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Georgia Father Accused of Beating 15-Day-Old Daughter to Death and Hiding Body in Cloth in Woods

The father of a Georgia newborn found beaten to death in the woods on Sunday has been charged with murder in her death, People confirms.

On Wednesday, Christopher Michael McNabb, 27, of Covington, Georgia, was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and concealing a death, said Capt. Keith Crum of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office tells People.

McNabb is accused of killing his 15-day-old daughter, Caliyah McNabb, before hiding her body in the woods near his family’s mobile home, says Crum.

An autopsy determined that the infant died from blunt force trauma to the head, Newton Coroner Tommy Davis said Tuesday,
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Ga. Infant’s Father Detained After 2-Week-Old’s Body Is Found Wrapped in Cloth in the Woods

Police have detained the father of a 2-week-old baby girl whose body was found wrapped in cloth in a wooded area behind her parents’ mobile home in Covington, Georgia, People confirms.

On Sunday night, police captured Christopher McNabb, who allegedly briefly fled on foot after learning the body of his infant daughter Caliyah McNabb had been found, Capt. Keith Crum of the Newtown County Sheriff’s Office tells People. McNabb has not been charged and is considered a person of interest, says Crum.

Before McNabb was taken into custody, witnesses allegedly saw him acting erratically at a convenience store. “He was yelling,
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Why Mike Flanagan’s the perfect director to adapt The Haunting Of Hill House

Sarah Dobbs May 18, 2017

Turning a much loved literary classic into a TV series isn’t easy, but Netflix is onto a winner with Mike Flanagan

Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting Of Hill House might be the best ghost story ever written. Published in 1959, it’s about a makeshift team of paranormal investigators moving into the legendarily haunted Hill House in an attempt to document and analyse the supernatural phenomena manifesting within its walls – but it’s really about grief, and guilt, and repression, and the desperate longing for a home. It’s beautifully constructed, impeccably written, and genuinely terrifying.

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And now it’s being turned into a 10-part Netflix series.

It’s a story that, at least on the surface, appears to lend itself quite easily to screen adaptations, and in fact it’s already been turned into two films: The Haunting (1963) and,
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‘Absentia’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine, Morgan Peter Brown, Justin Gordon | Written and Directed by Mike Flanagan

[Note: With the film set for a UK Blu-ray release on July 7th, here's a reposting of my review of Absentia from its original 2012 DVD debut]

Tricia’s husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her and helps her find the strength to finally declare him legally dead ‘in absentia’. As Tricia tries to move on with her life she is haunted by terrifying visions while her sister finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house which is linked to other unexplained disappearances. It becomes clear the tunnel holds a dark secret, something lies in the shadows and Daniel may be suffering a fate far worse than death.

Absentia is, for all intents and purposes, a movie about loss – the loss of a loved one, the loss of control… It also deals with the dark side of life, the side of which you’d don’t always
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Mike Flanagan's Absentia Heading to UK Blu-ray in July

Back in 2011 my best of the year list was topped by Mike Flanagan's Absentia, and with his follow-up, Oculus, in theatres now, it's good to see a little love being shown to his award-winning breakthrough film as it hits UK Blu-ray for the first time.

From the Press Release:

One of the most frightening films of recent years, Mike Flanagan's critically acclaimed Absentia makes its UK Blu-ray debut courtesy of Second Sight Films. A new DVD release is on its way as well, with both hitting stores on 7 July.

Synopsis:

Tricia’s (Courtney Bell) husband, Daniel, has been missing for seven years, and with the help of her sister, Callie (Katie Parker), she finally declares him legally dead ‘in absentia.’ As Tricia tries to move on with her life, she becomes haunted by terrifying visions, while Callie is strangely drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house with links to other unexplained disappearances.
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‘Oculus’ revitalizes supernatural horror with an essential dose of heart and smarts

Oculus

Written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard

Directed by Mike Flanagan

USA, 2013

Thanks to the likes of James Wan, paranormal horror is all the rage. From Paranormal Activity to Insidious and The Conjuring, audiences are irretrievably hooked to tales of nuclear families being bloodlessly menaced by only-fleetingly-visible entities of malicious intent. What’s remarkable about Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, which follows his no-budget wonder Absentia, is how it manages to wring genuine dread from a beyond-worn subgenre simply by paying close attention to the realities of its deeply troubled characters. Oculus functions equally well as a tragic psychodrama as it does a horror film.

