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[Toys] New ‘Gremlins,’ ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Zomb MD’

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:43

A slew of new action figures have been announced over the past few weeks, so we’re playing a bit of ‘catch up’ in this latest news post.

NECA went ape crazy announcing new 7″ figures, as well as an 8″ clothed doll, while 3A revealed an awesome Adventure Kartel Zomb MD doll.

Planet of the Apes – 8″ Clothed Figure – George Taylor (Charlton Heston)

Based on the beloved 1968 film, Planet of the Apes, and featuring the likeness of actor Charlton Heston! The poseable 8″ figure is dressed in fabric clothing similar to the toy lines that helped define the licensed action figure market in the 1970s. Other versions of George Taylor have been released in the past, but this is the first that features Heston’s likeness.
George wears his astronaut uniform and comes with a removable backpack that opens. Blister card packaging with removable protective clamshell.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 7″ Scale Action Figures – Series 2

Series 2 includes the truly massive gorilla Luca, who comes with interchangeable heads, plus new versions of Caesar and Koba that feature all-new head sculpts and shotgun and machine gun accessories. The figures stand approximately 6″ tall and are entirely authentic to the movie.

Planet of the Apes – 7″ Scale Action Figures – Classic Series 2

Our second series of 7″ scale action figures from the classic Planet of the Apes films brings even more of your favorite characters! Series 2 includes General Ursus, Dr. Zira, and an all-new version of Dr. Zaius. These fully articulated figures stand approximately 7″ tall and are entirely faithful to their original on-screen looks.
Based on his appearance in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, General Ursus is the commander of the ferocious Gorilla Army, and comes with pistol and holster accessories. From the original 1968 film, brilliant psychologist and veterinarian Dr. Zira comes with notepad and pencil accessories. Also from the original film, the zealous Dr. Zaius is dressed in a long coat and comes with cane and scroll accessories.

Gremlins – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Mogwais Series 5 Assortment

Continuing the ever popular Mogwai series, we went deep into the vaults for this new assortment of cuddly creatures. These are concept Mogwais that were created by Rick Baker Studios for Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Over the past 20 years the original puppets have turned up at auction or in the hands of private collectors. We gathered all known references to create three of these special Mogwai figures.
This series includes Patches, Zoe, and Gary. Each Mogwai is articulated at the ears, neck, shoulders, forearms, wrists and thighs and also features our signature poseable rolling eyeball mechanism.

3A – Adventure Kartel ZOMB MD

Lastly, Figures.com reports: Ashley Wood’s latest 1:6th scale 3A figure offering is now available for order (bambalandstore.com). ADVENTURE KARTEL – ZOMB MD, shipping 4th quarter 2014, is available as a single figure ($140) and also in a 2-pack ($260) that includes an ALBINO NURSE. Prices include free international shipping.

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Bullets, Blades and Blood: ‘Killing Floor 2’ is a Game for Gorehounds

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:01

Back in 2009, developer Tripwire Interactive dove into our favorite genre with Killing Floor, a cooperative horror game that pit a team of humans against hordes of terrifying monsters that were the result of failed genetic experiments conducted by Horzine Biotech. It had a Left 4 Dead meets Evil Dead vibe, a unique blend of B movie charm, gore and twisted humor.

Killing Floor was a hit, and its community remains strong to this day thanks in no small part to Tripwire’s wise decision to support the game with a steady stream of new content — much of it free — five years after its release.

In May, Killing Floor 2 was revealed, along with the promise that it would surpass its predecessor in every way possible. I had the opportunity to see the game in action at a live presentation held in San Francisco earlier this week, and while I didn’t get to spend any hands-on time with it, the demonstration successfully sold me on at least one thing.

Killing Floor 2 looks absolutely badass.

It took Tripwire, which also brought us the gritty World War II era shooter Red Orchestra, all of five minutes to pique my interest when they referred to their other major series as “realism” and Killing Floor 2 as “coolism”.

With this game, they’re focus is on three areas: Bullets, Blades, and Blood.

Killing Floor 2 does plenty of cool things, but it’s the time and attention that’s being invested into the smaller things, the little details, that really makes it shine. For example, each gun has four different reload animations, created using 200 frames, rather than the usual 30. They even brought in an expert at gun reloading — who knew that was a thing? — and captured the animations using motion capture. A tremendous amount of effort was put into making each gun look, feel and act realistically, and the end result really quite impressive.

