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Go Behind the Scenes of SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard

Posted by Debi Moore on February 5, 2016

Hands down the best thing about the short-lived “The Following” was actor James Purefoy so when we heard he’ll next be seen in SundanceTV’s adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard, we were pretty stoked.  The series premieres on March 2nd, and to help get you as excited about it as we are, here’s a behind-the-scenes look with stars Purefoy, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Christina Hendricks as well as executive producer/director/writer Jim Mickle.

Based on the successful books from famed author Joe R. Lansdale, the six-episode event series is created by director/writer Mickle and writer Nick Damici, who also partnered on the film adaptation of Lansdale’s Cold in July. Set in the late 1980s, “Hap and Leonard” is a darkly comic swamp noir story of two best friends, one femme fatale, a crew of washed-up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho-killers, some lost loot, and the fuzz.

The story follows Hap Collins (Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. When Hap’s seductive ex-wife, Trudy (Hendricks), resurfaces with a deal they can’t refuse, a simple get-rich-quick scheme snowballs into bloody mayhem. Chock full of eccentric characters, “Hap and Leonard” provides a country twist on the classic mystery thriller.

Below are the synopses of the first three episodes:

“Hap and Leonard” Episode 1.01 – “Savage Season” (3/2/16)
After lifelong best friends Hap and Leonard lose their jobs, a seductive figure from Hap’s past resurfaces with a shadowy plan to score some major cash. Meanwhile, a menacing pair descends upon the duo’s hometown.

“Hap and Leonard” Episode 1.02 – “The Bottoms” (3/9/16)
Enticed by Trudy, Hap and Leonard begin their search for the lost loot with new compatriots Howard (Bill Sage), Chub (Jeff Pope), and Paco (Neil Sandilands). Leonard receives distressing news about his Uncle Chester.

“Hap and Leonard” Episode 1.03 – “The Dive” (3/16/16)
As the group closes in on the stolen money, Hap, Leonard, and Trudy revisit their pasts. Loyalties are tested within the gang during a fateful gathering at Leonard’s house.

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EFM 2016: Documentary Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex Heads to Berlin

Posted by Steve Barton on February 5, 2016

We love monsters here at Dread Central… We also loves movies about creating monsters, and that’s exactly what’s on tap with Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex! Read on for details, a trailer, and other goodies.

Alexandre Poncet and Gilles Penso’s film features Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, John Landis, and more.

Synopsis:
The success of Avatar, Jurassic World, the Planet of the Apes reboot, and series like The Lord of the Rings has proved one thing: Movie creatures have never been as popular as they are today.

Finding its roots in ancient folklore and mythology, the art of creating monsters for the big screen is, on the other hand, as old as cinema itself. From early experiments with apes and dinosaurs to the birth of special make-up effects, from the pinnacle of animatronics to the digital revolution, Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex explores a century of cinematic thrills and wonders. Most importantly, the feature film focuses on the relationship between the creatures and their makers: Like modern Frankensteins, special effects wizards create life out of raw material, art, and complex machinery.

For two and a half years, Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet have met all the greatest artists in the genre, visited dozens of studios, and gathered hours of exclusive footage from classics like Gremlins, Ghostbusters, The Abyss, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, and Spider-Man 2. The result celebrates a world of human imagination and unparalleled artistry but also shows how fragile traditional crafts have become in the wake of futurist technologies.

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Ben Vereen Joins Rocky Horror Remake!

Posted by Steve Barton on February 5, 2016

More Rocky Horror reboot news has arrived as The Wrap is reporting that the always wonderful Ben Vereen will play Dr. Everett Scott, an ex-science teacher now working for the Bureau of Investigation looking into UFOs who ends up at the castle while searching for his nephew, Eddie.

He joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-N-Furter), Victoria Justice (Janet), Ryan McCartan (Brad), Christina Milian (Magenta), Adam Lambert (Eddie), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff), Staz Nair (Rocky), Annaleigh Ashford (Columbia), and Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, who is returning as the show’s Criminologist Narrator.

In the small screen reimagining for Fox, sweethearts Janet Weiss (Justice) and Brad Majors (McCartan) stumble upon the bizarre abode of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Cox), a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious mad scientist. The doctor is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” – a fit, attractive man (Nair) created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.

Lou Adler, Gail Berman, and Kenny Ortega are executive producing. Ortega will direct and choreograph.

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Ben Vereen Joins Rocky Horror Remake!

Posted by Steve Barton on February 5, 2016

More Rocky Horror reboot news has arrived as The Wrap is reporting that the always wonderful Ben Vereen will play Dr. Everett Scott, an ex-science teacher now working for the Bureau of Investigation looking into UFOs who ends up at the castle while searching for his nephew, Eddie.

He joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-N-Furter), Victoria Justice (Janet), Ryan McCartan (Brad), Christina Milian (Magenta), Adam Lambert (Eddie), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff), Staz Nair (Rocky), Annaleigh Ashford (Columbia), and Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, who is returning as the show’s Criminologist Narrator.

In the small screen reimagining for Fox, sweethearts Janet Weiss (Justice) and Brad Majors (McCartan) stumble upon the bizarre abode of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Cox), a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious mad scientist. The doctor is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” – a fit, attractive man (Nair) created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.

Lou Adler, Gail Berman, and Kenny Ortega are executive producing. Ortega will direct and choreograph.

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Mezco Unleashes New Universal Monsters and Living Dead Dolls!

Posted by Steve Barton on February 5, 2016

Our man with the plastic plan, Paul “Nomad” Nicholasi, just sent over a few of his 100’s of images from Toy Fair 2016 highlighting some of Mezco Toyz‘s upcoming collectibles, and we’re just FLOORED by what’s on the way!

First up is a pair of new Frankenstein monsters, one of which showcases the monster reacting to fire and is one of the coolest damned things I’ve ever seen! Check em out! Look for these in September of 2016.

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Fans of Living Dead Dolls, prepare to drool because in addition to their latest lines of creepy original creatures, Mezco has some licensed stuff coming our way, including Annabelle, Pinhead, and Sam from Trick ‘r Treat.  They also teased Universal’s The Wolfman and Ash from Evil Dead! Look for all of these in summer/fall 2016.

Dig on the pics below, and for more collectibles, including some bitching Beetlejuice and Chucky related goodies, check out the Idle Hands Flickr album and visit the Idle Hands website!

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Mezco Unleashes New Universal Monsters and Living Dead Dolls!

Posted by Steve Barton on February 5, 2016

Our man with the plastic plan, Paul “Nomad” Nicholasi, just sent over a few of his 100’s of images from Toy Fair 2016 highlighting some of Mezco Toyz‘s upcoming collectibles, and we’re just FLOORED by what’s on the way!

First up is a pair of new Frankenstein monsters, one of which showcases the monster reacting to fire and is one of the coolest damned things I’ve ever seen! Check em out! Look for these in September of 2016.

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Fans of Living Dead Dolls, prepare to drool because in addition to their latest lines of creepy original creatures, Mezco has some licensed stuff coming our way, including Annabelle, Pinhead, and Sam from Trick ‘r Treat.  They also teased Universal’s The Wolfman and Ash from Evil Dead! Look for all of these in summer/fall 2016.

Dig on the pics below, and for more collectibles, including some bitching Beetlejuice and Chucky related goodies, check out the Idle Hands Flickr album and visit the Idle Hands website!

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Converge Upon This Exclusive Convergence Clip!

Posted by Steve Barton on February 5, 2016

Dark Sky Films’ latest project, Convergence, is in select theaters on now, followed by digital download, Blu-ray, and DVD on February 9th.  Check out this exclusive clip!

Convergence Release Details:
A detective on the trail of a terrorist finds himself in a supernaturally charged trap where all the rules of police work go out the window in director Drew Hall’s eerily atmospheric and provocative CONVERGENCE.

Detective Ben Walls (Clayne Crawford; “Rectify,” A Walk to Remember) lives a quiet life with his wife and newborn daughter. But he’s called into action after an explosion at a local women’s health clinic – an explosion that may be the work of a terrorist bomber Ben has been tracking. While investigating the scene, another shocking event lands Ben himself in the hospital. When he awakens, he is surprisingly uninjured and ready to go back into the field. But at the behest of his captain (Mykelti Williamson; Forrest Gump, Con Air) and the hospital’s few but eerily incongruous patients and staff, Ben is forced to remain inside the building.

As Ben navigates the hospital’s alarmingly empty hallways, he soon finds himself hunted by a self-proclaimed avenging angel (Ethan Embry; Eagle Eye, Vacancy), who may be the terrorist he has been looking for, and haunted by apparitions whose deadly motives remain a mystery. As Ben’s sense of reality begins to spiral out of control and the demons that surround him close in, he must find a way to both stop the supernatural forces that want him dead and catch the bomber before he strikes again.

A modern-day myth about redemption that’s equal parts crime thriller, supernatural horror, and action spectacle, CONVERGENCE will keep you guessing at every turn of its twisting plot right up until the last shocking frame.

Also starring in this gripping and unsettling film are Chelsea Bruland (Left Behind), Gary Grubbs (JFK), Laura Cayouette (Django Unchained), and Catalina Soto-Aguilar (“Sons of Liberty”).

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Narcopolis Blu-ray / DVD Details Unveiled

Posted by Steve Barton on February 5, 2016

Scream Factory has just announced what you can expect from its release of IFC Midnight’s Narcopolis! Read on for all the details.

