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Derek’s Favorites of 2018

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 06:58 PM PST

Zombies, aliens, creepy cults, and the return of The Shape—when I look back at 2018, it's hard to believe that everything I watched, read, and experienced happened within a 12-month span instead of a 12-year span. In a decade that has been a golden age for horror, 2018 was the best year yet, and I have no doubt that years from now, people will look back at this past calendar year as one of the most fruitful and influential for the horror genre. But that will be decades down the line, and while we're all still here, comfortably snuggled between horror's successes of 2018 and the alluring potential of everything to come in 2019, I'd like to take a few moments out of your day to reflect on some of my fondest experiences from what has been a historical high for the genre we all know and love.

The Ritual: This is the scariest movie set in the woods that I've seen since The Blair Witch Project. Is it more like two different movies with two different plots? Yes, but there's a painfully poignant emotional thread running through it all, as Rafe Spall is pitch-perfect as Luke, a man grieving for his fallen friend… and his own youthfulness. Director David Bruckner and production designer Adrian Curelea bring Luke's haunted past to life onscreen in vivid fashion, as tree roots and leaves bleed into floor tiles and fluorescent lights in the dark, dreamlike depths of the forest (all that's missing is Freddy Krueger's claws scraping against tree bark). Through his approach to filming the movie's uber-creepy monster, Bruckner makes the woods scary as hell, and I can only wonder what his Friday the 13th movie would have looked like...

Unsane: I bought a ticket to this film mainly to see how Steven Soderbergh filmed it with an iPhone, but I got so much more out of it than just crafty filmmaking techniques (although the movie being filmed on an iPhone definitely enhances the story, making the movie's mental institution a claustrophobic and confrontational place). As impressive as it is that Soderbergh and his crew made Unsane on a mobile device, the movie's characters immerse you in the world in front of the camera, as any good ensemble will do.

It didn't take long for me to become fully engrossed in the mind-bending story of Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy), her potential stalker (Joshua Leonard), and the disturbing time Sawyer spends against her will in a mental institution. You may be able to see where this story is going before it gets there, but the cast is so damn good that you won't care. Soderbergh and company really go for the R rating, too, making this a much more harrowing viewing experience than expected. I saw this back in March, but it's stuck with me longer than other movies I've seen later in the year, thanks in part to great supporting performances by Jay Pharoah and Juno Temple, and Soderbergh's ability to continue being one of the most versatile storytellers of his generation.

Overlord: Growing up, I spent hours watching my uncle play Wolfenstein on the computer at my grandparents' house (the same home where I was introduced to the terrifying fog of Silent Hill, the Graboids of Tremors, and Chucky's creepy cackle). While Overlord isn't part of the Wolfenstein franchise, it easily could be. World War II setting? Check. Creepy castle? Check. Nazi scientists conducting body-mutating experiments? Double check.

Everything I adore about Wolfenstein is in Overlord, and Bad Robot and company really go for the jugular in this R-rated romp, not shying away from getting gory when the story demands it. The biggest reason Overlord works, though, is because it captures the horrors of war before the horrors of its undead experiments even enter the picture. Wyatt Russell brings the gritty goods as Ford, and I have to imagine that his dad (who also made a splash this year as Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles) is proud.

Hereditary: Yes, as you may have expected, Ari Aster's first feature film is nestled safe and sound on this list, but it's also one of the scariest movies I've ever seen. Not necessarily scary in the "I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat" scary, but the even more unsettling "my psyche is forever haunted by what I saw" scary.

Although Hereditary goes full-on rollercoaster drop into Horror Land in the third act, it's the family drama and terrible tragedy in the movie's earlier segments that spooked me the most. Watching Annie's family argue at the dinner table and brood around their shadowy home, I felt like I was watching something I shouldn't be seeing—a fly on the wall when I wanted to be anywhere else. But that uncomfortable tension is necessary to ground Aster's ambitious story in an all-too-real domestic world, and I give it high marks on that front alone. On the acting side, Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro certainly deserve all of the praise and then some, but to me, the film's secret weapon is Gabriel Byrne, who plays the role of worn-out family peacekeeper to perfection. It's a heartbreaking performance in a heartbreaking movie.

