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Is this Before I Wake TV Spot a Gift or a Curse?

Posted by Debi Moore on July 29, 2016

We all have said that we wish our dreams could come true, but what about our nightmares?  In the upcoming Before I Wake, you can’t have one without the other… so would you call that a gift or a curse?  We’ll find out on September 9th!

Before I Wake stars Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), Thomas Jane (“Hung”), Annabeth Gish (“Pretty Little Liars”), Dash Mihok (“Ray Donovan”), and Jacob Tremblay (Room).  It’s directed by Mike Flanagan, who co-wrote the script with Jeff Howard.  Trevor Macy, Sam Englebardt, and William D. Johnson produced.

Synopsis:
In this intense and heart-pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Bosworth) and Mark (Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep but soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody’s imagination and in the next the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares.

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Hobo With a Shotgun Director to Adapt a Vigilante Comic Book

Posted by Kieran Fisher on July 29, 2016

It’s been half a decade since Jason Eisener unleashed his grindhouse masterpiece Hobo With a Shotgun on the world and blew our minds to smithereens.  He captured lightning in a bottle with that movie and provided the almighty Rutger Hauer with one of his career best roles.

Ever since then, the Ontario native has kept himself busy by contributing segments to ABC’s of Death and V/H/S/2, as well as directing the incredible underwater short One Last Dive – and producing the gory and adorable (agorable?) Turbo Kid. However, nothing beats a full feature and – at long last – we’re about to get the long-awaited sophomore effort, written by Bryan Connolly and Zack Carlson.

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Eisener’s new movie will be titled New York City Outlaws and is based on a comic book of the same name by Robert Huszar and Ken Landgraf.  The story follows a group of vigilantes who team up to save the Big Apple from anarchy while the police are on strike, and it sounds awesome.

The comic was inspired by Walter Hill’s seminal masterpiece The Warriors, which Eisener fans will know is a movie that’s near and dear to the director’s heart.  This has all the ingredients to be one tasty treat.

Canadian filmmaker Jason Eisner, photographed on th eset of Eastlink Television's "Aperture Atlantic" during the 2008 Atlantic Film Festival.

Canadian filmmaker Jason Eisner, photographed on th eset of Eastlink Television’s “Aperture Atlantic” during the 2008 Atlantic Film Festival.

The screenplay will be handled by Bryan Connelly and Zack Carlson, so you know it’s in good hands.  The latter was responsible for the “Terror Tuesdays” series at Alamo Drafthouse and is currently the host of the outstanding Vice cult cinema series, Outsider.

We might have to wait awhile, with Eisener currently busy serving as second unit director on Adam Wingard’s Death Note series.  That being said, we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait.  The world needs more Jason Eisener movies, and just knowing that one is on the horizon is good enough for now.

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First Darksiders Game Being Remastered

Posted by David Gelmini on July 29, 2016

With Darksiders II being remastered last year, it was only a matter of time before the first game got the same treatment. Darksiders: Warmastered Edition will be released on October 25 and features a ton of new improvements from its original incarnation. Get the full details below.

From the Press Release:
Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell. In the slaughter that ensued, the demonic forces defeated the heavenly hosts and laid claim to the Earth.

Brought before the sacred Charred Council, War is indicted for his crimes and stripped of his powers. Dishonored and facing his own death, War is given the opportunity to return to Earth to search for the truth and punish those responsible. Hunted by a vengeful group of Angels, War must take on the forces of Hell, forge uneasy alliances with the very demons he hunts, and journey across the ravaged remains of the Earth on his quest for vengeance and vindication.

Features:

  • Apocalyptic Power – Unleash the wrath of War, combining brutal attacks and supernatural abilities to decimate all who stand in your way
  • Extreme Arsenal – Wield a devastating arsenal of angelic, demonic and Earthly Weapons; and blaze a trail of destruction atop Ruin, War’s fiery phantom steed
  • Epic Quest – Battle across the wastelands and demon-infested dungeons of the decimated Earth in your quest for vengeance and redemption
  • Character Progression – Uncover powerful ancient relics, upgrade your weapons, unlock new abilities, and customize your gameplay style
  • Battle Heaven and Hell – Battle against all who stand in your way – from war-weary angelic forces to Hell’s hideous demon hordes

Warmastered Edition Features:

  • PS4, Xbox One and Wii U versions of Darksiders (Wrath of War)
  • Native 1080p rendering resolution
  • Doubled all the texture resolutions
  • Rendering improvements and rework
  • Better shadow rendering quality
  • Post processing effects
  • 60 FPS in moment to moment gameplay (PS4, Xbox One, PC, 30 for WiiU)

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Blood Bath (Blu-ray)

