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Heather’s Favorites of 2017

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 03:34 PM PST

Happy 2018, everyone! For most of us, 2017 was a bit of a challenging year, but what remained a constant bright spot for this writer was the deluge of amazing horror and sci-fi offerings that kept the last 12 months from feeling like a complete loss. I was fortunate enough to have been able to take in well over 200 movies throughout 2017, so when it came time to whittle down my list of favorites, let's just say some tears were shed while I had to make some very difficult decisions about what to include here.

Also, because we listed The Shape of Water, Get Out, and IT as our collective favorites over on Corpse Club, I've omitted them here because I've prattled on about that amazing trio of films enough already, and I wanted to go ahead and shine the spotlight on a few other movies (and some other stuff, too) that could use a little signal boost going into 2018.

Cult of Chucky: Cult of Chucky was probably one of the biggest surprise films for me during 2017. I liked Curse of Chucky well enough, but I wasn't head over heels for it, simply because I missed the playful tone Don Mancini had established in previous installments like Bride of Chucky and the woefully underrated Seed of Chucky (read my defense of the sequel HERE). And with Cult of Chucky, Mancini successfully marries his more serious-minded story elements with his playful tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, making this latest chapter in the ongoing Child's Play franchise one of my very favorite in the series to date.

Not only is Cult of Chucky chock-full of fan-friendly surprises, brilliantly vicious kills, amazing special effects, and top-notch performances from both Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly, but it also delivers one of the best final scenes in a horror movie from 2017 to boot , featuring two amazing female performers who are clearly in the driver's seat going forward in the realm of all things Chucky. Such a ballsy move by Mancini.

It was also cool to see Alex Vincent's character, Andy Barclay, be brought back in a meaningful way here, and I'm already on board for whatever Mancini has in mind for Chucky's next exploits (bring back Glen and Glenda, please!).

Tragedy Girls: Tragedy Girls is another movie I've chatted about numerous times throughout 2017, so my deep affection for Tyler MacIntyre's comedic slasher deconstruction has been well-established here on Daily Dead over the course of the last 9 months or so. For those of us who feel a bit cynical at times (especially this year), Tragedy Girls hits all the right misanthropic buttons with its clever exploration of the dangers of the "Social Media Age," as we watch two aspiring serial killers (played by Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp) refuse to let anything—not even their murderous mishaps—get in the way of their friendship or aspirations for social media stardom.

If you haven't had a chance to check out Tragedy Girls (I know it's had some small theatrical runs, but I don't think it's made it to any digital platforms yet), be sure to keep it on your radar for 2018, because you'll definitely want to give this one your attention. And in the meantime, another film from MacIntyre—Patchwork—is currently available on Netflix Instant, and is another fun entry from this up-and-coming filmmaker. Oh, and: Remember Al! Remember Al! Remember Al!

Suspiria in 4K: There are things you experience throughout your lifetime in which you instantly can feel your very existence being changed, and for me, that happened with seeing Synapse Films' 4K restoration of Suspiria on the big screen at Flashback Weekend this past August. I've been obsessed with Dario Argento's giallo masterpiece for over 30 years now, and the lengths that Synapse went in restoring Suspiria is nothing short of a cinematic miracle, transforming the four-decade-old film into a wholly new experience, both visually and phonically.

If you didn't get a chance to experience Suspiria 4K on the big screen, Synapse's recently released Steelbook makes for an absolutely worthy consolation prize, and I'm so grateful that the film now has a home on my Blu-ray shelves. If they nominated distributors for cinematic sainthood, I'd bestow those honors onto every single person who tirelessly worked over the last three years to make this whole thing possible. From the bottom of my horror-loving heart, thank you Synapse!

Raw: I had the pleasure of seeing Julia DuCournau's Raw at Fantastic Fest 2016, so I've been waiting to feature it in my favorites list for quite some time now (I stick with theatrical releases as a criteria for these EOY lists), and I'm psyched to see that it has popped up on quite a few other folks' lists as well. A movie I called a "ferociously unapologetic coming-of-age tale" in my reviewRaw finds new ways to explore the terror and confusion that comes with transitioning to adulthood, and it couples those horrors with a young woman coming to realize her true, cannibalistic nature.

Delivering easily one of the most boldly defiant genre debuts in some time, DuCournau's done something very special with Raw, making for one of the most harrowing genre experiences of the year that expertly blends together body horror tropes with the filmmaker's wickedly funny, pitch-black sense of humor.

