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Watch the First Teaser Trailer for New VENOM Movie Starring Tom Hardy

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 06:57 AM PST

The alien Symbiote from the Spider-Man universe will stalk the screen in a new Venom movie this October, and Sony has now unleashed the first teaser trailer for the Tom Hardy-starring film.

In Venom, Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, a man who becomes linked with an alien Symbiote that turns him into Venom, one of the ultimate villains in the Spider-Man universe. Although Venom and the Symbiote have a big influence on Spider-Man in the Marvel comic books, this film is expected to take place outside of Marvel's Cinematic Universe, which includes the recent appearance by the web-slinger in this year's Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) directed Venom from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal on board as producers. In addition to Hardy, Venom stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Reid Scott, and Jenny Slate.

Venom / Eddie Brock was previously portrayed by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, and the character first appeared on the paneled page in 1988's The Amazing Spider-Man #300.

Venom is scheduled to come out in theaters on October 5th of this year from Sony Pictures. Stay tuned to Daily Dead and check out the new trailer below!

Synopsis: "One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom."

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Interview: Showrunner Nick Antosca Discusses CHANNEL ZERO: BUTCHER’S BLOCK

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 05:01 PM PST

How do you top the creepiness of the Tooth Child and the horrors of the No-End House? That's the question I had before digging into the first episode of Channel Zero: Butcher's Block. But thanks to the horrors teased within the first 10 minutes, I had my answer, and boy, is it ever the stuff of nightmares. With the third season of Channel Zero premiering tonight on SYFY, I once again had the pleasure of catching up with showrunner Nick Antosca to talk about the hearty helpings of horror that are in store for viewers this time around on the creepypasta-based anthology series.

Each season of Channel Zero I wonder how you're going to make it creepier than the previous season, but when I watched the first episode of Butcher's Block, it was the most freaked out I've been from anything you have done yet, so congratulations on that.

Nick Antosca: That's great, thank you. We try to change it up every season to do a new nightmare.

Each season you adapt a creepypasta story for the screen, and this season you're adapting Kerry Hammond's "Search and Rescue Woods." What was it about that story in particular that made you want to adapt it for the screen this season?

Nick Antosca: It was the staircases, it's that simple. The idea of mysterious staircases showing up where they shouldn't connected to disappearances, it just opens up a world. You bring that idea into a horror writers' room and people are inspired. Kerry Hammond's story was always on our list of creepypastas to adapt. And the Butcher's Block, that story has a wide range of influences that flower into something new. It's a season inspired by Argento, Bernard Rose, Nicolas Roeg, and Alice in Wonderland.

Yeah, it comes across as this dark fairy tale set against this backdrop of poverty in a run-down neighborhood. We don't always see horror stories told in those settings. How important was it for you to set this season against a poverty-stricken backdrop, especially going from the suburbs of season 2?

Nick Antosca: We wanted it to be a different environment from the first two seasons. And while the Kerry Hammond story is set in the woods, when we started asking questions about what the stairs are for, who uses the stairs and where do they go, it led us to this world of predators and prey, which felt like a story that was best told in the inner city. I've read stories about urban decay in various cities in the US, and I'm from New Orleans, and going back to New Orleans, there would always be parts of the city that were literally open ground.

When we started talking about using the city as a setting, I was able to write for Winnipeg, which is a city I'm very familiar with and I've fallen in love with. There's this decaying grandeur to parts of the city, so were able to write specifically for that. I love being there. The crews are amazing, the community is great. It's been a highly rewarding experience, and we go back in two weeks for season 4.

Something you've done since the first season is give up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to direct all episodes for each season. This season you have Arkasha Stevenson directing Butcher's Block. What was it about her work that made you excited to showcase her talents on Channel Zero?

Nick Antosca: As you're saying, every season we like to showcase a different voice, and when I saw Arkasha's film Pineapple, it's actually a pilot that went to Sundance. I saw that she had an extremely distinctive voice, the kind of strengths that I admired in all of the directors I've worked with for Channel Zero. She also had a really dark, interesting, colorful sense of humor, and a really confident style that was unique to her, and her storytelling in that short film was perfect for Channel Zero. She hadn't directed a feature before, unlike the other directors of the previous seasons, but when she made the pitch to the studio and the network, everybody thought she was amazing. I think she's going to have an amazing career.

