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Highlights from the RAMPAGE Press Conference Featuring Director Brad Peyton and Co-Stars Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Joe Manganiello, Naomie Harris, and Malin Akerman

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 05:10 PM PDT

Stomping its way into theaters this weekend is Brad Peyton's Rampage, which adapts the popular '80s video game (of the same name) and brings a trio of oversized monstrosities into the real world, with our only hope of survival coming via Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) and his ability to handle an oversized gorilla by the name of George. Rampage also co-stars Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, and Joe Manganiello, and during the recent press day for the film, we heard from Peyton and the film's stars about their experiences collaborating on Rampage and much more.

Brad Peyton on how quickly Rampage came together:

The movie was shot really fast. It was done in 55 days, which is 20 days less than San Andreas. And then we had six weeks less in post, so, for me, I was doing visual effects, the mix, the music, all at the same time, which is not normal. I don't prefer doing everything all at once, but I've learned from Dwayne that I also like working a lot, and so I like to get as much done in my lifetime as possible [laughs].

But it was interesting because at the end of this movie, there were a lot of green screens and it came together so quickly, that even I, for the last 25 minutes of the movie, even though I drew it all, story-boarded it and did previz too, and all that, I had moments of, like, "Holy god, this is bananas." It got so big, it kept growing, but Weta Digital, Peter Jackson's company, came in with so much great stuff, too. I can't imagine what it's like for these guys who were just like, "Yes, Brad, I'll look at the goddamn tennis ball, what do you want from me?" So, even for me, I was like, "Wow, this is huge."

Jeffrey Dean Morgan discusses how Rampage made a dream come true for him as a performer:

It's a dream come true doing a movie like this. With Brad and DJ [Dwayne Johnson], when someone calls and says, "Hey, would you be interested in doing a movie with Dwayne and it's got monsters in it?" it's like an experience that you dream about as a little kid. Even though I'm way older than he is [laughs]. But then Brad, he's so on top of everything and he was so meticulous in his prep too, that he had scenes kind of done on an iPad that we could see, which, thank God! Because when you're talking about monsters and buildings that are supposed to be there, but they're not, it really helps a lot.

Dwayne Johnson discusses his character's relationship with his primate co-star:

The relationship with myself and the gorilla, George, was something that we had talked about very early, just in terms of how we were going to produce the movie and make it. We have the calamity of a movie like this, because this idea is an absurd one, where we have three gigantic monsters completely destroying the city of Chicago. And with the original video game, there wasn't a complex storyline like you find in today's video games.

So, it was fairly one-note. We took a lot of swings, a lot of cracks at it, and got it to a really good place where it was viable and believable and, more importantly, fun. But then, when we sat around the table, we thought, "Well, we need an anchor. What's going to anchor this movie in the heart and soul?" That's how we figured out that it's going to be a relationship between myself and my best friend, and my best friend happens to be a rare, albino gorilla.

We felt like if we were going to be able to nail that anchor, then we have a shot at making a movie that people really wanna go on the ride with, but also, more importantly, we had a shot at making a movie that kind of stood the test of time. And that was important to us. In the monster genre, there's been a lot of great ones in the past. Your King Kongs, your Godzillas, even Jurassic Park, I include in that. So, we just wanted to, hopefully, try and raise the bar, maybe? Just a little bit. And anchor it in a relationship.

Joe Manganiello on how Dungeons & Dragons Led to his involvement on Rampage:

How did I get the role? Well, I wrote a version of a Dungeons & Dragons film when it was at Warner Bros., and I found out that Brad was also a big fan of the property and was looking to direct the Dungeons & Dragons film. I think they were talking to you [Dwayne] about that as well.

So, I got my agents to connect me to Brad. I said, "I want to talk to Brad, I want to see what his idea is, I want to talk." We got on a Skype call and after a couple minutes, Brad was like, "Hey man, listen, I'm down in Atlanta, I'm getting ready to shoot this movie Rampage. I've got this great role if you want to play in it. Why don't you come down? We'll shoot this movie, we'll talk about Dungeons & Dragons, and then we'll go from there."

Naomie Harris on the challenges of Rampage:

I actually went into it thinking that it was going to be the same kind of deal in terms of the action I've done before. But actually, it was completely different, because Bond doesn't really have green screen, we're out in the real world doing those stunts, so we're doing them for real. And this was reacting to tennis balls where you had these tennis balls that were numbered one to seven and then: "Look at three, the building is collapsed!" "Look at five, and then the wolf is flying across at you!"

I was completely out of my mind, because I was absolutely terrified, and this was something completely new to me. I had to really lean on Dwayne, because he was amazing. He's the master of this. This is his world, it's not mine at all, and I felt completely lost in the beginning. But then, the way to get through it is to pretend you're a kid, and just to play and have fun. And that's what I did.

