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Scary vs. Gorey

Posted by Horror Grinder on January 8, 2013

I love scary movies and I love blood and guts and severed heads and tangled up intestines everywhere. I guess tangled-up intestines are kind of the same thing as guts, but, wow, do I love grisly gore. It seems like older horror movies often focused more on the psychology of how horrifying a situation or act was and newer horror movies put more attention into convincingly showing every stab and every spurting artery on camera. For example, especially when you factor in what audiences of the time were used to, Last House on the Left was really shocking in 1972. It’s slogan was “To avoid fainting, keep repeating it’s only a movie, only a movie, only a movie.” Most of the most horrible events in the movie, you hear the suffering, but you can’t really see what is going on. By contrast, the 2009 version seems to be shot somehow higher quality, partly just due to the technology of modern cinematography. To my modern eyes, the color palette is more pleasing in the 2009 Last House on the Left. More of the gruesome parts are visible, although they could still go more extreme with that, for my taste. But the new one somehow loses some of the aura of menace, while at the same time vastly improving special effects and general overall look. Partly I suppose Aaron Paul just didn’t seem very scary to begin with and he already seemed like a tragic hero to anyone who had seen him play Jesse in Breaking Bad. You can research more about both the 1972 film version and the more recent 2009 remake at Wikipedia and you can read a bit about Last House on the Left distribution channels for horror at Blue Blood.

Horror special effects definitely have come a long way since the seventies. Now though, the special effects are, not to sound ironic, to die for. Trust me, if the quality of movies were still the same as they were a few decades ago, you can bet that I wouldn’t drop what I was doing over at http://www.partybingo.com just to watch some crappy special effects, and acting that we will just label as sub-par. Thank god though, that isn’t the case! To prove my point, just go watch one of the many (I think there are eight) movies in the Saw series, or if you are really up for some cringing, then watch Hostel.

So, in conclusion, I’ll watch the seventies movies for the acting and the newer ones for the special effects, but the special effects really have to be pretty impressive. I’m thinking about going to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. I figure, even if the acting is all Disney Channel, the special effects on that have to be worth a theater ticket.

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Need New Stills and Theatrical Dates? There’s an APP for That!

Posted by Steve Barton on April 17, 2014

Need New Stills and Theatrical Dates? There's an App for That!On tap right now are some new stills and the release schedule for the innovative smartphone-driven Dutch horror flick APP! No second screen needed! Check out the goods, and look for more on this one soon!

From the Press Release
RAM Releasing, the genre shingle under New York-based distributor Film Movement, announces the complete US theatrical and VOD release locations for the release of APP, Bobby Boermans’ thriller that is the first film made with the intentional inclusion of content on a second, mobile screen.

The accompanying app, IRIS, is equipped with sonic technology that triggers additional content during the movie – off-screen text messages between characters, an alternative angle in a scene, and more. The IRIS app can be downloaded to iPhone or Android for free now by texting IRIS to 97-000.

APP represents the single largest release in the history of RAM parent company Film Movement, hitting 24 theatrical markets, 12 major cable VOD providers, and 6 top streaming VOD outlets on May 9th.

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CABLE VOD – Armstrong; Blue Ridge; Cablevision; Charter; Comcast; Cox; Frontier; Insight; Mediacom; Service Electric; TimeWarner; Verizon

STREAMING VOD – iTunes; Amazon Video; Google Play; Xbox Network; Playstation Network; Vudu

For the latest list of where to see APP everywhere it's available, click here.

Synopsis
Anna lives with her best friend, Sophie, and balances psychology classes with supporting her brother and his recovery following a traumatic motorcycle accident. She’s never far from her cellphone, and after a night of partying in the dorms, Anna wakes up groggy and hungover, only to find that a new app has been inexplicably added to it.

Initially helpful and clever, IRIS soon begins behaving mysteriously, answering personal questions it shouldn’t know the answers to and sending inappropriate images to her contacts. When it becomes clear she can’t simply delete the unwanted, evil app, Anna’s efforts to confront it will set in motion a fearful series of events that will put her life - and that of her roommate and her fragile brother - in fatal danger.

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Exclusive Outrageous New Poster for A Haunted House 2

Posted by Steve Barton on April 17, 2014

Exclusive Outrageous New Poster for A Haunted House 2The sequel to A Haunted House, the cleverly titled A Haunted House 2, is nearly here; and right now we have an exclusive one-sheet for you that once again parodies one of the horror genre's most recent popular films! Dig it!

