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Ragnarok (UK DVD)

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:00

Starring Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin

Directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose

Distributed by Studiocanal

When the culmination of his years of research into the mysterious disappearance of the Oseberg vikings results in little more than a few leads and a mysterious, carved message – “Man Knows Nothing” – archaeologist and single father Sigurd Svendsen (Hagen) finds his funding pulled from under him by his outraged backers.

But he isn’t about to just give up on his life’s mission, and after some personal investigation alongside his friend, Allan, Sigurd manages to uncover what he believes to be a map hidden in the runes of some ancient relics. Along with Allan (Broch) and kids Ragnhild and Brage, Sigurd sets off for the suspected location of the legendary “Eye of Odin”, where he believes the remains of the vikings will be found. Along the way, the group meet up with Allan’s assistant, Elisabeth (Helin), and local guide Leif (Sundquist) before setting off into the glorious Norwegian landscape in search of their treasure.

And as fate would have it, Sigurd isn’t wrong. The Eye of Odin exists, and it is indeed where the Oseberg vikings met their end. Unexpected by everyone (except the audience, it would seem), greed fuels internal struggle; and soon Sigurd, his son, daughter and pals are abandoned in the caverns at the centre of the Eye of Odin… and their presence has drawn the attention of an ancient guardian that is none too pleased with their meddling.

Mikkel Brænne Sandemose’s Ragnarok has drawn many a critical comparison to the work of Steven Spielberg, and in particular Jurassic Park — and such comparisons are more than apt. It’s a thoroughly accomplished film with some excellent cinematography and breathtaking natural environments whose scope and scale offer a real sense of our main characters heading on a grand quest. The setup is very similar to the aforementioned dino-fest, with the main character and his two kids, alongside the fitting love interest and friend, placed in some very difficult-to-escape peril and the hungry chompers of a giant reptilian antagonist.

Sandemose wrings some effective tension through this peril – something certainly helped by the eminently likeable natures of the lead characters and his cast’s performances. There’s a real dynamic between them, and Sigurd’s sense of responsibility and devotion to his children very much rings true. Obviously, things can’t go too far as Ragnarok is, in essence, a family-friendly flick – so while there is indeed a massive monster on the loose, you’re not going to get any gory goods, nor even a Jurassic Park-style chomping for good measure. That’s perhaps indicative of Ragnarok‘s biggest issue – it consistently plays it too safe throughout the final stretch.

The Spielberg influence is there in spades, and the formula hardly ever deviated from, making much of the affair very easy to predict. The body count is low and all kills ostensibly off-screen. The ending, too, takes a rather mushy turn that is robbed of all tension by the film’s consistently harmless approach once the two main tension-building set pieces are over and done with. It’s defiantly uninventive, yet formidably adept at its chosen formula.

And when it’s at full steam, Ragnarok is a thrilling adventure. It looks great, the cast are admirable and the creature effects and design are excellent. Alluded to as the potential influence for the Midgard Serpent (also known as Jormungand) in Norse mythology, the massive beast that inhabits the Eye of Odin is a sight to behold and should make this a more than pleasant diversion for monster movie fans – especially if they’re looking for something that allows them to get their creature feature fix while remaining accessible, suitable and enjoyable for the whole family.

It’s a shame that the film throws pretty much all of the actual mythological and viking stuff out the window once the beast is on the loose – there’s really no threat of the actual Ragnarok of legend kicking off here – but it’s a perfectly solid effort at recreating a (modern) classical Western adventure film on Northern shores. Check it out.

Unfortunately, the only extra that Studiocanal saw fit to include in their release of Ragnarok is a trailer for the film.

Special Features:

  • Trailer


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Get a Sneak Peek of Supernatural Episode 10.12 – About a Boy

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 21:31

We’re now at the halfway point of Season 10 of “Supernatural,” and while the show is showing its age a bit, we’re still hanging in there with Sam and Dean. If you are, too, then check out this sneak peek from next week’s Episode 10.12, “About a Boy,” which proves the theory that once someone says aliens, it’s time to leave!

“Supernatural” Episode 10.12 – “About a Boy” (airs 2/3/15)
DEAN IS TURNED INTO HIS 14-YEAR-OLD SELF Looking to get Dean (Jensen Ackles) out of the bunker, Sam (Jared Padalecki) finds a case for him and Dean to investigate – people are disappearing into thin air with only their clothes left behind. Sam and Dean suspect fairies or angels, but the truth turns out to be much more shocking – Hansel (guest star Mark Acheson), from Hansel and Gretel lore, is kidnapping people and turning them into their younger selves to placate the evil witch (guest star Lesley Nicol).