Malin Akerman on Getting to Play the Villain in Rampage:

For us, it's a bit of a mystery to be on something where you're looking at a green screen, and then when you finally see it come to life, it's so much fun and we get to be the audience as well as the actor in it. As an actor, you're just really grateful that something comes out and it looks okay [laughs].

Getting to be evil was also really easy, too. It's crazy and this character was so juicy, it's so much fun to play something where you get to be the villain, to be the mastermind. To be that intelligent, to conjure all this up, I really loved it. It's always fun to go the other way, as I'd like to think I'm not as power hungry as she was [laughs].

Dwayne Johnson on reteaming with Brad Peyton for a third time on Rampage:

I enjoy working with Brad. It's my third movie with him and there is an ambition there, as he's a very ambitious director. I enjoy working with him creatively, as well. I've come from a love of sports at a very early age, and I enjoy being coached and I enjoy being pushed. And not a lot of directors sometimes feel comfortable in that space, and that's okay, all right? Because I'll find my inspiration, my motivation in some other ways and we make the project work. They all don't have to have a coach's mentality.

But Brad does have that, despite him always underplaying it, and you know, "Well, I'm from Canada and I like to apologize." He's also a very ambitious guy. He's okay to go right up to the line, he's okay to step over the line, and if we're going to get a shot to make a movie, why not take a swing for the fences? Brad is always like, "Let's go for it."

We're very similar, and our DNA is like that, where we just have to go for it. And, as you guys know, it's hard, it takes many, many months and then months of post and then you promote it like we're doing now. It's a long time, but especially for directors. I'm able to make a movie and even if I'm producing a movie, I can still go on and work on other movies while other movies are in development because I'm not directing. Brad is on the movie for two or three years, and the passion shows. Anybody who's in our business, but specifically a director, you have the responsibility to not only make a good movie, but also I like the DNA that we share, which is: we want to make this movie fun for the audience and want to make sure they're walking home in some way feeling good about what they just saw. That's what movies should be, and are, to us.

Brad Peyton on how Dwayne Johnson continues to push him as a director:

Muscles, yeah, it's his muscles. I just love his muscles [laughs]. I have had the great fortune of working with Dwayne on my second movie [Journey 2: The Mysterious Island] and realized that he was a great human being, a very wise person who would have a lot of success in a bunch of different fields. And I am ambitious, but I've learned so much from him and I continue to learn so much from him as a person, as a business person, and through our creative partnerships. He does take big swings.

And I hope I do that for him as well, but it is that accumulation of ambition, passion, drive, just raw creativity, and as a filmmaker, I love collaborating with someone who's that passionate, driven, creative, and he brings it every single time, and it's just been an awesome experience.

Photos by Heather Wixson:

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Interview: Unleashing the WILDLING with Director/Co-Writer Fritz Böhm and Co-Stars James Le Gros and Troy Ruptash

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 03:37 PM PDT

On Friday the 13th (of April), Fritz Böhm's lycanthropic fairy tale Wildling will arrive in theaters in both Los Angeles and New York, and it will also be available on VOD nationwide. The film is centered on Anna (Bel Powley), a teenage girl raised in isolation by "Daddy" and taught to fear the "Wildlings" (vicious creatures that eat children). After being rescued by a local sheriff (Liv Tyler), Anna is introduced to the outside world for the very first time, but as Anna begins her journey of discovery, things spiral out of control, as she suspects that her "Daddy" wasn't telling her everything about her true nature and how it relates to the folklore she grew up fearing.

The first-time feature from Böhm, Wildling co-stars James Le Gros, Troy Ruptash, and Mike Faist. The film recently celebrated its world premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, which is where Daily Dead caught up with Böhm, Ruptash, and LeGros to hear more about how the project came about, their experiences collaborating on Wildling, and more.

Great to speak with you all today, and congratulations on the film. Fritz, I'm going to go ahead and start with you. What was the process like for you, putting this story together and making the transition into directing, because I know you've been working in film for quite a while prior to this project?

Fritz Böhm: Right. I've been working in film since my late teens doing short films, and I have always wanted to be a filmmaker. I grew up in Germany, so I went to film school and then it seemed like producing was kind of the way to go, so I worked as a producer for a long time. I had a company in Germany, but there was always that voice in my head that said I really wanted to also be a writer and director. I finally decided to make the switch, move over to California, and start there, because the movies that I was particularly interested in weren't being produced in Germany that much. And I am so glad I did that, and I feel like I got to be very lucky to put Wildling together, and then put it out there into the world as my first directing feature.

