Daily Dead http://dailydead.com - Your Source for Daily Zombie, Horror, and Sci-Fi News Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:15:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Indie Spotlight: Watch the Short Film ‘Killer Kart’ http://dailydead.com/indie-spotlight-watch-short-film-killer-kart/ http://dailydead.com/indie-spotlight-watch-short-film-killer-kart/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:03:45 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=95576 "They're killers. All of ’em. They might not always strike, but they always want to. They devote their existence to shoppers, and what do they get in return? Abused. Mistreated. Hit by cars because people can't walk the ten feet to put ’em back in their proper place." Intruder meets Christine in James Feeney's Killer Kart, an […]

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"They're killers. All of ’em. They might not always strike, but they always want to. They devote their existence to shoppers, and what do they get in return? Abused. Mistreated. Hit by cars because people can't walk the ten feet to put ’em back in their proper place."

Intruder meets Christine in James Feeney's Killer Kart, an expertly crafted short film that pits a supermarket's closing crew against a vengeful four-wheeled adversary that's a lot smaller than a ’58 Plymouth Fury scorned, but is every bit as vicious. Killer Kart recently had the honor of being featured on ShortoftheWeek.com, and we now have the highly entertaining horror comedy for Daily Dead readers to enjoy.

Synopsis: "The shopping cart. Four wheels, one basket, and tonight, for the closing crew of a small-town grocery store, a blood-splattered aluminum nightmare!"

Cast & Crew:Written and directed by James Feeney and produced by Andrew Fairbank, Killer Kart stars Christine Rodriguez, Ray Bouchard, Elly Schaefer, and Britt Michael Gordon. The short film was created through the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts.

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Impressions: Sideshow Collectibles’ Queen of the Dead Premium Format Figure http://dailydead.com/impressions-sideshow-collectibles-queen-dead-premium-format-figure/ http://dailydead.com/impressions-sideshow-collectibles-queen-dead-premium-format-figure/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:57:29 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=95545 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 […]

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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.

For those unfamiliar, Queen of the Dead is named Gethsemoni, and she's described as the embodiment of Death's “dark creative spirit, limitless guile, and soaring ambition." Impressively, Sideshow's team perfectly captures that description in a single pose.

Gethsemoni was sculpted in such a way that gives her an incredible grace and royal air, making her beautiful, mysterious, and terrifying from any angle. The intricate detail and careful attention to her armored chest piece and collar, as well as her very organic headdress/crown, is flawless.

Unfolding the satin cloth when assembling the piece, I discovered thin wires sewn into the material, allowing me to drape it around her figure while still keeping its sculptural flow. Sideshow’s simple step of allowing the owner to place fabric around Gethsemoni’s body makes for a nice personal experience. Her hands are positioned in such a way that you can rest the satin within her grasp, the added texture providing an extra level of beauty and depth to the sculpture. There is such elegance brought to this sculpture, despite being a depiction of a ruthless overseer of the Underworld.

Hinting at her dark side, however, are the skeletal tattoos running along her shoulders and sliding down her back with a sinister symmetry. The markings show another side of Gethsemoni, adding intrigue to her hauntingly beautiful appearance.

Complimenting the Queen of the Dead’s imposing form and macabre attire are the pair of minions at her feet. Wrapped around Gethsemoni’s right calf is a black-eyed creature seemingly spawned from Satan. Its sharp teeth protrude from exposed gums in a frightening fashion similar to the Chatterer Cenobite from Hellraiser. Dragging itself forward like a fallen zombie from The Walking Dead, the tiny creature on the right side of the base makes a startling impression with its sagging flesh and white, lifeless eyes. Reminders of Gethsemoni’s grim purpose as Death’s first-born creation, these little monsters perched upon the figure’s black and gray base (its rim regally outlined in blood-red jewels) perfectly represent the darker, less glamorous side to the Court of the Dead.

Hinting at the alluring horrors within, the fully decorated box is impeccably detailed with a soft touch finish and spot gloss highlights that call attention to the faction crest. The inclusion of Gethsemoni’s story on the back panel is a nice informative touch, with the displayed concept art from Stanley Lau (Artgerm) telling a design-based story of its own.

