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Now on Blu-ray: Open Your Mind, Step Into The Void

Today marks the Blu-ray release of Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie's new horror film, The Void. Regular Screen Anarchy readers will recognize the co-directors as members of the renegade Winnipeg cinema collective Astron-6, but The Void is their first feature outside of that collective and it feels like a whole other beast.  When a young cop named Carter (Aaron Poole) picks up an injured man on the side of the road and drives him to the nearest hospital, he has no idea that he's in for the night of his life. Working at the hospital, which is in the middle of packing up to close its doors, is his estranged wife Allison (Kathleen Munroe), and if the tension between them weren't thick enough already, a...

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Review: The Void (2016)

Void. “A completely empty space”… according to a quick Google search. Well, not so much, when it comes to art. In fact many an artist, whether it be in words, paint, sound, or pictures, have tried to fill it since mankind slithered out of the primordial soup eons ago. The attraction may be it is the blankest canvas of them all. And possibly the darkest…

The Void is the latest leap into the “empty space”, which lands chin deep in B-movie tentacle stew. Cooked up from the minds of Jeremy Gillespie and Steve Konstanski, both on writing and directing duties, and pretty much everything else. Their backgrounds are in art direction and practical effects, and they deftly handle the practical “Lovecraftian” creatures and blood splatter; lovingly dished up from the pages of a John Carpenter inspired recipe book.

The story begins at the dead of night with police officer Daniel Carter
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Patriot: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on Amazon?

Vulture WatchWill John Tavner survive his perilous unofficial cover? Has the Patriot TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Amazon? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Patriot season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Streaming on the Amazon Prime Video paid subscription platform, Patriot stars Michael Dorman, Michael Chernus, Terry O’Quinn, Kathleen Munroe, Kurtwood Smith, Aliette Opheim, Chris Conrad, Julian Richings, Gil Bellows, and Marcus Toji. This political thriller follows intelligence officer John Tavner (Dorman). With only his unsafe “non-official cover” as a mid-level employee at an industrial piping firm, Tavner is on assignment to stop Iran from going nuclear. Lingering Ptsd, governmental ineptitude, and meeting the requirements of his cover, cause spiraling blunders which threaten his mission. His penchant for smoking pot
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Patriot: Season Two Renewal for Amazon Spy Series

John Tavner will live to spy and write oddly confessional folk songs, another day. The Patriot TV show has been renewed for a second season on Amazon Prime. The quirky espionage drama series stars Michael Dorman, Michael Chernus, Terry O’Quinn, Kathleen Munroe, Kurtwood Smith, Aliette Opheim, Chris Conrad, Julian Richings, Gil Bellows, and Marcus Toji.A political thriller, Patriot follows intelligence officer John Tavner (Dorman) on assignment to stop Iran from going nuclear. Creator, writer, and director Steven Conrad executive produces with James Parriott, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Charles Gogolak, and Gil Bellows.Read More…
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‘Patriot’ Renewed for Season 2 at Amazon

‘Patriot’ Renewed for Season 2 at Amazon
Patriot” has been renewed for Season 2 at Amazon, Variety has learned.

The first season followed the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner (Michael Dorman). His latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear, requiring him to forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous “non-official cover”—that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. A bout with Ptsd, the Federal government’s incompetence and the intricacies of keeping a day job in the “front” industrial piping company cause a barrage of ever-escalating fiascos that jeopardize Tavner’s mission.

The series also stars: Emmy winner Terry O’Quinn as Tom Tavner, John’s father and the head of intelligence for the State Department; Kurtwood Smith as Mr. Claret, John’s boss at the piping firm; Kathleen Munroe as Alice, John’s wife; Aliette Opheim as Agathe, a young homicide detective from Luxembourg; and Michael Chernus as Edward Tavner, a
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Contest: Win an Autographed Poster for The Void

Lovecraftian horrors lurk through hospital halls in The Void, and with the movie now available to watch in theaters and on iTunes courtesy of Screen Media Films, we've been provided with five theatrical posters autographed by directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) The Void poster (see below) autographed by directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Void Poster Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on April 14th.
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Exclusive: First 2 Minutes Of Hair-Raising Horror ‘The Void’

This year has already given us a couple pretty great horror movies with “Split” and “Get Out,” and now the producers behind the sensational “The Witch” have a spring treat filled with terror for genre fans: “The Void.”

Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, and starring Aaron Poole, Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong, Kenneth Walsh, Evan Stern, Daniel Fathers, and Grace Munro, the film unfolds inside a hospital where things get cosmically terrifying.

