Daily Dead http://dailydead.com - Your Source for Daily Zombie, Horror, and Sci-Fi News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:58:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 September 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Dracula (1979), Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, Universal Classic Monsters Collection http://dailydead.com/september-2nd-blu-ray-dvd-releases-dracula-1979-cabin-fever-patient-zero-universal-classic-monsters-collection/ http://dailydead.com/september-2nd-blu-ray-dvd-releases-dracula-1979-cabin-fever-patient-zero-universal-classic-monsters-collection/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:58:04 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=82637 September gets off to a fantastic start if you’re a genre fan, as Universal Home Entertainment is unloading a TON of Universal Monsters-related titles on Blu-ray and DVD, including Universal Classic Monsters: The Complete 30-Film Collection and Dracula (1979) starring Frank Langella as the titular bloodsucker. Also being released by Universal this week are a […]

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Dracula1979-Blu-ray-coverart-boxSeptember gets off to a fantastic start if you’re a genre fan, as Universal Home Entertainment is unloading a TON of Universal Monsters-related titles on Blu-ray and DVD, including Universal Classic Monsters: The Complete 30-Film Collection and Dracula (1979) starring Frank Langella as the titular bloodsucker.

Also being released by Universal this week are a handful of horror and sci-fi themed 4-Movie Packs, an 8 Film Collection of Hammer horror titles and several other modern horror classics in high definition, including The People Under the Stairs and Firestarter. The third Cabin Fever film, Patient Zero, is also finally arriving on DVD & Blu-ray as well.

SPOTLIGHT TITLES:

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (RLJ Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned research facility where a deadly, flesh-eating virus has been unleashed. In the aftermath of a massacre, the only people left alive are a handful of secretive medical personnel and “Patient Zero” (Sean Astin), the lone person who’s been exposed to the disease and shows no symptoms. Can they find a way to survive and escape, or will the virus consume them all in a bloodbath of chaos and carnage?

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Dracula (1979) (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray/Digital HD with UltraViolet)

Throughout history, Dracula has filled men’s hearts with fear – and the hearts of women with desire. In this stylish production of Bram Stoker’s classic tale, Frank Langella gives an electrifying performance as the bloodthirsty Count Dracula in search for his ultimate bride. Meanwhile, the renowned and relentless vampire hunter, Van Helsing (Laurence Olivier), seeks to end the Dark Prince’s reign of terror over the citizens of Transylvania. Featuring a mesmerizing cast, fine direction and a superbly atmospheric musical score, Dracula is an unforgettable adaptation of one of the most enduring horror legends of all time.

Special features include Digital and UltraViolet copies of Dracula (1979), The Revamping of Dracula, Feature Commentary with Director John Badham, Universal Classic Monsters Trailer, and Dracula TV Series Trailer.

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Universal Classic Monsters: The Complete 30-Film Collection (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)

A collection of all 30 Universal Classic Monster films from 1931 – 1956 with a 48-Page collectible Book and hours of bonus features including Behind the Scenes Documentaries, the 1931 Spanish Version of Dracula, Featurettes of Boris Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and Jack Pierce, 13 Expert Feature Commentaries, Archival Footage, Production Photographs, Theatrical Trailers and much more!

Movies included: Dracula (1931) Frankenstein (1931) The Mummy (1932) The Invisible Man (1933) The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Werewolf of London (1935) Dracula’s Daughter (1936) Son of Frankenstein (1939) The Invisible Man Returns (1940) The Invisible Woman (1940) The Mummy’s Hand (1940) The Wolf Man (1941) The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) The Mummy’s Ghost (1942) The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) Invisible Agent (1942) Phantom of the Opera (1943) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) Son of Dracula (1943) House of Frankenstein (1944) The Mummy’s Curse (1944) The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944) House of Dracula (1945) She-Wolf of London (1946) Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) Revenge of the Creature (1955) The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).

