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WORLD OF DEATH Ep. 88 – Miami Cannibal / Microwave

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:00

Bon Appétit Friends and Neighbors!

I hope you brought your appetite, because today we have a heaping double serving of films to satisfy your cravings for horror and gore. As a great man once said, “Food has always played a vital role in life’s rituals.” This episode of World of Death explores two films with an underlying culinary motif. Death is on the menu in heavy helpings with MIAMI CANNIBAL and MICROWAVE.

First up is a serving of fright, sliced right from the tenderloin of the world news headlines. Kyle Clement’s Miami Cannibal shows us the depths to which man will descend when fate brings two very different types of desperate individuals together, each seeking a bite to eat. One is looking for some take out, while the other hits the drive thru. With gross-out scenes rivaling the feast of Ishtar in “Blood Feast” and a soundtrack that is truly foreboding, this short teaches you why it is better to season your food with your salts, rather than eating them before you dine.

If home cooking is more your style, our second course is most certainly a meal fit for a Hungry Man. In Douglas Wicker’s Microwave we see how the best-laid plans can blow up in your face. Here the gore factor is cranked up to max heat when a college party gets out of hand. Expect the unexpected when Chelsea forgets to pay attention to her drink cup and Cheddar is playing bartender. This costume party takes a turn to the cold side when panic sets in, needless to say a penicillin allergy will be the least of their worries when Cheddar is cooking.

I hope you enjoy today’s specials. Share this with your friends and neighbors and remember… the menu changes twice a week!
– Eric Breitenbach

World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for.  Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre.  And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go.  Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 10am CST.

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Animated Sequel ‘The Book of Life 2’ Being Developed

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:38

What happened after the events of the 2014 hit? We’ll soon find out!

Variety reports tonight that director Jorge R. Gutierrez announced today at the Annecy Festival that he and Reel FX Animation Studios are moving forward with The Book of Life 2, a follow-up to the Golden Globe-nominated fantasy adventure film that drew colorful inspiration from Dia de los Muertos. Gutierrez plans on returning to direct.

The stereoscopic 3D sequel is currently in the early stages of development, and Gutierrez says it will be a “continuation of the story with everybody you love from the first movie.” He added, “I am a big fan of romantic movies. I always want to find out what happens afterwards. That’s one question we will ask during the sequel.”

Produced by Guillermo del Toro and from an original idea by Gutierrez, The Book of Life follows Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. He embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

Check out an awesome piece of faux The Book of Life 2 poster art below, recently whipped up by Gutierrez, his wife Sandra Equihua and art director Paul Sullivan!

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New ‘Call of Cthulhu’ Trailer Plunges into the Depths of Madness

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:12

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft

Originally teased at E3 last year, developer Cyanide Studios’ Lovecraftian game Call of Cthulhu is finally headed our way soon, and today brings a brand new trailer out of this year’s E3. The RPG-Investigation game, set in a deeply immersive world with an oppressive atmosphere, blends psychological horror and stealth mechanics.

In the game…

A Private Detective, Edward Pierce is a mission to find the truth behind the death of an acclaimed artist and her family on a backwater island. Pierce is used to trusting his instincts, but with whale mutilations and disappearing bodies, this is only the beginning as reality becomes skewed. As your investigation leads you closer to the sphere of influence of the Great Dreamer, you will start to doubt everything you see. You will have to find balance between your own sanity, and your determination in finding out what lurks in the shadows – as they say that madness is the only way that can bring you to the truth.

The player will soon uncover a more disturbing truth as Cthulhu prepares its awakening.

Check out the new trailer, depicting Pierce’s submersion into the depths of madness.

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[Video] The Horror Movies That Inspired ‘It Comes at Night’

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 16:11

Every movie from the present was in some way inspired by a movie from the past, and Trey Edward Shults’ contained thriller It Comes at Night is no exception.

Released last weekend by A24, the film is a tense, stripped to the bone take on the post-apocalypse, starring Joel Edgerton as a man determined to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe from, well, what’s killing everyone outside.

So which horror movies inspired Shults to make It Comes at Night? Shults himself revealed the four main ones in a featurette video that you can check out below!

In the film…

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order he has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge.

Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within him as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.

Riley Keough, Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbot, and Kelvin Harrison, Jr. star.

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New ‘Teen Wolf’ Blu-rays Include Documentary and Interviews

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:20

On August 8, 2017, Scream Factory will present two classic films from the 1980’s, Teen Wolf (Collector’s Editon), starring Michael J Fox, and Teen Wolf Too (Collector’s Edition), starring Jason Bateman, the latter on Blu-ray for the first time. In addition, the Saturday morning kids show Teen Wolf: The Complete Animated Series will get a DVD release from Shout! Factory, on September 5!

