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Guillermo del Toro to Discuss THE SHAPE OF WATER at ArcLight Hollywood’s Behind-the-Scenes Screening

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 05:23 PM PST

If you were entranced by the movie magic of The Shape of Water, if you got teary-eyed watching Guillermo del Toro's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, or if you live on the West Coast, then you may want to clear your schedule this Friday and reserve a seat at what looks to be one of the most unique screenings of the year.

On Friday, January 12th at 7:00pm PST, ArcLight Cinemas and Fox Searchlight Pictures are teaming up to present a very special behind-the-scenes screening of The Shape of Water with Guillermo del Toro in attendance.

Not only will del Toro discuss the creative process of his latest movie, but he will also reveal production items from the film that have yet to be revealed anywhere else. In addition to listening to del Toro's insights into The Shape of Water, attendees will also receive a drawing of the movie's creature that's not available for purchase anywhere.

While footage from The Shape of Water will be shown at the event, the movie will not be screened in its entirety, but will rather accompany del Toro's discussions as a visual aid, so be sure to see The Shape of Water first if you haven't already. Tickets are priced at $45.00 apiece and you can learn more in the details below and on ArcLight's website.

"ArcLight Cinemas and Fox Searchlight Pictures Present – Behind the Scenes with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Join Guillermo del Toro in person at the ArcLight Hollywood for an intimate and completely unique event, in which the filmmaker will talk about the creative process behind the production of his award-winning film, THE SHAPE OF WATER. Mr. del Toro will bring the audience behind the scenes to show them exclusive production material nowhere else seen and provide first-hand insight into the movie-making process. Don't miss this incredible opportunity!

Also, as an EXCLUSIVE bonus, those in attendance will receive an original anatomical drawing of the creature from the film, Homo Piscis, printed on a top-secret scroll. These are not available for purchase anywhere! Ticket purchase also includes a free popcorn. Please Note: THE SHAPE OF WATER will not be shown in its entirety, so attendees should have seen the film beforehand in order to fully appreciate the event."

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Bryan’s Favorites of 2017

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 04:18 PM PST

Look, I don't think I'm speaking out of turn when I say that 2017 was a garbage year for a lot of people, but it's important to note that periods of turmoil often produce meaningful horror movies. For what it's worth, it looks like 2017 has done just that, with a myriad of terrific movies from a variety of sources. So, without further ado, here are some of my horror highlights from the last 12 months:

IT: I'm going to get this one out of the way early, not because I didn't love it, but because I'm sure it's on a lot of people's lists, and you've already heard a ton about it. The huge hype over IT actually kept me from watching it at first, as I have that rare disease that repels me from things that a bunch of people enjoy. Fortunately, I caved and went to check it out, and this movie is pure horror, using the premise of a monster that feeds on fear to introduce a Whitman's Sampler of the things that make us afraid to turn off the lights when we go to bed. And while everyone talks up the whole ensemble, I'd like to give a special shout out to Jack Dylan Grazer, who plays Eddie with a lot more personality than was afforded the character in the miniseries.

Get Out: Jordan Peele's Get Out is another fantastic movie that I'm sure will be on a lot of "Best Of" lists for 2017. There are much better writers out there who will provide an in-depth analysis on Peele's commentary on our problematic relationship with race in the film, so I will simply say this: I saw Get Out twice in theaters, and each viewing was a different, but fully satisfying experience. Peele is not only a master at creating suspense, but he's also able to tell a story so layered and intricate that it doesn't depend on its twist to entertain an audience.

Salem Horror Fest: In all my years of horror fandom, I'd never actually been to a film festival until this year, but I count myself lucky to have gotten my start with the Salem Horror Fest. Spanning several weeks from September to October, this festival features horror movies that investigate fears with a distinct American flavor. The weekend I made the trip seemed to have been curated specifically for me.

In addition to seeing the first-ever live show of Faculty of Horror, I also got to check out "Women with Guts," an evening of movies that included a viewing of Friday the 13th VII: The New Blood. Admittedly, this is a movie that only a select few horror fans truly appreciate (alas, it tends to go over the heads of weirdos from Calgary whose names rhyme with Spott Drebutt). But I was thrilled to see it on the big screen, plus I even got to sit down with final girl Lar Park Lincoln for a quick chat. As if that weren't enough, I got a very pleasant surprise in the form of seeing perhaps my favorite movie of the year in the form of...