ZED time has also been tweaked. For the uninitiated, this feature slows down time when activated, giving players additional time to set up the perfect headshot, ideal for popping ZED heads like the bud off a Dandelion. ZED time has a nifty feature that desaturates the world when activated, turning much of it black and white with the exception of certain colors, like red, which are made more vibrant.

Matrix fans should enjoy the fact that ZED time now turns every individual bullet into a projectile that moves in slow motion with a distortion wake behind it. Watching as a torrent of bullets whiz by in slow motion seeking soft flesh to annihilate is nothing short of spectacular.

Ranged combat isn’t the only system that’s being overhauled, as Tripwire is paying quite a bit of attention to the melee combat as well. The Katana was the only close quarters weapon they had available at the presentation, but it did a fine job at getting me adequately pumped to get in some ZED personal bubbles so I can proceed to go about ruining their day.

There will be certain skills that improve your character’s melee abilities (more on those later), including a Quick Draw Strike that strikes with the weapon as its unsheathed. If you prefer precision over blindly flailing about, there are directional attacks (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) so you can more easily remove a ZED’s arm from its torso, cut its head right off, or if you’re feeling particularly nasty, you can use a well-placed vertical swipe to bisect it from head to scrotum.

The melee system is surprisingly deep. There will be light and strong attacks, and even a block and parry system — they share the same button, so it’s all about timing — so you can open up a strategic can of ZED flavored whoopass, if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

As an unapologetic gorehound, my favorite system, hands down, is what the team affectionately refers to as MEAT (or Massive Evisceration and Trauma). According to the developer, gore is the most important visual feature in Killing Floor 2. I’m okay with that.

Now bodies can be sliced and diced into 19 pieces (for those keeping count, that’s 14 more pieces than in Killing Floor), they can be damaged and defiled post-mortem, and thanks to a combination of mocap and ragdoll you’ll never see a ZED die the same way twice.

All that sounds fantastic, but the thing that really stood out to me is a feature called Persistent Blood Rendering. This essentially means that all of the gore, viscera, and assorted red and squishy bits you just painted every wall, floor and ceiling with won’t disappear between waves. It stays there, like a glorious monument to your sins.

Proving this will never get old, one of my favorite parts of the demo came when a ZED’s head was blown off with a shotgun, after which it proceeded to walk around the room for a few hilarious seconds leaving a wake of blood behind it before it finally fell to the floor.

The ZEDs won’t be the only things you’ll be wreaking havoc upon, as the environments can also be destroyed. More than that, doing so can affect the gameplay. For example, bullets and explosives have been endowed with the ability to disable lights, so you’ll need to be careful lest you force you and your team to fight in the dark.

Thankfully, the new character progression will aid you in the event that you’re struggling to survive. Perk Passives will be returning, and they’ll be joined by a new system called Perk Skills. This unlocks a pair of skills every five levels — there are 25 levels in total — and you’ll only be able to choose one. This will help to ensure that every character on the team has a more diverse skillset that’s been tailored to fit each individual’s unique playstyle.

Some examples of these Perk Skills include Night Vision goggles, a “Callout” ability that lets everyone on the team know there’s a cloaked enemy strolling about, faster reloads, larger magazines, increased weapon damage, and even a shared ammo bag for each teammate to take from. Tripwire pointed out the fact that each skill has been designed to give you the option to help yourself or help your team.

In the first Killing Floor, each class came with a pair of specialties that had to be used in order to level the character up. For example, to level up a Support class character, you had to spend a lot of time with the shotgun and welding tool. To make this a bit less frustrating, Killing Floor 2 introduces something called Unified XP Earning so you only have to focus on one to gain XP for both.

Another very welcome improvement is that each class starts the game off with a weapon loadout fit for their abilities (Support class starts with a shotgun). This gives Tripwire room to make the initial wave of baddies — a “gimme” in the first game — more intense, since players start the game off with a more powerful weapon.

And when you’re ready to upgrade your arsenal, you can head on over to the new-and-improved weapon dealer that’s been replaced by a vending machine. It makes more sense and no one liked the weapon dealer anyway.