Jamie Lee Curtis' Performance in Halloween: I need to watch the new Halloween at least one more time to come to terms with how I feel about its story, but one thing I'm already certain of is that Jamie Lee Curtis deserves an Oscar nomination for her performance (alongside Toni Collette for Hereditary, of course).

If you missed it, Heather Wixson wrote a fantastic piece that examines Curtis' performance, and there are so many nuances and subtle aspects of Curtis' delivery to admire. Is Curtis playing a badass? Yes, but she's also incredibly vulnerable and flawed, making her more relatable and likable, even when she's making controversial choices. I've been a big fan of how Curtis has played Laurie Strode throughout the Halloween franchise (and yes, that includes Halloween: H20 and Halloween: Resurrection), and that streak continues with her dynamic, heartbreaking performance in the new Halloween. Long live Laurie.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (and Riverdale): If you think about it, the Harry Potter movies have some horror movie blood in their DNA. A lot of creepy stuff happens in Hogwarts, and I've wondered what an all-out horror movie in that universe would look like. Well, thanks to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I don't have to wait any longer. Substitute Hogwarts with the Academy of Unseen Arts, and Harry Potter with Sabrina Spellman and expelliarmus!—you have a Hogwarts horror movie (or in this case, series).

All Harry Potter comparisons aside, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stands tall on its own two feet (or hooves, if you consider it from the Dark Lord's point of view), and I'm so glad that Netflix has given Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa the keys to adapt his comic book series of the same name (featuring his own macabre twist on the classic Archie Comics character).

I also have to thank Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for getting me to finally watch The CW's Riverdale (also developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa), which is as addictive to horror fans as a strong dose of jingle jangle. Set in a shared universe that has already briefly crossed over (with a full-on crossover seemingly inevitable), Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Riverdale are brimming with horror tributes made by horror fans in the writers' room and behind the camera. What's most impressive, though, is how both of these shows manage to tell their own stories while honoring the horror genre's past, resulting in a unique modern-vintage style that's all their own.

Colony Season 3: Why do all good things have to come to an end? That's the question I was asking myself after the devastating news that USA Network would not be moving forward with a third season of Colony. It's a shame, since the third season of the series was the best one yet in a show that was already top-notch from its very first episode.

You could call Colony a sci-fi series, but that was really only one side of its multi-faceted story. As much as it was a series about extraterrestrials invading Earth and dividing them into collaborators and resistors, Colony was about a family straining to understand and love each other as the world crumbled around them under the weight of anger, distrust, and the fear of "the other." Every episode, Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies proved why they're two of the most reliable actors working in TV, and Peter Jacobson deserves an award for making Alan Snyder much more complex, heartbreaking, and human than he was at first glance. Like many fans of many series that ended on cliffhangers over the years, I'm left wondering what will happen next. Somehow, some way, perhaps one day we'll find out...

Preacher Season 3: Was this my favorite season of AMC's Preacher? No. That title still goes to the bonkers second season that featured one of my favorite fight scenes of all-time. But even so, Preacher continues to be the most fearless and eclectic TV series I've ever seen. While executive producers Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg continue to deviate from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult comic book series, they do so in intriguing ways, and the further the series goes, the more they also interweave familiar elements from the game-changing source material.

The main setting for this season was Angelville, and it was anything but heavenly for Jesse Custer, as Betty Buckley's menacing portrayal of Gran'ma made Jesse's time back home seem like Hell on Earth (sometimes quite literally, especially when a familiar horned figure paid a visit). The stage is now set for the most epic showdowns to come on the series, so here's hoping we get more adventures with Jesse, Tulip, and their vampire friend Cassidy.

Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors: I was already a lifelong fan of Joe R. Lansdale when I picked up a copy of this book, but I hadn't read any stories by his daughter, Kasey Lansdale. After turning the final page in this collection of short stories, I can safely say that I'm a fan of both. Focused primarily on Dana Roberts, investigator of what she calls the "supernormal" (rather than the supernatural), Terror is Our Business features some of the most unique and entertaining horror tales I've ever read, all slathered with that spicy Lansdale humor.

