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A New Teaser Promo for True Blood’s Final Season
​True Blood enters its final season this summer and, tonight, HBO debuted a new teaser which you can watch here. The series begins its ten-episode, seventh and final season on Sunday, June 22nd at 9:00 p.m. Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the series takes place in a world where vampires and humans co-exist, after vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source.
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20th Century Fox Previews 20 Minutes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Darryl F. Zanuck theater on the 20th Century Fox Lot was host this past Wednesday to a special sneak preview of director Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hosted by Caesar himself, Andy Serkis. Below, you can check out our account of the 20 minutes of footage screened and then sure to check back in the next few days for exclusive WonderCon interviews with the film’s cast and crew! Please be aware that the following scene descriptions contain minor spoilers for the July 11 release. “Family, tribalism, empathy and prejudice,” Serkis listed in his introduction as being the primary themes central to the upcoming continuation of the world established in director Rupert Wyatt’s 2011 reinterpretation of the long-running science fiction franchise. While that film borrowed most chiefly from the series’ third sequel, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves’ Dawn brings its world that much closer to the “primatocracy” of the 1968 original.
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Editorial: Predator 2 Doesn’t Deserve Your Hate
Predator 2 is the rare instance in which a sequel does everything a good sequel has to do. And no, this isn’t one of my random rants defending a sequel you might find questionable (such as the occasional proclamations of love for RoboCop 2 you’ll find on my Twitter account). I think Predator 2 is a genuinely great sequel. That’s not to say it surpasses John McTiernan’s 1987 film with Arnold Schwarzenegger – a creature feature/action film I hold in high regard. But Predator 2 gets the job done and is an interesting paradigm of the action genre’s shift from ’80s tropes into the ’90s. It is also the last best representation of the intergalactic hunter with the funky mouth until Predators came along 20 years later (seriously, screw those Alien vs. Predator films).
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Check Out the First 6 Minutes of Easter Sunday Here
Northgate Pictures took advantage of the holiday weekend to debut the first six minutes of it’s upcoming indie horror film Easter Sunday. You can watch it via the player here. It’s been 24 years since the deranged serial killer Douglas Fisher was executed by police on Easter night. This year, a group of hard-partying teenagers not only raise some hell, but literally raise the dead! The teens accidentally conjure the spirit of Douglas Fisher… AKA the bunny masked killer! These teens have until midnight on Easter to stop the evil bunny slasher, or he will tear their town – and everyone in it – to pieces.
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Derrickson: Why Ciaran Foy Was Chosen for Sinister 2 & What We Can Expect
This week, Sinister 2 took a significant step towards becoming a reality. Scott Derrickson, the director of the 2012 which grossed $77 million worldwide, and Blumhouse Productions selected a director to take on the sequel: UK filmmaker Ciaran Foy, who previously helmed the well-received thriller Citadel. If you go back and look at Citadel, you’ll understand why Foy’s vision was enlisted to carry on the mythology of Bagul. It’s grim, yet incredibly emotional and it has some truly genuine frights.
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Release Date, Poster & Trailer for the Creature Feature Animal
The trailer hit last month for the Chiller Films original Animal, but here it is again along with the official one-sheet and some release date news. Chiller will air the film – produced by Drew Barrymore’s production outfit – on June 17th. As for that poster, I’m not sure what I’m looking at, but that’s a lot of teeth. Gives me a Feast sort of menace. When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, blood thirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, tensions mount as long-buried secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival.
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Early Clip Release Offers Sneak Peek at Preservation
​Christopher Denham’s Preservation has its Tribeca premiere this weekend and we’ve got a sneak peek via a clip for you here. The film is looking for distribution, so this is indeed an “early look.” Wrenn Schmidt, Aaron Staton, Pablo Schreiber, Jennifer Dubin and Cora Olson star for Denham who also directed 2008′s Home Movie.
