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A Room Goes Missing in This Clip From Darren Bousman’s ‘Abattoir’

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 20:03

Darren Lynn Bousman is building a new kind of horror with Abattoir, which will premiere at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival.

“Abattoir centers on a real estate reporter who unearths an urban legend about a house being built from rooms where horrific tragedies have occurred. The investigation ultimately leads to the enigmatic Jebediah Crone and the answer to the terrifying question, ‘How do you build a haunted house?’ 

How do you build a haunted house? The enigmatic Jebediah Crone knows how. This clip, via EW, shows that the secret it stealing rooms from straight out a house…

Dayton Callie, Joe Anderson (Hercules), Jessica Lowndes (Altitude, Autopsy) and Lin Shaye (Insidious) star.

Bousman also reteamed with his Saw III and star J. LaRose, with Bryan Batt of “Mad Men” fame also taking on a role.

Bousman shot Abattoir in New Orleans from a script by Christopher Monfette.

Dayton Callie is already set to return in a sequel.

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‘Deadlight: Director’s Cut’ Shows Off Its Survival Mode

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:38

Tequila Works’ moody, post-apocalyptic platformer is being reanimated with the Deadlight: Director’s Cut, due next month for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game originally released back in 2012 — TJ and I did a co-op review of it — to a mostly warm reception. Its an incredibly stylish, albeit mildly frustrating to play, 2.5D sidescroller with darkly atmospheric visuals and a penchant for environmental puzzles.

It’s also set in the 1980s, apparently. I don’t remember that at all.

When Deadlight returns, it’ll come with improved controls, new animations, added support for 1080p, and a new wave survival mode called, uh, Survival Mode. You can have a look at that in the trailer below.

The Deadlight: Director’s Cut releases June 21 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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The Rock’s ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ Remake Still Happening

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 18:36

Although it’s still not clear if the new Halloween is a reboot/remake or a sequel, let us not forget that another John Carpenter movie is in the pipeline for a remake: the 1986 adventure/horror Big Trouble in Little China. Announced last year, the film will be produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who will also star) and is being written by Ashely Miller and Zack Stentz. However, since last summer, when Johnson stated that he wanted Carpenter’s involvement in some form, we haven’t heard anything else.

However, in a recent interview with Fandango, Johnson made it clear that the movie is still on his plate. “That’s happening, man! That’s happening, that’s happening. And again, that’s one of those things where you gotta take really good care of it,” he explained.

So, while nothing concrete has come forth aside from The Rock’s word, it still seems that this is a guarantee at some point down the line.

I’m not the biggest fan of everything Johnson has done but I will fully admit that he’s highly entertaining, so this is absolutely something I’m going to keep my eye on.

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16th Annual Screamfest Hits Los Angeles this October

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 18:30

America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest, is proud to announce that the 16th annual event will take place from Oct. 18-27, 2016 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. Actress Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror) will serve as ambassador for the festival.

“I’m honored to serve as ambassador for Screamfest,” said Hearst, whose film Condemned premiered at last year’s festival.  “Screamfest provides an amazing platform for filmmakers and actors like me to showcase our latest work and to receive direct feedback from the horror and genre community.”

Screamfest is currently accepting submissions for the festival through Aug. 1, 2016. Films from around the globe are expected to screen at the festival. Winners will receive a 24 karat gold dipped skull trophy designed by the legendary, Academy award-winning special make-up effects creator, Stan Winston, who partnered with the festival until his passing.  All screenings are open to the general public.

“We’re excited to showcase the new work of American and international filmmakers for horror movie enthusiasts,” said Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Founder and Festival Director. “Over the last 16 years, we have launched careers and helped garnered distribution for filmmakers. We’re proud of the work we showcase year after year.”

The festival is best known for discovering Paranormal Activity in 2007. Other past premieres include 30 Days of Night, Let the Right One In, The Grudge, The Fourth Kind, The Collection, Trick ‘r’ Treat, The Human Centipede and Diary of the Dead.

Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, Clive Barker, Eli Roth, James Wan, Zack Snyder, William Friedkin, John Landis and James Gunn are just a few filmmakers who have supported the festival year after year.

