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Author Dallas Mayr, aka Jack Ketchum, Has Passed Away

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When it came to writing about the horrors of real life and the human monsters that walk among us, there was perhaps no one better than author Jack Ketchum, aka Dallas Mayr, and we're sad to share the news that Dallas has passed away at the age of 71.

Jack Ketchum's official website confirmed the news of Dallas' passing, and fellow author and close friend Christopher Golden also shared the news on Twitter, mentioning that Dallas had been fighting cancer for a long time.

When it came to writing visceral prose that pulled no punches, Dallas was a master. Whether writing about cannibals in Off Season, an old man seeking revenge for his dog in Red, or a pregnant woman trying to survive demented kidnappers in Right to Life, Dallas dug deep into tormented psyches and harrowing situations, shining an unforgiving light on both the humanity and depravity of all-too-real horrors
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‘Blood Money’ Giveaway on Blu-ray and Digital (5 Winners)

Blood Money starring John Cusask and Ellar Coltrane has just made its home video debut on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. It's a modernized version of the classic Treasure of the Sierra Madre film from 1948. We highly recommend watching both back-to-back.

Thanks to Lionsgate we have five copies of the new Blood Money Blu-ray and Digital combo pack that are available to win in this contest.

For a chance to win one of them then please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.

A modern retelling of the 1948 action film Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Blood Money stars Cusack as a dangerous criminal who will stop at nothing to
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Blood Money Starring John Cusack Arrives on Blu-ray December 19th

The intense nail-biting thriller starring Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (Best Actor, High Fidelity, 2000) and Ellar Coltrane, Blood Money, arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital, December 19 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. A modern retelling of the 1948 action film Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Blood Money stars Cusack as a dangerous criminal who will stop at nothing to retrieve his money after a robbery gone wrong. From award-winning cult director Lucky McKee (May, “Masters of Horror”), and written by Jared Butler and Lars Norberg, the Blood Money Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Three friends on a wilderness excursion stumble upon bags of money and suddenly must outrun a white collar criminal (John Cusack) hell-bent on retrieving his fortune. Soon, greed and mistrust turns the friends against each other as they wage a desperate fight for survival.
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Filming set to start on Lucky McKee produced ‘Don’t Look There’

Produced by Lucky McKee (May, The Woman, All Cheerleaders Die), director Richard Zelniker’s new thriller Don’t Look There is set to begin filming this winter.

A mystery/thriller about a clinical psychologist (Emmanuelle Vaugier) who’s on a downward spiral as she treats a new patient (Kenny Johnson) that suffers from premonitions. As their sessions deepen, a detective (Kirk Acevedo) solicits her help in hunting down an elusive serial killer terrorizing Detroit during the holiday season.

The film, which stars Natalie Alyn Lind (The Gifted, Gotham), Kirk Acevedo (Insidious: The Last Key, Band of Brothers, Fringe), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Saw 2, CSI: NY), Keesha Sharp (Marshall, Lethal Weapon), Michelle Krusiec (The Invitation) ,Kenny Johnson (Swat, Bates Motel), Patrick Sabongui (Homeland, Drones), Shane Graham (AMC’s The Son, Ride), Kevin Johnson (Ozark), Erin O’Brien (Tremors, Clinton Road), Dave Sheridan (Victor Crowley, Ghost World), Cj Valleroy (Unbroken) and Pip Dwyer (It,
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Producer Lucky McKee’s Don’t Look There Starring Emmanuelle Vaugier Begins Filming This Winter

Director Richard Zelniker’s (As Night Comes) new mystery thriller Don’t Look There starring Emmanuelle Vaugier looks like a flick to keep your eye out for. Not only is the film produced by May and All Cheerleader’s Die director Lucky McKee,… Continue Reading →

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Halloween 2017: 11 Movies You Should Watch on Shudder

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We’re in the last remaining days of October, meaning many of us will be trying to cram in as many horror movies as possible between now and Halloween. For my last round of Shudder picks this month, I thought I’d go with a much looser theme: there’s nothing that ties these titles together except that they’re really good movies I think you should watch. Some you may recognize, others may be less familiar to you. All of them are worth streaming on Shudder.

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, dir. James Whale) It’s not officially October without the Universal Monsters, so big thanks to Shudder for adding most of the big ones to their expanding library of streaming options. There’s no wrong choice when it comes to the classics, but I’ll make the case that Universal never got better than The Bride of Frankenstein, James Whale
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Film Review: ‘Blood Money’

Film Review: ‘Blood Money’
Stumbling upon $8 million dollars in stolen currency on a wilderness trip doesn’t turn out so well for three young friends — surprise! — in “Blood Money.” It’s not particularly plausible placing bratty 20-year-olds in classic noirish circumstances of greed and betrayal, with John Cusack more weird than menacing as the criminal they’ve unwittingly tangled with. But this open-air thriller is decently crafted by director Lucky McKee (whose prior films have landed closer to horror terrain), and it eventually summons up enough seriocomic neo-noir perversity to comprise a fun, semi-guilt-free ride. Saban Films is opening the movie on 10 screens nationwide Oct. 13, simultaneously with Liongate’s VOD release.