The sequel to A Haunted House catches back up with Malcolm (Wayans), who is trying to get a fresh start after having to exorcise demons out of his ex. However, moving into a beautiful home with his new girlfriend and her two children does nothing to stop the paranormal — or the humor.

Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Ashley Rickards, Steele Stebbins, Essence Atkins, Affion Crocket, Dave Sheridan, Hayes MacArthur, Missi Pyle, and Cedric The Entertainer star.

Open Road Films is releasing the spoof, which is directed by Michael Tiddes and co-written by Wayans and Rick Alvarez, on April 18th.

Synopsis
Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spine-tingling tension and hilarious punch-lines, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!

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Win a Copy of Godzilla: The Art of Destruction

Posted by Debi Moore on April 17, 2014

Win a Copy of Godzilla: The Art of DestructionWe've previously mentioned that Godzilla: The Art of Destruction is heading our way on May 13th, and the book's publisher, Insight Editions, has generously provided us with a few copies to give away. Read on for the details!

Two lucky Dread Central readers will win a copy of Mark Cotta Vaz's visually stunning volume that delves into the making of the new Godzilla film, showcases its incredible production art, and includes interviews with its director, key crew members, and cast.

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To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on May 12th.

But that's not all! Insight is also giving us one extra copy of Godzilla: The Art of Destruction for our Box of Dread subscription service, which will be included in June's "Seventh Box." All you have to do is sign up for Box of Dread at BoxofDread.com.

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Top 9 Films Based on Supernatural True Events

Posted by Scott Hallam on April 17, 2014

Top 9 Films Based On Supernatural True EventsThere's something more chilling about movies based on true events. Knowing that at least some version of what you're seeing on the screen actually happened in real life makes the movie more powerful. With the upcoming release of The Quiet Ones, we decided to reminisce about other movies based on horrific real life events.

The Quiet Ones is inspired by a true story of a university experiment done on a young girl that goes horribly, horribly wrong, so we focused on movies based on claims of supernatural true events.

There is a huge list of honorable mentions in this category. We could even break it down into sub-categories, like movies based on the antics of Ed Gein: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, Psycho and Deranged. True crime reenactments: In Cold Blood, Helter Skelter and Zodiac just to name a few of the best. Even real life animal attack movies like Jaws, Eaten Alive and Open Water. Other notable mentions are The Girl Next Door and The Hills Have Eyes.

But in honor of the release of The Quiet Ones on April 25th, we bring you...

Top 9 Films Based On Supernatural True Events

The Amityville Horror (1979)
Perhaps the most famous paranormal investigation of all time, The Amityville Horror was actually inspired by a book written by Jay Anson which documented the experiences of the Lutz family, who moved into the Long Island, NY, home. Of course that home was the scene of the Ronald DeFeo, Jr., murders just 13 months earlier. Being the location of six murders, it would be no surprise if the house was indeed haunted. And according to legendary paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, it indeed was, and The Amityville Horror brought all the horrors the Lutzes experienced right to the big screen where it belonged.


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The Conjuring (2013)
Five years before they investigated the Amityville house at 112 Ocean Avenue, Ed and Lorraine Warren visited the Perron family home in Harrisville, Rhode Island. According to notes on this particular haunting, the offending entity was a witch named Bathsheba Sherman, who lived on the property in the 19th Century. This witch cursed the land the Perron family home was built on with a hex that would make anyone who moved onto the property die. This was the inspiration for James Wan's 2013 hit film The Conjuring, and if the real life events were anything like what happened in that movie, particularly the exorcism scene at the finale, then those Perrons certainly had a real mess on their hands.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
A brilliant marketing campaign that focused on the fantastic physical work of Jennifer Carpenter (shortly before she became Officer/Detective Debra Morgan on "Dexter") made The Exorcism of Emily Rose an eagerly anticipated movie and monster at the box office. In a weird pairing of horror/courtroom drama, The Exorcism of Emily Rose is loosely based on the story of Anneliese Michel, a German woman who underwent an exorcism in 1976 and subsequently died the same year when refusing medical and psychiatric treatment. The story of Michel is a sad one as she weighed just 68 pounds at the time of her death due to malnutrition and dehydration, with the strain of the exorcism being blamed for contributing to her death. She was also suffering from pneumonia and had two broken knees due to continuous genuflections and could not move without assistance. The film does a great job of reenacting the court proceedings the priest who performed the exorcism had to face when being held responsible for Michel's death.


