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Juror 13 Manga Getting An American Film Adaption

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 10:00

Death Note isn’t the only manga getting a live-action American film adaptation. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Juror 13, a one-shot American manga-style graphic novel written by D. J. Milky, illustrated by Makoto Nakatsuka, and published by Tokyopop, will get the big-screen treatment, with filming beginning next year.

The book centred around an insurance claims salesman who is unwillingly drafted into jury duty, only for him to be hypnotised into becoming an insane killer. Hell, being forced to do jury duty will probably drive us all completely insane at one point.

Tokyopop CEO Stu Levy will produce, and Terminator 3 and 4 writer Mike Ferris will handle the screenplay.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson Find Life

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 20:15

Not sure how Dread-worthy this one’s gonna be, but Variety is reporting that Jake Gyllenhaal is set to co-star with Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson in Skydance’s sci-fi flick Life.

Daniel Espinosa is directing the film, with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg producing along with Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn. The script was written by Deadpool duo Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.

Life‘s story follows the crew of the International Space Station, who, after retrieving a sample from Mars, discover that it displays signs of life, and proves to be more intelligent than expected.

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American Murder Song Explores the Violence of the USA’s Early Days

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 20:08

Coming from Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman, and combining live-action and stop-motion style animation, this has got to be the weirdest railer that you’ll see in a long time. Telling the stories of infamous murders that occurred in the early days of the USA, you can learn more about American Murder Song by visiting it’s official website here, if’n you’re brave.

From the Press Release:

Icons of cult cinema, Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil’s Carnival franchise) pull the trigger on a new, twisted musical world, American Murder Song. Combining stop motion animation and moving daguerreotype portraits, American Murder Song features a rogues gallery of original murder ballads set in early nineteenth century America. The genre-defying duo invite you to Follow The Mark, if’n you’re brave.

For tunes and regular updates, please visit The American Murder Song website.

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Dead Island 2 Back In Production With A New Developer

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 19:54

The fate of Dead Island 2 has been up in the air for some time. Techland, the developers of the original game, had no interest in returning, instead opting to make Dying Light for Warner Bros., so publisher Deep Silver hired German studio Yager to create the game. However, they were subsequently dropped last year, presumably because, as they came cheap, the product that they were working on would not have been up to the standards of a top quality AAA game. You get what you pay for, Deep Silver.

This led many fans to believe that Dead Island 2 would never see the light of day. All is not lost, however, because MCV exclusively learned that British studio Sumo Digital will now handle the game’s development. Who are they, you ask? They’re the folks who bought us Little Big Planet 3, Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sega Superstars Tennis, the F1 series, and more. So yeah, the seem like an odd choice to make a zombie game (the only other horror title that they worked on was the bloody awful Dead Space Ignition) but there’s a first time for everything I suppose.

So will do they do right by the game? Let’s wait and see. And we have a Hell of a long time to wait, as it’s still in the early stages of development. In the meantime, fans can enjoy both remasters of the original Dead Island games and the 2D spinoff Retro Revenge.

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Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Promises More Blood-Soaked Tales of Terror

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 19:49

Following last year’s memorably gory indie anthology Volumes of Blood (review), the newly formed Blood Moon Pictures LLC is currently readying a slew of bloody new tales in Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories!

Produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror), the anthology sequel is set to feature Moses Moseley (“The Walking Dead”) and WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on A Mission, and features original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are The Fallen, Living Sacrifice and formerly of Evanescence).

We are all about supporting up and coming horror talent that can still rock kick ass practical effects, so we are definitely looking forward to seeing what the follow-up anthology has to offer. For more information about how you can support the project, head over to the film’s “Blood Drive” page, AKA the official IndiegoGo campaign for the sequel!

Synopsis:
A couple plans to purchase an old home, but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for. Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time. Seven interwoven tales of terror, how many stories does your house have?

