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New Godzilla Poster Demands to Know

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:25

Over the last two decades the leaders of our world have been lying to us non-stop. Spying, covering things up, you name it! Apparently the same is true in the world of Godzilla as this snazzy new one-sheet demands that we know the truth!

In theaters May 16, 2014, an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira), Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

Visit the official Godzilla website here.




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Get Another Quick Sneak Peek of The Following Episode 2.11 - Freedom

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:17

We have just a few more hours to wait for tonight's Episode 2.11 of "The Following," entitled "Freedom," and to help fill the time, Fox has released a new sneak peek, in which a deadly massacre, thought to be sparked by Joe Carroll, leads Ryan and Mike into very dangerous territory.

"The Following" Episode 2.11 - "Freedom" (3/31/14, 9-10PM; repeats 4/5/14, 9-10PM)
A deadly massacre, thought to be sparked by Joe Carroll, leads Ryan and Mike into very dangerous territory. But as more details are revealed, they realize another leader might be on the rise.

Meanwhile, Joe continues to train the Korban cult and confirms his new plans with Emma and those who doubt him.

Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Valorie Curry as Emma Hill; Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray; Sam Underwood as Luke; Jessica Stroup as Max Hardy; Tiffany Boone as Mandy Lang

Guest Cast: Shane McRae as Robert; Sprague Grayden as Carrie Cooke; John Lafayette as Captain Turner; Felix Solis as Agent Clarke; Tom Patrick Stephens as Decklan; Florence Faivre as Serena; Natalie Zea as Claire Matthews

Related Story: A Trio of Clips Come Knocking from "The Following" Episode 2.11 - "Freedom"

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Get Your First Look at In the Flesh Season 2; BBC America Premiere Date Announced

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:36

We knew BBC America would be airing Season 2 of "In the Flesh" sometime this year, and now the official premiere date has arrived along with a "first look" teaser video and a few more details of what's coming.

The expanded six-episode new season of "In the Flesh" will debut on Saturday, May 10th, at 10/9c immediately following a new episode of "Orphan Black," only on BBC America.

Synopsis:
"In the Flesh" creator Dominic Mitchell reignites the world of teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), a PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferer who continues in his struggle to find acceptance. The six-parter is a BBC AMERICA co-production with BBC Drama Production North.

In the cauldron of Roarton, where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace, Kieren is desperately keeping his head down and squirreling money into his ‘escape fund’ for Paris. But in the wider world, fear is in the air. The radical Pro-Living Party, Victus, is gaining government seats with a resulting spate of PDS terrorism linked to the Undead Liberation Army (ULA).

With the arrival of new and explosive characters from both Victus and the ULA, Kieren’s plans are thrown into disarray as both set their sights on him. He’ll find himself caught in the emotional crossfire, making his desire for a quiet life an unrealistic option.

Luke Newberry (The Legend of Hercules) reprises his role as Kieren Walker and leads the cast together with Emily Bevan ("The Thick of It") as Amy Driver, Harriet Cains ("Doctors") as Jem Walker, Stephen Thompson ("Doctors") as Philip Wilson, Kenneth Cranham (Maleficent) as Vicar Oddie, Kevin Sutton ("Shameless") as Gary, Steve Cooper as Steve Walker, Marie Critchley as Sue Walker, Sandra Hugget as Shirley Wilson, Gerard Thompson as Dean, and Gillian Waugh as Pearl Pinder.

They are joined by new cast members Wunmi Mosaku ("Dancing on the Edge," I Am Slave), playing local MP Maxine Martin, and Emmett J. Scanlan ("The Fall," "Hollyoaks"), who plays charismatic disciple of the Undead Prophet, Simon.

For more info visit "In the Flesh" on BBCAmerica.com, "like" "In the Flesh" BBC on Facebook, and follow "In the Flesh" TV on Twitter.

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This Week's Criminal Minds to Feature Horror Icons Tobin Bell, Adrienne Barbeau and Bill Oberst, Jr.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:17

Even though "The Walking Dead" has wrapped up another season, there's still a whole lot for horror fans to watch on TV this week, including new episodes of "Bates Motel" and "Hannibal."

If that's not enough for ya, then you may be interested in Wednesday night's episode of "Criminal Minds," which is jam-packed with familiar faces. Read on for details!