Was there something in particular that inspired the idea of the Wildling itself? There are clearly some werewolf leanings to this story, but it also has something of a fairy tale aspect to it.

Fritz Böhm: It was definitely inspired by a ton of fairy tales that my mom used to read to me as a kid, and they left an imprint in my DNA somehow, so I wanted to just create a fairy tale of my own and center it on a creature of my own. I started looking at all the werewolf movies that are out there, because I thought werewolves hadn't been looked at from a female angle as much as something like vampires. There are a lot more female vampires than there are female werewolves.

But the more I thought about werewolves, the more I started to realize so many tropes connected with them that I don't really like, like the magic amulet and silver bullets and the full moon transformation, so we ended up just making up our own myth of the Wildling that's inspired by all these things. We tried to make it as primal and as simple as we possibly could.

For Troy and James, coming into this, what was the initial appeal of the project to you as actors, and what was it about your characters that you were intrigued by that made you want to dig into them creatively?

Troy Ruptash: Seeing Moon Men, Fritz's short, I just got a sense that his visual aesthetic was so strong, and then the script was really great, too. I tend to play a lot of darker characters, but there was something about Roger that was really different to me, and that was really appealing. There's so much going on inside of him that you don't know really what the forces are that are acting upon him, but you find more out as you go along.

James Le Gros: Well, for me, it's always about the story first, and then the character comes second. I, too, was attracted by the mythology that had been created in the script, and then with my character, we made a few adjustments, mostly pulling him back a little bit, because originally, we were getting a little bit too much information, so we decided to pull that back a little bit. Also, a big part of any film is the team you're working with, and that was another attractive part of it. Liv is also a friend, and that's always compelling to be on projects with people that you love and respect.

Speaking of your character, "The Wolf Man," what's interesting about your character is that he becomes this conduit for Anna, and I love how he fits into her transformative process.

James Le Gros: Well, he's something like you'd see in those old stories. In a way, he's guiding her across the River Styx, and down into this other complete alternate reality that is not in the front of her consciousness at that point. He becomes like a spirit guide to her, helping her as she completes her transformation. I thought it was great.

Fritz, how was it putting this ensemble together and then collaborating with them on Wildling?

Fritz Böhm: From just the directing point of view, it was important to make the right decisions with the casting and really follow my instinct there. And then, once that stage was done, it was about embracing each individual, and trying to have each actor tap into their instincts in service of the script. I just tried to allow that as much as possible because I knew if I could let them accomplish that, then these characters would feel like real people.

Of course, there are certain things that you need to dictate in some way, where you must be specific about certain things. But with Bel, she read the script and she developed a very strong sense of who her character was. That's a gift, that's what you want, and I just got so lucky that that was the case with every single actor in this movie.

Troy Ruptash: Yeah, I agree. I feel like there was such an authenticity that was created, and you're right, Bel was incredible. But most of my stuff with Liv, I feel like I learned so much from her just watching how she handles herself on set, and in the work, the questions that she would ask. Just working with her was incredible because she has this uncanny ability not to anticipate anything, so it feels like she's so present, and so moment to moment that she immediately just pulled me into that. I learned so much from her and Brad—the intensity that he brings, oh my god.

James Le Gros: Yeah, he stays in character all day long. He doesn't ever become Brad Dourif. He walks in as "Daddy," and he stays "Daddy" all day long.

Now Fritz, because this was your first time doing a feature, and this is a pretty ambitious film in terms of the world you created and all the effects, what were some of the challenges you had to overcome on Wildling?

Fritz Böhm: It always came down to time and money. I think everyone says that, probably every director you ask, no matter if they have one hundred thousand dollars, one million dollars, or a hundred million dollars. We had 23 shooting days, but we had a ton of specials, and a ton of moving pieces in our schedules. You always say the three most time-consuming things that you can put in a movie in terms of scheduling are children, animals, and water, and we had all three of them.

Plus, we had all the special effects makeup too, which sucks a lot of time out of your day. Just the hours it takes for the makeup artists to put the latex on the actors and glue on the nails and all these things, it was very time consuming. So, it was a lesson in efficiency to make sure we were able to get the movie in the can, so to speak. Then, there was a lot of extra work in post-production to make sure that everything came together in the end in a nice way, with the editing, the visual effects, the coloring of the movie, and sound. We used all tricks of the trade to finally land at the vision that it was supposed to be, and I'm very proud of what we were all able to create.

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In case you missed it, check here to read Heather Wixson's SXSW review of Wildling.

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Watch a Preview Video for ASH VS EVIL DEAD Episode 3.08

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 02:07 PM PDT

It's time for Ash to finish some unfinished—and undead—business in the rift in the preview video for the next episode of Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3.

