Daily Dead http://dailydead.com - Your Source for Daily Zombie, Horror, and Sci-Fi News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:13:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Dead 2 Interview with The Ford Brothers http://dailydead.com/dead-2-interview-ford-brothers/ http://dailydead.com/dead-2-interview-ford-brothers/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:12:22 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=84285 Recently arriving on Blu-ray and DVD in the US and coming soon to UK TV is The Dead 2, Howard and Jonathan Ford’s follow up to the 2010 African zombie movie. Now shifting focus to a new set of characters in India, the new location provided its own set of rewards and challenges, which The […]

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The-Dead-2Recently arriving on Blu-ray and DVD in the US and coming soon to UK TV is The Dead 2, Howard and Jonathan Ford’s follow up to the 2010 African zombie movie. Now shifting focus to a new set of characters in India, the new location provided its own set of rewards and challenges, which The Ford Brothers spoke about during a recent interview:

How do you two write? For example, does one pace the floor whilst the other types?

Jon: Ha that’s funny! You hit the nail on the head! Normally you will find Howard frantically writing away while I pace the room acting out the scenarios and shouting the lines like some demented theatre actor on steroids. The writing stage is one phase of the project where we work together very well. We are almost never in conflict with each other, each jumping in where the other got to in a particular scene but also bringing together our differing perspectives and weaving them together. We can’t always say the same for the actual shoot, but on The Dead there was normally some life threatening situation taking place, which does tend to add a bit of additional pressure.

Where did the idea for The Dead come from and why set it in a foreign location?

Howard: Jon had started writing script for The Dead, in the mid to late 1980s but we didn’t really push forward and finish the script until about 20 years later shortly before shooting the film. So in essence it is genuinely and old school zombie movie that just took a lot longer to reach the screen.

It was originally going to be shot in Morocco or somewhere like that but for those who don’t know The Ford brothers shoot TV commercials in between films. Anyway, while we were out on location in West Africa we came across places of unbelievable beauty and danger in equal measure. We realised the opportunities of setting this film in a place where no one has ever been or seen before, where there are no safe places to hide in or lock down, where survival is as dangerous as the zombies themselves. Also parallels can be drawn with starvation poverty and events like the Rwandan massacres, while investigating how other religions and cultures would react to such a pandemic.. That was when we realised we could make something really special and different.

The shoot for The Dead has been well documented and is famous for what went wrong as well as what went right. What is the most enduring memory you have form the making of it?

Jon: Yes the shoot itself has become quite famous for all the problems, but for me the more pleasant enduring memory is the driving. Even though I had contracted malaria and had what seemed like endless bouts of food poisoning and other tropical illnesses, so had lost about a third of my body weight. In fact I didn’t know if I would leave this place alive or not. Still as I drove across Ghana and Burkina Faso I will never forget the vast beauty of almost everywhere you look, words or even pictures cannot describe how stunning those places actually are. I though to myself if I die now, It was still nice to have seen such beauty.

Howard: For me it was the journey back from Ghana to Burkina Faso after the whole crew had flown out from Ouagadougou airport and I felt like ‘at least no one had actually died’ and suddenly the pressure was off my shoulders. It had felt like I had been carrying a crippling weight, no disrespect to the fantastic cast and crew but even though we were out of cash, food, without even enough fuel to get back to Ghana where I had to fly out from with the remaining cans of film, that journey was like entering heaven..

The actors are just superb and add much to the story, how did you go about casting the movie?

Jon: Thanks, yes the actors are great but all the more so for doing it in high stress and dangerous situations, or while actually suffering from malaria or typhoid while doing their art. I fondly remember Halimata, the woman with the baby, being so kind and supportive while actually dressing the fake baby and doing her costume herself, then with seconds left of light, delivering one of the greatest performances of terror I have ever seen!

Howard: We cast Rob Freeman in the UK where he was living at the time. In fact he lived virtually down the road from us which was nice as we were able to get to know him a bit and rehearse scenes together before flying out to Africa. We like to ‘know’ our key players personally rather than just meeting them in a casting session as it’s a big commitment to work together like this. We asked an ad agency we had worked with in Ghana to look for actors matching our description and Prince David Osei was one of the first we saw, It took all of one milli second to chose him. Strangely, we had worked with Prince before on an ad but just didn’t know it until he told us. We had both had our heads and shoulders covered during the commercial shoot in the heat of Africa and he thought we were Arabs so was very confused when we turned out to be Brits!

