Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Takashi Shimizu's '7500' Trailer


As if flying in planes wasn't scary enough, directors LOVE to frighten me even more by making terrifying movies based on airplanes, and director, Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge), is no exception. The trailer for his newest horror, 7500, was just released, and it looks like it is most likely going to make me crap my pants and never fly alone again.

The thriller stars a slew of celebrities such as True Blood's Ryan Kwanten (YUMMY), Leslie Bibb, Amy Smart, and an almost unrecognizable Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween). Love the short hair and tats girl! But really, lets cut the whole "emo/goth/punk" look already. We get it; you aren't the sweet little girl that Rob Zombie first cast back in 2007. But I digress...

Anyway, the film follows a group of passengers on board flight 7500 as they head from LA to Japan. In rightful horror fashion, things seem to go awry while the plane is in mid-air and scary things begin to happen. At least, I hope they'll be scary.

A supernatural force starts to terrorize the unsuspecting passengers and they must band together to take it down, before it takes them down!

I really enjoyed The Grudge and I was truly frightened of it. There is just something about Asian horror films that scare the crap out of me and their superstitions frighten me even further. I have high hopes for Shimizu's latest film, however, I'm not sure how much he can do with such a confined space, such as an airplane.

Check out the trailer below and tell me what you think!




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Vampy New Comedy


If you loved the awkward and weird comedy of Jermaine Clement of Flight of the Concords and enjoyed his quirky romantic comedy, Eagle Vs. Shark, written and directed by Taika Waititi, then the news of their new vampire comedy in the works may excite you.

In an interview with IndieWire, Waititi briefly discussed the vampire project that he and Clement would love to bring to the screen. The pair has been developing the unnamed project for the past six years, as the vampire craze has blown up all over the small and big screens.

The writer and director joked , "We really thought, oh, you know, no one's doing vampire movies!..It’s taken so long that vampires are now very uncool... But we’re hoping to get a chance to make it."

Waititi did not delve too much into the project, only confirming that it would be a comedy. 
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Halloween Book In The Works


If you have been craving for a fix of the Halloween film franchise and don't think that you can hold out long enough for the most likely AWFUL remake, Halloween 3D (Seriously?), you can rejoice because Trancas International Films has just announced that it will release "Halloween: The Complete Authorized History" book, written by Justin Beahm in October 2013.

Trancas International Films released a statement, describing the newest addition to the Halloween legacy, stating: "Timed for release in October of 2013 in celebration of the series' 35th Anniversary, "Halloween: The Complete Authorized History" will tell the story of each picture via dozens of interviews with the people who made it happen, from directors to producers, composers to fx artists, writers to stunt personnel.

 The book, which will explore the history of 10 films, will include hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photos, documents, and historical magazine articles pertaining to the film's initial release. Beahm may be a familiar name to horror fans; he is a contributing editor for Fangoria magazine, senior writer at Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, and most recently, he is the Editor-In-Chief of HalloweenMovies.com.


Although the press release doesn't go into too much detail in regard to the book, such as what interviews will be featured and how much it will cost, fans are urged to watch for details on OfficialHalloweenBook.com and Facebook.com/HalloweenBook.



Saturday, January 28, 2012

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Married With Zombies Book Review


So, you're in a failing relationship and you're seriously trying everything you can to make things work, but nothing seems to want to give. You find yourself wanting to strangle the person you have to share the rest of your life with and you think to yourself--how could this be any worse?Throw in a zombie apocalypse and it might get a lot worse. However, in the horror-comedy novel, Married With Zombies, the rising of the dead may actually help save your marriage because as author, Jesse Petersen, says, "The couple who slays together, stays together."

The 2010 Orbit Books release follows a struggling married couple, Sarah and David, who are seeking counseling in an effort to salvage their marriage. The young couple fight and bicker constantly and nothing seems to be working, until a fateful trip to their marriage counselor changes their lives forever.

Along the way to their weekly appointment, Sarah notices that it is oddly quiet outside--there's no traffic on the usually packed Seattle highway, and there are no pedestrians around either. But, the young woman brushes it off and continues on to her destination. Once the couple arrive, they're in for a big surprise.

When Sarah and David first pull into the parking lot of their intended location, they immediately notice that something is off: the security guard who always greets them on their way in is missing from his usual post. Then, as the pair make their way inside, they notice that their doctor's assistant is missing as well. Not thinking much of it, the couple barge into the therapist's office and find her eating one of the couples that she had counseled.

What follows this scene is some good ol' fashioned zombie entertainment. The protagonists are thrust into a growing zombie apocalypse and they must make their way out of Seattle to survive. The reader gets to see Sarah and David as they work together, mend their marriage, and fight off the undead, all while encountering other survivors, some of whom happen to be crazy and in a cult.

The book reads like a movie, which is one of the reasons that I enjoyed it so much. It wasn't a difficult story to get into because the action starts immediately and Petersen has a knack at using her character's dialogue to characterize the pair very well. The author also writes in a witty and comedic tone, which helps to create an enjoyable atmosphere for a horror story.

I found the characters to be very likeable, especially Sarah, because the way that she thought and the things that she said were things that I would easily say myself. The characters aren't stuck up and pompous; they are very average and normal, every day people that anyone can relate to.

Petersen took a genre that has seriously been played out as of late and put her own, interesting spin on it. On the outside, Married With Zombies seems like a typical zombie story. However, when you actually read it and interpret it, it's really a story about love and the struggles that many relationships have to face and overcome in order to survive. In actuality, couples must face their own "zombie apocalypse" in daily life, as they work on maintaining their relationships.

Married With Zombies is actually a part of a trilogy known as, Living With the Dead. The two other Sarah and David books, Flip This Zombie and Eat Slay Love, follow the couple as they continue to build on their relationship while making a career out of exterminating zombies in their new world.

Petersen also published, In The Dead: Volume 1, which follows other survivors in Sarah and David's world, in nine different stories containing their own perspective of survival. The zombie enthusiast also published a short story entitled, Shambling With the Stars.

I highly recommend Married With Zombies if you are looking for a quick and entertaining zombie read. Not to mention, the cover is hot pink and super cute, and the author is a woman, which makes it even more promising and awesome! Girl Power!



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MC Randumb and Jewish Dave


If you're a fan of parody and comedy albums to the likes of Weird Al but find yourself seeking more horror-related songs, then "Songs in the Key of Murder," by MC Randumb and Jewish Dave, is perfect for you! The gangsta rap-horror duo's latest album features sinister sounds such as, "Murder Motel", "Murder 4 Fun", and "Bloody Murder", making the CD perfect for horror fans looking to get their musical fix.

