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Happy October everyone! Our favorite month is finally upon us which means everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, especially when it comes to upcoming TV programming over the next 31 days. Trying to keep track of everything that’s playing throughout October can be a hellish affair, so once again, Daily Dead is here to help make sure you know about everything Halloween-related hitting cable and network airwaves over the next several weeks.
Unfortunately, not all of the announcements for the upcoming 2015 Halloween television season have been made yet; we’re still missing out on the full details on AMC’s plans for their 2015 Fear Fest that begins on October 18th, and some usual suspects like the Great Pumpkin Peanuts special or The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror have yet to be revealed, so we’ll continue updating this post throughout the month to make sure you guys know what’s coming up. »
- Heather Wixson
Geek Culture is a big term that’s used to describe various aspects of Pop Culture. Comics, superhero movies, games and graphic novels are at the center of it all, but it’s a big crazy quilt composed of so much more: anime, cosplay, RPG’s… the list goes on and on. This week, I sat down with one of the standard bearers of another flavor of Geek Culture – modern pulp fiction. Ron Fortier is a writer, a publisher and an all around good guy to chat with over a beer.
Ed Catto: Ron, it’s a pleasure to have this opportunity to speak with you. I was first introduced to your comics writing, and especially loved your work, on Now Comics’ Green Hornet series. Can you provide me with a little background on your comics career and that series in particular?
Ron Fortier: Hi Ed, happy to be here, »
- Ed Catto
Directed by Michael Steves, from a script he co-penned with Gabi Chennisi Duncombe and Bubba Fish, Clinger is a supernatural horror starring Vincent Martella, Jennifer Laporte, Julia Aks, Lisa Wilcox and Debbie Rochon. Paragon Releasing will debut Clinger in Us cinemas on October 23rd. In anticipation of its release, we spoke to Michael Steves about his terrific new comedy-horror hybrid.
When her possessive high school boyfriend dies in a gruesome accident, Fern Petersen’s life is thrown into turmoil. Things go from bad to worse when he returns as a love-sick ghost to kill her so they can be together for eternity.
In a nutshell, can you sum up Clinger?
Clinger is the story of your first love in high school. Boy meets girl. Boy gets too over-attached, and girl wants to break up with him. Girl breaks up with him, and boy is beheaded in an embarrassing accident. Boy »
- Phil Wheat
While all the cool kids will be tripping over high heels and falling out of Borat mankinis on sticky dancefloors this Saturday the 31st of October, all the really cool kids will be elsewhere come Halloween: headphones on, mug of spooky cocoa in hand, listening to BBC Radio 4.
As part of Radio 4’s first annual Fright Night of Halloween programming, two exciting horror dramas are on their way: The Stone Tape, adapted from Nigel “Quatermass” Kneale’s 1972 television play, and The Ring, adapted from Koji Sozuki’s 1991 film franchise-spawning novel.
Kneale’s television play, first broadcast in 1972 as a BBC Christmas ghost story, tells the tale of a group of scientists investigating a haunted mansion whose walls are thought to have absorbed and recorded past events. It’s »
Put down your buckets of pig's blood kids, it will not end well for you. In this round-up, we have a Q&A with Emily Lopez from Carrie the Musical which opens on October 8th. Also: more details from Screamfest 2015, From Dusk Till Dawn season 2, and Shawn Scott's novel Apocalypse Swordsman.
Carrie the Musical Q&A: Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA – August 19, 2015) Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman and The Transfer Group have announced that Carrie The Musical will return to Los Angeles at the historic Los Angeles Theater, the first theatrical musical at that venue.
Tickets are available beginning Monday, August 24th at www.ExperienceCarrie.com. Carrie The Musical begins previews on October 1, 2015, and officially opens on October 8, 2015. Performances are on sale through November 22.
Directed by Brady Schwind and choreographed by Lee Martino, this immersive staging of Carrie takes the legendary musical off the stage and »
- Tamika Jones
The Sentinel was released in 1977 to a bit of controversy over director Michael Winner's decision to use real sideshow oddities for his film's conclusion—a move no filmmaker had the balls to do since Tod Browning in 1932's Freaks. Based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Jeffrey Konvitz, The Sentinel is a horror film anomaly, one that simply has to be seen to believe how truly insane it is.
The Sentinel centers on a fashion model who moves into an apartment building that happens to be a portal to Hell. The portal is secretly guarded by deprived priests and occupied by eccentric neighbors who like to host extravagant birthday parties for their pet cats, as well as a mute Beverly D'Angelo who expresses her sexuality during an awkward visit with her new neighbor over friendly morning coffee.