Screamfest is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing and furthering the careers of talented filmmakers. Screamfest is supported in part by the L.A. County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.   For more information, visit, screamfestla.com.

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Is Adam Wingard Also in Talks for ‘Halloween’?!

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 18:16

This morning we told you that Oculus, Hush and Ouija 2 director Mike Flanagan was in talks to continue his relationship with Blumhouse by directing the next installment of Halloween, which brings John Carpenter back to the franchise as executive producer.

Another huge name could be in the mix.

Adam Wingard went on a tweet storm (see below), fueling speculation that he’s also in contention for the dream gig that would send him to Haddonfield to resurrect Michael Myers. Obviously, there’s no confirmation as of this writing, just speculation.

Wingard is a huge fan of the Halloween franchise, which helped inspire You’re Next and its score. After directing A Horrible Way to Die, and the first two V/H/S films for Bloody Disgusting, he’s been on a complete tear having helmed You’re Next, The Guest as well as the upcoming The Woods for Lionsgate, and “Outcast” for Cinemax and “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman. He’s also set to begin production on Death Note for Netflix this summer.

Both directors are exciting choices, and no matter who ends up behind the camera we’re going to be in for a massive Halloween treat come 2017.

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Kate Mara Looks Pissed in ‘Morgan’

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 17:58

First images from the upcoming sci-fi thriller Morgan have been released and can be seen below, via EW. The film is the directorial debut of Luke Scott, son of Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner).

The film follows Kate Mara who is, “…a corporate troubleshooter who’s sent to a remote location to evaluate an artificially created, rapidly developing lifeform.

Luke Scott tells EW, “What Morgan really alludes to is human beings becoming, in a sense, the creator. Not in a traditional religious sense, but an idea that we have the capabilities to become our own creator. And what I suspect could happen — we’ve seen it in all these movies, whether it’s Frankenstein or Metropolis — it’s the creation of a being that is greater than the creator.

Morgan also stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, and Paul Giamatti. Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam will all be acting as producers.

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Behold ‘Alien’ Storyboards Drawn by Ridley Scott Himself

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 17:42

The 1979 sci-fi/horror film Alien is pretty much considered to be one of the pinnacles of the genre. The introduction of the Xenomorph and facehugger pretty much cemented the film as one of the most important and influential of its kind, even if some think it was a blatant ripoff.

Director Ridley Scott crafted a masterpiece, making a film that was serious and expertly designed. And newly surfaced storyboards that were drawn by Scott himself show just how detailed he got with his vision, making sure that every thought came forth in the final product. These storyboards can be seen below.

Scott is currently filming Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus.

[H/T Imgur]

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H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Lurking Fear” Coming to Vinyl

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 17:02

Update: Pre-order information has been added.

Cadabra Records has announced that they will be releasing a spoken word vinyl of H.P. Lovecraft‘s “The Lurking Fear” with Andrew Leman, co-founder of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, providing the reading. The artwork, which you can see below, was done by Alan Brown.

The limited 12″ will be pressed in a run of 500 of which only 350 will be available for sale (100 are already pre-sold and 50 for personal label reasons) on July 8th. Pre-orders will go live Friday, June 3rd.

An excerpt from S. T. Joshi’s liner notes reads:

Reading Lovecraft can on occasion be a guilty pleasure. When we encounter a sentence like this from The Outsider – “It was a compound of all that is unclean, uncanny, unwelcome, abnormal, and detestable”- we are inclined to smile as well as to admire the verbal pyrotechnics that can create such a cascade of evocative adjectives. Especially in his earlier years, Lovecraft enjoyed experimenting with this kind of over-the-top horror, and the results are some of his most entertaining stories. The Lurking Fear is one of these.

