coming for you: Experience your personal nightmare through the game’s “fear recognition mechanic”.

While fighting your way through this nightmare you’ll have to solve various riddles to get to the root of this evil and defeat it.

Face your Fears in 3 different chapters with a total of 29 sequences.

Experience thrilling graphics set in an atmospheric environment which will turn your blood cold.

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Mildew from Planet Xonader, The (2015)

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 06:00

Starring Wilmar Zimosa, Edward X. Young, Mike Keller

Directed by Giulio De Santi, Neil Meschino

Distributed by Necrostorm

“Body melts, alien mutations, tons of action and geysers of gore await you. The 80’s are back!” exclaims The Mildew from Planet Xonader’s synopsis. Goddamn right they (almost) are!

Throwbacks, homages, and celebrations of magical bygone eras have been the order of the day for a long, long time, many examples unfortunately using such labels to disguise poor planning, ropey acting, lazy FX, and a complete lack of originality. Whilst some of our dearly beloved 80’s trash may very well have been a mish-mash of coarse, economical trials and tribulations, they all shared one significant ingredient: love, ladies and gentleman – pure, potent, and powerful, permeating every frame and warming the coldest of hearts.

By jingo, finances may well have been tight, but (much like the fake blood) enthusiasm sloshed around in abundance!

Necrostorm, the Italian-American visceral visionaries responsible for titles such as Hotel Inferno and Adam Chaplin, have boldly revamped Neil Meschino’s 2012 film Mold!, breathing fresh life into a creature feature that boasts several of the components needed to make this more than an idle, uninspired nod to the good old days.

It’s 1984, the Reagan administration is in full swing, and researchers at the top secret Bentan Labs are celebrating the completion of their latest weapons project: an all-consuming mildew capable of rapid growth – ideal for obliterating stores of enemy rations. But when a political bigwig is accidentally infected, the fungus’ spores are released across the entire complex, and as the infected begin to mutate, survivors must join forces with a mysterious soldier – the aptly named Toxic – to combat the parasitic green god-awfulness before it’s too late.

Flooded with carefully-placed garish light, The Mildew from Planet Xonader looks every inch the classic schlock it’s trying so hard to emulate. Unlike many weaker attempts at tribute, however, it doesn’t stop there; its pounding synth score resonates and transports us perfectly where it knows we want to be – where? Back to a time of punch-the-air practical FX, OTT characters, and shite moustaches, that’s where!

It’s impossible to pay homage to a rather shoddy cinematic sub-genre you love so dearly without purposely making your film look a tad thrown-together, but there are precise ways of creating crudeness, and no corners are cut here where those methods are concerned. Mildew’s ludicrous characters are played admirably in the midst of the mayhem, and the FX set pieces are pretty damn fantastic: pulsating, melting flesh; oozing eyeballs; and glove-puppet mutant mice are a constant and never get boring. Plus, there are two scenes in particular that honestly blew me away: an early hand-washing sequence that was genuinely nauseating and some head-splitting editing that made me shout “FUCK YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!” at my TV.

Of course, some elements don’t quite work as seamlessly. For example, the pleasurable score is virtually continuous, laid over 99% of the visuals and lessening the impact of both. Also, the scenes in between the set pieces meander and can seem dialogue-heavy… although, when we’re being blessed with lines such as “If I can survive a knife fight with a Cambodian jaguar, then this little cigar ain’t got a chance,” should I really be overly critical?!

Necrostorm’s Collector’s Edition includes a graphic novel, posters, postcards, outtakes, featurettes, and the soundtrack and trailer; but it was unavailable for us to review.

Dig out your Deadly Spawn t-shirt, crack open a can of Hubba Bubba, and party with The Mildew from Planet Xonader like it’s 1984!

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Happy SlAyPRIL Fools Day from Mycho

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 04:00

In the spirit of the season, UK production studio Mycho has released the short film SlAyPRIL Fools Day online for free for a limited period. You can watch it right here, right now – no foolin’!

SlAyPRIL Fools Day is a mock trailer for a fake horror franchise, filled with cheesy puns, one-liners, and some in-jokes for fans of cult films that have had many a sequel over the years. It is a tongue-in-cheek love letter to our favorite franchises, with films taking place “In the Hood” and, of course, with the obligatory “In Space” sequel.

