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‘The Call Up’ Violates Virtual Reality Game

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 09:58

Altitude Film Sales has secured distribution deals in a number of key territories for Charles Barker’s debut feature The Call Up, reports ScreenDaily.

Vertical Entertainment has picked up US rights with Mongrel Media taking Canada. Deals were also finalised with Altitude Film Distribution for the UK, Nikkatsu for Japan, Defiant for Australia/New Zealand, Betta Pictures for Spain and Gate 23 for Airlines.

“The Call Up follows a group of online gamers who are invited to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality game, but what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge video technology – a perfect representation of soldiers in a warzone – takes a turn for the sinister when the stakes are raised to fatal.

Max Deacon (Into The Storm) plays the lead role alongside Morfydd Clark (Pride And Prejudice and Zombies), Ali Cook (Kilo Two Bravo), Parker Sawyers (Southside With You), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold), Adriana Randall (Experimenter), Boris Ler (In The Land Of Blood And Honey), and newcomer Douggie McMeekin.

Directed by Charles Barker from his own Brit List-topping screenplay, the film is produced by Matthew James Wilkinson (Stigma Films), John Giwa-Amu (Red&Black Films, The Machine) with Alan Martin (The Machine) exec producing.

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‘The X-Files’: Mulder and Scully Finally Make Out!

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 09:53

After nearly a quarter century, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) have finally released their sexual tension.

Last night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” aired a parody of FOX’s “The X-Files,” returning a week from Sunday, in which he imagines himself as part of the Season 10 premiere.

The video below takes place in a secret government office where Mulder and Scully come across an alien in a tube. After marveling at the discovery, Jimmy enters the scene as their new partner. Jimmy explains to them what’s changed since the 90’s, while Mulder remembers “Pogs” and Scully spends an entire minute dialing up to AOL through an old government modem.

But the climax, so to speak, is when Jimmy exclaims: “Also, you two should have sex. It’s been 23 years.“

No more waiting, fans. Watch the duo finally embrace their destiny in the video!

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‘Bunni’ Trailer Slahed Up By a Mentally Deranged Mother

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 09:39

Don’t keep a mother waiting.

Fans of homicidal mama’s boys will have a new reason to scream when festival hit Bunni arrives on DVD in March.

To celebrate the blood-soaked visit with Mother, Wild Eye Releasing has unveiled new artwork and a trailer for Daniel Benedict’s award-winning slasher film.

A group of teens explore an abandoned factory at the request of one of their friends. Little do they know he is leading them to a slaughter at the hands of his mentally deranged mother.

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‘Walking Dead’ Creator Wants to Make a Movie Out of the Teen Thriller ‘Oxenfree’

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 23:30

A few days from now, the skies will bubble and split apart so the supernatural thriller Oxenfree can spill out into our world and bring about the all-consuming darkness of an endless night — or it’ll seem that way to me anyway, as I sit at my desk, my eyes glued to a monitor.

Oxenfree is the first game to come out of Night School Studios, a developer founded in 2014 by industry veterans who wanted “to create a game filled with wonder, danger, and humor.” I might’ve shoved “gorgeous” in there somewhere, because it sure is pretty.

Those videos are a sampling of the creative potential that Night School’s partner and Walking Dead creator Skybound is intent to mine. There are more episodes in this behind-the-scenes web-series arriving later this week, and, in the much more distant future, we may even see a film adaptation.

Oxenfree releases on January 15 for PC and Xbox One.

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Fan Mod Turns ‘Dying Light’ Into a Free-for-All

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 22:22

Have you grown tired of the satisfying popping sound a zombie’s head makes when it’s caved in by the sledgehammer you strapped a car battery to, just because you could? Me too. We’ve been cruel to the ghouls in Dying Light long enough. It’s time we take up our homemade Mjolnirs and turn them on our friends and allies.

PC players can do exactly that thanks to the Steam Workshop mod, Don’t Drown. Created by Steam user Rabid Squirrel, this PVP mod pits a party of players against each other with the goal of surviving as long as possible on an island that’s prone to flooding and populated exclusively by enemies of the living and dead varieties.

Don’t Drown is available to download right now, though it’s still a work in progress. Its creator is currently working on adding an underground cave system to it in a future update.