Written in November 1922, it was the second of Lovecraft’s professionally published stories. Weird Tales, which was the haven for most of his later tales, would not be founded until March 1923; and Lovecraft – who was not even sure he wanted to be a “professional” writer, if that meant churning out hackwork according to market specifications – wrote The Lurking Fear in response to the pleas of a friend, George Julian Houtain, who wanted just such a blood-and-thunder narrative. Houtain had begun a semi-pro magazine (which Lovecraft later called a “vile rag”) entitled Home Brew, subtitled “America’s Zippiest Pocket Magazine.” Most people don’t know that Home Brew was a humor magazine, full of articles, sketches, limericks, and other matter poles apart from Lovecraft’s usual brand of supernatural horror.

From the official press release: “Dark ambient/industrial outfit, Theologian, backs up Leman’s conveyance of the awesome story, supplying an appropriately macabre and unsettling score.

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Watch ‘Blood Bath’, Starring Jeordie White (Marilyn Manson), Right Now!

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 16:52

The horror short Blood Bath, which we wrote about earlier this year, has been released and can be watched below.

Starring Pandie Suicide (Ditch Day Massacre), Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramiriz from Marilyn Manson), Kimberly Ables Jindra (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and a special guest appearance from Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson, the short was written and produced by Suicide while being directed by Erik Boccio. It’s basically a twisted take on the crimes of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who bathed in the blood of young women in an effort to maintain her youth and beauty.

Blood Bath features original music from Rob Patterson (Filter, Otep, ex-Korn) as well as an original track from 16-year-old singer/songwriter Poppy Jean Crawford. The makeup and FX were created by Laney Chantal (“Face Off”).

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‘Among the Sleep’ Wakes Up On Xbox One Next Week

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 16:36

After a slight delay caused by some unforeseen technical difficulties, Krillbite Studio has gotten the Xbox One port of their popular indie horror game Among the Sleep back on track and ready for a release on Friday, June 3rd. If you haven’t played this one yet, it’s a first-person adventure game about a two year-old boy’s quest to find his missing mother.

It’s a gorgeous game that’s elevated considerably by a lovely art style that turns a normal, everyday home into a charming place until it’s twisted into something sinister by a child’s rampant imagination. The horrors are seen through the eyes of a frightened child, who unknowingly reshapes everything he sees into a nightmarish version of itself. It’s a clever use of a common video game aesthetic, much like Krillbite’s next game, Mosaic.

Still no update on the planned retail release of Among the Sleep, but we’ll probably hear about that soon. The game is currently available to download on PC and PS4, neither of which will have the exclusive pajama patterns that Xbox One owners will get next week. I’m going with the unicorn style, but I won’t judge you if you’re more fond of the bear pajamas.

I’m afraid I can’t say the same for those of you who choose to wear the Xbox branded pajamas. What is this, Baby Billboard Simulator 2016? No thanks!

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Artsploitation Films Nabs ‘The Anatomy of Monsters’ (Trailer)

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 11:31
Artsploitation Films has announced that is has acquired the North American rights to the edgy and dark American independent film The Anatomy of Monsters directed by Seattle-based filmmaker Byron C. Miller.

The film revolves around a seemingly normal yet homicidal young man who ventures out one night in search for his first kill. At a lonely bar he meets a young woman, takes her to a hotel room and prepares to slash her throat…until he discovers she harbors secrets far worse than even he could imagine.

Ray Murray, President of Artsploitation, called the film, “Refreshingly gritty, the kind of film John Cassavetes would have done if he ventured into genre filmmaking. The storyline is original, the tension palpable and it features a star-making performance by Tabitha Bastien as the far from innocent victim.” He says of the director and co-writer Miller, “Byron ignored the constraints of his limited budget to make a creepy, dark, disturbing and immensely creative thriller.” Miller, who previously directed the feature Night and is currently attached to direct the genre film, Unwelcome, called his film, “midnight poetry in that attempts to create “the feeling of late night hours and sinister urges,” and commented, “It truly is an honor to work with Artsploitation Films, and be included among their stunning library of titles. Paul Morgan (screenplay, cinematographer), and I put our souls into this film and brought it to life with a beyond dedicated cast and crew. I can’t wait to share this monster with the world!”

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Official ‘Don’t Breathe’ Trailer Gasps For Release

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 11:16

This is already a phenomenal year for horror, and you guys don’t even know it yet.

