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Terrors Strike Vacationing Family Confronted By Armed Murderer In BLOOD CONSCIOUS [Trailer]

Posted by Angelique Bone on July 10, 2021 Still From Blood Conscious - Terrors Strike Vacationing Family Confronted By Armed Murderer In BLOOD CONSCIOUS [Trailer]

Dark Sky Films is proud to announce the August 20th theatrical + digital/VOD release of writer/director Timothy Covell’s feature film debut, Blood Conscious. A fan favorite at numerous festivals, Oghenero Gbaje (Black is King) recently won the Audience Choice Award for Best Actor at Panic Fest.

Blood Conscious also stars Nick Damici (Hap and Leonard), DeShawn White (Motherless Brooklyn), and Lenny Thomas (Ruthless).

RELATED: Dark Sky Films Snags New Racially-Charged Nightmare BLOOD CONSCIOUS

Blood Conscious follows Kevin, his older sister, Brittney, and her fiancé, Tony as they head to their parents’ lakeside cottage for a weekend getaway. Little do they expect the horror that awaits them.

Everyone has their demons in Blood Conscious

Their holiday turns into a trip from hell as they walk in to a scene of mass murder. They discover that their parents and neighbors on this side of the lake all lie dead.

Terror strikes when an armed murderer confronts them; claiming to be fighting the demonic forces possessing the lakeside residents. They pin him down and lock him up in the cellar; but soon he claims that he is not alone down there.

As unexpected and traumatic events keep unfolding, they will have to find a way to survive the night without turning on each other, or becoming possessed.

Blood Conscious had its world premiere at the Kosmoroma Trondheim International Film Festival in March, receiving outstanding reviews.

“Creepy, well-played, smart and original… a breath of fresh air in the well-known genre of cabin horror that takes paths you might not expect.”

“A confident film, with an abundance of quality moments and surprising twists. A little gem that seamlessly follows on from successes such as Get Out (2017) and Us (2019), the film also contains strong undertones of the American race debate… an impressive, mature feature film from debutant director Timothy Covell, who right from the get go throws us a curveball with this gripping horror thriller.”

Check out the full trailer for Blood Conscious and let us know what you think!

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UK Readers: Win Stake Land II on DVD!

Posted by Gareth Jones on April 3, 2017

To celebrate the release of Stake Land II — available on DVD 3rd April — we’re giving away a copy courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

Stake Land II is a scary, bloody and action-packed follow-up to the 2010 horror hit, with Nick Damici returning as Mister, the vampire hunter, roaming a post apocalyptic landscape and delivering bloody justice one sharp stake at a time. Watch the world die with a scream — lots of them.

A worthy and welcome companion to the original film, this is as thrilling as the TV smash hit “The Walking Dead”, and dust-blown streets ahead of I Am Legend. Stake Land II is a brilliantly bleak and bloody bucket of vampire horror, filled to the brim with satisfying vampire kills and carnage.

Order today at Amazon UK.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply email contests@dreadcentral.com with your FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS and the subject line “Stake Land II UK”. We’ll take care of the rest!

Please note that this competition is open only to UK residents. The closing date for entries is Tuesday, April 18. By entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Dread Central and its subsidiaries use of your email address.

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Nick Damici Talks Stake Land II and More!

Posted by Matt Boiselle on February 10, 2017

His character is fairly silent, ever-so-retrospective, but effectively lethal against those damned vampires. In the Stake Land movie series, he’s known as “Mister,” but his real name is Nick Damici, and we here at Dread Central were lucky enough to snag a few moments with him to discuss the latest entry into the timeline, what he really thinks about the character, and what’s up his sleeve afterwards – sit back, read on and enjoy!


DC: Nick, for the people who might need a bit of a catch-up on the storyline, what’s happening in this chapter, and what’s new this time around with Mister?

ND: It takes place about 5-6 years after the completion of the first film, and Mister’s gone back to fight vamps. Martin went to New Eden and had a child with his wife, and after a tragedy Martin is once again on his own, and he sets out to find Mister. Together they reunite to go out after the vampires responsible for what happened.