Not content to leave anything the way it once was, even the AI behavior has seen some substantial changes. Because we can all agree that giving enemies more health and/or greater numbers on harder difficulties is a bowl full of dull with a helping of lame sauce — now, every difficulty brings with it a unique set of abilities and behaviors for each ZED. As you move on to harder difficulties — four in total, with Hell On Earth being the most challenging — every ZED will get a new bag of tricks.

That’s my experience with the game. There’s a lot more to it though, and we can expect to hear all about it in the coming months. Tripwire has only showed off two of the game’s maps — Burning Paris and a remade Biotics Lab, which they explained will actually show us how some of the ZEDs are made — a handful of the weapons, and most of the ZEDs. We’ve only scratched the surface.

They did tease a new boss that isn’t the Patriarch, and when asked about the possibility of Killing Floor 2 coming to consoles — inspired by the presence of left and right bumper icons on the main menu — Tripwire didn’t confirm or deny it. I can’t say for sure, but I think there’s a good chance we’ll see it on consoles, it’s really just a matter of when. I imagine PC will be the focus, so a console release may follow sometime after its release. But again, they gave us nary a nod or knowing wink on the subject, so that’s all conjecture on my part.

I can’t say much about how the game plays or how the weapons feel, because I wasn’t able to play it for myself. But what I can say is it’s clear Tripwire cares about this game, they see it as a franchise, and they clearly have a lot of love for their fans. If you enjoyed the community created content the original game saw so much of, they’re making it even easier to create unique levels, stories, and even monsters this time around. Unsurprisingly, it was also confirmed that they plan to lend Killing Floor 2 the same longtime support its predecessor enjoyed.

If you enjoyed the first game, you’re going to love this. Killing Floor 2 takes everything that made the original so special and addictive, and amplifies it. Tripwire aims to blow us all away, and in that endeavor, I think they may succeed.

Full Disclosure: the studio paid for all travel expenses.

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‘Killing Floor’ is Getting a Live-Action Short Film!

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:00

At a Killing Floor 2 preview event held earlier this week, Tripwire Interactive announced their plans to release a live-action short film based on their hit horror series titled Killing Floor: Uncovered. The film is being crafted by Type AB, the studio that brought us the 2014 horror short Delivery: The Beast Within. I had the chance to see an early cut of the film’s trailer, which seems to take some inspiration from Resident Evil and Doom.

Similar to the teaser for Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the trailer starts off as a faux commercial for Horzine Biotech, the corporation in Killing Floor that’s responsible for the monsters you spend so much time mowing down in the game. When the video feed gets the disrupted, it transitions to some first person footage of a man with a gun as tries to shoot his way through a room filled with ZEDs.

I was only given a brief look at Killing Floor: Uncovered, but it was enough to get my attention. It certainly looks interesting, and after enduring some spectacularly awful Dead Space animated films I’m glad they’re taking the live-action approach.

The film doesn’t have a release date yet, but I imagine they’ll want to get it out around the same time that Killing Floor 2 releases. Until then, enjoy these stills from the trailer!

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Rob Zombie Hosting Live Q&A With Fans Today At 1pm EST

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:12

Musician/director Rob Zombie will be hosting a live Q&A with fans today at 1pm EST to discuss his upcoming movie 31, which is being funded through a crowdfunding campaign at www.RZ-31.com.

You can ask questions on twitter using the hashtag #RZ31, via Facebook under the Live Stream Launches Now post or in the comments section at RZ-31.com.

Zombie states:

I’m interested in taking things to the extreme, because that’s just the way I see things. Get on board! Get involved! Be part of this horrifying business! The world of horror needs you!

31 has the following synopsis:

It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man… a game called 31.

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Eli Roth’s ‘The Green Inferno’ Pulled From Release

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:44

It sounds as if The Green Inferno literally just entered hell, and that sucks for fans of Eli Roth.

Deadline is reporting that Green Inferno, the Roth-directed film about student activists who travel from Gotham to save the Amazon rainforest only to be pursued by a cannibal tribe, has been taken off Open Road’s release calendar. The film was scheduled for wide release on September 5. We’ve been supporting the film heavily here on the site after we posted this positive review last September.

