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‘Supernatural Forces’ DVD Review

Stars: Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos, Larry Fessenden, Noah Segan, Matt Mercer, Michael A. LoCicero, Jeremy Gardner, Patrick M. Walsh, Brian Morvant, Josh Ethier, Susan T. Travers | Written and Directed by Joe Begos

Back in 2014 first-time director Joe Begos exploded on the horror scene with Almost Human, an alien abduction movie drenched in 80s flair. Now he’s back with his second feature, Supernatural Forces aka The Mind’s Eye, another film that’s not afraid to wear its love of 80s horror on its sleeve. In this case referencing the work of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma, and films like the Scanners franchise, Carrie and the classic telekinetic fear flick The Fury.

Confession time: I’m not the biggest fan of David Cronenberg’s Scanners. If not for exploding head scene and the final battle between Revok and Vale, the film would be a very dull futuristic thriller.
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Film Review: ‘Stray Bullets’

Film Review: ‘Stray Bullets’
Major allowances would normally be made for any movie made by a 16-year-old. But in the case of “Stray Bullets,” a polished first feature from teenager Jack Fessenden, fairly minor ones will suffice. Though this suspense drama about two small-town youths who run afoul of fleeing big-city criminals feels a couple story beats short of a satisfying whole, it’s admirably well-crafted within its mostly savvy limitations. The film opens Feb. 10 in 11 U.S. cities.

Fessenden is the son of actor-turned-busy indie producer and sometime writer/director Larry Fessenden (“The Last Winter,” “Wendigo”), who not only plays an onscreen role here but serves as Dp. It’s also dad’s connections that doubtless coaxed a number of veteran performers he’s worked with in the past to join the project, and none of them treat this assignment as a favor-among-friends lark.

Ash (Asa Spurlock) and Connor (the junior Fessenden) are
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Horror Highlights: Scooby-doo Pop! Vinyl, Paranormal Lockdown, Stray Bullets, Black Fawn Films & Breakthrough Entertainment, Friday The 13th Nintendo Fan Short Film, The Tribe

The Creeper would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids! Funko presents an Emerald City Comicon Pop! vinyl figure for The Creeper from Scooby-Doo. Also: a new clip for the latest episode of TLC’s Paranormal Lockdown, Stray Bullets release details, Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment’s renewed partnership, a complete look at Friday the 13th Nintendo Fan Short Film, plus a new clip and trailer for The Tribe.

Funko’s Emerald City Comicon The Creeper Exclusive Pop! Vinyl Figure: Part 1 of Funko’s Emerald City Comicon exclusives includes the Pop! vinyl figure of The Creeper from Scooby-Doo.

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New Paranormal Lockdown Episode Details: “About This Week’S Episode: Friday, February 10 at 9/8c.

Paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman travel to small-town Iowa where Malvern Manor – and its elusive entities – await. Investigator Johnny Houser claims an overwhelming rage came over him after encountering a shadow figure.
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Horror Highlights: Jim Henson’S The Dark Crystal Tales Graphic Novel, Stray Bullets, Paranormal Lockdown

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In today’s Horror Highlights we gather around the campfire for Boom! Studios’ Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales graphic novel. We also have screening details and a trailer for Jack Fessenden’s Stray Bullets and a promo video for tonight’s episode of TLC’s Paranormal Lockdown.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales Graphic Novel: Press Release: “Los Angeles, Calif. (February 2, 2017) – Boom! Studios and The Jim Henson Company are proud to announce Jim Henson’S The Dark Crystal Tales, a new children’s book set for release this summer by acclaimed writer and artist Cory Godbey (Have Courage, Be Kind: The Tale of Cinderella). The publication is a follow-up to last fall’s best-selling Jim Henson’S Labyrinth Tales, also written and illustrated by Godbey.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales delves deep into the Skeksis-ruled land of Thra in this beautiful look at some of
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Official Trailer for Jack Fessenden's 'Stray Bullets' Crime Thriller Film

"My understanding is we've got a bit of a situation..." A trailer has debuted for a film titled Stray Bullets, from young filmmaker Jack Fessenden, son of Larry Fessenden. Not to be confused with the comic book series Stray Bullets, this crime thriller is about two teenaged boys who end up in a fight against a hitman while being held hostage by three criminals they discover hiding out in their father's old mobile home. Jack Fessenden stars along with Asa Spurlock, including James Le Gros, John Speredakos, and Kevin Corrigan, with an appearance by Larry Fessenden. This looks solid, better than expected for a first film. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Jack Fessenden's Stray Bullets, found on YouTube (via Tmb): In upstate New York, two teenage boys (Jack Fessenden, Asa Spurlock) are tasked with cleaning out their father's old mobile home on an abandoned property, but the
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Review: The Mind’S Eye

2013’s Almost Human showcased not only the talents of director Joe Begos, actor/editor Josh Ethier and actor Graham Skipper, but a genuine love for all things John Carpenter and David Cronenberg. The gory body invasion film caught people off guard during its festival run and when released, it quickly became a film that genre lovers really wanted to stand behind. It had gore, it had that early ’80s Carpenter vibe, and it also had a really fun and interesting story. When a filmmaker excites genre fans like that, the “what film will they do next, and will it be as good?” question is a constant, sometimes for the best and unfortunately, sometimes for the worse. After Begos’ follow up, the telekenisis splatterfest The Mind’S Eye, that question is answered, and fright fanatics,…it’s one hell of a ride.

