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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) Blu-ray Announced

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From The Time Machine to The War of the Worlds, legendary sci-fi writer H.G. Wells brought the spectacular to life on the printed page. One of his most haunting tales, The Island of Doctor Moreau, has been adapted for the screen multiple times and soon one of the film versions will receive a high-definition upgrade, as it’s been announced that Kino Lorber will release Don Taylor’s The Island of Dr. Moreau on Blu-ray.

Kino Lorber revealed they will release 1977’s The Island of Dr. Moreau on Blu-ray in June. No special features have been announced at this time, but stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.

“Animals become monsters – and a man becomes part animal – in this sci-fi shocker starring Burt Lancaster and a galaxy of mutant monsters created by some of the make-up legends behind Planet of the Apes. On a tropical Pacific island, the mad Dr. »

- Derek Anderson

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Horror Round-Up: The Crow Reboot, The Greasy Strangler, Hellions

24 January 2015 6:21 PM, PST

Welcome to another horror news round-up! This time around, we have an update on whether or not Luke Evans will play Eric Draven in The Crow reboot, details on the recently announced horror film, The Greasy Strangler, and a clip, poster, and images of Bruce McDonald’s Halloween-set Hellions, making its debut this Sunday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

When Corin Hardy (The Hallow) became attached as the director of the long-gestating reboot of The Crow (after F. Javier Gutiérrez left the director’s chair) back in December, discussions of who would play main character Eric Draven resurfaced, with Luke Evans’ future in the lead role somewhat of a question mark.

Evans (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesDracula Untold) was initially set to star in The Crow remake back in 2013, but in recent interviews he didn’t seem optimistic about his continued involvement with the »

- Derek Anderson

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In Case Of Emergency Cabinets Provide Protection Against Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves & Demons

24 January 2015 1:47 PM, PST

What if the zombies from George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead shambled through malls in real life? How would you react if your town’s population transformed into vampires reminiscent of those in Stephen King’s ’Salem’s Lot, or if werewolves prowled your backyard and demons possessed those you hold near and dear? The folks at In Case Of have the decorative answers to these four scary “what ifs?”: sealed emergency cabinets containing survival tools to use against zombies, vampires, werewolves, and demons.

Founded by two childhood friends with a passion for supernatural survival, In Case Of has five limited edition cabinets that are now available. Each cabinet comes with weapons and tools useful for protecting yourself from a certain type of monster. For example, the zombie cabinet includes a 12-gauge short barrel shotgun, the vampire case comes with two vampire stakes, while the werewolf cabinet »

- Derek Anderson

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Scooby-Doo Lego Sets & New Animated Special Announced

24 January 2015 10:57 AM, PST

Last year, fright fans with a fondness for the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon, Scooby Doo, Where Are You!, saw their beloved mystery-solving bunch encounter horror icons in Travis Falligant’s tribute art. This year we’ll see yet another unique side of the Great Dane and the Gang, as Lego has announced five new sets that will feature the famous sleuths, the eerie environments in which they investigate, and the spooky villains they go up against.

The Scooby-Doo Lego sets will hit stores in August. The “Mummy Museum Mystery”, the “Haunted Lighthouse”, the “Mystery Mansion”, and “The Mystery Machine” (a 301-piece item intended for ages 6+, listed at $29.99, and pictured below) will be among the featured sets.

Sometime next year, Warner Bros. will release a 22-minute animated special depicting Scooby-Doo, Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy in Lego form, with direct-to-video Lego animated Scooby-Doo movies also in development. For more information, here »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch the First Teaser Trailer for Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Starring Keanu Reeves

24 January 2015 8:54 AM, PST

Evan Webber is home alone on a dark and stormy night. His wife and two children are away for the weekend. He has the house to himself—until he hears a knock on his door. Two young women stand outside, seeking help… and secretly looking to raise some hell. Premiering last night as a Park City at Midnight Sundance Film Festival selection, Eli Roth’s Knock Knock stars Keanu Reeves and is now teased in its first, brief trailer.

Directed by Eli Roth off a script he wrote with Nicolás López and Guillermo Amoedo, Knock Knock stars Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana De Armas, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, and Colleen Camp.

Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival’s J.K.: “Evan Webber (Keanu Reeves) is living the dream. Just look at his beautiful, successful wife, his two wonderful kids, and his truly stunning house—which he designed himself. Of course he did. »

- Derek Anderson

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Horror / Sci-Fi Round-Up: Patient Zero, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Jetsons

23 January 2015 6:01 PM, PST

We’re back with another news round-up. This time around we have a casting update on the Matt Smith-starring Patient Zero, special features details for Shout! Factory’s 4-disc Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD box set, and news on The Jetsons in-development animated feature film.

Deadline reveals that Stanley Tucci is lined up to play the head villain in Patient Zero, the upcoming horror-thriller from Screen Gems. Tucci will play “a deliciously evil role: a professor who becomes infected, and highly violent. He becomes determined to crash the lab that’s working on a cure and thwart the search for Patient Zero.” Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) star and Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall) directs off a script by Mike Le (Dark Summer).

“In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. »

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True Blood’s Rutina Wesley to Join Hannibal Season 3 Cast

23 January 2015 4:38 PM, PST

With HBO’s True Blood coming to an end last summer, Rutina Wesley, longtime cast member of the Southern supernatural series, is lined up for another horror show. This time around, though, Wesley will encounter human monsters rather than creatures of the night, as she’s set to join the cast of Hannibal for the third season, playing a character from Thomas HarrisRed Dragon and its two film adaptations.

TVLine reports that Rutina Wesley, whom True Blood fans know as Tara Mae Thornton, is set to co-star in Hannibal Season 3 in the recurring role of Reba McClane, a blind woman who becomes the romantic interest of Francis Dolarhyde, aka The Tooth Fairy serial killer, who in turn will be played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films). Reba McClane is a key character in Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel, Red Dragon, and was previously played by Joan Allen in »

- Derek Anderson

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Horror Film ‘The Boy’ to Star The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan

23 January 2015 3:51 PM, PST

With their sinister smiles and dead-eyed stares, inanimate dolls are creepy, but they’re even more unsettling when brought to unnatural life. Filmmakers have long tapped into the scary potential of dolls, as evidenced by Child’s Play, Dolls, Annabelle, and many more. Now William Brent Bell is stepping into the sub-genre with The Boy, and The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan is set to star.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene on AMC’s The Walking Dead) is taking on the lead role in The Boy, a horror-thriller that “centers on a nanny (Cohan) who is tasked with overseeing a lifelike doll by a bizarre couple who treat it as a real child. The couple use the doll as way to cope with the death of their young son, but the nanny becomes increasingly convinced that it is alive.”

A project from Lakeshore Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment, »

- Derek Anderson

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Eye-Catching Poster

23 January 2015 2:47 PM, PST

There are few things in life more terrifying than seeing a towering man wearing a mask of skin running at you with a whirring chainsaw. Unfortunately for Sally Hardesty (played by the late, great Marilyn Burns), that’s exactly what she faces in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror movie masterpiece, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The film recently had its 40th anniversary, and an incredibly detailed new poster from Grey Matter Art continues the celebration by superbly depicting what is perhaps the film’s most haunting close-up.

Created by artist Jason Edmiston, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 24″x36″ poster from Grey Matter Art comes in a regular and variant edition, both of which are limited. Each version of the poster will be available at GreyMatterArt.com beginning next Tuesday, January 27th, between 1:00-2:00 Pm Est. The exact time will be announced on Grey Matter Art’s Twitter account. To learn more, »

- Derek Anderson

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Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

23 January 2015 1:52 PM, PST

Crescent Bay may seem like a quiet retirement community on the surface, but do a little digging and you’ll discover there’s more terror than tranquility to be found, for on evenings bathed in the light of the full moon, people have been dying, and not of natural causes. Retitled Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf, Adrián García Bogliano’s latest hits home media in March with a handful of bonus features:

Press Release – “New York, NY (January 23, 2015) – There’s something awful hiding in the woods and it’s coming after the unsuspecting in the gripping and acclaimed Late Phases: Night Of The Lone Wolf. From the director of Penumbra, Cold Sweat and Here Comes The Devil, the horror film will be available for Digital Download and on Blu-ray and DVD from Dark Sky Films on March 10, 2015.