Creep 2: I'm pretty late to the Creep train (I only boarded recently when I took on covering the sequel a few months back), but man, both Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass have found an ingenious way to make found footage horror exciting yet again with their pair of collaborations. There's a subtlety to their approach in Creep, but what made Creep 2 such a standout effort to me was the fact that they completely changed the game they are playing with their antagonist "Aaron" (played by Duplass), ultimately giving viewers a wholly new storytelling experience that still feels perfectly in line with what made the first Creep so great to begin with (and that's no easy feat).

Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Desiree Akhavan as Sara, who squares off against Duplass' cryptically charismatic character throughout Creep 2, because she gives one helluva compelling performance in the sequel, effortlessly going toe-to-toe with Aaron.

Hounds of Love: I've watched Ben Young's feature film debut, Hounds of Love, on three different occasions so far, and with each viewing, not only do I fall deeper in love with his gut-wrenchingly brutal tale of torment and survival, but I find new things buried within the film's layers to connect with as well. Based on a real-life Australian couple who would kidnap and torture young women during the 1980s, Hounds of Love works so well by preying on our imaginations. Young smartly chooses to play most of the horrific acts in his debut off-screen, making Hounds of Love more than just another movie about watching someone get tortured.

The beauty of Hounds of Love is that even though the film goes to some very disturbing places, it's really a story about hope and love, and I don't know if any film's final moments made me cry harder in 2017 than Hounds did (yeah, I blubbered my way through the finale all three times). Also, the film's trio of stars—Stephen Curry, Emma Booth, and Ashleigh Cummings—all deliver incredible performances, but Booth's portrayal of a quietly desperate woman who yearns to be reunited with her children, and her deep-seated longing for the reciprocation of any kind of affection, is truly one of the best of the year, genre or otherwise.

Blade of the Immortal: For his 100th movie (yes, you read that right), prolific filmmaker Takashi Miike delivers up one of the best action films of the last few years in Blade of the Immortal, his cinematic adaptation of Hiroaki Samura's manga that follows a young girl named Rin (Hana Sugisaki) who enlists a samurai cursed with immortality (Takuya Kimura) to help her avenge the death of her family after an evil warlord named Aotsu has her parents brutally murdered.

Beyond the fact that the action sequences are masterfully conceived and often breathlessly paced, Blade of the Immortal successfully brings together classic samurai storytelling with pulpy comic book stylings, all while managing to take the time and ask the hard questions revenge-fueled stories so rarely do: what is justifiable vengeance, and at what point does the cycle of violence need to stop? Blade of the Immortal also becomes something of a buddy film at times, with the unlikely pairing of Kimura and Sugisaki's characters transforming them both throughout their cinematic journey together. The very final line of Blade left me with a big goofy grin on my face, something I certainly wasn't expecting going into it.

And here's to hoping we get 100 more films from Miike in the future! What an amazing legacy, and one that's still continuing to build, hopefully for many years to come.

Super Dark Times: Teenage angst heads back to the 1990s for Kevin Phillips' Super Dark Times, which explores what happens when accidental murder comes between a few high school friends. Akin to the aforementioned Raw, Phillips' debut feature is an emotional stunner, bleak and wrought with paranoid tragedy, making it a deeply effective cinematic experience, one that has permanently embedded itself within my own psyche.

I don't want to say too much about the plot of Super Dark Times (except to note that the title is very much on the money, when it comes to the thematic elements crafted by co-writers Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski) because some of the film's more unexpected turns are better experienced when you don't see them coming, but what I can say is that SDT perfectly encapsulates the confusion, anger, and simple joys of being teenagers (and in this case, being teenagers in the '90s, which I know a few things about myself).

This is powerful and gripping horror storytelling at its very best, anchored by a pair of brilliant performances from Charlie Tahan and Owen Campbell, whose tangible on-screen chemistry is what makes Super Dark Times the emotional gut-punch that it is.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter: Look, I'm positive there won't be a ton of people out there who are going to be putting Resident Evil: The Final Chapter on their year-end lists, and that's totally cool. I get it. But the thing is that, for me, I've been a longtime fan of the Resident Evil live-action film series, and when you get invested in a franchise, but you know it's all coming to an end, as a fan, you just have to hope that it all comes together in some sort of satisfactory fashion that doesn't feel like a cheat in any way.

