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Win a Copy of Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead on Blu-ray

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:00

WellGo USA is releasing Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (review) on DVD and Blu-ray, and right now we have your chance to score a copy on us! That’s right! Free! How could you do any better than that?

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

This contest will end on December 8, 2014, at 12:01 AM PT.

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead Release Details
Dubbed “Bigger, brasher, bloodier” by Film Threat’s Brian Tallerico, DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD debuts on DVD and in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray December 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The sequel to the cult horror comedy from director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) stars Vegar Hoel (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Martin Starr (Knocked Up, Superbad), Jocelyn DeBoer (Stuck Like Chuck), and Ingrid Haas (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World).

Picking up immediately where the original left off, the film wastes no time getting right to the gore-filled action, leaving a bloody trail of intestines in its wake. Wirkola comes up with more inventive ways to maim and dismember than anyone ever thought possible. Combining wry humor with horrific worst-case scenarios, this follow-up to the 2009 Midnight classic shocked the weak-of-heart and delighted even the most hard-core fans of the horror genre when it made its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

The DVD and the Blu-ray Collector’s Edition both feature audio commentary with the director and writer, a VFX featurette, and Dead Snow comic book; while the Collector’s Edition exclusively features the international version of the film and the short film ARMEN.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD has a runtime of approximately 101 minutes and is rated “R” for strong bloody horror violence and gore throughout and language, including some sexual references.

Synopsis:
Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battalion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anything else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own.

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First Details on Myke Cole’s Gemini Cell: A Shadow Ops Novel

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:30

The first word on Gemini Cell, an upcoming novel from Myke Cole that’s being released by Ace early next year, landed in our inbox; and since it features an “undead” main character, it sounded like a perfect fit for our readers. Read on for the details!

Gemini Cell is the first novel in a new series that serves as a prequel to Myke Cole’s popular Shadow Ops series about an Earth where humanity develops magical powers. It promises to be action-packed, combining realistic modern warfare with magic.

Cole’s background (which includes three tours in Iraq and a career that has run the gamut from counterterrorism to cyber warfare to federal law enforcement) provides the perfect base for writing realistic military fantasy.

The book arrives January 27, 2015; check out its synopsis and artwork below.

Synopsis:
US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional, a fierce warrior, and a hard man to kill. But when he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission gone bad, he finds himself—and his family—in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones, but when the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is overwhelmed and taken down.

That should be the end of the story. But Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell. With powers he doesn’t understand, Jim is called back to duty—as the ultimate warrior. As he wrestles with a literal inner demon, Jim realizes his new superiors are determined to use him for their own ends and keep him in the dark—especially about the fates of his wife and son…

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The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death – Exclusive Images Haunt You!

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:00

2015 is looking to start off with one hell of a chill as Hammer’s The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death will begin haunting US theaters on January 2nd courtesy of Relativity. For you cats across the pond, it will also be released by eOne in the UK on January 1, 2015. That being said, how about some exclusive stills, one of which reveals the Woman in all of her ghastly glory?

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and rising star Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible).

The film is directed by Tom Harper.

Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film.

Synopsis:
England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, two teachers evacuate a group of schoolchildren to the abandoned Eel Marsh House. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black.

Learn more about The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death on Facebook, on Instagram, and Twitter (hashtag #SheNeverLeft).

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The Walking Dead Video Blowout: Go Inside Ep. 5.07 – Crossed; Sneak Peek of Ep. 5.08 – Coda

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 23:16

Ernest Dickerson has directed some of the most memorable – and brutal – episodes of “The Walking Dead” thus far, and he’s at the helm of next week’s mid-season finale, Episode 5.08, “Coda,” so we await it with nervous anticipation. You can check out a quick sneak peek here, but first let’s take a look “inside” tonight’s Episode 5.07, “Crossed.”

“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.07 – “Crossed” (aired 11/23/14)
Between holding down the church and going on a rescue mission, our group is spread pretty thin. Is this going to be the breaking point? Directed by Billy Gierhart; written by Seth Hoffman.

“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.08 – “Coda” (airs 11/30/14)
Rules and morals have been tossed aside by new enemies. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) will try to find a peaceful agreement, but they might prefer violence. Directed by Ernest Dickerson; written by Angela Kang.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more info be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.