Posted by Anthony Arrigo on July 29, 2016

Blood Bath (1)Starring William Campbell, Patrick Magee, Sid Haig, Marissa Mathes

Directed by Jack Hill, Stephanie Rothman

Distributed by Arrow Video


Barring some notable injuries, warring egos, or an Act of God the histories of most film productions are fairly standard. On rare occasions, however, the story behind the camera is more enticing than what eventually hit screens. This is sometimes true of the early works of producer Roger Corman, who is as famous for his extensive filmography as he is infamous for his frugal moviemaking ways. Tales of his ambition to maximize budget and sets are legendary. Filming wrapped under budget? That money can be used to fund another picture! Filming wrapped early? Better use those sets to shoot something else! The quality of these pictures was often equal-or-secondary to marketing them. Corman was also known for funding unfinished and foreign films, sending over his own stock players to assist for a later release stateside. One such film is Blood Bath (1966), owning the dubious honor of having one of the most convoluted production histories of all time.

Looking to expand into the international market, Corman decided to invest some money in a Polish production, Operation: Titian (1963), a spy thriller that was not exactly within his wheelhouse. To ensure the film would work just as well for American audiences, he installed two of his stalwart actors, William Campbell and Patrick Magee, in the cast. Additionally, Corman himself oversaw writing as script supervisor. Still, despite these inclusions the final film wasn’t to Corman’s satisfaction and he was unconvinced it could be successfully released. That film is included here on Disc One, presented with a new reconstruction that pieces it back together via original film materials and SD inserts.

Portrait in Terror spawned from the first cut of Operation: Titian, though slightly reworked, reedited, and redubbed, making its debut on television. Some of the excess found in Titian was removed to streamline the picture, though a couple of additional scenes were filmed to pad out the run time, resulting in variations in film quality – and even actors – and in the process injecting the film with some unintended cheese. Neither of these two cuts made much of an impact stateside.

Not one to let a potential theatrical payday vanish, Corman enlisted veteran director Jack Hill to direct new scenes to be added to Titian, so it could yet again be reworked and released under the more eye-catching title of Blood Bath. Eschewing the spy concept, Hill’s film switches gears to horror, focusing on a deranged artist, Antonio Sordi (William Campbell), who kills his models and dunks their bodies into a vat of boiling wax before turning them into sculptures. Hill regulars Sid Haig and Jonathan Haze joined the cast as part of a beatnik group that features prominently into the new storyline. The beat scene had been used by Corman before, most famously in his 1959 cult hit A Bucket of Blood. Much of Titian was jettisoned (only around thirty minutes were retained), partly explaining why this new feature runs a scant 62 minutes. Also complicating the filmmaking process was Hill’s departure, which left Corman looking for yet another director to step in and finish off the film.

Enter director Stephanie Rothman. Most of Hill’s footage was kept in the picture but a major change was made: Sordi would now be a vampire. Complicating matters was Campbell’s unwillingness to return for additional shooting, meaning the film had to come up with a creative way to explain why Vampire Sordi looks nothing like Human Sordi. The answer? Sordi changes his appearance when in vampire form. Oy vey. Because Blood Bath wasn’t close to the network television running time minimum of 90 minutes, chunks of the original Titian cut were dropped in and redubbed, and additional footage of a foot chase was also added. Having fun keeping up?

What a mess. Who can even say how many directors and editors had their way with Titian, trying to salvage a doomed ship? Individually, none of these edits are interesting enough to be anything more than a quick way to kill a lazy afternoon. Presented together, however, allows for curious B-movie aficionados to watch each cut in subsequent order and study the odd inclusions, exclusions, editorial decisions, and acting inconsistencies. In some ways it’s the cinematic equivalent of the ship of Theseus, though Corman had no real intentions of maintaining the integrity of the original film. Arrow Video’s lavish set is an unexpected treat for fans of any of these four disparate cuts, since great care has gone into presenting each as complete as possible.

The booklet included in this set goes into precise technical detail on how each transfer was achieved – and I highly suggest tech nerds give it a read – but here’s the skinny: Portrait…, Blood Bath, and Track… are presented with new 2K restorations in 1080p, in their original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. Film elements for these three cuts vary, however, and there are variances in quality depending on scene. In general, the image clean and stable, with natural film grain and good contrast for the black & white image. Definition can vary from clearly-HD to barely-above-DVD, though some of these issues can be chalked up to the source. Titian has been reconstructed using a handful of elements – among them standard definition video – and as a result looks the weakest of the bunch.

Audio is presented in English with an LPCM 1.0 mono track. There is a slight crackling to the dialogue and words can occasionally sound a bit muffled. Hissing is not uncommon across all four features, too. Range is extremely limited (not unexpectedly). Considering the vintage and available elements what is presented here works perfectly fine. Subtitles are available in English.

