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Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights Preview:  Clowns 3D & The Walking Dead

16 September 2014 4:50 PM, PDT

Daily Dead was recently invited to an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour for two of the highly anticipated upcoming mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights- Clowns 3D and The Walking Dead- which was led by John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights.

Both Clowns 3D and The Walking Dead mazes were still being propped and dressed by Murdy’s tireless crew at the time of our sneak peek, but enough components were in place to give us an idea of the mayhem that Halloween Horror Nights has in store for its victims once it opens its doors on September 19th.

When we arrived at Clowns 3D, Murdy discussed how iconic rock guitarist Slash became involved with the maze, lending his musical talents in order to create the overtly creepy score for their upcoming haunt. “I didn’t have an obvious »

- Heather Wixson

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New Photos of Sideshow Collectibles’ Godzilla Maquette

16 September 2014 3:33 PM, PDT

It’s been a good year for Godzilla fans. The radioactive reptile stomped the worldwide box office earlier this year shortly before Legendary and Warner Bros. announced a sequel to Gareth Edwards’ take on the beloved creature that’s due out in 2018. To celebrate Godzilla’s new reign on the big screen, Sideshow has revealed a 24-inch tall replica of the massive monster’s appearance in this year’s film.

Sideshow’s limited edition Godzilla statue is now available to pre-order for $799.99 and is expected to ship in July of 2015. Showcasing the behemoth unleashing his atomic roar, this statue was designed and sculpted using digital assets from the 2014 film, ensuring down-to-the-detail accuracy that should please sharp-eyed collectors. We have details and a look at the statue below. To learn more, visit Sideshow Collectibles.

“The world ends, Godzilla begins.

From the visionary 2014 sci-fi action film presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, »

- Derek Anderson

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Horror Lego Minfigs Series 2 Revealed, Including Ash, Pinhead & Ghostface

16 September 2014 2:48 PM, PDT

Earlier this year we reported on a batch of custom Lego Minifigs depicting horror icons like Jason Voorhees and Leatherface. Now Series 2 of the Oh the Horror! Lego line has been released, allowing you to add a bit of Saw, Trick ’r Treat, Child’s Play and more to your Lego collection, with characters like Billy the Puppet, the pumpkin-like creature Sam, and Chucky the doll.

“Get the full set of our second series of iconic Horror Movie Lego minifigs in one go. Made using Lego parts and direct printed for a lasting and robust finish these little guys will terrify and torture your minifigure population for years to come!

Are your custom Lego minifigures too comfortable? Perhaps you feel they are getting bored and complacent? Then why not introduce a little jeopardy into their mini existence? Pick up these adorable little horror film Lego minifigs and your house could »

- Derek Anderson

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New Poster for Dracula Untold

16 September 2014 1:56 PM, PDT

Initially planned for an October 17th release, Dracula Untold will now hit theaters on October 10th in multiple formats, including IMAX. Here’s a look at the brand new IMAX-exclusive poster:

Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the epic action-adventure that co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, and Diarmaid Murtagh.”

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- Jonathan James

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Tom Hiddleston to Star in King Kong Origins Film ‘Skull Island’

16 September 2014 1:24 PM, PDT

Marvel fans who can’t get enough of the demigod Loki may be drawn to the massive monster franchise Legendary is cooking up, as it’s just been announced that Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role in the upcoming King Kong origins movie, Skull Island. A new director has also been attached to the film that will explore the seemingly prehistoric island teeming with colossal creatures.

Legendary announced today that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct Skull Island off a screenplay by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. Skull Island was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con during a surprising teaser video that concluded with an amped-up King Kong. In late July we reported that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had been offered the director’s chair for the project, but now it is Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) who will helm the large-scale adventure.