Tragedy Girls: I love it when a movie takes me by surprise. Admittedly, I went into this film more as an appetizer for the aforementioned New Blood viewing, but very soon I knew Tragedy Girls was something special. High School bloggers/serial killers McKayla and Sadie are the most charming pair of sociopaths you'll ever meet, and the script from Chris Lee Hill and Tyler MacIntyre is infused with so much fun by stars Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand that you'll be rooting for these two ladies even while they're committing some truly horrific deeds. What's more, they revel in the gore, which gives the film a very interesting aesthetic, where high school glam meets splatterpunk.

Raw: Writer/director Julia Ducournau gives us another movie where the core element is the relationship between two women, this time in the form of sisters Justine and Alexia. Younger sibling Victoria has started her first year at the veterinary school where Justine has been studying for some time. Victoria, however, is starting to get some cravings that glaringly conflict with her vegetarianism, and Justine is there to help her navigate these cravings, for better or worse. Where Tragedy Girls plays its central relationship for laughs, Raw is more about the things you feel in your gut: hunger, lust, and rage (not necessarily in that order). In different hands (read: male), this movie could have been a very different movie, but Ducournau avoids sleaze without having to pull any punches.

The Devil's Candy: I've always loved Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls," but hearing it blasted over the end credits of The Devil's Candy perfectly encapsulates the satisfying nature of this flick. Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, and Kiara Glasco play the world's most likeable family, which made me all the more invested as they try to navigate the dangers of homeownership when said home may or may not be possessed by Satan. Writer/director Sean Byrne plays well with the internal nature of evil, reminding us that evil often isn't some corporeal monster, but rather the conflict within ourselves.

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2: I realize season 2 of this extension of the Evil Dead universe came out in 2016, but it was just released on Netflix late this year, so I'm counting it. The show continues the adventures of Ash Williams and company as they try to clean up the mess caused by a truce made with demon mother Ruby, whose offspring have rebelled against her and called out to dear old daddy, Baal. The show continues to deliver gory, slapstick-y fun with Bruce Campbell continuing to wear Ash Williams like a pair of old, comfortable shoes, while the series continues to build on a hell of a Scooby Gang in the form of Ray Santiago's goofy but heroic Pablo, Dana DeLorenzo's smartass Kelly, and Lucy Lawless' contrite but still badass demon Ruby. And if nothing else, I get to say that I now know what it looks like for a man to have his head shoved fully up a corpse's ass.

The Girl With All the Gifts: The first half hour or so of this movie fooled me into thinking that it was doing things I'd already seen in films like 28 Days Later, with humanity trying to save itself in the face of a zombie(esque) apocalypse. About halfway through, however, I realized The Girl With All the Gifts is less about the fight for humanity's survival than it is a contemplation on whether or not humanity's status quo is worth surviving. Tack on to that amazing performances by Sennia Nanua and Paddy Considine, and it's a movie experience that stuck in my mind for days after watching it.

The Shape of Water: The Shape of Water snuck in just under the wire before the New Year as I got in a last-minute trip to the movies thanks to some word of mouth by respected resources, including our very own Heather Wixson. Leave it to Guillermo del Toro to make a movie that includes gore, espionage, and interspecies sex yet somehow manages to turn it into a feel-good fairy tale. Del Toro has always been a master at creating interesting creatures, but what sets The Shape of Water apart is that the story doesn't rely on the creature. He adds layers of nuance and complexity to roles that could have just been fairy tale archetypes to give us the fullest tale of his career. And it should be mentioned that, as is always the case with del Toro's films, the movie looks beautiful.

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Want to know what other members of the Daily Dead team enjoyed in 2017? Catch up on all of our favorites coverage here.

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CRITTERS: A NEW BINGE Live-Action Series Ordered by Verizon’s go90 Streaming Service

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 01:39 PM PST

After more than 25 years since their last official film appearance, the Crites from Critters are coming back, this time as a series for Verizon's go90 streaming service.

Announced at the Television Critics Association's (TCA) 2018 Winter Press Tour, Critters: A New Binge is one of two new projects that have been given a series order by Verizon's go90, with Warner Bros. Television Group's Blue Ribbon Content digital studio on board to create the series.