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ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

4 Movie Midnight Marathon Pack: Aliens (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)

4 Movie Midnight Marathon Pack: Creatures (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)

4 Movie Midnight Marathon Pack: Demons (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)

4 Movie Midnight Marathon Pack: Predators (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)

4 Movie Midnight Marathon Pack: Psycho II-IV & Bates Motel (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)

4 Movie Midnight Marathon Pack: Supernatural (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)

4 Movie Midnight Marathon Pack: Zombies (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)

Baby Blues (Well Go USA, Blu-ray & DVD)

Bigfoot Wars (Phase 4 Films, DVD)

Devil’s Mile (Phase 4 Films, DVD)

The Dick Van Dyke Show: Halloween Episodes Collection (Image Entertainment, DVD)

Firestarter (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray/Digital HD with UltraViolet)

The Hammer Horror Series: 8 Film Collection (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)

The Originals: Season One (Warner Home Video, Blu-ray & DVD)

The People Under the Stairs (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray/Digital HD with UltraViolet)

Space Raiders (Scorpion Releasing, DVD)

White Noise (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray/Digital HD with UltraViolet)

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Teaser Trailer for Resident Evil Revelations 2 http://dailydead.com/teaser-trailer-resident-evil-revelations-2/ http://dailydead.com/teaser-trailer-resident-evil-revelations-2/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:24:24 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=82634 Confirming recent rumors, Capcom officially announced Resident Evil Revelations 2 and released a trailer that teases what’s ahead: “This concept teaser trailer portrays the essence of Resident Evil Revelations 2. Hidden secrets beckon to be discovered by anyone with eyes and wits sharp enough to find them.” Capcom let us know that they’re targeting an […]

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RE-REV-2Confirming recent rumors, Capcom officially announced Resident Evil Revelations 2 and released a trailer that teases what’s ahead:

“This concept teaser trailer portrays the essence of Resident Evil Revelations 2. Hidden secrets beckon to be discovered by anyone with eyes and wits sharp enough to find them.”

Capcom let us know that they’re targeting an early 2015 release on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. Keep an out out for more details on this and Resident Evil Remastered in the coming months.

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New Trailer for Resident Evil Remastered http://dailydead.com/new-trailer-resident-evil-remastered/ http://dailydead.com/new-trailer-resident-evil-remastered/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:25:06 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=82631 Originally released on PlayStation in 1996 before being remade for Nintendo’s GameCube in 2002, Resident Evil ushered in a new standard for survival horror gaming. Capcom is celebrating the game’s legacy with a remaster of the 2002 remake for current and next-gen platforms and they’ve released a new trailer that shows off the game’s graphical updates. Capcom’s […]

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ResidentEvil-remaster-boxOriginally released on PlayStation in 1996 before being remade for Nintendo’s GameCube in 2002, Resident Evil ushered in a new standard for survival horror gaming. Capcom is celebrating the game’s legacy with a remaster of the 2002 remake for current and next-gen platforms and they’ve released a new trailer that shows off the game’s graphical updates.

Capcom’s remastered version of Resident Evil will be available digitally for the PC, PS3, PS4, XBox 360, and XBox One beginning in early 2015 in North America and Europe. Main characters Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, along with the zombies and other creatures they encounter within the mansion, will be a far cry from their blocky depictions in the 2002 version, as Capcom has given the game a 1080p look for next-gen consoles. Also featured is a new scrolling camera that flexibly focuses on moving characters.

“Using the latest resolution enhancement and 3D model technology, game resolutions and textures have been significantly upgraded, including 1080p support on next-gen consoles, resulting in characters and backgrounds coming to life in greater detail than ever seen before in Resident Evil. Not only will the graphics impress but the tense sound effects have been fully remastered with 5.1 surround support for a greater gaming atmosphere. Players are now able to choose not only between experiencing the terror at the classic 4:3 ratio or a stunning 16:9 widescreen mode but also the type of control scheme they play with. The classic control scheme remains for fans of the original play style or there’s an alternative scheme where the character moves directly in the direction of the analogue stick, utilizing the standards of the current generation of gaming. Both the control scheme and the display options can be toggled between at any time during gameplay.

The intense horror fans first experienced with the release of the original Resident Evil is back. Taking place in the now notorious Raccoon City, players will choose to take on the role of either S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Service) team member Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, who have been sent into the city to find the missing Bravo team. When the team is suddenly attacked by a ferocious group of mutated dogs, desperate for an escape they take shelter in the Mansion, but will they ever get out alive again? Players will need to be brave as they adventure through the dark, enclosed spaces searching out the horrors that await them. With limited ammo and survival items available gamers will need to keep their wits about them to survive the various traps and puzzles that greet them at every stage.”

