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WESTWORLD Season 2: What We Know & What’s to Come

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 04:13 PM PDT

The season 1 finale of Westworld was shockingly badass to say the very least, and while there were certain payoffs to various storylines that had been building throughout the first 10 episodes, it also raised a bunch of questions as to just where exactly the story will be heading in season 2. So, in anticipation of this weekend's premiere episode on HBO, here's a look at what we know so far about Westworld and what we're hoping to see during this new season, which kicks off Sunday night at 9:00pm EST.

[SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen any of Westworld Season 1, the following does contain some spoilers, so you may want to catch up with the series first before reading on.]

Fresh Blood: While we haven't seen them in action yet, Westworld expands its cast with six newcomers for season 2, including the always great Betty Gabriel (Get Out, and Leigh Whannell's Upgrade, which arrives this summer), Jonathan Tucker (The Ruins, The Virgin Suicides), Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty, Tyrant), Gustaf Skarsgård (Vikings, Darling), Katja Herbers (The Leftovers), and Neil Jackson (the Sleepy Hollow series, Quantum of Solace). Not a lot has been specifically revealed about their characters' respective motivations, but in all the promo pics and footage we've seen in various trailers, they all appear (emphasis on "appear," because this is Westworld after all) to be human and part of the Delos corporation's solution to the anarchy running amok in Westworld, putting them on the non-android side of potential future conflicts. Will they all make it out of the second season? Only time will tell.

Dolores' Violent Delights: The first season of Westworld saw Evan Rachel Wood's Dolores (the oldest host still working in the park) hit a full state of consciousness once she was able to put together all the pieces of her own personal puzzle, which included her remembering some of the acts of violence she had committed in her prior iterations. This state of sentience came with a hefty price tag attached for Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), although it seems like from what we've seen of his secretive actions, he'd been planning for this moment all along. But now that Dolores knows just exactly what she is and what she has done, how much more violence is in everyone's favorite heroine's future? Nearly every image we've seen thus far has Wood wielding a gun, so I'm guessing this rancher's daughter's reign of terror will carry on throughout season 2.

The Man in Black is Back: Between trailers, interviews, and photos released thus far, it's been confirmed that Westworld's most infamous tourist, Ed Harris' The Man in Black, will be returning for more romps around the eponymous park in season 2, and apparently, we're finally going to find out just how he became such a powerful figurehead over Westworld in the first place. I'm personally hoping these reveals not only involve Jimmi Simpson (who plays Harris' character in flashbacks), but that we also find out just whatever happened to his douchebag future brother-in-law, Logan (Ben Barnes), since that is one of the questions that has been bouncing around in my brain ever since I caught Westworld's first season finale.

Where's Elsie?: While it seemed like everyone's favorite programmer Elsie (Shannon Woodward) was down for the count by the conclusion of season 1, after it was revealed that Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) had in fact strangled her, it's been revealed recently that Elsie is in fact still around, and she will most definitely be popping up sometime in the next 10 episodes of Westworld. It's undetermined just how Elsie managed to escape certain death, but suffice to say that this writer is guessing she's not going to take that whole attempt on her life with a grain of salt. I'm excited to see what Woodward is going to do with her feisty character now that she's most likely going to be in survivor mode, and I'm hoping that the hints of something more than just a working relationship between Elsie and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) might get explored as well.

Maeve and Clementine's (Not So) Bogus Journeys: All the characters in Westworld were compelling in their own unique ways, but my personal favorites are Sweetwater's madam Maeve (Thandie Newton) and her gal pal/prostitute protégé, Clementine (Angela Sarafyan), who had a bittersweet goodbye during season 1's finale. Their respective journeys to self-actualization have been incredible thus far, and now that we know Maeve decided to double-back to the park instead of finding freedom out in the real world, I'm curious to see just how their paths will cross again this season, and what it might mean for anyone who has done them wrong in the past. And while she doesn't appear in the premiere, Sarafyan did confirm that Clem will be getting in touch with some new aspects of her character's personality for Westworld season 2, and there will be a reunion between her and Maeve at some point.

