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Occupant, Deep Silver Team for Dead Island Film
Occupant Entertainment and Deep Silver, the video game publishing label of Koch Media, announced today they are partnering to package, produce and finance a screen adaption of the popular hit video game franchise Dead Island. Occupant plans to attach a filmmaker and fast track the project for a production start in Q1 of 2015. Set on a tropical island resort, Dead Island revolves around a Zombie outbreak and has become one of the most-successful new video game IP’s in the last few years, selling over 8 million copies worldwide across all platforms.
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The ABCs of Death 2 Arrives Just in Time for Halloween
The ABCs of Death 2 – another collection of short films from a variety of filmmakers – is going to receive the usual double-whammy VOD/limited theatrical release scenario from Magnet and Drafthouse Films. Look for it on VOD October 2nd followed by a limited theatrical release on October 31st. The ABCs of Death films are comprised of 26 alphabet-themed ways to die from the biggest names in horror.
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Fantasia Review: Monstrous Teen Angst is Done Right in When Animals Dream
Can you believe it has been 14 years since Ginger Snaps? Fourteen! I guess more than enough time has passed to make room for another tale of teenage angst and lycanthropy. That is, a tale that doesn’t involve Stephenie Meyer and one that knows how to delicately balance the two while being entertaining, thoughtful and never heavy-handed. So welcome with me When Animals Dream, a Danish thriller from Jonas Alexander Arnby that gets the job done in surprising and pleasing ways. There’s not a whole lot of new ground being broken here, but the film presents a beautiful-looking backdrop and introduces more of a “classic Universal monsters” tone than one would expect.
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Watch Two Clips from the Slasher Film Comedown
Hitting next week is Comedown, a UK thriller that calls upon heavy slasher elements to tell the story of a group of kids who enter an abandoned apartment complex onlydiscover they’re not alone. And someone is willing to go to extreme measures to get rid of them. Comedown arrives on iTunes and various other VOD platforms on August 5th. Directed by Menhaj Huda (Kidulthood), the film finds Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones) playing one of six friends – all of whom have known each other from childhood.
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The First Promo for Syfy’s Z Nation Debuts
Syfy has revealed the first promo for their upcoming zombie TV series “Z Nation” which you can check out in the player below. “Z Nation” starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country. A team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California,…
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Lakeshore Records is Bringing the Sounds of Hannibal to Your Ears
Lakeshore Records will release four volumes of music from the hit NBC television series Hannibal, composed by Brian Reitzell (Lost in Translation). The Hannibal Season One Volumes 1 & 2 soundtrack will be available digitally on August 5th and on CD September 2, 2014. The Hannibal Season Two Volumes 1 & 2 Original TV Soundtracks will be available digitally on September 2nd and on CD September 23, 2014.
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This Trailer Will Take You into The House at the End of Time
One of the highlights of Fantasia for me this year was checking out Alejandro Hidalgo’s The House at the End of Time. I gave it some praise here, but if that review isn’t enough to get you curious about the film, here’s a trailer. The film does have a U.S. distributor in a company we’re all very familiar with. That news will be announced soon and hopefully we’ll get a release date then, too.
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