Unfortunately, Dean finds this information out the hard way after he becomes Hansel’s next victim and reverts to his 14-year-old self (Dylan Everett).  Madeleine Arthur also guest stars. Serge Ladouceur directed this episode written by Adam Glass.

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The Neon Demon Snags Abbey Lee

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 20:30

Some more casting news has come in for Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film, The Neon Demon. Deadline is reporting that Refn’s choice to star with Elle Fanning in the project is Abbey Lee, the Australian supermodel-turned-actress who co-starred in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road for Warner Bros. and Gods of Egypt for Summit/Lionsgate.

Lee’s negotiating to play the role of Sarah, a cool ringleader that other girls want to follow. Envious, emotionally unstable, and a tad delusional, she shows her true maniacal colors in the end.

Refn said of The Neon Demon, “One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.

Refn’s regular collaborators, editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez, will be joined by The Grandmaster director of photography Philippe Le Sourd on the film. Refn’s partner, Lene Borglum, will produce under their Space Rocket banner.

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Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered – AVAILABLE NOW!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:10

A few days ago we told you that a remastering of the classic video game Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy was looking like a certainty. Well, we were right! Gamers, say hello to Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered! Oh, and did we mention that it’s… ummm… available NOW?

Even cooler? It’s only $10 bucks, and if you ask us… that’s money WELL SPENT. The only hitch? It’s available exclusively on iOS, Mac, and Steam, which means console gamers are being left in the cold. At least for now.

A Brief History of Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered
It’s exceedingly rare that video games attempt to upend traditional approaches to the medium. When it debuted in 2005, however, Fahrenheit (aka Indigo Prophecy) did just that and represents developer Quantic Dream’s attempt to open players’ eyes to a new way of experiencing the form. The ambitious title was designed by Quantic Dream founder and CEO David Cage and served as a statement that games could be about character and genuine emotional connections in more powerful ways than the games before it.

Originally released in 2005, Fahrenheit (known as Indigo Prophecy in North America) was a breakthrough in interactive narrative, teetering between the worlds of cinema and gaming while also embracing them, carving its own unique genre in the entertainment landscape. This newly remastered edition features updated graphics and full controller support for all platforms and is based on the uncut and uncensored international version of the game.

With a rich multilayered narrative, innovative presentation, and a chilling musical score by famed Hollywood composer Angelo Badalementi, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered serves as the definitive version of the supernatural murder mystery and (re)introduces the groundbreaking title to old and new fans alike.

Key Features

  • Interactive Drama — An intuitive control scheme and spectacular split-screen presentation complement the game’s mysterious noir narrative.
  • Extensive Replayability — With branching dialog and multiple endings, each playthrough of the game yields a different outcome.
  • Multiple Characters — Take control of the narrative through four different playable characters, each illuminating a different perspective of the story.
  • Fully Voiced Script — Every line from the extensive script is voiced by professional actors in English, French, German, and Spanish. Voice files may require free in-game download.
  • Cinematic Score — Fahrenheit features a fully orchestrated score composed by Angelo Badalamenti, famous for his extensive work with director David Lynch.
  • Uncut version of the game — Unlike the original North American release, Remastered contains all of the game’s original scenes, uncensored and uncut.

Key Upgrades

  • High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop.
  • Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s cinematic qualities while also providing players with a better sense of their surroundings.
  • Elegant Touch Controls — An intuitive control scheme has been implemented that works on both phone and tablets, and brings the player closer to the narrative.
  • Full Controller Support —Support for MFi hardware controllers on iOS, as well as various popular controllers for desktop. See system requirements for full list of supported controllers.
  • Live Graphics Comparison — Players can switch between the updated visuals and the original art assets with the touch of a button.

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See the Producer’s Preview of The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.12 – Prayer for the Dying

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:05

A new sneak peek has arrived for tonight’s Episode 6.12 of “The Vampire Diaries,” entitled “Prayer for the Dying,” in which exec producer Julie Plec explains how there is a consequence for every action. Check it out as you prep for the ep!

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.12 – “Prayer for the Dying” (1/29/15)
THE MERGE When Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) and Luke’s (guest star Chris Brochu) father arrives to town to celebrate their birthday, they try to convince him to let Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) and Kai (guest star Chris Wood) take their place in the merge ceremony. After Tyler (Michael Trevino) finds out that the merge is happening sooner than he expected, he urges Liv to let him talk to her father.