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Review: ‘The Void’ is a Surreal Hybrid of ‘The Thing’ and ‘Hellraiser’

I was recently comparing directorial culture today with that of the 80s and 90s, referencing how new technology has allowed a disintegration of the old school “pay your dues” mentality. Forty years ago you had artists working their way up under the tutelage of established directors through the more niche technical departments. See James Cameron (matte painter on Escape from New York) and Joe Johnston (visual effects on Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark) as examples. I’m not saying this type of mailroom intern to studio executive evolution isn’t still possible or relevant, just that young filmmakers can currently make a calling card film like the $750,000 budgeted Safety Not Guaranteed and find themselves helming a $150 million blockbuster like Jurassic World in only three years.

Is that talent? Luck? A bit of both, surely. But I still admire the idea of learning before jumping, earning the big
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Film Review: ‘The Void’

Film Review: ‘The Void’
Writer-directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski started out in Winnipeg film collective Astron-6, whose first features “Manborg” and “Father’s Day” were subversively funny low-budget genre send-ups of dystopian-future action cheese and bad-taste gore horror, respectively. There’s nothing spoofy about their latest, however. “The Void” plays its tale of one hectic night’s bloody peril at a rural hospital relatively straight, which is not to say there’s anything straightforward about the story these Canadians have cooked up. Indeed, after a promising start, this enterprising but overstuffed endeavor drifts increasingly into a muddled sci-fi mystical horror hybrid that only gets more confusing as it grows more thematically ambitious.

At least its failings aren’t formulaic ones — or perhaps they’re the fault of jamming in more fantastic-cinema formula than one modestly scaled film can support. “The Void,” which Screen Media opens on thirty-odd U.S. screens April 7 after a successful festival-circuit run,
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Review: The Void, Grim, No-Nonsense Horror

Following its Frontieres market pitch a few years ago and a successful Indigogo campaign, The Void shot in Canada last year with Aaron Poole, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, Ellen Wong, and Art Hindle. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest 2016 in Austin to a packed house, with producer Casey Walker and directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski in attendance. The Void draws inspiration from a number of horror influences, including Hellraiser, The Beyond, H.P. Lovecraft, and Lucio Fulci.    Those expecting the absurd comedic touches of Aston-6 (the filmmaking collaborative of which Gillespie and Kostanski are part) are in for a surprise, because The Void is grim. However, those who have been paying attention know not to expect any funny business here, unless your idea of laughs is a Rob...

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The Void of the Womb Births a Devil: A Film Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Screen Media Films. Directors/writers: Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski. Cast: Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong, Kenneth Welsh, Aaron Poole, Art Hindle and Stephanie Belding. The Void is an upcoming horror release, from Canadian filmmakers Astron 6. This team has been responsible for a number of decent horror features, including: Manborg (2011), Father's Day (2011), The Editor (2014) and others. Their latest film deals with the horrors of birth and the possible aftermath of death? The film does not have an answer to mortality, or immortality, though. Much of the film takes place in hell and veteran horror fans will see some of Clive Barker's Hellraiser (1987), here. In costume, makeup and setting, this film wears its influences on its sleeve. This viewer enjoyed the practical effects, in the film. But, the film's theme and message comes across as convoluted, for at least one viewer.
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The Void review

There's a lot of buzz surrounding 80s throwback horror film The Void, but is it actually worth your time?

The horror scene is currently littered with filmmakers who grew up with classic 80s horror movies. I’m old enough to remember the era (super old) and those films got about as much respect from your more discerning audience as the present horror influx does, i.e. basically none; but it’s still acceptably cool to like old horror movies - they’ve had the time to earn it.

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In 15 or 20 years, there’ll no doubt be a bunch of aging horror fans sitting around in the post-nuclear wasteland,
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Trailer for Work-Life Balance Drama 'A Family Man' with Gerard Butler

"We're your family, Dane! You're going to wish you had this time back." Voltage Pictures has released an official trailer for the indie drama A Family Man, starring Gerard Butler as a career headhunter who must struggle with the work-family balance when his 10-year-old son is diagnosed with cancer. This was originally titled The Headhunter's Calling, and it first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. In addition to Gerard Butler, the full ensemble cast features Alison Brie, Gretchen Mol, Willem Dafoe, Kathleen Munroe, Dustin Milligan, Alfred Molina, Julia Butters, and Anupam Kher. I hate to say it, but this looks so sappy and emotionally manipulative, that it's hard to take it seriously. I'm much more interested in seeing Gerard Butler in Geostorm than I am this movie. But these stories still need to be told. Here's the first official trailer for Mark Williams' A Family Man, direct
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The Void Trailer Pays Tribute to Classic 80s Horror Movies

The Void Trailer Pays Tribute to Classic 80s Horror Movies
Screen Media Films has released the first trailer for The Void, which is slated to hit theaters in limited released and arrive on VOD platforms April 7. This terrifying thriller has been winning rave reviews from hitting the festival circuit, after making its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas back in September. If this new footage is any indication, which features some of the critical praise from the festivals, fans of 80s horror films will be in for one hell of a ride.

