- Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH Returning to US Theaters for Three Days Beginning This April
- Photos of Sideshow Collectibles’ THUNDERCATS Mumm-Ra Statue
- Watch Two Clips & Trailer from Scream Factory’s GATE II Blu-ray
- Horror Highlights: NIGHTWORLD on Netflix, Texas Frightmare Weekend, Starlight Filmmaker Programme, MONSTERS IN THE CLOSET
- THE WALKING DEAD Episode 8.10 Photos & Preview Videos Feature “The Lost and the Plunderers”
- Interview: Arielle Carver-O’Neill on Playing Ash’s Daughter in ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 3
- It Came From The Tube: ESCAPE (1971)
Posted: 26 Feb 2018 08:27 AM PST
Fathom Events, the Jim Henson Company, and Sony Pictures Entertainment are teaming up to honor the Goblin King by brining Labyrinth (read Patrick Bromley's 30th anniversary reflection on the film here) back to select theaters in the US for three days only beginning April 29th, including special video introductions by Brian Henson and Jennifer Connelly:
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Posted: 26 Feb 2018 08:18 AM PST
"Ancient spirits of evil, transform this decayed form to Mumm-Ra, The Ever-Living!" The folks at Sideshow Collectibles crafted a 22-inch-tall polystonefigure of Mumm-Ra from the ThunderCats TV series, and we have a look at nine photos of this baddie in all his blue glory!
Photos courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles:
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Posted: 26 Feb 2018 07:48 AM PST
A wish-granting creature is captured in Tibor Takács' Gate II: Trespassers, and with the early '90s sequel getting the Blu-ray treatment from Scream Factory, we have a look at two high-def clips and the trailer before it's unleashed on the masses on February 27th.
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Posted: 26 Feb 2018 07:38 AM PST
Sure to cure "the case of the Mondays" is Nightworld, starring Robert Englund and Jason London, which is now on Netflix and headlines today's Horror Highlights. Also: Texas Frightmare Weekend details, Melancholy Star's Starlight Filmmaker Programme, and Monsters in the Closet Kickstarter details.
Nightworld's Netflix Release Details: Press Release: "Nightworld, starring Jason London and horror icon Robert Englund, will be officially available on Netflix North America from February 16, 2017!
The psychological thriller is directed by Patricio Valladares and produced by Bulgarian based film company Open Frames, a subsidiary of Global Group.
In October last year, Nightworld became the first-ever Bulgarian film to enjoy a limited theatrical release in the U.S. The film opened in 11 major American cities and is now available on 20 VOD platforms, like iTunes and Amazon Prime.
Nigthworld is also the very first 100% Bulgarian production to be picked up by Netflix U.S.
"That is a big thing for us, and a giant step forward to our long-term plans! One of our goals is that to co-produce with companies such as Lionsgate, and hopefully end up helming series for major content providers like Netflix or Amazon. Our breakthrough on the American market is proof that our success in Bulgaria for the past 20 years is no accident." commented the company's producers Magarditch Halvadjian and Loris Curci.
Synopsis: When former LAPD officer Brett Anderson takes a job as head of security at an old apartment building in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, he soon begins to experience a series of bizarre and terrifying events. Once he begins to delve deeper into the building's sinister history and investigate its shadowy owners and past employees, Brett soon uncovers a malevolent force nestled deep in the bowels of the building that will do anything to be set free into our world."
Texas Frightmare Weekend Details: "Texas Frightmare Weekend Presenting Sponsor Arrow Video is bringing two very special guests to our May 4-6 event. In celebration of Arrow Video's upcoming and previously unannounced release of Last House on the Left please welcome Jeramie Rain and Marc Sheffler!"
In case you missed it, check here for our coverage on Arrow Video's upcoming Blu-ray release of Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left, and visit Texas Frightmare's official website for more information on their 2018 guest lineup.
Melancholy Star's Filmmaker Programme: Press Release: "London-based indie film & VFX studio MELANCHOLY STAR announces the inaugural edition of a new filmmaker-in-residence programme aimed at discovering new voices in genre writing for film.