MC Randumb (Trent Fewkes) and Jewish Dave (Dave Rosen), were originally members of a Las Vegas comedy group called, The Polar Bear MCs, or, The Killa Korpse Gangstaz, which formed in 2003. The popular Vegas performers were a group of eight comedians that put on daily shows and concerts for audiences on the strip. During this time, Fewkes and Rosen decided that they wanted to form their own group and work together on their shared love of horror.

The two performers created their first album, Songs in the Key of Murder, online, and released it on Christmas Day, 2011, making it a perfect stocking stuffer for the morally misguided. Each song on the horror-themed album contains the word "murder" in the title and includes pop-culture and horror movie references. The duo also created a music video for their first single, Shut Your Mouth (Or You're Gonna Get Murdered).

Randumb and Dave are hoping to create more music videos for their album and are currently working on a short film, based on four songs from their album, which includes a narrative based off of their song "Murder Motel"--which happens to be my favorite song.

The pair also created a simple and addictive horror-themed game to go along with their album. The puzzle game, Musta Been Murder, allows players to play with severed body parts as they try to fit them into their designated graves. While playing the game, the gamer is also rewarded with songs from the group's album, as well as actual prizes such as free song downloads and movie tickets to Las Vegas' Grindhouse Theatre.

For more information on the horror-parody group, or to listen to their songs, go to http://www.mcrandumbjewishdave.bandcamp.com. To play their game, Musta Been Murder, Click Here


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Paranormal Activity 3 Review


Whenever you find yourself in an argument with your mother, thinking that she is a total bitch, stop and remember--it could be worse. She could be like the women in the Paranormal Activity series. At least she didn't make a deal with a demon in exchange for wealth and power. Now, that's a bitch.

 The third installment in the found-footage series is set as a prequel to its predecessors. The film follows Katie and Kristi as young girls, showcasing how the demon came into their lives and how the activity actually started. The entirety of the movie follows the young girls as well as their skeptical mother and her filmmaker boyfriend, Dennis. What starts off as innocent fun, obviously turns into something sinister and unexpected.

We begin with Kristi and her husband, Daniel, as they prepare for the arrival of their son, Hunter. Katie comes over with some family memorabilia, which includes home videos. However, before the girls get a chance to watch them, someone trashes Kristi's house and steals them! Then, mysteriously, the audience is shown the missing home videos, allowing us to see how the paranormal activity all began. 

The audience is brought into the new home of Julie(Lauren Bittner), Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith) and the two girls, played by Chloe Csengery and Jessica Tyler Brown. Dennis, a wedding filmmaker, decides to go around the house with a camera after hearing strange noises. It doesn't amount to much until one night, during a failed attempt to make a sex tape, the filmmaker catches something ghostly on film. This prompts the excited boyfriend to set up surveillance around the house.

While all of this is going on, Kristi has been carrying on an "imaginary" friendship with someone named "Toby." Uh, that's a pretty pansy-ass name for a big bad demon, if you ask me. BUT, it doesn't make him any less bad ass or violent. Dennis and Julie take note of Kristi's friendship, however, Julie brushes it off as an active child's imagination; Dennis is convinced that something more weird is going on, and he's right.

As in the first two films, the paranormal activity builds up from very small and subtle things to exaggerated and frightening. While the movie progresses, the audience sees that Kristi is becoming more resistant to Toby, which makes him angry. Once Toby becomes mad--everyone in the house is pretty much in deep crap.

There were a few insanely creepy scenes and I found myself gripping onto my couch and closing my eyes--which I barely ever do. During the film, I forgot that I was watching a movie and found myself reacting as if the paranormal activity was actually happening to me, which was why I was a total girl and started to close my eyes!

There is just something about little kids in horror movies that makes the film instantly creepier. The scenes where little Kristi would just go running by the bedroom door or run around the house scared me because little kids are just creepy! The sound of her feet hitting against the floor as she giggled made me very uncomfortable.

By the time that the pretty babysitter comes over, the activity has gotten more active and she finds that out first hand. Personally, the scene that freaked me out the most, was the scene where the revolving camera shows the babysitter sitting at the kitchen table with a raised sheet behind her. It was something so subtle but I found the timing and the way that the scene was set up to be very effective.

Eventually, the activity gets so bad that Julie actually starts to believe in Dennis. She and Dennis take the girls to the grandmother's house for safety, and that turns out to be a big mistake. Bitches be crazy!

At this point, so many weird and unexplained things happen and I found myself yelling at the screen for Dennis to just run and leave the weird little girls behind. We see the Micah-lookalike as he walks around the dark and empty house, searching for his girlfriend and her daughters, while mysterious things begin happening. One of which is when he opens a door and there's a room full of crazy old broads--UM FREAKED ME OUT! Not only do I hate children, but I hate creepy old people too.

As the last scenes begin to unfold and become more and more confusing, we realize that things aren't going to be good for Dennis, especially when there are a bunch of power-hungry witches who are after you. Once the movie ended in an obvious way, I found myself sitting on my couch with a confused look on my face. Uh, what the hell?

I enjoyed the film, I really did, however, I feel as though the filmmakers and writers are trying to make the series into something that it is not. The whole story with the witches making a deal with the demon just seems a little farfetched and I didn't like that part. Why can't this demon just be haunting the little girl? Just leave it as is and let it be.

Despite my gripe, I could overlook the ridiculous story because I went into the film with a lighthearted attitude. It's not supposed to be extremely enlightening and Oscar-worthy material; it's just supposed to be fun and scare the hell out of you. I don't think that the Paranormal Activity movies are watched for their storyline; the movies are watched for entertainment. The acting was also done very well, especially the two girls who played Katie and Kristi.

I recommend this one if you're looking for something fun to watch and you're in the mood to be scared. Don't be one of those jerks who goes into the film with the attitude, "Oh, who films things when you're running for your life, blah, blah, blah"--Just shut up. It's a movie. It's fun. It's not supposed to make sense. If he didn't film what was happening then, how the hell would we see it? So, get over it, eat your popcorn and just watch the damn movie. Thank you.








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Run For Your Lives Race Expands Across the U.S.


Whenever I'm at the grocery store or stuck in traffic, surrounded by inconsiderate aholes and their annoying children, I sometimes find myself HOPING for a zombie apocalypse to occur. A world with just a few people would be amazing to me. In the meantime, while I wait for that dream to come true, I can participate in the 5k zombie race, Run For Your Lives, and now, more of you can too! The creators of the annual race, Reed Street productions, recently announced that they have added 12 more cities to their usual one location!

Last year, the race garnered over 10,000 participants, making the group realize that they should expand. Managing member of Reed Street Productions and co-creator of Run For Your Lives, Ryan Hogan, told STYD,"Even before we officially launched the first race in Darlington, we started planning to invade other popular cities. We'd received so much demand and interest from consumers in the U.S. and abroad that we knew we needed to expand,"

Hogan continued, "We learned a lot from our first race and are excited to bring the improved Run For Your Lives experience to zombie-enthusiasts and runners. The zombies are coming to a city near you; get ready to Run For Your Lives!"

