Titan Books is back with another re-release that should make for great summer reading for fans of the Alien franchise: Look for Alien 3: The Official Movie Novelization on May 27 in the US and a month later in the UK.
In this official novelization of Alien 3, the somewhat divisive David Fincher-directed third installment in the series, Ellen Ripley continues to be stalked by the savage alien race after her escape pod crash-lands on a prison planet, killing everyone else aboard. Unknown to Ripley, an alien egg is aboard the ship...
Cover art and pre-order info is below; look for an exclusive preview soon.
It's back and hiding in the most terrifying place of all!
Fury 161 is a wretched planet – a penal colony and industrial complex manned by violent prisoners. When an escape pod from the USS Sulaco crash-lands there, Ellen Ripley appears to be the only passenger left alive. Then inmates begin to die, all at the hands of another survivor, a creature which encounters Ripley and spares her life! Desperate to know why, she seeks out an answer – and discovers terror unlike any she’s ever known.
Science fiction master Alan Dean Foster returns to the Alien universe to reveal the ultimate destinies of Ellen Ripley and her eternal foe – the xenomorph known as the Alien.
San Diego Comic-Con 2014: CineQuest & Benson Entertainment Releasing Exclusive BTVS 'Triangle' Tara Figure
Summer is upon us, which means San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner. Here's another exclusive heading to the show: "Triangle Tara," a rare "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" collectible previously offered only in a signed edition at a rather steep price.
From the Press Release:
CineQuest.com and Benson Entertainment are going back in time to release an amazingly rare "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" action figure that was previously only available in a signed edition for $125.
"Triangle" Tara was created especially for Amber Benson by Diamond Select Toys as a way for the actress who played Tara Maclay to raise money to raise funds for her 2006 film Lovers, Liars, and Lunatics. The original run of "Triangle" Tara was only 2,000 figures worldwide. There will be only 300 of the unsigned edition, which comes blister-carded in a white box mailer. Accessories include purse, potion bottle, candle, and book.
The 6" figure is based on Tara as she appeared in the "Buffy" Season 5 episode "Triangle," in which Willow and Anya conjure Olaf the Troll while Giles is away from the Magic Box in England.
For the first time and exclusively for San Diego Comic-Con 2014, CineQuest.com is offering the unsigned edition of the figure in association with Benson Entertainment. It is being offered at a special preorder price of $22 for a limited time to attendees for pickup at the show in July. A limited number are being reserved for non-attendees for shipment after the show.
Limited to 300 pieces, the unsigned "Triangle" Tara variant figure will be released at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 (July 24-27) at the CineQuest.com booth (#4738). A limited number will be sold each day of the convention to ensure all attendees have a chance to purchase the variant.
Attendees can preorder the exclusive variant at the special preorder price of $22 at CineQuest.com by clicking here and picking it up at the show. A very limited number have been reserved for members of Club CQ as well as non-attendees of San Diego Comic-Con. Non-attendees residing in the U.S. can preorder here; non-attendees residing outside the U.S. can preorder here.
The Blood Stream mines the Internet for horror gold so you don’t have to, delivering streamable horror titles never before featured on Dread Central. Occasionally I’ll dredge up something good, maybe even great. To find those gems, I’ll have to sift through a lot of breathtakingly bad cinema. Enjoy!
Half-Caste is a relatively novel lycanthropy yarn. It hits the ground running with an excellent shock moment at the beginning, leading into a great first act. Alas, somewhere toward the midway point the wheels fly off and the whole thing implodes under the weight of nonsensical plot points and baffling chronologies.
I fully admit it's possible that even the appearance of a strong beginning was just the result of exceeding the abyssal expectations set by the movie’s poster, which makes the monster look like an ad for a hooker at a furry convention:
Half-Caste is -- at least according to the movie -- a term used in South Africa to refer to the orphaned offspring of Dutch settlers and native South Africans. Through a combination of feral neglect, drugs and religious fervor, some such individuals were supposedly cursed with the power to transform into bloodthirsty half-man, half-leopard hybrids.
The movie starts with a framing scene in which a cop interrogates a blood spattered L.A. filmmaker named Bobby Cortez. Most of Bobby’s tale of woe is shown from the point of view of the cameras he and his crew set up to record evidence of the Half-Caste. It’s not exactly found footage though. Bobby's webcam flashbacks are intercut with plenty of third-person shots. While that makes one wonder why so much mockumentary footage was used in the first place, it at least eliminates the need for the magically fortuitous shots pure found footage movies rely on to capture climactic action.
