Daily Dead http://dailydead.com - Your Source for Daily Zombie, Horror, and Sci-Fi News Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:48:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 April 21st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Escape From New York, Ghoulies, Everly http://dailydead.com/april-21st-blu-ray-dvd-releases-include-escape-from-new-york-ghoulies-everly/ http://dailydead.com/april-21st-blu-ray-dvd-releases-include-escape-from-new-york-ghoulies-everly/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:48:13 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=98605 April 21st is another big day for genre fans looking to add to their home entertainment collections, as we’ve got a bounty of titles heading our way this Tuesday. The good folks over at Scream Factory are keeping busy with the release of several great Blu-rays, including their Collector’s Edition of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York […]

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April 21st is another big day for genre fans looking to add to their home entertainment collections, as we’ve got a bounty of titles heading our way this Tuesday. The good folks over at Scream Factory are keeping busy with the release of several great Blu-rays, including their Collector’s Edition of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and their Ghoulies double feature. Joe Lynch’s Everly and the film fest sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night are also making their way to Blu-ray and DVD this week, and we’ve got a TON of indie titles arriving Tuesday to look forward to, including the latest from the great Jeffrey Combs, Motivational Growth.

Escape from New York (Collector’s Edition) (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and the mind-blowing vision of lone warrior Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) battling his way out of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan! 

In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the US president (Donald Pleasence) crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken (Russell). But time is short. In 24 hours, an explosive device implanted in his neck will end Snake’s mission, and his life, unless he succeeds!

DISC ONE includes NEW 2K High Definition scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative, NEW Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau and directory of photography Dean Cundey, Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell, and Audio Commentary by producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves.

DISC TWO includes NEW Big Challenges in Little Manhattan: The Visual Effects of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, NEW Scoring the Escape: A Discussion with composer Alan Howarth, NEW On Set with John Carpenter: The Images of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK with photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker, NEW I Am Taylor: an interview with actor Joe Unger, NEW My Night on the Set: an interview with filmmaker David DeCoteau, Deleted Scene: The Original Opening Bank Robbery Sequence, Return to Escape from New York Featurette, Theatrical Trailers, and Photo Galleries – Behind-the-Scenes, Posters and Lobby Cards.

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Everly (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

An intense action thriller centered on a down-on-her-luck woman (Salma Hayek) trapped in her apartment, forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her former lover - a dangerous mob boss who wants her dead after he learns she no longer is loyal to him. Desperate to be reunited with her mother and young daughter, she fights to stay alive fending off Yakuza assassin soldiers.

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Ghoulies/Ghoulies II Double Feature (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

A Gruesome Twosome of Ghoulies! 

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Take a creepy old Hollywood mansion, a naive young man and a pretty girl. Add an over-the-top orgy and some slimy, winged goblins who crawl out of toilets, and you have Ghoulies, a horrifying and hilarious ride into the darkest regions of hell! Conjured during a party thrown by the mansion’s new owner, the hairy, fanged demons waste no time wreaking havoc on the scene: and declaring the unsuspecting owner their new lord and master! Peter Liapis (Ghost Warrior), Lisa Pelkin (Jennifer), Michael Des Barres (Waxwork II, Under Siege) and Jack Nance (Eraserhead, Twin Peaks) star in this fanged frenzy of sharp twists and eye-popping shocks that’ll get you where it counts!

Special features include Audio Commentary with director/co-writer Luca Bercovici, New interviews with executive producer Charles Band, composer Richard Band, actor Michael Des Barres and special effects makeup artist John Vulich, and Original Theatrical Trailer.

GHOULIES II 

The demonic, toilet-dwelling goblins are back! Stowed away in Satan's Den, the traveling House of Horror operated by carnival workers Larry and Uncle Ned, the Ghoulies merrily devour the sideshow attraction’s patrons... until Larry realizes his horror house is for real and tries to flee the scene! Deliciously outrageous special effects and over-the-top antics ratchet up the horrific fun! Kerry Remsen (Pumpkinhead), Phil Fondacaro (Troll), William Butler (1990’s Night Of The Living Dead) and Royal Dano (Big Bad Mama) star in this creepy, crawly sequel that’s got every bit as big a bite as the original!

Special features include New interviews with executive producer Charles Band, actor Donnie Jeffcoat, actress Kerry Remsen and special effects artist Gino Crognale, Rare Deleted Scenes and Original Theatrical Trailer.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Kino Lorber, Special Collector’s Edition Blu-ray & DVD)

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the town’s most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom...blood red.

The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.

