- Cassandra Peterson Returning to Salem Horror Fest This October
- Review: MIDSOMMAR (Monte’s Take)
- THE WALKING DEAD Season 9 Coming to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on August 20th
- ZOMBIELAND Coming to 4K Ultra HD on October 1st
- Netflix Orders Series Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN
- Comic-Con 2019: AMC Announces Hall H Panels for THE WALKING DEAD, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, and PREACHER
- WYNONNA EARP Season 4 Announced, Summer 2020 Premiere Planned
- Video Interview: Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, and Vilhelm Blomgren on Working with Ari Aster and the Story of MIDSOMMAR
- Watch the Official Trailer for Mansion Murder Mystery KNIVES OUT, Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Daniel Craig
- Q&A: Director Jesse Thomas Cook Discusses the Tributes to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and RESIDENT EVIL Video Games in DEADSIGHT
Posted: 03 Jul 2019 08:51 AM PDT
One of the most exciting genre celebrations in recent years, the Salem Horror Fest celebrated another successful gathering of horror lovers last year, and Daily Dead was thrilled to be a media sponsor of the 10-day event. With the festival preparing to kick off again this October, it's been announced that the Queen of Halloween herself, Cassandra Peterson, will be returning to Salem!
At Salem Horror Fest from Friday, October 11th–Sunday, October 13th, Cassandra Peterson will appear as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark for autograph signings, photo ops, and a private tea time event at the Salem Waterfront Hotel (225 Derby Street Salem United States).
To learn more about prices and times for Peterson's appearances, visit:
Salem Horror Fest 2019 will begin on Thursday, October 3rd and run through Sunday, October 13th. If you're looking to book a hotel or secure an Airbnb, then you'll want to do it here sooner rather than later, as space is limited.
The Daily Dead team had an amazing time at last year's Salem Horror Fest, with Jonathan James hosting a conversation with George A. Romero's son, George C. Romero, and Bryan Christopher hosting witch-themed trivia at the Daily Dead Trivia Tweetup during the festival's "Weekend of the Witch."
We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on Salem Horror Fest as more events are announced, keep an eye on their official website for more information, and in case you missed it, check out their call for submissions.
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Posted: 03 Jul 2019 08:28 AM PDT
Death, dying, and the grieving process can be a personal and unique experience. For each individual who must endure watching someone leave, mourn the death of someone important in their lives, and ultimately grieve the fact that life will proceed without that person in their lives, the process can be a mixture of emotions both good and bad. But it is a process that is wholly unique for the individual.
In some cultures, this process has a defined set of steps that must be followed. For Native American tribes, the grieving practice is often incorporated into the processing of the burial arrangements, with each tribal community having a different set of operations that are incorporated into the traditional practices. Some of these specific practices are vastly different, oftentimes misunderstood or challenged by non-tribal people, from the "normal" process demonstrated throughout traditional America. But when you break it down, all the steps in the grieving process are present.
Director Ari Aster, who expertly crafted one of the best horror films of the last decade with Hereditary, which also featured one of the most stunning lead performances of 2018 from Toni Collette, returns for his sophomore film and focuses again on emotional trauma felt and caused by humanity. Midsommar is a film about clashing cultures, emotional codependency, and romantic manipulations wrapped up in dark shrouds of black humor.
Dani (Florence Pugh) is still grieving a family tragedy when her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) invites her to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer celebration in Sweden. Dani, lost in utter heartache and grasping to remaining fibers of her relationship with Christian, reluctantly pushes herself to commit to the trip. Not long after entering the mysterious community at the start of an 11-day festival, the couple begins to participate in strange rituals, drinking concoctions that lead to hallucinatory nightmares and partaking in bizarre ceremonies with unusual outcomes.
Midsommar functions on numerous levels, with influences ranging from films like The Wicker Man for thematic control and The Color of Pomegranates for color and design. However, the films of Ingmar Bergman seem most influential throughout the film, specifically Scenes from a Marriage pairs beautifully with the narrative components and tone being operated throughout this film.
It's within the narrative that Midsommar is most impressive. Aster has already proved with Hereditary why genre film is such a good vessel for complex narratives and emotional storytelling, but also why horror films can specifically evoke so many different types of emotions in the process of deeply affecting the viewer. Midsommar is operating with many of the same processes, but the story here is reaching farther, tackling issues of foreign predispositions, cultural misunderstandings, gender dominance, the power of femininity, relationship codependency, and the many meandering meanings of romantic relationships.
At its core, Midsommar is a break-up film mixed with the grieving process that follows the end of a relationship. It's an examination of that terrible relationship everyone has tried to save only to suddenly, and often times disastrously and painfully, come to the realization that it cannot be saved. Mr. Aster layers relationship concepts ingeniously throughout the film; through the ritual of cult ceremonies that operate as metaphors for sex and desire, through the process of aging and the death and dying rite involved in the relationship one has to another and the pain of moving forward without that person, and through the miscommunication of culture and tradition in examining just how different perceptions of love can be.
