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V/H/S Viral (2014)

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 20:35

Starring Emmy Argo, Amanda Baker, Dan Caudill, Greyson Chadwick

Directed by Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead

The V/H/S franchise started off not with a bang, but a whimper, the four shorts and wraparound segment that binds them all together failing to form a cohesive vision. The sequel proved to be a far more successful outing, thus suggesting for the optimists that the series will only get better with future installments. And in a way it does, but not without some caveats.

The worst thing about V/H/S Viral, the third and likely final installment in the found footage horror anthology series, is the conceit that binds the short films together. While the first two films’ wraparounds segments, however boring or pointless they may have been, managed to actually utilize VHS tapes to introduce the segments, the third abandons it entirely.

Directed by Marcel Sarmiento, the wraparound, known as Vicious Circles, opts for a more modern approach, utilizing cell phones that seemingly transmit a virus to groups of onlookers seeking to film a police chase involving a stolen ice cream van. It is, to be blunt, a nonsensical jumble of static and noise that barely makes a lick of sense until the final moments, and even then it’s hardly satisfying. Save for a cringe-worthy moment involving a pair of feet, asphalt, and a high speed chase, it’s just a chore to sit through.

Thankfully, if viewed as a simple anthology of fun horror tales, the trio of directors and teams – Dance of the Dead’s Gregg Bishop, Timecrimes’ Nacho Vigalondo, and Resolution’s Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead – have managed to succeed admirably.

Dante the Great: Written and directed by Gregg Bishop, this short is less found footage than a mock doc that follows the rise and fall of Dante the Great, a magician whose act revolves a mysterious cloak that grants him “magical” – and violent – powers. Despite mostly abandoning the genuine found footage conceit and, at times, appearing to take a straightforward narrative approach, Bishop’s short manages to be a fun little start to the anthology, showcasing some impressive special effects and reveling in gleeful violence perpetrated by the titular character (played wonderfully by The Signal actor Justin Welborn). It’s the “scariest” segment of the three, if only for its final jump-worthy moment.

Parallel Monsters: Nacho Vigalondo once again returns to his sci-fi roots, substituting time travel in favor of parallel dimensions with his witty, shocking, and fiercely intelligent middle segment. In the short, a man secretly creates a machine that leads to a world identical to his, only reversed, as if looking in a mirror. On the other side he meets his parallel self, and the two decide to switch places and explore for fifteen minutes. A genius in his own right, Vigalondo keeps you on your toes the whole way through, constantly guessing at the end game before taking things in an utterly absurd direction. It may not be the most exciting segment, but it certainly is the smartest.

Bonestorm: Directed by indie darlings Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, whose debut feature Resolution capped many Best Of lists upon its release, Bonestorm is a frenetic ride clearly influenced by Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto’s Safe Haven segment from V/H/S 2. It follows a trio of skater kids and a slightly weird cameraman as they travel to Tijuana to finish shooting a skateboarding video in an old reservoir. Naturally, things don’t go as planned when they come face to face with a Mexican death cult, forcing them to defend themselves and fight them off through any means necessary. It’s fun, it’s funny, and seeing a bunch of kids beat the crap out of skeletons in long robes with skateboards and machetes is just a recipe for a damned good time.

Apparently a fourth segment, written and directed by The Apparition director Todd Lincoln, was dropped from the final product, making the film a bit shorter and thus slightly easier to digest, given the slog that is Sarmiento’s tale. Three is enough.

The shorts that comprise V/H/S Viral are inventive enough to make up for the blunder that is Sarmiento’s wraparound, even if each one breaks the found footage “rules” in egregious ways. But at this juncture, screw the rules. Found footage has become a shadow of what it once was and has becomes nothing more than a catch-all term to designate a hand-held or first-person perspective. The directors this time around got that, and while V/H/S Viral didn’t necessarily finally “get it right,” it certainly realized that it’s okay to simply have fun with the conceit.

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Screen Gems Invest in a Scarecrow

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 20:28

Scarecrows. There’s just something about them that is inherently spooky to me. Screen Gems is hoping you agree because they’re gearing up to spring one on you that’s bound to send some shivers.

Variety is reporting that Sony has bought Mike Scannell’s horror-thriller Scarecrow with horror specialist Unbroken Pictures producing.

Scannell’s spec script, set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.

Bryan Bertino, who directed 2008’s The Strangers, and Adrienne Biddle are producing through their Unbroken Pictures banner. Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper and Scott Strauss will oversee Scarecrow for the company.

Bertino wrote and directed Mockingbird, which he also produced with Biddle. That title will be released October 6th through Blumhouse’s newly launched BH Tilt label.

Unbroken is currently in pre-production on There Are Monsters with Atlas and Bertino directing from his own script. It’s also developing supernatural horror movie February with Kiernan Shipka and Emma Roberts attached and supernatural thriller Stephanie with Blumhouse and The Gotham Group with Akiva Goldsman directing.

More on all of these as we get it!