An adaptation of the film franchise that featured little furry space creatures known as Crites (as well as Krites), Critters: A New Binge will once again bring the hungry aliens back down to Earth, this time in search of one of their own.

Spanning four films from 1986 to 1992, the Critters franchise pitted the invading Crites against bounty hunters from outer space, often with humans stuck in the middle (or on the menu). The Critters movies blended dark humor with practical effects-driven horror that many fans still like to revisit today.

Critters: A New Binge will be directed by Jordan Rubin, who previously helmed tiny killer creatures of his own in the 2014 horror comedy Zombeavers. Rubin will write and executive produce the series along with Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan, who both also co-wrote Zombeavers with Rubin and recently teamed up with the filmmaker for his latest horror comedy, The Drone.

We have the synopsis for the series below, as well as the official press release with full details on Critters: A New Binge, which sounds like it could be a sequel to the films (although there's no announcement yet about whether or not it will take place in the same world as the movies). We'll be sure to keep you updated on the latest details as they come in.

Critters: A New Binge synopsis: "In this series adaptation of the fan-favorite cult films, the critters return to Earth in search of one of their kin, who was left behind years ago during an earlier mission. They land in Burbank, Calif., where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families in this new digital series written and executive produced by Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan."

Press Release (via The Futon Critic): BURBANK, Calif. (January 10, 2018) - Warner Bros. Television Group's digital studio Blue Ribbon Content (BRC) continues to create new and exciting original content for the digital marketplace, with two new series orders from Verizon announced today at a panel during the Television Critics Association's (TCA) 2018 Winter Press Tour on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. The new live-action comedies are Golden Revenge, from Conan O'Brien's Conaco LLC, and Critters: A New Binge, a series adaptation of the cult classic feature films. Both series will begin production in early 2018.

These two series orders continue the highly successful relationship between Verizon and BRC which began with Now We're Talking, the live-action, sports-themed comedy from UNINTERRUPTED which was recently renewed for a second season. The collaboration between the two companies continued with the scripted original digital feature Good Girls Get High, an Alloy Entertainment Production, which will premiere on the streaming video service in 2018.

"With a cast list as diverse as puppies, cats and rampaging critters, these two new shows are perfect examples of the unexpected and dynamic programming we aim to produce at Blue Ribbon Content," said Peter Girardi, Executive Vice President, Blue Ribbon Content, and Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Warner Bros. Animation. "Verizon has been a great partner, and we can't wait for audiences to dive into these stories."

For more information on the BRC programming slate for Verizon, see below.

LIVE-ACTION COMEDY SERIES

· GOLDEN REVENGE - Golden Revenge tells the epic saga of three pets out to get even with the jerks that left them for dead in this heartwarming animal tale that quickly turns into a quest for bloody vengeance. This original comedy is directed by Tom Stern (Saul of the Mole Men, The Andy Milonakis Show), who also wrote the series with Josh Gardner (Saul of the Mole Men, MADtv). Both Stern and Gardner executive produce. Golden Revenge is produced by Retrofit Films and Conaco LLC in association with Blue Ribbon Content for Verizon.

· CRITTERS: A NEW BINGE - In this series adaptation of the fan-favorite cult films, the critters return to Earth in search of one of their kin, who was left behind years ago during an earlier mission. They land in Burbank, Calif., where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families in this new digital series written and executive produced by Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan. Rubin also directs. Rupert Harvey and Barry Opper, from the original Critters film franchise, are producers. Critters: A New Binge is produced by Abominable Pictures in association with Blue Ribbon Content for Verizon.

LIVE-ACTION DIGITAL FEATURE

· GOOD GIRLS GET HIGH - With graduation looming, two academically gifted "good girls," frustrated with their social standing in the high school hierarchy, get stoned on their last night of senior year in Good Girls Get High, a new scripted original digital feature. After their evening of experimentation goes hilariously awry, they ultimately learn that being "bad girls" isn't all it's cracked up to be. The film is directed by Laura Terruso, who is also a writer along with Jennifer Nashorn Blankenship. The cast includes Sundance breakout star Abby Quinn (Landline), Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3, Jem and the Holograms, A.N.T. Farm), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga films), Isabelle Fuhrman (Masters of Sex, The Hunger Games, Orphan), Chanté Adams (Roxanne Roxanne), YouTube sensation Miles McKenna, with Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black) and Danny Pudi (Community). Les Morgenstein and Elysa Dutton serve as producers, and Tripp Reed is an executive producer. The film is an Alloy Entertainment Production in association with Blue Ribbon Content for Verizon, and is based on the book in development with Alloy Entertainment.