You have an amazing cast this season, including Rutger Hauer and Krisha Fairchild. Did you write any of the roles with specific actors in mind?

Nick Antosca: The role of Louise was written specifically for Krisha, because I had seen the movie Krisha a while ago and had wanted to work with her ever since. Then for Joseph Peach, in the writers' room, we made a list of who would be dream casting for this character. We knew we needed someone really distinctive and iconic to bring something extra to the role. We went to Hauer first and I didn't expect him to say "yes," but he read the script and it was like, "Oh my God, Rutger Hauer's going to do it." He brings something extra to it in every sense with his legend and charisma, but he also brings a really intense, creative energy. He's a very active, creative, smart, interesting collaborator. Arkasha would spend hours with him talking about the script, the world, the ideas behind it, and also just hearing amazing stories from him.

Holland, Olivia [Luccardi], and Brandon [Scott] all came in and auditioned and were obviously the right people for the roles. I had written for Holland [Roden] on Teen Wolf years ago, but I never met her. She had a great reputation from the show. Olivia I had seen in It Follows and Brandon I had seen in Blair Witch. He brought such a humanity and likability to this cop character. We got really lucky with the cast.

Olivia and Holland actually seem like sisters in real life.

Nick Antosca: They look like sisters and their voices are similar, too. There were lots of times I'd be on set and I'd hear one of them talking behind me and I wouldn't know who it was, because in real life their voices are very similar, it's kind of uncanny.

I definitely got some Hellraiser vibes in the first episode, and I love that is has a Candyman feeling, too, with the urban, industrial setting.

Nick Antosca: Absolutely. The Channel Zero writers' room went on a field trip to see a double feature of Candyman and Don't Look Now early in the writers' room process. We came into the writers' room talking about those two movies, and then there was a theatrical double feature of them playing, completely randomly, a couple of weeks later.

In addition to Channel Zero, congratulations on having your short story "Antlers" being adapted into a feature film by Scott Cooper, who is one of the more interesting voices in filmmaking in recent years. What can you tell us about that project and what was it like to help adapt your work for the screen?

Nick Antosca: I co-wrote the script with a writer named Henry Chaisson, who's a filmmaker. It's based on a short story I wrote inspired by my mom's experiences as an elementary school teacher with a horror element added. Henry and I adapted the short story, gave it to David Goyer, who gave it to Guillermo [del Toro], who gave it to Fox Searchlight. I'm really excited to see what happens with it. I wrote a short story hoping to turn it into the kind of psychological, character-based films that I love.

The story hasn't been published yet, it will probably be published this year, but it's under wraps at the moment. The story will be published before the movie comes out, but the screenplay definitely takes it further than the short story does. It goes some places that the short story doesn't.

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Comics Corner: SWAMP THING WINTER SPECIAL #1, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT #3, THE WALKING DEAD #176, CRYPT OF HORROR #35, and More!

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 02:28 PM PST

Happy Swamp Thing Day! The torches that were lit by the late Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson will burn on forever. Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 was written by Tom King and illustrated by artist Jason Fabok, and it leads today's Comics Corner. We also have a look at two covers for 30 Days of Night #3, The Gravediggers Union #4, The Walking Dead #176, Crypt of Horror #35, four preview pages from Coyotes #4, Extremity #11, and Rose #8. Flashback specials include: Rapture #1 and Dead of Winter #1.

Swamp Thing Winter Special #1: My interview with Tom King had to be canceled, but his signing at Third Eye Comics last Saturday was incredible. The turnout was huge and the comic shop had early copies of Swamp Thing Winter Special #1, so I got a look at King's story and Len Wein's original script and Bernie Wrightson's artwork. This is something you don't want to miss. Trust me, friends!

"Tom King and Jason Fabok pay tribute to the legendary creators of Swamp Thing, writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, as they join forces for an earth-shattering Swamp Thing passion project!