From the Press Release:
In the near future where all drugs are legal, an elite police force works to keep drug companies rich and black market dealers off the streets. On March 1, 2016, the slick sci-fi thriller Narcopolis will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. Boasting a visually stunning, futuristic atmosphere, Narcopolis also includes new bonus features including an audio commentary with writer/director Justin Trefgarne, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, and more!

In 2024, the manufacture and consumption of drugs has been legalized. An elite police unit, known as Drecks, are created by an over-stretched police force to keep the black market dealers off the streets and the licensed drug companies rich. When Dreck and former addict Frank Grieves is called to investigate an unidentifiable corpse, he makes a connection to the biggest and most powerful drug producer of them all: The Ambro Company. But Ambro has friends in high places, and as his corrupt superiors turn on him, Grieves finds himself cut loose by the law and separated from the people he loves. The only way to clear his name is to find the identity of the dead body and its connection to Ambro. But not even Grieves is ready for what the future has in store.

Written and directed by Justin Trefgarne, Narcopolis stars Elliot Cowan (Howl, “Da Vinci’s Demons”), Jonathan Pryce (“Game of Thrones”), James Callis (“Battlestar Galactica”), and Elodie Yung (TV’s “Daredevil,” G.I. Joe: Retaliation).

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with writer/director Justin Trefgarne
  • Behind the scenes of NARCOPOLIS featurette
  • Deleted scene
  • Theatrical trailer

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The Phoenix Incident Getting Special Fathom Events Release

Posted by John Squires on February 5, 2016

On the night of March 13th, 1997, thousands of residents in Phoenix, Arizona reported seeing lights and strange objects in the sky overhead. Many believe, to this day, it was an alien visitation. Upcoming film The Phoenix Incident is based on the events of that day, and it’s headed to limited theaters this coming March. Read on for all the details!

From the Press Release:
Call of Duty talent director Keith Arem, and Concourse Media announce U.S. national premiere of UFO conspiracy-thriller THE PHOENIX INCIDENT with Fathom Events for a one-night event on March 10 in 100+ cinemas nationwide.

Blurring the line between fiction and reality, Keith Arem’s debut feature is a fact-based, sci-fi thriller that revolves around a possible military conspiracy and the controversial missing persons case tied to the infamous 1997 event. Shot in a unique found-footage / documentary style, the feature echoes horror-genre classics such as The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield.

THE PHOENIX INCIDENT is based on the largest UFO sighting in North America known as the Phoenix Lights. Featuring never-before-seen classified recordings and material, THE PHOENIX INCIDENT presents evidence of an extraterrestrial encounter resulting from the US Air Force’s direct engagement with an unidentified craft over the Estrella Mountains.

“THE PHOENIX INCIDENT breaks the mold of traditional productions,” said writer-director Keith Arem. “We took a transmedia approach to storytelling by incorporating everything from online sources and toll-free call in sites to live events, mobile apps – all pushing towards a theatrical event. This thriller changes the way stories are told and builds an immersive audience experience.”

Keith Arem, a native of Arizona where UFO sightings were a frequent reality, is an accomplished gaming industry veteran who has talent directed AAA franchises including Call of Duty, Saints Row, Ghost Recon, Spiderman, Tony Haw Pro Skater and Titanfall. He is also president of Los Angeles-based content creation company PCB Productions, specializing in interactive, film, television and digital media.

“Keith is a man of many talents; his unique gaming background proved priceless in transforming an indie budget project into a visually rich event, rife with action and special effects that can compete on a level with bigger budget productions,” said Concourse Media co-partner James Andrew Felts. “We’re thrilled to introduce this to audiences via a smart, multi-platform strategy that takes audiences well beyond the theater walls.”

The event will be shown in 100+ theaters nationwide with Fathom Events for one night on March 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Tickets available starting February 12, 2016 at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

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Dougray Scott the Latest to Fear the Walking Dead

Posted by John Squires on February 5, 2016

After a six-episode first season, AMC’s spinoff series “Fear the Walking Dead” returns later this year for a 15-episode second season, and some new blood will be added to the roster of characters. On tap today is the latest bit of casting news, so read on if you’re hungry for info!

Per The Wrap, Dougray Scott has signed on to star in the second season of “Fear the Walking Dead,” and though character details are under wraps at the moment, we do know that he will recur in multiple episodes. Scott’s horror credits include Dark Water and The Vatican Tapes.

Set in Los Angeles, “The Walking Dead” companion series focuses on new characters and storylines. The cast also includes Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lorenzo James Henrie, Ruben Blades, Mercedes Mason, Daniel Zovatto, and Colman Domingo.

Season 2 premieres April 10, 2016.

Robert Kirkman, the writer of the comic book on which “The Walking Dead” is based and an executive producer on the original show, also serves as executive producer on “Fear the Walking Dead,” along with executive producers Greg Nicotero, Gale Ann Hurd and David Alpert.

Dave Erickson is the showrunner.

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