About Blue Ribbon Content

Formed in 2014, Warner Bros. Television Group's Blue Ribbon Content (BRC) develops and produces live-action series for digital platforms, tapping the creative talent already working at the Studio while also identifying opportunities for collaboration with new writers and producers. In addition to live-action programming, BRC produces animated content and is also experimenting with emerging platforms such as virtual reality. Live-action BRC programs include the UNINTERRUPTED comedy Now We're Talking, the comedy series Critters: A New Binge and Golden Revenge, and digital feature Good Girls Get High for Verizon; SpringHill Entertainment's basketball documentary series Best Shot for YouTube Red; comedies Beerfest and JoJoHead for CW Seed; and the live-action digital feature Daphne and Velma for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Animated BRC programs include Constantine and Freedom Fighters: The Ray for CW Seed, ellen's Pet Dish for ellentube, and Ginger Snaps for ABC Digital.

About go90

Verizon's go90 is a streaming video service bringing you the best in live sports and originals. go90 is part of Verizon's portfolio of media brands, which includes OATH brands - AOL, HuffPost, Yahoo View, Yahoo Sports - and COMPLEX Networks and more. Stream now for free from the app on iOS, Android or at go90.com.

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New Photos Show Lennie James as Morgan on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 4

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 11:58 AM PST

Back in November it was announced that Lennie James' character Morgan would cross over from AMC's The Walking Dead to Fear The Walking Dead. While behind-the-scenes photos of James on the companion series' set were unveiled soon after that announcement, EW has now given fans a new look at Morgan in the apocalyptic world of Fear The Walking Dead Season 4.

Unveiled exclusively by EW, the new photos show Morgan ready to do battle with his trusty staff that he acquired while living with Eastman (John Carroll Lynch). While the exact timeline of Fear The Walking Dead Season 4 (which is filming in Austin, Texas) has yet to be revealed, the appearance of Morgan's staff indicates that in chronological terms of The Walking Dead, the story will be taking place at least after season 3, because Morgan acquired the staff and became much more sane thanks to the teachings of Eastman after his run-in with Rick in the third season.

With Dave Erickson now working on another project for AMC, Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss have taken over as the new showrunners for Fear The Walking Dead Season 4, with The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple on board as executive producer.

Here's what Chambliss had to say about James bringing Morgan onto Fear The Walking Dead:

"As Morgan Jones steps into the world of FTWD, he'll be continuing the journey he began on The Walking Dead way back in the pilot."

Chamblis also discussed James' hopes for his character as he makes the transition to Fear The Walking Dead:

"When we first met Lennie, he impressed upon us how much he cared about the character and how important it was to him for us to take Morgan to places we hadn't seen before."

We'll have to wait and see just what those places will be when the fourth season premieres sometime this year. In the meantime, you can check out the new photos below (courtesy of Richard Foreman, Jr. / AMC via EW), and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.

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“Evil Seeks Evil” on the Blu-ray & DVD Cover Art for New Movie HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 10:39 AM PST

Coming out on home media just in time to be considered for a horror-themed Valentine date night, Hellraiser: Judgment's official Blu-ray cover art and special features have been revealed, providing another look at the return of Pinhead in the franchise's tenth film.

Press Release: Pinhead and the Cenobites return in Hellraiser: Judgment, coming to Blu-ray and DVD on February 13!

