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Totem Brings Breakfast Back Up in this Preview and Clip (Out Oct. 31st)

Totem is an upcoming horror film from notorious director Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, 2008). The film was written by Evan Dickson. And, Totem involves a young girl, saving her family from a supernatural entity. This title will be showing through Video-on-demand, at the end of the month (on Halloween!). As well, a couple of clips were released for the film - this week. The "Cat Hair" clip is hosted here, along with the film's official poster. The short clip brings the family together, for breakfast. An argument ensues and one character is left behind with a glass of orange juice. But, this is not your regular pulp as a long of strand of hair enters the picture. Totem is both a supernatural thriller and a horror film. After releasing on October 31st, this title will show on HBO, in early November. And, the last word goes to writer Dickson who says of
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Exclusive ‘Totem’ Clip Introduces the Calm Before the Supernatural Storm

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Last week, we debuted a set of first look images for the new horror thriller Totem, the mysterious little supernatural horror pic that's set to land on VOD this Halloween. Totem is the feature writing debut of ex-Collider staffer Evan Dickson, and the marketing for the pic is keeping things cryptic. Directed by Deadgirl helmer Marcel Sarmiento, the film follows a teenage girl (Kerris Dorsey), who must resort to extreme measures in order to protect her family from a supernatural entity. Pretty ambiguous, eh? Sounds like a movie that's got a few tricks up its sleeve. According …
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Exclusive ‘Totem’ Images Tease Supernatural Terrors with a Twist

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Today, we're happy to debut some exclusive new images from Totem, the new Blumhouse horror pic headed to HBO/Cinemax just in time for Halloween. Totem is the feature writing debut of ex-Collider staffer Evan Dickson. Directed by Deadgirl helmer Marcel Sarmiento, the film follows a teenage girl (Kerris Dorsey), who must resort to extreme measures in order to protect her family from a supernatural entity. If that sounds a bit broad, don't worry, Sarmiento's work on Deadgirl proves he can deliver some supremely twisted genre subversion, and according to Dickson, the script was designed to …
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Interview with the Creative Team Behind the Surreal Scares of The Evil Within 2

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This past summer, I was invited to Dallas for the annual QuakeCon gaming celebration, and while there, I entered the haunted city of Union in an immersive demo for the new video game The Evil Within 2. After surviving the demo, I had the chance to sit down with some of the creative team from The Evil Within 2, including Tango Gameworks Studio Director Shinji Mikami (also known for his work on the Resident Evil video game series), Game Director John Johanas, and Writer Trent Haaga (Cheap Thrills, Deadgirl).

Continue reading to learn about expanding the world of the 2014 game, bringing back Sebastian Castellanos as a main character, and the emotional journey behind the surreal scares of the sequel, which is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

So, how did you all get involved with The Evil Within 2?

Shinji Mikami: Well, at first, when we finished making The Evil Within,
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New TV spot for comic book adaptation The Chair

Ahead of its home entertainment release this Halloween, a new TV spot has arrived online for the Alterna Comics graphic novel adaptation The Chair, which features a cast that includes Bill Oberst Jr. (Criminal Minds), Tim Muskatell (Deadgirl), Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Noah Hathaway (The NeverEnding Story) and Ezra Buzzington (The Hills Have Eyes), as well as Roddy Piper in his final screen role; check it out here…

The Chair follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the savage killings of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison’s psychotic Warden, Sullivan decides that the only way to survive is to fight back. But as he matches the brutality occurring in the prison, Sullivan is forced to question his sanity and confront his own horrific past.

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‘Totem’ Brings Luck to Bloody Disgusting Alumni, Halloween Release on Cinemax!

‘Totem’ Brings Luck to Bloody Disgusting Alumni, Halloween Release on Cinemax!
In a surprise announcement, Marcel Sarmiento (pictured below) will see the release of his Totem on Cinemax and VOD platforms October 31st! The screenplay was penned by Evan Dickson, who was a long-time writer for Bloody Disgusting and now a full-time screenwriter. Sarmiento directed the awesome Deadgirl before taking the reigns on the wild and crazy wrap portion of VHS: Viral, […]
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo
[Editor’s note: The below contains major casting and minor plot spoilers for all of “BoJack Horseman” Season 4.]

The general rule with the “Hollywoo” satire “BoJack Horseman” is that you can assume any famous person mentioned by name is probably playing themselves. But beyond that, the show has a knack for lining up a fearsomely talented guest voice cast beyond its already stunning ensemble to play some of its most compelling roles, and Season 4 brought in an impressive array of new and semi-returning faces.

We’ve assembled the below guide to this year’s new characters, for that moment when you say to yourself “Wait, was that…?”