Speaking of future updates, next month we’re getting quite a lot of new content when the massive expansion Dying Light: The Following arrives February 9 alongside the Enhanced Edition.

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Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ Brings Dread This May!

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 19:05

When evil spreads, dread comes for all of us.

Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” returns Sunday, May 1st at 10PM ET/PT!

An erotically-charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, ‘Penny Dreadful’ completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul — even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.

Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green.

There’s all sorts of surprises in store for season 3. Just take a look at this casting for example; Dr. Henry Jekyll has arrived!

Here’s the promo where Hartnett gets a bit hairy.

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R.I.P. ‘Ghostbusters’ Actor David Margulies Passes Away at 78

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 19:03

More sad news to report as David Margulies has passed away at 78, according to his agent Mary Harden.

Margulies is probably best known to horror fans for his role as the mayor of New York City in both Ghostbusters films. He also play Gil Hurn in the “Tales From the Darkside” episode “Distant Signals”. I also personally loved him as the Doctor in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

An accomplished actor on Broadway, Margulies’ career stretched for over four decades and ranged from horror to mystery, drama to comedy. We send our condolences to his friends and family.

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[Blu-ray Review] ‘The Last Horror Film’ is a Good Movie with a Bad Blu-ray

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 18:58

Joe Spinell is one of the most interesting characters to ever grace the big screen. He just has a personality that few before or since him have had. He’s larger than life but not in the traditional Hollywood, movie star way. He’s probably most remembered for 1980’s Maniac, but his best film may have come two years later with The Last Horror Film.

The Last Horror Film was directed by David Winters (Thrashin’) and pairs Spinell back up with his Maniac co-star and Bond girl Caroline Munro. This movie actually pairs quite nicely with Maniac because it sort of plays like a more light hearted version of Maniac, if that’s something you can imagine.

Spinell plays Vinny Durand, a New York City cabbie who has a bit of an obsession with the queen of horror films, Jana Bates (Munro). Being a cab driver is just something Vinny does to make some cash; his real passion is to make his own horror film starring Jana. He packs his bags to fly out to the Cannes Film Festival, despite his mother (played by Spinell’s real-life mother) thinking it’s a dumb idea. Vinny’s plan is to meet Jana in Cannes and convince her to star in his movie.

It doesn’t take Vinny long to locate Jana and he begins to follow her around filming her with his camera. It’s a pretty good idea. He’ll just record her without her knowing and then she won’t be able to say no. Things are going pretty fine at first but then people around Jana start dying. Is it Vinny or someone else?

I really love this movie. I think it’s a ton of fun and shows off a bit more range from Spinell than we typically see. It’s also a nice slasher/mystery with a fairly surprising ending. Not sure it all completely makes sense, but the film does enough job selling it so I’m willing to buy. And then of course there is the guerilla style filmmaking that went into this. The crew just went to Cannes and shot, permits be damned! So the movie is good. I’m a fan.

The downside is this release from Troma is very Troma-esque. This is only the second Blu-ray from Troma I have, the other being Tromeo & Juliet. The Tromeo & Juliet Blu-ray is a good one, but apparently all their other ones since leave a bit (or a lot) to be desired. I haven’t seen any of those, so I can’t commit on them, but if this release of The Last Horror Film is any indication, then yeah the Troma released Blu-rays are pretty bad.

The transfer just doesn’t look good. Like not at all. I would say it’s a little better than a VHS but worse than any mediocre DVD. Everything looks very dull. I expect a lot better on a Blu-ray. This should be crystal clear HD, but it’s not. I’d understand it if the master print was poor and this is the best we could get. Unfortunately I don’t think that’s the case. 88 Films previously released a region free Blu-ray and from what I understand it looks great. I haven’t seen that release, but that’s what I hear. I have to imagine it looks better than this Troma release and probably by a wide margin.

So yeah, this release is a bummer. The movie itself I would recommend to any horror fan. It’s awesome. This release is not one I’d suggest picking up, however. Maybe someday Troma will treat releases of their movies with the respect they deserve. Unfortunately that day doesn’t appear to be today.

The Last Horror Film is now available on Blu-ray from Troma.

