Daily Dead https://dailydead.com - Zombies and Horror News, Reviews, Features, Videos, and Interviews. Sat, 23 Jun 2018 23:37:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Corpse Club is the official DailyDead.com podcast! Featuring a mix of Daily Dead staff and special guests, each episode of Corpse Club will dive into the world of horror entertainment. Welcome to the Corpse Club! Daily Dead clean Daily Dead jonathan007@gmail.com jonathan007@gmail.com (Daily Dead) A horror podcast presented by Daily Dead! Daily Dead https://dailydead.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Corpse_Club_Announcement_1400x1400_RED.jpg https://dailydead.com Cinepocalypse 2018 Review: THE RANGER https://dailydead.com/cinepocalypse-2018-review-the-ranger/ https://dailydead.com/cinepocalypse-2018-review-the-ranger/#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 23:37:47 +0000 https://dailydead.com/?p=233553 Recent years have seen a number of '80s “throwback” horror films, with some filmmakers incorporate synthesizer scores and others fully attempting to replicate the aesthetics of '80s horror. The new generation of filmmakers grew up on these movies, be they generic slashers, practical effects creature features, or splattery body horror. Some use the films of […]

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Recent years have seen a number of '80s “throwback” horror films, with some filmmakers incorporate synthesizer scores and others fully attempting to replicate the aesthetics of '80s horror. The new generation of filmmakers grew up on these movies, be they generic slashers, practical effects creature features, or splattery body horror. Some use the films of the '80s as inspiration; others strive for imitation. I prefer the former.

The Ranger, the debut feature from writer/director Jenn Wexler, is the former. Using films like Friday the 13th and The Return of the Living Dead as inspiration, The Ranger follows a group of teenage punks who get in trouble with the cops and hide out at the wilderness cabin once inhabited by Chelsea (Chloe Levine), who experienced tragedy there as a kid and is none to happy to be going back. Unfortunately for them, the woods are patrolled by The Ranger (Jeremy Holm), a psychotic park ranger who’s had designs on Chelsea ever since she was a young girl.

The premise is simple. It’s meant to be. This is a slasher movie. Where The Ranger distinguishes itself is in its energy and its attitude, not to mention the inspired use of a forest ranger as the killer, which is a first as far as I can remember (though with the sheer number of slashers that have been made in the last 40 years, I’m sure some have slipped by). The use of punk music all over the soundtrack contrasted with the peace and quiet of the woods feels almost like a mission statement for what Wexler has been trying to do in the horror genre for years behind the scenes: she’s trying to shake things up.

What’s interesting about The Ranger is that Wexler doesn’t appear to be siding with the punks, who are obnoxious to a degree that’s just this side of Tromaville. I get it; being punk is about giving the finger to everyone and everything, but there’s a point at which being punk just becomes being shitty, and the movie acknowledges when that line gets crossed by making Chelsea a kind of moral center. If anything, The Ranger may spend too much time just hanging out with the punks at the cabin, as it takes a while for the real horror to kick in. Once it does, though, the movie really lifts off: there are some really fun gore gags, The Ranger has some great one-liners, and everything just keeps getting more and more demented. I like how Wexler is willing to turn the subtext of so many slasher/final girl relationships into plain old text, laying out what’s really going on in these movies in the last act.

Holding everything together at the center are the performances of Levine and Holm, both of whom inhabit and imbue their characters with exactly what’s needed to make the movie work. As The Ranger, Holm is funny and deadpan (until he isn’t), cutting a menacing figure while knowing exactly how to play into the joke. Levine is completely on the other side of the spectrum, giving a soulful, wounded performance almost entirely through her eyes. The Ranger is outrageous, for sure—it’s a movie about a killer park ranger—but Levine grounds the emotion and allows the viewer to experience something real through all the punk rock madness. It’s good stuff.

If half the job of a slasher movie is introducing a cool, potentially iconic killer, The Ranger succeeds. It’s pretty rough around the edges, part by design and part because this is Wexler’s first movie, but it’s a lot of fun and the kind of horror movie you want to put on at parties. It feels like something that could have been made in the '80s without desperately trying to look and feel like it was made in the '80s, and it’s got me looking forward to whatever Wexler makes next.