From the Press Release
Horror stalwarts Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Creepshow), Tobin Bell (Saw series, Dark House), and Bill Oberst, Jr. (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Take This Lollipop), are guest starring in an episode of “Criminal Minds,” entitled “Blood Relations.” This episode premieres Wednesday, April 2nd, at 9pm on the CBS Television Network. Series star Matthew Gray Gubler directed the episode, which was written by “Criminal Minds” producer Breen Frazier.

The official episode synopsis from CBS reads: "When two murder victims are found in a backwoods community in West Virginia, the BAU uncovers a long-simmering feud between two families, and they must investigate which side could be responsible for the deaths."

Details are sparse about the roles Barbeau, Bell and Oberst will play. Director Matthew Gray Gubler tweeted this while directing the episode: "The ‘Criminal Minds’ I'm currently directing will HAUNT YOU FOREVER! Do not watch it alone."

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Something Evil Is Conjured Up in this Clip from The Quiet Ones; New TV Spot

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:10

April is set to be a big month for theatrical horror with the release of both Oculus and Hammer's The Quiet Ones. As we await the double dose of paranormal terror, today we've got a brand spankin' new clip of the latter for ya, which sees Olivia Cooke conjuring up something otherworldly.

The Quiet Ones is written and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and stars Jared Harris ("Mad Men," The Ward), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards ("Breaking In," "Being Human"), Olivia Cooke ("The Secret of Crickley Hall," "The Fuse"), and West End theatre actor Rory Fleck-Byrne.

It's produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC).

Look for The Quiet Ones in UK theatres on April 10 and US theatres on April 25, 2014, from Lionsgate.

Synopsis:
The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

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New Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Poster Takes Care of Its Own

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:53

On tap for you today is a brand new poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which perfectly sums up the title characters; they may be cute, but that doesn't mean they're not terrifying when they're really, really pissed off. Dig it!

Look for the film in theatres on July 11th, 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo.

Synopsis
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

For more visit the official Dawn of the Planet of the Apes website, "like" Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Facebook, and follow Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Twitter (#DawnOfApes).




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New Salem Image Turns a Blind Eye; New Countdown Video and More!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:47

Looking forward to WGN's new series "Salem?" We are because if the ad campaign is any indication of how the series will be, we're in for quite a witchy little treat! Check out some new goodies to help you pass the time until the show's premiere.

“Salem,” which will premiere on Sunday, April 20, 2014, on WGN America, enters the world of the most notorious witch trials in history, a period steeped in fear, suspicion, and hysteria.

On an expansive set in Shreveport, Louisiana, built to reflect volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them. In “Salem” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

Related Story: New Photos from WGN America's "Salem"

Created, executive produced, and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga (“24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise”) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”), Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”), Seth Gabel (“Fringe”), Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”), Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “Being Human”), Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre), and Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer).










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More Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Golden Eye Candy

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:36

Almost a dozen stills were released today for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, some old... most new. Doesn't matter; they're all downright pretty. Check 'em out, and then spend the rest of the day drinking scotch and talking like a gangster from the Thirties.

Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.

Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!

The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22nd, 2014.

Synopsis
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.

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It Waits for a Trailer No More!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:30

Back in January we told you about the new film from director Robert J. Massetti, It Waits, and today we finally have a trailer for you cats. Was it worth the wait? Knowing Robert, it definitely will be so check it out!

Fear Film and the award-winning filmmakers that brought you Creepy Crawly are teaming up again, this time with the supernatural thriller It Waits.

Written and directed by Robert J. Massetti, It Waits tells the story of two roommates who encounter a mischievous demon. “The film will be a fun and scary ride,” said Massetti. “I’m so lucky to be able to work with an incredibly talented team again.”

The film reunites Massetti with Beware writer/director Jason Daly, who took on producing duties for the film.

Be sure to catch It Waits later this year making the rounds on the festival circuit.

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Exclusive Clip and Artwork Premiere: PMS Cop

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:30

The last RoboCop movie seriously needed some oil, WolfCop is looking pretty deadly, but believe us when we tell you... PMS Cop could be the most lethal of them all! Read on for an exclusive clip and artwork!

PMS Cop premieres exclusively on Full Moon Streaming this Friday, April 4th!

Directed by Bryon Blakey, the film stars Cindy Means, Heather Hall, Mickey Stone, Elaine Jenkins, and Megan Dehart and features Daniel Skinner as the Clown Rapist.

Soak up more information on the PMS Cop website, and then head over to the PMS CopFacebook page!

