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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Crowdfunded Documentary In Development

27 March 2015 2:53 PM, PDT

Generations of readers have been spooked by Stephen Gammell's illustrations and haunted by Alvin Schwartz's words that are printed on the pages of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, but never before has a documentary examined the series' lasting impact. Until now. An Indiegogo campaign for a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary film is underway, and you can help bring it to life.

Started on March 18th and running through April 27th, producer/director Cody Meirick's Scary Stories: A Documentary looks to explore the history of the Scary Stories book series' publication, how the stories inspired artists, the censorship of the series and children's literature in general, and other topics. Meirick has already begun interviews for the documentary and plans on shooting throughout the summer with a planned winter release at festivals. The late Alvin Schwartz's family has expressed their support »

- Derek Anderson

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The Leviathan Feature Film Officially In the Works at 20th Century Fox

27 March 2015 2:10 PM, PDT

Ruairi Robinson's proof-of-concept teaser for The Leviathan shocked and awed millions of people who played it on their computer screens, so imagine the jaw-dropping look the feature film adaptation will have on the big screen now that 20th Century Fox has picked up the Simon Kinberg and Neill Blomkamp-produced project.

Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has picked up the pitch to make a feature film adaptation of Ruairi Robinson's The Leviathan. The news comes less than a week after it was revealed that Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) would produce and Blomkamp (Chappie, upcoming Alien film) would executive produce a feature film version of the three-plus minute video that featured dazzling digital effects and a colossal creature soaring through a cloud-shrouded sky. The move makes sense, as Kinberg has a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox and Blomkamp is currently set to scribe and helm »

- Derek Anderson

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Official: New Companion Series Titled ‘Fear The Walking Dead’

27 March 2015 12:41 PM, PDT

Confirming what had recently been rumored, Robert Kirkman announced today that AMC's The Walking Dead companion series is officially titled Fear The Walking Dead.

Kirkman made the announcement via Twitter. The first one-hour installment of Fear The Walking Dead’s six-episode debut season will premiere late this summer, with the show’s sophomore season slated to air in 2016.

Set in Los Angeles, Fear The Walking Dead stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm). The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert executive produce the companion series. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Fear The Walking Dead.

It's Official! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called Fear The Walking Dead! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead

Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015

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- Derek Anderson

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Ryan Reynolds Reveals Deadpool Movie Costume

27 March 2015 10:46 AM, PDT

The long-awaited Deadpool film is less than one year from hitting the big screen, so it was only a matter of time before we got our first look at the Deadpool costume Ryan Reynolds will wear when playing the popular anti-hero. The first official photo of the costume has now been revealed, and instead of debuting in overly epic fashion, the reveal stays true to Deadpool's humorous form, as the photo shows the Merc with a Mouth sprawled centerfold-style on a mock bear skin rug (Reynolds assures fans that no bears were harmed) in front of a fireplace (a pose reminiscent of a certain Burt Reynolds photo from the early 1970s).

Ryan Reynolds tweeted the first look at the Deadpool costume earlier today. The feature directorial debut of visual effects wizard Tim Miller from a script by a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick, the Deadpool »

- Derek Anderson

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Horror Round-Up: Skybound Partners with Walker Stalker Con, New Fright Rags T-Shirts, Kirk Von Hammett’s 2nd Annual Fear FestEvil

27 March 2015 9:34 AM, PDT

The Walker Stalkers podcast fans are in for a treat, as Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment has officially partnered with Walker Stalkers, LLC and their increasingly popular Walker Stalker Con events. As part of their partnership, The Walker Stalkers podcast will be featured on Skybound's website and The Walking Dead Escape at the San Diego Comic-Con will be revamped. Also included in our latest round-up are new The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Intruder T-shirts from Fright Rags, as well as details on Kirk Von Hammett's 2nd Annual Fear FestEvil, which has added Bill Moseley and many more special guests to its lineup and will feature a free Carnival of Chaos this year.

