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‘Amityville’ Was Delayed Because… (Exclusive)

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:34

Some bummer news hit a week ago, announcing the delay of TWC-Dimension’s Amityville, which was to hit theaters this coming January.

Now, we’re being told one of the potential reasons behind the push.

A source who wishes to remain anonymous explains that the studio held two separate screenings for Amityville: The Awakening (this I have confirmed), and the feedback was overwhelemingly positive.

The main issue audiences had with the Franck Khalfoun-directed sequel was with the ending, resulting in the Weinstein execs to order re-shoots. In additional to some additional photography (to spruce up the movie), the effects work was falling behind. The delay gives more time for post work, such as the VFX.

Lastly, the reason for the indefinite delay is that star Cameron Monaghan is in the middle of shooting the new season of “Shameless”, and his schedule is unclear.

Our multiple sources tell us that the plan is to finish everything after the November holiday and aim for a mid/late summer 2015 release.

In the film, “Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.

It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, McKenna Grace, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, Thomas Mann and Jennifer Morrison.

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[Review] ‘Legend Of The Hillbilly Butcher’ Looks Great, Carves Slow

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:02

Before the found footage craze hit horror, we had endless “me-too” films being done in the Grindhouse style. And like most fads (like found footage), it was done to death by indie filmmakers. Don’t get me wrong, it was a cool concept and harkened back to the days of old, but hinging your film on a particular style can only take you so far. Enter director Joaquin Montalvan’s Legend Of The Hillbilly Butcher, which takes on the Grindhouse style while also paying homage to Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Sounds like a natural fit, but is it style over substance?

Carl Henry Jessup (Paul E. Respass) is a backwoods hunter whose local delicacy amongst his neighbors is serving up tresspassers (aka people). In fact, his late daddy left Carl the same butcher knife he used in his own cannibalistic activities. The only people whom Carl calls family are his half sister Rae Lynn (Theresa Holly), and best friend Billy Wayne (Chris Shumway). Carl misses his parents after their tragic murder-suicide. He tries to summon them to live again with the help a demon named Sam Bakoo. Unfortunately, Carl’s soul isn’t worth the price, and in turn sets off more trouble for the cannibal.

Might as well start off with the film’s Grindhouse claim, which honestly is pretty damn impressive. The film really does look like it’s been through the ringer, sporting a faded, scratched up and otherwise ugly-looking picture. Unlike some indie productions which basically take the quick and easy guide in Adobe After Effects, Montalvan put forth a real effort in making the image look bad in a good way, while not phoning it in and doing it with the standard default settings. It really does give the film character. The same goes for the gore effects. Granted, they’re done on the cheap, but the post effects on the image help to mask this and look better than they normally would.

On the acting front, Paul E. Respass does an adequate job as Carl Jessup. Respass was able to take an obviously flat character script-wise and give it some depth, particularly with the demon subplot. Speaking of which, casting the scrawny-looking Allen East as Sam Bakoo gave the role a bit more weight (I see the irony in that) than if it were played by a more ordinary person. Theresa Holly is a treat as Carl’s half sister Rae Lynn. She’s very charming in the role, and does give the character much-needed sympathy in a film where the majority of it’s characters don’t exactly lend themselves to it.

Remember that “style over substance” quip? Yeah, unfortunately that’s the case for Hillbilly Butcher. Beneath the cool look of the film lies a script that has a serious pacing problem. Long dialogue sequences punctuated by long pauses, long stalking sequences and a just plain long runtime make this more of a chore to sit through than anything. When things do happen, the low budget origins sneak up and disappoint us with a real lack of gore. And that’s another problem with this film, as it doesn’t go all-out with it’s concept of a cannibalistic hillbilly. If the concept was explored and developed further, rather than going the artsy route with the dream sequences involving Bakoo, it probably would’ve been more exciting.

As it stands, Legend Of The Hillbilly Butcher is a missed opportunity. True, it does an excellent job of establishing a Grindhouse look and feel that many low budget films fail to grasp, but it suffers with not fully embracing it’s concept, including it’s painfully slow pace. It’s a shame, since Montalvan, his cast and his crew really seemed to be fully invested in creating a great film that attempts to pay homage to Tobe Hooper’s classic. Hopefully Montalvan will be able to put more into his next film than post-production work.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer for the majority of the film purposely attempts to replicate the grungy look of an old Grindhouse film as much as possible. The shots that aren’t purposely fiddled with in post sport strong colour saturation and fairly good detail. As for the rest of the film, it really does look like an old VHS tape of a film that wasn’t in the best of condition in the first place. As such, colours are faded, dirt and scratches cover the image, as well as out of focus shots and in some instances the image has a slight shake to it. Very impressive post-production job!