They write that this happened because financier Worldview Entertainment is balking at ex-CEO Christopher Woodrow’s commitment to provide the P&A.

They have also confirmed from Open Road that the release date is scratched, though the distributor won’t comment further, including whether there will be a later release date or if this goes straight to video. Worldview has been going through a restructure since the abrupt and largely unexplained exit of CEO Woodrow, which Deadline revealed last June.

Add the writer, it looks like the scrapping of Green Inferno from Open Road’s fall schedule has little to do with the quality of the film Roth directed, co-wrote and produced.

Worldview doesn’t intend to leave Roth high and dry, they add, and behind the scenes talks are going on to try and figure this out.

Green Inferno was acquired by Open Road after it premiered in the Midnight Madness program at 2013 Toronto City to raucous response.

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Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” Finally Happening…

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:58

We’ve been reporting since 2009 that Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles were held at Universal Pictures – and at one point they were targeting Robert Downey Jr. as the new Lestat.

It was acquired by Universal Pictures for Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment, a new article at Variety states, with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci on board to produce. It sounds as if they’re attempting a “Universal Monsters”/Avengers-style reboot here, as well. People have been venomously against Kurtzman and Orci, who are behind some of the worst summer blockbusters in years, from The Amazing Spider-Man to Transformers and Star Trek. Orci is also directing The Mummy for Universal.

The deal includes the adapted screenplay for “Tale of the Body Thief” written by Rice’s son, author Christopher Rice. Other novels in the series include “Interview with the Vampire” and the upcoming “Prince Lestat.”

An earlier version of the story, “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles,” starred Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in 1994. Rice’s “Queen of the Damned,” also part of “The Vampire Chronicles,” starred Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend in 2002.

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‘Rocky Horror’ Fav Barry Bostwick Stars In ‘The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia’

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:15

So much for our exclusive as Deadline dropped the full cast for Darren Lynn Bousman’s now-filming The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia.

The sequel boasts an impressive line-up that includes surprises such as Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s Barry Bostwick, Jesus Christ Superstar himself Ted Neeley, Rent‘s Adam Pascal, and “Baywatch‘s” David Hasselhoff.

Returning officially are Paul Sorvino, Terrance Zdunich, rapper Tech N9ne, Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan (Burning Bright, Sorority Row, Step Up All In), Marc Senter (The Lost), and Dayton Callie (“Sons of Anarchy”).

Musicians Chantal Claret, Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence, Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot, and Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie from Skinny Puppy round out the ensemble of carnies and lost souls whose paths cross at a theme park.

Alleluia continues the saga and sees the forces of Heaven and Hell face off in a showdown.

Zdunich wrote the script and co-wrote the musical numbers with Saar Hendelman.

Producers are Chris M. Bonifay and Sean E. Demott. Brian Perera is executive producer.

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NSFW: Watch An Actress Embarrass Herself In ‘Septic Man’s’ Opening Scene!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:02

You get the callback, you’ve scored the part! You call mom and dad, who then calls grandma and grandpa, and the next thing you know everyone in Mississippi is buzzing about their hometown girl who “made it” in Hollywood.

And then this happens…

Can you imagine the first day on set for this poor girl who stars in the opening scene in Starz Digital Media’s Septic Man (read our review)? Her acting prowess was used to squeeze out farts and shit herself all over a disgusting bathroom. Mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, everyone in Mississippi, please don’t want this…it’s too embarrassing.

Everyone else, ENJOY! Get ready for Septic Man available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and in limited theaters August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.

From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.

“Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town’s water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape.

Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).

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HE’S Back! ‘The Pact II’ Trailer Drags You Back In…

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:55

We just revealed that The Pact II will be released via IFC Midnight on VOD September 5 with a limited theatrical run set for October 10, and now, we have the film’s official trailer.

From what I can tell, the supernatural being from the first film is back tormenting once again. Why they can’t just leave the house is beyond me? Thankfully, they play detective and find all sorts of crazy shit.

The pic is, “a truly terrifying new film set just weeks after Annie Barlow’s deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer. In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

Camilla Luddington (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Patrick Fischler (“Californication”) and Scott Michael Foster all star in the sequel to the Nicholas McCarthy written and directed 2012 movie. The film was directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath.