Special Features on Teen Wolf (Collector’s Editon) include a new 2017 high-definition film transfer taken from the interpositive, a still gallery, the original theatrical trailer, and Never. Say. Die. The Story Of Teen Wolf – an exciting new comprehensive documentary about the making and legacy of the film, including brand-new interviews with writers Jeph Loeb and Matthew Weisman; producers Mark Levinson and Scott Rosenfelt; stars Susan Ursitti-Sheinberg, Jerry Levine, Matt Adler, Jim MacKrell and Troy Evans; basketball double Jeff Glosser; casting director Paul Ventura; production designer Chester Kaczenski; special effects make-up artist Jeff Dawn; and editor Lois Freeman-Fox.  With a runtime of 2 hours and 23 minutes, the documentary also delves into the controversial urban legend regarding the final scenes of the film.

He always wanted to be special … but he never expected this! Like all teenagers, Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox, the Back to the Future trilogy) is going through some … changes. But unlike the rest of the students at Beacontown High School, Scott’s changes include long hair that covers his entire body, claw-like fingernails, fangs, a heightened sense of smell, superhuman strength and the extraordinary ability to … play basketball? And that’s just the beginning.

Naturally, these uncanny new features turn this loveable loser into the most popular kid in school. But by embracing his newly minted popularity, has the Teen Wolf lost sight of what it truly means to be Scott Howard?

Special features on Teen Wolf Too (Collector’s Edition) include Working with the Wolf – an interview with director Christopher Leitch,Otherworldly – an interview with co-star Kim Darby, A Man of Great ‘Stiles’ – an interview with co-star Stuart Fratkin, Nerdy Girl Saves the Day – an interview with co-star Estee Chandler, A Wolf in ‘80s Clothing – a look at the wardrobe of Teen Wolf Too with costume designer Heidi Kaczenski, and a still gallery.

In Teen Wolf Too, “High school was easy, but college is a whole different animal! Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) stars as Todd Howard, a Hamilton University freshman with a full athletic scholarship — only Todd has no idea why, since he’s far more interested in veterinary medicine than sports. But his boxing coach, Bobby Finstock, is very familiar with the Howard family secret and he’s hoping he can use it to his advantage. When the whole school — including Todd — finds out that he’s a werewolf with superhuman abilities, Todd’s popularity skyrockets and he becomes the big wolf on campus.

But is his fame a gift? Or a curse? And can he keep it from getting in the way of the relationships he has with his best friends and girlfriend? Perhaps a little guidance from his professor (Kim Darby, True Grit), who has a secret of her own, may help Todd learn the biggest lesson of all.

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Two More Board TNT’s “Snowpiercer”

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:11

Yesterday we told you that Annalise Basso (Ouija: Origin of Evil, OculusCaptain Fantastic) and Sasha Frolova are set as series regulars opposite Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs in TNT’s pilot “Snowpiercer”, a futuristic thriller drama based on the acclaimed 2013 feature by Bong Joon-ho. Now, Deadline is reporting that Alison Wright (“The Americans”) and Benjamin Haigh (The Conjuring 2) have also joined the growing cast.

The hourlong drama pilot, directed by Doctor Strange, Sinister, and Exorcism of Emily Rose helmer Scott Derrickson, explores class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival.

The series is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe.

Wright will play Lilah Anderson. She is careful and quiet but a pragmatic and independent thinker. Lilah lives with her husband and daughter in a fourth-class cabin and works in the train’s nail salon. Lilah doesn’t know how strong she is, but she’ll soon be forced to find out.

Haigh will portray Fergus McConnell, who lives in the back of the train amongst poverty. He helps his mother care for his sick father, and does his best to contribute to the daily struggles of life in this part of the train.

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History Repeats Itself in these ‘Darkness Rising’ Images

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:07

IFC Midnight’s Darkness Rising is haunting select theaters, VOD, and via digital platforms June 30, 2017.

In the film, “A house’s horrifying secrets are resurrected in this blood-drenched supernatural nightmare. For years, Madison (Tara Holt) has been tormented by the memories of a traumatic childhood incident: when she was a girl, her mother murdered her younger sister, and nearly killed Madison, too. Joined by her fiancé (Bryce Johnson) and cousin (Katrina Law), the now-adult Madison returns to the home where it happened just before it’s slated to be demolished. Seeking closure, the trio instead finds themselves ensnared by the same evil presence that drove Madison’s mother to unthinkable violence. It soon looks like history may repeat itself…

Cult horror icon Ted Raimi co-stars in this new haunter. Check out the film’s official trailer and new batch of stills.

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Here’s the Full “Shark Week” 2017 Schedule!

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:02

With 47 Meters Down hitting theaters this weekend, it may already feel like Shark Week here in the horror world, but Discovery’s week-long celebration doesn’t actually kick off for another month. The 29th annual event begins on Sunday, July 23rd at 7pm, and now we know exactly what to expect this year.

EW just got their hands on the programming schedule, which includes new specials such as “Devil Sharks,” “Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins” and “SharkMania”!