Melancholy Star is committed to inspiring creativity and making strange but beautiful things and is thrilled to offer a residency initiative situated in the scenic medieval town of Bruges, Belgium. Support for diverse voices and stories is now more important than ever and with that in mind, we have created the Starlight Filmmaker Residency with a focus on finding talented genre filmmakers acting without the benefit of public funding or previous awards, and at any age and stage in their career. At the Starlight Filmmaker Residency, selected filmmakers will have a safe and creatively constructive environment to focus on their writing without distraction, that's tucked away in a beautiful gothic setting sure to fire the imagination.
"Hearing the experiences of fellow filmmakers, it's becoming increasingly clear to me how difficult it is for women, queer and minority filmmakers to get support for their projects. And often for programmes like this, there are age barriers or career requirements that are difficult to meet." Says Melancholy Star co-director and Starlight Residency organizer Elizabeth E. Schuch. "I want to see more dark and fantastic stories from a range of voices find their way into the world. And it's really difficult to keep at it, self-motivated, unfunded and isolated. By making this residency, it's our small way of helping make those projects happen and giving them a little support network. We hope to provide a safe place for creativity to thrive. "
Open Call starts 15 February 2018.
Monsters in the Closet Details: From Monsters in the Closet Kickstarter Page: "Hello, I (Zack Snygg) have produced, written, directed and edited many feature-length B-movies for such companies and Lionsgate Films, The Weinstein Co., Maverick Entertainment and New Market Films/Silver Nitrate. Way back in the 1990s I used to co-run Troma Team Video (Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke em High) and helped make Matt Stone and Trey Parker's (yup the South Park guys) debut film Cannibal the Musical a lukewarm success on home video. I later became partners at E.I. Cinema in which we produced the Discovery TV series Gimmie Shelter and many late night spoofs (Spiderbabe on HBO and Showtime) and urban comedies (Carlito's Angels on Starz).
My Brother Spencer Snygg has been a Hollywood (union only please) lighting/electric with over 17 years in the business doing lighting on blockbusters such as Transformers 2, Meet the Parents 2, Spiderman 2 and many other films with the number 2 at the end. Spencer is currently finishing up his stint on the AMERICANS the FX critic acclaimed TV series.
We are joining forces, both writing, directing and lighting our first feature film since BEASTER DAY: Here Comes Peter CottonHell."
Monsters in the Closet successfully surpassed its $3,000 goal on Kickstarter. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the movie.
Posted: 25 Feb 2018 08:27 PM PST
There are promises to keep following the mid-season 8 premiere episode of The Walking Dead, and after taking a moment to maybe dry your eyes or collect your thoughts after the emotional discussions amid the flickering flames in Alexandria, we have photos and preview videos for the next episode of The Walking Dead, titled "The Lost and the Plunderers."
"The Lost and the Plunderers" premieres on Sunday, March 4th at 9:00pm ET on AMC. Keep an eye out for more updates on The Walking Dead right here on Daily Dead, and check here for our previous season 8 coverage.
Photos courtesy of Gene Page / AMC:
Alternate embed via SpoilerTV:
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Posted: 25 Feb 2018 10:44 AM PST
Ash vs Evil Dead returns tonight with the first of ten new episodes and the biggest change to the series is the introduction of Ash's daughter, played by Arielle Carver-O'Neill. Ahead of the Season 3 premiere, I caught up with Arielle to learn more about her joining the cast, the series converting her into a horror fan, and getting blood-drenched during her first days on set:
What was your first introduction to the "Evil Dead" franchise? Did you watch any of the movies when you were younger or did you get up to speed when you joined the series?
Arielle Carver-O'Neill: I started watching them when I got the audition for the role. I had an unfortunate experience when I was young watching a scary movie and I got scared from what was supposed to be a hilarious and ridiculous film. I got nightmares for about a week from then on, so I didn't really watch any horror for a long time.
