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Monster Reviews: The Dead Don’t Die 2019

Monster Reviews: The Dead Don’t Die 2019

When it comes to zombie films, they’re traditionally all very similar. Lots of blood, guts and brains. They rely heavily on the gore and they’re usually rich with social commentary. The storylines are generally very light and its always about the aesthetics.

The Dead Don’t Die is written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Danny Glover, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Rosie Perez, RZA, Sturgill Simpson and Selena Gomez. The residents of Centerville are left to battle for their lives as the dead begin to rise and invade their once tranquil town.

Let’s face it, when it comes to the actors and characters in films, they can single handedly make or break a picture. They can make you fall in love with them, or they can make you hate them. You can root for them to survive, or cheer for their defeat. However, when executed properly, a legendary performance can be eternal and sometimes even immortal. 

The Dead Don’t Die is full of dry wit and laugh out loud humor that will tickle your funny bone to the core. It’s a killer horror comedy unlike any other, with the largest ensemble cast ever assembled for a zombie film. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, hold on tight as director Jim Jarmusch brings viewers a side splitting comedy about the end of the world.

This film is absolute genius. It’s managed to take the nearly beat to death subgenre and flip it on its axis. Instead of the tired old gore and blood drenched cannibal feasts that we’re used to, this film focuses more on gut busting laughs and hysterics from its amazing cast. Bill Murray and Adam Driver headline one magnificently talented lineup that’s guaranteed to entertain.

There are some seriously amazing performances in this. Murray was awesome as the cool, laid back Sheriff, and Driver was the perfect level headed sidekick. Chloë Sevigny was also great as the shy and awkward third wheel of the law, and Steve Busvemi was a riot as the crazy racist farmer. Tom Waits was savage as Hermit Bob, but the best has to be Rosie Perez as a news reporter with the hilariously similar name.

It’s not your average fast paced, chew em up and spit em out, insane, over the top type of zombie film. Instead it’s a much slower, more comedic based style where the zombies are essentially the background noise to the jokes and one liners. It’s a truly entertaining laugh filled odyssey.

Not evry film needs to employ off the wall kills or loads of gore. With the subgenre currently on a downslope, it’s pleasing to see a fresh take on the outdated monsters. It’s nice to see the undead reinvented and not taken so seriously, like they normally are. With all the zombie themed content out there, it’s hard to leave a mark on the genre and that’s exactly what this film has done.

The film looks amazing. The cinematography is great and the countryside sets are very soothing. Jarmusch’s storytelling is always slower paced, which seems to work really well with the Romeroesque zombies. It amps up the fun quotient and lightens the intensity. 

While fans might not be so accepting of a film like this, it’s definitely delightful and a worthy addition to the zombie subgenre. Stellar performances and a solid cast make it one of the best modern undead films to date. It’s a hilarious centerpiece and a great all around film.

If you’re bored of the same old tiresome zombie films, look no further. The Dead Don’t Die is an off the path, unconventional, entertaining undead film unlike the rest. Tons of laughs, awesome special effects and even its own theme song. It’s the best ZomCom yet.


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Christmas is coming early with a new Black Christmas

Christmas is coming early with a new Black Christmas

Christmas seems to start earlier every year and Blumhouse have got plans to make us excited for the season in June, although it may not be for the reasons we may have been expecting.

With the release of a new poster on Twitter, Blumhouse have revealed that there will be a new remake of the classic seasonal horror Black Christmas on Friday 13th of December 2019.

Although the previous remake was met with mixed responses from horror fans, the new Black Christmas already looks set to a box office hit. A seasonal horror is always popular amongst horror fans, crossing that over with a release date of Friday 13th and the Blumhouse name attached, what could possibly go wrong? After all they have proven in the past even if a film has a mauling from the critics, The Blumhouse name always creates enough interest to get people into the theatres.

Sophia Takal is set to direct based on a script which she co-wrote with April Wolfe. No details have been released as to the cast at this time, but we can expect to hear a lot more news regarding the project over the next few months.

You can keep up to date with any news by following Black Christmas on Twitter or on the website www.blackchristmasmovie.com/

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DIGITAL DISMEMBERMENT: DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY REVIEW

DIGITAL DISMEMBERMENT: DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY REVIEW

DIGITAL DISMEMBERMENT: DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY REVIEW

Director: Terence Fisher
Producer: Anthony Nelson Keys
Special FX: Les Bowie
Cast: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer, Charles Tingwell, Thorley Walters, Walter Brown, Philip Latham, George Woodbridge, Philip Ray, Joyce Hemson, John Maxim and Peter Cushing
Released By: Scream Factory
Release Date: 12/18/2018

THE PREMISE: “Dracula: Prince of Darkness, more than any of the Hammer Draculas, embodies the recurrent image of sexual repression threatening … to tear Victorian society apart …” – Moria Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review

Four English tourists find themselves stranded in the mysterious village of Karlsbad, a sinister and remote place with a deadly, dark legend. Their journey leads them to an abandoned castle where a nightmarish destiny awaits them: an evil in need of resurrection, a blood-craving beast known only as Count Dracula, Prince of Darkness (Christopher Lee, The Lord Of The Rings films, Wicker Man). Released in 1966, this film presents the legendary Lee’s second outing as Dracula, with Hammer Films pushing the cinematic boundaries of graphic gore and terror.