The Witch was just a launching point with some seriously good movies arriving later this year. Yes, I’ve already seen Adam Wingard’s The Woods, and it’s as good as I said. Before I saw that, I was sure that Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe was going to top my year-end list.

Here’s what Trace said in his review, which he also says “is like Hitchcock on crack.”

‘Don’t Breathe’ may not qualify as an actual horror movie, but Lang imbues the film with plenty of horror, and his casting pays off in spades.

He’s right. Sony Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures’ Don’t Breathe, which reteams Jane Levy with Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez, is one of the most suspenseful films in recent memory.

Levy stars as one of three teens who break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. Dylan Minnette (Prisoners, Goosebumps, Let Me In) and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows) play the other thieves.

But the real star of the film, opening August 26th, is Avatar‘s Stephen Lang, who plays the vicious and brutal super-soldier blind man.

For those who are dying to see something before the end of summer release, the official trailer has plenty to offer, although it’s boasting some massive spoilers. My recommendation? Avoid it. Go in blind (see what I did there?).

[Event Report] Fede Alvarez’s Trailer Launch Event for Don’t Breathe

“Three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies have set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever. Their target: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.”

Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues wrote the script for the project, which is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert for Ghost House Pictures. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman executive produce.

The film was shot last summer in Budapest and Detroit. Our very own Jon Barkan visited the set. Watch for his report soon.

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[Event Report] Fede Alvarez’s Trailer Launch Event for ‘Don’t Breathe’

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 11:00

On a bright and sunny Thursday morning, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, this reporter was fortunate enough to watch the first official trailer for the upcoming thriller Don’t Breathe, check out the Escape Game Experience, and catch up with writer/director Fede Alvarez to discuss his new movie, all on behalf of Bloody Disgusting.

In the film, a desperate woman in serious need of money joins forces with her lover and her friend to break into the home of an unsuspecting senior citizen, and steal the supposed lump of cash he’s sitting on. Although the plan seems foolproof, once the trio enters the house, they find that they have seriously underestimated their opponent, and soon realize that getting the stash and getting out might not be so easy after all.

Read on to discover what was learned about the upcoming film, which is set to release sin theaters on August 26th, 2016.

The Trailer

In the trailer, a struggling single mother named Rocky (Jane Levy) teams up with her degenerate boyfriend who goes by the name of “Money” (Daniel Zovatto) and friend Alex (Dylan Minnette) to rob an old man blind, and finally seize the financial security she needs to take her young daughter away from their impoverished lives, once and for all. After casing the house, her boyfriend reports back and assures her that the old man has over three hundred thousand dollars hidden somewhere within those walls, and that it’ll be easy to swipe because the owner is actually blind. It seems like a simple grab and go, but once they enter the premises, the tables are turned, and the gang comes to the horrifying conclusion that they may never leave this place again. It turns out that despite being blind, the old man is actually quite capable of defending himself, as he becomes the predator, and the kids looking for some quick cash quickly devolve into the prey. Thus begins a game of utterly intense cat-and-mouse, as the man tries to find the intruders in his home that he can’t see, and the robbers try to hold their breath and keep quiet so as not to alert the man tracking them with heightened senses.

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The Interview

With his follow-up to the widely beloved 2013 Evil Dead remake, Fede Alvarez is stepping back into the director’s chair with a lot of expectations being held over his head. Will his new film be just as frightening as his last? Yes, probably. Will it be as gory? Probably not. As Alvarez explains in his own words, there are many elements the two films have in common, but “Gore is not one of them”. It was very important to Alvarez to continue to stay true to his slick style, while simultaneously breaking away from the world of remakes and reboots. “Evil Dead was all about, let’s make a modern gore fest” Alvarez explains. “People said, ‘I love the movie but I didn’t like the fact that it wasn’t original’, so [this time] I was like no remake, let’s do our own thing, right from the first page”.

Even though Don’t Breathe won’t necessarily be as over-the-top bloody as Evil Dead was, don’t think for a second that it won’t be just as terrifying. “We said let’s try to make a great thriller where you don’t depend on the gore, which doesn’t mean it’s rated PG-13 by no means. It’s still not rated. Hopefully it will be rated R. But uh, it gets pretty fucked up and that’s what I think Evil Dead had”.