After a first year of college, Lynn (Willa Fitzgerald), Jeff (Jacob Artist) and Victor (Ellar Coltrane) reunite for an annual rafting/camping trip. Actually, not everyone got some higher education —while track star Lynn won an athletic scholarship, and brash, brawny Jeff’s wealthy family footed his tuition bill, Victor
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John Cusack is a Pissed Off Sniper in the Trailer For His New Thriller Blood Money

John Cusack stars in a new action thriller called Blood Money and today we have the first trailer for you to watch. Cusack plays a sniper in the film who gets bent out of shape when three friends camping in the woods find a shit ton of money that he stole. As greed starts to infect everyone, things start to fall apart and Cusack will do what he needs to to get his money back. Here's the official synopsis:

Three friends (Ellar Coltrane, Willa Fitzgerald, Jacob Artist) on a wilderness excursion must outrun a white collar criminal hell-bent on retrieving his cash, but soon their greed turns them against each other.

This actually doesn't look like a bad movie. It's been awhile since I've seen Cusack make something decent, so I wasn't sure what to expect. While it may not be anything awesomely exciting, it still looks like it could be entertaining.
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Greed has a price in first trailer for thriller Blood Money

Ahead of its theatrical and VOD release next month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Lucky McKee’s upcoming thriller Blood Money which stars John Cusack, Ellar Coltrane, Willa Fitzgerald, and Jacob Artist; take a look below…

Three friends on a wilderness excursion must outrun a white collar criminal hell-bent on retrieving his cash, but soon their greed turns them against each other.

Blood Money is set for release on October 13th.
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John Cusack is an Angry Sniper in Action Thriller 'Blood Money' Trailer

"What did you do to get this money?" Saban Films has launched the trailer for a new action thriller titled Blood Money, from horror filmmaker Lucky McKee. This film seems like it's straight out of the 90s, with John Cusack in a lead role as a white collar criminal who tries to retrieve his cash, but three kids pick it up first. Cusack gets all crazy on them, bringing a sniper rifle along to make sure he gets his money. The rest of the cast includes Ellar Coltrane, Willa Fitzgerald, Jacob Artist, and Ned Bellamy. This looks pretty awful, without much going on besides petty greed. Might be okay for a late night watch, but I'm not too sure. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Lucky McKee's Blood Money, direct from YouTube: Three friends (Ellar Coltrane, Willa Fitzgerald, Jacob Artist) on a wilderness excursion must outrun a white collar
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Epic seals deals on thriller 'Radius'

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Epic seals deals on thriller 'Radius'
Exclusive: Film stars Diego Klattenhoff and Charlotte Sullivan.

Epic Pictures has closed key territories in Cannes on its thriller Radius starring Pacific Rim, Homeland and The Blacklist star Diego Klattenhoff and Charlotte Sullivan.

Deals have concluded in Italy (Minerva), Japan (At Entertainment), Indonesia (Cgv), Taiwan (MovieCloud), and Vietnam (Skyline Media).

Shaked Berenson, Patrick Ewald and their team also licensed rights in Middle East (Eagle Film), Mexico (Sky Distribution), and Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile (Bf Distribution). CineSky acquired airline rights.

Radius tells of a man who awakes from an accident and discovers that everything that comes within 15 metres of him dies.

The film marks the Los Angeles-based company’s second collaboration with Turbo Kid producers Anne-Marie Gélinas and Rkss.

Epic’s Cannes sales slate includes Sam Elliot in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, about a war hero summoned to hunt down a plague-carrying beast in the Canadian wilderness.

Writer-director Robert
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Lucky McKee Boards The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot

Lucky McKee, the man who brought us May and The Woman, has joined as a producer on Epic Picture Group’s The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot, according to FrightFest co-director Alan Jones. Jones writes, “Fab news. Lucky McKee… Continue Reading →

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John Cusack Joins Independent Thriller Broken Ridge

John Cusack has been tapped to star in Broken Ridge, an Indy crime thriller directed by Lucky McKee. Variety.com explains the plot of the film which sounds very similar to season 1 of HBO's True Detective series: 

"The story is set in the Great Smoky Mountains and follows two brothers who investigate a series of murders."

Cusack has worked with director McKee before in another thriller called Misfortune, a film that is currently in post production. The movie will begin shooting in Alabama this summer.

John Cusack may be best known for his iconic roles from the 1980s, but he has many played important roles in the thriller genre. One my favorites being in 2003's Identity. What are some of your favorite John Cusack movies?
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John Cusack to Star in Thriller ‘Broken Ridge’

John Cusack to Star in Thriller ‘Broken Ridge’
John Cusack has come on board the independent thriller “Broken Ridge.”

Greenlight International will be introducing the project, to be shot in Alabama this summer, to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.

Lucky McKee is directing from a script by Raul Inglis and Joshua Wagner. The story is set in the Great Smoky Mountains and follows two brothers who investigate a series of murders. The producers are Matthew Robert Kelly, Rob Weston and Gerry Pass.