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Review: As Above/So Below http://dailydead.com/review-aboveso/ http://dailydead.com/review-aboveso/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:31:17 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=82628 Claustrophobic and creepy, director John Erick Dowdle gives As Above/So Below a fighting chance amongst genre clichés and forced frights. Using the rudimentary “found footage” style, Dowdle transports a cast of young explorers into the catacombs underneath the streets of Paris. The unsettling location creates some wonderful atmosphere, but the narrative foregoes exploration of some […]

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As-Above-boxClaustrophobic and creepy, director John Erick Dowdle gives As Above/So Below a fighting chance amongst genre clichés and forced frights. Using the rudimentary “found footage” style, Dowdle transports a cast of young explorers into the catacombs underneath the streets of Paris. The unsettling location creates some wonderful atmosphere, but the narrative foregoes exploration of some provoking historical elements introduced early on and is overly predictable.

Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) is a single-minded researcher bent on finishing her deceased father’s life work of finding an ancient historical artifact. This leads her initially into a dangerous cavern in Iran that almost kills her. Following the clues from Iran, she is lead to Paris and into the forbidden section of the catacombs below the city. Looking for a secret doorway, Scarlett and her crew are trapped in the mazelike tomb leading them into the supernatural and face to face with their innermost fear.

The story begins as a treasure hunt in the vein of Tomb Raider, though not as action packed. The history mystery has Scarlett investigating artifacts and piecing together a puzzle started by her father. This ultimately serves to accommodate the plot change, which brings a larger group of people to aid Scarlett into the catacombs of Paris. Once below, the group is haunted by apparitions that reflect their own traumas and fears. The film only touches the surface of character development, though it could have offered an interesting inquiry into the secrets of past civilizations and the personal horror hidden inside the individual.

While nothing narratively will be particularly unique for horror fans, Dowdle shrewdly utilizes claustrophobic spaces, the confusion of darkness, and disorienting sound designs to keep things sinister. In one scene the simple design of a chanting chorus, along with a nightmarish situation for one of the characters, really brings the journey into the cavernous unknown to echoing life. Whether a budgetary or production concern, the hand-held approach hurts the frightening potential that the disturbing environment possesses. Every scare becomes telegraphed and the camera shakes away the atmosphere.

As Above, So Below has an effectively creepy mood to work with, and, for a moment, the location hides the weaknesses of the narrative. Perdita Weeks gives a good performance as the brave and ambitious to a fault researcher, but unfortunately the tiresome filmic technique hinders the terrifying experience proposed in the premise.

Movie Score: 3/5

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Mick Garris Launches Website Featuring Video Interviews with John Carpenter, Roger Corman & More http://dailydead.com/mick-garris-launches-website-featuring-video-interviews-john-carpenter-roger-corman/ http://dailydead.com/mick-garris-launches-website-featuring-video-interviews-john-carpenter-roger-corman/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:23:23 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=82608 Stephen King fans are well-aware of writer/director Mick Garris for his movie and TV adaptations of the master of macabre’s novels and screenplays, but in addition to his filmmaking, Mick is widely known for his insightful interviews of the horror genre’s eclectic collection of creative minds. These educational and entertaining conversations are being preserved for viewing […]

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MickGarris-boxStephen King fans are well-aware of writer/director Mick Garris for his movie and TV adaptations of the master of macabre’s novels and screenplays, but in addition to his filmmaking, Mick is widely known for his insightful interviews of the horror genre’s eclectic collection of creative minds. These educational and entertaining conversations are being preserved for viewing on Mick’s new website.

Aptly titled “Mick Garris Interviews”, the website serves as an online horror database. Visitors can watch video interviews conducted by Mick for FEARnet’s Post Mortem webseries and The Z Channel’s Fantasy Film Festival. Also featured are Mick’s commentary tracks from his Trailers from Hell segments and an assortment of bonus content in a section called the “The Vault”, including a behind-the-scenes video from the set of Gremlins.

Portions of interviews with John Carpenter and Roger Corman are among videos currently available to view, with many more coming soon to the site, including conversations with Robert Englund, Wes Craven, William Friedkin, Tobe Hooper, Frank Darabont, and many more. To check out Mick’s new website, visit:

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Release Details & Cover Art for October Dreams II, Featuring Stories by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch & More http://dailydead.com/release-details-october-dreams-ii-featuring-stories-ray-bradbury-dean-koontz-robert-bloch/ http://dailydead.com/release-details-october-dreams-ii-featuring-stories-ray-bradbury-dean-koontz-robert-bloch/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:40:53 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=82588 As another autumn approaches, horror hounds look forward to the chill of pumpkin guts on their hands, the crunch of leaves under their shoes, and, for some, pulling their copy of October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween off the bookshelf for another round of seasonal reading. Published in 2000, Cemetery Dance’s collection of Halloween stories, reflections, […]

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OctoberDreamsII-boxAs another autumn approaches, horror hounds look forward to the chill of pumpkin guts on their hands, the crunch of leaves under their shoes, and, for some, pulling their copy of October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween off the bookshelf for another round of seasonal reading. Published in 2000, Cemetery Dance’s collection of Halloween stories, reflections, and essays now has a sequel on the way.