Aside from creating the project himself, Alvarez’s new film will also showcase its own unique identity through a very distinctive character: a sinister blind man. “It definitely has something that I personally never saw before and I thought it was great for a movie which is having a villain who is blind” Alvarez muses. “Usually, blind people in movies are, you know, heroes or mentors or very mystical and nice people, and never the bad guy in a way, right? So we thought it was very interesting”. Alvarez then added, “I don’t want to spoil too much of the movie for you guys, but you will realize when you take the eyes away from the hunter it becomes very very interesting and it gives opportunity to things that you never would have thought before would ever happen”.

The Escape Room

The escape room was specially tailored to mimic the plot of the movie Don’t Breathe. Complete with three trained actors to play Rocky, Money, and the blind old man, the Countdown Live Escape Games LA adjusted their usual scenarios to match Fede Alvarez’s vision, so instead of finding the missing kids that Krampus stole, or escaping a resort before an active volcano explodes, our group was told to break into an old man’s house, steal the cash out of his safe, and escape before he catches us. First, we slipped a hand through the doggy door and fed the old man’s pooch a bag of pills to put him to sleep (no dog was actually harmed, it was just a recording of a dog barking and then going silent).

Next, our group entered the escape room and began looking for clues. The room itself looked like a creepy, rundown living area that hadn’t been maintained in years – in other words, Norman Bates would probably call it home sweet home. Soon, we found strange black dominoes hidden everywhere, in the couch cushions, in the draws, underneath scattered dolls, and in tiny jewelry boxes. On one side of the dominoes, there was only brail, but on the other side, there were random numbers and letters. Once we located the safe, we saw a small white plaque on the door, and realized we would have to figure out the code for the safe based on the dominoes we found. We matched the order of the brail to each specific domino, and deciphered the combination. Once we typed it in, the safe popped open, and we filled our backpack with dozens of rolls of hard cash. However, just when it seemed that things were going our way, the old man stormed into the room, demanding to know who was there. We all backed up against the wall that was closest to us, as the man stomped around the room with his arms outstretched, reaching for us. The actor playing Money started to apologize to the old man, but once he found him, the old man grabbed Money and immediately killed him. During this time, the actress playing Rocky found a hidden passageway through a dresser that led to a smaller secret room. This little room was only big enough to hold items too old and useless to be anything but storage, but that’s not all. There was also a dirty twin bed in the corner of the room complete with a heavy chain attached, which we could only assume was used to keep prisoners locked up. We all quietly piled through the dresser into this little room that was even creepier than the last, but just when we thought we were safe from the old man’s grasp, we heard him on the other side of the door, locking us in.

In the second, smaller room, we once again began looking for clues, but our search party was called off within seconds when we heard the old man yell “Now you see what I see!” and shut off all of the power. Standing in pitch black darkness, we pulled our phones out one by one to use as flashlights, and began looking around again. We started to find puzzle pieces hidden in random sectors of the room, and put them all together on a table. After solving the puzzle, we discovered that we could pull a rope that would let down a lock and a set of keys, one of which would wind up unlocking the door to get out. Once we put the key in the lock, we piled back out into the living room area, but just when we tried to sneak out the back door, the old man burst through, looking for us. He opened up the back door to reveal Money, dead and scrunched up in a stiff ball, pressed up against the screen door. After briefly panicking, we managed to find the correct key to unlock the front door, and got out just in time. Rocky, however, wasn’t so lucky. Just as we began to laugh about our close call, the old man rushed out of the front door, grabbed Rocky, lifted her up in the air, and dragged her back inside. It was the closest to a real life Texas Chain Saw Massacre moment this reporter has ever experienced. To say it was pulse pounding would be a vast understatement.