Meanwhile, after Caroline’s (Candice Accola) plan to cure her mother takes an unexpected and devastating turn, Elena (Nina Dobrev), Stefan (Paul Wesley), and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) gather at the hospital, while Jo attempts to save Sheriff Forbes’ (guest star Marguerite MacIntyre) life.

Lastly, with the merge set to take place, Damon’s risky plan quickly sends things spiraling out of control, forcing one of the twins to take matters into their own hands. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Brett Matthews and Rebecca Sonnenshine.

Related Story: Celebrate Bonnie’s Birthday with Some Stills from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.13 – The Day I Tried To Live

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Jurassic World – Meet Indominus Rex

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 18:54

The official Jurassic World website has just pulled the curtain back a bit on what will be its main and deadliest attraction, the Indominus Rex (formerly known as the Diabolus Rex or D-Rex). Bigger. Louder. More teeth. Who could resist?

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer star in the film, which will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures.

Related Story: Jurassic World Viral Site Bids You Welcome

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg and Thomas Tull executive produce, and 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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Variant Cover of Legenderry: Vampirella Issue #1 Exclusive to this Month’s Box of Dread!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 18:30

As we told you a few days back, the February Box of Dread has a Vampirella theme, and today we’re very excited to announce that each and every box sent out this month will come equipped with a very special edition of Legenderry: Vampirella‘s first issue, which is exclusive to subscribers. Read on!

Yes, we have partnered with Dynamite Entertainment to create something very special for horror and comics fans everywhere. The very first issue of Legenderry: Vampirella will be included in Dread Central’s February 2015 Box of Dread with exclusive cover art drawn by artist Roberto Castro that will only be available for Box of Dread subscribers.

This collaboration is destined to be an exclusive collectible that both comic book collectors and horror fans will seek out for many years to come if they are not subscribed to Box of Dread.

It’s an honor to have Dynamite Entertainment on board with our Box of Dread initiative,” said Steve Barton, Dread Central’s editor-in-chief, “and we couldn’t think of a finer way to kick off Women in Horror Month than this!”

Subscribing to Box of Dread is simple: Just head on over to the Box of Dread website and sign up!

Vampirella kicks off our “Women In Horror” initiative at Box of Dread, where we want to bring much more well-deserved attention to the amazing contributions of women within the horror genre. This is only the beginning!

Box of Dread is Dread Central’s horror subscription box service where every month, our subscribers get a box filed with horror toys, collectibles and other horror goodies, some of which are one of a kind or signed by your favorite horror stars! That’s right; for around the cost of a t-shirt each month or a video game every quarter, you get all these and more.

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Man-Eating Sharks Attack Under the Deep

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 17:56

Save for a few notable exceptions, sharks have mostly been the subject of Syfy-style fare in recent years, which is a total bummer. Once genuinely terrifying movie monsters, they’ve become laughable computer-generated jokes, though Under the Deep hopes to change that.

We tip our hats to Bloody Disgusting for the news that Odin’s Eye Entertainment is selling the shark attack flick at this year’s European Film Market, the film directed by Gerald Rascionato. Check out the first still below along with the plot crunch!

Written by Rascionato and Stephen Lister, the film stars Megan Peta Hill, Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff, and Pete Valley.

Synopsis:
Three American college students head Down Under to capture great white sharks on film. But when a freak wave capsizes their boat mid cage dive, they are left fighting for and against each other in the world’s most dangerous shark-infested waters.

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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Directing Dead West for The Asylum

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 17:56

Well now. There’s a headline I wouldn’t have expected to ever write. The Asylum has long made a career of giving forgotten actors something new to do, and now they’ve claimed themselves another pop artist to go along with Tiffany and Debbie Gibson.

In an interview with Noisey, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter dropped the following on fans…

“Actor, director, writer. I’m getting ready to do a deal with a movie company called Asylum, so I’m getting ready to do cool stuff on my own. It’s called Dead West. [laughs.] It’s a zombie horror western movie. It’s a hybrid movie. I created the story, co-wrote the story with a writer, and just did our meeting last week with Asylum. They’re the same people that did Sharknado, so it’s definitely a B-movie, but with this movie it’s something I wrote from my creative brain. Now they’re coming in, and we’re going to partner together, and we’re going to shoot the movie in March. I’m acting in it and possibly bringing in some friends of mine. It’s pretty insane, I’ll tell you, and we’re really, really excited. I’m passionate about this, and I enjoy being artistic in a sort of quirky way that’s unusual. That’s why I’m putting together the cast; there’s some names floating around like Joey Fatone from N*SYNC or an old buddy of mine Shaquille O’Neal. Just an out of the box thing.”

Stay tuned.