Synopsis
PMS COP follows the story of police officer Mary Collins, who is informed by her commanding officer that she needs counseling, after being caught on camera brutally beating a clown rapist. Her therapist quickly concludes that she suffers from extreme PMS and enrolls her in a drug trial for the new menstrual wonder drug Corybantic. Mary responds positively until a devastating incident throws her into a monstrous drug-induced killing frenzy. Soon everyone who comes into contact with the PMS cop realizes it IS her time of the month.

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Issue #1 of Reaper Comics' New Release Video Nasty Now Available

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:15

Reaper Comics has launched a new six-issue comic in the UK entitled Video Nasty, and we have a look at it for you here. It's by Mario Covone, hailed as "an exciting new voice in comics with a cool new spin on a provocative subject" by director Jake West (Doghouse).

The comic explores the real world politics behind government censorship and media manipulation in 1980's Britain while still maintaining the core of being a fictional horror story.

Covone, writer of the award-nominated web strip Circles, makes his published debut with Video Nasty. Mario is the former managing director of Apocalypse Comics and was an integral part of some innovative work with conventions and bringing more comic book variant covers to the UK than any comic shop before or since.

The artist, Vasilis Logios, makes his debut to comics outside of mainland Europe, but he has worked tirelessly for years in his native Greece on many comic book and graphic design works. He is also a member of the Greek hip hop group Tri.p.a under the Imiz Biz label.

All six covers for the series are painted by horror industry legend Graham Humphreys. Graham is responsible for some of the most iconic images in horror, including the movie posters for Evil Dead 1&2, the first five Nightmare on Elm Street films, Return of the Living Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn, and many more.

CLICK HERE to download a six-page preview of Issue #1, which is now available from MarioCovone.com as well as in stores though Diamond Comic Distribution and UK on Display. It is also currently under review with Comixology for digital distribution. Issue #2 arrives April 16th, followed by the rest each month thereafter until Issue #6 closes things out on August 6th.

Synopsis:
England, 1983. Police Inspector David Gorely must solve a string of grisly murders in his usually quiet rural town whilst contending with pressure from his superiors to find a link between the killer and the recent influx of horror home videos. The race is on to solve the case before the death toll rises whilst still dealing with the burden of connecting these heinous crimes to video nasties.

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Win a Massive Oculus Prize Package

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:00

In anticipation of the release of Oculus, due out April 11th, we're giving away a prize package to die for which includes a Blumhouse Blu-ray bundle along with other neat goodies! Get ready to win your evil!

Prize Package Includes
- Sinister (Blu-ray)
- Insidious 2 (Blu-ray)
- Paranormal Activity 3 (Blu-ray)
- The Purge (Blu-ray)
- iPhone case
- Eye mask
- Timer
- Stadium cup
- UV color reveal t-shirt (revealing "blood")

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

Please note that this contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Synopsis
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

For the latest news and updates, be sure to "like" Oculus on Facebook and follow @blumhouse on Twitter.

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Syfy Shifts Sharknado 2 Premiere Date; Original Sharknado Getting the RiffTrax Treatment

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:45

Syfy's new Thursday night block of "Defiance" and "Dominion," which begins in June, has had a ripple effect on a few things the network had already announced for later in the summer, such as Sharknado 2: The Second One, which received a new premiere date.

You can now expect to see the highly anticipated sequel on Wednesday, July 30th, at 9 PM PT/ET, just a little more than one year after the original Sharknado aired.

And speaking of the original, it's getting the RiffTrax Live treatment on Thursday, July 10th, and Tuesday, July 15th. You can learn more about that below.

Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado. In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.

Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie, which promises cameos by the likes of Perez Hilton, rapper Biz Markie, Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa (aka Sandra Denton), Robert Klein, and professional wrestler/Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle.

As for the RiffTrax event, here's the lowdown LIVE from Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) themselves. Keep your eyes on RiffTrax.com for additional info.

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Knights of Badassdom Release Has Us Reminiscing about Unexpected Conjurings

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:30

There's nothing worse than finding a cool book or scroll or other form of communique containing a bunch of mysterious incantations. It's always a kick in the ass when you unsuspectingly read one of them aloud, and next thing you know... bad things start happening. Bad things, man.

Such is the case for our heroes in the upcoming film Knights of Badassdom. One little thing goes wrong, and the next thing you know our crew (played by Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) are fighting for their lives against the forces of evil.