- Sean McClannahan
Son of Monsterpalooza took place at the Burbank Marriott over the weekend, and to say it was a good time would be a Huge understatement. Artists, makeup FX creators, sculptors, and celebrities roamed the halls and wowed fans with their wares. Guests included Tony Todd (Candyman), Bill Johnson (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), P.J. Soles (Carrie, Halloween), Danielle Harris (Halloween), Sid Haig (The Devil’S Rejects), Tom Holland (Child’S Play, Fright Night), and more!
- Caroline Stephenson
The gang over at Scream Factory has another great hit on their hands, with their 9/22 release of Michael Winner’s 1977 horror classic, The Sentinel. A title that many fans were asking for (especially This one), The Sentinel, despite its lack of many new supplemental materials, is one to check out, because the gateway to hell has never looked better. We took a look at the disc, and it’s definitely one to pick up, with its Satanic edge, interesting plot and one creepy and eerie ending that is sure to leave chills running up your spine.
Adapted from the 1974 novel by Jeffrey Konvitz, The Sentinel is, like a lot of ’70s horror, a character driven descent into madness and hell. It follows Allison Parker, a model who two years prior to film’s beginning, attempted to kill herself. She’s a fragile character, yet instead of moving in with her »
- Jerry Smith
I’m a massive fan of heist films. There’s just something so entertaining and gripping as sitting down and watching films like Heat, Reservoir Dogs, or in this case, Dog Day Afternoon. Easily one of my favorite subgenres of film, films like the ones mentioned above were all able to not only tell a very tightly wound tale, but offered their viewers characters that leaped off of the screen Every Single Time you revisited them. Sidney Lumet’s 1975 classic Dog Day Afternoon gave its viewers a wild ride of a film, and one that offered its audience something entirely different, from its ability to sympathize with its antagonists all the way to its true story of a man robbing a bank to pay for his lover’s sex change. It’s a completely unique and lasting film, and not only does Warner Bros.’ new 40th Anniversary Bluray give fans »
- Jerry Smith
Those of you unable to wait ’til next year for the second season of Daredevil should be pleased to know that there’s more Marvel goodness coming to keep you happy for the rest of 2015. The House of Ideas announced that the next entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will make its debut on the small screen later this fall with the first season of Jessica Jones arriving on Netflix this November, according to the latest trailer.
The show is based on the critically-acclaimed, albeit short-lived, comic book series Alias (not to be confused with the Jennifer Garner-starring TV series of the same name). The 2001 series helped to spring-board the popularity of writer Brian Michael Bendis when it arrived as one of the initial titles in the launch of Marvel’s “Max” line of mature-themed comic-books. The series tells the story of the titular heroine, Jessica Jones. She’s »
- Phil Wheat
Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest have announced a further three films – all of which are personal faves of mine from this years festival – which will be released under the curated banner FrightFest Presents. The new titles are:
Night of the Living Deb, directed by Kyle Rankin starring Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Michael Cassidy (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), Christopher Marquette (Just Friends, The Girl Next Door) and Ray Wise (Infestation, Twin Peaks).
After a girls’ night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She’s thrilled, but can’t remember much of what got her there. Ryan only knows it was a mistake, and ushers her out the door into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life… »
- Phil Wheat
It’s almost bizarre to think of the well-known Wesley Snipes Blade trilogy as part of the Marvel cinematic canon. Dark, action-packed, and filled alternately with martial arts and supernatural abilities, the franchise has always felt more in line with the likes of The Matrix trilogy or the Underworld movies than, say, Tobey Maguire’s Spider-man saga or the X-men movies.
In part this is because Blade and its two follow-ups, while based on Marvel comics, were not actually produced by Marvel Studios. In fact, no Marvel comics films were produced by Marvel Studios until 2008’s Iron Man, which effectively kicked off the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” as we know it today. Late-’90s and early-’00s movies like X-men, Hulk, and the like were created by other studios with licensing rights to comic characters. Blade was no exception, having been made in 1998 by New Line Cinema, which also controlled the two sequels. »
- Jerry Smith
Last year, when we first began planning out what we wanted to do with Deadly Magazine, the very first thing I put on our editorial calendar was a celebration of Tom Holland’s Fright Night so that I could pay tribute to one of my very favorite films of all time in honor of its 30th anniversary.
Sometimes a movie comes along and changes your life and, for me, that film was Fright Night. Growing up as a horror fan, I often felt like the kid that was often misunderstood and so when I discovered Holland’s directorial debut on VHS in 1986, it had a profound impact on me because deep down, I was Charley Brewster. I was also a kid being raised by a single mom, that had a profound love of horror movies and a genuine affection for the hosts who brought them into my home week in and week out. »
- Heather Wixson
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m an easy mark for horror comedies, so it should be no surprise that I adored the hell out of Bloodsucking Bastards, the latest project from the comedic group Dr. God and the producers at Fortress Features (The Collector, The Collection). Like a mash-up of Office Space and Fright Night, Bloodsucking Bastards takes a little time to get going but when it does, the jokes fly almost as fast as the gore, resulting in a feel-good film that’s a wonderful tribute to vampires and raucously deconstructs the modern workplace as well.