Special Features include Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Collectible Graphic Novels with essay by Eric Kohn, Deleted Scenes, Q&A Hosted by Roger Corman at the Hammer Museum, part of MoMA's Contenders Series. Stills Gallery, Trailer, VICE Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, VICE Meets Ana Lily Amirpour and Sheila Vand.

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ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

Arachnoquake (MTI Home Video, Blu-ray & DVD)

Auteur (Auteur, DVD)

Bedlam (Lionsgate, DVD/Digital)

Blood Slaughter Massacre (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)

Chillers (IMD Films, DVD)

The Coven (4 Digital Media, DVD)

Deep in the Darkness (Shout! Factory, Blu-ray & DVD)

The Mothman’s Curse (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)

Motivational Growth (Parade Deck Films, Blu-ray & DVD)

My Demon Within (Unearthed Films, DVD)

Nothing Sacred (Tomcat Releasing, DVD)

The Pigman Murders (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)

Satan’s Cheerleaders: Special Edition (VCI Entertainment, DVD)

Shelter (IMD Films, DVD)

Sorrow (Brink, DVD)

Territory 8 (Phase 4 Films, DVD)

Wake Before I Die (Parade Deck Films, DVD)

The Walking Deceased (Arc Entertainment, DVD)

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James Wan to Produce The Entity (1983) Remake http://dailydead.com/james-wan-to-produce-the-entity-1983-remake/ http://dailydead.com/james-wan-to-produce-the-entity-1983-remake/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:26:50 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=98598 You might remember The Entity from when it first haunted the big screen in 1983, telling the supposedly true life tale of Doris Bither, a woman who claimed she was sexually abused by a supernatural presence. It's now been announced that The Entity is being reimagined in a remake produced by James Wan and Roy […]

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You might remember The Entity from when it first haunted the big screen in 1983, telling the supposedly true life tale of Doris Bither, a woman who claimed she was sexually abused by a supernatural presence. It's now been announced that The Entity is being reimagined in a remake produced by James Wan and Roy Lee, with two notable horror movie scribes set to write the script.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Entity remake will be penned by Chad and Carey Hayes, the brothers behind the respective screenplays of The Conjuring (and its upcoming sequel), 2005's House of Wax, and The Reaping. No director is attached to the project at this time.

In 1983's The Entity, directed by Sidney J. Furie, "Barbara Hershey played Moran while Ron Silver played a doctor who believes the woman is actually abusing herself and experiencing delusions brought about by a troubled past. Also figuring into the proceedings was a young son, a boyfriend, and two parapsychologists."

Wan looks to start shooting The Conjuring 2 (also known as The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, a title hinting at the spectral troubles of England's Hodgson family in the late 1970s) this fall from a screenplay by the Hayes brothers. Lee, meanwhile, produced the upcoming Poltergeist remake and is one of the producers on the new adaptation of Stephen King's IT, slated to begin filming this summer. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details on The Entity remake.

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The Human Centipede Film Festival to Take Place in New York http://dailydead.com/the-human-centipede-film-festival-to-take-place-in-new-york/ http://dailydead.com/the-human-centipede-film-festival-to-take-place-in-new-york/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:38:48 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=98592 First there were three, then there were ten, and now filmmaker Tom Six is looking to make a human centipede comprising 500 unwilling participants in his upcoming third extreme take on body horror. The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) hits theaters this May, and fans of the franchise living in upstate New York can experience Six's […]

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First there were three, then there were ten, and now filmmaker Tom Six is looking to make a human centipede comprising 500 unwilling participants in his upcoming third extreme take on body horror. The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) hits theaters this May, and fans of the franchise living in upstate New York can experience Six's entire trilogy on the evening of May 31st, as all three Human Centipede films will play back-to-back-to-back at Syracuse's Palace Theatre (home of the Salt City Horror Fest).

"What:

Human Centipede Film Festival

Upstate Premiere of Human Centipede part 3: Full Sequence

Human Centipede part 1 - 6:30pm

Human Centipede part 3 - 8:15pm

Human Centipede part 2 - 9:45pm

May 31st:

Doors open at 6pm/
$15 / 17 and over only / One price includes all films/ Full HD projection/ tickets at the door

Where:

The Palace Theater
2384 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13206"

To learn more, visit:

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"I'm not afraid." "That's what worries me." Out of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim comes the official season two trailer for Star Wars Rebels, featuring Kanan and Ezraa being relentlessly pursued by a familiar foe: Darth Vader. We also take a look at miniature ice cube sculptures of Godzilla and the great white shark from Jaws.

Star Wars Rebels Season 2: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 kicks off this summer on Disney XD with a one-hour TV movie special, followed by new episodes in the fall.

