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Official Trailer for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Promises Pivotal Galactic Showdowns

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 07:31 AM PST

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be the same again. The final film before Phase 4 of the MCU kicks in, Avengers: Infinity War is teased in its first trailer that promises

An official plot synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War has yet to be revealed, but you can find out plenty from watching the official trailer below, including familiar faces crossing paths with other characters you may never have expected them to meet.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Avengers: Infinity War stars Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, and Tom Hiddleston. The most pivotal Marvel film yet will be released in theaters on May 4th, 2018.

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Interview: Octavia Spencer Talks Working with Guillermo del Toro on THE SHAPE OF WATER

Posted: 28 Nov 2017 05:33 PM PST

An unforgettable and gorgeous fairytale about the most unlikely of romances, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is a visual triumph, a beautiful testament to the power of film, and the director's biggest cinematic achievement to date (which says A LOT). At the recent press day for The Shape of Water, Daily Dead had the opportunity to take part in a roundtable interview with one of the movie's co-stars, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, about her involvement with the project and how she would have done anything for the opportunity to collaborate with del Toro.

Spencer also chatted about how she was immediately hooked on the romantic aspects of The Shape of Water, the unique experience of working against a character that cannot speak, and more.

You've mentioned recently in other interviews that you would have done anything to work with Guillermo del Toro. What is it about him that makes you so willing to collaborate with him?

Octavia Spencer: Well, he has become a legendary filmmaker. He is known for the horror genre. If you're a horror person, you know Guillermo. You know he loves monsters and creatures, and you know he's very effective in that genre. When I heard that he was doing a fairy tale, I was excited because I thought it was going back to that genre, but this film is unlike anything he's ever done.

But yeah, I would have been a potted plant had he asked me to be in Michael Shannon's office in the background as a plant that comes to life. I would've done it to work with Guillermo.

Did you discover his work by watching it or was it through some other means?

Octavia Spencer: I discovered his work by seeing it. I saw Mimic first. I'm always fascinated by movies from that era, because that was before everybody was doing all the CGI stuff, so I was like, "How the hell did they make this giant bug creature?" I didn't realize he was a puppeteer, too, so it was all of that information, and how he was able to be effective making a creature when he didn't have the budget. I was in. I was in from that point on. I went to see all of his movies. I even remember when I saw Hellboy at the theater.

Guillermo has said that he wrote this role for you especially. How does it feel to hear something like that as an actress?

Octavia Spencer: He's seen me play this archetype before, and I think he wanted to basically know that I could do it, but hoping that I would bring something fresher to this role at the same time. He's the one who actually brought something fresh for me to do here, because I've played this archetype when I played Minny Jackson [in The Help], but I've also played another woman from this era, Dorothy Vaughan from Hidden Figures, too.

So, to have Zelda be a woman from this era with the same circumstances—no civil rights, basically no agency as a woman of color—it just made my day that I never had to play those circumstances in this film, whereas as Minny, I had to play the circumstances. As Dorothy, I had to play the circumstances. I had to talk about it. It was a part of my narrative.

In this film I got to do what most women get to do, and that's complain about their relationships, and it felt very contemporary. That was exciting for me, to have someone that you admire know your work. The thing about Guillermo is that he's a true cinephile. He has seen everything. I've seen everything he's done, but he's seen everything. That is exciting and scary, because I know he's seen my work, too, but it was mostly exciting.

The thing about Guillermo is that he is love incarnate. He treats everyone with the same amount of respect, from the lowliest to the highest in regard. You can tell he's a cinephile, and the love that he has for the industry and some of the homages that he pays in the film, but also to love itself and being a member of the other. It's his love story to people. It's his love letter to people and his love letter to filmmakers everywhere.

Touching on what you said, this film takes place in the '60s, yet there's something with the situations with your character and Richard Jenkins that feels very timely with things that are going on today in this world. I was curious if that had resonated with you as you were initially looking at the script and realizing that some of these things are things we're still dealing with today?

Octavia Spencer: Sure, but first and foremost, I'm a hopeless romantic. I know all too well, because I can't ever change my gender and I can't ever change my ethnicity, what it's like to be a black woman in America. Those things stuck out at me, but I really loved the fact that I got to suspend my belief and fall in love with this very unlikely love story. The rest of it was just food for thought for me, and not so on the nose.

Afterwards I was thinking, "You know, it's very subtle that you have two main characters who can't talk." Who does he choose to speak for them? People who represent disenfranchised groups, an African American woman and a closeted gay man, but you don't think about it. You're so engrossed with the story and the narrative. I love that.

What were some of the challenges or even benefits of acting alongside a character that's mute?

Octavia Spencer: Well, it's interesting because my brother is a deaf mute. Sally's character isn't deaf, but she is mute. The funny thing is, well, it's not funny exactly, but the irony of it is that it felt very natural to me because my brother didn't want my siblings and I to learn sign language. He wanted us to talk to him. He reads lips and he makes sounds and we understand him, but I don't know that other people would.

A person who can't necessarily speak words can always convey emotion. Sally with that face, she definitely conveys emotion and her feelings and everything, so that part was easy. But learning the dialogue for me was a challenge, because I'm dyslexic and I have to learn things a certain way, I need the audio cues to get to your next line, and then you learn all that and you throw it away so you can exist.

So the difficulty for me this time was actually learning the material. The other thing is when you work with Guillermo, it's all about authenticity. I mean, usually it is for everybody, but he sent me home with a mop from that era, because my character, we talk and we mop the whole time. You're mopping and these mops had these giant metal clasp things. I had to figure out how to do it so I wouldn't make noise and everything, where it was like, "Oh my god. This is stuff I actually have to think about."

But we mopped halls. We really did mop, we really did fold, we really did push carts, and all this stuff. It's funny because as an actor you're used to props, but it's different when you're actually being busy and doing chores while you're acting. You don't think about it in real life, but oh my god. I had to figure out how I folded this, and I have to fold it every single time the very same way, and I had to learn all of that dialogue, too. It was crazy.

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In case you missed it, check here to read our previous coverage of The Shape of Water, including an interview with Guillermo del Toro.

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Familiar Faces in The Sanctuary Featured in Photos & Preview Videos from THE WALKING DEAD Episode 8.07, Titled “Time for After”

Posted: 28 Nov 2017 04:40 PM PST

Only two episodes remain of The Walking Dead Season 8's first half, and with Rick's plan to take down Negan well under way (but not without its own hiccups), tense times at The Sanctuary are teased in new photos and preview videos from the next episode, including a crucial conversation between Negan and Eugene.

The Walking Dead Episode 8.07 – "Time for After": Negan has to enlist the help of his lieutenants in solving a huge issue facing the Sanctuary; Rick and the group continue to enact the plan.

"Time for After" premieres on Sunday, December 3rd at 9:00pm ET on AMC. Keep an eye out for more updates on the new season of The Walking Dead right here on Daily Dead, and check here for our previous season 8 coverage of the AMC series.

Season 8 synopsis: "Last season, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.

Feeling powerless under Negan's rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn't be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.

This season, Rick brings "All Out War" to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless -- but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it's not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom -- Negan and the Saviors' grip on this world may finally be coming to an end."