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Cub (2014)

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 20:10

Starring Stef Aerts, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt, Jan Hammenecker, Maurice Luijten

Directed by Jonas Govaerts

Many still believe that the French horror phenomenon is responsible for the most twisted and vicious genre films in the past decade, although Belgium is surely giving France a run for its money with the advent of a new wave of depraved horror films.

First-time director Jonas Govaerts only supports this fact as his first feature, Cub, puts a brutal new spin on standard camp horror fare.

After the film’s creepy and at first misleading prologue, viewers are introduced to Sam (Luijten), an introverted twelve-year-old on the way to a camping trip with his fellow cub scouts and three teenage camp counselors. When a mishap with two bullies reroutes the group further into the woods, the counselors try scaring the boy scouts with a campfire tale about Kai, a werewolf rumoured to be stalking its prey in those very woods.

When the impressionable Sam runs into a savage young boy wearing a mask, he is convinced he has found the real Kai and is promptly ridiculed for his theory. Although the boy is not a mythical beast, the threat of something sinister brewing in the air is very much real as the group is being stalked by a flesh and blood skilled and patient killer, and Sam quickly realizes that the legend of Kai is the least of his worries.

One of the things that makes Cub stand out from the archetypal “slasher in the woods” movie is its usage of its supporting characters. Like a majority of slashers, the supporting characters exist simply to pad the numbers. However, what makes them unique from regular slashers is that besides one villainous character, none of them are particularly unlikable. For instance, in Cub, not all of the camp counselors are horny wing bats, and the one female counselor who is, is actually the film’s most empathetic character. By making the minor characters less detestable, it makes the nihilistic events to follow that much more shocking to watch, and be warned: This is not a film for the easily offended.

Govaerts also succeeds in displaying the most inventive set-pieces in a camp horror film since Severance. The fatal booby traps that the members of the group fall victim to one-by-one are particularly well thought-out and will invoke cheers from the audience.

On the downside, Cub loses its momentum and falls apart in its final act, when it inexplicably turns into a generic and over-the-top slasher and ends with mediocre results. This wouldn’t be such a disappointment if the acts that preceded the finale weren’t full of enjoyable, yet sadistic moments.

Cub may end on a weak note; however, director Jonas Govaerts still manages to take a generic plot and deliver a solid horror experience by taking his viewers on a dark and unexpected ride through the woods.

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An Itsy Bitsy Tusk Clip Climbs Up the Water Spout

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 19:47

In a year filled with one mediocre flick after the other, Kevin Smith’s Tusk is a breath of maniacally fresh air and will stand proudly on my top 5 of the year list. If it’s playing near you, SEE IT! If not… dig this clip!

Tusk (review), written and directed by Kevin Smith, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.

Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ’s Nate Bolotin are executive producers.

Look for the flick in theatres NOW.

For more info visit the official Tusk website, “like” Tusk on Facebook, check out Tusk on Instagram, and follow @Tusk_TheMovie on Twitter using the hashtag #WalrusYes.

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Exclusive: Camille Keaton BACK for First Official I Spit On Your Grave Sequel

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 19:24

Following up on this morning’s news, Dread Central has learned exclusively that Camille Keaton, who played Jennifer in Meir Zarchi’s 1978 cult classic I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman), will be starring in the next film.

The project is now titled I Spit on Your Grave – Deja-vu and, as it turns out, is an actual sequel written by Zarchi that shares characters as well as continuity with his original 1978 cult classic Day of the Woman, aka I Spit on Your Grave. Chad Ferrin and Terry Zarchi are producing with Meir once again directing.

The project has nothing to do with CineTel Films or Anchor Bay.

Stay tuned for more as it comes.

Synopsis
Following her rape, Jennifer Hills wrote a best-selling account of her ordeal and of the controversial trial in which she was accused of taking the law into her own hands and brutally killing her assailants. In the small town where the rape and revenge took place, the relatives of the four rapists she killed are furious that the court declared her not guilty and resolve to take justice into their own hands.

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Amityville: The Awakening and James Wan’s Demonic Fall Victim to Indefinite Delays

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 18:58

Well then. We can’t say we saw this one coming.

Respectively scheduled for release in late 2014 and early 2015, both the James Wan-produced Demonic and franchise reboot Amityville: The Awakening have unexpectedly been pulled from release by TWC-Dimension, and at the moment it doesn’t look like there are any set future plans for either film.

December 12th of this year was the planned date for Demonic, starring Maria Bello and Frank Grillo. The film centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre where five college students were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home. Detective Mark Lewis and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein question one of the few survivors, who explains they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, which was believed to be haunted. But what started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying.

As for Amityville: The Awakening, that one was slated for release on January 2, 2015. In the Frank Khalfoun-directed film, Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother, Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh), in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house, including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.

While we wait for news about new dates, you can check out the trailer for Amityville: The Awakening below.  

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See a Trio of Clips from the Under the Dome Season Finale Episode 2.13 – Go Now

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:36

This coming Monday night is home to the Season 2 finale of “Under the Dome,” and if you’ve been sticking with it like we have (lord only knows why!), here are three sneak peeks of the upcoming Episode 2.13, “Go Now.”