DC: This is your second go-around as the character – what is it that speaks to you about him? Do you find portraying this character has both pros and cons?

ND: I love playing him, and the whole aspect of getting to play this kind of cowboy character, and it’s also an interesting world as well – the character’s fun to play, but it’s the whole apocalyptic world that we’re in is what interests me – civilization slowly degrading backwards in time, which is very well what would happen if we took away governments and all the things that sort of hold us together. We’d find it like the Old West and eventually regress back into the Middle Ages and then back into the Stone Age, obviously. Maybe that’s where we belong in the long run – we should have never left.

DC: What can you tell us about the filming – looks as if things got pretty physical for you on set.

ND: Yeah, I’m not a young pup anymore, and it wears me down – it was pretty good, not too bad. We filmed in Saskatchewan – it’s beautiful up there, and we had a lot of stunts to pull off, but nothing that was too outrageous. Hanging on a cross is not a lot of fun, but outside of that it was all right. The fight stuff, I can handle, but they make me look good (laughs).

DC: You’ve not only had your share of roles in the past, but you’ve written and produced as well – any one of those a particular favorite of yours and one that you can see yourself focusing in on as your career goes forward?

ND: Well, I’d love to keep doing all three if I could – writing and acting you can do as long as you want, and the producing thing kind of comes with what I do – they pay you a little more money and give you a bit more power when you call yourself a “producer” . I don’t really know what that means, producing – basically, I’m the creative end of that, and I get the credit for it, so I’ll take it.

DC: Lastly, after the release of Stake Land II, what can fans expect to see from you down the road?

ND: We’ve got the second season of “Hap & Leonard” coming out this March – we’re editing that right now, and it looks great – I think it’s going to be a really good series on Sundance. Outside of that, I’ve got myself a project with Joe Landsdale coming up soon – it’s a movie I’d be acting in from a property of his, so we’ll see if that pans out, and another movie with a guy I met while doing Stake Land II, and he sent me a script that I’m really interested in, so we’re trying to get that up and running. I’m also pitching a detective series of books, based upon a Russian detective book series that was out in the 80’s – it was like, 16 books, so I’m trying to pitch that as well.

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Stake Land II Gets an Alternate VOD Poster

Posted by Steve Barton on January 12, 2017

Dark Sky Films’ out-of-nowhere sequel, Stake Land II: The Stakelander, is on its way to digital platforms February 7, 2017, and to mark the event an alternate poster has been released. After VOD you can then find the movie on Blu-ray and DVD beginning February 14th.

Nick Damici and Connor Paolo reprise their Stake Land roles in the new film, which was directed by the team of Dan Berk and Robert Olsen.

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Damici, co-writer and star of We Are What We Are and Cold in July, returns in the role of Mister; and Connor Paolo (Mystic River, TV’s “Revenge”) is back as Martin in a new adventure set a few years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. Also starring are Laura Abramsen (Basic Human Needs), AC Peterson (Shooter), Bonnie Dennison (Beneath), Kristina Hughes (Green River), and Steven Williams (TV’s “Supernatural”).

Synopsis:
When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister, to guide him. Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin goes in search of the one man who can help him get revenge. Once reunited, Mister and Martin prepare to battle a now-ravenous Brotherhood and its monstrous overlord. But it’ll take more than the two of them to take down this terrifying new threat, and with more than just their lives now at risk, the stakes are higher than ever before.

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Stake Land II Trailer Driven Through Your Chest!

Posted by Steve Barton on December 16, 2016

Dark Sky Films’ out-of-nowhere sequel, Stake Land II: The Stakelander, is on its way to digital platforms February 7, 2017, and then on Blu-ray and DVD beginning February 14th. Check out the trailer and more!

Nick Damici and Connor Paolo reprise their Stake Land roles in the new film, which was directed by the team of Dan Berk and Robert Olsen.

