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Production Begins on A Monster Calls

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Focus Features has announced that production has started on A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the Patrick Ness novel that’s being directed by Juan Antonio Bayona:

“Vancouver, BC and Santa Monica, CA, September 30, 2014 – Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films. The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children’s fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically; Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain; and Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world. A Monster Calls is slated for a fall 2016 release.

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to »

- Jonathan James

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Watch Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Annabelle

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The young Forms family thought they moved away from the horror of their past, but they unknowingly packed it with them. A prequel spin-off to The Conjuring, Annabelle hits theaters later this week, and two new B-roll videos show the filming of the Forms’ desperate meeting with Father Perez, the crafting of a classic stormy night atmosphere, setting up a baby carriage / garbage truck collision, and more.

“She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for Annabelle.

Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month.

New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “Annabelle” begins before the evil was unleashed.

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. »

- Derek Anderson

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Release Date Announced for Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels

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The final chapter in the Hellraiser mythos is nearly upon us! Around this time last year, it was revealed that Clive Barker had finished The Scarlet Gospels and that St. Martin’s Press would be releasing it in 2015. We now have the official release date directly from Clive Barker:

“At Long Last… Pinhead Returns. You’ve been waiting twenty years for this story… sign up on the Clive Barker mailing list at www.realclivebarker.com for updates! Harry D’Amour (the hard-boiled paranormal detective from the movie Lord of Illusions) going head to head with the Hellpriest known as Pinhead (in his first literary appearance since The Hellbound Heart). A roller coaster of terror that explains who the Cenobites are, where they came from… and how their world comes to an end. The long-awaited final chapter in the Hellraiser mythos… Available May 19th 2015 From St. Martin’S Press.”

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- Jonathan James

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Re-Animator: The Musical Returns in Time for Halloween

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It has just been announced that Re-Animator: The Musical will return for new performances in Hollywood this October with new performers and brand new songs:

““Re-Animator ™ the Musical” tells the story of Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student who has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities and ghastly consequences. “I guess he just wasn’t fresh enough,” is West’s constant refrain in his quest for fresh subjects. Graham Skipper, who won a Best New Performer Award at the New York Musical Theater Festival for his crowd-pleasing turn, returns as the demented young genius.

And operatic Jesse Merlin is back as Dr. Carl Hill who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter, only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West. But thanks to the glowing re-agent, »

- Jonathan James

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray & DVD Release Details

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It has been officially announced that Fox Home Entertainment will release Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Blu-ray and DVD on December 2nd, with an early Digital HD release on November 11th:

“Los Angeles, Calif. (September 30, 2014) – Get ready for worlds to collide like never before! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you to the center of the battle between apes and humans with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 2 and on Digital HD™ November 11. The film quickly became the highest grossing film in the franchise, netting nearly $680 million at the box office*, and the most critically acclaimed blockbuster of the summer**.

Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell star in this thrilling next chapter of The Planet of the Apes. It is 2026, and humanity has been pushed to near extinction by a deadly virus. When a group of »

- Jonathan James

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September 30th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Leprechaun, Killer Fish

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For the final week of September, we’ll be seeing a handful of indie genre titles coming our way to DVD and Blu-ray, as well as several cult classics, including the original Leprechaun films, finally making their high-def debut on Tuesday.

In terms of new indie movies to keep an eye out for, Grow-up Tony Phillips, the latest from up-and-coming Austin filmmaker Emily Hagins (My Sucky Teen Romance), is being released as well as American Muscle, The Paranormal Diaries, Grave Halloween and the pregnancy-themed horror flick Delivery: The Beast Within. For those of you horror fans looking for something a bit more ‘seasoned’, both Krull and Killer Fish are getting their Blu-ray treatment this week and should make for excellent additions to your home entertainment collection.