Taking place in the first couple of years of the ’90s,
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The Mind’S Eye Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

Touted as “the best Scanners sequel we never got,” The Mind’s Eye is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on October 4th! The Blu-ray cover art has been revealed by Rlj Entertainment, and the Scanners comparison is uncanny. The Mind’s Eye follows Zack and Rachel, humans born with super abilities who are imprisoned by a psychotic doctor hell-bent on capitalizing on their powers.

“Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use.”

Written and directed by Begos, The Mind’s Eye stars Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter,
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Review: The Mind’S Eye is an Ambitious and Explosively Fun Effort from Joe Begos

Writer/director Joe Begos’ second genre effort, The Mind’s Eye, feels like it could have been an early ’90s spin-off from the world of Scanners, with the up-and-coming filmmaker wearing his influences proudly on his sleeve. However, the difference between The Mind’s Eye and other recent projects that evoke feelings of grungy horror nostalgia, is that Begos never relies too heavily on our love of the movies of yesteryear, instead creating a film that can stand proudly on its own two feet.

That being said, there are aspects of The Mind’s Eye that are a bit rough around the edges, and one of the film’s actors almost derails the whole effort, but by and large, Begos’ latest feature is an ambitious throwback telekinetic tale that’s explosively fun and a solid step forward for Begos as a visual storyteller.

The Mind’s Eye follows Zack Connors
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Icons of Fright Chats The Mind’S Eye With Actor John Speredakos!!

Horror films have introduced us to quite the amount of terrific yet psychopathic doctors throughout the years and the latest film from Joe Begos, The Mind’S Eye, is most definitely no exception. Today I got to sit down with actor John Speredakos, to discuss what it’s like to play an evil scientist, work with the infamous Larry Fessenden, and what it’s like to re-enact telepathic powers while doing your best to avoid you own head exploding in real life.

Shannon McGrew: Hi John! Thanks for sitting down with me today to talk about your latest role. For those who are not familiar with your character, Dr. Michael Slovak in The Mind’S Eye, could you tell us a little bit about him and what interested you in the role?

John Speredakos: Well, I think any actor I know would be interested in this role because on
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Exclusive: Writer/Director Joe Begos Talks The Mind’s Eye

In The Mind’s Eye, writer/director Joe Begos tells the supernatural tale of a man (Graham Skipper) and his girlfriend (Lauren Ashley Carter), who become the prisoners of a deranged doctor (John Speredakos) that wants to harvest their telekinetic powers. The… Continue Reading →

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[Review] The Mind’s Eye

Between Midnight Special, Netflix’s Stranger Things, and now Joe Begos’ The Mind’s Eye — a virtual remake of David Cronenberg’s 1981 film Scanners — the ’80s genre landscape has gotten substantial representation on 2016’s screens. But whereas the first two cleave closer to the Spielbergian trademark of generating wonder through restraint, Begos dives headfirst into nastiness and excess, sharing some of Stranger ThingsCarpenter DNA while fitting the title of the Jeff Nichols’ picture better than its actual owner. Indeed, The Mind’s Eye is midnight movie material, a film whose nightmarish bloodletting surpasses disgusting to skirt on the edge of the sublime. As cinema, the film’s influence likely won’t last given the disproportionate amount of time and energy it spends on revisiting old body horror tropes instead of crafting compelling characters and an original story. Still, emerging from the aesthetic doldrums summer cinema typically brings, the sheer
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The Mind’s Eye Review

While Almost Human marked a memorable feature debut for up-and-comer Joe Begos, The Mind’s Eye represents an unfortunate step backwards. The film feels more like a first-time effort built on unsteady ground, stumbling over a minefield of miscues that rarely pull together the tight, fluid terrors of Almost Human. This psychokinetic Scanners homage falls into a repetition of cut-rate effects and low-budget confidence, constantly failing to marry either aspect with Begos’ passionate respect for a genre he clearly adores and respects. It all sounds great on paper, like an aggressive cut of The Men Who Stare At Goats, but actors scrunching their faces while “emitting brainwave attacks” can only entertain for so long…