Murder Death Killer – Directed by Jakob Bilinski (Emergence)
Trick or Treat – Directed by Sean Blevins (A Brush With Death)
A Killer House – Directed by Jim O’Rear (The Hospital)
Feeding Time – Directed by John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror)
Blood Bath – Directed by Jon Maynard (Nearly Dead)
Fear, For Sinners Here – Directed by Nathan Thomas Milliner (Encyclopedia Satanica)
The Deathday Party – Directed by Justin Seaman (The Barn)

While you’re at it, check out a killer clip from the first Volumes of Blood entry:

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We Go On (2016)

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 19:42

Starring Clark Freeman, Annette O’Toole, John Glover

Directed by Jesse Holland, Andy Mitton

The promise of life after death is certainly an intriguing one: do we pass through the pearly gates and reunite with loved ones who’ve also made the transition, or are we doomed to walk the Earth as another, made to right the wrongs that we committed in our own lives? Now that I’ve babbled enough about reincarnation and many other talk-show comings and goings, let’s delve into a film that poses that very interesting question: “what if?”

In We Go On, from co-directors Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton (who also co-wrote the chilling Yellowbrickroad a few years ago), the audience gets a front-seat view into the possibility of one character’s afterlife, and as the old saying goes, “careful what you wish for.” The lead man here is Miles Grissom (Freeman), a fairly sad individual who, forced by his own agoraphobic restrictions, works from home editing infomercials (seems pretty inspiring). His phobias are quite unrestrained, even excessive for the most part, and the non-allowance to even set foot outside his own domicile adds to the already inordinate fears he possesses. His biggest fear? Death. Not that it’s anything to sneeze at, but Miles looks at the fear and takes it one step further – to not only be frightened about the likelihood of your imminent demise, but to be even MORE stricken in dismay about where you’d go after you’ve kicked off…jeez, this guy needs some medication or something! His solution to the problem comes in the placement of a personal ad offering up 30 thousand dollars to anyone who can give him iron-clad proof that there is in fact life after death, and the responses he gets are nothing less than amusing.

From kooky mediums to professors calculating theories, and even his own mousy widow of a mom (O’Toole) – everyone is offering up differing ideologies, and subscriptions to their beliefs. It’s not until Miles meets airport runway maintenance-man Nelson (Jay Dunn), does he latch onto a seemingly sure foothold of what the afterlife may bring…only problem is, what he sees is lots and lots of dead people. The film, while a shade under 90 minutes, does take a bit of time to shift out of first gear, and when it does, we’re able to gain a bit of a broader view of the idea that Holland and Mitton are trying to convey. There are some generally frightening instances contained within the film, especially if you have a concern about where your soul is headed after your ticket gets punched. Freeman’s character can come off as a bit nauseating with all of the whimpering about fears and indispositions, but believability is one strong distinction that he manages to transmit with the role, and I’ve got to give him merit points for that.

Look, who knows what exists for us after we’re gone, but while we’re here, we might as well chill out and be entertained at what’s around us, and We Go On is a nice start to that road to eternity…needless to say, my future as a fortune-teller is as murky as a clogged-up toilet.

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Hammer Film Collection Volume 2 Coming in April via Mill Creek

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 19:10

Mill Creek’s second collection of Hammer films, appropriately entitled The Hammer Film Collection Volume 2 will be hitting stores online and off this coming April 5th and we have your details.

Volume 2 of the Hammer Film Collection and includes the movies Creatures the World Forgot, The Revenge of Frankenstein, Maniac, Never Take Candy From a Stranger, The Snorkel, and Die! Die! My Darling.

From the Press Release:
For more than four decades, Hammer Films unique blend of horror, science fiction, thrills and comedy dominated countless drive-ins and movie theaters. Enjoy this impeccable collection from the darkest corners of the Hammer Imagination!

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
Starring: Peter Cushing, Eunice Gayson, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn
Peter Cushing reprises his famous role as Baron Victor Frankenstein in this horror classic. Rescued from the guillotine by his devoted dwarf Fritz, the Baron relocates and becomes Dr. Stein. Under the guise of charity work, he continues his gruesome experiments, this time transplanting Fritz’s brain into his latest creation: a normal, healthy body.

