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‘Lace Crater’ Exclusive Trailer: Joe Swanberg-Produced Supernatural Comedy-Drama About Ghostly STDs

20 July 2016 2:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lace Crater” follows twenty-something Ruth (Lindsay Burdge) who’s just getting over a breakup as she and her friends head to the Hamptons for a weekend of mild debauchery at their friend Andrew’s parents’ summer home. With all the bedrooms in the main house taken, Ruth agrees to sleep in the guest house that is supposedly haunted. One night while everyone is having a good time, Ruth stumbles to her bed and ends up encountering a mysterious figure – a burlap sack-wearing, light-sensitive otherworldly entity, Michael (Peter Vack). Ruth and Michael have a one-night stand, but when she returns home, she develop a ghostly Std, with symptoms that include frequent vomiting, light sensitivity, and spewing black ooze. When her friends all but abandon her, she’s left in isolation to deal with her problems and must decide on her own whether she wants to return to normal society. The film »

- Vikram Murthi

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Interviews: Horror Film Festival Promoters of the Northeast – Part 2

12 July 2016 2:11 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Putting together a film festival of any type takes time, commitment (or committed), a reliable team, a diverse lineup, luck plus so much more. We sat down with four of the most well established genre film festivals that have survived & thrived for over five years in the northeast part of North America. These four key participants bring different perspectives, experience, selective eye and personality to this discussion as we covered a wide variety of topics gaining insight into what makes this annual celebrations of film, fans and filmmakers a must to attend! So take a read, share each part of the mass panel interview, look for new parts in this interview series to come and most important come out and support them! The usual suspects included in the panel are:

Boston Underground Film Festival: 18 Years (Buff) / http://bostonunderground.org – “Artistic Director” Kevin Monahan

Ithaca Fantastik: 5 Years (If) / http://ithacafilmfestival.com »

- Jay Kay

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L.A. Film Festival Review: Beyond The Gates

10 June 2016 7:26 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Trends are cyclical, in horror and collecting. We see resurgence of things long thought dead. Vinyl has been selling strong, and within the collector community, VHS culture is humming along. One of those pieces of VHS that is due for a return is the Vcr board game craze. Whether it be the Nightmare series or others, there were many interactive games that included a fold out game board, playing pieces, where you followed along to the video prompts. Capturing that spirit, we now have Jackson Stewart’s homage to all things past, Beyond The Gates.

Following the 7 month disappearance of their father, two brothers, John (Chase Williamson) and Gordon (Graham Skipper), must clean up their father’s now closed VHS video store (filmed at the Awesome Los Angeles staple, Eddie Brandt’s) and home. While cleaning and boxing up the endless amount of VHS tapes,  they discover a game that may just be the Jumanji for the Vcr horror game culture. The brothers, along with Gordon’s girlfriend (Brea Grant) decide to play the game, finding that it may lead to uncovering the mystery of their missing father.

The film is cast perfectly, as both Skipper and Williamson have proven themselves time and time again as competent adversaries to weird shit. Skipper in Almost Human, The Mind’S Eye and Williamson in John Dies At The End. Both actors fit right in as things get crazy in numerously sinister ways. Challenged by the game to find a series of missing keys that could possibly lead to uncovering where their father could be, the three of them are faced with everything dealing with one hell of an odd shop keeper (played excellently by Re-animator: The Musical‘s Jesse Merlin), a tough and abusive bully played by The Signal‘s Justin Welborn and in a pretty funny role, Contracted‘s Matt Mercer.

Brea Grant is the ultimate maiden character. She’s beautiful, but also sweet, caring, and believable, giving us all the more reason to care for her well-being. Genre favorite Barbara Crampton does a stellar job as the menacing game host, delivering a creepy line delivery throughout while also able to maintain an even more diabolic stare as she awaits the player’s next move. It’s awesome to see Crampton tackle so many impressive and entertaining roles since returning in front of the camera in the now fan favorite Adam Wingard film, You’Re Next.

The opening title sequence lets you know upfront what you are getting into as well as we get an almost pornographic display of a VHS tape being slowly inserted into a Vcr, before proceeding to see the unspooling of the tape as it is run lovingly across the magnetic heads. All of this is scored with a synth title by Wojciech Golczewski (We Are Still Here, Late Phases). Golczewski’s score really takes you back to that long forgotten era and the combination between the music and the almost Argento-like lighting makes Beyond The Gates one of the most authentic homages around. Yes, the ’80s love is quite strong for Stewart and company.

Beyond The Gates does a great job of keeping a quick pace and doesn’t over stay it’s welcome. A helluva fun ride as we follow John and Gordon’s game, and an entertaining adventure full of shocks, surprises and a film that will stay in your head for days. »

- Derek Smith

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Laff 2016 Review: Beyond The Gates is a Horror Adventure with a Lot of Heart

8 June 2016 11:32 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

As far as directorial debuts go, Jackson Stewart has a lot to be proud of with his first feature film, Beyond the Gates, which recently premiered at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival. Featuring performances from a strongly charismatic cast, a really inventive story concept, fantastic practical effects, and a whole lot of heart that shines through from start to finish, Beyond the Gates feels precisely like a movie I would have rented with friends on a Friday night growing up, and I adored the hell out of it.