It was produced by Anna McCarthy and MJ Dixon, directed by Dixon, and will be featured in the grindhouse anthology Grindsploitation along with many other short films from indie directors around the world. It stars Georgie Smibert, Paris Rivers, William Marshall, Lewis Cooper, Anna McCarthy, Moray Binfield, Bam Goodall, Jason Impey, Michael Lovett, and Richard Fysh as “The Prankster,” the world’s first time-traveling slasher villain.

Check out the film below, and tell your friends!  It’s available today, the 1st of April, ONLY!

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Catch Up on Fear the Walking Dead Season 1; More Details on Episode 2.01 – Monster

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 20:16

Season 2 of “Fear the Walking Dead” is set to kick off in just a few more days, but in case you’re a little foggy on what went down in Season 1, AMC has just released a refresher video to get you back up-to-speed.

The second season of “Fear the Walking Dead” debuts on April 10th, just one week after this weekend’s super-sized “The Walking Dead” Season 6 finale.

Set in Los Angeles, “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 2 focuses on new characters and storylines. The cast includes Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lorenzo James Henrie, Ruben Blades, Mercedes Mason, Daniel Zovatto, Dougray Scott, and Colman Domingo.

“Fear the Walking Dead” Episode 2.01 – “Monster” (4/10/16)
Our families flee a burning Los Angeles on Strand’s yacht. Strand (Colman Domingo) remains mysterious. Our group encounters danger at sea.

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The Amityville Legacy Leaves Behind an Official Trailer and Image Gallery

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:36

When you think about the “legacy” of a certain very famous house in Amityville, New York, you have to take the good with the bad.  Which side of the fence will The Amityville Legacy fall on?  We’ll find out later this year when it hits VOD and DVD/Blu-ray, but in the meantime, here’s the first trailer and a half-dozen images from the film, which offer up a few clues.

Written and directed by Dustin Ferguson and Mike Johnson and produced by 42nd Street Films and Sinister Studios, The Amityville Legacy follows a cursed antique toy monkey from the original DeFeo home as it wrecks havoc and possesses a father after being gifted during an annual family reunion.

It stars Julia Farrell, Mark Popejoy, Schuylar Craig, Jennii Caroline, Jade LaFont, and Colby Coash.

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Interview with the Grampire: David Blyth Talks Working with Al Lewis and More

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:15

I was totally unaware when I sent a message to Karen Ingenthron Lewis on Facebook (after she accepted my friend request) with questions about her role in the bizarro Frederic Hobbs western/horror film Godmonster of Indian Flats that I was also messaging the widow of iconic vampire character actor Al “Grandpa Munster” Lewis, who passed away in 2006. Prior to this realization I was fixated on learning more about the film that brought the world a gigantic, mutant sheep terrorizing a western town (appropriately stuck in the 1800s).

Upon connecting the dots, however, I realized that this article (which is not about a mutant sheep; sorry, you’ll have to go elsewhere for that one), about the New Zealand children’s vampire movie My Grandpa is a Vampire (known also as Grampire as well as Moonrise), quickly took on a deeper, more significant purpose.

(Note: The author will be referring to the film by its original distribution title of Grampire throughout the remainder of the article and interview.)

That production [Grampire] is a highlight of my life. My memoir, called, funnily enough, I Married a Munster, My Life with “Grandpa” Al Lewis, is now in print. A large section is dedicated to the time Al and I spent together in New Zealand. -Karen Lewis, 2016

There was a brief period during my youth when I began getting really interested in horror films but wasn’t quite brave enough to take the plunge. As a result, I began seeking out films that were – at their heart – for young adults but that possessed some horror elements: Little Monsters; The Witches; Gremlins 2: The New Batch (the first Gremlins film came out before my time); and, of course, Grampire. I have a vivid memory of seeing the VHS box in the local video store and being both intrigued and a little scared of the bright purple and white moon on the front with Al Lewis’ grinning face on it. I’m assuming because it wasn’t rated R, my parents took a chance and rented it for a family movie night.

Lonny (played by the late Justin Gocke) journeys from sunny California to New Zealand in order to pay his Aunt Leah and Grandfather Vernon (played by Lewis) a visit. While getting reacquainted with each other, Lonny and his Kiwi pal (played by Milan Borich) begin to suspect that grandpa’s odd behavior (keeping curtains drawn, sleeping during the day, his aversion to garlic, etc.) may be signs that he’s actually a bloodsucker! Sadly, and before finding any real proof to confirm their suspicions, granddaddy bites the dust – leaving a wake of bereaved family members in his wake.

