Phantasm Boxset

What if you could access and download the extraordinary abilities of others as if they were part of a database? That's the intriguing question explored in the new sci-fi thriller MindGamers, co-starring Tom Payne (who plays Jesus on The Walking Dead) and Sam Neill (In the Mouth of Madness, Jurassic Park). With the film coming out in theaters on March 28th, we caught up with co-writer / director Andrew Goth to discuss working with Payne and Neill, the real-life relevance of his latest film, and much more.

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For his latest film, co-writer/director Ben Wheatley is taking audiences back to 1978 where a gun deal goes awry, and the banter and bullets fly in Free Fire. While at the SXSW press day for the film, Daily Dead had the chance to speak with Wheatley, as well as two of the key players from his highly talented ensemble, Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer. The trio discussed the inspiration behind Free Fire, how the script continuously evolved throughout production, and the secret to creating a great one-liner.

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Nearly three years after releasing the original Slumber Party Massacre as a special edition Blu-ray, Scream Factory has finally put a double feature disc of its two sequels: 1987’s Slumber Party Massacre II and 1990’s Slumber Party Massacre III. It’s something of a good news/bad news situation.

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While Madre may only be his second feature film to date, writer/director Aaron Burns is no stranger to the world of horror, or indie filmmaking for that matter.

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Growing up in the ’90s, my path to the glory of Pam Grier took an odd route.

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I am absolutely in love with Tragedy Girls, as it completely defied my expectations at every single turn. A brilliant send-up of the slasher sub-genre that's relentlessly funny, heartfelt, and clever, Tragedy Girls is one of the most “fun” festival movies I’ve seen since Deathgasm, proving that no one can ever come between two best friends, especially when they've got murder on their minds and an online legacy to build.

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For years, Ice-T has helped uphold the law as Odafin Tutuola, but in the new horror film Bloodrunners, the renowned actor and musician plays jazz club owner—and vampire—Chesterfield, who is looking to bootleg a little booze and a whole lot of blood during the Prohibition era. With Bloodrunners out now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Ice-T about sinking his teeth into the juicy role, his band Body Count's upcoming album Bloodlust, and much more.

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A brutal and harrowing abduction story, Ben Young’s Hounds of Love premiered over the weekend at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. While in Austin, Daily Dead had the opportunity to have a great chat with one of the film’s co-stars, Ashleigh Cummings, who stars in the project as Vicki, a teenage girl abducted by an unhinged couple living in her mom’s neighborhood, who observes the couple’s disturbing behavior from the confines of her new prison, and she realizes that destroying their bond is her only means of escape.

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One of the more provocative and powerful Midnighters to play during the 2017 SXSW Film Festival is writer/director Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration, a powerful story of a troubled young man named Milo (Eric Ruffin), whose obsession with vampires manifests in a rather deadly fashion.

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Following its world premiere last year at the SXSW Film Festival, Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word is now out on home media (including DVD and VOD platforms) from Momentum Pictures, and to commemorate the film's release, we caught up with director Simon Rumley in our latest Q&A feature to discuss adapting the tragic real-life story, the film's shooting schedule, what initially drew him to the project, and more.

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I’ve enjoyed Ethan Embry’s on-screen work for a long time now, and it’s been great to see him keeping busy these days—from his work on Grace and Frankie, to his appearance on the season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead, to his fantastic performances in genre fare like Cheap Thrills, Late Phases, The Guest, and his recent role in Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy, which arrives in select theaters and on VOD on Friday, March 17th from IFC Midnight.

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Using vampirism for allegorical purposes, Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration is a truly stunning and heartbreaking effort from a first-time director who demonstrates an appreciation for horror, showing how the genre can be a vessel for exploring stories with deeper meanings without getting too preachy or heavy-handed.

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One of my favorite Midnighters from this year’s SXSW Film Festival lineup is co-writer/director Tyler MacIntyre’s Tragedy Girls, a horror comedy/slasher send-up that filled my genre-loving soul with thousands of heart emojis.

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The most that any of us can hope for is just surviving. Isn’t it time we started living? Us and Them squarely takes on economic pressures that are building in the UK (and frankly, issues that are affecting nearly every other country on the map these days), as Danny (Jack Roth), a member of the lower class who recently lost his father to suicide, decides to take his frustrations out on a wealthy banker and his family to inspire others in his predicament to start fighting back against the elite. But when his plan goes south, that’s when all hell breaks loose, and we see just how much of a motivator money can be, especially when it comes to murder.

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Melding together genres seldom works. It’s a delicate balancing act; tone is key, and when either (or both) are off the whole thing can come crashing down. By 1991, HBO was already offering up original programming and decided to create a whole new sub genre – horror noir. The result was Cast a Deadly Spell, a very entertaining and perfectly concocted mixture of 1940s detective story and supernatural terror. And when the balance is right, like it is here, the results are sublime.

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Phantasm Boxset
Phantasm Boxset