Thankfully, Paul W.S. Anderson (Event Horizon FOREVER!) delivered a satisfying concluding installment with The Final Chapter that not only brought the character of Alice full circle (in more ways than one) and gave Milla Jovovich a proper send-off, but also allowed the actress to do more with the series' heroine here than perhaps in previous films. The upside-down gunfight was a franchise highlight, and I love how The Final Chapter pays a few homages to the original Resident Evil, too.

The Bad Batch: I'll be the first to admit that Ana Lily Amirpour's The Bad Batch isn't a film for everybody, but holy hell, does this movie feel like it was tailor-made just for little ol' me. Another film I first fell in love with at Fantastic Fest 2016 (read my review here), Amirpour's tale is one woman's journey of self-discovery and self-worth set against the dusty, sun-drenched backdrop of a desert commune. The best way to try and summarize The Bad Batch is to call it a cannibalistic western-meets-techno-desert-trip love story, but I think the more perfect label might be "one of the most audacious movies released during 2017."

Featuring some boldly unique performances from Keanu Reeves (who aptly plays "The Dream"), Jason Momoa, and a wholly transformed Jim Carrey, The Bad Batch feels precisely like Amirpour was reading my diary (if I had time to actually keep one) and concocted a wildly weird tribute to all of my favorite things.

War for the Planet of the Apes: As mentioned, there's nothing I love more than a story arc that concludes in a satisfactory fashion, which is precisely just what War for the Planet of the Apes did, and then some. When this new trilogy began just a handful of years ago, I never could have imagined that we would see such a sublime treatment of the iconic character Caesar, but between these three Apes movies, we've been given so much more than I ever could have hoped for.

And with War, the destination isn't completely an unexpected one, but Matt Reeves delivers the perfect swan song for Andy Serkis and his iteration of Caesar, and if there was ever a year where he should be nominated for an Oscar, this is it. He's done amazing work with his character in the past, but the evolution of his heroic ape comes full circle in War for the Planet of the Apes, and Serkis finds even more ways to give his motion capture-based performance nuance and emotional complexity, which is no easy feat. What a beautifully conceived and crafted ending to Caesar's cinematic odyssey over the last six years. Thank you, Matt Reeves. Thank you.

The Blackcoat's Daughter: One image of Osgood Perkins' The Blackcoat's Daughter, in which Emma Roberts covers her mouth in an effort to choke back the heightened emotions pouring out of her character, remains one of the most memorable moments I experienced in any film throughout 2017, as it has haunted my psyche for nearly 10 months, and continues to do so even now.

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm an easy mark for Roberts' work (Scream 4 and Scream Queens will always have special places in my heart), but her performance in The Blackcoat's Daughter is on a completely different level than anything we've ever seen from her. Same with Kieran Shipka, who I only knew from her television work over the years. Perkins' slow-burn psychological thriller allows both the story and his talented ensemble the room to breathe, culminating in a tragically horrifying finale.

It may not be a film for every genre fan, but viewers with a bit more patience will undoubtedly reap the rewards awaiting them in The Blackcoat's Daughter, and it's an even better experience on the second viewing, too.

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Favorite Non-Movie Experiences of 2017:

  • Playing The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
  • Seeing John Carpenter perform live
  • Flashback Weekend 2017
  • Escape's Psycho Circus 2017 Halloween event
  • Season 2 of The Exorcist (which I'm only halfway through, but, to me, it has already established itself as the best genre show of the year and I still have five episodes to go)

Honorable Mentions (aka "Movies That Are Also Really Great"):

  • Prevenge
  • Happy Death Day
  • Mayhem
  • My Friend Dahmer
  • Annabelle: Creation
  • Okja
  • Better Watch Out
  • Gerald's Game
  • The Villainness
  • Thelma
  • The Transfiguration
  • Free Fire
  • Colossal
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • The Devil's Candy
  • The Ice Cream Truck

And finally…

Great Movies I Saw in 2017 That Haven't Been Released Yet:

  • The Endless
  • Anna and the Apocalypse
  • Like Me
  • Revenge
  • Let the Corpses Tan
  • Imitation Girl

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Want to read the favorites list from other members of the Daily Dead team? Catch up on all of our favorites of 2017 coverage here.

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Interview: Sophie Skelton Discusses Her Character Zoe and the Zombies in DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 02:19 PM PST

Over thirty years ago, George A. Romero introduced us to the lovable zombie Bub, the surly Captain Rhodes, and contagious cabin fever in Day of the Dead. One of the most memorable entries to the living dead genre, Romero's 1985 movie is the inspiration behind the new reimagining Day of the Dead: Bloodline, which tells a much different story of the zombie apocalypse. With Day of the Dead: Bloodline coming out in theaters, VOD, and Digital HD beginning January 5th via Saban Films, Daily Dead recently had the pleasure of speaking with lead actress Sophie Skelton (Outlander, Ren) about her character Zoe, the legacy of Romero, the new movie's intense take on zombies, and much more.