What sort of budget did you have as the effects are quite something?

Howard: We haven’t revealed this before but The Dead was actually shot for $150,000 which is ridiculously small for a movie shot on film in exotic locations around the world and we were advised not to mention this and others claimed the movie was shot for several million hence we missed out on any kudos for getting it in the can (literally the can, not a digital drive) for so little. To put that in context, another film that has been publicised on the basis it cost very little; ‘Monsters’ which is praised for being a low budget miracle shoot. It was apparently shot for $400,000 on digital with just 2 pro actors with a well-established production company lining things up and local support in each location as they went, which, don’t get me wrong, is still very impressive, but we had absolutely no back up at all and were trying to use as many physical special effects and real stunts as much as possible. Plus we were using our own money (life savings). It was a battle all the way financially and physically without any safety net at all.

Jon: The special effects are a big thanks to Dan Rickard and Max Van de Banks. What makes it really impressive is the total lack of budget resources and time. Most of the time the effects were created on the spur of the moment. It makes us laugh sometimes when you see awards being given to people who had all the money time and resources in the world. What Dan and Max achieved on virtually nothing is truly amazing! And this was after most of the fx materials had perished due to the 5 weeks we waited to get our equipment and props out of customs in Accra whilst they melted in the daily heat.

The Dead 2 is a stunning sequel which continues the story but in a different country, how did you stop yourselves from treading the same ground?

Howard: Thanks. With The Dead 2 we did talk about continuing with Murphy’s journey and even developed how it would continue, but eventually felt it best left for The Dead to stand on its own, if you excuse the pun. So new audiences could watch ‘The Dead 2’ without the need to have seen part 1. The film does continue time line wise and has other connections. but we also wanted to take people somewhere new , but equally beautiful and intriguing so following the pandemic as it spreads over from Africa to India intrigued us. The eagle-eyed viewer will notice there are some direct links to both films.

Jon: Also, by continuing in another continent we have the opportunity to enter into a different Culture, religion, characters and landscape. Neither of us is interested in repeating ourselves. It’s still a Ford brothers Dead movie which was made with heart, soul, sweat, blood and tears. We hope the audience appreciate that we risked our lives for both Dead movies and went to the limit and beyond. Whenever there is talk of a third Dead instalment we’re reluctant because we worry that if we keep throwing the dice our luck might run out. If there is enough support we’ll consider it but right now, unless people REALLY want us to go and possibly kill ourselves doing another, the poster in our heads has the tag line: ‘The Dead 3; Perish the thought…

Which do you prefer: running zombies or walking ones?

Jon: Running or walking zombies? Yes we get asked that quite a lot. We prefer slow but actually like both. They are so different that you almost can’t compare the two. Running zombies are action orientated and the scene will almost only ever be an action scene. With slow zombies you can build up a lot of suspense and tension which is ultimately more satisfying. I think the younger audience like the fast zombies as it gives instant gratification but later in life will grow to appreciate the slower ones. I suppose the sexual equivalent would be fast zombies cut straight to the orgasm while slow zombies ultimately build up to greater heights with plenty of foreplay.!

So what are you both working on at the moment?

Jon: I’ve written a revenge script that will shock and possibly offend in equal measure. It should be going into production within the year. The Dead was written and made because we wanted to see the film and the revenge movie has been written with the same philosophy. After watching film after film and being constantly unsatisfied you realize that sometimes if you want it done the way you like you have to do it yourself.

Howard: I’ve written a brutal thriller called ‘Never Let Go’ about a woman stopping at nothing to find her abducted child whilst on holiday in an unfamiliar location. I start shooting mid-September in Morocco, Spain and the States.

Jon: Hopefully whatever we do we can hit people in the heart and we will be supporting each other in these ventures and come together for other Ford Brothers Films too.

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We’ve included the official Blu-ray / DVD trailer below for Anchor Bay’s US release of The Dead 2. In the UK, it’s headed to the Horror Channel on Saturday, September 27th at 11:50pm.

