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Live-Action SWAMP THING Series In Development with James Wan on Board as One of the Executive Producers

Posted: 02 May 2018 01:46 PM PDT

One of the most intriguing creations of the DC Universe (from the brilliant minds of Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson) is looking to rise from the murky depths of its watery home in a new live-action Swamp Thing series.

Variety reports that a new Swamp Thing series has received a "script-to-series order" at the new streaming service DC Universe. Gary Dauberman (co-writer of 2017's IT, writer of IT: Chapter Two, and the writer/director of the upcoming third film in the Annabelle franchise) and Mark Verheiden (Ash vs Evil Dead) are co-writing and executive producing the series, with James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring) and Michael Clear also executive producing the project (through Wan's Atomic Monster label). Rob Hackett of Atomic Monster will also be on board via Atomic Monster, and Warner Bros. Television is producing in conjunction with Atomic Monster.

According to Variety, the Swamp Thing series will revolve around "CDC researcher Abby Arcane, who returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. She develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland, only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp's mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all."

Described as a "one-hour drama series," Swamp Thing is looking to premiere in 2019, although we'll have to wait and see if the project gets an official green light before it moves forward into a full-on series. Casting for the show has not been announced at this time, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more information is revealed.

No stranger to the screen, Wein and Wrightson's Swamp Thing character was the subject of Wes Craven's 1982 movie of the same name, as well as 1989's The Return of Swamp Thing and the live-action television show Swamp Thing: The Series (that ran from 1990-1993 on the USA Network). Dick Durock played the titular character in all three projects. Are you looking forward to the latest adaptation of the iconic creature? Who would you like to see play the character?

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Fantasia 2018’s First Wave of Programming Announced, Joe Dante to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted: 02 May 2018 10:31 AM PDT

With the 22nd annual Fantasia International Film Festival kicks off in Montreal this July, the first wave of programming has now been announced, and as per usual, there are many events for genre fans to look forward to, including the world premiere of the horror anthology Nightmare Cinema, screenings of Unfriended: Dark Web and David Robert Mitchell's Under the Silver Lake, and a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to filmmaker Joe Dante:

Press Release: Montreal, May 2, 2018 - The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 22nd Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 12-August 1, with its Frontières International Co-Production Market and Industry Rendez-Vous Weekend being held July 19-22.

The festival's full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced in early July. In the meantime, Fantasia is excited to reveal a carefully selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings.

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF BLEACH HIGHLIGHTS A TRIO OF BLOCKBUSTER MASTERPIECES BY PROLIFIC DIRECTOR SHINSUKE SATO

The most anticipated Japanese film of 2018 will have its International Premiere at Fantasia 2018 and completely blow everyone's minds! Adapted from one of the world's most popular mangas, BLEACH is directed by Shinsuke Sato (GANTZ, LIBRARY WARS) and masterfully portrays the epic fight between Shinigamis (Soul Reapers) and monstrous lost souls called Hollows. BLEACH fans will shed tears of joy as they see teenager Ichigo Kurosaki (AS THE GODS WILL's Sota Fukushi) slice his giant sword through superbly designed Hollows, while the uninitiated will be amazed by this action-packed fantasy loaded with young rising stars and state-of-the-art special effects. BLEACH has everything one hopes for in a summer blockbuster... and much more!

Another crowd-pleasing powerhouse directed by Shinsuke Sato, INUYASHIKI, will set Fantasia 2018 on fire at its Canadian Premiere. The film reunites Sato with the universe of mangaka Hiroya Oku, creator of GANTZ, in a live-action adaptation that perfectly balances fast-paced action, humour, and bloody thrills! Winner of the Golden Raven at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, INUYASHIKI opposes a lovable bullied old man (comedian Noritake Kinashi) and a cold murderous student (RUROUNI KENSHIN's Takeru Satoh), both turned into powerful cyborgs after a strange explosion. It's a glorious, fun ride with far more depth than it seems.

Lastly, to cap the festival's celebration of Shinsuke Sato, Fantasia will be showcasing a special screening of the filmmaker's celebrated 2015 instant-classic of the zombie sub-genre I AM A HERO, widely regarded as one of the best horror films in recent years. Acclaimed everywhere it was shown, the film won numerous awards, notably at SXSW, Sitges and Brussels, and it will soon be ravaging Montreal in its long-time-coming Quebec Premiere!

FIVE FORCES OF FEAR COME TOGETHER FOR A TERRIFYING DOSE OF NIGHTMARE CINEMA

As part of Fantasia's Opening Night events, the festival will unveil the World Premiere of Cinelou Films' hotly-anticipated anthology NIGHTMARE CINEMA, featuring segments by Joe Dante (GREMLINS), Mick Garris (THE STAND), Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD), Ryûhei Kitamura (VERSUS), and David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT) with a cast that includes Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain, Adam Godley, Belinda Balaski, Elizabeth Reaser, and Annabeth Gish. It's always cause for celebration when the acclaimed "Masters of Horror" brew new creations, and seeing their energies distilled into a single feature film will all but make the universe explode. Join us for what's sure to be a very special night, with all five filmmakers in attendance. Not to mention…

A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR JOE DANTE!