Kasey shares her father's gift for storytelling, and her collaborations with Joe in this collection (most of which feature Dana with her humorous assistant, Jana) prove that Kasey has a lot of skill when it comes to creating compelling characters and memorable—sometimes truly haunting—adventures. The most spooky of all six stories in this collection? To me, it's Joe's "The Case of the Stalking Shadow," which is my new favorite cosmic horror story.

You May Now Kill the Bride: R.L. Stine may be best known for Goosebumps, but he holds a special place in my heart for his Fear Street books, those stories that seemed so forbidden to me as a kid with their slasher covers and murder mystery plots. Growing up, I collected them anyway, gathering them up at garage sales through seemingly endless summers, storing them on a special shelf until I was ready to make the transition from Goosebumps to Fear Street. When the time came, I wasn't disappointed, instantly becoming a lifelong Fear Street fan.

While the series has made numerous returns after its initial run over the years, I was most excited by the Return to Fear Street series, which kicked off this past summer with You May Now Kill the Bride. I was sold with just one look at the retro cover art by Justin Erickson (and designed by Jenna Stempel-Lobell), but the story within the gorgeous artwork was just as entrancing.

Diving headfirst into the tragic history and present-day turmoil of the Fear family, You May Now Kill the Bride features Stine at his most versatile and edgy yet (in the YA realm, that is—he's definitely gone full-on R-rated in the past with Superstitious and Red Rain). Switching between the 1920s and the modern-day, the first entry in Return to Fear Street features a melting pot of some classic horror story elements, and to say that there are a few sharp left turns is an understatement. While readers may not be along for the ride on all of these nerve-jangling twists (further elaboration would only spoil the surprises), I had a blast following Stine's prose through one of his wildest and boldest stories to date. I always feel like a kid again when I read anything by Stine, and I look forward to experiencing that feeling again and again on many return trips to Shadyside.

Fear The Walking Dead: Survival: While there's plenty to enjoy on the vibrantly lit main strip in Las Vegas, my family and I always make it a point to visit Fremont Street at least one night during our stay in the desert oasis. The outdoor bands, overhead zip-liners, and dazzling lights all blend together into one carnival-esque cornucopia of entertainment. This year, the living dead joined the Fremont Street fun at Fear The Walking Dead: Survival, an immersive experience based on the AMC series of (mostly) the same name. Being a big fan of Fear The Walking Dead, I was admittedly already psyched to take part in any Vegas event bearing its name, but even as its own entity, FTWD: Survival is a total blast.

Equal parts escape room, immersive experience, and virtual reality video game, FTWD: Survival places you smack-dab in the center of a quarantine run by a group of increasingly stressed-out soldiers. Amidst distant screams and blood-spattered concrete, you're screened for viruses, placed in cages, and forced to fight your way out of your would-be sanctuary when all hell breaks loose—with an appetite. Suffice to say that wiggling my way through body bags, evading the living dead through puzzle-solving, and fighting off the infected with firearms in the experience's virtual reality stage is a Vegas experience that I'll always treasure—and I think the same goes for my mom, dad, sister, and brother-in-law, who all made it to the end.

Dance of the Dead Anniversary Screenings: If you had told 2008 Derek that 10 years later, he would get the chance to host anniversary screenings of Gregg Bishop's Dance of the Dead, he would have said you were hotboxing the garage. For those who haven't heard me ranting and raving over the past few years, Dance of the Dead is a very special movie to me—one of my all-time favorites. It's Breakfast Club meets Dawn of the Dead (2004) with a punk rock attitude, and I've loved it dearly ever since my sister and I watched it as a blind rental from the Blockbuster down the street over a decade ago.

This year I was blessed with the opportunity to host two anniversary screenings for Dance of the Dead—one in Atlanta, not far from where the film was made, and one in Los Angeles, where many of the cast and crew now reside. One blood-stained tuxedo and a whole lot of memories later, I can look back fondly at those screenings and feel like I helped give Dance of the Dead the celebration it deserves. Watching the cast and crew reunite—some of them for the first time since the movie was made—are moments I'll always keep close to my zombie-loving heart. And none of it would have been possible without writer Joe Ballarini, director Gregg Bishop, Rachel Belofsky and her amazing Screamfest team, and, of course, Daily Dead!

