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Paranormal Activity 5 Gets a New Title, Shuffles Release Dates with Scouts vs. Zombies
Paramount Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have announced today that the upcoming Paranormal Activity 5 now has a new title - Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. In addition, the film has been pushed from its October 24, 2014 release date to March 13, 2015, previously occupied by another upcoming Paramount release, Scouts vs. Zombies, which will now hit theaters on February…
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New Poster for V/H/S: Viral Lands Ahead of World Premiere
Ahead of the film’s world premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest, Magnet Releasing has debuted a new poster for the upcoming V/H/S: Viral which you can check out after the jump! This entry welcomes Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson and Todd Lincoln. You can check out a previously-released trailer by clicking here.…
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Announcing the Shock Till You Drop Short Film Program at Beyond Fest!
This season, Beyond Fest was gracious enough to welcome Shock Till You Drop as a partner. Not only is Shock presenting The Canal and co-presenting The Town That Dreaded Sundown at the fest, which kicks off on September 25th, but I’m helping with programming the short films that will play before select features. After sorting through the shorts that have come our way since submissions opened last month, we’re happy to announce the 13 titles that made the cut.
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The Evil Within Game Continues to Look Great, Here’s a New Trailer
To celebrate the Tokyo Game Show, a new gameplay trailer for The Evil Within – the upcoming survival horror game from legendary game director, Shinji Mikami – has been released. Detective Sebastien Castellanos and his partners are called in to investigate a gruesome mass murder. After witnessing a mysterious force slaughter his fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When the video opens, he finds his world has been turned upside down. Fighting for survival in a world where hideous creatures wander among the dead, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel who or what is behind this unimaginable evil. The game hits this October 21st.
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Video Interview: The Guest Star Dan Stevens
You’re Next director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett reteam for this week’s The Guest, an intense, bloody horror thriller that also manages to be rather tongue-in-cheek, both playing in and breaking down its many genres. Headlining the film is Dan Stevens (who also stars in this week’s A Walk Among the Tombstones) in the…
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Sneak Peek Tour: Halloween Horror Nights’ Clowns 3D & The Walking Dead
It’s that time of year again when Shock Till You Drop gets to visit Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights for a sneak peek at what they have in store. This year, as with previous, we got to tour two of the mazes in detail. We have a look at the latest The Walking Dead maze as well as an all new, original maze entitled Clowns 3D with music by Slash. Our first stop took us to a twisted clown with rolling eyes and a mouth as a doorway. This was the entrance for “Clowns 3D”. Halloween Horror Night mastermind John Murdy met up with us there and showed us a hint of what we would be in for. The story is twisted. There was this ice cream emporium that had a funhouse, but as time went on, people stopped coming, they don’t like clowns anymore. So the owners have fallen on hard times and need to find a way to drive up business once again.
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Christopher Denham’s Preservation Finds a U.S. Distributor
Preservation has found a home at The Orchard, reports Deadline. The film – which falls in line with Shock Till You Drop’s partnership with The Orchard – had its premiere at Tribeca earlier this year and will play to Los Angeles audiences at Screamfest next month. Wrenn Schmidt, Aaron Staton, Pablo Schreiber, Jennifer Dubin and Cora Olson star for director Christopher Denham who also directed 2008′s Home Movie. Denham is an actor as well, having starred in films like Argo and Forgetting the Girl.
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An American Guinea Pig Series is Being Made – Can You Stomach the Grisly Trailer?
The notorious Guinea Pig film series is apparently paving the wave for an American counterpart entitled, appropriately, American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore. When an e-mail about the trailer floated my way, the “Plot Outline” simply read: “Death.” Fair enough. And the trailer? It delivers on that. It’s rather cold and crude, as it should be I suppose, and it features a trio of dudes taking bodies apart. The preview comes across as more of an impressive, albeit hyper violent, special FX demo reel (in this case for Marcus Koch).
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Here’s the First Clip from Eduardo Sanchez’s Bigfoot Film Exists
A clip from Exists, the latest film from the co-director of The Blair Witch Project Eduardo Sanchez, has hit the web and we’re hosting it for you here. The film follows five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas, who struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists. The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.
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Fear Clinic, Preservation, White Settlers Top Screamfest Wave 2
Screamfest has announced the second wave of films packed with chills and thrills to be shown at the 2014 festival. Screamfest kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14th through October 23rd at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028). For the first wave announcement click here.
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Review: Smith Gets Closer to Making a Horror Film With the Uneven Tusk
Tusk is a bit of a mess. But this is what you get from an idea born on writer-director (podcaster) Kevin Smith’s SModcast and molded from both conversations had there and by fan input. It’s an uneven horror-comedy that could have easily worked had it not been for the strained humor that takes control of the narrative halfway through. Balancing horror and comedy is hard, as history has proven, but Smith has an especially difficult time here. Tusk works best when it’s embracing its outlandish nature and the uneasy laughs that derive from the terrifying notion of a man being transformed into a walrus. On that alone, Smith sails uncharted, exciting waters career-wise. However, he steers the film back around into more familiar territory that will no doubt please fans of his podcast and his earlier films but will disappoint those looking for him deliver a tonally consistent horror film.
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Shaun of the Dead Record to Make Its Debut at MondoCon
MondoCon is coming to Austin, Texas this weekend, bringing with it all sorts of goodies, guests and panels. Shock will be present, so stay tuned for some fun coverage. One of the many cool items to be available for purchase by attendees is the newly-announced vinyl for the original score from Shaun of the Dead to celebrate the rom-zom-com’s 10th anniversary with artwork by Jock. Mondo is also releasing the soundtracks for Looper and Music For 2001: A Space Odyssey with artwork and package design by Jay Shaw.
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Tom Hiddleston to Star in Legendary’s King Kong Film Skull Island!
Skull Island – the project Legendary surprised everyone with at Comic-Con over the summer – is gaining momentum. The company revealed this morning that Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers) will star in the film which explores the origins of King Kong. Max Borenstein penned the original draft of the script which is going to be helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of the Sundance hit The Kings of Summer. Universal will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.
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