Photos courtesy of Gene Page / AMC:

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Interview [Part 2]: Doug Jones on Playing Saru in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and Working with Guillermo del Toro on THE SHAPE OF WATER

Posted: 28 Nov 2017 04:14 PM PST

Daily Dead recently had the great pleasure of speaking with the great Doug Jones about his entrancing role in the post-apocalyptic thriller We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew (you can read part 1 of the interview here), but the legendary actor was also gracious enough to talk about some of his recent projects. In part 2 of our interview with Jones, he talks about playing Saru on Star Trek: Discovery, reuniting with Guillermo del Toro, and why we need films like The Shape of Water right now.

Doug Jones: There are beloved characters in my life and in my history and on film that I cherish, including a project I've got going on right now, Star Trek: Discovery, which is currently airing on CBS All Access.

Congratulations on season two.

Doug Jones: Thank you. Yeah, I'm very excited about that. The story must continue. So, as a new breed of alien, a Kelpien on Discovery, Commander Saru has become a very near and dear beloved character to me personally, as well as the amphibian man in The Shape of Water, coming December 8th to theaters everywhere.

He's unlike any creature I've ever played before as well. He's a fish-man mutant monster—which I have played fish men before—placed into such a romantic tale in a real period of American history, but with such heart and emotion, and such raw animal characteristics. Instead of being a refined gentleman with great dialogue, I was an animal from the wild who wasn't a sentient intelligent being and was teachable. So it was just a perfect old monster movie, but he actually gets the girl this time. It's a relationship that can be instead of all the monster movies where that sort of relationship that has romantic notions, it can't be.

So I love Star Trek: Discovery and The Shape of Water. Those are two examples of makeups and monsters that the hours it takes to get into it, the discomforts that might come with that are well worth it when I watch the finished product and go, "Okay, now that's what we were making." That's an immortal piece of film that I can be very proud of, and it was worth every sacrifice made physically and whatever it took.

Is there anything else on deck that you wanted to tease for our readers? I know you have some exciting projects coming up.

Doug Jones: Well, there are other things I've filmed. I did a feature film called Beneath the Leaves where I play a human being again. I was the psycho killer of that film. And the lovely Oscar-winning Mira Sorvino played the police detective that was trying to find me and figure out how to capture me. And then her dad, the decorated Paul Sorvino, was also in the film.

It was great, great fun. I filmed that just before I did The Shape of Water last year. Another fun little thing that just came out on Amazon was a web series turned feature film called The Danger Element. They compiled all the web episodes together to make a feature film, and it's a quirky piece of nonsense with great fight scenes in it. You can find that on Amazon.com. In The Danger Element, I play the wacky, evil Doctor Elymas with a French accent, and it's well worth watching just for that.

Yeah, you have to tune in for that.

Doug Jones: And also on Amazon, if you like science fiction in the space realm, is a web series called Nobility. It's also a spaceship adventure, and on that spaceship, the Nobility, I play the ship psychologist. I'm not in much of it, but what scenes I do have, I'm a wackadoodle who is kind of the quintessential psychologist who needs therapy more than anybody else on the ship. I'm a bit of a comic relief in that storyline.

So those are some lesser-known things that are out there and available to watch, but right now this is a very exciting time of life for me because I've never had two huge things happening and available at the same time with The Shape of Water and season one of Star Trek: Discovery. Episode nine aired on CBS All Access, and that is the cliffhanger that introduces a little break in our season one schedule. And then we come back for chapter two of season one in January for the last six episodes of the season.

During that little break in season one airing, The Shape of Water will be coming out in theaters December 8th. So nobody could have planned this better timing-wise for me.

With Commander Saru on Star Trek: Discovery, I've fallen so much in love with him. The writers have been telling me he's kind of like the Spock or the Data of the show, the one on the bridge who doesn't look like everybody else, who is charming and curious with his origins and his interaction with the humans around him.

The character has so many charming moments, and even though he's refined and well-spoken and intelligent, he also has a very wide emotional range. As the season progresses, you're just seeing so many different colors inside of him and he has such an emotional range that the writers have blessed me with.

So that continues throughout to the end. A recent episode that just aired was a big one for me, where I was part of an away mission, and in that landing party, something goes amuck. I get influenced by something on the planet, and I turn. And you finally see my land animal capability for my gazelle-like physicality, and it was a fun and emotional ride, episode eight was.

Then with The Shape of Water coming out, this beautiful film that was my sixth film with Guillermo del Toro, and also I was a recurring character on his TV series, The Strain. We've been through just an awful lot together in the last 20 years. So when he verbally told me about The Shape of Water, we were working on Crimson Peak at the time.

Oh, nice.

Doug Jones: And he pulled me into his office one day on a day off and just pitched this whole idea of The Shape of Water to me. This was back in 2014, so it's been a while, and he didn't have a script written yet. And it was presented much like Thomas Woodrow did over the phone with me about We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew. I didn't see a script yet, but I was very intrigued by the story time we were having over the phone.

Well, this was the same thing in Guillermo's office. He verbally told me what the storyline was and he wanted me to play the creature. And I was just so, so happy that he was going to do another scaled-down artistic film. He hadn't done one of those since Pan's Labyrinth—a bigger budget, bigger studio kind of a thing. And for him to now do a 19 million dollar budget movie released by Fox Searchlight, it's like okay, those have the markings of Guillermo getting back to what he does so, so well and in a creative environment where he gets to create whatever he wants.

And once he told this story of The Shape of Water to me, I verbally remarked, "Okay, this one is going to get a lot of critical attention." And I called it because the minute it hit the Venice Film Festival, the critics were able to see it and write about it for the first time, and they blessed us with such amazing, beautiful reviews. So I'm very excited to see the ride this film takes us on once it opens.

It's another one of those movies that even though it's set in 1962, Guillermo uses it as a narrative of the world we're in now, the America that we're in now. And with the parallels of the fear of someone who is other than us, the fear of someone who is other than what's considered normal. And this movie is full of others. We've got a mute woman who is the lead, and her form of communication is different than others. The lead is Sally Hawkins, who just does a brilliant job. She will wrench your heart in this performance she gives. And her best friend in the film is played by Octavia Spencer, and being a woman of color back in the '60s was her own sort of sense of other. And another friend of hers, her next-door neighbor where she lives at her apartment above a movie theater, is an older gay gentleman played by Richard Jenkins, another sense of other from the '60s that was not allowed.

And then me, of course, being this fish man as the centerpiece of the film who is kind of introduced as the storyline. Talk about "other," I'm a one-off that came from the Amazon. So they're trying to figure me out and test me to see what I'm all about and how can I be used in this secret government facility. So, me being a complete outcast and with a cast of outcasts, how do we all find and express love? Love is a constant theme in that movie. Every character you meet is dealing with love on their level, in their own ways, with their own obstacles.

So with Sally Hawkins and me, ours is the romantic love story that's unfolding in front of you. And only Guillermo del Toro could fashion a movie together where the monster and a human form a romantic bond that the audience is actually rooting for. I think only Guillermo del Toro can put this together. When you watch The Shape of Water, you find yourself absolutely hoping this love can actualize and be consummated and completed. It's unlike anything I've ever done before, and I'm just so proud of Guillermo for having the vision and pushing forward with it because this returns into that Pan's Labyrinth level of beauty and art.

Yeah, we really do need stories like that, and I'm so excited to see del Toro get back to, like you said, what he does best with the human stories and finding that humanity. And we need that kind of "love will conquer all" story right now.