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- Derek Anderson

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Friday the 13th Part 2, Salem’s Lot & Witchboard Featured in New Fright Rags Shirts

16 September 2014 1:09 PM, PDT

Fright Rags is savoring the end of summer while embracing autumn’s arrival with a new batch of T-shirts. Fans of Friday the 13th Part 2’s Ginny, a formidable opponent to a canvas sack-clad Jason Voorhees, should be pleased with the design of the limited edition Ginny’s Revenge shirt, and there’s also a sharp-toothed treat for those fond of Tobe Hooper’s 1979 adaptation of Stephen King’s ’Salem’s Lot.

Ginny’s Revenge is limited to only 300 shirts priced at $27 apiece, while Barlow, Headless Horseman, and Witchboard are all regular releases that can be purchased for $24 apiece. The T-shirts ship in 1 – 2 days and come in sizes ranging from Small – 5X and Girl Shirts ranging from Small – 2X. All designs are printed on “super soft 4.5oz 100% pre-shrunk ringspun cotton shirts.” Once the regular releases sell out, their designs will rest in peace in the Fright Rags graveyard, only »

- Derek Anderson

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Exclusive Interview with The Battery’s Jeremy Gardner & Adam Cronheim

16 September 2014 12:09 PM, PDT

Former baseball teammates with opposite outlooks on their dead new world, Ben and Mickey try to survive the living dead and each other in The Battery, the directorial debut from Jeremy Gardner (who also writes and stars). With Scream Factory releasing The Battery on Blu-ray and DVD this week, I chatted with Jeremy and co-star/producer Adam Cronheim about making a memorable zombie movie on a micro-budget.

With zombies being so prevalent in pop culture right now, what angle did you take with The Battery to differentiate it from the horde?

Jeremy Gardner: Zombies tend to go big. They tend to have these broad, cultural relevancies, especially with [George A.] Romero’s themes of militarism, race relations, and consumerism. I wanted to focus on the specific human psyche. To watch one person’s mind slowly wilt under the pressures of the zombie apocalypse. So I figured I would just do both »

- Derek Anderson

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Theater List for The Guest

16 September 2014 10:35 AM, PDT

The Guest, the latest from You’re Next’s Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, arrives in theaters across the Us this Wednesday. Interested in seeing the movie on the big screen? We have the official list of theaters that will be screening it:

“From the director of You’Re Next and featuring a standout, badass performance from Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), comes The Guest: a tense, action-packed and unpredictable film like everything and nothing you’ve ever seen before. Empire Magazine called it “a demented action-horror hybrid of sci-fi conspiracy thriller and gore-fest”, and Vanity Fair said, “The Guest is big, it’s bold, it’s badass, full of flavor Hollywood wishes it could pour over its vanilla blockbusters.”

“A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, »

- Jonathan James

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Watch the Trailer for The Houses October Built

16 September 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

Image Entertainment recently announced the acquisition of The Houses October Built and will be releasing the movie to theaters and VOD in October. Here’s a look at the new trailer:

“Los Angeles (August 15, 2014) – Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, has acquired the North American rights to the haunted house thriller The Houses October Built. Produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Zack Andrews. The film is directed by Bobby Roe and stars Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson. The deal was announced today by Image Entertainment’s Svp of Acquisitions, Mark Ward.

The Houses October Built is an instant Halloween classic,” said Ward. “This is a film that audiences will seek out year after year – and will be just as terrified each time they watch it.”

The Houses October Built takes you where no other Halloween film has gone before. Beneath »

- Jonathan James

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Official Synopsis for Avengers: Age of Ultron

16 September 2014 9:26 AM, PDT

On May 1st, 2015, the Avengers assemble to battle Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Marvel has shared the movie’s official synopsis:

via Collider: “Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth »

- Jonathan James

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From Dusk Till Dawn Season 1 Blu-ray / DVD Release Details

16 September 2014 8:51 AM, PDT

If you missed the Gecko brothers face off against the neck-chomping creatures of the night on El Rey Network earlier this year, don’t despair: you can pop season one of the series into your Blu-ray or DVD player. For those that have already seen it, we have a breakdown of the special features that may be worth your while:

“From executive producer Robert Rodriguez comes the first season of the original El Rey Network series, From Dusk Till Dawn, swooping onto Blu-ray and DVD, featuring all 10 Season One episodes, including episodes directed by Rodriguez and Eduardo Sánchez(The Blair Witch Project). This supernatural series, based on Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 cult classic film of the same name (starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek and Tarantino), centers on bank robbers Seth and Richie Gecko, who are wanted by the authorities after a heist leaves several dead. Escaping across »

- Jonathan James

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Watch a New Clip from Kevin Smith’s Tusk

15 September 2014 5:43 PM, PDT

Before Tusk is released to theaters on September 19th, we’ll have our review and interviews to give readers an idea of what to expect from the latest Kevin Smith movie. Until then, we have a look at a brand new clip, showing Justin Long’s character arriving in Canada:

Tusk follows Wallace (Long), a journalist on a mission. He finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.”

Tusk is directed and written by Kevin Smith, based on a conversation he had with friend Scott Mosier in the 259th episode of SModcast, titled The Walrus & The Carpenter. The film stars Justin Long as Wallace the journalist, Michael Parks as the walrus-obsessed Mr. Howe, Haley Joel Osment as Wallace’s best friend, and Genesis Rodriguez as Wallace’s girlfriend. A24 has announced that they will release Tusk to theaters on September 19th. »

- Jonathan James

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September 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Sleepy Hollow, The Dead 2, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

15 September 2014 4:46 PM, PDT

For the week of September 16th, horror and sci-fi fans have a multitude of new and familiar title releases to choose from- everything from new indie horror movies to classic films getting an HD overhaul to a handful of TV series making their Blu-ray and DVD debuts.

To get everyone ready for the upcoming Fall TV season, this week sees the home debuts of the most recent seasons of Grimm, Hannibal, Arrow, Sleepy Hollow and From Dusk Till Dawn and classic horror fans should be happy to see HD releases for a few favorites as well, like Dark Sky Film’s 40th anniversary edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Eraserhead from Criterion, Anchor Bay’s 30th anniversary edition Blu-ray of Silent Night, Deadly Night and Sony’s special edition gift set for Ghostbusters/Ghostbusters II, which also contains an awesome Slimer collectible that would be a great addition to any fans’ collection. »

- Heather Wixson

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Sony Moves Forward with I Know What You Did Last Summer Reboot

15 September 2014 3:06 PM, PDT

Another group of young adults will discover that you can’t keep a murderous secret buried, as Sony Pictures has announced they are rebooting I Know What You Did Last Summer, the 1997 film based on Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel of the same name, and fans of the horror film Oculus should be pleased with the creative forces behind the reboot.

Deadline reports that Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard will write and produce the I Know What You Did Last Summer reboot, once again adapting the story from Lois Duncan’s novel. Neal Moritz, a producer of the original film, will return to produce the reboot. Sony is looking to release the remake sometime in 2016.

It will be interesting to see how closely Flanagan and Howard follow Duncan’s book, as the 1997 film is a very loose adaptation of the character-driven thriller that exists on the printed page. The original movie »

- Derek Anderson

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Knoxville Horror Film Fest Lineup Announced, Includes ABCs Of Death 2, V/H/S Viral & Housebound

15 September 2014 1:51 PM, PDT

Two boys try to survive the violent world of their action figure playset, a group of skateboarding buddies are hunted down in broad daylight by a cult, and a young woman is placed on home arrest in a house haunted by an aggressive ghost. The Knoxville Horror Film Fest is bringing huge helpings of big screen horror to the Southeastern Us this Halloween season.

Knoxville, Tn ­- Sept 24, 2014 ­­– “The Knoxville Horror Film Fest will present its sixth annual weekend of scare­-friendly cinema on October 24­26, bringing the genre film festival experience to East Tennessee with a slate of premier indie horror features and a barrage of unique shorts from around the region and around the world. This year’s festival will kick off Friday night at Regal Downtown West, return for an all­-day marathon of screenings on Saturday, then wrap up across town on Sunday afternoon with two additional »

- Derek Anderson

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Scooby-Doo Takes on More Horror Icons in New Tribute Art, Including Leatherface, Victor Crowley & Dr. Giggles

15 September 2014 12:50 PM, PDT

Armed with a magnifying glass and the Mystery Machine during their many sleuthing adventures, the gang in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! beat villains like the Ghost of Captain Cutler and Miner Forty-Niner, but a new batch of image art shows the gang and their Great Dane going up against more deadly and formidable foes, like a chainsaw-wielding Leatherface and the sinister surgeon, Dr. Giggles.