The Run For Your Lives 5k race is an obstacle course that pits the participants against "zombies" as they try and complete the course without being "eaten." Since the race is of the non-violent nature, and participants can't actually be eaten, runners wear a flag football belt containing 3 flags, which they must keep safe. If the runner loses all of their flags by the end of the race--they've become the walking dead. Umm, awesome, right?

Registration for each event opens up three months prior to the date of the race. Participants will receive a race shirt, admission to the Apocalypse Party, and a medal showcasing their survival or death. The top male and female winners will receive prizes for each age bracket as well.

Not a runner? No problem! The event also needs volunteers to help hand out water, direct runners throughout course, interact with spectators, and much more!

If some of you are thinking that this is all just a waste of time--it's not. All proceeds to the event are donated to the American Red Cross. So, runner or not, one should get out there and watch the action; it's for a good cause!

I am beyond excited to hear that this event has expanded to more cities around the U.S. because I have been DYING to do this. I saw the race featured on an episode of "Attack of the Show" and it looked like so much fun; it was like a giant Halloween party!

Below are the cities that will be holding the Run For Your Lives 5k Race:

  • Atlanta – March 3
  • Boston – May 5
  • Minneapolis – June 2
  • Indianapolis – June 23
  • Denver – July 14
  • Seattle/Portland – Aug. 4
  • St. Louis – Aug. 18
  • Pittsburgh –  Sept. 1
  • Toronto – Sept. 15
  • San Diego/Los Angeles – Oct. 20
  • Baltimore – Oct. 27
  • Austin – Dec. 15
So, who in Boston wants to do this with me?!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Evil Dead Remake Loses its Star


Variety reports that the Evil Dead remake has already lost star Lily Collins; the Mirror Mirror actress has reportedly dropped out of the remake due to scheduling conflicts. Hmmm, maybe this is a sign that the film shouldn't be made.

Collins was set to star as Mia, a drug addicted young adult who is taken to a cabin in the woods to detox(Um, okay. That's super campy and hilarious, just like the original. So, that makes total sense). While at the cabin, the group stumbles upon The Book of the Dead and possession ensues. The actress' character was supposed to be set up as the new "Ash", only less funny. I personally still cannot get over the fact that there is no Ash in this remake.

The film is being directed by Fede Alvarez and the script is being revised by Juno-scribe, Diablo Cody. Now with the loss of its star, audiences may start to worry whether or not the movie is still going to release on April 12, 2013. Me? I could really care less.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

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Interview with Tom DeNucci


What would you do if you suddenly found yourself stuck in the middle of a zombie uprising? In the new film, Infected, rising star, Tom DeNucci, got to experience just that, and I was lucky enough to speak to him about his role as Andrew Hartley, a young man who picks the wrong day to go hunting.

Many of you may not recognize DeNucci just yet, but you will; the Cranston, Rhode Island native already has three features under his belt and has starred alongside big names such as Robert Englund, William Forsythe, and Michael Madsen. The young actor, who got a taste for film in high school, later was introduced to director, Glenn Ciano, and producer, Chad Verdi, of Woodhaven Productions in Rhode Island.
 In 2011, the newcomer landed the role as Officer Pax in Inkubus, a horror that followed a demon, played by Englund, as he stalks a small police station on its final night before being demolished. The actor stood out in a film full of movie vets, as a cocky rookie cop with something to prove.
It was his experience working on Inkubus which helped him to land a role in Infected. DeNucci explains,"Director Glenn Ciano, and Producer Chad Verdi, cast me in Inkubus, and I had a great experience working with those guys. Infected was just a screenplay at the time, and Glenn asked me to read for the part of Andrew. I kind of fell in love with the character, and was able to nab the role. "
Infected is a 70's throwback, zombie horror that follows a small town as it deals with the rising dead. The actor states, "Infected is basically a family hunting and camping trip gone horribly wrong. It boils down to a father and son survival tale."
DeNucci insists that the flick is different than most of the zombie films that have been thrown at audiences lately because it focuses on the origins of the outbreak. He says, "We get a chance to witness the early onset of the outbreak. A lot of times you're just thrown into these post apocalyptic situations, and in Infected we get to see it unfold from square one. "

The role of Andrew is much different than his role of Pax. The actor says, "I play Andrew, who comes into the father son getaway in a pretty fractured state to begin with. His girl just kicked him to the curb, and now he's forced to spend a few isolated days with his absentee father, played by Michael Madsen. It's really fun to play a character with a chip on his shoulder."
Both Infected and Inkubus were made by the same production company, making for an ideal filming experience. DeNucci says that a lot of the same crew worked on set, which helped to improve the film altogether. 
He explains his experience working on Infected, "It was very much like a big camping adventure. We were deep in the woods of Foster, Rhode Island, and there definitely was a feeling of isolation. It was kind of like camp, and we just happened to be making a movie. This really brought the actors and the crew together, and everyone really gelled as a team."
 So how does the actor feel about getting to work with such established actors? The horror stud states, "It's been as amazing as you could imagine and then some. Michael Madsen, William Forsythe, Joey Pants [Fatone], I mean, I grew up watching these guys; getting inspired by these guys. To get a chance to share the screen with them and learn from them, has been incredible."
Audiences can expect to see more of DeNucci within the coming months. Along with the release of Infected, the actor has been working on a screenplay called, Self Storage, a story that centers around a young security guard who discovers the terrifying truth behind the storage facility that he works for. He says, "It's kind of a love letter to late 80's, early 90's horror films, loaded with pop culture; the movies, I grew up on...I'm hoping to produce the film, alongside Woodhaven, before the end of 2012. "

The Infected star is also writing a play,"about a few knock-around guys that commit low level crimes, based out of a Trucking and Auto garage, that takes place in the late 70's. I'm all about period pieces."

DeNucci, whose favorite zombie movie is Land of the Dead, is one to watch. He's talented, and not to mention, he's easy on the eyes.

Lookout for Infected, which should be released around Halloween 2012. For more info on DeNucci and Infected, visit his Twitter @TomDeNucci, or go to www.woodhavenfilms.com.



Saturday, January 21, 2012

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Interview with Matt Mogk of the Zombie Research Society


Have you ever wondered if your love for zombies could be turned into a career? That question has crossed my horror-obsessed mind on numerous occasions so, you can imagine my delight when I discovered the Zombie Research Society (ZRS), and realized that there are other people out there who are just as crazy about zombies as I am, only, they've done something productive with their fanaticism. I had the opportunity to interview the head of ZRS, Matt Mogk, who was more than excited to discuss his line of work.