Doug Jones: Much like we were talking about with We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew, it's this film that helps us deal with the world we're in right now. We've Forgotten takes us to the future. The Shape of Water takes us to the past. Star Trek: Discovery takes us to the way, way future out in outer space. That's what entertainment does for us. It takes us somewhere that we're not. It helps us escape a little bit, but then helps us come back to our real world after we're done watching that piece of entertainment and empowers us a little bit to face the demons, face the space aliens, face the monsters in our own life and with an understanding that maybe we can do something to make our world a better place.

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In case you missed it, read part 1 of our interview with Doug Jones here.

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McFarlane Toys Brings the Upside Down to the Collectibles Shelf with New STRANGER THINGS Action Figures

Posted: 28 Nov 2017 03:12 PM PST

McFarlane Toys reminded collectors that "mornings are for coffee and contemplation" with their Chief Hopper figure, and they also have other Stranger Things collectibles that will turn your world upside down when they are released early next year, including Eleven, the Demogorgon, and two familiar faces from Mike's Dungeons & Dragons group.

We have details and images of the new Stranger Things figures below, and to learn more about McFarlane Toys' eclectic offerings, be sure to visit their website.

Eleven Action Figure: "Abducted from her mother at a young age and raised in a laboratory, "Eleven" has psychokinetic powers that prove to be an immense help in the search for Will Byers, as well as, battling the scientists that are stopping at nothing to retrieve her, and place her back in the lab.

  • Spectacular likeness for Eleven sculpted from images of actress Millie Bobby Brown
  • Figure comes with removable blonde wig, radio, and waffle
  • Figure is featured in dress and jacket outfit worn by Eleven in Stranger Things
  • Designed with 12+ points of articulation for dynamic posing
  • Figure features a stylized Stranger Things branded display disk base and is showcased in retro themed packaging"

Lucas Action Figure: "An integral piece to the strange things that occur in Hawkins, Indiana Lucas is there for his friends. Never afraid to voice his opinion, Lucas is strong and always there for friends, no matter what the risk.

  • Spectacular likeness of Lucas sculpted from images of actor Caleb McLaughlin
  • Figure includes wrist rocket, flashlight and interchangeable hands
  • Figure is featured in outfit worn by Lucas in Stranger Things featuring iconic commando headband and corduroy jacket
  • Designed with 12+ points of articulation for dynamic posing
  • Figure features a stylized Stranger Things branded disc display base and is showcased in retro themed packaging"

Dustin Action Figure: "One fourth of the main quartet in Netflix's hit series Stranger Things, Dustin has quickly become a fan favorite with his classic lines and lovable demeanor. Dustin is always there to support his best friends no matter how strange their adventures get.

  • Spectacular likeness of Dustin sculpted from images of actor Gaten Matarazzo
  • Figure comes with compass, radio, and interchangeable hands
  • Figure is featured in iconic shirt and hat from Stranger Things season 1
  • Designed with 12+ points of articulation for dynamic posing
  • Figure features a stylized Stranger Things branded disc display base and is showcased in retro themed packaging"

Demogorgon Action Figure: "From a parallel universe known as the Upside Down, the monster that was soon nicknamed the Demogorgon by the young group of friends, it travels between two worlds wreaking havoc in it's own world as well as in the town of Hawkins, Indiana.

  • Spectacular likeness of Demogorgon sculpted from images from the show
  • 10″ Deluxe Figure
  • Designed with 12+ points of articulation for dynamic posing
  • Figure features a stylized Stranger Things branded disc display base and is showcased in retro-themed packaging"

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Contest: Win MISERY Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

Posted: 28 Nov 2017 01:19 PM PST

You want to stay on Annie Wilkes' good side... especially if you're on bed rest. With Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's Misery out now on a 4K restoration Blu-ray, we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers who aren't afraid to watch the bone-crunching swing of Wilkes' sledgehammer.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Misery.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject "Misery Contest". Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am EST on December 5th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per entry method, per household will be accepted.

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Misery Collector's Edition: "Novelist Paul Sheldon doesn't remember the blinding blizzard that sent his car spinning off the road. He doesn't remember being nursed back from unconsciousness. But he will never forget Annie Wilkes.

James Caan and Academy Award® winner* Kathy Bates star in the bone-shattering thriller Misery, adapted from the novel by Stephen King. As Paul (Caan) recuperates from his injuries in the secluded cabin of his benefactor Annie (Bates), he begins to discover that beneath the seemingly kind and naive exterior of his self-described "number one fan" lurks a mind that is cunning, unhinged, and bent on keeping her favorite writer as her personal prisoner for the rest of his "cock-a-doodie" life ... and Sheldon must engage his savior-turned-captor in a battle of wills that will push them both to the brink.

Adapted by two-time Oscar®-winning** screenwriter William Goldman and directed by Rob Reiner (Stand By Me, The Princess Bride), Misery is considered by critics and fans (number ones and others) to be among the greatest horror-thrillers of all-time. Revisit this classic tonight with your friends ... after all, Misery loves company.

Bonus Features

  • NEW 4K Restoration From The Original Film Elements
  • NEW Interview With Director Rob Reiner
  • NEW Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artist Greg Nicotero
  • Audio Commentary With Rob Reiner
  • Audio Commentary With Screenwriter William Goldman
  • "Misery Loves Company" Featurette
  • "Marc Shaiman's Musical MiseryTour" Featurette
  • "Diagnosing Annie Wilkes" Featurette
  • "Advice For The Stalked" Featurette
  • "Profile Of A Stalker" Featurette
  • "Celebrity Stalkers" Featurette
  • "Anti-Stalking Laws" Featurette
  • Trailers"

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Daily Dead’s Heather Wixson to Host Q&A with Writer/Director Ben Young at December 12th Los Angeles Screening of HOUNDS OF LOVE

Posted: 28 Nov 2017 12:15 PM PST

Following its well-received festival run, the kidnapping thriller Hounds of Love is heading to the big screen for one night only in select US theaters on December 12th, courtesy of Gunpowder & Sky. These special screenings will including a Los Angeles showing co-presented by Beyond Fest, and we're excited to announce that Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson will be on hand to host a Q&A with writer/director Ben Young!

Taking place at the Laemmle Royal theater in Los Angeles, this special Hounds of Love screening will take place on Tuesday, December 12th at 7:30pm PST. Presented by Beyond Fest and Gunpowder & Sky, the screening will be accompanied by Heather Wixson's live Q&A with Young.

To purchase tickets to the special screening, visit Laemmle online, and visit the event's official Facebook page and the Hounds of Love website for more information. And, in case you missed it, check out Heather's SXSW review of the film.

Hounds of Love Screening: "ONE NIGHT ONLY - Beyond Fest brings Hounds of Love: Movie back to LA for a deadly holiday turn down Perth's streets. After playing SXSW and Tribeca, taking home awards at Overlook, Brussels or Venice (not to mention 9 recent noms from the AACTA) it's time to look back at one of 2017's top horror films with the first-ever US screening + Q&A live with Director Ben Young! Moderated by Daily Dead's Heather Wixson, grab your tickets at: http://bit.ly/2zFcp6B

In the mid-1980s 17-year-old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors, she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive."

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Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Day 6: Toys & Games Galore

Posted: 28 Nov 2017 10:57 AM PST

Welcome back for another installment of Daily Dead's fifth annual Holiday Gift Guide, gang! For day six, we're taking a look at a bunch of toys and games out there that are perfect for all the horror and sci-fi fans out there. And while many of these may be intended for kids, if we're being honest, I'm guessing most of you adults out there would enjoy receiving a number of these during the holiday season.