“Under the Dome” stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Dean Norris (Big Jim), and Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie). Season 2 guest stars include Brett Cullen, Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Dwight Yoakam, Karla Crome, and Max Ehrich.

Related Story:  “Go Now” to See Some Stills and a Preview of the “Under the Dome” Season 2 Finale

“Under the Dome” Episode 2.13 – “Go Now” (airs 9/22/14; 10-11 PM)
A potential exit from the Dome is revealed just as the walls begin closing in on those trapped in Chester’s Mill.

For more info visit “Under the Dome” on CBS.com, “like” “Under the Dome” on Facebook, and follow “Under the Dome” on Twitter (@UnderTheDomeCBS).

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ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:12

Starring A Lot of People

Directed by A Lot of People

The first ABCs of Death received the sort of reaction you’d expect from an anthology film comprised of 26 shorts from 26 different filmmakers: “meh.” Some were good (Marcel Sarmiento’s “D is for Dogfight”), and some were bad (Ti West’s lazy “M is for Miscarriage”) so to walk away with anything more than a tepid reaction would be asking for a lot.

In the case of the sequel, however, the credo “learn by doing” was taken to heart with the majority of the shorts proving to be a wicked good time and far surpassing their predecessors.

Above all else, the film as a whole stands out for its wickedly funny, yet haunting intro credits scene: The sounds of a child’s lullaby permeate as a children’s book’s pages turn, revealing the credits as animated children succumb to death in darkly humorous ways. If anything, it helps to tame the preconceived notions one might have about the anthology, suggesting that a bit more thought and care went into making the experience unique, rather than a carbon copy of the first.

It would be a fool’s errand to discuss each and every film, especially in light of the fact that half the fun is discovering that gem in the rough. As such, if half your fun with the first film was derived from guessing the names of the shorts, then beware as spoilers abound in the following paragraphs.

The good far outweighs the bad in ABCs of Death 2. Right off the bat expectation are sent to insane levels with the humorous “A is for Amateur,” directed by Cheap Thrills helmer E. L. Katz and featuring an assassin doing what he does worst. Letter placement aside, it served as a good intro, if only for its clever naming convention. The best shorts typically use an idea or theme as a means of death, rather than an explicit item (either as a tool or as a factor). For example, Alejandro Brugues’ hilarious “E is for Equilibrium” follows a duo of marooned men on an island whose, well, equilibrium is interrupted by the arrival a young woman. They keep you guessing, adding another level of enjoyment to the anthology as a whole.

Conversely, others, such as Julian Barratt’s “B is for Badgers,” which aims for a send-up of David Attenborough’s nature shows, and Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s “X is for Xylophone,” which features Inside‘s Beatrice Dalle, are pretty obvious in their naming convention. From moment one you know exactly what the title is going to be, even if you hope for a bit of cleverness. Thankfully, more often than not the finished product is good enough to allow for this dismissal of naming creativity.

Other standouts among the pack include Larry Fessenden’s “N is for Nexus,” which sees a calamity befall a group of people at an intersection; Robert Morgan’s twisted claymation “D is for Deloused,” which is just… just gross and weird and filled with all sorts of nightmare-inducing madness; and Rodney Ascher’s deviously clever and funny “Q is for Questionnaire.”

The whole shebang is rounded out with Chris Nash’s twisted “Z is for Zygote,” which is sure to give future mothers horrible, horrible nightmares for years to come.

Conversely, there were plenty that elicited little more than a tired shrug, while one, Jen and Sylvia Soska’s “T is for Torture Porn,” just felt lazy and horribly pandering. Others, such as George Plympton’s “H is for Head Games” and Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen’s “L is for Legacy,” simply didn’t live up to the standard set by their superior brethren.

But such is the beauty of this anthology. While each short has its merits, they will invariably elicit a wide range of responses, and unlike the first film, the good far outweighs the bad. If you can’t catch it in the theater, watch it with a six-pack and a handful of good friends who relish in the absurd.

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Closer to God (2014)

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:54

Starring Jeremy Childs, Shannon Hoppe, David Alford, Shelean Newman

Directed by Billy Senese

Human cloning is a divisive subject, and while many films tend to err on the side of science fiction or an already established world where cloning is an accepted reality, it’s rare to come across a film that deals with the ramifications of such groundbreaking science in as real and terrifying a way as Billy Senese’s debut feature, Closer to God.

The film’s protagonist is Victor Reed (Childs), a genetic scientist who holds the distinction of being the first doctor to successfully clone a human being. Using his DNA mixed with another’s, the baby is named Elizabeth and, save for a transponder seemingly inserted directly into her brain, appears to be the picture of health. Almost immediately the ramifications of such a scientific breakthrough begin to weigh heavy on Victor, but the real trouble lies in a dark secret he keeps from his wife, Claire (Hoppe), known only to him and a pair of caretakers named Richard (Alford) and Mary (Newman) living in a guest home on his property.