Since the movie is set in South Africa, it really helps that it was actually filmed there (or near enough). Unlike Beneath Loch Ness, which was filmed in an above ground swimming pool painted to look like Scotland, Half-Caste was shot almost entirely on location. In addition to the gorgeous natural backdrop of rural Africa, that means safari scenes and real life megafauna encounters were easy to come by. There’s even one part where they film a (hopefully trained) lion mauling a guy to death in a truck. Apparently another bonus of filming in Africa is there is zero regard for the safety of local stuntmen.
What really sets Half-Caste apart – at least before it falls apart – is a delightful sense of humor and solid comic timing. Half-Caste features both an American film crew and a secondary local crew. All six of these people are genuinely endearing and they routinely engage in fun, charming banter. Their unrehearsed wisecracks and natural laughter give the impression they were really having fun, as young folks on vacation are wont to do. Occasionally, however, the merriment gets out of hand, like when screwball antics are enhanced with silly sound effects. A lack of awareness of the irony in juxtaposing naïve playfulness and the horrors that follow is a nagging problem even in the better parts of this movie.
The first real sign of trouble is the Half-Caste monster itself, which looks like it escaped from Zoobilee Zoo. The under-designed beastie is shown far too often, far too early, and in light that’s far too revealing.
Then there’s the plot, which springs minor leaks here and there until the dam finally bursts all at once. One minute everything is fine, then something unseen starts chasing Bobby through the bush. He escapes, only to stumble on a central character who has transformed into a Half-Caste and is calmly devouring a dead body. Bobby blacks out and wakes up covered in blood, holding a human heart. He decides not to mention this to anyone, even the person he now knows is a cannibalistic monster. Everything just goes back to normal for another half hour or so. That has to be an attempt to spackle over missing footage, right? Like maybe the lion ate a few cans of film?
The final nail in Half-Caste's coffin is, fittingly, the climax, which plays out like an extended run-off from "Benny Hill". When the monster attacks, the remaining characters begin a drawn out cycle of fleeing into a bedroom, freaking out, running back outside, freaking out some more, and repeating. Instead of grabbing someone’s tush every time the action stops like Benny, however, the Half-Caste (which hops around like the monkey-style fighter in Bloodsport) rips out somebody’s throat. I demand to see this scene set to Yakety Sax.
Driving all this useless repetition is a superfluous element of the Half-Caste mythos. The creature influences your psyche before it physically attacks you, making you turn on those around you. Sadly that requires amiable but mediocre actors to channel Jack Nicholson and lose their minds for no damn reason. All they had to do was calmly walk to their truck and drive away. Instead they pick fights with each other and scream about “getting my gat” or how things are done “in the hood”, before charging outside in a huff, one by one, into the waiting jaws of a pissed off were-leopard.
I don’t recommend watching this movie, but if you want to do your good deed for the year and you’re good with Final Cut, maybe chop this thing down to a streamlined 45 minutes or so and post it on YouTube for me. If not, just watch TrollHunter again. It's still funny and damn those trolls look good.
The official Blu-ray and DVD release of Caradog James' The Machine is heading our way, and right now we have your chance to score a Blu-ray copy of the film along with a poster signed by star Caity Lotz. Get to clickin'!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at email@example.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on June 16th.
The Machine will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on June 17, 2014.
Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Caity Lotz (The Pact, "Arrow," "Mad Men"), and Denis Lawson (Star Wars, Local Hero) star.
Britain is in a Cold War with a new enemy, and the Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, ‘The Machine’ - an android with unrivaled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.
On May 27th, perennial fan pleaser Scream Factory releases in the US the first horror film from Vietnam, titled House in the Alley. To celebrate, Scream Factory is sponsoring another giveaway contest. This time a total of three House in the Alley DVDs will be given to a trio of winners.
Dread Central readers can enter this contest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
If the above link doesn't work for you (because your browser is not set up with your email program), email us directly at email@example.com with the subject line as "House in the Alley DVD."
Don't forget to include your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS. Please note that this contest is open to residents of the US only and will end at 11:59 PM PT on Sunday, June 1st, 2014. Please note that by entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Scream Factory/Shout! Factory use of your email address.
If you cannot wait, you can buy the House in the Alley DVD directly from Scream Factory's website.
There’s a new address in sheer terror. On May 27, 2014, SCREAM FACTORY™ invites loyal fans and horror enthusiasts to experience terror more profoundly with supernatural shocker HOUSE IN THE ALLEY on DVD.
Boasting a large cult following overseas and a film festivals favorite, HOUSE IN THE ALLEY is a gripping haunted house thriller that exposes the weaknesses of the human psyche and deftly combines suspense, horror, and emotional dramas. Written and directed by Le-Van Kiet, the film is about a couple who slowly lose their sanity, haunted by the traumatic death of their son and the paranormal disturbances in their house from an unspeakable past. A must-have for horror movie collectors and loyal fans, the HOUSE IN THE ALLEY DVD is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $14.93.