Thank you for taking the time to talk, Sophie, and congratulations on your new movie, Day of the Dead: Bloodline. I think it's one of the more interesting ones to come out early this year because of its connection to George A. Romero's 1985 film.

Sophie Skelton: Yeah, it's nice to be able to have this reimagining of his Day of the Dead. Arguably, I think it is one of his most known ones. So it was great to be able to have a nod to that, but also to change the story a bit and bring fresh people in and lovers of the original.

How did this project come across your table? What attracted you to the role of Zoe and this whole story in general?

Sophie Skelton: With something like a remake, obviously you have that benefit of knowing what the original was like. So you sort of semi-know what you're getting yourself into, and I really wanted to be a part of what Romero has created. Obviously, zombies are so popular now and he wanted to go further with zombies, so it was wonderful to be a part of his legacy. And then, also, at the beginning of the movie Zoe is quite meek, fearful, shy, and not really comfortable, but then we see her really progress into this strong, sort of headstrong and physically strong woman. It was a great opportunity to be able to play that.

These zombies are very intense and creepy. We're living in a day and age where we see a lot of zombies in pop culture, but it was still interesting to see the zombies in this film, including Jonathan [Schaech] as Max. What was it like working with them on set? Especially Jonathan, who was really interesting.

Sophie Skelton: Yeah, absolutely. There are so many zombies around now. You've got The Walking Dead, which people are very invested in. Romero created the original zombie and he was very much supportive of slow zombies and things like that. I think what's cool about this zombie movie is that we do keep that in Max. We keep Romero's original Bub, but then we do have something that's a little bit different to what people see every day now on The Walking Dead and things like that. These zombies are a little bit faster, and then you have that action, fast zombie mixed with the sort of creepiness of Max, a hybrid half-human, half-zombie. So it's really, really interesting to be able to give people something different when zombies are so popular now. You can still find something that hasn't been done before. I think it's really great.

You get a lot of cardio running from these zombies. It's not a brisk walk.

Sophie Skelton: No, not at all. You need a lot of quads to get away from these ones. And hummers.

Was there any military training or weapon training that you had to go through in preparation for this role? Or was it just improv? Or was there a little bit of both?

Sophie Skelton: Yeah, a little bit of both. I had kind of done a little bit of weapons training before for stuff. And I was doing combat courses and things like that. There's something different with every project you do. There are specific ways to hold a gun and things like that that you want to make sure are right. The thing with Zoe that's different is that she's not 100% military, but she's also not 100% civilian. So, the main bits of training we went through on set were making sure that it was that happy medium where you didn't ever think that she was an Army girl. She had acquired [her skills] from living with these military personnel in the bunker for five years since the apocalypse. So that was the main training that went into that.

Yeah, I love that mix of bunker mentality underground and then going out into the wilderness. It was really gorgeous when you're traveling through the countryside in this movie.

Sophie Skelton: Yeah, Bulgaria's beautiful. Day of the Dead is actually the first time I've been to Bulgaria and I was really blown away by it. The countryside was amazing and driving through the mountains in the Hummers as well was really fun. Having that mixed with the bunker scenes, it was nice to have that 50/50 from being on set and then on location. Bulgaria is a godsend.

What was it like working with Hèctor? He's a director I'm really excited about based on his previous movie, The Corpse of Anna Fritz. It seems like he has a bright future ahead of him as a director.

Sophie Skelton: Yeah, it was interesting because of language barriers. On one day, we could have people speaking Bulgarian, people speaking English, and then obviously Hèctor's Spanish. So he had a translator. But sometimes, things would get a little bit lost in translation, which is always quite funny.

You know when you make a quiet motion to tell someone to speak more quietly? He made that motion to the translator and the translator came over to me and was like, "Hèctor wants you to do the scene more quietly." And I was like, "Oh, okay." And we must've done it about four times again, and still more quietly. And I was like, "Hèctor, I don't think I can say it any more quiet. I wouldn't really be speaking." And the translator came back over and he was like, "No, no, no, by 'quiet' he means 'stand still.'" I was like, "Oh, okay. Let's go again." But Hèctor had a great vision for the movie.

