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The Unseen: The Goop, Gore & Commentary of Society
We are living in a material world, and greed is good. Somewhere amidst all the synth music, hairspray and day-glow neon of the 1980s, greed and excessive wealth were not just accepted, they were downright admirable. The rampant economic discrepancies and class identification issues boiled to a head on screen in films like Pretty in Pink, The Secret of my Success, and Less Than Zero. Some filmmakers gave commentary on the wealth by creating the standard 1980s rich asshole character (who was usually played by James Spader) or by showing that wealth would make you forget the “good things” in life as is the theme is movies like Brewster’s Millions, Rain Man, and Baby Boom. But few films tackle the dystopian illusion to quite the extent of Brian Yuzna’s Society, and definitely not with as much latex and goo. It is tragic this film is so hard to find and has garnered such exceedingly limited releases in the States.
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Review: Septic Man Isn’t So Crappy After All
When you read the plot synopsis for Septic Man it definitely sounds a lot like The Toxic Avenger. Even a little bit like Swamp Thing. What we get is nothing like either of those movies but much darker and much more disgusting. The story goes as follows: Jack is a septic repair man who is hired by the mysterious Prosser to fix the cities pipes, as the water has become so toxic that an evacuation has been called for. Jack’s wife, Lindsey, leaves but Jack stays behind to make money for her and their unborn baby. As he’s researching the pipes, he becomes trapped in a room full of toxic sewage and dead bodies.
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Halloween Horror Nights to Participate in The Purge: Anarchy
As the gates to “Halloween Horror Nights” open, so too does the annual Purge begin at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort with the debut of a terrifying new scarezone, The Purge: Anarchy, inspired by Universal Pictures’ new thriller, which scored the highest opening for a horror film this year. The Purge: Anarchy scarezone will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims.
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The Strain Recap & Analysis – Episode 102 ‘The Box’
I’m back on “What the Flick?!” this week recapping episode 102 of FX’s The Strain, the latest horror series to hit the web. Joining me are William Bibbiani, Alonso Duralde and Ben Mankiewicz. Click on the player here to listen to our recap and analysis of the show. Is it getting better or worse? In this installment of the series – entitled “The Box” – four survivors begin manifesting strange symptoms, but Eph and Nora’s attempt to quarantine them is thwarted as the disinformation campaign begins. Meanwhile, in jail, Setrakian receives a surprise visit from an old – a very old – acquaintance.
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Official Poster, Trailer for Come Back to Me – Opening This Week
This Friday (July 25th) sees the iTunes/VOD release of Comes Back to Me. The thriller will be hitting select theaters as well at that time. In the film, Sarah (Walder) and Josh McLaren (Passmore) are a young married couple living in suburban Las Vegas. Shortly after a car accident, Sarah begins to suffer a series of disturbing memory lapses and frequent blackouts that seem to be increasing in intensity. Unsure of what is happening, and feeling as though she is losing her mind, Sarah comes to learn she is pregnant.
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Magnet Unveils Poster for Honeymoon Release
Below, you’ll find the official one-sheet for the Magnet Release Honeymoon which arrives on iTunes/VOD and in select theaters September 12th. In the film, young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them.
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Comic-Con 2014: Check Out a Convention Exclusive Jurassic World Poster!
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has taken to Twitter to reveal a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive poster from artist Mark Englert for the upcoming film which you can check out below. No word on where the poster will be available just yet, but check back here for updates as we learn them. Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on June 12, 2015, the anticipated movie stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus and Andy Buckley.
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Halloween Complete Blu-ray Collection Bonus Features Revealed
Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory have announced the bonus features and technical specifications for the September 23rd HALLOWEEN Complete Collection Blu-ray set. I think it’s safe to say that this is the biggest franchise box set we’ve ever seen. There is so much here… This new set boasts a wealth of NEW bonus features including 7 brand NEW featurettes, 3 brand NEW commentaries, 4 brand NEW interviews – with many of the participants sharing their thoughts about the franchise for the first time — and NEW transfers and audio specs on selected titles.