Read More:‘BoJack Horseman’ Review: Let’s Talk About That Ending, Princess Carolyn, and The Best Episode of Season 4 A few returning faces worth spotlighting

Katrina Peanutbutter, played by Lake Bell

Lake Bell is always a treat as Katrina, and Season 4 gave her plenty to do.

Stefani Stilton, played by Kimiko Glenn

We barely met Stefani during Season 3, but Season 4 let
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo

‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo
[Editor’s note: The below contains major casting and minor plot spoilers for all of “BoJack Horseman” Season 4.]

The general rule with the “Hollywoo” satire “BoJack Horseman” is that you can assume any famous person mentioned by name is probably playing themselves. But beyond that, the show has a knack for lining up a fearsomely talented guest voice cast beyond its already stunning ensemble to play some of its most compelling roles, and Season 4 brought in an impressive array of new and semi-returning faces.

We’ve assembled the below guide to this year’s new characters, for that moment when you say to yourself “Wait, was that…?”

Read More:‘BoJack Horseman’ Review: Let’s Talk About That Ending, Princess Carolyn, and The Best Episode of Season 4 A few returning faces worth spotlighting

Katrina Peanutbutter, played by Lake Bell

Lake Bell is always a treat as Katrina, and Season 4 gave her plenty to do.

Stefani Stilton, played by Kimiko Glenn

We barely met Stefani during Season 3, but Season 4 let
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BoJack Horseman Returns for More Horsing Around in Season 4 — But Has Anyone Seen the Horse Around?

BoJack Horseman Returns for More Horsing Around in Season 4 — But Has Anyone Seen the Horse Around?
BoJack Horseman, arguably the most popular talking-animal comedy on Netflix, returned Friday for its fourth season. And for most of the show’s anthropomorphic ensemble, it was monkey business as usual.

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In fact, the only thing separating this premiere from others is… well, it’s distinct lack of BoJack. Just like in the trailer, the show’s titular manimal is completely M.I.A. from the 26-minute season opener, which shows just how much of a mess his friends’ lives are without him around.

Unsurprisingly, Mr.
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Elvira has launched her own clothing line inspired by her iconic look

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Are iconic characters like Morticia Addams, Lenore the Cutest Little Dead Girl, and Lydia Deetz your fashion spirit animals? Do you sometimes wake up in the morning and think, "Damn! If only I could show up to this party looking like Elvira, Mistress of the Dark." Well, I've got some scarily good news for you, my little ravens. Cassandra Peterson Aka Elvira, has partnered with Pinup Girl... Read More...
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‘Bad Match’ Trailer Warns of Falling in Love at First Swipe

‘Bad Match’ Trailer Warns of Falling in Love at First Swipe
Cheap Thrills co-writer David Chirchirillo is swiping right with his directorial debut Bad Match, a new indie production from BoulderLight Pictures (Contracted) and MM2 Entertainment. Starring Lili Simmons (Bone Tomahawk), Jack Cutmore-Scott, Noureen DeWulf, Trent Haaga (Deadgirl, 68 Kill, Chop), and Chase Williamson (The Guest, John Dies at the End, SiREN), here’s the first trailer that warns of falling in love at first swipe. In the film, […]
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First Look at ‘Cheap Thrills’ Writer’s ‘Bad Match’

First Look at ‘Cheap Thrills’ Writer’s ‘Bad Match’
Cheap Thrills co-writer David Chirchirillo is swiping left with his directorial debut Bad Match, a new indie production from BoulderLight Pictures (Contracted) and MM2 Entertainment. Starring Lili Simmons (Bone Tomahawk), Jack Cutmore-Scott, Noureen DeWulf, Trent Haaga (Deadgirl, 68 Kill, Chop), and Chase Williamson (The Guest, John Dies at the End, SiREN), here are some first images from the […]
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Fantasia 2017 Interview: Trent Haaga and Matthew Gray Gubler on 68 Kill, Death, Love, Sex and Biting

[Pictured above is AnnaLynne McCord as Liza.] Trent Haaga has a new film out produced by Snowfort Pictures -- 68 Kill -- but he’s been in the gore and exploitation biz for a while now, with his earliest professional beginnings at Troma. Creative people often have a myriad of interests, and Haaga is no exception. He’s written several screenplays, most notably for Cheap Thrills (directed by Evan Katz, and also produced by Snowfort) and Deadgirl, but moonlights as an actor, too. Similarly, the cheerful Matthew Gubler is a popular actor, most known for his role on Criminal Minds, and he’s directed some episodes and a few shorts, as well. So, what happens when you mix the talents of Haaga, Gubler, Snowfort, AnnaLynne McCord, Alicia Boe, Shelia Vand,...