This got us thinking back to some other unfortunate souls who did the same thing and found themselves with their asses in a sling when accidentally bringing something to our world from another realm. I can't even get the cable guy to come out to make a service call when I need him, and these guys are conjuring demons from beyond? Figures.

Probably the most famous occurrence of something like that is from The Evil Dead. Five virile young folks out in a cabin stumble across a book that looks like it's bound in human flesh (well, surprise, surprise…that's because it is!) and decide to go poking around in it. When will our movie friends learn that poking around is always a bad thing? No one in a horror movie has ever poked around and found anything positive. No one has ever said, "Let's go down into this dark and dreary basement…Hey look! A big bag of money!" That's never gonna happen. Only bad things happen in dark and dreary basements. And those bad things may include, but are not limited to, the release of an evil spirit that ends up haunting the woods and creating a rape tree that will ravage one of your group. This is the definition of a bad day. No one has ever been raped by a pine tree and had anything but negative things to say about the experience. It's something to avoid if at all possible.

So if you find yourself in a horror movie and some of the more adventurous members of your group want to go poking around in a basement that looks like it hasn't seen the light of day since the Carter administration, be the level-headed one of the gang and do everything you can to avoid this. Suggest you all play a game of Jenga, offer some hot stock tips, hell, pay 'em if you have to, but as Ash and his unwitting group of friends quickly found out, accidentally conjuring up some nasty entities can be much easier than you would expect. And once they're out, they're really hard to put back in the box.

Along much the same lines as The Evil Dead, the enormously popular The Cabin in the Woods reiterated just how dastardly those shuttered basements could be. And, in an homage to all the unwary woodland travelers who graced horror movies in the past, The Cabin in the Woods leads another gaggle of teens into a basement. This particular cellar is filled with all sorts of interesting trinkets to grab their attention in hopes of being the one artifact to be chosen and played with, releasing another monster from beyond. Of course in The Cabin in the Woods, there was big business and planning that went into the conjurings. In fact, according to this story's version of reality, nations depended on the fact that teenagers can, and would, snoop around where they don't belong and touch things that look intriguing. If Ash and company thought they had it bad with the raping tree, they may have considered themselves lucky if they saw the Buckner Family, or as we viewers more commonly know them, the zombie redneck torture family from The Cabin in the Woods. In addition to that ornery clan, The Facility had an entire storehouse of others that could have been conjured, depending on what trinket was selected. So once again, and we can't stress enough, keep your hands off shit that doesn't belong to you, especially when you're in an unfamiliar and spooky environment.

But don't make the mistake of thinking that all evil spirits are summoned via some ancient tome. You would be sadly mistaken there. Oftentimes it's a peculiar object that titillates the fancy of someone enough to get them to pick it up and play with it. Which brings us back to our previous bit of advice: hands to yourself. Geretta Geretta learned this the hard way in her breakout role as Rosemary in the Lamberto Bava film Demons (Demoni). After placing an eerie looking demon mask over her face and cutting her cheek (I can hear her mother now…"Do you know how many people probably had that damn thing on their face already today. Put that down!"), she herself became one of the more memorable demons in horror. Whoops!

And there are so many other things that can cause these problems. Of course the demon mask, but how about the Lament Configuration? That is, of course, the version of Lemarchand's box that summons Pinhead and the Cenobites in the Hellraiser films. You didn't think those guys just showed up on their own, did you? You've got to call for them. And if you think a Rubik's Cube is tough, this thing looked like a real bastard to solve. But in the right hands, it seemed to be a breeze.

Sometimes you have the best intentions in mind when you call up a malevolent force. Sometimes you're just doing a little research. But it's never a good idea to mess with ancient artifacts. More often than not, you're going to find some kind of hex or curse attached to them. In Wishmaster something as seemingly beautiful and harmless as a fire opal (okay, maybe it doesn't sound that harmless) actually held the evil Djinn. A little poke here, a little prod here, and next thing you know, he's out and collecting wishes. "Make your wiiiish." You don't need that trouble.

Sometimes we purposely conjure spirits without knowing what a pain in the ass they're going to be. Pumpkinhead was like that. All Lance Henriksen wanted was a little revenge for the death of his son. That's all. Easy peasy. Three sequels later the bodies were still piling up. And in Sleepy Hollow plenty of backroom dealings were going on while the Headless Horseman was under control. But once the skull that held him in check was no longer a factor, that Hessian became a real sonofabitch.