Street Date: 2/13/18

Blu-ray™ SRP: $21.99

DVD SRP: $19.98

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Experience a terrifying new chapter in the legendary Hellraiser series when Hellraiser: Judgment arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, Digital, and On Demand February 13 from Lionsgate. The tenth film in the classic horror series tells the story of three detectives as they struggle to solve a horrifying murder, but instead find themselves thrust into the depths of Pinhead's hellacious landscape. Including horror icon Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven's New Nightmare), and written and directed by Gary J. Tunnicliffe (Hansel & Gretel), the Hellraiser: Judgment Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

The dreaded Pinhead returns in the next terrifying chapter of the classic Hellraiser series. Three detectives trying to stop a diabolical serial killer are sucked into a maze of otherworldly horror, where hellish denizens including the Auditor, the Assessor, and the Jury await to pass judgment.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel

CAST

Randy Wayne                         Escape Room, Death Pool

Heather Langenkamp Star Trek: Into Darkness, TV's "Truth or Dare"

Paul T. Taylor                         TV's "Sheltered," Alternative Math

Rheagan Wallace                    TV's "Malcolm in the Middle"

Year of Production: 2016

Title Copyright: Hellraiser: Judgment © 2016 Puzzlebox Returns, Inc. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Home Entertainment Premiere

Rating: NR

Genre: Horror

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH

Feature Run Time: 81 minutes

Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation

DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation

Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

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Scream Factory Blu-ray Reviews: AMERICAN GOTHIC, DANCE MACABRE, HELL NIGHT Collector’s Edition

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 10:06 AM PST

Start out 2018 with some of the latest releases from Scream Factory! Though they're probably best known for releasing definitive Blu-ray editions of many of our most treasured horror movies, one of the things I like best about Scream Factory is their willingness to use their brand to put out smaller films and oddball curiosities that would probably not otherwise see the light of day on the format. Let's take a look at three such titles, all recently released on Blu-ray from Scream Factory.

First up is American Gothic, a tongue-in-cheek horror comedy from 1988 starring Yvonne De Carlo and Rod Steiger as the parents of a family of backwoods misfits living on a secluded island where a group of young people suddenly appear after their prop plane breaks down and forces them to land. Before you can say "this family is probably a bunch of murderous maniacs," the murderous maniacs begin killing off the stranded friends. This is a horror movie, after all.

American Gothic is a movie I remember from my childhood because of its VHS cover art, featuring Steiger and De Carlo in a recreation of the famous painting that inspired the film's title. Truthfully, though, I had never actually seen the movie until this Blu-ray release. It's a harmless little riff on the likes of The Hills Have Eyes or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (more accurately The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, in term of its tone) that's not especially funny or scary, but can often be eccentric enough to make for a passable time waster.

Director John Hough obviously knows his way around the horror genre, having previously helmed both The Legend of Hell House and The Incubus (one of these things is not like the other). He seems to have less of a flair for horror comedy, meaning American Gothic lurches back and forth between elements that are legitimately upsetting and broad, goofy nonsense. The main character's motivation involves a dead baby, and each time we are reminded of this fact it grinds the otherwise silly movie to a halt; once her past begins to factor into the proceedings in a more organic, thematic way, it's easier to take (it helps that Hough stops flashing back to it after a while, too), and by then American Gothic has totally given itself over to weirdness. Michael J. Pollard, Janet Wright, and William Hootkins show up as Steiger and De Carlo's strange children and totally take over the movie, turning it into what feels like Texas Chainsaw 2's "dinner scene" extended to almost feature length.

Scream Factory's Blu-ray represents the first time that American Gothic has been available on home video in its proper 1.85:1 widescreen format, with a pleasant 1080p HD transfer that appears to have been taken from an existing source. The only bonus features included are the original theatrical trailer and an interview with Alan Parker, the film's composer.

American Gothic Movie Score: 2/5, Disc Score: 2.5/5

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A little-seen curiosity from legendary exploitation filmmaker Greydon Clark (Black Shampoo, Satan's Cheerleaders, Joysticks), 1992's Dance Macabre casts Robert Englund as a dance instructor working at a very prestigious ballet academy in Russia. His star dancer (Michelle Zeitlin) is unorthodox and doesn't want to do ballet, earning the disapproval of the mysterious Madame who runs the school. When students start getting killed off, it's a race to see who will survive and who has danced her last dance.

In every conceivable way, Dance Macabre is Greydon Clark's stab at writing and directing an American giallo film, albeit one shot entirely in Russia. From its ballet school setting to its murder set pieces to some of the psychosexual ramifications of the killer's identity, Clark is clearly riffing on the European gialli of the 1970s, and while he's neither technically proficient nor stylistically inclined enough to do true justice to the genre, watching him attempt to execute an "artier" type of schlock (artier for him, anyway) is fascinating. I'm always interested in movies that emphasize the tension between a director's intentions and his or her limitations, and that tension pretty well describes Dance Macabre.