Fantasia will be presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to adored US genre legend Joe Dante, a man whose inspired filmography has touched generations of cinephiles. From PIRANHA, THE HOWLING, and the universally-beloved GREMLINS films to INNERSPACE, EXPLORERS, and his bold television work, Dante's works are electric with witty personality and brim with innovative storytelling and a big-hearted affection for all things film. As Fantasia will be World Premiering his latest work with NIGHTMARE CINEMA, there couldn't be a better time to honour the great man. Previous recipients of Fantasia's Lifetime Achievement Award include Guillermo del Toro, Takashi Miike, Ken Russell, Tobe Hooper, Jean Rollin, Andrzej Zulawski, Mamoru Oshii, John Landis, José Mojica Marins, Larry Cohen, and Ray Harryhausen.

SECURE YOUR BROWSERS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB

In 2014, Fantasia World Premiered the cutting-edge independent horror breakout UNFRIENDED under its original title, CYBERNATURAL, to significant acclaim, leading to the film's acquisition by Blumhouse and Universal. Now, four years later, the festival will showcase the International Premiere of UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB, a wholly unique – and deeply unsettling - standalone sequel that launched at SXSW this past March, as a special event screening on Friday, July 13th. UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB was written and directed by Stephen Susco and stars Colin Woodell, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Stephanie Nogueras, Andrew Lees, Savira Windyani, and Connor Del Rio.

BE THE WORLD'S FIRST TO GAZE UPON THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW

Andy Mitton, co-writer and co-director of WE GO ON and YELLOWBRICKROAD, goes solo this time as he continues his streak of staggeringly effective, character-driven supernatural horror. Stunningly scripted and performed, THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW (World Premiere) is a gripping paranormal chiller about a divorced father taking his 12-year-old son to rural Vermont to help him with a fixer-upper farmhouse - a farmhouse whose previous owner, however deceased she may be, has never left the premises. Produced by Richard W. King and starring Alex Draper, Arija Bareikis, Greg Naughton, and Charlie Tacker.

THE RIVETING WORLD PREMIERE OF CAM WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

Key among this year's most exciting discoveries is Isa Mazzei and Danny Goldhaber's CAM (World Premiere), a surrealistic thriller set in the world of webcam erotica in which an ambitious young camgirl ("The Handmaid Tale"'s Madeline Brewer) discovers that she's inexplicably been replaced on her site with an exact replica of herself - a replica that knows personal things only she could know, and is considerably less guarded about privacy. The control that she has over her life, and the people in it, begins to break away. CAM is both an extraordinary genre vision and a milestone – the rare film about sex work written by a former sex worker. CAM brilliantly captures the anxieties and identity struggles of this unfairly judged field of work, with an approach that borders on the Lynchian. Produced by Blumhouse Pictures, Gunpowder & Sky, and Divide/Conquer, CAM also stars Patch Darragh, Melora Walters, Devin Druid, and Samantha Robinson.

SIDES AND MOLECULES WILL SPLIT AT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF MEGA TIME SQUAD

Bursting with comic invention and absurdist scenarios, MEGA TIME SQUAD (World Premiere) is New Zealand writer/director Tim van Dammen's oddball sophomore feature, a wildly entertaining sci-fi tale about a two-bit criminal stumbling upon an ancient time-travel device. Ridiculous happenings ensue. Starring Anton Tenet and a slew of familiar faces from the Kiwi genre scene, including WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS' Jonny Brugh and DEATHGASM's Milo Cawthorne!

UDINE WINNER LAST CHILD INTRODUCES A BRILLIANT NEW FILMMAKER WHO WILL LEAVE HIS MARK ON KOREAN CINEMA

After Sung-cheol and Mi-sook lose their teenage boy, who drowns saving fellow student Ki-hyun, their lives collapse. When Sung-cheol takes Ki-hyun under his wing, things improve rapidly, but truth always rises to the surface, causing the dynamic between the trio of scorched souls to change drastically. Selected at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, LAST CHILD, which will have its Canadian Premiere at Fantasia, is probably the most powerful and poignant first feature film to come out of Korea since Lee Su-jin's HAN GONG-JU. Thanks to beautiful performances by Choi Moo-seong (I SAW THE DEVIL), Kim Yeo-jin (PEPPERMINT CANDY) and Seong Yu-bin (ALONG WITH THE GODS), writer/director Shin Dong-seok's masterpiece recently secured the coveted White Mulberry Award for Best Debut Film at the Udine Far East Film Festival.