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Ejecta Scores a New Trailer

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 17:38

We told you a few weeks ago that Ejecta (review) had been scooped up by IFC Midnight, and now they’ve released a new trailer. Look for the flick slated for VOD on February 27, 2015.

The flick stars Julian Richings (Cube), Lisa Houle (Pontypool), and Adam Seybold (Exit Humanity).

Synopsis:
The film tells the terrifying story of two men whose lives cross paths on a fateful night during a once in a lifetime solar storm. An unknown presence besieges the men on a remote farm, triggering an intense struggle to survive not only the night but also the horrific interrogations and tortures of an anonymous organization who will stop at nothing to learn the truth about what the two men witnessed.

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The Babadook Strikes Gold at Australian Academy Awards

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:03

Here in the states, it’s quite rare for horror films to get any love at the Academy Awards, and only a small handful over the years have been honored at the ceremony. But things are a bit different in Australia, where hometown favorite The Babadook (review) has just scared up some gold!

THR reports that Jennifer Kent’s debut feature has tied with Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner for best film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, Australia’s pre-eminent film and TV awards, announced in Sydney on Thursday.

Kent also took home the AACTA Awards for best direction and best original screenplay for The Babadook, one year after her low budget thriller film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Congratulations, The Babadook. Your Oscar gold is well deserved!

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

Synopsis:
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her “out of control” 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about.

His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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First Look at Alexandre Aja’s The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:52

French filmmaker Alexandre Aja has given us some real gems over the years, ranging from High Tension to last year’s Horns. Up next, he heads into supernatural territory with The 9th Life of Louis Drax, and we’ve got the first look for you today.

Courtesy of Empire comes an exclusive still from the thriller, showing star Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) as the title character’s neurologist, Dr. Allan Pascal. Check it out below and expect more soon!

Aja’s latest also stars Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey and Aiden Longworth.

The feature screenplay, based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel of the same title, was written by Max Minghella.

Synopsis:
The 9th Life of Louis Drax begins on Louis Drax’s 9th birthday, when he miraculously survives a near fatal fall. His doctor, Allan Pascal (Dornan), finds himself tangled between his professional responsibility and his growing affections for the boy’s mother (Gadon), a fragile young beauty. When Louis’ father (Paul) comes under suspicion, Pascal realizes other mysterious forces may be at work.

With echoes of The Sixth Sense and Gone Girl, The 9th Life of Louis Drax is a supernatural thriller filled with unexpected twists and turns.

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What We Do in the Shadows is Quote Critics!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:45

That’s right! Deep in the shadows we huddle together and quote various critics until we find something we can come up with that can make it to the posters of upcoming films! Case in point…

What We Do in the Shadows Release Details:
Unison Films, in association with Funny or Die and Paladin, will release “Flight of the Conchords” creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award-winning WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS in New York and Los Angeles on February 13, followed by an expansion into major markets, including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., on February 20, with a continued national rollout throughout February and early March.

Unison Films will be heading up the theatrical release along with Paladin, and Funny or Die will leverage its social media and marketing reach leading up to the film’s release. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, produced by Unison Films and Defender Films, along with producers Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley, and Emanuel Michael, follows the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. The highly acclaimed comedy sensation premiered at Sundance earlier this year and has since gone on to play Berlin, SXSW, TIFF, and AFI, winning every audience award for which it has been eligible.

Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends ranging in age from 183 to 8,000 years old squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in fashion and technology, antagonize the local werewolves, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet. The film also stars FOTC’s Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie Van Beek.

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Terminator Genisys – Big Game Spot and New Poster!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:38

Gearing up for the big game, if only to see the commercials? Looking forward to another look at Terminator Genisys? Well, you don’t have to wait because we’ve gone forward in time to bring you back Sunday’s Super Bowl trailer for the film now. See how that worked? Clever, eh?

In Terminator Genisys Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the T-800, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Conner, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Conner, and Matt Smith as John Conner’s ally. Byung-hun Lee, Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi, and J.K. Simmons also star. Alan Taylor directs.

Look for the film in theatres July 1, 2015, via Paramount.

To stay up-to-date on all things Cyberdine related, visit the official Terminator Genisys Facebook page, follow Terminator Genisys on Twitter and dig Terminator Genisys on Instagram.

Synopsis:
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

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First Details on Supernatural Psychological Thriller Good Family Times

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:37

Blanc/Biehn Productions is at it again with a new feature on the way: supernatural psychological thriller Good Family Times, which is being directed by our own Staci Layne Wilson. Read on for the early details!