Director Terence Fisher was either a mad genius or the luckiest man alive when he started down the road of telling the story of Dracula in Hammer horror films. The ball got rolling in 1958 with Christopher Lee in the title role and was quickly followed up in 1960 with The Brides of Dracula (strangely without Lee or the Dracula character. It was the return of all three in 1966 when Dracula, Prince Of Darkness was released and the new standard for Hammer Studios and Dracula as a character was born. This is typically the film that most people speak of when they refer to the Hammer vampire films and for good reason. This release was considered to be one of the goriest of its time and even had a different theatrical cut elsewhere than it did in its home country, not to mention the fact that it did very little to hide lesbian overtures in a time when it was considered to be extremely taboo. Many of the tropes that we associate with modern day vampires are on display here, but if you keep in mind the time period in which this film was made, they actually come across as refreshing and still manage to spellbind you…

There are a few other things that stand out and separate it from many other Dracula films. The actual resurrection of Dracula is extremely dramatic and as mentioned before very gory for its time period. The other aspect that stands out is his death. It is quite common knowledge that being staked through the heart, sunlight and even decapitation and fire are all quite common methods to kill a vampire, but this would be the first time that a vampire was dispatched by drowning! Fisher’s direction is quite capable and I feel he gets the best out of his actors, in particular Lee in the starring role. Out of all the films that he played Dracula in, this is his most powerful presence. Very few actors can really immerse themselves in a role like this and no one has played it better since. There is a certain masculinity that he oozes, a confidence that he IS the Prince of Darkness and a willpower of absolute steel that will never be broken. The set pieces and locations are quite striking as well and certainly serve as a character all on their own…

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As the film starts, we see the final scenes from Dracula (1958) where we see Van Helsing (played by Peter Cushing) destroy Count Dracula with sunlight and eliminating his cult of followers so that only the memory of Dracula’s evil reign remains. We later see Father Sandor preventing the local authorities from disposing of a young woman’s body as if it were a vampire. Sandor talks with the head priest for spreading the fear of vampirism to the surrounding town and its people while reminding him that Dracula and his evil cult was destroyed ten years ago. Sandor visits the local inn and warns an English family named the Kents to not visit the village of Karlsbad, but they foolishly ignore his advice and go anyway. As it starts to get dark, the Kents are abandoned by their coach driver very close to Karlsbad and near a castle. A driverless carriage appears and takes them to the castle, where they find a dining table set for them exclusively and their bags are unpacked in the bedrooms, as if they were expected the whole time. A servant by the name of Klove tells them that his master, the late Count Dracula, had standing orders that the castle should always be ready to welcome strangers at any time…

After dinner, everyone head off to their rooms to rest, but later that night Alan (a member of the family) hears a noise and winds up following Klove to a crypt. Klove knows that Alan has followed him and quickly kills him and then mixes his blood with Dracula’s ashes, reviving the Count from his coffin in a billow of ominous fog. Klove then gets Helen (Alan’s significant other) to enter the crypt where she becomes Dracula’s first victim after his resurrection. The next morning, Charles and Diana (the other family members) look for Alan, Helen and Klove but can’t find them anywhere on the grounds. Charles takes Diana to a woodsman’s hut for safety and then returns to the castle to search for them on his own. Klove winds up tricking Diana into returning to the castle while Charles finds Alan’s torn up corpse stuffed in a trunk in the crypt. Darkness has now fallen and Dracula rises from his slumber. Diana runs into Helen who is now a vampire. Suddenly, Dracula enters and scares Helen away from Diana. Charles bursts in and struggles with Dracula. Diana realizes that her crucifix works as an effective deterrent against vampires. Charles makes a larger cross and drives Dracula away from them. They attempt to escape from the castle in a carriage, but lose control on the steep roads…

