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January 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include IT (2017), 68 KILL, BAD DAY FOR THE CUT

Posted: 08 Jan 2018 04:27 PM PST

Even though everyone is pretty much amped that Pennywise and the newest adaptation of IT are making their home entertainment debuts this Tuesday, we also have more great Blu-rays and DVD releases to look forward to as well. It's a big week for Troma, as not only their latest feature, Hectic Knife, comes home on Blu this week, but Troma alum Trent Haaga's wickedly wild crime caper 68 Kill is being released by Scream Factory and IFC Midnight.

Arrow Academy has put together a Special Edition release of The Witches, and a film that I really enjoyed out of Sundance 2017—Bad Day for the Cut—gets released this week via the fine folks over at Well Go USA. Other notable releases for January 9th include Friend Request and Nails.

68 Kill (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu-ray & DVD)

Trailer-dwelling, sewage-pumping Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler, Criminal Minds) may not lead the most glamorous life, but he's got one thing going for him: he's head over heels infatuated with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord, 90210). He's more than willing to overlook her wild streak — the fact that she's hooking up with their landlord, her rather extreme mood swings — so when she proposes a plot to steal $68,000, he goes along with the plan. But what was supposed to be a simple heist turns into an off-the-rails, blood-spattered crime spree, and Chip learns the hard way just how deranged the love of his life really is. The new film from Troma alum Trent Haaga blends wicked comedy with pure pulp thrills for a no-holds-barred blast of insanity!

Bad Day for the Cut (Well Go USA, Blu-ray)

In this witty and ultra-violent thriller, a mild-mannered farmer sets off on a bloody quest for vengeance after his elderly mother is murdered. As he tracks her killers through the criminal underworld of Belfast, he begins to realize that there was a darker side to his beloved mother – and to himself.

Friend Request (Lionsgate, Blu/Digital & DVD)

When a college student unfriends a mysterious girl online, she finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.

Hectic Knife (Troma Entertainment, Blu-ray)

Hectic Knife is the story of Hectic Knife, a new kind of superhero! Follow him on his bloody adventure through the scum filled streets as he slays bad guys, girlfriends and bagels!? Hectic Knife is a crazy, unforgettable comedy that'll blow your brains out!

Special Features:
- Intro by Lloyd Kaufman
- Deleted Scenes and Blooper Reel
- 2 Audio Commentaries
- Theatrical Trailer
- Original Short Films and more Tromatic Extras!

IT (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu/Digital & Blu/DVD/Digital)

The horror thriller "IT," directed by Andrés Muschietti ("Mama"), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids is faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

- Pennywise Lives!
- The Losers' Club
- Author of Fear
- Deleted Scenes

Nails (MPI Home Video, DVD)

NAILS is the stunning directorial debut of Dennis Bartok, a screenwriter, author, journalist and film company executive. His edge-of-the-seat drama, co-written by Tom Abrams, centers on Dana Milgrom (Shauna Macdonald, Filth, Moon Dogs), a track coach and mother who has survived a near-death car accident, only to find herself paralyzed and trapped inside her own body. While struggling to regain control of her life, Dana is confronted with a vindictive spirit; a terrifying presence called Nails, whom she is convinced exists inside her hospital room.

Faced with skepticism from her husband, doctors and the staff, and believed to be suffering from a mental breakdown, Dana is left struggling to keep her grip on reality as the targeted attacks grow increasingly violent. To save her marriage and her life, Dana must find a way to convince her family that Nails is real before he succeeds in destroying her and everyone who stands in his way.

The Witches: Special Edition (Arrow Academy)

In the mid-sixties, famed producer Dino De Laurentiis brought together the talents of five celebrated Italian directors for an anthology film. Their brief was simple: to direct an episode in which Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice, Ludwig) plays a witch.