Directed by Mark Beesley from a script by Bryan Hill, the next episode of Ash vs Evil Dead, fittingly titled "Rifting Apart", will air on STARZ on Sunday, April 15th. You can watch the new preview video below, and in case you missed it, check here for our previous Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 coverage, including our interviews with the cast.

Ash vs Evil Dead Episode 3.08 synopsis: "Ash and Pablo realize the rift in the cellar is the key to saving humanity and devise a plan to save the ones they love."

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Interview: Writer/Director Sergio G. Sánchez on the Timeless Horrors of MARROWBONE

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 12:01 PM PDT

Screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez (The Orphanage, The Impossible) makes the leap to feature film director with Marrowbone, a gorgeously crafted supernatural drama centered on a group of siblings (played by George MacKay, Mia Goth, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Stagg) who must contend with an unseen force that tortures them endlessly while they live tucked away from the world at their deceased mother's family estate. The Marrowbone clan experience moments of happiness—especially when they befriend a lovely librarian named Allie (Anya Taylor-Joy)—but there are dark forces at play that threaten the bonds of their familial unit, and they must all band together to survive.

Daily Dead recently spoke with Sánchez about his big screen debut, and he discussed the timeless stories that have inspired him as a filmmaker, putting together the extremely talented ensemble of Marrowbone, finding the timeless locale of the film, and much more.

Marrowbone hits limited theaters and various digital platforms on Friday, April 13th, courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

Great to speak with you today, Sergio. I know you're no stranger to the horror genre, so I would love to start off by talking a little bit about what inspired the story of Marrowbone. There are aspects of your story that feel timeless and I love that it takes a very surprising turn towards the end, too.

Sergio G. Sánchez: Well, I think my first exposure to horror was through literature. The stories of Edgar Allan Poe, which I read when I was ten years old or something like that, made a big impact on me. The next thing I read was The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. I remember reading it and expecting to be afraid of horror stories and being slightly, I don't know if "disappointed" is the word, but really confused by the end because the story really doesn't offer you any clear answer. You have to decide for yourself what you want the story to be.

Then I continued by reading the books of Shirley Jackson, especially We Have Always Lived in the Castle, that type of horror that somehow seeps in through the cracks. It's never upfront, the horror comes from the part of the story that is never told, and that's what I was trying to do in Marrowbone. All of the horrific elements happen off-screen, or in the past, or somewhere that you don't see, and the film almost works as a puzzle. And it's only once you fit all the pieces of the puzzle together that you can envision the whole story and that's where the horror comes from. You realize what's happened that you never got to see. That's the kind of horror that I feel most drawn to.

I love this cast, and I really fell in love with these characters, too. I was pretty familiar with Anya, Charlie, and Mia, but George was something of a revelation to me, and he's so good in this as well. Can you talk about working with them and developing these really great dynamics between them all?

Sergio G. Sánchez: It was a beautiful process, because our casting director was Karen Lindsay-Stewart, who is a London-based casting director. She cast all the Harry Potter films, so she knows all the kids in the UK, who at the time were around ten years old through their early 20s. So, she had an amazing database full of these young British actors. The challenge was doubled because I had to find the right actors to play the core family of Jane, Jack, Billy, and Sam, but also, I had to find a group that you could believe as a family. I saw lots of actors, maybe around 2000 actors, for this movie and there were so many great options.

The first one in the cast was Mia Goth, who plays Jane. She played an incredible audition and I immediately offered her the role on the spot. But then I got a bit of a telling off by my producer, because he's like, "No, you're supposed to see all of them." But I felt sincerely that she was Jane, and that's what started everything, and that helped me choose the rest.

The next one was Charlie, who at the time I had never seen. Shut In had not been released and he did our test right after he had shot the first season of Stranger Things. Actually, it was very funny because when Stranger Things went on air, it was the second week that we were shooting the movie, and we were shooting in this very small town in the north of Spain. It was a big lesson on how the world of distribution is changing, because suddenly someone can become a star worldwide overnight. We went home quietly on a Friday night and when we came back on Monday morning, we had 20 teenagers at the gate of the set screaming, "Charlie, Charlie." It was quite disquieting and strange.

Then, there was the character of Jack. It took me a while to decide on a Jack, as there were so many great actors that I had to give some of them the last scene to see the one who would be able to bring the whole family together. We auditioned him [MacKay] three times, actually. The first time he only had some type of separate scene. Then I gave him the whole script, so he could get a clear idea of who Jack was. Then after that, I went to see him. He was doing The Caretaker in London, the Harold Pinter play. He was so incredibly good in that play, so completely different from what he had done during his audition, that I called him once more and said, "Wait a minute. I think we need to play more with this." In the end, he was absolutely fantastic.