And the other thing as well, which I didn't know, but you know how English and Americans will nod to say yes, and shake our head to say no? In Bulgaria, it's the opposite, so things got very interesting with that.

Sounds like a game of charades.

Sophie Skelton: Yeah, it pretty much was. With zombies thrown in.

You have a lot on your plate with Outlander and I know you have a new movie with Nicolas Cage coming up. Are there any projects on deck that you're excited about that you can tease for our readers?

Sophie Skelton: Yeah, so we're really shooting Outlander in full now, which is great. The finale of season three just happened, and it's all full on now with season four, so that'll be great for your readers. And that's a very action-packed season, too. And then with #211, the same production company from Day of the Dead asked me to come back and play a part in it. So, I play Nic Cage's daughter. That was a really great experience. It's a very different movie, and for my part, anyway, there's no action. It's all a lot more drama-oriented for her. So it was a big change from doing a zombie movie, and that should be out early in 2018.

Red band trailer:

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Comics Corner: GOOSEBUMPS: MONSTERS AT MIDNIGHT Interview with Writer Jeremy Lambert, SPAWN #281, HATCHET #2, THE WALKING DEAD #175

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 12:30 PM PST

It's the first Comics Corner of the new year! If you are new here or if you are returning, welcome! Kicking things off today is an interview I got to do with the very illustrious and rad Jeremy Lambert, writer of Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight. Also, we have details on part six of Spawn #281, The Gravediggers Union #3, Extremity #10, Hatchet #2, Paper Girls #19, and the "New World Order" of The Walking Dead #175.

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight Q&A with Writer Jeremy Lambert: On December 23rd, I got a chance to speak with Jeremy Lambert, author of the latest iteration of the Goosebumps comic series titled Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight, at his signing of issue #1 at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, MD. We discussed how he got started in a career writing comics, how he got involved with IDW Publishing, and, of course, all things Goosebumps and R.L. Stine!

Thank you so much for agreeing to talk with me. How did all of this happen? How did you get started in this field?

Jeremy Lambert: I used to do the thing a bunch of nerds used to do and make my own when I was younger. They were horrible, but I sold them for 25 cents to family and friends. I even drew them, so you knew it was extremely bad. I actually got serious with comic writing in 2010, when my friends Jordie Bellaire and Declan Shalvey asked if I had ever written a comic in addition to all the screenplays I was working on, and I had a couple unfinished comic scripts that I had abandoned, but I started working on them again and developing them.

I have them to thank for that spark and renewing my love of comic writing, honestly. And from there I just wrote a ton of pitches and issue ones, most of which should never, ever see the light of day, but I had to get through those and keep working on my scripts to get them to a point where I was comfortable to show them and start working with artists. My first real gig was a short story in the 2014 CBLDF Liberty Annual, drawn by Dec, colored by Jordie, lettered by Clayton Cowles, and edited by Lauren Sankovitch. From there I started working on more short stories and eventually a couple miniseries were in the works.

Were you a fan of the Goosebumps books before writing this comic? Do you have any favorite books in the series?

Jeremy Lambert: Absolutely! That is actually how I got involved with writing for this [first arc] of Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight. I would meet editors and other content creators at conventions, and we'd discuss our love of Goosebumps, and when IDW decided to pick up this comic, the opportunity presented itself. As for favorites, I would pick Night of the Living Dummy.

That's awesome! Slappy is so iconic. He's menacing and just plain awful to everyone. Okay, so the Goosebumps books are geared to the early teen, middle school age crowd. I remember reading them in middle school and then reading Fear Street books as I got older because the content is a little more mature. Is it difficult to write for the series while keeping the specific audience in mind?

Jeremy Lambert: It can be at times because I am a huge horror fan and my writing can get a little dark, but I know when to hold back. I have a wonderful editor and really everyone at IDW Publishing is absolutely a joy to work with. It's a collaborative effort, so we all work together and come up with something that works for everyone.

So, there are currently three issues of the first arc of Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight out at the moment?

Jeremy: Well, there's only one issue of Goosebumps out right now, but issues 2 and 3 will be released in January and then in April all three issues will come out together in one book. [Chris Fenoglio did the artwork as well as the cover artwork, Brittany Peer is the Colorist, and Drew Rausch also worked on the cover artwork].

Excellent. The artwork is stunning as well as the stories. R.L. Stine's presence is definitely felt when I read this comic.

