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[Next On] ‘The X-Files’ Episode 10.04, ‘Home Again’

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 22:10

The first episode has yet to air and we already have details on four of the six episodes from FOX’s “The X-Files” revival.

Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) are sent to investigate the murder of a city official, which it seems no human could have committed. Meanwhile, Scully deals with a personal tragedy, which brings up many old feelings about the child she gave away for adoption in the all-new “Home Again” episode of “The X-Files” airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

This episode was written and directed by Glen Morgan.

Guest Cast includes Sheila Larkin as Margaret Scully, Tim Armstrong as trashman, Daryl Shuttleworth as Daryl Landry, Peggy Jo Jacobs as Nancy Huff, Alessandro Juliani as Joseph Cutler, Chris Shields as Detective Dross, Gary Sekhon as Forensic Tech, Sachin Sahel as Jack Budd, Veena Sood as Dr. Louise Colquitt, Jannen Karr as Nurse Taillie, Seth Whittaker as Fitzpatrick and Daniel Jacobsen as Proudley.

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‘Tomb Raider’ Enters ‘The Temple of the Witch’ Next Week

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 21:06

I’ve been eagerly waiting for word of a release date for the spooky Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch DLC that was announced at The Game Awards last month, and today, that patience has finally paid off. When the Baba Yaga story expansion arrives next week, it’ll take Rise of the Tomb Raider into Blair Witch territory.

“Deep in the wilds of Siberia, there is a forbidden forest that no man will enter, where a Soviet expedition vanished without a trace. Lara enters the Wicked Vale in search of a missing man, but what she finds is a nightmare that she cannot explain. Is the witch, Baba Yaga, truly haunting the forbidden forest? Or is there more to the legend?”

A witch with a goofy name, a missing expedition and a forbidden forest that’s home to a nightmare so nightmarish, that it cannot be explained? Surely you’re on the baba-bandwagon by now?

Baba Yaga is more than side story, as it will also come with a special bow and outfit for Lara, frightening new enemies and a tomb filled with puzzles and treasures. It’s coming to Xbox One on Tuesday, January 26. Rise of the Tomb Raider is headed to PC on Jan 28, so a PC release might not be that far off. PS4 owners will have to continue being patient, unfortunately.

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NSFW: Behold the Gruesome and Stunning Art of Sarah Sitkin

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 20:00

Art is a truly subjective medium when it comes to appreciation. There are people who like the sublime use of color from artists like Monet or Klimt. Others appreciate the weirdness and surrealism of Dali and Ernst. And still some others go down the route of darkness, where pain and beauty mix into something grotesque and fascinating. It is in this world that Los Angeles sculptor Sarah Sitkin resides, a world that would be right at home with Clive Barker’s cenobites

Her bio is incredibly simple, allowing her work to speak for her: “Sarah Sitkin is a Los Angeles based artist. Her sculptural works are made in wide variety of media including but not limited to silicone, clay, plaster, resin,and latex.

When reading that bio, it’s easy to be caught completely unprepared as to what you’re about to witness. After all, the benign and almost innocent description does nothing to ready viewers for the macabre work she creates. It’s haunting and it’s fantastic. However, be warned that it’s absolutely NSFW, so view this at your own discretion!

You can learn and see more about Sarah at her official website.

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‘The Blackout Experiments’ Documentary Captures Real Fear On Camera (Clip)

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:37

The scariest maze in America has been documented in Rich Fox’s The Blackout Experiments, which is set to World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend.

Joining Rob Zombie’s 31, Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers and Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park, The Blackout Experiments begins when, “A group of friends discover the dark underworld of the ultra-scary, psychosexual horror experience called Blackout. But what starts as a thrill ride through the unknown becomes deeply personal, developing into an obsession that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy.

It’s unclear if this is a straight forward documentary or something more scripted, but the Blackout haunt is for real, and it’s allegedly pretty badass.

A clip was shared this morning, via TheWrap, that introduces us to Abel and Hannah, who both sign a waiver to enter the Blackout, alone. He explains why it’s so terrifying, and why he decided to press “enter”. I’m dying to press “play” as soon as possible. Watch for our review out of the fest, which begins in a few days.