  • SUNDAY, JULY 23

Great White Shark Serial Killer Lives (7 p.m. ET/PT)
Every two years in October — in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 — a secluded beach on the central California coast has been the scene of great white shark attacks. Is it the same shark returning again and again? And will the attacks continue in October 2016? Dr. Michael Domeier believes the Surf Beach attacks may be more than a tragic coincidence. With the help of shark experts Ralph Collier and Cal Lutheran, and using satellite tags and DNA technology, he wants to out the killer once and for all.”

Phelps Vs Shark: Great Gold Vs Great White (8 p.m. ET/PT)
“They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps. 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds. But he has one competition left to win. An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps Vs Shark – The race is on!”

Shark-Croc Showdown (9:10 p.m. ET/PT)
“Dr. Mark Meekan and conservationist Paul de Gelder go on an expedition to one the sharkiest places in the world – a remote wilderness called the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia. Meekan is there to count sharks and species as part of Vulcan’s Global FinPrint project – Paul de Gelder’s going because he heard that sharks and crocs fight over sea turtles out there.  What happens when 14-foot crocodiles move into shark infested waters? That’s what they’re going to find out!”

Devil Sharks (10:10 p.m. ET/PT)
“From active to extinct, and at very stage in between. volcanoes hold a strong attraction for sharks of all kinds. Across the world, sharks congregate and concentrate around volcanoes and volcanic islands. What is it about volcanoes that make them shark hotspots? Dr. Mike Heithaus dives several volcanoes to find out.”

Shark After Dark (11:10 p.m. ET/PT)
“Shark After Dark will look back at some of the highlights from Shark Week and look ahead to give viewers a sneak peek at the next day’s Shark Week programs. Eli Roth returns as host for the third year in a row.”

  • MONDAY, JULY 24

Shark Vortex (8 p.m. ET/PT)
“Each summer the Gulf Stream pushes north into the waters of southern New England, bringing with it thirty species of shark. Greg Skomal and Joe Romeiro study the annual spectacle, focusing on three sharks – makos, great whites, and porbeagles – that can out-swim, out-think, and out-compete all the others.”

Return to the Isle of Jaws (9 p.m. ET/PT)
“Divers and scientists Return to the Isle of Jaws to unlock the mysteries of this new great white hot spot, just south of Western Australia. They make a startling discovery that causes a re-think of everything we thought we knew about great whites.”

Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins (10 p.m. ET/PT)
Alien Sharks is back in search of some of the world’s strangest sharks. Dr. Craig O’Connell goes to the Bass Strait for sawsharks, while Victoria Elena Vasquez and Dr. David Ebert go into deep water in Tokyo Bay to find the star of the show, the goblin shark. They find both sawsharks and goblins — and many more, including ghost sharks, frilled sharks, and the amazing luminescent lantern shark.”

Shark After Dark (11 p.m. ET/PT)

  • TUESDAY, JULY 25

Sharks and the City: L.A. (9 p.m. ET/PT)
“Along the coastline of LA, great white sharks are increasing and they seem to be hunting out of season. Dr. Chris Lowe, Director of the CSULB Shark Lab, wants to know why.  His investigation takes him to Guadalupe Island, off Mexico, where he finds the answer.”

Sharks and the City: New York (10 p.m. ET/PT)
“For decades, great white shark numbers were in decline in the waters around New York.  But now, seals are back in New York Harbor – can the great whites be far behind?   Marine biologist Craig O’Connell tries to find out how close they really are, and shows what a future with great whites in New York will look like.”

Shark After Dark (11 p.m. ET/PT)

In addition to regular programming, select theaters nationwide will premiere a brand new 2017 special alongside an unannounced special from last year on Tuesday, July 18th. The Fathom Events screening has been dubbed “Shark Week At the Movies,” allowing mega fans to experience “Shark Week” on a bigger screen than ever before.

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 

The Lost Cage (9 p.m. ET/PT)
“A team of explorers float in a one-of-a-kind shark cage, 500 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. Acting as human lures in the open ocean will they encounter its deadliest shark?”

The Great Hammerhead Invasion (10 p.m. ET/PT)
“Early November, Giant Hammerheads arrive off Bimini, in the Bahamas. But why? Leading shark scientist Tristan Guttridge tags and follows these normally solitary sharks to find out.  Many appear to be pregnant females, as an ultrasound of a female hammerhead shows. Guttridge believes they over-winter in Bimini to feed the growing young in their bellies – and then move on to the Florida coast to prey on migrating blacktips – and the evidence is unmistakable.”

Shark After Dark (11 p.m. ET/PT)

  • THURSDAY, JULY 27

Shark Exile (9 p.m. ET/PT)
“In Brazil, Dr. Hazin has successfully reduced the number of shark encounters by simply catching and moving sharks out to the open sea.  What’s his secret? And can this solution work in Australia, where encounters are a problem?”

Shark Swarm (10 p.m. ET/PT)
“At various times of the year and in different locations around the world, sharks of many kinds gather, swarm, and spiral. Dr. Tristan Guttridge conducts a study of just what brings them together, and what’s going on in these shark ‘societies.’”