Blind war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici, Stake Land, »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: Everly

23 January 2015 12:53 PM, PST

Joe Lynch has directed a number of films over the past eight years, including Wrong Turn 2: Dead EndKnights of Badassdom, and the “Zom-b-Movie” segment of 2011’s Chillerama anthology, but I’ve never felt like we’ve seen a film that was truly 100% his voice. That all changes, though, with Everly, his gut-punch love letter to the modern action film, a raucous and wickedly fun time that manages to be way more heartfelt and emotionally-charged than its over-the-top brutality and balls-out gunplay might otherwise suggest. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a truly badass female hero get her cinematic due, but everything about Lynch’s latest gets it just right.

In Everly, we meet the titular prostitute (Salma Hayek) on Christmas Eve right after she’s been subjected to a brutal gang-rape orchestrated by a Yakuza mob boss who isn’t thrilled with her recent betrayal of him and his organization. »

- Heather Wixson

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State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition Release Details

23 January 2015 11:51 AM, PST

The dead outnumber the living in State of Decay, the zombie-survival game developed by Undead Labs that was originally released to the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows in 2013. Two DLCs and over one year later, Undead Labs is preparing to unleash State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition on Xbox One and Steam, and a release date for the upcoming offering has now been revealed.

Undead Labs announced that State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will be available in the Us on Xbox One and Steam beginning April 28th and internationally on May 1st. The new edition will also be hitting retail shelves on those respective dates. Here’s what gamers can look forward to in State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition (via Undead Labs):

“We announced the release date for the Year One Survival Edition. We’ll be coming to Xbox One, Steam, and retail outlets on April 28 in the »

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Watch the First Trailer for Adam Green’s Digging Up the Marrow

23 January 2015 10:52 AM, PST

Monsters in the closet, under your bed, right outside your window—as children, we sometimes get the sense that creatures lurk just out of sight wherever we go. As we get older, this perspective usually fades, but not for William Dekker (Ray Wise). He knows monsters exist, and he takes a film crew to the entrance of their world in the first trailer for Adam Green’s Digging Up the Marrow.

What if the ghastly images and abominations haunting our collective nightmares actually exist? Writer/director Adam Green (Hatchet) sets out to make a documentary exploring this tantalizing premise after being contacted by a mysterious man named William Dekker (Ray Wise). Dekker claims he can prove that “monsters are real” and insists these grotesque creatures are forgotten, hideously deformed humanoids inhabiting a vast, underground metropolis of the damned. Determined to expose the truth, Green embarks on a bone-chilling odyssey and »

- Derek Anderson

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Stephen King’s Needful Things is Coming to Blu-ray

23 January 2015 9:43 AM, PST

Nothing is ever the same again in Castle Rock after Leland Gaunt shows up and opens his antiques store, Needful Things. There’s something for everyone in Gaunt’s shop, but instead of money, the prices must be paid through devious, deadly deeds. Based on Stephen King’s 1991 novel of the same name, Needful Things (1993) is making its Us Blu-ray debut via Kino Lorber.

Kino Lorber will release Needful Things on Blu-ray this June with a new audio commentary from director Fraser Clarke Heston. Fans of the film no doubt are wondering if this home media release will include the extended TV version that features around an extra hour of footage. Kino Lorber revealed they do not at this time have the rights to the TV version, but they are pursuing them and will keep fans updated on the procuring process.

We’ll keep Daily Dead readers posted on further developments. »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch the First Teaser Trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower

23 January 2015 8:46 AM, PST

In addition to its swarming hordes of zombies, Capcom’s Dead Rising video games have always followed interesting human characters striving to survive the streets and buildings choked with the living dead, and now those people will come to life in Dead Rising: Watchtower, a live action film adaptation of the video game franchise from Legendary Digital Media and Crackle that’s showcased in a new trailer.

Dead Rising: Watchtower will be available to stream on Crackle beginning March 27th.

“Principal cast for the upcoming feature-length project includes Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Meghan Ory (Intelligence, Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways) and Dennis Haysbert ( 24, Men, Women & Children).