The voice cast for Star Wars Rebels Season 2 includes Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, Taylor Gray, David Oyelowo, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

"Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, “Star Wars Rebels” unfolds between the events of Star Wars Episodes III and IV and tells the story of the motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost who together face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries and embark on thrilling adventures. In its second season, “Star Wars Rebels” will feature recurring appearances by fan-favorite characters including Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano."

Poster via IGN:

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Godzilla and Jaws Ice Cubes: From the TBWA/Hakuhodo advertising agency on behalf of Suntory Whisky, these 3D miniature ice cube sculptures of Godzilla and Jaws add some cinematic magic to your beverage while keeping it cool.

Photos courtesy of Adweek via Geek.com:

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Stanley Film Festival Announces Visionary Award Recipient, Panels and Jurors http://dailydead.com/stanley-film-festival-announces-visionary-award-recipient-panels-and-jurors/ http://dailydead.com/stanley-film-festival-announces-visionary-award-recipient-panels-and-jurors/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:39:10 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=98588 We're less than two weeks away from the start of the Stanley Film Festival and it's been officially announced that Tom Quinn will be the recipient of their Visionary Award. We also have details on the festival's panels and jurors: April 20, 2014 (Denver, CO) - The Stanley Film Festival (SFF) produced by the Denver Film Society […]

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We're less than two weeks away from the start of the Stanley Film Festival and it's been officially announced that Tom Quinn will be the recipient of their Visionary Award. We also have details on the festival's panels and jurors:

April 20, 2014 (Denver, CO) - The Stanley Film Festival (SFF) produced by the Denver Film Society (DFS) and presented by Chiller, announced today it will honor Tom Quinn, co-president of RADiUS-TWC as its 2015 Visionary Award Winner. Quinn is behind this year’s breakout horror title It Follows as well as other genre heavy hitters such as Snowpiercer, Blue Ruin and Only God Forgives. The Visionary award is given to a figure in contemporary horror who is making forward-thinking contributions that elevate the genre and provides a platform for new, innovative artists to create work. Previous recipients include Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood, co-founders of SpectreVision (2014) and Eli Roth (2013). Quinn, along with Jason Janego, founded RADiUS which is the boutique label from the Weinstein Company (TWC).

“Mr. Quinn is the catalyst behind some of the most groundbreaking titles in modern horror,” says Denver Film Society Festival Director, Britta Erickson. “Not only does his work elevate the genre, he has been at the forefront of providing unique and innovative platforms for distribution that are changing the industry.”

His credits include Let the Right One In, House of the Devil, The ABC’s of Death, and The Host, as well as SFF titles Aftershock, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and this year’s Goodnight Mommy and When Animals Dream. Quinn also created the genre label Magnet Releasing.  An in-room channel at the Stanley Hotel will be dedicated to showcasing Quinn’s impressive body of work. The Visionary Award will be presented at the Horror Awards Brunch on Sunday Morning.

Additional awards given at the brunch include the winners of the Short Film Jury Prize. The Short Film Jury is comprised of Col Needham,founder and CEO of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world, Jen Yamato, Entertainment Report for The Daily Beast, and Adam Krentzman, Director of Community Outreach CreativeFuture. Jurors will also award the winner of the Stanley Dean’s Cup, a student showcase of short films, where two films, one local short and one non-local short, will be awarded a cash prize. Stanley Dean’s Cup winners will be presented after the program ends early Sunday afternoon.

Award recipients and jurors will also participate in a variety of panels on Saturday, May 2 focusing on the business and future of horror as part of the SFF Program. Four panels round out the day;  Visionary Distribution - Tom Quinn will discuss his history of championing great genre cinema and uniquely shepherding them into the world through the lens of his most recent hit, It Follows, Selling Screams – The Business of Indie Horror, Scare Tactics – Creativity in Modern Horror, and Fear of the Unknown – Horror of the Future. Fear of the Unknown will focus on virtual reality and the next generation's experience with horror storytelling. SFF attendees can experience this phenomenon throughout the weekend with Catatonic – A Virtual Reality Experience.

All panels and Catatonic are free and open to the public. Individual tickets and the full program are available at www.stanleyfilmfest.com.