Movie Score: 3/5

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SYFY Developing NIGHTBREED TV Series Based on Clive Barker’s CABAL https://dailydead.com/syfy-developing-nightbreed-tv-series-based-on-clive-barkers-cabal/ https://dailydead.com/syfy-developing-nightbreed-tv-series-based-on-clive-barkers-cabal/#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 20:33:34 +0000 https://dailydead.com/?p=233550 The SYFY channel is looking to return to the monster-filled underworld of Midian in a Nightbreed TV series. Based on Clive Barker's 1988 novella Cabal, which in turn was brought to life on the big screen by Barker himself in a 1990 film, the new Nightbreed TV series is being developed by Barker, writer Josh […]

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The SYFY channel is looking to return to the monster-filled underworld of Midian in a Nightbreed TV series.

Based on Clive Barker's 1988 novella Cabal, which in turn was brought to life on the big screen by Barker himself in a 1990 film, the new Nightbreed TV series is being developed by Barker, writer Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw, Piranha 3D), Morgan Creek Entertainment, and Universal Cable Productions, according to Deadline.

The site reports that the new Nightbreed TV series will focus on "explores race relations in America, only the races are Humans and Monsters. It follows a group of underground half-human/half-monsters seeking to find a new refuge and home after their original hiding place is destroyed. Leading these efforts is a recently turned reluctant hero who not only is adjusting to his new supernatural status but also is dealing with the grief and mystery surrounding the death of his fiancée. Will this group band together despite being hunted and persecuted by humans who find their “otherness” to be frightening?"

The Morgan Creek trio of James G. Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall and Seraphim Films' Barker and Mark Miller are executive producing the show, which has not officially been ordered to a full series. The Nightbreed series is expected to be a reboot, with no reports of it being a continuation of the events in Barker's 1990 film.

Here's what Barker had to say about the new Nightbreed TV series (via Deadline):

“This story has been near to my heart for many years. I’m at beyond thrilled that SyFy and UCP are taking this journey with us, and I cannot wait to see it brought to life on the screen.”

We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details on the Nightbreed TV series are revealed, and we have the trailer for the Nightbreed movie for those unfamiliar with the 1990 feature.

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Drive-In Dust Offs: CLASS OF 1984 (1982) https://dailydead.com/drive-in-dust-offs-class-of-1984-1982/ https://dailydead.com/drive-in-dust-offs-class-of-1984-1982/#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 16:40:13 +0000 https://dailydead.com/?p=233546 I was never a strong student in high school, and it was completely for lack of trying; I had smart teachers with good intentions who tried their best to impart knowledge that I simply felt I had no use for. Ignorance, thy name is Scott and I’m certainly not proud of it. Anyway, I definitely […]

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I was never a strong student in high school, and it was completely for lack of trying; I had smart teachers with good intentions who tried their best to impart knowledge that I simply felt I had no use for. Ignorance, thy name is Scott and I’m certainly not proud of it. Anyway, I definitely never had the roadblocks facing the good students of Class of 1984 (1982), Mark L. Lester’s mesmerizing, brutal, dystopian look at the very worst of the educational system through the eyes of a teacher trying to wade his way through a barrel of diseased apples.

Distributed by United Film Distribution Company stateside in August with a world wide rollout continuing into ’83, Class of 1984 certainly rang some bells in the press; some critics offered effusive praise (such as Roger Ebert), while others were less kind (Newsweek called it “The Class of ’82 with herpes”, which is first class yet confounding  snark). The film did bring in nearly seven million; which isn’t bad, even though it reportedly cost over four to make. If my maths hold up that’s still a profit, and considering what a hard sell (and occasionally hard watch) Class of 1984 was to the general public at the time, nothing short of a miracle.

Let’s welcome music instructor Mr. Norris (Perry King – The Possession of Joel Delaney) to the hallowed halls of Abraham Lincoln High, where gangs roam freely, metal detectors line every entrance, and teachers arm themselves for their own protection. His guide is science teacher Terry Corrigan (Roddy McDowall – Fright Night), who knows who to avoid in the halls and how to survive a day at Abe High. Mr. Norris’ first class houses several of the avoid-ees, led by Peter Stegman (Timothy Van Patten – The White Shadow), a charismatic lonely boy with a penchant for the psychotic.

It doesn’t take long for Peter and his Junior Droogs to rub Mr. Norris the wrong way; none too keen on drug pushers, rapists, and pimps, he’s the first teacher to press beyond the ineffectual, which in turn has Stegman pushing back hard against everything Norris stands for and loves, especially his betrothed Diane (Merrie Lynn Ross – The Lucifer Complex). Will Mr. Norris be able to end Stegman’s reign of terror and boost school spirit?