The carriage crashes and Diana is knocked out. Charles carries her for several hours through the woods until they run into Father Sandor, who takes them to his abbey. Klove shows up at the monastery in a wagon carrying two coffins with Dracula and Helen inside, but is not allowed inside by the monks. A man by the name of Ludwig (who is a patient at the abbey) is basically hypnotized by Dracula and he invites the Count inside. Helen convinces Diana to open the window and let her in, claiming to have escaped from Dracula, but Helen then bites her arm in an attack. Dracula scares Helen off again but Charles breaks into the room and drives the vampires out. Sandor tends to the bite with the heat from an oil lamp. Sandor puts silver crosses in the two coffins to prevent the vampires from coming back to them. He later captures Helen and drives a stake through her heart and killing her. Ludwig once again lures Diana into Dracula’s presence, where the Count hypnotises her into removing her cross. Dracula tries to force her to drink his blood from his bare chest, but once again Charles returns in time to stop him and forces Dracula to flee with the knocked out Diana…

Charles and Sandor prepare for a final battle with Dracula and to save Diana. They arm themselves and set out on horseback. They take a shortcut that gets themt in front of Dracula’s wagon and they manage stop it. Charles winds up shooting Klove who had removed Sandor’s silver crosses from the coffins, but the horses have taken off in fear to the castle. Diana is rescued while Dracula’s coffin is thrown onto the ice that covers the moat surrounding the castle. Charles moves in with an attempt to kill Dracula while he is in his coffin, but Dracula springs out of his coffin and starts beating the hell out of him. Diana and Sandor take the only action that they can and start shooting the ice which breaks, causing Dracula and his coffin to sink into the freezing waters below. Was this the final ending for Dracula? Does the family survive the aftermath of the attacks? Has Dracula’s evil finally been overthrown? You are going to have to watch to find out!

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

Two Versions! The UK Version And The US Version From The 20th Century Fox Vaults (NEW TO THIS RELEASE)

Audio Commentary With Author Troy Howarth (NEW TO THIS RELEASE)

Audio Commentary With Film The U.S. Version (The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC with edits to blood flows during the resurrection scene, a closeup shot of Helen’s staking, and a shortening of the seduction scene where Dracula pulls a hypnotized Diana towards his chest wound)*

4K Scan Of The Interpositive Omaker Constantine Nasr And Writer/Producer Steve Haberman (NEW TO THIS RELEASE)

Audio Commentary With Cast Members Christopher Lee, Suzan Farmer, Francis Matthews and Barbara Shelley

World Of Hammer Episode “Dracula And The Undead”: (Run Time of 24 minutes, 53 seconds) This is part of a British television documentary series that was created and written by Robert and Ashley Sidaway and was narrated by Oliver Reed. On this particular episode, the discussion turns to Hammer Films associated with Dracula and The Undead. Films mentioned include Dracula (1958), Brides Of Dracula (1960), Captain Kronos- Vampire Hunter (1974), Vampire Circus (1972), Dracula, Prince Of Darkness (1966), The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires (1974), Scars Of Dracula (1970) and Kiss Of The Vampire (1964). It shows scenes from each of the films and names the lead from each as well. Very informative and a nice glimpse into Hammer’s history…

Back To Black – The Making Of Dracula: Prince Of Darkness: (Run Time of 30 minutes, 34 seconds) This is a great piece featuring Marcus Hearn (Hammer Films Historian), Mark Gattis (Actor and Writer), Jonathan Rigby (Author, English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema), Barbara Shelley (Actress), Francis Matthews (Actor), David Huckvale (Author, James Bernard, Composer To Count Dracula) and Jon Mann (Technical Restoration Manager, Pinewood Studios). They discuss how the film is one of the most iconic of Hammer’s releases, all of the typical tropes that were seen in Hammer’s productions, the uptick of violence and gore (for its time), the subversive touch of lesbianism in the film, history of the studio and more. Plenty of archival photos are presented as well segments from the film. There is also a tremendous amount of information on the director, actors and the crew as well. Bonus points for the breaking down of the restoration for this release as well as as an education on the score for particular scenes in the film. Pretty much anything you could want to know is supplied here…

Super 8mm Behind-The-Scenes Footage: (Run Time of 4 minutes, 38 seconds) This is footage shot by Paul Shelley (Francis Matthews’ brother) on a 8mm home movie camera. It includes audio from Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Suzan Farmer Francis Matthews that was recorded on February 23rd, 1997. This is an amazing look at different times on the set, rehearsals and locations and the audio is quite priceless. This is certainly a crowning piece for this release!

Theatrical Trailers Trailer 1 runs 2 minutes, 28 seconds, Trailer 2 is a combo trailer of Dracula, Prince of Darkness and Plague of the Zombies that runs 3 minutes 20 seconds and Trailer 3 is a combo trailer for Dracula, Prince of Darkness and Frankenstein Created Woman that runs 35 seconds.

Still Gallery: This is a 7 minute, 5 second long compilation of studio still and behind the scene photos from the release of the film. An amazing wealth of history is contained here!

Poster Gallery: This is a 4 minute, 50 second compilation of different poster and ads advertising the film from all over the world. A stunning addition to this release!