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60th Anniversary 24-Karat Gold Godzilla Figure Worth Nearly $1.5 Million http://dailydead.com/60th-anniversary-24-karat-gold-godzilla-figure-worth-nearly-1-5-million/ http://dailydead.com/60th-anniversary-24-karat-gold-godzilla-figure-worth-nearly-1-5-million/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:29:46 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=84393 For 60 years, Godzilla has taken on threat after towering threat, wrestling with the likes of the massive Biollante, grappling with King Ghidorah, and bathing other colossal creatures in atomic fire. Now the Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka is honoring the scaly protector of the human race with a 24-karat gold figure worth nearly $1.5 million, […]

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Godzilla-gold-boxFor 60 years, Godzilla has taken on threat after towering threat, wrestling with the likes of the massive Biollante, grappling with King Ghidorah, and bathing other colossal creatures in atomic fire. Now the Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka is honoring the scaly protector of the human race with a 24-karat gold figure worth nearly $1.5 million, so start saving your allowance money.

Modeled after the King of Monsters’ appearance in the 1989 film, Godzilla vs. Biollante, Ginza Tanaka’s Godzilla statue is 15kg of pure, 24-karat gold. The collectible stands about 35cm tall, was released in late July and is currently on an exhibition tour of the Ginza Tanaka stores in Japan. The figure has been priced at 150 million yen, nearly $1.5 million US dollars. We have a look at the pure gold Godzilla statue below (thanks to Fashion Press for the image):

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A Nightmare on Elm Street All-Night Marathon to Haunt Los Angeles http://dailydead.com/nightmare-elm-street-night-marathon-haunt-los-angeles/ http://dailydead.com/nightmare-elm-street-night-marathon-haunt-los-angeles/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:02:01 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=84379 The City of Angels will be visited by the bastard son of 100 maniacs this Halloween season, as the Cinefamily is teaming up with the midnight movie mavens of Friday Night Frights to give the horror hounds of Hollywood a 35mm marathon of the original seven A Nightmare on Elm Street films. Coined “An All […]

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Freddy-2The City of Angels will be visited by the bastard son of 100 maniacs this Halloween season, as the Cinefamily is teaming up with the midnight movie mavens of Friday Night Frights to give the horror hounds of Hollywood a 35mm marathon of the original seven A Nightmare on Elm Street films.

Coined “An All Nighter on Elm Street”, the marathon will take place at The Cinfamily movie theatre beginning at 7:30pm on Friday, October 24th. In addition to screenings of the first six Elm Street films, Friday Night Frights is bringing in a number of special guests from the popular horror franchise, with Shock Till You Drop’s Ryan Turek recently announcing that A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors director Chuck Russell will be in attendance for the screening of his film.

Ticket information will be revealed next week by The Cinefamily.

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25 Photos from Annabelle http://dailydead.com/25-photos-annabelle/ http://dailydead.com/25-photos-annabelle/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:26:36 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=84401 Annabelle, the spin-off of The Conjuring, will be released to theaters on October 3rd, but you can get a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming horror movie right now with our gallery of 25 photos: “She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, […]

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Annabelle-boxAnnabelle, the spin-off of The Conjuring, will be released to theaters on October 3rd, but you can get a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming horror movie right now with our gallery of 25 photos:

“She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for Annabelle.

Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month.

New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “Annabelle” begins before the evil was unleashed.

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.

On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.”

“Annabelle Wallis (“X-Men: First Class”) and Ward Horton (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) star as the Forms. Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard (“Cross Creek,” “Twelve Years a Slave”) stars as Evelyn, a neighbor who owns a bookstore and is familiar with the occult. Rounding out the cast are Kerry O’Malley (TV’s “Those Who Kill”) and Brian Howe (“Devil’s Knot”) as neighbors Sharon and Pete Higgins; Tony Amendola (TV’s “Once Upon A Time”) as Father Perez; and Eric Ladin (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire,”) as Detective Clarkin.

“Annabelle” reunites the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller “The Conjuring.” James Wan, director of the global hit, is producing “Annabelle” with Peter Safran. John R. Leonetti, who served as cinematographer on “The Conjuring,” is directing.

Gary Dauberman wrote the script. Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Hans Ritter are the executive producers. Also joining Leonetti behind the scenes are director of photography James Kniest, production designer Bob Ziembicki, editor Tom Elkins, and costume designer Janet Ingram. Joseph Bishara composed the score.”

