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It Came From The Tube: Blackout (1985)
25 June 2017 9:27 AM, PDT
There’s nothing like a good mystery, and HBO’s Blackout (1985) has a central premise that’s hard to deny: You survive a car crash, but have no memory of who you were before. Until, 7 years later, someone shows up and insinuates that you were a man who murdered his entire family and then fled. Now, could you go about your life, or would you want to know the truth? And if you were a killer, would that impulse return?
HBO’s original programming was still in its infancy, so the film, which debuted on Sunday, July 28th, plays as a barely more graphic version of a network offering, which is fine anyway; Blackout offers enough story and characterization to diminish any desire for extra blood or sleaze.
Once more, to our faux TV Guide:
Blackout (Sunday, check local listings for the 42 of you who have HBO)
Following a horrific car accident, »
- Scott Drebit
Drive-In Dust Offs: Piranha (1978)
24 June 2017 10:16 AM, PDT
Homage in film can be a tricky proposition. Hew too close to the original, and you’re just making copies with no new toner; veer too far away and folks will wonder why you bothered. Joe Dante’s Piranha (1978) is that perfect beast then - a Jaws “rip-off” that bows to its source while winking at the audience, and yet still manages to be a wholly separate, wildly entertaining ride.
Released by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures in North America in early August (capitalizing on Jaws’ still undulating waves), Piranha was that rare New World phenomenon: It made some good coin ($16 million worldwide against a $600,000 budget) And was well received by critics. Steven Spielberg himself was so won over by Dante’s take and talent that it led to collaborations on Twilight Zone: The Movie, Gremlins, and other projects. Piranha proves that you can hug someone, slap a “Kick Me” sign on their back, »
- Scott Drebit
Contest: Win Species Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray
24 June 2017 9:19 AM, PDT
Her looks can be lethal for those unlucky enough to fall for them, and Scream Factory celebrates the alien hybrid from Species like never before with a new Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Roger Donaldson's 1995 sci-fi horror film. With the new Blu-ray coming out on June 27th, we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Species.
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:
2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to email@example.com with the subject “Species Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
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- Derek Anderson
Neca is Locked and Loaded with New Photos of Series 12 Aliens Action Figures
23 June 2017 3:21 PM, PDT
Ellen Ripley, Vasquez, and bullet-blasted Xenomorph Warriors comprise Neca's Series 12 Aliens action figures, and new photos offer closer looks at the collectibles before they are released this September.
We have official details and photos of Neca's Series 12 Aliens action figures below, and to view the full photo gallery, stay frosty and visit Neca online.
From Neca: "Series 12 of our bestselling Aliens action figures is themed to the events that occur in Hadley’s Hope during Aliens and continues our 30th Anniversary celebration. It includes Lt. Ellen Ripley (Bomber Jacket), Private Jenette Vasquez (BDUs), and two different Battle-Damaged Aliens Warriors.
Ripley stands approximately 7″ tall, has over 25 points of articulation and features the likeness of Sigourney Weaver. She wears a bomber jacket over blue coverall and comes with pulse rifle accessory and attachable muzzle flash.
Vasquez stands approximately 6.5″ tall and features the likeness of Jenette Goldstein. Vasquez is seen in her alternate »
- Derek Anderson
Forbidden Tomes: Vast Beauty – The Cosmic Poeticism of Clark Ashton Smith
23 June 2017 2:49 PM, PDT
When one thinks of cosmic literature, one typically imagines H.P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon. Lovecraft himself drew inspiration from his peers, however, and he was particularly close friends and creative kin with a man named Clark Ashton Smith, a pulp storyteller, sculptor, and insane poet. Smith’s writing is mythical in its intense depictions of colorful worlds, heinous gods, and unending darkness; and the myths are all Smith’s inventions. He creates his own universe through the originality of his visions in a way that Lovecraft does not.
As in Lovecraft, Smith invents a few deities for his worlds, such as Thasaidon, the Lord of Evil, and the Biblical grimoire The Book of Eibon. Yet Smith reaches a mythical strangeness that Lovecraft never aimed for. Lovecraft’s work created tears in our reality and minds, and while some of Smith’s stories take place in a recognizable world, many of »
- Ben Larned
Listen to the Corpse Club Discuss John Carpenter’s The Thing on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast
23 June 2017 12:50 PM, PDT
It's still celebrated for many reasons—the iconic "spider head," the nerve-wracking copper wire test, the eclectic characters, and the isolation and paranoia that they feel—and with June 25th marking 35 years since John Carpenter's The Thing hit theaters, the Corpse Club thought it was the perfect time to discuss the seminal 1982 remake on the latest episode of Daily Dead's new podcast.
Titled "35 Years of John Carpenter's The Thing," episode 5 of Corpse Club features co-hosts Heather Wixson, Patrick Bromley, Scott Drebit, and Derek Anderson. This time around, the team discusses what they like (and even don't like) about John Carpenter's The Thing, the groundbreaking special effects by Rob Bottin, the movie's growing legacy since its initial release in theaters, and how the film ranks among some of the best remakes ever made.
Upcoming episodes of Corpse Club will continue to see a shakeup of the host lineup and format, featuring additional members of the Daily Dead team, as well as special guests from all corners of the horror entertainment world.
This is the beginning of a new era for Daily Dead, and we couldn't be more excited to share Corpse Club with our online community of passionate horror lovers!
You can listen to our fifth episode right now on iTunes, Google Play, and SoundCloud, and look for our next episode to awaken from its tomb soon!