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Happy 20th Anniversary ‘From Dusk Till Dawn!’

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:21

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Robert Rodriguez’s now-classic vampire B-movie From Dusk Till Dawn was unleashed upon the world. The fact that it was a moderately successful January release is quit astounding. To celebrate the occasion, we thought we would take a look back at this badass movie, which has now been adapted into its own TV show for Rodriguez’s new(ish) El Rey Network.

Released on January 19th, 1996, From Dusk Till Dawn was met with mostly positive critical acclaim. It currently sits at a 63% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is no small feat for a horror film released in January (just look at this year’s The Forest for one of the many sub-par January-released horror films). Hell, even Roger Ebert awarded the film three out of four stars.

It opened at the #1 spot with $10.2 million ($15.4 million in 2016 dollars) and went on to gross a total of $25.8 million domestically ($39 million in 2016 dollars). That is a small profit for a film with a budget of $19 million, and while that is not a spectacular gross, it’s still solid for an R-rated horror film released in a month that typically sees slower box office returns.

From Dusk Till Dawn is notable for pulling a bait-and-switch with audiences. Anyone who didn’t see the trailer (embedded below) probably walked into the film expecting a heist movie, and for the first hour or so of From Dusk Till Dawn, they would have gotten what the expected. The exact opposite is true for anyone who did see the trailer for the film. They would have walked in expecting a 2-hour vampire brawl. Needless to say that is not the film they went to see.

From Dusk Till Dawn has been criticized for unsuccessfully merging two movies into one disparate whole, but looking back on the film it actually works miraculously. One thing Robert Rodriguez is an expert at is surprising his audience, and From Dusk Till Dawn is probably his greatest achievement of that. One cannot discuss the surprised of From Dusk Till Dawn without mentioning Quentin Tarantino and his incredibly witty script. This was peak Tarantino season, since the film was released just a year and a half after Pulp Fiction.

To this day, it is still surprising to see now-famous stars like George Clooney (back in his E.R. days) and Juliette Lewis in this film. Joining them were Tarantino and Rodriguez staples Harvey Keitel and Danny Trejo, along with a slew of other casting choices that would make you do a double-take today (Cheech Marin, anyone?).

Speaking of unique casting, the true surprise in From Dusk Till Dawn is Salma Hayek’s appearance as Santánico Pandemonium. Her snake dance before morphing into her true vampire form is so iconic that you would be forgiven for thinking that she was a lead character in the film if you had never seen it before.

Not only did From Dusk Till Dawn spawn two direct-to-video sequels and a video game, but it also gave birth to From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on March 11, 2014. The first season of that show was essentially the original 108-minute film stretched out into 10 hour-long episodes, and was met with lukewarm critical reception. The second season benefited from being able to act as a true sequel to the film and delve into unexplored territory. A third season is set to premiere later this year so it is clear that the series has provided El Rey Network with a decent amount of success.

It is a testament to the original film that we are here talking about it today and that it is still seeing creative properties borne from it. I would even argue that Rodriguez hasn’t been able to match it in terms of fun. Actually, I’m wrong. The Faculty, Sin City and Planet Terror are all very fun films, but I digress. Just forget I even wrote that. We’re here to commemorate From Dusk Till Dawn for providing 20 years of entertainment to horror fans everywhere. When did you first see From Dusk Till Dawn? Do you still enjoy the film or do you think it’s starting to show its age? Share your memories in the comments below and give the film a re-watch this week to celebrate its 20th anniversary!

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‘The Greasy Strangler’ Stalks Sundance (Images)

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:11

Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision and Drafthouse Films teaming up with Rook Films (Sightseers, The Duke of Burgundy) and Timpson Films (The ABCs of Death) to produce The Greasy Strangler, the feature directorial debut of British helmer Jim Hosking (The ABCs of Death 2) that’s set to World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this week.

In the film, “The Los Angeles-set tale follows Ronnie, a man who runs a Disco Walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also signals the appearance of an oily, slimy inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent, soon dubbed ‘The Greasy Strangler.’