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American Horror Story: Freak Show Cast Portraits http://dailydead.com/american-horror-story-freak-show-cast-portraits/ http://dailydead.com/american-horror-story-freak-show-cast-portraits/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:57:08 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=84294 The old-school carny lifestyle is dying in the 1950’s setting of American Horror Story: Freak Show, but a new batch of photos shows Elsa Mars’ group of bizarre performers keeping old traditions—like the bearded lady and the muscleman—alive and well… for now. “American Horror Story (AHS) returns with an all-new gritty and gripping season, premiering […]

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AHS-FreakShow-portrait-boxThe old-school carny lifestyle is dying in the 1950’s setting of American Horror Story: Freak Show, but a new batch of photos shows Elsa Mars’ group of bizarre performers keeping old traditions—like the bearded lady and the muscleman—alive and well… for now.

“American Horror Story (AHS) returns with an all-new gritty and gripping season, premiering Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings). Season 4, Freak Show, is set in 1950s Juniper, FL, and centers around one of the last remaining freak shows of the time.

American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

From bearded ladies to Siamese twins, Freak Show features some of the series’ most familiar faces.

Emmy® Award-winning actress Jessica Lange returns as Elsa Mars, Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates plays Effil Darling, celebrated actress Angela Bassett is Desiree Dupree, Sarah Paulson will do double-duty as Siamese twins Bette and Dot Tattler, Evan Peters plays Jimmy Darling, and Emma Roberts is Maggie. Plus, AHS newcomer Michael Chiklis stars as Wendell Del Toredo, and joining the cast this season is John Carroll Lynch (Fargo), who will play a core villain.”

Check out our previous American Horror Story: Freak Show coverage:

Character portraits courtesy of Bloody Disgusting!

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The Dark Half and Monkey Shines Blu-ray Bonus Features Revealed http://dailydead.com/dark-half-monkey-shines-blu-ray-bonus-features-revealed/ http://dailydead.com/dark-half-monkey-shines-blu-ray-bonus-features-revealed/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:28:50 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=84384 Though he’s best known for his legions of the living dead, George A. Romero has captured other deadly forces with his camera, including a psychotic pseudonym come to life in The Dark Half (based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name) and a murderous primate in Monkey Shines. Scream Factory is bringing both films […]

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MonkeyShines-boxThough he’s best known for his legions of the living dead, George A. Romero has captured other deadly forces with his camera, including a psychotic pseudonym come to life in The Dark Half (based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name) and a murderous primate in Monkey Shines. Scream Factory is bringing both films to Blu-ray with bonus features, including new audio commentaries by Romero.

Press Release - “This fall, Scream Factory will release The Dark Half and Monkey Shines, two horror favorites from acclaimed director George A. Romero. Making their Blu-ray debuts on November 18th, 2014, each release also boasts brand new bonus features including all new audio commentaries with George A. Romero, new retrospective featurettes with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes and much more! In addition, fans who order their copies from ShoutFactory.com will have their order shipped three weeks early!

Monkey Shines
Allan Mann (Jason Beghe) is a bitter, angry and vengeful man ever since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He’s fed up with himself and everyone around him. All that changes when he’s given Ella, a monkey trained to meet his every need. But when Ella begins anticipating Allan’s thoughts, strange and deadly things start happening. And as she stalks and wreaks havoc on Allan’s fair-weather girlfriend (Janine Turner), incompetent doctor and meddling mother, Allan realizes he must stop the cunning maniacal creature…before she fully takes over his mind!
Monkey Shines stars Jason Beghe (Chicago Hope), Janine Turner (Northern Exposure), Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada), Kate McNeil (The House on Sorority Row).
Fans can pre-order their copy now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Monkey Shines Bonus Features

· New Audio Commentary with Writer/Director George A. Romero

· New An Experiment In Fear – The Making of “Monkey Shines” – An all-new retrospective with Writer/Director George A. Romero, actors Jason Beghe, John Pankow and Kate McNeil, Executive Producer Peter Grunwald, Special Make-Up Effects Creator Tom Savini, Special Make-Up Effects Assistants Greg Nicotero and Everett Burrell and Editor Pasquale Buba (49 minutes)

· Alternate Ending

· Deleted Scenes

· Behind-the-Scenes Footage

· Vintage “Making of MONKEY SHINES” plus additional interview clips

· Theatrical Trailers

· TV Spot

· Still Gallery

The Dark Half
Based on the best-selling book by Stephen King, The Dark Half tells the story of horror writer Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton), who hopes to distance himself from his murder novels and from George Stark, the name he has used to anonymously author them. To achieve this, he cooks up a murder of his own: a publicity stunt that should lay Stark to rest forever. But when the people around him are found gruesomely slain – and his own fingerprints dot the crime scenes – Beaumont is dumbfounded until he learns that Stark has taken on life of his own…and begun a gruesome quest for vengeance!
The Dark Half stars Timothy Hutton (Leverage, Ordinary People), Amy Madigan (Field of Dreams), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) and Julie Harris (The Haunting).
Fans can pre-order their copy now at ShoutFactory.com.

