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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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SXSW 2016 Review: Teenage Cocktail is an Intoxicating Cautionary Tale

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While it may not necessarily be a horror movie, Teenage Cocktail popped up on my radar due to the talent involved. Co-writer/director John Carchietta, who previously worked on the underrated The Hills Run Red, makes quite a statement with his directorial debut that hypnotically explores the dangers of Internet culture and how some teenagers’ narrow senses of judgment can have huge ramifications.

Teenage Cocktail follows Annie (Nichole Bloom), who has recently been transplanted into a new neighborhood and school, causing her to feel unsure about who she wants to be and how she fits into the world. She’s immediately drawn to her fellow classmate Jules (Fabianne Therese), a bit of a free spirit who flitters about with a sense of reckless abandon (ah, to be young!). The pair start off as friends, but over time their relationship evolves into something more intimate than sleepover buddies, and we see
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Contest: Win Contracted: Phase 2 on Blu-ray / DVD

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A flesh-eating virus tightens its grip on a man desperate for answers and low on time in Contracted: Phase 2. With the sequel hitting home media next Tuesday from Scream Factory, we've been provided with three Blu-ray / DVD combo packs to give away.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Contracted: Phase 2.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject "Contracted: Phase 2 Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on January 14th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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Contracted: Phase II Blu-ray: "Picking up immediately after the events of the first film, this riveting sequel follows Riley (Matt Mercer,
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Contracted: Phase 2 Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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Every second is precious for Riley, a man infected with a flesh-eating virus in Contracted: Phase 2. With the horror sequel hitting home media next Tuesday, we have Blu-ray clips and a trailer from the upcoming release.

Contracted: Phase II Blu-ray: "Picking up immediately after the events of the first film, this riveting sequel follows Riley (Matt Mercer, Contracted), now infected and running out of time, as he attempts to find out more about the virus and its mysterious host. As he digs deeper into its origins, Riley attracts the attention of a detective (Marianna Palka, Good Dick) who doubts his innocence, and Bj (Morgan Peter Brown, Absentia), who holds the key to the virus – and perhaps the destruction of mankind as we know it – leading to a blood-soaked finale you have to see to believe. Hang on to your barf bags, buckle up, and get ready for the genre ride of the year!
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Round-Up: Mezco’s Spock Figure, Contracted: Phase 2 Blu-ray, Paranormal Activity 360-Degree Video

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Everyone give a Vulcan salute to the Mr. Spock figurine from Mezco, which is available now for pre-order. Also in this round-up: Contracted: Phase 2 Blu-ray details and a 360 interactive seance video to celebrate the VOD and Digital HD release of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.

Mezco's Spock Figure: From Mezco: "The One:12 Collective is proud to present one of the most iconic and enduring characters in the pop culture lexicon: Spock from the original Star Trek series.

First introduced to audiences in 1966, the Star Trek series was a landmark show that sparked countless fans’ a love of science, space and technology, and inspired many real-world inventions. Spock, powerfully portrayed by Leonard Nimoy in both the TV series and in the film franchises, embodied a new kind of TV hero: calmly logical, and cerebral but not completely devoid of human emotion. Spock has transcended his genre and has been voted
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Get Ready to be infected when IFC Midnight & Scream Factory Unleash Contracted: Phase 2 This January!

Eric England’s Contracted was a genre favorite when it was released and ended with a cliffhanger that definitely made way for a sequel, one that would explain the questions the first film raised. After going back and forth for a bit, England’s proposed sequel was bypassed in favor of a different approach and director Josh Forbes took the ball and ran with it, giving fans Contracted: Phase 2, from a script by Craig Walendziak. Thanks to the ongoing partnership between IFC Midnight and Scream Factory, fans of the first film can check out the second part of the story, when it hits DVD/Bluray on January 12th.

As he digs deeper into its origins, Riley (Matt Mercer, Contracted, The Mind’s Eye) attracts the attention of a Detective (Marianna PalkaGood Dick) who doubts his innocence, and Bj (Morgan Peter BrownAbsentia) himself, who holds the key to
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Constance Wu, Jonathan Kite to Star in Horror-Comedy ‘All the Creatures Were Stirring’

Constance Wu, Jonathan Kite to Star in Horror-Comedy ‘All the Creatures Were Stirring’
Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”) and Jonathan Kite (“2 Broke Girls”) are starring in the Christmas horror-comedy “All the Creatures Were Stirring,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Amanda Fuller (“Starry Eyes”), Brea Grant, Graham Skipper and Stephanie Drake round out the cast.

Production recently launched in Los Angeles with FallBack Plan Productions collaborating with Evil Squared. Producers are Joe Wicker and Morgan Peter Brown for FallBack Plan, which produced Mike Flanagan’s “Absentia.”

Spouses Rebekah McKendry and David Ian McKendry are making their directorial debut from their own script, which is set on a Christmas Eve marked by encounters with monsters and misfortunes.

The McKendrys have collaborated on several short films.