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The Countdown for Jurassic World’s Thanksgiving Trailer Debut Has Begun!

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 15:29

Just the other day the first teaser for Jurassic World arrived, but that was small potatoes compared to what’s heading our way on Thanksgiving Day: the film’s full trailer! Which of course means that, as is customary these days, we have a countdown video to get us pumped up for it.

IGN helped kick off the countdown, and there’s also a clock ticking away the days, hours, minutes, and seconds over on the official Jurassic World website. The trailer is set to debut on NBC Thursday, November 27, during the network’s holiday football presentation.

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Vincent D’Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star in the film.

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.

More as it comes.

 

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Make History with this Pair of Clips from Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.10 – Magnum Opus

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:30

With all the turmoil currently going on in “Sleepy Hollow,” you have to wonder if it’s safe anywhere anymore. One of these clips from Monday night’s Episode 2.10, “Magnum Opus,” attempts to answer that question, and in the other Ichabod remembers the times with Abraham that helped to shape his identity today.

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.10 – “Magnum Opus” (airs 11/24/14)
Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) are on a quest to find a weapon of ultimate power to kill Moloch – the Sword of Methuselah – before the Headless Horseman can stop them.

Also starring Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving, Katia Winter as Katrina Crane, John Noble as Henry Parish, and Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills. Guest stars include Neil Jackson as Abraham/Headless.

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Feel the Rage of Caliban in these Photos and Promo for Constantine Episode 1.06

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:00

After dealing with voodoo last night, in next week’s Episode 1.06 of “Constantine,” everyone’s favorite supernatural detective tackles exorcism head-on.  Will he be able to overcome the “Rage of Caliban”? Check out this promo and big batch of photos for clues.

Want to learn more about the ghosts of “Danse Vaudou,” that voodoo ep I mentioned? At the bottom of the page you’ll find a video featuring writer Christine Boylan, who discusses Jim Corrigan, the return of Papa Midnite, and urban legends with the cast and crew.

“Constantine” Episode 1.06 – “Rage of Caliban” (11/28/14; 10-11pm)
A MURDEROUS SPIRIT TAKES HOLD OF A YOUNG BOY — When a young boy is taken over by a malevolent spirit, John (Matt Ryan) must put aside his misgivings over exorcising a child and convince the parents that their boy is not all that he seems.

Charles Halford and Harold Perrineau also star. Laura Regan, Max Charles, and Niall Matter guest star.

For the latest news, visit “Constantine” on NBC.com, like “Constantine” on Facebook, and follow “Constantine” on Twitter.

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Travel a Highway of Tears for Some Stills and a Preview of Grimm Episode 4.06

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:30

Apparently Wesen don’t celebrate Thanksgiving… while a lot of our favorite shows are taking next week off for the holiday, Nick and the rest of the “Grimm” gang will be riding down a “Highway of Tears” in the upcoming Episode 4.06 of NBC’s popular series.

Check out a preview and image gallery for the ep, which includes a look at a creature known as a Sharat.

Speaking of creatures, below the promo you’ll find a video profile of our Wesen of the Week, the Luison, a wolf-like relative of the Blutbad that is South American in origin.

“Grimm” Episode 4.06 – “Highway of Tears” (11/28/14; 9-10pm)
NICK WANTS TO BE A GRIMM AGAIN NOW MORE THAN EVER — The justification for Nick (David Giuntoli) to become a Grimm again is made much clearer in the wake of the most recent attack against Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner).

At work, Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to a stretch of highway that acts as a staging area for a horrifying Wesen ritual.

In Vienna, Viktor (guest star Alexis Denisof) meets with a completely broken Adalind (Claire Coffee), now ready to be of assistance in finding and retrieving the baby. Meanwhile, Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) is surprised by the sudden arrival of an old friend.

Bitsie Tulloch, Reggie Lee, and Sasha Roiz also star. Toni Trucks, Louise Lombard, and Erik Avari also guest star.

For more info visit “Grimm” on NBC.com, check out some InstaGRIMMS on Instagram, “like” “Grimm” on Facebook, and follow “Grimm” on Twitter.