HOUSES ARE AS HAUNTED AS YOU MAKE THEM: THE WORLD PREMIERE OF OUR HOUSE

Fantasia will be channeling the World Premiere of the Canadian paranormal chiller OUR HOUSE, a tight, engrossing remake of the clever 2010 indie GHOST FROM THE MACHINE (itself having world premiered at Fantasia under its original title PHASMA EX MACHINA), directed by Anthony Scott Burns (HOLIDAYS) with a screenplay by Nathan Parker (MOON) and starring Thomas Mann, Nicola Peltz and Percy Hynes White.

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF INDONESIA'S ASTONISHING WESTERN BUFFALO BOYS IS THE FIRST REVEAL OF FANTASIA 2018'S ACTION! SECTION

Genre producer Mike Wiluan (HEADSHOT, BEYOND SKYLINE, MACABRE) leaps into the director's chair for this searing, screaming action epic set during the Dutch occupation of Indonesia. When all seems lost in a small town overrun by colonialist violence, two revenge-seeking brothers arrive, meting out bloody justice that leaps effortlessly between brutal Western gunslinging and stylized Eastern swordplay. Starring a gorgeous cast featuring HEADSHOT's Sunny Pang and THE RAID 2's Alex Abbad, BUFFALO BOYS (World Premiere) is a virtual who's who of Indonesia's finest action and stunt talent that will knock your skull through the back of the cinema.

CAMERA LUCIDA UNVEILS UNDER THE SILVER LAKE, LUZ, MADELINE'S MADELINE, AND HANAGATAMI!

Fantasia's CAMERA LUCIDA section, dedicated to experimental, boundary-pushing and auteur-driven works of genre cinema, is back for its ninth consecutive year, and proud to unveil its first four titles.

Join us for a Special Screening of UNDER THE SILVER LAKE, David Robert Mitchell's much-anticipated follow-up to IT FOLLOWS! Fresh off the Croisette, Mitchell's latest is, much like his previous take on horror, a playful exercise in genre-bending; an L.A.-set, sun-soaked noir-comedy – starring Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough – in the venerable tradition of THE LONG GOODBYE, MULHOLLAND DRIVE, and INHERENT VICE. Under the paving stones… the lake!

Hot off its World Premiere at the 68th Berlinale, Fantasia welcomes Tilman Singer's tectonic LUZ (North American Premiere). A first feature heralding a bold new talent in genre, LUZ recalls the best of '70s arthouse and Euro-horror (Zulawski, Fulci, and even Fassbinder come to mind), without ever giving way to pastiche or citation. Instead, LUZ is a mise-en-scène tour-de-force; an experimental subversion of the familiar possession narrative by way of avant-garde theatre – even shot in scope on gorgeous 16mm!

The section will also welcome back filmmaker-extraordinaire Josephine Decker (THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY; Fantasia 2014), with her latest, deeply personal masterwork, MADELINE'S MADELINE (Canadian Premiere). An essential film about the search for one's identity, the problematics of appropriation, cultural or otherwise, and the treacherous process of creating art from lived experience, Decker's latest is an intensely gripping work, set in and around New York's experimental theater scene, and unfolds in the mode of an edge-of-your-seat psychodrama. Much like her previous work, MADELINE'S MADELINE further blurs the boundaries between introspective arthouse and genre mechanics.

Finally, the section is pleased to celebrate the great Nobuhiko Obayashi with the screening of his latest film, HANAGATAMI (Quebec Premiere). Diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer at the time of production (from which the filmmaker has since miraculously recovered), Obayashi has gone back to his first feature script, and directed a new film in the style, and with the vitality, of his beloved 1977 cult film HOUSE (HAUSU) – in what amounts here to an exaltedly stylized epic; a boldly experimental paean to youth, memory, and the resistance of the human spirit; and a dreamy narrative blending fantasy, horror, and melodrama at the brink of World War II.

As of 2017, all titles selected in the Camera Lucida section are eligible for the Camera Lucida-AQCC prize, awarded by the Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (Québec's Critics Association), member of FIPRESCI.

THE EVOLUTION OF ANIME CONTINUES IN FANTASIA'S AXIS SECTION

Japanese animation remains a key ingredient of Fantasia's recipe, and the year's most notable works again grace the programming of the festival's Axis section. The first three films announced in the 2018 Axis lineup reflect the strength and variety of the anime genre at this time.

Screenwriter Mari Okada (THE ANTHEM OF THE HEART) makes her directorial debut with the breathtaking MAQUIA: WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWER BLOOMS (Canadian Premiere). Okada's gifts as a storyteller fortify this medieval fantasy escapade, adding rare emotional heft to the dazzling visuals, further enhanced by legendary composer Kenji Kawai (GHOST IN THE SHELL).