Registration is now open for Dead Right Horror Trivia & the Horror Immersion Game. To register for either experience, please visit: www.stanleyfilmfest.com

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

2015 Stanley Film Festival Sponsors:

PRESENTING: Chiller; HOST VENUES: The Stanley Hotel, Reel Mountain Theater, Historic Park Theater; GOVERNMENT: Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, Town of Estes Park; MEDIA: Badass Digest, Fangoria, Shock Til You Drop, Daily Dead, Bloody Disgusting, IndieWire, Crave Online; COMMUNITY: 13th Floor Haunted House, Telluride Horror Show, Estes Park Shuttle; EVENT: Ghost Pines, Kronenbourg ; FESTIVAL FRIENDS: Zerosun Pictures, Fandor, Scream Factory!, CEAVCO Audio Visual

 

ABOUT TOM QUINN

Tom Quinn is credited with having created a new distribution paradigm for such groundbreaking films as SNOWPIERCER and IT FOLLOWS, while simultaneously championing a traditional distribution model for back-to-back Oscar winners 20 FEET FROM STARDOM and CITIZENFOUR.

He is the co-president of RADiUS, the boutique distribution label of the Weinstein Company.

In addition to the Academy Award winning CITIZENFOUR and 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, RADiUS films also include Academy Award nominee CUTIE & THE BOXER, record setting BACHELORETTE, SNOWPIERCER, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, INEQUALITY FOR ALL, Errol Morris’ THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, FED UP and BLUE RUIN among others.

Previously, Tom spent more than seven years at Magnolia Pictures as senior vice-president and head of acquisitions. He created Magnet Releasing, Magnolia’s genre arm; the Six Shooter series; and the annual Oscar Shorts program. He also helped launch Drafthouse Films by partnering on their first release, FOUR LIONS. Over his career, Tom has acquired and distributed over 200 films including MAN ON WIRE, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, FOOD INC, JESUS CAMP, ONG BAK, COCAINE COWBOYS, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI and FREAKONOMICS. Tom is also a programmer, having worked for Philadelphia, Atlanta, Woodstock and ActionFest, a festival he was instrumental in creating.

Prior to joining Magnolia, he was at Samuel Goldwyn for seven years, eventually becoming vice-president of acquisitions, where he was responsible for acquiring RAISING VICTOR VARGAS and SUPER SIZE ME. His first industry job was working in domestic film publicity for Nancy Willen at Dennis Davidson Associates.

 

JURORS

Col Needham, Founder and CEO, IMDB

Col Needham is the founder and CEO of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world. Born and living in the UK, Col has had a lifelong interest in both technology and movies. IMDb grew out of a personal database of movie information which Col created as a teenager, combined with similar data collected on the Internet in the late 1980s/early 1990s. IMDb incorporated in January 1996 with the volunteers as shareholders and IMDb became a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com in April 1998. Col continues in his original role to this day, working from an office in Bristol with IMDb staff members in countries around the world. To learn more about IMDb or Col Needham, go to: www.imdb.com/press

Jen Yamato, Entertainment Reporter, The Daily Beast

Jen Yamato covers entertainment for The Daily Beast in Los Angeles. She has served as an editor and reporter at Deadline Hollywood, Movieline, and Rotten Tomatoes, among other publications, and as a chief film critic at Movies.com.

Adam Krentzman, Director of Community Outreach, CreativeFuture

For 25 years, Adam Krentzman has been involved in the packaging, producing and financing on over 50 feature films. At the Creative Artists Agency, Adam served as a motion picture agent representing Hollywood’s top directors, producers, and writers and was part of a small team involved in the international financing and packaging for all CAA clients. Adam has taught or lectured at numerous universities worldwide and he is currently a part-time professor at Columbia College Hollywood. He is on the Board of the Telluride Film Festival and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

 

PANELS:

  • SELLING SCREAMS: THE BUSINESS OF INDIE HORROR

Saturday May 2, 12:00pm

Learn the secrets of the trade in this passionate discussion of the grueling work of producers, sales agents, buyers and fans who make independent horror thrive. Panelists: Roxanne Benjamin (Producer, V/H/S, V/H/S/2), Nate Bolotin (Partner, XYZ Films), Daniel Noah (Producer, SpectreVision), Ryan Turek (Director of Development, Blumhouse) Moderator: Eric Kohn (Indiewire)

  • VISIONARY DISTRIBUTION: A CONVERSATION WITH RADIUS-TWC CO-PRESIDENT TOM QUINN

Saturday May 2, 1:30pm

2015 Visionary Award Recipient Tom Quinn discusses his history of championing great genre cinema - including LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and THE HOST - and uniquely shepherding them into the world as with the recent highly innovative release strategy behind current horror breakout title IT FOLLOWS.

  • SCARE TACTICS: CREATIVITY IN MODERN HORROR

Saturday May 2, 2:30pm

In a genre often clogged with cliché and unoriginality, new auteurs emerge with gruesome ideas and innovative executions that keep the scares fresh and unique. Learn how these exciting voices keep their vision alive while navigating the studio system.