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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Yes, you read that right, A Nightmare on Elm Street was based on true events. You may be shaking your head thinking, "You've finally gone off the deep end, Gash. There's no way that could be true." But indeed it is. Apparently, Craven was following a series of article in the LA Times in the '70s that told of a group of Khmer refugees who were fleeing Cambodia for America. After experiencing some horrific nightmares, they refused to sleep, but when they finally nodded off, they died. Here's the story as Wes Craven details it. "It was a series of articles in the LA Times, three small articles about men from Southeast Asia who were from immigrant families and had died in the middle of nightmares—and the paper never correlated them, never said, 'Hey, we've had another story like this.'"

Fire in the Sky (1993)
Certainly more of an extraterrestrial encounter than a ghostly experience, but supernatural is supernatural, right? Fire in the Sky is the cinematic depiction of Travis Walton's book, The Walton Experience, wherein he details his terrors in what has become one of the most infamous cases of alien abduction in American history. As with any allegedly true mysterious encounter with otherworldly beings, Walton certainly had his detractors, most notably Mike Rogers, whom he fought with on "Larry King Live" during promotion for Fire in the Sky, but held firm to his story. Although the movie does take huge liberties with Walton's story, as movies are apt to do (with even the screenplay writer apologizing at one point for making changes the studio requested), it is a chilling tale of what might be out there beyond the stars.


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The Entity (1982)
As if a paranormal haunting isn't enough, the haunting spirit in The Entity was sexually attacking its host. Sheesh! Barbara Hershey plays Carla Moran, a character based on real life victim Doris Bither, although neither director Sidney J. Furie, nor Hershey met with Bither at any time before or during the shoot. The movie is based on the book by Frank DeFelitta, which detailed Bither's experiences. Investigators tried to prove the spectral rape part of Bither's story but could not get photographic evidence (although they did get some cool light arc pics of Doris). There was also some severe actual abuse that went on in Bither's life growing up. All this leads to many questions against her story. But why someone would come up with a story of a ghostly rape is a tough one to figure out. The Entity contains some intense imagery, especially for the time it was released, and tells a great tale of haunting.

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
The Haunting in Connecticut is a very intriguing tale. It has the element of doubt built right in. Much like the validity of Doris Bither's claims tended to be doubted in The Entity because of the possibility of mental illness and questionable living conditions, The Haunting in Connecticut purposely puts doubt into the viewer's mind to help drive home the point of how scary a real haunting is during the later parts of the movie. This film is somewhat based on the story of Carmen Reed Snedeker and her family. Snedeker moved closer to the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!) Health Center, where her son was being treated for cancer. Apparently some of the medications used in the treatment could have had hallucinatory side effects. So was it real? Let's ask the experts as the Snedeker home was also investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren, who indeed verified some serious paranormal activity. Lorraine claims the house was cleared after an exorcism was performed in 1988.


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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
In 1975, parapsychologist John Keel wrote The Mothman Prophecies about his investigations into apparent sightings of large, winged creatures around Point Pleasant, West Virginia, from 1966-67. This book was the inspiration for the 2002 film starring Richard Gere about these same mysterious creatures. The movie illustrates the legend of the mothman and John Klein's (Gere) obsession with finding him. The movie and book both center their stories around the collapse of the Silver Bridge, and the movie and book both claim that there was never any scientific explanation as to why this bridge collapsed (trying to shuffle off the blame on the mothman, I'm sure!), but in actuality, failure of an eye bar in a suspension chain was the cause. Although that's not nearly as scary (or as marketable) as saying the mothman did it. And who knows? Maybe he weakened the faulty eye bar!

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
We touched on a lot of hauntings, an alien abduction, mothmen and even a dream master…why not a real life vampire. Shadow of the Vampire is a fun, supernatural look at the filming of one of the original horror movies, Nosferatu. With John Malkovich playing Nosferatu director F.W. Murnau and Willem Dafoe playing the incredibly quirky actor Max Schreck, Shadow of the Vampire asks the question, 'What if the man who played the original cinematic vampire was actually a vampire himself?' Of course this is a satirical 'based-on-true events' rendering, but it is a fun question to ask. Schreck was an incredibly odd individual and it's amusing to picture him as an actual vampire. That would explain a lot about this unique method actor.

The Quiet Ones Synopsis
From the producer who brought you The Woman In Black and Let Me In comes the unnerving tale of The Quiet Ones. Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland along with a team of university students conduct an "experiment" on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected. Inspired by true events, the film stars Jared Harris ("Mad Men" and Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Olivia Cooke ("Bates Motel"), and is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.