The problems associated with cloning a human being come to light almost immediately. Obsessed with his groundbreaking work, Reed’s home life begins to suffer as it becomes apparent that he is neglecting not only his wife and two daughters in favor of baby Elizabeth, but also his “son,” Ethan (Isaac Disney), a heretofore unseen child that is the source of major consternation for Richard and Mary. Furthermore, a crowd of protesters begin to gather around his house, shouting religious mantras that decry Reed’s work and make the claim that Elizabeth doesn’t have a soul.

While the stress of keeping Elizabeth out of the public eye begins to build, his secret past is slowly revealed through a series of flashbacks, allowing him to subtly build up the more horrific and Frankensteinian elements without overpowering the film’s strongest points in any significant manner. This “B” story is inextricably linked to the tension that pervades the “A” story, and while sporadic moments toward the end find the film devolving into cliched monster territory, Senese never strays from the real life implications of cloning. He manages to blend the two seemingly conflicting tones in a way that suggests an incredibly assured man behind the camera.

Thus is the beauty of Closer to God. Even when taking detours to focus on the more horror elements, Victor Reed’s reality remains front and center, with Senese placing the focus entirely on his struggle to maintain order amidst the chaos he unwittingly caused. Supported by a stellar performance from Jeremy Childs, his stoic personality and gaunt appearance supports the image of a man whose goal in being at the forefront of one of the most life-changing discoveries in human history has become more important than considering the consequences of it.

There is this beautiful sense of objectivity in Closer to God that makes it stand out as something special.

Dealing with the moral, ethical, legal, and, most importantly, religious ramifications of human cloning, this stellar low-budget thriller doesn’t seek to pick a side but rather explores both as playing an almost equal part in the aftermath of a lone doctor putting ambition before everything else. The consequences of successful human cloning are unknown, but Senese has crafted a unique and fascinating twist on the Frankenstein tale that brings them to light in an incredibly real and poignant way.

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Step Right Up for Another American Horror Story: Freak Show Teaser and UK Promo

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:36

Yep, another day, another “American Horror Story: Freak Show” teaser… but this time it has some company in the form of a promo that’s airing on Fox UK and combines a little bit of each of the videos we’ve seen so far.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” debuts October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.

It begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.

A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Related Story: Enter the “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Costume Contest

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.01 – “Monsters Among Us” (airs 10/8/14)
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show (Lange) sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin. Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; directed by Ryan Murphy.

For more info visit the “AHS: Freak Show” Facebook page, check out “AHS: Freak Show” on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFreakShow_ on Twitter along with “American Horror Story” on FX.

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Mrs. Voorhees Gets Her Own Printable 8-Bit NES Mask

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:51

Last week we shared with you a fan-made 8-bit Jason Voorhees mask that you could print out right in the comfort of your own home, which was a truly awesome gift for those with nostalgic feelings of lovin’ towards the Friday the 13th Nintendo game. But what about the franchise’s original killer? Doesn’t she deserve the same treatment? Today, she gets it!

What many don’t remember about that oddball game is that Mrs. Voorhees was also in it, depicted as a floating 8-bit severed head. Pamela was a mini-boss that you had to beat off before getting to her vengeful son, and defeating her won you special weapons to better arm yourself for that big boss battle.

Courtesy of Jack’s Attic, the same website that brought us that aforementioned NES Jason mask, comes a FREE printable Mrs. Voorhees mask, based on her appearance in the infamous game. With frazzled 8-bit hair and a purple face of doom, Mrs. Voorhees has never looked more terrifying, and we can’t think of a more unique Halloween costume than this one.

Check out both masks below and remember – all you need is a printer and a piece of string!

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Godzilla Sequel Finds a Writer

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:17

The sequel to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla (review) has found itself a scribe who will hopefully remember to write Godzilla into the movie this time. Read on for details.

Deadline is reporting that Legendary has closed a deal for Max Borenstein to write the screenplay for the sequel which Gareth Edwards will direct. Borenstein wrote the first installment that relaunched the reptile and also penned Skull Island.

Related Story: Godzilla News Archive

Legendary and Warner Bros. have dated the sequel for June 8, 2018. Legendary is producing with Mary Parent, and Alex Garcia will oversee the project for Legendary.

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First Look: Halloween 6: The Producer’s Cut

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:37

Having spent a bit of time with The Scream Factory and Anchor Bay’s Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set, I can assure you that the producer’s cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers looks just incredible. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself!

Halloween Box Set Release Details
Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory proudly announce the bonus features and technical specifications for the September 23rd HALLOWEEN Complete Collection Blu-ray set. This new set boasts a wealth of NEW bonus features including brand NEW featurettes, brand NEW commentaries, 4 brand NEW interviews — with many of the participants sharing their thoughts about the franchise for the first time — and NEW transfers and audio specs on selected titles.