Missed out on our first three episodes? The cemetery gate is always open. Come in (if you dare) and listen now: Corpse Club Episode 1: Welcome to the Corpse Club, Corpse Club Episode 2: The Past, Present, and Future of Alien, and Corpse Club Episode 3: "Horrigins" – A Nightmare On Elm Street, and Corpse Club Episode 4: Tom Cruise & Universal's Dark Universe.
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- Derek Anderson
Flashback Weekend Chicago 2017 to Celebrate 15th Anniversary with Star-Studded Nightmare On Elm Street Festivities This August
23 June 2017 11:43 AM, PDT
It’s hard to believe that the Flashback Weekend horror convention in Chicago is already turning 15 years old, but Mike and Mia Kerz, the founders behind the long-running event, are pulling out all the stops to make sure this year’s show is a great experience for attendees, especially if you’re a fan of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series (and who isn’t, really?).
Horror legend Robert Englund headlines Flashback Weekend 2017, which runs from August 4th through the 6th at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, Il, 60018), and during the convention he’ll be joined by numerous cast members from a handful of sequels and the original Nightmare, including Heather Langenkamp, Lisa Wilcox, Amanda Wyss, Brooke Theiss, Joann Willette, Ricky Dean Logan, Katharine Isabelle, Toy Newkirk, Danny Hassel, Kelly Jo Minter, and many more.
Other notable guests for this year’s Flashback include genre icon Lance Henriksen, as well as Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocca from The Boondock Saints, both Curtis Armstrong and Donald Gibb of Revenge of the Nerds fame, Lew Temple, and horror host extraordinaire, Svengoolie, will also be back to host the annual Sinister Visions costume contest like only Berwyn’s finest can.
For the entire lowdown on the 2017 Flashback Weekend guests and events announced so far, read on for more information from the official press release below. And for details on how to get your tickets and attend this year’s Nightmare on Elm Street blowout, check out the Fbw site Here.
series reunion at the 15th Anniversary of Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con on August 4-6, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Il.
In addition to Robert Englund, the “Nightmare On Elm Street” franchise reunion will feature celebrity guests from each of the eight Elm Street films including Heather Langenkamp (Elm Street 1, 3, & 7), Amanda Wyss and Ronee Blakley (Elm Street 1), Joann Willette (Elm Street 2), Lisa Wilcox (Elm Street 4 & 5), Brooke Bundy ( Elm St 3 & 4), Tuesday Knight (Elm St 4), Danny Hassel (Elm St 4 & 5), Brooke Theiss (Elm St 4), Andras Jones ( Elm St 4), Toy Newkirk (Elm St 4), Kelly Jo Minter (Elm St 5), Ricky Dean Logan (Elm St 6), Ken Kirzinger (Jason from Freddy Vs. Jason), Katharine Isabelle (Freddy Vs. Jason), and Jesse Hutch (Freddy Vs. Jason).
Other major guests include the legendary Lance Henriksen (“Aliens”, “Near Dark”) and pop culture icons Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocca (“The Boondock Saints”), Curtis Armstrong (“Booger”) and Don Gibb (“Ogre”) from “Revenge Of The Nerds”, Lew Temple (“The Walking Dead”, “The Devil’S Rejects”), with more guests to be announced.
Special events include a giant screen outdoor movie showing of “Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master” (1988) introduced by Robert Englund and the Elm Street 4 cast. Chicago Horror Host legend Svengoolie (Rich Koz) will host the annual Sinister Visions Costume contest. Special parties each evening including a Costume Contest with prizes and celebrity guest appearances, and a wild party featuring illusionist Ron Fitzgerald and Burlesque.
Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con also features a huge vendor’s room, celebrity guest panels, and screenings throughout the weekend. Tickets are now on sale. For additional details, visit www.flashbackweekend.com
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- Heather Wixson
Crypt of Curiosities: The Cinematic Carnage of the M.D. Geist Anime Duology
23 June 2017 10:23 AM, PDT
You know what doesn’t get enough love in the horror community? Weird, gory anime. Sure, everyone digs Akira, and it’s possible to find a few discussions about the brilliant dark fantasy series Berserk in some circles, but I’ve always been interested in the little guys, the weird, unloved Ova (original video animation) schlock of the ’80s and ’90s—the Future War 198Xs and Black Magic M-66s of the world, unsung and unloved pieces of vibrant genre fiction that never get their dues. Naturally, I plan to fix that on the Crypt of Curiosities, starting with an off-the-wall duology of cinematic carnage that I adore and despise in equal measure: M.D. Geist.
M.D. Geist is the story of, well, M.D. Geist (voiced by the legendary Norio Wakamoto), a maverick M.D.S. (Most Dangerous Soldier) who was literally launched into space after his superior officers found it impossible to control his violent nature. Years later, he finally crash lands on the planet Jerra, a devastated wasteland plagued by violent marauders and warring armies. Now, back on the ground and with a lust for blood, he has one mission and one mission only: kill as much as he can, as violently as he can, until there’s nothing left to fight, living or otherwise.
As you can probably guess, M.D. Geist isn’t exactly what one would call a ‘nuanced’ story. Geist himself doesn’t have a single semblance of personality outside of his love of violence, and in a way, this single-minded nature creates a very distinct character in and of itself. Even when Vaiya (Fumi Hirano, voice of the iconic Lum from Urusei Yatsura), the lovely queen of a wasteland-roaming mercenary company names him their leader and throws herself at him in bed, Geist does little more than swat her body away. He isn’t looking for romance, or forging a relationship of any sort with anybody alive. He is one hundred percent devoted to killing and nothing else, making him less man and more of a flesh and blood avatar of death—destruction taking the form of a six-foot-something with golden hair and cool shades.
