Daily Dead http://dailydead.com - Your Source for Daily Zombie, Horror, and Sci-Fi News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:54:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 The Walking Dead Seasons 3 & 4 Recreated in 8-Bit Video Game Style http://dailydead.com/the-walking-dead-seasons-3-4-recreated-in-8-bit-video-game-style/ http://dailydead.com/the-walking-dead-seasons-3-4-recreated-in-8-bit-video-game-style/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:34:17 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=97196 If AMC's The Walking Dead had existed in the 1980's, an arcade cabinet adaptation could have had people lining up out the door with their pockets full of quarters and their minds looking forward to the button-mashing mayhem to come. A sequel game could have covered The Walking Dead’s action-packed third and fourth seasons, from […]

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If AMC's The Walking Dead had existed in the 1980's, an arcade cabinet adaptation could have had people lining up out the door with their pockets full of quarters and their minds looking forward to the button-mashing mayhem to come. A sequel game could have covered The Walking Dead’s action-packed third and fourth seasons, from the clearing of the prison, to The Governor's tank-led attack, to Rick taking a bite out of Joe's neck and beyond. Though The Walking Dead obviously didn't exist during the ’80s (and may have looked a lot different had it debuted in that decade), David Dutton of CineFix has thankfully followed up his beautiful "what if?" 8-bit recreation of The Walking Dead’s first two seasons with the anticipated sequel video that brings the third and fourth seasons to life in retro gaming fashion, complete with an electronic ’80's score supplied by Henry Dutton.

"YOU DID IT! You unlocked Seasons 3-4 of 8-Bit Cinema The Walking Dead in 8-Bit (and a little 16-bit)! So here is every little bit of governor, walker, and Dixon crossbow fun times you love retro style! Subscribe to CineFix for more awesome movie stuff everyday - http://goo.gl/9AGRm

Watch more 8-bit Cinema here: http://goo.gl/kOxFJ

CineFix presents the first two seasons of AMC’s The Walking Dead retold via old-school 8-bit (and a little 16 bit ;) game tech. Today we present the third and fourth seasons of The Walking Dead int the form of an Old School video game!

8-bit Cinema "gamifies" your favorite Hollywood Blockbusters (and now TV shows) into 80's arcade and NES inspired action!

With 10,000 Likes and an amazing number of shares using #8bitWalkingDead on Twitter and/or Facebook, you guys earned this! Thank you for all the amazing support and here's to more!"

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Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #11 Preview Pages http://dailydead.com/clive-barkers-nightbreed-11-preview-pages/ http://dailydead.com/clive-barkers-nightbreed-11-preview-pages/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:55:13 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=97185 When humans fear something, hate tends to bubble to the surface, and that's when bad decisions get made and people, or, in the case of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed comic book series, creatures, get hurt. Fans of the film know that humans didn't react kindly or calmly upon discovering Midian, and in issue #11 of Nightbreed, […]

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When humans fear something, hate tends to bubble to the surface, and that's when bad decisions get made and people, or, in the case of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed comic book series, creatures, get hurt. Fans of the film know that humans didn't react kindly or calmly upon discovering Midian, and in issue #11 of Nightbreed, the question of whether society will embrace or crush the monsters among them is poised once again. Nightbreed #11 hit comic shop shelves yesterday, but if you still haven't picked up the latest installment, we have a set of preview pages featuring four of the Breed hopping in a sweet set of wheels for a nighttime joyride.

Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #11

Author: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik

Synopsis: "Rebuilding Midian has been no easy feat for Cabal and his people. But as the world of Nightbreed grows, the world will have to either embrace the dark or snuff the very existence of the Breed once and for all."

“WHY WE LOVE IT: Comics are full of outcast characters, but this is an outcast story, Clive Barker-style. True to this modern horror master’s other work, NIGHTBREED is full of horrifying creatures that captivated us in the 1990 film and live on in this new story. Plus, writer Marc Andreyko is a HUGE fan of NIGHTBREED!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Before FABLES, before ONCE UPON A TIME, Clive Barker created a secret town of monsters that live among us. Don’t worry if you’ve never seen the film—Barker and writer Marc Andreyko (BATWOMAN, MANHUNTER) have crafted a story that all horror fans can enjoy. Add to the mix Piotr Kowalski’s art (MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK, SEX) and this is a story that can’t be missed.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The Nightbreed is a secret society of monsters and misfits that hide away from humans, but have been a part of this world since time immemorial. Explore both the past and the present of this clandestine tribe, unleashing new secrets and horrors as they fight to coexist with mankind.”