Flashback Weekend: The great thing about horror conventions is that even if you can recite the lineup and programming schedule by heart, you never know exactly what is going to happen (especially with five Jason Voorhees actors in the room). With that in mind, the one thing I did know going into Flashback Weekend Chicago was that it was going to be an epic time, one that would unite fellow Daily Dead and Corpse Club team members, including my first time meeting Scott Drebit and his wife, Michelle, in person.

The weekend was indeed one for the books. Heather Wixson hosted panels and autographed copies of her book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, a live episode of Corpse Club was recorded, Patrick Bromley and other F This Movie! friends JB and Adam Riske, joined us for convention floor adventures, and Scott and I even convinced a local singer to do an acoustic cover of Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend." There were also great times to be had with Daily Dead Editor-in-Chief Jonathan, his wife Christy, and brother Jordan, all of whom I've gotten to know and hang out with many times over the last several years—something I'm very grateful for. As Agent Cooper would say, it was a "damn fine" weekend (the kind that you would scrapbook if you're so inclined), and one that I'll look back at fondly for the rest of my days.


Want to know what other members of the Daily Dead team enjoyed in 2018? Catch up on all of our favorites coverage here.

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Posted: 09 Jan 2019 01:13 PM PST

In the first Comics Corner of 2019, we have four horror comics to share with our readers. Starting things off today is Gabriel Hardman's Aliens: Dust to Dust #4 from Dark Horse Comics. In Dust to Dust #4, Aliens have invaded and young Maxon must find a way to survive by any means necessary. We also have a look at Poser #4, Curse Words #19, and Van Helsing: Sword of Heaven #3.

Aliens: Dust to Dust #4: "Days ago, Maxon was a twelve-year-old boy, concerned with the kinds of things that concern young boys. Then the Aliens came. Now Maxon must depend solely on his wits and his will to survive. Its a hell of a way to grow up.


Writer: Gabriel Hardman
Artist: Gabriel Hardman
Colorist: Rain Beredo
Cover Artist: Gabriel Hardman
Genre: Science-Fiction, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: January 09, 2019
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC: 7 61568 00263 8 00411."

For more information, visit Dark Horse Comics' website.


Poser #4: "(W) Matt Miner (A) Clay McCormack

In the fourth and final issue, of POSER, the sands of Redondo Beach are stained red with the blood of even more young punk rockers. A manhunt is underway to capture a masked slasher and the town has banded together, but this sense of unity is soon carved to pieces by the razor sharp blade of the Poser killer. Will Ash and her ragtag group of punk pals escape the murderous cold grip of Poser? This final issue is brutal, gory, and twists like a knife in your gut!

In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99."

To learn more, visit Previews World on behalf of Waxwork Comics.


Curse Words #19: "Published: January 9, 2019
Diamond ID: OCT180172
Age Rating: M

Charles Soule
Ryan Browne
Ryan Browne
Ryan Browne

"THEM BLUE WIZARD BLUES," Part Four Jacques Zacques strikes! During his time in our world, Wizord has made some pretty powerful people pretty angry. It's time for them to get their due, via a surprise attack. A truly action-packed installment of the ongoing gonzo fantasy, offered with another "magical" variant cover!"

For more details, visit Image Comics' website.


Van Helsing: Sword of Heaven #3: "(W) Chuck Dixon (A) Julius Abrera (CA) Sheldon Goh

Stranded in the lifeless barrens of the Thar Desert, Liesel's quest for the ultimate scourge of vampirism is interrupted by a race against the sun. She must cross the burning wastes by nightfall before the hordes of an undead raja awaken.

Continuing the epic tale of the Van Helsing heir that takes her to the greatest, and most significant, adventure of her life. All odds and every hand against her, she's in a fight for her life to end the curse of the bloodsuckers forever. Action master Chuck Dixon joins with artist Julius Abrera for another heaping slice of fast-paced horror.