The Snorkel (1958)
Starring: Peter van Eyck, Betta St. John, Mandy Miller, Grégoire Aslan
Paul Decker arranges the perfect murder of his wife. Lightly drugging her into unconsciousness, he then seals the room and fills it with gas appearing to be a suicide while he hides beneath the floorboards using a diving snorkel to breath air from the outside. But he didn’t plan for his suspicious stepdaughter in this kill or be killed thriller!

Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960)
Starring: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer, Niall MacGinnis
A serious and horrifying chiller about a small town terrorized by an elderly child molester luring young girls into his mansion with sweets, but no official will stop the perverse man because of his powerful family until it’s too late.

Maniac (1963)
Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston, Liliane Brousse
While vacationing in France, an American artist becomes romantically involved with an older woman, Eve, while also attracted to her teenage stepdaughter, Annette. Pulled between them, a plot is hatched to free Eve’s husband from jail but Eve has a different plan in mind.

Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)
Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Donald Sutherland
Young Pat Carroll (Powers) goes to the home of her dead fiancé to meet his beloved mother, Mrs. Trefoile (Tallulah Bankhead). There, she discovers that Mrs. Trefoile is not the loving mother she had anticipated, but rather a grieving psychopath who blames Pat for the death of her son.

Creatures the World Forgot (1971)
Starring: Julie Ege, Tony Bonner, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Robert John
Set in the Stone Age, this singular film has almost no dialogue – the people speak in grunts – but it is strangely effective. Focused on a tribe of cavemen, a pair of twin brothers become rivals for leadership of the tribe following the impact of a devastating earthquake.

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Scream: The Series Begins Slashing in May

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 18:30

Like it or not, a second season of MTV’s “Scream: The Series” is well on its way! In fact, it’s set to premiere on May 31st. Read on for new details and more.

Joining the cast are recording artist Kiana Ledé, Santiago Segura (47 Meters Down, “Silicon Valley”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Banshee,” “American Horror Story”), Austin Highsmith (“Murder in the First,” “Criminal Minds”), Sean Grandillo (Spring Awakening), and Karina Logue (“Ray Donovan,” “Gotham”). They join returning cast members Willa Fitzgerald (Emma), John Karna (Noah), Tom Maden (Jake), Tracy Middendorf (Maggie), Amadeus Serafini (Kieran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey), and Carlson Young (Brooke).

Hopefully the new showrunners, Michael Gans and Richard Register, can come up with something a lot more compelling.

Season 2 picks up with Emma’s return to Lakewood after several months at a retreat, where she tried to recover from the horrors of last season. Everyone is walking on eggshells around her, questioning whether she has truly gotten over the Killer’s crimes. Meanwhile, Audrey is hiding her connection to the Killer but is getting harassed by someone who knows the truth. Brooke and Jake are also keeping secrets — they are hiding a budding romance from Mayor Maddox. And Noah is getting closer and closer to the truth about the Season 1 murders.

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SXSW 2016: See a Sneak Peek of Emma Rozanski’s Papagajka

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 18:23

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, which means we’ll soon be sharing lots of news and reviews from the event; but first we have a look at Emma Rozanski’s debut feature, Papagajka (The Parrot), a surreal and stylish psychological thriller that is having its World Premiere in the SXGlobal section on Sunday, March 13th.

Written and directed by Rozanski, the film stars Adnan Omerovic, Susanna Cappellaro, Tina Keserovic, Sabina Mrgan, and Don Guido.

The clip is courtesy of Indiewire, who also spoke with Rozanski. “The main theme I explore in Papagajka is apathy,” she told the site. “In a way it’s a cautionary tale about indifference; yet, the layers of story allow for individual interpretation and imagination. I’m interested in exploring how people (and cultures) transform under psychological conflict, and how the mind adapts to survive in different environments. Being at the crossroads of time and culture in so many ways, Bosnia was the perfect place to do this.”