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It’s Your Fate to See the Official Predestination Trailer

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:00

Earlier this week the official poster for the Spierig brothers’ Predestination checked in, and now, to ensure God’s will is done this weekend, the film’s trailer has arrived!

Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (Undead, Daybreakers), Predestination stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Christopher Kirby, and Noah Taylor. It will be available both On Demand and in theaters on Friday, January 9th, from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Synopsis:
Based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

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Another Clip Arrives from The Originals Episode 2.08 – The Brothers that Care Forgot

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 20:53

Looking for a way to kick off your weekend? How about a third clip from Episode 2.08 of “The Originals,” entitled “The Brothers that Care Forgot,” to go along with the others that were already released?  Check it out to see Klaus and Marcel step up their game a bit!

“The Originals” Episode 2.08 – “The Brothers that Care Forgot” (airs 11/24/14)
GUEST STAR CLAIRE HOLT RETURNS AS REBEKAH MIKAELSON — Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt), who has spent months away living a normal life with baby Hope, finds herself on the run when she realizes Esther (guest star Sonja Sohn) has uncovered her whereabouts.

Convinced that Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) and Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman) would be powerful allies in his fight to take down Esther, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) sets a plan in motion to turn his brothers against their mother. Meanwhile, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is conflicted when she and Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) stumble upon an ancient ritual that would get their werewolf packs out from under Esther’s control but would require her to make a tremendous sacrifice.

Elsewhere, Rebekah is concerned when she notices something is off with Elijah (Daniel Gillies). Finally, Davina (Danielle Campbell) takes matters into her own hands by turning to dark magic, and Cami (Leah Pipes) finds herself at the center of Esther’s dangerous plan. Charles Michael Davis also stars. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Charlie Charbonneau & Michelle Paradise.

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For more info visit “The Originals” on CWTV.com, “like” “The Originals” on Facebook, and follow “The Originals” on Twitter.

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Filmmaking Team DPYX Creating The Debra Hill Documentary

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:00

In their first feature film collaboration, the team of DPYX (Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman) joined with Nick Principe to bring us the exciting thriller Nobody Can Cool. Boyle and Holzman are organizing DPYX to now create The Debra Hill Documentary.

Debra Hill is the godmother of indie film, producing such greats as Halloween, The Fog, The Dead Zone, Escape from New York, and The Fisher King amongst others. DPYX is producing the documentary to celebrate her incredible career.

Principal photography, which will include some incredible interviews with movie makers like John Carpenter, Lynda Obst, and Stacey Sher, will begin in January 2015. For up-to-the-minute information on the project, “like” The Debra Hill Documentary on Facebook and follow The Debra Hill Documentary on Twitter (@debrahilldoc).

From the Press Release
Filmmaking team DPYX (Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman) will write, direct, and produce The Debra Hill Documentary, a feature documentary about the late legendary filmmaker. Lotti Pharriss Knowles of Weirdsmobile Productions will executive produce. This will be the first film about Debra Hill, and by telling her story, the filmmakers hope to preserve an important piece of the empowering history of women in Hollywood.

Said DPYX’s Marcy Boyle, “Debra Hill is a hero of ours. Not only did she break in to the industry on her own, through intelligence, talent, and tenacity, but she produced so many films that have become part of popular culture.”

“We want to highlight and celebrate Hill’s achievements so the next generation of filmmakers can be inspired to move forward on the path blazed by women like her—and so the industry can be reminded that women have been instrumental in some of the greatest success stories in the film business. Debra Hill’s films have generated over a billion dollars in box office receipts,” DPYX’s Rachel Holzman noted.

Hill’s friend and former producing partner Lynda Obst said, “I am overwhelmed with emotion about the documentary being made on the life and work of Debra Hill by DPYX and executive producer Lotti Pharriss Knowles. I was lucky enough to have been her partner in Hill/Obst productions, where we joyously made movies from Adventures in Babysitting (our first) to The Fisher King (our last)—and she taught me everything she knew. Debra was the consummate producer, and this film will show generations of women and men what the right stuff truly is, as I saw it and lived it first-hand.”

“Debra Hill was the godmother of indie filmmaking. She taught me that there was no above or below the line, that we were all one crew trying to make our days and make something great,” Stacey Sher said of her producing mentor.