Of course, Geist’s one-track rage wouldn’t be notable if the rest of the cast were equally as driven by animalistic ID. While none of them are very well fleshed out, most of the supporting cast is at least recognizably human and sympathetic in their own ways, and all of them pay the price for it. While plenty of action films love killing off a good chunk of their cast, M.D. Geist turns it into a spectacle, inviting audiences to cheer rather than cry as every mildly sympathetic character around gets shot, stabbed, or mutilated at every turn. It almost feels like particularly cruel irony at times, with Vaiya falling madly in love with Geist and soldiers throwing themselves to die on the front lines.
As if the violence wasn’t brutal enough on paper, it appears the entire animation budget went into making the carnage as horrifying as possible, creating some of the most beautiful, absurd gore in anime history. However, when people aren’t bursting into various shades of reds and pinks, the animation is more than a little rough, with character movements lacking the fluidity found in the likes of contemporaries such as Angel’s Egg, Riding Bean, or Dominion: Tank Police, and every character design sans Geist’s magnificent suit of pitch-black power armor does look a bit like rejected Fist of the North Star characters, but the look of the characters clearly isn’t what M.D. Geist’s art is focused on.
No, that’s all devoted to the future tech: the tanks, the aircraft, the towering mecha, the big-ass guns. It’s clear that series co-director and mechanical designer Kôichi Ôhata prefers designer robots to human characters, and nowhere is that more apparent than the finale, when Geist briefly teams up with his former supporting officer, Colonel Krutes (Unshô Ishizuka), and his young, naïve troops to go raid the Brain Palace, a massive structure containing a ticking doomsday device known as the Death Force. The Death Force is, for lack of a better comparison, Skynet on steroids, indiscriminate hunter-killer bots that don’t think and don’t feel—their only purpose is to kill and kill and kill until there’s nothing left living on Jerra. Sound familiar?
This link between Geist and the apocalypse is particularly prevalent in the last five minutes—and yes, I will be discussing the ending of M.D. Geist, because to be honest, it’s the ending that really makes the whole movie such a fascinating example of pessimistic genre films. Colonel Krutes leaves Geist for dead at the hands of an ultra-powerful security robot, and uses this opportunity to shut off the Death Force once and for all. Unfortunately for him, Geist isn’t as dead as he hoped—the M.D.S. strides into the room, grabs him by his head, and squeezes until it explodes, sending red goop and stray eyeballs flying across the room. And then Geist does the unthinkable. He turns the Death Force back on.
This is, without a doubt, the single most defining moment of M.D. Geist. Not only does it solidify every monstrous take the viewer may have had of the anti-hero, it solidifies where the film’s priorities lie. Not with humanity. Not with the people of Jerra. Not with concepts like “taste” or “satisfying narratives.” M.D. Geist is the sort of film that exists for one reason and one reason only: to give you as much wanton death, violence, and desolation as you can stand and then some—standards be damned. Naturally, this sort of film got a sequel.
M.D. Geist II: Death Force may take place less than a year after the insane ending to M.D. Geist, but in the real world, fans(?) didn’t get M.D. Geist II until 1996, ten years after the release of the first film. As the title suggests, Death Force follows Jerra after the activation of the Death Force, and as promised, they’ve almost entirely exterminated the planet’s human population. The remnants of humanity live under the iron grip of Krauser (Takumi Yamazaki), who just so happens to be an M.D.S. himself. Geist, naturally, is still roaming the wastelands, but a choice encounter puts him on the warpath against Krauser, and, along with him, the remnants of humanity.
If you thought M.D. Geist was grim (it was), M.D. Geist II: Death Force is an apocalyptically bleak movie. While the first film was more of a gory rollercoaster ride, M.D. Geist II: Death Force tries to put more focus on its honestly terrible villain (he has all of the presence of a plastic bag), which really drags the whole thing down. Thankfully, Geist is even more imposing than ever, and he even picks up a killer set of metal wings for Death Force’s explosive finale.
Unfortunately, the combat in M.D. Geist II: Death Force is far more infrequent than the first title, with only the opening, ending, and a brief sequence in the middle delivering the same high-octane thrills seen in M.D. Geist. The lack of fun action isn’t helped by the new art style, which gives the cast a new angular design that doesn’t quite suit the world.
On the plus side, M.D. Geist II actually shows the titular death force in full, and as expected, all of the detail goes into making the killer robots look as equally awesome and creepy as possible. While it’s unfortunate that they get sidelined in favor of human conflict, all of their appearances are among the best-drawn sequences in the movie, only second to an amazing hallucination of a massive skeleton in Geist’s armor (which may as well be the single coolest image from anything ever).
While M.D. Geist II can’t quite stack up to the crazed majesty of its predecessor, it still has its fair share of highlights. While the aforementioned battle sequences are great, the final showdown with Krauser is among the best moments in the duology—it’s a chance for Geist to finally go toe to toe with someone on his level, and the results are as brutal and messy as possible. And, much like M.D. Geist, the movie ends on a real shocker, this time climaxing with Krauser’s downfall coming in the form of him murdering a kid, and Geist using his brief moment of hesitation to take him out.