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NOT SAFE FOR WORK: 13 Gruesome Decapitations

Posted by Matt Molgaard on April 16, 2014

13 Gruesome DecapitationsTypically I’d line an article of this nature up with a nifty little introduction. This time around, I’m just going to hit you with something of a disclaimer: Compiling this list was extremely challenging. There are countless scenes depicting heads being severed from bodies, in countless different pictures.

And quite a few of them could easily be considered strong enough to make this list. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference. You’re likely to agree with some of these choices (there’re a few safe calls, I admit), and you’re probably just as likely to disagree with a few. If you’re feeling as though I missed a masterpiece, drop a line. Who doesn’t love watching cranial destruction?

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Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan: Let’s first acknowledge the fact that there are a number of severed heads that have flown about in the presence of a Voorhees. Pamela’s own noggin went flying in the first rendering of this never ending story, and some wild hillbilly lunatic’s was sent sailing through the evening sky after Hockey Face got tired of his high-pitched dirt bike and feminine screams for his mommy in the fifth outing. And without really breaking it all down, I’m certain a few others lost their tops after inadvertently stumbling upon the murderous Voorhees familia. But none scream such volumes of awesomeness as that of Julius Gaw, who actually got his melon obliterated during a session of fisticuffs with the iconic slasher. That’s right, an actual fist fight... which Julius was winning prior to the come-from-behind haymaker Jason landed. Ironic that the only character in the entire film that seemed to have a hint of a personality drifting about in his head eventually had it punched right off his shoulders without the slightest regard.

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Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Never talk shit to an evil looking clown that shoots popcorn. Those bastards have hands, wicked, wicked hands. After damaging a goofy (but damn creepy) clown’s goods, one would-be tough guy gets more than he bargained for: a boxing match with the Killer Klown. One well-placed right to the jaw signals the end, of existence. The connection is made, the head comes away from the body, and flies into a trash can. And the hooligans stare on in fearful awe. You’ve got to love a shot like this. Who doesn’t want to see the bully swallow his just desserts?

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30 Days of Night: Hey, you get two picks from one picture! 30 Days of Night wasn’t just a startlingly brilliant vampire film, it was ultra-violent, extremely gory and surprisingly well acted (who knew Josh Hartnett had that performance in him?). And this earned a wide theatrical release? There must be a God. Roughly 55 minutes into the film we eye our first onscreen lopping. Watching John Riis have his neck hacked away at by a terrified Eben isn’t pretty, but it is wondrous. It looks abnormally realistic. We’re talking truly unsettling realistic. And after the shock of that jarring scene has finally had time to fade from the forefront of your memory, it all happens again – and this time it’s even fuckin’ worse!! The similar demise of Billy Kitka is nauseatingly ingenious (and marginally more graphic), simply because we thought the beheading business was firmly behind us. Nope, this one leads right up to the movie’s grand finale, and holy shit is it a disgustingly perfect shot. For my money, it’s the single greatest decapitation to ever see showcase in a major motion picture.

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Evil Dead 2: Everything about this movie screamed humorous, drunken entertainment. Even a head soaring through the air. Or a head pinned in a bench vice, its lips still flapping away. Ash is one groovy son of a bitch, and this is one groovy scene that always stands out in the memory. There isn’t much more that need be said: The Evil Dead films are astounding and boast amazing shots.This just happens to be one of them.

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The Omen: I’ll raise a little hellfire here by announcing my abhorrence for this film. It’s okay to hate me, but hear me out. The Omen never worked for me because the story itself felt particularly drawn out, tugged along by a director who failed to recognize that 15 fewer minutes could have elevated an often boring piece (I’m not sorry, dammit; it’s how I feel!) into a highly gratifying slice of celluloid. The downtime between the amazing shots just lasts too damn long, so much so that they steal away from the jolting scenes. And the jolting scenes are unbelievably impressive. The impalement shot is an absolute joy to behold; the sliding glass pane that separates Jennings’ head from his body is just a totally different animal. Shocking, shocking stuff that looks as though it would have been a better fit in an outright exploitation film. For the record, I’m glad it’s in this film, and not just another exploitation film. This was a true highlight.