In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99."

To learn more, go to Previews World on behalf of Zenescope Entertainment Inc.

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Watch a New “Birthday” Promo Video for WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Series, Coming to FX This March

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 12:09 PM PST

Last year, it was revealed that "the procession of shame" would be coming to the small screen when FX officially ordered a 10-episode first season of a What We Do in the Shadows TV series, based on the 2014 film of the same name. A new "birthday" promo video for the series has now been revealed, teasing a March premiere and showing that celebrating your birthday can be problematic when you're as old as a vampire.

You can watch the new promo video below (as well as previously released videos), and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more info on the What We Do in the Shadows series.

Previously: LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2017 - FX has ordered the first season of What We Do in the Shadows, a half-hour comedy series based on the feature film of the same name by co-creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. The 10-episode first season will air on FX in the Spring of 2019.

Set in New York City, What We Do in the Shadows follows three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds and hundreds of years.

"What We Do in the Shadows only gets better with age thanks to this brilliant adaptation for television by co-creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi," said Grad. "Their feature version was a hilarious, fresh take on the mundanity of everyday life that even immortals must face. We are thankful to them, Paul Simms and Scott Rudin, and this amazing cast for taking us deeper into the shadows with this series."

Clement, Waititi and Simms are Executive Producers with Rudin, Eli Bush, and Garrett Basch.

What We Do in the Shadows stars Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, and Harvey Guillen.

Previous videos:

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You Can Now Watch GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER on Netflix

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 11:36 AM PST

While there may be a lot of anticipation for the May 31st release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Netflix has just unleashed Godzilla: The Planet Eater, the third film in Toho's animated Godzilla trilogy that takes place in a distant future that features a death cult, robots, and colossal creatures.

If you're looking for a vastly different take on the massive radioactive reptile, or you're just looking for something to tide you over until King of the Monsters stomps into cinemas, then The Planet Eater may be just what you're looking for this winter.

We've included a trailer for the film below (via New Trailer Buzz), and head over to Netflix to check out the movie for yourself!

Godzilla: The Planet Eater

"Epic re-imagining of the Godzilla world in a futuristic setting that pits humans and robots against the biggest Godzilla ever seen in an interplanetary struggle for survival.

With the earth alliance weakened, Haruo weighs siding with the Exif, whose death cult is summoning a monster that can destroy the world.

Production Company: Polygon Pictures, TOHO

Directors: Koubun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita"

Trailer via New Trailer Buzz:

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ALIEN 40th Anniversary Blue Metallic Xenomorph Pop! Vinyl Figure Revealed by Funko

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 10:54 AM PST

Although it may be difficult to believe, this year marks the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott's Alien, and to celebrate four decades of the horror sci-fi masterpiece, Funko has unveiled the latest addition to their Specialty Series: a Blue Metallic Xenomorph Pop! vinyl figure (so if you're a fan of Alien, wake up from your stasis nap and take note).

Below, we have official images and details on the Blue Metallic Xenomorph Pop! vinyl figure, which is due out in select specialty shops and comic book stores this March. Stay tuned to Daily Dead all year long for more Alien 40th anniversary news!

From Funko: "Every store deserves an amazing Funko exclusive!

In an effort to recognize our most special accounts and loyal retailers, Funko is continuing our Specialty Series. Every month, we'll be announcing a new exclusive item – this month includes Pop!

Why is it so special? You'll only be able to find these Specialty Series exclusives in boutique retail, specialty stores, local comic book shops and from qualified online retailers. This is your chance to help support local businesses and smaller retailers, and you'll pick up an amazing exclusive item in the process!

Our latest exclusive is Xenomorph (Blue Metallic) Pop!

Remember, these are exclusive to the Specialty Series. So pay a visit to your favorite specialty store or your local comic book shop and let them know to order the Specialty Series from Funko.

Keep following Funko and subscribe to our newsletter to find out about next month's Specialty Series exclusives!

Pop! Movies: Alien 40th - Xenomorph (Blue Metallic)

Coming in March!"