Panelists: Karyn Kusama (THE INVITATION, JENNIFER’S BODY), Todd Strauss-Schulson (THE FINAL GIRLS), Leigh Whannell (INSIDIOUS CH. 3, writer of SAW 1-3 and the INSIDIOUS franchise)

Moderator: Sam Zimmerman (Shock Till You Drop)

  • FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN: HORROR OF THE FUTURE

Saturday, May 2, 4:00pm

Hear from the virtual reality, immersive theater, and interactive game designers pioneering the next generation's experience with horror storytelling as they embrace an audience's increasing thirst for new adventure with rapid advancements of technology.

Panelists: Jon Braver (Creator, Delusion), Julian McCrea (Founder, Portal Entertainment), Guy Shelmerdine (Director, Catatonic)

Moderator: Devin Faraci (Badass Digest)

About Catatonic – A Virtual Reality Experience

Directed by Guy Shelmerdine, CATATONIC is an immersive journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror thrill ride. Participants will be ushered in by a nurse and fitted with a Samsung Gear headset and headphones for a 360° 3D immersive experience building to a cacophony of terror and depravity one has to experience to believe.

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Blu-ray Review: The Beyond http://dailydead.com/blu-ray-review-the-beyond/ http://dailydead.com/blu-ray-review-the-beyond/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:47:55 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=98575 Lucio Fulci’s 1980 film The Beyond is largely regarded as his masterpiece, and it’s hard to disagree with that sentiment. The Italian filmmaker had a long and varied career working across a number of genres, including fantasy, westerns and, most famously and frequently, horror. The Beyond finds him in total control of both his obsessions […]

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Lucio Fulci’s 1980 film The Beyond is largely regarded as his masterpiece, and it’s hard to disagree with that sentiment. The Italian filmmaker had a long and varied career working across a number of genres, including fantasy, westerns and, most famously and frequently, horror. The Beyond finds him in total control of both his obsessions and his abilities, blending his penchant for nightmare logic, abstract formalism and, of course, gushy, gushy gore. Fulci gotta Fulci.

It’s practically useless to try and explain the movie’s plot, as this isn’t a movie that’s contingent on story. Any attempt to understand what’s really going on will more than likely lead to further frustration; better to let the images and tone of the thing wash over you. It begins with the murder of a man at the hands of an angry mob, an event which opens one of the doorways to Hell (a recurring theme in Fulci’s work, popping up again in both City of the Living Dead and The House by the Cemetery). More than 50 years later, a woman named Liza (Catriona MacColl) inherits a hotel located above the doorway and begins to renovate it, which reopens the gate and causes first bizarre, violent occurrences and eventually an army of the undead to cross over into our world.

My own relationship with Italian horror is long and complicated. It took me years to get on board with its weirdness; I spent movie after movie knowing that people love it and trying to love it myself but remaining outside of it, like being at a party I could only watch but never join. Remaining steadfast, I kept trying and absorbed as much Italian horror as I could. Whether it eventually wore me down or I finally just “got” it, something clicked around my first viewing of A Blade in the Dark or my third viewing of Zombie and now I’m all in. There’s nothing else quite like Italian horror. There’s nothing else quite like The Beyond.

In almost any conversation about Fulci, much is made of the fact that his movies feel like dreams. They make no traditional narrative sense. Their rhythms are strange — often slow and ponderous, then exploding into violence and insanity out of nowhere. Even the dubbing contributes to the feeling that something is…off, somehow disconnected from the world as we typically perceive it. His movies approximate reality but never replicate it. But whereas the “dream” defense is often used to explain away his films flaws, it’s accurate praise when talking about The Beyond (aka Seven Doors of Death). This is a film that switches back and forth from dream to nightmare, the two often bleeding across one another the way the land of the dead bleeds into the land of the living on screen. Gone is some of Fulci’s ugliness and grime, replaced by the gorgeous widescreen compositions of cinematographer Sergio Salvati. This is Fulci’s best looking film, which only makes the nightmarish sequences that much more vivid.

And nightmarish they are. Fulci’s movies always deliver on the gore — he has an entire fanbase interested in his work just for that reason — but The Beyond is gory for more than just gore’s sake. Consider two of the more famous sequences in the movie, one in which a man is slowly attacked by spiders and another in which a character’s dog turns and viciously attacks its owner. Again, Fulci’s rhythms are such that the scenes take too long, endlessly drawn out as we are forced to watch, powerless and horrified. It’s how nightmares feel; we want to wake up and make it stop but someone else — our own subconscious — is calling the shots. Like the best work of David Lynch, Fulci’s The Beyond is a film that drills directly into our subconscious, a nightmare from which we cannot wake until the end credits roll. We are totally in his hands. It’s a good place to be.