And, of course, there's Anya Taylor-Joy, who I had seen only in The Witch at the time, though she hasn't stopped working since and it doesn't look like she's ever going to stop. But Anya's a phenomenal actress and I'm sure all of them are going to be big stars. When I look back on this film in ten years, I'm not going to believe how lucky I was to get them all together.

Yeah, it turned out well for you. And for as great as this cast is, too, I loved the setting of Marrowbone in terms of this house, because it almost becomes a character as well, especially in the latter half of the film. How did you find this locale and what was your approach in utilizing it visually for Marrowbone?

Sergio G. Sánchez: The thing is, this house is only a few miles from the town where I was born. I had driven past this house many, many times when I was younger, and it's been abandoned for 50 years or something like that. I finally got a hold of the owner and I visited it. I knew that I wanted to shoot in a real house, I didn't want to shoot this on a sound stage. That's one of the small problems I had with The Orphanage. I always felt that the sound stage look was very stylized, but I missed the realness of having a real location. It was crucial to me to find a real house. For references, I showed my cinematographer and costume designer the paintings of Andrew Wyeth. We were looking for a house like that. Of course, we had to cover the whole house in wood. We did a lot of redesigning in the house, too, and things like that.

But when I visited it for the first time, it had these three stairways in the house: one that leads up to the attic, the one from the kitchen area to the bedrooms, and the one under the big mirror. I felt that there was something so odd and strange in those stairways that you could never reproduce that on a sound stage. Plus, the house has so many windows and it's surrounded by the woods. It was such a lovely place that the actors wanted to live there, and I knew it was the right house.

All the genre elements in this story work really, really well here, but for me, what makes this film really special is that it taps into this idea of love, and love being able to overcome these horrible things. These days, when the world is filled with so much ugliness, it's a powerful statement for you to make as a filmmaker.

Sergio G. Sánchez: I was a little worried that some people might be, not offended, but a little put off by the message at the very end of the movie. But to me, I always say this movie starts off as a family drama, and then it becomes a mystery, and then it becomes almost a ghost story that becomes a thriller. Every ten minutes something strange happens that makes you rethink everything you've seen before. The movie changes identity before we get to the innermost ball of truth. But at the core of it all, Marrowbone is a love story. Not only romantic love, but it's a story about the ties that bind us together that cannot be broken, and how love is attuned to overcome even the most horrific things that may happen to us. I felt like this story needed love to balance against everything else that happens.

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Season 2 of Robert Kirkman’s OUTCAST TV Series to Premiere in the US on July 20th on Cinemax

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 11:22 AM PDT

Robert Kirkman's TV series Outcast (based on his comic book series of the same name) left an indelible, demonic mark with its first season in 2016, and this July, the show will return for another round of demonic possessions when its second season premieres in the US on Cinemax beginning Friday, July 20th:

Press Release: Plagued by demons since childhood, Kyle is on a journey to find answers – but what he uncovers could mean the end of life as we know it.

The suspense-horror series OUTCAST returns for its ten-episode second season FRIDAY, JULY 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on CINEMAX. Continuing to probe the mystery of what lies behind the town of Rome's supernatural manifestations, and why they are drawn to Kyle, the show explores how people cope with extreme circumstances while protecting the ones they love. OUTCAST is created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead") and based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta.

Patrick Fugit ("Gone Girl," HBO's "Cinema Verité") stars as Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. With the help of Reverend Anderson, played by Philip Glenister ("Kingdom of Heaven"), a preacher who believes he is a soldier in God's holy war against the forces of evil, Kyle tries to protect those he holds most dear, now that the otherworldly threats prove greater in scope and number than anticipated. His struggle will grow into a fight for all of his hometown, as he discovers the haunting secrets of his own past.

Other cast members in the second season include: Wrenn Schmidt ("The Looming Tower," HBO's "Boardwalk Empire") as Kyle's adopted sister, Megan Holter, a child psychologist who makes it her mission to fix the people around her; Reg E. Cathey (HBO's "The Wire") as Chief Giles, Rome's chief of police, who has seen enough to know there's some truth to his friend Rev. Anderson's assertions about demons; Kate Lyn Sheil ("House of Cards," HBO's "High Maintenance") as Kyle's former wife, Allison Barnes, who has lingering doubts about what happened in their marriage; Julia Crockett ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") as Kyle's mother, Sarah Barnes, whose apparent mental illness tainted his childhood; David Denman ("13 Hours") as Megan's husband, Mark Holter, a by-the-book small-town cop whose temper can get him in trouble; and Brent Spiner ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") as Sidney, whose dapper appearance and smiling demeanor hide malevolence.