Unfortunately, the Dolby Digital 2.0 track is a sore spot. The overall loudness of the film is very unbalanced. Normal conversations are sometimes hard to hear, but when characters shout or scream, the levels are blown out and it’s distorted. Ambient effects also suffer, as they’re either too quiet or too loud, making their additions in post pretty obvious. What makes things worse is that the disc doesn’t come with any subtitles. It’s tolerable, but just keep your remote handy for quick volume adjustments.

Extras:

First up is Gutting Da Hillbilly Butcher, an hour-long making-of doc. Consisting of talking head interviews with cast and crew, with director Joaquin Montalvan doing much of the talking. Topics include everything from the origins of the film, how the look of the film came about, casting choices, how the cast went about preparing for certain scenes, sound design, effects shots, how to morgue breathe (?!) and more. It’s pretty in-depth for a low budget film of this nature, though the continued use of the filters used in the film on the raw footage is kind of annoying.

Following that is a six minute short film Straight Razor, which was Montalvan had filmed prior to starting on Hillbilly Butcher. Shot in a similar Grindhouse-style to Hillbilly Butcher, the film is pretty surreal and has some weird imagery.

Horror Happens Interview is an 29 minute candid interview from the Home Grown Radio NJ show, Horror Happens. The host of the show, Jay K aka Jason Kolucki, interviews Montalvan with actors Paul E. Respass and Theresa Holly. The group cover different topics from the making-of doc, including Montalvan’s love of horror, differences in the script from the actual film, inspirations for the characters and more.

Rounding out the extras are three trailers for the film.

I’d have to say that I’m impressed with the effort put into the extras for this film, even if the film itself isn’t the greatest.

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Why Good Supernatural Horror Will Never Die #Annabelle

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:50

Every couple of years or so, a lot of horror experts like to trot out their opinions on the future of the genre. “Zombies are out.” I wish, but not yet. “Werewolves are in.” I wish, but not yet. Recently we’ve been seeing what some see as a resurgence of supernatural horror, which is causing some pundits to predict its death in a sort of a knee-jerk fashion. But here’s the thing, good supernatural horror movies, like last year’s The Conjuring, will never die. The response to both the Annabelle teaser trailer and its more recent full trailer suggest that audiences are as hungry as ever for quality scares.

It all comes down to the unknown. There is so much we don’t understand about the universe and our own lives that the supernatural subgenre can represent metaphorically. On top of that, every single human is wired to fear for their own mortality. I think one of the reasons we’re so resistant to death is that we really have no idea what happens after it occurs. Does our consciousness simply vanish? Is it nothingness? Do we go to some sort of afterlife? Do we become ghosts? Are spirits among us? I’m not a particularly religious person but I have to admit that I occasionally entertain any and all of these possibilities simply because I can’t completely wrap my head around the concept.

These concepts, concerns and fears will never truly dissipate because we will never have concrete answers. That goes for what happens to other people as well as ourselves. In the light of day I don’t believe in ghosts, but I’ve also been known to switch hotel rooms because I’m convinced that there’s a spirit lurking in one of them. The same goes for horror cinema. When we watch something like Paranormal Activity 3, Insidious or The Conjuring, we lose all real objectivity on the matter. Have you ever found yourself watching a zombie film only to find yourself momentarily convinced that they’re real? No. Same thing with werewolves and vampires, right? But when you try to turn out the lights after a particularly effective haunter, it’s a different story. I’m allowed to have all manner of horror ephemera in my house… but not the Annabelle doll. It’s just too unsettling.

The box office backs me up on this. Every five years or so there’s a massive supernatural horror film that captures the zeitgeist, and it happens with a wider audience than with other subgenres. Look at The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, The Shining, Poltergeist, The Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense, The Ring, Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious and The Conjuring. There’s a cultural penetration going on with these movies that you don’t really get from other subgenres. You could even take the upcoming Annabelle as an example. Audiences are primed to see it not only because they recognize the Annabelle doll, which has quickly become as iconic as some of the classic slashers without ever saying a word, but because they trust that the film will do what others can’t … unsettle them.

I don’t believe we’ll see supernatural horror dying out anytime soon. When Annabelle opens on October 3rd you’re likely to see people flocking to it in droves, counting on a sleepless night afterwards.

