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Horror Channel rings in the New Year with Wes Craven season

Horror Channel is set to celebrate the legendary filmmaker Wes Craven throughout January with a retrospective of the late great genre director’s career. Four of his supernatural shockers and scream-filled slashers wlll be broadcast, including the network premieres of serial killer chiller My Soul to Take, his macabre masterpiece The Serpent and the Rainbow, his diabolically electrifying Shocker and the goofy, gory satire The People Under the Stairs.

Wes Craven Season

Sat 6 Jan @ 21:00 – The Serpent And The Rainbow (1988)

Horror master Wes Craven directs this chilling supernatural thriller, based on the best-selling book by Wade Davis, about a Harvard researcher (Bill Pullman) who travels to Haiti to procure a secret voodoo powder that places people into a state of simulated death. His investigation into the hidden world of black magic grows increasingly dangerous until he is caught in a living nightmare.

Sat 13 Jan @ 21:00 – Shocker (1989)

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Bottomfeeder Horror Comic Is Humanoids from the Deep Meets Bad Lieutenant! On Sale Today!

Well, all I can say is: It’s about time, folks. Those nutty loonies over at Eibon Press, who’ve been kicking all the ass this past year with inspired and totally twisted comic adaptations of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie and William Lustig’s Maniac, have finally got an original title dropping. Today’s the day it hits the street. […]

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Horror Highlights: Filmmakers Jen & Sylvia Soska Featured on Special Episode of Shudder’s The Core, 68 Kill Blu-ray / DVD, Paperbacks From Hell Event

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Filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka The Twisted Twins, take center stage as the latest guests on Shudder's new show The Core, hosted by Mickey Keating, and in today's Horror Highlights we also have a look at Scream Factory's Blu-ray / DVD release of Trent Haaga's 68 Kill and details on a live event for Grady Hendrix's Paperbacks from Hell.

Jen and Sylvia Soska Guest Star on The Core: "Today, Shudder releases the latest episode of The Core with host Mickey Keating and special guests The Soska Sisters. Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska also known as The Soska Sisters or The Twisted Twins, are Canadian twin sisters who work together as film directors, producers and screenwriters.

Whether it's a demo on head explosions, or a primer on avoiding predictable jump scares, The Core busts open the traditional talk show and plays with its guts. Host Mickey Keating (Carnage Park,
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Join Cinema Retro And Director William Lustig At "Maniac" Screening, NYC, November 15

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Director William Lustig will be attending a New York City  35mm screening of his infamous and legendary 1980 slasher crime thriller "Maniac" starring Caroline Munro and Joe Spinell on Wednesday November 15 at the Roxy Cinema, located inside the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca. Lee Pfeiffer of Cinema Retro will be interviewing Lustig on stage about the controversies surrounding the film and its enduring legacy. For tickets and info, click here.
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Amityville: The Awakening Review

For a long-pushed, unceremoniously dropped – straight to Google Play to watch for Free – 2017 reboot-a-ma-jig, Amityville: The Awakening sure is brazenly confident. Like, beyond pure existence. I’m all for revamping franchises in new and chilling ways, but to shade other Amityville entries without first proving your own merit? That’s exactly what happens when Thomas Mann’s draped-in-black horror devotee asks which Amityville film should be watched from inside 112 Ocean Avenue. “Remakes totally blow,” spouts his goth-punk friend. Hey – at least 2005’s The Amityville Horror features Ryan Reynolds chopping wood shirtless and in longjohns. Which is more than this generic Kidz-Bop mess of redundant haunter misfires has to offer.

Bella Thorne stars as Belle Walker, a damn-the-world transplant now inhabiting the famed Amityville manor where Ronnie DeFeo Jr. murdered his family – but she doesn’t know it. Mother Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) claims she scored a killer deal on a
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jan Broberg

Jan Broberg is an actress, singer, and dancer. She was born in Pocatello, Idaho, on July 31, 1962. Her acting career consists of both roles in television series and movies. Broberg’s first acting job was a 1992 television movie called ‘In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion’ and she played the role of Heidi Swapp. Her most famous television role is playing the character Nurse Louise in the CBS series ‘Everwood’, in which she appeared in 32 episodes between 2002 and 2006. The movies for which she is best-known include ‘Iron Man 3’, ‘Slaughter of the Innocents’, and ‘Maniac’.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jan Broberg
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Sex and the City 3 canned, huge Terminator 6 update, It becomes the biggest horror film of all-time and more – Weekend News Roundup

Girls Gone Cold

After making over $700 million across two films (although the second took a major dip in box office receipts), Sex and the City 3 seemed like a sure thing. The film had been in development for some time and a lot of talks were taking place, but it looks like the movie has now been shelved. “It’s over,” Sarah Jessica Parker told Extra. “We’re not doing it. … I’m disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.” Read more here.