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Exclusive: First ’68 Kill’ Trailer Teases a Demented Dark Comedy Crime Spree

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Strap in for a wild ride, because we've got the first trailer for 68 Kill, and it looks pretty much batshit insane. The dark crime comedy stars Matthew Gray Gubler as Chip, a simple guy who gets in over his head when his girlfriend (AnnaLynne McCord) convinces him to steal $68,000 from her sleazy sugar daddy and puts them on a wild and violent path. Based on the Bryan Smith novel, the film is written and directed by Cheap Thrills and Deadgirl scribe Trent Haaga, who previously directed the 2011 horror comedy Chop. Produced by Snowfort Pictures’ Travis …
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Women on the Verge: Crowdfunding Picks

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Everyone has moments of desperation, moments when you are sure nothing in life will ever be quite right again. The women at the center of this months crowdfunding picks bring these moments of desperation to life, but also demonstrate how they can be overcome, especially if you have someone you can depend on.

Our first pick examines a mother, daughter, and grandmother in the aftermath of a divorce. “Beast,” from co-writer/director Leonora Lonsdale, uses elements of fantasy to give audiences a sense of the way a child’s world can be rocked by trauma. Lonsdale also uses the premise of divorce to explore how a young girl develops a sense of self and views the world around her.

“Roya” also tells the story of a mother and daughter with a special focus on the way external factors influence a relationship. Set in Los Angeles, the story examines an Iranian mother and daughter, and how much the outside world informs a woman’s perception of herself.

Writer, director, and star Rachel Sweeney tells a more darkly comic story in “Dead Girl,” which follows an actress on the brink of insanity after portraying the ubiquitous dead woman on television one too many times. By spotlighting the way women are often used as props in our stories, the film seeks to give audiences a rare look at the psychology of the “dead girl.”

In “Passage” another trio of women are forced to come together following an unexpected tragedy. When Jessie loses her job and has no choice but to move herself and her daughter to her mother’s small trailer, all three begin to reckon with their priorities and how to live a more fulfilling life.

Here is our latest round of women-created and women-centric crowdfunding picks.

Beast” (Short) — Co-Written and Directed by Leonora Lonsdale

Beast

Beast” is an unconventional story about divorce. Co-writer and director Leonora Lonsdale uses a child’s perspective and fantastic imagery to examine the way bitter break-ups can be monumental for children. When young Alice (Poppy Polivinick) hears her mother describe her father as a “beast,” Alice begins to question her own identity. Using children’s logic, “Beast” shows us how the actions and words of adults can inadvertently shape a kid’s entire identity.

You can support “Beast” via its Kickstarter campaign.

“Roya” — Directed by Shaina Pakravan; Written by Shaina Pakravan and Nadia Pakravan

“Roya”

Also an exploration of the ways children relate to their parents, “Roya” follows a traditional Iranian mother living in Los Angeles. Roya (Shila Ommi) clashes with her daughter Nikki (Rebecca Penner), who rebels every chance she gets. Director Shaina Pakravan is interested in telling a story specific to Iranian culture in Los Angeles that also manages to feel universal. As the film progresses, Roya learns that she needs to accept her daughter as she is, and focus less on how others perceive her family.

Support “Roya” by contributing to its Kickstarter campaign.

Dead Girl” (Short) — Written and Directed by Rachel Sweeney

Dead Girl

A darkly comic short film, “Dead Girl” infuses its central figure with the kind of desperation that only a floundering career can create. The film follows Rachel, a classically trained actress who can’t get cast as anything but the dead girls that populate so much of television. Rachel Sweeney, the writer-director and star, uses this problematic trope to break down how it feels for an actor to play dead over and over again. “Dead Girl” examines the way women are often used as props instead of characters, and uncovers what this says about how we value them.

Support “Dead Girl” by funding the project on Kickstarter.

Passage” (Short) — Co-Written and Directed by Linda Palmer

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In “Passage,” a mother and daughter must rebuild their lives after Jessie (Julia Parker), the mother, loses her job. When she and her young daughter (Kruiz Mauga) move in with her bohemian mom, all three characters begin to reconsider their priorities. Co-writer and director Linda Palmer is interested in telling stories that marry elements of comedy and drama, and that combination is especially potent in this film. When the characters reckon with an unexpected loss, their outlook on life is turned upside down. “Passage” is an intimate story about women who struggle, but know they can always rely on one another.

You can contribute to “Passage” via Indiegogo.

To be considered for Women and Hollywood’s biweekly crowdfunding feature, please write to womenandhollywoodinterns@gmail.com. All formats (features, shorts, web series, etc.) welcome. Projects must be by and/or about women.