Skybound and Walker Stalker Con: Press Release - "Los Angeles, CA – March 26, 2015 – Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment has announced a new partnership with Walker Stalkers, LLC. The collaboration will offer cutting edge interactive experiences for Walker Stalker Con attendees, »

- Derek Anderson

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Exclusive Q&A with ‘Nightlight’ Filmmakers Scott Beck & Bryan Woods

27 March 2015 9:06 AM, PDT

Nightlight is available starting today on VOD and in theaters, and we caught up with directors Scott Beck & Bryan Woods to discuss urban legends and their unique approach to Pov filmmaking:

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Can you tell our readers what brought the two of you together for Nightlight?

Beck/Woods: We’ve actually known each other since we were 11, and we’ve been making movies together as long as we’ve been friends. Throughout middle school and high school we made dozens of shorts and no-budget features, which really taught us the craft of filmmaking. We never formally studied film production aside from consuming DVD features and commentaries (“That Moment” on the Magnolia DVD is beyond inspirational), so we always refer to those early years as our “film school” experience. Since then we’ve constantly co-written and co-directed all of our works, including a »

- Jonathan James

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Review: Kill Me Three Times

27 March 2015 7:10 AM, PDT

There is good news and bad news about Kriv Stenders’ neo-noir film Kill Me Three Times. The good news is that it’s fun to see Simon Pegg enjoying himself as a real scumbag of a hitman. The bad news is that if you’ve seen a handful of crime movies in the last 20 years, you’ve already seen most of what Kill Me Three Times has to offer.

Simon Pegg plays Charlie Wolfe, a contract killer we meet as he chases down and executes some poor sap in the desert. He’s hired to take out Alice (Alice Braga, Predators) for reasons not made clear at first, but when he shows up to do the job he discovers that she’s already been rubbed out by married dentists Nathan (Sullivan Stapleton, 300: Rise of an Empire) and Lucy (Theresa Palmer, Warm Bodies). They’re looking to cash in an »

- Patrick Bromley

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The Walking Dead Seasons 3 & 4 Recreated in 8-Bit Video Game Style

26 March 2015 1:34 PM, PDT

If AMC's The Walking Dead had existed in the 1980's, an arcade cabinet adaptation could have had people lining up out the door with their pockets full of quarters and their minds looking forward to the button-mashing mayhem to come. A sequel game could have covered The Walking Dead’s action-packed third and fourth seasons, from the clearing of the prison, to The Governor's tank-led attack, to Rick taking a bite out of Joe's neck and beyond. Though The Walking Dead obviously didn't exist during the ’80s (and may have looked a lot different had it debuted in that decade), David Dutton of CineFix has thankfully followed up his beautiful "what if?" 8-bit recreation of The Walking Dead’s first two seasons with the anticipated sequel video that brings the third and fourth seasons to life in retro gaming fashion, complete with an electronic ’80's score supplied by Henry Dutton. »

- Derek Anderson

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Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #11 Preview Pages

26 March 2015 9:55 AM, PDT

When humans fear something, hate tends to bubble to the surface, and that's when bad decisions get made and people, or, in the case of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed comic book series, creatures, get hurt. Fans of the film know that humans didn't react kindly or calmly upon discovering Midian, and in issue #11 of Nightbreed, the question of whether society will embrace or crush the monsters among them is poised once again. Nightbreed #11 hit comic shop shelves yesterday, but if you still haven't picked up the latest installment, we have a set of preview pages featuring four of the Breed hopping in a sweet set of wheels for a nighttime joyride.

Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #11

Author: Marc Andreyko

Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik

Synopsis: "Rebuilding Midian has been no easy feat for Cabal and his people. But as the world of Nightbreed grows, the world will have to either »

- Derek Anderson

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Round-Up: Marvel Zombie Kingpin Bust, Gun Woman Blu-ray / DVD, Sharknado 3 Fan Contest

26 March 2015 9:10 AM, PDT

Spidey better not swing too close to Wilson Fisk in his zombified form. Already a formidable foe as one of the living, Kingpin, aka Wilson Fisk, is even more dangerous as a hulking zombie. The folks at Gentle Giant have captured the intimidating villain in his living dead state, complete with a wine glass filled with blood and garnished with an eyeball. We also take a look at Scream Factory's Blu-ray/DVD release of Gun Woman and the submission details for a new Sharknado 3 fan contest in our latest round-up.