Mogk, zombie enthusiast and published author, has always been obsessed with zombies and one day he decided to do something about it. While indulging in his favorite zombie films, like, "Night of the Living Dead," Mogk's mind began running wild with ideas, "I realized along the way that I would be more scared in real life...It [a zombie outbreak]would be a lot worse for real."  Mogk started to question simple ideas like how would a zombie look and act, and more importantly, how would it actually hunt you?

It was during his time as a grad student at NYU where Mogk really started to put his zombie ideas together and do some actual research on the topic. The founder, who convinced his professors to let him do his thesis on zombies, began contacting other individuals for his research when he learned something interesting, "I started to call real experts in different fields...Some people turned out to be interested in zombies as well."

Naturally, Mogk decided to form a group filled with experts and zombie lovers alike; that group became known as : the Zombie Research Society. ZRS is filled with individuals of all different professions, from all over the country. The group includes neuroscientists, doctors, authors, professors, and the Godfather of Zombies himself--George A. Romero.

"I met him a year and a half ago. He's really good friends with [ZRS Board Member] Steven [Schlozman, MD], who made the suggestion of asking him to become a member."

The board is made up of 12 members, and is currently looking for female members. Although, not just anyone can apply to be a member of the advisory board; one must be invited and express a level of interest in the field as well. Mogk explains that most of their research is does online, due to the locations of ZRS' board members. However, the group does try to meet once a year to discuss and present their findings.

When asked how ZRS goes about conducting their research, Mogk explains that a lot of what ZRS looks at is very specific and related to whatever stories are going on in the news, or they try to answer questions that ZRS members send in.

When I questioned if the evidence that ZRS presents is all completely plausible, the founder responded, "No definitely not. People come up with ideas...we try to poke holes in stuff. We try not to be preachers."

Mogk went on to say, "Anybody who tells you how to survive will be the first to be eaten. It's all theory."

One of Mogk's favorite theories is the idea of how zombies would hunt, if they were real, "We came up with this notion that zombies hunt by sense of touch...With The Walking Dead it's sense of smell; in movies it's sense of sight..."

He continued, "If we think that zombies don't work together then why are they always walking around together? Maybe it's because they are hunting by sense of touch." Mogk threw in the thought of how zombies are always walking around with their arms out in front of them. Many people make the false assumption that this is due to rigor-mortis, however, in death, one does not have rigor-mortis. ZRS explains that zombies always have their arms out in front of them because they use their sense of touch to hunt their prey, differentiating between warm bodies and cold bodies.

Mogk and ZRS like to conduct their research as if a zombie outbreak can actually happen. ZRS believes that an outbreak is possible, however, it will be much different than what horror fans see in zombie films. Mogk explains, "You never know what it's like until it happens. It's not going to be what we're used to."

The research group likes to take a scientific approach to the idea and some of their findings are terrifying. In an interview with a virologist, Mogk questioned the new "living zombie", or the zombies that arise due to infection, and the virologist insisted that it could be possible. The woman explained that with the resources we have today, a man-made virus can be created in a lab, like the ones that can cause an infection, without a problem. Talk about scary.

Although Mogk disagrees, I believe that our government already has a virus, similar to the zombie virus, already made up, ready to use on our enemies. If they have the resources, then, why not?

The founder went on to describe how "Night of the Living Dead" is his favorite zombie film due to the influences it had on several big names in the horror industry, such as Wes Craven and Sam Raimi. Mogk reasons his love for the cult classic by insisting that it was the first film of its kind and says that it remains an important film not only for the zombie genre, but to the horror genre as well.

The ZRS founder, whose weapon of choice during an outbreak would be a practical weapon such as a bat, will reappear on an episode of AMC's, "The Talking Dead," with Chris Hardwick in February. Mogk's non-fiction guide, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies" is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle.

Mogk warns individuals to stay where they are when an outbreak happens and concludes, "Good luck trying to get out of a city when the dead rise."

For more information on the Zombie Research Society and its founder, please go to www.zombieresearchsociety.com.





  

















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The Last Exorcism Sequel Gets a Director


After the success of the 2010 docu-style psychological horror, The Last Exorcism, it was pretty much a given that a sequel would be made. The film already had writer Damien Chazelle and star, Ashley Bell, attached and now the horror has found it's director: Ed Glass-Donnelly. The "found footage" horror is set to begin filming next month.

The first film, which was made with $1.6 million, ranked in a whopping $62.5 million worldwide. The Eli Roth produced film was rated PG-13 and this time around, producers are pushing to amp up the horror with an 'R' rating.

Deadline reports that the film will start shooting in New Orleans early next month and like the first film, Roth will be producing via Arcade Pictures with Eric Newman, Marc Abraham, and Tom Bliss from Strike Entertainment.

The first installment revolved around a documentary crew as they followed Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) on his last exorcism. Marcus intended to show the world that exorcisms were indeed fake and he takes the crew a long with him to perform an exorcism on a young girl named Nell (Bell). What follows the exorcism has Marcus and the crew questioning their sanity and faith as things spiral out of their control.

I personally loved The Last Exorcism, despite a lot of hate that the film got for it's ending. Similar to The Devil Inside, this film ends abruptly as well, making the audience question what was actually happening. However, I didn't find the ending to be too abrupt and I enjoyed the mystery that we were left with.

I am extremely excited about the sequel but, I kind of wish that they would just leave the film alone, leaving us still unsure of what actually happened in the first film. With a sequel, the magic that was created by the first film may be lost and too much may be explained. Either way, I will be seeing this because I want to see where the filmmakers are going to take the story.






Friday, January 20, 2012

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New Game Trailer for Resident Evil 6!


Excuse me for a moment while I have a total nerdgasm.

Capcom has just made my year by unveiling the new trailer for Resident Evil 6, which will be released on November 20, 2012, for the XBOX 360 and Playstation 3, with a PC version to follow shortly after. The game finally takes us back to its roots with the reappearance of Zombies! Woohoo! Gamers will also see the familiar faces of Chris Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy who must work together to stop the zombie outbreak once and for all.

The game takes place 10 years after the initial zombie outbreak in Raccoon city and the President of the U.S. (it ain't Obama) has decided to reveal the truth behind the incident. But, uh-oh, he suffers a 'bioterrorist attack' and turns into a zombie!

In a press release, Capcom reveals the game details:

"Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, is very proud to announce that Resident Evil® 6 is in full development and scheduled for release on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on November 20, 2012, with a Windows PC version to follow. Blending action and survival horror, this latest installment in the multi-million selling franchise is the most ambitious, immersive, and feature-rich title of the series to date and promises to be the dramatic horror experience of the year.