Images from Funko:

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Jennifer Kent’s THE NIGHTINGALE Acquired by IFC Films for US Distribution

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 10:30 AM PST

Ever since her first feature film, The Babadook, shook many viewers to their cores in 2014, many film fans have been eagerly awaiting Jennifer Kent's second feature, and that wait is getting ever closer to being over. Ahead of its North American premiere in the Spotlight section of the forthcoming Sundance Film Festival, Kent's The Nightingale has been acquired by IFC Films.

Variety exclusively reported that IFC Films acquired The Nightingale for distribution in the United States. A release date has not yet been revealed, but Variety reports that a "robust rollout" is expected this summer. Kent is no stranger to IFC, as the distributor previously released The Babadook in US cinemas.

Here's what Kent told Variety about what viewers can expect from her latest film, which stars Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, and Baykali Ganambarr:

"The film is a study on violence and what a violent mind and therefore a violent society can do to damage the human spirit. It's about how we can evolve through and beyond that violence. For me 'The Nightingale' is about love—not in a schmaltzy way—but its power to allow us to evolve as human beings."

Daily Dead will be live at Sundance this month, and we'll be sure to keep readers updated on The Nightingale as more news is reported. In the meantime, you can read the film's festival synopsis below.

Synopsis (via Sundance): "One night in 1820s Tasmania, Clare, a young Irish convict, loses everything she holds dear after her family is horrifically attacked. She's immediately driven to track down and seek revenge against the British officer who oversaw the horror, so she enlists the service of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy. Marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past, Billy reluctantly agrees to take her through the interior of Tasmania. On this brutal quest for blood, Clare gets much more than she bargained for."

[Photo credit: Above photo courtesy of the Sundance Institute.]

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“Our Future is Not on Earth” in Trailer for New Sci-Fi Movie IO, Coming to Netflix on January 18th

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 09:56 AM PST

"Save earth or leave it." That's the statement that perhaps many humans have pondered as a predicament people will face in the distant future, but it's the immediate reality for two survivors on a dying Earth in the trailer for IO, coming to Netflix on January 18th.

"Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, HBO's "The Leftovers"), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War, The Hurt Locker) and Danny Huston (Wonder Woman, FX's "American Horror Story") will headline the character-driven science fiction film IO. The project, which was developed at the Sundance Institute's Writers Lab and the Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum, will be helmed by Jonathan Helpert (House of Time) from an original script by Clay Jeter (Jess + Moss, Chef's Table), Charles Spano (Embers) and Will Basanta (Jess + Moss). Berman and Rister will produce IO for Mandalay Pictures and Untitled Entertainment respectively. The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017.

The film tells the story of one girl's coming of age while examining the dangers of humanity's current relationship with the planet. Qualley will play Sam Walden, a teenager surviving as one of the last people on an abandoned post-cataclysmic Earth, who is racing to find a cure for her poisoned home world before the last shuttle off the planet to the distant human space colony leaves her stranded. Mackie will play Micah, a complicated and mysterious refugee on his way to the imminent shuttle launch who makes Sam question whether she can really alter Earth's fate."

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Death is Relived Over and Over Again in Trailer for First Season of Netflix’s RUSSIAN DOLL, Starring Natasha Lyonne

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 09:49 AM PST

In the same dark comedy spirit of Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2U, a woman experiences her demise over and over again in the trailer for the new series Russian Doll (from Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland), premiering on Netflix on February 1st.

"Russian Doll follows a young woman named Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City.

Russian Doll is co-created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, who all serve as executive producers, with Headland and Lyonne as writers for the series. Additional cast include Greta Lee ("KTown"), Yul Vazquez ("Captain Phillips"), Tony Award-winner Elizabeth Ashley ("Ocean's 8") and Charlie Barnett ("Chicago Fire"). Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny ("Lizzie"), SAG Award winner Dascha Polanco ("Orange is the New Black"), Brendan Sexton III ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"), Rebecca Henderson ("Appropriate Behavior"), Jeremy Bobb ("The Knick"), Ritesh Rajan ("Stitchers") and Jocelyn Bioh ("School Girls") also guest star.