Cusack and McKee teamed up in the chase thriller “Misfortune,” which was shot last year in Georgia and is currently in post-production. “Don’t Breathe’s” Daniel Zovatto and Willa Fitzgerald also star, with Cusack portraying a quick-witted businessman who had left everything behind, including his family, to start a new life after embezzling a client’s money.

Cusack has credits dating back to the mid 1980s with “The Sure Thing” and “Sixteen Candles.” His
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Cannes: John Cusack to Star in 'Broken Ridge' (Exclusive)

Cannes: John Cusack to Star in 'Broken Ridge' (Exclusive)
John Cusack has signed on to star in Broken Ridge, a thriller to be directed by Lucky McKee.

Cusack and McKee will be reuniting, having just worked together on their latest film, Misfortune.

With a script by Raul Inglis and Joshua Wagner, the story follows two brothers on different sides of the law who investigate a series of strange murders plaguing their Smoky Mountain town after a construction crew shows up.

Matthew Robert Kelly, Rob Weston and Gerry Pass are producing the project, which is aiming to shoot this summer in Alabama. Greenlight International will be introducing the project...
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‘Carrie Pilby’ Trailer: Bel Powley Takes On Another Offbeat Ya Heroine With New Adaptation — Watch

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‘Carrie Pilby’ Trailer: Bel Powley Takes On Another Offbeat Ya Heroine With New Adaptation — Watch
The first official international trailer for “Carrie Pilby” has been released. Following her 2015 big screen breakout, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” and the subsequent “A Royal Night Out,” Bel Powley returns with yet one more unconventional young adult role. The indie drama is an adaptation of Caren Lissner’s 2010 coming-of-age novel of the same name.

Read More: First Looks Released for Bel Powley–Starring Drama and Lucky McKee’s Latest

In the film, Powley plays the eponymous Carrie Pilby, an extremely intelligent young woman, who, at age 19, speaks seven languages and has already graduated from Harvard. However, she doesn’t have any friends or a boyfriend, and has “a reputation for being a bit of a hermit.” But all that is about to change, as her therapist makes her create a list of goals that include making a friend and going on a date before the end of the year.
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Berlinale 2017: First Looks Released for Bel Powley–Starring Drama and Lucky McKee’s Latest

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Berlinale 2017: First Looks Released for Bel Powley–Starring Drama and Lucky McKee’s Latest
From the Berlin Film Festival comes the news that two young actors who made big splashes a few years back are set to star in new films: Bel Powley (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) will headline Marius A. Markevicius’ “Ashes in the Snow,” while Ellar Coltrane of “Boyhood” is co-starring alongside John Cusack in Lucky McKee’s thriller “Misfortune.” Avail yourself of a photo from the latter below.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Berlinale Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Here’s the synopsis for “Ashes in the Snow”: “Based on the internationally best-selling novel ‘Between Shades of Gray’ by Ruta Sepetys, ‘Ashes in the Snow’ introduces us to Lina, a sixteen-year-old budding artist in 1941 Lithuania, who along with her mother and young brother are deported by the Soviets to a Siberian work camp. Faced with years of hard labor in an unforgiving climate, Lina
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‘For Ahkeem’ Review: This Vérité Doc About a St. Louis Teen Offers Compellingly Humane Proof of the Fact That Black Lives Matter — Berlinale 2017

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‘For Ahkeem’ Review: This Vérité Doc About a St. Louis Teen Offers Compellingly Humane Proof of the Fact That Black Lives Matter — Berlinale 2017
Documentary is an infinite form, but — at the risk of being terribly reductive — most documentary subjects can be divided into one of two groups: People who are too exceptional to resist, and people who are too ordinary to ignore. The former hinges on interest, the latter on empathy. A black teenager in a run-down suburb of St. Louis, Daje Shelton not only falls into that second category, her story defines why we need it.

Seventeen years old and already convinced that she’s already doomed to a dead end, Daje is a student who’s teetering on the edge of becoming a statistic; she’s growing up in the state that kicks more black kids out of school than any other, and she can’t help but feel the inertia of that fact. “For Ahkeem” lucidly captures that feeling as well as any non-fiction film since “Hoop Dreams,” even if
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‘Final Portrait’ Review: Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush Star in Stanley Tucci’s Engaging Biopic — Berlinale 2017

‘Final Portrait’ Review: Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush Star in Stanley Tucci’s Engaging Biopic — Berlinale 2017
Used up your vacation days? The news got you burned out, battered and blue? Well, let director Stanley Tucci offer this balm for frayed nerves, whisking you off to France with the amiable, shaggy-dog of a film that is “Final Portrait.” The story of artist Alberto Giacometti towards the end of his life, the film is less a biopic than it is a long ramble with an engaging eccentric, all set in Paris, 1964.

If this sounds appealing and oddly familiar, hey, you’re right on both counts. With his fifth directorial feature, Tucci returns to territory he previously explored with his 2000 outing, “Joe Gould’s Secret.” Both films tell of the relationship between a young writer and an older oddball, treading lightly on narrative to instead focus on the textures, settings and details that make up the older man’s vie bohème. Swap out Greenwich Village of the ’40s for
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