It has been ten years since the Raccoon City incident, and the President of the United States has decided to reveal the truth behind what took place in the belief that it will curb the current resurgence in bioterrorist activity. Due to be by the President’s side is his personal friend and Raccoon City survivor, Leon S. Kennedy, but when the venue suffers a bioterrorist attack, Leon is forced to face a President transformed beyond recognition and make his hardest ever decision. At the same time, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance member Chris Redfield arrives in China, itself under threat of a bioterrorist attack. With no country safe from these attacks and the ensuing outbreaks, the entire world’s population is united by a common fear that there is no hope left.

In a first for the franchise, Resident Evil 6 sees series favorites Leon and Chris come together to face this unprecedented threat. They will be joined by new characters, each with their own unique perspective and involvement, in this relentless dramatic horror experience enacted on a global scale.

Resident Evil 6 represents a giant stride forward in the evolution of the series,” commented Katsuhiko Ichii, Head of R&D and Global Marketing. “The development team, led by Hiroyuki Kobayashi, is working tirelessly to deliver the most impressive Resident Evil® title ever both in terms of scope and production values. We are all genuinely excited by the title and cannot wait to share it with the world.”
Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Resident Evil 6 Executive Producer added: “From the outset the team’s intention was to create an experience that delivers a gripping storyline, tense single-player and co-op action all set against a constant theme of horror. We are calling this fusion 'dramatic horror' and are confident it will resonate with both existing fans of the series as well as newcomers.”

Check out the trailer below and try to control your girlish giddiness!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Screenwriter David Kajganic takes "The Stand"


Fans of the Stephen King classic, The Stand, may be excited to learn that the upcoming film adaptation, directed by Ben Affleck, has just hired screenwriter, David Kajganich, to helm the post-apocalyptic tale.

Kajganich has experience in adapting King's unique wording and characters; he also wrote the screenplay for the 1986 clown-horror, IT. Producers for The Stand, Roy Lee and Doug Davison, also worked with the screenwriter on "IT" as well.

The film is still in the early stages of development and no casting has been set yet. The movie is based on the 1978 bestselling book, argued to be King's best, following a group of survivors who must choose between good or evil after most of the American population is wiped out from a virus. The story was initially made into a miniseries in 1994 and starred Gary Sinise.
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Resident Evil: Retribution Teaser Trailer


The trailer for the latest installment in the Resident Evil franchise is finally upon us! It looks like there is a lot going on in this film, including the appearance of Ada Wong, flying creatures (I don't remember them being in the game) and a ginormous-looking monster that resembles a Licker on roids. Plus, Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) is back, despite turning into a zombie and being killed by Alice in the first film.

I'm excited to see the film and see how they explain Rain's return. Apparently, this film takes place directly where Resident Evil: Afterlife ended, and considering that Ali Larter and Wentworth Miller aren't in this film, it's safe to say that Claire and Chris Redfield will probably be played by other actors.

All in all, I'm excited to learn about the new creatures and to see where this film is going to take the franchise! Check out the trailer below and tell me what you guys think! I need my zombie fix now.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Liv Tyler to Star in New Ti West Movie


Hmmm...what could be worse than getting your period while your stuck in space? Um, not getting it because you've somehow gotten yourself prego. That's the scenario to the newest Ti West movie, The Side Effect, which has just landed it's leading lady: Liv Tyler. Tyler will play protagonist Catherine Rigby, a test subject who finds herself pregnant while alone in space. That's a bummer.

The psychological thriller will most likely follow West's slow-burn style and it's outer space setting is perfect for the elements of paranoia and hysteria that the director is brilliant at creating. Deadline reports that the film is being produced by Double Hope Films' Ted Hope and Peter Phok, who previously worked with West on The House of the Devil (My FAVORITE) and the newly released, The Innkeepers (SO GOOD).

Tyler told Deadline that West is "a super-talented exciting young filmmaker. The role of Rigby is a fantastic character within a great thriller and I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into the part.”

The film has just been announced and there are no further details at this time. I'm already excited because I clearly have a gigantic crush on the director and I know that this film won't disappoint. Plus, any movie set in space already has an automatic creep-factor built into it, and I can only imagine how much more terrifying the story will be including a pregnancy. Imagine afterbirth in space? GAH!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Author Deno Sandz Releases "Blood Plantation"


Slavery was a harrowing and painful time in itself but imagine if the spirits of all who perished and suffered during that time could come back and seek revenge. Upcoming author, Deno Sandz takes that supernatural element and adds it along with his recollection of the history of slavery in his new thriller, Blood Plantation. The book is available now on Amazon.

 Blood Plantation is set at a Bed&Breakfast in Virginia, which is owned by the great, great, great granddaughter of Captain Rollins the 3rd. The residence was once known as "the big house" of the plantation, where fifty years ago, many lost their lives, including the slave, SOTO (The Shores of the Evil Soul).

In 1810, SOTO watched as his wife and crew members were killed by Rollins and then he met his own fate after being captured and thrown overboard by the plantation owner. Now, the vengeful spirit of SOTO has come back to take revenge on all those in Rollins' family, starting with his granddaughter and her husband.

Sandz hopes that his newest novel will, " Inflict remembrance and have readers examine the reality of history with a fictional supernatural eye." The story follows a love between a husband and wife, an evil that can never be forgiven, and a spirit that will never die.


The author, originally from the South, now resides in Chicago, Illinois. The father of six has been writing for the past ten years and has published the following works: "Miss Mary Weather: A Southern Nightmare”; “Pen of Iniquity”; “I,AM".

For more on the new author, readers can follow him on Twitter and Facebook.





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Jessica Lange to Return to American Horror Story


What would American Horror Story be like without Constance (Jessica Lange)? The answer: It just wouldn't be the same. That's why AHS fans alike can rejoice because Lange hinted that she will return to the hit FX series next season! The downside is, she won't be playing the infamous ladykiller next door.

Following her much deserved Golden Globes win, Lange discussed the possibility of returning to the horror-drama but insists that nothing is set in stone yet. Oh, c'mon. Ryan Murphy isn't stupid enough to let you get away Ms. Lange!

When asked who else would be returning for the second season, which will star an entirely new cast and have an entirely new storyline, Lange explained that it's completely up to the producers and who they want back. She did mention that the stars who are coming back will play different roles. I really hope that Kate Mara isn't one of them #annoyingashell (yeah, I just put a hashtag in my story).

Shortly after the end of the debut season, creater Ryan Murphy stated that Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton most likely wouldn't return for a second season. Tear.

I still can't wait to see where Murphy takes the show and I'm super excited to see how it carries on as an anthology series.




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Nic Cage to Star in Dark Highway


Nicolas Cage...Elvis lover, vampire, awesomely bad actor, and the new lead in the horror, Dark Highway. The film, which is being directed by Bruce McDonald (Pontypoole), is in the early stages of development and those involved are narrowed in to the "Ghost Rider" star to play their protagonist.

McDonald spoke to The Chronicle Herald about the film and when they will begin filming, stating, "Now it's all about timing, and everybody's schedule."