And John Carpenter recalls, “Debra Hill was a trailblazer, a tough as nails female producer in a man’s world.”

About Debra Hill
Debra Hill was born November 10, 1950, in Haddonfield, New Jersey. She began her career as a script supervisor in the 1970s, including on John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13. She teamed with Carpenter on his next feature, Halloween, as his co-writer and producer. After the extraordinary success of that film, Hill became a key player in a wave of trailblazing women who broke barriers in the male-dominated film industry. She produced notable genre films such as The Fog, Escape from New York, The Dead Zone, and Halloween I, II & III; comedies with cult followings such as Clue, Adventures in Babysitting, and Big Top Pee Wee; and the critically-acclaimed, award-winning film The Fisher King. Hill was a mentor to many current film industry heavyweights, and her untimely death in 2005 at age 54 was a great loss to those who knew and loved her and to Hollywood as a whole.

 

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Death Has Arrived! The Lord Supreme of the Underworld Joins Sideshow’s Court of the Dead

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:30

We’ve been talking about Sideshow Collectibles’ awesome Court of the Dead figures for several months now, and finally Big D himself, Death, has made an appearance.  Read on for your first look at the Lord Supreme of the Underworld.

Product Description:
The ruler and creator of the Underworld, Death is the son of Priam and Abraxiel, brought into existence as a last act of the Lords of Heaven and Hell before the creation of mankind.

Though his will is absolute within his realm, Death spends a great deal of his time pursuing, studying, and experimenting with fragments of the soul energy known as etherea. While Heaven and Hell squander this energy to fuel their eternal battle, it is Death alone who recognizes the true power. It is with this knowledge that Death builds his Court and his kingdom, a kingdom that balances chaos and order, lightness and dark. A kingdom built upon the foundation of one unspoken principle – Rise. Conquer. Rule.

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About the Court of the Dead
Over millennia, Death has harvested countless souls on behalf of the warring powers of Heaven and Hell. Seeking to redefine the laws of the afterlife, he orchestrates a Court of the Dead, filling the Underworld with souls he’s taken as his own.

Assembled from the disciplines of Spirit, Bone, and Flesh, together in the service of Death, they shall Rise, Conquer, Rule.

For more info visit Sideshow Collectibles.

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Split (2014, Short)

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:00

Starring Austin Hayden, Shian Denovan

Directed by Andy Stewart

One morning, an unnamed young man (Hayden) awakens to discover a gigantic, pus-filled boil growing on his chest and multiple text messages on his phone from a worried friend desperate to get in touch with him. As he staggers around his flat, we come to see bright memories of everyday activities that the man enjoyed with his girlfriend (Denovan) – their vivid visual representation evident of a happier time in comparison to the darker, grey outlook on his current activities.

It would appear that something bad has happened, and it’s cost him his relationship. Tossing and turning in the night, he’s forced to run to the bathroom to vomit, where he subsequently gives the boil on his chest a squeeze – to expectedly gooey ends.

This proves to be the beginning of his breakdown, as his affliction gathers pace resulting in graphic, assured manner, sending him down the road of total decomposition.

What stands out most about Split is the physical effects work. It’s absolutely stellar. Grotesque, squirm-inducing, and exceptionally realistic-looking, the makeup and prosthetics are genuinely toe-curling. As his condition worsens, the man finds his fingertips swollen into bulbous, pus-filled balls which squirt their contents when pressured, his fingernails come off, and in one particularly hideous sequence an entire section of skin comes sloughing away.

Suffice to say, this is not a film for the weak of stomach.

And that is not an idle warning.

Visually, Split is very well shot and edited but does seem to drag out a few sequences to unnecessary length. This is perhaps partly due to wanting to get the most out of Hayden’s convincingly tortured and pained performance, but combined with the intended grim tone, it leads to the odd moment of standstill pacing, where the need for something new becomes evident just slightly too earlier than that arrives.

Still, there’s a genuine story to be found here amidst the astounding grotesquery, and it allows for a few different ways to approach what happens. Could the unfortunate soul have contracted something with his philandering? Has squeezing the boil and subsequently lying around like a recluse led to the mother of all untreated staph infections?

