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Horror Channel launch “Sci-Fear” season

No one will hear you scream on Saturday nights this February as Horror Channel launches a Sci-Fear Season with four ultimate science-fiction shockers, including the UK TV premiere of William Eubank’s The Signal starring Laurence Fishburne.

There are also network premieres for Christian Alvart’s Lovecraftian survival thriller Pandorum, starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, and John Bruno’s visually stunning chiller (and underrated classic) Virus, based on the comic book by Chuck Pfarrer, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland. Plus there’s another showing of eXistenZ, David Cronenberg’s enigmatic body horror, starring Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Willem Dafoe and Ian Holm.

The Sci-Fear Season runs from Sat 4th Feb to 25th Feb at 9pm.

There are also five further network premieres this month including Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Eli Craig’s endearingly cheeky tribute to suspense and slasher classics; Saw IV, Darren Lynn Bousman
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Halloween 2016: 31 Movies to Stream on Netflix this October to Get You into the Spirit of the Season

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One of my favorite things to do every October is to binge-watch as many horror and sci-fi movies as possible (something I can guarantee I’m not alone in doing), and for those of you with Netflix, the streaming service can be an invaluable resource this time of year, although I do remember a time when there were a lot more options than we get these days.

That being said, I culled Netflix's entire library and put together 31 great movie choices that will undoubtedly get you into a macabre mood to celebrate Halloween this year. Take a look at our Netflix list below, featuring one film for each day of October, and get ready to enjoy an entire month’s worth of fright-filled fun, courtesy of Netflix’s streaming database.

Creep (2014)

Looking for work, Aaron (Patrick Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: “$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.
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Spike TV Plans "Pendergast" Series Adaptation

Spike TV and "The Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd are teaming for "Pendergast," a TV drama series adaptation of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's best-selling novel series following the character of FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast.

In the novels the character is a highly intelligent, well-mannered, aloof and eccentric slender man who comes from a rich Louisiana family, most of whom are committed or deceased. His wife was killed by a lion years before in Africa, and his brother driven criminally insane during a traumatic childhood incident. Agent Pendergast usually investigates various serial killings, many of which have a highly unusual style to them.

Fifteen novels in the series have been published so far and dealt with everything from diamond heists and zombie cults to a genetically altered beast in the museum of natural history. The first novel in the series, "Relic," was adapted into the 1997 feature "The Relic" but omitted Pendergast's character,
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Second Black Wake Teaser Gives Us Plenty of Jonny Beaucham and Tom Sizemore

Jeremiah Kipp’s Black Wake features a number of wonderful actors, and the latest teaser puts the focus on Jonny Beaucham (Penny Dreadful) and the almighty Tom Sizemore. Since I’m a huge fan of both The Relic and Natural Born Killers,… Continue Reading →

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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck,
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Jurassic World | Review

Nice Splice: Narrative Hasn’t Evolved in Trevorrow’s Dino Reboot

If there’s one aspect depicting the fickle nature of the human consumer the latest chapter in the dinosaur franchise reboot Jurassic World manages to get right, it’s the impossibility of pleasing those jaded and desensitized audiences in search of tapping into their initial sense of wonder. And so, twenty years after Steven Spielberg’s 1993 juggernaut Jurassic Park, wherein two mediocre sequels have added to the familiarity factor (including the original director’s inability to match his initial exuberance), we’re gifted with a sequel that’s, production wise at least, the best of the franchise’s offspring. But while much energy was placed in jazzing up creature effects, Colin Trevorrow can only go so far with a conventional script he also tinkered with alongside Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly. Basically, this is the same old
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Movie Review: Jurassic World

Returning to the park definitely harkens nostalgia, there’s no getting around that. Like many of you, I’m a fan of Jurassic Park. It worked on multiple levels like many of Spielberg’s films. The film was a defining moment of innovation – it was the first movie with a DTS soundtrack, which the infamous CD intro alone blew people away. Spielberg peppered the film with magic, suspense and a kid-like sense of wonder that solidified it in classic film history. Then, he made The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Even Spielberg couldn’t save that film and then Universal felt like they needed another Jp film and that ended in complete boredom. Now 14 years later, Jurassic World is out but I’m starting to think Universal was listening to the bloodsucking lawyer.

