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Veteran character actor William Sadler talks about his work in the genre and elsewhere. William Sadler is an actor whose roles have spanned the Hollywood spectrum. He has squared off against Bruce Willis’ John McClane character in Die Hard 2, he was the American President in Iron Man 3 and even picked up a Saturn…
- Chris Alexander
In this round-up, we have more tasty pre-Halloween treats from your friends at Daily Dead. Preview pages from John Carpenter's Tales for a HalloweeNight, release details for Submerged and Little Dead Rotting Hood, a poster for The Hollow, Afraid of Everything cover art, as well as part one of Spooky Sights.
Tales for a HalloweeNight: "From the man who brought you the movie, “Halloween” and all the scares beyond, here comes the ultimate graphic novel anthology of tales to warm your toes by on a dark and stormy night in October. Carpenter brings together storytellers from the world of movies, novels, and comics and in these pages lie tales of graveyards, sunken ships, creepy crawlers and ghosts to haunt your dreams at night.
- Tamika Jones
Horror fans have been dying for a good HD release of Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight for quite some time, and thanks to gang at Scream Factory, we not only have just that, but a special edition Bluray of release of Bordello Of Blood as well. Both releases feature brand new commentaries, as well as in depth docs detailing the making of and in the case of the latter Tales film, the troubles of everything from casting to diva attitudes. We had the chance to check out both releases, so sit back and read on!
There are very few horror/comedies as entertaining as 1995’s Demon Knight. The first of three Tales From the Crypt films (2002’s Ritual was so bad that very few fans even acknowledge it), the Ernest Dickerson-helmed film was an instant hit with horror fans, and rightfully so, it’s kind of perfect. »
- Jerry Smith
October 20th is yet another stellar week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, all leading up to our favorite holiday: Halloween. One of my favorite films of all time, Ernest Dickerson’s Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, is finally making its way to HD via a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory. And as if that’s not enough, Scream is also busy with two more great releases this Tuesday as well—Bordello of Blood and The Larry Fessenden Collection.
Kino Lorber is reviving another cult classic on Tuesday too—The Oblong Box—which is based on the Edgar Allan Poe tale and co-stars two cinematic legends, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. For those of you Back to the Future fans out there (and really, who isn’t?), Universal is giving the series a few special releases in time for the film’s 30th anniversary and, »
- Heather Wixson
Tomorrow, Scream Factory will release their respective Collector's Edition Blu-rays of Bordello of Blood and Demon Knight—a Halloween treat that would certainly please the Cryptkeeper. We've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of each film to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Bordello of Blood and (1) Blu-ray copy of Demon Knight.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Tales From the Crypt Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on October 25th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
- Derek Anderson
Acclaimed filmmaker Miles Doleac and Oscar-winning producer Lisa Bruce ("The Theory of Everything") have teamed up for the new drama "The Hollow" and today Dark Horizons is proud to present the online premiere of the film's official poster.
The film boasts a strong ensemble cast including James Callis ("Battlestar Galactica"), William Sadler ("Iron Man 3"), William Forsythe ("Boardwalk Empire") and Jeff Fahey ("Justified"). The action follows a team of F.B.I. agents as they arrive in a small town in Mississippi to investigate the death of a U.S. congressman's daughter in a mysterious triple homicide.
"The Hollow" will be released in 2016.
- Garth Franklin
Next Tuesday, Scream Factory will offer horror fans several new options for Halloween movie marathons when The Larry Fessenden Collection and the Tales From the Crypt films Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood come out on respective Blu-rays. Ahead of their impending release date, we have clips and trailers from all three Blu-rays to give you a look at what's to come.
Demon Knight (Collector's Edition Blu-ray): "A mysterious drifter known as Brayker (William Sadler, Iron Man 3) possesses the last of seven ancient keys that hold the power to stop the forces of darkness and protect all humanity from ultimate evil. But the human race is safe only so long as Brayker can evade the demonic Collector (Billy Zane, Titanic) who has gathered the other six keys.
In his obsessive quest for the key, the Collector rallies an army of ghastly cadavers against Brayker and the inhabitants of a run-down hotel. »
- Derek Anderson
Yes, gaining great power brings with it great responsibility but that does not mean a character cannot revel in the sudden ability to do the seemingly impossible. After a decade of films with tortured protagonists, all in the name of gritty reality, the arrival of the CW’s The Flash series has garnered near universal praise because, for a change, the protagonist is having some fun. Out now from Warner Home Entertainment, The Flash: The Complete First Season is well worth having.
