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N. Brock Winkless IV, the puppeteer who brought Chucky to life in a total of four "Child's Play" films, has died at the age of 56. According to MakeupMag.com, Winkless suffered from a "debilitating neurological condition that caused him rising levels of discomfort and lack of muscular control for more than 15 years. He died as the result of complications due to that condition." Though he wasn't well-known outside the horror and special effects communities, Winkless helped bring a number of well-known characters to life, from Chucky to the Cryptkeeper to Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." MakeupMag notes that he particularly excelled at syncing up a puppet's "mouth and jaw movements" in order to make their "delivery" of dialogue appear more realistic. His other credits included "Alien 3," "Death Becomes Her," "Casper," "Congo" and "The X Files, and his most frequent collaborator was special makeup effects designer Kevin Yagher, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Wild Eye Releasing has debuted a new trailer and key art for their anthology film – set for release this Halloween – The Horror Network. Created by Brian Dorton and Douglas Conner, this first volume of terror tales features segments directed by Dorton, Conner, Joseph Graham, Manuel Marín, Lee Matthews and Ignacio Martín Lerma, the series has been hailed as “a collection of nightmares that scream for all horror fans to see”.
Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening anthology. Five of horror’s most promising new directing talents join forces to pay homage to classic horror like Creepshow, Tales From the Crypt, V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, and weave an unforgettable, disturbing tapestry of terror.
- Phil Wheat
In the wake of the massive hit that was Jaws (1975), studios were foaming at the mouth to replicate its success. Of course, their idea was to take everything that they thought made Jaws a winner and put it in a different setting. Here’s a few that were cranked out by the dream machine: Jaws on Land (Grizzly), Micro-Jaws (Piranha), Jaws, Back to the Water (Orca), Jaws, Back to the Water Again, with Feeling (Jaws II) , and our flick du jour, the little engine that could, Jaws on Wheels – The Car (1977) .
In actuality, Steven Spielberg made Jaws on Wheels before he made Jaws, with the relentless cat and mousecapades of Duel (1971). However, this was 1977 and it was time for an upgrade. Released by Universal in May, The Car was (naturally) laughed off the screen by the critics, and why wouldn’t it be? A demonic vehicle terrorizing a »
- Scott Drebit
Having issued definitive collector’s editions of a number of high-profile horror classics of the ’80s and ’90s, Scream Factory often turns to smaller and more obscure titles to remind fans of some of the gems that once lined video store shelves. Lately they’ve been killing it with HD releases of Charles Band’s old Empire Pictures titles, several of which are appearing on home video for the first time since VHS (like their recent release of Ghost Town, for example). While both Cellar Dweller and Catacombs got a DVD release in 2013 as part of an “All Night Horror Marathon” four-film collection (the DVD debut of both movies), this new double feature Blu-ray is the first time either can be seen in high-def.
After a mostly unnecessary prologue that features Jeffrey Combs (presumably so that the movie can prominently bill a genre star as part of its cast »
- Patrick Bromley
Scream Factory brings late 80’s horror thriller I, Madman to Blu-ray, one of two notable cult classics from Hungarian/Canadian director Tibor Tabaks. Beginning in Canadian television, Tabaks reached notoriety with his 1987 sophomore feature, The Gate, a bizarre creature feature which terrorized children with its forced perspective monsters and introduced the world to child actor Stephen Dorff. He’d follow that up with this pulpy adaptation of a screenplay by David Chaskin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge). A gothic murder mystery plays out in the eternally uneasy streets of a hazy, 1989 Hollywood in this simple yet strange forgotten oddity.
Bookworm Virginia (Jenny Wright) works in a used bookstore, often finding herself attracted to lurid, violent fiction. After an influx of random materials coming in from an estate sale, she finds a 1950s set thriller, Much of Madness, More of Sin, a visceral novel about a mad »
- Nicholas Bell
Feature-length horror movie anthologies are pretty hit and miss, but there are a few that have been well-received including "Creepshow," "Tales from the Crypt," "Trilogy of Terror," "V/H/S," "Trick 'r Treat" and 1945's "Dead of Night." The latest entry in the sub-genre is "Tales of Halloween," which features segments directed by such horror luminaries as Lucky McKee ("May"), Neil Marshall ("The Descent") and Darren Lynn Bousman (the "Saw" franchise) and featuring appearances by fright flick icons like Lin Shaye, John Landis, Joe Dante, Adrienne Barbeau and -- my all-time favorite -- "Twilight's" BooBoo Stewart. So will it be worth a watch? Check out the Comic Con-debuted trailer below and decide for yourself. Given the sheer number of directors involved, expect it to be all over the map. »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Change-Up: Singh Sleepwalks Through Sci-Fi Stock
Time is not on anyone’s side in director Tarsem Singh’s latest blunder through familiar material, Self/less, a mash-up of recycled sci-fi tropes drained of innovation or potential potency. Issues of class, identity, and health insurance get chugged through the blender of David and Alex Pastor’s script, the directing/screenwriting duo’s foray into the English language. Singh, known for expressively beautiful visuals, presents his most demurely dressed feature to date, though his usual ocular trickery may have offered a slight reprieve from the crushing banality of the laughably conservative moral fable proffered here.
