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BearManor Media Officially Releases Heather A. Wixson’s Monster Squad, A New Book About the Adventures of Practical Effects Artists in Horror & Sci-Fi

13 hours ago

Every makeup effect has a story behind it, but even more fascinating are the stories behind the makeup effects artists themselves. For years, Heather Wixson has shared her passion for the horror genre as the Managing Editor on Daily Dead, and we couldn't be more thrilled by the official release of her new book, Monster Squad, a celebration of practical effects artists and their incredible creations that made so many of us believe in the magic of movies and gave us nightmare fuel forever.

Now available from BearManor Media, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures shines a light on the artists who have worked tirelessly in the shadows behind the camera to create the jaw-dropping creatures that have haunted big screens and warmed our hearts.

Brimming with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos and fascinating anecdotes in its 444 pages, Monster Squad takes you from humble beginnings in garages »

- Derek Anderson

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Q&A: Filmmaker Aaron B. Koontz on the Creative Team & Subgenres of New Horror Comedy Anthology Scare Package

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As a producer, Aaron B. Koontz has helped bring some of the most thought-provoking horror films to life in recent years. This past summer saw the release of Koontz's feature-length directorial debut, Camera Obscura, and Koontz and his Paper Street Pictures production company are wasting no time moving forward on their next project, Scare Package, a horror comedy anthology that he's overseeing with Cameron Burns. In addition to directing his own segment, Koontz is bringing together some of the most exciting independent filmmakers in horror for Scare Package, and we recently caught up with Koontz for our latest Q&A feature to discuss assembling the creative team and subverting subgenres in his new anthology.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Aaron. When and how did you and Cameron Burns come up with the idea for the new horror anthology Scare Package?

Aaron B. Koontz: Our last film, »

- Derek Anderson

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Interview: Co-Writer/Director Dennis Bartok on Tapping into the Horrors of Nails with Shauna Macdonald

17 hours ago

Dark Sky Films is set to release Dennis Bartok’s directorial debut, Nails, today on VOD, which features The Descent’s Shauna Macdonald doing battle with an evil entity that is stalking her in the hospital after she’s been laid up following a horrific accident that leaves her trapped in her own bed, unable to communicate with the outside world. Daily Dead recently spoke to Bartok about the project, and he discussed how his own experiences inspired the story of Nails, what it was like to collaborate with Macdonald, and more.

Great to speak with you, Dennis. Nails almost feels like a fairy tale meets an X-Files episode, particularly this character of Donnie Pfaster, who was this guy who collected fingernails. I just thought it was kind of interesting the way that you rounded out the mythology of the character of Nails with that, and then it all played »

- Heather Wixson

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Contest: Win a Free iTunes Download of New Horror Comedy Attack Of The Killer Donuts

19 hours ago

We've devoured them for years, but now it's their turn to bite back. Breakfast treats show their teeth in Attack of the Killer Donuts, and with the new horror comedy out now on VOD platforms and in select theaters, we've teamed up with Level 33 Entertainment to give away one free iTunes download code for the film to one lucky Daily Dead reader.

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Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (1) free iTunes download code for Attack of the Killer Donuts from Level 33 Entertainment.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Attack of the Killer Donuts Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on December 1st. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted. »

- Derek Anderson

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Listen to the Corpse Club Discuss Horror They’re Thankful for in 2017 on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

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In a year filled with all-too-real turmoil and unsettling scares, horror fans have thankfully been able to seek a respite from the chaos through amazing projects and people in the genre community. With 2017 coming to a close, there is still a lot to be thankful for these past months, and in a new episode of Corpse Club, we pay tribute to some of our fondest experiences from what has been a hallmark year for horror.

