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It can be really hard to create new and compelling sci-fi stories involving aliens these days, especially on an indie scale. That’s why I will give Ejecta and its filmmakers, Chad Archibald and Matt Wiele, a lot of credit for what they've put together here. Unfortunately though, the scares are as scarce as movie’s alien antagonists, the story suffers from a bit of an identity crisis, and the lackluster conclusion left me feeling pretty underwhelmed by the time it was over. Read More

2015/02/28 22:33:43 UTC by Heather Wixson

Queen-of-the-Dead

I first gazed upon Sideshow Collectibles' Court of the Dead series in person at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, and while they’ve released a number of original pieces over the years, this is their first major push in creating an original, dark fantasy world, one filled with unique characters.

Court of the Dead is spearheaded by Tom Gilliland, Sideshow's Creative Director, who gave us a personal tour of their Comic-Con booth last year, as well as an in-depth look at the new line. Seeing all of the Court of the Dead figures together and learning about Sideshow’s creative process was a fascinating experience. That being said, getting the chance to personally unbox, assemble, and photograph the Queen of the Dead Premium Format Figure, courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles, was nothing short of incredible, as she's sure to make a perfect addition to anyone's collection. Read More

2015/02/27 23:57:29 UTC by Jordan Smith

Lazarus-Review

These days, you generally don’t see too many “science gone amok” stories (especially theatrically), which made The Lazarus Effect such a refreshing experience. While it fits perfectly into the wheelhouse of other films I enjoy from that same sub-genre (The Fly, Flatliners, Re-Animator and to a certain degree, Pet Semetery), it does a nice job of blazing its own path along the way. And rather than just exploring the devastatingly immediate effects of pushing the boundaries of science, like many of its predecessors, The Lazarus Effect puts a really interesting twist on the sci-fi/horror mash-up by finding a way to quietly examine the ideals of faith and the repercussions of our actions without ever getting too heavy-handed about it. Read More

2015/02/27 02:48:04 UTC by Heather Wixson

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In The Lazarus Effect, Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde star as Frank and Zoe, two scientific researchers who are running clinical trials on a new serum that has the ability to revitalize a corpse after death. During an experiment, Zoe suffers a tragic accident and Frank, desperate to save her, uses his research to resurrect Zoe- a decision that has dire consequences for all.

Directed by David Gelb and co-written by Jeremy Slater and Luke Dawson, The Lazarus Effect arrives in theaters everywhere this weekend and recently, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with both Gelb and powerhouse producer Jason Blum about the project and much more. Read More

2015/02/26 21:41:34 UTC by Heather Wixson

Tony

Today, the indie thriller VANish arrives on Blu/DVD and VOD and to celebrate, Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with prolific character actor Tony Todd, who portrays an oddball highway cop that unknowingly stumbles upon a kidnapping-gone-wrong during a routine traffic stop. During our interview, Todd discussed his involvement with the project, what’s coming next for him and how his enduring legacy as Candyman has allowed him to continue to pursue his interests in social work. Read More

2015/02/25 01:48:54 UTC by Heather Wixson

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For the final week of February, horror fans have several fun cult classics getting a high definition upgrade this Tuesday, including New Year’s Evil from Scream Factory, Larry Cohen’s God Told Me To and the unforgettable Black Sunday from Mario Bava. Also coming to DVD are several indie thrillers including VANish and The Intruders as well as the upcoming horror comedy Amityville Death House and the 70’s shocker A Candle for the Devil (aka It Happened at Nightmare Inn). Read More

2015/02/24 04:00:04 UTC by Heather Wixson

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Three recent murders, three missing heads, one long-dead killer rumored to be back at work. With minds reeling and heads rolling, the small town of Sleepy Hollow is anything but sleepy when Ichabod Crane arrives. A police constable from New York City, Crane’s methods are unconventional for the brink of the 19th century, as he relies on forensic science over superstition to solve cases.

But with the Headless Horseman prowling the wooded trails, Crane’s science meets the supernatural in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow. Starring Johnny Depp as the curious Crane, the memorably macabre 1999 film receives a terrific tribute with Hot Toys' new Ichabod Crane Sixth Scale Figure from Sideshow Collectibles. They’ve given us a look at the new entry to their Movie Masterpiece Series and the incredible amount of detail and care put into this Depp depiction is downright scary. Read More

2015/02/23 18:54:59 UTC by Derek Anderson

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Growing up, I was a huge Freddy Krueger fan. I had also become infatuated with Gaston Leroux’s novel, The Phantom of the Opera, which made me a pretty easy mark for Dwight H. Little’s (Halloween 4) 1989 film based on the popular work of fiction. Focusing more on the horror contained within Leroux’s original story, this version is a wickedly ghastly and blood-soaked tale of obsession that allows Robert Englund the room to do what he does best as a performer- go nuts. And after recently checking out the Scream Factory Blu-ray, it was great to see just how well Little’s inventive adaptation has held up over time and how much fun the film still remains, despite its age. Read More

2015/02/23 17:52:25 UTC by Heather Wixson

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Take the Charles Whitman inspired murders in Peter Bogdanovich's Targets, the satanic cult conception of Rosemary's Baby and toss in conspiracies from The Chariots of the Gods, a crazy Andy Kaufman cameo and sexual body horror that would make David Cronenberg blush and you'll get a rough idea of what you're in for with Larry Cohen's 1976 unconventional  exploitation insanity known as God Told Me To.
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2015/02/21 14:40:35 UTC by Sean McClannahan

Wyrmwood

For his feature film debut, Australian filmmaker Kiah Roache-Turner delivers a raucously fun and badass zombie-infused road movie in Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. Co-written by Kiah and his brother Tristan, the story follows an unlikely hero by the name of Barry (Jay Gallagher) who must fight his way through hordes of newly transformed zombies in order to save his sister Brooke (Bianca Bradey) who has been kidnapped by government officials under mysterious circumstances.

Daily Dead recently spoke to Roache-Turner about his experiences collaborating on the indie horror film alongside his brother, how the story of Wyrmwood evolved over time throughout production, the importance of making something more than ‘just another zombie movie’ and what they’ve got planned for the sequel in the future. Read More

2015/02/19 23:25:18 UTC by Heather Wixson