Disc 1 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

  • HD Transfer Supervised and Approved by Director of Photography Dean Cundey
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director of Photography Dean Cundey, Editor Tommy Lee Wallace, and The Shape, Nick Castle
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
  • “The Night She Came Home” Featurette
  • “On Location: 25 Years Later” Featurette
  • TV Version Footage
  • Television Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots
  • Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby TrueHD 7.1; Original 1978 Audio in Dolby TrueHD Mono. Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Disc 2 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter, Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, and Co-Writer/Producer Debra Hill
  • “Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots
  • Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby Surround 5.1; PCM 5.1; Original 1978 Mono Audio. Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Disc 3 – Halloween II (1981) Theatrical Version

  • Audio Commentary with Director Rick Rosenthal and Actor Leo Rossi (Theatrical version)
  • Audio Commentary with Stunt Coordinator/Actor Dick Warlock (Theatrical version)
  • “The Nightmare Isn’t Over: The Making Of Halloween II” Featurette with Rick Rosenthal, Lance Guest, Dick Warlock, Alan Howarth, Dean Cundey, Leo Rossi, and More
  • “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: The Locations of Halloween II” – Host Sean Clark revisits the original shooting locations of the film
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary from Director Rick Rosenthal
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Audio Commentary from Director Rick Rosenthal
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1

Disc 4 – Halloween II TV Cut (1981) DVD (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

  • Television Cut with Added Footage Not Seen in the Theatrical Version
  • Tech Specs: Standard Definition Full-frame 1.33:1; Dolby Digital Mono

Disc 5 – Halloween III: Season of The Witch (1982)

  • Audio Commentary with Director Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Audio Commentary with Actor Don Shanks and Author Justin Beahm
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Actors Danielle Harris and Jeffrey Landman
  • Audio Commentary with Cctor Tom Atkins
  • “Stand Alone: The Making of Halloween III: Season of the Witch” featuring Tommy Lee Wallace, Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dick Warlock, Dean Cundey, and more
  • “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds” – Revisiting the original shooting locations
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1; Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0

Disc 6 – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

  • Audio Commentary with Actors Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dwight H. Little and Author Justin Beahm
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1. Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Disc 7 — Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

  • Audio Commentary with Actors Don Shanks and Jeffrey Landman
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Actors Danielle Harris and Jeffrey Landman
  • Audio Commentary with Actor Don Shanks and Author Justin Beahm
  • Halloween 5: On The Set
  • Halloween 5: Original Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1. Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Disc 8 — Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Theatrical Cut

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1); Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles: English

Disc 9 – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Producer’s Cut (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

  • NEW High Definition Master from the Original Inter-negative
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Daniel Farrands and Composer Alan Howarth (Producer’s Cut)
  • NEW “Jamie’s Story” – An Interview with the Original “Jamie,” Actress Danielle Harris
  • NEW “The Cursed ‘Curse'” – An Interview with Producers Malek Akkad and Paul Freeman
  • NEW “Acting Scared “– A Look at the Film’s Cast with Actresses Mariah O’Brien and J.C. Brandy
  • NEW “The Shape Of Things” – A Look at Michael Myers’ Murders and Mayhem with Special Make-Up Effects Artists John Carl Buechler and Brad Hardin and Actor George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers)
  • NEW “Haddonfield’s Horrors” – The Sights of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers with Director of Photography Billy Dickson, Production Designer Brad Ryman, and Director of Photography (Additional Scenes) Thomas Callaway
  • NEW “Full Circle” – An Interview with Composer Alan Howarth
  • NEW Cast and Crew Tribute to Donald Pleasance
  • Archival Interviews and Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage (approx. 30 Minutes)
  • Alternate and Deleted Scenes (not present en either cut of the film)
  • Teaser Trailer: Halloween 666: The Origin of Michael Myers
  • Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Subtitles: English

Disc 10 — Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

  • Presented in the Correct 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • NEW Commentary with Director Steve Miner and Jamie Lee Curtis, Moderated by Sean Clark
  • NEW “The Making of Halloween H20″ Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Nancy Stephens, Adam Hann-Byrd, Tom Kane, Editor Patrick Lussier, Producer Malek Akkad, Producer Paul Freeman, Composer John Ottman, Chris Durand (Michael Myers), Writer Robert Zappia, Stunt Co-Ordinator Donna Keegan, Make-Up Brad Hardin, and Cinematographer Daryn Okada
  • Scenes from the Film with John Ottman’s Original Score
  • Vintage Interviews and Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Disc 11 — Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

  • Audio Commentary with Director Rick Rosenthal and Editor Robert A. Ferretti
  • Web Cam Special with Optional Director’s Commentary
  • Alternate Endings
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Head Cam” Featurette
  • Storyboard Analysis
  • Set Tour with Production Designer Troy Hansen
  • Set Interview with Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Vintage Interviews and Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Home Video TV Spots
  • Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Subtitles: English

Disc 12 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)

  • Unrated Director’s Cut with Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Rob Zombie
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary
  • Bloopers
  • “The Many Faces Of Michael Myers” Featurette
  • Re-Imagining Halloween
  • Meet the Cast
  • Casting Sessions
  • Scout Taylor-Compton Screen Test
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Tech Spec: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles: English, Spanish