Luchino Visconti (Ossessione, Death in Venice) and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves) open the film with The Witch Burned Alive, about a famous actress and a drunken evening that leads to unpleasant revelations. Civic Sense is a lightly comic interlude from Mauro Bolognini (The Lady of the Camelias) with a dark conclusion, and The Earth as Seen from the Moon sees Italian comedy legend Totò team up with Pier Paolo Pasolini (Theorem) for the first time for a tale of matrimony and a red-headed father and son. Franco Rosso (The Woman in the Painting) concocts a story of revenge in The Sicilian's Wife, while Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine) casts Clint Eastwood as Mangano's estranged husband in An Evening Like the Others, concluding The Witches with a stunning homage to Italian comic books.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Italian mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)
  • Brand-new audio commentary by film critic and novelist Tim Lucas
  • Interview with actor Ninetto Davoli, recorded exclusively for this release
  • English-language version of Vittorio De Sica's episode, An Evening Like the Others, starring Clint Eastwood
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Pasquale Iannone and Kat Ellinger

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Monte’s Favorites of 2017

Posted: 08 Jan 2018 03:28 PM PST

This year was a big one in the horror genre. From podcasts to movies to immersive experiences, 2017 was a banner year for horror across multiple mediums, and Monte Yazzie continues Daily Dead's 2017 reflective features by reflecting on his favorite moments from the past year.

Pure Cinema Podcast: Brian Saur and Elric Kane started Pure Cinema Podcast in early 2017. The two cinephiles, better to call them film historians, compose an educational conversation on anything and everything film with a focus on theme-driven lists. The "Tarantino" and "Life Cycle" episodes are highlights with a combined running time of over 5 hours of content. Saur and Kane are the coolest kids in film school, everyone else is just trying to sit at their table.

Suspiria 4K Blu-ray (Synapse Films): Simply stunning. Synapse released a remarkable, meticulously crafted 4K transfer of Dario Argento's masterpiece. Every inch of this transfer is beautiful, enriching the bold color palette Argento utilized while cleaning up the print. It's the best Blu-ray release of the year, hands down. 

The Thing Deluxe Edition Vinyl Score (Waxwork Records): It was an amazing year for vinyl music collectors. Waxwork Records completely outdid themselves with the deluxe edition LP to John Carpenter's The Thing, with the original score by the legendary Ennio Morricone. The sound quality is exceptional and the sleeve design is pure fan service. The outermost sleeve cracks open, like ice in Antarctica, revealing the record, and the notes have an insightful interview with Carpenter. Waxwork continues to make these vinyl creations with the utmost detail and care.

The Devil's Honey Blu-ray (Severin Films): David Gregory and the Severin team continue to impress, releasing films we never knew we needed in fantastic packaging and excellent transfers. The bonkers, ridiculously wonderful Lucio Fulci film The Devil's Honey finds its strange way onto Blu-ray. One look at the cover should convince any film fan of its merit in their movie collection.

Dave Made A Maze: "Inventive" and "creative" are descriptive words that don't come close to defining the film Dave Made a Maze. The premise, about a struggling artist who builds a fort in his living room out of cardboard boxes only to disappear into an alternate dimension, is transformed into a stunning labyrinth of intricate sets all built out of cardboard. Everything, from the flying creatures and crawling critters, to the stop-motion animated puppets, and even a walking minotaur, are ingeniously crafted. The film is funny, touching, and filled with genre influences that will make even hardened horror fans smile with amusement.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphic Books): This sketchbook diary-drawn graphic novel sees a young girl investigating the suspicious death of her upstairs neighbor amidst the backdrop of Chicago during social and political unrest in the late 1960s. The book is a moody murder mystery that elegantly portrays the life of a young girl growing up in a destructive world. Creator and illustrator Emil Harris has a wonderful descriptive sense both in language and illustrative style. This is a phenomenal graphic novel that displays the monsters living throughout our world.

Beyond Fest (Los Angeles, California): Beyond Fest has become a yearly film adventure staple… it could be described as my journey to the film mecca. The Beyond Fest programmers continually outdo themselves, raising the bar every single year to the point of wondering if they will ever better themselves from year to year. This year Dario Argento, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Walter Hill, and Jackie Chan made appearances, along with film premieres from excellent directors like Joe Lynch with the manic office thriller Mayhem and Graham Skipper with the excellent sci-fi/horror crossover Sequence Break.

George A. Romero: Between Night and Dawn Blu-ray Box Set (Arrow Films): It's hard to measure the impact of a legend like George A. Romero. The godfather of the zombie mythos has composed a trilogy of living dead films that will forever be remembered as classics in the genre. However, the films composed during his zombie hiatus are equally as impressive. Arrow Films released a box set from the master, featuring three films that are prime for a revisit. These films will make you realize why Romero's name will forever be remembered amongst the great directors of cinema.