The first season of OUTCAST was hailed as a "suspense-laden, psychological examination of inner shadows" by Variety, which praised Patrick Fugit's "poignant portrayal."

OUTCAST is based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta. The series is produced by FOX International Studios for CINEMAX; created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman; executive produced by showrunner Chris Black, David Alpert, Sharon Tal Yguado and Sue Naegle.

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THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT Coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital with Alternate Ending

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 10:43 AM PDT

If you missed the return of Dollface, Pin-Up Girl, and Man in the Mask in theaters, you can invite them into your own home on May 22nd with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment's digital release of The Strangers: Prey at Night (read Heather Wixson's review here), followed by a June release of an unrated Blu-ray and DVD (plus digital) that includes an alternate ending:

Press Release: Universal City, California, April 11, 2018 – Inspired by the 2008 cult classic The StrangersThe Strangers: Prey at Night is based on real events surrounding a family struggling to survive as they are attacked on their vacation by a trio of masked psychopaths that hunt their prey with seemingly no rhyme or reason. Director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) pays homage to The Strangers by bringing back the infamous masked villains -- Dollface, Pin-Up Girl and Man in the Mask -- and incorporates elements of the '80s slasher genre to create a perfect mix of old and new that is sure to satisfy and reignite fear in fans of the original while also bringing new devotees to the franchise. Arriving on Digital on May 22, 2018 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on June 12, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, The Strangers: Prey at Night is packed with exclusive bonus content including a never before seen alternate ending and an unrated version that brings the chaos and horror of the film to a whole new level.

A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family's every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts, whose shark diving thriller 47 Meters Down was a smash hit, directs this horror film featuring Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men"), Bailee Madison (Don't Be Afraid of the Dark), Martin Henderson (The Ring), and Lewis Pullman (Battle of the Sexes).

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL

  • Alternate Ending
  • "Prep for Night" Music Video – Director's Cut: The Man in the Mask, Dollface, and Pin-up Girl get ready to terrorize an unsuspecting family in a music video directed by horror auteur Mickey Keating (DarlingCarnage Park)
  • A Look Inside The Strangers: Prey at NightStars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson and director Johannes Roberts talk about the making of the film
  • Family Fights Back: Stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman and director Johannes Roberts review the film's characters and their fight to survive
  • The Music of The Strangers: Prey at NightDirector Johannes Roberts and star Bailee Madison discuss the John Carpenter-inspired score and the '80s soundtrack that keeps The Strangers killing

The film will be available on Blu-rayTM combo pack which includes Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital, and Movies Anywhere.

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Movie Websitewww.thestrangers2018.com or www.preyatnight.com
UPHE Website: http://uni.pictures/StrangersPreyAtNight
Trailer: http://uni.pictures/StrangersPreyAtNightTrailer
Facebook:www.facebook.com/TheStrangers/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thestrangers
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestrangers 
#thestrangers #preyatnight

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman
Casting Director: Lauren Grey
Costume Designer: Carla Shivener
Production Designer: Freddy Waff
Director of Photography: Ryan Samul
Editor: Martin Brinkler, ACE
Original Music By: Adrian Johnston
Executive Producers: Trevor Macy, Bryan Bertino, David Dinerstein, Jason Resnick, William Sadleir, Alex Walton, Alastair Burlingham, Charlie Dombek, Ken Halsband, Brett Dahl, Jon D Wagner
Produced By: James Harris, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Mark Lane, Robert Jones and Ryan Kavanaugh
Written By: Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai
Directed By: Johannes RobertsTECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date:June 12, 2018
Copyright: 2018 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 91193716
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39 Widescreen
Rating: Rated R for horror violence and terror throughout, and for language.
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date:June 12, 2018
Copyright: 2018 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 91193715
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: Rated R for horror violence and terror throughout, and for language.
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Sound: English
Run Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television and Awesomeness.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast

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SUMMER OF ’84 to be Featured as Opening Weekend Screening at the 2018 Fantasia International Film Festival

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 10:22 AM PDT

With the 22nd annual Fantasia International Film Festival, the Montreal-based cinematic celebration has announced the Summer of '84 (check here to read Heather Wixson's Sundance review of the film and go here for her in-depth interview with the filmmakers) as an opening weekend screening event:

Press Release: Montreal, Quebec - April 10, 2018 - The Fantasia International Film Festival returns to Concordia University, The Cinémathèque Québécoise, and The McCord Museum from July 12 to August 1, 2018, to celebrate its 22nd edition. Talented Montreal illustrator Donald Caron, who has crafted emblematic imagery for the event since 2011, has designed a whimsical new original poster for the festival's 2018 edition.