In this new, square-bound one-shot, Swamp Thing is out of his element as he shepherds a lost boy through a blinding blizzard and other hazards of a strange, frozen tundra. In this touching and harrowing tale of survival, the pair must navigate countless threats throughout a bewildering terrain—with a bloodthirsty snow monster hot on their heels. But how long can they rely on each other? Separated from the Green and stripped of his powers in this dead world, Swamp Thing struggles to fight for their lives and deliver the boy to safety. Disoriented and decaying, Swamp Thing's fading understanding of his surroundings forces the duo to confront their desperation and uncover the true identity of the snow monster that hunts them.

In addition, this special features the final Swamp Thing story from the monster's co-creator, Len Wein. Originally intended as the start of a new series, it is presented here both in its original script form and with art by Kelley Jones.

Art by: Jason Fabok
Backup Art by: Kelley Jones
Backup Written by: Len Wein
Cover by: Jason Fabok
Written by: Tom King
Series: SWAMP THING 2016
U.S. Price: 7.99
On Sale Date: Feb 7, 2018
Volume/Issue #: 1
Color/B&W: Color
Trim Size: Comic
Page Count: 80."

For more information, head over to DC Comics.

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30 Days of Night #3: "Shortly after a mysterious stranger arrives in Barrow, Alaska, the power goes out and the town falls into darkness. But having no electricity is the least of Barrow's worries because new strangers are approaching… and they are very hungry. The reimagining of 30 Days of Night continues in an all-new and all-horrifying direction!

AVAILABLE: February 2018
DIAMOND CODE: DEC170528
CREATORS:
Steve Niles (Author) • Piotr Kowalski (Artist, Cover Artist) • Ben Templesmith (Cover Artist) • Aurore Folny (Cover Artist) • Brad Simpson (Colorist)
IMPRINT: IDW
PAGE COUNT: 32
COLOR: FC
CATEGORIES: 30 Days of Night, 30 Days of Night: Ongoing (2017)
TAGS: Action-Adventure, Aurore Folny, Ben Templesmith, Horror Comics, Piotr Kowalski, Steve Niles."

To learn more, go to IDW Publishing's website.

Variant Cover:

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The Gravediggers Union #4: "Story / Cover: Wes Craig
Art: Wes Craig, Toby Cypress, Niko Guardia
Published: February 7, 2018
Diamond ID: DEC170705

The Gravediggers hunt a reclusive superstar who was once the Black Temple's prophet! Cole is desperate to find his missing daughter Morgan who's somehow involved with the apocalyptic cult, unaware she's actually their new prophet. But Haley gets in Cole's way, unsure of their mission and worried it'll get them in trouble with the Union. Meanwhile, Morgan risks death in her quest to unleash the Dark Gods when she faces the destructive force of a Ghost Storm that's just decimated Florida!

Digital: $3.99
Print: $3.99."

For more information on this new series, visit Image Comics.

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The Walking Dead #176: "Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn
Cover: Charlie Adlard, Dave Stewart
Published: February 7, 2018
Diamond ID: DEC170770

"NEW WORLD ORDER," Part Two An audience with a different kind of Governor.

Digital: $3.99
Print: $3.99."

Get a look at this new world and all its villainy. Go to Image Comics.

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Crypt of Horror #35: "(W) Carl Wessler, William Woolfolk, John Marvin, Irwin Shapiro, Margaret Isbell, Harrison Hendrix (A) Bernard Baily, Mike Sekowsky, Bob Powell, John Celardo, Mo Marcus, Jimmy Thompson, Ray Osrin, Rocco Mastroserio, Sheldon Moldoff, Ed Moline, Edvard Moritz, Jack Sparling, John Giunta, Manny Stallman (CA)

TBD

Twenty-three of the weirdest pre-Code horror stories from obscure 1950's publishers Standard, Fawcett, Story and others, including hair-raisers "The Vengeance Vat," "Satan's Bullet," "The Devil's Prize," "Deadly Diamond," "Sinister Santa Claus,""The Ring of Horror," "City of Fearful Night," and more. Artists include Baily, Powell, Sekowsky, Moldoff, and other greats.

In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $29.95."

Love old-school horror storytelling and artistry? Visit Previews World on behalf of AC Comics.

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Coyotes #4: "Story: Sean Lewis
Art / Cover: Caitlin Yarsky
Published: February 7, 2018
Diamond ID: DEC170683

The first arc ends with Red deep in Adlin territory and the werewolf Seff on the loose, wanting revenge on the men who chained him. Ancient enemies become allies in this exciting issue!