The movie is being described as a supernatural thriller about a man who is trying to get somewhere while being chased, only, he's not sure if what's happening is real or in his imagination.

By the sound of the storyline, I'd say that Cage is perfect to play a lunatic because he is indeed a lunatic. The role will probably require him to do a lot of screaming, which he just so happens to be brilliant at. 

I'm actually excited about this because I've heard great things about McDonald's "Pontypoole", and I'm sure that this film will be just as decent. Plus, I also slightly love Nicolas Cage because, how could you not?

This actually gives me an awesome opportunity to show you one of my FAVORITE Nicolas Cage clips of all time. Thank me later.


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Seth Cohen Vs. the Universal Soldier


Okay, so, first Adrien Brody was cast as the protagonist in the remake of Predator (huh?) and now ADAM Brody from "The OC" has just been cast to play opposite 90's badass, Jean-Claude Van Damme, in a new Lord of the Flies-esque thriller? All right...that'll work I guess.

Variety reports that Brody and Van Damme will star in, Welcome to the Jungle, a thriller directed by Rob Meltzer. The film also stars Rob Huebel, Dennis Haysbert, and Kristen Schaal.

The movie will follow a group of coworkers who go on a retreat to a tropical island (Um, hi--can I please have a job where I can go on vacation retreats? Thanks.) Unfortunately (not for us, because then we wouldn't have a movie), the group gets sidetracked and they become stranded in the middle of nowhere, resulting in complete chaos.

The situation escalates to "Lord of the Flies" proportions and it's up to Brody to stand up the the power-hungry leader (I'm guessing that's Van Damme), and save his coworkers from their doom. Aw that sounds...boring and unoriginal.

Next.
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Playback Starring Christian Slater


Oh, Christian Slater, why has it been so long since I've seen you last? Lucky for me, and Slater fans alike, his new horror film, Playback, will release on VOD on February 3, followed by a theatrical release on March 9! I can only hope that he will be as crazy in this film as he was as J.D. in "Heathers".

The film, written and directed by Michael Nickles, follows a group of typical high school teens who are just looking for some fun. For some odd reason, the group decides that it would be fun to delve into their town's infamous past, which involved a serial killer who videotaped his killings. Obviously, the kids go back to the house where all the murders took place and well...we all know what will most likely follow.

From the looks of the trailer, Slater's character appears to be the killer, but, I could be wrong. There also seems to be some weird-crazy girl who is in love with him and wants to see her man in action. Ugh, why do sadists actually exist? ANYWAY...the movie looks pretty decent and I'm a little excited to see more.

Along with the mighty fine Slater, the flick also stars the lovely Alessandra Torresani (love her), Toby Hemingway, and two other people I don't really know or care about, and most likely, neither do you.

Check out the trailer below and tell me what you think!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Shaun of the Dead Lego Set


A few weeks ago, a Shaun of the Dead fan who goes by the name Yatkuu, rigged up a Lego set based on the zombie-parody. The piece was an awesome and intricately created set of the characters from the film, as legos, at the infamous Winchester Pub.

Unfortunately, the set wasn't real, which made me absolutely depressed. However, Legos created a website called CUUSOO, where fans can vote for their favorite Lego ideas. If the idea receives 10,000 votes, the company will consider making the idea into an official Lego set.

Here's where you come in: It's up to the fans to vote and get this AWESOME Shaun of the Dead Lego set made. All you need to do is click here to VOTE. It's simple and easy and just imagine having an actual Shaun of the Dead Lego set as a part of your horror collection!

Spread the word and vote!


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New Walking Dead Poster



Awesome, right? The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, February 12--just in time for Valentine's Day! Only one more month.

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Goosebumps Movie in the Works!


If you grew up in the 90's, you most definitely read and/or watched R.L. Stine's teen-horror series, Goosebumps. As a kid, some of his stories truly frightened me and the series was equally creepy. Now, kids of the 90's can relive the fear that Stine brought to their childhoods because a big screen "Goosebumps" movie is currently in the works!

The Hollywood Reporter states that screenwriter, Darren Lemke, has been hired for the Columbia Pictures project, which is set to re-imagine over 50 of Stine's terrifying tales. Lemke will work alongside Sony's Original Films' Neal Moritz and Scholastic Entertainment's Deborah Forte who will produce.

The movie rights were first purchased in May 2008 but Columbia Pictures hasn't liked any of the initial writers who have taken a crack at writing the script. The film company is hoping that Lemke, who previously worked on "Shrek Forever", is the perfect fit to helm the new film.

It is unknown whether the film will be a whole new story or if it will follow some of Stine's most popular stories within the "Goosebumps" series. No release date has been given.

I can't wait!

Friday, January 13, 2012

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Check into the Bates Motel


Just when you thought it was safe to go in the shower, A&E announces that they are currently in the process of reviving Norman Bates in their "Psycho" television series aptly titled, Bates Motel. The series will serve as a prequel to the Hitchcock classic which delves into Norman's past, including his infamous relationship with his lovely mother.

Today, A&E released the following statement: "Bates Motel serves as a prequel to the most famous fright film of all-time, Psycho. A&E is currently in script development. Bates Motel will give viewers an intimate understanding of how Norman Bates' psyche developed from his childhood through his teen years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first hand how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged Norman, helping forge the most well-known serial killing motel owner in history."

I'm excited to see that more horror is making its way onto the small screen, however, I'm not sure how A&E will do with this series, considering the quality of their programming at the moment. I would be more excited if this series were being developed on AMC, who have been striking television gold as of late, BUT, I guess I'll give the network the benefit of the doubt.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Trailer for "Re5ident Evil: Retribution" On the Way


Resident Evil actress, Milla Jovovich, took to her twitter page to confirm that the first trailer for the fifth installment, Re5ident Evil: Retribution, will be revealed next week!

Jovovich explained to her followers that in a conversation with her hubby--and the movie's creator--Paul W.S. Anderson, the teaser for the upcoming 3D zombie-action flick will appear online on January 18. Jovovich then went on to confirm that the trailer will appear in the coming attractions of the newest "Underworld" film, out on January 20.

All I have to say is this: I can't wait and I really wish that Milla could be my best friend. Maybe one day...
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Michael Biehn Says Working on The Divide Got Nasty


In an interview with Bloody-Disgusting, actor Michael Biehn discussed the less than ordeal conditions he experienced while working with his cast in the upcoming horror, The Divide. The actor explains that everyone on the set, "F*cking hated each other."

The post-apocalyptic horror, coming out on January 13, also stars Rosanna Arquette, Milo Ventimiglia, and Lauren German. The "Aliens" star explained to BD that writer, Karl Mueller, gave the cast the opportunity to re-write certain parts of the script and improvise a lot, causing several of the actors to get jealous.