More than ever, Fantasia now provides a prominent showcase for Quebec cinema by presenting dozens of shorts by local creators, as well as a selection of feature films from Quebec. In addition, the festival pays tribute to a key figure in the Quebec film industry with its Denis Héroux Award, which has been granted since 2016 to a local creator to mark exceptional contributions to the development of genre and independent cinema in Quebec.

In celebrating this, it is with great pride that the first two features confirmed for Fantasia's 2018 edition come from both seasoned and first-time Quebec filmmakers. First up, Fantasia will showcase the Canadian Premiere of RKSS's acclaimed Sundance smash SUMMER OF '84 as a gala Opening Weekend event. The sophomore film from the adored Quebec filmmaking trio of François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissel, follows up their celebrated 2015 feature debut TURBO KID (itself born out of Frontieres, Fantasia's International Co-Production Market). A tense, gripping thriller set in mid-80s suburbia, SUMMER OF '84 stars Mad Men's Rich Sommer and stylistically displays an entirely different approach from what RKSS have done to date.

"François, Anouk, and Yoann are absolute family to us here," said Fantasia Co-Director Mitch Davis. "In many ways, they're a spearhead of a generation for Quebec fantastic filmmakers who grew up at Fantasia and are now stunning the world. We've been showing their work since 2008 and we're thrilled to be presenting SUMMER OF '84's Canadian Premiere. We adore everything that it represents, while showing RKSS' striking versatility as storytellers and marking their first time directing a third party screenplay. They've knocked it hard out of the park. There's nothing they can't do."

Fantasia 2018 will also showcase the North American premiere of the omnibus feature MONTREAL DEAD END, hot off a roaring World Premiere in Belgium this past weekend at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Directed by no fewer than 18 emerging filmmakers, including Rémi Fréchette, Eve Dufaud, Jimmy Pettigrew, and Priscillia Piccoli, MONTREAL DEAD END is more than a film - it is the manifesto of a rising generation of filmmakers who loudly and proudly shout their love and their desire to make cutting-edge genre cinema in Quebec.

A first wave of Fantasia 2018 programming will be announced in the coming weeks. Bon cinema!

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Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill Announced as Co-Presidents of the 2018 Cinepocalypse Feature Film Jury

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 09:55 AM PDT

They brought Bughuul to life in Sinister and took viewers to the Sanctum Sanctorum in Doctor Strange, and this summer, filmmaker Scott Derrickson and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill will come together for a different cinematic endeavor to serve as co-presidents of the 2018 Cinepocalypse Feature Film Jury:

Press Release: Chicago, Illinois - April 10, 2018 - The Music Box Theatre is proud to announce DOCTOR STRANGE director Scott Derrickson and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill as Co-Presidents of the 2018 Cinepocalypse Feature Film Jury. The Chicago-based genre film festival, which which will take place June 21 - 28 at the historic Music Box Theatre, celebrates its triumphant second year with even more films, guests, and events.

The Midwest's largest gathering of genre films and fans, Cinepocalypse's organizers are also very proud to announce their first title - the World Premiere of Michael Winnick's MALICIOUS. In the film, a housewarming gift from hell terrorizes a young pregnant couple when a malevolent entity that will stop at nothing until it satisfies its morbid intentions is unleashed from a cursed antique box. It stars Josh Stewart (The Collector) and Bojana Novakovic (Beyond Skyline), and is produced by Shaun Redick, the Executive Producer of the Academy Award-winning cultural phenomenon Get Out.

Says Cinepocalypse founder Josh Goldbloom, ""From SINISTER to DOCTOR STRANGE, both Derrickson and Cargill exemplify everything we love about genre filmmaking. Their rise to success is no small feat, and that they share in our enthusiasm to help showcase the best up-and-coming independent efforts makes their inclusion as Feature Film Jury presidents even more thrilling for us. Our 2018 lineup of over 50 films is shaping up to be our most exciting yet, and with world premieres such as MALICIOUS and many more surprises in store, there's never been a better time to celebrate genre cinema."

With over fifty incredible titles yet to be announced - alongside its amazing juries and guests - Cinepocalypse 2018 will reveal its first wave of films in May. Stay tuned for more!

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The Music Box Theatre stands as one of the nation's most prestigious art house theatres, and has recently made a concerted effort to diversify programming and bolster local audiences. Located on the city's Northside at 3733 North Southport Ave, The Music Box's year-round programming has consistently offered genre fans some of the very finest cinematic experiences in digital, 35mm, and 70mm formats.

The second edition of Cinepocalypse, running from June 21st through the 28th, will features scary-good world, U.S., and regional premieres, repertory screenings, special guests, parties, and much more. For more information, visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.