Damian (Ben Kingsley) heads his own self-built empire, but finds he’s been diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t have much longer to live. He has a troubled relationship with his daughter, Claire (Michelle Dockery), but finds he’s not quite ready to call it quits. »
- Nicholas Bell
Ahead of their big ten new titles announcement later this week at Comic-Con, Scream Factory's giving horror hounds an early treat with looks at the official Blu-ray cover art for The Larry Fessenden Collection and the Tales From the Crypt films Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood.
Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood details from Scream Factory: "Hello Kiddies! Be the first to take a look at the newly-designed key art for our upcoming blu-ray releases of Demon Knight and Bordello Of Blood!
Original theatrical poster key art will be on the reverse side of the wrap. Extras and specs for these "Collector's Editions" are in the works and will be announced sometime in August.
Official street date is 10/20 but if you buy them from us directly we'll ship it out two weeks early Plus include a limited edition free 18" x 24" poster of the new design (while supplies last).
Pre-order Demon Knight @ https://www. »
- Derek Anderson
Two Scream Factory titles that we’re all incredibly excited for, are the one-two punch releases of Tales From The Crypt‘s Demon Knight and Bordello Of Blood. Demon Knight is in my opinion, one of the most underrated horror films ever, and it’s a film that gets even better with age (I’m not saying it wasn’t good when it originally came out, I saw in theatrically four times). There’s something incredibly magical about every single ingredient of the film, from Billy Zane’s iconic performance, to the awesome special fx and creature design of the film. While Bordello Of Blood might not be As fun as Demon Knight, it’s still a lot of fun (inspired casting choices like Corey Feldman and Chris Sarandon in roles different than the vampire classics they’re knows for) and has its own audience who all love it.
- Jerry Smith
Who better to have a Horror film festival than Ash himself? Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival returns on August 20th. Also: a teaser from X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut and a composer announcement for the Kirkman TV series Outcast.
Bruce Campbell's Horror Film Festival 2015: Press Release: "Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival, in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con, returns to Chicago with an even bloodier sequel, chopping and chain sawing its way through 4 days (8/20-8/23) of cinematical horror mayhem and badassness.
Bchff is thrilled to kick off the festivities on Thursday, August 20th with the much-anticipated horror anthology Tales Of Halloween, featuring 10 ghastly tales, including films written and directed by: Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (The Woman), Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera), and Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!). Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening, »
- Tamika Jones
Few comics sit at the intersection of “fan beloved,” “industry defining,” and “absolutely impossible to acquire” the way the EC Comics library does. For a while they almost felt like Comics’ very own Holy Grail. On one hand, you’ve got the Tales From The Crypt brand itself, which has left an indelible mark on pop culture with films, cable TV series, Saturday morning cartoons, and a line of revival graphic novels from Papercutz — a proud legacy, to be sure. But on the other hand, you enter into the more nebulous region of pop cultural osmosis, and it’s there that the legend of Bill Gaines’ little comic line that could grows to gargantuan levels. The baby boomers that ate his ghoulish “mags” up in the early ‘50s eventually grew into the genre fiction movers and shakers of the ‘70s and ‘80s — from cult directors like George Romero and Joe Dante, »
- Luke Dorian Blackwood
Shout! Factory's horror imprint Scream Factory just surprised American horror fans with the announcement that they'd be handling a Fall collector's edition release of Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness. This comes immediately after their announcements of Blu-ray releases of the two Tales From the Crypt spin off films, Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood. Those two are certainly great news, but Army of Darkness is certainly the winner today.Army of Darkness is one of those films that has been released and re-released over and over again by Starz / Anchor Bay and has proved to be a cash cow for that company. However, no single release of the film in the Us has ever been definitive. There are at least three different cuts of the...
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"This is my boomstick!" Fans of Bruce Campbell's groovy portrayal of Ash can prepare for the Ash vs Evil Dead Starz series by watching Campbell say his iconic line on the Army of Darkness Collector's Edition Blu-ray, due out in October from Scream Factory.
From Scream Factory: "Today will be one of the more memorable days in our brand's history that's for sure! If you're still trying to catch your breath from our recent announcement of the upcoming Tales From the Crypt films, then steel yourself for the following...Army Of Darkness - the third film in the Evil Dead franchise, starring Bruce Campbell - is coming to Blu-ray "Scream Factory-style" in October! We will certainly aim to make it the most definitive version to own to date.
