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Matt Smith Playing Charles Manson In New Movie From American Psycho Director

Matt Smith has been careful to choose a variety of different roles since making his name as the eccentric Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who. He’s played comic relief parts in the likes of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and he’s played royalty in Netflix’s The Crown, but his next role is going to be as far from the child-friendly sci-fi environs of the Tardis as you can get. That’s because word has it that the actor is in talks to play notorious serial killer Charles Manson.

Tracking Board is reporting that Smith is the top choice to play Manson in The Family, set to be helmed by American Psycho‘s Mary Harron. The project has been in the wind for the past two years, with the synopsis for the pic as follows:

“An examination of the infamous Manson Family murders through the eyes of graduate student
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Contest: Win Eye Of The Cat (1969) on Blu-ray

Frightening felines attack in Eye of the Cat, a 1969 horror film out now on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Eye of the Cat.

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 with the subject "Eye of the Cat Contest". Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on January 23rd. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States.
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January 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Happy Death Day, Eye Of The Cat, Blade Runner 2049

Welcome back for another week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, readers! January 16th features plenty of intriguing offerings, from cult classics to sequels of cult classics to even a few recent films as well. If you happened to miss Blade Runner 2049, Happy Death Day, or The Snowman in theaters, all three are making their way home this Tuesday. Severin Films has put together The Amicus Collection (which features Asylum, And Now The Screaming Starts and The Beast Must Die), and Scream Factory is giving Eye of the Cat the Blu-ray treatment as well.

Beyond Skyline is also coming to Blu on January 16th, and for all you Joe Dante fans out there, Shout Select has put together a Collector’s Edition release of Matinee that looks like it’s a must-have.

The Amicus Collection (Severin Films, Blu-ray)

Known as The Studio That Dripped Blood, the British film
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Review: Vertigo Remade: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson's "The Green Fog"

There's a new genre in town. The first example of it I can name is Bill Morrison's Spark of Being (2010), which retells the story of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein using aged found footage. In this version, as Morrison puts it, the movie itself is the monster, assembled from pieces of the dead.I may be missing earlier and later examples of this form, but so far as I know Guy Maddin and colleagues Evan and Galen Johnson are the first to respond to that celluloid gauntlet, with The Green Fog, a remake of Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) using footage culled from ninety-eight feature films and three TV series shot or set in the San Francisco area. I guess the movie is also in the genre of city symphonies, and has a nodding acquaintance with Thom Andersen's pirate-video documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003).The Madden/Johnsons have several advantages over Hitchcock:
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Mark Hamill Hails ‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams: ‘He Elevates Every Scene’

Mark Hamill Hails ‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams: ‘He Elevates Every Scene’
“Aside from George Lucas, nobody deserves more credit for the success of `Star Wars’ than John Williams,” says Mark Hamill.

It’s a pretty bold statement from the actor who plays Luke Skywalker in five of the eight “Star Wars” movies, including a leading role in “The Last Jedi,” now the biggest-grossing movie of 2017. But then, perhaps more than most actors, Hamill appreciates the role of music in movies.

Hamill’s interest was sparked as a child, first taking note of Carl Stalling’s name as composer on old Warner Bros. cartoons, then Bernard Herrmann’s on the fantasy films of special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. “I saw ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ on a double bill with ‘7th Voyage of Sinbad,'” Hamill tells Variety. “I could hum the main-title themes from the time I saw them.

Once he realized that Herrmann was the same composer who had terrified moviegoers with his music for “Psycho,” he was even
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Five Movie and TV Shower Scenes That Mocked the Psycho Shower Scene

In movies and on TV the shower scene from Psycho has become something of a running gag that is used to great extent since it does kind of lend itself to comedy. While it was terrifying when it first came out the scene has been used so widely that the music is easily identified and able to bring forth gales of laughter depending upon just how it’s being used. In some cases it’s been rather shameless but in others it’s been used to great effect since it produced the desired laughter and was more of an homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s

Five Movie and TV Shower Scenes That Mocked the Psycho Shower Scene
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Drew Barnhardt’s ‘Rondo’ Enters a World of Sex, Murder, and Revenge [Trailer]

Drew Barnhardt’s ‘Rondo’ Enters a World of Sex, Murder, and Revenge [Trailer]
Writer-director Drew Barnhardt and producer Guy Clark recently announced the completion of their feature film , shot on location in Denver, Colorado last year. In the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Brian De Palma’s Body Double, Drew Barnhardt’s Rondo is said to be “a sexy, funny, and distinctly modern update to the suspense thriller.” In the film, “Paul, a […]
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Why Christian Bale Hasn't Watched Ben Affleck's Batman Movies

Warner Bros.' Justice League marked the third Dceu appearance for Ben Affleck as Batman, following his debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and a brief cameo in Suicide Squad. When Batman v Superman was first announced, many had hoped that Christian Bale would return as The Dark Knight, but that never happened, and since saying goodbye to the Batman character, Christian Bale revealed in a recent interview that he hasn't yet seen his successor's work. Here's what the actor had to say in a recent interview.