Slashback Video (Los. Angeles, California): The older I get, the harder it is to recreate emotions that I felt as a child. However, upon entrance to Slashback Video, an art exhibit located in a shop in Burbank, California called The Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum, I was transported back to my childhood and into the video stores that shaped and molded me into a film fan and furthermore into a horror fanatic. Filled with vintage videotapes and that wonderful charm of the'80s and'90s, Slashback Video was an experience I won't soon forget.

Mixtape Massacre (Bright Light Media): Bright Light Media wants you to embrace your inner slasher. The board game Mixtape Massacre (a Kickstarter project founded in 2015) allows players the ability to choose their characters, all of them slasher characters that resemble some memorable icons from horror cinema, and make their way through a small town killing anyone in their way. The gameplay is loads of fun and the design is simple yet gorgeously rendered. Get your horror movie friends together, pour some strong drinks, and get ready for an evening of old-fashioned board game fun.

Paperbacks from Hell (Quirk Books): Author Grady Hendrix moves to non-fiction territory with Paperbacks from Hell, a lavishly organized book that documents the history of the horror paperback boom of the '70s and '80s. It's a deep dive into a subject that influenced numerous areas of the genre. Mr. Hendrix is a talented writer who makes even the most mundane subject pop with pulse. It's informative, humorous, and thoroughly engaging.

Cathy's Curse (Severin Films): Severin again provides a film that must be seen to be believed. No need for a synopsis, no need for a lengthy review, just get your friends, put on the movie, and prepare for a strange and uproarious time.

Brawl in Cell Block 99: Craig Zahler is one of the most innovative and interesting directors currently working in film; the new movie Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a violent, action-packed prison grindhouse film. Mr. Zahler, even when working with heavy doses of genre influences, always takes everything deadly serious in his film. Still, what ultimately makes this film a home run is the knockout, absolutely intimidating performance from Vince Vaughn. It's one of the best performances of any film this year.

Night School (Warner Archive): Warner Archive is quickly becoming one of my favorite labels, and not just because they released one of the best slasher films of the early 1980s with director Ken Hughes' Night School. The Warner Archive team have released a fantastic transfer of the film, allowing director of photography Mark Irwin's impressive work to shine even brighter.

Rebecca Blu-ray (Criterion): Criterion, still a mainstay on many film collector's shelves, released one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films. Rebecca, starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, is the only Hitchcock film to win the Academy Award for best picture. That's amazing considering the Master of Suspense's catalog of work. Criterion collected an impressive set of extras for this release, also providing their patented work with restoring this film to its very best sound and picture qualities.

Sole Survivor Blu-ray (Code Red): Thanks to the team at Shock Waves podcast, I discovered a diamond in the rough with Thom Eberhardt's 1984 film "Sole Survivor". The premise may sound very familiar; a lone survivor of a plane crash becomes consumed by feelings that she shouldn't have survived the incident. Then dead people start coming after her to collect her soul. Seemingly influencing the films "Final Destination" and "It Follows", "Sole Survivor" has an atmosphere of dread throughout, assisted by a fantastic score from composer David Anthony, and methodically moves from scene to scene building the tension as it lumbers along. This one was released on DVD by Code Red a few years ago but found its way to Blu-ray in 2017. For the horror completists, this is must watch.

Get Out: No film, of all genre of movies released in 2017, felt more timely and of the moment than Jordan Peele's Get Out. Released mere months after the divisive presidential election, the United States was at a boiling point with social concerns surrounding race and gender. Get Out tapped into race, cultural, and socioeconomic issues, transcending yet honoring the horror genre with a film that manipulated tension and crafted an atmosphere like a Hitchcock film. Jordan Peele proves himself more than just a comedic talent but perhaps one of the most conscious filmmakers currently working.

Hounds of Love: Director Ben Young composes an unsettling character study in his debut feature Hounds of Love. The film centers on a serial killer couple living in Perth, Australia during the 1980s. Mr. Young shrewdly constructs this movie, utilizing effective filmmaking techniques that help in building the suspense and making the nastier bits much more shocking than they actually are. Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, and Stephen Curry are exceptional here, their performances and the creative hand of Ben Young making "Hounds of Love" an effective piece of thrilling cinema.