She continued, “The two main characters are representative of different states of mind and transition. One is an ‘outsider’ who is completely unfamiliar with the surroundings she finds herself in, and the other is so entrenched in his bunker of a world that it has become monotonous and inflexible. These conflicting points of view create the dramatic situation that enables us to view psychological transitions on varying levels, as these two differing minds cope with their adaptation, needs, and desires.”

Following its SXSW premiere at the Alamo Ritz 2 on the 13th at 1PM, Papagajka also screens on Monday, March 14th, at 9:45PM (Alamo Lamar B) and on Thursday, March 17th, at 10:30PM (Alamo Ritz 2).

Synopsis:
A stranger, Tasya, arrives in Sarajevo and barges into Damir’s reclusive world. Little by little she takes over his life, even absorbing his dreams, until finally she threaten his very existence. Damir cannot summon the courage to confront Tasya as she becomes progressively more comfortable and controlling. Can Damir find it in himself to struggle out of this trap and regain control of his life, or will Tasya take him over completely, leaving no trace of Damir in the world?

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Fear the Walking Dead – Greg Nicotero Talks the Freshly Infected

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 18:22

The first season of “Fear the Walking Dead” is again headed to both DVD and Blu-ray in a brand new Special Edition, and right now we have another featurette from the new package for ya! Dig it!

Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season Special Edition Release Details:
Following an initial release this past December, Anchor Bay Entertainment announces the latest inventive and heart-racing AMC original series “Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season” arrives on SPECIAL EDITION on March 22, 2016. Created by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and Dave Erickson (“Sons of Anarchy”), “Fear the Walking Dead” premiered in August 2015 as the #1 show in cable history. These 2-disc sets with collectible lenticular packaging include hours of bonus content including 5 deleted scenes, 7 newly produced featurettes, and audio commentaries on every episode.

Living in the same universe as “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead” is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in Los Angeles, a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens, Gone Girl) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis, “Missing”) have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and the dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.

The “Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season” cast also includes Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2), Ruben Blades (Safe House), Alycia Debnam-Carey (The Devil’s Hand), Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Lorenzo James Henrie (Star Trek).

“Fear the Walking Dead” Season 2 premieres April 10, 2016, on AMC with 15 new episodes.

Special Features:

  • Pilot Episode: The Widescreen Version
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes: Inside “Fear the Walking Dead”; FEAR: The Beginning; Five Things You Need To Survive; Locations: LA & Vancouver; Quarantined; Stunts and Anarchy; The Faces of Fear the Infected
  • Audio Commentaries: Episodes 101 & 102: Co-Creator/Executive Producer Dave Erickson, Co-Executive Producer/Director Adam Davidson, and Actor Kim Dickens; Episode 103: Co-Executive Producer David Wiener and Actor Alycia Debnam-Carey; Episode 104: Executive Producer David Alpert and Co-Executive Producer David Wiener; Episode 105: Executive Producer David Alpert and Co-Executive Producer/Writer David Wiener; Episode 106: Co-Creator/Executive Producer Dave Erickson and Actors Kim Dickens and Elizabeth Rodriguez



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Do You Know What Happened in Crone Wood?

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 12:30

Well, if you’re interested in learning about Crone Wood, you can find out for yourself when this latest Irish horror feature from writer/director Mark Sheridan arrives. Read on for details, stills, the trailer, and more!

Produced by Therese Aziz along with Sheridan, the film stars Elva Trill and Ed Murphy. For more information keep an eye on the official Crone Wood Facebook page.

Crone Wood tells the tale of what happens when a young couple who just met decide to go camping after a wonderful first encounter… a decision they will soon regret.

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Cat Sick Blues (2016)

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 12:00

Starring Matthew C. Vaughn, Shian Denovan, Rachel Rai

Directed by Dave Jackson

The loss of a pet can damage some people more than the death of a human family member – the grief can be staggering since the unconditional love that was given to you is gone forever. Then there are those who transfer that heartache into something much more maligned. I present to you… Cat Sick Blues.