New Hosts in Town: Not much has been revealed, but it seems that we are getting some crazy new hosts to play around with in Westworld Season 2. These ivory, faceless behemoths bear a striking resemblance to the host imagery we've seen in the show's opening title sequence. Now it's come out that these are no ordinary hosts, but creations of the Delos corporation, and as we've come to realize throughout the show, more technology is rarely the answer when it comes to dealing with the technological woes of Westworld. I can only hope for an epic showdown between this new wave of androids and those who have been long-standing members of the park (maybe even in Shogun World, which has also been revealed and sounds like an incredibly cool landscape to have some fun on during this upcoming season).

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In case you missed it, check here to read our previous coverage of Westworld Season 2, including interviews with members of the cast.

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Salem Horror Fest 2018 Announces “Earthdoom” Film Screenings, Including THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, TREMORS, and 28 DAYS LATER

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 03:04 PM PDT

One of the most exciting genre celebrations in recent years, the Salem Horror Fest kicks off again this October and Daily Dead is thrilled to be a media sponsor of the 10-day event. Following their recent announcement that Blumhouse Productions' Ryan Turek will be this year's keynote speaker, Salem Horror Fest has now announced an "Earthdoom" lineup of environment-themed double features.

Salem Horror Fest's "Earthdoom" film lineup runs October 5th–8th and will pair The Return of the Living Dead with The Toxic Avenger, Tremors with My Bloody Valentine, Day of the Dead with 28 Days Later, and Creature From the Black Lagoon with Alien.

Stay tuned to Daily Dead for much more coverage of the Salem Horror Fest (taking place October 4th–14th), check here for our previous coverage, visit the festival's official website for more information, and read on for additional details on the "Earthdoom" film lineup:

Press Release: Salem, MA - According to climate projections, the City of Salem will experience more days with temperatures equal to or above 90°F and more frequent 100-year storms. Sea levels are expected to rise about 4 feet with a storm surge over 13 feet by 2100. As Salem Horror Fest continues to explore social themes of fear and anxiety in the Halloween capital of the world, it will present a program of double features dedicated to environmentally-themed horror films during the first weekend of October.

The lineup will include The Return of the Living Dead, The Toxic Avenger, Tremors, My Bloody Valentine, Day of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Creature From the Black Lagoon and Alien at CinemaSalem. Additional programs will showcase matinees, panel discussions, and lectures at the Peabody Essex Museum with late-night after parties hosted at Koto and Opus restaurants and bars.

"There's no shortage of things to be frightened by any time you check up on the news, but when it comes the biggest threat to our existence, it's Mother Nature," said festival director Kevin Lynch. "She will spit on our grave after everything we've done to her."

Entering it's second year, Salem Horror Fest will present two weeks of screenings, speakers, parties, and guests returning Thursday, October 4 - Sunday, October 14, 2018. The festival has previously announced Ryan Turek (Blumhouse Productions VP) as the opening night keynote speaker and a return of The Faculty of Horror podcast for a live show. Stay tuned for more news and announcements coming soon.

Weekend passes, double features, and single admissions for EARTHDOOM are available now!

ABOUT SALEM HORROR FEST

Salem Horror Fest is a cultural exploration of fear and anxiety in the Halloween capital of the world featuring two weeks of screenings, speakers, parties, and guests returning Thursday, October 4 - Sunday, October 14, 2018 at CinemaSalem, Peabody Essex Museum, Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery, Koto, and Opus. Sponsored by TJ Lynch Realtor and in partnership with Daily Dead, and Rue Morgue Magazine.

Visit salemhorror.com for more information.

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Starz Cancels ASH VS EVIL DEAD

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 01:11 PM PDT

With the season 3 finale of Ash vs Evil Dead approaching on April 29th, Starz has announced that they will not be moving forward with a fourth season of the series.

Multiple sources, including The Hollywood Reporter, report the news of Ash vs Evil Dead's cancelation. The series premiered to nearly half a million viewers in 2015, but ratings in the third season have dipped down (often below 200,000 viewers per episode) despite continued critical acclaim and support from the diehard Evil Dead fanbase.

