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Welcome back to the second day of Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide- hope everyone survived Turkey Day and is ready to save some cash on more Black Friday deals and many other gift ideas I have rounded up for you all today.
We’re starting off today with more Black Friday sales that might be of interest to you and a bunch more gift ideas perfect for genre fans of all ages, including two recent visual histories of iconic films from the 1980’s, one of Scream Factory’s awesome recent releases, apparel from Dark Bunny, horror-themed cross stitch and more!
This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by Rlj Entertainment and their recent terrifying yuletide release, A Christmas Horror Story, and to help you guys get into the spirit of the season, we’ve put together 10 amazing prize packs filled with goodies, a t-shirt and your very »
- Heather Wixson
Bucking the trend of what is considered a slow year at the Afm, prominent Dubai-based independent Middle East film distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has gone on a buying spree, picking up twenty titles in Santa Monica, most of them genre pics which indicate the growing appetite for slashers, sci-fiers, and chillers in the region.
They include John Hyams-directed “Maniac Cop” remake about a murderous cop who returns from the dead to patrol the New York City streets, produced by Nicolas Winding Refn, and Antonio Banderas-starrer “New Faith” by hot Latin American director Alejandro Brugues (“Juan of the Dead”) both from Wild Bunch, as well as fresh genre fare from Protagonist Pictures, HanWay Films, Embankment Films, and other indies.
Titles will be co-distributed with long-time associate Teleview International across the Middle East.
- Nick Vivarelli
Hope everyone has their boomsticks ready, as this final week of October is looking to be yet another banner week for genre Blu-ray and DVD releases, highlighted by the anticipated Collector’s Edition set for Sam Raimi’s cult classic Army of Darkness from Scream Factory. The recent thriller, The Gift, is also making its way to multiple formats on October 27th and for those of you fans of The Fifth Element out there, Sony is putting together a nifty Cinema Series release that arrives this Tuesday.
Olive Films is also keeping themselves busy this week with several cult classic releases including Breeders, Sometimes They Come Back, Dr. Terror's House of Horror and Saul Bass’ Phase IV, with Warner Home Video resurrecting several classics in HD as well—The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Son of Kong, Them! and the Special Effects Collection box set.
Other notable titles coming out on »
- Heather Wixson
A soul-sucking job turns into a life-draining nightmare in Bloodsucking Bastards. Scream Factory's announced a November 3rd Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD release for their office-set horror comedy, and we have a look at the cover art and list of bonus features.
Press Release: This fall, sink your teeth into Bloodsucking Bastards (a.k.a. Bloodsucking Bosses), an action-packed vampire comedy in the vein of Office Space and Shaun of the Dead. Directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the popular comedy troupe Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, Bloodsucking Bastards takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace. This film boasts an all-star cast, including Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods), Pedro Pascal (Narcos, Game of Thrones), Emma Fitzpatrick (Significant Mother, The Collection), Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice) with Joel Murray (Mad Men) and Joey Kern (Cabin Fever »
- Derek Anderson
Often times it feels like classic horror franchises are in a perpetual state of being rebooted and expanding with sequels, often at the same time. Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre have all been given such treatment. Halloween is another that continues to be reinvented, and the director of the next chapter in the saga of Michael Myers, Halloween Returns, has one actress at the top of his wishlist: Community star Gillian Jacobs. Talking to Halloween Daily News, director Marcus Dunstan, who helmed The Collector and its sequel, The Collection, revealed that Jacobs is his first choice to star in Halloween Returns. Expounding on his reasons, he said: I really like this actress Gillian Jacobs. She.s known for all this comedy on .Community,. and yet I didn.t know her from .Community. first, I knew her from a movie called .Gardens of the »
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
On Friday, September 4th, Scream Factory will release the hilarious vampire-infused workplace comedy Bloodsucking Bastards, which stars Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern, Emma Fitzpatrick, Joel Murray and Yvette Yates. Directed by Brian James O’Connell, the film celebrated its world premiere earlier this year at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and this weekend, Bloodsucking Bastards will arrive in select cities and on VOD.
Recently, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Fitzpatrick about her role in the film, collaborating with her hysterical co-stars, and getting the chance to kick some vampire ass in Bloodsucking Bastards. Fitzgerald also discussed her involvement in another great recent horror film, The Collection—produced by the same team behind Bloodsucking Bastards—and how she sees the tide changing for female actors in Hollywood today.
- Heather Wixson
A soul-sucking job turns into a blood-draining nightmare when a vampire uses macabre motivation on his employees in Scream Factory's Bloodsucking Bastards, which has now been set for a September 4th release in select theaters and VOD.
Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA – (July 1, 2015) – Scream Factory™ Films, a genre theatrical imprint of Shout! Factory, announced today that action-packed horror-comedy Bloodsucking Bastards will open in select cinemas across top U.S. markets and on VOD September 4, 2015. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos.
Directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the popular comedy troupe Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, Bloodsucking Bastards recently made its world premiere as the opening night film at the Slamdance Film Festival 2015 and has since played at numerous film festivals to press acclaim and great audience enthusiasm. The film boasts an all-star cast including Fran Kranz (Cabin »
- Derek Anderson
Casting Has Begun for The Next Halloween Film Entitled Halloween Returns. Dimension films has begun the casting process for the next entry into the beloved, yet half-terrible, franchise of horror films. This will be the 11th film in the series, and is meant as a “recalibration” of sorts.