Hosking wrote the script with Toby Harvard. SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood will produce along with Andrew Starke of Rook Films and Ant Timpson of Timpson Films. Kill List, Sightseers, and “Doctor Who” director Ben Wheatley and Drafthouse Films’ Tim League are aboard as executive producers.

Check out the first ever stills, courtesy if EW.

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Guess The Final Image: Horror Classics

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 16:00

Sometimes the moment that sticks with us in movies are those final few seconds where everything comes together and we’re left with the true horror of all that we witnessed. These can be the scenes that keep playing over and over in our head, where we wish we had the ability to change course and create a new outcome.

But how many endings do you actually remember? If, hypothetically (read: it’s below and I’m being a jackass) there were a quiz that showed you several ending images from various horror movies, do you think you could identify them?

Well, go ahead and give it a shot! I got 10 out of 12 because a couple threw me 100% off but I fully admit my mistake on them. Take the quiz and then let us know in the comments how you did!

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Here’s Who Could Direct the ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 15:14

Just last week it was announced that Juan Antonio Bayona would no long be directing World War Z as he’s focusing on completing A Monster Calls. That’s a load of shit. And now we know why that story was spun.

Deadline is alleging that Bayona could end up directing Jurassic World 2 for Universal Pictures.

Colin Trevorrow directed the Jurassic Park sequel/reboot, and after it grossed over $1.6 billion, he accepted the job directing Star Wars: Episode IX.

Adds the site: Trevorrow wrote the sequel with Derek Connolly and they’ve waited to get a good script before looking for a director, but all this is going to get moving soon for a complex picture dated June 22, 2018.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard (sans high heels) are expected back.

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Osgood Perkins’ ‘I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House’ Begins Casting!

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 15:06

Osgood Perkins is now one of my top indie filmmakers.

Even though he penned the awful, terrible, no-good The Girl in the Photographs (it’s clear that the director destroyed his script), Osgood’s directorial debut, February, landed in my list of best genre films of 2015.

After February, I cannot wait to see what comes next. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long.

It was announced today that Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (“The Affair,” Saving Mr. Banks) will star in Perkins’ I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, with Academy Award Nominee Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom) and Lucy Boynton (pictured in February) also joining the cast.

“I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House follows Lily (Wilson), a young nurse hired to care for elderly Helen Bloom, a best-selling author of ghost stories who has chosen to live out her final days in her beloved country home – a home that holds an horrific ghost story of its own.

Perkins wrote the script and will be directing, with principal photography beginning in Ottawa on February 16th.

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‘The Wave’ Trailer Gives You 10 Minutes to Evacuate

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 14:54

In Theaters, on Demand, Amazon Video and iTunes March 4, 2016 is Magnolia’s disaster film, The Wave, which was directed by Cold Prey‘s Roar Uthaug.

Trace reviewed The Wave, calling it “A fun, yet typical disaster film with heart.”

Below is the film’s official trailer that shares the first ever footage that gives a small town 10 minutes to evacuate.

Starring Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Oftebro, Thomas Bo Larsen, “Nestled in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village — and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord — it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger’s warning centre, geologist Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he’s about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn’t right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that mountain begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has ten minutes to get to high ground before a tsunami hits, consuming everything in its path.

Those ten minutes are some of the most nerve-rattling you’ll experience in any movie this year, but as The Wave continues the stakes only get higher. Ace director Roar Uthaug keeps things hurtling forward in a state of high anxiety until the very end. Giving Hollywood a run for its money, the film’s canvas is broad, its effects eerily realistic, and its scale immense. Here comes the flood.

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‘Doom’ Mod Takes the Fight to LV-426 and the Alien Xenomorphs!

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 11:34

I had some strange parents, if I were to think back on my childhood. I’m my dad’s third kid and his second son, so I was treated almost like an experiment. I’m pretty sure my dad looked at me when I was born and thought, “I can fuck around with this one. I have two good other ones.