Truth be told, if the majority of events that take place in Class of 1984 happened in the real world, there would be multiple arrests, including Norris. But even though Lester’ script, co-authored by John Saxton (Happy Birthday to Me) and Tom Holland (Fright Night) is prescient in some ways (metal detectors, sadly, were right around the corner) and accurate in others – juvenile crimes are much harder to prosecute – it’s really an exploitation film at heart, and possibly the finest of the era.

It’s all in the details; while keeping in line with grindhouse protocol – Stegman’s team includes exaggerated punky goons with names like Drugstore (Stefan Arngrim – Fear No Evil), Barnyard (Keith Knight – My Bloody Valentine), and Rejack (Steve Pernie – The Kidnapping of the President) – the characters are fleshed out enough by the writers that stakes are raised and investments are made; having a cast this solid only sells the drama that much more.

And it is a drama, cut from the same cloth as The Blackboard Jungle (1955) but given a coat of neon paint, a good amount of blood, and a punk rock soundtrack that comically paints the misfits as their generation’s no-goodniks; it’s hard to take most social messages seriously when the strokes are this broad but as pulpy urban grit it soars. Class of 1984 is earnest with the points it makes, but the indifference of the judicial system and increased violence in schools are handled by and hammered home with such a magnetic touch by Lester (Firestarter) that all subtle lessons are entirely subsumed by the exhilaration of the filmmaking.

Which very much works for me, as Lester is a master at staging set pieces that bite. There is a gripping scene where poor Terry (one of McDowall’s finest moments) breaks down and teaches his science class with his gun as his aide that sucks all the air from the lab and leaves the viewer breathless. (I’m pretty sure even I would have aced science with Terry.) This is where it gets tricky; is the film advocating for Terry to terrorize his class in much the same way they have terrorized him, or is it just showing a man past his breaking point? Or is it both? It’s impossible to watch this scene today and not draw parallels between it and our should-never-happen school tragedies.

But Class of 1984 works best as straight up heightened melodrama, updated for modern horror audiences with the kids as a suitable substitute for Jason, stalking the halls for drug money, johns, and slashing anyone in their way. Any personality they’re given comes solely from quirky character actors like Arngrim, Knight, and Lisa Langois (Happy Birthday to Me), all leering, manic, and terrific; except for Stegman, who is given beats and moments to breathe that hint at a troubled soul. Van Patten’s good looks may make him the de facto (and default) leader, but his presence is informed with enough pathos to make him the most interesting as well.

The school isn’t all hard asses and psychopaths, however; there’s a couple of students in the band, played winningly by some kid named Michael Fox and The Incubus’ Erin Flannery who show the innocence that’s at stake in the school, and King is always a sturdy, authoritative presence, even if his authority turns from helpful to harmful as the story escalates.

And this is why Class of 1984 still works today; the story ramps up to a dramatic finish atop the school as the band blares Tchaikovsky below, a soundtrack to a film filled with anachronisms – the heroic, beautiful strains of classical music as Norris battles the punks, the high ground of an educated mind turned towards a Straw Dogs nihilism – that keeps the viewer riveted and paying attention until the last bell tolls. I may not have been anywhere near as monstrous as a Stegman, but to all the Terrys who taught at Freeport Anglican High School, I’m sorry I didn’t pay more attention in class. If it’s any consolation, I was probably daydreaming about horror movies.

Class of 1984 is available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory.

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Cinepocalypse 2018 Review: HEAVY TRIP Feels Like AIRHEADS for a New Generation https://dailydead.com/cinepocalypse-2018-review-heavy-trip-feels-like-airheads-for-a-new-generation/ https://dailydead.com/cinepocalypse-2018-review-heavy-trip-feels-like-airheads-for-a-new-generation/#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 01:01:42 +0000 https://dailydead.com/?p=233539 If you would have told me that a Finnish heavy metal road movie featuring corpses and a whole lot of vomiting would be one of greatest feel-good movies of 2018, I don’t think I would have believed you. But, here we are and Heavy Trip is just an absolute delight. Maybe that doesn’t sound very […]

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If you would have told me that a Finnish heavy metal road movie featuring corpses and a whole lot of vomiting would be one of greatest feel-good movies of 2018, I don’t think I would have believed you. But, here we are and Heavy Trip is just an absolute delight. Maybe that doesn’t sound very “metal” to you, but directors Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren have crafted an engaging story for anyone who has ever dared to have a dream, or wanted more from their lives, and aren’t about to let fate stop them, and I absolutely adored their endlessly charming tale of Impaled Rektum and their rise to glory. Heavy Trip is a love letter to all the metal heads out there who have long felt misunderstood by the outside world, and the perfect reminder to never give up your dream, regardless of who or what stands in your way.