Special Thanks

Discs: 1
Format: NTSC
Color: Color
Rating: NR
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Language: English

Scream Factory once again does an amazing job bringing us this film and and is a great beginning for anyone looking to start a Hammer Horror collection. The quality of the transfer to 2K is pretty stunning for its age and shows very little print damage or grain and the audio will leave you with chills. The Still and Poster Galleries are a fantastic addition, again giving us some great looks at the behind the scenes. The audio commentaries are informative and shed even more light on the cast, crew and the production but if you are going to pick just one to listen to, then I highly recommend the one with cast members Christopher Lee, Suzan Farmer, Francis Matthews and Barbara Shelley as it comes across as the most personal one. To be perfectly blunt, there is not a bad Special Feature included on this release. I am hard pressed to pick the crown jewel of this release as the three featurettes (World Of Hammer Episode “Dracula And The Undead”, Back To Black – The Making Of Dracula: Prince Of Darkness and the Super 8mm Behind-The-Scenes Footage) are all some of the most informative put to disc, so enjoy them all! Even the trailers that are included show a slice of how double features used to be the standard of the movie going experience!

Movie Rating: 4 out of 5
Blu-Ray Rating: 8 out of 10

*IMDB: Dracula, Prince Of Darkness

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[Trailer] 47 meters down: uncaged shows some serious shark action

[Trailer] 47 meters down: uncaged shows some serious shark action

Here’s the trailer for 47 meters down: uncaged. “Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they’ve entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves” 

 Johannes Roberts directed the film. John Corbett, Nia Long and Brec Bassinger star in the film. The film comes out Aug 16th.

 

 

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Nevada’s Creepy Clown Motel is now a horror movie

Nevada’s Creepy Clown Motel is now a horror movie

The “scariest motel in America” located in Tonopah, Nevada inspired a horror movie of the same name CLOWN MOTEL. Yes, you read that title correctly horror and clown lovers.

 A clown themed motel full of clowns can be nightmarish for anyone

The new horror movie Clown Motel stars Tony Moran (Halloween) and Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th) and comes straight to DVD on JUNE 4TH. Grab it, go on a road trip and check in to the motel for an added scare. 

Check out the trailer below ⬇️⬇️

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1996 thriller Fear to become a remake

1996 thriller Fear to become a remake

Straight from Universal itself, the 1996 thriller Fear which starred Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon will be remade. 

The remake is being co-written by Johnathan Herman, and the star of the movie will be Amandla Stenberg  (Hunger Games).

As of right now, (reported from deadline) the plot is being kept under wraps but it had been said that it will be told from the female prospective. 

Once the plot and the rest of the cast will be revealed, we will update you fellow horror fans. As of right now there is not set release  date. 

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Jason Blum makes hints of Halloween 2 to be in the works

Jason Blum makes hints of Halloween 2 to be in the works

Has Jason Blum put all the horror fanatics waiting in anticipation by confirming that Halloween 2 is happening? 

On his official Twitter page, Jason Blum gave two short answers to questions about if Halloween 2 will be in the works already. It’s been a few months since that news has circulated, and the answers that Blum gave are “Working on it” and “Patience.”

On that note, once it’s officially settled and date and cast are confirmed, we will give an update. Even though it was expressed a few months ago that Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak are expected to return, along with Nick Castle the original Mike Myers shows that he would be interested in reprising the role. Until that is officially confirmed, I would not get excited yet. 

For now, we need to sit and see what happens. Leave your comments below, would love to hear your thoughts.

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The Collected films this fall along with cast and crew announced!

The Collected films this fall along with cast and crew announced!

The Collected movie poster was released showing that this will be the third film in The Collector series. We now have official word on when it’ll start filming along with cast and crew. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton wrote the script with Dunstan directing.

Josh Stewart and Emma Fitzpatrick will star, both reprising their roles  The filming is this Fall. Since the movies done on a Saw budget, hopefully, we get this movie out asap. The last film ended on a pretty interesting note when Our antagonist finally confronts the Collector.

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Chris Rock Teams Up for a new ‘SAW’ film

Chris Rock Teams Up for a new ‘SAW’ film

Are you all ready to play another game? Chris Rock is, and he is teaming up with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures for an all-new chilling Saw

Chris Rock has reportedly quoted:

”I’ve been a fan of SAW since the first film in 2004. I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”

I am curious to see how Rock will help put this into play, according to Lionsgate, they were very impressed with what he has to offer.

No cast or plot has been released yet but as soon as that happens we will put an update out. 

The film will be out in October 2020

 

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John Carpenter to make a new horror film?!

John Carpenter to make a new horror film?!

It has been quoted from the man himself; John Carpenter is interested in making a new horror film. Carpenter who is famously known for Halloween, The Fog, The Thing and so much more was just recently honored at Cannes Film Festival, where they paid tribute to the horror genius with an award for The Thing.