It’s an utterly terrifying ending for multiple reasons, the most important being that the thing that brings the villain down is that he’s only a sliver more human than the “hero,” who by the end of M.D. Geist II: Death Force, has successfully exterminated the human race with his driven lust for blood. It’s a truly crude, monstrous ending for the series—but then again, how else could something like M.D. Geist end? In almost any other film, the crushing consequences of Geist’s rampage could be read as a critique of the “collateral damage be damned” attitude of many action films, but it’s clear that the Geist franchise isn’t condemning it at all. It’s the cinematic equivalent of an edgy 14-year-old’s violent drawings in notebook margins—carnage for the sake of fun.
And that brings us to the core of M.D. Geist as a whole. If there’s one thing anyone can take from the story (ha) of the M.D. Geist duology, it’s that, much like its villainous protagonist, it hates people. From the brutal set piece on an airship that kicks off M.D. Geist to the horrific child murder that punctuates M.D. Geist II: Death Force, both films show a blatant disregard and even dislike for human life, using everyone from the most fiendish of villains to the most innocent of children as another excuse to portray increasingly nasty violence. In many ways, the Geist films feel like a rough preview of things to come, a sneak peak at the hedonistic carnage seen in the films of Michael Bay and Robert Rodriguez (well, Machete-era Rodriguez), where the plot is little more than an excuse to show countless bodies meeting a grisly end. It is animated violence at its most exuberant, pumped with enough guts, gore, and gunfire to be constantly kinetic, to the point of overwhelming the average viewer within minutes of its unhinged combat sequences.
But the fact of the matter is that the M.D. Geist duology doesn’t care what viewers think. It doesn’t care what basic storytelling standards think. It’s an unhinged work of vulgar art that actively spits in the face of structure, consistency, character, and taste with an unbridled ferocity rarely seen this side of ’80s Italian schlock. Unrelentingly unpleasant from start to finish, it’s a duology that cannot decide between being off-the-wall fun or horrifically unwatchable, with only white-hot misanthropy tying it together. You’ll either love them or you’ll hate them (and to be honest, I often fluctuate between both at the drop of a hat), but either way, there’s no denying that they’re worth a watch.
[Note: Select images courtesy of aniSearch.]
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- Perry Ruhland
New Video Teases What’s to Come on Spike’s The Mist TV Series, Watch the First Three Episodes Online
23 June 2017 9:32 AM, PDT
Following its premiere on Spike last night, The Mist TV series is teased in a new video that shows what's to come in the weeks ahead, and Spike has also made the first three episodes of the series available to watch right now.
To watch the first three episodes of The Mist, visit Spike online (you can also watch them on the Spike App that's available for iOS, Android, Roku, and Apple TV), and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the reimagining of Stephen King's classic novella.
"Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike’s The Mist centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world and, in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down. The Mist stars Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Luke Cosgrove, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Dan Butler, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Frances Conroy."
- Derek Anderson
Horror Highlights: Titan Comics Teams Up with Bethesda, The Little Hours, Inconceivable,
23 June 2017 8:33 AM, PDT
The video game worlds of The Evil Within 2, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Dishonored 2 will be coming to life on the printed page at Titan Comics! In today's Horror Highlights, we also have character posters for The Little Hours and release details and a poster for Inconceivable.
Titan Comics Teams Up with Bethesda Softworks: Press Release: "Announced at E3, visionary game developer, Bethesda Softworks are working on three exhilarating new video games for multiple platforms: The Evil Within® 2, Wolfenstein II®: The New Colossus™, and a Dlc for the smash-hit Dishonored® 2!
Titan Comics are thrilled to announce that they are teaming up with the legendary developer to create in-canon stories based on these hotly anticipated properties, due to hit comic stores and digital devices this Fall.
Following Titan Comics’ smash-hit prequel comic series to The Evil Within in 2015, Titan Comics will publish a direct lead-in to the upcoming survival horror videogame sequel, inviting readers back into the blood-curdling world as imagined by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami!
Coming to comic stores and digital devices on September 6, Titan Comics’ new The Evil Within comic book series finds Detective Sebastian Castellanos still shell-shocked by the horrific events that took place at the Beacon Mental Hospital, and reluctantly pulled back into Mobius’ macabre world when a gruesome serial killer unleashes a new kind of hell onto Krimson City.
On September 13, 2017, get ready to sock it to the Nazis with an all-new comics prequel to the hotly anticipated first-person action blockbuster, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which continues the adventures of B.J. Blaskowicz as he leads the resistance against the Nazis in occupied America.
In Titan’s new comic series, written by Dan Watters (Limbo, Assassin’s Creed: Uprising) with art by Piotr Kowalski (Sex, Dark Souls) and Ronilson Freire (The Mummy), dive headfirst into the alternate universe of Wolfenstein as B.J. Blaskowicz returns to take on the Nazis. Can he stop the march of goose-stepping boots? Or will the sinister Hans Hartmann be victorious?
Titan Comics will also publish brand-new Dishonored comics, to tie-in with the upcoming Dlc (downloadable content) of the smash-hit first person stealth-‘em-up Dishonored 2 videogame!
Written by by Michael Moreci (Roche Limit) and illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri (Dishonored) and Mattia Iacono (Demone Dentro), Dishonored: The Peeress and the Price, Titan Comics’ new series, sees Emily Kaldwin return to Dunwall for an adventure with Corvo Attano. Emily comes into conflict with a politician named Archibald Dufrane, and there is a mysterious killer on the loose – but when Emily’s powers start to falter in the middle of their investigation, things start to get deadly…
The Evil Within #1 (on-sale September 6, 2017), Wolfenstein #1 (on-sale September 13, 2017) and Dishonored: The Peeress And The Price #1 (on-sale September 27, 2017) are available to order from the upcoming July edition of Previews.