The composition of this film is familiar in tone and structure to Hereditary, however, the themes are fashioned in a far different way. The horror elements, which are violent and shocking throughout, accommodate the bleak yet humorous tone that Aster is trying to achieve. It's interesting that throughout this film, where the emotional strings are being plucked at vastly different strengths, the humor feels so natural. It helps bring some levity to the dark subject matter that is transpiring in bright daylight scenes, with sometimes tinged hallucinatory perspectives.
These concepts do not work without the brilliant performance from Florence Pugh, who in the first few minutes of the film completely invades the viewer's emotional space through devastating pain and sorrow. The remaining performance is a range of emotions that are genuinely composed. Jack Reynor plays Christian, the not-so-great boyfriend character, who convincingly displays that he is more self-obsessed and self-concerned than he is dedicated to his relationship.
Midsommar is a beautifully photographed film that is most often composed in the bright, shining sunlight. There is an uneasiness to horror films that operate in daylight, that the evil being orchestrated has no remorse for whatever it plans on doing in full, clear view. It's an achievement to the director of photography Pawel Pogorzelski, who has proven such an immense range with the collaboration with Ari Aster in two films. From stunning wide frame shots of peaceful yet inescapable environments to unnerving wandering shots seemingly taken from something watching in the clouds, all the way to the gory glory of shocking violence, it's all beautifully and purposefully rendered.
Midsommar is the second film for director Ari Aster, and it's already an impressive two-film catalog. Mr. Aster continues to strengthen his voice and skill set as a filmmaker, but his perception for how one can utilize genre to tell emotionally complicated stories is the real achievement for this filmmaker. Midsommar demonstrates that sometimes the scariest monster isn't a monster at all—sometimes it's the emotion connected with the fear of loss and outlook towards the unknown.
Movie Score: 4.5/5
Posted: 03 Jul 2019 08:13 AM PDT
If you missed Rick Grimes' big stand, the shocking introduction of The Whisperers, or the living dead blizzard in The Walking Dead Season 9, you can watch it all unfold from the comfort of your couch when the ninth season is released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on August 20th from Lionsgate.
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Posted: 02 Jul 2019 04:36 PM PDT
Before Zombieland 2: Double Tap is released in theaters this fall, Sony Pictures is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the horror comedy that taught us the essential rules of survival with a 4K Ultra HD release of the original Zombieland on October 1st:
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 04:23 PM PDT
After years of being in development with numerous artists attached, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's groundbreaking The Sandman comic book series will finally come to life, with the Dream of the Endless finding a home at Netflix.
According to multiple sources, including The Hollywood Reporter, an adaptation of Gaiman's The Sandman is moving forward at Netflix, with the streaming service signing a "massive financial deal" with Warner Bros. Television to adapt the DC comic book series, which was originally published from 1989–1996.
Netflix has ordered a 11-episode season that will be executive produced by Gaiman and David S. Goyer (who is also writing and producing a Hellraiser reboot), with the duo also co-writing the first episode with Allan Heinberg, who will serve as the showrunner and fellow executive producer.
Here's what Channing Dungey, the VP of Original Series at Netflix, had to say about The Sandman series:
For those unfamiliar with The Sandman, here's the synopsis for the upcoming series (via Netflix):
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on The Sandman, and let us know what you would like to see in the anticipated adaptation.
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Posted: 02 Jul 2019 02:31 PM PDT
With Fear The Walking Dead nearly halfway through its fifth season, The Walking Dead coming up on its tenth season, and Preacher on the verge of its fourth and final season, AMC is bringing all three shows to Comic-Con for Hall H panels, and we have a look at the full details and new key art for all three series.
Read on for details on AMC's Comic-Con panels, including The Terror: Infamy and NOS4A2, and check our Comic-Con online hub to keep up to date on all of our coverage of the convention!
Key art from AMC / Skybound:
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Posted: 02 Jul 2019 11:48 AM PDT
Fans of Wynonna Earp were disheartened to learn that funding for a fourth season was not available earlier this year. It looked like the series would not be coming back, but it has just been announced that IDW, SEVEN24 Films, Space, and SYFY have greenlit a new season that will debut in Summer 2020:
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Posted: 02 Jul 2019 11:08 AM PDT
In just a few hours, writer/director Ari Aster's latest genre effort, Midsommar, is set to arrive in theaters around the country. But before we raise our glasses and get lost in all the festivities, we've got one last set of interviews with three of the film's co-stars from the recent Midsommar press day: Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, and Vilhelm Blomgren.
During the interview, the trio talked about how Aster's work on Hereditary made him a filmmaker that they were excited to work with on this latest project, how the script for Midsommar was unlike anything they had ever read before, and their experiences on being immersed in the world of Hälsingland while shooting the film together in Hungary.