Gray (Ty Simpkins) & Zach (Nick Robinson) – names I had to look up because that’s how memorable their
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PGA Awards to honor ’Walking Dead,’ ‘Terminator’ producer Gale Anne Hurd

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PGA Awards to honor ’Walking Dead,’ ‘Terminator’ producer Gale Anne Hurd
It’s unclear who dubbed Gale Anne Hurd the “First Lady of Sci-Fi,” but it’s a title she owns with every fiber of her being. James Cameron's former confidante (and wife), Hurd started as an executive assistant to Roger Corman before producing such films as "The Terminator," "Aliens," "The Abyss," "Tremors," "The Relic," "Armageddon," Ang Lee's "Hulk," "and "Aeon Flux.” Today, she’s more popular ever, the matriarch and hype woman of the highest rated cable television show, AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” For her undeniable contributions to the world of blockbuster cinema, the Producers Guild of America has announced that it will bestow Hurd with its highest honor. The PGA announced today that Gale Anne Hurd will receive the 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. Previous winners include Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson, the producers behind the James Bond franchise, Working Title Films’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner,
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Scream Factory Announces Destroyer / Scarecrows Double Feature Blu-ray

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Usually being assigned to sit in the electric chair means you’ve reached the end of the line, but for serial killer Ivan Moser, his death sentence is a springboard to a new string of murders in Robert Kirk’s Destroyer. Scream Factory has just announced they are coupling the 1988 horror film with William Wesley’s Scarecrows for a Blu-ray release next summer.

From Scream Factory: “Our “Shocktober” celebration continues with another film to reveal, and this is a rare one: The 1988 prison/slasher film Destroyer will make its debut on the Blu-ray format in Summer 2015 and will be paired in a double feature with the previously-announced Scarecrows—another quasi-slasher flick from 1988.

Similar to The Horror Show and Shocker in its execution (pun not intended) Destroyer sports a pretty wild cast starring former NFL player Lyle Alzado, Deborah Foreman (April Fool’s Day, Waxwork), Clayton Rohner (also from April Fool’s Day,
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Exclusive: Peter Hyams on the James Cameron Planet of the Apes Film That Never Was

While I didn’t spend a whole lot of time on the internet in the mid-to-late nineties, I was vaguely familiar with the fact that iconic filmmaker James Cameron was originally set to helm a Planet of the Apes project with 20th Century Fox, but that the project fell through and was eventually resurrected in the form of Tim Burton’s 2001 remake.

During a recent interview with director/producer Peter Hyams (Timecop, The Relic, End of Days), he shared with us some details on what Cameron had originally envisioned for his iteration of the Planet of the Apes and how legendary special effects artist Stan Winston, who Cameron had approached about working on the film, had managed to crack the holy grail of the Apes franchise (at that time): fully-articulate apes effects that bared no resemblance to the stiff “man-in-a-mask” effects approach of the original Planet of the Apes series.
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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' writers talk Caesar, 'Jurassic World,' ...and Shakespeare

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' writers talk Caesar, 'Jurassic World,' ...and Shakespeare
Before 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, married screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s last screenplay credit was 1997′s The Relic. What a difference a few years make. Today, Rise sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters, with a screenplay that Jaffa and Silver co-penned with Mark Bomback. But Dawn is just the tip of the iceberg. Jaffa and Silver are currently hard at work on Avatar 2 alongside director James Cameron. The writers also worked on next year’s dino-reboot Jurassic World. And they’re credited as screenwriters on Ron Howard’s upcoming Heart of the Sea.
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Exclusive Interview with Dawn of the Apes, Avatar 2, Jurassic World writers!

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Husband and wife writing and producing team Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa have been collaborators for over thirty years. In the 90s their credits included The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (which Silver wrote and Jaffa produced,) Eye For An Eye and The Relic. But a few years ago they became household names in the movie geek world thanks to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, which existed purely because the duo had a novel idea of how to reboot the stalled Planet Of The Apes franchise. Think...
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The Nostalgia Files: ‘Stay Tuned’ (1992)

Stay Tuned

Written by Tom. S. Parker, Jim Jennewain, and Richard Siegel

Directed by Peter Hyams

USA, 1992

In 2003 the world lost a true comedic treasure; a man so funny that he was dubbed “The greatest physical comedian on the planet” by actor Don Knotts. Knotts was referring to the late, great Mr. John Ritter. With a career spanning nearly four decades in film, TV, and the stage, Ritter was an extremely talented and likable actor. He gave the world many memorable performances, most notably in the delightfully zany sitcom Three’s Company and in the ridiculously warped Problem Child films. With so many roles on his resume, Ritter became a household name for audiences worldwide. He starred in many films over the years, some notable, some not so notable. One picture that slipped through the cracks was 1992’s fantasy/comedy Stay Tuned, a wacky adventure which saw Ritter as an unlikely hero.
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‘Slumber Party Massacre’ Blu-ray Review (Scream Factory)

Stars: Michelle Michaels , Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Brinke Stevens, Debra Deliso | Written by Rita Mae Brown | Directed by Amy Holden Jones

A mass murdering maniac escapes from prison and, armed with a power drill, begins to decimate the nubile high schoolers of a Los Angeles suburb during their slumber party. That’s it. Why mess with perfection and add a convoluted plot?

This is the 80′s remember, when the slasher movie was king and all you needed to make a film was a bunch of nubile girls willing to strip off on camera, some Ok(ish) special effects, and someone to play the killer… No need forany real motivation, no need for any back story, just as long as there’s gore-a-plenty!