For more announcements and news on this exciting new line of comics, join Titan Comics on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr."
The Little Hours Character Posters: "Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry."
Written and directed by Jeff Baena, The Little Hours stars Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Mucucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke, Nick Offerman, Adam Pally, Jon Gabrus, and Lauren Weedman.
Inconceivable Release Details: Press Release: "Los Angeles, June 22, 2017 -- As its June 30 theatrical and digital release approaches, actor/director/producer Jonathan Baker reflects on the theme of his film, which, safe to say, is an entertaining thriller with a cautionary message: if you’re thinking about IVF, surrogate motherhood or even just hiring a child minder, be careful. Rather like Jaws’ tagline, “You’ll never go in the water again,” after seeing Inconceivable, you just might want to think twice before leaving your child alone with a stranger, even as attractive and seductive one as Inconceivable star Nicky Whelan.
Baker cites nanny, surrogacy and IVF programs gone wrong when he talks about why he chose to do the film. “The movie is about a couple and their journey though In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), surrogate motherhood and a vindictive nanny. IVF is a topic that can be taboo, even in the USA. In addition to entertaining the audience, I wanted to shed light on this subject—which affects so many couples—in an open forum to help dispel the secrecy and even shame surrounding this topic. The film provides the space for a real problem to play out (in an admittedly extreme way) in a fictional world. There are many people who want children that need the help, and this film strings viewers along for their struggle, but in a very different, arguably darker, way.”
“While the film at first focuses on IVF, the focus naturally dips into surrogate motherhood as it becomes the route used to solve the couple [played by Nicolas Cage and Gina Gershon]’s infertility,” Baker continues. “But is the surrogate mother potentially signing her unborn child’s life away? For the average couple, surrogacy does not connect with losing a child; however this thriller is all about exploring that fear. Allowing a stranger into your world can be frightening in itself, but such vulnerability is amplified with surrogacy. The film proves that IVF and surrogacy can create a dangerous cocktail of tension, paranoia, and fear that can destroy a family.”
Deception doesn’t always come from where you expect it to; sometimes it comes from your most trusted nanny as seen with Inconceivable. When a stranger is in the home, it is natural to fear something might go wrong. Such incidents have been widely broadcast in cases such as with Gwen Stefani, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Balthazar Getty, among others. Isn’t it weird that we trust strangers with our most prized possessions: children? I wanted to combine these topics to bring these fears to the screen, because fear is what gets people talking. Through discussion, society can better address such topics.
Overall, my goal for this film was to make something that matters and really hits home with people. Infertility is a harsh reality for many prospective parents, and I wanted to help contribute to such an important dialogue as this. I want my movie to bring the topics out of hiding and into open discussion. That’s why ‘deception hits home’ is such a fraught tag line for the movie.”
- Derek Anderson
Clive Barker’s Seraphim Comics to Release New Graphic Novel Hellraiser: Anthology Volume Two This September
23 June 2017 7:34 AM, PDT
Earlier this year, the great imaginer and a few friends had more sights to show you in the graphic novel Hellraiser: Anthology, and now Clive Barker's Seraphim Comics has revealed a September release and an eclectic set of preview pages for the sequel, Hellraiser: Anthology Volume Two.
Hellraiser: Anthology Volume Two will be released in September, debuting at Son of Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA and available a week after via www.realclivebarker.com, both as a hardcover graphic novel and a digital download.
The anthology will feature stories written by returning Hellraiser comic scribes Ben Meares, Christian Francis, Mark Alan Miller, David McKendry & Rebekah McKendry and Matt. Murray, as well as newcomers to the series Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler (The Dregs) and Ken Winkler. Artists include returning Hellraiser alumni Daniele Serra (who provides the cover along with a six-page story), Riley Schmitz, Jim Terry and Nick Percival, along with newcomers to the series Mark Torres (Zombies Vs. Robots: Undercity, Judge Dredd), Hector Casanova (The Lurkers, Screamland), Christian Dibari (Hoax Hunters, Magdalena), Simon Gough (GI Joe: Snake Eyes), Devmalya Pramanik (Nightbreed) and Nino Cammarata (The Black Cat).
Additionally, the graphic novel will feature a prose story detailing the origin of the fan-favorite Cenobite the Chatterer, written by the Chatterer himself, Nicholas Vince. The tale will feature pen and ink illustrations by Clive Barker.
“I’m beyond excited to finally share a story I drafted in December 2012,” Vince said in regards to his contribution to the anthology, titled Prayers of Desire. “It’s worth the wait, as it’s found it’s spiritual home beside wonderful illustrations by Clive and amongst superb storytellers.”
The anthology is edited and compiled by Ben Meares and designed and lettered by Christian Francis.
“I think, with the first anthology, we managed to put out a book that reminded people why Hellraiser works so well in comics,” Ben Meares, Editor-in-Chief of Seraphim Comics said. “It’s a wildly versatile mythos, and with this second volume we get to explore with even more variety the possibilities within the world that Clive has so graciously allowed us to play in. Volume Two will feature more stories, more pages and more creators than Volume One. I’ve been absolutely floored with the kinds of original, fresh and brilliant stories everyone involved has contributed.”
“I’m so thankful to everyone who helped make the first volume such a smashing success despite us trying our hardest to offend everyone, “ said Mark Alan Miller, Vice President of Clive Barker’s Seraphim, Inc. and contributing writer. “It’s so much fun to have the opportunity to do it all over again.”