"I have not (seen Ben Affleck's Batman). Yes I'm interested (in seeing it), my son seemed like he was really interested, but then I realized he just wanted to see the trailer and that was it. I tend to go see films that (my kids) want to see. I have to confess I'm not a huge superhero film fan. People seem surprised at that,
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Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Brian Barnes discusses ‘The Redeeming’

The Redeeming is new psychological thriller from director Brian Barnes, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Sunday 28th January. I got chance to ask Brian a few questions about directing his first feature, filming during one of the worst flooding for 50 years and giving Christopher Nolan his first job.

What can we expect from the film?

The Redeeming is a gripping psychological thriller for fans of films like Don’t Breathe (2016), Blue Ruin (2013) and Get Out (2017). It’s made in the style of classics, such as Misery (1990), Psycho (1960) and The Shining (1980). It’s a captivating cat-and-mouse game that plays out over the course of one night, where you’re never quite sure what will happen next. It’s the story of how disturbed single mother Joyce (Tracey Ann Wood) must confront mysterious stranger John (Ryan Wichert) to protect her home, but her struggle to
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The Real Reason “Psycho” was Shot in Black and White

Psycho came out in 1960. Curiously, it was shot in black and white, which coexisted at the time with color. Something that became more and more popular throughout the 1960s, culminating in the eventual replacement of black and white with color. As a result, some people might be curious about why Alfred Hitchcock decided to shoot Psycho in black and white rather than color, which was not a whim but rather the result of a number of intentional choices on his part. Why Did Alfred Hitchcock Shoot Psycho in Black and White? First and foremost, Hitchcock made Psycho on a

The Real Reason “Psycho” was Shot in Black and White
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Film Review: ‘Kaleidoscope’

The eponymous optical instrument gets a full symbolic workout in “Kaleidoscope,” an intricately crafted, infinitely wrongfooting psychological thriller in which conflicting realities coalesce, diverge and regroup like so many shifting formations of jewel-colored glass. A sharply styled debut feature for British writer-director Rupert Jones, this extended exercise in artful obfuscation feels the considerable benefit of a key family contact. Were it not for the ever-sympathetic, emotionally grounding presence of the helmer’s estimable older brother Toby in the lead — as a seemingly milquetoast ex-con entangled in an enigma-riddled case of murder — the film’s tricksy, collapsible is-it-or-isn’t-it structure would test the patience sooner. As it is, “Kaleidoscope” has the feel of a curt, clever short drawn out into a less complete calling card — some details catch the eye more than others, but we’ll surely be keeping the younger Jones’s number.

Though it’s set in a present day complete with with cellphone-dependent plot points
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The Last Word on ‘Split’

(Growls under breath.) Excuse me, for a minute think about ‘Split’.

(Gets up walks out of room. Loud banding of wall continues and correlates as the next words are heard offscreen, being screamed)

Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!, Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! (long breath) Stupid!

(Lots of deep breaths, water running being heard from another room for a few moments.It’s then stopped shortly before David walks back out with a handtowel drying off bloody and cut hands, holding his wrist tightly but softly as he prepares to retake his position behind the keyboard. Deep breath!)

Okay, I’ll give him this, at least, technically that wasn’t a post-credits scene. (Sigh) That was still stupid though.

Before I begin,
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Christian Bale Reflects on Dark Knight and What Batman Means to His Career

Christian Bale Reflects on Dark Knight and What Batman Means to His Career
There's a lot of news surrounding the role of Batman lately, but it wasn't that long ago that Christian Bale was the only Bruce Wayne that people could talk about, except for the mighty Michael Keaton. Bale brought an even darker psychology to the character and together, with director Christopher Nolan, they made 3 of the best Batman movies ever produced. Christian Bale was recently doing press for his latest project Hostiles and the subject of Batman was brought up, leading the actor to indulge in some rare reflection on The Dark Knight trilogy and what it means for his career.

The Academy Award winning actor was interviewed for Variety's Playback podcast where he went into detail about his time as Bruce Wayne while revealing that a component of his method acting may have backfired on him while filming the movies. In addition, Christian Bale also talked about what the
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The Truffles – The 2017 HeyUGuys Alternative Movie Awards

Author: Jon Lyus

Welcome to the annual HeyUGuys alternative movie awards – The Truffles 2017!

As is tradition we asked our writers to give their own bespoke awards of the year, and the are collected here as a choice selection of celebrations and condemnations. The very best of the year lining up against the critical wall with the very worst. These are the films we loved and the ones we hated, the performances that flew under the radar and those which were off the charts awful. We are shining our spotlight on the good, the bad and the emoji movie.