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Round-Up: Marvel Zombie Kingpin Bust, Gun Woman Blu-ray / DVD, Sharknado 3 Fan Contest http://dailydead.com/round-up-marvel-zombie-kingpin-gun-woman-blu-ray-dvd-sharknado-3-fan-contest/ http://dailydead.com/round-up-marvel-zombie-kingpin-gun-woman-blu-ray-dvd-sharknado-3-fan-contest/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:10:42 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=97094 Spidey better not swing too close to Wilson Fisk in his zombified form. Already a formidable foe as one of the living, Kingpin, aka Wilson Fisk, is even more dangerous as a hulking zombie. The folks at Gentle Giant have captured the intimidating villain in his living dead state, complete with a wine glass filled […]

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Spidey better not swing too close to Wilson Fisk in his zombified form. Already a formidable foe as one of the living, Kingpin, aka Wilson Fisk, is even more dangerous as a hulking zombie. The folks at Gentle Giant have captured the intimidating villain in his living dead state, complete with a wine glass filled with blood and garnished with an eyeball. We also take a look at Scream Factory's Blu-ray/DVD release of Gun Woman and the submission details for a new Sharknado 3 fan contest in our latest round-up.

Marvel Zombie Kingpin Bust: Now available to pre-order from Gentle Giant for $120.00, the Marvel Zombie Kingpin 1/6th scale bust is expected to be released in early 2016.

To learn more, visit:

"The Kingpin of crime, AKA Wilson Fisk, has been a major villain in the Marvel Universe for nearly 5 decades. Though he is not a super powered villain, what Fisk lacks in powers he makes up in intelligence and sheer brutality. Underneath his obese appearance is the musculature of an Olympic weight lifter, which he utilizes with horrifying results, during the rare occasion when he has to get his hands dirty.

In the Marvel Zombies series, the world has been infected by a virus that turns the living, into rotting corpses, who retain their intelligence and abilities. These creatures continue to spread the virus by biting their victims. In the 3rd Marvel Zombies book, the Kingpin finds a way to clone uninfected humans, creating a replenishable food source for the infected, and thus building a new empire.

Digitally sculpted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd., the Marvel Zombie Kingpin features the zombified Kingpin of Crime holding his signature walking stick, and enjoying a vintage, yet grotesque, glass of red. Crafted using only the highest quality polystone, each limited-edition hand-painted mini bust comes individually numbered and is packed with a matching certificate of authenticity."

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Gun Woman: Press Release - "Brace yourself for a mind-blowing thriller that delivers high-octane action, blood-soaked violence and a riveting tale of revenge in equal measure. From director Kurando Mitsutake, who dazed genre fans with his Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf, comes GUN WOMAN, a dark postmodern film-noir starring Japanese gore queen Asami (The Machine Girl, Dead Sushi). Watch crazy meet crazier in this no-holds-barred revenge flick when GUN WOMAN arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD on May 26, 2015 from SCREAM FACTORY™.

Pre-order is available now:
https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/action-adventure/gun-woman
http://www.amazon.com/Gun-Woman-Blu-ray-Asami/dp/B00T73AOTI/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1426726378&sr=1-1&keywords=gun+woman

To preview the trailer for GUN WOMAN, please click:
https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/action-adventure/gun-woman

A brilliant doctor vows revenge on a crazy sadistic killer following the murder of his wife… and devises the perfect assassination plan by turning a young woman into the most lethal assassin the world has ever seen. This outrageous plan will unfold in the killer's heavily fortified underground lair. The lethal assassin will be placed into a temporal state of death and send into the facility as a dead body… but when she wakes, it is everyone else in the compound who will be deprived of their lives.