Beyond the Gates follows two brothers, Gordon (Graham Skipper) and John (Chase Williamson), who have returned home after their father’s disappearance in order to close up his home video store and deal with the rest of his affairs. While going through their dad’s office, the pair stumbles across an old Vcr horror game called “Beyond the Gates”, which sparks a »

- Heather Wixson

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Book Review – Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

10 May 2016 9:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Michelle Herbert reviews Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

David Wong is mainly known for his first novel, John Dies at the End, and although there are similarities in his writing style, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is a more coherent story set in a whole new world, where zany events happen and no one blinks an eye. In this story, it could easily be set as a possible future for us, but if it is, I couldn’t tell you if this was 50 years in the future or much later.

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits follows female protagonist Zoey Ashe’s journey as she finds herself being hunted for an inheritance that she never knew existed. With a contract out for her (which doesn’t seem to specify if she needs to be dead or alive), Zoey will have to work out who she can trust to help keep her alive. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Outsiders Will Return For A Second Season With Wgn America

16 March 2016 5:40 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Wgn America is continuing to make strong headway with its move into original scripted programming, with a second season renewal for Outsiders – the network’s third such project. After a strong reception for its first 13-episode season, which premiered in January, the drama is now confirmed as returning with a further 13 instalments next year.

Created by Peter Mattei, the show boasts Peter Tolan (Rescue Me, The Larry Sanders Show) and Paul Giamatti (John Dies At The End) among its executive producers. It weaves the fictional story of the Farrell clan – an isolationist group that has long resided in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. As their way of life is threatened by coal corporations seeking to mine into their hill, the clan vows to protect their lifestyle – which brings them into conflict with the residents of the nearby town of Blackburg. Internal power struggles set the clan on a dangerous path, »

- Sarah Myles

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[SXSW Review] ‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’ Is a Moody and Creative Thriller!

13 March 2016 8:01 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

I Am Not a Serial Killer is being marketed as a thriller, which is a bit misleading. The film is more or less a thriller combined with an offbeat comedy. Think John Dies at the End mixed with Horns and a dash of Jeepers Creepers. If that sounds like something you would like then you should definitely check out I Am […] »

- Trace Thurman

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SXSW 2016 Review: Teenage Cocktail is an Intoxicating Cautionary Tale

13 March 2016 8:07 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

While it may not necessarily be a horror movie, Teenage Cocktail popped up on my radar due to the talent involved. Co-writer/director John Carchietta, who previously worked on the underrated The Hills Run Red, makes quite a statement with his directorial debut that hypnotically explores the dangers of Internet culture and how some teenagers’ narrow senses of judgment can have huge ramifications.

Teenage Cocktail follows Annie (Nichole Bloom), who has recently been transplanted into a new neighborhood and school, causing her to feel unsure about who she wants to be and how she fits into the world. She’s immediately drawn to her fellow classmate Jules (Fabianne Therese), a bit of a free spirit who flitters about with a sense of reckless abandon (ah, to be young!). The pair start off as friends, but over time their relationship evolves into something more intimate than sleepover buddies, and we see »

- Heather Wixson

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32 Things We Learned From The Beastmaster Commentary

9 March 2016 9:30 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As with most things in life, the fault rests with Brian Salisbury. I’ve had Don Coscarelli‘s The Beastmaster on the brain since late January when Salisbury and Robert Cargill covered the movie on their Junkfood Cinema podcast, and the recent announcement of a beautiful new 4k restoration of Coscarelli’s most famous film, Phantasm, sealed the deal. It was time to re-watch some Coscarelli. My favorite of his films is also his most recent, John Dies at the End, but I decided to go back to the one I thoroughly enjoyed as a pre-teen thanks to its PG-rated sword, sorcery, and topless bathing action. Coscarelli is always a fun listen — we’ve previously covered his commentaries for Phantasm and Phantasm II — and he’s joined here by his frequent collaborator, Paul Pepperman. Keep reading to see what I heard on The Beastmaster commentary. The Beastmaster (1982) Commentator: Don Coscarelli (director, co-writer »

- Rob Hunter

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21 fiendishly funny horror-comedies from the last decade

18 February 2016 8:47 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Shaun Of The Dead!” someone shouts.

Alright, alright, settle down now. Settle down. I’ve got something to tell you. A lot of you know what I’m about to say. Some of you might sense what’s coming. Regardless, let’s all take a knee.

Deep breath in.

Deep breath out. 

Okay.

Shaun Of The Dead is almost 12 years old.

I know. It hurts. We’re super old and it’s a problem. Kids who were born the day Shaun came out are in secondary school. They’ve probably hit puberty. They’re feeling weird feelings about each other that they can’t explain. Their parents are probably starting to piss them off. Their parents who are probably us. We could be the parents of »

- simonbrew

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Berlin: Classic Horror Film ‘Phantasm,’ Restored Thanks to J.J. Abrams, Being Sold at Efm (Exclusive)

9 February 2016 5:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Phantasm,” the classic 1979 horror movie by U.S. cult director Don Coscarelli, has been freshly restored largely thanks to J.J. Abrams, a longtime fan. Pic is being sold as “Phantasm: Remastered” at Berlin’s Efm mart.