Immediately following the funeral, however, their suspicions are confirmed as Grandpa rises from his coffin, pleased to see his grandson and full of promises that he’s not dangerous or at all like other dead risers. All is well until Aunt Leah’s boyfriend gets wind of their vampiric relative and sets out – stake in hand – to catch and do away with our the beloved grampire.

What happens next, you ask!? You’ll have to track down a copy and see for yourself. (The film has yet to receive the DVD or Blu-ray treatment, so you’ll have to look for a copy on VHS). Overall, Lewis looks and sounds comfortable in his familiar role of the vampire, cackling and flying about in a way that is actually somewhat spooky and even a little demented at times. There are some really interesting scenes, like the one where the two boys and grandpa are hiding out in some caves near a beach. While out flying around, these three musketeers even make a pit stop at a McDonald’s so Grandpa can sip a pint of cow’s blood. Delicious!

Left to right: Justin Gocke; Al Lewis; Milan Borich

Themes of death and losing loved ones aside, Grampire toys with the viewer’s senses in intriguing, confusing, and even nostalgic ways. It’s intriguing due to some really effective and atmospheric cinematography (there’s lots of lush blue lighting, for example). It’s also, at times, confusing almost exclusively because of the oddly placed funeral scene where we see a woman performing erotic acts on her food directed at our two lead boys during grandpa’s funeral. And I find it nostalgic because director David Blyth is effective at conjuring memories of some classic 1980s monster movie fare, like Fright Night and The Lost Boys — other attempts at diluting the vampire and making him more accessible to children.

Upon revisiting Grampire, I began to wonder whether Lewis loathed assuming the image that had brought him fame three decades earlier. “Unlike Al’s best friend, Fred Gwynne, who was tired of being typecast as a horror show character,” Karen Lewis told me in an email, “Al continued to be grateful for and enjoy the celebrity his fans had given him. He loved to interact with people and kept on entertaining them as Grandpa Munster.”  Clearly, I had assumed wrong!

She continued to explain how Lewis’ role in Grampire had a greater significance for him than maybe even his co-stars realized. “When he was cast in My Grandpa is a Vampire, he felt as if everything he’d done as an actor had gone full circle and he was totally committed to the part.” Admittedly I felt infinitely better learning that Lewis had not only accepted this role with pleasure but that it, for him, signified a kind of exclamation mark on what was an unforgettable career.

Recently New Zealand director David Blyth was generous enough to talk with me about everything from the origins of Grampire to his time with Al Lewis, his darker cinematic side as director of such horror films as Death Warmed Up and Red Blooded American Girl, and finally, his thoughts on what it actually means for a film to look and feel “Kiwi.”

Left to right: producer Murray Newey; Al Lewis; director David Blyth

John Campopiano: Before jumping right into vampires, I want to briefly ask you about a horror film you made in 1984 called Death Warmed Up. Fans of 1980s cult horror may remember this one (thanks, in part, to the fantastic VHS cover featuring a scalpel-wielding skeleton). How did that project come about?

David Blyth: I met screenwriter Michael Heath (writer of the 1982 horror film Next of Kin) at a party hosted by Vincent Ward (director of What Dreams May Come, which featured Robin Williams). Michael revealed to me the outline of a story involving cryogenics and the science of bringing dead bodies back to life — both of which had fascinated me, in a science fiction sort of way. From that outline the script for Death Warmed Up emerged!

JC: How did the idea for Grampire originally come about?

DB: Michael Heath years earlier had written a children’s radio play called Moonrise, which completely subverted the vampire genre, and this really appealed to me. The feature script grew from that source. After making movies with adult censor restrictions, I decided to attempt a more family orientated movie — a vampire genre story with a twist. The original script had more entertaining special effects sequences, which unfortunately were never shot, as in the end an investor did not deliver and we proceeded with shooting a lower budget version of the film than was written.

JC: This film has been known by a few different titles, yes?

DB: The film started out being called Moonrise. The local distributor in New Zealand decided that a name change was in order and came up with the title Grampire. It changed again when the distributor in the US decided to go with the title My Grandpa is a Vampire. We were not party to the decision to change the name in the US. We weren’t really consulted in New Zealand either. To this day the New Zealand Film Commission uses both titles (Moonrise/Grampire) in correspondence with us.

JC: Did you always have Al “Grandpa Munster” Lewis in mind to play the role of Vernon Cooger?