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High Tension: Most creative decapitation on the list? Quite possibly! There’s something to be said about the savagery of this particular execution, if for no other reason than the fact that we just don’t see this gruesomeness every day. For those who’ve forgotten this riveting sequence, High Tension’s villain (I won’t specifically identify the killer, in the off chance that you’re one of about a dozen people alive who haven’t seen this amazing flick) actually uses a dresser to take one head clean off. I mean gone in one hasty motion, nothing but blood splatter lingering. This is one of the moments that established Alexandre Aja as a certified powerhouse of horror, and he followed it up with a few more equally impressive moments as the picture progressed (come on, you know you got a kick out of the “oral” scene). His body of work henceforth speaks for itself.

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Cigarette Burns: Many will argue that Cigarette Burns was the last truly great film John Carpenter made (I’m actually quite the fan of The Ward, believe it or not). I’m not mad at anyone who stands by that assessment, as this was a highly disturbing production crammed full of aesthetics designed to ignite revulsion and real fear. And there are some very haunting visuals to boot, it’s not just the gratuitous violence that stands out. However, that gratuitous violence is at times completely inescapable and unforgettable. Case in point, the decapitation of that poor broad who’s tied to the chair of some strange sadomasochistic freak who happens to be in possession of a massive blade. It’s no wonder Daryl Dixon is so well versed in disposing of walkers – the poor guy’s been witnessing beheadings for about a decade already. He’s got a huge edge on Rick!

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Se7en: We never actually see the severing of Gwyneth Paltrow’s head in Se7en, but it still earns placement on this list, and for good reason. Few pictures capture emotions as David Fincher’s awe inspiring shocker managed. Even fewer successfully blend genres of film. This was a perfect hybrid flick. And this particular moment was the ultimate less is more scene, in which we were gifted a bit of honest movie magic. It’s hard to manufacture an emotionally crushing visual... without a visual – David Fincher and Brad Pitt (who proves here like never before that he’s far more than just a hunky dude, he’s a supremely talented thespian) made it happen, and it was legendary beyond fathomable reaches. No one saw the impact of that fateful encounter coming – many predicted the great reveal, most certainly – but none anticipated the heartbreaking response we all experienced.

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Hatchet: In 2006 Adam Green set out to bring the hulking slasher of the 80s back to prominence. With the return of the beast also came the return of over the top gore and preposterous comedy. It sounds like a moronic idea, but Green really hit a homerun with Hatchet and his nasty creature, Victor Crowley. The brand epitomizes everything that ever rang as fun for those of us who grew up on genre tapes in the 80s, and the man is owed a sizable measure of debt for such a feat. The fact that he was able to keep the wheels spinning for three movies is admirable. Many prefer the first of the Hatchet films, and when you see the gore and you catch the jokes (there’re plenty of subtle lines that may go unnoticed upon a single viewing, in addition to the blatant punchlines), it’s no challenge understanding why. Among the many amazing shots in this campy future classic is a scene in which sleazebag faux-porn director Doug Shapiro gets decapitated, Linda Blair style. Victor literally spins this douche bag’s head around 360 degrees before popping it free of the spinal column. Nasty, but well played.

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Sleepy Hollow: What really need be said of this picture? The whole damn flick is decapitation after decapitation! Fortunately for viewers of the macabre, Tim Burton knows exactly how to make such a violent act look unpleasantly believable.

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Wrong Turn: Do half-decapitations count for this list? Eh, we’ll make an exception... or two. A pair of things that have always seemed logical to me: One, avoiding inbred cannibalistic rednecks will probably prolong the lifespan, and two, climbing trees is dangerous business. I’ve never run into flesh eating hillbillies, but I once saw a kid plummet from the top of a good 50-footer, smacked the ground so hard he snapped both of his forearms in half. No thanks, I’ll keep my feet firmly planted on the ground. Apparently Carly never saw a kid come falling out of a tree and break his bones in pieces. If she did happen to see something of that nature, she forgot, and went and got herself stuck up in a tree where maniac man eaters swing like wild monkeys. One even swings an ax, splitting that ridiculously cute face right in two.

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Dead Snow: Nazi zombies? A chainsaw clothesline? One decaying head completely shredded in a single swoop? Brilliance in its truest sense. Dead Snow is a riotous feature, stuffed full of laughs and memorable characters. The legion of undead hatemongers even echo long after viewing. Outpost may have really kicked off the Nazi zombie craze, but Dead Snow took the concept and ran in a totally different direction. It’s a direction that proves every bit as entertaining as anything you’ll find in the Outpost movies (which I enjoy quite a bit, for the record), although the tone is dramatically different. Sick, sick movie, with some tasty gore to devour!