Grant Gustin makes for an appealing and engaging Barry Allen because he’s young and an unlikely hero, who is having fun running faster than the speed of sound. He’s a pumped, hyper-active puppy hero, eager to use his powers for as much good as possible, from helping paint buildings to rescuing stray animals. He wants to do it all and thinks he can.
Along the 22 episodes of the first season, »
- Robert Greenberger
One of the things the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been careful about so far is tying events in the movies too closely to events in real life. Even though part of the draw of the original Marvel comics was that its characters lived and worked in the world we recognized, in New York and Chicago and all over the Earth, it was still a world with some big fantasy elements mixed in, heightened. As a result, they've been careful not to use real world leaders in the films, instead creating their own characters. President Ellis (William Sandler) showed up in "Iron Man 3," where he came into direct contact with Tony Stark, and last night, he resurfaced on "Marvel's Agents Of Shield," announcing the formation of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit. And why wouldn't he? After all, an evil robot tried to make humanity extinct by dropping an entire country in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron, »
- Drew McWeeny
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes a grab for our affections with McU cameos, super-powered showdowns and snappy dialogue…
This review contains spoilers.
3.1 Laws Of Nature
Gee whizz, what an opening five minutes that was! With a new superpower in action, a capture-the-flag style race against time between rival shady organisations and a visually pleasing gadgetry getaway, this pre-credits sequence was essentially what we always wanted Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be. And we haven’t even mentioned Skye’s – sorry, Daisy’s – big superhero moment.
This truly felt like a sequence from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or at least like one of the loveable One Shots that they used to make. The set-up was simple, the effects were cool, and there was a sense of tension and fun to proceedings. Add to that the reveal of the new half-plane/half-helicarrier base (how on Earth are they bankrolling this?), and you’ve got a massive statement of intent. »
Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Blue Bloods" episode 2 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Absolute Power," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting and dramatic stuff go down as Erin contemplates applying for a judgeship. A serial killer sends disturbing messages to Danny, and more! In the new, 2nd episode press release: A Possible Serial Killer Sends A Chilling Message To Danny, On "Blue Bloods." Press release number 2: Danny and Baez are going to investigate a possible serial killer who sends a chilling message to Danny, and Erin will toy with the idea of applying for a judgeship. Also, Frank will be in a bind when mayoral candidate ,Katherine Tucker (Mary Stuart Masterson), accuses him of secretly investigating her husband, and Eddie will face her estranged father when he winds up in the hospital. Guest stars feature: Mary Stuart Masterson »
James Callis Interview
One of this weeks more limited cinema releases is Narcopolis, a science fiction murder mystery. The story is set in the near future of 2044 where all drugs are legal thanks to businessman Todd Ambro.
Ambro is played by British actor James Callis, best known to mass audiences as Bridget Jones’ friend Tom in the Bridget Jones movies. He is of course also better known to many as Giaus Baltar from the phenomenal television series Battlestar Galatica.
James Callis Interview
How did you come to be involved with Narcopolis?
They sent me a script, I really liked it and said i wanted to do it, and that was essentially it.
What was »
- Kat Smith
The Mist is somewhat of a cult hit. Released in 2007 and directed by Frank Darabont it came out of nowhere and thanks to some smart casting and a kicker of an ending the film has wormed it’s way into the hearts of film fans all over.
Continuing a tradition he started with The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, Darabont again looked to the work of Stephen King, The Mist being one of his novellas. Set the in a sleepy town in Maine the story saw David Drayton, his son and half of the town stranded in the local supermarket enveloped in mist. It being a Stephen King story there is much more to the tale than that with the mist housing giant alien insect and marine life reminiscent creatures.
Hoping to strike oil a second time the story is now set to be explored as a television series »
- Kat Smith
Better lock your doors and windows! The Mist is creeping into TV from Dimension Television. This sci-fi horror series will be based on both the Stephen King's classic novella and the feature film from director Frank Darabont. At this time, no cast members have been announced. And it isn't known if Frank Darabont will return to direct one or more episodes.
Coming off the success of the recently renewed Scream TV series on MTV, Dimension Television announced today that they are resurrecting The Mist in a similar fashion. The project, which has Stephen King's blessing, is a continuing series from acclaimed writer Christian Torpe. Christian Torpe created the successful show Rita in Denmark, which is now finishing its fourth season. Christian Torpe has also been developed programming for both Showtime and AMC.
