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Watch the Official Trailers for MORTAL KOMBAT 11

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 04:10 PM PST

If the words "finish him" are permanently carved into your brain from years of late-night gaming sessions with friends and family, then you'll be excited to dive into the wave of new gameplay reveals and trailers that were unleashed for Mortal Kombat 11.

You can watch the new trailers for Mortal Kombat 11 below (including a video announcing that Ronda Rousey voices Sonya Blade in the new game). Mortal Kombat 11 will be released on April 23rd, and we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on future announcements.

"Mortal Kombat is back and better than ever in the next evolution of the iconic franchise.

The all new Custom Character Variations give you unprecedented control to customize the fighters and make them your own. The new graphics engine showcasing every skull-shattering, eye-popping moment, brings you so close to the fight you can feel it. And featuring a roster of new and returning Klassic Fighters, Mortal Kombat's best in class cinematic story mode continues the epic saga over 25 years in the making. The Premium Edition will include (Full game, Kombat Pack, Steelcase)

MK11 is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch™, and PC April 23, 2019. ESRB Rating Pending.
Pre-order now! https://go.wbgames.com/MK11buy"

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Sam Elliott Hunts a Deadly Creature in the Trailer for THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 03:48 PM PST

We've been excited for Daily Dead readers to see The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot since Heather Wixson gave it a 4.5 star review during the Fantasia Film Festival, and the wait is nearly over, as RLJE films released a new trailer for the movie ahead of its February release.

Written and directed by Robert D. Krzykowski, The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot stars Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald, Larry Miller, and Ron Livingston. RLJE Films will release the movie in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD beginning February 8th.

Synopsis: "Since WWII, Calvin Barr has lived with the secret that he was responsible for the assassination of Adolf Hitler. Now, decades later, the US government has called on him again for a new top-secret mission. Bigfoot has been living deep in the Canadian wilderness and carrying a deadly plague that is now threatening to spread to the general population. Relying on the same skills that he honed during the war, Calvin must set out to save the free world yet again. Starring Sam Elliott (A Star is Born), Aidan Turner ("Poldark"), Caitlin FitzGerald ("Masters of Sex") and Ron Livingston (Office Space), THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT follows the epic adventures of an American legend that no one has ever heard of."

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Watch the Trailer for New Comic Book JOHN CARPENTER’S TALES OF SCIENCE FICTION: TWITCH #2

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 02:08 PM PST

"...right before they kill you, they'll start to twitch..." Its eerie music (coupled perfectly with artwork by Richard P. Clark) is reminiscent of a John Carpenter movie, but the trailer for John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Twitch #2 teases a new adventure on the printed page rather than the big screen, one that looks to be just as cinematic—and scary—as the stories told from Carpenter's lens.

Due out on January 30th from Storm King Productions, John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Twitch #2 is featured in the new trailer below, and we also have a look at both covers for the second issue written by Duane Swierczynski and illustrated by Richard Clark. To learn more, keep an eye on Storm King Productions' official website.

"John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Twitch #2

NOV181980

(W) Duane Swierczynski (A) Richard Clark (CA) Tim Bradstreet

Astrophysicist Marisa Stringfellow broke out of the observatory thinking she'd be able stop an alien entity on the rampage in the Antelope Valley desert. Lieutenant Pinkerton, meanwhile, thinks Stringfellow may be suffering from heatstroke. "How can you tell they're aliens?" Stringfellow replies, "Because right before they kill you, they'll start to twitch..."

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Interview: Sarah Paulson on Stepping into the World of M. Night Shyamalan’s GLASS

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 01:16 PM PST

From American Horror Story to American Crime Story and recent appearances in Bird Box and Ocean's 8, Sarah Paulson is one of my favorite actresses working today, and I was very excited when it was announced that she would be part of the cast for M. Night Shyamalan's Glass.