A young couple, settling into their new life in their spacious home, lose their newborn to a miscarriage. After the tragedy, Thao is inconsolable and won’t let her baby’s body leave the house. She soon begins suffering from terrifying visions and slowly loses her sanity. Her husband, Thanh, also begins experiencing strange things around their home, and when his wife turns on him, he must race to uncover the secrets of the house in the alley before they both lose their minds... and their lives.
Chiller TV's Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear is set to premiere on July 11th, and some pretty cool new poster art for it from Iconisus L&Y - Visual Communication Systems hit the Net this weekend, which you can check out right here.
The anthology features five short films that are each set in a different state, thus the title, and which center on five different basic human fears.
Sandy - Fear of Ego Death - Written & directed by Brett Simmons; produced by Brett Simmons, Andrew Ducote, Kellen Moore for Brett Simmons Productions
The Trouble With Dad - Fear of Separation - Directed by Glenn McQuaid; written by McQuaid & Clay McLeod Chapman; produced by Larry Fessenden, Jennifer Wexler for Glass Eye Pix
Tick Warning - Fear of Mutilation - Written & directed by John Poliquin; produced By Dan De Filippo, Dave Marken for Pipeline Entertainment
Ghost Daughter - Fear of Extinction - Written & directed by Zao Wang; produced By Zao Wang, Andrew K. Li for Chilling Coastline, LLC
The Caregiver - Fear of Loss of Autonomy - Written & directed by Graham Reznick; produced By Larry Fessenden, Jennifer Wexler for Glass Eye Pix
Now that a little time has passed and we've come to terms with the Season 2 finale of "Hannibal," we've begun to ponder what's ahead in Season 3. Fortunately, series creator Bryan Fuller chatted with TV Guide following Friday night's episode and provided a few juicy teasers for us all...
The article contains a lot of explanation and expansion of what we saw in Episode 2.13, "Mizumono," so be sure to hit the link at the bottom of the page for the full interview. What we have here are just the highlights of what's upcoming.
Is this truly the end of Will and Hannibal's relationship? Will does see the stag die...
Fuller: The stag always represented the connection between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter. He started seeing the stag after he was first exposed to Hannibal's murder of Cassie Boyle impaled on the stag head in the field. It felt like, at that moment, the relationship that they had has died. Whatever comes next between them will be a fresh new hell. ... In any relationship, when you throw a fit and end a relationship in dramatic fashion, later you might be going, "Oh, I do sort of miss them." [Laughs] The obsession is going to always work both ways between these two gentlemen.
So it's safe to assume that Will survives?
Fuller: We are staying very true to in the incident in the novel with Will and Hannibal and its very basic outcome.
Any clues about the others? Will they make it as well?
Fuller: There's going to be an impact from what's happened here. It's safe to say that not everybody survives. Everyone that's laying there breathing could be breathing their last breaths. It doesn't go well for all of them... Will Alana survive, and will Jack Crawford survive? Will Abigail Hobbs survive? Those are things that are going to be revealed very slowly at the beginning of Season 3... I'm speaking of everybody in that house that was dying. And it doesn't just mean that only one person could be dead.
Hannibal escaped to France with Dr. Du Maurier; has she been in on this the whole time?
Fuller: The answers to exactly why Bedelia Du Maurier is on a plane to France with Hannibal Lecter [are] all part of the first episode of Season 3, which will essentially function as a new pilot for a new series because everything's different... if I had my druthers, [Gillian Anderson would] be a series regular in Season 3.
Is the point of view of next season more squarely about Hannibal?
Fuller: Season 3 is going to be a lot of fun because it's going to be taking a lot of disparate elements from the novel Hannibal Rising and the novel Hannibal and mashing them up together as part of the thrust of the season. It's going to be fun to bastardize two novels into one sort of Frankenstein season. I will brace everybody right now: We're significantly changing the Hannibal origin story from Hannibal Rising...
The books won't necessarily be in sequential order. We'll be hitting elements of each of them except Silence of the Lambs in the next season. My hope is that not only do we have a completely different Hannibal Lecter story in Season 3, but we will meet some of those great characters like Francis Dolarhyde and Lady Murasaki and weave them into the world in a unique way... The basic structure revolving around the FBI will be less prominent in Season 3 — at least for the first half of the season.
All good things must come to end, and so must that very "bad thing" known as "True Blood." Here to remind us that there's no such thing as forever - and that the end is near - are five new Season 7 posters for HBO's waning flagship series.