Turo (Johannes Holopainen) is an aspiring musician who has been rehearsing with his band for 12 years now, but they’ve yet to write a song, perform live or even pick a name (Impaled Rektum is what they eventually settle on about halfway through the movie). His own fears have left him hesitant to move forward with his dream of being the lead singer of Finland’s greatest black metal band, but fate steps in one day, and suddenly Turo and his band mates are the talk of the (very small) town once it comes to light that the boys intend to play a kickass metal fest over in Norway. Impaled Rektum’s plans to play the most perfect gig go awry at nearly every turn, but Turo and his mates aren’t about to let anything stop them from sharing their music with the world.

I’m being slightly vague with my rundown of Heavy Trip but for good reason: there are several key moments that build to the finale of the musically-infused comedy that were genuinely surprising to me, and I want to help preserve that ride for anyone who gets to see this film down the line (Doppelgänger Releasing and Bloody Disgusting have teamed up to distribute Heavy Trip later on in 2018, which is great news, because this is the type of film that should be experienced on a big screen and with an audience). Suffice to say, Heavy Metal plays out like a mix of Airheads meets Little Miss Sunshine and it just left me with a big, goofy grin once it was over.

Holopainen’s performance as Turo is so genuinely affable that regardless of your feelings about black metal, it’s hard not to root for him or just fall in love with his character in Heavy Trip, because in one way or another, we’ve all been Turo. We’ve all wanted something more from life, we’ve all struggled with our own insecurities and I’d be willing to bet that most of us have all pined after someone that we weren’t sure whether or not they shared our affections. The rest of the cast in Heavy Trip are all equally engaging as well, but I must say that the film’s secret weapon is Max Ovaska as Pasi/Xytrax, the band’s bassist whose commitment to metal is on a completely different level from everyone else’s and he’s got some great subtle moments of comedy in this film that left me in stitches.

While some folks might be turned off by a movie with subtitles (yes, those people do exist unfortunately), the themes and comedy in Heavy Metal once again proves that cinema might just be the greatest universal language there is, as it was easy to fall into this world and the struggles of these characters who are just looking for their shot at immortality through their love of metal. If Heavy Trip happens to come your way later this year, do yourself a favor and be sure to check it out – in a world that is filled with so much ugliness these days, it’s precisely the kind of heartening anthem we need now more than ever. It would also make for a killer double feature with Deathgasm too.

Movie Score: 4/5

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Experience “The American Nightmare” in the Post-Apocalyptic Trailer & Poster for THE DOMESTICS https://dailydead.com/experience-the-american-nightmare-in-the-post-apocalyptic-trailer-poster-for-the-domestics/ https://dailydead.com/experience-the-american-nightmare-in-the-post-apocalyptic-trailer-poster-for-the-domestics/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:32:02 +0000 https://dailydead.com/?p=233534 The end of the world is only the beginning of a living nightmare in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of The Domestics. Ahead of the movie's screening at this year's Cinepocalypse film festival in Chicago, we have a look at the trailer and poster artwork that promises a twisted take on American survival. Synopsis: "In a terrifying […]

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The end of the world is only the beginning of a living nightmare in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of The Domestics. Ahead of the movie's screening at this year's Cinepocalypse film festival in Chicago, we have a look at the trailer and poster artwork that promises a twisted take on American survival.

Synopsis: "In a terrifying post-apocalyptic world inhabited by murderous gangs divided into deadly factions, a husband and wife race desperately across the lawless countryside in search of safety and must work together as they are pushed to the breaking point in order to survive."

Written and directed by Mike P. Nelson, The Domestics stars Kate Bosworth (BLUE CRUSH, STRAW DOGS), Tyler Hoechlin (“Teen Wolf,” “Supergirl,”EVERYBODY WANTS SOME), Sonoya Mizuno (EX MACHINA, LA LA LAND), and Lance Reddick. Orion Classics will release The Domestics in select US theaters on June 28th, followed by a VOD release on June 29th.