The series is produced by Universal Television, Poehler's Paper Kite Productions, JAX Media and 3 Arts Entertainment. The series features an all-female writing and directing team. All episodes are directed by Jamie Babbit, Headland, and Lyonne.

The eight-episode series is set to premiere on Netflix on February 1, 2019."

[Image credit: Above image from EW.]

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THE BRAIN and GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE Coming to Blu-ray This April from Scream Factory

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 09:37 AM PST

Scream Factory is kicking off the new year with a bunch of new Blu-ray announcements, and the fun continues today with two new additions to their upcoming releases: 1972's Grave of the Vampire and 1988's The Brain.

From Scream Factory: "The 80s VHS staple sci-fi/horror THE BRAIN arrives on Blu-ray for the first time with a planned date of April 30th!

Imagine a pulsating mass of gray matter, expanding in size and strength as it takes control of human minds and devours human bodies. It could never happen, right? Just watch Independent Thinking, starring Dr. Anthony Blakely (David Gale, Re-Animator), a hot new TV program. But as the show's ratings continue to soar, so does the suicide and murder rate among its viewers. What they don't know is that Dr. Blake has teamed with an alien brain and plans to gain control of all humanity. From the Director of Bloody Birthday.

Extras are in progress and will be announced on a later date.

Pre-order THE BRAIN now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-brain-1988?product_id=7038"

From Scream Factory: "The obscure 70s cult film THE GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE (starring B-movie icon William Smith) arrives on Blu-ray for the first time with a planned date of April 16th! Check out the crazy original theatrical cover and synopsis below...

The vampire Caleb Croft has awakened from his unholy slumber — with an insatiable lust for blood and the pleasures of the flesh. A brutal attack on a pair of lovers allows for his desire to be temporarily fulfilled ... but his unspeakable acts leave the woman pregnant with his child. Ignoring all advice, she gives birth to the progeny of their unwanted union: James — who will only drink blood from his mother's breast. As James matures, he learns of his father's true nature, and sets out to destroy him.

Extras and specs are in progress and will be announced on a later date.

Pre-order GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/grave-of-the-vampire…"

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Horror Highlights: Early GLASS Screenings at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, CLOSE CALLS, THE CANDLELIGHT WITCH

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 09:12 AM PST

A special M. Night Shyamalan event is coming on Saturday, January 12th! Alamo Drafthouse and Universal Pictures are hosting a screenings of Unbreakable, Split, and, yes, Glass, this weekend in 25 Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas around the country! Keep reading for more details. Also in today's Highlights: release details for Close Calls and the short film The Candlelight Witch.

Alamo Drafthouse's Shyamalanathon Event Details: Press Release: "Alamo Drafthouse and Universal Pictures today announced The M. Night Shyamalanathon, the first-ever marathon screening of all three films in the filmmaker's trilogy: 2000's Unbreakable, 2016's Split, and the first American public screening of the third chapter, the explosive comic-book thriller, Glass.

The back-to-back-to-back screenings, available at Alamo Drafthouse cinemas in 25 theaters across the country on Saturday, January 12, 2019, will include an exclusive conversation with M. Night Shyamalan, broadcast live from Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn into all participating Alamo Drafthouse theaters.

Tickets are free, and seats can be reserved with the purchase of a $5 food and beverage voucher that can be redeemed at the show. Tickets may be reserved at:

For Brooklyn, New York, Live Event: https://drafthouse.com/show/the-m-night-shyamalanathon
For all other Drafthouse locations: https://drafthouse.com/show/the-m-night-shyamalanathon-live-stream

Participating Alamo Drafthouse cinemas are: Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY), Alamo Drafthouse New Mission (San Francisco, CA), Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (Austin, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (Austin, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline (Austin, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Park North (San Antonio, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak (San Antonio, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers (Yonkers, NY), Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh (Raleigh, NC), Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet (Kansas City, MO), Alamo Drafthouse Littleton (Littleton, CO), Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake (Denver, CO), Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra (Katy, TX), and Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock (Lubbock, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo (El Paso, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Cedars (Dallas, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands (Dallas, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Richardson (Richardson, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Las Colinas (Irving, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Denton (Denton, TX), Alamo Drafthouse Woodbury (Woodbury, MN), Alamo Drafthouse One Loudoun (Ashburn, VA), Alamo Drafthouse La Vista (La Vista, NE), Alamo Drafthouse Chandler (Chandler, AZ) and Alamo Drafthouse Tempe (Tempe, AZ).