The Dark Half Bonus Features

· New Audio Commentary with Writer/Director George A. Romero

· New The Sparrows Are Flying Again!: The Making of “The Dark Half” – An all-new retrospective with Writer/Director George A. Romero, Producer Declan Baldwin, Actors Michael Rooker, Robert Joy, Rutanya Alda and John Amplas, Composer Christopher Young, Special Make-Up Effects Creators John Vulich and Everett Burrell, Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Kutchaver, Second Unit Director Tom Dubensky and Editor Pasquale Buba (36 Minutes)

· Deleted Scenes

· Animated Storyboards for the original ending

· Behind-the-Scenes Footage – Special Effects and On the Set

· Vintage “Making of THE DARK HALF” plus additional interview clips

· Theatrical Trailer

· TV Spot

· Still Gallery

Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment series in 2014 with specific release dates, extras and key art. Meanwhile, fans are encouraged to visit the Scream Factory website (www.screamfactorydvd.com), follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD) and Twitter (@Scream_Factory) or to view exclusive video content on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ScreamFactoryTV).

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 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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Stave Off Apocalyptic Hunger by Storing Sandwiches and Snacks in the Zombie Ammo Lunchbox http://dailydead.com/stave-hunger-storing-sandwiches-snacks-zombie-ammo-lunchbox/ http://dailydead.com/stave-hunger-storing-sandwiches-snacks-zombie-ammo-lunchbox/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:38:57 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=84232 Maybe you’ve thought of what weapons you would carry if a zombie apocalypse ever happened, but have you thought about how you would safely lug your lunch around a living dead landscape? The “brown bagging” option probably couldn’t endure the teeth and prying hands of a hungry horde, but the Zombie Ammo Lunchbox would likely […]

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zombie-ammo-lunchbox-boxMaybe you’ve thought of what weapons you would carry if a zombie apocalypse ever happened, but have you thought about how you would safely lug your lunch around a living dead landscape? The “brown bagging” option probably couldn’t endure the teeth and prying hands of a hungry horde, but the Zombie Ammo Lunchbox would likely survive such an onslaught.

From ThinkGeek, the Zombie Ammo Lunchbox is now available for $9.99. The lunchbox is made of metal, features a “Zombie Emergency Response Operations” logo on its side, and has a securable latch:

PERFECT STORAGE FOR A SURVIVAL KIT.

  • Looks like an ammo tin, but it holds your food
  • Can be used to hold any zombie or non-zombie related goodies
  • Let others know instantly that you’re part of the solution

The zombies are coming and they’re hungry for your brains. Or maybe that growling is your tummy, and it’s really YOU who are hungry. And not for brains, silly, but for lunch (unless, of course, your lunch involves brains). When you’re hungry like the undead and your stomach threatens to punch your face, what you need to grab is your Zombie Ammo Lunchbox!

Each Zombie Ammo Lunchbox looks like standard issue tactical gear for an official Zombie Emergency Response organization. But open up the top, and it’s ready to hold all your goodies. Use it for your lunch, as a sewing kit, for emergency conventions provisions, and all sorts of other fun things. What do we keep in our Zombie Ammo Lunchbox? Let’s see: sandwich, cheesy poofs, two napkins, and a rocket launcher. Just kidding – the rocket launcher is only a spoon for our pudding cup.