Further expanding Gethsemoni’s story is the Court of the Dead website, which includes motion comics, backstories, and concept art for the eclectic characters within the line. After experiencing the top-notch craftsmanship, downright jaw-dropping details, and eye-popping appearance of Sideshow Collectibles’ Queen of the Dead Premium Format Figure, I can't wait to get my hands on another macabre member of the Court of the Dead line.

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Priced at $379.99, the Queen of the Dead premium format figure is now available from Sideshow Collectibles:

Queen Of The Dead Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectibles

Product Details

Manufacturer: Sideshow Collectibles

Product Size: 21.5" H (546.1mm) x 8" W (203.2mm) x 5" L (127mm)

Artists: Tom Gilliland (Design/Paint) Ian MacDonald (Design) Walter O'Neal (Design) Mark Newman (Sculpt) Kat Sapene (Paint) Tim Hanson (Costume Fabrication) The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team

Learn more at: http://bit.ly/BuytheQueen

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Horror Round-Up: The Body Trailer, Michael McDowell’s Cold Moon Over Babylon, Lucifer Lead Role Cast http://dailydead.com/horror-round-up-the-body-trailer-michael-mcdowells-cold-moon-over-babylon-lucifer-lead-role-cast/ http://dailydead.com/horror-round-up-the-body-trailer-michael-mcdowells-cold-moon-over-babylon-lucifer-lead-role-cast/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:39:38 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=95519 Welcome to another horror round-up! This time around, we have the first trailer for the short horror comedy film, The Body, starring Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, John Wick), an excerpt from Valancourt Books' special re-release of Michael McDowell's souther horror novel, Cold Moon Over Babylon (which is now being adapted for the big screen), […]

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Welcome to another horror round-up! This time around, we have the first trailer for the short horror comedy film, The Body, starring Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, John Wick), an excerpt from Valancourt Books' special re-release of Michael McDowell's souther horror novel, Cold Moon Over Babylon (which is now being adapted for the big screen), and details on who will play the titular role for Fox and Warner Bros. TV's Lucifer pilot (based on the character from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comic book series and its spin-off series, Lucifer).

The Body: "The Body is the story of a contract killer using the cover of Halloween to dispose of his latest victim. As he attempts to drag the dead man's body across London, his gear and body bag get mistaken for a costume, and he is talked into a attending a local Halloween party with a group of revellers.

Events take another strange twist when the killer finds himself enjoying the company of a young partygoer named Maggie, who mistakenly believes the killer is on a scavenger hunt, and recruits her friends to help him bury the body. The group set off in the killer's van to drive to a quiet woodland area where events then take a hilarious and horrifying turn for the worse...

The Body stars Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, John Wick) and Hannah Tointon (Penny Dreadful, Mr Selfridge, The Inbetweeners), and is directed by Paul Davis (Him Indoors)."

The short film, The Body, is now available on We Are Colony, along with extras including scripts, deleted scenes, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes stills. To learn more, visit:

Cold Moon Over Babylon: Originally published in 1980, Michael McDowell's Cold Moon Over Babylon is now available from Valancourt Books with new cover art by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. We've been provided with an excerpt from the atmospheric horror novel, which you can read below.

"Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy southern town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: fourteen-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law.

But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror . . . And beneath the murky surface of the river, a shifting, almost human shape slowly takes form. Night after night it will pursue the murderer. And when the full moon rises over Babylon, it will seek a terrible vengeance . . .

Cold Moon Over Babylon (1980), the second novel by Michael McDowell (1950-1999), author of Blackwater and The Elementals and screenwriter of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a chilling Southern Gothic tale of revenge from beyond the grave that ranks among his most terrifying books. This first-ever reprint features deliciously creepy new cover art by Mike Mignola."

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Prologue

One hot afternoon in July of 1965, Jim Larkin and his wife JoAnn were slowly paddling their small green boat upstream on the Styx River that drains the northwestern corner of the Florida panhandle. Having spent the several hours around noon lazily fishing in a favorite spot, half a mile downriver from their blueberry farm, they were bringing back enough bream for themselves and half the town of Babylon besides. Jim’s widowed mother, Evelyn Larkin, was back at the farm, taking care of their son Jerry, eight years old, and their infant daughter Margaret, born only the year before.