*Please note the below rating reflects the Blu-ray release as a whole and not the movie.

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J-horror ‘The Temple’ Jams With the Police

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 18:58

Musician Andy Summers, formerly of the band The Police, has joined the cast of Scott Spiegel’s supernatural horror movie The Temple, which is set to become the first Western film to be shot in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Variety reports.

The movie tells the story of a tough policewoman who is sent to investigate the robbery of a temple near a remote village, where she is confronted by wary villagers and a snooping American TV crew.

I’m hoping this is vastly different than Gramercy’s The Forest, which left a bad taste in horror fans’ mouths. The fish-out-of-water aspect in horror is hard to connect with, which has been proven in the past with American versions of The Grudge.

Anyways, the full cast includes Ian Buchanan (Panic Room), Emrhys Cooper (Person of Interest) and Keith Jefferson (The Hateful Eight). Other thesps include Charlotte Price (Wild in Blue, The Sex Trip) and Bhutanese actress Kinley Pelden.

Principal photography starts in Bhutan on Jan. 20. Pic is produced by Happy Himalayan Pictures and Dream It Productions, and is co-produced by Suzanne Patrick, Pelden, Cooper and Donald A. Barton.

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‘Backtrack,’ Starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill, Release Change

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 18:47

Saban Films has changed the release plans for Michael Petroni’s psychological thriller Backtrack, which stars Adrien Brody (The Jacket), Sam Neill (In The Mouth Of Madness, Jurassic Park), and Robin McLeavy (The Loved Ones, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).

The psychological thriller, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, will now releases exclusively on DirecTV January 28th and in theaters and on-Demand on February 26th.

In Backtrack, troubled psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions. When he uncovers the horrifying secret shared by his patients, he is put on a course that takes him back to the remote hometown he fled years ago. There in False Creek he is consumed by solving a decades-old mystery that holds the key to his strange and menacing delusions.

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It’s “Ash vs Lobo and The DC Dead”!

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 13:01

Crossovers are a big thing in online fan fiction. They allow fans to imagine the possibilities of never-before-seen confrontations, alliances, and outright silliness, much of which makes no goddamn sense but still sounds fucking awesome!

Enter WTFLOL and their latest universe mashing endeavor, “Ash vs Lobo and The DC Dead“, a short fan film that pits our favorite smart aleck against the many characters found in the DC universe. It’s obvious that there is a ton of love and care put not only into the production but also the script. The actors feel like their counterparts and the guy playing Ash nails it, speaking not only in the same kind of swagger but also with the right speed and attitude.

Be sure to watch the first part, which sees Ash go against the Marvel universe, to make sure you’re fully in on the story!

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‘Krampus’ Giving Evil Gifts This February

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:38

Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release Michael Dougherty’s Krampus (review) on DVD and Blu-ray February 23rd. Full details are forthcoming.

Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty’s latest holiday offering stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie Owen with Krista Stadler.

In Krampus, “When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.”

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Universal’s ‘The Veil’ Going Straight to Video

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:31

Back in November we broke the news that The Veil was going straight to DVD in February of 2016. I was contacted and told the information was incorrect. Well, guess what, it wasn’t.

While the full details have yet to be release, Universal Home Entertainment has dated Phil Joanou’s The Veil for release on DVD February 2, 2016.

Jessica Alba (Idle Hands, Sin City, The Eye), Thomas Jane (Punisher, The Mist), Meegan Warner and Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”) all star in the horror pic about the lone survivor of a cult’s mass suicide who returns to the scene with a documentary film crew 30 years later.

Kyla Drew Simmons, Lenny Jacobson, Stacey Turner, and Chet Grissom also star.

Watch for the trailer and full release details in the coming days.

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AMC Planning Second ‘The Walking Dead’ Companion Series?!

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:14

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is easily one of the biggest things on TV right now and even with recent allegations about how the cast and crew are treated by executives, it’s still something that is actively being pushed and given a lot of attention. That’s why we’ve gotten “Fear the Walking Dead“, which finished its first season mid-last year and will see a second season later this year.