Carpenter quoted the following (source from Collider)

”I don’t have one scheduled but I’m working on things. I made a lot of movies and I got burned out and I had to stop for a while. I have to have a life. Circumstance would have to be correct for me to do it again. I’d love to make a little horror film.. that would be great, or a big adventure film.”

Having had a chance to have met this incredible talented legend was beyond a great experience, and with not producing anything since 2010, I cannot wait to see what he has up his sleeves shortly.

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Into The Dark: All That We Destroy (Review)

How far can a mother’s unconditional love for her child go? Well, this month’s Mother’s Day episode (directed by Chelsea Stardust) of the Into the Dark horror anthology shows how far one mother will go to help her son, even as far as helping him with his urges on murder.

All That We Destroy takes us into the life of Victoria (Samantha MathisAmerican Psycho, The Punisher) a geneticist who creates a group of clones for her son Spencer (Israel BroussardThe Bling Ring, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U) in hopes that it will cure him of his serial killer tendencies. 

The episode starts with a girl named Ashley (Aurora PerrineauTruth or Dare, Passengers) who is unconscious and getting cleaned up and dressed for Spencer’s arrival. She wakes up in a room with Spencer, (we are unaware of the connection between the two) still in a confusing state, she tries to come through when Spencer starts to strangle her and bash her head. That’s okay; I didn’t see that one coming either.

Ashley wakes up, and the process continues over and over again. This is an experiment that was started by Spencer’s mother. As a mother, you want your child to be all that they could be and succeed in life; a serial killer as her son is not what Victoria envisioned.

Victoria isn’t living an ordinary life of a mother; she’s living a nightmare knowing that her son is a serial killer, she is going above and beyond to try to fix it by creating clones to help his “cravings.” 

Spencer comes into contact with his bubbly neighbor Marissa (Dora Madison) and starts doing things like helping her carry boxes in the house for her and showcasing his artistic abilities by drawing her. It seems like he is trying to maintain some “normalcy” in his life, but Victoria doesn’t have it. She tries to hide him and who he is so that no one else around him will see their fate. Marissa will find out soon enough. 

This episode in this series is superb, along with the acting. It was cringe-worthy at times, only because you knew why Victoria went through the lengths she did. Any mother may do the same if given that chance, or some may not.

Check out the trailer below and make sure to watch this with your mother on Mother’s Day. ⬇️⬇️

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Interview with ‘Don’t Look’ Director and actress Luciana Faulhaber

Interview with ‘Don’t Look’ Director and actress Luciana Faulhaber

Luciana Faulhaber is an actress is best known for her TV work including roles in Fox’s GOTHAM, SHADES OF BLUE with Jennifer Lopez, and ABC’S GREY’S ANATOMY. Looking to make her mark in the horror genre Luciana is now looking to make an impression on both sides of the camera as she directs and stars in her upcoming horror film Don’t Look.

I got a chance to ask Luciana a few questions about her latest film including how she came up with the original idea for the film, why she chose horror as her directorial feature and what makes Don’t Look stand out in the horror genre.

  • PR: What can horror fans expect from your new horror film Don’t Look?
  • LF: Fun! When my producing partner Javier E. Gomez and I, decided to make this film we wanted to bring slasher horror fans like ourselves a fun night of nostalgia. However, that alone is not enough. Times have changed, and we wanted to reflect that in the film as well. I wanted a diverse cast as well as crew, and I made sure the female characters, even though still scream queens, could hold their own. The female relationship is at the center of the film and is one of teamwork. I have learned throughout the years that my female friendships are the ones to withstand time and hardships, and that was reflected in the film.

 

  • PR: You came up with the original idea for Don’t Look, but what were/was the inspiration for the story?
  • LF: The story was based on a tale that Lindsay Eshelman’s parents, Brenda and Greg, told me during Thanksgiving. They told me this story about back in the day, when a relative appeared dead of a gunshot in his garage, and no one questioned it. They just buried him without alerting authorities. This was and still is a hunting community, so gun accidents were probable. I laid in the living room that weekend looking at all the game hanging on the wall, glazed eyes staring back at me and my wheels started turning. If that could be true, what else could be right about that time and place? I went back to NYC where I lived at the time and called Javier. I told him I wanted to make a feature and he responded with “Ok, Let’s do.” We approached Lindsay about playing Nicole, and she was on board. Next step was location, and it had to be where the story was conceived. We approached the Eshleman’s, and they were instantly very supportive. This movie would not have happened without them. Then I wrote an outline, asked Jessica Boucher if she would write the script and she was also on board. Both Lindsay Eshleman and Jessica Boucher later on also became co-producers of the film.