The series gave viewers the chance to catch up with Bruce Campbell's iconic character Ash Williams decades after the events of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead films. Here's what Campbell had to say about the cancelation (via THR):

"Ash vs. Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime. It was an honor to reunite with Evil Dead partners Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi to give our tireless fans another taste of the outrageous horror/comedy they demanded. I will always be grateful to Starz for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers."

Starz President of Programming Carmi Zlotnik also said farewell to Ash vs Evil Dead (via THR):

"Ash vs. Evil Dead has taken audiences on a wild ride for three seasons thanks to the fantastic performances and creative efforts of Sam, Bruce, Rob, and the entire cast and crew. We are proud to send the show out with a bang … and a splat."

In our season 3 interviews with the cast, there were discussions about the importance of this season feeling like a complete story just in case the series wasn't allowed to return, so there could very well be some closure in the final episode, even in the wake of the show's cancelation, but fans of the series will no doubt always wonder what could have been explored in future installments.

There is no talk about the series being picked up by another network or steaming service at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on any future announcements regarding Ash vs Evil Dead. And in case you missed it, check here for our previous season 3 coverage.

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Listen to the CORPSE CLUB Play Horror Remake Roulette on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 10:02 AM PDT

From House of Wax to The Amityville Horror, Heather and Patrick play a frighteningly fun game of "remake roulette" on a new episode of Corpse Club.

Whether you love them or loathe them, there have been enough remakes in the horror genre over the decades to warrant their own subgenre. On a new "Horrigins" episode of Daily Dead's official podcast, Heather Wixson and Patrick Bromley pull random film titles out of a hat in a game of "remake roulette," leading to discussions on a wide range of horror movies both original and reimagined, including House of WaxSilent Night, and The Amityville Horror. If they select a horror movie title that hasn't been remade, they talk about whether or not they would like to see it reimagined, and what they would want to see in a new take. If a selected horror movie has already been remade, Heather and Patrick discuss their thoughts on the remake versus the original. It's the first installment in a daring game of chance, so sit back, relax, and listen as the Corpse Club co-hosts play "remake roulette"!

You can listen to the new episode of Corpse Club right now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, TuneIn, and SoundCloud.

As a special treat for Daily Dead readers, we have officially launched our Corpse Club website and memberships. Not only can you view past episodes, but you can also sign up to be an official Corpse Club member to enjoy a wide range of rewards, including a shirt and pin that are to die for, access to bonus content, and the ability to suggest an episode topic!

Missed out on our previous episodes? The cemetery gate is always open. Come in (if you dare) and listen now.

Our Episode 48 Online Player:


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Survival Horror Video Game AGONY to Unleash Hell on May 29th, Watch the Announcement Trailer

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 09:46 AM PDT

If you've enjoyed fighting against the demonic forces l in games like Diablo and Doom, then you might want to gear up your gamer thumbs for Agony, a new survival horror video game that will begin its journey through Hell on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One beginning May 29th:

Press Release: Walnut Creek, Calif. -- April 20, 2018 – The highly anticipated horror-survival game Agony will launch on May 29th as developer Madmind Studios and publisher Maximum Games announced the release date for PlayStation® 4, Xbox One the all in one entertainment system from Microsoft and PC today. A new teaser trailer revealed with today's launch date showcases the terrifying scenery and cursed creatures awaiting players brave enough to explore Agony's twisted realms.

Agony throws players in the midst of hell where they strive to stay alive and solve the riddle behind the mysterious Red Goddess; architect of this place of sorrow and pain, and the sole entity with knowledge of how escape… but there is more to the story than it seems. Haunted by nightmare creatures, players gain the ability to possess demons and other souls to find their way out of hell.

Since its announcement, Agony has been featured on numerous "Most anticipated Horror Games 2018" lists and the Kickstarter-financed title is poised to challenge players with its brutal and malevolent environments as one of the premiere horror titles of the year.

Agony features a full-fledged story mode as well as an open challenge system that randomly generates levels for players to explore and survive to gain new high scores.

For more information please visit AgonyGame.com.