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Tribeca 2014: A New Extraterrestrial Image Beams Down

Posted by Steve Barton on April 16, 2014

Tribeca 2014: A New Extraterrestrial Image Beams DownWith the film's premiere at Tribeca just a few days away, Entertainment Weekly scored a new still from the latest offering from The Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters) entitled Extraterrestrial (formerly The Visitors), and we have every pixel of it right here for your perusal.

Freddie Stroma stars in the indie feature written and directed by The Vicious Brothers. Randy Manis, Kim Arnott, Shawn Angelski, and Martin Fisher produced.

The film centers around a group of college friends who travel to a secluded cabin in the woods for a weekend of partying. As the night is winding down, they notice something strange in the sky: a ball of fire descending through the air, crash landing in the nearby forest...

We'll have more on this one as it comes.

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New Cold in July One-Sheet and Trailer Turn Up the Heat

Posted by Steve Barton on April 16, 2014

New Cold in July One-Sheet and Trailer Turn Up the HeatAfter impressing with films like Stake Land and We Are What We Are, Jim Mickle unleashed Cold in July on audiences at Sundance this past January, which was scooped up for release by IFC Films. On tap right now we have a brand new poster and the first trailer. Dig it!

Look for the film in limited theaters and VOD outlets on May 23rd.

Cold in July stars Michael C. Hall, Vinessa Shaw, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, and Nick Damici.

Synopsis
On a hot Texas summer night in 1989, family man Richard Dane (Hall) awakens to the sound of a burglar breaking into his home. In a panic, he shoots the intruder dead—but this nightmare is only just beginning. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when the burglar’s ex-con father, Ben (Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Misled by the cops and desperate for answers, Richard embarks on an increasingly berserk, bloodstained quest to discover what really happened that night.

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New Stills Cast Dead Shadows

Posted by Steve Barton on April 16, 2014

New Stills Cast Dead ShadowsAs we told you earlier this year, Scream Factory is putting out David Cholewa's Dead Shadows (review) on April 29th, and we have a handful of new stills for you to dig on!

The film looks be a gory and grotesque good time. Dig in!

DVD and Blu-ray extras include a special effects featurette, deleted scenes, and an interview with director David Cholewa.

The flick stars Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, John Fallon, and Rurik Sallé.

Synopsis
DEAD SHADOWS, Cholewa’s first feature film, tells the terrifying story about a young man, Chris, whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago on the same day that Halley's comet could be seen from earth. Tonight a new comet is going to appear, and everyone in his building is getting ready for a party to celebrate the event. There's even an apocalypse theory going around.

As night falls, Chris starts to discover that people are acting strange - and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet. People are becoming disoriented and violent, and it doesn't take long before they start mutating into something from beyond this world. In a fight for survival, Chris has to try to escape from his building with the help from some other tenants - but will they make it out alive?

Special Features

  • Making-of Special Effects Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Interview with Director David Cholewa
  • Theatrical Trailer and Teaser Trailer

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  • Another Casting Update Slides in Under the Dome

    Posted by Debi Moore on April 16, 2014

    Dwayne Boyd - Another Casting Update Slides in Under the DomeAnother new cast member has been announced for Season 2 of "Under the Dome," and while details are scarce, we thought fans of the show would be interested in keeping up with the latest so read on to see who it is!

    Per Lilja's Library, home of all things related to Stephen King, Dwayne Boyd (The Hunger Games, "Resurrection," "Sleepy Hollow") has been tapped for the role of Greg, who will first appear in Episode 2.05.

    He joins the other Season 2 newcomers announced thus far, which include Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Karla Crome, and Dwight Yoakam.

    The popular CBS summer series returns on Monday, June 30th.

    "Under the Dome" stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Natalie Martinez (Linda), Dean Norris (Big Jim), Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie), and Britt Robertson (Angie). But no telling how long any of them will stick around as it's already been announced that two "favorites" will be killed off in the show's Stephen King-penned Season 2 premiere.

    For more info visit "Under the Dome" on CBS.com, "like" "Under the Dome" on Facebook, and follow "Under the Dome" on Twitter (@UnderTheDomeCBS).

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    The Green Inferno Trailer Now Available for Mass Consumption

    Posted by Steve Barton on April 16, 2014

    The Green Inferno Trailer Now Available for Mass ConsumptionFinally, after months of waiting, the trailer for Eli Roth's next film, The Green Inferno (review), has arrived! Look for it in theatres September 5, 2014, via Open Road Films.

    Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, and Sky Ferreira star.

    Synopsis
    How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horror master Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism and has a healthy appetite for intruders.

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