Clark can't even be held entirely responsible for the film's shortcomings, either. It was a difficult shoot, with the director working alongside a Russian crew and leaning on a translator as a go-between, meaning things could often be, for lack of a better expression, lost in the translation. The finished film bears that out, too: it feels like something that's been cobbled together somewhat, with inconsistent dubbing (another staple of gialli), occasionally messy editing, makeup effects that telegraph the ending from the first moment they're on screen, and actors who sometimes seem like they're in different movies. Holding everything together at the center is Robert Englund, who is incapable of giving a bad performance even when he indulges his hammier tendencies as he does here.

An interview with Englund is the disc's sole extra, but it's a good one because he's such a gifted raconteur and storyteller. He gives some information about the background of the production, tells some stories about making the film, and, as is his way, assigns levels of meaning to the film that may not be evident upon a single viewing. Or all of the viewings. But that's what makes him so great. Scream Factory's 1080 HD transfer of the film appears to have been taken from an existing master, meaning it's just okay. At the same time, this is a movie that wasn't even on my radar, so as a fan of Greydon Clark, of Robert Englund, and especially of giallo films, I'm thrilled to have seen it and include it as part of my collection.

Dance Macabre Movie Score: 2.5/5, Disc Score: 3/5

NSFW VHS trailer:

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Finally, there's Hell Night, one of the most-requested titles in Scream Factory's five-year history finally making its highly anticipated Blu-ray debut. A group of fraternity and sorority pledges—among them Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Peter Barton (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), and Vincent Van Patten—must spend the night in an old abandoned mansion as part of their membership initiation, but what begins as a series of harmless hazing pranks eventually gives way to murder when a deformed monster starts killing off the pledges one at a time.

As one of the world's biggest fans of Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse, I can understand the affection that horror fans have for Hell Night even if I don't share it: both films distinguish themselves from other slashers through the use of atmosphere and location, both films feature a slasher that has more in common with an old-school monster than with a mask-wearing psycho, both films attempt to develop their core group of characters beyond just being fodder for a body count, both films have the ability to surprise. Director Tom De Simone (who started his career making adult films before graduating to raunchy sexploitation comedies like Chatter Box) clearly aspires to elevate the slasher with his entry, and that's an admirable goal. Whether or not he achieves that goal is up for debate.

The movie has garnered quite the following over the years, which I suspect has a lot to do with the casting of Linda Blair in her most substantial horror role outside of the Exorcist movies and Wes Craven's Summer of Fear. Seeing her play the Final Girl carries a good deal of novelty, and though her character isn't especially well-developed, Blair certainly gives the part her all. Her co-stars attempt to flesh out what might otherwise be generic supporting roles, too, imbuing them with enough life and personality to leave us in genuine suspense as to whether they will make it to the end of the film. These touches don't always offset the movie's lumbering pace or fairly uninspired kill scenes, but they do make for a slasher movie that's different enough to justify its fandom.

Fans of Hell Night should be happy with Scream Factory's "Collector's Edition" release, which offers a brand new 4K scan of the film and a host of bonus features. While there are a number of flaws still visible in this new 1080p transfer—including a sizable green scratch that appears from time to time and the occasional standard def insert where the original elements couldn't be located—this is likely to be the definitive home video version of the film and looks as good as we're going to get.

There are a whole bunch of extras, too, starting with an audio commentary that features director De Simone, star Linda Blair, and producers Irwin Yablans and Bruce Cohn Curtis. Blair sits down for a new 30-minute interview in which she gives an overview of her entire career before getting into making Hell Night; same goes for De Simone, who is interviewed outside the mansion where the film was shot. Also included in new interviews are stars Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Suki Goodwin, Kevin Brophy, and Jenny Neumann, as well as screenwriter Randy Feldman, producer Bruce Cohn Curtis, art director Steve Legler, and makeup/special effects designers Pam Peitzman and John Eggett. A tour of the locations is offered, as is a collection of trailers, TV and radio spots, and production stills. A standard definition DVD of the film is also included. This is about as comprehensive as any of Scream Factory's releases, with most of the major participants represented and speaking at length about the making of the film. It's an altogether impressive package, and easily the best of the three discs covered here.