Of course, most effective (and intentional) is the approach of a metaphorical treatise on the nature and effect of guilt and regret, reinforced admirably by a sombre, minimalist score and convincingly pained and distraught performance by Hayden.

Dealing with the same kind of content as 2012’s odious and grubby Thanatomorphose in a much superior manner, Split is a very strong entry by Stewart and co. It’s pro-grade stuff, and the effects work is staggering. Just don’t watch it if you’re feeling queasy or eating a meal. Seriously.

 

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Monster Motors Roar Back to Life at IDW in February

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:30

Classic monsters meet classics cars this coming February when IDW Publishing releases Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing, a two-part follow-up to this past summer’s Monster Motors, the acclaimed debut by Brian Lynch, Nick Roche, and Leonard O’Grady.

“Monster Motors is a world I love coming back to,” said Lynch. “Combining everyone’s favorite monsters (and, with this story, monster hunters) with the coolest vehicles originally made me say, ‘Wow! If I were a kid, I’d love to see this.’ But as the world gets fleshed out and we start figuring out each Monster Motors’ personality, I realized this was a story anyone can enjoy, no matter their age. It’s got tons of action, it’s funny, it’s scary, and thanks to Nick and Len, it’s the best looking book you’ll read all month.”

Check out the synopsis and artwork below, and if you missed Monster Motors when it was released, you can grab the Kindle version from the EvilShop below.

Synopsis:
Genius mechanic Vic Frankenstein and his assistant iGOR (interactive Garage Operations Robot) have moved to the quaint town of Transylvania, Kentucky. But this quaint town has a bit of a problem: It’s becoming overrun by Monster Motors! Vampire cars suck gas from their victims, and lunar-powered werewolf vehicles grow fangs and claws when the moon is full! And that’s just for starters.

Someone has to keep them all in check. Enter MINIVAN HELSING: four-wheeled monster-hunter. It is his job to hunt down the Monster Motors and bring them to justice. His new target? Vic and his Frankenride, a monstrous truck made from the parts of fallen cars and trucks.

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Exclusive: Ana Lily Amirpour Talks A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and What’s Next

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:00

I wasn’t sure what to expect before speaking to indie-darling director Ana Lily Amirpour. Not that I don’t do my due diligence, but I try to bring a fresh, uncluttered and unbiased mind to most interviews (preferably, mine). Judging from her “Iranian vampire spaghetti western” called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, I might have guessed she was the personification of Winona Ryder’s character in Beetlejuice.

In fact, Amirpour wonders if such a preconceived notion doesn’t indeed precede her – “I’m always nervous to talk to a hardcore genre type,” she told me, first thing, “because I’m like, ‘Oh, they probably just think [my movie is] boring hipster, emo, arty shit.”

Well, the movie is emo and arty, but whether it is boring and all the rest will be up to broad audiences when it’s released later this week. So far, the movie has only been shown to erudite festival filmgoers, and it’s rating 100% fresh on the good old Tomato-Meter over at RottenTomatoes.com. That’s just one source, Amirpour points out with a laugh, “because if you look at our trailer on YouTube… well, if anybody still believes that there could be world peace, just look at the comments on YouTube and check those out because people are animals!”

Love it or loathe it, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (review) is a singular achievement in that it’s quite original, especially coming from a feature first-timer. Mixing the lush beauty of 60s and 70s vampire art films a la Jean Rollin and Jess Franco, but with the cool, calculated exactitude of someone influenced by Jean-Luc Goddard and Jim Jarmusch, Amirpour still puts something elusively herself into it as well.

Since this movie seems to be coming from such a personal wellspring of artistic inspiration, I asked her if she might someday be open to directing a film someone else wrote. “At this point I have so many things that I’m interested in, and that’s coming from stuff I’m generating myself,” she replied. So it’s not going to happen soon, but she added, “I don’t think that that’s a limitless supply. I don’t know what to head for, there’s so many interesting things. It’s not like we’re inventing things that aren’t created. We’re just recombining things and telling stories in unfamiliar ways that are familiar, though, at the same time. So I’m totally open to that. I think I would have to make it my own. I am a writer. And so I think things have to become your own anyway. But I absolutely would be open to that.”