As a result, I was able to watch a ton of R-rated movies before I was in the first grade, I was taken to gun and knife shows on the hunt for antique blades, and the like. But one thing both my parents agreed upon was that I couldn’t play violent video games. Why? I have absolutely no idea. Apparently it was okay to watch Predator but not play Freedom Force on the NES. Strange, strange parents…

One of the big games that I loved watching my friends play whenever I went over to their place was Doom. Obviously there were others, like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, etc… that really drew me in but it was Doom that captured my imagination. After all, it was essentially the video game version of those 80’s action movies that my dad and I loved watching together. A badass killing machine is tasked with saving the world against seemingly unstoppable villains? Fuck yeah!

That’s why I’m so pumped and excited about this mod that takes Doom and reskins it to make it look and feel just like an Aliens game! It really looks like a game that ID Software would’ve created had they received the Aliens license and it’s making me wish I had a PC so that I could play it!

Something that I think is super cool about this mod is the acid blood mechanic. After you blast apart a xenomorph, there are puddles of acid blood that hurt your character if you step on them. So you have to wait a bit before progressing, which throttles back the frantic frenzy of the game into something a bit more paced, a bit more suspenseful. Because who knows what waiting could bring around the corner?

To follow the status of the mod, simply favorite this page right here.

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‘Inside’ Directors’ ‘Among the Living’ Finally Releasing!

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 10:47

It’s been so long that I completely forgot about Among the Living (review), the foreign slasher from Inside and Livide directing duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo.

The duo even went off and filmed a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel that’s currently in post-production.

While we wait for that, and their French nightmare Livide, UK audiences finally get to see Among the Living on March 7, 2016 thanks to Metrodome. Sorry, no U.S. date has been set.

Along the Living is like a mix of Stand By Me, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and It.

Youngsters, Victor, Dan and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon a horrific vision : a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, the boys try to alert the police. Unfortunately, their past record of unruly behavior discredits them and the police do not follow up on their tipoff. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them…one after another… They are going to meet Klarence…

Chloe Coulloud, Lannick Gautry, Francis Renaud, and Beatrice Dalle (Inside) all star.

It has its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival

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’10 Cloverfield Lane’ Poster Digs Deep; HD Trailer!

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 09:54

I was up late last night as news broke of a teaser trailer playing in front of Michael Bay’s 13 Hours that may or may not be a sequel to Cloverfield.

It was eventually confirmed that J.J. Abrams had in fact produced a film in secret, now titled 10 Cloverfield Lane, and had it slated for release through Paramount Pictures on March 11, 2016.

Dan Trachtenberg directs this mystery film with Red State‘s John Goodman, The Thing‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr. starring.

The trailer leaked, now presented in HD below, and revealed a plot very different from Cloverfield. In it, the trio mentioned above are trapped in a bomb shelter. As the trailer darkens, the audience is led to believe that Goodman’s character may be bad, especially when Winstead’s character escapes. The button, though, sets up the mystery. What does she and what is Goodman referring to?

So, here we are with cool content but more questions than answers. Is this a sequel to Cloverfield? Probably not. Is it a spinoff? More likely, especially since Abrams called it a “blood relative” to the 2008 film.

Is there a monster? Are there monsters? What the hell movie is this? Paramount sent us the official teaser one-sheet that really pushes on the bomb shelter plot, but also gives a huge nod to the Godzilla-sized creature from the first film: “Monsters come in many forms.”

Now, is Goodman this film’s “monster,” or is this eluding to something else? Something I did notice in the below teaser is that Goodman’s character has a bandage on his head while they were all acting normal – and at the end we see why he has it. So, maybe Goodman isn’t the movie’s antagonist and he’s just a red herring?

Nobody knows right now except for a select few. But the mystery and anticipation is already making this more fun than anything else in recent memory.

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R.I.P. Tera Wray Static Found Dead at 33

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:37

Incredibly tragic and heartbreaking news as it’s being reported that Tera Wray Static, the widow of Wayne Static, has been found dead last night of an apparent suicide, according to Blabbermouth. She was 33.

Static was married to Wayne Static, the enigmatic frontman of metal band Static-X, who passed away in early November of 2014 from a mixture of strong prescription drugs and alcohol.

No further details regarding her passing have been released but this is an incredibly sad story to write.