From the Press Release:
Blanc/Biehn Productions will go into production on the supernatural psychological thriller feature Good Family Times on February 28, 2015, in Topanga Canyon, CA.

Good Family Times is based on a story by producer Lony Ruhmann (Psychophonia). It is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and cinema pundit Staci Layne Wilson (Fetish Factory, The Night Plays Tricks). Good Family Times is produced by Blanc/Biehn Productions (Hidden in the Woods), created by famed husband and wife filmmaking team Michael Biehn (Terminator) and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Crow). It is also produced by Danny Bellens, Tony DeBenedetto (Treachery, Psychophonia, Jacob), Cynthia Paredes, Garrett Longley, and Jenimay Walker (Psychophonia, The Lincoln). The film is also being sponsored by Kathy Fielder Designs.

The cast features Arielle Brachfeld (pictured below; Watch Me Die), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Everly, The Victim, Hidden in the Woods), Douglas Tait (Star Trek, The Fiancé), Elissa Dowling (We Are Still Here), The Richard, aka Richard Cardinal (Fetish Factory, Psychophonia), Sean Keller (The Cartridge Family), Aaron Kai (Day for Night), and Nikita Black (Fembot, Psychophonia, The Lincoln).

The main character of Beatrice is played by sexy scream queen Brachfeld, who is known for her work in genre films such as The Haunting of Whaley House, Return of the Ghostbusters, and LOVE: As You Like It. Arielle is actively involved in several charity organizations including The Horror Starlets, a group that fundraises to fight breast cancer, and The Young Storytellers Foundation, which encourages literacy through the arts.

Cinematographer Steve Romano, whose credits include Blanc/Biehn Productions’ She Rises, The Night Visitor, and Altered Perception, has also shot music videos for Beyonce (“Rocket”), Vassy (“Beautiful”), and many more. The original score is by Randy Chance, a former member of rock supergroup The Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic?”), with additional songs by up-and-coming Japanese heavy metal band MergingMoon (“Greyen”).

Synopsis:
Meet Beatrice. She’s happily married, has a darling young son, and is a talented artist. Her home is a happy one. Beatrice dotes on her family, and they love her back. Too bad her husband and child are not exactly alive. When Beatrice comes into some money, another family – one that’s not quite so happy – decides it’s more deserving of the dough and sets out to rob her by breaking into her home under the cover of night. In the course of that one evil evening, both families soon learn the true meaning of “blood relations.”

 

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Slamdance 2015: Shout! Factory Nabs Bloodsucking Bastards

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:26

The new, and very good, vampire comedy Bloodsucking Bastards (review) has an official home, and it couldn’t possibly be a better one! Read on for the skinny, and don’t forget to wipe your mouth when feasting.

From the Press Release:
Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founder Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos and the producers of the film.

In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive North American rights to BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS, including theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution, and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.

“Dr. God has made a gem of a horror comedy that fans will be quoting for years to come. It has the broad appeal of a mainstream hit, but the twisted sensibility of a cult favorite. It’s right at home here, and we plan to take good care of it across all distribution channels,” states Jordan Fields, Associate Vice President of Acquisitions.

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS stars Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) as an overworked office worker whose telemarketing company is slowly taken over by vampires led by his longtime nemesis (Pedro Pascal of “Game of Thrones”). Described as “Office Space” meets Shaun of the Dead, BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS also stars Emma Fitzpatrick (The Collection), Joey Kern (Cabin Fever), Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice), and Joel Murray (“Mad Men”) as well as Dr. God members Justin Ware, Neil Garguilo, David Park, and Sean Cowhig.

The film made its World Premiere as the opening night feature for the Slamdance Film Festival on January 23rd, where it received rave reviews, and followed its debut with a well-attended Slamdance opening night party presented by Social House and the video game ZOMBEER with the cast and crew in attendance. “We are very grateful to Slamdance for picking our movie to kick-start this year’s festival, and we couldn’t be more excited about teaming up with Shout! Factory,” producer Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress Features said. “Shout! represents some of the most respected titles in the genre world, and we have no doubt they will do a killer job releasing BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS to the masses.”

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS was developed by Fortress Features and Maybe This Year (MTY) Productions in partnership with Dr. God and director O’Connell. The film was written by Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, financed by Fortress and MTY, and produced by Fortress’ Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti (The Collector and The Collection), MTY’s Brandon Evans and Colleen Hard, and Dr. God’s Justin Ware. “We had an incredible time making this movie, and we can’t wait for Shout! Factory to unleash it on audiences everywhere,” Ware said. “They know the genre inside and out, they completely get the film, and they’re as excited as we are. We couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

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The Beyond’s Coast-to-Coast Trek Rolls On

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:00

To celebrate the upcoming release of Lucio Fulci’s legendary film The Beyond on Blu-ray on February 10th, Grindhouse Releasing has returned the movie to the big screen and is touring the country with it.