One quick note: I recently discovered a brand new product that launches today called Crate Creatures Surprise!, which doesn't have a ton of information out there about it, so my apologies on a lack of description there. But when I saw the commercial initially, it took me back to the My Pet Monster days, and I feel like the Crate Creatures Surprise! could be the breakout toy of the 2017 holiday season.

Also, Daily Dead has once again put together some really cool Holiday Gift Guide prize packs this year, and for your chance to win one, just send an email to contest@dailydead.com with "Holiday Gift Guide" in the subject line and be sure to include your full name and mailing address as well for your shot at some free horror-tastic goodies (limited to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted). Happy shopping, everyone!

FOR THE KIDS AT HEART:

Kidrobot/Best Buy Exclusive Horror Movie Madballs

I picked up the entire line of these Madballs over the summer, and they are so freaking cool. They would make for a perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas, or just a fun gift to give the genre fan in your life, regardless of the occasion. And right now, Best Buy even has them on sale!

Predator Madball

Jason Voorhees Madball

Facehugger Madball

Leatherface Madball

Xenomorph Madball

Freddy Krueger Madball

LEGO 2017 Halloween Set (145 Pieces)

Celebrate the scary season with this fun Halloween Haunt set, featuring a vampire minifigure, cauldron, fireplace and large black gates. This seasonal set also includes a skeleton figure with pumpkin head, a rat, spider and various buildable Halloween accessories—everything you need for building your very own Halloween adventure scenes.

LEGO Monsters Minifigures Building Kit Blind Bags

Bring exciting new play possibilities to existing LEGO sets with LEGO Minifigures. This 'Limited Edition' SERIES 14 MONSTERS" series features cool NEW characters. Each minifigure comes in a sealed 'mystery' bag, together with a display plate and a collector's leaflet. Selected MONSTERS series minifigures come with one or more accessory elements.

Slimer with Hot Dog Stand

Prepare to get slimed by Slimer while he hits up his local Hot Dog Stand. Known for his hearty appetite, it's easy to track down the Ecto-plasmic, supernatural being on one of his outings for a snack as he leaves behind a trail of sticky slime. Set also includes hot dog vendor, silicone slime splatters that stick to smooth surfaces, hot dogs, condiments, burger, drinks, bike, umbrella, and other accessories. Recommended for ages 6 and up. 

Ghostbusters Firehouse 

Something strange in your neighborhood? Call the Ghostbusters Firehouse! Here you will find Spengler mixing up his current ghost fighting mixture in the lab, Stantz keeping a close watch on the Library Ghost, and Janine answering all your ghost busting calls. When the call comes in, watch them race into action sliding down the fire pole to the garage. Here, the Ecto-1 (9220 - sold separately) can be parked inside for even more ghoulish action. And don't forget to lock up all ghosts in the Ghost Containment Unit. This set is packed with plenty of accessories for hunting down ghosts, including a detachable proton pack and proton wand, ghost trap, PKE meter for measuring psychokinetic energy, silicone slime splatters that stick to smooth surfaces, and more! Recommended for ages 6 and up. 

Ghostbusters Ecto-1

Speed through the city in the iconic Ecto-1! This legendary action vehicle has plenty of space for proton packs and ghost traps thanks to the detachable roof. With original sounds and functioning lights, this vehicle is set for ghost busting action. Set also includes Ghostbusters Winston Zeddemore and Janine Melnitz in their official uniforms with two detachable proton packs and proton wands, ghost trap, PKE meter for measuring psychokinetic energy, and silicone slime splatters that stick to smooth surfaces. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

He may look fluffy and cute, but Stay Puft is ready to scare the city! With movable arms, there is no stopping him as he stomps along the streets. Stand back as Ghostbuster Ray Stantz uses his proton pack on the larger than life ghost and covers the city in marshmallow! Set also includes Ecto-Goggles and other accessories. Recommended for ages 6 and up. 

Venkman and Terror Dogs 

Watch as Ghostbuster Venkman uses his witty remarks to take on the Terror Dogs. Having escaped from another world, Venkman must use his super pack to defeat the glaring red-eyed beasts and release them from Dana Barrett. Set also includes detachable proton pack and proton wand, ghost trap, and a PKE meter for measuring psychokinetic energy. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Spengler and Ghost

Join the brains of the Ghostbusters squad, Spengler, as he battles the glow-in-the-dark Ghosts! Using his practical approach, he is able to face off against two ghosts simultaneously, capturing one in his ghost trap while battling the other. Set also includes proton pack and proton wand. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

LEGO Super Heroes Batman Classic TV Series Batcave

It's back to the Batcave with this special set featuring iconic elements as seen in the classic 1960s Batman TV show. Answer emergency calls on the Bat phone in Bruce Wayne's private study. Then press the button under the bust of Shakespeare and open a sliding false bookcase to reveal the secret entrance to the Batcave. Change Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson into Batman and Robin and slide down the Bat poles. Protect the Bat Lab's Bat computer from The Joker's TNT attacks and test Cat woman with the lie detector machine. Fly the Bat copter with Robin and fire the flick missiles. Then drive the Bat mobile or Bat cycle and stop those villains escaping with the Bat cave's secrets! This fantastic superhero toy includes 9 minifigures: Batman, Robin, Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Alfred Pennyworth™, The Joker™, Catwoman™, The Riddler™ and The Penguin™.

LEGO Star Wars Episode VIII Chewbacca Building Kit (179 Pieces)

Add a big Wookiee to your LEGO Star Wars collection with this buildable and highly posable Chewbacca figure. Standing over 11in (30cm) tall, Chewbacca features 'fur' decoration, a detailed head, removable ammo belt and bag, and a bowcaster weapon with spring-loaded shooter and extra ammo. Young Wookiee warriors will love playing out heroic battles against iconic enemy characters.

LEGO Star Wars Episode VIII First Order Heavy Assault Walker Building Kit (1376 Pieces)

Add a fearsome walker to your LEGO Star Wars First Order army with the Heavy Assault Walker. This awesome model, based on the walker from the blockbuster Star Wars: Episode VIII movie, features tough armor-plate detailing, posable legs, posable head with opening minifigure cockpit and spring-loaded shooters, an aimable rapid-fire stud shooter on top, and detachable canisters that can be released from the rear of the walker. There's also a storage compartment at the side with extra stud ammo and an opening hold to the rear with space for a minifigure and extra missile ammo. This amazing set also includes 5 minifigures.

WWE Zombies: AJ Styles

Bring home the action of the WWE, and recreate your favorite matches. Pose AJ Styles in a menacing stance, pair him with another figure to battle or create total mayhem by adding multiple figures (each sold separately). Features articulation, amazing accuracy and authentic Superstar details. Let the WWE mayhem begin! Colors and decorations may vary.

WWE Zombies: Stone Cold Steve Austin

Bring home the action of the WWE, and recreate your favorite matches. Pose Stone Cold Steve Austin in a menacing stance, pair him with another figure to battle or create total mayhem by adding multiple figures (each sold separately). Features articulation, amazing accuracy and authentic Superstar details. Let the WWE mayhem begin! Colors and decorations may vary.

WWE Zombies: Kevin Owens

Bring home the action of the WWE, and recreate your favorite matches. Pose Kevin Owens in a menacing stance, pair him with another figure to battle or create total mayhem by adding multiple figures (each sold separately). Features articulation, amazing accuracy and authentic Superstar details. Let the WWE mayhem begin! Colors and decorations may vary.