Bloodsucking Bastards follows nice-guy Evan (Fran Kranz), the acting sales manager at a small corporate office whose awkward life is about to take an unexpected turn. Expecting to be promoted by his boss (Joel Murray), Evan gets passed over for the sales management position by Max (Pedro Pascal), the smooth-talking nemesis from Evan’s college days. »
- Heather Wixson
Two of the Cryptkeeper's big screen stories—Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood—will receive stellar home media treatments this fall from Scream Factory, with both films set to be released as Collector's Edition Blu-rays on October 20th. In early July, the cover art for the anticipated releases was revealed, and now their full lists of special features have been announced.
Scream Factory's guaranteeing the ultimate Halloween treat for fans of Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood, as the special features list for the former includes a new audio commentary with Demon Knight director Ernest Dickerson, while the latter has a new audio commentary with Bordello of Blood co-writer and producer A.L. Katz.
Below, we have the official press release with the full special features lists, and in case you missed it, we also have a look at the final cover art for the Collector's Edition releases.
Press Release: Just in time for Halloween festivities, »
- Derek Anderson
A mooted Blade reboot’s been in the planning stages for a while, but concrete news detailing active development has been hard to come by. Things looked up when star Wesley Snipes chimed-in enthusiastically on the subject a few weeks back, and now rumours are leaking that a potential film might focus on Blade’s daughter, Fallon Grey.
This is strictly a rumour, but it does make sense for Snipes to hand over the baton at this point. Due to his own legal difficulties, the actor’s star has waned considerably since 2004’s Blade: Trinity, a film also generally regarded as one of the worst comic-book adaptations of all time. 1998’s Blade and 2001’s Blade 2 were solid hits for Snipes, but it does feel like his moment has perhaps passed. Giving him a daughter to train would allow the actor to bid farewell, whilst pushing the series in a progressive new direction. »
- Daniel Kelly
A look back at Fright Night It’s a tall order to ask that a film that speaks to horror fans at an intelligent level also embraces its nostalgia factor and manages some genuinely creepy moments. Many try to do it but few succeed like Tom Holland’s Fright Night does. Released in the mid-80s when franchises…
The post You’re So Cool, Brewster: Fright Night 30 Years Later appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Max Evry
The Daily Dead team got together for coverage of Comic-Con last month and we've put together a special issue of Deadly Magazine that includes our favorite interviews from the event, along with brand new articles you won't want to miss.
For our cover feature, Heather Wixson interviewed the cast and creators behind Ash vs Evil Dead, including Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, and Sam Raimi, to learn more about the highly anticipated return of Ash. Comic-Con 2015 special features continue with interviews for The Walking Dead Season 6, a talk with the cast of the Scream TV series, and M. Night Shyamalan telling us about The Visit. Other articles in this issue of Deadly Magazine include an exclusive interview with Jemaine Clement for What We Do in the Shadows, a retrospective on Joe Dante's Explorers, and a defense of Luigi Cozzi's Starcrash.
The special issue of Deadly Magazine will be out »
- Jonathan James
Universal is estimating that Straight Outta Compton made $56M in 2,757 theaters, a remarkable $20,345 per screen average. Compton easily bested the other wide release, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which is under-performing with an estimated $13.5M. The Top 12, at $133.6M, is up 4% from last year when The Expendables 3 shocked many by opening in 4th place with $15.9M, beaten not only by holdovers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy but by the other newcomer to the schedule, Let's Be Cops, which opened to $17.8M. If Compton ends up with actuals of $56M that would make it the sixth best August opening of all time, coming in ahead of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes with $54M but behind Signs with $60M in 2002. The well-reviewed bio-pic of the rap group N.W.A., was produced, along with others, by original band members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, as well as by their director, »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thirty years ago, a teenager named Charley Brewster peered outside his bedroom window and glimpsed the murderous acts of the new neck-chomper next door, Jerry Dandrige. Fright Rags is celebrating Charley, Jerry, and horror host extraordinaire, Peter Vincent, with a new Fright Night shirt.
Featuring Charley and Peter armed and ready to do battle with Jerry, who is pictured in full vamp mode, against a backdrop of Jerry's Victorian house and the swirling cloud reconstruction of Amy Peterson's impossibly wide grin, this shirt gorgeously captures the people and moments from Tom Holland's directorial debut that have stayed with fans for three decades.
Available as a T-shirt, hoodie, and baseball tee, Fright Rags' "Who's It Gonna Be Tonight" Fright Night shirt is now available to pre-order for $27.00 as a T-shirt, $47.00 as a hoodie, and $37.00 as a baseball tee. The shirts are expected to ship out in mid-September. To learn more, »
- Derek Anderson
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