Featuring an abundance of short pieces by a wide range of authors, October Dreams II: A Celebration of Halloween doesn’t yet have an official release date, but it is expected to come out soon in a hardcover edition from Cemetery Dance. The tome of terror includes stories by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch, and many more. We have the official release details and cover art below. To learn more or pre-order a copy, visit:

October Dreams 2: A Celebration of Halloween
edited by Richard Chizmar & Robert Morrish

Special Note For Collectors:
For a very limited time only, we are also accepting orders for copies of the trade hardcover personally signed by the editors. There is no extra charge for these copies and this offer will not last long!

About the Book:
The long-awaited follow up to one of the most acclaimed Halloween anthologies ever! This oversized volume will contain spooky Halloween short stories, dozens of authors and artists recalling their own personal memories of Halloween, and essays detailing the history of Halloween. Many of the contributing authors will also autograph the signed editions, which we don’t expect will last long considering the popularity of the original October Dreams and the low print runs we have planned for these special editions.

Contents:
“Mr. Dark’s Carnival” by Glen Hirshberg
“Universal Horrors” by Stephen Graham Jones
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “Perspective” by Michael McBride
“The Scariest Thing I Know” by Dean Koontz
“Guising” by Gemma Files
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “Gort Klaatu Barada Trick or Treat” by Nancy Holder
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “Under the Autumn Stars” by Tim Waggoner
“Monsters” by Stewart O’Nan
“Death and Disbursement” by S.P. Miskowski
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “All the News” by Karen Heuler
“Dear Dead Jenny” by Ian McDowell
“What Blooms in Shadow Withers in Light” by Richard Gavin
My Favorite Halloween Memory by M. Rickert
“The ’Corn Factory” by Benjamin Kane Ethridge
“In a Dark October” by Joe R. Lansdale
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “The Real Darkborn” by Matthew Costello
“The October Game” by Ray Bradbury
“Fear of Fallen Leaves” by James Newman
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “Costume” by Melanie Tem
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “Dancing With Mr. Death” by Kealan Patrick Burke
“Scarecrow” by Roberta Lannes
“Strange Candy” by Robert McCammon
My Favorite Halloween Memory by Harry Shannon
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “That Which Doesn’t Kill You Earns You Candy” by Nate Southard
“The Pumpkin” by Robert Bloch
“Mr. and Mrs. Werewolf ” by Whitley Strieber
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “Rescuer?” by Nicole Cushing
My Favorite Halloween Memory by Ray Garton
“Great Pumpkins and Ghost Hunters: Halloween on TV” by Lisa Morton
“The Pumpkin Smasher” by Al Sarrantonio
“The House on Cottage Lane” by Ronald Malfi
My Favorite Halloween Memory by Tim Curran
“The Dry Season” by James A. Moore
“The Spirit of Things” by John Skipp
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “Haunting Season” by Orrin Grey
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “The Witch of Walnut” by Elizabeth Massie
“The Little Werewolf Who Cried” by Al Magliochetti
“The Boy in the White Sheet” by Bev Vincent
My Favorite Halloween Memory by Richard Gavin
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “The Last Halloween” by Ronald Kelly
“Sexy Pirate Girl” by Lisa Morton
“Monster Night” by Brian James Freeman
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “Screams in the Asylum” by James Newman
“Underfolk” by Tina Callaghan
My Favorite Halloween Memory: “Pumpkin Parade” by Sephera Giron
“October Dreams” by Michael Kelly”

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Weekend Box Office Update http://dailydead.com/weekend-box-office-update-156/ http://dailydead.com/weekend-box-office-update-156/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:55:52 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=82586 Guardians of the Galaxy once again claimed the top spot at the box office and is now the highest grossing movie of the year in the US. To date, Guardians has earned $274.6 million in the US and $547.7 million worldwide. As mentioned previously, a sequel is already moving forward and a release date has […]

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Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-boxGuardians of the Galaxy once again claimed the top spot at the box office and is now the highest grossing movie of the year in the US. To date, Guardians has earned $274.6 million in the US and $547.7 million worldwide. As mentioned previously, a sequel is already moving forward and a release date has been set for July 28th, 2017,

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took second place with $11.7 million and has earned $162.4 million in the US to date. A sequel is also in the works and will arrive in theaters on June 3rd, 2016. In fourth place is new entry As Above/So Below, which earned $8.3 million in its opening weekend. Pierce Brosnan’s The November Man was the other new movie at the box office and placed sixth with $7.6 million.