WWE Zombies: Seth Rollins

Bring home the action of the WWE, and recreate your favorite matches. Pose Seth Rollins in a menacing stance, pair him with another figure to battle or create total mayhem by adding multiple figures (each sold separately). Features articulation, amazing accuracy and authentic Superstar details. Let the WWE mayhem begin! Colors and decorations may vary.

WWE Zombies: Sasha Banks

Bring home the action of the WWE, and recreate your favorite matches. Pose Sasha Banks in a menacing stance, pair her with another figure to battle or create total mayhem by adding multiple figures (each sold separately). Features articulation, amazing accuracy and authentic Superstar details. Let the WWE mayhem begin! Colors and decorations may vary.

Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot

Bring the ultra-groovy style of Guardians of the Galaxy to life with this music-playing, sound-detecting, limb-shaking Dancing Groot! This 11.5-inch Dancing Groot figure plays a clip from the upcoming Guardians of Galaxy Volume 2 movie soundtrack, so that when the far-out beat starts to play, Groot can't help but to get those roots in motion! Groot can also detect external music, so when the figure recognizes tunes from a phone, tablet, or other device, Dancing Groot starts to boogie! When internal or external music is detected, Groot's eyes light up and Groot starts dancing! Don't be afraid to join in – just wave those branches…uh, arms... and shake it to the music! 

Aliens Hadley's Hope Deluxe Action Figure 2 Pack

This very special action figure set is themed to the events that occur in Hadley's Hope during Aliens and continues our 30th Anniversary celebration. The set includes the first-ever Carter Burke with the likeness of Paul Reiser, a special edition Concept Aliens Warrior with Dome, and a replica of the population sign for Hadley's Hope. Weyland-Yutani company man Carter Burke makes his action figure debut in this set! He stands approximately 7" tall, has over 25 points of articulation and features the likeness of Paul Reiser. His sculpt is completely faithful to the movie.

The Concept Warrior is based on James Cameron's original concept for the Alien, which he envisioned with a semi-transparent dome and in a darker color scheme. (This was changed early in production.) It utilizes the new "Ultimate" Alien body, which has many upgrades, including added articulation and increased range of motion in upper torso and neck, plus a re-engineered tail assembly which provides an additional swivel as well as having a bendable portion. The figure stands over 9" tall and has over 30 points of articulation. The Hadley's Hope population sign measures approximately 6 x 6 inches and will make a perfect diorama element. Clamshell packaging.

NECA Ash Vs Evil Dead 7" Action Figure

From the hit Starz TV series, Ash vs. Evil Dead! The series follows Ash, stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who spent 30 years avoiding responsibility, and the terrors of the Evil Dead. NECA has given Ash the Ultimate action figure treatment—he comes with four interchangeable head sculpts, chainsaw, mechanical hand, wood hand, hand stump, photo of his car, and shotgun that fits in a back holster Everything he needs to fight a plague of Deadites. The 7" scale figure is highly articulated and comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap and bonus lenticular cover.

NECA Friday The 13th Prop Replica Jason Mask (Part 3)

For the first time ever an affordable replica is available of the debut hockey mask worn by Jason in Friday the 13th Part 3. Made from resin and hand painted, includes leather-like straps so you can wear the mask or hang on the wall for display. Accurate to the film in every way.

NECA Planet of the Apes 7 inch Scale Action Figure Classic Series 3 Box Set

The Planet of the Apes - 7 inch Scale Action Figure - Classic Series 3 Box Set includes all three action figures from Planet of the Apes Classic Series 3: General Aldo, Caesar and Conquest Gorilla. Based on his appearance in Battle for the Planet of the Apes, the power-hungry General Aldo comes with machine gun, knife and alternate hand. From Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the revolutionary chimp Caesar comes with removable real metal chains, plus alternate hands and machine gun accessory. From the same film Conquest Gorilla comes with cleaver, knife, rifle, shield and alternate hands. These fully articulated figures stand approximately 7 inches tall and are entirely faithful to their original on-screen looks.

NECA Gremlins Ultimate Gizmo Scale Action Figure

It's Gizmo's first appearance in our Ultimate line! Any fans of the Gremlins movies knows the rules: keep them out of sunlight, don't get them wet, and never feed them after midnight. Follow them and you'll have a cute and friendly little Mogwai, like this deluxe 7" scale Gizmo. He's fully poseable, including ears and eyes (a small ball carefully concealed on the back of the head allows you to move the pupils in all directions to create many different expressions). Plus, Gizmo comes with four swappable faces so you can customize his expression! This Ultimate edition comes with Santa hat, trumpet, bow, pencil arrow and more. Packaged in a collector-friendly window box with opening flap.

The X-Files Flukeman Vinyl Bust Bank

One of the most iconic creatures from the X-Files TV series, this grotesque misstep in evolution is now the place where you put all of your spare change! A coin slot on the back allows the coins to go in, and you'll be less tempted to open up the base and make a withdrawal when you look at the horrific face of the Flukeman. This 8-inch vinyl bank features detailed paint applications and comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston.

BOARD & CARD GAMES GALORE:

Stranger Things Eggo Card Game

Play as one of the characters from original Netflix series, Stranger Things in the Stranger Things Eggo Card Game! Play as Will, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Eleven, Hopper or Barb! Each card played can either send a player's character to the upside down, make an opponent draw 2 cards, reverse the order of play, summon the Demogoron, or cause a rift that sends everyone who was Right Side Up to the Upside Down, and vice versa! Players must escape from the Upside Down and get rid of all their Eggo cards before the Demogorgon attacks. Succeed, or be toast!

Bill & Ted's Excellent Board Game

  • Based on the classic movie Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure!
  • Fantastic all-new art by Len Peralta!
  • Most definitely not bogus.
  • For 2 to 4 players
  • 30 minute playing time

Slash Cards: The Horror Movie Trivia Game

Slash Cards is a horror movie trivia game for 1-6 players. It consists of two card decks: The Trivia Deck, and The Categories Deck. The Trivia Deck contains 1,375 questions that span the entire history of horror cinema. The Categories Deck is used to play Slash Cards' two game modes: The Slasher and The Survivor. In The Slasher, players take turns drawing Category Cards and answering questions. The first player to collect a card from each of the game's five categories wins, but watch out! If you draw a Slash Card you forfeit all your cards and start over. In The Survivor, each player begins with a full suite of Category Cards. Each time a player answers a question incorrectly they lose one of their cards. The last player with at least one card in their hand is the winner. The trivia cards cover everything from the silent era all the way up to 2015, including questions about classics like The Exorcist and Halloween, lesser-known movies like Motel Hell and Session 9, and foreign horror films like Eyes Without A Face and REC. Horror fans of all levels will love Slash Cards.

Munchkin Rick & Morty Game

Munchkin: Rick and Morty fuses the classic card game fun of monster-slaying and role-playing with Cyborgs, aliens and demons from the popular television series, Rick and Morty. Play as Rick, Morty, Beth, Jerry, Summer or Mr. Poopybutthole to defeat the greatest adversaries in the Rick and Morty universe and become the hero as you reach level 10 for the win.

