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12 Movies Daily Dead is Excited to See at Chicago’s Cinepocalypse 2017 Film Festival

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Living in Chicago, I spend much of my year being jealous of all the people I see online going to the various genre film festivals held around the parts of the country that aren’t here… until now.

For the first time ever, Chicago is getting its very own full-blown genre festival with Cinepocalypse, a week-long event running November 2nd–9th at the Music Box Theatre, the best place to see a movie in the entire city. Formerly the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (which I have attended since it began and always completely loved), Cinepocalypse now has a new venue, a larger and more ambitious slate of programming, and dozens of special guests. It’s going to be bigger and better than any festival of its kind the city has ever seen, and I can’t wait to be there as much as possible to see as many cool movies as possible.
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‘Two Sentence Horror Stories’ Exclusive: A Reddit Thread Turned Into Socially Conscious Horror — Watch

‘Two Sentence Horror Stories’ Exclusive: A Reddit Thread Turned Into Socially Conscious Horror — Watch
“Horror gives us the permission to explore our most primal fears and deepest anxieties in a safe and hopefully, cathartic way,” said Vera Miao, creator of “Two Sentence Horror Stories,” a new short form anthology series based on the Reddit thread of the same name. The ambitious series uses genre to shed light on social issues such as racism, homophobia, cyber-bullying, and the pursuit of beauty. “Horror has such a strong track record in exploring social issues,” said Miao. “In this upside down political and social moment we’re in, no one can argue that monsters aren’t real.”

Miao initially got the idea for “Two Sentence Horror Stories” from a Reddit thread, which featured horror stories told in two sentences, many of which went viral. “They had a classic, campfire spooky story feel made possible by this new, digital space. They’re so evocative, my imagination would just go off,
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‘Two Sentence Horror Stories’ Exclusive: A Reddit Thread Turned Into Socially Conscious Horror — Watch

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‘Two Sentence Horror Stories’ Exclusive: A Reddit Thread Turned Into Socially Conscious Horror — Watch
“Horror gives us the permission to explore our most primal fears and deepest anxieties in a safe and hopefully, cathartic way,” said Vera Miao, creator of “Two Sentence Horror Stories,” a new short form anthology series based on the Reddit thread of the same name. The ambitious series uses genre to shed light on social issues such as racism, homophobia, cyber-bullying, and the pursuit of beauty. “Horror has such a strong track record in exploring social issues,” said Miao. “In this upside down political and social moment we’re in, no one can argue that monsters aren’t real.”

Miao initially got the idea for “Two Sentence Horror Stories” from a Reddit thread, which featured horror stories told in two sentences, many of which went viral. “They had a classic, campfire spooky story feel made possible by this new, digital space. They’re so evocative, my imagination would just go off,
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Exclusive: Barbara Crampton, Brea Grant, and More Talk Applecart at Fantastic Fest 2017

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Having had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, it was time for everyone associated with Applecart to begin chatting about the film! So, when we got the opportunity to hang out with stars Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton, Sophie Dalah, and… Continue Reading →

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The Applecart is Upset by a Mysterious Woman in this Preview

Applecart is an upcoming indie horror film. From first time director Brad Brauh, this feature is slated for a Fantastic Fest appearance, in Austin. Fantastic Fest begins this September. In Applecart, a mysterious woman turns up at a family retreat and acts out against everyone. The film stars: Barbara Crampton (Beyond the Gates, 2016), A.J. Bowen (You're Next, 2011), Brea Grant, Alison Haislip and many more. There is currently no wide distribution in the works. Though, a trailer was released earlier this year (found below) and a movie poster can be found here. For more on the story, James (Bowen) is suffering from inoperable liver cancer. He takes refuge in a lone cabin, with some friends. During the night, a woman comes out of the woods. She is shaken. But, as time goes by, it becomes clear that this mysterious person has fatalistic intentions. The film will have its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest.
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Sundance London 2017 Review – A Ghost Story (2017)

A Ghost Story, 2017.

Directed by David Lowery.

Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Brea Grant, Carlos Bermudez, and Kesha.

Synopsis:

A man killed in a sudden accident, returns to his family home as a white-sheeted ghost, and watches as his mourning wife’s life changes without him.

A Ghost Story is very much a film of varying extremes. Director David Lowery may have only managed to make it thanks to the hearty sum he picked up from shepherding Disney blockbuster Pete’s Dragon last year, but this is about as far from the ranks of the kind of kid-friendly (or even really audience-friendly) entertainment his name now means to many. It wanders, at times almost aimlessly between the excruciatingly slow and the very oddly comic, pretty much entirely plotless, but for its grand overarching attempts to ironically breathe new life into the dusty old medium of the ghost story.

In fact,
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Scary Staircase Crawl Featured in New Dead Awake Clip

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Rendering its victims motionless, sleep paralysis is a seriously scary occurrence all on its own, but throw in a sinister supernatural entity such as the one in the new movie Dead Awake, and you really have a reason to add some more coffee grounds to your daily brew. Ahead of its May 12th release, Dead Awake is teased in an unsettling new clip featuring a staircase crawl that might remind you of The Exorcist or The Grudge.