Using the book and movie as influences, The Mist series tells an original story about a »
William Sadler is one of those actors better known for his face than his name. Appearing in over 154 productions, his cv includes parts in Die Hard 2, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. He’s also a popular face on television, starting out in Tales from the Crypt before starring in the full three-season run of Roswell.
With a career so extensive there was no way we could squeeze all our questions into the standard fifteen minute time slot so instead we sought out Mr Sadler, Bill to his friends, and took him out to dinner. Over the course of our meal we delved into pretty much everything he has ever done, finding out everything from how he found directing, to what it’s like to fight Bruce Willis and, of course, whether the Grim Reaper »
- Kat Smith
Two of the Cryptkeeper's big screen stories—Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood—will receive stellar home media treatments this fall from Scream Factory, with both films set to be released as Collector's Edition Blu-rays on October 20th. In early July, the cover art for the anticipated releases was revealed, and now their full lists of special features have been announced.
Scream Factory's guaranteeing the ultimate Halloween treat for fans of Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood, as the special features list for the former includes a new audio commentary with Demon Knight director Ernest Dickerson, while the latter has a new audio commentary with Bordello of Blood co-writer and producer A.L. Katz.
Below, we have the official press release with the full special features lists, and in case you missed it, we also have a look at the final cover art for the Collector's Edition releases.
Press Release: Just in time for Halloween festivities, »
- Derek Anderson
Bill and Ted 3 is one of those sequels that has been sitting on the shelf just waiting to be made. More than a few original castmembers - including Keanu Reeves - have expressed interest in getting the movie into production, yet Hollywood keeps stalling and not getting the job done. There are likely multiple reasons for this, but now William Sadler - one of the stars of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey - has identified one key issue that is preventing the project from moving along: the death of George Carlin. The Hollywood Life recently interviewed Sadler, and it was during their conversation that the subject of Bill and Ted 3 came up. The actor has spoken before about the idea of reprising his role as The Reaper from Bill and Ted's first sequel, and while he's still game for the part, he identifies the fact that George Carlin isn't around »
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey have a soft spot in all our hearts. Everyone has a favourite between the two, and although I myself am a sap for the first film, there is no denying that William Sadler as the Grim Reaper in the second film was inspired casting.
Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey ended in such a way that it seemed that the story had all been tied up, yet the last couple of years have been littered with rumours that a third film was in the works. Leads Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves has both vocally expressed an interest in another outing but they of course weren’t the only members of World Peace inducing band Wyld Stallyns; they also had the Grim Reaper himself.
Recently we spoke exclusively with William Sadler and enjoyed a lovely meal with him. »
- Kat Smith
Frank The Bastard? Try again. Maybe a more apt title would be Frank The Underwhelming? Frank The Undercooked? Frank The Utterly Lifeless Cinematic Endeavor?
The actual title of Brad Coley’s weightless drifter story suggests a rural nightmare akin to something more sinister. I’m not saying such a title suggests Jeepers Creepers material, but as far as bastards go, Frank is no Yellow Bastard (Sin City). Hell – he’s not even Fat Bastard from Austin Powers. Frank is a fraudulent foe in the face of Coley’s familial fiasco (holy eff), and the whole thing comes together like a mysterious fable told by your absent-minded granny. This one’s more like a bedtime story, lulling viewers to sleep with a particularly uninteresting “mystery.”
It all starts when a divorced city girl named Clair (Rachel Miner) heads home to Edgeport, Maine, determined to uncover the truth about her mother’s unfortunate death. »
- Matt Donato
Like sands through the hourglass, the soap-operatic thriller “Frank the Bastard” drizzles out tiny tidbits of expository information scene-by scene throughout its nearly two hour running time, and when it’s done, one is left with little more than an awareness that a unit of time has elapsed. A Nor’easter Gothic with a strong sense for its coastal Maine setting, but little understanding of how to draw the viewer into a convoluted mystery involving broadly drawn motivations and thinly sketched characters, Brad Coley’s slow-paced, overstuffed genre piece offers a decent cast, but should nonetheless struggle to do much business beyond VOD.
We’re first introduced to 33-year-old New Yorker Clair (Rachel Miner) as she suffers a debilitating panic attack just as she’s finalizing her divorce. Later that night, Clair turns to her free-spirited best friend Isolda (Shamika Cotton) for consolation, and she rather improbably suggests that the »
- Andrew Barker
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