DB: Yes, we were always interested in Al Lewis. “The Munsters” television series had always been a personal favourite and we had heard stories from travelers visiting New York that Al was often seen at a restaurant he owned in town. So we knew he was alive and decided to track him down. Al jumped at the opportunity to come to New Zealand!

JC: What are some of your most vivid memories from working with Al?

DB: Al was a fascinating man, telling stories of his vaudeville days going far back to the 1940s and 1950s. One of his favourite things to say to me regarding the entertainment industry was, “It’s not show business; it’s business show!”

Everywhere Al went, he engaged with people. He loved to entertain! On set he was very easy to work with and he brought a generosity of spirit that swept the cast and crew up into a magical world. He was happy to play a mischievous vampire who hated blood as it was a continuation of his own “outside the box” (almost vaudeville-like) depiction of a vampire character. Al embraced life. He came to New Zealand with his long nails especially grown for the movie!

The big issue on set was not bloodsucking at all — but sugar! Al, Pat Evison (New Zealand actress who played Aunt Leah), and Noel Appleby (also a Kiwi, starring here as Ernie) were all elderly and had to watch their sugar intake (on doctors orders). None of them were immune to breaking this rule on set. Likewise for Milan Borich and Justin Gocke, who were both barely into their teens. We had to watch them around the chocolate cake as the sugar sent them wild!!

JC: Several critics have commented over the years that Grampire feels quintessentially “Kiwi.” What does this characterization mean to you?

DB: Grampire is New Zealand Gothic, utilising Auckland’s wild west coast with its black sand beaches and larger-than-life characters and locations. This backdrop gives the film its unique Kiwi charm. Despite its low budget the film had some very high production values. Two of Grampire’s crew (from the design and costume departments) went on to have successful careers that included Academy Award wins in both of those fields!

JC: In 2014 Justin Gocke (the actor who portrayed “Lonny” in the film) died at the young age of 36. When did you learn of his death and what was your reaction?

DB: I did not know that Justin Gocke had died ‘til our recent correspondence. I was really shocked to hear the sad news. Justin was a professional actor even at such a young age. He had a maturity about him that amazed me at the time. RIP, Justin Gocke.

JC: Just a couple of years prior to Grampire, you directed the Canadian horror/fantasy film Red Blooded American Girl, starring Kim Coates and Christopher Plummer. Was it merely coincidence that your next project would again involve vampiric characters, or was this subject matter of interest to you back in those days?

DB: In terms of vampire films I was particularly fond of Tony Scott’s The Hunger (1983) and Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark (1987). When the opportunity came along to work with Allan Moyle (writer and director of the 1990 film Pump up the Volume) on the script of Red Blooded American Girl with its vampire/AIDS twist, as a director I was hooked. I’m still passionate about the horror/thriller genre, as evidenced by my recent features, Wound (2010) and Ghost Bride (2013). I’m currently working on several horror orientated scripts.

Al Lewis in New Zealand for the filming of Grampire

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Australian Shocker Scare Campaign Secures a Plethora of International Deals

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:05

Fantastic news here at Dread Central for one of the best movies this writer has caught thus far in 2016.

Scare Campaign, the latest venture from the tormented minds behind 100 Bloody Acres, Australian brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes, has secured a stream of international deals ensuring it reaches the wide audience it deserves.

As reported by, whilst the film gets a home release through Madman Entertainment on the Cairnes’ home turf this July, international deals have now been secured in the UK (Metrodome), Latin America, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and Indonesia.

In response to the news, the film’s producer Julie Ryan said, “We are thrilled that the fantastic traction Scare Campaign has gained through positive media reviews, sold out screenings and social media, has translated into an international appetite for the film.”

In a recent interview Dread Central conducted with the writing/directing siblings they openly explained their inspirations behind the flick:

“After 100 Bloody Acres we wanted to do another project with our producer, Julie Ryan, and she was keen to do another horror film, although this time we thought we’d go more straight horror instead of horror/comedy. I think the idea came from us just trolling the internet, looking for ideas and inspiration, and finding these YouTube clips about reality TV programs (prank shows) where people are put into these scary situations, and we thought, “What if the victim were to turn and got their revenge on the TV crew?” So the idea spun from that, and we started looking around for some locations to shoot. Victoria, Australia, has a number of old abandoned lunatic asylums with wonderful architecture and all sorts of nooks and crannies to shoot in. These locations come reasonably cheap, so it’s great for low-budget horror moviemaking, and we’re talking to you from one of those asylums right now.”