And finally, there is no easier way to conjure something you do not want hanging around than to use the ol' Ouija board. This is always a bad idea. Always. Let me say that one more time for clarity. The Ouija board is always a bad idea. You're not going to get tomorrow's lottery numbers or talk to your dead grandma. You are going to have an evil spirit crammed up your butt six ways from Sunday, and it's not going to be fun. The Exorcist, Witchboard and Paranormal Activity come to mind immediately, but there are plenty of others. If you own one, throw it away. If you're thinking of buying one, bonk yourself on the head with your laptop until you forget the thought. It's a bad, bad idea.

So as our heroes from Knights of Badassdom do battle with a raving beasty they accidentally set loose on the world, remember this walk down memory lane and try to avoid having the same issues in your own life. Be well, Dreadies… and keep your hands to yourself.

Knights of Badassdom arrives on DVD and Blu-ray TOMORROW, April 1st.

Synopsis
Knights of Badassdom follows three best friends (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting succubus, from the pits of hell.

Fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures. Their courage and friendship is put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers, or true “Knights of Badassdom?”

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Exclusive Images From Oculus Appear to Haunt You

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:15

The release of Oculus is speeding at us and right now we have four exclusive images to get you geared up for this fright fest on April 11th. Look for much more on this one as we inch closer to release!

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Synopsis
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

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Get Your First Look at Brian the Blessed

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:00

A new indie film has hit our radar that promises to deliver the shocks by the mouthful. One look at the teaser poster, and I think you'll get a pretty good idea of what we're talking about. Read on for your first details on Brian the Blessed.

The film, written and directed by Raine McCormack, stars Ewen Macintosh ("The Office"), Natasha Coppola-Shalom (Gli Zii), Colin David Reese, Sidney Kean, Robert J. Francis, Kathleen Renish, and McCormack himself.

"We need £10,000 from crowd funding," says McCormack. "This is to pay towards props, locations, and importantly the talent who will bring this story to life on screen. This money is part of a funding plan to go with an additional £20,000 of private investment. There are some amazing perks including ‘Kathy Killed Me,’ where you can get your face in the film! A portion of lifetime profits from this film will go to ‘Shelter’ in the UK to help the homeless."

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In Brian the Blessed a religious recluse, Brian, meets a kindred soul in Kathy. Together they run a make-shift homeless shelter until a gruesome attempted rape leads them to commit a shocking act. With suspicion mounting, the couple are forced to protect their newfound love ‘whatever it takes.’




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Max Thieriot and Kenny Johnson Talk Incest, Drug Wars, and Family Dynamics at Bates Motel

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:45

We're only four episodes in, and Season 2 of "Bates Motel" has already put series co-star Max Thieriot (Dylan) through the ringer. And it sounds like things are only going to go from bad to worse for him…

A few days ago Thieriot and guest star Kenny Johnson, who just joined the show in Episode 2.03 and plays Dylan's uncle… er, father… er, let's just call him Caleb, took part in a conference call interview in advance of the upcoming Episode 2.05, "The Escape Artist," to tease a bit of what's in store for fans tonight and as the season plays out.

They touched on the hot button topic of the past two eps, incest, of course along with the volatile Bates family dynamics, both in terms of Dylan and Caleb's relationship with each other as well as individually with Norma and Norman. Have we seen the last of Norma's wayward brother? And what about this drug war that's going down? Is Dylan getting in too deep?

There's a lot to take in - and this is the edited version! - so settle in and spend several minutes with Max and Kenny exploring the dark and twisted world of White Pine Bay.

Q: Max, can you talk a bit about how this reveal about your real father is going to affect your character’s relationship with Norma. Can he get over it? Can they connect more after this? Because obviously they’ve not been close.

Max Thieriot: Well, I don’t know, but it’s a big trial moment now for Dylan because obviously they’ve had so many speed bumps in their relationship in general, but now this is probably the biggest thing that he’s going to have to try and cross if he does want to get over it. And at this point in time where we are in the show, I think it’s a realization for him too because I think he’s all of a sudden realizing maybe this is why he’s always felt like an outsider. Maybe this is why he never really fit in and he felt like he was always on the back burner to Norman in this, because of where he came from. And maybe he was born out of a little bit of hatred. And so right now, obviously, he’s just extremely angry and frustrated and confused and going through a million different emotions. So I think definitely this is a changing point for Dylan… [he has to] basically decide how he’s going to get past this because there’s so many different ways that he can approach this information that he’s been given.