Back to The Future Outatime Dice Game

Get ready for fast-paced fun... 88 MPH fast, to be exact! Back To The Future: OUTATIME is a dice rolling, press-your-luck race to be the first to gain the 1.21 gigawatts needed to power your DeLorean! In a unique twist, your opponents will be able to use some or even all of your dice to power themselves up on your turn, so you'll have to decide when to play it safe and when to put the peddle to the metal in this lightning fast adventure! Includes 54 cards, 7 custom dice, and a Back To The Future dice cup / game carrier. 15 minutes of dice-chucking fun! Plays with up to 6 players.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game

Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, specter, or ghost? If the answer is "yes," then don't wait another minute. Pick up the phone and call the professionals. Ghostbusters: The Board Game is an episodic adventure game for one to four players, who are charged with busting ghosts and sealing gates to the Spirit World. The game is customizable, cooperative, and highly replay able. It features unique illustrations and figures based on original artwork and designs by Dan Schoening, the artist of IDW's Ghostbusters comic book series. Each Ghostbuster has a distinct role and unlocks unique abilities by gaining experience. The game offers modes for different levels of players, making it accessible to beginners and challenging to experts. Now is your chance to save the world!

Donner Dinner Party: A Rowdy Game of Frontier Cannibalism!

Who's safe when there are cannibals hiding among you? That's the question at the heart of this fast-paced game of social deduction in which cannibals and pioneers face off in a fight for survival. Set in the winter of 1846, players are members of the ill-fated Donner Party wagon train, stranded atop a mountain with no food. Who will avoid becoming tonight's dinner and make it off the mountain alive? And who are the suspicious scoundrels hungry for human flesh? Rowdy, outrageous, and full of playful deception, this party game packs a delightfully wicked twist!

Rick & Morty Total Rickall Cooperative Card Game

The Total Rickall Cooperative Card Game is based on the Rick and Morty episode of the same name. If you haven't seen it, don't worry. You can still play this wild and wacky game and have plenty of fun. But you really should see it at some point. Seriously. Don't be a Jerry. Rick has locked the family inside their house. Why? Because the family has grown. Parasites masquerading as family and close friends have infiltrated and have inserted pleasant memories into everyone's minds to make them think they're real. And more keep coming! You must figure out which of these new, zany characters are real and which ones are parasites that need to be exterminated. Think you've got what it takes to save the world?

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Board Game (Out 11/28)

Will Jen and Kira manage to find the Shard and heal the Dark Crystal? Find out in this fun family board game for 2 to 4 players based on the classic The Dark Crystal movie by Jim Henson.

Rick & Morty Anatomy Park Game

Welcome to Anatomy Park! Based on the popular episode of Rick and Morty, this hilarious, competitive tile-placing strategy game takes place within the body of Ruben, the homeless department store Santa! In Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park —the game, you and your fellow players will be designing the park, vying for the best spots, and shifting internal organs around to suit your needs. Unfortunately, Ruben is not the most stable host out there, so time (and Ruben) may expire before you know it!

CLUE: Game of Thrones Board Game

High treachery and betrayal are behind the two mysteries to solve in Game of Thrones Clue. Featuring a double-sided game board, players choose to solve the murder mystery in The Red Keep or in Meereen. WHO was responsible for plotting the murder? WHAT weapon was used and WHERE did the crime take place?

CLUE: Star Wars Edition

It's the Clue game transported to the world of Star Wars. In this game, it's a period of civil war, and players have managed to sneak onto the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star! Be the first player to find out which planet Darth Vader plans to destroy next, which room the Death Star plans are hidden in, and which vehicle is the correct escape vehicle. The cards revealing the correct planet, room, and vehicle are placed in the mission folder at the beginning of the game -- no one sees what these are until the end. The player who correctly identifies what's in the folder wins! 

CLUE: The Walking Dead Edition

  • Alexandria's been attacked! Play to solve the mystery.
  • Play as characters like Rick, Carol, Negan and Daryl.
  • Murder weapons include Katana, Revolver and Lucille.

CLUE: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney Theme Park Edition

Brand new edition of CLUE: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney Theme Park Board Game.

CLUE: Rick & Morty Edition

The plans to Rick's portal gun have been stolen! It's up to Rick, Morty, Summer, Jerry, Beth and Mr. Poopybutthole to get them back. They must find out WHO stole the plans, WHERE they are hiding, and WHAT item they used to succeed in the heist. It's an inter-dimensional mystery!

CLUE: Alien vs. Predator Edition 

WHO has the power and skills to capture the Alien Queen? Work with your predator comrades to determine WHERE her hidden lair is and WHAT weapon must be used to win the fight. Is she hidden in the volcano? or the oasis? WHO can capture her? Will it be Spartan with a whip on the beach? Or Wolf with the Combi-stick in the jungle? CLUE: ALIEN VS PREDATOR will startle and surprise you as you solve the mystery of the Alien Queen.

Monopoly: Planet of the Apes Edition

The Planet of The Apes Monopoly® features custom illustrated art by Dave Perillo with a vintage feel from the classic 1968 science fiction film.

Monopoly: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Edition

  • Custom game board features characters from both films
  • 6 collectible custom tokens
  • Custom houses and hotels are renamed gear and equipment
  • The perfect game for any Guardians of the Galaxy fan!

Monopoly: Game of Thrones Collector's Edition 

Featuring custom Game of Thrones packaging, stunning game design, and large, hand-sculpted custom tokens, the MONOPOLY: Game of Thrones Collector's Edition Game will transport fans into a world of intrigue, valor, and betrayal. After all, when you play the MONOPOLY: Game of Thrones Collector's Edition Game you win, or you go bankrupt!

MONOPOLY: Game of Thrones Collector's Edition Game includes:

  • Custom Game Board Featuring Westeros awaits your rule
  • 6 oversized, hand sculpted tokens elegantly cast in zinc. Includes: Crown, Direwolf, Dragon Egg, The Iron Throne, Three-Eyed Raven and White Walker - Game of Thrones MONOPOLY money features the symbols of Westeros and Essos.
  • The traditional MONOPOLY "Chance" and "Community Chest" cards are transformed into "Valar Morghulis" and "The Iron Throne" cards and include directives both fair and foul.
  • Traditional Houses and Hotels are transformed into Custom Villages and Keeps.
  • Fans will enjoy opening the elegant black linen paper wrapped box with silver foil-stamped house sigils including Lannister, Stark, Targaryen, and Baratheon.
  • Game of Thrones art covers the inside of the box and a custom tray holds each game piece and an elegant, rolled scroll secured with a ribbon contains the rules.

Monopoly: Star Wars Edition

It's the Monopoly game transported to the world of Star Wars! In this Monopoly game: Star Wars Edition, players move around the board in their favorite ship and embark on a quest to build their own galactic empire. The game board features iconic locations from the Star Wars films including Hoth, Tatooine, and Kashyyyk. The game has an added element where players can use the Force to perform special abilities allowing them to do actions such as swap, steal, and collect extra money. Open and Play game board folds into a case for quick and easy storage.

Monopoly: Rick & Morty Edition

Join Rick and Morty and the Smiths as you gallivant your way to victory by buying, selling and trading locations from the Multiverse including the Cromulon Dimension, Gazorpazorp and Planet Squanch (not to mention a few places from your own Earth realm).