But, ahead of all the aforementioned releases, Scare Campaign will be screening as one of the 14 films competing in the official section of Bilbao’s Fantasy Film Festival, FANT, this May. Although Colin Cairnes is unable to attend due to work commitments, Cameron jumped at the chance to be able to hop on over to the fest, commenting, “Spain is home to a large and very passionate horror film scene, and I can’t wait to experience that first hand. Added to which, I hear the Basque Country tapas are to die for.”

Whilst official international release dates are yet to be confirmed, we’ll let you know all the details as and when they roll out. And surely we’ll be reporting on a US deal some time very soon.

Scare Campaign stars Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Meegan Warner, Ian Meadows, and Josh Quong Tart and we’ll leave you with the latest trailer for the movie…


Popular prank TV show “Scare Campaign” has been entertaining audiences for the last five years with its mix of old school scares and hidden camera fun. But as we enter a new age of online TV, the producers find themselves up against a new hard-edged web series which makes their show look decidedly quaint. It’s time to up the ante, but will the team go too far this time, and are they about to prank the wrong guy?

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Helmer John Suits Talks POV Apocalyptic Action-Thriller Pandemic

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 18:36

Despite the gaming industry’s long-standing penchant for emulating blockbuster movies and TV series, as video games now offer so much extra bang for the buck, roles are beginning to reverse and it’s filmmakers who are taking heed of the benefits go-to gaming mechanics have to offer when it comes to creating the ultimate immersive cinematic experience.

Ilya Naishuller’s soon-to-be-released POV actioner Hardcore Henry is being touted as THE best action film ever made, but a week before that comes out, director John Suits (The Scribbler) gets HIS gaming geek on as he also tackles the first-person perspective in Pandemic.

To celebrate the film’s release (April 1), we caught up with Suits as he explains how, in his eyes, POV and found footage are two very distinct concepts and just how tough it was to recreate a first-person shooter style movie given the fact there wasn’t a particularly tried and tested formula for shooting a film of this ilk.

DC: Can you tell us how Dustin T. Benson’s script reached your hands and what convinced you that his POV perspective wasn’t going to play out as just another found footage style gimmick?

Suits: It was actually on the 2012 Blood List and was called Viral at the time. We were prowling for our next project and I saw this logline that sounded pretty crazy, but then I read the script and it was incredible. We worked a long time with Dustin developing it and I think what is a lot of fun about it is that it didn’t feel like a gimmicky POV film at all; it actually felt like a story with good characters and art, and that was what we really tried to focus on.

DC: From a directors point of view, what was the biggest challenge in terms of shooting a breed of film that has rarely been tackled before?

Suits: That was definitely the hardest thing. We had to do a lot of research to find things that had been shot in this kind of first-person perspective. There were things like Maniac with Elijah Wood and Into the Void and movies like that that we looked at. Rather than a found footage movie, I consider it more as a POV first-person movie.

An issue I have with found footage is that you have to spend the whole movie kind of justifying why we’re seeing what we’re seeing, but with this first-person perspective you’re on the journey, you’re on the road. In Pandemic it’s not shaky cam either; it’s more trying to emulate what the eye would see and that involved us really exploring how to use camera rigs in a way where, when the character is running, it’s not all crazy and shaky but rather it has more of a bounce to it, more like how you would see everything if you were running. We put A LOT of work into that with photographer Mark Putnam, and we also worked with Radiant Images, who work with all different kinds of rigs and cameras, so we spent countless days there trying to figure out different variations and what worked for each situation. It was a big undertaking but it was a lot of fun trying to unlock the formula.

DC: How many sleepless nights did you spend playing Call of Duty et al, as the film embraces video game aesthetics and narratives in a big way?

Suits: Through my younger years I loved video games and I love that genre. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I have kids now [laughs] so my video game days are behind me but I did play some beforehand but it was hard to find time. I have friends who played things like Modern Warfare or Left 4 Dead, and I also went on YouTube to watch those kinds of games to get the look and feel of how it feels to be in that space. We also looked at different kinds of weapons and I asked our stunt guy, “What are fun ways to kill people?” We had a full bunch of meetings just about that.

DC: And how did the cast adapt to the challenge of shooting POV style?