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‘Hunter’s Moon’ Launch Party Becomes a Race For Survival

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:44

Production begins August 13 in Toronto, Canada on Hunter’s Moon, a film by Matt Campagna (Six Reasons Why) and produced by Men of Characters, sources tell Bloody.

In the film, “An eccentric billionaire spirals out of control at the extravagant launch party for his new werewolf mobile game. It’s all fun and games until they find the body of the first victim — beginning a heart-pounding race for survival of the fittest.

Holly Deveaux (Spun Out, Hemlock Grove), Steven Morana (Gemini Award Winner), Katie Boland (Reign), Art Hindle (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Ari Millen (Orphan Black) star.

Rounding out the creative team includes Director of Photography David Stuart (Centuries of Torment) and Producer Nic Izzi (Gallop Meets The Earth).

Hunter’s Moon will be the first production in Canada shot on the new Sony A7S Camera.

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Get the Complete ‘Saw’ Collection For Only $17?!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:39

Can you escape this price trap?!

I’m not sure if this is misplaced or what, but on Amazon you can order Saw: The Complete Movie Collection on Blu-ray for only $17.49.

Arriving on September 23, the collection includes all seven of Lionsgate’s Saw films on Blu-ray or DVD UNRATED.

Is this Lionsgate’s way of telling fans their closing the loop on the franchise and gearing up for a reboot? Odds are this is just a double-dip, which already worked on me (I just pre-ordered).

Now you can re-live James Wan’s 2004 classic, which turns 10 this October, as well as several sequels that became more and more brutal leading up to a shocking finale.

Which one was your favorite? I still love Saw and Saw III.

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[Review] Fans of “Seinfeld” Are Going to Flip for ‘Seinfeld: The Purge’

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:51

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Seinfeld: The Purge, a production put on by the UCB Theater in L.A. that imagined what it would be like if the annual Purge went down on an episode of Seinfeld. Lucky for me, writer and actor John Ford saw the post and was kind enough to send me a video of the performance and I can happily say that Seinfeld fans are in for one helluva lawless night.

The amazing thing about Seinfeld: The Purge is that it actually feels like an episode of Seinfeld. Meaning, what happens is probably exactly what Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer would do during the Purge. Jerry wants to spend the Purge inside his apartment with his new girlfriend. George is accused of being a “Purge racist” for wanting to kill Joe Temple (the man who George watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s with in “The Couch”). Elaine considers a “Purge break up” with Puddy. And Kramer, he buys a soda fountain for his Purge party with the intention of selling extra large cups, the ones that were outlawed in NYC. Some people want to murder, Kramer just wants to sell big sodas. It’s perfect.

Not only is the writing spot-on, so are the actors. Joseph Porter (Jerry), Dave Christenson (George), Madeline Walter (Elaine), and Dax Herrera (Kramer) absolutely kill it is a the fab four. There’s also Jason Wayne Christian doing an incredible Newman (seriously, he sounds exactly like him) and Dan Van Kyrk delivering his best squinty-eyed, dry-voiced Puddy (high five). Writer John Ford gets in on the action as the socially awkward and eccentric J. Peterman. All these Seinfeld regulars on Purge night? Seriously, it’s a stupid amount of fun.

It’s also structured like a Seinfeld episode, kicking off with an NBC commercial promoting their “Purge Programming” and then jumping into a video of Jerry doing stand-up (like how each episode began and ended up until season 8). And like the best Seinfeld episodes, all of the plots collide in a grand schadenfreude of comedy glory. There’s some fun easter eggs and quotes peppered throughout that diehard fans will pick up on.

Both upcoming performances of Seinfeld: The Purge (August 19 and 21) are SOLD OUT, but keep your eyes peeled to the UCB website for more shows. If you’re lucky enough to see it live, DO IT.

Seinfeld: The Purge is directed by Justin Donaldson.

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‘Jurassic Park’ Posters You’ve Never Seen (Because They Weren’t Used)

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:35

Experience the past, in the present, at the Theme Park of the future.

We’re heading back to Jurassic Park, thanks to Movies.com, who landed a series of never-before-seen posters for Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic.