Coming Back To America

A film that is finally moving forward, however, is the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 comedy Coming to America. Deadline now has an update on the progress,
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First Amityville: Awakening Clip Arrives, Release Date Announced

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First Amityville: Awakening Clip Arrives, Release Date Announced
After years of delays, Amityville: The Awakening is finally getting a release. For real this time. The movie has been shifted around on the release calendar four different times, which is rarely a good sign for any movie. Especially a low-budget horror movie such as this. In any case, this will provide horror fans with something new to watch this Halloween season. The good part? The movie will be available to stream for free on Google Play.

According to Deadline, Amityville: The Awakening will be streaming for free exclusively on Google Play from October 12 to November 8. The movie is also being given a limited theatrical release starting on October 28, for those who are looking for something to watch during the Halloween weekend. That should help the studio recover some of the money they invested in this modern take on the Amityville Horror franchise, but in many ways, they seem to
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Amityville: The Awakening heads to Google Play for free

David Crow Sep 22, 2017

The long belated release of Amityville: The Awakening, with Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh, is upon you... and it's free?

Horror revivals are all the rage right now. And why shouldn’t they be? Warner Bros. and New Line’s new take on the Ballad of Pennywise in It has dominated the September box office in a big way. So maybe there’s hope yet for Jigsaw and Leatherface this October? (Granted, neither can bust a move like ol’ Pennywise can.) But forget about monsters. Demonic houses and wrecked real estate also wants in on the action, hence Amityville: The Awakening is finally having its release.

Yep, this horror feature from Dimensions Films and Blumhouse Productions has moved around the release calendar more times than a possessed kitchen chair making its witching hour rounds. Yet the Bella Thorne starring horror revival is getting a belated premiere…
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Amityville: The Awakening Coming to Google Play & Select Theaters This October, Watch a New Clip

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If you've been waiting to take another visit to 112 Ocean Avenue, your patience is about to be rewarded. Following several release date changes, Amityville: The Awakening will be released by Dimension Films this October, and we've been provided with a new clip from the film that features Bella Thorne investigating her new home's creepy confines.

From October 12th–November 8th, you can watch Amityville: The Awakening for free on Google Play, and the latest entry in the long-running franchise will also be released in select theaters on October 28th, just in time for Halloween.

We have additional details on the movie below, as well as the new clip (which debuted on EW), previously released trailer, and a set of photos. Will you be paying 112 Ocean Avenue a visit this October?

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (September 21, 2017) – Forty years later, something is stirring again as a new family moves into 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville: The Awakening,
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Horror Highlights: Maniac Cop 2 Collection from Cavitycolors, Aliens Ate My Homework, What The Waters Left Behind, The Tormenting

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Cavitycolors pays tribute to Maniac Cop 2 with a new shirts and pins collection, and in today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on Aliens Ate My Homework, What the Waters Left Behind, and The Tormenting.

Maniac Cop 2 Shirts and Pins Collection: From Cavitycolors: "Hey Fiends!

This Thursday, we're bringing you our officially licensed Maniac Cop 2 collection!

Written by Larry Cohen (The Stuff) and directed by William Lustig (Maniac), Part 2 of the series is my personal favorite entry in the series. A 90's cult classic in the truest sense, it's just so satisfying to see a much more monstrous Matt Cordell wreak havoc on the streets of New York City. We couldn't be more excited to work with top notch artists on this release, including Devon Whitehead, Jason Edmiston, Shane Murphy, and Matt Skiff. All art is officially licensed, and approved by William Lustig himself for what might
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The Defenders Recap: Who Emerged as the All-Stars of TV's Marvel Team-Up?

The Defenders Recap: Who Emerged as the All-Stars of TV's Marvel Team-Up?
Did one of Netflix’s superhero series just come crashing to a halt?

Marvel’s The Defenders released all eight episodes on Friday morning, slowly but surely uniting Matt Murdoch, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand in a case to keep the ominous global organization known as The Hand from making New York the latest city to fall to its centuries-long whims. A recap, of all eight episodes, follows. Warning, the recap reveals spoilers, as it recaps things that happened, in all eight episodes. Of The Defenders. On Netflix. Spoilers! (Warning.)