Product Specifications

  • A metal lunchbox which looks like a zombie-fighter-ready ammo tin
  • Top opens and secures with a latch
  • Top handle
  • Cool zombie prevention detailing all over the ammo box
  • Dimensions: approx. 7.9″ x 4.2″ x 5.8″ ”

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September 23rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Elvira, Halloween, StageFright http://dailydead.com/september-23rd-blu-ray-dvd-releases-include-elvira-halloween-stagefright/ http://dailydead.com/september-23rd-blu-ray-dvd-releases-include-elvira-halloween-stagefright/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:54:39 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=84364 This is a huge week for horror fans, as the highly anticipated Halloween box set arrives from Anchor Bay and Scream Factory to officially set the mood for autumn and begin the countdown to the spookiest day of the year. There are also several other fantastic Blu-ray and DVD collections joining the ranks of Michael […]

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Elvira-aThis is a huge week for horror fans, as the highly anticipated Halloween box set arrives from Anchor Bay and Scream Factory to officially set the mood for autumn and begin the countdown to the spookiest day of the year. There are also several other fantastic Blu-ray and DVD collections joining the ranks of Michael Myers as well, including Elvira, Jigsaw and Pazuzu!

One of my personal favorites, The Innocents, is also getting the hi-def treatment from Criterion this week, as well as the late 80’s cult classic StageFright, which is being released by Blue Underground. There are also a few new films getting released, including Wer, Found and the sci-fi thriller The Signal. Fans of Sonno Profondo will also be able to pick up a copy of the film on VHS this week too.

SPOTLIGHT TITLES:

Elvira’s Movie Macabre: The Coffin Collection (Entertainment One, DVD)

26 horrifying films on 13 DVD’s! Some just horrifyingly BAD. …Over 38 1/2 hours of frightful fun. Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark, hosts this frightfully funny collection of B-Movie horror classics with her own unique style, all delivered in this collectible tin coffin.

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Halloween: The Complete Collection Limited Edition Box Set (Anchor Bay/Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Halloween night – Haddonfield, IL. A young boy butchers his older sister with a kitchen knife. 15 years later, he escapes from a mental institution only to return home and terrorize the town, including babysitter Laurie Strode. Now pursued by Dr. Loomis, the doctor who tried to treat him until he realized that “what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.” His name is Michael Myers. And so began one of the most iconic horror franchises in history – what producers Moustapha Akkad and Debra Hill, writer/director John Carpenter and stars Jamie Lee Curtis & Donald Pleasence started has spawned 10 feature films and lasted over 35 years. Now, for the first time ever, experience the terror of every Halloween film available together in 1 set! This limited edition deluxe set includes 15 discs jammed with content Halloween fans will love. Brand new, never before seen bonus features including new interviews with cast and crew, commentaries, behind the scenes documentaries, and so much more. Plus, the NEVER BEFORE RELEASED Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers! The set also features both Blu-ray versions of Halloween as well as the Network TV versions of Halloween and Halloween 2. Here it is, the one that started it all – Halloween: The Complete Collection.

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The Innocents (Criterion Collection, Blu-ray & DVD)

Deborah Kerr stars in this “horrifying Gothic ghost tale” (Newsweek) based on Henry James’ “The Turn Of The Screw,’ a powerful psychological drama about innocence possessed by evil. Shortly after coming to live with orphans Flora and Miles in their dark, eerie mansion, the new governess (Kerr) mistakes their strange behavior for preciousness. But she soon comes to believe that the charming, beautiful children are possessed by evil, malicious spirits – the souls of their previous governess and estate manager who are now dead. With its shocking conclusion and sinister cinematic effects. The Innocents “catches an eerie, spine-chilling mood right from the start” (Variety) that never lets up.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES include a New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray, Audio commentary featuring cultural historian Christopher Frayling, New interview with cinematographer John Bailey on director of photography Freddie Francis and the look of the film, Archival interviews with editor James Clark, Francis, and script supervisor Pamela Francis, Trailer and More!

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StageFright (Blue Underground, Blu-ray & DVD)

While a group of young actors rehearse a new musical about a mass murderer, a notorious psychopath escapes from a nearby insane asylum. But when the shows director locks his cast in the theater overnight, the madman is accidentally locked inside as well. Now, a killer with acting in his blood has gone berserk for the blood of actors (including several scenes that EuroHorror fans worldwide consider to be the most violent of the decade) and the stage is set for one unforgettable evening of shock! An all-new Special Edition Blu-ray!