The seventh and final season of "True Blood" begins Sunday, June 22nd. Look for lots more soon.
Related Story: Visit our "True Blood" archive.
NBC's "Rosemary's Baby" adaptation came and went with little fanfare and extremely weak ratings. We've yet to hear a single comment about it from any of our readers or amongst the DC staff. Having finally watched it myself, I was shocked to find that I kind of loved it...
And I wholeheartedly recommend you seek it out for several reasons, five of which are below. First, however, right off the bat I have to say I'm a big fan of Roman Polanski's 1968 film version of Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby novel, but then again, who isn't? I think we can all agree it's iconic.
So one strike against the miniseries just by virtue of the fact that it has the balls to exist in the same universe as the movie.
Second, I despise - and I do mean despise - the 2002 film Queen of the Damned, which was loosely - and I do mean loosely - based on my favorite of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, with a screenplay credited to Scott Abbott and Michael Petroni. When I saw "Rosemary's Baby" was written by Abbott (albeit along with James Wong, someone whose work I usually enjoy), that was strike two.
While there are a few issues with "Rosemary's" script (a smattering of awkward lines here and there, it takes too long for Rosemary to get pregnant, frustrating behavior on the part of some of the characters), perhaps it was Mr. Petroni rather than Mr. Abbott who botched QOTD so badly because, all in all, the team of Abbott and Wong delivered a mostly satisfactory and surprisingly horror-friendly and sexy (by network TV standards) interpretation. Thank you once again, "The Walking Dead," for busting open the gore door. With the big boys like NBC on the bandwagon, it's never getting shut now!
My mini-review is below; if your curiosity is piqued, you can scroll down to watch it for yourself. You can also check your local cable provider's VOD listings, and you'll find an Amazon link at the bottom of the page.
- Reason #1: Jason Isaacs, Jason Isaacs, Jason Isaacs, Jason Isaacs, Jason Isaacs
No, I'm not suggesting Jason Isaacs is the ONLY reason to watch "Rosemary's Baby," but he's certainly the MAIN reason. If you saw any episodes of NBC's short-lived "Awake," you already know how versatile and magnetic Isaacs is, and he really shines as the manipulative yet ultra charismatic Roman Castevet. My only complaint is that he could have had a bit more screen time, but he's returning to TV this fall in USA Network's six-episode event series “Dig” so at least we have that to look forward to.
- Reason #2: Paris
The lovely City of Light is a character in and of itself in this version of "Rosemary's Baby," and while moving it from New York might seem sacrilegious at first, it really was a smart decision because it simultaneously opens up the story for viewers with visits to the Eiffel Tower, Catacombs, and other familiar sights, while also closing in more around poor Rosemary since she's such a fish out of water, especially in the early going. Kudos to cinematographer Michel Amathieu for his stellar work on those exterior shots plus the tight, claustrophobic interiors so prominent in Part Two when the tension starts ratcheting up.
- Reason #3: Agnieszka Holland
Female directors have become a force to be reckoned with on the small screen, and one of the best in the business right now is Holland, who has earned her stripes on shows like "Treme," "The Wire," and "The Killing." Not to suggest that I have any sort of overall bias and always give directors of my same gender a pass, but I do admit that as a woman, it is nice to see a fellow female at the helm of a film about pregnancy. As for Holland's approach to her actors, while in Part One I was a little put off by Saldana's performance, by the second night I felt Holland had helped her find her groove, and things really took off from there. You already know my thoughts on Isaacs, and the other three leads - Patrick J. Adams, Carole Bouquet, and Christina Cole - were all very good throughout so no complaints there.
- Reason #4: NBC's Embracing of the Horror Genre
Yep, hard as it is to believe, right now NBC is one of the horror crowd's best friends. They obviously were going after the "Fannibals" with this souped-up version of "Rosemary's Baby," and it doesn't disappoint in terms of the gore gags and overall levels of violence and suspense. Think classic Rosemary's Baby meets "Hannibal" meets Final Destination (thanks, no doubt, to James Wong). The setups to the deaths of anyone who even slightly might help Rosemary out are a key component of the miniseries' appeal to us Dread Central types. And really, shouldn't we reward the proud peacock for renewing "Hannibal" and "Grimm," realizing what a mess "Dracula" was and quickly putting it out of its misery, and taking a chance on an adaptation of "Constantine" that is looking damn promising? They're definitely showing up on my DVR a lot more often than they used to!