Disc 13 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) Bonus Disc (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

  • Documentary: “Michael Lives: The Making of Halloween (4-1/2 hours)
  • Tech Specs: Dolby Stereo. Subtitles: English

Disc 14 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 (2009)

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Rob Zombie
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • Audition Footage
  • Make-Up Test Footage
  • Blooper Reel
  • Captain Clegg and The Night Creatures Music Videos
  • Uncle Seymour Coffins’ Stand-Up Routines
  • Tech Spec: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Subtitles: English

Disc 15 – Bonus Features (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

  • John Carpenter’s Halloween – The Extended Version (in HD – TV inserts are in standard definition)
  • Interview with Moustapha Akkad about Origin of Halloween
  • “Halloween Unmasked 2000″ Featurette
  • “The Making of Halloween 4: Final Cut” Featurette
  • NEW Episodes of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – We go back to the filming locations of Halloween 4, Halloween 5 (with special guest Don Shanks), and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Plus the original 2005 pilot for Horror’s Hallowed Grounds featuring a look at the locations of the original Halloween.
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: Fan Edition – A special episode shot with, and for, the fans as they board a bus tour during the 35 Years of Terror convention and visit the locations of Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III, and Halloween (2007). Hosted by HHG’s Sean Clark with special guests Dick Warlock, Charles Cyphers, Brian Andrews, Tommy Lee Wallace, and Erik Preston.
  • NEW The Making of Halloween 4 Featuring Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Kathleen Kinmont, Beau Starr, Raymond O’Connor, Erik Preston, and Sasha Jensen; Stuntmen Tom Morga (Michael Myers) and George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers); Composer Alan Howarth; Writer Alan B. McElroy; Producers Malek Akkad and Paul Freeman; Special Make-Up Effects Artists John Carl Buechler and Ken Horn
  • “Inside Halloween 5″ Featurette
  • NEW The Making of Halloween 5 Featuring Interviews with Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Wendy Kaplan, Jeffrey Landman, Jonathan Chapin, Frankie Como, Tamara Glynn, Matthew Walker, and Don Shanks (Michael Myers); Producer Malek Akkad; Line Producer Rick Nathanson; and Composer Alan Howarth
  • NEW Interview with Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Burman on Halloween III: Season of the Witch
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch Radio Spots
  • TV Spots – Halloween 4, Halloween 5, Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009)
  • Photo Galleries — Halloween, Halloween 4 and Halloween 5
  • Tech Specs: 1080p, 520p Full Frame, Anamorphic Widescreen 1:85:1, 2.35:1; DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Stereo, Mono

Is it September 23rd yet?

 


 

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Latest American Horror Story: Freak Show Teaser Says Peek-a-Boo; First Footage Revealed!

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:10

Another new teaser has arrived for “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” and this one includes a few non-freaks… one of whom will probably never play peek-a-boo again!  Check it out along with a sizzle reel for FX’s fall premieres, which includes a bit of actual footage from the show.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” debuts October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX. It begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.

A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Related Story: American Horror Story: Freak Show – Official Image Gallery Now Live

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.01 – “Monsters Among Us” (airs 10/8/14)
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show (Lange) sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin. Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; directed by Ryan Murphy.

For more info visit the “AHS: Freak Show” Facebook page, check out “AHS: Freak Show” on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFreakShow_ on Twitter along with “American Horror Story” on FX.

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Killer Mermaid (2014)

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:47

Starring Kristina Klebe, Franco Nero, Natalie Burn, Dragan Mićanović, Miodrag Krstović, Slobodan Stefanović, Sofija Rajović, Zorana Kostić Obradović

Directed by Milan Todorovic

Geez, just look at the number of names I’ve listed above that end in the suffix “vic.” You should see the rest of the credits.

Speaking of spelling, since American audiences need everything spelled out for them, it seems this new killer mermaid flick originally titled Nymph has been given the more simplistic, straight-to-the-point title Killer Mermaid. While not without its flaws, this Serbian sea monster movie deserves a better moniker than the dopey new Syfy-ish title would imply.

Two American women are on vacation in scenic Montenegro. Well, one American woman and an actress playing an American who clearly struggles at times to mask her natural Russian accent.

Just the lush Balkan locale alone adds an exotic flavor that elevates the production past most low-budget creature features these days. It’s not a location we typically see on screen, particularly in horror movies, so I’d definitely say it speaks volumes that even after watching people horribly killed by both madman and monster, it still looked like a place I’d love to visit.

Kelly is a workaholic magazine writer who has issues with the ocean stemming from a childhood tragedy. I’m thinking if you suffer from a touch of aquaphobia, vacationing in a seaside Mediterranean resort town is probably not your best bet.

Her BFF Lucy looks incredible in a bikini. That’s not just me being lecherous; that really is about all we ever get to know about her. That and she’s still not entirely over her college boyfriend, Serbian playboy Alex, with whom the two are reuniting in this aquatic paradise. Alex has brought with him the fiancée he’s not sure he’s ready to fully commit to so you better believe that leads to some romantic entanglements.