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ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology (Warner Home Video, Blu-ray & DVD)

Found (Xlrator, DVD)

Halloween: The Complete Collection (Anchor Bay/Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher (Whacked Movies, DVD)

Paranormal Captivity (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)

Saw: The Complete Movie Collection (Lionsgate, Blu-ray/Digital HD, DVD/Digital)

The Signal (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)

Sonno Profondo Limited Edition VHS Red Tape (Brink, VHS)

Wer (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)

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Heather’s Favorite Things About Halloween: The Complete Collection (Deluxe Edition) http://dailydead.com/heathers-favorite-things-halloween-complete-collection-deluxe-edition/ http://dailydead.com/heathers-favorite-things-halloween-complete-collection-deluxe-edition/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:39:36 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=84356 The long wait for Halloween fans is almost over- Scream Factory and Anchor Bay’s stunning box set, Halloween: The Complete Collection, finally arrives tomorrow and I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity recently to immerse myself in all things Michael Myers in order to take a look at what they put together for […]

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Halloween-Blu-rayThe long wait for Halloween fans is almost over- Scream Factory and Anchor Bay’s stunning box set, Halloween: The Complete Collection, finally arrives tomorrow and I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity recently to immerse myself in all things Michael Myers in order to take a look at what they put together for their definitive Deluxe Edition Blu-ray set.

While I believe that The Complete Collection is absolutely a worthy addition to any fan’s home entertainment library, I know that there are some concerns out there from Halloween fans that buying the pricey set means they are forced to re-buy several of the franchise’s titles once again (especially considering most of the Halloween films already celebrated their individual releases in high-def over the last two years). That sentiment is true to a certain degree but, as a fan, I couldn’t imagine not picking up the box set just based on the inclusion of Halloween 6: The Producer’s Cut alone, which is pretty much the holy grail for all of us Haddonfield enthusiasts out there. The set also features all-black Blu-ray boxes (something I thought was a nice touch), an in-depth booklet that discusses the entire franchise and its importance to the genre as a whole and also includes some really incredible new featurettes on several of the Halloween films too, with a few odds and ends included on the bonus disc (interviews, deleted footage, etc.) that no doubt will be of interest as well.

So rather than do a formal review of Halloween: The Complete Collection, I thought it might be kind of fun to take a look at some of my very favorite things about this new box set in order to give fans a taste of what they can expect when they finally bring Michael home for themselves on September 23rd.

As mentioned, the biggest reason to pick-up the Deluxe Edition of Halloween: The Complete Collection has got to be the new version of Halloween 6 which has also been fully restored and looks incredible. I had seen this version of the film previously at the HMAD Los Angeles screening months ago and while I certainly enjoyed myself, this new transfer is a total revelation. All the new footage has been color-timed and cleaned up to flow perfectly with the theatrical cut’s footage and the sound mix is impeccable. Scream and Anchor Bay really outdid themselves on this one, folks. And as far as the film itself is concerned, I’ve always been an apologist for the theatrical version of Halloween 6 (maybe because I saw it had these really fantastic glimpses of genius buried deep within it) but The Producer’s Cut is undeniably a much stronger and far more atmospheric sequel that not only gives Donald Pleasance a much more fitting sendoff but also treats the character of Jamie Lloyd with a lot more reverence, which I preferred as a longtime fan of the character.

Halloween 6: The Producer’s Cut also gets the special features treatment as well with an incredibly thorough look back at production from those involved with the project by way of several featurettes. It would have been nice to have some of the new Halloween 6 interviews assembled together into one cohesive video but overall, there’s a lot of interesting tidbits shared here, especially the interview with Danielle Harris who went through hell and fought to be part of Curse, only to be relegated to a day performer which sadly forced the actress to then exit the project before it began shooting. For any fan out there who has always wondered what happened with Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers and how we ended up with two very different visions of the film, look no further as The Complete Collection answers all your questions and provides tons of insight into the film’s storied production.

Halloween: The Complete Collection also offers up several new engaging and in-depth featurettes on Halloween 4, Halloween 5 and Halloween H20 which are totally worth sitting down and checking out if you’re a fan of these sequels in particular. Key cast and crew members are rounded up from each film and reflect on their experiences working on their respective films. And I must say, I have a newfound respect for Halloween H20 after watching these interviews (and listening to the commentary- more on that soon) because it’s only now that I fully realize how truly special that film is and how much it related to and celebrated both the original Halloween and Halloween II.