Celebrated producer Genki Kawamura (THE BOY AND THE BEAST, YOUR NAME) has breathed life into yet another essential work of the current anime renaissance. Adapting a cult '90s TV series by Shunji Iwai, FIREWORKS (Canadian Premiere) is a keenly rendered drama of adolescent romance with a fantastical, what-if twist.

Following up his 2013 debut BURNING BUDDHA MAN, ultra-outré Japanese creator Ujicha returns to Fantasia with the equally bizarre and marvelous VIOLENCE VOYAGER (Canadian Premiere) – a very, very unusual amusement-park experience. Ujicha is the world's leading (and probably only) practitioner of "gekimation," in which hand-painted cardboard are manipulated and filmed live.

RENEGADE FRENCH ANIMATORS BOBBYPILLS BREAK HEARTS, MINDS, AND BONES WITH CRISIS JUNG

The Axis section is proud to make room for newcomers Bobbypills, a renegade French animation studio whose web series fuse the flavours of Japanese anime and the Euro-American underground. Following their gloriously sleazy debut series VERMIN, Bobbypills will soon unleash Baptiste Gaubert and Jérémie Hoarau's CRISIS JUNG (International Premiere), a tale of broken hearts, bent minds and bashed-out brains in a ravaged, savaged, sexed-up futureworld. Fantasia's international premiere of CRISIS JUNG, in its entirety and in lustrous 4K, will mark a very rare opportunity to see this mobile-bound maelstrom of mayhem towering on the big screen.

ADDITIONAL FIRST WAVE TITLES:

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

UK – Dir: John McPhail

A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash, and sing their way to survival, facing hellish snowmen, an undead Santa, and bloodthirsty elves in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. Official Selection: Fantastic Fest 2017. Winner: Midnight X-Treme Best Feature, Sitges 2017. Canadian Premiere.

THE DARK

Austria / Canada – Dir: Justin P. Lange

An undead teenage girl befriends a blind boy that she meets in a forest she haunts and hunts in. Both have been victims of unimaginable abuse, and each finds solace in the other. There may be a chance of light at the end of their tunnel, but it will come with a body count. Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2018, Fantaspoa 2018. Canadian Premiere.

THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL

Various – Dirs: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, Peter Strickland, Ashim Ahluwalia, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Katrin Gebbe, Can Evrenol, Calvin Reeder, Yannis Veslemes

They are known as myths, lore, and folktales. Created to give logic to mankind's darkest fears, these stories laid the foundation for what we now know as the horror genre. This anthology film overflows with striking visions from Austria, Greece, India, Norway, Poland, Turkey, the UK, and the USA, each directed by their country's leading genre auteurs. Official Selection: SXSW 2018. Canadian Premiere.

KNUCKLEBALL

Canada – Dir: Michael Peterson

TURBO KID stars Munro Chambers and Michael Ironside headline this dead serious surprise from the director of LLOYD THE CONQUEROR. KNUCKLEBALL reminds you that there's nothing quite like chilly Canadian landscapes filled with deadly intentions to bring a chill up your spine. Official Selection: Cinequest 2018, Calgary Underground Film Festival 2018. Quebec Premiere.

THE OUTLAWS

South Korea – Kang Yun-sung

Anyone who saw TRAIN TO BUSAN remembers the huge, zombie-punching badass who stole the show - and now, Don Lee is back to kick more ass in this gritty action thriller! When a Korean-Chinese gang war lead by the cruel Jang Chen (POONGSAN's Yoon Kye-sang) starts tearing his district apart, Detective Ma Seok-do must calm things down and protect his community - by redecorating rooms with gangsters faces! Extremely funny and entertaining, THE OUTLAWS is the ultimate gift for all 1990's Stallone film fans! Official Selection, Dubai International Film Festival, Macao International Film Festival. Quebec Premiere.

PARALLEL

Canada/USA - Dir. Isaac Ezban
From BRON Studios division The Realm comes the English language debut of award-winning Mexican science-fiction wunderkind Isaac Ezban (The Incident, The Similars), Parallel is a fantasy work without – well, let's avoid the obvious title-derived pun! A clever sci-fi film that smashes through the multiverse, starring Aml Ameen, Martin Wallström, Georgia King, Mark O´Brien, and Kathleen Quinlan, featuring stunning visuals from cinematographer Karim Hussain... This year, get ready for a movie that is out of this universe! Official Selection: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2018. North American Premiere.

PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH

USA/UK – Dirs: Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund

Thomas Lennon, Udo Kier, Barbara Crampton, Nelson Franklin, and Charlene Yi star in this utterly crazy reimagining of Charles Band classic's franchise about homicidal puppets created by a Nazi occultist. Filled with crazed gore, THE LITTLEST REICH is scripted with heaps of wit and cruelty by none other than BONE TOMAHAWK and BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 director S. Craig Zahler! Official Selection: Overlook Film Festival 2018, Fantaspoa 2018. Canadian Premiere.

