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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Beast Within

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The horror landscape was changing by 1982. People were tiring of slashers; even the Halloween franchise decided to take a left (some would say wrong) turn away from Shatner masks and sharpened knives, and used the brand name to explore the holiday itself in the perpetually under-appreciated Season of The Witch. The genre seemed to be turning towards monsters, from large scale dread fests such as John Carpenter's The Thing to more intimate fare like Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case. The horror films of 1982 displayed a refreshing variety of ways to make audiences jump, squirm, gasp, smile, and when the occasion arose, vomit. The Beast Within giddily checks all the boxes.

Released in February by United Artists, the film took in a total of 7.7 million at the box office. Those were not great numbers, and the reviews were worse. Mainstream critics in general have never been kind to horror; almost »

- Scott Drebit

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Round-Up: Grant Morrison’s Annihilator Hardcover from Legendary Comics, Horror T-Shirt Sale, Troma’s Extreme Jukebox Blu-ray

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The universe and Max Nomax's sanity are on the line in Legendary Comics' six-issue series, Annihilator, coming out in hardcover this August. Also included in our latest round-up are details on a killer horror T-shirt sale from TeeFury, as well as release details and cover art for Troma's upcoming Extreme Jukebox Blu-ray.

Grant Morrison's Annihilator: Coming from Legendary Comics this August is a hardcover collecting the the six-issue series, Annihilator:

"An original graphic novel odyssey directly from Morrison's subversive mind, the reality-bending sci-fi adventure like not other tells the story of washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Ray Spass who is caught in a downward spiral of broken relationships, wild parties and self-destruction. Out of luck and out of chances, he's one failed script away from fading into obscurity. Little does he know he's about to write the story of his life.

As his imagination runs rampant, Ray must join forces with »

- Derek Anderson

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Jared Leto’s Joker Officially Revealed in Suicide Squad Image

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To celebrate the Clown Prince of Crime's 75th birthday, director David Ayer gave those looking forward to Suicide Squad a fitting present: the first full, official look at Jared Leto as The Joker.

Ayer revealed the eye-popping photo on Twitter, showing a shirtless Joker wearing one purple glove (pressed against his green hair) with eyes wide and chrome-toothed mouth open wide in what looks to be a crazed laugh. His chest and arms are covered in tattoos, and his forehead is marked with one telling word: "Damaged."

Time will tell if Leto's performance can come anywhere near the intensely immersive depths of Heath Ledger's mesmerizing turn as the character in 2008's The Dark Knight, but the new take on the Harlequin of Hate is certainly memorable.

Shooting on Suicide Squad is currently underway with Ayer in the director’s chair and Charles Roven and Richard Suckle producing. Warner Bros. »

- Derek Anderson

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Rob Zombie Reveals Two More Photos from 31

24 April 2015 2:45 PM, PDT

Two eerie scarecrow creations make for an unsettling atmosphere in one of two new photos from Rob Zombie's 31. Currently in the editing stage, Zombie's latest Halloween-set horror film will feature eclectic, creepy characters aplenty, including Sick-Head, Doom-Head, Sister Serpent, Father Murder and more.

"Welcome to my next film. It is called 31. It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man... a game called 31.

31 has no rules. 31 has no boundaries. It is ever so simple. Do whatever you can do to kill your opponent before they kill you. Keep this up for 12 hours and freedom is yours.

Who are the opponents? Well... a group of vile, filthy, blood-thirsty clowns known as The Heads. »

- Derek Anderson

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Blu-ray Review: Escape From New York

24 April 2015 1:55 PM, PDT

After revisiting John Carpenter's Escape From New York, I am pleased to say that this thrilling dystopian masterpiece still holds up great and maintains its tough cynical bite at authority, appropriately reflecting the mistrust society still has with political authority today. What truly makes Snake Plissken remain an iconic character is not just his nihilistic manner and rebellious attitude, it's mostly the mystery that surrounds him. With Hollywood's urgent need today to over-explain every character and world in popular entertainment properties till every sense of awe and wonder that made these movies great die with one last desperate gasp, it's refreshing to revisit a time that respected the power of mystery and mythology.

