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Zombieland 2 Back on Track with Ruben Fleischer Returning
Plans for Zombieland 2 appear to be back on track today with Deadline reporting that Sony Pictures has brought aboard The Expendables scribe Dave Callaham to provide the screenplay. He’ll work closely with Ruben Fleischer, who will be returning as director. Set in a zombie post-apocalypse and filtered through a darkly comic lens, the original Zombieland hit theaters in 2009 and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as survivors attempting to outlast the living dead.
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Gallery: A Detailed Look at the Nightbreed Director’s Cut Limited Edition Set
Scream Factory chose Shock Till You Drop to be one of the first to receive the anticipated Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut limited edition set. And similar to what we did with the Halloween collection, I figured you guys would want a more detailed look at the packaging (you can see Scream Factory’s unboxing video here). It’s a beautiful package, without a doubt. Stay tuned for my review, now…pardon me while I dig into this beast!
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New American Horror Story: Freak Show Trailer Offers Actual Plot
Well, look at that! An American Horror Story: Freak Show trailer has come along that actually offers some scenes from the show – with, you know, plot and character! – as opposed to the trippy, hyper-stylized promos we’ve been inundated with. This promo is called “Monsters Among Us.” American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
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L.A.! See Popcorn on 35mm This Saturday With Jill Schoelen in Person!
The Beyond Fest slate just added one more cool event! If you’re in Los Angeles this Saturday, treat yourself to the previously-announced free screening of The Town That Dreaded Sundown, then, stick around for a 35mm presentation of the 1991 horror film Popcorn. Star Jill Schoelen will be in attendance for a Q&A. This screening is being put on by Secret Sixteen and the Jumpcut Cafe (which houses the monthly Dead Right Horror Trivia Night event I co-host with Fangoria’s Rebekah McKendry). You can get your tickets here.
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Shock Interviews: Talking With the Director & Cast of Annabelle!
A little over a year after the release, and success, of The Conjuring, Warner Bros. and New Line bring horror fans Annabelle, a film that acts as a spin-off and a prequel to the aforementioned James Wan-directed movie. John Leonetti is in the director’s seat. He served as the director of photography on many of Wan’s films; he even shot Child’s Play 3. Recently, I sat down with Leonett and Annabelle cast members Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis and Alfre Woodard. Leonetti opens up about how he wanted to approach the film and how he maintained discussions with Wan in order to keep the film feeling like it was within the world of The Conjuring. The actors, meanwhile, talk about their time working in the horror film. Woodard, meanwhile, gets pretty candid when she discusses her encounter and handling of the Annabelle doll.
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Ring! Ring! Terror is Calling in This Clip from The Babadook
A new clip from The Babadook has hit the web in anticipation of the film’s UK release in October (we don’t get it here in the States until November 28th). Check it out beyond this synopsis. Six years after the death of her husband, Amelia struggles to discipline her out of control 6-year-old Samuel – a son she finds difficult to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill tem both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babdook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. And when Amelia begins to see glimpses of the creature herself, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may well be real.
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Event Report: Knott’s Scary Farm is the Key to Halloween
As the Halloween season officially begins, our favorite theme parks take on new and sinister personalities. Perhaps the most famous and consistently awesome, is Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween haunt. For 40 plus years, the park has continued to thrive by raising the bar and creating the best in original haunt attractions. This year is no exception and Knott’s has introduced something new and even more interactive to the experience. They call it Special Ops Infected.
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This Trailer for the Killer Doll Film Heidi Kind of Works…
Filmmaker Daniel Ray alerted us to a trailer for his indie horror film Heidi. The movie combines two sub-genres of horror – killer dolls and found footage. Yes, I rolled my eyes at the idea of this, too. But then I saw the trailer and…I thought it sort of worked for a DYI horror flick working on a legitimate micro-budget. Heidi is getting its premiere in Vegas this month. If you’re in the area, you can get details on the screening here. Written and directed by Ray, the film’s synopsis goes like this…
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Clive Barker’s Final Pinhead Story ‘The Scarlet Gospels’ Gets Release Date!
It’s the news many of us have been waiting for: A firm release date for “The Scarlet Gospels,” the novel that pits Harry D’Amour of “The Last Illusion” against the Cenobites. Clive Barker broke the news via his Facebook page that St. Martin’s Press will release the tome on May 19, 2015! That’s the jacket art you see to the right. Per Barker’s page…
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Jesse Metcalfe, Virginia Madsen Board Dead Rising: Watchtower
Dead Rising: Watchtower – the official title of the live-action, feature-length film in the works at Legendary and Crackle – has scored a cast. Jesse Metcalfe, Virginia Madsen, Meghan Ory and Dennis Haysbert will star in the project. The companies also announced that principal photography will begin on September 30th in Vancouver. The project has been written by Tim Carter, who will also produce with Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner. Contradiction most recently produced the hit digital series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) will executive produce.
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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 Will Have to Happen Without Wirkola
News-wise, it has been a busy last two weeks for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. The funny thing is: The studio has made no official comment about anything that has been brought up. The news has been purely driven by the director and cast…so who really knows if Paramount will move on the sequel at all. Still, the news rolls on. The latest update comes from our brothers and sisters at Fangoria. In their recent chat with Tommy Wirkola, the writer-director said he’s going to refrain from helming the follow-up to his film which grossed over $200 million worldwide.
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Saw’s 10th Anniversary Re-Release Debuts a Trailer and Poster
As announced last month, Lionsgate is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the theatrical release of Saw by bringing it back to theaters nationwide for one week only this Halloween! The film will open on Friday, October 31st, with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. Today, Fandango has brought online both a trailer and poster…
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David Arquette, Lili Simmons, Sid Haig Also Join Bone Tomahawk
The cast of Bone Tomahawk is growing. Last week, we told you Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox were set to star alongside Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins. Now, David Arquette, Lili Simmons, genre vet Sid Haig, Kathryn Morris and Evan Jonigkeit are joining the cast. Sid Haig and Kurt Russell sharing the screen together…how about that?! Bone Tomahawk comes from writer-director S. Craig Zahler and begins production soon from Caliber Media.
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Beyond Fest Review: Alexandre Aja Adapts Joe Hill’s Horns
Ignatius Perrish loved Merrin Williams from the moment the light of her cross necklace caught his eye from his church pew. They were just kids then, but their love lasted well into their adult years. It seemed that no force could break the bond they shared, until one dreadful night, when Merrin lost her life in the woods to a mysterious foe. Once her fate becomes public knowledge, Ig is instantaneously targeted as the main suspect. His motive as the boyfriend keeps his name in the papers, but the lack of evidence keeps him out of jail. For now. Just when it seems that Ig has been through hell and back, he wakes one morning to find that he has sprouted horns atop his head, and they may be helpful in recovering the truth about Merrin’s death.
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Exclusive Blurb-Heavy Poster Debut for the Summer of Blood
Summer of Blood’s U.S. one-sheet is full of raves (?). Shock Till You Drop has your exclusive first look at the poster for this horror-comedy which recently received a release date of October 17th from Dark Sky Films. Onur Tukul writes, directs and stars in the film which also features Alex Karpovsky, Anna Margaret Hollywman, Dakota Goldhor, Dustin Guy Defa and Keith Poulson.
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