During a recent press day, I had a chance to catch up with Sarah, who told me all about her love of M. Night Shyamalan's movies and excitement to join the cast, working with James McAvoy, and why she enjoys taking on genre roles:

How did you get involved with Glass? Was this something that M. Night Shyamalan reached out directly to you about? Or is it something where you were a fan and contacted him?

Sarah Paulson: I got a phone call from my agent saying that M. Night Shyamalan was coming to Los Angeles and wanted to sit down with me, and I was like, "What? He wants to sit down with me?" I was very excited because I'm a huge Night fan and have seen all of his movies in the theater like a rabid fan, almost always on opening weekend. So I was very excited, but I was in the middle of shooting American Horror Story and The Post at the same time, and so I literally had not a free moment during the two days he was going to be in town. So, he very kindly came to my trailer on the set of American Horror Story, and he sat with me for about an hour during my lunch break, and we talked mostly not about the movie.

And then he touched on a few things [regarding Glass], but then he said, "Full disclosure, I have not finished writing, and right now I don't know if Dr. Staple is going to be a man or a woman, so I can't promise you anything, but I remain your fan, and I just wanted to meet you." We exchanged phone numbers and, a week later, he texted me saying, "I still haven't come to any decision. I haven't forgot about you, and sit tight. I'll know what I want to do soon." And then about a week or two weeks after that, I got a text saying, "Would you call me?" And I'm sure I fumbled the phone trying to call as quickly as I possibly could, and he said, "I just wanted to see if you would consider being in my movie," and I burst into tears promptly because that's just sort of what I do. It's embarrassing but true, and I hadn't even read the script, so I didn't even know what I was saying yes to, but I didn't care.

Yeah, I think many people would have done the exact same thing in your shoes. Once you got the script and you started reading more about Dr. Ellie Staple, what were your thoughts about her specialization? With as popular as superhero movies are these days, people thinking that they really are superheroes is probably more common than people would think.

Sarah Paulson:   I think we all like to believe that we're capable of something extraordinary. What it really means when you distill it to the bare bones or to the crux of it is everybody just wants to be seen for being the unique human being that they are, and this is a sort of situation where these things are pushed to the extreme. David, from the sorrow of losing his wife; and Elijah, from his isolation and years of being a literal broken person; and Kevin Crumb, with all of his childhood trauma, the way they have figured out [how] to survive these traumas and these horrific experiences may be to find themselves believing something more about themselves than others would like them to—namely, my character.

This is essentially The Avengers of the M. Night Shyamalan universe. Being a fan of his movies all these years, how was it for you to be in the middle of this epic showdown?

Sarah Paulson: There's the scene in the movie where we're in that bubblegum pink room, and I'm sitting in there, and Sam gets wheeled in, and then all of a sudden, all three of them are lined up, and they're all facing me. And that would be a heady day at work for anyone, being across from Sam Jackson, James McAvoy, and Bruce Willis. For me, who had seen Unbreakable and Split, and had loved them both, and looking at all of them in their iconic characters and in their iconic personalities, and all of them with their colors, and Elijah in the purple, and James in the mustard, and Bruce in his green, and me having to, in some sense, have a lot of authority and power in that room… it was a challenging day.

I was intimidated to be sure, and then you top it all off with Night coming over and giving me notes. So it was just really a challenging day to try to keep my wits about me, and still try to do what I was being paid to do, and what I was honored to do, and at the same time having a total panic attack and not being able to believe what I was seeing.

I can imagine that working with James McAvoy had to be challenging because he's playing all of these characters and you have to react to them differently as well. Can you talk about your experience with him?

Sarah Paulson: It's difficult for him, but he makes it look like a walk in the park. I've never seen anything so mind-bending; to watch an actor just jump from one personality to the next personality, and each one so fully realized. It was like having a front row seat in a master class with the greatest actor of all time. There was something almost Olympian in nature in terms of the athleticism behind it. And so it was difficult only in that it was hard to manage my mind being blown in the back of my head, and trying to, again, keep my cool while I was watching something that I felt, from an acting standpoint, was so special. It's one thing for you to sit in a dark theater and watch it. I was in the room when he was doing it, and it was electrifying.