Shark After Dark (11 p.m. ET/PT)
  • FRIDAY, JULY 28

African Shark Safari (9 p.m. ET/PT)
“Madagascar is not known as a location for great white sharks. According to the shark sanctuary here, both great whites and tigers are ‘extinct’ in Madagascan waters. So why has a great white shark, tagged in South Africa, travelled 1500 miles up the African coast to Madagascar? Craig O’Connell and the team make the long journey to the remote island nation to investigate and see if Madagascar is the next big great white shark hotspot.”

Lair of the Sawfish (10 p.m. ET/PT)
“Experts unravel the mystery behind one of the sea’s strangest creatures, the sawfish, from its evolutionary links to sharks and rays, to its key role in the marine ecosystem. Their goal is to bring the sawfish back from the brink of extinction.”

  • SATURDAY, JULY 29

Sharkmania (9 p.m. ET/PT)
“A rundown of the greatest moments from Shark Week 2017, featuring the closest calls, biggest bites, greatest gadgets, and viewers’ top picks for the best of Shark Week history.”

  •  SUNDAY, JULY 30

Shark School with Michael Phelps (8 p.m. ET/PT)
“Michael Phelps joins Doc Gruber and Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Shark Lab to get a crash course on everything ‘shark’.  They’ll dispel the myths and common misconceptions, teach him how to safely dive with sharks – including how to stay calm when a hammerhead swims two feet above his face — and will get Michael Phelps up close and personal with the incredible power of a Great White.”

In addition to regular programming, select theaters nationwide will premiere a brand new 2017 special alongside an unannounced special from last year on Tuesday, July 18th. The Fathom Events screening has been dubbed “Shark Week At the Movies,” allowing mega fans to experience “Shark Week” on a bigger screen than ever before.

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Horror’s Most Devastating Car Crashes!

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 14:01

In action and drama films, the car crash is often used to bring shock, surprise, and intensity to otherwise light, entertaining fare. Horror, on the other hand, doesn’t need help in creating shock and surprise; when horror films do have a sizable budget, they frequently choose to spend it on makeup, monsters, and gore effects rather than the expensive set-ups required for physical stunts and car explosions.

But on those rare occasions when a horror film decides to portray a car crash, those scenes are infinitely more harrowing and effective than in other films. In honor of this weekend’s release of Cars 3 (which looks decidedly darker than its predecessors, by the way) we’ve put together a list of horror films with spectacular, disturbing car crash sequences…

THE DESCENT


Though it is remembered for many things, including great performances from an all-female lead cast, Neil Marshall’s claustrophobic survival film opened with (SPOILER ALERT) the tragic loss of one character’s husband and child. The scene is brief, horrifying, and the aftermath of it hangs over the entire film. Nearly a decade later, a car crash would be used for similar story purposes in 2014’s The Babadook.

INSIDE


The opening of Inside echoes the tragedy of both The Descent and The Babadook, but directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury take it one horrifying step further by having the survivor of the opening car crash be a pregnant woman. The film is filled with a series of disturbingly memorable horror set pieces, and one of them is the uncomfortably quiet opening moments in the aftermath of a wreck – a single living person sitting in the totaled wreck of a vehicle next to her dead spouse.

CRASH


There were several films whose car crashes would have put them on the list if not for the fact that they weren’t genuine horror films. John Frankenheimer’s work in Ronin is unmatched in its intensity, and Jonathan Mostow’s Breakdown is a brilliant post-Duel B-movie, but both fall more comfortably into thriller than horror. The only reason Crash received special consideration is because of its director, David Cronenberg, is an all-time horror great, and because the film itself borders on horror with its unflinching violence, haunting performances, and moody score.

ROAD GAMES


While Richard Franklin’s Road Games is mostly a highway-bound reinvention of Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window, the few sequences of car action and impact leave a definite impression. There is no doubt that the film spills into horror with its seediness, its garrote wire killer, and its performance from newly dubbed scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. The eighteen-wheeler landing atop the car it is pursuing is a particular highlight.

DUEL


There is little left to be said about Steven Spielberg’s first directorial triumph, painstakingly crafted from a taut short story by Richard Matheson. Brilliant themes and skilled filmmaking aside, the whole film builds inexorably to one expectation: the car being pursued by an evil truck will finally turn around and face its pursuer. It does so, and in spectacular fashion, as the truck smashes through the flaming wreck of a car only to find itself teetering on the edge of a cliff… and there is nowhere to go but down.

THE CAR


It is appropriate for Elliot Silverstein’s The Car to follow Duel on this list, because it takes every story beat from Spielberg’s mainstream breakthrough, Jaws, and sets it on land with a driverless black car instead of a shark. There are several attack sequences in the film and more than a few car wrecks, but it is the over-the-top end sequence that puts it on this list. The local deputy lures the car into a quarry, sends it over a cliff, and then blows up the quarry and the car in an explosion sequence that seems nearly never-ending.

THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS


Before director Peter Weir became known in America for his lyrical horror films Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Last Wave, he made this offbeat, darkly comic film about a town whose livelihood is based on the intentional destruction of tourists’ cars. The plot and characters are outlandish, as is the car violence; there are only a handful of genuine car mayhem sequences, but those sequences are a wonder to behold.

MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE

No list of films about car wrecks would be complete without the inclusion of Stephen King’s only directorial work. Based on his own short story, the film chronicles the growing war between people and the machines that have suddenly come to violent life. The film has its unique pleasures, from the AC/DC score to a committed performance from character actor Pat Hingle, but its vehicle carnage is what makes it most memorable.

RACE WITH THE DEVIL


This film has an impressive road movie pedigree: directed by Jack Starrett (who made biker film Run, Angel, Run and episodes of Dukes of Hazzard) and starring Easy Rider’s Peter Fonda and Two-Lane Blacktop’s Warren Oates, Race with the Devil combines the road film with the cult film to great and creepy effect. The final act of the film is a prolonged chase scene where two couples are trying to escape a group of backwoods Satanists, and there are a number of fantastic crashes along the way.

STUCK


It is a remarkable enough feat to create a devastating car crash whose impact is felt emotionally through the whole film. More impressive than that is the film whose entire story is about the painful physical aftermath of an accident, played nearly in real time. Stuck is real-world horror from Stuart Gordon, known primarily for his decidedly unreal H.P. Lovecraft adaptations. Stephen Rea’s performance conveys deep suffering, and there are moments of body trauma that rival the best and creepiest of Cronenberg.

THE HITCHER


Everything in crazed hitchhiker John Ryder’s wake is left in ruins. That includes lives, souls, and more than a few cars and helicopters. Robert Harmon’s direction of the relentless script by Eric Red strips the horror film down to its bare essentials, but still somehow manages to paint on a massive canvas. The wide-open deserts isolate the protagonist and antagonist in an eternal struggle, and the explosions of the vehicles are just more fire in their own personal hell.

DEATH PROOF


For the first half hour of Quentin Tarantino’s half of Grindhouse, a viewer would be forgiven for being confused and possibly a little frustrated with the pace of the story about a group of young ladies laughing, talking, and drinking over a fairly uneventful night. But at the end of the night, the drive home spins the film in a new direction with breakneck speed. Stuntman Mike offers one young lady a ride home in his “death proof” car, and it leads to one of the most spectacularly executed sequences of action in a major theatrical release of the last two decades. Watching the crash multiple times from various angles, the brief moment of impact echoes numerous times on the screen, imprinting itself in the viewer’s mind forever.

FINAL DESTINATION 2


Based on sheer carnage alone, Final Destination 2 is one of the most devastating car crashes of any film, horror or otherwise. Seeking to top the brilliant action of the original film’s airplane accident, director and stunt coordinator took advantage of his first major feature opportunity to create a Rube Goldberg machine of violence and mayhem. A loose tree log and a cup of hot coffee lead to one of the deadliest event chains in film history. The highway sequence alone was enough to secure Ellis (who we sadly lost in 2013) another directing gig later in the franchise with 2009’s The Final Destination.

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“American Horror Story: Roanoke” Coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:48

Step into YOUR Roanoke nightmare.

We recently learned that a walk-through attraction based on The Shining is coming to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, and today brings the reveal that attendees will also come face-to-face with supernatural horrors inside a live experience set within the world of last year’s “American Horror Story: Roanoke.” 

Yes, the attraction is based entirely on last year’s season of the hit FX series, and HHN creative director John Murdy just explained why over on Twitter.

As you know, last year we did our first American Horror Story maze based on the seasons Murder House, Freak Show and Hotel,” he wrote. “This year we’ve decided to focus on a single season of AHS, the most recent season… Roanoke. The maze last year was extremely well received by our fans and the fans of AHS. But after last year I wanted to take a different approach.”

Each season of AHS is its own world. Each season has plenty of content for its own maze,” Murdy continued. “So we wanted to focus on a single season this time. Because we’re focusing on Roanoke this year, that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about Coven and Asylum. It means we’re saving them. I didn’t want to do them all in one maze this year… when you think about a season like Asylum… that can be its own maze in the future, etc. So that’s why we took the approach we did. We get to do an in-depth Roanoke maze hitting all the major scenes, characters, etc.

Check out the announce trailer below!

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‘Happy Death Day’ Images Are a Scream!

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:21

Earlier this morning we shared the intriguing first trailer for Happy Death Day, which stars La La Land‘s Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Tapping into the classic Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day and looking like an amped up teen slasher like “Scream Queens”, the film is directed by Christopher Landon, who helmed Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Paramount’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

Pegged for release on October 13, 2017, the film stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, and Rachel Matthew.

Here are a few official images to go along with the teaser poster with the tag, “Get Up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again.” That’s a mouthful.

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[Exclusive] First Look at Factory Entertainment’s Pennywise Motion Statue!

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:06

Kiss me, fat boy.