JoAnn Larkin, who had pale skin and dark red hair, and always wore dark red lipstick and matching nail polish even when she was working in the patch, had already started to clean the fish, and was idly scraping scales back into the water. Her husband, Evelyn Larkin’s only child, paddled slowly, and kept his face turned away from the sun. He had to be careful about burn, and considered that it was a sore trial for a farmer and his wife to have fair skin.

“What’s that?” JoAnn said curiously, and pointed at something in the water, twenty feet away.

“It’s a croker sack,” Jim Larkin replied, and turned the boat a little so that they would come nearer it.

“It’s not one of ours, is it?” she said. “I don’t think it’s one of ours. Who’d be throwing our croker sacks in the river?”

“I don’t know. We ought to take it back. Good croker sacks are getting harder to come by every day. Looks dry. Must have just fell in from somewhere.”

JoAnn leaned over the prow, and snared the sack. She swung it over the side of the boat, and set it between herself and her husband. The string that held the top together had already come loose in the water, and the sack fell open in her hands. With dampened rattles, five snakes slithered out over the lip of the burlap.

The man and woman drew back in fear, pushing frantically against the rattlesnakes with their feet. Each was bitten several times, and probably would have suffered more had not their thrashing panic overturned the small boat.

Jim Larkin dived deep, and in a few seconds attempted to come up for air. Among the dead bream that floated on the surface of the water, he could see the snakes coiled and waiting. Their tails swaying slowly in the water beckoned him upward. He lost consciousness and drowned.

JoAnn Larkin swam to a sandbar, crawled across it, and fell into a sand-sink, which are as common as leeches along the margin of the Styx. She was sucked in slowly, and all the while never left off calling her husband’s name. But she gave over all resistance to the sinking sand when she saw his corpse rise suddenly to the surface of the water, and bob among the dead fish. His head was thrown back, his eyes wide, and one of the snakes pushed its way into his slack mouth.

Their bodies were never recovered. JoAnn Larkin’s skeleton, white and contorted, still lies frozen in the sand a dozen feet below the surface of the Styx. Jim Larkin was spun a couple of miles downstream, and then wedged into a rocky crevice in the bed of the river; there the normally sluggish black waters of the Styx, rushing through this submerged ravine, industriously pried the rotting flesh from his bones.

Evelyn Larkin had nothing of her son and daughter-in-law to mourn over and bury. The overturned boat, protecting the nested croker sacks and two drowned rattlesnakes, told no plausible story of their deaths. One July morning they had rowed down the Styx and simply failed to return.

Though she had no remembrance of her parents, Margaret Larkin never went swimming in the river, for fear that she would be dragged down to the bottom by her drowned mother and father. And her brother Jerry never after crossed the bridge over the Styx without glancing uneasily among the pilings, dreading to see there his parents’ decayed corpses. Yet they said nothing of these irrational terrors to one another, nor to their grandmother, who never lost the feeling that her son and daughter-in-law were still to be found somewhere in the river’s meandering length.

Eventually, a small cenotaph was raised in the Larkin family plot in the Babylon cemetery. It was marked with the names of the couple and bore the simple legend: LOST UPON THE STYX. 14 JULY 1965.

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Lucifer Pilot: It was recently reported that Fox and Warner Bros. TV are moving forward on a pilot based on the comic book character Lucifer from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and its spin-off series, Lucifer (both of which were published under DC's Vertigo imprint), the latter penned by Mike Carey.

If you were wondering who would play the fallen angel, ponder no more, as Deadline reveals that Tom Ellis (Rush TV series, Victor Frankenstein in Gothicka TV movie, Robin Hood in Once Upon a Time TV series) has been cast as Lucifer.

Tom Kapinos, whose other current pilot, Dead People, is in production at The CW, has teamed up with Jerry Bruckheimer and Len Wiseman (Underworld films, Sleepy Hallow) on the Lucifer pilot, with the latter directing the debut episode.

The series "centers on Lucifer who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals."