Flanagan appears to have taken inspiration from Stephen King’s seminal It, in which a group of childhood friends reunite to vanquish an evil force that has long plagued their town. Where King’s novel (and the TV-movie adaptation) adopted a neatly bifurcated structure, Flanagan flits between past and present,
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Tiff 2013: ‘Oculus’ revitalizes supernatural horror with an essential dose of heart and smarts

Oculus

Written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard

Directed by Mike Flanagan

USA, 2013

Thanks to the likes of James Wan, paranormal horror is all the rage. From Paranormal Activity to Insidious and The Conjuring, audiences are irretrievably hooked to tales of nuclear families being bloodlessly menaced by only-fleetingly-visible entities of malicious intent. What’s remarkable about Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, which follows his no-budget wonder Absentia, is how it manages to wring genuine dread from a beyond-worn subgenre simply by paying close attention to the realities of its deeply troubled characters. Oculus functions equally well as a tragic psychodrama as it does a horror film.

Flanagan appears to have taken inspiration from Stephen King’s seminal It, in which a group of childhood friends reunite to vanquish an evil force that has long plagued their town. Where King’s novel (and the TV-movie adaptation) adopted a neatly bifurcated structure, Flanagan flits between past and present,
See full article at SoundOnSight »

The HeyUGuys UK DVD/Blu-Ray Release Round-Up – 9th July

Last week saw the release of Disney’s blockbuster John Carter for our small screens, alongside the long-awaited release of Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret – you can read Jon’s review of the DVD here.

This week’s list is fairly short but sweet, with some of the finest films released in the first quarter of the year.

My picks of the week:

Oren Moverman’s Rampart & Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 21 Jump Street.

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DVD and Blu-ray

(also available: HMV Exclusive – Blu-ray Double Play inc. DVD)

Oren Moverman returns with his second feature after 2009’s Oscar-nominated The Messenger, with Woody Harrelson taking the lead this time around, and Ben Foster heading up the support alongside Ice Cube, Anne Heche, Ned Beatty, Brie Larson, Cynthia Nixon, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, and Steve Buscemi – a fantastic cast, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Harrelson gives an Oscar-worthy
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DVD Review - Absentia (2011)

Absentia, 2011.

Written and Directed by Mike Flanagan.

Starring Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine, Morgan Peter Brown, Justin Gordon, James Flanagan and Doug Jones.

Synopsis:

A woman and her sister come to suspect that a pedestrian tunnel could be linked to a series of neighborhood disappearances, including that of her own husband seven years earlier.

Writer-director Mike Flanagan's Absentia has been earning plenty of praise from sites such as Aint It Cool News, Arrow in the Head and Dread Central over the past twelve months, not to mention Empire Magazine's resident genre specialist Kim Newman, who proclaimed the low-budget offering as "one of the outstanding horror releases of the year". Having picked up a number of awards on the festival circuit, the film now arrives on DVD here in the UK courtesy of Second Sight, where it will hope to live up to the hype and stand out among
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DVD Review: Absentia

Absentia

Stars: Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine, Morgan Peter Brown, Justin Gordon | Written and Directed by Mike Flanagan

Tricia’s husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her and helps her find the strength to finally declare him legally dead ‘in absentia’. As Tricia tries to move on with her life she is haunted by terrifying visions while her sister finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house which is linked to other unexplained disappearances. It becomes clear the tunnel holds a dark secret, something lies in the shadows and Daniel may be suffering a fate far worse than death.