Next weekend sees the release of The Identical. Here’s a look at this weekend’s top ten:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $16,313,000
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $11,750,000
3. If I Stay – $9,260,000
4. As Above/So Below – $8,342,000
5. Let’s Be Cops – $8,200,000
6. The November Man – $7,660,000
7. When the Game Stands Tall – $5,650,000
8. The Giver – $5,253,000
9. The Hundred-Foot Journey – $4,603,000
10. The Expendables 3 – $3,500,000

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Indie Spotlight http://dailydead.com/indie-spotlight-127/ http://dailydead.com/indie-spotlight-127/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:22:26 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=82577 We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Out of the Dark, Travelogue of Horror, and The Hunted, a trailer for The Scribbler and The Pyramid, a look at The Walker Stalkers’s music video Talk Dead to Me, advanced […]

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Why-Horror-boxWe’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Out of the Dark, Travelogue of Horror, and The Hunted, a trailer for The Scribbler and The Pyramid, a look at The Walker Stalkers’s music video Talk Dead to Me, advanced screening details for L.A. Slasher, and much more:

Out of the Dark Release Details and Photos: “Vertical Entertainment and Participant Media today announced that Vertical has acquired U.S. rights to Participant’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, and slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release.

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.

Out of the Dark will be presented by Vertical in association with Participant Media and Image Nation. It is a production of Apaches Entertainment, Cactus Flower, and Fast Producciones, in association with Dynamo and XYZ Films. The film was Executive Produced by Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Roy Azout, and Nick Spicer, Produced by Belén Atienza, Cristian Conti, Enrique López Lavigne and Andrés Calderón from a screenplay by Alex Pastor & David Pastor, and Javier Gullón, and was directed by Lluís Quílez. Out of the Dark was shot on location in Colombia and is a Spanish-Colombian co-production.

“We are delighted to have our first affiliation with both Participant and XYZ Films”, said Vertical’s Co-President Rich Goldberg. “Out of the Dark is much more than it seems on the surface. We think it will surprise genre fans with its ability to reach beyond just the scares and great storytelling, and have a thought-provoking motif that will stay with them well after they see it.”

Goldberg and Peter Jarowey negotiated the deal for Vertical, with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films and Jeff Ivers for Participant. Bloom is handling international sales for Out of the Dark.”

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L.A. Slasher Teaser Trailer and Screening Details: “The much buzzed-about social satire “L.A Slasher” is set to open Salt Lake Comic Con, which runs between September 4th and 6th 2014. The film, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (“Girls Against Boys”, “The Alphabet Killer) will have a special advanced screening to open the festival and a midnight screening to close.

Salt Lake Comic Con is an epic pop culture convention event where a host of celebrities and fans interact. This year’s event will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“We are thrilled that such an iconic event will be screening our film,” says L.A. Slasher producer Jeffrey Wright.

The special advanced screening of “L.A Slasher” will include a panel. In attendance at the prestigious event will be the director, Martin Owen, producers Jeff Wright and Daniel Sollinger as well as the notable cast, which includes Eric Roberts, Brooke Hogan, Abigail Wright and Elizabeth Morris.

[Also] among the cast is Dave Bautista, who recently starred in the hit, “Guardian’s of the Galaxy”. Other stars that appear in the film include Danny Trejo, Mischa Barton, Andy Dick, Eric Roberts, Tori Black, Brooke Hogan, Marisa Lauren, and Drake Bell.

A new trailer has [also] been released for the up-and-coming film. The satire, which is making waves in social media, [was] recently picked up by Archstone Distribution to handle its international sales.

The film offers a tongue-in-cheek review of reality TV, and the undue admiration for people who are famous for simply being famous. In the feature, the L.A. Slasher publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars, while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them. “L.A. Slasher” explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent – purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior.”

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The Scribbler Release Details and Trailer: “The Scribbler – XLrator Media. In theaters, VOD and iTunes [on] September 19, 2014.