Explains the site, on August 26, Titan Books is publishing “The Art of John Alvin,” a 140-page collection of not only the posters you already know and love, like E.T., Blade Runner, The Lion King, and Gremlins, but a treasure trove’s worth of works-in-progress the world never got to see!

Check out a bunch below; which is your favorite? I’m a huge fan (pun intended) of the one with the T-rex that says, “Man. Science. Entertainment.Technology.” Even though the tagline is stupid, I find the image striking.

Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, Inc.

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Yoga Butts Shake In the ‘Attack of the 50 foot Cheerleader’ Trailer

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:22

Now on various VOD platforms from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is Kevin O’Neill’s Attack of the 50 foot Cheerleader, starring Olivia Alexander and Jena Sims.

We now have a trailer for the EPIX original movie in which a college co-ed is transformed into an enormous cheerleader after using an experimental drug. There’s plenty of cheers for girls in yoga shorts!

Cheerleader Cassie Stratford (Jena Sims) downs an experimental drug that’s supposed to enhance her looks and athletic abilities. But instead, it makes her grow into a 50-foot giant!” The film is a modern day take on the great Roger Corman genre pictures.

Mercy Malick, Sasha Jackson, John Landis, Treat Williams, Ted Raimi, Roger Corman, Anne McDaniels, Paula LaBaredas, Paula Trickey, Mary Woronov, Angelina Armani, Madison Dylan, Annie Wood, Betsy Landin, Jennifer Wenger, and Jason Etter also star.

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[TV] Clive Owen Gets Inspirational In “The Knick” Clip

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:15

Premiering tomorrow on Cinemax is Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick,” which stars a nitty gritty Clive Owen living in New York in 1900.

‘The Knick’ centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The writing team of Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Raising Helen, Big Miracle), who wrote the pilot for the series, will serve as executive producers, along with Soderbergh, Owen, Michael Sugar (Rendition) and Gregory Jacobs (Behind the Candelabra).

Check out these two clips of Owen, one in which he gets all racist on a job applicant, the other where he delivers a powerful speech.

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Chat Live With ’31′ Director Rob Zombie Tomorrow

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:04

Rob Zombie announced today a live video stream this Friday, August 8th at 1pm EST. He will be responding to questions and comments about his new movie, 31, first announced here.

Join me for a live video chat on Friday August 8th at 1pm ET.

Go to RZ-31.com to watch LIVE as I discuss everything concerning ’31′ and how you can be part of it.

You can ask questions on twitter using the hashtag #RZ31, via Facebook under the Live Stream Launches Now post or in the comments section at RZ-31.com. I’ll get to as many as I can.

After months of teasing fans with video clips and mysterious messages, Rob Zombie unveiled a crowdfunding campaign for his new film 31 at RZ-31.com.

Offering up an incredible array of exclusive merchandise, one of a kind collectibles from past movies, original artwork and unprecedented access to both the 31 movie set and his concerts.

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‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Black Maria SE Box Set Detailed!!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:49

It’s been imitated and remade, but never equaled. Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre rose from a notorious 1974 sleeper sensation to rank as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Now, to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, Dark Sky Films is presenting the digitally re-mastered masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in a stunning Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Collector’s Edition box set.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre appears in an all-new 4K digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by director Hooper (Poltergeist). This release marks the only transfer of the film to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled through the cameras. The Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will be released at retail in October but will be available exclusively at www.gorgon-video.com for 30 days starting September 16, 2014. Fans of the film will recognize the unique packaging as a replica of the iconic ‘Black Maria’ cattle truck that comes to Sally Hardesty’s rescue when she’s being pursued by Leatherface, a fitting nod to the legions of TCSM enthusiasts who were instrumental in keeping the film at the forefront of the genre throughout for the past 40 years and a true collectible display piece.’

This four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack will include a wealth of extras, including:

-A Leatherface apron
-Theatrical mini-poster
-Five audio options
-Four feature commentaries with the filmmakers and cast,
-Several making-of featurettes
-Deleted scenes, outtakes, bloopers, trailers and much more

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre received a mixed critical reception upon its initial release – the Los Angeles Times called it “despicable” – but horror fans immediately recognized it has a breakthrough in unbearable suspense. The story, written by director Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel, is dreadfully simple: Five young people on a weekend getaway in remote Texas countryside fall prey to a chain saw-wielding butcher (dubbed Leatherface because of his mask made of human skin) and his demented cannibalistic family. Thanks to startling scenes such as a woman being impaled on a meat hook, horror cinema would never be the same. Violent, confrontational and shockingly realistic, the film terrified audiences and was the most buzzed-about release of its time (a buzz fueled by the marketing campaign that claimed it was based on a true story).