Matt (Charlie Cox) met Jessica (Krysten Ritter) when
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Laff 2017 Review: Annabelle: Creation is a Clever Mix of Old-School Horror Tricks

For his second feature, David F. Sandberg really went all out for Annabelle: Creation, mixing up his bag of horror tricks to deliver a cinematic experience that just relentlessly comes at you with the scares once the titular doll is discovered and all hell is unleashed on anyone in her path. As far as prequels go, Sandberg has done a helluva job with Annabelle: Creation, and I commend the filmmaker for creating a clever and wickedly fun horror movie that surpasses its predecessor in numerous ways (akin to Mike Flanagan’s Ouija: Origin of Evil last year). And, beyond that, Sandberg actually found a way to make the Annabelle doll super creepy, and I’m not one to be easily unnerved by evil inanimate objects. Well done all around, sir.

Annabelle: Creation precedes the events of Annabelle by more than a decade, when we first meet a doll-maker named Samuel Mullins (Anthony Lapaglia) and his family (Miranda Otto as the missus and Samara Lee as the adorable little “Bee”), who enjoy an idyllic life on their homestead until an accident claims the life of Bee, leaving her parents grief-stricken and despondent over their loss. After some time, they decide to invite a group of orphans who have been displaced to live with them, hoping the new residents will help bring some life into the otherwise empty-feeling abode.

But the Mullins quickly realize that bringing the children and their caretaker, Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) into their home was a big mistake, as young Janice (Talitha Bateman) discovers a secret hidden away in Bee’s bedroom: an evil doll that seems to be hellbent on torturing the little girl, as well as her best friend, Linda (Lulu Wilson), and the rest of their fellow orphans. And that’s when things go absolutely bonkers in the best ways possible.

Sandberg proved he was more than capable of concocting some innovative, yet beautifully simple scares with last summer’s breakout hit Lights Out. For Annabelle: Creation, though, he steps up his game and devises some truly inspired scares, once again tapping into childhood fears to bring his beautifully twisted genre sensibilities to life.

Oh, and just because he’s dealing with children, don’t expect Sandberg to take it easy on the young protagonists in Annabelle: Creation. All the girls get their fair share of terror-filled moments to endure throughout the story, but it’s Bateman’s character, Janice, who really feels the brunt of most of it, being tortured by ghostly figures, creepy entities hiding in the shadows, an unseen force that tosses her nearly 20 feet in the air and then, just a short time later, drags her through an old barn as she’s trying to convalesce from the heinous fall. Beyond that, Sandberg also gives us one of the creepiest scarecrows I’ve seen in some time, and a few other unexpected otherworldly delights that I don’t want to go into much further, as it would probably ruin some stuff. But suffice to say, Sandberg and Annabelle: Creation earn that R rating.

At the forefront of Creation are Bateman and Wilson (who gave me chills with her turn in the aforementioned Ouija: Origin of Evil), who both deliver fantastic performances. The actresses share an infectious chemistry together, and I enjoyed watching their dynamic shift throughout the prequel, as poor Janice can’t escape being a punching bag for the evil forces lurking inside the Mullins house, and Linda desperately wants to help her friend, but isn’t sure of how exactly to do just that. The actresses have a natural camaraderie in Annabelle: Creation, which makes them easy to invest in as characters you want to see survive the horrors of the Mullins house.

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing production design by Jennifer Spence for Annabelle: Creation (seriously, you could get lost in the details of the Mullins’ house), and the inventive and stunning camerawork from cinematographer Maxime Alexandre (who has also lensed a slew of other great modern genre films like High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes remake, The Crazies remake, the Maniac remake, as well as the dark comedy The Voices). The contributions of both creative individuals really elevate the overall look and feel of Annabelle: Creation, and it was easy to get immersed in Sandberg’s world because of their combined efforts.

And for those of you who are curious, Creation does tie into the original Annabelle and we also get nods to The Conjuring as well as the real-life haunted doll, too. I won’t go into specifics because I don’t want to ruin the fun, but for those of you on the hunt for some Easter eggs, Sandberg has incorporated several that you should definitely enjoy discovering in his latest project.

With Annabelle: Creation, Sandberg successfully moves the James Wan-iverse forward with an unyielding sense of glee, and I think he’s done something very special with his latest film. I may not have been someone who needed another Annabelle movie, but I’m so glad it was Sandberg who was behind it, because his pure passion for classic horror oozes through in every single frame, and I really had a blast with it. I wouldn’t call it “scary” by any means for those of us who eat, sleep, and breathe horror, but Sandberg has managed to create something of an entertaining roller coaster ride that never lets up once the director lets the evil in Creation go full throttle.