The star stated, "Because when you get actors like me and Rosanne [Arquette] and some people used to working that way, you know...if somebody says you can do anything you want, we're just improving our asses off, trying to get screen time...other people are like 'Hey, wait a sec, that was my scene..."

Biehn went on to compare his work on the film to his experiences working with Cameron Crowe and Michael Bay, and explained how a lot of people would assume the two directors were difficult to work with, however, Biehn explained that working with them was nothing compared to working on The Divide, "There was more tension on this set than anything I've ever been on before."

Geez. Apparently, the actors got really nasty on the set, according to the star, and that's a shame because I'd like to think I could actually be besties with Ventimiglia and German if I had the chance. This information is a bit off-putting and has me second guessing the actors. BUT, I guess if you are fighting for your job, things are bound to get a bit nasty and competitive. Oh well. I'm still excited to see the film, if not more than I was initially.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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Roddy Piper is a Bad Ass


When I met Rowdy Roddy Piper this past October, I was in awe as I watched him put my younger brother into a sleeper hold, while wearing a neck brace. In that moment, I learned that Roddy Piper is still a bad ass mofo, and he always will be. My favorite film of his is of course, They Live, and now Piper is once again killing aliens in his new flick, Alien Opponent.

The film, produced by Synthetic Cinema and directed by Colin Theys, follows a group of individuals who try to kill an alien that crash-lands in the middle of  a junkyard. The junkyard's owner offers a $100,000 reward for anyone who can get rid of the unknown species, and Piper plays a priest intent on finishing the job. Along with the wrestler, Jeremy London plays one of the men after the bounty.

The film is produced by the same team that brought us Steve Niles' Remains, which aired on Chiller. The film will hit shelves on April 3 and from the looks of the trailer, it looks like it is going to be one awesomely bad movie!
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ATM Gets VOD Release


If you're like me, you are paranoid about EVERYTHING--including going to the ATM machine. You never know when some crazy dude will show up and wait to rob and/or kill you on your way out. Well, director David Brooks apparently thinks the same way that I do because his new movie, ATM, takes that scenario and makes it a reality.

According to IFC midnight, the film, which follows three young co-workers who are unexpectedly stalked by an unknown man at an ATM machine, will get a VOD release on March 2, before its theatrical release, April 6, 2012.

Check out the trailer for the film below:


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Re5ident Evil: Retribution Update!


As many of you already know, I LOVE ZOMBIES, and I love the Resident Evil franchise just as much. I'm more a fan of the earlier games rather than the films, however, I still get excited to see where Paul W.S. Anderson takes the series that I hold near and dear to my heart. Lucky for me, Sony Screen Gems released new details on the upcoming 5th installment in the zombie franchise, Re5ident Evil: Retribution!

The film, which will be in 3D, follows Alice as she continues her quest to uncover the truth of the Umbrella Corporation and attempt to take down those who are responsible for the zombie outbreak. Sony's statement is as follows:

"The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race's last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun."

Returning this time around are Sienna Guilleroy, who played Jill Valentine, Shawn Roberts as Wesker, Oded Fehr, Michelle Rodriguez, and many more. I'm not exactly sure how some of those characters will be brought back, considering that several died and/or were turned into zombies. Maybe there will be flashbacks?


Either way, I can't wait for this film, because I actually enjoy this franchise. I just wish that part 2 would have been better because I would have loved to have seen more of Raccoon city and Nemesis, my favorite villain from the series. I can't wait to see where Anderson takes us this time around and what elements from the game are included in the film!


Re5ident Evil: Retribution hits theaters September 4, 2012.
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Rogue Pictures Sued Over "The Unborn"


Is nothing original anymore? Apparently not. Rogue Pictures, a division of Relativity Media, is being sued by a relative of late author, Erna Segal, claiming that the 2009 horror, The Unborn, was a rip-off of Segal's 1990 novel, Transfers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the complaint was filed on January 9 in an LA Superior Court by an heir to Segal's estate. The plaintiff alleges a breach of an implied contract with Relativity Media and seeks about $1 million in damages as well as full credit for the story.

The suit explains that there are several similarities between the novel which is based on a young woman who becomes haunted by her dead twin, eventually goes to a psychiatric hospital, and undergoes an exorcism. The plot of the novel is extremely similar to the plot of the 2009 horror flick starring Odette Annabelle (Yustman). The plaintiff compares the similarities in theme, plot,  characters and sequence of events in order to plead her case.

In 2005, the plaintiff alleges that Segal's story, Transfers, was copyrighted and submitted to Pat Dollard, a partner working at Relativity. It wasn't until later that the plaintiff eventually saw the film, which grossed over $20 million at the box office in its opening weekend.

Segal's family member explains that the director and writer of "The Unborn", David Goyer, who had previously worked with Relativity, had access to detailed ideas contained in the 1990 novel.

Relativity Media has yet to comment on this story but all I have to say is, I believe the plaintiff. I find it odd that the book was submitted to someone that just so happens to work with Relativity and four years later, they produce a movie with similar plots?

I didn't particularly enjoy the 2009 film but I'm sure that the book in which the idea was "allegedly" stolen was a lot better, because the book is usually always better than the movie.

Segal died in 2003, which is probably why Relativity Media thought it would be fine to produce the flick in 2009 without getting permission. I hope that the plaintiff has enough evidence to win the case against the production company or at least gets something out of it. It's too bad that Segal isn't alive to fight for her story though.
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The Walking Dead: What Could Have Been


Former showrunner of AMC's "The Walking Dead," Frank Darabont, recently revealed that a "Black Hawk Down"-type of episode was originally planned from the very first season. However, the network rejected Darabont's brilliant idea and eventually fired the man who amazingly captured individuals trying to survive in a zombie apocalypse.

SyFy's Sam Witwer of "Being Human" recently told HorrorHound that he was originally in the pilot episode of "The Walking Dead" as the zombie Rick meets in the tank at the end of the episode. His initial appearance was meant to be a set up for a future episode that Darabont had planned for the premiere of the second season. Witwer explained that Darabont's plan was to showcase how Atlanta originally became overrun by zombies and fell, in a prequel episode to start off season two.

Darabont confirmed the unseen storyline with Aint it Cool News, detailing that the episode was going to follow an Army Ranger squad who is sent to Atlanta to diffuse the situation but instead get trapped by the zombies.

The director stated, "The idea was to do this with a very focused "you are there" documentary feel. Not going all shaky-cam, but still making it a bit rawer and grainier than the rest of the show. We'd start with a squad of maybe seven or eight soldiers being dropped into the city by chopper...Our squad gets blocked at every turn and are soon just trying to survive. I wanted to do a really tense, character-driven ensemble story as communications break down, supply lines are lost, escape routes are cut off, morale falls apart, leadership unravels, mutinies heat up, etc."