In episode 26 of Corpse Club, co-hosts Patrick Bromley, Heather Wixson, Scott Drebit, Derek Anderson, and Jonathan James gather around the dinner table to enjoy a meal of memories as they reflect on what they're thankful for in the horror genre from 2017. The menu features a wide range of tastes and topics, including the comforting characters of Stranger Things Season 2, the ambitious original content on streaming services, the endlessly impressive products from home media distributors, the »

- Derek Anderson

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Crypt of Curiosities: The Cat People Films

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Next to Universal, few studios have had such a big impact on horror than Rko Radio Pictures. Started in 1927, Rko was the first studio founded to make exclusively sound films, a then-brand-new invention that served as a major draw for the studio. Rko’s life was relatively short (it was killed just 30 years after forming), but during their time, they put out a seriously impressive number of classics, including Top Hat, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Informer, and most notably, Citizen Kane.

Of course, Rko didn’t shy away from horror. While their output wasn’t nearly as prolific as, say, Universal’s, it was still quite impressive, boasting some of the most formative and important horror films of old Hollywood. Rko saw the release of a few all-time classics, including I Walked With a Zombie, The Thing From Another World, King Kong, and the topic of today’s Crypt, »

- Perry Ruhland

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Shout Select Reveals Final Bonus Features for Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Joe Dante’s Matinee

22 hours ago

John Goodman channels his inner William Castle to put on the ultimate creature feature screening in Joe Dante's Matinee, and ahead of the film's Collector's Edition Blu-ray release from Shout Select in January, the final list of bonus features have been revealed, including a new interview with Dante and much more:

From Shout Select: "We are very happy to announce the final list of bonus features for Matinee (Collector's Edition), out January 9! Pre-order now at: http://bit.ly/2iphWEt

- New "Master of the Matinee" – interview with director Joe Dante

- New "The Leading Lady" – an interview with Cathy Moriarty

- New "MANTastic!" The Making of a Mant

- New "Out of the Bunker" – an interview with actress Lisa Jakub

- New "Making a Monster Theatre" – an interview with production designer Steven Legler

- New "The Monster Mix" - an interview with editor Marshall Harvey

- New "Lights! Camera! »

- Derek Anderson

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Revenge Thriller M.F.A. Coming to Blu-ray & DVD on November 28th from Dark Sky Films

23 hours ago

As scary as a cabin in the woods can be, one of the most disturbing backdrops for a film can be the college campus culture, where horrors all too real take place all too often. Such is the case in Natalie Leite’s M.F.A., which made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival (read Heather's review here) and is coming to Blu-ray and DVD soon following its October theatrical release:

Press Release: Dark Sky Films proudly announces the release date of M.F.A., a critically acclaimed powerful thriller starring Francesca Eastwood in a stand out role. The film, from female director and female screenwriter, takes on the searing current issue of sexual violence on campus and was released theatrically in October of 2017. M.F.A. will be released on blu-ray and DVD November 28, 2017.

M.F.A., which was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2017 SXSW festival, tells a gripping story of a »

- Derek Anderson

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Zombie Barber Offers Free Haircuts in New Installment of Jeff Fuller’s Living Dead Comic Strip Zomics

16 November 2017 3:53 PM, PST

Since the first panels premiered on Daily Dead during Comic-Con, we've been excited to showcase artist Jeff Fuller's living dead comic strip Zomics, which finds the macabre humor in the everyday horrors of a zombie apocalypse. We release a new installment of Zomics every Thursday, and today we're excited to share a new panel featuring free haircuts that might come with a different kind of price... your brains.

This week's installment of Zomics is a reminder that in the living dead apocalypse, you should always make sure your barber has a pulse before you turn your back on them... especially if they're holding scissors.

In case you missed Fuller's previous Zomics panels, you can check out all of them in the gallery below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead next Thursday for another installment!

