Welcome to another horror/sci-fi round-up. We have big news for those of you who enjoyed Tomas Vergara's stunning zombie short film, Isolated, as well as four release date changes for Marvel's Phase 3 slate and details on the Horror Block Short Film Festival.

Isolated: Clocking in at about five minutes, Tomas Vergara's CGI-animated Isolated features plenty of heart-pumping suspense, an intriguing story, and zombies that emerge slowly from the shadows, though they are capable of sprinting down the city streets (effectively evoking both George A. Romero’s living dead and the zombies of Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake).

We shared Vergara's short film with Daily Dead readers last month. If you were captivated by the apocalyptic story and didn't want it to end, then you're in luck, because in addition to Vergara being signed by the Verve agency, Deadline reports that Vergara and Verve are looking to develop Isolated as a feature film with Vergara in the director's chair. Stay tuned for more updates, and if you haven't seen Isolated yet or want to experience its nerve-jangling suspense once again, check it out below:

“After finding himself in a wrecked taxi, Evan tries to figure out the pieces of the puzzle, while dealing with a dangerous threat, in a seemingly deserted city.

Produced by Ian Mery
Directed by Tomas Vergara
Written by Manuel Vergara and Tomas Vergara
Music by Manuel Canepa
Sound by Daniel Ferreira
Co-Producer: Ivan Mery

Starring Tomás Verdejo and Luis Gnecco”

Marvel Phase 3 Release Dates: Late last night, Sony and Marvel announced that they had signed a deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It was a big day for web-heads around the world, as a new Spider-Man film was also announced to come out on on July 28th, 2017, with an appearance by Spider-Man in a Marvel movie slated to happen before his next solo flick (it's not unrealistic to expect some Spider-Man screen time in the Superhero Registration Act storyline of Captain America: Civil War).

Like any big splash, the new Spider-Man movie has a ripple effect on the rest of the MCU, particularly in their upcoming Phase 3 lineup, so some release date changes have been made (via Box Office Mojo) for the following 3D films:

  • Originally scheduled to come out on November 2nd, 2018, Inhumans is now slated to hit theaters on July 12th, 2019.
  • Initially slated for a July 6th, 2018 release, Captain Marvel will now come out on November 2nd, 2018.
  • At first penciled in for a November 3rd, 2017 release, Black Panther is now scheduled to hit theaters on July 6th, 2018.
  • Originally set to hit the big screen on July 28th, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok will now be unleashed in cinemas on November 3rd, 2017.

Horror Block Short Film Festival: Five friends visit a secluded cabin in the woods… and discover they aren’t alone. Paranormal investigators enter a notorious haunted house… and encounter more than they bargained for. If you’ve ever thought of expanding on these or countless other horror movie setups in your own short film, then you might be interested in entering the Horror Block Short Film Festival, which features a $10,000 first place prize.

Teaming up with Rue Morgue, Horror Block's (which many horror hounds are familiar with as the monthly subscription service that delivers horror-themed goodies to people's doorsteps) short film festival is open to active Horror Block subscribers. Films must be ten minutes or less and submitted to horrorblock.com/r/filmfest by March 16th. Multiple prizes are available:

  • 1st Place: $10,000
  • 2nd Place: $5,000
  • 3rd Place: $2,500
  • Best Effects: $1,500
  • Best Scream: $1,000

Source: Deadline
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