  • PR: This is your first feature film as a director. Why did you choose horror as the genre for your first film and why Don’t Look?
  • LF: I chose horror because it is fun. Horror gives you room to create and innovate, unlike other genres. I grew up watching horror as a kid in Brazil, and Javier grew up watching the same films in Puerto Rico. It amazed us that even though we had very different upbringings, this was a language that we both spoke, and we were excited to be making, instead of just watching it. We wanted to get our hands bloody not just dirty. As a first-time director and filmmaker, horror is a true gift to play, create and find your voice.

 

  • PR: As well as directing you also feature in the film as Lorena.  Was it difficult balancing the two roles and how does the responsibility of directing compare to acting?
  • LF: Being an actor, director and producer is entirely doable. However, being an actor, director, producer of a low budget feature is very challenging. Our crew was small, and everyone was wearing multiple hats, so everyone was tired and over worked. After a full day of shooting, everyone would go off to rest for the next day while I spent the nights (or days depending on shooting schedule) doing the director prep for the next day, while Javier would take care of all producing needs.
  • Lindsay was our local producer in Pennsylvania, and she knows the community well, so she was able to reach out to the community and help us solve any matter that came up. I would stay up for three days at times and then fall asleep waiting for a shot to be set or on the make-up chair.
  • Our costume designer, Bruna Mebs, was also the head of the make-up department and she was remarkable. Bruna was able to spot issues we were having and offer solutions, support and allegiance. She has a solid work ethic and remains one of my good friends to this day. It is because of them; I could play multiple roles in making this film.

 

  • PR: Did you experience any issues while filming Don’t Look?
  • LF: I experienced nothing but issues! We shot an entire feature for a small film budget. We depended on a lot of hard work, understanding, and goodwill, and we had those in varying degrees throughout the shoot. However, all the hardships were nothing compared to the responsibility we felt towards the 500+ people that donated to our film through Kickstarter. We wanted to make them proud. Guillermo del Toro says that magic happens in the film when something does not go as planned, and how well you deal with these adversities is what makes you a good director. I thought a lot about that during the filming. I saw every difficulty as an opportunity to create some magic and just changed on.

 

  • PR: Did you make any changes from the original script during filming?
  • LF: Yes. Not sure where I have heard that a film is written three times: as a script, during the shoot, and in the editing room. That proved to be so true! The film continued to change with the challenges of filming.

 

  • PR: What were your inspirations for the look and style of the film?
  • LF: I am a big fan of the original Friday the 13th (1980) You will see a lot of similarities there. Even one of our locations looks pretty similar. However, I played with style for a little bit in the editing room, getting feedback from amazing filmmakers I know in the genre, like Rolfe Kanefsky. Rolfe is incredibly knowledgeable about genre and was an incredible supporter in completing the film. I continue to learn a lot from him and his unapologetic style of creating films that are different and exciting.

 

  • PR: What were some of your favorite moments during filming?
  • LF: It is tough to pick one, but I have to say burning down the barn was pretty epic. The excitement to get as close as possible to the fire to get the shot, but at the same time having to be cautious because it was a real hell blazing fire. It was our martini shot, so the feeling of completion and satisfaction we all got from watching the fire burn, was a metaphorical expression of the excitement we were feeling as well. There were many hugs, high fives and helps of celebration. We had beaten the odds and finished our shoot.

 

  • PR: What makes Don’t Look stand out as something different in the horror genre?
    • LF: The female characters save not only themselves but carry the male leads through most of the plot. Also, our ethnic and culturally diverse actors do not die first in the plot, and the return to Pennsylvania as the home of horror was pretty exciting too.
    • PR: Do you have any new projects which you are working on?
    • LF: I continue to work with Javier E. Gomez in producing content that goes beyond the barriers of genre and race. We are committed to creating content that reflects the reality of the Latino community today as educated and empowered people. We are currently working on two series we created and as well as shooting a documentary I am currently directing. As an actress, you will be able to see me in an upcoming horror called “Pathosis,” which has an incredible team I am honored to be a part of.
    • PR: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to direct their own film? LF: If someone tells you that you cannot do it, do not listen. We heard that from so many people since we were doing the Kickstarter campaign. I remember asking someone to donate $5 to the film’s campaign, and their response was “I will not give you money to make a film because I do not know if you can do it.” Mindful that was $5. I hope this guy has the same thought while ordering a latte because that was the commitment; I was asking him to make. I was gracious about it but kept my distance from that day on.  Through this process, I learned that when someone said “No” to me, I hear: “I am making this without you” and moved on. This same person came to the first and almost sold out screening at the “North Hollywood Film Festival,” where “Do not Look” premiered last year, and could not stop singing praises. I just smiled.
    • The truth is that most people do not dare to go after their dreams and to discourage you from going after your own, validates their own choices of giving up. Do not give up. Do not stop. Your real friends and supporters will be there for you.

Don’t Look” releases on VOD and DVD May 14 from Wild Eye Releasing.