Dead Rising: Watchtower” takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. »

- Derek Anderson

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X-Men: Apocalypse Casting Update, Actors to Play Young Storm, Cyclops & Jean Grey Revealed

22 January 2015 8:21 PM, PST

Storm. Cyclops. Jean Grey. All three are memorable mutants who have made their own legacies on the paneled pages of Marvel’s comic books. Fans of the X-Men films have come to know these three heroes through the performances of Halle Berry, James Marsden, and Famke Janssen, respectively. With the earlier timeline of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, however, viewers will get acquainted with younger versions of this talented super-powered trio, and tonight director Bryan Singer revealed the actors who will play Storm, Cyclops, and Jean Grey in the sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Via Twitter, Singer recently announced that Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, and Sophie Turner will co-star in X-Men: Apocalypse. Shipp (Drumline: A New Beat, Straight Outta Compton) will play Storm, Sheridan (Joe, Scouts vs. Zombies) will portray Cyclops, and Turner (Game of Thrones, Mary Shelley’s Monster) will play Jean Grey. Here’s the official tweeet »

- Derek Anderson

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The Walking Dead Episode 509 Photos Revealed

22 January 2015 5:38 PM, PST

As shown in the final episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 5’s first half, Rick Grimes is taking less chances when it comes to dealing with human threats in his living dead world. Right now he’d rather shoot it out than talk it out with people like those at the Grady Memorial Hospital, and some members of his own group—Michonne and Daryl included—can tell that their fearless leader is perhaps more on edge than ever before. A newly released photo of Rick from the upcoming ninth episode (debuting on February 8th) reflects his unsettled state, while a second still features a concerned Michonne.

“After the tragic events of the mid-season finale – as well as losing the possibility of a cure in Washington, DC – Rick Grimes’ band of survivors find themselves on the road, surviving day-to-day and trying to hold on to their shredded humanity and dwindling hope. »

- Derek Anderson

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Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller Round-Up: The Walking Dead Companion Series, Red Mars, Hap and Leonard TV Adaptation

22 January 2015 4:38 PM, PST

We’re back with another round-up, this time with news on the horror, sci-fi, and thriller fronts. There’s a possibility that we could see a key character from the upcoming The Walking Dead companion series pop up in the current series. Meanwhile, Babylon 5 fans should be excited by who’s scribing Spike TV’s upcoming Red Mars show and a new writer/producer has been added to SundanceTV’s in-development Hap and Leonard series.

While we eagerly await the return of The Walking Dead Season 5 on February 8th, news about the companion series has helped sate our appetites for more onscreen depictions of Robert Kirkman’s living dead landscape. With most of the core cast now in place and cameras set to roll for the second Walking Dead show, another news item regarding the companion series has come to light, and it might be the biggest one yet. »

- Derek Anderson

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Re-Animator Comic Book Miniseries Announced, Issue #1 Cover Art Revealed

22 January 2015 2:51 PM, PST

As many zombie fans know, Herbert West is obsessed with bringing back the dead. Since his original appearance in H.P. Lovecraft’s early 1920’s short story, he’s sought to conquer death through science in three feature films, a live musical, the Army of Darkness comic book series, and a one-shot comic. But West isn’t done yet, as this spring he’ll return in Dynamite Comics’ new miniseries, Reanimator.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Herbert West will star within the panels of Reanimator, an upcoming four-issue comic book miniseries from Dynamite Comics. The story will take West to New Orleans, where he’ll face off against various villains, including things straight out of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos.

Keith Davidsen penned the miniseries, which was illustrated by Randy Valiente. The first issue will hit shelves in April. Jae Lee, Francesco Francavilla, Tim Seeley, and Andrew Mangum created the four covers »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: The Boy Next Door

22 January 2015 1:34 PM, PST

God help me, but I had a blast with The Boy Next Door, Rob Cohen’s wickedly dark, psycho-sexual thriller starring Jennifer Lopez as a disenchanted woman who learns a painful lesson in why it doesn’t pay to get caught up in an affair with a much younger man, as his obsession with her takes some dangerous turns that puts everyone around her in jeopardy. I’m usually someone who takes a bit more level-headed approach when it comes to film, but in terms of voyeuristic entertainment, The Boy Next Door is just plain ol’ fun and manages to be a lot more thoughtful than many of its provocative peers.

The story in The Boy Next Door is pretty straightforward; after learning that her husband (John Corbett) cheated on her with a co-worker, Claire Peterson (Lopez) is struggling to keep her family together and gain back some of her own identity as well. »

- Heather Wixson

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