Another handsome stranger joins them as they consider taking a trip out to Mamula, a small island that’s home to an abandoned military prison. When has that not ever ended badly in a movie?

The great Franco Nero doesn’t get nearly enough screen time as a grizzled fisherman, kind of like Quint to the mermaid’s Jaws. He attempts to warn the vacationers that Mamula is a place of great evil they’d be wise to stay far away from. Naturally, they do not listen. If they had, the movie would have been a 30-minute postcard.

Once on Mamula, the solid set-up gets bogged down as the attractive ne’er-do-wells are stalked by a mad fisherman whose primary weapon of choice is a four-pronged boat anchor. Comparisons to I Know What You Did Last Summer were not lost on the writers, who even make a joke referencing that film. I’m tempted to summarize the movie as I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Splash if Daryl Hannah’s siren song turned Tom Hanks into a hook-wielding homicidal maniac.

Perhaps the title should have been changed to Killer/Mermaid or Killer & Mermaid since the mermaid herself is a tad underutilized. Her maniacal minion does most of the legwork, most likely because the mermaid has no legs. The clunky slasher aspect kills a lot of momentum with tunnel chases that go on far too long. I prefer more mermaid and less killer in my killer mermaid movies.

A major opportunity is missed as the siren’s mind-controlling call appeared to be on the verge of transforming Alex into another maniacal minion, only to never really follow through with it. Given the romantic insecurities the subplots are built around, having these men take turns falling under the spell of another woman and turning on their female counterparts could have added an extra layer of both subtext and suspense to all the running and chasing that makes up too much of the mid-section.

A few less-than-convincing CGI shots aside, the mermaid is portrayed by a beautiful half-naked actress who perfectly conveys the seductive side of this mythological predator before she reveals her true face that only an alligator could love. Again, underutilized, as she doesn’t even make a full appearance until nearly the halfway point, and it won’t be until the final 15 minutes that she actually starts getting her fins dirty.

A mix of Hammer-esque horror and slasher filmdom that transforms into a full-blown creature feature by the end, pacing and story issues aside, it is a notch above most modern low-budget monster movies that tend to also be low on ambition or resources. Killer Mermaid is a Gothic creature feature dripping with atmosphere, sex appeal, and blood. But a little more mermaid action and a lot more Franco Nero really would have helped it make a bigger splash.

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Scream Factory Giving Monkey Shines and The Dark Half Blu-ray Debuts

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:09

Though primarily known as the guy who created the modern day zombie as we know it, George A. Romero has also directed a handful of non-zombie gems throughout his career, including Monkey Shines and The Dark Half. This coming November, Scream Factory puts both films onto Blu-ray for the very first time, and we’ve got all the tasty details for ya today!

From the Press Release:
This fall Scream Factory will release The Dark Half and Monkey Shines, two horror favorites from acclaimed director George A. Romero. Making their Blu-ray debuts on November 18th, 2014, each release also boasts brand new bonus features including all new audio commentaries with George A. Romero, new retrospective featurettes with cast and crew, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, and much more! In addition, fans who order their copies from ShoutFactory.com will have their order shipped three weeks early!

Allan Mann (Jason Beghe) is a bitter, angry, and vengeful man ever since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He’s fed up with himself and everyone around him. All that changes when he’s given Ella, a monkey trained to meet his every need. But when Ella begins anticipating Allan’s thoughts, strange and deadly things start happening. And as she stalks and wreaks havoc on Allan’s fair-weather girlfriend (Janine Turner), incompetent doctor, and meddling mother, Allan realizes he must stop the cunning maniacal creature… before she fully takes over his mind!

Monkey Shines stars Jason Beghe (“Chicago Hope”), Janine Turner (“Northern Exposure”), Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada), and Kate McNeil (The House on Sorority Row).

Monkey Shines Bonus Features:

· New: Audio Commentary with Writer/Director George A. Romero
· New: An Experiment in Fear – The Making of “Monkey Shines” – An all-new retrospective with Writer/Director George A. Romero; Actors Jason Beghe, John Pankow, and Kate McNeil; Executive Producer Peter Grunwald; Special Make-Up Effects Creator Tom Savini; Special Make-Up Effects Assistants Greg Nicotero and Everett Burrell; and Editor Pasquale Buba (49 minutes)
· Alternate Ending
· Deleted Scenes
· Behind-the-Scenes Footage
· Vintage “Making of MONKEY SHINES” plus additional interview clips
· Theatrical Trailers
· TV Spot
· Still Gallery

Fans can pre-order their copy now at ShoutFactory.com.

Based on the best-selling book by Stephen King, The Dark Half tells the story of horror writer Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton), who hopes to distance himself from his murder novels and from George Stark, the name he has used to anonymously author them. To achieve this, he cooks up a murder of his own: a publicity stunt that should lay Stark to rest forever. But when the people around him are found gruesomely slain – and his own fingerprints dot the crime scenes – Beaumont is dumbfounded until he learns that Stark has taken on life of his own… and begun a gruesome quest for vengeance!

