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New Release Date Announced for The Mummy Reboot

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Yesterday we reported that The Mummy reboot was finally starting to emerge from its cinematic tomb with a new director, Alex Kurtzman, announced at the helm. Originally slated to come out in theaters on April 22nd, 2016, Universal Pictures has already revealed a new release date for the upcoming Mummy movie that will have fans waiting just a bit longer to see this monster in action.

Deadline reveals that The Mummy reboot will now hit cinemas on June 26th, 2016. Since the release has only been delayed by about two months, there shouldn’t be any major holdbacks in production.

The reason for the move comes from another big Universal property that filled in the abandoned April 22nd slot: The Huntsman, the prequel to 2012′s Snow White and the Huntsman that will be directed by Frank Darabont (showrunner on Season 1 of The Walking Dead, director of The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption »

- Derek Anderson

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Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival Announced as Part of Wizard World Chicago

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Horror fans are in for a treat during Wizard World Chicago. It has been announced that the first ever Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival will coincide with Wizard World Chicago, featuring new horror films, special guests, and a screening of the first three Evil Dead movies: 

“Rosemont, Il – July 31, 2014 – Philadelphia’s The Awesome Fest, in partnership with Wizard World Inc. and horror icon Bruce Campbell, announced today the first ever Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, running August 21-24, 2014 in Rosemont, Il. The four-day event will coincide with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con and will feature the best in independent horror cinema with a full slate of film premieres, panels, special guests, movie marathons, and of course, Bruce Campbell!

“We could not be any more thrilled to partner with Bruce Campbell on this festival”, said fest director & programmer Josh Goldbloom. “From the ground up, we’ve been able to design a »

- Jonathan James

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Early Look at Cover Art for Nightbreed #6, Hellraiser: Bestiary #3, and Big Trouble in Little China #5

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Midian calls to the creatures of Nightbreed, Pinhead is hunted by mercenaries, and Jack Burton is faced with freeing his friend. These are only a few highlights from comic books coming out in October from Boom! Studios, and we have an early look at the cover art that’s based on the works of horror masters Clive Barker and John Carpenter:

 

Clive Barker’S Nightbreed #6

Retail Price: $3.99

Author: Marc Andreyko

Artist: Piotr Kowalski

Cover Artists: A. Riley Rossmo B. Christopher Mitten (Incentive)

“Boone must learn what it means to be a god of man and a god of beast. In Annastajia’s search for beauty, a monster will be born from her imperfections. Lude, the demon of a god long past, will live a lifetime of jest in the face of an eternity of chaos. All creatures of the night must learn that life is a fickle thing. Midian calls to us all. »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch the First Trailer for Stonehearst Asylum

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“When you have found a thing a man fears most, you will have discovered the key to his madness.” Having just announced the release date for Stonehearst Asylum, the Edgar Allan Poe-based film formerly known as Eliza Graves, Millennium Entertainment has now unveiled the film’s first trailer, and the debut footage shows that looks can be deceiving… and deadly.

Stonehearst Asylum, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, is slated for an October 24th release in theaters and VOD platforms, just in time for Halloween:

“A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues, though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.”

Directed by Brad Anderson (Session 9) and written by Joseph Gangemi (Fear Itself, Wind Chill), Stonehearst Asylum boasts a talented cast that includes Kate Beckinsale, »

- Derek Anderson

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Comic-Con 2014 Interviews with Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, and Jeremy Carver

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Last weekend at Comic-Con, we joined a small group of journalists for an interview session with the main cast and executive producer of Supernatural. Stars Jared Padalecki (Sam), Jensen Ackles (Dean), Misha Collins (Castiel), and Executive Producer Jeremy Carver provided details on some of Season 9′s big moments and teased what we can expect from Season 10.

Executive Producer Jeremy Carver:

It seems like there are some excellent storytelling opportunities with the introduction of the Men of Letters Bunker. Do you plan on having a continued focus on that in Season 10?