Devastated by the recent loss of his feline friend, introverted loner Ted (Vaughn) suffers what can be loosely described as a “complete mental detachment” – believing that the only way he can resurrect his pet is to reclaim the nine lives his cat once owned… ummm, okay. With his ill-fitting costume (razor cat claws and mask), he becomes Catman and commences accumulating the much-needed blood to successfully perform a revival ceremony, and the answer to your next question is: “No, I’m not kidding.” I could offer these details up, and some of you awesome readers would certainly agree that they’re a LITTLE off of the beaten path; however, this actually works quite well (should get my own head checked for agreeing on this).

While Ted uses his severed psyche to fuel the fire of loneliness, his actions become more and more bizarre, and the added sub-plot of a woman (Denovan) who also has lost her cat adds to the intrigue – will these two sufferers of bereavement meet up at some point?

In the meantime, Denovan and Vaughn should be highly commended for their portrayals of two distressed individuals, as this movie takes on so much more than the after-effects of a paralyzing passing. Director Dave Jackson uses each and every bit of both visually aggressive practical FX as well as a touch of CGI (in the right places, of course). It all adds up to a movie that can very easily be looked at on the outside as one of those “WTF?” films, but after spending 100 minutes wrapped up in a destructive bout of psychosis, you too will want to hug that furry little pal of yours a little tighter… just try not to squeeze too hard.

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Death Note Anime Series Arrives on Blu-ray for the First Time from VIZ

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:30

A U.S. remake/reimagining of the Japanese sensation Death Note is heading our way, but first fans of the series who have been awaiting its Blu-ray release have a treat in store: VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the release of the Death Note Complete Series on Blu-ray on March 1st.

From the Press Release:
This edgy supernatural crime thriller is based on the groundbreaking DEATH NOTE manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata (and published by VIZ Media; rated ‘T’ for Teens). VIZ Media’s DEATH NOTE Blu-ray home media releases will be available as a Standard Edition and also as an “Omega” Limited Edition, a definitive collection containing the complete 37-episode series along with two DEATH NOTE anime feature films. The Standard Edition and Omega Limited Edition each contain three hours of additional bonus content including interviews with the DEATH NOTE manga creators and behind-the-scenes footage of the English and Japanese voice cast.

In DEATH NOTE, Light Yagami is a genius high school student who is about to learn about life through a book of death. When a bored shinigami, a god of death, named Ryuk drops a black notebook called a Death Note, Light receives power over life and death with the stroke of a pen. Determined to use this dark gift for the best, Light sets out to rid the world of evil–namely, the people he believes to be evil. Should anyone own such power? The consequences of Light’s actions will set the world ablaze.

DEATH NOTE: THE OMEGA EDITION Blu-ray Limited Edition – Rated TV-14 –  MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN
DEATH NOTE, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s suspenseful tale of power, corruption and morality, returns for the first time on Blu-ray! This limited edition 6-disc collector’s set includes the complete 37-episode series with five language options along with two feature films (available in three languages) and hours of additional extras! This definitive set also comes with a 64-page booklet, which features the original manga pilot story that inspired the series packaged inside an exclusive chipboard box. Three hours of additional extra content includes interviews with the Japanese creators, behind-the-scenes footage of the English and Japanese voice cast, production art, audio commentary and much more!

DEATH NOTE Blu-ray Standard Edition – Rated TV-14 – MSRP: $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN
Standard Edition release features the complete series on 5 discs, with episodes presented in crisp 1080p resolution with 16:9 video aspect ratio. Episodes are available in 5 languages (Japanese, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French 2.0 audio and subtitle selections). Also catch three hours of bonus content, including interviews with the Japanese creators, behind-the-scenes footage with the English and Japanese voice casts, production art, audio commentary, and much more!

For additional information on DEATH NOTE or other anime and manga titles distributed by VIZ Media, visit VIZ.com.

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