Q: Kenny, it looked like you were packing your bag and leaving town. What can you talk about without giving away too much? Is it the bombshell of thinking that you may actually have a son, or do you totally not believe Norma? Are you staying in town? What can you tell us about that?

Kenny Johnson: Yes, that’s a good question. I haven’t seen Norma for twenty-odd years and seeing a son -- Norma’s son -- it’s… I don’t know. It was a pretty wild reality check, and at that point I think he’s just more curious and he doesn’t leave town because I think he wants to somehow reconnect with Norma. I think it’s really important for him to face some of his demons from his past or what they had maybe gone through, and you can run for only so many years. And finding out that might be his child… Dylan is obviously a shock in that moment and I’m sure makes him think back -- what happened in high school? Okay, who is this boyfriend, the timing of everything -- and it’s a whirlwind for him. When he goes, it just seems like he’s overwhelmed by all this information and he just realizes it’s affected everybody in not a very positive way and it was everything not what he expected or probably had hoped for going into the town. So, yes, I think he just needs to get out and clear his head and wrap his head around it at that point. For the moment that’s what’s going on.

Q: Max, despite the fact that you found out you were the child of incest, you seem to be the only sane person in your family. Do you play it a certain way because of that, or is that something you just ignore? Can you talk a little bit about how you interpret your character?

Max Thieriot: I think Dylan is the window for the viewer into the life of Norman and Norma, the behind the scenes they wouldn’t be able to see otherwise. But I’ve always said that -- and everybody says that -- Dylan is the sane one. But if you look at some of Norma’s issues and quirks and the things that make her who she is, Dylan is still her son. And so I think underneath all of it there’s still some of that gene, and it flares up every once in a while. But I think for the most part he’s just trying to survive and get by, but he definitely still has some issues like everybody else in the family. And now, obviously, it’s tough too. It’s tough for Dylan because it seems like as soon as he starts to hit his stride and when everything’s okay, his world comes crumbling down again; and it’s a constant rollercoaster for him of ups and downs in his relationship with Norma. And at this point he’s basically gone up as high as he has possibly ever gone, and now he’s really taking the fall this time. And so I think it’ll be a really trying experience for Dylan that will ultimately define his character -- this knowledge of what he’s come to know or maybe think he knows about his uncle and his dad.

Q: Kenny, what was it like acting opposite Freddie [Highmore] as Norman when he slipped into his "Norma" persona? That scene was amazing.

Kenny Johnson: Yes, it was pretty wild. He was able to filter that whole thing… it really kind of stung me. And at the beginning, Caleb is looking at him like, what the hell is this kid talking about? And the more he got into information, the more I realized that he was filtering Norma through him, which was really intense and wild and a really tricky scene, I think, to play. But he did it beautifully, and Freddie’s one of those guys that commits a thousand percent in what he does, and it was fun. When you get to play opposite of Max and Freddie and there are people that are so incredibly 1000% right there and real in those moments, it just makes it… I just find it pretty awesome to react to that and to go with it. And he really gets into his… his Norman character. It’s pretty scary.

Q: For Max, how early did you know that -- for sure -- Caleb was Dylan’s father, and how did that affect your performance this season?

Max Thieriot: I think even still up to this point, he doesn’t want to believe that this is true, but deep down I think he knows -- besides the resemblance and all the similarities and the traits -- that this makes sense. And as much as it doesn’t, it does. I think what’s awesome is as soon as Kenny showed up, it was… we’re such a tight-knit family on the set between Vera [Farmiga], Freddie, and I. And Kenny showed up, and he fit right into the family. It was like it all made perfect sense, and so then when these scenes were being played and acted out, it all had such a nice flow to it. And I think… I don’t know… As the season goes on, you can definitely see this change throughout Dylan as he slowly digests this information over the episodes and figures out how to deal with them. But I think the first time that he really hears it is obviously when he’s fighting Norman at the end of Episode 3 - or lack thereof of fighting Norman - of getting beat up by Norman.

I’m still trying to add it up. Everybody goes, how does he beat you up so easily? I don’t know…I was like, he’s not a superhuman. He’s just crazy.

Kenny Johnson: You were getting smacked around. He just wears the beating you give him.

Max Thieriot: Exactly.

Kenny Johnson: That was funny, man.

Q: Max, your character has really grown into someone fans want to root for. Should we expect to see a shift in that line of thinking after everything that’s happened? Will you still remain sympathetic?