Hell Night Movie Score: 2.5/5, Disc Score: 4.5/5

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SNOWPIERCER TV Series Moving Forward at TNT

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 09:15 AM PST

One of the most disturbing and engrossing movies of the 2010s, Bong Joon Ho's Snowpiercer is finding new life as a TV series on TNT.

Back in 2016, TNT ordered a pilot episode based on Joon Ho's film (itself based on Jacques Lobabout's Le Transperceneige) about a constantly moving train holding humanity's last survivors in a frozen apocalypse. Now, as reported by Variety and numerous other outlets, TNT has officially green-lit the project to series.

While we'll have to wait and see how many episodes the series will receive in its first season, TNT's executive vice president of original programming, Sarah Aubrey, had this to say about the new addition to the network's slate:

"I'm a personal fan of Bong Joon Ho's epic film, and jumped at the chance to honor his original vision, yet expand upon the world and characters with a diverse, award-winning cast. Science fiction is the perfect genre to examine issues of race, class, gender and natural resources with thought-provoking and exciting storytelling. Snowpiercer will explore those relevant issues while embarking on a wild, action-filled ride."

Directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) from a script by Josh Friedman, the Snowpiercer pilot episode stars Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand, and Lena Hall. In addition to directing, Derrickson also executive produces along with Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements and Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi (the lattermost three having also produced the 2013 film).

As per the previous press release, here's the synopsis for the Snowpiercer TV series:

"Snowpiercer is a futuristic thriller set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation.

Diggs will star as Layton Well, a prisoner barely surviving the harsh conditions in the tail end of the train. A quiet thinker who spends his days sniffing the industrial-waste-turned-drug Chronole and tending to his cage full of rats, Layton becomes a reluctant participant in a struggle that could upend life on the train.

Connelly will play Melanie Cavill, a First Class passenger who works as the Voice of the Train - responsible for making the daily announcements over its PA system. Though many in her VIP position are dismissive of the lower class passengers, Melanie is curiously fascinated by them."

We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on the Snowpiercer TV series as more details are revealed. In the meantime, you can listen to the Daily Dead team discuss Snowpiercer on the "Snowed-In Horror Films" episode of our Corpse Club podcast, and we have the trailer for the movie as well:

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Mezco’s New Talking Freddy Krueger Living Dead Doll Says Seven Scary Phrases

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 08:34 AM PST

Mezco Toyz is making it easier for Freddy Krueger to haunt you outside of your dreams with their new talking Freddy Krueger Living Dead Doll.

Priced at $50.00 and expected to ship out sometime between May and July of this year, Mezco's talking Freddy doll stands 10 inches tall, includes five points of articulation, and can say one of seven unsettling phrases when you push the button on his back.

Collectors who purchased Mezco's new mega-scale Jason Voorhees figure (also with its own sound effect) can perhaps reenact their favorite scenes from Freddy vs. Jason after both of these figures arrive on their doorstep.

Read on for additional details, visit Mezco's site for more information, and check out the official photo gallery of the new Freddy Living Dead Doll below:

From Mezco Toyz: "One, two, Freddy's coming for you…

Freddy Krueger returns to the world of The Living Dead Dolls with the first licensed talking Living Dead Doll ever produced. The grotesquely disfigured star of 9 Nightmare On Elm Street films says 7 fiendishly fun film phrases.

Freddy features an all-new head sculpt that captures his sardonic smile and infamous visage. He wears his distinctive striped sweater as seen in the original A Nightmare On Elm Street film and comes complete with his trademark razor glove and removable hat.

The Living Dead Dolls Presents A Nightmare On Elm Street Talking Freddy Krueger stands a full 10inches tall and has 5 points of articulation. To hear classic lines direct from the Nightmare On Elm Street series, simply press the discreetly hidden button on his back.

He is packaged in a die-cut window box perfect for display and watching you sleep!

Ships May–July 2018

$50.00"

Photos from Mezco Toyz:

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Fright Rags’ January 2018 Releases Include MISERY Shirt, New Chucky Collection, EVIL DEAD 2 Lounge Pants

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 08:10 AM PST

As they teased with their "coming in 2018" video, Fright Rags is wasting no time releasing new horror apparel in the new year, as their January releases include an officially licensed Misery shirt, a new Chucky collection, and Evil Dead 2 lounge pants.