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Fantasia Review: Suburban Gothic Reflects No Sophomore Slump for Richard Bates, Jr.
Moving back in with your parents can be hard to do. It comes with a modicum of humility and confusion. You’re an adult: How did it get to this bad? Why can’t you find a job? You have a degree, but are driven back home until you get back on your feet – how long will this last? Richard Bates Jr. pushes the answers to these questions into extreme, often very funny, territory in Suburban Gothic, his sophomore feature following the grisly Excision. His latest film – which made its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival – deliberately favors humor over horror this time around. But it’s not the pitch black laughs that came in Excision.
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Boom! Studios Tease Escape from New York Comic Series
Boom! Studios have just debuted a new teaser image for an upcoming series, which will be based on John Carpenter’s Escape from New York. Check it out after the jump! It would appear that after the success of their Big Trouble in Little China series from The Goon creator Eric Powell, Boom! will be venturing into…
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Comic-Con 2014: The Walking Dead Season 5 Banner Revealed
AMC released today The Walking Dead key art for Comic Con International: San Diego 2014. The image, which will appear on banner ads around the fan-based convention from June 24-27, features series stars (from L-R): Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene and Michael Cudlitz as Sgt. Abraham Ford.
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Michael Caine Joins the Cast of The Last Witch Hunter
Michael Caine has boarded The Last Witch Hunter which is swiftly moving into production now over at Lionsgate. This is the supernatural thriller directed by Breck Eisner that stars Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama rewrote the script based on a pitch by Cory Goodman. D.W. Harper and Melisa Wallack also worked on the script.
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Exclusive Interview: Anthony Ferrante & the Cast of Sharknado 2: The Second One
When Sharknado appeared on the schedule for Syfy last year, it seemed like just another knock off in the Sharktopus/Arachnoquake tradition. The night it aired, it became a phenomenon, so not only was Sharknado 2 inevitable, but now it’s one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. Sharknado 2: The Second One airs July 31st on Syfy, and we got to interview director Anthony Ferrante early when NBC-Universal presented its summer programming, including its cable networks, to the press. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return to find Sharknados attacking New York, because of course they do. Adding to the cast are Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, horror veteran Kari Wuherer and 30 Rock funnyman Jonah Friedlander, who chimed in with a few tidbits after I spoke with Ferrante.
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Scream Factory to Bring The Squad Home
Jaime Osorio Marquez’s The Squad – a Colombian horror film that made the festival rounds in 2011 – is coming to the U.S. courtesy of Scream Factory this fall on October 21st. In the foggy mountains of Colombia, nine soldiers trudge through muddy terrain in search of an outpost that they believe has been invaded by guerrillas.
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Timur Bekmambetov Presents Something Cybernatural, Watch the Trailer
Timur Bekmambetov of Nightwatch, Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter produced a new horror film called Cybernatural that played to Fantasia Film Festival audiences last night. We have a look at the film via a trailer for you here. While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something from beyong this world, something that wants them dead.
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True Blood Recap: Episode 705 ‘Return to Oz’
Was this episode written by Shonda Rhimes? Because this week’s episode felt like a lot of emotional realizations without much actually happening. It wasn’t overly sappy, but this episode felt so long. It was a true “middle episode:” we wrapped up the plotline from the first half of the season, and set up the plots for the second half. Unfortunately, the plot setups were a little weak. We have a whole bunch of scorned lovers, and we discover Bill is infected. No surprise there. I am eager to see what kind of torture Eric will rain down on Sarah. Sookie returns to a home without Alcide. Lafayette is there, and puts her to bed. Sookie wakes nearly 24 hours later, and discovers that Lafayette and James have set out a huge buffet. They have scheduled a party to help ease Sookie’s loneliness and celebrate life. She goes along with it begrudgingly, and only after Bill shows up, painfully on time.
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