Initially intended as a parody of the slasher genre, scripted by lesbian-feminist author and activist Rita Mae Brown (Rubyfruit Jungle) and directed by Amy Holden Jones (who went
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Trailer Trashin’: Jean-Claude Van Damme Plays Crazy in Enemies Closer

I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving, dear readers, and I hope a lot of you got out to see Frozen over the holiday weekend. December is finally here, and it’s time for us all to start preparing for our preferred winter holidays. In the meantime, this week’s slightly belated Trailer Trashin’ column takes a look at Enemies Closer, one of next January’s more low-profile releases.

Premise: Henry (Tom Everett Scott), a forest ranger and ex-Navy Seal, has his quiet life disrupted by the arrival of Clay (Orlando Jones), a former comrade with a vendetta against him. But before Clay can attempt to get revenge, the two men are caught by a ruthless drug cartel led by a man named Xander (Jean-Claude Van Damme). The cartel forces the two men to help retrieve a major shipment of heroin which went missing deep in a forest on the Us-Canadian border.
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Watch Orlando Jones Take On Jean-Claude Van Damme In Trailer For Thriller 'Enemies Closer'

With a new hit fall TV series keeping him busy (Sleepy Hollow on Fox), as well as an action-drama web series he released earlier this year exclusively on the popular Machinima Prime channel on YouTube, titled Tainted Love, Orlando Jones has had a good 2013, as it comes to its end. And he'll enter 2014 with what looks like a bang, starring in a Lionsgate thriller, directed by Peter Hyams (Timecop, The Relic, The Musketeer), titled Enemies Closer, which follows two sworn enemies within a forest on the Us-Canadian border, who are forced to work together to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a drug shipment which went missing there. Jones plays one of...
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Aussie actor headed to New York

Ditch Davey has joined the cast of the Us network series The Black Box, which stars Sherlock Holmes' Kelly Reilly as Elizabeth Black, a neuroscientist who struggles to hide her mental illness from her fiancé and family.

Vanessa Redgrave will play Dr. Hartramph, Elizabeth's psychiatrist. Davey is cast as Dr. Marc Bickman, a brilliant neurosurgeon.

Davey played Nemetes in Spartacus: War of the Damned, the New Zealand-produced 'sword and sandal' show which recently wrapped its third and final season.

He was a regular in Sea Patrol, All Saints and Blue Heelers and appeared in Justin Dix.s thriller Crawlspace. His other credits include Underbelly. Files, Satisfaction and Wilfred.

The Us network ABC commissioned The Black Box. Shooting of the 13 episodes starts in New York later this month, produced by Bold Films.

The show was created by Amy Holden Jones, whose screenwriting credits include Mystic Pizza, The Relic and Indecent Proposal.
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Scoop: Spartacus Vet Among Trio Joining ABC's Limited Series The Black Box

Scoop: Spartacus Vet Among Trio Joining ABC's Limited Series The Black Box
Aussie actor Ditch Davey (Spartacus: War of the Damned) has been added to the cast The Black Box, ABC’s forthcoming limited series from L Word creator Ilene Chaiken and X-Men helmer Bryan Singer, TVLine has confirmed.

Additionally, David Ajala (Law & Order: UK) and Ali Wong (Are You There, Chelsea?) have joined the 13-episode drama, which centers on Elizabeth Black (Kelly Reilly), a world renowned neuroscientist who appears to have it all but is constantly haunted by her own struggle with mental illness.

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Davey will play brilliant neurosurgeon Dr.
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Vanessa Redgrave To Co-Star In ABC Series ‘The Black Box’

Vanessa Redgrave is set to co-star opposite Kelly Reilly in The Black Box, a 13-episode limited drama series written by The Relic and Mystic Pizza scribe Amy Holden Jones to air on ABC next year. Simon Curtis is directing the project, executive produced by Jones; Ilene Chaiken, who serves as showrunner; Bryan Singer; 3 Arts’ Oly Obst; and Anne Thomopoulos. The Black Box centers on Elizabeth Black (Reilly), a world-renowned neuroscientist who appears to have it all but is constantly haunted by her own struggle with mental illness. And that is not the only secret she’s kept locked away from her family and her new fiancé. Redgrave will play Dr. Hartramph, Elizabeth’s psychiatrist and the only one who knows all her secrets.
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Scoop: Vanessa Redgrave Joins ABC's Black Box

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Scoop: Vanessa Redgrave Joins ABC's Black Box
Vanessa Redgrave is entering The Black Box, ABC’s forthcoming drama series from L Word creator Ilene Chaiken and X-Men helmer Bryan Singer, TVLine has confirmed.

The Black Box centers on Elizabeth Black (Kelly Reilly), a world renowned neuroscientist who appears to have it all but is constantly haunted by her own struggle with mental illness.

Oscar winner Redgrave, whose TV credits include Call the Midwife and Nip/Tuck, will play Dr. Hartramph, Elizabeth’s psychiatrist and the keeper of all of her secrets.

Feature scribe Amy Holden Jones (The Relic and Mystic Pizza) is penning the script.
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