Untamed: Amat Escalante's film Untamed is an unusual and at times unnerving erotic genre film, constructing horror influences to tell a story that analyzes, embraces, and manipulates aspects of sexual exploration and empowerment. Escalante pulls impressive performances from the cast and builds a narrative that never offers easy answers. It relishes in its own mystery, embraces its eroticism, and maintains a steady realism throughout. It's a film that will garner different meanings to different viewers.

Raw: Director Julia Ducournau has crafted an impressive debut film with her uncomfortable and emotionally daring film Raw. Ms. Ducournau utilizes the movie to challenge how filmmakers are utilizing the genre to tell stories, especially ones dealing with commentary concerning gender and sexual empowerment. Raw is a coming-of-age film that displays the fragility of the process of growing up, but also the complicated relationship found in every individualized family unit. "Raw," in many ways, is the best description for this film.

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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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Q&A: Peyton Wich on Playing Troy in STRANGER THINGS & Working with Brendan Gleeson on MR. MERCEDES

Posted: 08 Jan 2018 12:57 PM PST

Before Billy came to Hawkins, Troy was perhaps the most feared school bully on Stranger Things. Brought to life by actor Peyton Wich, Troy took part in two of the most memorable scenes from the first season of the Netflix series, including the now-iconic quarry showdown with Eleven. Daily Dead recently had the pleasure of catching up with Wich for our latest Q&A feature, in which he discusses his audition process for Stranger Things, memorable moments acting alongside David Harbour and the young actors in the first season, and working with Brendan Gleeson on the Stephen King adaptation Mr. Mercedes.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Peyton. How did you originally become interested in acting?

Peyton Wich: I participated in a variety of activities when I was younger, but I always quit. Nothing ever interested me. I would watch a lot of movies in my room and act out the characters. My parents were my first audience when I would come out of my room to "perform" for them. It was the love of the movies that made me declare to my parents that I wanted to be actor in film and television. They signed me up for acting classes for the next year.

One of your first experiences in the film world was being an extra on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. What interested you the most about being on that set?

Peyton Wich: I took the job as an extra so I could get a feel of what it was all about. I was very impressed with the guys that wore blue motion capture suits shooting assault rifles. The scenery on that set was absolutely beautiful. It was a great experience for me, being that it was my first set experience.

You left quite a memorable impression with your role as Troy on season 1 of Stranger Things. What was the audition process like for that series?

Peyton Wich: The audition process for Stranger Things took about three months. I originally auditioned for the role of Mike, then the role of James, and finally Troy. I then had a callback in Atlanta for Troy and a few days later found out that I booked it.

You had some great scenes on Stranger Things playing the bully of Mike and his friends. Two scenes in particular really stand out: the gymnasium scene when Eleven first uses her powers on you and the quarry scene when Eleven breaks your arm. What was it like working with Millie Bobby Brown and the other young actors to establish the genuine tension in those scenes?

Peyton Wich: It was great working with all of the kids. We had a really great time working together and I made some great friends. In the gym scene, Finn and I agreed that he would push me really hard so that the scene would look very real. And it worked! The quarry scene was really filmed on the edge of a cliff, so it didn't take much to have tension that day. But we just acted our parts and when they yelled "cut," we sat around and had hot chocolate to warm up. So, there really wasn't any real tension.

On Stranger Things, you also got to work a little bit with Winona Ryder and David Harbour, who will play the new Hellboy. Did you learn anything about the craft of acting from Harbour, Ryder, or any of the other veteran actors on set?

Peyton Wich: I did have the opportunity to work with David Harbour in the police station scene. He is one of those actors that stays in character even when the camera isn't rolling and I found that really cool. I did not have the opportunity to work with Wynona, but maybe someday in the future.

When you look back at your time on Stranger Things, is there a favorite or funny moment that stands out?

Peyton Wich: There are so many, but it was when I first met Gaten [Matarazzo], who plays Dustin. It was my first day on set and he came to introduce himself to me. He then said, "You know you have to pee your pants and hold a knife to my throat?" I didn't have those scripts yet and thought that was so funny.

We didn't see Troy in season 2 of Stranger Things, but I think it would be fun to see him pop up again in a future season. Would you be interested in reprising the role, and what do you think Troy would be like if we got to see him again?