Being a fan of genre films and having been in American Horror Story, Bird Box, and now Glass, do you find that you naturally gravitate toward genre roles?

Sarah Paulson: I think it was happenstance at first with American Horror Story, but I do sort of think I come alive the most or maybe I'm just sort of an extreme person. I did burst into tears when he told me I got the part, so maybe living in the world of extremes is a good place for me as a performer, and I tend to gravitate towards knowing that I can go places in these genres that maybe in more traditional environments I may not feel as much permission to go to some of those places. And so maybe that's why I gravitate towards it, I guess, or why they gravitate towards me. Night did call me.

Of course, our readers are excited to see you in Glass, but we also want to keep them posted on what's next. What projects do you have coming up that really excite you?

Sarah Paulson: Well, I'm about to start shooting Ratched for Netflix in about three weeks, which is basically the origin story for Nurse Ratched from [One Flew Over the] Cuckoo's Nest. And, I have a movie I did with Aneesh Chaganty, who did Searching, that was a really wonderful movie with John Cho, and I think that's coming out next year sometime.

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Everything Epic Announces BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Board Game Expansion LEGACY OF LO PAN

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 12:41 PM PST

Last year, Everything Epic teamed up with Flipside, BOOM! Studios, and 20th Century Fox to release Big Trouble in Little China: The Game, and now they've paid their dues and made sure the check is in the mail, pal, because they've announced Legacy of Lo Pan, a new board game expansion featuring Jack Burton's wise and deadly nemesis.

Press Release: West Orange, NJ — January 17, 2019  —  Today, Everything Epic is proud to announce the launch of the pre-order for their new expansion for the critically acclaimed Big Trouble in Little China: the Game, Legacy of Lo Pan. Priced at $39.95, fans of the core Big Trouble game are invited to visit www.everythingepic.us to secure their copy, with a free Six Demon Dice Bag as a pre-order bonus. The expansion is slated to release in late March, 2019. Available Now: https://everythingepic.myshopify.com/

The Legacy of Lo Pan expansion increases the max player count from 4 to 6 players.  In addition to increasing the number of players Legacy of Lo Pan will allow players embark on a brand new story campaign. The campaign mode, comes with a new mission book, containing nearly 40 pages of new story adventures, and changes key mechanics of the core game to provide an exciting new experience that will take players through the time travel story, unlocking all new special rewards to use in the new final showdown with a younger more powerful Lo Pan.

Legacy of Lo Pan was designed by the same team that brought you Big Trouble in Little China: The Game, Chris Batarlis and Boris Polonsky.

"Finally, we continue the EPIC tale that we embarked upon back in 1986. We have the lucky responsibility of continuing John Carpenter's tale of ole' Jack Burton and Wang Chi as they struggle against the malevolent forces of Lo Pan, but this time, they get to travel through time!" said Chris Batarlis, Everything Epic President and co-designer of Big Trouble in Little China and Legacy of Lo Pan.

"Creating a board game based on our favourite film was an amazing experience, but being able to add to the lore by creating new stories in that universe is even more exciting." said Boris Polonsky, co-designer of Legacy of Lo Pan. "We got to introduce new characters and events in this expansion, and I can't wait for fans to play though the new story."

Legacy of Lo Pan, the Expansion to Big Trouble in Little China the Game is available for pre-order now, Secrets of the Lost Station & Rambo: the Board Game will be coming soon for pre-order Q1 2019!