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Black Sabbath Commit To A Final Album And World Tour

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:00

Black Sabbath has announced that the band will be recording one more album and embarking on a final world tour.

The news comes from vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, who explains to Classic Rock Magazine that this new album doesn’t have a defined release date but that things will need to happen “…sooner rather than later.

“The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great. We all made friends, we didn’t [fuck] around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.

Once the dust settled after the last tour, we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon, ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again,’ and she came back and said ‘Let me look into it.’ Three weeks later I asked her about it again, and she said, ‘Oh, I still have to talk to so and so … ‘ and I said, ‘Sharon, I ain’t [fucking] 21 anymore; if we’re going to do it, I want to do it before I’m 70! Time isn’t on our side!’ So she made the call and came back and said, ‘Yeah, the record company wants another album.’ I believe [producer] Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again.

Sabbath’s last release was 2013′s 13, which was pretty damn fantastic. If you haven’t checked it out, I really encourage you to do so!

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An ‘Inner Demons’ Exorcism (New Clips!)

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:42

Seth Grossman will take an intervention to another level.

Starring Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, and Colleen McGrann, IFC Midnight sneaks us some new footage from Inner Demons, out in theaters and VOD October 3.

When the teenage daughter of a religious family transforms from A-student into heroin addict, her parents agree to allow a reality TV crew to stage an intervention and tape her recovery. What they don’t know is that she has been taking drugs to deal with the unnatural, evil feelings growing inside her. When she agrees to rehab, with no drugs to suppress what’s inside, the demon emerges.

A suspenseful and clever reinvention of both the found-footage and possession genres, Inner Demons expertly plays on our culture’s love of reality television. Director Seth Grossman, who worked as a producer on “Intervention,” deftly guides the audience down a path where addiction is just a temporary cure for something much more evil.

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This ‘The Babadook’ Clip WILL Scare You

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:07

The Babadook is ringing, opening here in the States on November 28, and in the UK on October 24.

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review). You can get a taste of the scares in this awesome clip where The Babadook pulls a Freddy Krueger…

We just landed a brand new version of the pop-up book poster that boasts a handful of positive reviews.

In it, “Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.

When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.

But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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5 Excruciating Ways to Die in Horror Games! (NSFW)

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:00

Every one of us will die. You, me, even our music editor, Jonny B — once thought to be immortal — will eventually meet move on to wherever it is we go when we perish. In fact, we’re all dying right now. Right this very minute, every one of us is hurtling through space at about 70k mph, dodging asteroids, comets, other planets and the Covenant.

This is a fun way to start an article, huh? It sure is, and I’m not even done yet. Any number of things can kill us, and as video games have taught me over the years, many of these deaths are horrific enough that I wouldn’t wish them upon my worst enemy (you know who you are).

This is why I’ve decided to come up with a list of five of what I consider to be some of the most painful deaths I’ve seen in horror games.

Come, darling. Let’s have some fun.

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You’d Be Insane (or Rich) to Pay $50 for This ‘Alien’ Toy

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:00

The Alien franchise is my favorite thing ever. This means I would love to surround myself with all the collectibles ever released. But this also doesn’t mean I’d allow myself to get ripped off.

Figures.com writes about a mysterious “Alien Xenomorph soft-vinyl figure” that comes with a transparent vinyl dome (an egg out of a vending machine?), and a disturbing $50 price tag.

This $50 “collectible” is only 4″ tall, too. But if you want to waste your money, you can nab one Thursday, October 2nd, 12noon PST at super7store.com.

Am I missing something?

A better way to spend your money is to nab the entire Blu-ray anthology for only $40. Just saying’…

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‘Why Don’t You Play In Hell’ Will Spill Buckets of Blood…

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:51

Sion Sono is a madman and had directed some incredible films over the past few years. Remember Cold Fish? Yup. How about Suicide Club? Yeah, that’s the same Sono!

Next up in his infinite madness is the Drafthouse Films release of Why Don’t You Play In Hell, hitting theaters on November 7.

The film begins when “an amateur production crew and a Yakuza boss as they attempt to make a movie amid the decade-long war between two rival crime lords.

Jun Kunimura, Fumi Nikaidô, and Shin’ichi Tsutsumi star.

Check out the official U.S. poster below.

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‘Extraterrestrial’ Invade the UK (Trailer and Images)

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:42

In UK cinemas October 29, here’s the international trailer with some new images from The Vicious Brothers’ upcoming sci-fi thriller Extraterrestrial (read our review), arriving in the States on VOD October 17th and in theaters November 21st.

Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they ever thought possible.