Despite being one of the single most iconic horror villains of them all, Pennywise (as played by Tim Curry in the 1990 mini-series adaptation of IT) has actually had very few collectibles made in his likeness over the years. It was only recently that Funko brought the child-killing clown into their POP! vinyl and Mystery Minis lines; before that, we really had no way to display him on our toy shelves.

That’s why we’re so excited to announce that Factory Entertainment has just whipped up a Pennywise “Premium Motion Statue” that is now available for pre-order, ahead of an expected Winter 2017 shipping date! The 15″ statue is selling for $124.99.

Tim Curry’s likeness of the sewer dwelling clown is hauntingly immortalized in this 15” tall recreation of the character as seen in the popular roadside scene where he waves while holding floating balloons. Best of all, this statue features audio of your favorite lines from the film.

Click the pics below to super-size them!

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Alternate Universe Zombie Game ‘Metal Gear Survive’ Pushed to 2018

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:46

Taking place in the time period between Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami’s upcoming Metal Gear Survive is set to take the popular franchise down a whole new path by introducing the “creatures,” zombie-like monsters that change the game in a big way. The co-op survival game, set in an alternate universe, is the first post-Hideo Kojima entry in the series.

Previously set for a 2017 release, we’ve just learned that Metal Gear Survive has been pushed back to early 2018. The reason? Konami needs more time to polish the game.

Meantime, check out the trailer below.

In the new game…

Following the evacuation of Big Boss and Kazuhira Miller from the besieged Mother Base, a wormhole opens in the sky and absorbs the offshore plant as well the remaining Militaires Sans Frontières soldiers. The soldiers are transported to an alternate reality along with the remains of Mother Base, to find the world full of hostile, crystalline zombie-like entities known as “creatures”. Their goal is to find materials and do anything they can to go back to their own world.

Look for it on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

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Vertical Acquires ‘Never Here’ Ahead of the LAFF

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:40

Just ahead of the Los Angeles Film Festival, Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Never Here, a psychological thriller starring Mireille Enos that is having its world premiere Sunday, Deadline reports. Vertical is planning a day-and-date theatrical release in fourth-quarter 2017, followed by a pay TV debut on Starz in early 2018.

Vertical is planning a day-and-date theatrical release in fourth-quarter 2017, followed by a pay TV debut on Starz in early 2018.

The pic is written and directed by Camille Thoman and centers on Enos’ Miranda, an installation artist who follows, photographs and documents the lives of strangers to create her art. One night her secret lover witnesses a violent act from Miranda’s apartment window. To protect his identity, Miranda poses as the primary witness, making statements to the police about a crime she did not see, and she begins to create a new piece of work based on these circumstances. It sends Miranda into a maze of doubt and fear, blurring the lines between artist and subject.

Sam Shepard, Goran Visnjic, Vincent Piazza, Nina Arianda, Ana Nogueira, and Desmin Borges co-star.

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5 Things We Want Added to “Friday the 13th: The Game”

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:19

We may not be getting a new Friday the 13th movie this year or anytime soon – if EVER, depending on how those pressing legal issues play out – but I’m suddenly not all that sad about that in the wake of the long-awaited Friday the 13th: The Game finally being unleashed just a few weeks back.

Honestly, it’s more of a treat than a handful of new movies would probably be.

I spent nearly the entirety of last weekend playing with friends on Playstation 4, and now that I’ve logged more hours that I should probably admit, I feel pretty comfortable saying that Friday the 13th: The Game has wildly exceeded even the high expectations I had built up for it over the years. To finally be able to play as Jason Voorhees, stalking camp counselors around the iconic locales from the films, is nothing short of a lifelong fantasy come true, and I’ve found it maybe, even more, fun to play as counselors fighting for survival while the masked maniac hunts me down.

Clearly made by hardcore fans, the attention to even the tiniest details is jaw-dropping (Jason, for example, can only run when you’re playing as a version of him that ran in the movies), and I just can’t possibly say enough good things about how lovingly the franchise was brought into the gaming world for its first video game since that goofy NES abomination from the ’80s. Say what you want about the gameplay issues that plagued the first week or so of release, but those are all being worked out so rapidly that the game is literally getting smoother by the day.

Speaking of which, Friday the 13th: The Game is sure to evolve in the weeks, months and maybe even years to come, getting bigger and better with DLC content that will very likely make what we’ve got now seem like it wasn’t much to be so overjoyed about. But what specifically would we like to see added to the game in the future? I’ve got 5 big requests, most of which I’m willing to bet will eventually come to fruition…

1) STORY MODE

From what we’ve heard, a single-player mode is soon coming to Friday the 13th: The Game, which will be nice because we’ll no longer have to wait on friends and/or strangers when wanting to plop down on the couch to play – even simple bots would go a long way in making private multi-player matches a whole lot more fun, while also cutting down wait times for public games. Going one step further, I’d love for a full-on story mode to be added to the game (which for now has a very simple “survive or kill” set-up), allowing you to recreate key moments from the Friday the 13th films as you play.