THE RANGER

USA – Dir: Jenn Wexler

The directorial debut of MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND producer Jenn Wexler (and a project born out of Frontieres, Fantasia's co-production market), THE RANGER offers a modern take on survivalist horror that both celebrates and subverts slasher tropes – with equal parts humor, glitter, and gore – and a punk soundtrack to literally die for. Official Selection: SXSW 2018, Chattanooga Film Festival 2018, Fantaspoa 2018. Canadian Premiere.

ROKUROKU: THE PROMISE OF THE WITCH

Japan – Dir: Yudai Yamaguchi

Those peculiar spirits of Japanese folklore, the yokai, are back on the big screen, but this time, with a creepy horrific twist! ROKUROKU is a delightful omnibus of episodic spook-outs from two luminaries of Japanese genre film, Yudai Yamaguchi (CROMARTIE HIGH) and Keita Amemiya (ZEIRAM). Official Selection: Busan International Film Festival 2017. Canadian Premiere.

SATAN'S SLAVES
Indonesia / South Korea – Dir. Joko Anwar
A record-breaking box-office hit upon release, Joko Anwar's affectionate remake of 1980's PENGABDI SETAN is one of horror cinema's recent triumphs: an atmospheric, expertly-shot roller-coaster ride of a haunted house film, inspired as much by Indonesian folklore as by retro genre classics. Official Selection: Rotterdam Film Festival 2018. Winner: Feature Jury Prize, Overlook Film Festival 2018. Canadian Premiere.

SKATE KITCHEN
USA – Dir. Crystal Moselle
Documentary filmmaker Crystal Moselle's fiction film debut following THE WOLFPACK is a superb girl-power anthem; a film beaming with raw authenticity, and mostly shot with non-actors. An empowering and uplifting counter-culture film described by some as a streetwise alternative to GIRLS, it follows a young woman's drastic life changes when she meets the New York skate crew Skate Kitchen. Official Selection: Sundance 2018, Inside Out 2018. Quebec Premiere.

TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID

Mexico – Dir: Issa López

A dark fairytale about a gang of children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is the winner of 23 awards (and counting!) on the international festival circuit, and ranks among the great genre works of our time. Guillermo del Toro was so enraptured by it that he's signed up to produce a film with its gifted director. Official Selection: Fantastic Fest 2017, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2018. Quebec Premiere.

TREMBLE ALL YOU WANT
Japan – Dir. Akiko Ohku
The tale of quirky, 24-year-old Yoshiku's ten-year crush on "Ishi" (her first), suddenly interrupted by "Ni" (second) provides the set-up for one of the most charming, psychologically resonant, and genuinely subversive romantic comedies in recent memory, based on Risa Wataya's acclaimed 2010 novel. Winner: Audience Award, Tokyo International Film Festival 2017. Quebec Premiere.

WILDERNESS: Part 1 and Part 2

Japan – Dir: Yoshiyuki Kishi

In a near-future where Japanese society has collapsed and terrorist attacks frequently hit Tokyo, two drastically different men - cocky and aggressive Shinji and stuttering, shy Kenji - will try to find their place in this world through boxing. Widely considered one of the best Japanese films of 2017, WILDERNESS is a sensitive drama, beautifully depicting male friendship as a visceral sports drama in the tradition of RAGING BULL or CRYING FIST. Giving masterful performances, GINTAMA's Masaki Suda was named Best Lead Actor at the Japan Academy Prizes and Yang Ik-june, who grabbed two awards at Fantasia 2009 for BREATHLESS, won Best Supporting Actor at the Asian Film Awards. Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival 2017. Canadian Premiere.

The Fantasia International Film Festival takes place in Montreal July 12 – August 1 2018, once again returning to the mammoth Concordia Hall Cinema as its main base, with additional screens at the Cinémathèque québécoise and the McCord Museum

For more information, visit us on the web at www.fantasiafestival.com

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Enter the Eerie Hometown of Many Stephen King Stories in the Teaser Trailer for Hulu’s CASTLE ROCK Series, Premiering on July 25th

Posted: 02 May 2018 09:59 AM PDT

"There's blood in every backyard, inside every house." This summer, Hulu will take viewers to the hometown of horror, the place where Stephen King has set many of his stories over several decades. It's a place both beautiful and terrifying, and as the new teaser trailer for Castle Rock reveals, the wait won't be long (Wednesday, July 25th) for those eager to enter the town limits.

"Welcome to #CastleRock. From Stephen King & J.J. Abrams, the Hulu Original Series based on the #StephenKing universe premieres July 25.

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King's literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories."