In addition, Universal Pictures has partnered with Beyond Fest and American Cinematheque to screen all three films, back-to-back-to-back, at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles beginning at 4 p.m. on the same day, January 12, 2019.

Tickets may be reserved at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-shyamalan-a-thon-tickets-53976423937

Glass opens in theaters in North America on January 18, 2019.

About Glass
M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000's Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016's Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass.

From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb's superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

Joining the all-star cast are Unbreakable's Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, who reprise their roles as Dunn's son and Price's mother, as well as Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story series).

This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters is produced by Shyamalan and Blumhouse Production's Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director's previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider executive produces.

A Blinding Edge Pictures and Blumhouse production, Glass will be released by Universal Pictures in North America on January 18, 2019, and by Buena Vista International abroad. www.glassmovie.com"


Close Calls Acquisition and Release Details: "TERROR FILMS has acquired the rights to writer/director Richard Stringham's debut feature film CLOSE CALLS! The film is set to be released across multiple digital platforms Friday, January 11th.

The film centers around Morgan MacKenzie (Jordan Phipps) - a troubled teen with a checkered past, who finds herself grounded by her father (Kristof Waltermire). Bored and left alone to deal with her ailing and crazy grandmother (Janis Duley), Morgan soon becomes the target of a psycho caller. As the night gets weirder, paranoia begins to set in and Morgan is forced to face some of her worst fears and inner demons as she starts to believe that everyone she knows is either plotting against her or trying to kill her.

CLOSE CALLS (produced, written and directed by Richard Stringham) has been well received by critics with SCREAM MAGAZINE stating: "Richard Stringham has crafted a clever, unique motion picture that goes well beyond merely being a valentine to its influences. The film offers some humor to occasionally lighten up the suspenseful proceedings, and Stringham proves himself as a talent to watch with this striking celluloid calling card."

The film has also been well received at film festivals and has been the official selection and winner at multiple festivals. Festival participation includes: the Hollywood Dreams International Film Festival and Writers' Celebration, the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival (Won: Best in Category - Best First-Time Filmmaker Feature), the Los Angeles Horror Competition (Won: Diamond Award-Best Feature Film), the Maverick Movie Awards, the NYC Horror Film Festival (Won: Best Cinematography, Best Director) and the Spotlight Horror Film Awards (Won: Silver Award - Best Film).

The film will be available on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Tubi TV and Steam and additional platforms at a later date. In advance of the film's release this Friday, TERROR FILMS is sharing some stills, the Official Trailer and Poster below.

To learn more about TERROR FILMS, visit: www.terrorfilms.net

To learn more about CLOSE CALLS, visit: https://www.facebook.com/CloseCallsTheMovie/"


Watch Midnight Video's Horror Short Film The Candlelight Witch: "To pass the time during a blackout, three siblings tell a scary story that proves to be more dangerous than legend.

Brooke Sorenson
Presley Richardson
Connor Kalopsis
Emily Burkart

Directed by Becca Flinn-White

Written by
Todd Spence
Zak White

Director of Photography
Dave Jacobsen

Makeup Dept. Head and FX Makeup
Kate Klein

Additional Makeup
Allison Bryan
Olga Voronova

Produced by
Tia Ayers
Shannon Ayers
Katy Sullivan

Associate Producer
Melissa Kellner

Executive Produced by
Becca Flinn-White
Todd Spence
Zak White

Edited by
Nick Gartner

Music By
David Green

Re-Recording Mixer
Bryan Parker

Sound Editor
Ryan Meadows

Sound Mixer
Ryan Knouf

CAM Lighting and Grip
Michael Villa

Key Grip
Gerardo Paz.

Midnight Video's Socials:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MidnightVideo
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/midnight_video"

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