Son of Monsterpalooza, Pasadena, CA – September 15-17, 2017 (Hardcover only)
www.realclivebarker.com— September 24, 2017 (Hardcover & Digital Download)
- Derek Anderson
Elvira Rock Candy Vinyl Collectible & Pint Size Horror Heroes Unveiled by Funko
22 June 2017 5:25 PM, PDT
It may not be October, but there's never a bad time to pay tribute to the Queen of Halloween, and that's exactly what Funko is doing with their newly unveiled Rock Candy vinyl collectible of Cassandra Peterson's iconic character Elvira, who is also included in Funko's new horror edition of Pint Size Heroes.
From Funko: "Rock Candy: Elvira
The Mistress of the Dark is the newest addition to the Rock Candy line!
This 5” vinyl figure features Elvira showing off her classic black gown and posing with some attitude.
Add her to your collection this Summer!
Coming in September!
Pint Size Heroes: Horror
They might be frightening and spooky, but we can’t resist how cute they are!
Our newest series of Pint Size Heroes comes from some of your favorite horror movies and shows.
This series features Jason Voorhees, Beetlejuice, Chucky, Carrie, Elvira and many more!
Collect them all this Summer.
Coming in August!"
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- Derek Anderson
New Photos of Neca’s Groovy Ash Vs Evil Dead Ultimate Ash Figure
22 June 2017 4:19 PM, PDT
Armed with his trusty chainsaw and his reliable boomstick, Ash is coming to life in a new Ultimate Ash vs Evil Dead figure from Neca, which will come with four interchangeable heads and multiple hands that are featured in new photos ahead of its September release.
You can view the new photos below, and to check out the full gallery, visit Neca online.
From Neca: "From the hit Starz TV series, Ash vs. Evil Dead! The series follows Ash, stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who spent 30 years avoiding responsibility, and the terrors of the Evil Dead.
Neca has given Ash the Ultimate action figure treatment—he comes with four interchangeable head sculpts, chainsaw, mechanical hand, wood hand, hand stump, photo of his car, and shotgun that fits in a back holster… Everything he needs to fight a plague of Deadites.
The 7” scale figure is highly articulated and comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap and bonus lenticular cover.
Release Date: September 2017"
Photos from Neca:
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- Derek Anderson
Walker Stalker Cruise 2018 Adds Lauren Cohan and Greg Nicotero as Special Guests
22 June 2017 2:59 PM, PDT
Daily Dead was proud to set sail on the Walker Stalker Cruise earlier this year, and following the recent announcement that Walker Stalker Con, Skybound, and Sixthman are teaming up for another Walking Dead cruise in 2018, three additional special guests have been announced for the event, including Lauren Cohan and Greg Nicotero.
The next Walker Stalker Cruise will take place January 26th–30th on the Norwegian Pearl, which will set sail from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico, and back again. In addition to Cohan and Nicotero, Alanna Masterson joins previously announced guests Robert Kirkman, Norman Reedus, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, with more names yet to be revealed.
You can now register for the pre-sale tickets, and if you've previously taken part in a Walker Stalker Cruise, you'll be automatically registered for the pre-sale.
We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more guests and event details are announced, and keep an eye here for more information on the cruise. Walker Stalker Cruise is a truly unique experience for fans of The Walking Dead to hang out and relax with Walking Dead cast members and other zombie lovers, and if you've never attended a Walker Stalker Cruise, you can get an idea of what to expect in the video below.
- Derek Anderson
Laff 2017 Review: Annabelle: Creation is a Clever Mix of Old-School Horror Tricks
22 June 2017 2:08 PM, PDT
For his second feature, David F. Sandberg really went all out for Annabelle: Creation, mixing up his bag of horror tricks to deliver a cinematic experience that just relentlessly comes at you with the scares once the titular doll is discovered and all hell is unleashed on anyone in her path. As far as prequels go, Sandberg has done a helluva job with Annabelle: Creation, and I commend the filmmaker for creating a clever and wickedly fun horror movie that surpasses its predecessor in numerous ways (akin to Mike Flanagan’s Ouija: Origin of Evil last year). And, beyond that, Sandberg actually found a way to make the Annabelle doll super creepy, and I’m not one to be easily unnerved by evil inanimate objects. Well done all around, sir.
Annabelle: Creation precedes the events of Annabelle by more than a decade, when we first meet a doll-maker named Samuel Mullins (Anthony Lapaglia) and his family (Miranda Otto as the missus and Samara Lee as the adorable little “Bee”), who enjoy an idyllic life on their homestead until an accident claims the life of Bee, leaving her parents grief-stricken and despondent over their loss. After some time, they decide to invite a group of orphans who have been displaced to live with them, hoping the new residents will help bring some life into the otherwise empty-feeling abode.
But the Mullins quickly realize that bringing the children and their caretaker, Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) into their home was a big mistake, as young Janice (Talitha Bateman) discovers a secret hidden away in Bee’s bedroom: an evil doll that seems to be hellbent on torturing the little girl, as well as her best friend, Linda (Lulu Wilson), and the rest of their fellow orphans. And that’s when things go absolutely bonkers in the best ways possible.
Sandberg proved he was more than capable of concocting some innovative, yet beautifully simple scares with last summer’s breakout hit Lights Out. For Annabelle: Creation, though, he steps up his game and devises some truly inspired scares, once again tapping into childhood fears to bring his beautifully twisted genre sensibilities to life.