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RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Announced by Scream Factory

Posted: 02 May 2018 09:24 AM PDT

Ever since Scream Factory released The Return of the Living Dead on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray back in 2016, fans of the beloved zombie franchise have eagerly requested the same high-def treatment for the first sequel, Return of the Living Dead Part II. This August, the wait will be over, as Scream Factory made the exciting announcement that the 1988 sequel will be released on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray that horror fans have been waiting for.

Bonus features have yet to be announced, but Scream Factory revealed that the Blu-ray release will feature a new HD film transfer that fans can enjoy when the Collector's Edition of Return of the Living Dead Part II is unleashed on August 14th. Check out the official announcement and cover art (by Graham Humphreys) below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates!

From Scream Factory: "'More zombies and "more brains!' are shambling into our factory this Summer! We're super excited to report today that the highly-requested undead sequel RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II is (finally) coming to Blu-ray!! Here are the early details we have at present time:

• This will be branded as a "Collector's Edition" that will come with a slipcover (guaranteed for three months after its original release date). U.S. and Canada territories (Region A).

• The newly-commissioned artwork pictured comes to us from Graham Humphreys (who also illustrated our original ROTLD cover back in 2016). This art will be front-facing and the reverse side of the wrap will the original theatrical poster design.

• Extras and specs are still in progress and will be announced later in early July. However, we can confirm today that we will be doing a brand-new HD film transfer and will be correcting the soundtrack issues that were present on the previous DVD release.

• National street date is planned for August 14th. However, if you pre-order now for early shipping directly from us @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/return-of-the-living-dead-part-ii-collector-s-edition?product_id=6790 you will also receive an 18' x 24" rolled poster of the newly-commissioned art. We'll be only be producing 1,000 of the posters so act fast!"

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Watch the Official Trailer for RED DEAD REDEMPTION II, Coming This October

Posted: 02 May 2018 09:06 AM PDT

It's time to return to the wild and vengeful West in the official trailer for Red Dead Redemption II, coming this October from Rockstar Games:

"America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed.

After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.

From the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America at the dawn of the modern age. Coming October 26, 2018 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems."

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Listen to the Third “Sammiversary” Celebration on the KING FALLS AM Radio Show

Posted: 02 May 2018 08:51 AM PDT

It's the debut of The Ben Arnold show on a new broadcast of King Falls AM, but Ben has gathered the town together to show their appreciation for his best friend Sammy Stevens (and maybe even convince him to stay) on the third anniversary, or "Sammiversary," of the co-host joining the late-night radio show in America's strangest small town.

Episode Seventy-Five – "The Ben Arnold Show": "For the show's third Sammiversary, Ben has gathered the town at the King Falls High School auditorium to celebrate The Sammy & Ben show, and his best friend, Sammy Stevens. #StayThroughTheCredits"

Hosted by Sammy Stevens and Ben Arnold, King Falls AM is a late-night radio talk show that broadcasts out of small-town America and covers a wide range of strange topics that are right at home on Daily Dead. Expect to hear new episodes of the show around the 1st and 15th of every month, and you can listen to the latest broadcast right now!

Don't live in King Falls? No worries. You can hear Sammy and Ben discuss the eerie events of their supernatural-charged community on both the audioBoom Network and iTunes. The station also has an alt channel with additional content for listeners, and you can now purchase A King Falls Christmas and King Falls AM Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack on iTunes.

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Listen to the EVIL DEAD ’CAST Team Discuss the Series Finale of ASH VS EVIL DEAD

Posted: 02 May 2018 08:24 AM PDT

After three seasons, Ash vs Evil Dead has come to an end, and there is a lot of Deadite mayhem and emotional farewells to discuss on the final episode of the Evil Dead 'Cast, which we've been proud to feature each week right here on Daily Dead.

From Evil Dead 'Cast: "This is it, our take on the final episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead, and also the final episode of this podcast. As you'll be able to tell by listening, this podcast was really special for the three of us, and we're sad to see it end for many reasons, not the least of which is that you guys were listening and you wrote and called in with some great comments. Thank you guys! You are truly GROOVY!!

You can hear more of Jason's podcasting at podcastica.com, including shows on Walking Dead (and Fear the Walking Dead), Westworld, and Legion, among others. You can hear Chris talk about TWD and FTWD at talkingdeadpodcast.com. And the three of us will surely podcast together again at some point, so stay tuned.

We'll leave the Facebook group up for us all to keep in touch with any announcements, Evil Dead talk, and whatever else: facebook.com/evildeadcast Big thanks to Daily Dead for publishing our episodes. They have all kinds of horror news, interviews, and features, and you can find them at dailydead.com. Just for the hell of it, why not tell Netflix you'd like to see Ash vs. Evil Dead continue on there! You can do that here: help.netflix.com/en/titlerequest Thanks again y'all! Peace be with you.

To listen to the new episode of Evil Dead 'Cast, press the "play" button below and visit iTunes to listen to all episodes of the podcast.