Now, in an interview with Vulture, AMC network chief Charlie Collier gave a solid answer regarding the possibility of seeing more companion shows along the same lines as “Fear the Walking Dead”:

The answer is we are open to ideas that feel organic to the creators in whom we’ve put our trust. So if Robert had a world he wanted to explore, you can bet that we are not just leaning into that conversation, but we’re actively engaging in it. Right now we’re not in that conversation, and there’s nothing to report at all. I’m a huge believer in Robert and the executive producers of these shows. We wanted to create a place where they would bring us their creative dreams and bring us their passion projects. If Robert had another one, we would absolutely engage. This is a world that is rich enough to handle it. Right now we’re just focused on these two.

Collier is also very adamant that they are not doing “spin-offs”, elaborating on calling them “companion shows”, stating, “If we had taken a couple of characters out of the camp and sent them on the road and followed that — that would have been a spinoff. We didn’t do that. We made the decision … to do a companion series, and, in fact, to show you what was happening in the world when Rick was sleeping in the original series.

The reception towards season one of “Fear the Walking Dead” wasn’t too warm and there are many who feel that “The Walking Dead” still suffers from a lot of issues, even though we’re in the sixth season with no end in sight. What are your thoughts? Should they consider a new companion show or should they focus on fixing what they already have?

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‘The Conjuring 2’ Poster Prays to the Rosary

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:03

Lorraine Warren’s (Vera Farmiga) faith is strong on the first poster for James Wan’s The Conjuring, sort of tapping into the Exorcist‘s vein a bit.

The trailer was released yesterday and sent me into an embarrassing geek frenzy.

In the sequel to the smash hit, “Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) travel to 1977 England to help single mom Peggy Hodgson and her four children, particularly daughter Janet (played by Madison Wolfe).

In theaters June 10, 2016, The Conjuring 2 said to open with The Amityville Horror case. After, the sequel will tell of the infamous “Enfield Poltergeist,” which took place at a council house in Brimsdown village, borough of Enfield, England during the late 1970s.

[Related Post] James Wan Aims The Conjuring 2 at the Skeptics

Rounding out the cast are Frances O’Connor (“The Missing”) as the single mom, with newcomers Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley and Benjamin Haigh as her children; Maria Doyle Kennedy (“Orphan Black”); Simon Delaney (“Roy”); Franka Potente (“The Bridge”); and Simon McBurney (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).

In addition to directing the film, Wan wrote the screenplay with Carey and Chad Hayes, and David Leslie Johnson.

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Teasers for ‘Headshot’, Featuring the Star of ‘The Raid’!

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:51

Never forgive. Never stray.

Check out some sales art for the Indonesia action/thriller Headshot, which stars Iko Uwais (The Raid: Redemption, The Raid 2), which will be getting global distribution after Nikkatsu Corporation announced that they partnered with Vertacal Entertainment and XYZ Films. As previously reported, the three companies are coordinating to set digital and VOD release dates along with limited theatrical runs in select territories.

“Headshot follows an amnesiac (Iko Uwais) who washes ashore with a serious and mysterious head injury. His past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor (Chelsea Islan).

It’s got a The Bourne Identity vibe.

Headshot is currently in post-production in Indonesia. It is directed by Macabre‘s Mo Brothers (Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel) and stars Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Julie Estelle, and Sunny Pang. The film is based on a script by Tjahjanto, and is produced by Mike Wiluan, Wicky Olindo, Sukdev Singh and Shinjiro Nishimura.

Never forgive #headshot #headshotmovie #teaser pic.twitter.com/xhdbH7KFYh

— Timo Tjahjanto (@Timobros) January 8, 2016

And another one. #headshotmovie #headshot #teaser pic.twitter.com/3vUm4XxXOW

— Timo Tjahjanto (@Timobros) January 7, 2016

This year.. #headshot #headshotmovie #teaser pic.twitter.com/OUhjgQRKEa

— Timo Tjahjanto (@Timobros) January 7, 2016

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‘Pacific Rim 2’ Fate is Very Uncertain at the Moment

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:47

With yesterday’s news that director Guillermo del Toro would be headlining the long-gestating remake of the 1966 sci-fi/adventure film Fantastic Voyage, questions arose as to the plans for Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to the 2013 sci-fi/action film. The last we had heard on the status of the project, del Toro had turned in a script as well as a new (smaller) budget plan for the film.