Absentia is, for all intents and purposes, a movie about loss – the loss of a loved one, the loss of control… It also deals with the dark side of life, the side of which you’d don’t
See full article at Blogomatic3000 »

Absentia's Absinthe Trip: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Phase 4 Films.

Director/writer: Mike Flanagan.

Cast: Katie Parker, Courtney Bell and Dave Levine.

Some viewers may experience strangeness while watching Absentia. After a while, the same synthesizer sounds and monotone guitar beats will either mesmerize audiences or cause auditory hallucinations. This background music sounds like it is from one of Brainwave Mind Voyage’s psycho acoustic products. After a while, a few may wonder if that tired feeling will ever wear off.

The soundscape created for this film is strangely appropriate. In a tale about Tricia (Courtney Bell) trying to cope with the disappearance of Danny (Morgan Peter Brown), her husband, the music is like a psychological journey of the experiences to come. That is especially important when she is often seen meditating. With a Tibetan singing bowl sitting next to her, she should have used it more often.
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Mike Flanagan to Ring up Some Scare Dares

Words alone cannot begin to describe how happy we are about the following bit of news. Around here we've been raving about a little indie movie called Absentia, which is pretty damned spooky. Now, once again... the little guy makes good!

According to Variety, Fallback Plan Productions is ramping up Scare Dares, a sub-$1 million indie chiller with an inventive mobile app tie-in that aims to start shooting later this year.

Scare Dares reteams Mike Flanagan, writer/director of micro-budget horror pic Absentia, with the same producers and much of the same cast, including Courtney Bell, Katie Parker, Justin Gordon and Morgan Peter Brown.

Scare Dares, described as an "adrenalized homage to classic horror films," centers on a smartphone app that leads users to known areas of paranormal phenomena in central California. Things go wrong when a group of estranged friends kick off a reunion weekend by visiting ghostly hotspots and engaging in occult dares.
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Mike Flanagan Moves From 'Absentia' To 'Scare Dares'...

Mike Flanagan Moves From 'Absentia' To 'Scare Dares'...
After working together on the award-winning Absentia, writer/director Mike Flanagan will again team up with much of its cast (including Katie Parker and Courtney Bell) to bring you Scare Dares. A new movie with a unique app tie-in Produced by Fallback Plan Productions and Mali Elfman, Scare Dares will be budgeted at under $1 Million. The film, " centers on a smartphone app that leads users to known areas of paranormal phenomena in central California. Things go wrong when a group of estranged friends kick off a reunion weekend by visiting ghostly hotspots and engaging in occult dares." Per Variety, "Producers plan to launch an actual smartphone app that will tie in with the pic, which will be a blend of narrative and "found" footage."
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Absentia Trailer and Clip Available on DVD/VOD Today

Absentia was started as a Kickstater project and was picked up by Phase 4 films and is now available on DVD and VOD. This film is an example of a successful movie started at the crowd funding level and making it all the way to distribution. Absentia is written and directed by Mike Flanagan and stars Katie Parker, Courtney Bell ,Dave Levine and Doug Jones.
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Win a Chance to Attend Dread Central's Screening of Absentia for Free

This Friday, February 10th, marks the first collaboration between Dread Central and Constellation.tv. We will be holding an online screening of Mike Flanagan's brilliant Absentia with yours truly handling hosting duties. Now the good people at Constellation want you to attend...for free!

Constellation.tv has offered six (count 'em six!) free pass codes exclusively for Dread Central readers. So the first six of you to send an E-mail Here with "I Want Gash" in the body of the letter will receive a code to attend the screening gratis.

If you don't win one of the spots, we still encourage you to head over to Constellation.tv and sign up for your free account. Then make a date to join us this Friday night. You never know who might show up and what may be said. Dig it!

Absentia (review here) stars Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, David Levine,
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Dread Central's Own Doctor Gash to Host Online Absentia Screening on Constellation

So maybe you've heard a lot about online movie screenings but haven't checked one out yet. Here's your big chance. On Friday, February 10th, Constellation.tv will be holding an online screening of Mike Flanagan's awesome film Absentia, and it will be hosted by... me!