Jeremy Lambert: Yes, it is very important to have a balance between the horror elements and the comedy. R. L. Stine was great at having that balance so that the stories would take you right at the edge of scary, but still be accessible to a younger audience.

Exactly. I think that is why R.L. Stine's work is so timeless. Everyone who has read any of his books can tell you their favorite character(s) and stories because they were terrifying but funny and sometimes silly at the same time. They find a way to forever live in your mind. So, after the third issue is released, a completely different set of the comics will be released at a later date by the same team?

Jeremy Lambert: Yes, a different set of comics will come out in February by a totally different team who are also very talented. [Download and Die! is written by Jen Vaughn from Adventure Time and illustrated by Michelle Wong].

I can't let this conversation end without asking if you have ever met R.L. Stine?

Jeremy Lambert: No, I haven't, but my editor [Lauren Sankovitch] met him at a convention, though. He mentioned me in a tweet once, and I was so [happy] about it.

That is very cool. He liked a tweet I sent him way back in 2010 or something. He tweeted that he was so happy to see how many readers of his books in the 1990s are now adults sharing his books with their kids and reaching out to him about how they influenced their lives. Thank you so very much for talking with me today. It was a pleasure.

Synopsis for Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #2: "Trapped in HorrorLand, sisters Mia and Ginny have no hope of escape… that is until a little Horror named Irk mentions the gate on the other side of the Scream-Park! Only problem is the never-ending nightmares that stand in their way! And did someone say something about a dummy? Oh, sorry! I didn't mean- AAAAAGGHH!

AVAILABLE: January 2018
DIAMOND CODE: SEP170534
CREATORS:
Jeremy Lambert (Author) • Chris Fenoglio (Artist, Cover Artist) • Brittany Peer (Colorist) • Drew Rausch (Cover Artist)
IMPRINT: IDW
PAGE COUNT: 32
COLOR: FC
CATEGORIES: Goosebumps
TAGS: Action-Adventure, All Ages, Chris Fenoglio, Drew Rausch, Jeremy Lambert."

For more information on this new series, head over to IDW Publishing's website.

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Spawn #281: "Story: Darragh Savage, Jason Shawn Alexander
Art / Cover / Variant Cover: Jason Shawn Alexander
Published: January 3, 2018
Diamond ID: OCT170729

A NEW HERO PREMIERES!

Look for this exciting new character as she makes her heroic debut. Only ONE ISSUE left until the thrilling conclusion of "DARK HORROR!"

Digital: $2.99
Print: $2.99."

To learn more, visit Image Comics.

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The Gravediggers Union #3: "Story / Cover: Wes Craig
Art: Wes Craig, Toby Cypress, Niko Guardia
Published: January 3, 2018
Diamond ID: NOV170761

What is the key that will release the Dark Gods?

Desperate to prove herself as the true prophet of the apocalypse, Morgan embarks on a darkly mystical journey that may tear her apart. Meanwhile, to find the location of Morgan and the Black Temple, the Gravediggers have to do battle with one of the strangest creatures they've ever encountered: the Yuppie-Vampire!

Digital: $3.99
Print: $3.99."

For more information, visit Image Comics.

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Extremity #10: "Story: Daniel Warren Johnson
Art / Cover: Daniel Warren Johnson, Mike Spicer
Published: January 3, 2018
Diamond ID: NOV170754

Thea learns the hard way that peace never lasts.

Digital: $3.99
Print: $3.99."

To see more from Extremity #10, head on over Image Comics.

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Hatchet #2: "Flashback to 1985 - parachute pants, these new things called CDs, and slasher flicks are all the rage! A group of unsuspecting and rather dimwitted actors is making a new horror movie, "Hatchetface Lives," deep in Honey Island Swamp. Now they are face to face with the real Victor Crowley and no amount of sexs, drugs, or rock n roll will save them from a gruesome death. This is Adam Green's American slasher classic with all-new tales of terror!

American Mythology Productions
Written by James Kuhoric
Art by Richard Bonk
Pencils Eliseu Gouveia and Andrew Mangum
Inks Eliseu Gouveia and Andrew Mangum
Colored by Gene Jimenez
Cover by Emmanuel Torres

About Book:
Page Count
22 Pages
Print Release Date: January 3, 2018
Digital Release Date: January 3, 2018
Age Rating
17+ Only
Sold by comiXology."

To learn more about the new and ongoing Hatchet comic series based on the movie franchise, visit ComiXology's website on behalf of American Mythology Productions.