Peyton Wich: Of course I would love to play him again. It would be so much fun, especially if Troy had some great character development! I would have him still be evil but this time more charismatic.

Another memorable role you recently played was Danny Wilcox in the Stephen King adaptation Mr. Mercedes. What did you enjoy about working on that project?

Peyton Wich: I enjoyed working with Brendan Gleeson on the set of Mr. Mercedes. I enjoyed his humor. He joked around about why I was really jumping the fence. Lol. Being in South Carolina was also an amazing experience. I've never been there before and we were able to take a few tours on my days off.

I read that one of your acting coaches is Jeremy London, who has been in many great projects over the years. What have you learned from London that has helped you with your performances?

Peyton Wich: I have been coached by Jeremy a number of times to prepare me for auditions. He has given me great tips for auditioning and helped me with a Russian accent once. That was very hard, but he helped with that so much!

When you're not acting, what do you like to do to pass the time?

Peyton Wich: While not acting, I like to listen to music, play video games on my Xbox, hang out with friends, go camping, and of course, catch up on my sleep.

You have a lot of anticipated films coming up in the next couple of years. What can you tease about your upcoming projects, and where can our readers follow you online to keep up to date on all of your work?

Peyton Wich: I can't really tease much about the projects coming up, but I can say I have some great projects coming up in 2018. Most of them are thrillers and were so much fun to work on. One is The Darkest Minds, coming to theaters in September! You can follow me on social media. Instagram (peyton_wich), Facebook (Peyton Wich) and Twitter (@PeytonWich). All of my projects are listed on IMDb also.

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Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema with INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY’s Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, and Adam Robitel

Posted: 08 Jan 2018 11:14 AM PST

Hello, readers! Welcome back for the another installment of one our featured columns here at Daily Dead, Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema, in which we catch up with notable folks from the horror and sci-fi genres, both in front of and behind the camera, and discuss the films that inspired them to become the artists they are today.

With the recent release of Insidious: The Last Key (in case you missed it, catch up on our previous coverage here) we thought this was the perfect opportunity to catch up with the trio behind the latest sequel—director Adam Robitel, star Lin Shaye, and writer/co-star Leigh Whannell—and hear what they had to say about what got them hooked on the idea of pursuing their dreams in Hollywood.

Lin Shaye: I'll tell you exactly when I decided to do all of this crazy stuff. I was always in theater in college, but I was never a theater major. I was an art history major at the University of Michigan, actually. I got my first job when I graduated at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, in the registrar's office, in the basement, filing for Mrs. Sekowitz. I had the job for maybe three or four weeks, and I remember going, "When am I going to be in a play?" because I'd always done stuff in school. I literally thought, like a light bulb going off, "Oh my God, why don't I try to be an actress?"

I applied to NYU, to Columbia, and to Brandeis and their theater arts programs. I had to go in and audition, too. I remember working on my audition in the attic in my house—that was crazy thinking about that. I did not get into Brandeis, but I got into Columbia and NYU and I picked Columbia, so I was in a three-year Master of Fine Arts program in acting at Columbia, and I became an actress. I stayed in New York and did theater for almost ten years, and I'm also a member of the Actors Studio and worked with Stella Adler and Ute Hagen and Lee Strasberg. I'm the real deal [laughs].

But seriously, I really have worked very hard on my understanding of what acting can be and I take it very seriously. I never thought about coming to Hollywood in the beginning, though. I just never did. I still can barely believe any of this. It's been really fun, and I'm so grateful to still be working. It's amazing.

Adam Robitel: There was one movie that really made me fall in love with the idea of working in this industry. It was called The Big Blue, which is a Luc Besson movie about a free diver in Greece, and his only family are a pod of dolphins. Initially, I wanted to be a marine biologist, but I didn't have the chemistry ability and the science brain. But this film was so visually staggering and gorgeous, and it's this weird romance between Rosanna Arquette, who's in love with him, and the fact that he can't relate to her because he's literally part-dolphin, this guy. It really hit me.

Then I remember going to USC, and my TA who didn't speak a lick of English—she was from China—but she saw the same movie and it was the reason she went to film school as well. And so I realized the power of film to unite completely disparate people from completely different backgrounds was really powerful. And so that was a very formative film for me.