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About Madmind Studio

Madmind Studio is a game development studio created in 2016 by Tomasz Dutkiewicz. We are the team of game developers who are working for more than ten years in the video gaming industry.Our studio comprises veteran game developers, who have worked on numerous AAA titles, such as Witcher 3, The Division, Sniper: GW2, Alien Rage, Enemy front and more. The invaluable experience we have gained with these titles allows us to use this knowledge not only to translate it into high-quality titles but also to help and train new, passionate people who are just beginning their adventure with the gaming industry.At first, our studio only had nine people. The dynamic development of the company allowed us to double the number of employees employed.Currently, we are 18 developers determined to create best possible, visually stunning games with a unique atmosphere.

About Koch Media

Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and films). The company's own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than 20 years of experience in the digital media business, and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and software publishers: Bethesda, Capcom, Kaspersky Labs, NC SOFT, Sega, Square Enix and Tecmo-Koei, etc. in various European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the United States.

About Maximum Games

Maximum Games ranks as a top 15 global video game publisher of interactive digital entertainment spanning all genres and supporting multi-platforms. The company's mission is to provide a proven and strong hands-on approach to publishing, marketing and distribution. Established in 2009, the company is led by female entrepreneur Christina Seelye, a seasoned executive of digital consumer products and channel marketing. Under Seelye's leadership, the company has been recognized with numerous awards such as "Fastest Growing Tech Company" by American Business Awards, and has made the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies for the past three years. Maximum Games has offices in both the US and UK, and continues to expand its scope of global publishing and distribution via direct reach and strategic partnerships. For more information on Maximum Games, visit the company's website at www.maximumgames.com.

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Photos and Videos from AMC VISIONARIES: JAMES CAMERON’S STORY OF SCIENCE FICTION

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 08:32 AM PDT

The amount of auteurs in the fields of film and television is vast, and any time we can glean even a little bit of their process the better we are for it. On April 30th, a new series called AMC: Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction will kick off insightful conversations with influential filmmakers and actors from the realm of sci-fi, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ridley Scott, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, and we have a look at several videos from the new series:

Press Release: The series premiere of "AMC Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction," debuts on Monday, April 30th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. On the premiere episode, "Alien Life," Science fiction is filled with explorations of alien life. What can aliens teach us about what it means to be human? This episode highlights cinematic works and franchises such as Alien, Arrival, Avatar, District 9, and E.T., among others.

AMC Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction is a uniquely intimate, insiders' look at the origins of the genre that has become a cornerstone of popular culture. Throughout each episode of the six-part television series, Academy Award®-winning writer, director and producer James Cameron explores science fiction's roots, futuristic vision and our fascination with its ideas through interviews with A-list storytellers, stars and others whose careers have defined the field, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith and Sigourney Weaver, among some 100 other series' participants. Cameron takes us on a journey of discovery and exploration, helping us understand where science fiction's ideas came from — and where they're taking us.

AMC Visionaries is a year-round documentary series in which groundbreaking artists curate and author the untold stories and fascinating histories of their respective genres. In addition to 2017's AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics, previously announced series falling under the AMC Visionaries banner include the upcoming AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth's History of Horror and AMC Visionaries: Hip Hop Yearbook, executive produced by Black Thought and Questlove of The Roots.

"AMC Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction" is executive produced by James Cameron, Maria Wilhelm, and Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver of Left/Right TV. The series is co-executive produced by showrunner Jeff Cooperman and Mike Mezaros.

About AMC
AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with "Mad Men" in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before "Breaking Bad" won it in 2013 and 2014. The network's series "The Walking Dead" is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last five years. AMC's other current original drama series include "Better Call Saul," "Fear the Walking Dead," "Into the Badlands," "Humans," "Preacher," "The Son," "McMafia," "The Terror" and the forthcoming "Dietland," "Lodge 49" and "The Little Drummer Girl." AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like "Talking Dead," "Talking With Chris Hardwick," "Comic Book Men," "AMC Visionaries" and "Ride with Norman Reedus." AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.