Suits: The way that we did it was we had a male and a female camera operator who would put on the camera suits of whichever character they were going to play. The actors really enjoyed it too, though. They were a really cool group of actors that were really into it. I went into it really nervous, wondering how we would be able to coordinate the actors when we had camera operators working inside their suits, but they were all super professional. They also spent the time to go over each and every movement for every scene with the camera operators to help them mimic their movements in the film.

All of that aside, I think they were phenomenal actors and I think with Rachel (Nichols), you really get invested in her character because she brings us all on this whole journey. I don’t want to give anything away to readers but she really has to play a lot of different things and the way she was able to accomplish that was remarkable.

DC: Let’s talk special effects. It looks to be roughly a 50/50 split between CGI and practical.

Suits: Yeah, there are a lot of visual effects for sure and we had a great team of guys doing that. Doing visual effects in the first-person perspective was tricky. It’s obviously easier when you have a locked down shot so it was essential to have a person on set to guide us through how we were going to do it. And then there was the job of turning Los Angeles into this post-apocalyptic wasteland, all the street design and stuff like that. Our production designer, Yong Ok Lee, would do all the work with our team and he would take us down to LA and turn it into a post-apocalyptic landscape in like two hours. But then we had to add fires and deteriorate things afterwards so that’s where the video effects team was crucial. They really ploughed through it because there were so many complicated shots because of all the camera moves involved and they really crushed it.

DC: Editing Pandemic must have been one hell of a challenge, particularly in the action scenes with hordes of virus carriers in the frame.

Suits: Absolutely! Nicholas Larrabure was our editor and it was very hard because a lot of the scenes involved trying to make the editing feel seamless. Obviously, another thing we had to work really hard on was how to tell a story in first-person because there are scenes where we cut around different perspectives and then there are others where you just stay with one character. So having to choose when to do that was tough. And then we had to figure out exactly how to cut because, again, there’s not really a tried and tested formula for this kind of film.

In the action scenes you mention you’ve got the cameras looking to the left and right and you’ve got to add all the CGI stuff there, or you’ve got an actor whose head is getting smashed in so it was a very tedious process where there’d be something that feels like one long shot where it’s often a bunch of different takes stitched together to really enhance it and bring out the best elements of it. So the editing was definitely extremely crucial, and at the same time we couldn’t really follow habitual editing rules because those rules don’t really correspond to a first-person style film. It was definitely a big challenge.

DC: Aside from Pandemic is there anything you are able to reveal about upcoming projects? I know you have a few things planned with your co-producer, Gabriel Cowen.

Suits: Yeah. Gabriel and I have a production company called New Artists Alliance and we just finished our 20th feature. We also went to film school together and went on to work on movies together. Our next movie is actually directed by Gabriel, and it’s called When the Lights Go Out. It’s a very cool end of days type of realm. And then we have a bunch of other films coming soon such as Fear, Inc., which will be screening at Tribeca in April, and also Jekyll Island.

Pandemic’s vicious virus is all set to spread like the plague this April 1st, and we’ll leave you with the trailer, which we hope persuades you to give it a whirl…

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s Last Chance Gas Station to Become a Tourist Resort

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 18:32

I sincerely hope that I never have to ask anyone if they were a fan of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. And now you can actually experience a bit of one of the most classic and iconic horror movies of all time for yourself.

No, I don’t mean that you’ll get to be hung on a meat hook or sliced to pieces with a chainsaw, I’m talking about the iconic Last Chance Gas Station from the film, which, as we learn from Facebook, is being converted into landmark location for horror fans, complete with a restaurant, store and music venue. It will even contain four cabins so you can stay overnight.

Sounds like horror fans will finally have their own Mecca which they can make pilgrimages too. Screw Disneyland, I know where I want to go on vacation!

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Get Your First Look at The Offering

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 17:23

Word of an upcoming horror movie that we haven’t heard about yet landed in our inbox today, and it sounds like a new spin on the supernatural/demonic entity sub-genre.  Check out the terrifying theatrical trailer, official poster artwork, and a still from The Offering, heading to select U.S. theaters and VOD nationwide on May 6th from Momentum Pictures.

The film stars Matthew Settle (“Gossip Girl”) and Elizabeth Rice (“Mad Men”).  It was directed by Kelvin Tong.

When successful reporter Jamie (Elizabeth Rice) finds out that her sister has died mysteriously, she travels to Singapore to uncover the truth. There, she discovers multiple deaths linked to her sister and must join forces with her sister’s husband (Matthew Settle) in order to defeat a demonic entity that is using new technology to complete an ancient mission.

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