In regards to commentaries, there are two new tracks included in Halloween: The Complete Collection for John Carpenter’s Halloween and for Halloween H20 that I thoroughly enjoyed. The new Halloween commentary features DP Dean Cundey, Tommy Lee Wallace (who edited the film and was heavily involved with production on the original and several of the Halloween sequels) and Nick Castle who portrayed “The Shape” (and went on to become a filmmaker as well) and is an insightful conversation on some of the more technical aspects of Halloween. Fans of the filmmaking process will undoubtedly enjoy this commentary as it does a nice job of discussing some of the tricks Carpenter and his crew used to make Halloween over 35 years ago now and there are a bunch of fun anecdotes shared between the trio as well that were very entertaining and enjoyable.

The new commentary for Halloween H20 features director Steve Miner and Jamie Lee Curtis and while it may not necessarily be as technically informative as the previously mentioned, the stories and memories shared here between Miner and Curtis for H20 are absolutely priceless, making the commentary a loving tribute to the 1998 sequel.

All in all, there’s a wealth of awesomeness that awaits horror fans in Halloween: The Complete Collection and for those of you who have been waiting a long time for an entire franchise-spanning box set, you will not be let down by what awaits you on September 23rd. This collection is truly THE definitive release of these films and will undoubtedly make for some perfect viewings this upcoming Halloween season.

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Event Coverage: Universal Studios’ Eyegore Awards & Halloween Horror Nights http://dailydead.com/event-report-universal-studios-eyegore-awards-halloween-horror-nights/ http://dailydead.com/event-report-universal-studios-eyegore-awards-halloween-horror-nights/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:38:22 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=84288 This past Friday, Daily Dead took part in all the madness and mayhem over at Universal Studios Hollywood as they kicked off the Halloween season in style with the 2014 Eyegore Awards as well as the opening night for Halloween Horror Nights, which featured more mazes and frights for attendees than ever before. During the […]

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HHN-zombThis past Friday, Daily Dead took part in all the madness and mayhem over at Universal Studios Hollywood as they kicked off the Halloween season in style with the 2014 Eyegore Awards as well as the opening night for Halloween Horror Nights, which featured more mazes and frights for attendees than ever before.

During the Eyegore ceremony, horror legends and icons John Landis, Greg Nicotero, Robert Rodriguez and Slash were all presented with awards honoring their vast contributions to the world of genre filmmaking. After the show wrapped up, we headed out into the Universal Studios theme park to see what Creative Director John Murdy had up his sleeve this year for Halloween Horror Nights.

Hands down, 2014 may be one of the finest years in the history of HHN- the mazes and scare zones this year were all incredibly ambitious across the board and there were far more hits than misses in regards to the quality of Horror Nights’ haunted attractions. I personally loved the Alien vs. Predator and An American Werewolf in London mazes and even had the opportunity to tour both of them twice, which gave me a chance to soak in all the details that Murdy and his crew peppered throughout their work in each maze. I also had a lot of fun with The Walking Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn and Clowns 3D, although all three ended up being a little more crowded, which made it harder to stop and take everything in. That being said, the mazes were all extremely effective and I dug the skin-crawling wackiness of Clowns 3D immensely.

For those of you out there thinking about checking out Halloween Horror Nights, a few recommendations that I have for making your way through the park and getting the most bang for your buck:

  • Get there early. Gates open up around 6:30 and the security line can take a while so it’s worth getting a jump start so you can get to as many of the mazes as possible.
  • Head downstairs first; most of the time people get caught up on the entry level of Universal Studios, which means the mazes downstairs fill up a little more slowly at the start of the night. Head down here first and you’ll spend less time waiting in line.
  • Consider purchasing the Front of Line Pass. I’m not someone who enjoys spending money just for the sake of spending money, but when it comes to Horror Nights, the only way to hit up all the mazes in one evening is with the Front of Line Pass. Most wait lines average at around 80 minutes (there were a few exceptions on Opening Night) and the wait for The Walking Dead was around 130 minutes at midnight. Check out the site to see which nights have discounted Front of Line passes- that’s a great way to hang onto a few extra bucks too!
  • And finally, order your tickets ahead of time because HHN often does sell out, especially on Saturday night.

Overall, the opening night celebration at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights felt like a great start to the haunt season as the park offered up tons of frights and chills, amazing production design, top-notch scare actors and numerous masterfully executed mazes that managed to provide numerous jolts and caused me to scream more times than I’d probably care to admit.

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