About Everything Epic

Founded in 2013, Everything Epic is an independent tabletop game publishing and design company. We pride ourselves in creating high-quality and immersive gaming experiences that inspire memorable moments and bring people together. Some of our other titles include the Secrets of the Lost Tomb series, Coma Ward, Big Trouble in Little China: The Game, Rambo: The Board Game (Coming Soon 2019) and Secrets of the Lost Station (Coming Soon 2019). www.everythingepic.us

About Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products

20th Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of 20th Century Fox Film, 20th Century Fox Television and FX Networks, as well as third party lines.  The division is aligned with 20th Century Fox Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content and 20th Century Fox Film, one of the world's largest producers and distributors of motion pictures throughout the world.

For more information about Big Trouble in Little China and Legacy of Lo Pan please visit: www.everythingepic.us

Join the discussion in the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/BigTroubleGame

https://www.facebook.com/EverythingEpicGames/

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Mondo’s Death Waltz Recording Company to Release John Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s THEY LIVE Score on Vinyl

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 11:39 AM PST

Since its initial release in 1988, John Carpenter's They Live has only gotten better with each passing year. One of the reasons it has endured as long as it has (in addition to its performances, epic one-liners, and social relevancy) is the bone-rattling score by Carpenter and Alan Howarth, and Mondo's Death Waltz Recording Company is looking to obey fans of the film with a new vinyl release of the movie's music (featuring a remaster by Howarth himself).

Press Release: Austin, TX – Thursday, January 17, 2019 – Grab your sunglasses, your bubblegum, and your shotgun as Death Waltz Recording Company is bringing back John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's brilliant score to They Live. The soundtrack will go on sale January 30, 2019 at MondoTees.com.

A classic story of one man fighting for the freedom of the world with a great science fiction twist, the movie is full of amazing dialogue and also contains the greatest fistfight in the history of cinema. Like most of Carpenter's films, They Live has an urban western feel to it, which is emphasised by the infectious score.

Celebrated designer and artist Alan Hynes has crafted a spectacular collectible package for the soundtrack befitting the film's theme of subliminal communication, utilizing the iconic sunglasses to reveal hidden messages as you pull the disc sleeve from the slip case.

"They Live is as relevant now as it was when it was first released in 1988, maybe even more so. We are thrilled to be re-issuing the soundtrack of this iconic and important film," said Mondo & Death Waltz Recording Company's Head of Music, Spencer Hickman.

Carpenter and Howarth's main theme conjures up images of a lone cowboy entering town, with the main melody augmented with the sounds of harmonica and saxophone. There's a carefree attitude which reflects Rowdy Roddy Piper's character, but the score takes on a more sinister tone when he realises he doesn't know anything about what's really going on. Carpenter's signature synth tones create an uncomfortable atmosphere, but the main bassline is always fighting against them, never giving up. Electric guitar is used fleetingly, but brilliantly, and the whole score embodies the kind of rebelling against authority Carpenter is famous for. They Live will rock your world without the need for a Brazilian plastic surgeon to put you back together again.

THEY LIVE Soundtrack
Re-mastered by Alan Howarth
Package design by Alan Hynes
Mondo webstore exclusives "Annihilation Of Consciousness" variant (Black & White Swirl) and "Formaldehyde Face" variant (Reverse Purple and Blue Splatter) on sale January 30, 2019 - Follow @MondoNews for exact timing.
$35

SIDE 1
Prologue Broadcast
Coming To LA
A Message
The Siege Of Justiceville
Return To ChurchAll Out Of Bubblegum

SIDE 2
Back To The Street
Kidnapped
Transient Hotel
Underground
Wake Up

Visit the Mondo official site & social handles for more information:
Website: MondoTees.com
Twitter: Twitter.com/MondoNews
Facebook: Facebook.com/MondoTees
Instagram: Instagram.com/MondoNews

About MONDO
Mondo is an expanding enterprise with a passionate love of film, art, music and pop culture, best known for creating limited-edition posters, vinyl soundtracks, premium collectibles and games. Based in Austin, Texas, the team collaborates with an international network of talented artists and creators to produce the highest quality products inspired by licensed properties and original IPs. Over the last decade, Mondo has partnered with leading entertainment brands including DC Comics, HBO, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers, along with dozens of independent studios and filmmakers from around the world. Find out more at mondotees.com.