And I have loved horror ever since I was a little kid, and was raised on ghost stories, too. It has always been near and dear to me to scare people, but I think I'm just realizing that's really what I want to do now. I didn't always know what I wanted. I wanted to be famous when I got here (Hollywood), and wanted to be an actor. But it took a long time and a lot of preparation and it's about the work, and of course, work begets work. So, I tell anybody who gets here thinking it's going to happen overnight, it took me 17 years and a lot of just tough days. It's a hard industry to walk into.

My advice to anybody who wants to work in this business is just to treat people well, because you don't know who you're going to be when you go up, and when you go down. And at the end of the day, it's all about our relationships.

Leigh Whannell: It's funny because I knew that I loved movies from an early age. I remember watching Star Wars like every other kid in the world, and being completely besotted by it, and also Jaws. At that age, though, I didn't know it was a job you could have. I just knew I loved movies.

I would say that the job aspect of it, the whole "this is what I want to do with my life" aspect of it, came in high school. I had a great media teacher. I don't know if that's a subject in American high schools, but in Australian high schools they teach media. You talk about movies and media. I remember I had this teacher who I'm still friends with to this day, Mr. Fields, Greg Fields. He was the cool teacher; you know how there's always one teacher at every high school that talks the kids' language? You know, the guy that hangs out with you? He was that guy.

When I was in 10th grade—so I would've been 15 or 16—he showed us in one semester of school Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and Psycho, but he showed us the films very slowly. We weren't watching it all the way through; we were watching it shot by shot and examining those shots. He's really the guy that opened me up to the idea that somebody makes a film. It doesn't just happen. Prior to that, I didn't put any thought into movies. I just absorbed them, and walked away without thinking about who constructed it. And this was where it all changed.  

I remember after a class, saying, "Mr. Fields, can I take one of those videos home?" Because this was the VHS days, and I am old. But I took Apocalypse Now home, and I remember just watching it on my VHS player at home. I do remember having this moment watching it where something unlocked in my head. The choice of shots, like that shot looking down at Martin Sheen when he's lying on the bed, and then the ceiling fan becomes the sound of the helicopter. It's like something happened in that moment where I realized that there are choices you make when you make a film—artistic choices—and I would say that would be the moment for me where I knew that I wanted to make movies.

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Horror Highlights: BAD APPLES, Popcorn Frights’ MOM AND DAD Screening, BONEHILL ROAD, DEATH RACE: BEYOND ANARCHY

Posted: 08 Jan 2018 08:24 AM PST

"They're rotten to the core." If Sam from Trick 'r Treat doesn't get you if you don't honor the rules of Halloween, then the creepy children in Bad Apples might pay you a visit instead. We have a trailer and key art for Bryan Coyne's new horror film in today's Horror Highlights, as well as info on Popcorn Frights Film Festival's early screening of Mom and Dad, details on the Los Angeles premiere screening of the new werewolf film Bonehill Road, and an update on the home media release of Death Race: Beyond Anarchy.

Bad Apples Poster & Trailer: Press Release: "They're Rotten to the Core.

On Halloween night, two malevolent children terrorize a young innocent couple in their home, subjecting them to a Halloween they will never forget in Bad Apples, premiering on VOD this February from Uncork'd Entertainment.

It's Halloween night, and two "bad apples" decide to play some wicked tricks on the one house in a suburban cul-de-sac that is not celebrating Halloween. They terrorize a young couple in their home and these tricks become increasingly more sinister as the night progresses, finally ending in a Halloween the entire neighborhood will never forget.

Brea Grant ("Dexter", A Ghost Story), Graham Skipper (Beyond the Gates), Andrea Collins (The Hospital) and Danielle Reverman (Infernal) star in a Bryan Coyne film, out 6/2 on VOD."

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Popcorn Frights' Early Miami Screening of Mom and Dad: "One week before it's release, Popcorn Frights Film Festival will be hosting an early screening of MOM AND DAD. Friday, January 12th at O Cinema Wynwood in Miami, Florida.

You're not going to want to miss Nicolas Cage's insane new horror movie! Mommy and Daddy ain't alright, and they're definitely more than a little weird in this pitch-black horror comedy that imagines a 24-hour nightmare where parents worldwide succumb to a mysterious mass hysteria that turns them violently against their own children."