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Mad Max Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Bonus Features Revealed http://dailydead.com/mad-max-collectors-edition-blu-ray-bonus-features-revealed/ http://dailydead.com/mad-max-collectors-edition-blu-ray-bonus-features-revealed/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:37:36 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=95531 "In the not too distant future... there will be no civilization... there will be no heroes... there will only be madmen... and the main force patrol"... and the ultimate home media release of George Miller's classic dystopian action-thriller, Mad Max. Like Fifi, Scream Factory is looking to bring back our heroes with their Mad Max […]

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"In the not too distant future... there will be no civilization... there will be no heroes... there will only be madmen... and the main force patrol"... and the ultimate home media release of George Miller's classic dystopian action-thriller, Mad Max. Like Fifi, Scream Factory is looking to bring back our heroes with their Mad Max Collector’s Edition Blu-ray that hits shelves on May 5th (ten days before Mad Max: Fury Road roars into theaters). The final bonus features for the anticipated release have been revealed and they include a batch of new interviews, including one with Max himself, Mel Gibson.

From Scream Factory: "**Final List of EXTRAS revealed for MAD MAX (COLLECTOR’S EDITION) Blu-ray release!**

• NEW Interviews With Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel And Director Of Photography David Eggby

• Audio Commentary By Art Director Jon Dowding, Director Of Photography David Eggby, Special Effects Artist Chris Murray And Tim Ridge

• Mel Gibson: The Birth Of A Superstar featurette

• Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon featurette

• Original Theatrical Trailers & TV Spots

• Photo Galleries

We’ve been asked a few times already if our release will contain both the original Australian English audio and the US English dubbed Audio. The answer is “yes” on both. smile emoticon

Official street date is 5/5. However, if you order directly from us @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/action-adventure/mad-max-collector-s-edition we’ll ship you it two weeks early and include a FREE 18” x 24” poster of the newly commissioned artwork (while supplies last)."

Synopsis: "Setting Mel Gibson on a sure path to superstardom, this highly acclaimed "crazy collide-o-scope" (Newsweek) of highway mayhem "cinematically defined the postapocalyptic landscape" (TV Guide). Featuring eye-popping stunts that are "electrifying and very convincing" (Variety) and "an authentically nihilistic spirit" (The Village Voice), this unforgettable actioner from director George Miller (The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury Road) is "pure cinematic poetry" (Time).

In the ravaged near-future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max's best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for – revenge! Also starring Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Steve Bisley (The Great Gatsby, Red Hill), this rugged racecar of a film runs on "comic book volatility… exhilarating rowdiness and visual intensity" (The New York Times)!"

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Watch Two New Teaser Trailers for Bates Motel Season 3 http://dailydead.com/watch-two-new-teaser-trailers-for-bates-motel-season-3/ http://dailydead.com/watch-two-new-teaser-trailers-for-bates-motel-season-3/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:07:03 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=95524 "I think one of us has a problem, and I'm tired of the assumption being that it's me." Norma and Norman's creepy, complex mother-son relationship returns to the small screen soon, and to help hold fans over until the Bates Motel Season 3 debut on March 9th, A&E has released two new teaser trailers. A&E […]

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"I think one of us has a problem, and I'm tired of the assumption being that it's me." Norma and Norman's creepy, complex mother-son relationship returns to the small screen soon, and to help hold fans over until the Bates Motel Season 3 debut on March 9th, A&E has released two new teaser trailers.

A&E checks back into White Pine Bay's family-run establishment for a 10-episode third season beginning Monday, March 9th, at 9:00pm EST:

“Bates Motel,” returns for a gripping third season filled with family strife, murder and mystery lead by Vera Farmiga (Norma) and Freddie Highmore (Norman). This season focuses on the evolution of the Bates family and dives head first into Norman’s waning ability to stay in denial about what’s happening to him and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche. The dramatic events of last season leaves Norma (Vera Farmiga) reluctantly more aware of Norman’s mental fragility and is fearful of what he is capable of. From executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “The Returned”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) “Bates Motel” serves as a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho and provides viewers with an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates unravels through his teenage years. After a blissful summer of closeness with his mother, living within the safe confines of home and the Bates Motel, Norman’s fears about what really happened with Blaire Watson resurface and Norma questions what really happened. Forced to look at the truths about Norman for the first time, their deeply intricate relationship continues to evolve.