Digital: $3.99
Print: $3.99."

To learn more or to catch up on previous issues, head on over to Image Comics.

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Extremity #11: "Story: Daniel Warren Johnson
Art / Cover: Daniel Warren Johnson, Mike Spicer
Published: February 7, 2018
Diamond ID: DEC170693

The beacon is lit, the final battle has started, and no matter the outcome, nothing will ever be the same for Thea of the Roto clan.

Digital: $3.99
Print: $3.99."

The final showdown is here. Head on over to Image Comics to see more.

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Rose #8: "Story: Meredith Finch
Art / Cover: Ig Guara
Variant Cover: Ig Guara, Loopydave
Published: February 7, 2018
Diamond ID: DEC170750

"ROSE," Part Two Imprisoned in the dungeons of Drucilla's castle, Ila's life hangs in the balance. A chance encounter with an old friend forces Rose to make a choice that could lead to disaster or salvation for the Guardian and her Khat. Will Sir Dante's role as knight protector end before it can even begin?

Digital: $3.99
Print: $3.99."

To learn more, visit Image Comics' website.

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Flashback: Welcome back, Flashback section! We haven't done this in a while! Flashbacks are dedicated to comics that were released before 2018 that we might have missed. Lucky for us, there are A LOT of horror/sci-fi comics in the world! Today's picks are Rapture from Valiant Entertainment and Dead of Winter from Oni Press.

Rapture #1: "RAPTURE #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN
Cover B by J.G. JONES
Character Design Variant by KANO
Variant Cover by CAFU
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 24th (FOC ­– 5/1/17)."

To learn more (it's do-able because there are only four issues), head on over to Valiant Entertainment's website.

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Dead of Winter #1: "From the tabletop, smash hit comes this new series starring beloved characters from Plaid Hat Games' Dead of Winter, written by Kyle Starks (the Eisner-nominated Sexcastle), and illustrated by GABO (The Life After). In the pantheon of heroes, none are more lovable and loyal than everyone's beloved good ol' dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV star turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and not yet undead?

Oni Press

Written by: Kyle Starks
Pencils: Gabo
Inks: Gabo
Colored by: Gabo
Cover by: Erica Henderson
Genres: Comedy, Horror

About Book

Page Count: 26 Pages
Print Release Date: August 2, 2017
Digital Release Date: August 2, 2017
Age Rating: 12+ Only
Sold by comiXology."

This short-run series from 2017 is fantastically written and the artwork is stunning. To catch up on previous issues, go to ComiXology's website on behalf of Oni Press here.

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PLANET OF THE APES 50th Anniversary Blu-ray / DVD Released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 01:06 PM PST

With tomorrow marking the 50th anniversary of the original Planet of the Apes premiere screening in New York City, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is getting the celebration started with a special Blu-ray, DVD, and digital release of the iconic film:

Press Release: LOS ANGELES, CA (Feb. 7, 2018) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced the
PLANET OF THE APES 1968 50th ANNIVERSARY edition today on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD.
Charlton Heston stars in the original cinematic masterpiece that turned the world of science fiction upside down. A bewildered astronaut named Taylor (Heston) crash-lands on a strange planet ruled by talking apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor's survival depends on the kindness of chimpanzee scientists Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter) and his escape to the Forbidden Zone, where he uncovers a devastating secret that may hold the key to his own destiny.

Special features include a behind the Planet of the Apes documentary, beyond the Forbidden Zone Adventure Game, original makeup tests, original on-site footage and audio commentary by key actors and cast.

THE PLANET OF THE APES 1968 50th ANNIVERSARY BLU-RAY™ Includes:

  • Theatrical Feature

Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary by Actors Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Natalie Trundy, and Makeup Artist John Chambers
  • Audio Commentary by Composer Jerry Goldsmith
  • Text Commentary by Eric Greene, Author of Planet of the Apes as American Myth
  • Science of the Apes*
  • Beyond the Forbidden Zone Adventure Game
  • Public Service Announcement from ANSA
  • Evolution of the Apes
  • Impact of the Apes
  • Behind the Planet of the Apes Documentary with Interactive Mode
  • Behind the Planet of the Apes Promo
  • The Archives of the Apes: Original Makeup Test with Edward G. Robinson, Roddy McDowall's On-Set Footage, Dailies and Outtakes, N.A.T.O. Presentation, Vintage Featurette, Teaser Trailer, Original Theatrical Trailer
  • The Galleries of the Apes: The Ape Newspaper, Interactive Pressbook, Advertising, Lobby Cards, Costumes, Props, Behind-the-Scenes Stills