Previously available as a UK Blu-ray release from Arrow Home Video, The Beyond makes its American high def debut thanks to Grindhouse Releasing. Their three-disc release of the movie is for horror what the Criterion Collection is for classic film, offering stunning picture and sound and hours of supplemental material. The original uncut version of the movie is presented in 1080p high definition widescreen, boasting stable colors, decent detail and only the occasional glimpse of minor digital noise. No fewer than four audio options have been included: three in English (two of which are lossless) and the original Italian mono track. While I know that it’s blasphemous to watch the English language version — particularly when the original Italian is made available — I prefer to view The Beyond with the dubbing. It’s all part of the aesthetic.

In addition to the feature film on the first disc, there’s a brief (about a minute) video introduction from star Catriona MacColl, plus two versions — one English and one German — of the pre-credit sequence in color instead of the sepia-toned opening that appears in the finished film. Also included is a commentary track with MacColl and co-star David Warbeck that originally appeared on the UK Blu-ray put out a few years ago and a collection of promotional material including multiple versions of the trailer, television ads and radio spots.

A second disc is devoted entirely to bonus features, the best of which is a nearly hour-long retrospective documentary on the making of The Beyond, plus hours of interviews with the actors, the special effects artists, the original distributor and Fulci himself in archival conversations dating all the way back to 1988. A massive collection of production and promotional stills and bonus trailers for Grindhouse’s other releases round out the second disc. As they did with their Blu-ray of Cannibal Holocaust, Grindhouse Releasing has included a third disc containing the movie’s wonderful, evocative score by Fabio Frizzi. This inclusion alone makes the Blu-ray of The Beyond worth adding to your collection.

Though it’s never going to be for all tastes (and I should know), The Beyond is a masterpiece of Italian horror and my favorite Fulci film — it’s a beautiful nightmare. The care and attention given to the film by Grindhouse Releasing has only made me love it that much more. This is sure to be one of the best horror home video releases of the year.

Movie Score: 4.5/5, Disc Disc: 5/5, Overall: 5/5

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"It's not about control. It's a relationship based on respect. These animals are thinking, 'I gotta eat.'" A new trailer for Jurassic World has been released by Universal Pictures, teasing the dinosaur rampages that will take place on the big screen beginning June 12th.

"Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure based on the novel “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers."

Hitting theaters on June 12th, Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer.

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If you've been dying to see the Penny Dreadful Season 2 premiere on May 3rd, consider your wait to now be over, because Showtime has released the full season two debut episode early and online for fans to watch for free.

“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.”

“An erotically-charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, PENNY DREADFUL completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul — even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.”

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Exclusive Interview: Director Tom Green Talks Monsters: Dark Continent http://dailydead.com/exclusive-interview-director-tom-green-talks-monsters-dark-continent/ http://dailydead.com/exclusive-interview-director-tom-green-talks-monsters-dark-continent/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:58:27 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=98539 Before he helmed 2014's Godzilla, Gareth Edwards wrote and directed the 2010 cult film, Monsters. A character-driven love story with its titular alien entities effectively placed in the background for most of the movie's runtime, Monsters takes a unique approach to the creature feature subgenre, as does its sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent. With the follow-up film […]

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Before he helmed 2014's Godzilla, Gareth Edwards wrote and directed the 2010 cult film, Monsters. A character-driven love story with its titular alien entities effectively placed in the background for most of the movie's runtime, Monsters takes a unique approach to the creature feature subgenre, as does its sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent. With the follow-up film to Monsters now out in theaters and available on VOD from RADiUS, we had a chance to talk with the movie's co-writer and director, Tom Green, who discussed shooting in the Jordanian desert, realistically portraying military life, the large potential of the Monsters franchise, and much more.

Reminiscent of real life recent events (minus the creatures), Monsters: Dark Continent follows an American Army unit fighting both humans and monsters in the sands of the Middle East. The result is a gut-punch of a picture that unflinchingly explores the horrors of combat, the haunting psychological effects of war, and the powerful friendships of a tight-knit platoon.

Thank you very much for taking the time to talk about Monsters: Dark Continent. How did you get attached to this project and were you a fan of Gareth Edwards’ 2010 film, Monsters, prior to helming and co-writing this film?