It was actually quite a gift when this came along. I watched this show, finished all both seasons in a day and then the movies, and it made me realize that I actually really like and can watch horror. It was something that was very specific to this show, I believe, that makes it not as hard to watch. That being said, watching someone's head go up a cadaver's butt is not easy to watch…
The comedy and the absurdity of it at times, and how entertaining it is, made it so much more enjoyable. I was really scared of watching horror before I started watching this show and now because of it, I'm a brand new fan of the genre. It has converted me.
What attracted you to the role of Brandy initially and did you know that she was gonna be Ash's daughter from the start?
Arielle Carver-O'Neill: I didn't know, actually. I kind of had an inkling because in the audition script, she was talking to her long lost uncle Ron, and I thought there's no way they're introducing another middle-aged demon fighter. My Uncle Ron has to be Ash.
The great thing about this show is it's the best place to learn new things. There's action, another day you're in a drama, another day you're in a comedy, and then you're in a horror film and you're just running scared and being covered in blood. You get to work with stunts, and practical effects, and visual effects that will be put in later, and it's just the best experience for trying all the new things. It's really an actor's dream getting to dip your toe in all the different kinds of TV and filmmaking, and they're all neatly put into one package here.
Yeah, and they didn't take it easy on you at all. You get thrown right into the middle of everything from the first episode. Can you tell our readers a little bit about your first experience on set with Bruce Campbell?
Arielle Carver-O'Neill: I first met Bruce just before we started filming and one of the first things he said to me is that if I'm not having fun, I'm doing it wrong. And that was the best advice that you could give to an actor who's about to step into their first lead role in an American series.
You're there and you're working every single day and exhausting, and it can be quite daunting and there's a little pressure attached to playing a character like Ash Williams' daughter. They're pretty big shoes to fill so having fun was really important to me because having a good experience I think is paramount to any work that you do. You have to love doing it.
With the first episode, they were nice to me on the first couple of days. We had some pretty low-key scenes. But then after that, they were like, we'll give you a couple days to get into it, and then on the third day, we're gonna cover her in blood, she's gonna be fighting evil forces, and she's getting attacked at her high school pretty much straight away.
So it was definitely not a calming or a soft experience. There was a lot of running involved, and crying, and screaming, and yelling, and it was great! I got thrown into it and I felt like going straight into the deep end of the job as opposed to kind of slowly getting into it. It was just like, bam, there it is. You're in the world of Evil Dead.
The great thing about Ash vs. Evil Dead is that it obviously revolves around Ash, but there's also these incredible actors and incredibly strong female characters. We have Kelly, we have Ruby, and now Brandy's in the middle of this power struggle.
Arielle Carver-O'Neill: I have been a fan of Xena for forever. As long as I can remember, I've known who Lucy Lawless was and she is such an icon. And then you meet her and she exceeds expectations. She's a lovely, lovely person, and she's hilarious. She's got a very infectious laugh and she's just so much fun company as well as, as a colleague on set and a fellow actor. She's very generous and I was very supported by her when working with her.
The series is shaking things up by bringing Ash's daughter into the mix, but fans have been very supportive. What has your experience been with Evil Dead fans at conventions or online?
Arielle Carver-O'Neill: I got to meet fans at New York Comic-Con. They were lovely to meet and they've all been very welcoming and very supportive of introducing a daughter into the mix. The experience is ours and we love what we do, but at the end of the day, they're the reason that we're still here is for the fans. They've kept it alive. Their dedication, loyalty, and encouragement is what keeps us going, and is what makes us have so much fun.
Catch up on our coverage of Ash vs Evil Dead by visiting the following links:
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Posted: 25 Feb 2018 10:11 AM PST
There aren't a ton of absolutes in life, but among a laundry list of things I enjoy whilst spinning around the sun, here's three: Christopher George, private dicks, and mad scientists. And so imagine my delight when I stumbled across Escape (1971), a failed TV pilot about an ex escape artist turned P.I. who investigates, in his words, "the unexplainable." And while the pilot doesn't dip its toes too much into the pool of the unusual, it sure feels like that's the way they were planning to go.