Max Thieriot: I hope not. When Dylan showed up first and I read it from the first couple episodes, I thought, 'Everybody’s going to hate this guy.' But that’s what was so interesting was you introduce a character that, initially, everybody wants to hate, and then you try and make the transition into a character that everybody is supposed to sympathize with and understand and maybe relate to in certain ways. And I think this isn’t the change of Dylan as to where we change how we feel about him. I think, if anything, because of this experience and what he’s going through, we see more… because he always puts on this tough façade and so we get to see more of this vulnerable human side to him that we don’t get to see. And I think, if anything, it brings the viewer -- in a very tough bunch of scenes and environment -- a little closer to Dylan and just understand a little more about him and see another side to him that’s possibly another good side, a very positive side to him.

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Q: Kenny, right from the start Caleb has been this monster from Norma’s past. Would you say there’s any hope of redemption with your character, or is he past the point of no return, no forgiveness?

Kenny Johnson: I don’t know. That’s obviously up to where they’re going to go with it. He was hoping for some sort of redemption for the whole thing. And yes, he is being painted as a monster, obviously, by Norma… it’s funny how we view our childhoods and how people remember it.

And some people take on these sides that something was so horrific and horrible and this other person was so bad to them, and the other person viewed it as something different. And again, I’ve got my own history between Frances and Ray -- which are our parents -- and ourselves growing up in Akron, Ohio, and then she’s got hers. And I’ve been away for twenty-four years and you think the past can go away, but sometimes it just sits there and haunts you until you face it. And this is his chance to face it, and so far it’s gone horrifically wrong and he found out a bunch of things - yes, it’s like throwing him into a little whirlwind in his head. So I don’t know. We’ll see where it goes from there.

Q: Can you give us any hints as to what we can expect, specifically, from the episode that’s coming up ["The Escape Artist"] Monday night?

Max Thieriot: Well, obviously the Bates family is in shambles right now. Everybody’s torn apart. Norman has just had this wild, another Norman kind of blackout. Norma is struggling with dealing with her social life in the town, dealing with her brother showing up. Everybody’s going through some struggles, and Caleb is struggling with being here in this environment that he’s thrown himself back into, which is obviously not what he expected to walk into. And so we’re going to pick up, and Episode 5 will also deal with more of the stuff of Zane and figure out why he wants us to go pick up this load of guns, what is he planning, the battle that’s ensuing between him and Sheriff Romero. There’s really a lot going on.

Q: Now that we’ve seen Norman go into the Norma persona, how much of that is going to figure in the rest of the season? Because I imagine they don’t want to have him go full-out all the time because there’s still a lot more story to tell before we get to that full transition point.

Max Thieriot: I think the thing is… he’s starting to realize that he has some problems and he’s not really quite sure what they are and he’s not really ready to admit that. But obviously we want to delay some of these things, and Norman can’t go all-out right away. And so it’s always a constant battle of high school Norman and psycho Norman and those two people fighting inside of him. And obviously psycho Norman also happens to have a lot of Norma in it. And so… it’s cool because we get to see. The thing is that Freddie plays Norman on edge a lot of the time and he gets easily frustrated with other characters throughout the show, like Cody when he raises the tire iron or something at her. And he is constantly yelling and gets heated and it’s interesting because you never really know when he’s going to snap. But we do get to see him snap, so it’s this constant 'Is he going to lose it right here, or what’s he going to do?'

Q: In terms of other new members of the cast for the season, how has it been working with them? Michael Vartan, Kathleen Robertson. What is the role they’re playing, and how do they affect the dynamics of the Bates family throughout the season?

Max Thieriot: The great thing about "Bates Motel" is we’re constantly introducing new characters that are really so dynamic and different and unique. Each character that is introduced in the show, I think, is really unique, and that’s what makes it awesome because they all really stand out by themselves. And I think probably more than any other character that’s introduced this season is Kenny’s character, Caleb, who is a basically a new Bates family member that we’re introduced to. And I think any time you get to see -- when we’re only really ever seeing these three members of this family -- a new one, it’s really interesting because of the way that the original three are written and created. And so obviously, the thing about introducing Caleb is you don’t really know what to expect. He’s such a wild card. Is he going to bring good to the family? Are there going to be negative things that he brings? And just being able to figure out what that means it’s going to mean something.