Oh, and just because he’s dealing with children, don’t expect Sandberg to take it easy on the young protagonists in Annabelle: Creation. All the girls get their fair share of terror-filled moments to endure throughout the story, but it’s Bateman’s character, Janice, who really feels the brunt of most of it, being tortured by ghostly figures, creepy entities hiding in the shadows, an unseen force that tosses her nearly 20 feet in the air and then, just a short time later, drags her through an old barn as she’s trying to convalesce from the heinous fall. Beyond that, Sandberg also gives us one of the creepiest scarecrows I’ve seen in some time, and a few other unexpected otherworldly delights that I don’t want to go into much further, as it would probably ruin some stuff. But suffice to say, Sandberg and Annabelle: Creation earn that R rating.
At the forefront of Creation are Bateman and Wilson (who gave me chills with her turn in the aforementioned Ouija: Origin of Evil), who both deliver fantastic performances. The actresses share an infectious chemistry together, and I enjoyed watching their dynamic shift throughout the prequel, as poor Janice can’t escape being a punching bag for the evil forces lurking inside the Mullins house, and Linda desperately wants to help her friend, but isn’t sure of how exactly to do just that. The actresses have a natural camaraderie in Annabelle: Creation, which makes them easy to invest in as characters you want to see survive the horrors of the Mullins house.
Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing production design by Jennifer Spence for Annabelle: Creation (seriously, you could get lost in the details of the Mullins’ house), and the inventive and stunning camerawork from cinematographer Maxime Alexandre (who has also lensed a slew of other great modern genre films like High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes remake, The Crazies remake, the Maniac remake, as well as the dark comedy The Voices). The contributions of both creative individuals really elevate the overall look and feel of Annabelle: Creation, and it was easy to get immersed in Sandberg’s world because of their combined efforts.
And for those of you who are curious, Creation does tie into the original Annabelle and we also get nods to The Conjuring as well as the real-life haunted doll, too. I won’t go into specifics because I don’t want to ruin the fun, but for those of you on the hunt for some Easter eggs, Sandberg has incorporated several that you should definitely enjoy discovering in his latest project.
With Annabelle: Creation, Sandberg successfully moves the James Wan-iverse forward with an unyielding sense of glee, and I think he’s done something very special with his latest film. I may not have been someone who needed another Annabelle movie, but I’m so glad it was Sandberg who was behind it, because his pure passion for classic horror oozes through in every single frame, and I really had a blast with it. I wouldn’t call it “scary” by any means for those of us who eat, sleep, and breathe horror, but Sandberg has managed to create something of an entertaining roller coaster ride that never lets up once the director lets the evil in Creation go full throttle.
Movie Score: 4/5
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- Heather Wixson
Horror Comedy Series Snatchers Premieres on Verizon’s go90 Streaming Service, Watch the Official Trailer
22 June 2017 1:16 PM, PDT
She was worried about her social status, but Sara had no idea that her obsession would lead to her and her best friend fending off an alien invasion in Snatchers, Stage 13's new horror comedy series that premiered on Verizon's go90 streaming service.
To learn more about Snatchers, which will premiere new episodes ever Thursday, check out the go90 mobile app or visit:
"The first two episodes premiere Today, Thursday June 22, with additional episodes premiering weekly on Thursdays.
Created by The Olde Money Boyz (Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman & Scott Yacyshyn) and Executive Produced by award-winning Producer Paul Young (“Blackish,” Keanu, Central Intelligence) of Principato-Young
The first two episodes premiere Today, Thursday June 22, with additional episodes premiering weekly on Thursdays.
“Snatchers” follows Sara, a status-obsessed high school student, who, to preserve her social standing, has sex for the first time and unexpectedly wakes up pregnant...really pregnant. Things take an interesting turn the morning after she loses her virginity when she quickly discovers she’s pregnant with an alien baby screaming to get out. Now she’ll have to team up with her nerdy ex-best friend Hayley to fight against an extraterrestrial threat, and hopefully keep her mom and friends from finding out about her alien offspring.
“Our goal with ‘Snatchers’ was to bring a human element to the horror-comedy genre. We wanted to create a series that was funny and thrilling, a story with real stakes and honest emotions. We believe the power of the horror-comedy genre lies in playing with people's expectations, creating tension then releasing it through a laugh or a scream -- or hey, both at the same time! Adding a touch of sincerity to that mixture creates something surprisingly unique and visceral,” said The Olde Money Boyz.
About Stage 13
Stage 13 is an original digital content brand showcasing a new generation of inspired talent and voices in scripted and non-scripted digital content. Creating dynamic, unapologetic series for a multi-dimensional audience, the content brand is part of the Warner Bros Digital Networks."
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- Derek Anderson
Fox’s The Exorcist Season 2 Premiere to Air on Friday, September 29th
22 June 2017 11:33 AM, PDT
Fans of The Exorcist series can now mark their calendars for Friday, September 29th, because that is when the second season will premiere on Fox at 9:00pm Et, and viewers looking to tune in for the third season premiere of Lucifer also have a date to look forward to.
Fox announced that Lucifer Season 3 will premiere on Monday, October 2nd, just a few days after The Exorcist Season 2 premieres, and genre fans will also want to keep an eye out for the Sunday, October 1st (at 8:30pm Et) series premiere of Ghosted, starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott.
An official plot synopsis for season 2 of The Exorcist has yet to be revealed, although it was recently reported that Alfonso Herrera, Kurt Egyiawan and Ben Daniels—who all play priests on the series—will return as series regulars in season 2, while the actors who played the members of the Rance family—Geena Davis, Alan Ruck, Hannah Kasulka and Brianne Howey—will not be coming back in a series regular capacity, as a different exorcism is expected to take the spotlight this time around.