We’ve got all the current tour dates listed below with more to come. For those of you interested in getting your hands on the Blu-ray, you can get all the specs and pre-order The Beyond from Amazon.

Prepare yourselves; The Beyond is coming!

From the Press Release
Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond back to select theaters to celebrate the film’s upcoming U.S. Blu-ray debut. Don’t miss this chance to see Fulci’s masterpiece of supernatural horror on the big screen in glorious 35mm!

The current tour dates are below, and we’ll be adding more cities in the coming weeks. The Beyond arrives on Blu-ray from Grindhouse Releasing February 10, 2015.

The Beyond Tour
2/9/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, Yonkers, NY
2/20/2015 – Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
2/21/2015 – Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
2/21/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston, TX
2/27/2015 – Landmark Nuart, Los Angeles, CA
3/18/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock, Lubbock, TX
3/20/2015 – Northwest Nightmares, Vancouver, BC
3/24/2015 – Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR
3/27/2015 – Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL


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Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard – New Clips!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:30

A pair of new clips from Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard starring Billy Zane, Mischa Barton, Felissa Rose, and Dee Wallace are here for you to ogle. Check them out!

Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Release Details:
The rural town of Elwood has always been a “bubble” against the backdrop of an organism-based epidemic where infected humans don’t die; instead they roam to spread the infection in a grisly, horrific way. Those who escape must survive—by any means necessary. But at what price?

On February 3, 2015, Anchor Bay Entertainment presents Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, an exciting survival thriller about a fallen world that’s as provocative as it is chilling. Written and directed by B. Harrison Smith and with a stellar genre cast including Billy Zane (Electrick Children, Titanic, Dead Calm), Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.,” Walled In), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Satan’s Playground), and Brian Anthony Wilson (Law Abiding Citizen, Limitless), Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard is presented in an unrated version on Blu-ray™ and DVD with an SRP of $26.99 for Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for DVD.

In the film the “Zombie Killers” are a small band of young adults, trained by military vet Seiler (Zane), who have sworn to protect the town and aim for the head if anything threatens Elwood’s last survivors.

Bonus features on Zombie Killer: Elephant’s Graveyard Blu-ray™ and DVD include the behind-the-scenes featurettes “Bloodbath and Beyond,” “The Look of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard,” and “Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Behind the Scenes.”

For more info visit the official Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard website, “like” Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard on Facebook, and follow Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard on Twitter.

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Tales of Halloween Interview Spotlight: Pat Healy

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:00

Horror hits like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death have proven that the anthology film format has been revived, and so a new omnibus is afoot for 2015 – assembling the likes of Neil Marshall (The Descent), Darren Bousman (The Devil’s Carnival), and Lucky McKee (The Call) behind their collective cameras.

Epic Pictures Group financed and produced Tales of Halloween, which brings together ten segments from different directors into one unified series of stories, all set in an Anytown, USA, suburb terrorized by ghouls, ghosts, and slashers on one, er, epic Halloween night.

We had a chance to chat with one of the actors, Pat Healy (The Innkeepers), on the set of Neil Marshall’s segment, which shot in Eagle Rock, CA, one nippy November night.

Dread Central: So, how do you know Neil?

Pat Healy: I don’t. I mean, I’m familiar with his work, but he called me because he was a fan of mine and asked me to be in his short here so I said yes right away. He’s a really lovely guy.

DC: Is this your first night of work?

PH: No, I worked last night, but working at night has its own special, strange, creepy kind of vibe.

DC: It does! Doesn’t it just lend itself to the horror?

PH: Yeah, especially in this dark neighborhood. It feels very much like Halloween around here. People creeping around in the shadows.

DC: Are you a fan of the holiday Halloween, and do you get dressed up for it?

PH: I dress up and put on make-up so much for a living that when it comes around to Halloween, it’s like, “Oh, I don’t want to do it anymore.” I have nieces and nephews who are young and I take them trick or treating and so I always enjoyed it as a kid so getting to experience it again as an adult again like a kid, you know, through their eyes. As an adult I tend to stay in on New Year’s Eve and things like that, trying to stay out of trouble.

DC: But you’re not staying out of trouble in this film!

PH: No, I’m walking right into the eye of the storm.

DC: Tell me a little bit about it; is it a forensics character you play..?