Indie workhorse Graham Skipper stars as Zack Connors, a gifted individual being held by antagonist Dr. Michael Slovak (John Speredakos). The imprisonment is not mutually beneficial, as it turns out that Dr. Sloak is keeping a
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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (August 5, 2016)

Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (August 5, 2016)
Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 5. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Director: Todd Kessler

Cast: Chris Smith, Kabir Bedi, Kriss Dosanjh, Machel Montano, Natalie Perera, Staz Nair

Synopsis: Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with local singer,
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Contest: Win Tickets & Signed Poster for The Mind’S Eye Opening Night Screening and Q&A in Pasadena, CA

Featuring telekinetic traits reminiscent of Firestarter and Scanners, Joe Begos’ The Mind’s Eye hits theaters, VOD, and iTunes this Friday, August 5th from Rlj Entertainment. To celebrate the release, a special screening of the film will take place at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena on Friday night, followed by a cast and crew Q&A moderated by filmmaker Mickey Keating (Carnage Park), and we’ve been provided with two tickets and a signed poster to give away to one lucky Daily Dead reader.

This special opening night screening of The Mind’s Eye will take place at 7:30pm at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 (673 E. Colorado Blvd, 91101) in Pasadena, California. Moderated by Mickey Keating, the Q&A following the screening will feature writer/director Joe Begos, cast members Graham Skipper, Matt Mercer, and Josh Ethier, and producer Zak Zeman.

To purchase tickets for The Mind’s Eye opening night screening and Q&A in Pasadena,
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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Well, here we are in the closing weeks of summer movie season. It’s the last gasp for big-budget blockbusters before the coming fall festival season, but there are plenty of indie alternatives for whatever your tastes may be. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of August, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week, we’ll give you an update with screening locations for these various titles. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!

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Suicide Squad

Director: David Ayer

Cast: Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood

Synopsis: A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned
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The Mind’s Eye – Exclusive Clip Will Put You Down!

On tap right now we have an exclusive clip from Joe Begos’ The Mind’s Eye (review)! Check it out via Rlj Entertainment! Begos wrote and directed. Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos, and Noah Segan star. Look for The… Continue Reading →

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Comic-Con 2016: Watch a New Clip from The Mind’S Eye

Sadly, San Diego Comic-Con 2016 is over, but videos continue to roll out from some of the events from the convention, including The Mind’s Eye clip that was shown during the “Under the Radar” panel in Hall H!

Rlj Entertainment acquired The Mind’s Eye for North American distribution back in April, and the psychokinetic horror film will hit theaters, VOD, and iTunes on August 5th.

Written and directed by Begos, The Mind’s Eye stars Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos, Noah Segan, Jeremy Gardner, Matt Mercer, Brian Morvant, Josh Ethier, Sam Zimmerman, and Larry Fessenden.

Synopsis: “Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will
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First Trailer for Joe Begos' Psychokinetic Horror Film 'The Mind's Eye'

Whoa! Rlj Entertainment has released a crazy first trailer for Joe Begos' new body-horror / psychological thriller The Mind's Eye, which won Best Horror Director at Fantastic Fest last year. Graham Skipper plays Zack Connors, and Lauren Ashley Carter plays Rachel Meadows, two people born with "incredible psychokinetic capabilities" who are hunted by a doctor that wants to harvest their powers. The cast includes John Speredakos, Larry Fessenden, Noah Segan and Matt Mercer. The film has been described as an homage to the early films of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma, and the poster has a quote calling it "the best Scanners sequel we never got." This definitely looks trippy and weird, and perfect for a late night. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Joe Begos' The Mind's Eye, direct from YouTube: Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out,
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The Mind’S Eye Release Date & Trailer

Firestarter and Scanners might come to mind while watching the killer new trailer for The Mind’s Eye, the latest film from Almost Human writer/director Joe Begos that will be released this summer.

Rlj Entertainment acquired The Mind’s Eye for North American distribution back in April, and EW reports that the psychokinetic horror film will hit theaters, VOD, and iTunes on August 5th.

Written and directed by Begos, The Mind’s Eye stars Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos, Noah Segan, Jeremy Gardner, Matt Mercer, Brian Morvant, Josh Ethier, Sam Zimmerman, and Larry Fessenden.

Synopsis: “Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use.”

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Rlj Entertainment’s Acquires The Mind’S Eye

Rlj Entertainment’s Acquires The Mind’S Eye

Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all North American rights to the thriller, The Mind’S Eye. Written and directed by Joe Begos, the film reunites him with his Almost Human film star Graham Skipper, along with cast members Lauren Ashley Carter (Premium Rush, The Woman), John Speredakos (The House of the Devil), and Noah Segan (Some Kind of Hate, Looper). Rlje plans to release The Mind’S Eye in theaters and On Demand later this year. Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s …

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