Here’s more of our quick chat:

Dread Central: Your DP’s [Lyle Vincent] work is very noir on the film. What was it specifically about him that made you want him to shoot for you?

Ana Lily Amirpour: I was getting such a lot of cinematography reels and stuff so I was looking at a bunch of different people’s work. He had a great series of short films called ‘Bright Falls,’ and when I watched them, I felt that they were very Lynchian – they reminded me a lot of Lynch from ‘Twin Peaks’ in particular. And I love David Lynch so I was really into that. Then we met over Skype because he’s New York-based and I’m in L.A.

I’ve worked with a lot of different DP’s on a lot of short films and music videos so I kind of had this promiscuous DP thing going on, you know, and I feel like it’s the most important thing because there’s a lot of people that can make things look pretty, but I think film has [an] inner beauty, and that really comes from the soul of people working together in a certain way. I had this immediate chemistry with him, and we are like soulmates, in a way, creatively. We have a lot of similar cinematic fascinations. We both love Lynch and Sergio Leone and Scorsese, and I spent just hours and hours and hours on Skype with him talking about films, and I just knew he was the one.

DC: Sounds like you might have a collaborator now.

ALA: Yeah. He’s shooting my next film, which I’m doing in the spring.

DC: Oh good. What genre is it?

ALA: It’s in color and English. It’s a desert-set, Texan wasteland and then we’re in a desert and it’s kind of a psychedelic Road Warrior. It’s like a post-apocalyptic, cannibal love story. It’s very violent and very romantic.

DC: Sounds sort of like, maybe El Topo?

ALA: Oh my God. Yes. It’s like El Topo meets Dirty Dancing.

DC: I love it already.

Kino Lorber will release A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night in New York and Los Angeles on November 21st with national expansion to follow.

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night stars Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, and Milad Eghbali.

Synopsis
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.

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Jack-O’-Lantern Attacks in New Goosebumps Image

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 01:12

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to see Goosebumps up on the big screen. With next year’s movie set to unleash many of the most iconic monsters from the books, it looks to be a real treat for longtime fans, and on tap for you today is your very first look at one of those monsters!

The brand spankin’ new image shows off a titular villain from the book Rise of the Jack-O’-Lanterns, and it came to our attention courtesy of Jamie Kelman, one of the effects artists who helped build it.

I sculpted and painted this Jack-O’s head and hands for Steve Prouty’s FUSION FX,” wrote Kelman. “He walks on stilts– at 10 feet high, he was really imposing and cool looking. Steve Prouty also put some bright red lights in his eyes, maybe we will see that effect in the movie next summer?”

Check out the photo below, along with the other stills from the film that we’ve thus far been provided with!

Jack Black, Ken Marino, Amy Ryan, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Halston Sage, Timothy Simons, Amanda Lund, and Dylan Minnette star.

In the film, directed by Rob Letterman, Black portrays famed children’s horror writer R.L. Stine, whose monsters, it turns out, are actually real. When they escape from his books and attack an unsuspecting town, it’s up to Stine and two teens to get the monsters back into their stories.

Goosebumps, which comes from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White, is produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment.

Look for it in theatres on August 7, 2015.

Synopsis
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

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The Walking Dead Video Blowout: Go Inside Ep. 5.06 – Consumed; Sneak Peek of Ep. 5.07 – Crossed

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:15

It’s that time of the week, fiends! Time to go behind the scenes for an “inside” look at tonight’s Episode 5.06 of “The Walking Dead,” entitled “Consumed,” and also check out a sneak peek of next week’s Episode 5.07, “Crossed.” We’re not exactly sure who’s crossing whom, but in the world of “TWD,” it’s sure to be no one good.

And then, just one week after that is the mid-season finale so drink up while you can!

“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.06 – “Consumed” (aired 11/16/14)
Cautiously, members of our group must venture into a familiar location on a heroic rescue mission. It’s a huge stage, but so are the stakes. Directed by Seith Mann; written by Matthew Negrete.

“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.07 – “Crossed” (airs 11/23/14)
Between holding down the church and going on a rescue mission, our group is spread pretty thin. Is this going to be the breaking point?  Directed by Billy Gierhart; written by Seth Hoffman.