*BONUSVIEW-enabled player required

THE PLANET OF THE APES 1968 50th ANNIVERSARY DVD Includes:

  • Theatrical Feature

Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary by Actors Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Natalie Trundy, and Makeup Artist John Chambers
  • Audio Commentary by Composer Jerry Goldsmith
  • Text Commentary by Eric Greene, Author of Planet of the Apes as American Myth

THE PLANET OF THE APES 1968 50th ANNIVERSARY BLU-RAY™
Audio:                                    English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Digital 1.0,
Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:                                English SDH, Spanish, French
Total Run Time:                      112 minutes
U.S. Rating                             G (General)
Genre:                                    Sci-Fi
Language:                              English SDH, Spanish
Aspect Ratio:                          Widescreen 2.35:1

THE PLANET OF THE APES 1968 50th ANNIVERSARY DVD
Audio:                                     English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Surround, Spanish Mono
Subtitles:                                 English SDH, Spanish, French
Total Run Time:                      112 minutes
U.S. Rating                             G (General)
Genre:                                    Sci-Fi
Language:                              English SDH, Spanish
Aspect Ratio:                         Widescreen 2.35:1

ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film. TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions as well as all third party distribution partners on DVD, Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD, Digital and VOD (video-on-demand). Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets and digital stores throughout the world.

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SXSW 2018 Midnighters Include HEREDITARY, UPGRADE, THE RANGER, FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 11:28 AM PST

Following the announcement that John Krasinski's A Quiet Place will be the opening night movie at SXSW, the anticipated Midnighters genre slate has now been revealed, including the buzzed-about Hereditary (read Heather Wixson's Sundance review here), Leigh Whannell's Upgrade, Jenn Wexler's The Ranger, and Field Guide to Evil.

You can check out the full list of Midnighters below, and visit the official SXSW website for more information on the festival's schedule.

From SXSW: "The SXSW Midnighters section is a perennial favorite for SXSW audiences thrilled by the weird, electric, and sometimes terrifying selections. Featuring 10 genre films, including 6 World Premieres, the slate includes dark comedies, thrillers, Sci-Fi, mystery and slasher horror from a mix of established and first-time filmmakers. The Midnighters, as well as 12 additional films, which are included in the 132 total features now to be screened at the SXSW 2018 Film Festival.

Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night-owls and the terminally curious.

Midnighters

Ajin: Demi-Human (North American Premiere)
Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro, Screenwriter: Kouji Seko
Endless battle between human being and immortal demi-human "Ajin". A stunning, strikingly original action masterpiece! Cast: Takeru Satoh, Go Ayano, Tetsuji Tamayama, Yu Shirota, Yudai Chiba, Rina Kawaei, Minami Hamabe.

Blood Fest (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Owen Egerton
In Blood Fest, fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the event has a diabolical agenda. Cast: Robbie Kay, Jacob Batalon, Seychelle Gabriel, Tate Donovan, Barbara Dunkelman, Nick Rutherford, Zachary Levi.

Untitled Blumhouse-Bazelevs (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Stephen Susco
A 20-something finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop and is thrust into the deep waters of the dark web. From the makers of Unfriended, this thriller unravels in real-time, entirely on a computer screen. A warning for the digital age. Cast: Colin Woodell, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Andrew Lees, Conor del Rio, Stephanie Nogueras, Savira Windyani.

Field Guide to Evil (World Premiere) (Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Poland, Turkey, U.S.)
Directors: Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, Peter Strickland, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Katrin Gebbe, Can Evrenol, Calvin Reeder, Ashim Ahluwalia, Yannis Veslemes They are known as dark folklore. Created to give logic to mankind's darkest fears, these stories and others laid the foundation for what we now call the horror genre.