Damici, co-writer and star of We Are What We Are and Cold in July, returns in the role of Mister; and Connor Paolo (Mystic River, TV’s “Revenge”) is back as Martin in a new adventure set a few years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. Also starring are Laura Abramsen (Basic Human Needs), AC Peterson (Shooter), Bonnie Dennison (Beneath), Kristina Hughes (Green River), and Steven Williams (TV’s “Supernatural”).

Synopsis:
When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister, to guide him. Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin goes in search of the one man who can help him get revenge. Once reunited, Mister and Martin prepare to battle a now-ravenous Brotherhood and its monstrous overlord. But it’ll take more than the two of them to take down this terrifying new threat, and with more than just their lives now at risk, the stakes are higher than ever before.

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Death Is No Escape on the Stake Land II Poster; Release Details!

Posted by Steve Barton on December 2, 2016

Our friends over at Dark Sky Films just sent over the official artwork for Stake Land II: The Stakelander, and we have every gorgeous pixel of it right here along with the film’s release details!

From the Press Release:
Stake Land set a new standard in vampire apocalypse thrillers in 2011, and now the eagerly awaited sequel arrives to push the story and its characters to the next shocking level. STAKE LAND II, again starring Nick Damici and Connor Paolo, will be available across digital platforms on February 7, 2017. The film will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning February 14, 2017.

STAKE LAND II, a Dark Sky Films presentation of a Glass Eye Pix production in association with Berserker Entertainment and Last Pictures, is a new adventure set several years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. When his home in New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor, the legendary vampire hunter Mister, to guide him. Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin searches for the one man who can help him exact revenge.

Once reunited, Mister and Martin prepare to confront the ravenous Brotherhood and its monstrous overlord. But it’ll take more than the two of them to battle this terrifying new threat, and with the future of humanity hanging in the balance, the stakes are higher than ever before.

Reuniting one of horror cinema’s most memorable heroic teams, STAKE LAND II is an epic exploration of a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by blood-thirsty vamps and social collapse, where only the strongest survive.

The film brings back some of the key cast and creative team behind the post-apocalyptic hit Stake Land. Nick Damici (“Hap and Leonard”) reprises his role as Mister and is also the screenwriter, while Connor Paolo (“Gossip Girl,” “Revenge”) is back as Martin, and director Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are, Cold in July) is back as executive producer. It is the second film from directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, following their gripping debut, Body. Also starring in STAKE LAND II are Laura Abramsen (Basic Human Needs), A.C. Peterson (Shooter), Bonnie Dennison (Beneath), Kristina Hughes (Green River), and Steven Williams (TV’s “Supernatural”).

The original Stake Land received prestigious international festival play and won the Midnight Madness Audience Award at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. It was a commercial and critical success around the world, praised as “the American horror film of the year” (Twitchfilm), “terrific” (New York magazine), “bold and memorable” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “nothing short of epic” (Dread Central).

Praise for STAKE LAND II has been equally enthusiastic since its world premiere at the 49th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (2016). Horror Society called it “the perfect sequel, the perfect continuation of the story… the vampiric sequel we’ve all been dying for.” Amy Seidman of Fangoria opined: “Olsen and Berk’s direction is as strong as Matt Mitchell’s cinematography, which is beautiful and, at times, reminiscent of Robert Altman’s westerns.”

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The Stakelander Arrives in Sequel’s First Image

Posted by John Squires on September 14, 2016

News came virtually out of nowhere a few months back that production had wrapped on The Stakelander, a sequel to vampire flick Stake Land that we previously didn’t know was even in the works. On tap today is your first look courtesy of a still image, so get ready to sink those fangs in deep.

Check it out below, via Upcoming Horror Movies.

Nick Damici and Connor Paolo reprise their Stake Land roles in the new film, which was directed by the team of Dan Berk and Robert Olsen.