Cast: Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Imperioli, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Kunal Nayyar, Ashlynn Yennie, Eliza Dushku, and Billy Campbell. Written by Dan Schaffer, and directed by John Suits.”

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Release Date and Acquisition Announced for Faults: “In Faults, Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults and mind control. But Ansel’s specialty, deprogramming cult members and returning them to their families, is not an exact science, and a series of financial setbacks has left him in debt to his manager. Ansel warns Claire’s parents that his deprogramming methods are risky and expensive, but they agree to hire him to kidnap and deprogram their daughter. Claire quickly reveals herself to be a formidable challenge. Her belief is unshakeable and her logic is undeniable. A battle of wits develops between the two as they delve deeper and deeper into each other’s minds.

Following its world premiere at the 2014 SXSW earlier this year, the indie thriller “Faults” has been acquired by Screen Media Films for U.S. rights. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leland Orser, Beth Grant, Chris Ellis, Jon Gries and Lance Reddick and was written and directed by Riley Stearns, who makes his directorial debut. Suzanne Blech, President at Screen Media, plans to distribute the film on March 6, 2015 with a nationwide theatrical release plan that will be accompanied by a day-and-date VOD platform release.

Faults is written and directed by Riley Stearns, produced by Snoot Entertainment’s Keith and Jessica Calder along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The film was executive produced by Brian Joe, co-produced by Chris Harding and Roxanne Benjamin, with music composition by Heather McIntosh, cinematography by Michael Ragen, and editing by Sarah Beth Shapiro.

The deal was negotiated by Suzanne Blech, President, and Seth Needle, Director of Acquisitions & Marketing, at Screen Media, and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.”

For more information, visit the film’s Twitter page at: www.twitter.com/faultsmovie or Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/faultsthemovie

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First Trailer for The Pyramid: “The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.

The Pyramid enters theaters everywhere on December 5, 2014!

Directed by Grégory Levasseur, and Produced by Alexandre Aja, Mark Canton, and Chady Eli Mattar. Cast: Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O’Hare, Christa-Marie Nicola, and Amir K.”

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The Walker Stalkers’s ‘Talk Dead to Me’ Music Video Details: “The Walker Stalkers, James & Eric are proud to announce the WORLD PREMIERE of their TALK DEAD TO ME music video.

This is for fans by fans of The Walking Dead TV show. Music video features James and Eric – The Walker Stalkers and Walker Stalker Con Cosplayers Rick, Daryl, Eugene, Beth, Maggie, Abraham, Rosita, Carol, Lizzie, Mika and a couple of trumpet-playing boy zombies!”

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New Poster for Why Horror?: “Hold on to your heads, horror fans! The upcoming Canadian documentary feature Why Horror? now has a literally mind-blowing new poster courtesy of acclaimed horror artist Gary Pullin.

“I’ve been a fan of Gary’s work since I started reading Rue Morgue over 12 years ago, and being able to hire him for this poster is a dream come true,” says Tal Zimerman, the subject of the documentary. “I wanted to push Gary’s talent further than it had ever been pushed before to create a poster that not only grabbed people by the nuggets, but also one I’d want hanging on my walls. Gary exceeded every expectation by a million miles!”

The poster features images, themes, and interview subjects featured in the film.

Why Horror? is a co-production between Don Ferguson Productions and Super Channel and is set to premiere in Canada during the 2014 Halloween season.”

Why-Horror

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Travelogue of Horror Release Details: “Looking for a new angle on everyone’s favorite horror movies for Halloween? Check out Travelogue of Horror by Tony Urban. Join Tony on every horror buff’s dream road trip across the country hunting down the exact locations where his favorite movies were filmed.

Here is a travelogue for those whose idea of a perfect vacation doesn’t involve amusement parks and tourist traps, a guidebook for fans of horror and the macabre. Ride along with the author to ghoulish destinations, such as where fright flicks like Friday the 13th and Jaws were filmed, Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home, UFO crash sites, and macabre graves, to name a few. See the sites in over 70 vivid color photos. Fifteen states were visited from Maine to Georgia in search of iconic filming locations from movies such as The Exorcist, Silence of the Lambs, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Evil Dead. Along the way, monsters were hunted, vampire graves tracked down, a strange mix of paranormal and odd locations across the Eastern US were visited, and Stephen King was met. Hitch a ride, but remember that you never know what you might find–or what might find you!

Travelogue of Horror book launch party [was held] on August 29th.”