 

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Lego + Stranger things. Yup it’s happening.

Lego + Stranger things. Yup it’s happening.

It’s not surprising that Stranger Things being the powerhouse of a show is non stop on merch. Let’s face it the show is, so naturally, the merch would be equally great. With shirts, toys, mugs, pop vinyl, game boards to now a Lego collection! Yup, confirmed by their twitter account we are getting an official Lego stranger things collection. Below is the video confirming it along with them In a follow-up tweet, LEGO noted: “All will be revealed soon. Friends don’t lie.”

Here is a  few leaked photos of the set (sorry for the blurry pics these were the best we can find). Will more follow? Only time will tell, but I wouldn’t be surprised!

 

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Balletomane (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

Balletomane (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

If Black Swan and The Craft had a child, it would be called Balletomane. This 20 minute psychological short is directed by George James Fraser and stars Courtney Costa as Ellie, an aspiring dancer who faces ridicule from the other girls in her class all led by Nina Rose who is the H.B.I.C. 

Horror isn’t just associated with gore and murder; it’s associated with fears and day to day life. With being a young dancer, Ellie (Courtney Costa) struggles to be accepted not just with her dancing but in society alone and tends to “dance to her own beat” literally. 

With having a photo posted of her by the other mean girls and the leader of the pack at the dance, Ellie takes matters into her own hands to eliminate her enemy by conjuring a ‘spell.’ Upon practice, it seems that our H.B.I.C. (Nina Rose) falls to sudden death and a satisfying look appears on Ellie’s face. It’s a satisfaction to her knowing she can leap freely and has to take the matter into her own hands to get what she wants.

This short was filmed beautifully with actresses who did an outstanding job, and while there was not much dialogue, you can feel every ounce of what was taking place. Balletomane is currently going to premiere at a festival next month. I can not wait to see what else George James Fraser has to offer in future films. 

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Lou Yardleys ‘We All Scream for Ice Cream’ to be released May 17th

Lou Yardleys ‘We All Scream for Ice Cream’ to be released May 17th

Lou Yardley is a horror-fantasy author who is recognized for her distinctive writing style which combines bloody graphic horror with sharp humor which earned her critical acclaim with her short stories and  the novel Hellhound

 

Following on from the recently released novel Rise of the Carnivores, which has been described as an over-the-top, B-Movie-esque, horrific, gore-fuelled dinosaur extravaganza! Her next short story due for release on 17th May looks to deliver something a bit more chilling.

We All Scream For Ice Cream is a short story to give you brain-freeze!

From indie horror author Lou Yardley comes a new deliciously weird story that can be devoured in a single sitting.

 

Summer’s here, and the usually quiet and studious Katelyn is letting her rebellious steak out. At eleven-years-old and with the world’s coolest bike, there’s no stopping her. Especially now that she’s got, new friends…

But a day at the park takes a bizarre and horrific turn when an ice cream van shows up. All at once, Katelyn learns about friendship, fitting in and the lengths she will go to survive.

 

We All Scream for Ice Cream combines monsters, gore, and dessert in one tasty little package.

 

File under: Horror, Dark Fantasy, Weird.

 

“Another twisted short story from a truly warped mind. Like a video nasty brought to life!” – Luke Hayhurst, Goodreads.com

 

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Release date: 17th May 2019

Available from: Lou Yardley official store, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks. Links are here: https://geni.us/weallscream

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The Act: Episode 6 Review

The Act: Episode 6 Review

Get ready for everything to go into full circle cause this episode titled A Whole New World will put a lot into perspective for you as I know it did for me. Dee Dee is not only portrayed as a controlling, obsessive woman, but we all grow to dislike her, except for this episode passionately. It puts into the light as to why she is the way she was. The event starts with hearing Dee Dee scream; you already know the killing has begun, and then it takes us back to 1991 where Dee Dee was giving birth to Gypsy, and her mother was present. Being a parent, in general, can be very tough but being a first-time parent is nerve-racking at first, and it’s clear that Dee Dee’s mother Emma (Margo Martindale) oversteps her daughter by taking control of taking care of Gypsy since day 1. 

It seems from day 1 of having Gypsy that Dee Dee has a strict schedule. She goes with what a doctor told her and sticks to it and doesn’t switch it up not even with a mother’s intuition or “mother’s know best” motto. She was deemed to be not capable of being a mother because her mother pointed out her flaws even to go as far as to let the cops take her away in front of Gypsy. (At least that was how it was in the episode, a source says Dee Dee was pulled over and arrested but was not in prison for six months). That’s right; the overprotective “perfect” Dee Dee was arrested for check fraud. Her mother could have helped her but stated that she needs to learn her lesson especially taking ownership as a mother.