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ARIZONA Acquired by RLJE Films for North American Distribution, Theatrical Release Planned for This Summer

Posted: 02 May 2018 08:09 AM PDT

Following its Midnight program screening at the Sundance Film Festival (read Heather Wixson's review here), the dark comedy Arizona has been acquired by RLJE Films for North American distribution this summer:

Press Release: LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2018 – RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), has acquired all North American rights to Arizona, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The directorial debut of Jonathan Watson (HBO's "Vice Principals"), the film was written by Luke Del Tredici (FOX's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"). Arizona stars Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), Rosemarie DeWitt (Poltergeist), Luke Wilson (Idiocracy), Elizabeth Gillies (CW's "Dynasty") and Kaitlin Olson (FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"). RLJE Films plans to release Arizona in theaters in summer 2018.

"Arizona was loved by audiences at the Sundance Film Festival for its unique story with a comedic twist," said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE Films. "With the combination of a great cast and a smart screenplay, we're excited let audiences experience Arizona this summer."

Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, Arizona is a darkly comedic story that follows Cassie Fowler, a single mom and struggling realtor whose life goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder.

Arizona was produced by Imperative Entertainment's Dan Friedkin (All the Money in the World), Ryan Friedkin (Hot Summer Nights), Bradley Thomas (All the Money in the World ) and Rough House Picture's McBride and Brandon James (HBO's "Vice Principals").

Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE negotiated the deal with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

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ABOUT RLJ ENTERTAINMENT

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premium digital channel company serving distinct audiences primarily through its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), which have rapidly grown through development, acquisition, and distribution of its exclusive rights to a large library of international and British dramas, independent feature films and urban content. RLJE's titles are also distributed in multiple formats including broadcast and pay television, theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, and a variety of digital distribution models (including EST, VOD, SVOD and AVOD) in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE co-produces and develops new programs and owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited.

For more information, please visit RLJEntertainment.com, Acorn.tv, and UMC.tv. 

RLJE Films' new and upcoming features include Brawl in Cell Block 99 starring Vince Vaughn and written and directed by S. Craig Zahler, I Kill Giants with Zoe Saldana and Madison Wolfe, and Terminal starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers.   www.us.rljentertainment.com.

ABOUT IMPERATIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Founded in 2014, Imperative Entertainment is an innovative entertainment studio located in Santa Monica, CA. With a keen eye for bold and powerful storytelling that captivates and excites audiences, Imperative develops, produces and finances original & branded entertainment focusing on film, television and documentaries.  The company is currently behind projects such as the Academy Award® nominated All the Money in the World (Best Supporting Actor), Academy Award® nominated, 2017 Palme d'Or®  winning film The Square, and Arizona, which recently premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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ALIEN Mini Mask and Vintage Halloween Apparel Collection from Fright Rags

Posted: 02 May 2018 07:38 AM PDT

Alien Day forever! Limited to 426 items and based on the Ben Cooper Alien Halloween costume from 1979, the new Alien mini mask and enamel pin from Fright Rags are out now, as well as a vintage Halloween collection Continue reading for a look at the collection and the Alien goodies!

From Fright Rags: "Officially Licensed retro ALIEN DAY Collection is NOW AVAILABLE! Hurry — The Mini-Masks & Enamel Pins are limited to ONLY 426!

SHOP HERE: https://goo.gl/hDxA6j

Based on the classic 1979 Ben Cooper ALIEN Halloween Costume, the collection features an Exclusive 6"-tall ALIEN MINI-MASK, Super-Soft Black Tee, and Collectible Enamel Pin! (All items sold separately)

We recreated the original 1979 ALIEN mask and box, but on a smaller scale to fit perfectly on any collectible shelf! The mask measures approximately 4.25" x 6" and boxed is approximately 5.5" x 6.75" (about the height of a blu-ray case). NOTE: T-Shirt is not included with the mini-mask — all items in the collection are sold separately.

Art by Matthew Skiff & Joe Guy Allard.

Masks & Enamel Pins are PRE-ORDER. Pins ship early-May. Masks ship mid-June."

From Fright Rags: "COMING THIS MONDAY 4/30 at 10am (EST)!

Just because there are 6 more months till Halloween doesn't mean we can't get into the scary spirit now! This Monday we're adding 4 brand-new designs to our VINTAGE HALLOWEEN Collection! Nathan Milliner created new OFFICIALLY LICENSED artwork for Halloween 3, Ghost Face, Leatherface and E.T.! They will be available on both Womens (XS-2X) & Mens (S-5X) tees, and Orange/Black Baseball Tees (S-5X)! Plus Halloween 3, Leatherface and E.T. designs will also be available on ENAMEL PINS!

We may be halfway to Halloween on the calendar, but it's always Halloween at Fright-Rags.com! Set your alarm & be ready this Monday 4/30 at 10am (EST)!"