Universal’s Christmas-themed horror-comedy “Krampus” has generated a respectable $29 million in less than two weeks at the domestic box office.
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Round-Up: The X-Files Event Series Poster, Contracted: Phase II Blu-ray, Contest Opportunity for The Vatican Tapes & Z For Zachariah

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Always remember that the truth is out there and you should trust no one. The two-night season premiere of The X-Files event series begins on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 on Fox. Also in this round-up: details on Contracted: Phase II on Blu-ray / DVD and a special DVD contest for The Vatican Tapes and Z For Zachariah.

The X-Files Event: "David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their iconic roles as Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully in the upcoming event series which will encompass a mixture of stand-alone investigative episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee. The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords
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Horror-ble Halloween: Deadly DVD Releases!

It’s October, so you know what that means… Halloween! And what better way to celebrate the festival of fear than with a whole heap of new movie releases? But with a whole heap of new horror movies on the way this month, we thought we’d take a look at what UK distributors have to offer on DVD later this month:

Toolbox Murders 2

The handyman of horror is back with a new box of tricks in in this terrifying sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 2004 reimagining of the 1978 cult favourite. Picking up directly after the events of Hooper’s film, we follow ‘Coffin Baby’, Hollywood’s most twisted killers, as he plans to put the screws to a new victim – Samantha, the sister of his prey from his previous rampage. Samantha finds herself held captive in a house of horrors and forced to undergo the most unspeakable tortures…

Unlike previous releases,
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Film Review: ‘Contracted: Phase II’

Film Review: ‘Contracted: Phase II’
Those who want more of the same will get it in “Contracted: Phase II.” The sequel to last year’s grossout contagion horror-thriller shows all signs of having been hastily thrown together in the script department, though the execution is again competent (with only the two producers, d.p. and all-important makeup f/x designer Mayera Abeita returning among the primary collaborators). While the film’s hectic progress is uninspired, at least this follow-up ditches the original’s obnoxious principal characters — not that it had much choice, since they’re all dead at the start anyway. Genre fans who cottoned to the first edition’s icky appeal should climb aboard again, with a simultaneous digital/VOD release likely to well outstrip theatrical exposure.

The movie begins with the end of the last one, as annoying heroine Samantha (Najarra Townsend) succumbs to the final stage of her Std, turning into a
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Contracted: Phase II Review

One of the biggest surprises of 2013 for me was ContractedEric England’s tight little body-horror flick about a “Patient Zero” who hopes to destroy mankind by spreading a deadly Std. Weaker stomachs might have to watch most of the action through interwoven fingers, but as a contagion thriller, England’s style ensures that societal horrors come first and foremost.

Fast-forward two years, and we’re here to discuss Contracted: Phase II, a sequel that doesn’t see any involvement from England himself. First-time screenwriter Craig Walendziak and music video director Josh Forbes (you know, the guy who totally had an awful time at the MTV VMAs) take over as the creative team behind IFC Midnight’s hopeful successor, which provides the opportunity for a refreshing new take on England’s origin. Contracted is only the beginning of the end! Walendziak and Forbes had limitless possibilities for their world-continuing biological disaster,
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Interview: Director Josh Forbes on Contracted: Phase II

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Today, Contracted: Phase II is set to infect theaters and VOD courtesy of IFC Midnight. Directed by Josh Forbes, the sequel stars Matt Mercer (who appeared in the original Contracted), Morgan Peter Brown, Anna Lore and Marianna Ralka. In the first film, audiences were introduced to a savage infection that caused the mental and physical breakdown of one of the infected and for Contracted: Phase II, the implications of the virus (and the mysterious man behind it all) are revealed to be something much bigger and more dangerous than anyone was ever prepared for.

Daily Dead recently chatted with Forbes about his involvement in Contracted: Phase II and discussed the pressures of directing a sequel, collaborating with the film’s stars and much more.

I'm curious, just because I noticed this was your first feature, how did you end up getting involved with Contracted: Phase II? Was this something that was brought to you?
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September VOD Releases Include Cooties, Bloodsucking Bastards, Hellions

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You can tell we’re getting close to Halloween as the month of September has a myriad of great films arriving on VOD platforms that should help get everyone in the ‘spirit’ for every horror fan’s favorite upcoming holiday. The highly anticipated horror comedy Cooties starring Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Leigh Whannell and Alison Pill is finally getting released on September 18th and Scream Factory is kicking off the month with a horror comedy too, the hilarious Bloodsucking Bastards, which arrives on VOD on September 4th.

On September 1st, The Curse of Downers Grove is coming to VOD courtesy of Anchor Bay and on the very same day, Dark Sky Films is releasing the psychological thriller Para Elisa as well. Other notable films hitting VOD in September include Hellions, Contracted Phase II, Some Kind of Hate and Run, Hide, Die.