Influenced by Dr. Seuss and The Addams Family creator Charles Addams, Fuller has worked as »

- Derek Anderson

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Contest: Win Attack Of The Puppet People on Blu-ray

16 November 2017 3:13 PM, PST

Mr. Franz seemed nice at first, but brimming just beneath the surface was a desire to turn his guests into miniature puppets for his own amusement. This unconventional form of entertainment takes center stage in Attack of the Puppet People, and with Scream Factory releasing the 1958 horror film on Blu-ray, we've been provided with three high-def copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Attack of the Puppet People.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject "Attack of the Puppet People Contest". Be sure to include your name and mailing address. »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch the First Trailer for Colossal Creature Movie Rampage, Starring Dwayne Johnson

16 November 2017 1:23 PM, PST

Since 1986, video gamers have been destroying cities on the screen with Midway's lovable massive monsters known as George, Lizzie, and Ralphie. In New Line Cinema's new movie Rampage, we'll see that world of colossal creatures brought to life on the big screen, and the first trailer for the film promises plenty of large-scale action with Dwayne Johnson on the front lines of the creature-centric carnage.

Directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas), Rampage is slated for an April 20th, 2018 release from Warner Bros. Check out the new trailer and poster below, and let us know what you think of the video game franchise being adapted for the big screen.

From the Press Release: "Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch a Tasty Treat Show Early Signs of its Deadly Side in our Exclusive Clip from Attack Of The Killer Donuts

16 November 2017 12:35 PM, PST

Usually it's humans who take a bite of sweet treats, but in Attack of the Killer Donuts, people are the ones on the menu. Starring C. Thomas Howell as Officer Roberts, Attack of the Killer Donuts is coming to select theaters and VOD platforms beginning November 17th, and to celebrate the film's release, Level 33 Entertainment has provided us with an exclusive clip to share just with Daily Dead readers.

You can watch a donut show early signs of its monstrous side in our exclusive clip below, and to learn more about Attack of the Killer Donuts, visit the horror comedy on iTunes and Facebook.

Synopsis: "We've eaten them for years, now it's their turn! A chemical accident turns ordinary donuts into bloodthirsty killers. Now it's up to Johnny, Michelle and Howard to save their sleepy town from... Killer Donuts."

"Attack Of The Killer Donuts was directed by Primetime Emmy Nominee Scott Wheeler (Martian Land, »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch the First Two Minutes from Another Wolfcop

16 November 2017 11:22 AM, PST

You can get your howl on when Another WolfCop is released in theaters this December, but you can watch the opening scene from the hairy horror film right now.

Watch the official opening scene below (via EW), and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Another WolfCop, which is slated to come out in Us theaters beginning December 1st and Canadian cinemas on December 8th. In case you missed it, read Heather Wixson's Fantasia interview with writer/director Lowell Dean.

"Synopsis: A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, »

- Derek Anderson

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Dinner Takes an Unexpected Turn in Exclusive Clip from Post-Apocalyptic Film We’Ve Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew

16 November 2017 10:41 AM, PST

He was found completely paralyzed in an empty pool, but Doug Jones' character in We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew makes an unexpected movement in our exclusive clip from the post-apocalyptic mystery from The Orchard.

Synopsis: "After traversing a hostile post-apocalyptic wilderness for many years, a pair of survivors encounters the ruins of a vanished society. What they discover will threaten their relationship, their memories, and their future."

Directed by Thomas Woodrow, We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew stars Louisa Krause, Aaron Stanford, and Doug Jones. The Orchard will release the post-apocalyptic film on digital and VOD platforms beginning November 21st.

In case you missed it, read part one of our interview with Doug Jones, in which he talks about playing his mysterious, paralyzed character in We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew.





The post Dinner Takes an Unexpected Turn in Exclusive Clip from Post-Apocalyptic Film We »

- Derek Anderson

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Halloween Horror Film The Barn Special Edition Blu-ray is Brimming with Bonus Feature Treats & New Cover Art

16 November 2017 9:33 AM, PST

One of my favorite viewing experiences in 2016 was watching The BarnJustin M. Seaman's must-watch midnight movie that pays homage to ’80s slashers while introducing a lineup of killer new creatures to haunt your screen on Halloween night. Following its release on DVD (as well as a video game and board game based on the film), The Barn has now been unleashed on a special edition Blu-ray that's brimming with bonus features that are all treats and no tricks:

Press Release: You can now bring home the critically acclaimed and multiple award winning indie Halloween Horror hit 'The Barn' on Blu-ray for $19.99 at www.thebarnmerch.com!