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Listen to THE WALKING DEAD ’CAST Team Discuss the Penultimate Episode of THE WALKING DEAD Season 8

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 09:21 AM PDT

There were a few close calls and one big final confrontation in the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead's eighth season, and if you're still pondering the events of the latest installment of "All Out War," Jason and special guest Melissa Hutchison (voice of Clementine on Telltale's The Walking Dead video games) break down all of the action and drama on a new episode of The Walking Dead 'Cast, which you can listen to right here on Daily Dead!

The Walking Dead 'Cast Episode 303: "Some Shakespearean, Machiavellian machinations going on this week, and yep, there were some questionable moments for sure, but for the most part special guest Melissa Hutchison and I dug it!

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Casting Update for THE PURGE TV Series

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 09:08 AM PDT

Following the release of the official trailer for The First Purge, three new cast members have been announced for Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions' The Purge TV series, which will air on USA and SYFY:

Lili Simmons, Hannah Anderson, and Lee Tergesen (pictured above) have joined the cast of The Purge TV series, joining a cast that also features Gabriel Chavarria, Jessica Garza, Amanda Warren, and Colin Woodell:

Press Release:Lili Simmons is set for the series regular role of Lila, a young, rich, and rebellious, woman who refuses to fit in with the pro-Purge socialite crowd. Her confidence and charm mask a vulnerability that will be exposed as she attempts to deal with unfinished business before the sun rises.

Simmons can currently be seen on Showtime's RAY DONOVAN opposite Liev Schrieber and Jon Voight, where she plays Natalie James, a young actress caught in the tabloids when naked pictures are leaked online by her soon to be former husband. She can also be seen in the independent film GOOD MATCH, which follows the story of an internet-dating playboy whose life spirals out of control after meeting a woman online. Her past credits include HBO's WESTWORLD, HBO's TRUE DETECTIVE, five seasons of Cinemax's BANSHEE, CBS' HAWAII FIVE-0 and the independent western BONE TOMAHAWK. A native of San Diego, Lili began her career with Ford Models before moving into acting in 2010.

Simmons is represented by Allison Stroot and Kevin Volchok at United Talent, Kate Linden Management, and Stuart Rosenthal at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette.

Hannah Anderson is set for the series regular role of Jenna, an anti-Purge and devoted to charitable causes, who is accustomed to locking down on Purge Night. Her choice to venture out for the first time leads to an encounter with violence that forces her to deal with deep truths about herself and her marriage.

Anderson recently wrapped shooting the latest X-Men feature NEW MUTANTS for director Simon Kinberg. Hannah can also be seen in the re-boot of the SAW franchise titled LEGACY and starred in WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE, which recently screened at South By Southwest. Past credits include a series regular roles in the Canadian series SHOOT THE MESSENGER, the History Channel miniseries GANGLAND UNDERCOVER, The CWs REIGN, and in Lifetime's THE LIZZIE BORDEN CHRONICLES opposite Christina Ricci.

Anderson is represented by Tiffany Kuzon and Brad Pence at Primary Wave Entertainment, Ken Kaplan and Melanie Elman at Gersh (US), and Emma Laird at Gary Goddard Agency (Canada).

Lee Tergesen is set for the series regular role of Joe, an armored, masked, and seemingly ordinary man who drives through town, intervening acts of Purge violence while listening to the taped lectures of a motivational life coach.

Tergesen was one of the stars of the groundbreaking HBO series, OZ, playing opposite Christopher Meloni and JK Simmons. He was the villain of season 2 in the Emmy award winning THE AMERICANS and will be seen in the upcoming NBC Universal/International, GONE. A few of Lee's film credits include the original POINT BREAK, WAYNE'S WORLD (Part 1 &2), and MONSTER opposite Charlize Theron. He will next be seen, on the big screen, in THE YELLOW BIRDS starring Jennifer Aniston.

Tergesen is represented by Bill Butler at Industry Entertainment & Stephen Hirsh at Gersh

From indie studio Blumhouse Television (HBO's THE NORMAL HEART and THE JINX) and Universal Cable Productions (Amazon's HOMECOMING and USA Network's MR. ROBOT and THE SINNER), THE PURGE, which will air on USA and SYFY, and the series was created, and will be executive produced by the film franchise creator James DeMonaco, and led by Jason Blum, the entire team behind the blockbusters ‎are on board to executive produce: Michael Bay with Brad Fuller and Andrew Form under the Platinum Dunes banner and Sebastien K. Lemercier. Thomas Kelly serves as executive producer/showrunner of the series.

Lili Simmons on Banshee:

Hannah Emily Anderson in Jigsaw:

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