As many of you know, I’ve battled my own demons in the past when it came to suicide. I know what absolute bottom feels like and to know that Tera felt that she was at that place just breaks my heart.

I beg of anyone who feels like they’re alone and there’s nothing left to live for to reconsider. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. If you are not in the United States, please utilize whatever resource you have available to you. A company we admire is Hope For a Day. Please check out the resources they offer.

Tera, I hate that you chose this path but I truly hope you rest in peace.

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A ‘Cloverfield’ Spinoff is Already Filmed…and Here’s the Trailer!

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:15

Updated with confirmation and a bootleg of the official teaser trailer!

Back in 2007 Paramount begun teasing an untitled horror film from J.J. Abrams that ended up being the found-footage Cloverfield, a lower budgeted genre film inspired by Godzilla.

It was a monster success, mostly because of the film’s incredible and memorable grass roots campaign.

There have been rumors for years of a sequel to the film that launched director Matt Reeves, writer Drew Goddard and actress Odette Annable-Yustman’s careers.

Monstrous news via Collider who is reporting that not only is a sequel/spinoff on the way, but it’s done, with a teaser trailer connected to Michael Bay’s 13 Hours.

A reader writes in to the site claiming the title is none other than 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Update: Paramount Pictures shared with the site this exclusive statement from J.J. Abrams himself confirming the news!

“The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”

Abrams’ addition that it’s a “blood relative” seems to suggest that the movie isn’t a direct sequel to Cloverfield but instead takes place within the same universe. It should also be known this one is not found-footage.

It was originally announced that Dan Trachtenberg — who helmed the short film “Portal: No Escape” — would be directing a post-apocalyptic thriller called Valencia (also referred to as The Cellar) for Bad Robot and Paramount Insurge, produced by J.J. Abrams.

10 Cloverfield Lane stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr. and, per their reader has a “very creepy trailer that starts out fun but then gets really dark.”

Here’s more on the plot: Collider previously spoke with Winstead when she was promoting her indie Faults, and she told them the film revolves around a woman who wakes up in a cellar where she’s being kept by a stranger, played by Goodman. The actress previously elaborated a bit on the plot by saying the following:

“He tells me that basically the world is over outside because there’s been a nuclear fall-out. It does have similarity to Faults, in some ways, because you don’t know who’s telling the truth or who to believe. There’s a lot of, who’s manipulating who, and all of that. Tonally, it’s very different, but it has some of those same themes.”

It gets even better!

10 Cloverfield Lane is set to hit theaters on March 11th!

Cloverfield followed a group of friends who venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.

It was most of the most anticipated genre films in years, and was shrouded in all sorts of mystery. Fans, to this very day, still theorize the origin of the monster (was it awakened deep in the sea by a crashing satellite?).

Who knew, another update!

Here’s the official teaser trailer that just appeared online. I love it. As a teaser, it sets everything up perfectly. It’s a three-act trailer with the audience introduced to a “family” in a bomb shelter, and led to believe the man (Goodman) is keeping them locked in. When the girl (Winstead) escapes, it soon becomes clear that he truly was protecting them. But from what? What’s the next phase of Cloverfield‘s monster? Is this even in the same universe or is this the beginning of a new Sci-fi anthology series? So many questions!

It’s so refreshing to be this excited about an upcoming movie again – and only have to wait two months!

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Meet the Bratzi in Kevin Smith’s ‘Yoga Hosers’

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 21:31

I shouldn’t be writing about Kevin Smith anymore. I really shouldn’t. It’s hard for me to share new content with you without bashing the living hell out of him.

I was a huge, no, massive fan back in the day. I still watch Mallrats religiously, and think Chasing Amy, while unintentionally misogynistic, is great stuff. I’m all about the old stuff.

But, man, I really think that Kevin Smith sucks now.

Cop Out was unwatchable, Red State lacked intensity and was dull, and Tusk was mean-spirited dribble.

Now, while we wait for Smith’s story in Holidays, he’s heading to Park City, Utah to premiere Yoga Hosers, a spinoff to Tusk, to critics, fans and buyers.