Let’s jump back to Gypsy and Nick. They are seen at a motel and decide to pack up, so before they head off, they go to a restaurant where Gypsy is full of anxiety even taking medication that belongs to her now deceased mother. When the police show up, Gypsy panics even more.  There was a small interaction with the officers when her prescription falls off the table, and the one officer picks it up for her, also looking at the name and calling her Claudine (Dee Dee). After the interaction, they hurry from the restaurant to come up with a new back up plan on what and where to go next. 

Dee Dee is now back from prison and is trying to build a bond with Gypsy, but her mother is standing in the way of that. Emma falls ill, and it seems that Dee Dee is purposely not taking care of her for a reason. To get rid of a controlling aspect in her life (sound familiar?). And now we jump back to Bonnie and Clyde. You can see the wheels turning in Gypsy’s head like she knows how big of a mistake she made and that she doesn’t seem too involved with Nick anymore—romantically that is. Like she wishes she could take this back, her feeling free from her mother’s control isn’t what she thought it would be. 

We bounce from Bonnie and Clyde back to a young Dee Dee panicking when Gypsy falls off the trampoline, she’s already a nervous first-time mom primarily when her mother uses to override her and her parenting, so now it’s full throttle. Not letting Gypsy do normal kid activities, kids fall, and they get up, but with her constant panicking and being over worried, it was already a sign that something more would escalate eventually from this. This is how it comes to an end, it all goes full circle in this episode. 

I had constant anxiety, and my heart was outside my chest watching this series, anticipating on what is yet to come, even from closely following this case I still can’t fathom on what Gypsy endured during her whole childhood. So many questions to ask and so many unanswered.

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First Look At Katie Holmes in Brahms: The Boy 2

First Look At Katie Holmes in Brahms: The Boy 2

STX Entertainment will release Brahms: The Boy 2 on July 26, and we have our first look at Katie Holmes in the sequel with a new picture that was released on Fandango’s Summer Movie Preview.  William Brent Bell returned to direct, and Stacey Menear returned to script this sequel.

Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into the estate, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

 

Holmes stars in The Boy 2 alongside her costars Ralph Ineson (The Witch), Owain Yeoman (The Belko Experiment) and Christopher Convery (Gotham). 

Check out Brahms: The Boy 2 in theaters July 26th

 

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Yes, Swamp thing is still happening! Plus get your first look at the teaser for the show!

Yes, Swamp thing is still happening! Plus get your first look at the teaser for the show!

It was reported earlier today SwampThing was going to be no more. Myself along with many fans were heartbroken what with the success of Doom Patrol and Titans the DC app has been showing continuous success with the shows. Not holding back on language or violence.

Well folks don’t worry SwampThing will deliver just that the show which will be produced by James Wan has promised to see horror like violence and gore in the show. Derek Mears (Friday the 13th and Hatchet 3) will be playing SwampThing here’s the synopsis of the show. The show was cut from 13 episodes to ten episodes for creative reasons. I’ll be more than happy to take that instead of losing the whole series.

“Swamp Thing” centers on CDC researcher Abby Arcane (Reed). When she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.  

Below you can see the teaser trailer for the show premiering May 31st!

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Fox developing Fear Street movies based on the books plus cast announced!

Fox developing Fear Street movies based on the books plus cast announced!

With the success of the Goosebumps movies, there was always talks about doing something along the lines of Fear Street. R.L Stine has always been a great writer growing up myself included we grew up reading Goosebumps and eventually grew into Fear Street which has many, many, many stories that can be adapted for movies and TV shows.

Hollywood reporter broke the news that an intended trilogy is in the works right now being filmed back to back in Atlanta. Gillian Jacobs along with Kiana Madeira, Sadie Sink, Olivia Wench and Fred Hecinger Jr. The first film will take place in 1994 in the town of Shadyside focusing on a group of teens who discover deadly events of their town that have been going on for some time. The films will be directed by Leigh Jeniak

 

As of right now, it’s hard to say if this will be released theatrically, TV, or streaming. This was in talks before the merger, but now that the merger is official we will have to wait, but it’s confirmed it’s moving forward.

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Did Capcom just hint towards a remake of Resident Evil 3?

Did Capcom just hint towards a remake of Resident Evil 3?

The biggest game of the year is a remake of an old PS2 game. Resident Evil 2. Given the game back then was a game changer and fun. For years people remastered a scene or two to show what could be capable. In 2015 that all changed when Capcom announced that RE2 would get the remastered look.

 

The game came out with considerable sales in just over a few months being one of the most talked/played games in a long time. Personally, the game is an excellent reminder of the good old fashion survival horror games, but capcom just posted on their twitter that raises many questions. So, we’re getting a Resident Evil 3 remake? Remember 3 takes place before 2. It’s hard to say what will happen, but with the sales for the 2 it’ll be insane for capcom did not do Resident Evil 3

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