But there is one catch. What will she use as a weapon? The staff of the underground facility is armed with weapons that have fingerprint authentication systems so it's impossible for her to use their weapons. The doctor's genius plan is to surgically hide the gun parts into the woman's body, so she can rip off her stitches when she wakes, take out the parts, assemble the gun and become the ultimate Gun Woman.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Kurando Mitsutake and Actress Asami (In Japanese with English subtitles)
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Kurando Mitsutake (In English)
  • Behind-The-Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailers

MAXAM INC. presents
“GUN WOMAN”
Executive Producer FUETO KIKUCHI
Starring ASAMI KAIRI NARITA MATTHEW MILLER DEAN F. SIMONE NORIAKI R. KAMATA
Also Special Appearance by TATSUYA NAKADAI
Director KURANDO MITSUTAKE
Producer TOMOKAZU KOSEKI TOMOKAZU SATO CHIAKI YANAGIMOTO
Screenplay KURANDO MITSUTAKE CHIAKI YANAGIMOTO
Cinematography TOSHIYUKI IMAI Editing KURANDO MITSUTAKE TAKAMICHI GLENN SAWA MOCO WOODS
Music by DEAN HARADA Production Design STEVE OCHOA Costume MISHKA TRACHTENBERG
Action Director KEIYA TABUCHI Make-up and Special Effects MARI IDAKA
Art Director DIANA WRIGHT Lighting NEEMA ZANDI Visual Effects SAM K. YANO
Sound Design & Recording AUSTIN KRIER

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/2014/Color/Not Rated
(For Mature Audiences Only)/87 mins./ In English and Japanese with English Subtitles

Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment series in 2015 with specific release dates, extras and key art. Meanwhile, fans are encouraged to visit the Scream Factory main website (www.screamfactorydvd.com), follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/@Scream_Factory) or to view exclusive video content on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ScreamFactoryTV/Home

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Westchester Films, Inc., Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com"

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Sharknado 3 Fan Contest: Press Release - "March 23, 2015 – Burbank, CA – The Asylum is producing the first-ever feature-length film about the Sharknado phenomenon, and fans have the chance to be part of it! The producers of the Sharknado film series are calling for fan video submissions to be judged for inclusion in their yet-to-be-named campy new film about the Sharknado franchise, the surprise phenomenon that first captured the public’s attention in 2013.

The film will be a no-holds-barred, hands-on look at the making of Sharknado 3 as well as a retrospective celebrating the rise of Sharknado and Sharknado 2: The Second One and how the franchise became a cultural juggernaut. The film will feature new in-depth interviews with cast and filmmakers, as well never-before-seen footage from the set. And it will explore why and how people respond to the films, which is where the fans come in: eligible video submissions will be included in the documentary to illustrate just how rabid Sharknado fans can be.

The official Sharknado companion film will be released by Cinedigm in Summer 2015. Sharknado 3 will air on Syfy on July 22nd.

All submissions are eligible for inclusion in the official Sharknado film and other media related to Sharknado 3. One first prize winner will also be awarded $250!

Submission rules below. Complete submission rules can be read here.

SUBMISSION RULES

You can submit three types of videos:

A. Video proof that you’re the biggest fan of Sharknado!

Please prepare a short clip explaining or showing why you are the biggest Sharknado fan. Show off your original costume, song, dance, video, or work of art. Did your family record your freakout when Sharknado 2 aired on Syfy? Do you have a slideshow of your wild Sharknado viewing party? Do you just need to film yourself explaining why you love it so much? Submit it!

B. A video of you answering 5-10 of the following interview questions.

1. Who do you want to see die in a Sharknado film and why?
2. What city would you like to see a Sharknado destroy and why?
3. How would you like to die in a Sharknado?
4. What weapon or strategy would you use against a Sharknado?
5. What other animal hybrid storms would you create if you had the chance?
6. What’s your favorite scene from the films?
7. If a shark took your hand, what would you replace it with?
8. Who would be the first person you would save? Who would be the last?
9. Who would you like to see have a cameo, and do you want them to survive or die?
10. What would be your catchphrase?
11. Which Sharknado character would you like to dress up as—or be?
12. What was your first experience with Sharknado?
13. What made you want to watch?
15. Sing the Ballad of Sharknado.

C. Recreate a 2-minute scene – WITH NO ACTORS.

What’s your favorite Sharknado moment? Fin slicing his way out of a Great White? April getting her hand bitten off? Create a short scene (under 2 minutes). The only rule is: you can’t use any human actors on screen! Voices and dogs are okay.

Please prepare your videos in a 16:9 ratio and (if you’re using a smart phone, that means hold it horizontally, not vertically). Send them to contest@theasylum.cc via Hightail, Dropbox, or other safe file-sharing service along with an email containing your name, contact email, and mailing address. Do not attach full, uncompressed videos to an email.

You may also mail your submissions on a disc or drive to The Asylum. However, we cannot return physical submissions, discs, or drives. Mail submissions to:
Attn: Lauren Hood
The Asylum
72 E Palm Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502

All submissions are due by 5:00pm PST on April 15th, 2015.