In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter (Aaron Carter) happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital staffed by a skeleton crew, only to discover that patients and personnel are transforming into something inhuman. As the horror intensifies, Carter leads the other survivors on a hellish voyage into the
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The Void: new trailer pays homage to 80s horror movies

John Saavedra Mar 8, 2017

A creepy cult is the least of your worries in the latest trailer for the 80s-inspired horror film, The Void.

Paying homage to 80s horror is a very popular trend at the moment, thanks to things like Stranger Things, a nostalgia piece about a group of nerdy kids growing up in the age of E.T., Poltergeist, and The Goonies. While that show is infinitely adorable in its approach, there's nothing quite as heartwarming in The Void, a new horror film that nods heavily to 80s gorefests. 

Creepy cults, tons of monsters, and an obsession with triangles are only the tip of the iceberg in The Void, which tells the story of a group of people stuck in a hospital during the night shift after a bunch of killer men in robes surround the building.

The new trailer also suggests that there's a lot of blood and guts involved.
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Watch: Full Trailer for Throwback Practical FX Horror Film 'The Void'

"Who are they?" "There is something calling them all here..." Screen Media Films has debuted a brand new full-length trailer for the horror film The Void, which is a gnarly throwback to old school horror from the 80s with nasty practical effects, and gross gore galore. The Void is co-directed by Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski (both from Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6), and is a mind-bending sci-fi horror thriller about a small town overrun by some "otherworldly threat". The cast includes Aaron Poole, Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, and Daniel Fathers. We featured two short 30-second teasers last month, and now have a full trailer below to entice horror hounds. I've heard this has some cool scenes, and of course some excellent practical effects, but the rest of it is apparently a mess. Still might be worth a look. Here's the full-length trailer (+ poster) for Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski's The Void,
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‘The Void’ gets a new UK trailer…

Prepare for a fresh slice of terror from the warped imaginations of VFX and design masters Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie. The Void is a highly anticipated new horror following a series of successful and prestigious festival appearances. Encountering a blood-soaked man on a dark deserted road, a police officer rushes the victim to the local hospital. Soon the staff and patients are trapped by a terrifying, otherworldly threat and forced on a hellish voyage into the depths of the building to escape the nightmare.

Shocking, haunting and boasting mind-blowing practical special effects, The Void is a new must-see horror event, starring Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs the World), Kathleen Munroe (Alphas), Aaron Poole (Forsaken) Kenneth Welsh (The Aviator) and Daniel Fathers. The film is written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski (aka Astron-6).

Signature Entertainment presents The Void at UK cinemas from 31st March, on Digital 7th April,
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Full-Length Trailer for The Void Teases Lovecraftian Body Horror in the Hospital

"You will become something remarkable." Plenty of eerie body horror is teased in a hospital under siege in the official, full-length trailer for The Void, giving viewers a deeper look into the new film following the teaser trailer released last month.

"The Void, written & directed by Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski, stars Aaron Poole, Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong, Kenneth Welsh, Evan Stern, Daniel Fathers & Grace Munro.

When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a barebones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads them into the depths of the hospital where they discover a gateway to immense evil."

Horror fans can enter The Void when Screen Media Films releases the movie in theaters and on VOD beginning April 7th.
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New UK trailer for The Void brings the horror

With a little over three weeks to go until its arrives in UK cinemas, Signature Entertainment has unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming horror The Void. Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, the film stars Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, Aaron Poole, and Daniel Fathers; check it out below after the official synopsis…

In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital staffed by a skeleton crew, only to discover that patients and personnel are transforming into something inhuman. As the horror intensifies, Carter leads the other survivors on a hellish voyage into the subterranean depths of the hospital in a desperate bid to end the nightmare before it’s too late.

The Void is set for release on March 31st in
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‘Patriot’ Playlist: Listen to the Soundtrack From the One-of-a-Kind Amazon Series and Learn How It Shaped the Show — Watch

‘Patriot’ Playlist: Listen to the Soundtrack From the One-of-a-Kind Amazon Series and Learn How It Shaped the Show — Watch
While music plays an integral part in most TV shows, the way “Patriot” is built around its original music is as unique as the show itself.

Tracking a N.O.C. — non-official cover — agent who would rather get high and play guitar than save the world, “Patriot” features a number of surprising, insightful songs payed by John Tavner as a way to cope with the stress of his job and the past stress inflicted upon him. While sometimes a little too revealing for his boss’ comfort, the music is moving, charming, and helps define a show as unconventional as it is engaging.

For more on the music and how it was made, watch the exclusive making-of clip below. The video contains behind-the-scenes footage of the recordings, how the music helped bring the characters to life, and how it served as the true inspiration and specific foundation of the show.

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