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HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U Release Date Moved One Day to February 13th

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 11:06 AM PST

Originally scheduled to come out on Valentine's Day (February 14th), Happy Death Day 2U will now be released one day earlier out of respect for the one-year anniversary of the Parkland school shooting.

Multiple sources, including Entertainment Weekly, share the news of the new Happy Death Day 2U release date, including a statement from Universal Pictures:

"When Universal Pictures became aware last week that the one-year anniversary of the tragic events in Parkland, Florida fell on the Happy Death Day 2U release date, the studio spoke with victim advocates and immediately began the process of changing the release date of the film. Following discussions with its partners in exhibition, Universal will move the North American release date to February 13.

Additionally, the studio has decided not to show the film in Parkland and the surrounding areas. Outdoor, digital and in-theatre marketing for the film will be suspended in that market. The studio understands the importance of memorializing the February 14 date as an opportunity to continue to allow the Parkland community to heal."

We'll be sure to keep you updated on any further updates regarding Happy Death Day 2U.

"Jessica Rothe leads the returning cast of HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, the follow-up to Blumhouse's (Split, Get Out, The Purge series) surprise 2017 smash hit of riveting, repeating twists and comic turns. This time, our hero Tree Gelbman (Rothe) discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

Jason Blum once again produces and Christopher Landon returns to write and direct this next chapter, while Happy Death Day executive producers Angela Mancuso and John Baldecchi are newly joined by EP Samson Mucke (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse)."

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Watch the Official Trailer for JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, Starring Keanu Reeves

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 09:56 AM PST

When you're a marked man in the world of assassins, it's hard to get that "x" off your back, no matter how many people you kill. Keanu Reeves returns as a hitman with a big hit on his head in the official trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which sees the return of some familiar faces along with the arrival of some deadly new ones.

Directed by Chad Stahelski from a screenplay by Derek Kolstad, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Saïd Taghmaoui, Jerome Flynn, Jason Mantzoukas, Tobias Segal, Boban Marjanovic, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane. Lionsgate will release John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum in theaters on May 17th.

Synopsis: "In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin's guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world's most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

Summit Entertainment presents, a Thunder Road Films production, in association with 87Eleven Productions."

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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s WILLARD (2003) Blu-ray

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 09:17 AM PST

Back in 2017, Scream Factory released Willard (1971) and its sequel, Ben (1972) on respective Blu-rays, and back in November, they announced a new Blu-ray release for 2003's Willard, starring Crispin Glover as a man with a special connection to rats and a strong desire for vengeance against the humans that wronged him. Ahead of the Blu-ray's February 26th release, we've been provided with the full list of bonus features, including two new audio commentaries.

From the Press Release: "Crispin Glover leads the pack in Willard, a skin-crawling thriller that takes an unforgettable journey into the mind of a madman! Making its Blu-ray debut February 26th, 2019 from Scream Factory, the 2003 version of the classic 70s film comes loaded with new bonus features, including a new 2K scan of the original film elements, new interviews with writer/director Glen Morgan and director of photography Robert McLachlan, a new audio commentary with writer/director Glen Morgan and director of photography Robert McLachlan, a new audio commentary with animal trainers Mark Harden and David Allsberry of Animals for Hollywood, and a new featurette with behind-the-scenes footage from Animals for Hollywood. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

For years, Willard Stiles (Crispin Glover, The Wizard of Gore) has been trapped in a dead-end job with no friends and no future. Willard's life seems hopeless until he makes an eerie discovery: he shares a powerful bond with the rats that dwell in his basement. Now a guy who has been trampled in the rat race his entire life is suddenly ready to tear up the competition ... beginning with his boss.