Monopoly: Stranger Things Edition 

In this Monopoly game inspired by the Netflix Original Series, Stranger Things, Will Byers has gone missing. Players choose an 80s-inspired token or one "ripped from the Upside Down" to move around the board trying to find him. Pretend to search the town of Hawkins and buy, sell, and trade locations and vehicles from the show. The game includes Walkie-Talkie and Blinking Lights cards, replacing Community Chest and Chance cards, while Forts and Hideouts replace houses and hotels. Who will win the game and avoid getting trapped in the "Upside Down?" Includes game board, 8 tokens, 28 Title Deed cards, 16 Walkie-Talkie cards, 16 Blinking Lights cards, 32 Forts, 12 Hideouts, 2 dice, money pack, and game guide. 

The Game of Life: Haunted Mansion Edition 

It is the classic game of LIFE with a chilling spin. Welcome to the After-LIFE incorporates the stories, mythology, history and the scary fun of the Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris Haunted Mansion attraction (known as Phantom Manor in Paris) to create an otherworldly game play experience. If you've played THE GAME OF LIFE, then you're in for a real treat (and a few tricks!) It's all here from the game you know, but re-imagined to take place on the grounds of Master Gracey's vast, decrepit, and mostly haunted estate. You may encounter the "soul" mortal - the Grounds Keeper and his dog as you travel through the After-LIFE. There will be trials and tribulations as you, kind spirit, encounter a hitch-hiking ghost or three, all the while trying to accumulate the most screams along the way. If you are the spirit to arrive at the FINAL RESTING PLACE with the most accumulated screams you will be welcomed as the 1,000 ghost at the Haunted Mansion.

 

Jenga: The Walking Dead Edition 

The Walking Dead Edition of Jenga includes custom blocks featuring iconic images inspired by the popular graphic novel series.

Ouija: Stranger Things Edition 

Turn your world upside down with this Stranger Things themed Ouija Board by Hasbro and Mystifying Oracle. Grab your friends and gather around. Ask questions about the strange events that rocked the town of Hawkins, Indiana, in 1983. Maybe an otherworldly power from Upside Down or the spirit of Barb is listening!

FOR THE YOUNGSTERS:

Crate Creatures Surprise!

I don't know much about the Crate Creatures Surprise! line of toys, other than the limited information I've seen in the TV commercials that run during the day on Cartoon Network (yes, I'm addicted to Teen Titans Go!, so CN is regularly running in our house), but had these little monstrosities existed back when I was a kid, I'm sure they would have been one of my very favorite things ever. The Crate Creatures Surprise! toys launch today, November 28th, and according to the manufacturer's site, they should be available on Amazon and at Target.

Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab

What terrifying experiment is Doctor Dreadful conducting in his Zombie Lab? Enter to find out! The good doctor is known for his disgusting but delicious candy concoctions. In this Zombie Lab kit you'll find all the mixes, molds and tools you need to make horrifying snacks. Line up your measuring cup, syringe, scoop and tweezers (included) and start experimenting on your zombie head (included.) Cook up bubbling brains, and enjoy a glass of zombie barf, straight from the zombie head's mouth! If you still have an appetite, chow down on tender zombie flesh. To scare your friends and family, use the worm and spider mold to make creepy crawlies! Tap into your inner mad scientist and see how many tasty and repulsive things you can create!

That's Gross Science Lab

Chemistry has never been this gross or fun! Featuring a motorized toilet bowl mixer with real flushing sounds and a gross-tastic lab book packed with 26 super gross experiments including Foaming Flush, Snot Slime, Potty Putty and Stink Bubbles - the gross-out fun will last for hours! Read all about it! Explore the disgusting side of science while learning about chemical reactions, polymers, diffusion, gas expansion and more! Includes Motorized toilet bowl mixer with flushing sounds, Garbage can shaker, 'Biohazard' graduated cylinder, 3 gross molds (barf, maggot, centipede), Bubble beakers with slime stand, Worm spoon, Bubble wand, Funnel, 24-page full-color book.

LEGO Halloween Set: Bat & Pumpkin (156 pcs)

Have spooky fun with the Halloween Bat! Pick up the buildable pumpkin and have fun with the cheeky LEGO® Halloween Bat with posable wings, ears and feet. Get up to spooky mischief with the cute LEGO® Halloween Bat! Adjust the movable wings, feet and ears for a range of cheeky poses and pick up the buildable pumpkin with its talons. Makes a great seasonal gift for all LEGO fans.

LEGO Halloween Set: Vampire & Bat

Celebrate Halloween with this seasonal LEGO set, featuring a vampire with large fangs and movable claws, a smart vest, bow tie and a billowing black cape, plus a pet bat with movable wings. Land the pet bat on the vampire's claw and set out on a Halloween adventure!

Creativity for Kids Shrink Fun Monster Lab

A Faber-Castell Creativity For Kids Kit. Color, bake, and shrink over 50 Shrinky Dinks, then play with them in the included 3-D pop-up laboratory! This kit contains 1 pop-up playscape laboratory (16-1/8" x 7-3/4" x 6"), 11 colored pencils, 1 pencil sharpener, over 50 pre-cut Shrinky Dink shapes, assorted chenille stems, craft glue, foam character stands, clear plastic character stands, double-sided foam squares, double-sided sticky dots, jump rings, wiggly eyes, and assorted brads.

Monster Action Figure Bucket - Big Bucket of 100 Horror Toy Figures 

Big Bucket of 100 Horror Monster Action Figures - From Draculas, to Frankensteins, to Godzillas, and Giant Spiders and more: You will LOVE this set of awesome Monsters. Each set comes with 100 action figures, each 2-3 inches high. The entire set comes in two colors so you can have awesome undead battles. Set includes 100 pieces including multiples of Frankenstein, Godzilla, Mummy, Cyclops, Werewolf, Demon, Lagoon, Dracula, Zombie, Giant Spider, Giant Moth, and two brand new different gravestones - fully compatible with our best selling Zombie set! Works great for Halloween party favors, decorations, Teal Pumpkin allergy friendly trick or treat.

Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier Game 

It's a game of haunted rooms and battles with nefarious ghosts. The evil Rowan is trying to break open the Durable But Not Impenetrable Barrier and release the dead! He's placed Paranormal Energy Devices all over the Mercado Building, and it's up to the Ghostbusters to find them and get them out before the 4th Cataclysm begins and the building is completely HAUNTED. You have to keep your eye on the number of Ghost figures on the board--if too many start showing up, rooms will become Haunted. If 6 rooms become Haunted at the same time, you lose the game! Once all Ghostbuster Movers are outside of the house with all 8 Paranormal Energy Devices (before 6 rooms have been haunted), the players win! Four ways to play: Basic Battle, Basic Battle with Rowan, Advanced Adventure and Advanced Adventure with Rowan. Work as a team for this exciting game of strategy and Ghostbusting! For players age 8 and up.

The LEGO Batman Movie Batcave Break-in 

Defend against The Penguin's Duckmobile invasion of the Batcave in THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE: Batcave Break-in set. The highly detailed Batcave features a rotating transformation chamber for Bruce Wayne to 'transform' into Batman, rotating Batcomputer control center with multiscreen elements and elevating platform function, and a prison with an exploding escape wall function. The Batcave also has a rotating wardrobe with alternative Scu-Batsuit, Raging Batsuit or the Bat-Pack Batsuit minifigure bodies for Batman. Dial up the conflict by using the Batboat's spring-loaded missiles against the Duckmobile's dual stud shooters and flick missiles. Includes four minifigures plus two Hench-Penguin figures.