Extraterrestrial also stars Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, House at the end of the Street), Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Melanie Papalia (The Den, Smiley), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps Trillogy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters, 12 Rounds Reloaded) and Anja Savcic (I Love You Beth Cooper, Repeaters).

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Dracula’s Dungeon Has Been Found In Turkey!

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:32

Archaeologists in Northern Turkey, who have been researching Tokat Castle, believe that they have found the dungeon that held Prince Vlad III, the inspiration for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” for 12 years. The dungeon was found when secret tunnels were revealed during a restoration project.

The castle is completely surrounded by secret tunnels,” Archaeologist Ibrahim Çetin states. “It is very mysterious. It is hard to estimate in which room Dracula was kept, but he was around here.

Prince Vlad III, also known as Vlad The Impaler, was held hostage in this dungeon in the early 15th century after being captured by Ottoman Turks. He later reclaimed his throne and is said to have died in battle against the Turks in 1476.

Read the entire article over at IBT.

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[TV] Man Becomes “Freak Show” Big Top!

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:25

What lurks under the big top? Find out when the Freak Show comes to town October 8th.

Here’s a dope new one-sheet for “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, which turns a man into the big top!

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

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

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

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‘Ghost Cop’ Isn’t a Sequel to ‘Ghost Dad’

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:22

Sony Pictures will battle the supernatural of the funny bone.

The studio has acquired Ghost Cop in a competitive situation from the writing team of Matt Bass and Teddy Bressman, explains TheWrap.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the project is described as “a new twist on the buddy cop comedy.

Thankfully as to not confuse fans of Bill Cosby’s Ghost Dad, the project is currently untitled, though it sold under the working title of Ghost Cop.

David Alpert and Julian Rosenberg will produce for Circle of Confusion (“The Walking Dead”), whose Matt Smith will executive produce.

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First Details, Cast For “Dead Rising: Watchtower”

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:13

Legendary Entertainment and Sony-owned Crackle have set Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Dallas”), Meghan Ory (“Once Upon a Time”), Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children) to star in zombie chopper Dead Rising: Watchtower, the first project out of Legendary’s Digital Media division, says Deadline.

As in the vidgame, ‘Dead Rising: Watchtower’ is set during a zombie apocalypse. When a mandatory government vaccine fails, a group of survivors must evade infection while hunting down the root of the epidemic, which leads back to a government conspiracy.

Leprechaun: Origins helmer and VFX veteran Zach Lipovsky is directing Dead Rising from a script by Tim Carter, based on the bestselling Capcom franchise that’s spawned two sequels and sold 7.6 million copies worldwide to date.

Filming is set to begin tomorrow in Vancouver.

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Battles to Home Video

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:08

Get ready for worlds to collide like never before!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you to the center of the battle between apes and humans with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on December 2 and on Digital HD November 11.

Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell star in this thrilling next chapter of The Planet of the Apes.

It is 2026, and humanity has been pushed to near extinction by a deadly virus. When a group of survivors desperate to find a new source of power travel into the woods near San Francisco, they discover a highly evolved community of intelligent apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). The two species form a fragile peace but dissention grows and the groups find themselves hurtling toward all-out war.

With approximately two hours of special features, the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray will make a perfect holiday gift for any action film fans. The Blu-ray is jam-packed with behind-the-scenes footage and deleted scenes, including intimate interviews with Andy Serkis on how he masterfully created Caesar and inside looks at the secrets of the relationship between man and apes.

For an even more immersive experience in the world of the apes, fans have to get the “Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Warrior Collection.” Witness the battle for world domination between ape and man with both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Blu-ray and Digital HD on December 2. The collection comes in a limited-edition, fiercely lifelike replica bust of Caesar wearing his tribal war paint, designed by WETA, the special effects masters responsible for bringing Caesar to life on film. This must-own set includes an all-new 32-page booklet “Planet of the Apes: Building an Icon” that explores WETA’s creation of the Caesar replica, four battle-ready ape collectible character cards and more than 5 hours of special features.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
● Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar
● 4 Galleries

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3D BLU-RAY and BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
● Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Matt Reeves
● Journey to Dawn
● Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar
● Humans and Apes: The Cast of Dawn
● The World of Dawn
● The Ape Community
● Move Like an Ape: An Artist s Artist’s Medium
● Weta and Dawn
● The Fight for a New Dawn
● Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
● 4 Galleries