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Horror Highlights: KEEP THE GASLIGHT BURNING Clip, LET IT DIE Short Film, Images from PAINKILLERS

Posted: 02 May 2018 07:32 AM PDT

Headlining today's Horror Highlights is a clip from Dave and Lou Elsey's haunting short film Keep the Gaslight Burning. Co-starring critically acclaimed makeup artist Rick Baker and Markie Post, the short film's fire will burn brightly this summer. We also have a look at the short film Let it Die and eight images from the new movie Painkillers.

Keep the Gaslight Burning Clip Revealed: "A brutal murder, a grand and gothic house, a vengeful ghost ... they're the elements that Oscar®-winning director Dave Elsey (Best Achievement in Makeup: The Wolfman) and co-director Lou Elsey combine in the brand-new short film KEEP THE GASLIGHT BURNING --and they're joined by another film makeup legend, seven-time Oscar® winner Rick Baker, who plays a pivotal role, as well as acclaimed actress Markie Post (above).

KEEP THE GASLIGHT BURNING will make its official public debut this summer ... but for now, we wanted to share the first official clip from this 18-minute Gothic thriller. You can see what happens when the Elseys, Rick Baker and producers Don and Anna Bies (both alumni of Industrial Light and Magic) get together to make a delightfully sinister film.

In the clip, Mrs. Maxwell (Markie Post) tells her new maid and companion Maya (Kate Armstrong Ross) that there is a fabulously rich prize awaiting her if she can muster the courage for two short minutes of bravery..."

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Watch Short Film Let it Die: "The final, gripping moments between an emotionally spent father and his grown, troubled daughter, who is one of the living dead. Starring Adam Ginsberg and Celina Leroy.

Written and directed by Matthew Forte.

Let It Die Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Let-It-Die-Z...

Forte Films Entertainment Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ForteFilmsEn..."

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Check Out New Images from Painkillers: Press Release: "Following last night's international premiere at the renowned Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF), we have the first stills from Painkillers, a dramatic thriller from Title Media and Lone Suspect. Kew Media is handling sales on the project.

Painkillers stars Adam Huss (Power), Madeline Zima (Californication, Twin Peaks), Grant Bowler (Defiance, True Blood), Debra Wilson (MadTV, Bodied), and Mischa Barton (The O.C., The Sixth Sense). Roxy Shih directed the film.

This marks the second feature from Roxy Shih (The Tribe). Giles Daoust wrote the script, which received several awards and nominations in festivals and screenwriting competitions.

Luke Barnett and Vincent Masciale produced the film under their Lone Suspect banner alongside Giles Daoust for Title Media. Mike Macari (The Ring franchise), Alain Berliner (Golden Globe Winner for My Life in Pink) and Catherine Dumonceaux (Title Media) executive produce.

LOGLINE: After a terrible car crash in which his son dies, brilliant surgeon John Clarke (Huss), tormented by guilt, becomes prey to an unbearable physical pain. While his marriage starts disintegrating, John soon finds out that the only thing that can ease his pain is the taste of human blood. When he encounters Herb Morris (Bowler), a man who claims he can help him get his life back, John embarks upon a nightmarish journey through which he will either have to come to terms with his pain... or become a monster.

Title Media is a film production company founded in 2003 by Giles Daoust and Alain Berliner, active in Brussels, Paris and Los Angeles. It has (co-)produced over 30 films, including Starry Eyes (SXSW 2014), Radius (Diego Klattenhoff), What Happened to Monday (Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe, Glenn Close), Hostile (Xavier Gens), The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot (Sam Elliott, John Sayles), and The Death of Stalin (Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko).

Best known for their work with "Funny or Die", Lone Suspect also partnered with Title Media on their last film, the Abigail Breslin horror-comedy Fear, Inc. (Tribeca). In 2015, Barnett executive produced Loitering with Intent (Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei). Lone Suspect recently wrapped the pilot for Captain Karl's Institute for the Abnormally Bizarre, a workplace horror-comedy with eOne starring Daniel Stern (Home Alone, The Wonder Years), YouTube star Lisa Schwartz, Kate Flannery (The Office), and Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld).

It was announced last month that Lone Suspect, Title Media, and Mike Macari will be partnering on a third film, Anderson Falls, shooting this summer. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/julien-seri-direct-crime-thriller-anderson-falls-1086909

Roxy Shih is an internationally acclaimed Taiwanese-American director. Her feature-length debut, The Tribe, won multiple awards on the festival circuit, including Best Director at Other Worlds Austin. She recently completed directing ten episodes of Dark / Web (Julie Benz, Hannah Marks), an upcoming sci-fi anthology that explores the problems with living in a totally connected world.

Roxy Shih is repped by Abrams Artists Agency, Barnett and Masciale by APA, Untitled, and Bloom Hergott, and Daoust by Original Artists."

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