Snake is a lone gunslinger with combat skills, an Eastwood growl, and an eyepatch who's seen some crazy shit and is thrown into a dangerous situation with his life on the line—that's all this movie needs to explain, »

- Sean McClannahan

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Watch a New Clip from the Zombie Film ‘Maggie’, Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

24 April 2015 12:36 PM, PDT

"Come on, don't do this... not yet." In the living dead drama Maggie, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Wade, a father struggling to cope with his daughter's (Abigail Breslin) intensifying zombie infection. The movie recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, is scheduled to hit theaters and VOD on May 8th, and is teased in a new clip.

"The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie’s condition worsens, their relationship is tested, a father’s love holding on stronger than the disease. This heart-wrenching twist on the zombie apocalypse puts a human face on an inexplicable horror."

Maggie hits theaters and VOD on May 8th from Lionsgate affiliate Roadside Attractions. Directed by Hobson from a Black List script by John Scott 3, »

- Derek Anderson

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Round-Up: Evan Peters Joins American Horror Story: Hotel, Wes Craven Executive Producing The Girl in the Photographs, Scream Queens Photos

24 April 2015 11:32 AM, PDT

Evan Peters is taking a room in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Hotel. Also included in our latest round-up are details on The Girl in the Photographs, starring Kal Penn and executive produced by Wes Craven, as well as recently revealed photos from Fox's Scream Queens.

American Horror Story: Hotel: Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter today that Evan Peters has officially joined the cast of FX's American Horror Story: Hotel. Peters, a frequent American Horror Story actor, joins a cast that includes Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, and Chloë Sevigny.

This season, Evan Peters will be waiting for you in Room 64. #Ahshotel

Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 24, 2015

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The Girl in the Photographs: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2015) – Al-Ghanim Entertainment (Age), a specialty financing and production company founded by Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim, has announced today that Kal Penn »

- Derek Anderson

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First Photos from Victor Frankenstein, Starring James McAvoy & Daniel Radcliffe

24 April 2015 9:21 AM, PDT

With his unique perspective on life, intimidating figure, and life-squeezing strength, it's easy for Frankenstein's monster to steal the spotlight in films concerning his creation. But in what could be an interesting take on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, Fox looks to focus on medical maven Victor Von Frankenstein and his earnest assistant, Igor, in the upcoming film, Victor Frankenstein. Due out this October, the film has just been teased in a pair of behind-the-scenes photos that show James McAvoy in the titular role and Daniel Radcliffe as his right-hand man.

"James McAvoy is Victor Von Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor in a unique, never-before-seen twist on Mary Shelley’s classic 19th century novel. Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became »

- Derek Anderson

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Round-Up: Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake, Excerpt from Zombie Novel ‘Outbreak: The Hunger’, Watch First Episode of Wayward Pines

24 April 2015 8:12 AM, PDT

Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake has met its indiegogo goal, but you can still support it during its final campaign days to help provide the Umberto Lenzi-presented project with more resources. Also featured in our latest round-up is an excerpt from Scott Shoyer's zombie novel, Outbreak: The Hunger, as well as details on how you can watch the first episode of Fox's Wayward Pines ahead of its May 14th debut.

Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with »

- Derek Anderson

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New Release Dates for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Pacific Rim 2, The Mummy Reboot, Warcraft

23 April 2015 6:35 PM, PDT

Revealed at Las Vegas' CinemaCon are release date changes for upcoming films of the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy varieties, as Universal has pushed back the releases of Pacific Rim 2The Mummy, and Warcraft. Sony and Screen Gems also recently made a change of their own by slightly bumping up the theatrical debut of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:

Initially scheduled to come out on February 19th, 2016, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is now slated to hit theaters a few weeks earlier on February 5th, 2016.

In the film, “the heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.”

Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, and Matt Smith star in the horror comedy. »

- Derek Anderson

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The People Under the Stairs Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Announced by Scream Factory

23 April 2015 5:38 PM, PDT

"In every neighborhood there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid." Viewers first followed Poindexter "Fool" Williams into the creepy residence on the block in 1991, and this summer Scream Factory's bringing us back to Mommy and Daddy's home with a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs.

From Scream Factory: "Our “Summer of Fear Part 2” line-up continues to increase with our plans to release Wes Craven’s fascinating and weird (in the best way possible) cult favorite The People Under The Stairs in an all-new Collector’s Edition release!

Planned release is for August and pre-order links will go up next month. The newly designed artwork you see here is official. (Purists: Yes, the classic "skull house" original poster art will be on the flip side too.) No exact details to announce about if any upcoming extras »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch the First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit

23 April 2015 4:15 PM, PDT

"Would you mind getting inside the oven to clean it?" Time spent at your grandma's house should translate into warm moments that you'll cherish forever, but if the brother and sister in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit are lucky enough to survive their stay at grandma's farm, their memories will only serve to haunt them. You can see why in the first trailer for Shyamalan’s new thriller, which was filmed in found footage style. A Blumhouse Productions and Blinding Edge Pictures film from Universal Pictures, The Visit hits theaters in September.

"Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal PicturesThe Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once »

- Derek Anderson

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Round-Up: The Visit Poster, The Tell-Tale Heart Film Adaptation, TV Series In the Works from It Follows Writer / Director David Robert Mitchell

23 April 2015 3:59 PM, PDT

Another poster for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit has been released, once again stressing grandma's strict rules. Also included in our latest round-up are details on an upcoming modern day-set film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, as well as information on an in-development mystery series from It Follows writer/director David Robert Mitchell.

The Visit: A Blumhouse Productions and Blinding Edge Pictures film from Universal Pictures, M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit will hit theaters in September:

"Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal PicturesThe Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, »

- Derek Anderson

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Tentacles / Reptilicus Double Feature Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

23 April 2015 2:47 PM, PDT

"It slept... until man disturbed it. Then it woke with a fury no man could control." Creatures will rise from the deep to take a bite out of summer vacations (and those taking them) in Scream Factory's double feature Blu-ray of Tentacles and Reptilicus, hitting shelves on June 16th.

Press Release -- "Invincible…Indestructible! Two underwater creature shockers on Blu-ray for the first time! Scream Factory proudly presents the monstrous arrival of Tentacles and Reptilicus in a double feature Blu-ray release on June 16, 2015.

Tentacles

It's angry. It's hungry. It's extremely well-armed and it's descending on a small seaside town to sample the local cuisine! John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins and Henry Fonda do all they can to keep a giant marine menace from turning their sleepy village into a one-stop snack-shop in this fast-paced thriller! Directed by cult director/producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Beyond the Door, The Visitor, The Curse »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch the First Trailer for Oren Peli’s Area 51, Premiering May 15th at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas & VOD

23 April 2015 12:53 PM, PDT

Guess what just got beamed up out of picture purgatory? Filmed years ago, long-awaited by fans of Oren (Paranormal Activity) Peli's work, and almost as mysterious as the location its named after, the found footage thriller Area 51 will finally see the light of the silver screen, as Blumhouse has confirmed that Peli's sophomore effort behind the camera will play the weekend of May 15th at participating Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, with a VOD and digital release scheduled for that same day, as well. And teasing the alien-induced scares to come is the just-released first trailer for Area 51.

Blumhouse confirmed the Area 51 news via Twitter, with ComingSoon.net reinforcing the announcement by revealing that 16 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations will screen Area 51 the weekend of May 15th. Not only is this an Alamo Drafthouse exclusive in terms of theatrical showtimes, but the participating Drafthouse locations will only screen one »

- Derek Anderson

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Read the First Two Chapters from Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels

23 April 2015 11:07 AM, PDT

One is a menacing traveler of dimensions with a unique look that has haunted people's nightmares for decades. The other is a daring detective who specializes in occult cases. Readers and viewers know them as Pinhead and Harry D’Amour, respectively, and though they have vastly different personalities, the two fictional figures have one big thing in common: they're both in Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels. Hitting bookstore shelves this May from St. Martin's Press, The Scarlet Gospels brings back two of Barker's most beloved characters, and we've been provided with the first two chapters from the anticipated novel for Daily Dead readers to enjoy.