"From the creator of the iconic Final Destination franchise comes the paralyzing thriller Dead Awake. Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from a chilling condition known as sleep paralysis, a nightmarish assault on the senses that immobilizes its victims as they dream. As a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones,
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Win Dead Awake on DVD

Sleep Paralysis = a terrifying phenomenon whereby an individual is temporarly unable to move or speak whilst awake, when passing between the stages of waking up and falling asleep. From the creator of the Final Destination franchise comes the terrifying Dead Awake, starring Jocelin Donahue (Insidious Chapter 2), Lori Petty (Orange is the New Black), Jesse Bradford (Swimfan) and Brea Grant (Dexter). Dead Awake (cert.15) is released on DVD and Digital Monday 15th May, courtesy of Solo Media and Matchbox Films, and we have 3 copies on DVD to give away! Contest Ends on Friday, May 26, 2017
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Movie Review – Dead Awake (2016)

Dead Awake, 2016.

Directed by Phillip Guzman.

Starring Jocelin Donahue, Jesse Bradford, Jesse Borego, Brea Grant, and Lori Petty.

Synopsis:

After her estranged sister Beth dies suddenly while suffering from sleep paralysis, Kate is plagued with guilt after dismissing her initial claims that she was being regularly haunted in her sleep by a sinister force that kept threatening to kill her. After experiencing the same paralysis that killed her sister, Kate begins to look deeper into the world of sleep paralysis and the supernatural, coming up against a demonic entity that feeds on its victims fear and always strikes them as they hover between the world of the waking and the sleeping.

We all love to sleep, don’t we? There is nothing better in this world than coming home from a hard day’s toil and collapsing into a comfy bed for a lovely quiet night of shut-eye. However, imagine
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Sleep Paralysis Strikes in the Bathtub in New Dead Awake Clip

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Sleep paralysis can be scary on its own, but when you get it in the bathtub, it can also be lethal, as evidenced in a new clip from Dead Awake.

"From the creator of the iconic Final Destination franchise comes the paralyzing thriller Dead Awake. Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from a chilling condition known as sleep paralysis, a nightmarish assault on the senses that immobilizes its victims as they dream. As a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones, she must fight to stay awake to stop the nightmare she’s unleashed!"

Directed by Phillip Guzman from a screenplay by Jeffrey Reddick, Dead Awake stars Jocelin Donahue (The House Of The Devil), Lori Petty (Tank Girl, Point Break, Oitnb), Jesse Bradford (Bring It On,
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Contest: Win Beyond The Gates on Blu-ray

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Scream Factory invites horror fans to play a deadly VHS board game this May with their Blu-ray / DVD release of Jackson Stewart's Beyond the Gates (co-starring Barbara Crampton), and to celebrate, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Beyond the Gates.

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 “Beyond the Gates Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 6th. This contest is only open to those
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New Dead Awake Clip Features “Fatal Sleep Insomnia”

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Taking a page from the playbook of Springwood teens haunted by Freddy Krueger, a patient in a new clip from Dead Awake is avoiding sleep, but he's managed to avoid slumber for over a year, and the psychological toll it's taken is unsettling to say the least.

"From the creator of the iconic Final Destination franchise comes the paralyzing thriller Dead Awake. Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from a chilling condition known as sleep paralysis, a nightmarish assault on the senses that immobilizes its victims as they dream. As a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones, she must fight to stay awake to stop the nightmare she’s unleashed!"

Directed by Phillip Guzman from a screenplay by Jeffrey Reddick, Dead Awake
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‘Beyond the Gates’ DVD Review

Stars: Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton, Matt Mercer, Justin Welborn, Jesse Merlin, Henry LeBlanc, Sara Malakul Lane, Caryn Richman | Written by Jackson Stewart, Stephen Scarlata | Directed by Jackson Stewart

Remember Atmosfear? The old Vcr-based board game? Growing up I never had that game, however burgeoning Trekker that I was (BBC 2/Channel 4 at 6pm had a Huge influence on me as a teen), I did have the Star Trek: The Next Generation video board game… Well what if those Vcr games, and games like them, were really gateways to another dimension. That’s the basic premise of Beyond the Gates.

Following the mysterious disappearance of their father, two estranged brothers – Gordon (Skipper) and John (Wiliamson) reunite to liquidate his business, a video store which (besides looking like a film-fans idea of heaven) specializes in horror films. As they dig through the stock, they unearth an old Vcr
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Thn go ‘Beyond the Gates’ with director Jackson Stewart

Jackson Stewart Interview: Director Jackson Stewart shares all on his fantastic movie Beyond the Gates.

We caught new home entertainment release Beyond the Gates back during last August at Frightfest. The film follows two brothers as they stumble across a horror VHS board game that seems to have a life of its own.

Directed by Jackson Stewart, the film spent last year touring the festival circuit and wowing crowds. It even won the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Nightfall Jury prize. Stewart is a former assistant of horror directing icon Stuart Gordon who has now struck out on his own. Beyond the Gates stars one of Gordon’s former scream Queens Barbara Crampton, and offers scares and laughs a plenty.