Kenny Johnson: I was going to say the whole show is so based on the family dynamics and the tension within the family and the sexual undertone and all these uncomfortable situations between the three characters. To me, that’s the show and the thing is like a locomotive train and it’s so electric that it isn’t just… throw [in] another whole character that came out of the blue that nobody knew about [just] to throw a wrench into what already exists, which is so rich on screen.

Max Thieriot: Yes, and I think all the other characters bring in… obviously, everybody’s affecting the lives of these characters. And Kathleen comes in and she’s a part of the drug world and as people are taken out in that world, there’s obviously new people coming in to fill these voids. And you’re always wondering, 'What are they going to be like?' And so it’s cool; you’re just constantly being introduced to new characters and watching them change the dynamic of the show.

Q: To elaborate on an earlier question, have we seen the last of Caleb this season?

Kenny Johnson: Next!

Max Thieriot: We can’t tell you that. *all laughing*

Kenny Johnson: [No,] you haven’t seen the last of Caleb… I can’t tell you when, but you haven’t seen the last of Caleb.

Q: Max, I just wanted to ask you… should we be worried for Dylan given how the drug situation is playing out and also that he may be in not the best state of mind moving forward?

Max Thieriot: Yes, definitely. I think given what he’s just learned about himself and the history of where he came from, I think it’s definitely a concern as to how he approaches situations now and if he goes in guns blazing trying to take on the world. I think it’s definitely a concern because he’s already battled with having not a lot to live for throughout his life, and so this is another one of those things thrown in. And I think besides that, it’s always been a concern in his business, especially with the war that’s started going on between these two families. And as he’s climbing the ranks of his business; the higher you get on the totem pole, the more your head’s worth.

Q: In Season 1 we learned this weird town, White Pine Bay, has secrets. Are we going to see more of that explored in the second season?

Max Thieriot: There’ll definitely be more secrets to come out, and this town just has so much that’s going on in the community. And I think one of the big things we’ll get to explore will be the dynamic between the two drug families that really make up the core of the town and the funding and where the money comes from and how these people are able to survive. We get some more into that, yes.

Our thanks to Max and Kenny for their time, moderator Perry Seaman, Jaime Yandolino, Universal Television- NBC, and A&E Networks.

"Bates Motel" Episode 2.05 - "The Escape Artist" (airs 3/31/14)
Norman (Freddie Highmore) trusts Cody (Paloma Kwiatkowski) with a family secret. Dylan (Max Thieriot) finds himself fighting for his life as Zane’s (Michael Eklund) war escalates.

Meanwhile, Norma (Vera Farmiga) makes a deal with a mysterious man (Michael O'Neill) to help stop the bypass.

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Go Inside The Walking Dead Season Finale Episode 4.16 - A; Cast & Crew Speculate on Season 5

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 01:55

"The Walking Dead" left us with a real cliffhanger tonight, and if you're curious about where things are headed now that Rick has accepted a darker side of himself and most of our survivors have reunited, check out this video of the cast and crew speculating on what's ahead in Season 5.

But before we start looking ahead, let's take a quick look back at the finale, Episode 4.16, entitled "A," with a couple of making-of videos

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.

"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.16 - "A" (aired 3/30/14)
Many paths collide; Rick (Lincoln) faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive. Directed by Michelle MacLaren; written by Scott M. Gimple and Angela Kang.

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










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Dawn of the Planet of the Planet of the Apes TV Spot Presents Something Scary

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 01:33

Airing during the Season 4 finale of "The Walking Dead" was a brand new TV spot for Fox's upcoming blockbuster, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and we have it for you right here. Dig it!

Look for the film in theatres on July 11th, 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo.

Synopsis
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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Make a Date With Alien: Isolation

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 18:31

Sega has announced a release date for what hopefully will be their mea culpa to fans of both video games and the Alien franchise... Alien: Isolation. Read on to find out when you'll be able to dig it!

From the Press Release
SEGA® of America, Inc., SEGA® Europe, Ltd., and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announce that Alien: Isolation™, the hugely anticipated survival horror title, will be available from October 7, 2014.

Developed by Creative Assembly™, the game will be available on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC.

“We couldn’t be happier to finally announce a date for Alien: Isolation,” said Alistair Hope, Creative Lead at Creative Assembly. “The reaction we have seen so far has been simply incredible, from the screams and shrieks to the cold sweats and racing hearts. It’s the Alien game that we’ve always wanted to play, and we can’t wait to let everyone get their hands on it this fall.”

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.

Alien: Isolation will be available from October 7, 2014, for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows PC.

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