To purchase this item, or to learn more, go to: www.schifferbooks.com

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The Hunted DVD and VOD Release Date Announced: “The Hunted follows family-man, hunter, Jake, played by Josh Stewart, alongside his best friend Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) as they journey deep into the Appalachians of West Virginia on the hunt for a legendary buck. Chasing their dream of landing a television hunting show, the duo head into the dense, secluded mountains armed with only their bows and camera equipment. The friends quickly realize there is something else that stirs within the woods. Something that, turn by turn, begins to hunt them.

Written, directed and starring Stewart, The Hunted was inspired by the actor’s desire to spark his creativity and bring home his talent after spending months on the high-budget set of The Dark Knight Rises. Growing up in rural West Virginia, Stewart spent much of his youth fly-fishing and hunting in the sprawling woods where the film is set. An outdoorsman at heart, the first-time director made every effort to ensure the film would feel as authentic as possible to fellow hunters. Everything from the equipment, apparel and even safety measures were true to form – a quality only found on hunting shows, not in fictional work.

Before shooting began, the filmmakers reached out to the most respective hunting brands in the industry. Moved by Stewart’s passion and dedication to the sport, brand leaders Realtree, BowTech Archery, Scentblocker, Trophy Ridge, Leupold and Cabela’s quickly signed on to be a part of the project.

Cast: Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises, “No Ordinary Family”), Skipp Sudduth (“The Third Watch”, Ronin), Nikki Deloach (“Awkward” Love & Other Drugs), and Ronnie Gene Blevins (“Kingdom”, “Criminal Minds”).

The Hunted arriving on DVD and VOD September 9, 2014.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary with Josh Stewart and Producers, and “The True Story” Featurette.”

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First Details on The Gates of Misery: “The Gates of Misery is a horror anthology comic set in Mount Misery Cemetery. The comic features three unique tales of terror, each illustrating a different character’s journey to the grave and how their souls came to be trapped within the Gates of Misery. Issue #1 features tales by genre filmmakers Steven Kostanski (writer/director Manborg), Brandon Cronenberg (writer/director Antiviral), and Jon Knautz (writer/director Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer). Each story is illustrated by Matthew Therrien (Manborg: The Official Comic) and coloured by Shira Haberman (Manborg: The Official Comic).”

To learn more about this project, or how to support its progress, visit the comic’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thegatesofmisery or Twitter page at: www.twitter.com/Mt_Misery

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Northbound, Part II Episode Details: “In the second installment of stories that lead into the feature film “Northstar”, we return to Alex after he has found temporary shelter for his sick daughter, Crystal. But in this abandoned, post-cataclysm wilderness, he soon realizes he’s not the only survivor.”

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Sam Haynes’s Spine Chillers Release Details: “On September 13th, Sam Haynes will release his fourth studio album, and second album of 2014 “Spine Chillers.” This is Sam’s third Halloween themed LP and features dark electro horror instrumental music and ambient orchestral soundtrack music designed to give the listener maximum chills. Sam’s music is influenced by classic 70′s and 80s horror music including composers such as John Carpenter, Alan Howarth and Simon Boswell. The album has references to great horror icons, Zombies, Serial Killers, Ghosts, Carnival Clowns and creepy lullabies all make an appearance.

The CD artwork features original Halloween themed artwork from reknowned horror artist Kachenstein. Listeners will hear the influence of the of classic 70′s and 80′s horror, each song is designed to create an atmosphere. Sam’s music is used by Theme Parks and Horror movie producers worldwide to create chills and atmosphere. Welcome to the Horror Show, Sam’s 2013 album recently won a Frightee award for Best Halloween Song.

The new album not only provides a dark menacing atmosphere for haunted attractions and horror movies, it contains 19 unique and original Halloween songs that build on the traditional Halloween haunt music themes.

The CD is available for pre-order now and will be released on September 13th. Haunt Music will be releasing a limited edition black CD which can also be pre-ordered. Anyone pre-ordering the album will be entered into a draw to win the entire Sam Haynes back catalogue and Halloween treats!”

To pre-order this album, go to: www.samhaynes1.bandcamp.com or www.Hauntmusic.co.uk

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The Anatomy of Fear Novel Details: “During in-depth conversations with 21 horror and science-fiction film writers and directors, filmmakers Chris and Kathleen Vander Kaay get the inside story on the inspiration, creation, and behind-the-scenes experiences of box office blockbusters.