What can they expect? How about a box filled with “bratzi,” you know, Smith dressed up as a foot tall Canadian Nazi made of sentient Bratwurst. Not kidding. Take a look.

Wow.

We also get to see a film starring his and his BFF Johnny Depp’s daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp. Yay.

The two star as Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who are teenage besties from Winnipeg who love yoga and live on their smartphones. But when these sophomores get invited to a senior party by the school hottie, the Colleens accidentally uncover an ancient evil buried beneath their Canadian convenience store. They join forces with legendary man-hunter Guy Lapointe to fight for their lives.

The pic also stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach, Harley Morenstein, Stan Lee, Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey, Jason Mewes, and Johnny Depp.

Look. I love horror movies. I love movies. I do not want to be disappointed. I’m crossing my fingers that something connects here and Yoga Hosers changes my opinion of Smith. Let’s talk after we’ve all seen it. Cool?

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Two Women Trapped in ‘The Deep End’

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 21:11

Nora-Jane Noone (Brooklyn) has joined Alexandra Park in the indie thriller The Deep End from writer-director Matt Eskandari.

The duo star as two sisters who become trapped under the fiberglass cover of a public pool, which sounds like anyone’s worse nightmare.

Eskandari and Michael Hultquis co-wrote the pic that shoots in Los Angeles beginning this month.

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[TV Review] “iZombie” Episode 2.10 Review: ‘Method Head’

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 21:06

First of all, I sincerely apologize for how late this review is. I thought iZombie returned next week and didn’t realize it had already aired until Wednesday night. My bad! I’ll be more on top of that in the future. Anyway, let’s get to iZombie’s latest episode “Method Head,” which was a fun, if inconsequential return for Rob Thomas’ zombie series. It featured enough meta humor to fill an entire Scream film but lacked a bit in terms of actual stakes.

Picking up the day following Liv and Major’s breakup, Ravi breaks the news to them about the zombie cure being only temporary and then we are taken on a short time jump that was a little jarring, especially considering how it diminished the impact of the events that ended “Cape Town.” It does provide a nice way for iZombie to not have to drag Liv and Major’s break-up (and Liv and Clive’s break-up) out for multiple episodes, but it makes the dramatic plot turns from “Cape Town” seem unimportant by the end of “Method Head.” Liv and Major are on speaking terms and Clive and Liv are back to working together. We just skipped all the fallout.  Also, that whole Santa Claus murder bit could have been removed entirely and the episode would have been all the better for it.

The bulk of the episode was spent on the set of “Zombie High,” a show that Liv watches religiously but for some reason hasn’t mentioned until now (but how funny was it to see Clive make fun of it?). This setup was prime for a ton of meta humor, and “Method Head” didn’t disappoint. There were plenty of zombie jokes as the show (iZombie, not “Zombie High”) poked fun at itself and also allowed Live to eat the brain of an actor. I admit that the show didn’t go quite as far with the brain as I would have liked it to, but otherwise all of the meta humor worked pretty well. The mystery itself, in which a cocky actor was shot with a real gun during filming was not quite up to par with some of iZombie‘s best mysteries, but it was serviceable.

In other news, Blaine is without his zombie hooker that Major froze back in “Cape Town,” and he gets paid a visit from Bozzio! Watching Blaine freak out about the cooler with the brain in it was highly entertaining and it was quite refreshing to see Blaine actually worried about something. Blaine may be a great villain, but he is definitely the epitome of a “comic book villain” in that he always comes out on top. Seeing a moment of weakness for the character was a nice turn of events. It doesn’t look like things are going to get any easier for Blaine, since Clive and Dale realized that he is also their suspect in the Meat Cute Massacre from the Season 1 Finale.

Major didn’t spend much time with Liv this week, but he did get to bond with Vaughn du Clark for the majority of the episode. Special mention must be made of Steven Weber. How great is he in that role? He’s clearly relishing every second of it and it shows in his performance. It was fairly obvious that Major was being tested for his loyalty when the good doctor came to him pretending to be a whistleblower, but it did lead to a great moment of suspense when du Clark let the zombies loose with the doctor inside the feeding room.