In addition to the 20 previously released pieces, these eight new “Scooby-Doo Lost Mysteries” images were created by Travis Falligant, an artist who specializes in depicting iconic film and television characters, particularly from the 1970′s, ’80′s, and ’90′s.

From Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) to the Scream series, Travis pays homage to the horror genre through posters, T-shirts, and comic book panels that put new twists on old favorites. Travis’ latest Scooby-Doo images show the gang taking on characters of horror films ranging from The Slumber Party Massacre »

- Derek Anderson

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Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 Preview Pages

15 September 2014 11:54 AM, PDT

We’ve seen Aliens and Predators clash on the big screen in 2004’s Avp and 2007’s Avp: Requiem, and now the two space hunting species will go up against each other again in Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone, a Prometheus crossover miniseries from Dark Horse that throws a Frankenstein’s monster-like creation in the mix. We have preview pages from the first issue that begins with chaotic carnage.

Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 (available now to pre-order with an October 8th publication date):

Writer: Christopher Sebela

Artist: Ariel Olivetti

Cover Artist: E. M. Gist

“As the mercenary crew of the Perses leave the horror of Lv-223 behind them, one passenger reveals a terrible new danger, and the crew soon find themselves in a deadly struggle between predator and prey!”

The post Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 Preview Pages appeared first on Daily Dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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Night of the Comet UK Blu-ray / DVD Cover Art & Release Details

15 September 2014 11:01 AM, PDT

Stargazers crumble into dust or become zombies in Thom Eberhardt’s 1984 cult classic film, Night of the Comet. With adult supervision seemingly eradicated, surviving sisters Regina and Samantha have fun with their newfound freedom and their adventures are captured in next week’s UK Blu-ray / DVD release of Night of the Comet, complete with an abundance of special features.

Night of the Comet will be released on a dual format Blu-ray and DVD in the UK from Arrow Video on September 22nd. We have the official synopsis, list of special features, and a look at the cover art:

“It Was The Last Thing On Earth They Ever Expected.

Life can be tough when you’re a Valley girl. First, there’s making sure you’re on time for pep squad practice. Then there’s having to live under the same roof as your bitchy stepmother who, you suspect, is making »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch the New Trailer for Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

15 September 2014 9:50 AM, PDT

“These are not your textbook zombies. These are cursed zombies, awakened to complete a task given to them.” The fight between the living and the risen dead continues in Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead. The new trailer shows Martin once again fighting Colonel Herzog’s Nazi zombies, but this time he has to deal with a possessed arm reminiscent of Ash’s infected hand from Evil Dead 2.

“Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends Still got devoured by a battallion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anything else it can reach. Martin’s Pissed. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, »

- Derek Anderson

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A Town Called Dragon Release Details & Cover Art

15 September 2014 9:03 AM, PDT

The people of Dragon, Colorado want to make money off their town’s folkloric namesake, but the community’s scaly legend is a lot more literal than any of them could have imagined. In Legendary Comics’ A Town Called Dragon, a small town faces a big time fire-breathing threat, and we have release details and a look at the cover art for the first two issues.

“Every Town Has Its Secrets. This One Breathes Fire.

Legendary Comics transports you to A Town Called Dragon. On the surface it seems like your average all-American tourist trap, but this snow-covered town hides a burning secret. After centuries of lying buried within the depths of an icy mountain, the world’s last dragon egg finally hatches – endangering modern life as we know it. Now an unlikely group of dangerously unqualified, ordinary citizens must band together, battling the elements – and each other – to slay this menacing creature. »

- Derek Anderson

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