Ghost Stories (United Kingdom) (North American Premiere)
Directors/Screenweriters: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
An arch skeptic debunker of the supernatural embarks upon a terror filled quest when he stumbles across a long lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable 'hauntings'. Adapted from the Olivier Award Winning hit stage play. Cast: Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Jill Halfpenny, Andy Nyman, Paul Whitehouse.

Hereditary
Director/Screenwriter: Ari Aster
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. Cast: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Ann Dowd, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro.

A Prayer Before Dawn (North American Premiere) (United States, France)
Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, Screenwriters: Jonathan Hirschbein, Nick Saltrese
Based on the international best-seller, A Prayer Before Dawn is the true story of Billy Moore, a troubled young British boxer sent to one of Thailand's most notorious jails. Cast: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringar, Panya Yimmumphai, Nicolas Shake

The Ranger (World Premiere)
Director: Jenn Wexler, Screenwriters: Jenn Wexler, Giaco Furino
Teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, come up against the local authority—an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind. Cast: Chloë Levine, Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, Bubba Weiler, Amanda Grace Benitez, Jeremy Holm, Larry Fessenden.

Upgrade (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Leigh Whannell
In a utopian near-future when technology controls everything, a technophobe avenges his wife's murder and his own paralysis-causing injury with the help of an experimental computer chip implant – STEM – that turns out to have a mind of its own. Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie.

What Keeps You Alive (World Premiere) (Canada)
Director: Colin Minihan, Screenwriters: Colin Minihan, Brittany Allen
Majestic mountains, a still lake and venomous betrayals engulf a female married couple attempting to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Cast: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha Macisaac, Joey Klein, Charlotte Lindsay Marron."

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Lock Eyes with the Teaser Poster for New VENOM Movie Starring Tom Hardy

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 09:39 AM PST

The alien Symbiote from the Spider-Man universe will stalk the screen in a new Venom movie this October, and ahead of the first trailer's reveal tomorrow, Sony has unveiled a teaser poster for the Tom Hardy-starring movie.

Unveiled on Facebook, the Venom poster comes with the caption "Tomorrow", hinting at the release of the film's first trailer.

In Venom, Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, a man who becomes linked with an alien Symbiote that turns him into Venom, one of the ultimate villains in the Spider-Man universe. Although Venom and the Symbiote have a big influence on Spider-Man in the Marvel comic books, this film is expected to take place outside of Marvel's Cinematic Universe, which includes the recent appearance by the web-slinger in this year's Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) directed Venom from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal on board as producers. In addition to Hardy, Venom stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Reid Scott, and Jenny Slate.

Venom / Eddie Brock was previously portrayed by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, and the character first appeared on the paneled page in 1988's The Amazing Spider-Man #300.

Venom is scheduled to come out in theaters on October 5th of this year from Sony Pictures. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for the new trailer and check out the poster below!

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Sundance 2018 Review Round-Up: NEVER GOIN’ BACK, TIME SHARE, ARIZONA

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 08:36 AM PST

While attending the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up on a trio of comedies that ran the gamut of humor: Augustine Frizzell's Never Goin' Back, Sebastián Hofmann's Time Share, and Jonathan Watson's Arizona, which is centered around the 2008/2009 housing crisis.

Never Goin' Back: As someone who has a deep fondness for slacker/stoner comedies, Augustine Frizzell's Never Goin' Back tickled my proverbial funny bone and made me fall in love with its duo of down-on-their-luck protagonists who want nothing more than to get through their work week so they can go on vacation and eat donuts on the beach. Seems simple enough, but when you factor in a hilariously terrible robbery attempt, an ill-timed stint in juvie, and a myriad of other complications, we witness just how difficult it is for the teenaged heroines of Never Goin' Back, who just cannot seem to catch a break.

Starring Maia Mitchell and Camila Morrone, Frizzell's debut feature introduces us to underage high school dropouts and BFFs Angela and Jessie, who barely scrape by on their waitressing jobs, and even though bills and rent are almost due, they decide they want to hit the road and take a vacation for Jessie's 17th birthday. In order to afford such luxuries, the duo have to take on a deluge of shifts at the diner they work at, but nothing is ever that simple in life, leaving the friends wondering if they're even going to survive the week, let alone get to go on their dream vacation.