Darabont continued to tell AICN, "After the soldier dies this squalid, lonely death...and after a quiet lapse of time...we do a shot-for-shot reprise from the first episode of the first season: Rick comes scrambling into the tank to escape the horde...blows that zombie soldier's brains out...now Rick's trapped...fade out...the end."

The director also explained that he wanted to bring the story back further and show how Andrea and Amy first met up with Dale and show how the man initially saved their lives. He also detailed that he had many of these "wild card" episodes planned for the series with intentions of giving the show a feeling of being an anthology.

Uh, first of all, AMC sucks for firing Darabont because the atmosphere that he created and set up for The Walking Dead was amazing and it worked so well. The man clearly knew what he was doing with the series and this unaired episode sounds like it would have been awesome to see. I do love The Walking Dead and I will continue to watch, despite Darabont's departure, however, I have a feeling that the series will only go downhill without him on board.


Monday, January 9, 2012

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The Devil Inside Review


Why does the devil have to be so damn scary? Just the very thought of him and his ability to take over an individual's body and mind, against their will, is enough to make me go to church. While I'm completely convinced that there is a devil and that possession is real, others are still doubtful, despite the several cases of demonic possession. The documentary-style horror, "The Devil Inside" explores this idea more, revolving around a young girl and her mother who may or may not be possessed. Although the film started off steady, it abruptly ended in the middle of the action, leaving audience's feeling cheated of a true explanation.

The film opens with a 911 call made by Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley), a mentally unstable woman who admits to murdering three people in her home. When a police crew enter the home, they are shocked to find a priest and two other churchgoers brutally murdered and spread about in Rossi's home. At the time, investigators believe that Rossi just snapped, however, her daughter, Isabella (Fernanda Andrade), learns from her father years later that Maria killed the three people during an exorcism being performed on her.

In order to decide whether her mother was actually crazy or if she was possessed, Isabella sets out to document her findings, hoping to prove her mother's case. The young woman, along with a filmmaker, Michael (Ionut Grama), head to Rome, where Maria is being detained. While there, Isabella sits in on an exorcism class and is introduced to Ben (Scott Quaterman), an exorcist, and David (Evan Helmuth), an ordained priest.

When Maria's case is turned down by the church, Isabella turns to Ben and David to help. The two men perform exorcisms that have been turned down by the church because they believe that the individuals are truly possessed. To show Isabella what exorcisms are like, the pair bring her along for one that they perform on a young woman.

After witnessing the exorcism, Isabella is convinced that Ben and David can help her mother and despite some minor hesitation, the two agree to help by going through with an exorcism. Immediately following the exorcism is where the film seems to take a turn for the worse.

There are several different things that happen at this point, and I had pretty much figured out what they were doing before they actually did it (ie. the transference subplot)  because it was quickly foreshadowed at the beginning of the film. However, the way in which the events took place and the way in which they ended was completely chaotic and thrown together.

The story was creative and a bit different than what we've already seen with other exorcism films and I do give the filmmakers credit for that; however, the execution wasn't done correctly, which is why I believe many people hated the film.

There were so many different elements and scenarios being thrown at us and just when things were really starting to get interesting and pick up--BOOM--the movie ends. The audience is never given an explanation to several bits of information that was presented to us and the way the film ended just seemed like a cop-out for the directors. It seemed as though the filmmakers did not know where they were actually going with their story and they didn't know how to sum everything up, so, they just took an easy way out and ended it the way that they did.

Other than the poor ending, I didn't find the film to be as bad as everyone else was making it out to be. There are several interesting pieces of information related to the church and exorcisms discussed throughout the beginning of the film and those elements of the film drew me in. Many people in the audience around me did not take the film seriously but I found it to be intriguing, no matter how true or how fake the facts they were presenting were.

A lot of people hated this film and I did not. I actually enjoyed the first half and there were various scenes in the film that actually made me and my father jump, which isn't easy to do. The acting wasn't completely horrendous and I particularly enjoyed Crowley's performance as Maria and Scott Quaterman and Evan Helmuth as the two priests.

Crowley's Maria was completely terrifying because it bordered along the lines of insanity and possession; we weren't really too sure what was going on with her. Helmuth's David was a character you could easily empathize with because he came off as an extremely nice and pure person. I was disappointed that we didn't learn more about Quaterman's character because clearly, there was an interesting backstory there that we were cheated of learning.

In my opinion, The Devil Inside was not half as bad as everyone made it out to be. The film started off well and it had a decent story going. What it all comes down to is the ending; the film ends so abruptly and we are not given any answers. I'm sure that the director was trying to present the film as a "real" scenario and in real life not everything is summed up nicely, however, they shouldn't have created so many elements within their story if they never intended to explain them.

I think that before jumping on the negativity bandwagon, you should go out and see the film for yourself because you may actually enjoy some of it, as I did. Just prepare yourself for a sudden ending that fails to sum everything up in the movie.

Friday, January 6, 2012

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New Trailer for Silent House


After seeing the original "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," the sound of an old camera as it reloads is one that will always send shivers down my spine. In the new trailer for the remake, Silent House, starring Elizabeth Olsen (I'll always remember her as Lizzie, Mary-Kate and Ashley's baby sis), the terrifying and simple sound can be heard throughout, along with Olsen's blood-curdling screams.

The film, in theaters March 9, follows a young girl (Olsen) who gets trapped inside her family's secluded lake house, unable to contact the outside world for help, as she is terrorized by an ominous force in and around her home.

Silent House is a remake of the Spanish film, La Casa Muda, and is directed by Open Water's Chris Kentis and Laura Lau. Not much is revealed in the trailer, other than the fact that it looks super creepy.

Olsen has proven herself to be a talented actress and her appearance in the trailer alone has me wanting to see this film. I don't know much about the original, but I do love films where the protagonist is terrorized in the one place they consider the safest--their home. I also did enjoy Open Water, and I am excited to see what directors Kentis and Lau have done with this film.

Are you excited to see Silent House, in theaters this March?


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Exclusive Clip from "The Divide"


Be prepared to feast your eyes upon some gruesome and violent scenes on January 13 with the release of "The Divide," directed by "Frontier(s)" filmmaker, Xavier Gens. The new post-apocalyptic thriller, presented by Anchor Bay, stars Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Rosanna Arquette, and Lauren German.

The film follows a group of individuals who survive a nuclear attack after hiding in their bunker-like basement, located in their apartment in New York City. Quickly, the group turn on one another as they try and survive in their new world.

I am super excited about this film, not only because of the great cast, but because I have been in love with Xavier Gens ever since I watched "Frontier(s)". That film was so bloody and gruesome and just overall creepy and I loved every minute of it. I can only hope that "The Divide" will be just the same and from the looks of the new clip, it looks like the film will deliver in every way.


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