Horror movies have a shady reputation because of their flaws and eccentricities. Horror wants us to laugh when we’re uncomfortable, keep looking when we want to turn away, and live with a total lack of happy endings. Perhaps that’s why we respect these films as a subculture. And because no one expects horror films to toe the line, they get to flirt with madness and imperfection while making the most interesting, controversial observations.

That’s why this book exists. Part of the subject matter in horror films is blunt and graphic and doesn’t need further illumination. Other parts are brave, transgressive, explorative, and restless. While exploring these themes with 21 artists, Chris and Kathleen Vander Kaay uncover a surprisingly honest appraisal of the human psyche.

The Anatomy of Fear is essential reading for every horror movie buff!”

For more information on this novel, or to purchase it, visit: www.theanatomyoffear.com

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Scooby-Doo Takes on More Horror Icons in New Tribute Art, Including Alien, Chucky & Fright Night Vampires http://dailydead.com/scooby-doo-takes-horror-icons-new-tribute-art-including-alien-chucky-fright-night-vampires/ http://dailydead.com/scooby-doo-takes-horror-icons-new-tribute-art-including-alien-chucky-fright-night-vampires/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:59:54 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=82542 Scooby and the gang sleuth at their own risk, but the fiendish folks they run across in their “Lost Mysteries” will place them in unprecedented peril. A few weeks ago, we shared images depicting the cast of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! facing off against horror genre antagonists, and we’re back with a new set that includes […]

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Fright-Night-ScoobyScooby and the gang sleuth at their own risk, but the fiendish folks they run across in their “Lost Mysteries” will place them in unprecedented peril. A few weeks ago, we shared images depicting the cast of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! facing off against horror genre antagonists, and we’re back with a new set that includes Alien, Chucky, and the sharp-toothed trio from Fright Night.

In addition to the nine previously released pieces, these eleven new “Scooby-Doo Lost Mysteries” images were created by Travis Falligant, an artist who brilliantly captures iconic characters from film and television, particularly from the 1970′s, ’80′s, and ’90′s. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) to Scream, Travis pays homage to the horror genre through poster, T-shirt, and comic book panel designs that put new twists on old favorites. If you like his Scooby-Doo artwork and want to see what else Travis has crafted, visit:

This gallery comprises Travis’ new “Scooby-Doo Lost Mysteries” images, as well as those previously revealed (a big thanks to IBTrav Illustrations for the images!):

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Exclusive: Greg Nicotero Talks The Walking Dead Season 4′s Tree Walker http://dailydead.com/exclusive-greg-nicotero-talks-walking-dead-season-4s-tree-walker/ http://dailydead.com/exclusive-greg-nicotero-talks-walking-dead-season-4s-tree-walker/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:26:07 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=82534 Every year on The Walking Dead, Greg Nicotero and the talented team at KNB EFX raise the bar for makeup effects and Season 4 was no exception, with the Tree Walker being one of their most impressive zombies to date. When it came time to decide on the Season 4 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray case, it was an easy choice […]

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Tree-WalkerEvery year on The Walking Dead, Greg Nicotero and the talented team at KNB EFX raise the bar for makeup effects and Season 4 was no exception, with the Tree Walker being one of their most impressive zombies to date. When it came time to decide on the Season 4 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray case, it was an easy choice to go with the Tree Walker and Greg Nicotero told me how it started with Robert Kirkman’s script and ended up in Todd McFarlane’s hands:

“The Tree Walker was an amazingly descriptive piece of writing by Robert Kirkman. You don’t see a lot of the walker in the episode, but Robert described him as being in the woods and a tree fell over and landed on his legs. The tree pinned him there, so he’s been sitting there with vines and moss growing over him for the last year. I just loved the visual of it and, for the actual makeup itself, we dug a hole, buried the actor, and put fake legs and a chest prosthetic on him.

A lot of people don’t realize that we dig holes and hide the actor’s body for gags like this. I have a really funny picture of Scott Wilson standing next to the walker with police tape around it because we didn’t want people stepping on the actor that was in the hole underneath.

Each season, I work really closely with Todd McFarlane and talk about what the iconic moments and that was a really iconic walker that was featured in the Comic-Con trailer and the episode. A sculpture of that particular walker sitting against the tree was the wrap gift that I created for the crew. I gave McFarlane a copy of that sculpture for them to scan. McFarlane and I share that passion of making it something we’d want to buy and we had to make it as close to the show as possible. That’s why his toys are so successful and I was excited to see that character become the Blu-ray case. Who wouldn’t want that? It’s awesome!”

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