When we introduced the Men of Letters, not just as a location, but one of the final pieces or the Winchester Family Tree, it opened up for the writers and enormous trove of possibilities. Yes, we’re always coming up with fantastic ways of looking at the Men of Letters and it’s become such a part of the »

- Jordan Smith

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Release Date Announced for James Wan’s Demonic

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Ghost hunters want to hear from the dead, but what if a haunted house’s spirits gave them a powerfully violent response? Previously known as House of Horror, we’ve been tracking the James Wan-produced Demonic since early 2011, and now the movie about ghost-hunting gone wrong has received a release date from Dimension Films.

Horror fans looking to see a fright flick around the holidays can rejoice, as Demonic will hit theaters on December 12th. Produced by James Wan, Demonic was directed by Will Canon (Brotherhood) and filmed in Baton Rouge. The script was written by Max La Bella and is based on an original idea from James Wan:

“The film centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre: five college students, brutally murdered inside a decrepit, abandoned home. Fresh on the scene, detective Mark Lewis and the police department’s psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klein, question one of »

- Derek Anderson

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[Comic-Con 2014] Exclusive Interview: Director Zach Lipovsky Discusses Going Dark for Leprechaun: Origins

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On August 26th, WWE Studios is unleashing Leprechaun: Origins, their terrifying reboot of the popular Leprechaun franchise, on various VOD on Digital Platforms. Directed by Zach Lipovsky, a brand-new trailer and still from the film was released last week during the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. While there, we chatted with the up-and-coming filmmaker about what fans can expect from his new spin on the mythology.

Because you decided to treat this as a whole new story with a brand new mythology, was your biggest challenge as a storyteller? Was it difficult getting the character of The Leprechaun back to his darker roots so that he could be a terrifying creature once again?

Zach Lipovsky: That was the biggest challenge, but it was the aspect of this project that I was most excited about. It was the reason I took this movie on, in fact. I think it’s because a »

- Heather Wixson

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Dick Smith Has Passed Away

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We’re sad to report that according to a statement made by his close friend and mentee, Rick Baker, legendary makeup artist Dick Smith has passed away at the age of 92. 

Rick Baker made the announcement via Twitter early this morning:

“The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same.”

Born in 1922, Richard Emerson “Dick” Smith was the master behind a multitude of iconic makeup effects. He began his makeup career in television in the 1940′s before later expanding to the world of film. Smith made memorable movie transformations possible with his innovative makeup applications and styles in a plethora of projects, including The Godfather (1972), Taxi Driver (1976), and Scanners (1981), to name just a few of many.

Horror fans likely best remember Dick Smith from the remarkable job he did transforming the innocent-looking Linda Blair into the pale-faced demon in 1973′s The Exorcist. »

- Derek Anderson

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New Details on Rob Zombie’s 31

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After writing and directing two films featuring the haunt of Haddonfield, Michael Myers, Rob Zombie is returning to October 31st with an original film titled 31. Little has been revealed of the film since it was first teased in May, but that changed today when the film’s official site went live. We now know that 31 is a fan-backed project, and we have the synopsis as described by Zombie, new concept art, and videos featuring Rob Zombie discussing his upcoming movie.

“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 »

- Derek Anderson

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‘A Storm in the Stars’ to Feature Elle Fanning as Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley

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“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” Mary Shelley, the author of this compelling line and many more in her groundbreaking and now legendary 1818 gothic novel, Frankenstein, will be the subject of an upcoming romantic drama period film. Titled A Storm in the Stars, the movie will be helmed by the first female director out of Saudi Arabia, Haifaa Al-Mansour, and actress Elle Fanning has just signed on to portray the famous writer.

THR reports that Elle Fanning will play the 17-year-old version of literary lover Mary Wollstonecraft, aka Mary Shelley, just one year before she penned the epic novel, Frankenstein. The movie will focus on the blossoming romantic relationship between Mary and poet Percy Shelley and explore how Mary was ahead of her time, as she didn’t allow society’s gender prejudices to hold her back from writing an extraordinary book that is now, along with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, »

- Derek Anderson

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New Red Band Trailer for The Dead 2

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After making its world premiere at FrightFest last year, it was recently announced that The Dead 2 is headed to the Us and Canada, courtesy of Anchor Bay Films. Due out on Blu-ray and DVD on September 16th, and we now have a look at a new set of stills from the movie.