Marvel Zombie Kingpin Bust: Now available to pre-order from Gentle Giant for $120.00, the Marvel Zombie Kingpin 1/6th scale bust is expected to be released in early 2016.

To learn more, visit:

http://www.the3dstudio.com/collectibles/pre-order-gallery/marvel-zombie-kingpin-bust

"The Kingpin of crime, Aka Wilson Fisk, has been a major villain in the Marvel Universe for nearly 5 decades. Though he »

- Derek Anderson

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Writer Set for New Friday the 13th Movie

25 March 2015 12:58 PM, PDT

It's been in the works for six years and retreats to new release dates seemingly every time the calendar draws near, however, the new Friday the 13th movie is very much alive and on its way back to the big screen, as the project has now added a new writer to its ranks, one who helped scribe the upcoming third season of NBC's Hannibal.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Nick Antosca (Hannibal Season 3, Believe) has been set to scribe a fresh draft of the new Friday the 13th movie for Paramount and Platinum Dunes. A prior draft was penned by Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg (upcoming The Autopsy of Jane Doe).

Slated for a May 13th, 2016 release, the next Friday the 13th film will be directed by David Bruckner (The Signal, "Amateur Night" segment of V/H/S). Though THR states the film is "expected to employ the found-footage technique »

- Derek Anderson

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Three New Night of the Living Dead Comic Book Series Announced, Set in the World of George A. Romero’s 1968 Film

25 March 2015 10:55 AM, PDT

For the seven people seeking shelter from the zombies in an isolated farmhouse that hellish night in the late 1960s, it seemed like dawn would never come and the nightmare would never end. But the sun did come up at the end of George A. Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead, killing the night and bringing a sole survivor into another dawn before a gut-wrenching gunshot echoed across the Pennsylvania hills. That's where the story ends in the film, but tales from Romero's zombie-plagued world will continue to be told on the paneled page in three upcoming Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book series from Double Take, including one that follows siblings Barbara and Johnny.

Press Release - "This June, the will dead rise again as Double Take (2T) launches Ultimate Night of the Living Dead, with three new comics set in the universe of the 1968 film. »

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Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift Comic Book Series Announced by Legendary Comics

25 March 2015 10:04 AM, PDT

Ready for more Jaegers vs. Kaijus oceanside (and ocean bottom) brawls? If you never wanted to leave the world of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim after the end credits scrolled, don't despair. In addition to the upcoming animated series and big screen sequel, Pacific Rim is coming to life on the paneled page once again with Legendary Comics' Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift.

A follow-up comic book series to the Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero graphic novel, Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift will be a four-issue series, with the first installment hitting shelves in November:

"Guillermo del Toro promised more adventures from the world of Pacific Rim - and he has delivered. Legendary is taking fans back to the frontlines of a larger-than-life battleground with Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift, the official new comic series presented by director Guillermo del Toro »

- Derek Anderson

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Guest Review: The Final Girls

25 March 2015 8:59 AM, PDT

[Editor's Note: Kathryn Morris from The Horror Honeys shares her impressions of The Final Girls from its recent SXSW screening]

Kicking off the Midnighters series at SXSW 2015 was a film that I'd heard only a little bit about in the months leading up to the festival. Honesty first: the plot summary was setting me up for a film that I wasn't excited to see. I had seen it before, done often, and done badly, in film after film. I was tired of meta posturing and homages... Coming off of a very long day of travel, I wasn't in the most charitable of moods when I sat down for the screening.

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson introduced the film to thunderous applause and hoots from the audience. He was nervous, but honored and excited to be showing his film: "It was a hard movie to make... there were parts where I was too ambitious..." Ambition is something that indie directors stumble over many times in their careers, sometimes the stumble makes them pick up speed, »

- Jonathan James

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Watch the First Trailer for the Zombie Movie ‘Maggie’, Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

25 March 2015 8:37 AM, PDT

"I made a promise to your mother that I would protect you." Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a father struggling with his daughter's (Abigail Breslin) intensifying zombie infection in the first trailer for the living dead drama, Maggie.

"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 comes out in theaters on May 8th from Lionsgate affiliate Roadside Attractions. Directed by Hobson off a Black List script by John Scott 3, Maggie stars Schwarzenegger, Breslin, and Joely Richardson.