By submitting, entrants grant The Asylum permission to include their submission in the Sharknado 3 documentary and in any other media. Read complete submission rules here. Entries that fail to adhere to these rules will not be considered.

The Asylum is one of the world's leading brand-oriented motion picture and television studios. With a focus on high-concept, market-driven entertainment, like the SHARKNADO franchise, The Asylum finances, produces and releases 25 films per year through its direct pipeline to the nation's top retailers and its network of international partners. Since its founding in 1997, The Asylum has released more than 500 films and has built a library of over 200 original productions, including top-rated movie premieres for Syfy, Lifetime, and Animal Planet networks. In addition, the Asylum is now producing Season 2 of Z NATION, a critically-acclaimed action-horror series on Syfy.

About Cinedigm
relationships with thousands of physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television. The company’s library of films and TV episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.

Additionally, given Cinedigm’s infrastructure, technology, content and distribution expertise, the Company has rapidly become a leader in the quickly evolving over-the-top digital network business. Cinedigm’s first channel, DOCURAMA, launched in May 2014, and is currently available on iOS, Roku, Xbox and Samsung, with additional platforms currently being rolled out. Cinedigm launched CONtv, a Comic Con branded channel in partnership with WIZARD WORLD, on March 3, 2015. The Company’s third OTT channel, DOVE MOVIE CHANNEL, will be a digital streaming subscription service targeted to families and kids seeking high quality and family friendly content approved by Dove Foundation. Adding to Cinedigm’s diversified portfolio of digital networks, the Company announced in early 2015 an OTT partnership with TV4 Entertainment and the planned launch of the BRIGHT Edutainment OTT channel.
Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Corp. www.cinedigm.com. [CIDM-G]"

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Writer Set for New Friday the 13th Movie http://dailydead.com/writer-set-for-new-friday-the-13th-movie/ http://dailydead.com/writer-set-for-new-friday-the-13th-movie/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:58:58 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=97164 It's been in the works for six years and retreats to new release dates seemingly every time the calendar draws near, however, the new Friday the 13th movie is very much alive and on its way back to the big screen, as the project has now added a new writer to its ranks, one who […]

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It's been in the works for six years and retreats to new release dates seemingly every time the calendar draws near, however, the new Friday the 13th movie is very much alive and on its way back to the big screen, as the project has now added a new writer to its ranks, one who helped scribe the upcoming third season of NBC's Hannibal.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Nick Antosca (Hannibal Season 3, Believe) has been set to scribe a fresh draft of the new Friday the 13th movie for Paramount and Platinum Dunes. A prior draft was penned by Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg (upcoming The Autopsy of Jane Doe).

Slated for a May 13th, 2016 release, the next Friday the 13th film will be directed by David Bruckner (The Signal, "Amateur Night" segment of V/H/S). Though THR states the film is "expected to employ the found-footage technique and answer the decades-old question of why slasher Jason Voorhees can't be killed", Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller revealed last month in an interview with Esquire that the film will not be shot found-footage style. He did, however, express interest in Jason's supposed immortality (and he also revealed the new movie will be shot at a summer camp):

"There's always been this supernatural aspect to these movies. It defies logic that, you see Jason get killed in every movie, including ours, the 2009 one. And then he comes back and no one's ever really investigated what that is. So that's something that I think about a little bit. Like it is supernatural, but what is he? Those are the things that we're toying with. Nothing has been decided. But those type of things: How does he always come back?"

Antosca, who is also an accomplished novelist with five books under his belt, recently scribed the screenplay for the in-development film, The Forest, set in Japan's Aokigahara Forest, aka Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees (also the setting for Syfy's 2013 film, Grave Halloween). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the new Friday the 13th movie.

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Three New Night of the Living Dead Comic Book Series Announced, Set in the World of George A. Romero’s 1968 Film http://dailydead.com/three-new-ultimate-night-of-the-living-dead-comic-book-series-announced-set-in-the-world-of-george-a-romeros-1968-film/ http://dailydead.com/three-new-ultimate-night-of-the-living-dead-comic-book-series-announced-set-in-the-world-of-george-a-romeros-1968-film/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:55:55 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=97141 For the seven people seeking shelter from the zombies in an isolated farmhouse that hellish night in the late 1960s, it seemed like dawn would never come and the nightmare would never end. But the sun did come up at the end of George A. Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead, killing the night […]

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For the seven people seeking shelter from the zombies in an isolated farmhouse that hellish night in the late 1960s, it seemed like dawn would never come and the nightmare would never end. But the sun did come up at the end of George A. Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead, killing the night and bringing a sole survivor into another dawn before a gut-wrenching gunshot echoed across the Pennsylvania hills. That's where the story ends in the film, but tales from Romero's zombie-plagued world will continue to be told on the paneled page in three upcoming Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book series from Double Take, including one that follows siblings Barbara and Johnny.