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AFM 2014: Ebola Zombie Flicks to Infect Screens None Too Soon

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 15:06

Ah, like a ripped-from-the-headlines episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” you just knew it would take no time flat for a slew of ebola zombie flicks to emerge. But is it too soon?

The American Film Market saw the appearance of two films (although one is technically a cheat) designed to capitalize on both the oversaturation of zombie flicks and the media’s “Ebolageddon 2015” news coverage.

For the record, if there isn’t a movie titled Ebolageddon before the end of next year, I’ll be stunned.

Wild Eye Releasing struck first with a film simply entitled Ebola Zombies. Two weeks before AFM it was entitled SARS Zombies. Honestly, who remembers SARS? That non-pocalypse was so five years ago – longer, actually. In fact, I’m not 100% certain, but I think this movie may actually be a retitling of the Asian movie SARS Wars from 2004. I can’t tell because they all look alike to me. Asian zombie movies, I mean, not actual Asians themselves. Stop being racist!

Anyway, here’s the trailer for Ebola Zombies, written and directed by, ummm, people.

Then there’s the British flick Plan Z, in which an ebola outbreak leads to the dead rising. The trailer for this rather generic looking zombie movie written by, directed by, and starring Stuart Brennan makes no mention of ebola whatsoever. It’s currently in post and will debut at the Berlin market in February.

According to Deadline, the production company behind Plan Z is purposefully going out of its way not to connect the film to the 24-hour news cycle’s societal death knell of the moment out of fear of being labeled insensitive.

Honestly, if you’re concerned with being labeled insensitive, you probably shouldn’t be making horror movies.

For more be sure to hit up the link to Deadline’s story, which also includes a teaser for Iron Sky: The Coming Race, the sequel to 2012′s Iron Sky about Nazis on the moon. This time around Sarah Palin destroys the world as we know it and then descends to a secret netherworld to report to a dino-riding Hitler. Seriously.

Plan Z Synopsis:
Craig has always thought about what he might do in a zombie apocalypse. When a deadly outbreak of Ebola erupts, his planning becomes more serious. As the virus mutates and makes the dead rise again, he must put his plan to action. Barricading himself in his house, his plan quickly unravels, and he must adapt and decide on a new and more aggressive course of action. A Plan Z.

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Take Control of this Pair of Clips from Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.09 – Mama

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 12:24

The ratings are down a bit this season for “Sleepy Hollow,” and while we’re still big fans of the show, we have to admit it’s starting to feel a tad formulaic. Can things get back on track in Monday night’s Episode 2.09, “Mama”? Here are two sneak peeks to give us an idea of what’s ahead.

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.09 – “Mama” (airs 11/17/14)
A series of mysterious deaths at Tarrytown Psych leads Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) to discover that an especially surprising spirit is involved.

Also starring Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving, Katia Winter as Katrina Crane, John Noble as Henry Parish, and Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills. Guest stars includes Aunjanue Ellis as Lori Mills and Matt Barr as Nick Hawley.

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Constantine Takes on Voodoo in these Stills and Promo for Episode 1.05 – Danse Vaudou

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 12:05

After a rocky start, “Constantine” is finding its way, and last night’s episode was the best yet.  If you’d like to learn even more about the hunger demon we met in it, check out a behind-the-scenes video of writer Cameron Welsh talking with some cast members and producers about the inspiration behind “A Feast of Friends.”

But first we have a dozen stills from and a promo for next week’s Episode 1.05, “Danse Vaudou,” in which Constantine and Papa Midnite are forced to join together to lay a deadly threat to rest.

Just be warned of the graphic nature of this preview of the ep – as you’ll see above, Constantine can be seen actually SMOKING!

“Constantine” Episode 1.05 – “Danse Vaudou” (11/21/14; 10-11pm)
In New Orleans, Constantine’s (Matt Ryan) unusual knowledge of a string of crimes gets him into trouble with Detective Jim Corrigan (guest star Emmett Scanlan). He must form an unholy alliance with Papa Midnite (guest star Michael James Shaw) when a voodoo ritual to help people communicate with their dead loved ones takes a deadly turn.

Charles Halford and Angélica Celaya also star.

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