Zombie Action Figures - Big Bucket of 100 Zombies

Zombie Action Figures - Big Bucket of 100 Zombie - Includes Zombies, Zombie Pets, Gravestones, and Humans!: You will LOVE this set of undead zombies. Each set comes with 100 action figures, each 2-3 inches high. The entire set comes in two colors so you can have awesome undead battles. Use Zombies, tombstones, humans, even zombie pets to make the most amazing playsets ever. Perfect for Halloween Decorations and Teal Pumpkin Trick or Treating. These can also be used as zombie themed party decorations or party favors!

DC Super Hero Girls Action Figure (9 Pack)

Let the DC Super Hero Girls action figures unleash your inner hero! With nine of the DC Super Hero Girls together in one pack, it's an instant collection! All of the Super Heroes come together to form a powerful team -- Wonder Woman action figure, Supergirl action figure, Batgirl action figure, Harley Quinn action figure, Poison Ivy action figure, Bumblebee action figure, Katana action figure, Starfire action figure and Hawkgirl action figure. Each 6-inch character figure is highly articulated for powerful posing and creative storytelling. Molded in durable plastic, they can take on Super Hero stunts and portable play. Each figure looks ready for action dressed in her signature outfit (non-removable) with iconic details. A Super Hero accessory highlights each girl's power to add to the storytelling fun. Kids will love finding their own unique abilities along with these Super Hero students in ways both big and small. From a routine school day to a Super Hero adventure, the galaxy is the limit! Includes 6-inch Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Bumblebee, Katana, Starfire and Hawkgirl action figures wearing fashions and accessories.

The Grossery Gang Putrid Power Muck Chuck Garbage Truck

Mess about with the Muck Chuck Garbage Truck! Load up the bin with your Grosseries and gross up the streets by firing them off the back of the truck! Then open the side doors for a scabby battle! It's the truck with maximum yuck! The Grossery Gang is ready to fight anything that may threaten their vile survival. Who knows what's over the slimy horizon?

Star Wars Galactic Heroes: Jabba's Bounty 

Boba Fett has captured and handed over Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt! Will Luke Skywalker be able to rescue him from his carbonite imprisonment?

PLAYMOBIL Haunted House Play Box

Frightful fun and ghoulish secrets await inside the Haunted House Play Box - enter at your own risk! Mysterious characters hide around every turn, including a vampire and Frankenstein. The secret laboratory is the perfect place for young thrill-seekers to concoct their latest experiments. To start playing, simply fold open the two side panels to reveal a spooky play scene filled with tons of haunted adventures. Perfect for on-the-go play, all the pieces can be stored inside this portable set and the top can be turned into a handle, making it a must-have travel accessory. Set includes two figures, skull, raven, scorpion, candlesticks, mice, and other fun accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten.

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Embrace the Horror of the Holidays by Watching the Short Film HUMBUG

Posted: 28 Nov 2017 10:09 AM PST

If you've ever wondered why your neighbors really get into the holiday spirit every December, then you'll relate to the main character of the new Christmas short horror film Humbug, which is now available to watch right here on Daily Dead. And if you do relate to the central character, hopefully your neighbors aren't hiding a holiday secret like the one unwrapped in this horror short, or else you should be extra careful the next time carolers come knocking at your door.

Directed by Matt Thiesen and Justin Lee, and starring Jessee Foudray and Milly Sanders, Humbug has currently screened at 16 film festivals, and you can unwrap the holiday horror short film in its entirety below. You may never look at eggnog the same way again after watching it...

Synopsis: "A moody goth girl (Scarlet) deep in the throes of artistic creation is interrupted by her neighbor's incessant Christmas music. When Scarlet confronts her cheery, pressed and perfect neighbor (Betty) she finds out looks can be deceiving, and to never underestimate the power of Christmas cheer."

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Level 33 Entertainment to Unleash Virus-Centric Thriller FLASHBURN This December

Posted: 28 Nov 2017 09:40 AM PST

"Wes Nolan can save millions of lives... if he can save himself first." The clock starts ticking as Sean Patrick Flannery searches for a crucial cure to a deadly disease in Flashburn, a new thriller coming to VOD platforms beginning December 5th from Level 33 Entertainment:

Press Release: Los Angeles (CA) –Level 33 Entertainment has announced today the upcoming release of the Sci-Fi Thriller feature film FLASHBURN from Smoke Hammer Media starring Sean Patrick Flannery (The Boondock Saints, The Evil Within, & Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), Cameron Richardson (Alvin and the Chipmunks, Rise: Blood Hunter, & Holy Ghost People), Roman (Lawrence) McPherson (Parallel: Dimension Under Siege, Manglehorn, & Beyond Darkness), Nick Stevenson (Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black", The Son, & The Long Road Home), Jordan Kimley (Couples Retreat, Wedding Pact, & Street Millionaire), Justin Fischer (ABC's "American Crime", & The Executioners) & LaDon Drummond (Johnny's Gone, 200 Degrees, & Game Of Death). The film will available via all On Demand platforms including iTunes, Amazon Video, Comcast XFinity, Spectrum Cable, DirecTV, AT&T, and many more.

FLASHBURN was written and directed by Giorgio Serafini (200 Degrees, Johnny's Gone, & Game of Death) from a story by Garry Charles (200 Degrees, Welcome to Acapulco, & Day of the Mummy). The film was produced by Scott Dolezal (The Hot Chick, The Chosen One, & Angels in Stardust) for Smoke Hammer Media.

In FLASHBURN, Wes Nolan wakes up in an abandoned warehouse with a case of amnesia. He has been kidnapped by someone named "Lazarus" who has him held captive in order to obtain the cure for an Ebola outbreak. Wes was a virologist and microbiologist who was working to engineer a bacteria protein carrier to attack the Ebola before it could destroy human cells. Instead of destroying the Ebola, Wes' protein mutated the virus into something much more potent. Now Wes must try to regain his memory and discover what really happened to him so that he can find a cure to the disease that's wiping out much of the human population.

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ABOUT Level 33 Entertainment

Los Angeles based Level 33 Entertainment is an entertainment company dedicated to redefining the landscape for independent film distribution.  Level 33 provides innovative sales, marketing and distribution services for feature films and entertainment content, delivering a flexible and transparent distribution solution for all platforms including Theatrical, Home Entertainment, Digital and Broadcast.  Current releases from Level 33 include, UNLEASHED with Kate Micucci, Sean Astin, Justin Chatwin, and Steve Howey, IMPERFECTIONS starring Zach McGowan and Marilu Henner, and 1 NIGHT with Anna Camp and Justin Chatwin.

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SMOKEHAMMER MEDIA
Austin, Texas based Smokehammer Media, is a motion picture production company, producing the finest independent films. The motion picture industry is morphing at an astronomical rate towards streaming and subscription based delivery. Smokehammer is positioned to benefit from this shift in traditional delivery and distribution models. Smokehammer collaborates and works with the finest actors, script writers, producers, and directors, to build a cohesive filmmaking team, keeping projects on time and on budget, delivering content at a furious rate to their legion of fans. Projects set for current worldwide distribution include: BURN (Eric Balfour), foreign distribution, 200 DEGREES (Eric Balfour) domestic distribution, UNHINGED (Sean Patrick Flanery, Eric Balfour, Cherilyn Wilson) foreign/domestic distribution, FLASHBURN (Sean Patrick Flanery, Cameron Richardson) foreign/domestic distribution.

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