This will be a reboot. This will not follow the latest Rob Zombie directed films, nor continue along the Jamie Lee Curtis or Busta Rhymes storylines. That was a joke, but I felt it necessary to point out. In all seriousness, I adore the first Halloween film. It’s one of my top five horror films, and was a major influence of sensibilities and aesthetic taste in my early childhood. I’ve followed the franchise all my life and am always hoping for something pure, something that gets back to that first film. Hell, even the second, or H:20, even. I know »
- Marco Margaritoff
We knew, as of February this year, that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton were finally writing the much-delayed next Halloween sequel. This morning comes the relatively unsurprising news that Dunstan will also direct. Production is due to start imminently, and the film now has a title too. It's (ahem) Halloween Returns. Dunstan and Melton are the writing team behind Saws IV-vii, the Feast films and Piranha 3Dd. Halloween Returns - the eleventh Halloween - won't be his first gig behind the camera however. He made his debut with The Collector in 2009, followed by its sequel The Collection in 2012.There's still nothing officially known about the film's plot or angle, other than that it's planned as a "recalibration" of the Halloween series. Bloody Disgusting have a plot synopsis of unclear origin that involves two now grown-up children of Michael Myers' victims sneaking into death row to watch the slasher's execution, »
Producer Malek Akkad said today (June 15): "The legacy of Halloween is something that Trancas is very proud of, and I look forward to working together again with Bob [Weinstein] and Dimension to continue that tradition."
Plot details are currently being kept under wraps for the follow-up to 2009's Halloween II. »
We’ve been talking about a new Halloween movie ever since Halloween II came out back in 2009, but now it’s actually happening. This isn’t a rumor or a random update from a hopeful producer. Dimension Films and Trancas International Films just officially announced that Halloween Returns goes into production in July. We already knew that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton penned the script, but now Dimension and Trancas also added that Dunstan is set to direct the film as well. Dunstan and Melton co-wrote a bunch of Saw scripts, Piranha 3Dd, The Collector and The Collection. Dunstan also directed those last two so Halloween Returns will mark his third go behind the lens. I’m not a big The Collector fan, so it’s tough to get hyped about the new Halloween movie based on Dunstan and Melton's involvement alone. According to the press release, the log line is being kept under wraps, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Dimension Films and Trancas International Films announced today that Halloween Returns, the next installment in the landmark Halloween horror franchise, will roll cameras this July, cementing Michael Meyers’ long-awaited return to the big screen.
Saw writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton penned the script for the new take, which is said to act as a “recalibration” for the series. Dunstan, the mastermind behind horror duology The Collector and The Collection, is also directing, with Malek Akkad producing.
Dunstan and Melton already have many successful collaborations under their collective belts. Their take on The Outer Limits is currently in development over at MGM, while they’ve also worked on Universal’s God of War and recently sold Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as a pitch to CBS Films, which is still developing it into a film.
Plot details for Halloween Returns are being kept under wraps, but the script »
- Isaac Feldberg
Following an exciting morning of Haddonfield happenings, Dimension Films and Trancas International Films have officially announced Michael Myers back on the big screen in Halloween Returns. Written by Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton, and to be directed by Dunstan (The Collector, The Collection), Halloween Returns will get underway this July. “Michael Myers has taken a long break from the…
- Samuel Zimmerman
A new film in the famous Halloween series is being planned, and will be a new stand-alone movie in the series which will introduce a new audience to Michael Myers. Moviehole.net report the news of the movie, which is currently in the casting stage.
The site has more information around the film’s plot:
“Halloween Returns” will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters against Myers. The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. »
- Paul Heath
Cinelinx had the opportunity to speak with Charlie Clouser, formerly of Nine Inch Nails, about his score for the new TV series Wayward Pines. Join us as we get an exclusive in-depth look at the techniques and inspiration behind the music for this hit new show.
Charlie Clouser is a multi-instrumentalist composer, musician, producer, programmer and remix artist who has worked with some of the seminal recording artists of the last twenty years. Charlie came into prominence as a member of Nine Inch Nails from 1994-2000. Before joining the band as keyboardist/programmer, he’d already built a following with his extreme synth work and remixes for Prong, Marilyn Manson, White Zombie, and others. Charlie’s first film scoring effort, Saw, became an instant cult classic. His scores for the subsequent Saw series continue to define the films. Raw, grinding, propulsive, punctuated by incredible layers of sound and energy, they »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Press Release -- "An Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed horror comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern).
Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands »
- Derek Anderson
Well, well, what have we here. A new horror title has emerged that we didn't know about and it looks intriguing. The film, simply titled Circle, is from Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione who drew inspiration for the film from equal parts 12 Angry Men and The Twilight Zone.
In a massive, mysterious chamber, fifty strangers awaken to find themselves trapped with no memory of how they got there. Organized in an inward-facing circle and unable to move, they quickly learn that every two minutes one of them must die... executed by a strange device in t [Continued ...] »
Votiv Films and Taggart Productions have unveiled several stills, for their feature Circle. Circle is a psychological horror feature, which focuses on a mysterious killing machine and several strangers. Starring Julie Benz (Saw V), Michael Nardelli (The Collection) and Autumn Federici (Haunting of the Innocent), this title was developed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione. As well, the early stills show many of the cast and characters, including: Coley Speaks, David Saucedo, Jamie Lee Redmond and Lawrence Kao. Each character is in peril, in this one-of-a-kind thriller. From the synopsis, several strangers, from different walks of life, find themselves in an austere room. They are trapped. Now, every two minutes, one of the strangers is executed for an unknown reason. The survivors can influence the executions. But, no one knows if any can survive this ordeal. Part mystery and part horror, Circle is now completed. This film will host a trailer soon. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Exclusive: La-based sales outfit brings It’s Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong and Bloodsucking Bastards to Filmart.
Chung plays a Chinese American who visits Hong Kong for the first time and meets a Us expat (Greenberg). But as romance blossoms, time is not on their side.
Ting said: “We shot the film in Hong Kong last summer and I couldn’t be happier to be returning ‘home’ a year later with the finished product.”
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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