Press Release - "This June, the will dead rise again as Double Take (2T) launches Ultimate Night of the Living Dead, with three new comics set in the universe of the 1968 film. Two series, Rise and Z-Men are written by preeminent Zombie writer, Jeff McComsey, while the third, Home, is written by Moth Grand Slam Champion, Peter Aquero. Digital previews of all three premiere issues are available now at doubletakeuniverse.com.

Much more than just a singular launch, this marks the first releases in a major initiative surrounding the classic horror franchise, which frightened moviegoers all around the world and made zombies a household name. Having commissioned a new generation of writers to breathe new life into the classic franchise, 2T has a dozen series in the works – some following characters from the film in surprising new directions; other stories are all new. All creators are working in collaboration with 2T GM, Bill Jemas.

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Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print Price: $2.50
Release date: June
Writer: Jeff McComsey
Artists: Kurt Tiede, Frederica Manfredi, Vladimir Popov
#1: Sister’s Keeper

They're coming to get you Barbara. Follow our favorite siblings, Barbara and Johnny, from the classic 1968 Night of the Living Dead film as they try to survive beyond the night at the abandoned farmhouse.

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Home

Format: Monthly (print and digital)
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Price: $2.50
Release date: June
Writer: Peter Aguero
Artist: Julian Rowe, Monica Catalano, Javier Mena
#1: Lighter Than Air

A happy family, a lovely spring evening, and Zombies.

Home follows a working-class farm family through the events of the zombie apocalypse in western PA. On the night the dead rise, the Foster family has gathered for a quiet Sunday dinner. Oblivious to the horrifying events that will soon unfold, Paul Foster takes his wife and two young children into town, leaving his teenage daughter home alone with her boyfriend. As his small town falls into chaos, Paul has to keep his family together and somehow get back home to his daughter, who is left to fight her own battles.

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Format: Monthly (print and digital)
Print Price: $2.50
Release date: June
Writer: Jeff McComsey
Artists: Kurt Tiede, Alisson Rodrigues, Max Flan
#1: Nervous in the Service

Dead and/or alive. LBJ orders the Secret Service to bring him back a Zombie.

It’s 1966 and the Oval Office is in an uproar; there’s been a spree of mass murders in Western Pennsylvania (and reports of the dead returning to life). President Lyndon B. Johnson assigns the head of the Secret Service to send agents into the field to investigate. Agents Stuart and Clancy are given the opportunity to serve their country and see if the zombie apocalypse has indeed begun."

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Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift Comic Book Series Announced by Legendary Comics http://dailydead.com/pacific-rim-tales-from-the-drift-comic-book-series-announced-by-legendary-comics/ http://dailydead.com/pacific-rim-tales-from-the-drift-comic-book-series-announced-by-legendary-comics/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:04:07 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=97142 Ready for more Jaegers vs. Kaijus oceanside (and ocean bottom) brawls? If you never wanted to leave the world of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim after the end credits scrolled, don't despair. In addition to the upcoming animated series and big screen sequel, Pacific Rim is coming to life on the paneled page once again […]

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Ready for more Jaegers vs. Kaijus oceanside (and ocean bottom) brawls? If you never wanted to leave the world of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim after the end credits scrolled, don't despair. In addition to the upcoming animated series and big screen sequel, Pacific Rim is coming to life on the paneled page once again with Legendary Comics' Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift.

A follow-up comic book series to the Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero graphic novel, Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift will be a four-issue series, with the first installment hitting shelves in November:

"Guillermo del Toro promised more adventures from the world of Pacific Rim - and he has delivered. Legendary is taking fans back to the frontlines of a larger-than-life battleground with Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift, the official new comic series presented by director Guillermo del Toro and featuring a story from Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham. A continuation of the bestselling graphic novel Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, the new Pacific Rim comic series will feature Jaegers never before seen in combat, squaring off against all-new Kaiju creatures.

To celebrate these launches, Legendary is also giving fans the chance to win an exclusive page of original artwork from the upcoming Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift. Participants are invited to enter at PacificRimComicArt.com to win this one-of-a-kind prize.

About Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift
Following the best-selling graphic novel Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, Legendary takes you back to the frontlines of a larger-than-life battleground with Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift, the official new comic series presented by director Guillermo del Toro and Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham.

Prepare to do battle with all-new Kaiju creatures in this thrilling continuation of the Pacific Rim universe.

The series comes from writer Joshua Fialkov (The Bunker, I, Vampire, Elk’s Run) and features artwork by Marcos Marz (Batman Confidential, Blackest Night: JSA).

More information will be released at a later date.

Release Date: November 2015
Presented by: Guillermo del Toro
Story by: Travis Beacham
Writer: Joshua Fialkov
Artist: Marcos Marz
Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo
Format: 4 issue monthly series
Price: $3.99 single-issue cover price"

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Guest Review: The Final Girls http://dailydead.com/guest-review-the-final-girls/ http://dailydead.com/guest-review-the-final-girls/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:59:27 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=96864 [Editor's Note: Kathryn Morris from The Horror Honeys shares her impressions of The Final Girls from its recent SXSW screening] Kicking off the Midnighters series at SXSW 2015 was a film that I'd heard only a little bit about in the months leading up to the festival. Honesty first: the plot summary was setting me up […]

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[Editor's Note: Kathryn Morris from The Horror Honeys shares her impressions of The Final Girls from its recent SXSW screening]

Kicking off the Midnighters series at SXSW 2015 was a film that I'd heard only a little bit about in the months leading up to the festival. Honesty first: the plot summary was setting me up for a film that I wasn't excited to see. I had seen it before, done often, and done badly, in film after film. I was tired of meta posturing and homages... Coming off of a very long day of travel, I wasn't in the most charitable of moods when I sat down for the screening.

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson introduced the film to thunderous applause and hoots from the audience. He was nervous, but honored and excited to be showing his film: "It was a hard movie to make... there were parts where I was too ambitious..." Ambition is something that indie directors stumble over many times in their careers, sometimes the stumble makes them pick up speed, and sometimes it's a straight shot downhill.

To set the mood of the crowd, it was an 11:30pm screening, the ONLY screening for the film, and the lineup stretched for blocks from the theatre. People were extremely enthusiastic... maybe a little too extreme, as the opening SXSW mini bumper made more than a few people scream with its easy jump scare. My expectations were officially set at a very firm low level.

I'm not usually a willing passenger on the Meta Train, but about 15 minutes into The Final Girls, I forgot that I hadn't slept in 24 hours and hadn't eaten anything substantial for about the same about of time.

Max and her mother, Amanda, have a unique relationship. When I say unique, I mean the kind or relationship where mother and daughter are the very best of friends and the boundary between the authority of a typical parent/child relationship is a tenuous one. Struggling to break free of the stigma of being the girl who dies after "giving up the butterfly" in a classic 80s summer camp slasher, for Amanda, landing legitimate acting roles is a difficult process, and our meta narration begins. As horror fans we see the plight of all of our favorite horror women struggling to break into mainstream work, and it's hard not to immediately feel an understanding for Amanda's frustration. On the way home from another failed audition, Max and Amanda are involved in a horrifyingly random car accident and Max is the only survivor.

Three years later, Max is still struggling to pick up the pieces of her life. Making up Max's small circle of friends is her best friend Gertie (Alia Shawkat), who is someone I'd totally like to hang out with. New addition, Chris (Alexander Ludwig) is around to help tutor Max on her Classics homework, and Gertie's brother Duncan (Thomas Middleditch channeling Tom Green in a non-obnoxious way) arrives to ruin the party by being a giant fanboy of Max's mother's famous slasher film. Which he brings up at every occasion. Like many 80s slasher films, Camp Bloodbath and its sequel have a rabid and obsessive following, and Duncan is its poster boy. His mission is to convince Max to make a special appearance at a double feature screening. The reward? Doing all of her Classics homework for a month. Rounding out the group of leads, is Vicki (Nina Dobrev), who establishes herself right away as a stereotypically shallow bitch who has territorial designs on her ex-boyfriend, Chris.

Sidebar: As a holder of a Classics degree, I'm DECIDEDLY annoyed with how WRONG that brief mythology discussion was... it's not hard to Google that shit. Don't just make it up.

I focus on weird stuff, OK? Carry on.