Photos courtesy of Michael Moriatis / AMC:

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Horror Highlights: HOVER Trailer, ALTERED PERCEPTION Release Details, DOWNRANGE Screenings at Nitehawk Cinema

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 08:01 AM PDT

"Fear what flies" in the official trailer for the new thriller Hover, which is featured in today's Horror Highlights along with US release details for Blanc/Biehn Productions' new movie Altered Perception and details on Nitehawk Cinema screenings for Downrange, with director Ryuhei Kitamura on hand to introduce his latest movie.

Hover Release Details & Trailer: Press Release: "NEW YORK – April 18, 2018 – SYFY Films today announces the release of the upcoming film HOVER, in theaters on June 29, 2018 and on VOD and Digital HD on July 3, 2018. Directed by Matt Osterman (400 DAYS, "Ghost from the Machine"), the science fiction film marks the feature screenwriting debut of Cleopatra Coleman ("The Last Man on Earth," "White Famous"). The cast includes Coleman, Shane Coffey ("Pretty Little Liars," "Sugar Mountain"), Craig muMs Grant ("Oz," "Birdman"), Beth Grant ("The Mindy Project," "No Country for Old Men"), Fabianne Therese ("Teenage Cocktail," "Southbound") and Rhoda Griffis ("Walk the Line," "The Blind Side").

HOVER takes place in the near future, where environmental strain has caused food shortages around the world. Technology provides a narrow path forward, with agricultural drones maximizing the yield from what land remains. Two compassionate care providers, Claudia (Coleman) and her mentor John (Craig muMs Grant), work to assist sick farmland inhabitants in ending their lives. After John dies under mysterious circumstances, a group of locals helps Claudia to uncover a deadly connection between the health of her clients and the technology they are using.

HOVER is produced by Travis Stevens of Snowfort Pictures ("Jodorowsky's Dune," "We Are Still Here") and Claire Haley.

For more information on the film, please visit https://www.facebook.com/HoverMovie2018"

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Altered Perception Acquired for US Distribution: Press Release: "MIAMI (April 19, 2018) – SKD has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the psychological thriller ALTERED PERCEPTION, directed by Kate Rees Davies in her feature-length debut, and written by Travis Romero, creator of the USA series White Collar. Cinedigm will release the picture theatrically and on Digital and TV VOD on May 4, 2018, with a DVD Release to follow in June 2018.

When the government attempts to produce a designer drug aimed at correcting the false perceptions that people develop during trauma and stress, the implications are deadly. Advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions, four couples volunteer, but end up with far more than they bargained for as their past and present are examined while taking variations of the new drug. However, this causes them to doubt their own memory, perceptions – and even their own sanity in this thriller in the vein of Disturbing Behavior and The Faculty.

Featuring a story by Jon Huertas and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Havenhurst, "Dark Angel"), the ensemble cast features Huertas ("This is Us," "Generation Kill," "Castle"), Jade Tailor ("The Magicians," "Aquarius," "Murder in the First"), Nichola Fynn ("Hot in Cleveland,", Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Matthew Ziff (Kickboxer: Vengeance, Trafficked).

"In a world where truth is questioned every day, ALTERED PERCEPTION raises the stakes in unforeseen ways," says CEO Alex Cohen. "Taut and thrilling, with smart writing, a director with a fresh voice and a truly terrific ensemble cast, we're certain it's a film that will resonate with moviegoers everywhere."

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Downrange Screenings at Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema: "Midnite weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!

Fri Apr 27 @ MIDNITE: Introduction by director Ryuhei Kitamura. Presented with Shudder.
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura Run Time: 90 min. Format: DCP Rating: R

Release Year: 2017

Starring: Alexa Yeames, Anthony Kirlew, Jason Tobias, Kelly Connaire, Rod Hernandez-Farella, Stephanie Pearson

For six college students carpooling cross-country, a seemingly mundane blow-out is the beginning of a grueling fight for survival. They're in the midst of changing the flat when they discover a spent slug and realize this was no accident…

The tire was shot out.

Suddenly, bullets zip and ping all around as they find themselves under siege by a mysterious, merciless sniper. Within seconds, they're pinned down behind their vehicle. On a deserted rural road, in the middle of nowhere, with maddeningly inconsistent cell service…

Helpless. Alone. Praying for another car to come."

To learn more, visit Nitehawk Cinema's official website.

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