Out today and featuring Robert Giusti's original artwork that appeared on the Stephen King novel, Fright Rags' Misery shirt is available as a men's or women's T-shirt for $27.00 apiece or as a zippered hoodie for $47.00.

Fright Rags' Evil Dead 2 lounge pants come in two designs priced at $27.00 apiece, one featuring the groovy skull from the 1987 film's poster and the other displaying a Deadite and a manic Ash laughing crazily (presumably joining in with the laughter of the cabin's furniture).

Coming out on Wednesday, January 17th, the Chucky collection will include new T-shirts, socks, and enamel pins, all of which are based on the devilish doll from the Child's Play franchise.

Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Fright Rags' horror apparel arsenal, and check out official images below. Will you be adding any of these items to your wardrobe?

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Horror Highlights: KNOCK KNOCK Trailer, HOUSE OF DEMONS Coming to DVD & Digital, THE CAMPUS Release Details

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 07:34 AM PST

Inspired by the VHS horror heyday of the '80s, Toby Canto's new movie Knock Knock headlines today's Horror Highlights with a spooky trailer, and we also have info on the House of Demons DVD and the upcoming release of J. Horton's horror film The Campus.

Knock Knock Trailer: "'Knock Knock' tells the story of down-on-his-luck former boxer Sam Grant, who one night finds himself caught in a whirlwind of conjecture and conundrum as his colorful and quirky neighbors come to him with scary tales of their apartment's mysterious new resident."

To learn more about Knock Knock, visit the film on Facebook and Vimeo, and watch the trailer below:

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House of Demons Coming to DVD & Digital: Press Release: "CULVER CITY, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2017) – Terror finds a new home in the supernatural horror-thriller HOUSE OF DEMONS, which is being distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on digital and DVD February 6. Amber Benson (TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") leads a hot cast of up-and-coming actors in this chilling tale of four old friends who reunite at a remote rental house once used by a Manson Family-like cult and which now has the power to manifest its inhabitants' deepest fears and darkest demons.

Written and directed by Patrick Meaney (Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously) and co-starring Dove Meir (TV's "NCIS: Los Angeles"), Chloe Dykstra (TV's "Heroes of Cosplay"), Morgan Peter Brown (Ouija), Tiffany Smith (TV's "Attack of the Show"), Taliesin Jaffe (TV's "Critical Role"), Whitney Moore (Birdemic 1 & 2), Jeff Torres (TV's "Pitch"), and Kaytlin Borgen (Text),HOUSE OF DEMONS opens its doors on DVD with frighteningly fun bonus features, including deleted scenes, director's commentary, and the behind-the-scenes featurettes "Meet the Cast & Crew," "Bringing the Story to Life," and "Composers of House of Demons."

Synopsis: Gwen, Matthew, Katrina, and Spencer were best friends for years, until a terrible tragedy tore them apart. Ten years later, they reunite in a rented house for a destination wedding. What they don't know is that in the late '60s, the house was home to a Manson Family-like cult run by Frazer, a charismatic former scientist pushing the boundaries of human consciousness. His experiments echo through time and manifest everyone's darkest fears and memories, blurring time as Frazer's cult and the present day collide over the course of one long night, where everyone must confront their darkness or be destroyed by it.

From Smith Global Media, HOUSE OF DEMONS was produced by Patrick Meaney, Jordan Byrne (Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts), Jordan Rennert (Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously), and Brian Townes. Executive producers are Tom Blair, Michael Parness, and William Robert Webb III.

DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • Meet the Cast & Crew
  • Bringing the Story to Life
  • Composers of House of Demons
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Director's Commentary

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The Campus Release Details: "Robert dies after breaking his deal with the Devil, bringing his daughter home for the funeral. His daughter, Morgan, arrives with the intent of ripping off the family business but soon finds herself in a never-ending cycle of terror; being brutally murdered then resurrected over and over again - each time losing another piece of her soul."

A Gas Money Pictures production, The Campus will be released in Los Angeles theaters at the end of January, followed by an Amazon Instant release on February 1st and a subsequent release on iTunes, VUDU, and Direct TV.

Written and directed by J. Horton, The Campus stars Rachel Amanda Bryant, Britt Sheridan, and Scott Menville. To learn more about the movie, visit its official website.

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