“Method Head” is a lot of fun to watch, but it seems to be more of a filler episode to bridge the two halves of the season (it is the middle episode in a 19-episode season), so it did feel a little slight. That being said, it’s hard to resist an episode that calls itself out on its ridiculous premise.

Random Notes

    • Chapter Titles of the Week: Dead Rodent’s Society; Homicide for the Holidays; Cast Times at Zombie High; A Royal Fan; Trailer Trash; Major Downer; The Brains Behind the F.B.I.;
    • Brain Recipe of the Week: Used as a topper on a frozen dinner! I ate many of these during and right after college so this actually looked appetizing to me.
    • Nice cut from Blaine pondering about a zombie outbreak to a scene from Zombie High.
    • On that note, how funny was the repeated use of the word “prickerbush.” I’ve never heard it called that before.
    • Babineaux and Bozzio are having sex. That’s cool.
    • Liv trying to not act excited when they were interrogating Wyatt the shooter was hilarious.
    • “Well, there it is! Some of the most famous junk in America.” -Liv on Jordan’s penis.
    • “He’s blinded you with man-jewelry and the promise of a rock-hard ass!” “Well *slaps butt*, promise delivered!”
    • “Don’t know if he has the range for Blue.” -Liv, when hearing that Wyatt was auditioning for the role of the Blue Ranger in the new Power Rangers movie. Also a nice nod to Rose McIver’s days as a Power Ranger (she was the Yellow Ranger).
    • Gilda calls full-on zombies “Romeros.” I love it!
    • I’m not the only one who thought that sketch of Blaine was super creepy right?
    • iZombie is taking the next two weeks off so I’ll see you all on February 2nd (and I’ll be on time next time).

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Adam Lambert to Play Eddie in Fox’s ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 17:38

“American Idol’s” Adam Lambert has been cast in Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” as Eddie, an ex-delivery boy played by the great Meat Loaf in the original film (see below).

Lambert joins cast members Laverne Cox, who will play Dr. Frank-N-Further, the sexually ambiguous flirtatious alien mad scientist; Victoria Justice as Janet; Ryan McCartan as Brad; Reeve Carney as Riff Raff; and Staz Nair in the title role.

“Rocky Horror” follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan) who stumble upon Frank-N-Furter’s (Cox) bizarre abode. With the help of his faithful servants Riff Raff (Carney) and Magenta (yet to be cast), Frank-N-Furter, is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” (Nair), a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.

The two-hour “Rocky Horror” special airs this fall on Fox. Variety reports.

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Hard “R” Rating For ‘Alien: Covenant,’ Says Ridley Scott!

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 17:28

Ridley Scott has dropped all the bullshit and is embracing the animalistic nature of his Alien franchise.

Even though Prometheus, the prequel to his 1979 horror classic Alien, was targeting towards a more mainstream audience, it still ending up receiving an R-rating by the MPAA.

I think that maybe the fact he couldn’t pull off a PG-13, coupled with the dropping of Prometheus from the title, has lit that horror fire under his ass.

No longer will the Prometheus sequel be separate from Alien. Currently titled Alien: Covenant, Scott is returning to his roots in a big way with the sequel/prequel, and has plans on upping his own ante.

Screen Slam posted a full backstage video interview with Scott at the Golden Globes, where his The Martian won “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.”

One of the reporters pointed out that fans of the horror genre are still looking for films like Alien to which Scott responded, “That’s why I’m doing it. I’m going to do pretty hard ‘R.’ Pretty tough.”

But the shocker is the reveal that he is planning something “much worse” than the famous chest-burst scene. He almost topped it with the c-section sequence in Prometheus. What could he have up his sleeve this time?!

Late last year Scott also excited us all when he said, “We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.” He also explained that the film will reveal a destroyed Engineer planet, and also shared plans for an expanded universe that will eventually bridge directly into his 1979 Alien.

Katherine Waterston recently landed the lead role. She will reunite with her Jobs co-star Michael Fassbender, while Scott has previously confirmed that Noomi Rapace will also return.

Shooting begins pretty soon in Australia with FOX setting it for release on October 6, 2017.

[H/T] AvP Galaxy

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