What We Learned

Overall, the experience was extremely pleasant, and informative. We learned that the blind character in this film is more of a sinner than a saint, that the film will most likely be rated R, and that Fede Alvarez is stepping away from the remake that he’s become so wildly famous for, in favor of creating something more original. Evil Dead was a serious triumph, especially when you consider what many horror movie re-imaginings have looked like, but it’s really exciting to know that we’re finally going to get a better glimpse at Alvarez’s skills as a filmmaker with this entry, because he finally, truly gets to do his own thing. Don’t Breathe may not be as gory as Evil Dead, but it will undoubtedly be just as disturbing. Make sure to catch it when it comes to a theater near you in August later on this year.

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Some of the ‘Friday the 13th’ Films Took Place in the Future?! (Video)

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:45

Before you immediately cry out, “Well duh! ‘Jason X’ took place in the future, so what’s the point of this?“, do me a favor and hear me out and watch the below video. There’s something really cool happening here that I don’t think anyone, except for this guy, realized.

While watching the Friday the 13th films, it’s easy to forget that these movies, although released sometimes years apart, operate on a timeline that is not connected to their theatrical release date. Rather, the films operate within their own universe, creating backstories and a mythos that spans a longer period than one might realize.

For example, at the end of Friday the 13th and beginning of Friday the 13th: Part II, Alice needs to go to a psychiatric hospital where she stays for two months to recover from Mrs. Voorhees’ horrific attacks. However, once she’s released and goes home, she is killed by a mysterious figure. It’s only five years after that event that Crystal Lake camp is once again being reopened by Paul Holt. That means that while only one year has passed since theatergoers got to see a Friday the 13th film, over five years elapsed in that universe. But remember in Friday the 13th: Part 3 when Chris Higgins is talking about her run-in with Jason? That took place in 1982, two years prior to the events of the second through fourth entries in the franchise!

Look, I know this is getting confusing, so I’m going to stop trying to explain it and let YouTuber Intermittent Thoughts, who analyzed the franchise, lay out the timeline in a simple, easy to understand manner.

What makes analysis this really fascinating for me is that because of these jumps in time (such as Tommy Jarvis growing from a young boy to a man), it ends up that several of the Friday the 13th films actually took place in the future upon their release! Now, as we all know, that doesn’t really mean anything in how the films are presented. There are no laser guns, flying cars, or anything like that. Well, not until Jason X, but you know what I mean. Instead, the fact that it’s the future has absolutely no bearing on how the events occur. It simply proves that Jason is indeed an unstoppable, timeless killer.

Check it out below and tell us your favorite Friday the 13th moment in the comments!

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Tickets Now Available to World Premiere of ‘Fender Bender’

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:56

If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to check out the world premiere of Fender Bender, you’re in luck because a select number of tickets are now available to the public.

The new original film from Scream Factory will debut on Chiller on June 3rd, but the world premiere will be 11 days earlier when the film plays at Cinefamily on Monday, May 23rd at 7:30 PM. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Mark Pavia.

Fender Bender stars Makenzie Vega (The Good Wife) and Bill Sage (American Psycho).

For tickets please visit:
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Synopsis:

In a small New Mexico town, a 17-year-old high school girl who just got her driver’s license gets into her first fender bender, innocently exchanging her personal information with an apologetic stranger. Later that stormy night, she is joined in her desolate suburban home by a couple of her school friends who try their best to make a night out of it, only to be visited by the stranger she so willingly handed all of her information to — a terrifying and bizarre serial killer who stalks the country’s endless miles of roads and streets with his old rusty car, hungrily searching for his next unsuspecting victim.

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Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ Will See a New Suit Design

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 01:15

Shane Black is really ramping up the hype train for The Predator, the fourth film in the Predator franchise. He’s been letting little bits of information slip here and there to get people ready for the March 2nd, 2018 release date, such as calling the film a “…spectacle“, saying that the film takes place in present day, and stoking the possibility of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return.

But now Black tells ComingSoon.net that there might be a change in design when it comes to the visual appearance of the one of the universe’s deadliest and most cunning hunters:

It’s not to ‘improve,’ it’s make it fun, make it different, make it organically different. So what’s the extension of it that makes sense, that’s exciting? There have been a lot of changes to Stan’s design over the years. These different Predator movies have done different things. Ultimately it’s not about design to me, it’s about the story you want to tell. There are people who are always going to agonize over Iron Man, what color his suit is. Maybe this weapon does a new thing, but if the story is not good I don’t give a sh*t what color the suit is. In ‘The Predator’ we’re doing a lot of upgrades to what you would consider to be the traditional Predator technology and look, but hopefully the story is what’s going to drag people in, not just the attention to the minutiae.