Spotlight Titles:

Grow-up Tony Phillips (Anderson Digital, DVD)

Who doesn’t love Halloween? All of Tony Phillips’ high school friends do, apparently. It’s »

- Heather Wixson

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New Poster and Trailer Celebrate Saw’s 10th Anniversary

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“Live or die. Make your choice.” Jigsaw challenged his victims to be better people… if they survived his twisted games. Filmgoers were first exposed to the creative serial killer nearly a decade ago in James Wan’s Saw, and you can celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary by reliving Jigsaw’s macabre morals on the big screen, as shown in the nightmarish nostalgia of the film’s new trailer and poster.

Lionsgate is brining Saw back to theaters for one week only beginning on October 30th at 10pm. Below we have a look at a new poster for the influential film that depicts Shawnee Smith’s Amanda Young wearing the dreaded reverse bear-trap, as well as a 10th anniversary trailer (both via Fandango). Five new posters centered on the bear-trap headgear will be unveiled in the coming weeks, and attendees of the James Wan-produced Annabelle can pick up this »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch Four Clips from Annabelle

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Want an idea of what to expect from Annabelle before she arrives in theaters on Friday? We have four new clips that you can watch right now!

“She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for Annabelle.

Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month.

New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “Annabelle” begins before the evil was unleashed.

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.

On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity »

- Jonathan James

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The Evil Within’s ‘Every Last Bullet’ Trailer

29 September 2014 1:31 PM, PDT

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the release of The Evil Within and Bethesda has released a new trailer to help you survive in their nightmarish world:

“While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a mysterious and powerful force. After seeing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead. Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel what’s behind this evil force.

Developed by Shinji Mikami and the talented team at Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within embodies the meaning of pure survival horror. Highly-crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story are combined to create an immersive world that will bring you to the height of tension. With limited resources at your disposal, »

- Jonathan James

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Impressions: Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys’ Elder Predator Sixth Scale Figure

29 September 2014 12:39 PM, PDT

Though he is only on screen for a brief scene, fans of 1990’s Predator 2 will always remember the Elder Predator for showing respect to Mike Harrigan by passing on his flintlock pistol with “Raphael Adolini 1715” engraved on the shaft. Now Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys return that respect with their Elder Predator Sixth Scale Figure, a new entry to their Movie Masterpiece Series that they gave us the opportunity to check out.

Though the Elder Predator doesn’t fight in Stephen Hopkins’ film, the figure’s orange and black box cover art depicts the warrior with teeth bared in a ready-to-rumble style. Inside the box, the figure lays dormant as if he were stretched out in a hyper-sleep pod with an arsenal of weapons and clawed hands sitting in arm’s reach. Sideshow and Hot Toys equip the Elder Predator with attachable weapons aplenty: one sword, a pair of blades, »

- Derek Anderson

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Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Clip from Delivery: The Beast Within

29 September 2014 11:59 AM, PDT

Modern-day TV viewers know that reality show subjects doing disturbing things is nothing new, but in Delivery: The Beast Within, a camera crew following a young couple’s pregnancy captures unnerving behavior of the paranormal variety, leading to content too controversial even for reality TV. We’ve been provided with an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip in which director Brian Netto discusses the film’s origins.

Los Angeles, CA – “A jaw-dropping intense thriller with a “shocking, can’t-believe-i-saw-that conclusion” (HorrorNews.net), Delivery: The Beast Within terrifies on DVD and digital HD September 30 from Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm) and The Collective. Blending found footage and reality show genres, the nightmarish feature that is “so intense, so frightening, and so real” (Aint It Cool News) marks the directorial debut of Brian Netto, who also co-wrote the film with producer Adam Schindler, and is “bolstered by outstanding performances by its two leads,” (IndieWire) Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay. »

- Derek Anderson

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House on Haunted Hill Blu-ray Clip and Trailer

29 September 2014 10:17 AM, PDT

One of my favorite horror movies of all time, and required Halloween viewing at my house, is 1959’s House on Haunted Hill, directed by William Castle and starring the legendary Vincent Price. This October, Scream Factory is releasing the movie to Blu-ray in The Vincent Price Collection II, which also includes The Return of the Fly, The Comedy of Terrors, The Raven, The Last Man on Earth, The Tomb of Ligeia, and Dr. Phibes Rises Again. Here’s a look at a clip from the high-definition version of House on Haunted Hill, along with the original trailer:

“On October 21, 2014, collectors, classic film aficionados and horror enthusiasts will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray™ release of Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection Volume II, perfectly timed for Halloween and this year’s holiday gifting season. This extraordinary collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings »

- Jonathan James

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F.E.A.R. Online Release Details

29 September 2014 9:59 AM, PDT

Aeria Games has detailed their release plans for F.E.A.R. Online, a free-to-play horror Fps that will be available on Steam in October:

“Berlin, Germany – September 29, 2014 – Aeria Games, a leading global publisher of free-to-play online games, today announced F.E.A.R. Online will launch on the Steam platform on October 17. The game will be available prior to the Steam release for open beta via the Aeria Games portal on October 8. Players can sign up now on the F.E.A.R. website.

Fans of the celebrated horror franchise will be able to engage in new, terrifying experiences within the F.E.A.R. universe. Following player feedback from the closed beta, an extensive redesign and gameplay adjustments make for a truly unique first-person shooter game. With the addition of new maps, a new scenario, and a redesigned crafting system which allows for making one-of-a-kind weapons, F.E. »

- Jonathan James

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Photos from Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

29 September 2014 9:26 AM, PDT

Based on Stephen King’s short story in Full Dark, No Stars and from a screenplay by King, himself, ‘A Good Marriage’ will be released to theaters and on VOD on October 3rd. Here’s a look at six photos and the recently released trailer for the upcoming film:

“When her husband (Anthony Lapaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

The film, directed by Peter Askin and starring Joan Allen, Anthony Lapaglia Kristen Connolly, and Stephen Lang, is written by Stephen King and based off his short story “A Good Marriage” from the collection “Full Dark, No Stars”; this is the first time he has adapted one of his »

- Jonathan James

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Early Look at the Cover Art for Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #8

29 September 2014 8:45 AM, PDT

Still struggling with a haunted past, Aaron Boone must face rather than fear his demons in order to become Cabal in the eighth issue of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, a comic book series from Boom! Studios that expands upon the 1990 cult film. We have a look at the cover art for Nightbreed #8 that hits shelves in December, including an incentive cover displaying the macabre madness of Dr. Philip K. Decker.

“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. »

- Derek Anderson

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Two New Clips from Asmodexia

29 September 2014 8:24 AM, PDT

Asmodexia, the Barcelona-set horror film from IFC Midnight, arrived in theaters and on VOD platforms last week and we’ve been provided with two new clips for Daily Dead readers who haven’t had a chance to check out the new exorcism movie.

Asmodexia concerns Eloy de Palma, an exorcist pastor roaming the darkest corners of the country with his granddaughter Alba. Their mission is to help those possessed by The Evil One, an infection of the soul that is spreading fast, especially among the most vulnerable members of society: children, mental patients, and drug addicts. There is also a mysterious cult following them, making it more difficult to help those in need. Each exorcism is tougher than the one before, and every battle with Evil reveals a piece of young Alba’s forgotten past – an enigma that if unconcealed could change the world as we know it.”

Directed by »

- Jonathan James

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The Dead 2 Q&A with Meenu Mishra

28 September 2014 6:09 PM, PDT

We’re excited to have The Dead 2‘s Meenu Mishra take part in the latest installment of our Q&A series, telling us about her experience working with Howard and Jonathan Ford on their zombie sequel:

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us. Prior to being cast in The Dead 2, were you familiar with The Dead? Had you seen many or any zombie movies?

Meenu Mishra: Frankly speaking, I don’t watch many movies and I don’t watch English movies, so I was not familiar with The Dead. When Howard came to the audition, he told me about the story of The Dead and I really want to thank Howard for selecting me for this.

There are not too many Indian horror movies or zombie movies. What attracted you to this role?

Meenu Mishra: It’s true that there are not too many horror or zombie movie in India, »

- Jonathan James

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