In every year there is much to enjoy, and we firmly hope that some of these choices will prompt you to catch up with the hidden gems of the year. We also hope to steer you away from some of the poorest offerings in the annual basket.

We also wanted to take
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December 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Suspiria 4K Restoration, The Amicus Collection, American Gothic (1988)

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With Christmas now only a week away, there’s a big day of genre-related home entertainment releases to look forward to in the meantime, just in case you were in need of some last-minute gift ideas (or if you were looking to spoil yourself, which is totally cool). Easily my most anticipated Blu-ray release for all of 2017, Synapse Films' stunning 4K restoration of Suspiria gets the royal treatment via an incredible three-disc limited edition Steelbook set this Tuesday, and Severin Films is also keeping busy with their HD upgrade of The Amicus Collection, which includes Asylum, And Now The Screaming Starts, and The Beast Must Die.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for December 19th include American Gothic, Leatherface, mother!, and the limited edition Steelbook for Donnie Darko.

American Gothic (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

A new tale of terror from the director of The Legend of Hell House and The Incubus.
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Remastered Classics: 5 Legendary Movies You Should Watch On Your HD TV

Never underestimate the power of 35mm film… or 65mm or 70mm for that matter! Old film was remarkably high quality, certainly much more so than the classics would have us believe, and today we’re able to enjoy this in all its glory.

Digital remastering allows for colour correction, scratch removal, and even added effects; practically anything can be achieved using modern techniques on original film reel content. So here are 5 old movies remastered in high definition that are definitely worth watching.


We’re going to need a bigger boat to enjoy Jaws in all it’s HD, shark-infested glory! To celebrate Universal Pictures’ 100th anniversary in 2012, the film studio decided to digitally remaster one of its most iconic movies of all time, transforming the original 35mm film into a 1080p picture. Once scratches were removed, colour was corrected, and degradation of the reel was addressed, the results were incredible.
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’78/52′ Review

Featuring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Elizabeth Allan, Judith Anderson, Desi Arnaz, Marli Renfro, Mick Garris, Guillermo del Toro | Written and Directed by Alaxandre O. Philippe

You don’t need to be a fan of Hitchcock to know the Psycho shower scene. It is woven into popular culture and for most of us we’ve seen it all our lives. 78/52 takes a look at the famous shower scene, what makes it so special, and why it is so celebrated….

The name 78/52 represents the 78 shots and 52 cuts that make up the death of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), and the reason it is used as the name for this documentary shows the importance, as well as brilliance. A scene that took 7 days to shoot, it showed an obsession, especially when the film was shot on a 30-day schedule.

In many ways it shows the importance of the scene to Alfred Hitchcock, as if he
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5 Great Film Endings In Cinema History

In my last editorial, I discussed some of cinema’s best movie introductions, stating the importance of why a movie should rope you in and keep you firmly fixed in your seat. But film endings are equally important! I cannot count how many times I have sat through what I like to call “throw away” endings, ones in which come across lazy just to tie up the feature because the filmmakers seemingly ran out of ideas after showing their best ones already. But it makes one feel good when a lot of thought has been put into a script, especially when it translates well on screen. And a big part of that is giving the audience a big pay in which they will walk away from the movie and remember it for.

Below are five film endings that I think are just a small portion of ones in which really deliver.
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Horror-on-Sea 2018 Interview: Chris Moore talks ‘Blessed are the Children’

Blessed are the Children is new thriller from co-writer and director Chris Moore, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Friday 19th January. I got chance to ask Chris a few questions about his inspirations for making the film, his influences and what makes Blessed are the Children stand out in the horror genre.

What can we expect from the film?

I think you can expect a slasher film that’s fun, has something to say, and characters you actually care about. It’s one of the most important things in a horror film, but a lot of people seem fine with just throwing in a gaggle of busty 20-somethings and calling it a day. I want you to actually feel something when these people are terrorized. I never want you rooting for the killers. I usually come up with a story or concept first
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"The Alfred Hitchcock Collection" Blu-ray Set From Universal

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Universal has released a highly impressive Blu-ray set, "The Alfred Hitchcock Collection", on Blu-ray. The set contains fifteen special editions of the Master's top films as well as ten original episodes of "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series. The set is packed with 15 hours of bonus extras and includes an illustrated, 58-page collector's booklet with extremely rare international poster art and film stills. Films included in the set are:

Psycho The Birds Vertigo Rear Window North by Northwest The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 version) Marnie Saboteur Shadow of a Doubt Rope The Trouble with Harry Topaz Frenzy  Torn Curtain Family Plot


Holiday gifts like this don't get any more impressive (or sinister) for the movie lover in your life.

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