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Zombies Roam the Streets of Paris in Blue Fox Entertainment’s Official US Trailer for THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD https://dailydead.com/zombies-roam-the-streets-of-paris-in-blue-fox-entertainments-official-us-trailer-for-the-night-eats-the-world/ https://dailydead.com/zombies-roam-the-streets-of-paris-in-blue-fox-entertainments-official-us-trailer-for-the-night-eats-the-world/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:49:25 +0000 https://dailydead.com/?p=233529 What if you woke up one morning to find that the world was dead... but not at rest? Ahead of its July 13th theatrical and VOD release in the US from Blue Fox Entertainment, the new zombie movie The Night Eats the World is teased in its official US trailer that features percussion, the living […]

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What if you woke up one morning to find that the world was dead... but not at rest? Ahead of its July 13th theatrical and VOD release in the US from Blue Fox Entertainment, the new zombie movie The Night Eats the World is teased in its official US trailer that features percussion, the living dead, and a cat in hiding:

Press Release: Blue Fox Entertainment is proud to debut the new Official US Poster and release details for Dominique Rocher's innovative new take at zombie cinema, THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD, opening in theaters and on VOD July 13th. The Tribeca premiering French production was actually shot in both French and English (French take, then English take...)

Great Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen (PERSONAL SHOPPER, OSLO, AUGUST 31st) gives an amazing performance as Sam, who wakes up in his apartment after a wild night of partying to find out zombies have invaded the streets of Paris and he appears to be the lone survivor. Award-winners Golshifteh Farahani (THE PATIENCE STONE, ABOUT ELLY) and Denis Lavant(HOLY MOTORS, BOY MEETS GIRL) co-star.

SYNOPSIS: After waking up in an apartment the night after a raging party, Sam comes face to face with his new reality: an army of zombies have invaded the streets of Paris and he is one of the lone survivors. Petrified with fear, he barricades himself inside the building to survive. He wonders how long can he last in silence and solitude, and the answer comes when he learns that he’s not all alone after all.

IN THEATERS & ON DEMAND: July 13, 2018
DISTRIBUTOR: Blue Fox Entertainment
DIRECTED BY: Dominique Rocher
WRITTEN BY: Dominique Rocher, Guillaume Lemans, & Jérémie Guez
CAST: Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani, Denis Lavant, Sigrid Bouaziz, & David Kammenos
PRODUCED BY: Carole Scotta
GENRE: Horror / Thriller / Drama / Independent
Not Rated - Run Time: 94mins
LANGUAGE: English
COUNTRY: France
YEAR: 2018

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NECA Reveals Packaging Photos of Their Herbert West RE-ANIMATOR Action Figure https://dailydead.com/neca-reveals-packaging-photos-of-their-herbert-west-re-animator-action-figure/ https://dailydead.com/neca-reveals-packaging-photos-of-their-herbert-west-re-animator-action-figure/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:25:27 +0000 https://dailydead.com/?p=233521 Back in February, NECA enrolled in classes early at the prestigious Miskatonic University with the reveal of their retro-style Re-Animator figure featuring Herbert West, Rufus the cat, and the head of Dr. Hill, and now they've unveiled the full packaging for the anticipated collectible. You can view the packaging artwork for the Herbert West figure […]

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Back in February, NECA enrolled in classes early at the prestigious Miskatonic University with the reveal of their retro-style Re-Animator figure featuring Herbert West, Rufus the cat, and the head of Dr. Hill, and now they've unveiled the full packaging for the anticipated collectible.

You can view the packaging artwork for the Herbert West figure in the photos below (courtesy of NECA's Facebook page), and in case you missed it, check out our previous coverage and visit NECA to view more photos of the West figure and his macabre accessories.

From NECA: "Herbert West has a good head on his shoulders… and another one on his desk… From Re-Animator, the movie based on HP Lovecraft’s classic tale of terror, NECA presents the mad scientist Herbert West in action figure form! The 1985 movie has achieved cult status for its dark and hilarious mix of science fiction, horror and comedy, and starred Jeffrey Combs as a medical student who will stop at nothing to perfect his reanimation serum.

As a clothed action figure, Herbert stands 8” tall and is dressed in his lab coat. He comes with a bottle of reanimation reagent, syringe, bloody shovel, Rufus the cat, and a tray containing the severed head of the last guy who tried to steal his invention. Resealable clamshell packaging.