To learn more about Popcorn Frights' special Miami screening of Mom and Dad, visit:

https://www.o-cinema.org/event/mom-and-dad/

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Bonehill Road Los Angeles Premiere Screening: Press Release: "BONEHILL ROAD is a fun, scary, old fashioned werewolf film starring scream queen Linnea Quigley.  Bringing back the monster movies we loved for a new generation of Horror fans.  It is both retro and original, a hybrid of styles and ideas that is sure to excite horror audiences both old and new. Created in the same style as the original HOWLING, An American Werewolf In London and Dog Soldiers. 

BONE HILL ROAD's Los Angeles premiere is set for Jan. 26th at 9:30 pm at the Regency theater in North Hollywood located at 6355 Bellingham Ave (at Victory Blvd) North Hollywood, Ca 91606. Scream queen and star Linnea Quigley will be in attendance along side Director Todd Sheets and additional cast and crew. It will be followed by the premiere of Personal Demons (presented by Terror Toons) directed by scream queen Brinke Stevens, who will also be in attendance.

Tickets can be purchased at the following link, both General admission and VIP Admission are available but selling fast (VIP admission incl. a signed DVD and autographed 8"x10" from scream queen Linnea Quigley):

https://www.ticketor.com/bonehillroad/tickets/bonehill-road-hollywood-screening-103434#buy

"Werewolves are my favorite monsters of all time."  Director Todd Sheets said.  "And BONEHILL ROAD is truly my dream project, something I have wanted to do for years. It's an exciting, non-stop ride through a living, breathing nightmare that the fans of werewolf movies have been waiting for!!!"

BONEHILL ROAD features ALL practical special effects and NO CGI, like the classic horror films fans love.  Uncompromising, Original and Vicious…. modern Horror meets Classic Monster movies for a thrill ride like no other! 

Last year, Todd and his local Kansas City crew, Extreme Entertainment, completed the movie Dreaming Purple Neon. After being selected at 57 film festivals world wide, Dreaming Purple Neon is available now from Unearthed Films. Buy your copy here: http://amzn.to/2qDQZU2"

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Death Race: Beyond Anarchy Release Date Delayed: Originally slated to come out on home media beginning January 30th, Death Race: Beyond Anarchy and the Death Race 4-Movie Collection will receive a new release date for later this year by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. We'll be sure to let Daily Dead readers know the new release date when it's announced, and in case you missed it, here's the official synopsis, trailer, and cover art for the upcoming Blu-rays:

"ABOUT DEATH RACE: BEYOND ANARCHY
Danny Trejo returns as the ruthless bookie, Goldberg, in the wildest, bloodiest, Death Race ever in Death Race: Beyond Anarchy. After a failed attack on inmate and legendary driver, Frankenstein, Black Ops specialist Connor Gibson (Zach McGowan, "Black Sails") infiltrates a super-maximum federal prison with one goal - enter the immoral and illegal Death Race and take Frankenstein down. Connor enlists the help of Baltimore Bob (Danny Glover, Lethal Weapon) and Lists (Fred Koehler, "American Horror Story"), and unexpectedly falls in love with bartending beauty, Jane (Christine Marzano, Rules Don't Apply). Connor will have to fight for more than his life in this brutal world of no guards, no rules, no track, and no fear.

The wildly anticipated next installment of the popular Death Race franchise, this Universal 1440 Entertainment original production brings fans along for the deadliest competition on wheels, where brutal fights and explosive car races abound. An action-packed thrill ride, this all-new movie is the grittiest and bloodiest installment yet from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, in association with Impact Pictures/Chestnut Productions.

ABOUT DEATH RACE: 4-MOVIE COLLECTION
Strap yourself in for an insane thrill ride inside in Death Race 4-Movie Collection, featuring an all-star cast including Jason Statham, Danny Glover, Tyrese Gibson, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames and Zach McGowan. Death Race is the brutal racing sport, where hardened criminals and smoking-hot navigators drive to survive or die trying. Packed with incredible stunts and brutal fight scenes, get ready for the non-stop barrage of high-octane thrills that will leave you pinned to your seat!

Death Race: 4-Movie Collection includes Death Race, Death Race 2, Death 3: Inferno, and Death Race: Beyond Anarchy and will be available in 2018."

 

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