How cool would it be, for example, to play a mini-game that sees you chain Jason to the bottom of Crystal Lake as Tommy Jarvis? Or how about one that makes you chase Jason down to the Higgins Haven barn and stick an axe in his head, ala the final act of Part 3? There are countless memorable moments from the films to pull from (as seen above, you can already recreate the epic sleeping bag kill!), and it would be so much fun playing an active part in those moments, with cut-scenes bringing them to life when set tasks are successfully completed.

Story mode, from what I understand, is indeed a future priority.

2) MANHATTAN

Aside from story mode, my #1 request for Friday the 13th: The Game is a Manhattan map… for obvious reasons. One of the downsides of the game right now is that there are only three maps to choose from – Crystal Lake, Packanack Lodge and Higgins Haven – which can get a little bit repetitive. In order to spice things up going forward, a map that lets you roam around Manhattan would be huge – not to mention, it would finally scratch the itch that Jason Takes Manhattan left us with so many years ago.

We may not ever see the Jason Takes Manhattan film we truly wanted back in 1989 but being able to PLAY that movie would be a massive apology that would finally right one of horror’s all-time saddest wrongs. It kinda needs to happen, don’t you think?!

3) UBER JASON

At the time of writing this article, Friday the 13th: The Game allows to play as seven different versions of Jason – Part 2, Part 3, Jason Lives, The New Blood, Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell and, if you were able to snag it during the pre-order phase, Tom Savini’s brand new “Hell Jason.” We can only assume that the other Jasons will eventually be added as playable characters (NES, perhaps?!), but the one we want most is Uber Jason, of course from the futuristic Jason X.

The addition of Uber Jason has been rumored for quite some time now – Uber-Jason was, it’s worth noting, one of the most-requested skins in a poll held on the game’s website – and I just can’t help but think how much fun it’d be to see that bizarre version of Jason in Earthbound locales like Crystal Lake and Higgins Havens.

Of course, a Jason X map would also be awesome…

4) MORE MOVIE CHARACTERS

Other than Jason, the only character from the Friday the 13th films in the game is Tommy Jarvis, voiced by Thom Mathews and based on the character’s appearance in Jason Lives – you can play as Tommy, though he can’t be chosen from the character selection screen. All of the other characters are generic archetypes ripped from the slasher handbook, but my hope is that other fan-favorite characters from the movies will soon be added to the mix.

Personal requests? Alice from Part 1, Ginny from Part 2, Shelly from Part 3, Demon from A New Beginning, and Tina from The New Blood. Tina could come equipped with special powers that rival Jason’s, which would make playing as her extra fun – the existing characters in the game right now have no special powers, while Jason, true to the films, has special skills that allow him to detect where counselors are on the map and even teleport from location to location with the press of a button… he seemed to do much the same thing in the movies, after all!

5) CREATE-A-CHARACTER

Even if every Jason and all of our favorite movie characters are available in Friday the 13th: The Game, it would still be extra special if we could create our own characters to bring into the mix. Most games of this sort have create-a-character modes, which in the case of this particular game would allow us to live out a dream we probably all share: actually being in a Friday the 13th movie!

Personally speaking, the character of Kenny Riedell (above) already looks enough like me that playing as him feels like I’m playing as, well, myself, but how cool would it be if we could actually custom-make video game versions of ourselves to do battle with Jason? Certainly not a necessity, but a fun addition that would keep the game feeling fresh and exciting for a long time to come.

What would YOU like to see added to Friday the 13th: The Game?

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’47 Meters Down’ Got a Theatrical Release Because of ‘The Shallows’

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:12

It’s pretty damn unprecedented that Johannes Roberts’ 47 Meters Down (read our review) is being released into thousands of theaters this weekend, because the original plan was for the shark attack thriller to go direct-to-video.

To make a long story short, Dimension Films was primed and ready to release the film on DVD last August (under the title In the Deep), but Freestyle Media came out of nowhere, swooped it up, and decided to bring it to theaters. This all happened literally a week before the DVD was to be released – some stores even put it on shelves early, which makes this whole thing even crazier.

So what happened? Why did Freestyle Media have so much faith in 47 Meters Down and how did it go from being dumped onto video to having its own freakin’ Snapchat filter and massive cardboard standee in movie theaters across the country? As is often the case in Hollywood, it was another film that paved the way for 47 Meters Down to go wide.

As it turns out, it was the box office success of The Shallows last summer that directly led to Freestyle scooping up 47 Meters Down and unleashing it on the big screen.

We were in post-production when they started on The Shallows,” Roberts explained to Dread Central. “But theirs was a studio movie that had a lot of money, and moved fast. I think we just didn’t have the money to compete with them, but then the movie worked super well and we could have got caught up a little bit. The Weinsteins were not sure what to do with it, and then you know what? The Shallows ended up to be a great thing for us. It did super well, it proved people are really interested in the genre.

He continued, “So yeah, it was a funny time, but this happens all the time in film, you’re working on something and something else comes out and if they have more money and clout they can beat you to the cinemas. So it’s good and it’s bad, you just have to roll with it, you can’t get too angry or caught up in it.”