We know you'll have lots of questions on this one but we have no concrete details to report at this moment »
- Derek Anderson
Let’s file this one under, “Holy Shit”. Earlier today, genre releasing darlings Scream Factory announced that the much requested Tales From The Crypt films, Ernest Dickerson’s 1995 film Demon Knight and 1996’s Gilbert Adler-helmed Bordello Of Blood were finally getting the Collector’s Edition Bluray treatment, leaving horror fans’ mouths wide open and ending in a group clap that rivals the most epic of announcements. The news of those two films each getting the deluxe treatment separately, and not in a double feature release is awesome, as it looks like Sf is going to go all out with each film.
Now adding to the excitement is out of nowhere announcement that will only add to the excitement: they’re also getting ready to put out a brand new Collector’s Edition Bluray of Sam Raimi’s Army Of Darkness, the third film in the Evil Dead series. So »
- Jerry Smith
Two of the Cryptkeeper's big screen stories will receive a stellar home media treatment this fall. Scream Factory has announced that on October 20th, they will release the Tales From the Crypt films Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood in respective Collector's Edition Blu-rays.
From Scream Factory: "You asked for them...and we got em! Both Tales From The Crypt films Demon Knight (1995) and Bordello Of Blood (1996) will be coming out on 10/20 as separate "Collector Edition" Blu-rays. We have no additional information at this time except that newly-commissioned artwork will be revealed next month and that extras will be announced in Late Summer.
The cat (crypt keeper?) was let out of the bag (coffin?) earlier today over a leak on the internet that caught us by surprise and hence the out-of-the-blue announce today. Originally, we had planned to reveal these two highly-requested titles sometime next week. smile emoticon We hope »
- Derek Anderson
Filmmaker Ben Rock (Alien Raiders, The Blair Witch Project) recently released a brand new webseries entitled 20 Seconds to Live which, as you may have guessed from the title, will feature someone meeting their untimely demise but in some truly unique ways. The first episode is already available here and the next installment of 20 Seconds to Live arrives this Friday.
Daily Dead chatted briefly with Rock about the series, teaming up with Adam Green and ArieScope for their release, and what fans can expect from future episodes.
Let’s start at the beginning—how did the series come about?
Ben Rock: Bob DeRosa is an outrageously accomplished writer for film and television, and he and I also do a lot of fun small theater projects together, mostly at Sacred Fools (where you came to see Baal five years ago and Taste last year). And when we put up one of »
- Heather Wixson
Tomorrow, Scream Factory's unleashing respective double feature Blu-rays of The Food of the Gods and Frogs, and Empire of the Ants and Jaws of Satan. We've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of each double feature to give away to Daily Dead readers.
"Legendary director Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People) – the father of the "gigantic creature" genre – delivers this spine-tingling tale of ecology gone berserk. Based on H.G. Wells' classic horror novel, The Food of the Gods predicts a terrifying future where oversized animals are suddenly at the top of the food chain and ready to take over!
On a remote island, a mysterious substance is oozing from the ground. A farmer sees that it acts as a growth hormone and thinks his fortune is made. But when rats, chickens, worms and wasps begin sampling the potent substance, »
- Derek Anderson
With Memorial Day behind us and summer just right around the corner, the horror and sci-fi home releases are really begin to heat up as we’ve got a bunch of great cult classics and new indie genre films to look forward to this Tuesday. Scream Factory is giving fans a double dose of double features with their The Food of the Gods/Frogs and Empire of the Ants/Jaws of Satan Blu-rays and we’ve also got the latest from Dark Sky Films- Let Us Prey- arriving on both Blu-ray and DVD on May 26th.
Anchor Bay is also bringing home Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus this week, Vinegar Syndrome is giving the cult film Madman a high-def upgrade and Universal is keeping busy as well with their releases of Seventh Son, The Loft and the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil too. »
- Heather Wixson
Written by Jenz K. Lund, D.H. Shultis | Art by Dave Acosta | Pencils by Juan Albarran | Published by Dead Peasant
Humour and horror do not always make the best bedfellows, and it takes some skill to combine those two themes into something that works, be it up on the big screen or within the pages of a comic book. It is to the credit of writers Lund and Shultis that not only do they make it work here in issue one of Blood & Gourd, they make quite a few other attempts look sorrowful by comparison.
Plot-wise, Blood & Gourd will be more familiar to the American reader than elsewhere; Americans love all things Halloween, and seemingly all things pumpkin related, and they won’t be disappointed here. Without giving too much away, we have a mix of evil chemical corporations, people-eating pumpkins, innocent small town folk and a Halloween that the »
- Dean Fuller
Mimi Rogers, who horror fans likely know from Tales From the Crypt, Ginger Snaps and The X-Files has joined the highly anticipated sequel series, Ash vs. Evil Dead. In the series which reunites Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert in the universe of The Evil Dead, Rogers will play Suzy Maxwell, a woman who is reunited with her family and…
- Samuel Zimmerman
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