Check out our video interview with Poulter, Harper, and Blomgren below, go HERE to catch up on our previous coverage of Midsommar, and be sure to check out Midsommar in theaters this week!
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 09:16 AM PDT
While we're already getting a Clue-esque horror movie this August with Ready or Not, Rian Johnson has more manor murder mayhem in store for viewers with the release of Knives Out this November, and the movie's first trailer features a star-studded cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, and Daniel Craig.
Lionsgate will release Knives Out in theaters on November 27th. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates, and in the meantime, check out the official trailer and synopsis below:
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 08:52 AM PDT
An injured man without sight and a pregnant police officer must team up to survive ravenous zombies in DeadSight, and with the new horror movie out now on DVD, On Demand, and digital platforms from RLJE Films, we caught up with director Jesse Thomas Cook in our latest Q&A feature to discuss his approach to telling a new living dead tale, the movie's references to Night of the Living Dead and Resident Evil video games, and collaborating with his wife, Liv Collins, who stars in and co-wrote the film.
Thanks for taking the time to catch up with us, Jesse, and congratulations on DeadSight! When did you first read the screenplay by Liv Collins and Kevin Revie, and what made you want to bring this story to life on screen?
Jesse Thomas Cook: Zombies have always been my top sub-genre within horror. I had produced a zombie film in 2010 called Exit Humanity, but I always wanted the chance to direct my own undead story. Liv, Kevin, and I got together one weekend in October 2017 and started brainstorming ideas for zombie storylines. We settled on the plot of DeadSight and six weeks later we were on set filming it.
In addition to co-writing DeadSight, Liv Collins also stars as Mara Madigan. What made her the right fit for that role?
Jesse Thomas Cook: Liv and I got married about three months before we filmed DeadSight. We have three boys and this is the third film we've collaborated on. In fact, she was seven months pregnant with our youngest son Hollis when we filmed DeadSight. SO, I guess you could say the role was written for her.
Where did filming take place, and how long was your shooting schedule?
Jesse Thomas Cook: It was filmed in a couple of decrepit houses near Owen Sound, Ontario, and in an abandoned grain terminal building in Collingwood, Ontario. Filming took 11 days in December 2017, and then four follow-up pickup days in late April 2018.
Did Adam Seybold wearing a bandage over his eyes bring about any additional challenges during filming?
Jesse Thomas Cook: I literally had to direct Adam to where he was walking, and whether he was veering out of frame. He was adamant to go method, so it was up to me to ensure his safety and that he wasn't drifting too far away from his destination. It was a big relief once we reached the part in the film where he could discard the bandage.
Were you influenced or inspired by any films, TV series, or books while making Deadsight?
Jesse Thomas Cook: Definitely Night of the Living Dead… there's all sorts of references to NOTLD in DeadSight, from the lead character's name to opening on a graveyard and using the farmhouse and basement as big set pieces. I was also heavily influenced by some of the earlier Resident Evil video games. The film functions as a de facto Resident Evil fan-made film. With the police officer character having to complete these side missions, various weapons found and discarded, key items, and limited ammunition, and, of course, the big ending in a destabilized factory with the alarms sounding off.
Looking back at your time on set, is there a favorite or memorable moment that stands out?
Jesse Thomas Cook: It went smooth for the most part, but we actually lost a couple of media data cards and had to re-shoot a few scenes a few months after the main shoot, (which was in December 2017). We ended up going back in April 2018 to match the same look, and when the major snow drifts had thawed in Ontario. By that time, Liv had already given birth to our son, so she was now able to do more stunts and battle more zombies as a result.
Filming with Ry Barrett in the crappy trailer setting was a lot of fun, and perhaps was the only relaxed time we could have a dialogue scene in peace. Ditto for the basement scene between Liv and Adam. Those two scenes were nice to let the pacing breathe a bit and allow the actors to do their thing. It was also a lot of fun to see my wife blow the brains out of her two younger brothers, who were playing zombies in the scene where the undead besiege the trailer in the woods.
Ultimately, what do you hope viewers take away from DeadSight?
Jesse Thomas Cook: I'm hoping they'll enjoy the ride of witnessing a blind man and a pregnant police officer navigate their way in this undead world we created. And how we feel blind as an audience the first half of the film while we linger on Ben's character, and then we start to dwell more on Mara for the second half of the film, and the inevitably of the birth that will occur during this nightmare survival situation. Ultimately, [I hope] that they'll appreciate the inter-dependence of the two lead characters despite their vulnerabilities.
With DeadSight now on DVD, On Demand, and Digital HD from RLJE Films, what other projects do you have coming up that you're excited about, and where can our readers follow your work online?
Jesse Thomas Cook: www.foresightfeatures.com has all my older films' trailers and posters. I just finished editing Liv's directorial debut, which is a charming and awesome little road trip comedy film called To Hell with Harvey.
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