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Paper Girls #19: "Story: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson
Cover: Cliff Chiang
Published: January 3, 2018
Diamond ID: NOV170787

The Battle of the Ages has begun, and Tiffany and her fellow Paper Girls are caught in its deadly crossfire.

Digital: $2.99
Print: $2.99."

For more on this rad series, head on over to Image Comics' website.

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The Walking Dead #175: "Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn
Cover: Charlie Adlard, Dave Stewart
Published: January 3, 2018
Diamond ID: NOV170604

"NEW WORLD ORDER," Part One

NEW FRIENDS.

NEW ENEMIES.

NEW THREATS.

IT'S A WHOLE NEW WORLD.

Digital: $3.99
Print: $3.99."

To learn more, go to Image Comics' website here.

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BRIGHT Sequel Confirmed by Netflix in New Video

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 11:11 AM PST

Throughout the holiday season, there had been speculations that Netflix was interested in making a sequel to its new aaction fantasy film Bright, and now, in a new video featuring the movie's impressive orc makeup effects, the streaming service has confirmed that a second film is indeed moving forward.

In addition to the sequel confirmation video (see below), numerous sources, including Variety, report that David Ayer is set to direct the second Bright film, with Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless also returning as producers. Max Landis, who wrote the screenplay for Bright, will reportedly not be involved with the sequel, and Ayer is expected to write the new movie as well, something he has done for previous directorial projects such as Suicide Squad, Fury, and End of Watch.

Released on Netflix beginning December 22nd, Bright was watched by 11 million people in its first three days online, with Netflix reporting that the film is the number-one watched movie on the streaming service in every country that Netflix is available in.

While official casting details have yet to be revealed, Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are expected to reprise their roles as police officers Daryl Ward and Nick Jakoby, respectively, the latter of whom is an orc cop in the movie's mystical world of magical crime.

We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as the sequel develops. In the meantime, do you want to see a second Bright movie? What did you think of the first one? Let us know in the comments below.

"Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

Bright is available only on Netflix this December. Bright is directed by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch, Suicide Squad) stars Will Smith (Men in Black), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Zero Dark Thirty), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), and Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad). The movie is written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and produced by Ayer, Eric Newman (Narcos) and Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games)."

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Official Trailer for BLUMHOUSE’S TRUTH OR DARE Features Friends Trapped in a Grisly Game

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 10:42 AM PST

Maybe you've played games of "Truth or Dare" with your friends that have gone one step too far, but hopefully you've never broken someone's hand with a hammer. That, unfortunately, is the least of the worries for a group of friends who find themselves trapped in a gruesome game in the official trailer for Blumhouse's Truth or Dare.

Directed by Jeff Wadlow, Blumhouse's Truth or Dare stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto, and Sophia Taylor Ali.

The new horror film will hit theaters on April 27th, 2018, and you can get an idea of the sinister smiles and creepy kills to come in the official trailer below. Will you be watching it this spring?

"Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of Blumhouse's Truth or Dare, a supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Happy Death DayGet Out, Split).  A harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare.

Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), the thriller co-stars Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto and Sophia Taylor Ali.  The film was produced by Blumhouse's Jason Blum and executive produced by Wadlow."

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Modern-Day Boogeyman Haunts High School Students in Official Trailer for SLENDER MAN

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 10:15 AM PST

The character who has become the modern-day boogeyman haunts high schoolers who summon him in the official trailer for Slender Man, the new movie based on the creepy online creation from Eric Knudsen, aka Victor Surge.

Directed by Sylvain White from a screenplay by David Birke (based on the character created by Victor Surge), Slender Man stars Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, and Javier Botet as Slenderman. One of the most talented performance artists working today, Botet also recently played the Neibolt House hobo in the new IT movie as well as "KeyFace" in Insidious: The Last Key.

Slender Man is scheduled to come out in theaters from Screen Gems on May 18th, 2018. Will you be adding it to your watch list this spring? Let us know and check out the synopsis, trailer, and poster below.

Synopsis: "In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of SLENDER MAN. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim."

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Review: INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY Firmly Cements Elise Rainier as One of the Best Modern Horror Characters

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 09:02 AM PST

Over the last seven years, we've watched the Insidious franchise become one of the biggest in modern history, but even more remarkable than that impressive feat is the fact that it has also become the perfect showcase for veteran actress Lin Shaye, whose character Elise Rainier has become a fixture throughout this series. And what began as a quirky supporting player introduced very late in the game in Insidious has now become something so much greater, making Elise one of the very best characters we've seen in modern horror.