My biggest hope is that they’ll find a way to stop making the heads look so damn big on the predators. Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me? I swear that the predator in the first film had a reasonable head-to-body size ratio but it only got worse with each film. Just look at this picture. That head looks ENORMOUS when compared to this.

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David Bowie Was Going to Be in “Twin Peaks: Season 3”

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 00:54

There’s yet another reason for us to mourn the loss of iconic musician and actor David Bowie as it seems that he was going to have a cameo appearance in season 3 of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival. This news comes straight from the mouth of Harry Goaz, who is reprising his role as Deputy Andrew “Andy” Brennan, who was interviewed by Dallas News. Bowie was apparently going to reprise his role as FBI Agent Phillip Jeffries, who appeared in the prequel film Fire Walk With me.

In talking about the process of filming the third season, Goaz reveals just how secretive and paranoid the filmmakers were. “We only received our lines the morning of shooting. We didn’t even receive lines for our entire scenes, only our sides,” he explains, adding that once they were done shooting for the day, the actors would hand their scripts to an assistant who would shred them, all under the watch of a witness.

There isn’t too much more in terms of information in the interview but there are some lovely anecdotes that are certainly worth reading.

Bowie passed away on June 10th, two days after his 69th birthday. He had been fighting a long battle with cancer.

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Adrien Grenier’s ‘Trash Fire’ Acquired: Could Be Released This Year

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 00:43

The Sundance horror film Trash Fire, which we stated in our review, “…will leave you shaken“, has been acquired by Vertical Entertainment and will see a potential fourth quarter release, according to co-president Rich Goldberg.

Trash Fire follows, “…a man who confronts his past and becomes entangled with his wife in a web of lies, deceit and murder.

The film was directed by Richard Bates Jr. and stars Adrien Grenier, Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, Sally Kirkland, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Ray Santiago.

Goldberg explains to ScreenDaily, ““Ricky has delivered another cult classic. The film is a wild ride, and performances from Adrian, Angela, and the rest of the cast are fantastic – this is a team we’ve been wanting to collaborate with for some time now and are delighted that it’s finally coming to fruition.”

Meanwhile, Bates Jr. adds, “‘Trash Fire’ has been the ultimate labour of love. We nearly killed ourselves making it, and have been incredibly particular about whom we’d sell it to. The gang at Vertical is a bunch of film freaks. They’re just like us, only dressed nice. It’s the perfect fit.

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Martin Freeman Joins Zombie Thriller ‘Cargo’

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 00:35

Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Captain America: Civil War, “Sherlock”) has joined on as the star of the upcoming UK zombie pandemic thriller Cargo, according to ScreenDaily. The film is based on Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke’s short film of the same name, which can be seen below.

In Cargo, “…a father (Freeman) who, stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic and, infected himself, desperately seeks a new home for his infant child and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.

The film is being produced by Kristina Ceyton, who produced 2014’s critically acclaimed psychological horror film The Babadook. She states, “Martin Freeman is a singular talent who will add such depth and emotional sophistication to the role, and we know will make this story come alive in an unexpected and deeply moving way.

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Hold Your Breath, ‘Don’t Breathe’, and Pray You’ll Make it Out Alive (Trailer)

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 22:37

The international trailer for Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (review) has leaked and can be seen below. WARNING: There’s a pretty major spoiler contained within, so be very careful watching it if you want to have an untainted experience.

From the team that brought us Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe is a claustrophobic thriller/horror about three young people who rob houses for their own personal reasons. One night, they enter the home of a blind man thinking it will be an easy heist. Little do they know that they picked the wrong house…and the wrong man.

Directed by Alvarez and produced by Sam Raimi, Don’t Breathe stars Jane Levy, Daniel Zovatto, Dylan Minnette, and Stephen Lang. It comes out August 26th.

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