The Dark Half stars Timothy Hutton (“Leverage,” Ordinary People), Amy Madigan (Field of Dreams), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead”) and Julie Harris (The Haunting).

The Dark Half Bonus Features:
· New: Audio Commentary with Writer/Director George A. Romero
· New: The Sparrows Are Flying Again!: The Making of “The Dark Half” – An all-new retrospective with Writer/Director George A. Romero; Producer Declan Baldwin; Actors Michael Rooker, Robert Joy, Rutanya Alda, and John Amplas; Composer Christopher Young; Special Make-Up Effects Creators John Vulich and Everett Burrell; Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Kutchaver; Second Unit Director Tom Dubensky; and Editor Pasquale Buba (36 Minutes)
· Deleted Scenes
· Animated Storyboards for the original ending
· Behind-the-Scenes Footage – Special Effects and On the Set
· Vintage “Making of THE DARK HALF” plus additional interview clips
· Theatrical Trailer
· TV Spot
· Still Gallery

Fans can pre-order their copy now at ShoutFactory.com.



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The Walking Dead – Image Gallery: Season 5 Episode 1 – No Sanctuary

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:54

On tap right now is the first of many images galleries we have waiting in the wings for “The Walking Dead” Season 5. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? Dig on your first look at Season 5 Episode 1, entitled “No Sanctuary,” along with the official synopsis.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.

The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes; Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon; Steven Yeun as Glenn; Lauren Cohan as Maggie; Chandler Riggs as Carl; Danai Gurira as Michonne; Melissa McBride as Carol; Michael Cudlitz as Abraham; Emily Kinney as Beth; Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese; Sonequa-Martin Green as Sasha; and Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., as Bob Stookie.

The fifth season of “The Walking Dead” kicks off on Sunday, October 12th, followed once again by “Talking Dead.”

“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.01 – “No Sanctuary” (airs 10/12/14)
We learn the true motives of the Terminans as Rick and the group find themselves in a vulnerable situation. Will they be able to work together? Written by Scott Gimple and directed by Greg Nicotero.

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

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American Horror Story: Freak Show – Official Image Gallery Now Live

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:40

Alrighty, my fellow freaks! Right now we have an image gallery for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” that showcases most of the cast you’ve been hungering to see! Check it out!

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” debuts October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX. It begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.

A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Related Story: Latest American Horror Story: Freak Show Teaser Says Peek-a-Boo; First Footage Revealed! 

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.01 – “Monsters Among Us” (airs 10/8/14)
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show (Lange) sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin. Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; directed by Ryan Murphy.

For more info visit the “AHS: Freak Show” Facebook page, check out “AHS: Freak Show” on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFreakShow_ on Twitter along with “American Horror Story” on FX.

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Tie a Ribbon on this Summary of The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.02 – Yellow Ledbetter

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:38

Yet another song title has been appropriated by “The Vampire Diaries” for an upcoming episode, and as a huge fan of Pearl Jam, I’m really hoping they do justice to the band in the October 9th Episode 6.02, which is called “Yellow Ledbetter.” Here’s the ep’s synopsis, released by The CW today.

“The Vampire Diaries” Ep. 6.02 – “Yellow Ledbetter” (10/9/14)
Knowing she needs to come to terms with the loss of Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Elena (Nina Dobrev) turns to Alaric (Matt Davis) to help her move on with her life.

Enzo (Michael Malarkey) convinces Caroline (Candice Accola) to join him as he tracks down a lead to get Damon and Bonnie (Kat Graham) back, but Caroline is shocked when they make an unexpected detour and uncover what Stefan (Paul Wesley) has been up to. Meanwhile, Matt (Zach Roerig) worries about Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), who is spending time with Sarah (guest star Gabrielle Walsh), a mysterious girl who has recently arrived in Mystic Falls.

Elsewhere, Tripp (guest star Colin Ferguson), leader of the community protection program, makes an interesting confession to Matt about his connection to the town. Lastly, with the Other Side destroyed and gone for good, Damon and Bonnie reluctantly band together to uncover the mystery of where they are and how they are going to get back home. Pascal Verschooris directed the episode written by Julie Plec.

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

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Dennis Haysbert Experiences Dead Rising

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:23

Well, he’s no Frank West, but we now have our first cast member for Legendary Digital and Crackle’s upcoming adaptation of the Capcom game Dead Rising. The Wrap is reporting that one of “24”‘s most memorable presidents, Dennis Haysbert, has signed on for some zombie slaying!

Sony’s Crackle will give the 90-minute feature, directed by Leprechaun: Origins‘ Zach Lipovsky, an exclusive digital release in the U.S. before the film receives a multi-platform release on SVOD, VOD, DVD, and TV.

Content Media Corp. (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn) will distribute both feature-length and episodic formats on international platforms.

Dead Rising takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic — with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage will all play a key role in the movie’s story.

The script was written by Tim Carter, who also produces the film alongside Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner (the same company that produced Mortal Kombat: Legacy). Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) is the executive producer.

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