Women on the Verge: Crowdfunding Picks was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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SXSW 2017 Review: 68 Kill is a Charm-Filled, Southern-Fried Caper

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Trent Haaga has spent more than 15 years establishing himself in the realm of indie filmmaking. An esteemed graduate of Troma University, where he got his start as the writer on Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger 4, Haaga also penned Deadgirl and Cheap Thrills (and numerous other projects), and has made appearances in over 50 films to date. While Chop, a 2011 micro-budget horror comedy that has been grossly overlooked, may have been Haaga’s first-ever time in the director’s seat, it’s with his follow-up effort, 68 Kill, that he cements himself as a filmmaking force of nature who continues to build a strong foundation as a purveyor of cult cinema.

With a screenplay based on Bryan Smith’s book of the same name, 68 Kill introduces us to Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler), a trailer-dwelling nice guy who pumps sewage for a living and is completely infatuated with his out-of-control girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord
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68 Kill Review [SXSW 2017]

Oh, 68 Kill features a psychotic AnnaLynne McCord seducing and shit-kicking her way through country-fried thrills? Why yes, this is exactly my kind of midnight carnage. Wait, it gets better? You bet! This dark comedy marks Trent Haaga’s directorial follow-up to Chop (also co-wrote Cheap Thrills/Deadgirl), and 68 Kill only furthers his catalog of gleeful nastiness. Femininity and masculinity clash in a bumbling Bonnie and Clyde reimagining, with a dash of Tarantino unpredictability. It’s a raucous closing-time nightcap that runs on perfume and blood-soaked booty shorts, because what man wouldn’t kill for Ms. McCord? Brilliant casting, Mr. Haaga. Novelist Bryan Smith should be proud of this adaptation.

Matthew Gray Gubler stars as Chip, the love-struck boyfriend of white-trash vixen Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). She’s the talk of the trailer park. Everyone wants her, but Chip is the lucky guy she goes home with – when not sexing landlords in lieu of late rent.
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‘Supernatural Forces’ DVD Review

Stars: Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos, Larry Fessenden, Noah Segan, Matt Mercer, Michael A. LoCicero, Jeremy Gardner, Patrick M. Walsh, Brian Morvant, Josh Ethier, Susan T. Travers | Written and Directed by Joe Begos

Back in 2014 first-time director Joe Begos exploded on the horror scene with Almost Human, an alien abduction movie drenched in 80s flair. Now he’s back with his second feature, Supernatural Forces aka The Mind’s Eye, another film that’s not afraid to wear its love of 80s horror on its sleeve. In this case referencing the work of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma, and films like the Scanners franchise, Carrie and the classic telekinetic fear flick The Fury.

Confession time: I’m not the biggest fan of David Cronenberg’s Scanners. If not for exploding head scene and the final battle between Revok and Vale, the film would be a very dull futuristic thriller.
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Horror Highlights: Blood & Gourd, Havenhurst Q&A, Blind Sun, MST3K Vol. 38 DVD, Arbor Demon, Plaga Zombie: American Invasion

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Comic readers who are fans of Blood & Gourd can now download the first two issues of the series on ComiXology. Also in today's Highlights: a Q&A with Havenhurst director Andrew C. Erin, a clip and a trailer for Blind Sun, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 38 DVD release details, Arbor Demon acquisition info, and the trailer for Plaga Zombie: American Invasion.

Blood & Gourd Comixology Digital Download Details: The first two issues of Blood & Gourd are now available as digital downloads on ComiXology! If you prefer to collect your comics in physical form, you can limited print copies at bloodandgourd.com.

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Q&A with Havenhurst Director Andrew C. Erin: From the Press Release: "Brainstorm Media and Twisted Pictures have announced the February 10th limited theatrical and nationwide Cable VOD and Digital HD release of Andrew C. Erin's Havenhurst. Co-written by Erin (Sam's Lake, Simple Things) and Daniel Farrands (Amityville: The Awakening,
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Evil Dead (2013) Unrated Edition Slated for October 25th Digital Release

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is making this an autumn to remember for Fede Alvarez fans. In addition to releasing Don't Breathe on Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD this November, the company is also unleashing Evil Dead Unrated on digital avenues beginning October 25th (as initially reported by Bloody Disgusting), giving viewers the chance to watch five minutes of footage from 2013's Evil Dead that was too extreme for the big screen.

From the Press Release (via Why So Blu?): "Also from Director Fede Alvarez, Evil Dead Unrated will be available on digital platforms on October 25, just in time for Halloween. Fans will be able to see Fede’s unedited vision for the film with five additional minutes that were too intense for theaters. This also marks the first time Digital Extras will be available on Evil Dead."

Evil Dead (2013) synopsis: "Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin
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