Willard Bonus Features

  • NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
  • NEW Audio Commentary with writer/director Glen Morgan and director of photography Robert McLachlan
  • NEW Audio Commentary with animal trainers Mark Harden and David Allsberry of Animals for Hollywood
  • NEW The Road to Willard – an interview with writer/director Glen Morgan
  • NEW Destination Willard – an interview with director of photography Robert McLachlan
  • NEW The Rat Trainer's Notebook – behind-the-scenes footage from Animals for Hollywood
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Glen Morgan, producer James Wong, actors Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey
  • The Year of the Rat – a documentary on the making of WILLARD
  • Rat People: Friends or Foes? – A Real Rat Documentary
  • Deleted/Alternate Scenes with optional commentary
  • Music Video BEN by Crispin Hellion Glover with optional commentary
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage and interviews from the electronic press kit
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots"

Theatrical trailer:

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Horror Highlights: PAINKILLERS, BLACKWOOD MonsterFest Screening, HARPOON

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 08:51 AM PST

From the creators of The Ring, Starry Eyes, and Fear, Inc. comes a story about a grieving man wracked with guilt and demons. Ahead of Painkillers' limited release in select theaters on January 31st, check out the official trailer and poster after the film's synopsis. Also: Blackwood's premiere at MonsterFest and acquisition and premiere details for Harpoon.

Painkillers Trailer and Poster Revealed: "PAINKILLERS, an all-new genre-twisting dramatic thriller starring Adam Huss (Power), Madeline Zima (Californication, Twin Peaks) and Grant Bowler (Defiance, True Blood), with a special appearance from Mischa Barton - set for release in select theaters January 31st and on VOD February 4th, 2019.

Synopsis: After a terrible car crash in which his son dies, brilliant surgeon John Clarke, tormented by guilt, becomes prey to 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, 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.

Film Title: Painkillers
Studio/Distributor: Kew Media Group
Release Date: January 31, 2019 (limited), February 4, 2019 (VOD)
Runtime: 83 minutes
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Roxy Shih
Writer: Giles Daoust
Cast: Madeline Zima, Adam Huss, Grant Bowler, and Mischa Barton

PAINKILLERS marks the second feature film from Taiwanese-American filmmaker Roxy Shih, whose debut feature 'The Tribe' won multiple awards on the festival circuit. Shih also 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 comments, "I don't think PAINKILLERS is something that people have seen before; we use paranormal elements as mechanisms for the story, but at the heart of it we deal with very real themes of grief and coping with addiction. I look forward to seeing how audiences react to more genre-hybrid films like this, I'm really proud!"

Giles Daoust wrote the script, which received several awards and nominations in festivals and screenwriting competitions. Luke Barnett and Vincent Mascialeproduced 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.

Producer Luke Barnett added, "With so many conversations happening today around the lack of female directors being hired, particularly in the horror genre, we couldn't be prouder to have hired Roxy Shih. We all feel very strongly she's about to be one of the most in-demand young directors in town."

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Blackwood Premiere Details at MonsterFest 2019: "SYNOPSIS: Nikki, a sound recordist, picks up a strange sound whilst filming on location in a forest. After a disturbing encounter, she wakes up alone, confused and filthy in her house. Her only chance at finding out what happened to her lies within her sound recorder.

DIRECTORS STATEMENT

With Blackwood, I wanted to make a short film that aims to subvert the genre while bringing a fresh take on the misadventure trope in horror.

I chose the sound recordist as a character to portray as their job is very solitary almost walled off from the rest of the production, a great character to follow and put in a solitary situation.

I love sound design and wanted to explore soundscape as a way to drive tension. We designed a specific sound, both ominous and peculiar that leads you through the film and to its terrifying source.

After visiting the California Redwoods I fell in love with the texture and scale of the forest, which is unlike the Australian bush, luckily there is one forest like that here in Australia and we used it as our location.

EXTRA NOTES

-The creature was designed by Torstein Nordstrand and brought to life by Daniel Fotheringham who was one of the animators for the creatures in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and the "Smaug" in The Hobbit.