Tom Green: Yeah, I was a huge fan of Monsters. I really identified with what he [Gareth] was doing in terms of building this world out of visual effects—I was trying to do a similar thing with my TV show, Misfits. I thought it was one of the most innovative films I’d seen in years, so when the producers got in touch with me a couple of years later and wanted to do something similar, I was really keen to get involved.

We talked about how the film shouldn’t be a continuing narrative, but that it should continue the principles of what Gareth had done with Monsters.

This film is first and foremost a character-driven story about brothers in arms trying to survive the horrors of a war that includes monsters. Though this is a colossal creature feature, how important was it for you to stay focused on the characters and make them fully investable for the audience?

Tom Green: It was important for us to continue the principles of what Gareth had done with Monsters, which is a character-driven movie in which the monsters are in the background of a really exciting world. We approached the script as a character-driven, visual drama—a war film that explores the human condition of men at war, the brotherhood of friends, the psychological effects of being at war for too long, and the traumas of combat. With creatures, we explored the situations of the real world that we live in now.

This is a low-budget movie and sometimes the visual effects have to be in the background of the characters’ perspective. We couldn’t have huge set pieces with creatures crashing through New York. But that always forced us back to the characters, which is a good thing, that’s the driving force of the film—the heart of the story.

From the barracks to the battlefield, this film’s depiction of the soldier lifestyle really feels authentic. How did you ensure the in-the-sand realism of this story?

Tom Green: I always try to approach things from the point of authenticity. I’ve done that for my short films, working with non-actors from the real environments where you go exploring and placing them into the cast alongside professional actors. In Monsters: Dark Continent, it’s mostly professional actors in the cast, but there’s one young man who I just met in Detroit who plays one of the main guys in the unit.

When I was developing the script in the UK, I worked with undercover British officers who had done tours in Afghanistan. I met with lots of soldiers. Most of the sequences—except for the creature sequences—were influenced by someone I spoke with or documentaries I studied. We worked very closely with two U.S. Marines on the set for the whole shoot, and they helped me block all the action sequences. I wanted the film to be a very authentic look at the events in the Middle East, only with creatures in it. I wanted it to have a documentary-style quality, with the camera right at the heart of the action.

I understand you shot much of the film in the Jordanian desert. What were the challenges and rewards of shooting in that effective, at times isolated, environment?

Tom Green: We shot the film in 4.5 weeks—four weeks in Jordan and four days in Detroit. I wanted to create an authentic, immersive environment for the actors. Gareth’s [film, Monsters] was in Central America and I wanted to create a completely different aesthetic for this film, as the desert becomes a character, as well.

The people in Jordan were very generous to us. We got to see some incredible things and document the military there and go up in helicopters. Every day had a real story to it and the film’s emblematic of that. One day you’re hanging out in a Black Hawk helicopter and then you’d be in a refugee camp working with people there. We traveled down through the country into the desert amongst the tribes. It was hard when we were shooting visual effects sequences, and it was a much more storyboarded-constructed filmmaking experience. Other times, we were placing actors within the bedroom of a nomadic tribe. We were living and existing with these people and finding stories and motivation around us.

It was a really extraordinary experience and I don’t think we could have had that in many other places. And we were still very sensitive of the environments, being close to the Iraqi border. Sometimes environments can feel very disconnected from the films you make, but working with U.S. Marines and being in uniform and riding in Humvees over there, it all felt very authentic for the actors. It was a very special experience to film in that country.

This film really digs into the psychological effects of combat, and as Staff Sgt. Frater, who has 17 in-action years and 8 tours of duty under his belt, Johnny Harris does an amazing job showing what war can do to a person. What was it like collaborating with Harris to bring Frater to life in such a vivid and haunting way?

Tom Green: Johnny’s one of the most talented actors in the UK. He has an incredible real life story. He used to be a boxer as a young lad. He was training to be a boxer when he was seventeen and then his life took different twists and turns and he got into acting. And he really wanted to "go there" with this role. He wanted to explore the real depths of this character, who is experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.

Johnny took it very seriously and did a lot of research on that subject and his commitment to that was incredible, both to watch and to work with. He stayed method, too. For the entire shoot, he stayed in character. He wanted to make sure he was conveying the real, visceral horror of the sequences we were putting onscreen. It was exhilarating to work with him in that incredibly intense way and I’m very proud of how far he takes it in the film—as the character he created, he’s unrecognizable from the man he is as a human being. It’s a haunting performance.

What are your thoughts on the potential of the Monsters film franchise? Would you like to tell more stories in the Monsters universe?