Release Date: August 2018"

Photos from NECA's Facebook page:

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New Video Explores the ’80s-Centric Production Design of Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS https://dailydead.com/new-video-explores-the-80s-centric-production-design-of-netflixs-stranger-things/ https://dailydead.com/new-video-explores-the-80s-centric-production-design-of-netflixs-stranger-things/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:34:24 +0000 https://dailydead.com/?p=233519 From the vibrant colors of the cabinet screens at the local arcade to the hazy depths of the Upside Down, the production design of Stranger Things is a character all its own. In a new video from Netflix, the cast and crew discuss the research, attention to detail, and hard work that goes into creating […]

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From the vibrant colors of the cabinet screens at the local arcade to the hazy depths of the Upside Down, the production design of Stranger Things is a character all its own. In a new video from Netflix, the cast and crew discuss the research, attention to detail, and hard work that goes into creating a set that transports its actors back to the mid-’80s.

"1984. Hawkins, Indiana. The Upside Down. The Tunnels. All of these elements come to life to create the world of Stranger Things 2. From arcade design to the tunnel design, from the perfect spiky baseball bat to the three muskateers candy wrappers. Every detail of the show is meticulously crafted by a creative team behind the camera. Step inside to meet the minds that create the physical world of Stranger Things and hear from the cast and creators who adore them."

Stranger Things will return for a third season, likely in 2019. Check here for the latest casting update on the new season, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.

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Listen to Heather Wixson and Alyse Wax Discuss THE X-FILES Movies and TV Series on a New Episode of CORPSE CLUB https://dailydead.com/listen-to-heather-wixson-and-alyse-wax-discuss-the-x-files-movies-and-tv-series-on-a-new-episode-of-corpse-club/ https://dailydead.com/listen-to-heather-wixson-and-alyse-wax-discuss-the-x-files-movies-and-tv-series-on-a-new-episode-of-corpse-club/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:18:08 +0000 https://dailydead.com/?p=233496 Keep your eyes on the sky, have your flashlight at the ready, and watch out for that deadly black oil, because Heather Wixson and special guest Alyse Wax celebrate the 20th anniversary of The X-Files movie (aka Fight the Future) and discuss the 2008 sequel and TV series on a special new episode of Daily […]

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Keep your eyes on the sky, have your flashlight at the ready, and watch out for that deadly black oil, because Heather Wixson and special guest Alyse Wax celebrate the 20th anniversary of The X-Files movie (aka Fight the Future) and discuss the 2008 sequel and TV series on a special new episode of Daily Dead's podcast!

The Corpse Club wants to believe on a new episode of Daily Dead's podcast. Listen as co-host Heather Wixson and special guest Alyse Wax (TV/film journalist and author of Curious Goods: Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th: The Series) brave the black oil to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The X-Files movie, also known as Fight the Future. The duo also discuss the 2008 sequel The X-Files: I Want to Believe, how they originally got into The X-Files in the ’90s, and some of their favorite episodes from The X-Files TV series, shining a light on the show’s creepy creatures, unsettling conspiracies, and some of the most memorable moments between FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Whether you still believe or you're a skeptic, there's plenty to enjoy on this episode of Daily Dead's podcast!

You can listen to the new episode of Corpse Club right now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, TuneIn, and SoundCloud.

As a special treat for Daily Dead readers, we have officially launched our Corpse Club website and memberships. Not only can you view past episodes, but you can also sign up to be an official Corpse Club member to enjoy a wide range of rewards, including a shirt and pin that are to die for, access to bonus content, and the ability to suggest an episode topic!

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Anthology Series THE TERROR Renewed by AMC for a Second Season, World War II Setting Announced https://dailydead.com/anthology-series-the-terror-renewed-by-amc-for-a-second-season-world-war-ii-setting-announced/ https://dailydead.com/anthology-series-the-terror-renewed-by-amc-for-a-second-season-world-war-ii-setting-announced/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:42:39 +0000 https://dailydead.com/?p=233506 One of the biggest treats for horror fans this year has been AMC's The Terror, and while the first season was based on Dan Simmons' book of the same name, the show has been renewed for a 10-episode second season that will air in 2019 and switch the setting to a World War II backdrop: […]

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One of the biggest treats for horror fans this year has been AMC's The Terror, and while the first season was based on Dan Simmons' book of the same name, the show has been renewed for a 10-episode second season that will air in 2019 and switch the setting to a World War II backdrop:

Press Release: NEW YORK, NY, June 22, 2018 – AMC today announced that it has renewed its popular and critically acclaimed anthology series, “The Terror” for a second season. The next iteration of “The Terror” anthology will be set during World War II and center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific. Season two of “The Terror” anthology is co-created and executive produced by Alexander Woo (“True Blood”) and Max Borenstein (“Kong: Skull Island,” “Godzilla”). Woo is also set to serve as showrunner. The next season of “The Terror” anthology is expected to air on AMC in 2019 with 10 episodes. The series is distributed internationally by AMC Studios and premieres across AMC Global markets as well as in certain Amazon Prime Video territories. “The Terror” season two is executive produced by Ridley Scott and is an AMC Studios production, produced by Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360.

Season one of “The Terror” was the number two new drama on cable for the current television season and a top 10 drama on ad-supported cable overall, well-received by critics and audiences alike. Vulture said “The Terror” was “a horrifying 19th century nightmare.” The Daily Beast called it “Stunning. TV's most terrifying new show.” TV Insider said it was “literate and philosophical, yet shocking and terrifically scary.”

“’The Terror’ has given us the opportunity to take a unique approach to the anthology format.  We loved the concept of beginning with an actual historical event and overlaying it with a fictional horror element, and we are immensely proud of this show's combination of cinematic scope and intimate character work.  We are thrilled to announce a second season and dramatize one of the most chilling and important events of the 20th Century, guided by the vision of the gifted Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein,” said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Our deep appreciation goes to the persistently creative and passionate showrunning team of David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, the incomparable Ridley Scott and the rest of the producing team, and the outstanding cast led by Jared Harris for launching this concept and leaving us on the precipice of terrifying new adventures as we continue with the next chapter of ‘The Terror.’”

“I'm deeply honored to be telling a story set in this extraordinary period,” said Woo. “We hope to convey the abject terror of the historical experience in a way that feels modern and relevant to the present moment.  And the prospect of doing so with a majority Asian and Asian-American cast is both thrilling and humbling.”

“As a history-buff and genre geek (not to mention a conscious American today), it’s clear that truth is always scarier than fiction,” said Borenstein. “This season of ‘The Terror’ uses as its setting one of the darkest, most horrific moments in our nation’s history. The Japanese-American internment is a blemish on the nation’s conscience — and one with dire resonance to current events. I’m thrilled that AMC is giving us the chance to use that darkness as the inspiration for what I hope will be a trenchant, terrifying season of TV.”

Season two of “The Terror” anthology series is co-created and executive produced by Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein, from an idea by Borenstein. Woo, who is currently in an overall development deal with AMC, serves as showrunner. The series is an AMC Studios production produced by Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360. “The Terror” is also executive produced by Ridley Scott, Dan Simmons, David W. Zucker, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert and Guymon Casady.

The first season of “The Terror” was inspired by a true story about the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage in 1847 while attempting to discover the Northwest Passage. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, “The Terror” season one highlighted all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements but with each other.

About AMC

AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with “Mad Men” in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before “Breaking Bad” won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series “The Walking Dead” is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last five years. AMC’s other current original drama series include “Better Call Saul,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Dietland,” “The Terror,” “Into the Badlands,” “Humans,” “Preacher,” “The Son,” “McMafia” and the forthcoming “Lodge 49,” “The Little Drummer Girl” and “NOS4A2.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “Talking with Chris Hardwick,” “AMC Visionaries” and “Ride with Norman Reedus.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.

About AMC Studios

AMC Studios is the in-house studio, production and distribution operation for AMC Networks Inc. AMC Studios’ first series, “The Walking Dead,” is the highest-rated series in cable history and was the number one drama on television among adults 18-49 for six straight seasons.  Since then, AMC Studios has produced several critically acclaimed, award-winning and culturally distinctive originals for AMC including scripted series “Fear the Walking Dead,” “The Terror,” “Dietland,” “Into the Badlands” and the upcoming series “Lodge 49” and “NOS4A2” as well as unscripted series “Ride with Norman Reedus,” “Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics,” which explores the stories, people and events that have transformed the world of comic books and “James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction” from the acclaimed filmmaker behind many iconic sci-fi films. The studio has also produced the Peabody Award-winning “Rectify,” and “Hap and Leonard,” as well as unscripted series “Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders” and the upcoming “The Jonestown Massacre” for SundanceTV.

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