Norma finds herself turning to the other man in her life, Norman's half-brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and begins to rely on him in ways that she never expected. This relationship inevitably triggers jealousy in Norman and a new kind of love triangle between Norma and her two sons erupts. Estranged brother and uncle, Caleb (Kenny Johnson) returns to haunt the family throughout the season challenging the family bond even further. Pressures of the outside world take a hold of the family when newcomers Kevin Rahm (“Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives”), Tracy Spiradakos (“Revolution”) and Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy”) arrive at White Pine Bay. After a summer of living at the Bates Motel, Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Norma have grown closer but there will always have that troubling question mark surrounding Norman. Something doesn’t feel right, but spite of his instincts, Romero finds himself continually drawn back to the Bates family -- and to Norma. Emma (Olivia Cooke) also determined to find out what is happening to Norman becomes more emboldened, fearless, goes after the things she wants. Familiar face, Bradley (Nicola Peltz) returns to surprise the family and digs up old memories."

In case you missed it, check out Alyse's early review of the Bates Motel Season 3 premiere:

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Leonard Nimoy Has Passed Away http://dailydead.com/leonard-nimoy-passed-away/ http://dailydead.com/leonard-nimoy-passed-away/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:26:44 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=95499 We’re sad to report that Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. The New York Times reports via Susan Bay Nimoy, Leonard's wife, that the prolific actor passed away this morning of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy is best remembered for playing Spock on Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek TV series from […]

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We’re sad to report that Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83.

The New York Times reports via Susan Bay Nimoy, Leonard's wife, that the prolific actor passed away this morning of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy is best remembered for playing Spock on Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek TV series from 1966 – 1969, reprising the role in Star Trek: The Animated Series and eight Star Trek movies, most recently in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness. His acting career touched seven decades, beginning in 1951 and including roles in many memorable shows and films, including Mission: Impossible, Fringe, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, The Brain EatersThe Man from U.N.C.L.E., Gunsmoke, and The Twilight Zone.

Nimoy also displayed admirable skills behind the camera, directing Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, 3 Men and a Baby, one episode of Night Gallery, and much more.

As Spock, Nimoy inspired generations with his strict code of honor, fierce loyalty, and unique problem solving. Like his Vulcan farewell hand symbol and its accompanying line, "Live long and prosper," Nimoy's memory and influence on this world will live on forever. Our thoughts go out to Leonard Nimoy's family and friends. Perfectly capturing what he did so well for so long, Nimoy's final tweet offers words of both wisdom and comfort:

Commenting on the loss of a legend is another, William Shatner, who many know was a dear friend of Nimoy's:

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"It could look like someone you know, or it could be a stranger in a crowd. Whatever helps it get close to you. It can look like anyone... but there's only one of it." The sunny summer turns sinister for 19-year-old Jay when a creeping, transformative force enters her life in It Follows, the second film from The Myth of the American Sleepover writer/director David Robert Mitchell—one that, like his debut, takes place in Detroit. Ahead of the horror film's theatrical release on March (Friday the) 13th, a new clip has been released that teases the eerie end to Jay's date.

“For 19-year-old Jay (Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she 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.”

Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, It Follows stars Maika Monroe (The GuestLabor Day), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Daniel Zovatto (Beneath), Olivia Luccardi (Girls), Jake Weary (Zombeavers), and Lili Sepe (Spork).

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South America was a fresh start for the Harrimans, but their new home stands on cursed ground, and the visitors coming to see them won't be bringing welcome baskets. Starring Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman, Out of the Dark hits theaters today from Vertical Entertainment, and we have an exclusive clip that takes place on a dark and stormy night.

"Starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, OUT OF THE DARK is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret."

Directed by Lluís Quílez off a screenplay by Alex Pastor, David Pastor, and Javier Gullón, Out of the Dark stars Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea.

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Blade Runner Sequel Director Announced, Harrison Ford’s Return Confirmed http://dailydead.com/blade-runner-sequel-director-announced-harrison-fords-return-confirmed/ http://dailydead.com/blade-runner-sequel-director-announced-harrison-fords-return-confirmed/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:08:29 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=95484 After all these years, the story of Rick Deckard will continue. A Blade Runner sequel started to pick up steam back in 2011 when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to direct. While Scott is still creatively involved, it has been revealed that he'll be passing the torch to another director. What is still a […]

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After all these years, the story of Rick Deckard will continue. A Blade Runner sequel started to pick up steam back in 2011 when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to direct. While Scott is still creatively involved, it has been revealed that he'll be passing the torch to another director. What is still a big surprise, even after his involvement in the latest Star Wars film, is that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Deckard:

Press Release via /Film: "LOS ANGELES, CA, FEBRUARY 26, 2015 — Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment’s BLADE RUNNER and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve to (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Film is scheduled to start principle photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridely Scott.