Tom Green: To me, the Monsters franchise is all about telling stories with real scale and social relevance. It’s about approaching small-budget filmmaking with limitless ambition. Gareth’s film was a love story and our film was completely different. It’s an exciting franchise for that reason. It’s not one continuing character going to different locations in different stories, it’s about the filmmaking—the allegory of the filmmaking. It would be really exciting for that to continue and if that's with me, that would be great. If it’s another filmmaker, that would be exciting, too. It would be great to be a part of that in the way that Gareth has been very supportive to me. I would like to be supportive of someone else if they wanted to come in and make a Monsters 3.

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Round-Up: Fright Rags’ The Twilight Zone T-Shirts, Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 UK Blu-ray, Vampire Hunter D (1985) http://dailydead.com/round-up-fright-rags-the-twilight-zone-t-shirts-zombie-flesh-eaters-2-uk-blu-ray-vampire-hunter-d-1985/ http://dailydead.com/round-up-fright-rags-the-twilight-zone-t-shirts-zombie-flesh-eaters-2-uk-blu-ray-vampire-hunter-d-1985/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:35:19 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=98519 "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", "Time Enough at Last", "To Serve Man", and "The Invaders" are some of the most memorable episodes of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, and Fright Rags is commemorating their enduring entertainment values with a new collection of T-shirts. In our latest round-up, we also have details on the recently announced UK Blu-ray […]

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"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", "Time Enough at Last", "To Serve Man", and "The Invaders" are some of the most memorable episodes of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, and Fright Rags is commemorating their enduring entertainment values with a new collection of T-shirts. In our latest round-up, we also have details on the recently announced UK Blu-ray of Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 (aka Zombi 3) and the upcoming high-definition home media release of Vampire Hunter D (1985).

The Twilight Zone T-Shirts: Available to pre-order beginning Friday, April 24th at 10:00am EST, Fright Rags' The Twilight Zone T-shirt collection comprises five shirts and one custom-made Invader figure. The collection is priced at $160.00 and is expected to ship out in early June.

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BlZombie Flesh Eaters 2: Blu-ray.com reports that 88 Films will release Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 (starring Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring, and Ottaviano Dell'Acquaon) on Blu-ray in the UK on September 21st:

Synopsis: "The late, great Lucio Fulci (with a little uncredited help from ZOMBIE CREEPING FLESH helmer Bruno Mattei) returned to his living dead roots with ZOMBI 3 – the long awaited sequel to ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS (AKA ZOMBI 2). However, just as ZOMBI 2 was inspired by DAWN OF THE DEAD, with ZOMBI 3 Fulci spins his own terrific take on another Hollywood hit: RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. The end result is a fast-paced, plasma-packed popcorn romp in which contagious fumes consequent in an invasion of flesh-feasting ghouls. A classic carnage-ridden splatter caper in its own right, ZOMBI 3 is ripe for reappraisal and arrives on Blu-ray in a worldwide HD debut that looks finger-licking fabulous! For Fulci fans it's a no-brainer – this gory, gut-tearing gem is an essential addition to your collection."

Special Features (via Blu-ray.com):

  • BRAND NEW HD Master
  • Uncompressed LPCM English Soundtrack
  • Uncompressed LPCM Italian Soundtrack with English Subtitles
  • Interview with star Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
  • Live Q&A with Catriona MacColl
  • Reversible Sleeve with alternative art
  • Includes a Collectible 300gsm Original Poster Post Card
  • PAURA: LUCIO FULCI REMEMBERED - iconic 2008 documentary on the Italian gore master directed by Mike Baronas and featuring extensive interviews with many of Fulci's colleagues including Zombi 3's Beatrice Ring
  • Collectible booklet by Calum Waddell with an interview with Beatrice Ring

Technical Specs:

  • Region Code: B
  • Picture Format: HD 1080p 1.85:1
  • Audio Format: LPCM Mono
  • Language: English and Italian with English Subtitles
  • Certification: 18
  • Running Time: 95 Mins Approx

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Vampire Hunter D: Blu-ray.com reveals that Section23 Films and Sentai Filmworks plan on releasing the 1985 anime film, Vampire Hunter D, on Blu-ray in the U.S. in the late summer/early fall:

"The first in a series of films adapted from the light novels of the legendary Hideyuki Kikuchi, Vampire Hunter D depicts a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland where pain and suffering run rampant, where vampires and their prey roam the earth.

Toyoo Ashida, known for his work in Fist of the North Star, directed, with a screenplay provided by Yasushi Hirano. Yoshitaka Amano, known best for his hand in creating other iconic characters from series such as Gatchaman and Casshan, as well as creating concept art for the Final Fantasy video game series, handled character design for the film, and acclaimed pop artist Tetsuya Komuro was responsible for the soundtrack. Animation production was provided by Ashi Productions."

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