Trailer via JoBlo:

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Contest: Win a Horror Marathon Pass for the 2015 Stanley Film Festival

24 March 2015 5:59 PM, PDT

For decades, Estes Park, Colorado has been a destination for road-tripping horror hounds, as Stephen King was struck with the idea for The Shining while staying at the town's Stanley Hotel. But since 2013, fright fans have had another big reason to pay Estes Park and its famous hotel a visit: the Stanley Film Festival.

After screening feature films both old and new and hosting special guests galore in their first two years, the Stanley Film Festival is approaching once again, and we're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and other special opportunities for Daily Dead readers.

We've been told to keep an eye out for a full list of events and screenings next week, but, until then, we're giving two lucky Daily Dead readers a pair of Horror Marathon passes for the festival.

"Set at the notoriously haunted and historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining, »

- Derek Anderson

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‘It Follows’ Expands to 1,200 Screens This Weekend

24 March 2015 2:56 PM, PDT

We have some great news for those hoping to see It Follows on the big screen. A big win for independent horror, the movie's limited theatrical run has been so successful that the movie is expanding to 1,200 screens this weekend. Here's the official announcement:

"New York, NY (March 24, 2015) ­- RADiUS proudly announced today that the company is going wide with their smash success It Follows.

One of the best-reviewed films of the year will expand to 1,200 theaters on Friday. Bolstered by strong word of mouth and critical acclaim, audiences came in droves on opening weekend - Friday, 13th - earning the film $160,089 in just four locations for a per theater average of $40,022. It Follows had the best limited opening for a horror film since Paranormal Actvity, boasting 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and garnering over $600,000 in box office to date.

It Follows was written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and features »

- Jonathan James

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Round-Up: Burnt Offerings Excerpt, Stanley Film Festival Now Casting Volunteers, The Dark Below

24 March 2015 1:31 PM, PDT

It influenced Stephen King's seminal horror novel, The Shining, and was the basis for a 1976 film starring Karen Black and Oliver Reed. Valancourt Books is now paying tribute to one of the most notable haunted house stories ever put to paper with their new edition of Robert Marasco's Burnt Offerings, featuring an introduction by Stephen Graham Jones. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, we have an excerpt from the 1973 horror novel in our latest round-up, along with details on how you can be a volunteer at this year's Stanley Film Festival and a look at images from the Great Lakes-set horror film, The Dark Below, which recently wrapped principal photography.

Burnt Offerings: "Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their cramped and noisy Queens apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for »

- Derek Anderson

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Round-Up: Trick ’r Treat Cake Pop Sam Print from Cavity Colors, Gehenna – Where Death Lives Kickstarter Campaign, Stigmata Blu-ray

24 March 2015 12:08 PM, PDT

Hungry for the delectable and deadly atmosphere of Michael Dougherty's Trick ’r Treat following the announcement last week that Legendary comics is releasing graphic novels of Trick ’r Treat and the upcoming Krampus? If so, then you might dig Cavity Colors' Cakepop Sam print, the latest addition to their Deadly Desserts line. The print depicts the creepy creature from Trick ’r Treat as a cake pop that's a festive feast for the eyes. Also featured in our latest round-up are details on the Kickstarter campaign for world-renowned special effects master Hiroshi Katagiri's debut film, Gehenna – Where Death Lives, as well as release details on Scream Factory's Blu-ray of the Patricia Arquette-starring possession film, Stigmata.

Cake Pop Sam Print: Cavity Colors' "Cakepop Sam" print is now available to purchase for $15.00:

"Signed by Aaron Crawford High quality 8 x 10 inch Giclee Print Printed with Archival Inks on Acid Free »

- Derek Anderson

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The X-Files Six-Episode Event Series Starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson Officially Announced

24 March 2015 10:17 AM, PDT

Do you still believe? If so, you're in for a treat, because The X-Files is coming back to the small screen with a six-episode event series on Fox. The original gang is getting back together, as series creator/executive producer Chris Carter will helm the event series, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, respectively.

Press Release (via Collider) - "Thirteen years after the original series run, Fox has ordered the next mind-bending chapter of The X-Files, a thrilling, six-episode event series which will be helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.

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