The big bonus feature here is Video Watchdog’s Tim Lucas’ “The Trouble with Titian Revisited”, which runs for over an hour. Lucas, who has vivid memories of seeing differing cuts of Titian as a child, spent years doing detective work – long before the internet – to uncover the connections between all four versions. His research goes deep and he presents a ton of factual information here… but, unfortunately, he’s also very dry and this piece drags a bit for that very reason. Still, this is the perfect complement to the cuts provided here and it should definitely be watched after consuming every version.

“Bathing in Blood” is a brief interview with actor Sid Haig, discussing how he got involved once Hill came on board as well as covering some of the reshoots.

“Jack Hill on Blood Bath” is an archival interview with the director, who is diplomatic in his discussion of a clear failure.

A stills gallery is also included.

Additionally, this attractive little package includes a 40-page booklet filled with essays, information, and photographs, reversible cover art (dig that old-school AIP key art!), and a double-sided poster, all housed inside a cardboard slipcase.

Special Features:

  • Limited Edition collection of the complete Blood Bath
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of four versions of the film: Operation Titian, Portrait in Terror, Blood Bath and Track of the Vampire
  • Brand new 2K restorations of Portrait in Terror, Blood Bath and Track of the Vampire from original film materials
  • Brand new reconstruction of Operation Titian using original film materials and standard definition inserts
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on all four versions
  • The Trouble with Titian Revisited – a brand new visual essay in which Tim Lucas returns to (and updates) his three-part Video Watchdog feature to examine the convoluted production history of Blood Bath and its multiple versions
  • Bathing in Blood with Sid Haig – a new interview with the actor, recorded exclusively for this release
  • Archive interview with producer-director Jack Hill
  • Stills gallery
  • Double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artworks
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
  • Limited edition booklet containing new writing on the film and its cast by Anthony Nield, Vic Pratt, Cullen Gallagher and Peter Beckman

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Doom Gets a Ton of Badass DLC

Posted by David Gelmini on July 29, 2016

One of the most badass horror games out there is about to get a whole lot more badass! Doom’s just received a ton of new DLC, and we’ve got the details right here.

From the Press Release:
Today we’ve released an all-new video showcasing the exciting content available for free in Update 2 on July 29th, and teasing Unto the Evil, the first premium DLC pack for DOOM.

Also, starting tomorrow is a Double XP weekend for DOOM’s multiplayer content, running from 12:00pm ET, and ending at 12:00pm ET on August 1st.

Lastly, we’re pleased to announce that Unto the Evil will be available worldwide on August 5th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Priced at $14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99 / A$23.95, Unto the Evil will include the following for DOOM’s multiplayer:

· Three new multiplayer maps: Offering, Cataclysm, and Ritual
· A new player-controlled demon: Harvester
· A new weapon: UAC EMG Pistol
· New equipment: Kinetic Mine
· New ways to customize your DOOM Marine, including additional armor sets, patterns, colors, and taunts
· New hack modules

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The Exorcist Poster Is Watching YOU!

Posted by Steve Barton on July 29, 2016

I’ve gotta say that we dig what we’ve seen of the Fox TV adaptation of “The Exorcist” so far, and we also really dig this latest one-sheet, which debuted courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Check it out!

“The Exorcist” (airing Fridays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT, on Fox) premieres on September 23rd. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), the series stars Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis (“Commander in Chief,” Thelma & Louise), Alfonso Herrera (“Sense8,” The Chosen), and Ben Daniels (“Flesh and Bone,” “House of Cards”).

Related Story: Geena Davis Talks The Exorcist & Asks if America Wants Another Beetlejuice

The Exorcist

About “The Exorcist”:
“THE EXORCIST” is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. FATHER TOMAS ORTEGA (Alfonso Herrera) is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious, and compassionate. He runs a small but loyal parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, another priest finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. FATHER MARCUS BRENNAN (Ben Daniels) is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive, and utterly consumed by his sacred mission.

Caught in the middle is the RANCE family, members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface they’re a normal, suburban family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The patriarch, HENRY RANCE (guest star Alan Ruck), is slowly but surely losing his mind. Eldest daughter KATHERINE (Brianne Howey) has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, CASEY (Hannah Kasulka), thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother ANGELA (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis) has been plagued by recurring nightmares, each more frightening than the last. Angela believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries.

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Ash Vs. Evil Dead Features the Most Outrageous Death in Film History!

Posted by Steve Barton on July 29, 2016

If you weren’t already excited about the return of “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” this one may just get your ghost! During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, star Bruce Campbell offered this interesting tidbit of info!

There’s an episode that’s basically around the Delta, [Ash’s car]” says Campbell. “It’s a pretty interesting episode, with perhaps the worst onscreen death in the history of all visual arts. ‘Worst’ meaning ‘most outrageous.’ Like, ‘Am I really watching this happening? Am I really watching this unfold in front of me?’

Ash Vs Evil Dead

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About “Ash vs. Evil Dead” Season 2:
“Ash vs. Evil Dead,” a 10-episode half-hour series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film, The Evil Dead.