We caught up with Stewart, ahead of the UK DVD release, whom spoke of his desire to direct a Lovecraft story, having Barbara Crampton as a friend and whether we
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Patrick’s Favorites of 2016

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Make no mistake about it: this was a great year for horror fans. It was so good, in fact, that making a list of “favorites” is almost impossible because there’s just too much I want to talk about. The independent horror scene continues to crank out new classics and minor gems, but even studio horror was good this year: The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Lights Out (not my bag, but a lot of people really enjoyed it), The Boy (not a lot of people’s bag, but I really enjoyed it), The Purge: Election Year, and so on. Even better? Pretty much every one of them was successful at the box office. As more and more horror moves are released with the limited release / VOD model, it’s nice to know that good movies still play to big audiences at the multiplex.

And what about horror on TV?
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The Healing Power of Beyond The Gates

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As years go, 2016 has been a rough one. The movie that’s helping me get through it more than any other right now is Beyond the Gates.

[Warning: This article contains minor spoilers for those who haven’t seen Beyond the Gates.]

This is the year that has claimed a number of brilliant and legendary artists. The year of more devastating terror attacks, of police shootings, and of Brexit. Like it or not, this is also the year that saw the election of a new president who has already been a more polarizing figure than any in recent memory. Reports of hate crimes are on the rise. America is irrevocably divided. This year has sucked, is what I’m saying. But Beyond the Gates gives me hope. Beyond the Gates is the movie the country needs right now.

The debut feature from co-writer/director Jackson Stewart, which hit VOD and limited theatrical release on December 9th, tells the story of two distant brothers (Graham Skipper
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Beyond The Gates Review

Who says you need to adapt? As some filmmakers look towards newfangled technology for 21st century chills (Friend Request/Unfriended/The Den), writer/director Jackson Stewart scares up some vintage nostalgia with his debut feature, Beyond The Gates. Screw Facebook and Skype. Remember the good old days when people sat around in social groups, and spooked themselves silly with products you’d only find in dumpsters nowadays?

For you younger readers, VHS cassettes used to play movies on film before digital radio waves made physical copies obsolete – but Stewart’s concept dates even myself (not in my 30s yet, so I was part of the DVD uprising). Apparently games used to exist in VHS form, and you could play along with the characters on screen (like Final Destination 3 tried to do with their “Select A Fate” DVD). Well, what if those games became reality, and immersion meant realistic consequences?
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Interview: Co-Star Brea Grant Goes Beyond The Gates

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Arriving in limited theaters and on VOD and digital platforms this Friday is co-writer/director Jackson Stewart’s wicked cool blast from the past Beyond the Gates, which celebrates everything kids who grew up on ’80s and ’90s horror loved the most about our favorite cinematic genre.

Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak with one of the film’s co-stars, Brea Grant, and she chatted about how much it meant to her that Beyond the Gates premiered here in Los Angeles during the summer, her experiences collaborating with Jackson and her co-stars, and how Beyond the Gates was just as much fun to make as it is to watch.

Congrats on the film, Brea. I really had fun with it at the La Film Festival, especially because everybody was super into it that night in the theater. For as much as it's convenient to be able to watch
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Watch a Retro-Style Faux Commercial & Tarot Cards for Beyond The Gates

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A Vcr board game threatens to steal your soul in a retro-style faux commercial that serves as an atmospheric promo video for Jackson Stewart's Beyond the Gates, co-starring Barbara Crampton, and we also have a look at Doug Kovacs' tarot card artwork for the film.

Synopsis: "A retro-cool blast from the day-glo 1980s past, Beyond the Gates zaps viewers back to a time when VHS ruled, video stores were meccas for horror fans, and shocks came with a healthy dose of schlock. In the wake of their father’s mysterious disappearance, two estranged brothers—responsible Gordon (Graham Skipper of Almost Human) and reckless John (Chase Williamson of John Dies At The End)—reunite to sift through the contents of his stubbornly anachronistic VHS rental store. Among the inventory, they discover an interactive Vcr board game, which their father viewed just before he vanished. Intrigued, the boys pop in the tape,
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New Stills From the Vcr Board Game Horror Film Beyond The Gates

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A Vcr board game is the gateway to another realm of eerie entities and strange situations in Beyond the Gates. Ahead of its release this December from IFC Midnight, the new horror adventure film co-starring Barbara Crampton is teased in an official set of images.

Synopsis: "A retro-cool blast from the day-glo 1980s past, Beyond the Gates zaps viewers back to a time when VHS ruled, video stores were meccas for horror fans, and shocks came with a healthy dose of schlock. In the wake of their father’s mysterious disappearance, two estranged brothers—responsible Gordon (Graham Skipper of Almost Human) and reckless John (Chase Williamson of John Dies At The End)—reunite to sift through the contents of his stubbornly anachronistic VHS rental store. Among the inventory, they discover an interactive Vcr board game, which their father viewed just before he vanished. Intrigued, the boys pop in the tape,
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