Blood Moon (Uncork’d Entertainment/Jinga Films)- September
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[Media] - "Htt" First trailer

IFC Midnight and BoulderLight Pictures released the first trailer for "Contracted: Phase II", opening in Theaters, On Demand and Digital September 4th, 2015. Directed by Josh Forbes with a screenplay by Craig Walendziak, "Contracted: Phase II" will star Matt Mercer, Peter Cilella, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown, Laurel Vail, Alice Macdonald, Anna Lore and Suzanne Voss. Producers J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules says We are thrilled to announce that we've wrapped principle photography on Contracted 2, an all out, bigger, crazier, virus-ier sequel in every way possible. We can't wait to unleash it on fans.Phase II follows the story of Samantha as she suffers from a mysterious and degenerative disease. Picking up directly where the previous film left off, Phase II follows...
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[Media] - "Contracted: Phase II 1H 18Min |" First trailer

IFC Midnight and BoulderLight Pictures released the first trailer for "Contracted: Phase II", opening in Theaters, On Demand and Digital September 4th, 2015. Directed by Josh Forbes with a screenplay by Craig Walendziak, "Contracted: Phase II" will star Matt Mercer, Peter Cilella, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown, Laurel Vail, Alice Macdonald, Anna Lore and Suzanne Voss. Producers J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules says We are thrilled to announce that we've wrapped principle photography on Contracted 2, an all out, bigger, crazier, virus-ier sequel in every way possible. We can't wait to unleash it on fans.Phase II follows the story of Samantha as she suffers from a mysterious and degenerative disease. Picking up directly where the previous film left off, Phase II follows...
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[Media] - First trailer

IFC Midnight and BoulderLight Pictures released the first trailer for "Contracted: Phase II", opening in Theaters, On Demand and Digital September 4th, 2015. Directed by Josh Forbes with a screenplay by Craig Walendziak, "Contracted: Phase II" will star Matt Mercer, Peter Cilella, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown, Laurel Vail, Alice Macdonald, Anna Lore and Suzanne Voss. Producers J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules says We are thrilled to announce that we've wrapped principle photography on Contracted 2, an all out, bigger, crazier, virus-ier sequel in every way possible. We can't wait to unleash it on fans.Phase II follows the story of Samantha as she suffers from a mysterious and degenerative disease. Picking up directly where the previous film left off, Phase II follows...
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[Media] - "Contracted: Phase II " First trailer

IFC Midnight and BoulderLight Pictures released the first trailer for "Contracted: Phase II", opening in Theaters, On Demand and Digital September 4th, 2015. Directed by Josh Forbes with a screenplay by Craig Walendziak, "Contracted: Phase II" will star Matt Mercer, Peter Cilella, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown, Laurel Vail, Alice Macdonald, Anna Lore and Suzanne Voss. Producers J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules says We are thrilled to announce that we've wrapped principle photography on Contracted 2, an all out, bigger, crazier, virus-ier sequel in every way possible. We can't wait to unleash it on fans.Phase II follows the story of Samantha as she suffers from a mysterious and degenerative disease. Picking up directly where the previous film left off, Phase II follows...
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'Contracted' sequel sells for BoulderLight

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Raphael Margules and Jd Lifshitz’s new La-based sales and production company has reported strong sales here on the sequel to the genre title, which screens in the market today.

IFC Midnight released the original and pre-bought the sequel.

BoulderLight has closed deals in the UK, Benelux, Australia and Scandinavia (Primal Screen), Hong Kong (Bravos), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Japan (New Select) and Malaysia/Vietnam (Gsc).

Matt Mercer and Morgan Peter Brown star in the story about a deadly virus outbreak.
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IFC Midnight Moving Forward with Contracted: Phase II

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Featuring a plot that amplifies people’s fears of STDs, Eric England’s Contracted has done well on VOD, with its potent combination of unsettling decomposition and keen social commentary attracting a steady stream of viewers. The home media response to Contracted has been successful enough for IFC Midnight to move forward with a sequel, Contracted: Phase II, which will follow both familiar and new faces.

Deadline reports that IFC Midnight is developing Contracted: Phase II with Josh Forbes in the director’s chair. The sequel will mark Forbes’ first feature film, working off a script by Craig Walendziak.

Eric England, who wrote and directed Contracted, is not attached to the sequel. The follow-up film will see the return of characters Riley (Matt Mercer) and Alice (Alice Macdonald). In addition to Mercer and Macdonald, the sequel’s cast includes Peter Cilella, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown, Laurel Vail, Anna Lore and Suzanne Voss.
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Horror Sequel ‘Contracted: Phase II’ Infects IFC Midnight

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Horror Sequel ‘Contracted: Phase II’ Infects IFC Midnight
Exclusive: After seeing strong VOD returns from last year’s Std horror flick Contracted, IFC Midnight is springing for its sequel, Contracted: Phase II. Writer-director Eric England’s first film was an original low-budget take on the zombie genre about a young woman in rapid decay after picking up an icky, mysterious disease from a one-night stand. The sequel continues where Contracted left off, as newly-infected Riley (Matt Mercer) scrambles to track down those responsible for the outbreak and discovers a larger conspiracy that threatens to infect the world.

England’s not involved in the follow-up, which is already in production in La; he’s currently filming indie comedy Get The Girl. Instead, BoulderLight Pictures producers J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules tapped new blood to helm the sequel, hiring newcomer Josh Forbes to direct from a script by first-timer Craig Walendziak.

Contracted co-stars Matt Mercer and Alice MacDonald are back,
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