At this double feature, Final Girls goes full Meta and the cheesy jokes and eye rolling one-liners we expect from an 80s slasher make their appearance. The counsellors make their stereotypes known immediately: Max's mother appears as Nancy, the good girl; Tina, the scene stealing bubbleheaded slut; Blake, the token black guy; and Kurt, the douchebag jock who reminds me of a guy I edited a 'book' for once. Seriously... carbon copy. I wanted to punch the air near his face; and Paula, the late arriving badass.

Camp Bloodbath unfolds with typical 80s slasher style, and as the action on screen plays out, in the theatre a chain of stupidity (of course, slasher films) causes the theatre to erupt in flames. Trying to escape the blaze by cutting a hole in the the theatre screen, Max and her friends somehow cut themselves right into Camp Bloodbath, but instead of cinematic scares... the deaths are very real. Confronted with her mother, but as her character, Nancy, Max has to find a way to survive to the end of the film, and somehow save her mother and her friends at the same time.

The Meta: The masked slasher in The Final Girls is a generous amalgam of several 80s slashers, he's Jason Voorhees, Angela, Michael Myers, and Freddy all rolled into one. His revenge motive covers a LOT of familiar territory, and makes his appearances and backstory enjoyable and identifiable. One-liners, classic horror stereotypes, montages, and some of the best elements of your favorite horror movies make an appearance. An elaborate plan falls apart, rules are broken, and the final fight is a brilliant mashup of literally every amazing Final Girl in horror.

Interesting note: The Final Girls is refreshingly devoid of pointless 80s homage T&A. Even at a specifically topless scene, the camera is focused on the actors face... not her tits. Color me impressed.

I've seen a LOT of films that their directors/creators label as a "love letter to the genre," but for me, films like that end up being full of details that only hardcore horror fans will enjoy or recognize, or that only amuse the filmmaker. The Final Girls is a true, and more importantly, accessible and highly enjoyable love letter to the horror genre and that's said without any hint of irony. The meta dialogue is delivered genuinely, and the parody is sincere and lovingly written instead of harshly presented, which is the line that most parodies ride.

Movie Score: 4 generically bladed weapon swinging maniacs out of 5

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Watch the First Trailer for the Zombie Movie ‘Maggie’, Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger http://dailydead.com/watch-the-first-trailer-for-the-zombie-movie-maggie-starring-arnold-schwarzenegger/ http://dailydead.com/watch-the-first-trailer-for-the-zombie-movie-maggie-starring-arnold-schwarzenegger/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:37:08 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=97131 "I made a promise to your mother that I would protect you." Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a father struggling with his daughter's (Abigail Breslin) intensifying zombie infection in the first trailer for the living dead drama, Maggie. "The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, […]

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"I made a promise to your mother that I would protect you." Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a father struggling with his daughter's (Abigail Breslin) intensifying zombie infection in the first trailer for the living dead drama, Maggie.

"The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie’s condition worsens, their relationship is tested, a father’s love holding on stronger than the disease. This heart-wrenching twist on the zombie apocalypse puts a human face on an inexplicable horror."

Maggie comes out in theaters on May 8th from Lionsgate affiliate Roadside Attractions. Directed by Hobson off a Black List script by John Scott 3, Maggie stars Schwarzenegger, Breslin, and Joely Richardson.

Trailer via JoBlo:

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Contest: Win a Horror Marathon Pass for the 2015 Stanley Film Festival http://dailydead.com/contest-win-a-horror-marathon-pass-for-the-2015-stanley-film-festival/ http://dailydead.com/contest-win-a-horror-marathon-pass-for-the-2015-stanley-film-festival/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:59:22 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=97116 For decades, Estes Park, Colorado has been a destination for road-tripping horror hounds, as Stephen King was struck with the idea for The Shining while staying at the town's Stanley Hotel. But since 2013, fright fans have had another big reason to pay Estes Park and its famous hotel a visit: the Stanley Film Festival. […]

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For decades, Estes Park, Colorado has been a destination for road-tripping horror hounds, as Stephen King was struck with the idea for The Shining while staying at the town's Stanley Hotel. But since 2013, fright fans have had another big reason to pay Estes Park and its famous hotel a visit: the Stanley Film Festival.

After screening feature films both old and new and hosting special guests galore in their first two years, the Stanley Film Festival is approaching once again, and we're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and other special opportunities for Daily Dead readers.

We've been told to keep an eye out for a full list of events and screenings next week, but, until then, we're giving two lucky Daily Dead readers a pair of Horror Marathon passes for the festival.