With Never Goin' Back, Frizzell has crafted a relatable story about the power of friendship and how Jessie and Angela's unwavering loyalty to each other is their biggest strength, and it's what will get them through the various crappy events they must contend with throughout the comedy. Both Morrone and Mitchell are the heart of Never Goin' Back, and the actresses share a palpable chemistry on screen that makes their underdog characters easy to root for and invest in. Their likability is the film's biggest asset.

I won't begrudge anyone who says they were unable to connect with the themes and the story in Never Goin' Back, but for me—someone who grew up in a trailer park and never could have imagined my life going anywhere beyond those economic circumstances—I found a lot in Frizzell's debut feature that I really related to on a personal level. I mean, not so much the drug dealing gone awry or being put in juvenile detention or anything like that, but if you look beneath Never Goin' Back's grungy and sometimes crude exterior, there's a really sweet story at its core about two pals who yearn for a better life, and that's something a lot of us can identify with. Saturday Night Live's Kyle Mooney also gives an incredibly likable supporting performance here, too, and there's a great scene that pays homage to Point Break that put a big goofy smile on my Bodhi-loving face.

Movie Score: 3.5/5

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Time Share: There's something sinister simmering just below the surface of Time Share, co-writer/director Sebastián Hofmann's darkly comedic (and sometimes horrific) exploration of paranoia, isolation, and the dangers of capitalism all set against the idyllic backdrop of an all-exclusive resort. At the start of the film, we meet family man Pedro (Luis Gerardo Méndez), who wants nothing more than to take his family on a vacation, only to experience the getaway from hell. Upon checking into their villa, it turns out another family has also been booked for the same home, and Pedro is forced to contend with the invaders for an entire week—that is, if he and his sanity can survive the trip.

With its glossy, hyper-colored sense of surrealism, Time Share feels like a candy-coated nightmare, effectively skewering these vacation time share companies that thrive on selling folks on the idea that "paradise is within reach" (a slogan we see utilized numerous times throughout the film), capitalizing on their sadness and everyday struggles as a means to draw them into an organization that feels eerily reminiscent of a cult (which is an experience this writer has some first-hand experiences with herself). And taking into consideration my own dealings with this type of an organization, and couple that with my excessive need for personal space, Time Share tapped into a lot of raw emotions for me, where I could easily sympathize with Pedro's exceedingly stress-filled plight throughout the film. Various cringe-inducing moments made me want to tear my own hair out (which I mean completely as a compliment to Hofmann and co-writer/producer Julio Chavezmontes, who crafted the highly effective script together).

Méndez's performance in Time Share is wholly engrossing, a mix of hilarious physical comedy and soul-scorching pathos, as he runs the gamut of emotional and physical affliction throughout the entire film. Pedro's biggest concern going into this vacation is the well-being of his wife and son, and we see how he continuously disregards his own needs so that he can cater to their desires. Time Share's B-story focuses on Andrés, who has been working for the resort for years now, and he struggles with keeping his inner turmoil and broken spirit on the DL, the weight being too much for him to bear after all these years. There's an intriguing intersection that occurs between Pedro and Andrés once both men decide to stand up to the destructive conglomerate that is willing to go to great lengths to indoctrinate desperate vacationers into their program.

Time Share feels like a deeply personal story, and after interviewing both Hofmann and Chavezmontes, I now know that it is something Hofmann himself lived through during his childhood, and I think his own sense of wariness (which we see played out through Pedro's plight) works in favor of the overall film. Time Share is beautifully lensed, the performances all around are excellent, and it also features amazing end credits that feel like a wonderfully twisted homage to Soundgarden's now-classic Black Hole Sun music video.

Movie Score: 4/5

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Arizona: For his directorial debut, Arizona, Jonathan Watson is taking on the housing crisis from nearly 10 years ago, and giving it something of a comedic/crime thriller-infused spin. Featuring a few notable supporting players—Luke Wilson, Kaitlin Olson, David Alan Grier and Seth Rogen—and two strong performances from both Danny McBride and Rosemarie DeWitt, Arizona's a flawed and unevenly funny movie that sometimes struggles to find its footing. There are moments of greatness from McBride, who plays a dopey douchebag quite like nobody else (a compliment, I promise—I'm a big fan), but overall, Arizona is decent but could have been so much better if it had a tighter script that didn't lose its steam about halfway through.

