If you live on the West Coast and you're a fan of Death Dealer Selene from the Underworld movies, then you'll want to mark the weekend of June 17th–18th on your calendar, because Kate Beckinsale will be a featured guest at Wizard World Sacramento. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on the Blu-ray / DVD release of Peelers and the lineup for Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest in Atlanta.
Kate Beckinsale to Attend Wizard World Sacramento: Press Release: "SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 5, 2017 – Kate Beckinsale, star of such films as Underworld and Pearl Harbor, and Val Kilmer, standout in Batman Forever and Top Gun, have been added to the top-flight celebrity roster at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento at the Sacramento Convention Center. Both will appear on Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, when they will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct interactive Q&A sessions with fans.
After some minor television roles, the British Beckinsale made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while still a student at the University of Oxford. She then appeared in British costume dramas such as Prince of Jutland (1994), Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Emma (1996), and The Golden Bowl (2000), in addition to various stage and radio productions. She began to seek film work in the United States in the late 1990s and, after appearing in small-scale dramas The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Brokedown Palace (1999), she had starring roles in the war drama Pearl Harbor and the romantic comedy Serendipity . She followed those with appearances in The Aviator (2004) and Click (2006).
Since being cast as Selene in the Underworld film series (2003-present), Beckinsale has become known primarily for her work in action films, including Van Helsing (2004), Whiteout (2009), Contraband (2012), and Total Recall (2012). She also continues to make appearances in dramatic projects such as Snow Angels (2007), Nothing but the Truth (2008), and Everybody’s Fine (2009).
Originally a stage actor, Kilmer became popular in the mid-1980s after a string of appearances in comedy films, starting with Top Secret! (1984), then the cult classic Real Genius (1985), as well as the military action film Top Gun (1986) and the fantasy film Willow (1988).
Some of his other notable film roles include Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991), Doc Holliday in Tombstone (1993), armed robber Chris Shiherlis in Heat (1995), Bruce Wayne / Batman in Batman Forever (1995), Simon Templar in The Saint (1997), astronaut Robby Gallagher in Red Planet (2000), and a meth-using informant in The Salton Sea (2002).
The two join a Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento field of stars which includes Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” quartet of James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter. Emily Caulfield and Nicholas Brendon, the Guardians of the Galaxy tandem of Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead”) and Sean Gunn (“Gilmore Girls”), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”), Edward James Olmos ("Battlestar Galactica," "Miami Vice"), Bob Morley ("The 100," Road Kill), Eliza Taylor (“The 100,” “Neighbours”), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory) and the “Charmed” duo of Holly Marie Combs (“Pretty Little Liars”) and Brian Krause (Return to the Blue Lagoon) as headliners at the comic con and pop culture extravaganza, June 16-18.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The eighth event scheduled on the 2017 Wizard World calendar, Sacramento show hours are Friday, June 16, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.
For more on the 2017 Wizard World Sacramento, visit http://wizd.me/SacramentoPR.
Peelers Coming to Blu-ray / DVD This July: Press Release: "From Sevé Schelenz, director of Skew, comes the gooey, gory instant classic Peelers, on DVD and Blu-ray this July.
Wren Walker, Caz Odin Darko and Madison J. Loos star in “a pretty damn fun trip” (Dread Central) that ‘’any horror fan is going to love from start to finish” (HEAVY Magazine).
Extras on both the DVD and Blu-ray disc include deleted scenes, featurettes - includiung 'behind the scenes', audio commentary, gag reel, trailers, digital comic and more!
Exclusive to Blu-ray, 'special effects' featurette, behind the scenes part 2, an additional commentary, and festival intro!
Deleted Scenes (2:30)
"Getting A-Head" (10:03)
Gag Reel (4:00)
Behind The Scenes (13:18)
Script To Scene (3:48)
Teaser Trailer (0:45)
Theatrical Trailer (1:48)
Digital Comic Link to Website
Commentary x 1 - Director/Writer
TOTAL = 36:12
All the above AND...
"Special Effects" (10:55)
Behind The Scenes Part 2 (15:48)
Festival Intro (0:45)
Additional Commentary x 1 - Actors/Director
Former baseball player Blue Jean Douglas is closing down her small-town strip club and leaving for good. But her plans are not so easily attained when a group of coal miners show up and with them a deadly contaminant. What starts out as a last hurrah for the infamous strip club, turns into a blood bath. With time running out, Blue Jean must step up to the plate to try and put a stop to the spread of destruction before it’s too late and she loses everything she holds dear.
Peelers, directed by Sevé Schelenz and written by Lisa DeVita, available on DVD and Blu-ray July 4 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Peelers on DVD and Blu-ray July 4."
Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest 2017 Lineup: Press Release: "A premiere of quality short films screening for the first time in Atlanta produced by Atlanta filmmakers. Sci-Fi, Horror and Suspense themed, they include the black and white retro film "Attack Of The Face Melters", the pilot episode for the 3rd season of Horror Hotel, "Sleep Tight", A Stephen King screenplay adaptation of his short story, "Rainy Season", and the multiple award winning "Mr. Lockjaw: Prequel episode One".
"We wanted to put together a mini film fest of quality, exciting short films produced locally in Atlanta and premiering for the first time in Atlanta" says festival organizer Debbie Hess." We have curated some really fun, quality films that showcase the talent and skill levels of Atlanta independent filmmakers very well."
Here's the line-up:
Attack Of The Face Melters - Jack is a lovable Comic geek that enjoys his Comics more than his girlfriend. Peril awaits when Jack's Comic book comes to life. Written by Blake K. Swell and Directed by Tyler Weddle Co-Director - Blake K. Swell Starring: Michael Mercaldi, Blake Sewell, Larry Fleming, Pedro Nicanor, Skylar Felton, Adam C. Johnson, Timothy Nichols, Jeremy Sanders, Peyton Boyd, Roy Beecham, Troy Beecham, Kameron Morton, Elijah Morton, Raul Ruletta, David Griffith, Seven Digit Hues, Kole Sewell.
Sleep Tight - Bed bugs at the hotel snack on a body builder pumped full of steriods and grow to monsterous proportions terrorizing and attacking other guests at the seedy hotel. Directed by Ricky Hess and starring Jeremy Michael Grey, Baby Norman, RC Sayyah, Jenny Hall, Darien Johnson, Nathan T. Evans, Candi Vandi Zandi, Zoe Burgner, Samuel Norman and Haji Abdullah.
Rainy Season - Description: When a young couple arrives in the small town of Willow, ME they are warned to leave. They ignore the warnings and learn the horrific price the town must pay for prosperity. The Rainy Season has come back to Willow and when it rains...they pour.
The film is based off of Stephen King's short story Rainy Season from his collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes. This is a fully authorized adaptation. Screenplay by Vanessa Ionta Wright, Directed by Vanessa Ionta Wright. Starring Brian Ashton Smith, Anne Marie Kennedy, Jan Mary Nelson and Kermit Rollison.
Mr. Lockjaw: Prequel episode One - A ventriloquist with mundane aspirations of becoming a childrens entertainer becomes subject to his dummys more sinister desire: interrogating and torturing criminals for the mob. Directed by Byron Conrad Erwin, written by Justin Craig, Starring Troy Halverson, Deborah Childs, Tony Grillo, Baby Norman, Leanna Adams, Brian Troxell, Carl Childers, Matt Wasdin, Dojo Trumbull, RC Sayyah.
Where: The Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
When: Tuesday, June 27th, 7pm
Tickets are advance only and available online only at http://bit.ly/50footfilmfest
For trailers, behind the scenes and more visit: Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/facebookfilmfest"