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Being sealed off from society for hundreds of days can cause serious strains on the psyche, as evidenced in SyFy Films' 400 Days. With the new sci-fi thriller hitting theaters and VOD today, we caught up with writer/director Matt Osterman for our latest Q&A feature to discuss Dane Cook's improv on set, the influence of The Twilight Zone, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Matt. When did you first come up with the idea for 400 Days?
Matt Osterman: There was this amazing experiment in Russia a few years back called Mars500, where six astronauts went into a fake spaceship for 520 days (crazy, right?). They had a great online presence (posting videos, photos, etc.) and I was hooked. After the mission was over and they got out with their sanity supposedly still intact, I decided to take that idea and »
- Derek Anderson
“Making a Murderer” proved to be the Dom Perignon of binge TV options for many showbizzers during the holiday break.
The ten-part documentary series about Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who is believed to have been framed for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, has generated a storm of glowing reviews and discussion on social media about Avery’s fate. A Netflix rep said Sunday that at present there are no plans for the streaming service to feature any updates or additional material on Avery’s saga.
Outrage stirred since the docu series bowed on Dec. 18 has led to online petitions calling for his pardon, including a Change.org effort that had nearly 111,000 signatures as of Sunday evening. The detail in the docuseries from filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos has led to a chorus of critics calling for disciplinary actions against prosecutors in Wisconsin’s Manitowoc County and broader »
- Variety Staff
Happy New Year, Daily Dead-ites! To kick off the new year, we have details on the L.A. screening of 400 Days as well as information on how to win tickets to the event. Also in this round-up: a trailer for Mr. Lockjaw, details on Cavity Colors' Terror 2016 shirt, and a poster for Bubba the Redneck Werewolf.
400 Days L.A. Screening Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive (2) tickets to the 7:30 pm Pst screening of 400 Days at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, January 8th.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “400 Days Contest”. Be sure to include your name, guest's name, and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01 am Est on Thursday, January 7th. This contest is only open to those who are 21 years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted. »
- Tamika Jones
In terms of VOD offerings, 2016 is off to a quiet but stellar start as the genre titles arriving in January include a handful of noteworthy indie horror films that should help ease the post-holiday doldrums.
Two movies I enjoyed during the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival—The Abandoned and Intruders—are both making their VOD debuts this month and Synchronicity, the neo-noir sci-fi thriller from Magnet Releasing, also arrives on January 22nd. The animated horror comedy Hell and Back is also coming to VOD this month and the new distro shingle SyFy Films is releasing 400 Days this January as well.
Condemned (Rlj Entertainment) – January 5th
In Condemned, fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend who is squatting in an old, condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even »
- Heather Wixson
4 items from 2016
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