-Alanah Parkin who plays the Damsel was cast at 11 pm the night before a 6 am shoot after the original actress pulled out at the last minute, she wore the producer's clothes as there was no time to source wardrobe.

-The film was shot on Panavision Anamorphic lenses made in the 1980s that gave the film the cinematic and texture feel.

CAST

The most important character to cast for the film was Nikki the sound recordist, after meeting Danielle I decided not to audition her. She had a calm, confidence that carried onto the screen. Nikki gave a subtle and authentic performance and after our first day of shooting, I decided to change my mind for our last shot and get her to do it looking down the lens. It was a risk, but it paid off amazingly well giving the film the powerful and intense end that it needed.

Nikki
Danielle Butlin

Damsel
Alanah Parkin

Director
Jim Koutsoukos

First A.D
Rowan Howard

CREW

Writer and Director
Andrew Montague

Australian director Andrew Montague has been working in film and tv for over a decade with a focus on TV commercials. After spending time working in London and New York for big VFX companies he decided to turn his attention back to his love of storytelling, shooting his first short Attic in Brooklyn. After moving back to Australia, Andrew shot his second film Blackwood which is now doing festival rounds. He is currently writing a feature and a TV show.

Cinematographer
David Guest

Editor
Tim Parrington

Producer
Haley Polacik

Sound Design & Music
Nick van Cuylenburg

Editor
Tim Parrington

Creature Design

Torstein Nordstrand

Creature Animation

Daniel Fotheringham

SCREENINGS

MonsterFest 2018."

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Harpoon Distribution and Premiere Details: Press Release: "NY/LA-based arthouse genre sales company Yellow Veil Pictures has acquired world sales rights on HARPOON from director Rob Grant (Mon Ami, 2012) and producers Michael Peterson (Alive, 2018), Kurtis David Harder (What Keeps You Alive, 2018) and Julian Black Antelope (Knuckleball, 2018).

Starring Munro Chambers (Turbo Kid), Emily Tyra (Code Black), and Christopher Gray (The Mist), Harpoon is a dark comedy about the rivalries, dark secrets, and sexual tension that amount when three best friends find themselves stranded on a yacht in the middle of the ocean under suspicious circumstances. Shot in Calgary, Alberta and San Pedro, Belize, and written by Grant, HARPOON is a brutal and absurd genre film that brings a new twist to the lost at sea genre.

Yellow Veil Pictures Co-Founder Joe Yanick said "Rob has an ability to mine the depth of human darkness and come up with something wickedly funny. As our first foray into the subgenre, we found one with something for everyone. You're going to laugh...but then it's going to make feel bad for laughing."

Director Rob Grant said "I've been extremely fortunate to work with such a talented and supportive team at 775 Media Corp and am now equally as fortunate to work with Yellow Veil on my next film Harpoon. Hugues, Justin, and Joe's support and enthusiasm for unique and interesting projects as well as their strong track record make me confident we are in great hands and excited for the film's future together as we gear up towards the premiere!"

HARPOON makes its world premiere at the 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam, which takes place the 23 Jan – 3 Feb 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Yellow Veil Pictures is a New York and Los Angeles based worldwide film sales company. Focusing exclusively on boundary-pushing genre cinema, seeking to highlight emergent filmmakers who exist on the cusp of commercial, arthouse cinema. The company currently handles worldwide sales on Tillman Singer's Luz, A.T. White's Starfish, and the upcoming debut by Josh Lobo, A Man in the Dark.

775 Media Corp was founded in June 2016, 775 is a collaboration between award-winning producers Michael Peterson and Julian Black Antelope with the corporate leadership of entrepreneur Laurie Venning and Sarah Moore. Currently expanding with multiple new features surging from pre-production through post, and the recent launch of a production services division and VFX wing, we are building an international reputation in the genre world from our production facilities in Calgary, Alberta."

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