PH: Yeah, so Kristina [Klebe] plays the cop. She’s a really tough cop and I guess, you know, it’s a little bit of a role reversal. She’s a tough cop and I’m a bit more of the ingenue – the forensics guy who discovers that the killer is actually a giant pumpkin and has a crush on her.

DC: I heard that, yes, and how does he discern that it’s a pumpkin of all things?

PH: Ron measures the bite marks on the body that bit this guy’s head off and I run the data through a computer and make a 3D model and it comes out like a big giant smiling jack o’lantern and that gave her the impetus to start looking for it. And then I come and aid her in the field mostly because I have a crush on her.

DC: Kristina was so great in Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween and more recently in Proxy. Are you a fan of those rather gruesome slasher films?

PH: Yeah, I enjoy a lot of different horror movies. I’m sort of enjoying the rebirth of the anthology horror movie like V/H/S and ABCs of Death because I grew up in the era with Creepshow and Cat’s Eye and Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Dark Side and all that stuff so it holds that type of special nostalgic place in my heart because I was, I’d say, 10 to 13 when all that stuff was happening so it played on my mind in a certain way that brings back memories; both good and sinister, weird and creepy. Very deep in your subconscious.

DC: Yeah, so as an actor, what are some of the factors that go into your decision to play a role such as this? I know you like Neil Marshall, but is it the script, the role itself, or is it the people you’ll be working with?

PH: Well, I like Neil and I like Kristina and I thought the script was fun; it’s not a lot of heavy lifting, you know… an acting teacher that I have says, “Make sure you know how deep the pool is before you dive in; you might hurt yourself.” This is not, you know… we’re not doing anything incredibly deep. I don’t think anybody would argue with that so, in that respect, it’s just really fun and playing around and again, like Halloween, dressing up in costume and playing a character; there’s a lot of fun, there’s a lot of smiling… we were working last night, and it’s silly. You can sort of exercise all of the tools of the profession, but at the same time I’ve gone to a lot of dark places, especially in the last few years, so it’s nice to do something where it’s just fun.

DC: Kristina said she hadn’t read the other scripts; was that something that you were offered… to look at the scripts to kind of see if you fit into the context of this world?

PH: I suppose I could have, [but] I didn’t read the other scripts and I didn’t ask so… I know that there are references to those other sequences in our script, but I don’t know specifically what they are. It makes it kind of exciting because when I see them, I’ll see how I fit into the grand scheme of things.

Tales of Halloween will showcase the following ten short stories:

  • “TRICK” Directed by Adam Gierasch
  • “BAD SEED” Directed by Neil Marshall
  • “GRIMM GRINNING GHOST” Directed by Axelle Carolyn
  • “THE WEAK AND THE WICKED” Directed by Paul Solet
  • “FRIDAY THE 31st” Directed by Mike Mendez
  • “THE RANSOM OF RUSTY REX” Directed by Ryan Schifrin
  • “THIS MEANS WAR” Directed by Andrew Kasch and John Skipp
  • “THE NIGHT BILLY RAISED HELL” Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
  • “SWEET TOOTH” Directed by Dave Parker
  • “DING DONG” Directed by Lucky McKee

The film has an ensemble cast including Pat Healy, Barry Bostwick, Noah Segan, Booboo Stewart, Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Dana Gould, James Duval, Elissa Dowling, Grace Phipps, Pollyana McIntosh, Marc Senter, Tiffany Shepis, John F. Beach, Trent Haaga, Casey Ruggieri, Kristina Klebe, Cerina Vincent, John Savage, Keir Gilchrist, Nick Principe, Amanda Moyer, Jennifer Wenger, Sam Witwer, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ben Woolf, Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler, Cameron Easton, Austin Falk, Madison Iseman, Daniel Dimaggio, Natalie Castillo, Ben Stillwell, and Hunter Smit.

Cameos include Joe Dante, John Landis, Adam Green, Adam Pascal, Adrianne Curry, Mick Garris, Lombardo Boyer, Graham Skipper, Stuart Gordon, Greg Mclean, Spooky Dan Walker, and Adrienne Barbeau.

Axelle Carolyn created the concept and brought the filmmakers together for this unique production. Tales of Halloween is being produced by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group along with Mike Mendez and Axelle Carolyn. Composers Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves) and Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring) are both attached to the project.

Synopsis:
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens, and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

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Project Almanac – Exclusive Interviews with Actor Jonny Weston and Director Dean Israelite

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:30

In Project Almanac (review) (which sounds more like a tedious covert military operation than a teeny-bopper thrill flick), a group of high school hotties discover the long-long blueprints to a time machine and construct it. Of course things go terribly, terribly wrong.