“Beverly Hills, CA – Two years ago, filmmakers Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford took international audiences on an unforgettable journey through a zombie-infected African veldt with the critically acclaimed and audience favorite The Dead. Setting a new standard for the zombie film, the Ford Brothers have now raised the survival stakes to new dramatic heights with the September 16th Blu-ray™ and DVD release of The Dead 2.

As demonstrated with screenings at numerous international film festivals, audiences around the world have once again thrilled to the Ford Brothers’ unique vision of the zombie apocalypse, taking it to yet another epic level. »

- Jonathan James

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Director Found for The Mummy Reboot

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The Mummy reboot has been clawing at the walls of its cinematic tomb since 2012, when producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci signed a production deal with Universal Pictures. After going through two directors and collecting dust, the movie is finally finding its way into the light, as a new director for the film has been announced, one who is already deeply invested in the project.

According to THR, Universal has looked to Alex Kurtzman to helm The Mummy reboot, which is set for an April 22nd, 2016 release. Kurtzman is already a producer on the project and has been a major contributor along with fellow producer Chris Morgan in planning out an interconnected cinematic environment with Universal’s classic monsters. Kurtzman and his writing collaborator Roberto Orci have worked on the script penned by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). Universal’s decision to hire Kurtzman to helm The Mummy reboot (Kurtzman has directed one prior feature film, »

- Derek Anderson

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Comic-Con 2014 Interviews with the Cast & Crew of Sharknado 2: The Second One

30 July 2014 4:45 PM, PDT

Get ready, horror fans- there’s a storm brewing this week in New York City that’s wielding killer sharks and all kinds of wonderfully over-the-top chaos in Anthony C. Ferrante’s Sharknado 2: The Second One, which makes its debut tonight on SyFy.

During the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead chatted with director Ferrante, the sequel’s star Ian Ziering, and co-stars Vivica A. Fox and Judah Friedlander about their experiences making the film in New York City and their thoughts on the pop culture frenzy surrounding the Sharknado films.

Ian Ziering on the phenomena of Sharknado: The experience itself has been overwhelming. I never expected these movies to become what they’ve become. This is a low-budget science fiction movie and you never know when you initially come on board a project like this what the final product is going to be. And I originally never thought »

- Heather Wixson

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Release Date and New Title for Edgar Allan Poe-Based ‘Eliza Graves’

30 July 2014 3:29 PM, PDT

The phrase “the inmates are running the asylum” usually isn’t meant in the literal sense, but in an upcoming film based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, it could be accurate. Previously known as Eliza Graves and boasting a cast that includes Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, Millennium Entertainment’s Stonehearst Asylum has received a new release date that perfectly fits its chilling premise.

Stonehearst Asylum, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, is now slated for an October 24th release, just in time for Halloween. Here’s the synopsis:

“A new doctor comes to apprentice at a mental institution and meets a beautiful patient that he falls in love with amidst a set of circumstances which may be more complicated and dangerous than they seem.”

Directed by Brad Anderson (Session 9) and written by Joseph Gangemi (Fear Itself, Wind Chill), Stonehearst Asylum stars Kate Beckinsale, »

- Derek Anderson

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Interstellar Comic-Con Trailer Released

30 July 2014 2:22 PM, PDT

“We must confront the reality that nothing in our solar system can help us.” Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight Rises is Interstellar, an original sci-fi movie that stars Matthew McConaughey. Recently revealed at Comic-Con, Paramount has released the film’s latest trailer online, and it gives a more in-depth look at the all-or-nothing space trip on which the human race’s survival hinges.

Due out on November 7th, 2014, the movie “chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”

Interstellar has assembled a pretty massive cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy, Bill Irwin, Timothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon.