- Reason #5: It's Ripe for a Sequel
Other than the 1976 TV-movie "Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby" and Levin's own Son of Rosemary's Baby (published in 1997), what transpired following the birth of Rosemary's baby is still open to interpretation. We wouldn't mind seeing a Part Three and Four possibly of what happens next. With all the crappy horror flicks Hollywood is churning out, there are worse ways to pass the time than with Steven Marcato and his creepy coven.
Related Story: Visit our "Rosemary's Baby" Archive
"ROSEMARY'S BABY - PART ONE"
After a personal tragedy leaves Rosemary (Zoe Saldana) and Guy (Patrick J. Adams) Woodhouse anxious for a fresh start, the young married couple depart for Paris, where Guy has landed a job teaching at The Sorbonne. Upon their arrival, a series of unfortunate events occur, and soon Rosemary and Guy are presented with an offer they can’t refuse: an apartment with the most prestigious address in the city. They find comfort in this strange city among their new friends and neighbors, Roman (Jason Isaacs) and Margaux (Carole Bouquet) Castevet, but soon find the apartment comes with a haunted past. This well-to-do, successful older couple take the newcomers under their wings and become very involved with the Woodhouses’ lives. Meanwhile, Rosemary spends some quality time with her dear friend Julie (Christine Cole), learning how to cook at Le Cordon Bleu. Everything seems wonderful as the couple decide to try to conceive a baby.
"ROSEMARY'S BABY - PART TWO"
In this two-hour conclusion, Rosemary’s (Zoe Saldana) health rapidly declines with her pregnancy while Guy’s (Patrick J. Adams) career takes off with the successful completion of his book. At the same time Roman (Jason Isaacs) and Margaux (Carole Bouquet) each take a peculiar and very intimate interest in the young couple. Untimely and gruesome deaths seem prevalent, and we soon learn why. As Rosemary’s due date approaches, the truth about her baby becomes clear, and everyone’s true colors come to light.
Gravitas Ventures is releasing Fox Hill Productions' The Last Light on June 3rd, and while it does involve the familiar trope of strangers locked up together, it adds in a post-apocalyptic twist. Intrigued? Check out the flick's brand new trailer!
Written and directed by Andrew Hyatt (The Frozen), the film stars Ed Quinn, Edward Furlong, Jeff Fahey, Tahyna Tozzi, Molly Hagan, and Yvonne Zima. Produced by Fox Hill's Seth David Mitchell and Samantha Lusk, The Last Light will be available on VOD and iTunes on June 3, 2014.
Seven strangers find themselves trapped in an abandoned building after an unexplained apocalyptic event. Not only are they haunted by memories of what they’ve lost, they are also forced to fight off mysterious creatures that hunt them down one by one.
The official theatrical artwork and trailer have arrived for the highly acclaimed horror drama Nothing Bad Can Happen, directed by German filmmaker Katrin Gebbe. The flick will be getting a June 27th release in Los Angeles and New York with an expanded national rollout to follow, so be sure to check your local listings when the time comes.
Nothing Bad Can Happen stars Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl, and Swantje Kohlhof.
After premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, Nothing Bad Can Happen was met with praise and awards such as:
AFI Fest 2013 (WON – New Auteur Award)
Fantastic Fest 2013 (WON- “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition,” Best Actress)
German Film Critics Association 2014 (WON – Best Feature Film Debut, Best Actor)
Bavarian Film Festival 2014 (WON – Best Young Direction)
Tallinn Black Night Film Festival 2013 (WON – Best Youth Film)
Zurich Film Festival 2013 (Official Selection)
São Paulo International Film Festival 2013 (Official Selection)
Inspired by horrifying true events, Nothing Bad Can Happen follows Tore, a young lost soul involved with an underground Christian punk movement who falls in with a dysfunctional family who test his seemingly unwavering faith.
After a chance encounter helping stranded driver Benno, where Tore manages to start his car with an apparent miracle, he is invited back to Benno's home and becomes friendly with him, his wife, and two children. Before long Tore moves into a tent in the garden and gradually becomes part of the family. However, Benno can’t resist playing a cruel game designed to challenge Tore’s beliefs. As his trials become more and more extreme, Tore finds his capacity for love and resilience pushed to its limits and beyond.
"Witches of East End" is set to return to Lifetime for a second season beginning July 6th, and to help kick off the long Memorial Day weekend, here's an extended promo. Witches have never been hotter - will you be tuning in?
Starring Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Rachel Boston as a family of witches, the series has proven to be Lifetime's youngest-skewing original to date. Season 2 of "Witches of East End" will contain 13 episodes.
"Witches of East End," based on Melissa de la Cruz's popular novel of the same name, comes to Lifetime from Fox 21 and is executive produced by Maggie Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan, Erwin Stoff, and Josh Reims.