Project Almanac is director Dean Israelite’s first feature – and it’s a big one with Platinum Dunes! We wondered how this heretofore Joe Schmoe got such a great opportunity to do a movie under Michael Bay, after having done only a handful of shorts and TV work. So we asked him. He said, “To win the job and convince both the producers and the studio that I had a vision for what Project Almanac could be, I put together a very robust presentation that included a 90-second teaser trailer for the film. I shot it with a bunch of friends over a day in and around my apartment, cut it with my roommate, who is an editor, and did some visual effects with another friend who is a great artist to create the piece. This piece was really successful in capturing the energy and the tone of what I thought the movie should be and got the producers and the studio really excited about my vision for the film.

Dean Israelite

Jonny Weston really carries Project Almanac (though he is well supported by a crew of likable fellow time travelers), so we asked Israelite if he had a lot to do with the actual development and hires. He did, he said. “I was very involved in the development of the script once we sold the movie to the studio. The screenplay changed immensely in development, but what was important was that the themes of the coming-of-age story always remained intact. The constant central idea of this character’s journey helped keep our focus throughout the process. We always knew what the story was trying to say. I can’t even remember all the versions of the plot that we broke, but what the movie was about thematically never changed. What was important to me was that we grounded every aspect of the script – the high school characters needed to feel relevant and contemporary; the time travel had to be dangerous and full of obstacles,” Israelite stressed.

I wanted to see the characters make mistakes all along the way, to make the time travel feel as unpredictable as possible, all in an attempt to render such a fantastical concept in as credible a way as possible. In terms of the casting, I was involved from the start with our brilliant casting director, Denise Chamian. It was a long and arduous process to find the right cast because the chemistry and love between these kids is what carries the entire film,” said Israelite. “They need to feel real and relatable, but somehow be movie stars too, because the whole film is on their shoulders. They also needed to be funny and be able to improvise, which is something I encouraged in rehearsal and, to a degree, on set.

Weston had already done sort of a time travelish movie, John Dies at the End. So we asked him, “Did that make you more inclined to do Project Almanac… or less so?” The actor laughed and replied, “I think they’re so different, it never crossed my mind. I mean, I was a gangster zombie in John Dies at the End!” [Not exactly the same character…]

Jonny Weston

Weston plays David in the movie, a character who makes some pretty outrageous decisions in the pursuit of love. Since we have no personal lives of our own, we were curious about the actor’s own affaires d’amour and popped the question. He revealed that the most romantic thing he’s ever done was to “take my new girlfriend of a week to a cabin in the mountains of Hawaii. We stared up at the glass ceiling while it poured rain.”

Prior to filming Project Almanac, Israelite shared several touchstones with his cast and crew. “The movies were all films that captured the mood and energy of teenage fun, recklessness, and growth – Risky Business, Ferris Bueller, The Goonies – but also films that have great soul while being unflinchingly entertaining like The Apartment. The cinematographer shared Elephant with me; that is obviously a wildly different film but plays with time and reality in an amazing way.” In the movie the characters talk about Looper, Timecop, etc., which was no stretch for Westin. He’d already seen “all of them. I geek out!

An obvious question to ask was whether the director and actor actually believe time travel is possible. So, we asked it! “Oh man. Someone asked Spielberg after he made ET and Close Encounters if he believed in aliens,” sighed Israelite. “He said no. I couldn’t believe it. How could one put so much care, time, and effort into something that they believed was pure fantasy? Well, now I get it. To me, it’s not important whether time travel is real or not; it’s just important that we explore the magic of what it could be like if it [is], to let our imaginations take us to weird, wonderful, and playful places with it. I don’t believe in aliens and I don’t believe in time travel, but I love to imagine both.

Westin concurred. “I’d say it is possible, but I hope it’s never perfected for the sake of the world.

Lastly, we wanted to know if each could send the other back in time, when it would be. “Dean? I think he’d be a great mind of the Renaissance,” said Weston. For Westin, Israelite chose the swinging 60s. “Jonny loves The Doors, so I would send him back to their first concert and somehow align it so that he could meet Jim Morrison and join the band. Who knows what would happen to the music, or the world for that matter, but Jonny would have the time of his life.

The Dean Israelite-directed film was written by Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman. It stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, and Ginny Gardner.

Look for Project Almanac in theatres on January 30, 2015.

If you could redo something in your past, what would it be? Share your story at ProjectAlmanac.com/Redo, and your redo could be seen on theater screens and billboards across the US. To change the past, would you risk your future? Choose wisely!

For more info visit the official Project Almanac website.

Synopsis:
A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.

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