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- Derek Anderson

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Preview Pages from Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #3

30 July 2014 1:36 PM, PDT

Mankind is capable of being more malicious than monsters, as seen in Nightbreed #3, the third issue in Boom! Studios’ new comic book series from Clive Barker and Marc Andreyko. The latest issue hits comic book store shelves today, and we have a handful of preview pages from the latest issue:

“Why We Love It: Comics are full of outcast characters, but this is an outcast story, Clive Barker-style. True to this modern horror master’s other work, Nightbreed is full of horrifying creatures that captivated us in the 1990 film and live on in this new story. Plus, writer Marc Andreyko is a Huge fan of Nightbreed!

Why You’LL Love It: Before Fables, before Once Upon A Time, Clive Barker created a secret town of monsters that live among us. Don’t worry if you’ve never seen the film—Barker and writer Marc Andreyko (Batwoman, Manhunter) have crafted »

- Derek Anderson

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Funko Reveals Universal Monsters Vinyl Figures

30 July 2014 12:05 PM, PDT

They came from crypts, coffins, castles, and even outer space. Universal monsters like Dracula, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man continue to be the proper introduction for viewers entering the hallowed halls of classic horror films for the first time. These characters have endured over the decades, and now Funko is extending the legacies of eight Universal monsters by giving them the Pop! Vinyl treatment.

Coming out this September are the following iconic characters in Pop! Vinyl form, for around $9.99 apiece:

Dracula Frankenstein The Bride of Frankenstein The Wolf Man The Mummy Creature From the Black Lagoon The Phantom of the Opera Metaluna Mutant

Below we have an early look at the figures, via Entertainment Earth and Trampt:

The post Funko Reveals Universal Monsters Vinyl Figures appeared first on Daily Dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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[Comic-Con 2014] Interview: Joe Lynch and Salma Hayek Talk Everly

30 July 2014 11:17 AM, PDT

For his latest film, Joe Lynch kicks things into overdrive with his stellar action thriller Everly. Starring Salma Hayek as the titular character, she must fight of waves of assassins and hit men sent by her former lover, a cruel mob boss, who wants her dead after he learns she no longer is loyal to him.

While at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with both Lynch and Hayek about their involvement in the wildly thrilling actioner, the challenges they both faced while collaborating on the project and how Everly even has a bit of an unintentional homage to Desperado (one of this writer’s favorite films of all time) in there as well.

Earlier this year, Everly scored distribution with the fine folks over at Radius-twc and Dimension so look for the film to be released sometime later this year.

Salma, you do this »

- Heather Wixson

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Impressions and Photos of The Walking Dead Building Sets from McFarlane Toys

30 July 2014 10:03 AM, PDT

Todd McFarlane has revolutionized the action figure world and now he has his sights on building brick sets. In early July, it was announced that The Walking Dead would be featured as the first of McFarlane Toys’ brick building sets and I get a first-hand look at them at Comic-Con, along with new details straight from Todd McFarlane.

Hearing Todd McFarlane talk about these sets, it’s clear that this is a passion project for him and something he’s spent a while perfecting. McFarlane compared the attitude he took to building blocks as the same that he took to action figures: he looked at what others were doing in that space and knew there was room to make them look better.

“Twenty years ago I walked into the action figure aisle, saw an artistic void, and asked, can these toys look cooler? The answer was yes, they could, and »

- Jonathan James

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Details on C is for Cthulhu: The Lovecraft Alphabet Board Book

30 July 2014 9:02 AM, PDT

Though fans of H. P. Lovecraft may not immediately associate his work with children, a new book inspired by the horror master is designed with kids in mind. Surely something you won’t find on the shelves at your local bookstore, C is for Cthulhu: The Lovecraft Alphabet Board Book teaches children new associations for the 26 letters of the alphabet, while providing Lovecraft fans of all ages a new way to celebrate the author who opened doors to weird worlds.

Already completed and ready to hit the printers, C is for Cthulhu: The Lovecraft Alphabet Board Book was penned by Eisner Award nominated comic book and graphic novel author Jason Ciaramella (The Cape, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Magic: The Gathering) and drawn by digital artist Greg Murphy. They are asking for $8,000 and within two days have already accumulated over $4,700.  To learn more about this Kickstarter project (which has »

- Derek Anderson

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