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Altergeist is Coming, Here’s the Title Treatment & Some Images
It’s not a “found footage” film, but it is an original story and a supernatural thriller. It’s called Altergeist, a film we first told you about during our American Film Market coverage last year, and today we’ve received the title treatment and a handful of images, courtesy of the official site. Writer-director Tedi Serafian’s flick stars True Blood’s Kristina Anapau, Freddy vs. Jason’s Brendan Fletcher and Sarah Oh. Here’s a bit more about the film and the gallery. No word on a release date yet, but we’re told it will be locked in for sometime this year.
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Here’s Our First Look at the Ryan Gosling-Directed Lost River
​Formerly known as How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling’s directorial feature debut has received a title change. The film is now being called Lost River, the name of the town the movie is set in and, today, the first images have hit the web in anticipation of its Cannes premiere. Looking at them, I was struck with a reaction that had me saying, “Of course.” They’re intriguing and weird and hinting at an unusual darkness. And that doesn’t suprise me a bit because Gosling has that in him. Look no further than his band Dead Man’s Bones for that.
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Godzilla Looks So Damn Cool in This New TV Spot
​Another Godzilla spot has arrived and I’m noticing that they’re taking all sorts of approaches to marketing this film. There’s the “nothing can stop it” approach in which the film is depicted as a natural disaster tale. There’s the “awe and wonder” approach filled with big explosions and action. And here we have the intense character drama angle…capped with one of the best looks at Godzilla yet. Take a look here, because it’s pretty damn cool.
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Choice Cuts: Inside Scream Factory & Exclusive Titles Announcement!
Shock Till You Drop’s original series Choice Cuts returns and goes inside Scream Factory. If you’re a regular Shock reader, they really need no introduction, but they’re one of the leading companies today seeking out older horror films and are restoring and releasing them as collector’s editions. While Scream Factory handles its fair share of new title acquisitions, their bread and butter is older titles and they’ve given us some fantastic ones: Day of the Dead, The Funhouse, Lifeforce, The Burning and many, many more. This upcoming summer and fall is huge for Scream Factory, so I sat down with Cliff MacMillan and Jeff Nelson to preview what’s to come and to give you a better insight as to how the company works.
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NECA Celebrates 30 Years of Krueger With New Figure
It’s been a while since I’ve written about any collectibles or figures that have impressed me. Leave it to NECA to break my silence. At a screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street in New York City last night, the company unveiled their 30th Anniversary “ultimate Freddy” figure that is getting a release this year. Under the lighting conditions of the first pic you see here…it looks pretty damn bad-ass. And, as you can see, he’s going to be coming with some alternate heads and other goodies.
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Netflix Horrors: The Latest Titles Added to Instant 4/18
Usually, I’d rather wait for Netflix Instant to add more than one title before doing a “Netflix Horrors” update, but the service added one film today that is worth putting on your radar before the weekend and I wanted to give you a heads-up. Now, we just had an Instant update two days ago – with four titles added.
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The Scavenger Killers Are Coming This July
Need some more serial killer fare in your life? Midnight Releasing announces the July 1st DVD, VOD and Digital Download release of Scavenger Killers, a blood and guts contemporary tale of justice gone very, very wrong. Directed by Dylan Blank and co-written by Kenneth Del Vecchio and Rachael Robbins, Scavenger Killers stars Robert Bogue (The Following) as charismatic and respected Judge Taylor Limone, and co-starring Rachael Robbins (Bikini Bloodbath Christmas) as sultry, scheming attorney Clara Lovering, the film graphically portrays what can happen when the pressures of bringing the most heinous criminals to justice ferments into a darkly psychological and sexual pursuit of perverse pleasure.
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Yes, They’re Going to Make I Spit On Your Grave 3
Here’s the truth: There’s an audience for these I Spit On Your Grave films. I never thought, when they delivered the remake in 2010, that they would keep exploring the rape-revenge scenario for sequels. Alas, here we are with news of a third film on the horizon. Bloody-Disgusting says CineTel has yet to find a writer-director, however, I Spit On Your Grave 3 is something that’s in the works. And, obviously, it’s in the works because the first two did so well when they were released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital.
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