Our sources are saying that the project is deader than dead in the water with THR adding the movie has been removed from Legendary’s release schedule indefinitely. However, the site suggests a possible Hail Mary: the acquisition of Legendary by Chinese mega corporation Wanda, which is the world’s largest cinema chain operator. Pacific Rim‘s biggest success was in China, even besting the United States, so they’d obviously have an interest in seeing the Jaegers and Kaiju battle once again.

Still, as we have come to learn with del Toro, nothing is ever certain.

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Destination America on 72 Hour ‘Paranormal Lockdown’

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:47

Destination America has ordered six-part ghost-hunting series “Paranormal Lockdown,” which will be hosted by Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman, reports TheWrap.

The series will follow the two as they confine themselves to America’s most terrifying places for an unprecedented 72 hours straight, per the Discovery Communications cable channel. Living at haunted locations, many of which have never before been seen on television, with some being investigated for the first time ever. Groff and Weidman believe that the longer they stay, the more the spirits will communicate with them and the more information they can gather about the unknown.

“As valued fixtures of the paranormal community, Nick and Katrina have years of thrilling investigation under their belts and join the Destination America family with huge support from their fans,” said Jane Latman, general manager of Destination America. “Overnight explorations are a staple of ghost hunting, but “Paranormal Lockdown” supersizes the suspense in a round-the-clock, multi-day investigation that has never been conducted before on a paranormal TV series.”

“Living with the dead was a whole new experience for me and Katrina, giving us the opportunity to document some incredibly enticing evidence about the afterlife that we can’t wait to reveal to ‘Paranormal Lockdown’s’ viewers,” added Groff, who also serves as an executive producer on the show.

“Paranormal Lockdown” is produced for Destination America by Groff Entertainment; Justin Narragon joins Groff as executive producer. For Destination America, Fay Yu is executive producer, Jane Latman is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group president of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, and American Heroes Channel.

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Maria Olsen Transforms Into ‘Witchula’

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:44

MAB Studios has announced Witchula, which is to be directed by Marcus Bradford from a screenplay co-penned with Pat Kusnadi (The Id, The Ringing, Because We Care).

Witches, werewolves, vampires and more will be featured, with the title character, Witchula, being the first, witch/vampire hybrid ever to hit the big screen.

Horror icon Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Southbound, Lords of Salem, “American Horror Story”) as the title character.

Scream king, Bill Oberst Jr. (Criminal Minds) is also set to star.

Rounding out the preliminary cast members are Eileen Dietz and Marilyn Ghigliotti. Dietz, another horror staple is best known for her portrayal of the demon, in the classic film, The Exorcist. Ghigliotti is also an icon, but not in the horror world: Marilyn is best known as Veronica, the estranged girlfriend in Kevin Smith’s Clerks. In recent years Ghigliotti has made her mark in independent scifi and horror as well, starring in films like Alien Armageddon, Starship Rising and the soon to be released Rogue Warrior.

Other producers attached to the project include horror veterans Matt Chassin (Krampus the Christmas Devil, Seeking Valentina) and John Blythe (My Amityville Horror, One Day When the Rains Fell).

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Poster Introduces ‘Yoga Hosers’ Clerks (Sundance ’16)

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:36

Can you guess who’s whose daughter?

Below is the official Sundance festival poster for Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers, which stars Johnny Depp as a Quebec police detective who is enlisted by two convenience store clerks — played by Smith’s and Depp’s daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp, both 15.

Those of you unfortunate enough to see the trash heap known as Tusk will have seen Harley Quinn and Lily-Rose as clerks in a cameo. The duo have to deal with Justin Long’s rude character before his eventual run-in with Michael Parks. The scene is being spun off into a feature with the two daughters who put on a poor performance in Tusk. Now, they must carry a feature alongside Depp, who also put forth the worst performance of his career in Smith’s toothy horror film.

In Yoga Hosers, also written by Smith, “Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie are teenage besties from Winnipeg who love yoga and live on their smartphones. But when these sophomores get invited to a senior party by the school hottie, the Colleens accidentally uncover an ancient evil buried beneath their Canadian convenience store.

Yoga Hosers also stars Tusk alums Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman and Harley Morenstein. Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey and Jason Mewes also star.

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