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A lift to work from a seemingly nice stranger turns into a mind-bending experience for one unlucky fish store employee in Waylon Bacon's new short film, The Ride, which you can watch right now on Daily Dead. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on a new story arc in the Cannibal comic book series, and details on the crowdfunding campaigns for The Misplaced and HoliDead.

Watch the Short Film The Ride: "In 'The Ride' we meet Greg, a disgruntled fish store clerk in danger of loosing his job. After missing his bus to work one morning, he meets Al, who offers to give him a ride.

Unfortunately for Greg, all may not be as it seems. Al is prone to explosive bouts of road rage. They seem to be going in the wrong direction. And the back of the van is filled with power tools and a mattress with a mysterious stain on it.

As things go from bad to worse, the film cuts back and forth between the ongoing situation and a series of comical, horrifying fantasies that beg the question: is Al dangerous, or is Greg just paranoid?"

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New Story Arc for Cannibal Comic Book Series: Press Release: "PORTLAND, OR, 03/28/2017 — New York Times bestselling writer Brian Buccellato (SONS OF THE DEVIL, The Flash, Injustice), co-writer Jennifer Young, and artist Matías Bergara (Sons of Anarchy) will dive into a new story arc in their ongoing southern-fried horror series CANNIBAL this May.

In the small Everglades town of Willow, the cannibal pandemic has only just begun. Told through the eyes of the Hansen family, it’s an anti-apocalypse story about a community that’s just too damn stubborn to give in.

In CANNIBAL #5, folks come to grips with the reality of cannibals, and Jolene’s fate is revealed.

CANNIBAL #5 (Diamond code: MAR170697) hits comic book stores Wednesday, May 10th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, April 17th."

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Misplaced Trade Paperback Kickstarter Campaign: Press Release: "Source Point Press is launching a Kickstarter March 29th for the trade paperback collected edition of the dark supernatural comic book mini-series The Misplaced. Unlike most collected editions, Source Point Press is proud to be offering their Kickstarter supporters the Complete Collected Edition before any of the single issues are released.

From writer and artist Chris Callahan comes a dark supernatural tale of love and desperation in the aftermath of a horrific tragedy. A young man pushes through the afterlife searching for the soul of his lost bride. But to find the missing, one spirit must return to the land of the living and uncover the truth of immortality.
“The Misplaced is one of the most thought-provoking, hauntingly beautiful, and unsettling books that we’ve seen here at Source Point Press,” says Editor-In-Chief Travis McIntire. “After reviewing the first issue, we immediately pushed forward to finish the four-issue series and move straight for a collected edition release.” The Kickstarter goes live at noon on Wednesday March 29th, and has rewards ranging from digital copies to print copies, original artwork, and even the chance to put creator Chris Callahan’s skills to work for yourself.

Source Point Press Art Director Joshua Werner says, “Chris Callahan is an incredibly multi-skilled storyteller. We’re proud to have The Misplaced in our lineup, and to have Chris amongst our creators.” Born and raised in Detroit, Chris eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. He’s worked as a Motion Graphic Artist and Art Director for over 15 years, designing projects for some of Hollywood’s top companies, as well as doing logo and cover designs for publications from Image, Top Cow, and more.

Source Point Press is a Detroit-based publisher of horror, supernatural, occult and pulp comics, novels, and art books. Founded in 2012 by Joshua Werner and Trico J. Lutkins, Source Point Press slowly paid their dues on the convention circuit, churning out titles. That hard work has begun to pay off as they find themselves as one of the fastest growing small press publishers in the industry!

Watch the trailer for The Misplaced here: https://youtu.be/839GVox5LP8

More information can be found at www.SourcePointPress.com, twitter.com/SourcePtPress and facebook.com/SourcePointPress.

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HoliDead FundThis Crowdfunding Campaign: Press Release: "Zagreb, Croatia March 23rd, 2017 - Dario Lonjak, an award-winning film director and famous writer (co-author of awarded zombie comedy book “Crisis”), producer and TV personality Velimir Grgic, both from Zagreb, have just launched a FundThis crowdfunding campaign to complete his upcoming feature film HoliDead. Velimir claims that this zombie comedy will be unique in its style, with sun, beach, alcohol, drugs and half naked girls meeting flesh eating zombies. Though it will contain all the common attributes of the zombie genre, HoliDead will primarily be a comedy with strong emphasis on mixing violence with laughter.

The story of HoliDead revolves around five young boys and girls from England and USA visiting Croatia for their summer vacation. However, their dream vacation soon experiences a wild turn when they end up in the middle of a zombie invasion. The theme is based on the concept of a cultural clash between the exotic local tradition and the modern foreign lifestyle. The film will feature the Mediterranean architecture and nature, sun scorched rocks, small town squares, and picturesque beaches that make Croatia a preferred holiday destination. Croatian culture and customs will also have an important role in the film.

A graduate in Film and TV Direction, Dario Lonjak is the recipient of numerous awards on genre film festivals. His documentary ‘Srecko’ was acclaimed around the world as an international hit on the Internet. Dario has also worked as an Assistant Director on several feature films and big national movies. Leading Croatian actress and huge start of arthouse festival hits (Cannes Un Certain Regard recipient “The High Noon”) Tihana Lazovic will play a major role in HoliDead.

The initial funding goal for this project is $100,000, and it will cover the initial investment needed to start the project, complete the pre-production tasks, attract other investors to close the full budget, and start shooting. However, Dario’s complete budget for HoliDead is $500,000. By stretching the budget to $1,000,000, the team will be able to afford better special effects, make up and SFX; better actors with some known names, more days of shooting, and more expensive post production.

Inviting all zombie comedy enthusiasts to support his funding initiative, Dario states, “Our goal is not to make a trash exploitation film but a commercial, fun, youth comedy with zombies. $500,000 will enable us to make a good and fun film, but with an investment of $1,000,000, HoliDead will be even better in every aspect and even more successful.”

To find out more about this campaign on FundThis, please visit http://bit.ly/2nnnMJD"

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