At the start of Arizona, we're introduced to Cassie Fowler (DeWitt), a single mom struggling to raise her daughter and sell houses after the real estate market crashes, looking to lure in any noob who may be unaware of the terrible investment awaiting them. As it turns out, Cassie also happens to be one of the gullible folks who naively purchased her home from her now-boss, which means she's severely upside down on her own home, and her desperation is at an all-time high. One day, an angry home owner named Sonny (McBride) shows up at her work, incensed that his adjustable rate mortgage severely adjusted the wrong way, and he accidentally kills her employer, which forces Sonny to take Cassie hostage. And things just get even worse for everyone involved from there.

The thing about Arizona is that in terms of the characters, both Sonny and Cassie make for relatable individuals. Sonny is clearly the more abrasive personality at play in Watson's pitch-black comedy, as he's the type of guy we've all had to contend with at least once in our lives—you know, that person who never takes any responsibilities for their actions, blaming everyone else around them for all their problems. Cassie ends up being Sonny's proverbial punching back in Arizona, as she bears witness to his murderous mishaps, and the more his actions spiral out of control, that's when the film shifts into more of a horror mode.

Even though both DeWitt and McBride are entertaining to watch in Arizona, the story itself feels very uneven at times, and there are some gaping logic flaws that still bother me to this day. Writer Luke Del Tredici had a golden opportunity here to utilize the housing crisis as a meaningful device, but really squanders some key storytelling potential, ultimately leaving Arizona feeling like a film that's just "okay," when it could have been great.

Movie Score: 3/5

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In case you missed it, check here to catch up on our other live coverage of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival!

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Listen to THE WALKING DEAD ’CAST Discuss Joe Lynch’s MAYHEM and Super Bowl LII Trailers

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 08:05 AM PST

If you miss seeing Steven Yeun on The Walking Dead, you can currently watch him navigate an office uprising in Joe Lynch's Mayhem (now streaming on Shudder), the subject of a new episode of The Walking Dead 'Cast that you can listen to right here on Daily Dead!

The Walking Dead 'Cast Episode 295"Who else misses Steven Yeun?! Watch his 2017 horror flick Mayhem and then listen to Rima and Jason talk about it on this episode. Plus, we tell you the top 5 roles we'd like to see Steven do, we go over all the cool movie and TV trailers shown during the Super Bowl, and tons of other news and feedback from you guys.

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Creepy Creatures Lurk Throughout Images from TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 07:35 AM PST

Burt Gummer returns to battle Graboids, Shriekers, and Ass-Blasters in Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, and following the release of the film's first trailer, we have a look at creature-centric images from the sixth movie in the Tremors franchise.

From the Press Release: Universal City, California, February 6, 2018 – Get ready for a wild and lethal adventure in the next chapter of the beloved cult-classic Tremors franchise, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, arriving on Blu-rayTM combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand on May 1, 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tremors patriarch Michael Gross ("Family Ties," "Suits") reprises his iconic role as Graboid-hunting Burt Gummer along with Jamie Kennedy ("The Cleveland Show," Scream franchise) as Burt's son Travis Welker in this all-new terrifying yet hilarious movie filled with even more quick-witted humor, screwball antics and action-packed thrills than ever before.

The perfect mix of action, horror and comedy, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital comes fully loaded with exclusive bonus features that will take audiences deeper into the outrageous world of Tremors, with special behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film, an up-close look at the very first underwater Graboid attack, and commentary from the filmmakers.

Burt Gummer (Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the arctic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!

TremorsThe Complete Collection will also be available on DVD on May 1, 2018. New and longtime fans can now enjoy the wonder of all six movies in one must-own set including, TremorsTremors 2: AftershocksTremors 3: Back to PerfectionTremors: The Legend BeginsTremors 5: Bloodlines, and the newest film Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell.

BLU-RAY™, DVD AND DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:

  • The Making of Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell: Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss whyTremors: A Cold Day in Hell is the most bone-blasting Tremors movie yet.
  • Anatomy of a Scene: Watch as we break down the various elements that need to come together to film the first underwater Graboid attack.
  • Inside Chang's Market: Chang's Market is an iconic location in Tremors history. See how it was recreated and updated for this installment of the franchise.

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