Here’s hoping 47 Meters Down does well enough to pave the way for more shark movies.

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Ryan Phillippe Talks Returning to Horror 20 Years After ‘I Know What You Did’

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:40

Ready to feel super old?

Incredibly, teen slasher flick I Know What You Did Last Summer turns 20 years old this October, which honestly blows my mind. Fittingly, star Ryan Phillippe, who was in his early twenties at the time, is returning to the horror genre this coming Summer with John Leonetti’s Wish Upon, a new horror flick wherein he plays, get this, a father.

We are all so old, you guys. I’m so sorry.

In a new Wish Upon featurette (below), Phillippe talks about horror allowing for his career – and life – to come full circle.

I enjoy a good scare and especially this type of scary movie,” said the 42-year-old actor. “It reminds me of some of those movies that were around when I came up – like I Know What You Did Last Summer, or like Scream. I thought it would kinda be fun for me now, as an adult, to play a parent in a film that was like those that I started my career with.”

Headed our way on July 14, 2017, Wish Upon stars Joey King as a 16-year-old misfit who finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she’s always wanted — only to discover that each wish demands a deadly payment.

In the latest horror thriller from the director of ANNABELLE, 17-year-old CLARE SHANNON (Joey King) is barely surviving the hell that is high school, along with her friends MEREDITH (Sydney Park) and JUNE (Shannon Purser). So when her dad (Ryan Phillippe) gifts her an old music box with an inscription that promises to grant the owner’s wishes, she thinks there is nothing to lose. Clare makes her first wish and, to her surprise, it comes true. Before long, she finally has it all: money, popularity and her dream boy. Everything seems perfect – until the people closest to her begin dying in gruesome and twisted ways. Now, with blood on her hands, Clare has to get rid of the box, before it costs her and everyone she loves the ultimate price.

Sydney Park (“The Walking Dead”), Shannon Purser (“Stranger Things”) and Elisabeth Rohm (American Hustle) also star.

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Kevin Smith’s ‘Comes the Krampus’ Becomes ‘KillRoy Was Here’; Shooting Now

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:05

What happened to Kevin Smith’s Krampus movie? We now know.

Dating back a few years, Smith revealed that he had scripted a Christmas-themed horror anthology titled Comes the Krampus, which was eventually re-titled Anti-Claus. The project, however, never got off the ground, as the Krampus explosion that came in the wake of Michael Dougherty’s film zapped Smith’s passion for making his own movie about the mythical monster.

Instead, Smith has turned Comes the Krampus into KillRoy Was Here.

We were gonna make this Krampus movie and then somebody went and made a Krampus movie,” Smith explained over on Facebook Live last night. “Ours was an anthology that played more like Creepshow. Or, to appeal to the modern day kids, Creepshow 2. Or, let’s say, Black Mirror. So yeah, it’s kinda like that. It’s an anthology. So our Krampus movie – which was called Comes the Krampus and then later on, Anti-Claus – it got shelved. So we decided to re-engineer that dopey script. We turned it into a different movie. We just changed the Krampus character – it’s almost the same script. Took the Christmas elements out of it. Instead, we’re calling it KillRoy Was Here.”

The film will feature a long-nosed monster that was designed by the legendary Robert Kurtzman, and it’s inspired by the “KilRoy Was Here” graffiti that was prominent during World War II. The horror anthology is currently being filmed in Sarasota, Florida, and Smith is being assisted by the students of the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Watch the filming of a KillRoy scene below!

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‘Happy Death Day’ Looks Like a New Spin on the “Final Girl” (Trailer)

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:03

Happy birthday? More like Happy Death Day.

Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) directs Blumhouse’s latest in which a college student (Jessica Rothe; La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

What I find so interesting about the concept is that not only are we witnessing the birth of a final girl but we’re also watching as she must evade her death to become one.

Pegged for release on October 13, 2017, the film stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, and Rachel Matthew.

Landon directs from a script he co-penned with Scott Lobdell. Landon, who penned Disturbia and several Paranormal Activity sequels, also directed Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Paramount’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

 

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New Image from Xavier Gens’ ‘Hostile’ Takes Aim

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:02

Here’s a new still from Mathieu Turi’s Hostile showing Brittany Ashworth taking aim at something. What’s interesting is what’s in the background – what is that?!

“After a worldwide epidemic, most of the planet’s population is killed. Only a few thousand have survived and are struggling to find food and shelter. But they’re not alone: They have to hide from strange creatures that go hunting at night.

Juliette, a young woman whose life has taught her to handle things on her own, is the only one in her group to have the guts to go anywhere near cities to find food. But on her way back to the camp one afternoon, she loses control as she’s driving. She wakes up upside down, stuck in her car with a broken leg, in the middle of the desert, and it’s nighttime.”

Directed by Turi and produced by Xavier Gens (The Divide, Frontier(s)), Hostile stars Brittany Ashworth, Grégory Fitoussi, and Javier Botet, who we’ve written about previously. Thanks to Fabien M. for sending in.

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