Yes, yours truly, Doctor Gash, Dread Central's own practitioner of malpractice, will be hosting the online Absentia screening later this week, giving a brief introduction to the film and holding a Q&A following the show. And this is one theater where audience members are encouraged to chat amongst themselves as a dialogue box remains open throughout the film so that viewers can interact with each other and the host. It's a really unique way to experience a movie, and Absentia (review here) is a great film you're guaranteed to enjoy.

The fun starts at 12:00 Midnight Et/9:00 Pm Pt. Absentia is the first in what Dread Central,
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Win a Chance to Watch Absentia Online for Free!

Last week we told you about a pretty cool upcoming event where you can watch Mike Flanagan's Absentia (review here) on Constellation.tv with Flanagan hosting it live via webcam. Now we have your chance to see it for free!

Here are the details:

The screening is taking place on Thursday, February 2nd, at 10:00 Pm Et/7:00 Pm Pt on Constellation.tv. Writer/director Flanagan will be talking with the audience as the film airs.

Five (5) lucky winners will be given a special code to watch Absentia for free. To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here, and we’ll take care of the rest. We'll be emailing three (3) winners from this site on Wednesday, February 1st, with the details; and two (2) others will be awarded via Twitter (follow @dreadcentral for that opportunity).

Good luck! And if you're unavailable on the 2nd, don't worry.
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Watch Absentia Online with Director Mike Flanagan Hosting

We've made no bones about the fact that Mike Flanagan's Absentia (review here) was among our favorite films of last year. If you haven't had a chance to check it out for yourself yet, then mark your calendar for February 2nd as Flanagan will be hosting an online screening and Q&A of the film that evening.

Here are the details:

The screening starts at 10:00 Pm Et/7:00 Pm Pt on Constellation.tv. Flanagan will be live via webcam and talking with the audience as the film airs.

Absentia stars Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, David Levine, Morgan Brown, Justin Gordon, James Flanagan, and genre favorite Doug Jones.

Synopsis

Tricia's (Bell) husband has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister, Callie (Parker), comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him 'dead in absentia.' Tricia is reluctant, always holding out hope, but Callie
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Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2011 Wrap Up

After six years, Toronto After Dark is bigger than ever. The films are better, the lines are longer and the fan-frenzy is wilder. This year’s chilling selection included: civil war zombies, creepy abductors, cliff-hanging killers, post-apocalyptic insanity and suburban hell – a sci-fi horror fan’s paradise.

Writer-director John GeddesExit Humanity is a post-civil war zombie epic set in 1870’sTennessee. When his wife and son fall victim to the undead, Edward Young (Mark Gibson in a breakout performance) flees across the countryside for survival, but zombies are the least of his worries after he’s captured by a band of ruthless Confederate soldiers who are obsessed with conducting medical experiments. Geddes‘ concept of zombies in the old west is a fresh perspective on the popular genre. The film’s use of animation (a budgetary decision) advances the action excellently and the beautiful cinematography makes this a great-looking period movie.
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MoreHorror Reports from 11th Annual Shriekfest 2011 Film Festival

by Michael Pickle, MoreHorror.com

Founder of Shriekfest Denise Gossett was voted one of the top women in Horror for a reason. She puts together one of the biggest and longest running genre festivals out there. She's such a sweet and down to earth lady that it's hard to believe that she's responsible for bringing so much horror into the world. This year was no different.

2011's line-up of films was stellar. Some were more well received than others, but overall it was a pretty impressive batch of feature and short films alike as well as fascinating and enlightening Q&A's after some of the better films. Feature films like The Dead Inside, Absentia, Pig and short films like Certified and Negative Image simply wowed the audience and left people talking long after the screenings were over.

These weren't your run-of-the-mill studio films like some other genre festivals. These were genuinely groundbreaking,
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