PLANET OF THE APES: CAESAR’S WARRIOR COLLECTION CONTENTS

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on 3D BLU-RAY, BLU-RAY and DIGITAL HD
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
○ Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Matt Reeves
○ Journey to Dawn
○ Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar
○ Humans and Apes: The Cast of Dawn
○ The World of Dawn
○ The Ape Community
○ Move Like an Ape: An Artist s Artist’s Medium
○ Weta and Dawn
○ The Fight for a New Dawn
○ Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
○ 4 Galleries

Rise of the Planet of the Apes on BLU-RAY, DVD and DIGITAL HD
Rise of the Planet of the Apes BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
○ 11 Deleted Scenes
○ The Genius of Andy Serkis
○ Scene Breakdown
○ A New Generation of Apes
○ Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries
○ The Great Apes
○ Mythology of the Apes
○ Weta and Dawn
○ Composing the Score with Patrick Doyle
○ Audio Commentaries by Director and Writers
○ Character Concept Art Gallery

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‘Re-Animator: The Musical’ Announces Return Dates And Venue

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:00

Look out Hollywood, you might not be “fresh enough”!

Re-Animator: The Musical has announced that it will be back for a Halloween run this October at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, CA. The show will run October 17th through November 2nd, Fridays through Sundays at 8pm. There will also be preview shows on October 10th through 12th. Admission is $25 with the previews being $20. Tickets can be purchased here.

Head below for a lengthy description of the event, including details on cast and crew.

Re-Animator ™ the Musical” tells the story of Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student who has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities and ghastly consequences. “I guess he just wasn’t fresh enough,” is West’s constant refrain in his quest for fresh subjects. Graham Skipper, who won a Best New Performer Award at the New York Musical Theater Festival for his crowd-pleasing turn, returns as the demented young genius.

And operatic Jesse Merlin is back as Dr. Carl Hill who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter, only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West. But thanks to the glowing re-agent, Dr. Hill is still able to take his curtain call with his head tucked underneath his arm.

Also returning from the original cast are (in alphabetical order) Cynthia Carle, Brian Gillespie, Marlon Grace, and Liesel Hanson playing an assortment of doctors, nurses, and rampaging zombies.

New to the cast and Los Angeles are Darren Ritchie (veteran of five Broadway shows, including “Dracula” and “Little Shop of Horrors”) as Dan Cain, the handsome young medical student (and West’s hapless roommate) in love with the dean’s beautiful daughter, now played by vivacious newcomer Jessica Howell (recently on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”). Ken Hudson Campbell, familiar to many for saving the world with Bruce Willis in “Armageddon,” plays the doomed Dean of the medical school whom West transforms into a mindless zombie.

Stuart Gordon, the director and co-writer of “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator,” the cult film on which the musical is based, has joined his fearless producing partner Dean Schramm to prove that anything that can be done in a movie can be a hundred times more astonishing live on stage. Gordon spent fifteen years as the founder and artistic director of the Organic Theater of Chicago, where he co-created the original production of “Bleacher Bums,” and produced and directed the world premiere of David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago.” Gordon recently co-created and directed the long-running and critically acclaimed ”Nevermore” with “Re-Animator” film star Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe that is now touring the country.

Mark Nutter is composer and lyricist and his cheerfully disturbing songs have been compared to Tom Lehrer. His previous stage credits include the international hit “The Bicycle Men”; “Christmas Smackdown” (created with the equally demented Cynthia Carle): and “Wild Men.” He’s also known for his work on “3rd Rock From the Sun” and “Saturday Night Live.” His CD “Twisted Songs for Twisted Sophisticates” has been banned from the airwaves.

Special effects are from by the same team that created them for the “Re-Animator” movie: Tony Doublin, John Naulin, and John Beuchler. They all won LA Critics’ and LA Weekly Awards for their mind-boggling illusions. And the blood will flow so freely that the first row will be once again designated as a “splash zone” – so bring your raincoats!

Laura Fine Hawkes, who designed the almost-as-bloody “Lieutenant of Inishmore” at the Taper, will provide the creepy sets, Joe Kucharski the moldering costumes and Jeff Ravitz the cadaverous lighting. Stage manager Michael Lemek will be the master of the mayhem.

“Re-Animator™ the Musical” was developed and premiered at the Steve Allen Theater under the artistic direction of Amit Itelman who also founded Trepany House.

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New ‘Dead Island 2′ Footage Surfaces from EGX

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:00

Around this time every year, gamers gather in and around Earls Court in London for the annual gaming celebration known as EGX. This year’s event wrapped up on Sunday, but not before Deep Silver could spend some time showing off the Yager-developed Dead Island 2. This demo does a fine a job of showing off the boundless satisfaction that comes from mercilessly obliterating hordes of zombies with handcrafted weapons.