Not picked up by the network and instead broadcast on April 6th as an ABC Movie of the Week, Escape did little to swerve people away from their Hee Haw's, All in the Family's and 60 Minutes for the brass to reconsider putting it back on the slab. What a shame; Escape today plays as Bruce Wayne meets Kolchak: The Night Stalker with a lighthearted adventure feel. Yeah, I know; I'm crying too.
If you still have your TV GUIDE from this week in '71 (I'm guessing Archie Bunker was on the cover), crack it open and read on:
ESCAPE (Tuesday, 8:30pm, ABC)
An escape artist turned private eye helps a young woman rescue her scientist father from the clutches of a madman bent on creating a deadly virus. Christopher George, William Windom star.
Meet Cameron Steele (George – Pieces), as he meets Doctor Henry Walding (William Windom – The Mephisto Waltz) who tells him he's about to be kidnapped over a secret formula that he and his dead brother (John Vernon – Animal House) were working on. Naturally, Steele is jumped by thugs, chained up, and thrown into the river. Unluckily for them, HE'S AN ESCAPE ARTIST, and once he's freed he sets in motion a plan to save the good doctor, with the help of his partner Nicholas (Avery Schreiber – Dracula: Dead and Loving It), with whom he runs The Crystal Ball, a The Magic Castle cum Vegas nightclub.
Steele and Nicholas track down Walding's daughter Susan (Marlyn Mason – Besetment), leading them eventually to Happyland, an amusement park that houses a secret underground lair in which the formerly dead Dean Wormer plans to perfect the formula (with his brother's reluctant help) and take over the world. Will he succeed with his devious plan, or will Steele save the world?
Escape is exactly that; pure escapism without a hint of reality, joyfully so. It really does play as an episode of the '60s Batman TV series, but less campy and with zero costuming. But that pulpy sense of fun is there; I love this world of magic and illusion right from the start. One gets the feeling that if it had gone to series, we would have learned more about The Crystal Ball and the denizens within; we do meet a psychic, but for all we know he was just trying to impress Ms. Mason. (I know I would have.)
While not exactly leaning into the horror, the connections are there; director John Llewellyn Moxey helmed The City of the Dead (1960) and was tapped to direct Carl Kolchak's first and greatest adventure, The Night Stalker (1972) the year after Escape. Perhaps producer Dan Curtis saw the hybrid he was going for here, and hired him because of that? We'll never know. That's the problem with promising pilots – we'll never find out what they could have been.
He certainly stocks as many interesting actors as Paul Playdon (Mission: Impossible)'s amusing teleplay will allow. Schreiber comes across as the most surprising; usually seen as the bumbling, apoplectic side kick in such fare as Scavenger Hunt (1979) or Caveman (1981), here he offers up a tempered, witty role as the purveyor of The Crystal Ball who, according to Steele, has many talents, including "actor and student of the occult". Do you see how they were setting up this series?
Christopher George made his bones through leading man fare on the small screen, The Rat Patrol (1966-68) being the most successful. He did big screen work too, and for horror buffs he'll always be remembered for Grizzly (1976), City of the Living Dead (1980), Graduation Day (1981), and Pieces (1982). (Others as well, but for me these are the Big George Four.) He was always cast for his laid back likability and raspy charm (my colleague at Daily Dead, Patrick Bromley refers to him as "the human cigarette", and try hard now to see him any other way), and that's exactly what you get here; whether jumping on bad guys through windows or escaping from a straightjacket (because HE'S AN ESCAPE ARTIST), he always does it with a wink and a smile.
So let's see what we get in 73 minutes: action scenes bouncing along to groovy bongo and horn accompaniment; a Batcave After Dark setting for the heroes and an underground lab with giant beakers for the baddies; two narrow escapes for our hero (because HE'S A – never mind), witty side kicks, and Dean Wormer with a scarred face. Now imagine all of that, weekly, with a dose of the occult and weird thrown in. Perhaps this is my deluded version of fan fiction. But that's the problem with crashing pilots I like – I'm already flying two seasons ahead.
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