The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.

State Johnson and Kosove: “We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners. Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.”

Ford will next be seen in The Age of Adaline for Lionsgate and the highly anticipated upcoming Star Wars for Walt Disney Pictures. Recent releases include the Warner Bros./Legendary box office hit 42.

Villeneuve most recently directed the crime thriller Sicario, staring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benecio Del Toro for Black Label Media and Lionsgate. He also directed Canada’s Oscar nominated French language film Incendies, and Alcon Entertainment’s critically acclaimed Prisoners, staring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Yorkin will serve as a producer on the sequel along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce.

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

Among its many distinctions, BLADE RUNNER has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by innumerable polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.

Released by Warner Bros., BLADE RUNNER was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and was directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).

BLADE RUNNER was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

ABOUT ALCON ENTERTAINMENT

Co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson founded Alcon Entertainment in 1997 with partner Frederick W. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx. Warner Bros. distributes Alcon’s motion pictures via the companies’ long-term output distribution agreement.

Alcon has financed and produced, and/or co-financed/produced 29 films to date, including “My Dog Skip,” the Academy Award nominated Best Picture “The Blind Side,” which earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar; “The Book of Eli,” starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; “Insomnia,” starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Chris Nolan; “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants;” “P.S. I Love You,” starring Hilary Swank; the critically acclaimed “Prisoners,” a dramatic thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard and Paul Dano, and the family hit “Dolphin Tale 2,” a sequel to its original starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson. Alcon is currently in production on “Point Break,” a reimagining of the classic action movie filming on four continents starring Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, and Ray Winstone. The Company is also developing a sequel to “Blade Runner” with Ridley Scott.

Alcon Television Group is currently producing a four-hour mini-series documentary for HBO about the life and times of Frank Sinatra, directed Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney; and “The Expanse,” a space thriller for Syfy Network."

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Review: The Lazarus Effect http://dailydead.com/review-lazarus-effect/ http://dailydead.com/review-lazarus-effect/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:48:04 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=95476 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 […]

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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.

In The Lazarus Effect, we meet a research team, headed by Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoe (Olivia Wilde), who have made a recent breakthrough on their Lazarus Serum- a concoction that can bring the dead back to life. Meant to be used as a tool to assist in medical emergencies, Frank, Zoe, and their team start running clinical trials of it on animals in hope of perfecting the drug, a decision that’s against the terms of their funding. The lab is subsequently shut down and, in a last ditch effort to save their work, the team reunites for one last experiment that not only costs Zoe her life, but ultimately has deadly consequences for all after she’s revived via the experimental serum and isn’t quite feeling ‘herself’ after her return.

For a genre first-timer, director David Gelb does an admirable job with The Lazarus Effect. The film’s pacing is tight, the story never lags and once all hell breaks loose, Gelb keeps the tension levels nicely elevated until the finale (a moment that feels like a fun B-movie throwback). That being said, while the scares are effective, I’d say they were pretty mild in the violence department with Gelb leaving some of the more dire moments in the film to viewers’ imaginations. That may have been due to budgetary constraints but with some of the kills being a bit nasty (the nastiness being implied, that is), I would have loved to see more of them throughout the film’s final two acts.

The performances in The Lazarus Effect are strong across the board. Both Duplass and Wilde are engaging and likeable, sharing a great sense of chemistry between them and do an excellent job of giving the sci-fi story much of the heart it needs in order to make us care about what’s happening to their characters. Sarah Bolger, Evan Peters and Donald Glover (who’s always awesome) also deliver great performances in the film, even if their characters are kind of dismissed in the second half of the film. Often times, these supporting roles can end up being a bit stereotypical but I rather enjoyed the way the trio mixed things up with their characters even if get somewhat lost in the story once Zoe is resurrected.

As far as cautionary tales go, The Lazarus Effect is pretty good stuff overall and effectively rises above its mild approach to deliver a thoughtful and intense horror experience that I had a lot of fun with. It’s probably not going to do much for genre fans looking for something a bit more visceral, but for those of you who appreciate this sci-fi fueled subgenre, there’s a lot of interesting material here to enjoy.

Movie Score: 3/5

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