This game needs to hurry up and arrive so I can make me an electrified sledgehammer — which I will name Mjölnir — so I can finally become Thor. I’m already prepared, I even have my cape. Okay, sure, the cape is really just a blanket I tied around my neck, but it’ll do.

Dead Island 2 arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2015.

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Mastodon Release Twerk-Filled “The Motherload” Video

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:34

That’s a lot of ass shaking…

Mastodon have released an official music video for their track “The Motherload”, which comes from their latest album Once More ‘Round The Sun. The video, which was directed by Adult Swim’s Jonathan Rej & Thomas Bingham, depicts several biblical scenes that are interrupted by women twerking, finishing off with an epic twerk-off.

As per usual, Mastodon have released a video that is aimed to be fun and entertaining. This time, it’s also a bit satirical in nature, commenting on the fact that over-sexualization is rampant, invading everything it sees fit. Personally, I got a kick out of it!

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It’s Ripley vs. Androids in the Latest ‘Alien: Isolation’ Video

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 00:28

Sega has released the eighth video in a series of vignettes for the upcoming survival horror game Alien: Isolation, which releases next week. For those keeping count, this video will mark the eighth time we’ve watched Amanda Ripley endure a horrific deaths. This video isn’t too different from the rest, just swap out that frighteningly intelligent alien for a gaggle of bright-eyed androids.

Alien: Isolation arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.

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‘The Forest’ Gets New Animals and Tree Houses

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 23:33

Growing up in Suburbia meant I never got the tree house I so desperately wanted when I was younger. That’s not to say I don’t still want a tree house. My desire hasn’t changed, but my tastes sure have. If I were offered a tree house today, it’d need to look like a makeshift tree shack a child uses to escape their parents and more like this. I want those cannibals to see it towering above the treeline and whisper “That’s where Adam, the Lizard King resides,” before fleeing in fear.

Earlier this month, The Forest evolved yet again with an update that introduced numerous bug fixes, tree houses, lizard armor that’s now visible when worn and new woodland critters to kill, eat, wear and/or mount on your wall as trophies.

I say “earlier this month” because it’s ambiguous and hints at my being very late in reporting on this. Sorry about that. Hey, at least that means there is even less of a wait for the next update, which I desperately hope will finally add the co-op they promised us prior to its release in May.

Here’s the full list of changes and additions:

Version 0.07 Changelog:

Rock holder blueprint added
Moveable log holder blueprint added
Mid sized cabin blueprint added
Tree house blueprint added
Working door added to custom build doorway
Male version of skinny mutant added
New animal added: Tortoise
New animal added: Racoons!
Animal numbers will go down over time if you kill a lot of them. Will eventually slowly repopulate
Different animal types now stay around specific parts of world
Weapon balancing, all weapons will be slower when holding an item in left hand (Lighter, walkman etc) faster when held with both hands.
More accurate weapon collider sizes, small axe smaller, stick bigger etc
You can now catch rabbits and place them into the rabbit cage
Better previous weapon switching system
Improved blueprint placement, items will now turn red and be unplaceable if intersecting trees
New rock attack animation, more powerful, uses more stamina
Cave’s now only contain blue skinned enemies and distorted mutants
Better combat theme
Better lake theme
Fixed peaceful mode (was accidentally broken in last update)
Further improved enemy pacing over time, fixed bug that could cause enemies to vanish over time
Energy now replenishes faster when sitting on bench
More small props added
Switching weapons whilst holding molotov will no longer cause it to drop
Sound effects added for adding sticks/logs and rocks to storage
Whoosh sound added when items moved around inventory
Fixed molotov pieces bouncing around causing fire to move in strange ways
Fire now scales with amount of fuel
Plants now burn for longer
Trees will tumble over if burnt now and added new burning material with embers
Tree leaves will now burn away correctly when on fire
Energy bar now flashes when playing music to make clear that your stamina is getting a boost
Crafting info pages unlocked in survival book (rough, missing lots of items)
Fixed bug where you could get infinite flares by dropping flare gun and picking it up again
Fixed bug where day count could change when entering/exiting caves
Fixed yellow axe mesh not visible when equipped
Terrain texture and shape improvements
Fires can now cook an unlimited amount of items, food will be placed at random location on fire
Fixed bug where you could sometimes get infinite sticks/rocks in inventory
Arrows should now work more effectively against enemies
Visible lizard skin armour!

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