The second season roars back into action in October 2016 with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby Knowby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead. Lee Majors (Do You Believe), Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” Spider-Man), and Michelle Hurd (“Law & Order: SVU”) join the series this year as Brock Williams, Ash’s father; Chet Kaminski, Ash’s childhood best friend; and Linda, Ash’s high school love, respectively.

Sam Raimi serves as executive producer with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”), and Ivan Raimi (Drag Me to Hell, Spider-Man 3) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”), who serves as executive producer/showrunner. Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Moira Grant (“Spartacus”) serve as producers.

Watch “Ash vs. Evil Dead” Season One: The full first season of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” can be viewed now on the Starz App on Chromecast, Apple TV (4th generation and newer), iPhones and iPads running iOS 7.0 or higher, Google Nexus Player, Sony Android TV, and Roku as well as most Android phones, tablets, and TV devices.

Ash Vs Evil Dead Comic Con

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Luc Besson Guilty of Plagiarizing Escape From New York; Ordered to Pay Up!

Posted by Steve Barton on July 29, 2016

You know, we’ve all seen similarities in movies and wonder, “Wow, did they just rip off ______?” and sometimes we’re right! Case in point: Yahoo is reporting that French filmmaker Luc Besson has been ordered to pay Hollywood’s self-styled “Master of Horror” John Carpenter nearly half a million dollars for plagiarising his classic 1981 movie Escape from New York.

The director of The Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita had denied that his 2012 film Lockout copied the cult futuristic thriller in which New York’s Manhattan island is a giant prison that has been overrun by its inmates.

In Carpenter’s film, Kurt Russell plays a government agent-turned-convict who goes inside to rescue the US president after his plane crash-lands there.

In Lockout, Guy Pearce plays a wrongly convicted man who is offered his freedom if he can free the US president’s daughter from a jail in outer space which its violent prisoners have taken over.

The heroes of both “got into the prison by flying in a glider/space shuttle, had to confront inmates led by a chief with a strange right arm, found hugely important briefcases and meet a former sidekick who then dies“.

And at the end (of both films the heroes) keep secret documents recovered during their mission,” the judgement added.

An appeals court in Paris ruled that Lockout had “massively borrowed key elements” of the earlier movie, according to a judgement put online Friday by BFMTV.

A spokesman for Besson told AFP they were “very surprised by the ruling but the judges have spoken and we will accept their judgment.

Have you seen both? If so tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Lockout

Lockout

Escape From New York

Escape From New York

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#SDCC16: The Walking Dead – 360 Booth Tour and Floor Walkthrough!

Posted by Steve Barton on July 29, 2016

We’re not done with our San Diego Comic-Con coverage just yet, kids! On tap for you right now is another 360 video walkthrough from the show’s floor which includes “The Walking Dead” display! Check it out!

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Check out the Season 7 Comic-Con trailer below!

“The Walking Dead” returns Sunday, October 23. After a mid-season break, the show will be back February 2017.

AMC also announced two “The Walking Dead” special programming events hosted by Chris Hardwick. A “The Walking Dead Season 7 Preview Special,” which will give fans an early look at what to expect in the upcoming season, including exclusive interviews with the cast and executive producers and behind-the-scenes moments, premieres Sunday, August 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. A two-hour “The Walking Dead” Recap Special” (working title), a retrospective on the series’ acclaimed six seasons, premieres Sunday, October 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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Dig on Robert Sexton’s Ground Breaking 360 Music Video for Incite

Posted by Jon Condit on July 29, 2016

The VR 360° video for Incite‘s, “Life’s Disease,” the latest track off Oppression, finds the band again tapping the horror-movie aesthetic of veteran director Robert Sexton. The immersive video premiered on The Wall Street Journal website.

Richie Cavalera, Incite‘s vocalist, says music videos have always been important to the band, and he believes virtual reality is just what the format needed to help stay relevant in the age of YouTube and other online video outlets. The video stars popular tattoo and hard-rock model Shonda Mackey along with horror movie actress Elissa Dowling.

From the original Wall Street Journal submission:
Robert Sexton: “Incite’s ‘Life’s Disease,’ is the first-ever concept-driven heavy metal video shot in VR. We trap the audience in various immersive environments where we built an occult underworld packed with imagery that’s designed to whip viewers into a state of frenzy. The visual action is designed to draw attention to specific details of the narrative and performance, but the audience can also explore the space on their own terms.

VR is defining the future of both shared viewer experiences and storytelling. We’re pioneers in this space. Every piece of content we create forces us to reinvent everything we know about filmmaking and how an audience interacts with a story.”

Follow Robert on Twitter, @hollywoodasylum, and keep in touch. he’s currently in pre-production on a few immersive projects that will expand and explore this storytelling potential.

Robert Sexton

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