Damici, co-writer and star of We Are What We Are and Cold in July, returns in the role of Mister; and Connor Paolo (Mystic River, TV’s “Revenge”) is back as Martin in a new adventure set a few years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. Also starring are Laura Abramsen (Basic Human Needs), AC Peterson (Shooter), Bonnie Dennison (Beneath), Kristina Hughes (Green River), and Steven Williams (TV’s “Supernatural”).

Synopsis:
When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister, to guide him. Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin goes in search of the one man who can help him get revenge. Once reunited, Mister and Martin prepare to battle a now-ravenous Brotherhood and its monstrous overlord. But it’ll take more than the two of them to take down this terrifying new threat, and with more than just their lives now at risk, the stakes are higher than ever before.

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The Stakelander – Sequel To Stake Land Wraps Filming

Posted by John Squires on June 21, 2016

In a world where we know every detail about every movie long before it comes out, it’s always nice to be surprised by something we didn’t expect. Speaking of which, we’ve just learned that a totally unannounced sequel to Jim Mickle’s vampire flick Stake Land has already been shot. Best of all, it’s a real-deal sequel featuring returning stars Nick Damici and Connor Paolo.

Read on for everything you need to know about The Stakelander!

From the Press Release:
Dark Sky Films, Glass Eye Pix and Syfy today announced the completion of production on THE STAKELANDER, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed action horror hit Stake Land. The film, based on an original screenplay by Nick Damici, wrapped shooting in Saskatchewan this past week. Damici and co-star Connor Paolo reprise their Stake Land roles in the new film, which was directed by the team of Dan Berk and Robert Olsen of Last Pictures, creators of the 2015 thriller Body.

Damici, co-writer and star of We Are What We Are and Cold in July, returns in the role of Mister and Connor Paolo (Mystic River, TV’s Revenge) is back as Martin in a new adventure set a few years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. Also starring are Laura Abramsen (Basic Human Needs), AC Peterson (Shooter), Bonnie Dennison (Beneath), Kristina Hughes (Green River) and Steven Williams (TV’s Supernatural).

THE STAKELANDER was produced by Peter Phok and Larry Fessenden of Glass Eye Pix, Greg Newman of Dark Sky Films and co-produced by the Syfy Channel, where the film will premiere as a Syfy Original, as well as Mark Montague of Berkserker Entertainment. Chadd Harbold of Last Pictures supported as Associate Producer. The film marks the latest collaboration between Dark Sky Films and Glass Eye Pix, the production teams that have brought audiences countless successful elevated genre films, including Stake Land, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers and Late Phases, among others.

When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister, to guide him. Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin goes in search of the one man who can help him get revenge. Once reunited, Mister and Martin prepare to battle a now-ravenous Brotherhood and its monstrous overlord. But it’ll take more than the two of them to take down this terrifying new threat, and with more than just their lives now at risk, the stakes are higher than ever before.

Producer Greg Newman said: “Jim Mickle’s Stake Land has long been an audience favorite. The film was embraced by fans across the world and we are thrilled to see Nick Damici reprise his role of Mister, the master Vamp hunter.”

Producer Peter Phok said: “It has been so rewarding to bring such energetic and intelligent talents in Dan and Robert to further the story of Martin and Mister in the world of Stake Land. Filming this world in Saskatchewan, offered a multitude of breathtaking vast landscapes along with tremendous resources provided through Creative Saskatchewan and the providences’ local union crew who were affable, professional, and incredibly hard working. We also found a number of strong local performers, who we are proud to have cast into The Stakelander.”

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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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Get Your First Look at SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard

Posted by Debi Moore on January 14, 2016

Way back in March of 2014 we learned that the writing/directing team of Nick Damici and Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) were working on a TV series adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard; and now, with the series set to premiere in early March, we have a gallery of images and a few more details.

As announced last week at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, CA, SundanceTV’s upcoming original series “Hap and Leonard,” starring James Purefoy, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Christina Hendricks, will debut on Wednesday, March 2nd, at 10pm ET/PT.

Based on the successful books from famed author Joe R. Lansdale, the six-episode event series is created by director/writer Jim 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.

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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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