Abrams reportedly gave Gwendoline Christie’s character in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” the name of Captain Phasma as a tribute to the pic. “Phantasm” stars recently deceased character actor Angus Scrimm, who plays the Tall Man, who kills victims with flying spheres.

“When J.J. Abrams came to me with the unexpected and insanely generous offer of using the services of his Bad Robot Productions company to assist with a meticulous 4K restoration of ‘Phantasm,’ scanned from the original 35mm camera negative, it was literally a dream come true,” enthused Coscarelli in a statement.

“J.J. has been a fan of the film from way back and wanted to see ‘Phantasm’ presented to »

- Nick Vivarelli

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The Tall Man Moves Into the Great Beyond

11 January 2016 3:26 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Actor Angus Scrimm passed away January 9 at the age of 89. A Kansas City native, Scrimm won a Grammy for writing liner notes but is best known as the Tall Man, a villainous undertaker, in the surreal Phantasm series. Despite his imposing demeanor (and his intimidating height of 6’4”), Scrimm was well known as being warm and kind-hearted.

Phantasm director Don Coscarelli Tweeted about his leading man: “Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully tonight surrounded by his friends and loved ones. He was 89 years old. His performance as the Tall Man is a towering achievement in horror film history. He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed.”

A cult classic, Phantasm influenced a generation of filmmakers, including Jj Abrams, who named Gwendoline Christie’s character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Captain Phasma after the film. »

- Harker Jones

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Angus Scrimm, Star of ‘Phantasm’ Movies, Dies at 89

10 January 2016 10:17 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Angus Scrimm, the character actor who played the Tall Man in the 1979 horror movie “Phantasm” and its four sequels, died Saturday. He was 89.

Phantasm” director Don Coscarelli reported his death on Twitter and Facebook, saying “He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. He was a terrific actor and even better friend.”

Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed. #heartbroken

Don Coscarelli (@DonCoscarelli) January 10, 2016

Scrim also had a recurring role on “Alias” and appeared in films including “John Dies at the End,” “I Sell the Dead,” and “Chopping Mall.” His last role was in the fifth and final installment in the series, “Phantasm: Ravager,” which has not yet been released.

Born Lawrence Rory Guy in Kansas City, Kansas, he studied theater at USC. But his acting career was slow to take off and for several years Scrimm worked »

- Pat Saperstein

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Angus Scrimm, Star of ‘Phantasm’ Movies, Dies at 89

10 January 2016 10:17 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Angus Scrimm, the character actor who played the Tall Man in the 1979 horror movie “Phantasm” and its four sequels, died Saturday. He was 89.

Phantasm” director Don Coscarelli reported his death on Twitter and Facebook, saying “He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. He was a terrific actor and even better friend.”

Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed. #heartbroken

Don Coscarelli (@DonCoscarelli) January 10, 2016

Scrim also had a recurring role on “Alias” and appeared in films including “John Dies at the End,” “I Sell the Dead,” and “Chopping Mall.” His last role was in the fifth and final installment in the series, “Phantasm: Ravager,” which has not yet been released.

Born Lawrence Rory Guy in Kansas City, Kansas, he studied theater at USC. But his acting career was slow to take off and for several years Scrimm worked »

- Pat Saperstein

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Rip Angus Scrimm

9 January 2016 11:30 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Angus Scrimm, beloved horror veteran, character actor, and former album liner notes writer, has died today at the age of 89, Entertainment Weekly reported earlier. Scrimm's longtime friend Don Coscarelli confirmed the news. Coscarelli directing Scrimm in the Phantasm series, in addition to John Dies At The End, the Masters of Horror episode "Incident On And Off A Mountain Road," and Jim, The World's Greatest. Scrimm was a Glass Eye Pix productions regular, having appeared in films such as I Sell The Dead, Satan Hates You, and The Off Season, as well as in the popular Tales From Beyond The Pale radio plays. Scrimm also had a recurring role on the TV series Alias, possibly because J.J. Abrams is a noted Phantasm fan (Abrams is restoring the film). According to IMDb,...

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Angus Scrimm, the Tall Man in 'Phantasm', Passes Away at 89

9 January 2016 10:11 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news for horror fans. Angus Scrimm, the veteran character actor perhaps best known as The Tall Man in the Phantasm franchise, has passed away at the age of 89. He is also known for his role in the 2008 horror movie I Sell the Dead. He had a recurring role in the TV series Alias. And Angus Scrimm was also the voice behind the spooky audio play series Tales from Beyond the Pale.

Phantasm director Don Coscarelli, who is a friend and long time collaborator of Angus Scrimm, notified EW of the actor's passing on Saturday night. Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm first brought life to the horror icon The Tall Man in 1979, the figure central to the plot in Phantasm. The Tall Man is a menacing mortician with a grotesque stare and superhuman strength. He can transform the dead into zombie dwarfs that do his evil bidding. And his weapon »

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