"The Scarlet Gospels takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, »

- Derek Anderson

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14 Things We Learned During the Ash vs Evil Dead Conference Call

23 April 2015 10:04 AM, PDT

This week, production began on the highly anticipated upcoming Starz series, Ash vs Evil Dead, which has creators Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell reuniting, this time in New Zealand, to bring fans a new iteration of everyone’s favorite chainsaw-wielding anti-hero.

Daily Dead had the opportunity to take part in a very special conference call with the trio about what we can expect from the first 10-episode season (and beyond), how Ash vs Evil Dead will fit into the overall Evil Dead universe, input into some of the new characters we’ll be meeting along the way and much, much more.

Ash vs Evil Dead will definitely be hardline horror but expect some quintessential Evil Dead comedy to show up from time to time: According to Raimi, Ash vs Evil Dead is definitely going to be an intense horror experience but when you’re working with someone like »

- Heather Wixson

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Chris Columbus Talks Gremlins Reboot

23 April 2015 9:15 AM, PDT

If you were heartbroken to hear that Joe Dante's seminal holiday horror comedy Gremlins (1984) was on the track to being remade, you can cling to some hope that characters from the original film (perhaps both human and otherwise) will be involved in the new entry to the beloved franchise. In a recent interview, Chris Columbus—who wrote the original Gremlins and will produce the new film—shared details that hint at the Gremlins reboot being more along the lines of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films and upcoming Star Wars movie in terms of mixing familiar faces with new characters. It sounds like this new Gremlins film could be more of a sequel than a remake.

Collider spoke with Columbus at CinemaCon about the Gremlins reboot, a project Warner Bros. recently hired Carl Ellsworth (Goosebumps movie, Disturbia, Red Eye) to write. Columbus discussed revisiting the idea of a Gremlins »

- Derek Anderson

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Burnt Offerings Blu-ray / DVD Coming from Kino Lorber This Fall

23 April 2015 8:02 AM, PDT

Its source material (Robert Marasco's 1973 novel) influenced Stephen King's The Shining, it featured one of the most unnerving "what's behind that door?" onscreen mysteries, and its creepy hearse driver has been the stuff of nightmares for decades. Dan Curtis' Burnt Offerings has a lot to offer viewers fond of the haunted house sub-genre. For a long time, fans of the 1976 film have been waiting for it to come out on Blu-ray, and with their recent announcement, Kino Lorber is making sure all those years of patience will pay off. Thankfully, by the time trick-or-treaters knock on your door, Burnt Offerings will be available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Boasting a brand new high-definition transfer, Kino Lorber's Burnt Offerings Blu-ray / DVD is slated for an October release. No special features have been revealed at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements regarding this much-anticipated home media release. »

- Derek Anderson

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H.P. Lovecraft-Inspired Innsmouth Olde Ale Now Available from Narragansett Beer

22 April 2015 4:39 PM, PDT

In January, Narragansett Beer honored the legendary Rhode Island horror author, H.P. Lovecraft, with Lovecraft Honey Ale, the first of a four-part beer line inspired by the author's written works. Now, having risen from the deep and inspired by the novella, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, the second commemorative beer is available in select stores for both horror hounds and the Deep Ones to enjoy.

Celebrating both the 125th anniversary of the storied Narragansett Beer company and the 125th birthday of the late, influential horror writer whose Cthulhu Mythos still resonates today with readers, writers, musicians, and other artists, Innsmouth Olde Ale is available to purchase in six-packs of 16-ounce tallboy cans that are generally priced at about $12.00. Innsmouth Olde Ale is available at retailers located mainly on the East Coast, though some shop owners in Portland, Oregon will be stocking their shelves with the new Lovecraft brew and it could pop up elsewhere, »

- Derek Anderson

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