A big part of that is without a doubt Shaye and her wonderfully complex depiction of a woman driven to battle against dark forces, but still yearning to keep in touch with her own humanity. Also, much credit is also due writer Leigh Whannell, who has continually done a bang-up job of writing such a compelling, intriguing, and endearing protagonist for us to follow through the course of four Insidious films. It's a killer combo between Shaye and Whannell, and they've done an amazing job making Elise into a truly unique heroine.

For Insidious: The Last Key, we travel back in time to Elise's childhood home in 1954, which just happens to be next door to an ominous prison in New Mexico. She grows up under the thumb of her abusive father, often confiding in her well-meaning mother about her special abilities, and alongside her younger brother, who she's forced to abandon after running away during her teens. We learn that beyond the emotional scars Elise takes with her, she also carries brief recollections of her time living at that home, particularly flashes of the otherworldly entities which inhabited the residence alongside her family. And, as you may have guessed, not all of those spirits were benign, either.

And so, as a familiar foe from Elise's childhood begins to wage spiritual war with her old house's new owner (played by Josh Stewart) in The Last Key, the determined parapsychologist embarks on a dangerous and deeply personal journey into the realm of the supernatural that proves the past can't—and won't—stay buried forever. Oh, and of course Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Whannell) come along for the ride and add in a bit of comedic relief for good measure.

Taking on directorial duties for Insidious: The Last Key is filmmaker Adam Robitel, who did an incredible job on The Taking of Deborah Logan (which is a film I highly recommend seeing, if you haven't already) and slips into this universe with relative ease. Again, it's helpful that he has a strong script from Whannell to work from, and someone like Shaye in the lead, but that doesn't mean Robitel didn't do some heavy lifting himself, in regards to crafting a sequel that's remarkably well-constructed, but also feels like the perfect celebration of Shaye's endlessly engaging on-screen persona in this franchise.

I also really loved the creature design for "Key Face," the central supernatural antagonist in The Last Key, as it was an inspired choice to make his appearance be a visual manifestation of several of the central themes at play in this latest chapter in the Insidious saga. And the fact that he utilizes his key-stubbed fingers to oppress and attack his victims was a downright creepy touch that definitely appealed to my macabre sensibilities.

While I enjoyed Insidious: The Last Key immensely, I will say that the least successful aspects of the film happened any time the focus moved away from Shaye's character and onto her extended family. I just don't know if those scenes felt like they fit with the rest of the film, and maybe it's just my cold dead heart, but they felt a tad on the schmaltzy side, and a little heavy-handed, too.

That being said, I could not have asked for a better vehicle for Lin Shaye and her cinematic counterpart Elise Rainier to come full circle than Insidious: The Last Key. There's a thoughtfulness to her character that makes this latest sequel something very special, and I think Robitel has done a great job of constructing an effective horror outing that has a lot of heart to it as well.

Movie Score: 3.5/5

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New April Release Date Revealed for Third Movie in the CLOVERFIELD Franchise

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 08:21 AM PST

Cloverfield fans will have to wait a bit longer to see the third film in the franchise that kicked off nearly ten years ago.

Slash Film reports that the newest movie in the Cloverfield franchise, currently known as God Particle, is now scheduled to come out on April 20th, 2018 from Paramount Pictures. The J.J. Abrams-produced film was at one point slated to hit theaters on October 27th, 2017 before moving to the February 2nd, 2018 slot on the calendar, which has now been vacated for the April date.

Like Dan Trachtenberg's secretive 10 Cloverfield Lane, which shocked viewers with a surprise trailer and subsequent theatrical release last year, God Particle is not expected to be a direct sequel to the found footage monster movie Cloverfield, but will instead take place in the same cinematic world of Matt Reeves' 2008 film.

According to Variety, God Particle "is set in the near future and tells the story of a team of astronauts on a space station who make a terrifying discovery involving a new energy source—the "God Particle"—and their desperate fight for survival."

Directed by Julius Onah, God Particle stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Brühl, Chris O'Dowd, Elizabeth Debicki, and Zhang Ziyi.

Also due out in 2018 is Overlord, another film from Abrams' Bad Robot entertainment company that is speculated to be the fourth entry in the Cloverfield cinematic universe. Taking place just before World War II's D-Day, Overlord is currently slated for an October 26th, 2018 release, but we'll have to see if that release date changes following the calendar switch for God Particle.

We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details as they are revealed. In the meantime, are you looking forward to seeing a third Cloverfield movie? Let us know in the comments section below.

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