It’s Halloween 1989 and best friends Sam and Josh are just trying to enjoy their last “Devil’s Night” before graduating high school. Trouble soon arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, »

- Derek Anderson

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Puppet Creatures & Punk Rockers Take Flight in Teaser Trailer & Indiegogo Campaign for Dead Air

16 November 2017 8:54 AM, PST

"There are some things worse than airline food," and a punk rock band is about to find that out the hard way while 30,000 feet in the air in the proof of concept short film Dead Air. Directed by Geoff Harmer and written by Peter Hearn (the filmmaker behind Scrawl), Dead Air is a love letter to ’80s practical effects and flat-out fun horror comedies, and while it has been filmed, it needs your help getting across the finish line.

From Dead Air's Indiegogo Page: "Dead Air is a story about a group of female punks on a plane to their final gig who come up against a horde of evil little creatures who want nothing more than to drag everyone to hell.

We Have Shot It. We Now Need Your Help To Finish It.

Welcome back to Dead Air, a fun horror comedy that mixes Gremlins & Critters together with »

- Derek Anderson

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Hop Aboard a Creepy Cruise in the Trailer for Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation

16 November 2017 8:24 AM, PST

After spending some quality family time in Dracula's castle in the first two Hotel Transylvania movies, the ghoulish gang is heading out to sea for some much-needed downtime in the trailer for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

Slated for a July 13th, 2018 release from Sony Pictures, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is teased in the first trailer below, and we also have the official synopsis that promises a love story for Adam Sandler's creature of the night:

"In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and »

- Derek Anderson

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“Silence is Survival” in the Teaser Trailer for A Quiet Place, Starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

16 November 2017 8:03 AM, PST

Its synopsis simply reads "if they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you," and if you watch the captivating teaser trailer for A Quiet Place, that's all you need to know.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world that's seemingly been ravaged by monsters attracted by sound, A Quiet Place was directed and co-written by John Krasinski who also co-stars alongside Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds.

Reminiscent of horror author Tim Lebbon's The Silence, A Quiet Place is teased in its tense first trailer ahead of its April 6th, 2018 release from Paramount Pictures. This marks the third feature film behind the camera for Krasinski, who directed Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and The Hollars, as well as three episodes of The Office, on which he played the iconic character of Jim Halpert. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on A Quiet Place and watch the teaser trailer below, »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch the First Teaser Trailer for The Strangers: Prey At Night

16 November 2017 7:18 AM, PST

The masked killers from Bryan Bertino's The Strangers return to wreak havoc on the road in the first teaser trailer for The Strangers: Prey at Night.

Directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a screenplay written by Bertino and Ben Katai, The Strangers: Prey at Night will be released in theaters on March 9th by Aviron Pictures. Referred to as a "horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers," Prey at Night stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

You can check out the first teaser trailer and poster below (via EW), and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.

Synopsis: "A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the »

- Derek Anderson

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Interview [Part 1]: Doug Jones on Playing His Mysterious, Post-Apocalyptic Character in We’Ve Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew

15 November 2017 6:29 PM, PST

Under amazing makeup effects, he stole our hearts as Billy the zombie in Hocus Pocus, warmed our souls as Abe Sapien in the Hellboy films, and sent chills down our spines as one of the Gentlemen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For his role in We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew, actor Doug Jones is not accompanied by practical prosthetics, but he's just as mesmerizing as ever. With Thomas Woodrow's post-apocalyptic film hitting digital and VOD platforms beginning November 21st from The Orchard, I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Jones, and in part 1 of the interview, we dive deep into his new intriguing role that required him to portray an intense paralysis.

In part one of our interview, Jones discusses his intriguing character in We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew: a paralyzed man discovered by a man and woman in an empty hotel pool in the post-apocalypse. »

- Derek Anderson

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