"Set at the notoriously haunted and historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King's THE SHINING, the Stanley Film Festival (SFF) showcases the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, the SFF will take place April 30-May 3, 2015. Produced by the Denver Film Society, the festival is dedicated to crafting a more interactive experience for genre filmmakers and fans."

Prize Details: (2) Winners will each receive (2) Horror Marathon passes for the 2015 Stanley Film Festival, which will take place April 30th – May 3rd. The Horror Marathon pass includes admission to all regular festival screenings and panels. *Note: The pass does NOT include Opening or Closing Night Film or Party.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Horror Marathon Pass” and your mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am EST on April 6th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted. The prize cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash, and does not include travel or lodging expenses.

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To learn more about the 2015 Stanley Film Festival, check out the details below and visit:

""We are thrilled to once again partner with the Stanley Hotel to produce this festival," said Tom Botelho, Executive Director, Denver Film Society."We invite fans of horror to delve deep into the paranormal mysteries of the hotel and come play with us this spring at the Stanley Film Festival."

Last year's festival screened over 20 feature films, 7 retro titles, 19 shorts, and 8 student shorts with 23 countries represented. Special guests from 2013 and 2014 include: SpectreVision co-founders and Visionary Award Winners, Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh Waller, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Director Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014 Stanley Film Festival Master of Horror Award Winner, Joe Dante, director of What We Do In The Shadows (Winner of the Audience Award for Feature Film), Taika Waititi, Eli Roth (2013 Visionary Award Winner) and more. In addition, the Festival provided a fully interactive experience thanks to panels, live shows, special secret events and a unique horror immersion game that invited the player to solve a series of mysteries spanning the weekend.

"The Stanley Hotel offers a perfect retreat for fans of the genre, filmmakers, and experts to recharge and get inspired by becoming fully immersed in our dark playground," says Landon Zakheim, Program Director for the Stanley Film Festival.

Screenings and special events at the Stanley Film Festival will take place at The Stanley Hotel and throughout Estes Park. All access packages to attend the Stanley Film Festival and stay at the historic hotel for all 3 nights of the festival are on sale now, starting at $666/person. Festival patron and ticket passes range from $45.00 (day pass) to $295.00 for an all access patron pass. Space is limited on all packages, so guests are encouraged to book early. For more information regarding ticket and hotel packages, visit www.StanleyFilmFest.com or click here.

Important dates:

February 9: Final film submission deadline
February 24: Press accreditation opens
March 1: Volunteer sign-up begins
April 9: Press Accreditation closes
April 30: Festival Begins

Online & Social Media: www.stanleyfilmfest.com, "Like" SFF on Facebook (Facebook.com/StanleyFilmFest), "Follow" SFF on Twitter and Instagram (@StanleyFilmFest), join the conversation using the hashtag #StanleyFilmFest"

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‘It Follows’ Expands to 1,200 Screens This Weekend http://dailydead.com/it-follows-expands-to-1200-screens-this-weekend/ http://dailydead.com/it-follows-expands-to-1200-screens-this-weekend/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:56:03 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=97113 We have some great news for those hoping to see It Follows on the big screen. A big win for independent horror, the movie's limited theatrical run has been so successful that the movie is expanding to 1,200 screens this weekend. Here's the official announcement: "New York, NY (March 24, 2015) ­- RADiUS proudly announced today that the […]

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We have some great news for those hoping to see It Follows on the big screen. A big win for independent horror, the movie's limited theatrical run has been so successful that the movie is expanding to 1,200 screens this weekend. Here's the official announcement:

"New York, NY (March 24, 2015) ­- RADiUS proudly announced today that the company is going wide with their smash success IT FOLLOWS.

One of the best-reviewed films of the year will expand to 1,200 theaters on Friday. Bolstered by strong word of mouth and critical acclaim, audiences came in droves on opening weekend - Friday, 13th - earning the film $160,089 in just four locations for a per theater average of $40,022. IT FOLLOWS had the best limited opening for a horror film since PARANORMAL ACTVITY, boasting 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and garnering over $600,000 in box office to date.

IT FOLLOWS was written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and features an up and coming ensemble cast that includes Maika Monroe (THE GUEST, THE 5th WAVE) in the lead role.

Monroe plays 19-year-old Jay, who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions.  She can't shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her.

As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

IT FOLLOWS will be available on VOD and DVD later this year after its theatrical run."

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