Thrust upon an America disillusioned by the Vietnam War and Watergate, the 1974 shocker faced a storm of controversy, censorship and outcry. But this masterpiece of horror has stood the test of time to become a landmark motion picture and cultural milestone, having opened the (sliding steel) door to the entire slasher genre of the 1980s and beyond.

In addition to the Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre , the film will also be released as a standard DVD, Blu-ray and DVD/Blu-ray Combo on September 16 at retail outlets nationwide.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th ANNIVERSARY BLACK MARIA LIMITED EDITION BOX SET
Street Date: Exclusively at gorgon-video.com only September 16, 2014
Street Date: retail outlets nationwide October 14, 2014
SRP: $99.98
Rate R
4K Digital Transfer, 7/1 Surround audio
EXTRAS:
A Collector’s Edition Bonus Disc:
* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
* Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw
* A Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen
* Off the Hook with Teri McMinn
* The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman
* New Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Grandpa’s Tales: An Interview with John Dugan
* Cutting Chain Saw: An Interview With Editor J. Larry Carroll
* Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Blooper Reel
* Outtakes from “The Shocking Truth”
* Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: TCSM
* Dr. W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa”
* Still Gallery
* 40th Anniversary Trailer
* Trailers
* TV Spots
* Radio Spots

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD & BD COMBO
Street Date: September 16, 2014
SRP: $49.98
Rated R
4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio
EXTRAS:
Collector’s Edition Bonus Disc:
* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
* Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw
* A Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen
* Off the Hook with Teri McMinn
* The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman
* New Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Grandpa’s Tales: An Interview with John Dugan
* Cutting Chain Saw: An Interview With Editor J. Larry Carroll
* Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Blooper Reel
* Outtakes from “The Shocking Truth”
* Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: TCSM
* Dr. W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa”
* Still Gallery
* 40th Anniversary Trailer
* Trailers
* TV Spots
* Radio Spots

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th ANNIVERSARY DVD OR BD
Street Date: September 16, 2014
SRP: $24.98 DVD / $29.98 BLU-RAY
Rated R
4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio
EXTRAS:
4 Feature Commentaries:

* Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, Cinematographer Daniel Pearl
* Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and Production Designer Robert Burns
* NEW Commentary with Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper
* NEW Commentary with Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, Editor J. Larry Carroll and Sound Recordist Ted Nicolaou

Categories: Horror News

Don’t Lie, You’re In Love With ‘Sin City’ Star Alexa Vega (Clips)

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:35

We’ve been obsessing ever since we saw the first taste of Alexa Vega in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills.

Now, she’s taking on a role in TWC-Dimension’s August 22 release of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

She’ll play Gilda, says this new poster, which rivals any beauty shot of Eva Green and Jessica Alba. I think it’s safe to say the new Sin City features a whole lotta strong women – and we like that.

We also just updated the article with two clips, one that doesn’t carry an empty threat, the other putting Marv’s rampage on display.

The sequel is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death.

Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta and Stacy Keach all star.

Categories: Horror News

Third Cryptic Teaser Surfaces for BioWare’s New Game

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:31

For the last couple of weeks, BioWare has been teasing a new game that may or may not be called Shadow Realms. Each teaser trailer has centered around a kid, some of which seem to have discovered latent powers — or something. This new teaser doesn’t shed much light on the game, as it’s about as cryptic as the first two. Check it out below.

If you missed the other trailers, you can find them here and here.

Categories: Horror News

Final ‘The Boxtrolls’ Poster a Horde of Characters

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:28

From Focus Features and LAIKA, the team behind ParaNorman and Coraline, comes the latest stop-motion animated 3-D extravaganza, the “Jungle Book” and “Frankenstein”-esque The Boxtrolls!

Directed by Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable, here’s a new theatrical poster that’s loaded with characters.

In theaters September 26, the film is “A family event movie that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

The voice cast includes Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.

Categories: Horror News