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates, read the official press release below for more details, and if you need to catch up on The Exorcist before season 2 airs, Hulu is currently streaming the entire first season.
Press Release: Fox has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.
The Gifted, the new family adventure series, produced in association with Marvel Television, launches Monday, Oct. 2 (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), following the return of Lucifer (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt). New comedic drama The Orville, from creator and executive producer Seth MacFarlane and director Jon Favreau, debuts with a special two-night series premiere on Sunday, Sept. 10 (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) and Sunday, Sept. 17 (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt), immediately following NFL On Fox doubleheaders. The Orville will then make its time period premiere on Thursday, Sept. 28(9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), following Gotham’s Season Four return (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt). The new buddy comedy Ghosted, starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, premieres Oct. 1 (8:30-9:00 Pm Et/Pt), during a Sunday night of premieres, including Bob’S Burgers (7:30-8:00 Pm Et/Pt), The Simpsons (8:00-8:30 Pm Et/Pt), Family Guy (9:00-9:30 Pm Et/Pt) and The Last Man On Earth (9:30-10:00 Pm Et/Pt).
Fox Fall 2017 Premiere Dates – Page 2
Lethal Weapon Season Two leads off Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt), followed by the season premieres of The Mick (9:00-9:30 Pm Et/Pt) and Brooklyn Nine-nine (9:30-10:00 Pm Et/Pt). Empire (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) and Star (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) join forces on an epic night of music and drama, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 27. Friday, Sept. 29 sees the returns of Hell’S Kitchen (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) and The Exorcist (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt).
Fox fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are Et/Pt):
Fox Fall 2017 Premieres
(All Times Et/Pt)
Sunday, Sept. 10, Immediately Following NFL On Fox Doubleheader
8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt The Orville (Special Series Premiere, Part 1)
Sunday, Sept. 17, Immediately Following NFL On Fox Doubleheader
8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt The Orville (Special Series Premiere, Part 2)
Tuesday, Sept. 26
8:00-9:00 Pm Lethal Weapon (Season Two Premiere)
9:00-9:30 Pm The Mick (Season Two Premiere)
9:30-10:00 Pm Brooklyn Nine-nine (Season Five Premiere)
Wednesday, Sept. 27
8:00-9:00 Pm Empire (Season Four Premiere)
9:00-10:00 Pm Star (Season Two Premiere)
Thursday, Sept. 28
8:00-9:00 Pm Gotham (Season Four Premiere)
9:00-10:00 Pm The Orville (Time Period Series Premiere)
Friday, Sept. 29
8:00-9:00 Pm Hell’S Kitchen (Season 17 Premiere)
9:00-10:00 Pm The Exorcist (Season Two Premiere)
Sunday, Oct. 1
7:30-8:00 Pm Bob’S Burgers (Season Eight Premiere)
8:00-8:30 Pm The Simpsons (Season 29 Premiere)
8:30-9:00 Pm Ghosted (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 Pm Family Guy (Season 15 Premiere)
9:30-10:00 Pm The Last Man On Earth (Season Four Premiere)
Monday, Oct. 2
8:00-9:00 Pm Lucifer (Season Three Premiere)
9:00-10:00 Pm The Gifted (Series Premiere)
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- Derek Anderson
Cavitycolors to Release New Nightbreed Apparel Collection on June 29th
22 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT
The monsters of Midian will come out to play on June 29th when Cavitycolors releases their new Nightbreed capsule collection that includes enamel pins, T-shirts, tanktops, baseball shirts, and a slipmat.
You can view the official announcement and teaser image below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more images and details on the Nightbreed collection as we get closer to its release. In the meantime, you can also check out Cavitycolors' summer slasher clearance sale.
From Cavitycolors: "Midian is where the monsters live. June 29th is the day the gates finally open! Our officially licensed Nightbreed capsule collection. - This has been a long time in the works, and we are incredibly honored to finally release our brand new collectibles straight from the depths of the fantastical, horrific world of Midian. This collection will include: a brand new 5 Enamel Pin Set, plus all new T-shirts, Tanktops, Baseball shirts, as well as a brand new Turntable Slipmat, designed by incredible artists such as Francesco Francavilla, Devon Whitehead, and Shane Murphy. All items will be limited for the initial release, so mark your calendars. The tribes of the moon will soon embrace you."
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- Derek Anderson
New Footage from Blade Runner 2049 Features the Film’s Hauntingly Gorgeous World
22 June 2017 9:21 AM, PDT
"Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, Lapd Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former Lapd blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
From executive producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve, #BladeRunner2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto."
An Alcon Entertainment film, Warner Bros. will release Blade Runner 2049 in theaters and IMAX on October 6th, 2017. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates, and in case you missed them, check out highlights from the film's special panel at IMAX headquarters in Los Angeles.
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- Derek Anderson
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Revealed as the Sequel’s Official Title in New Poster
22 June 2017 8:28 AM, PDT
It's fitting that the poster features the famous statement made by Dr. Ian Malcolm in the original Jurassic Park film (in turn based on Michael Crichton's masterful 1990 novel of the same name), as Goldblum recently joined the cast of the new Jurassic World movie, presumably to play Dr. Ian Malcolm. Other members of the cast include Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, James Cromwell, Bd Wong, Ted Levine, Rafe Spall, and Toby Jones.
J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) directs Jurassic World sequel from a screenplay by Colin Trevorrow (director of Jurassic World) and Derek Connolly. Steven Spielberg and Trevorrow executive produce the project, and Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are also on board as producers for the Amblin Entertainment film. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.
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- Derek Anderson
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