Movie Score: 4/5

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Horror Highlights: Without Name, Nitehawk Shorts Festival Selects, Frontières at Fantasia, The Passing

You never know what will be waiting for you in the woods... In today's Horror Highlights, we have two clips from the upcoming thriller Without Name, as well as details on the Nitehawk Shorts Festival Selects program, Frontières returning to the Fantasia International Film Festival, and the official trailer for The Passing.

Without Name Clips: Press Release: "Los Angeles, California (June 16, 2017) - Global Digital Releasing has set a distribution date for the award winning dramatic thriller Without Name. The North American release will be across multiple digital and VOD platforms, beginning Tuesday, June 20.

The story follows land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna). He travels to a remote, unnamed Irish woodland to assess its suitability for a new development project. However, the assignment it is not as simple as it could be. Intrigued by the woods’ foreboding mysticism, Eric finds himself drawn into a dangerous game that could lead to him becoming
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Don’T Knock Twice Coming to Blu-ray / DVD This Summer

Some urban legends are more reality than fantasy, as one teenager finds out in Don't Knock Twice, the new supernatural film starring Katee Sackhoff, and Scream Factory will release the IFC Midnight movie on Blu-ray / DVD this summer, first as a Walmart exclusive on June 6th before hitting shelves everywhere August 1st:

Press Release: A wild supernatural shocker that delivers a barrage of nonstop jolts and searing nightmare images, Don’t Knock Twice makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut as a Walmart exclusive on June 6th, 2017, from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. The Blu-ray + DVD Combo will be available everywhere August 1st, 2017. This visceral film also includes a making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer as bonus features.

When troubled teen Chloe (Lucy Boynton, Sing Street) defies a local legend’s warning and knocks at the door of a long-abandoned house, she unleashes a horror beyond
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The Autopsy Of Jane Doe Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

If you've already seen The Autopsy of Jane Doe, you might think of it on stormy nights or whenever you hear the dinging of a bell, and soon you can add the latest film from André Øvredal to your home media collection, as Scream Factory will release The Autopsy of Jane Doe on a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe Blu-ray / DVD combo pack will be available in the Us as a Walmart exclusive starting May 2nd, with its wide Blu-ray / DVD release coming later this summer on June 27th. No special features have been revealed at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details. In the meantime, you can check out the official press release and cover art below.

Press Release: Winner of Best Horror Film at Fantastic Fest 2016, the ominous thriller The Autopsy of Jane Doe makes its
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Scream Factory to Release Tank 432 on Blu-ray & DVD This April

In Nick Gillespie's Tank 432, all hell breaks loose when a group of soldiers finds themselves under attack from an unknown enemy, and you can witness the creepy carnage when Scream Factory and IFC Midnight release Tank 432 on Blu-ray this spring!

Press Release: Available April 4th, 2017 from Scream Factory in conjunction with IFC Midnight comes Tank 432, a mind-bending plunge into hallucinatory terror from executive producer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High-Rise).

Under siege by a mysterious enemy in an apocalyptic, war-torn landscape, a band of mercenary soldiers, hooded hostages in tow, seek refuge inside an abandoned military tank. But their sanctuary soon reveals itself to be a steel-walled prison. As the group succumbs to claustrophobia, paranoia, and increasingly disturbing delusions, it becomes clear that the real threat may lie not outside, but within. The directorial debut from longtime Wheatley collaborator Nick Gillespie unfolds like a delirious, pulse-pounding puzzle.

About IFC Midnight
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Untold Horror Documentary Series to Feature George A. Romero, John Landis & More

"They're always there. They're like ghosts," says George A. Romero. The Godfather of the Living Dead isn't referring to one of the ravenous monsters from his movies, but rather movies themselves... the ones he never got to make. Films that never made it out of Development Hell are the focus of Untold Horror, a new project from Dave Alexander and Mark Pollesel that features filmmakers—including George A. Romero, John Landis, and more—discussing their films and passionate ideas that never came to fruition.

In addition to reflecting on films that never came to be, Untold Horror is also helping to resurrect these passion projects, beginning with George A. Romero's The Little World of Humongo Bongo, a children's book that will be released later this year. To learn more about Untold Horror, we have the official press release with full details, as well as the series' trailer:

Press Release: (March 1, 2017 - Toronto,
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I Don’T Feel At Home In This World Anymore – Review

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Is everyone an a-hole? The Us Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival this year, I Don’T Feel At Home In This World Anymore, seems to be a very easy answer to that question, or at least a comforting distraction. Distraction, then again would be giving it too little credit. I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore deserves every reward coming to it for its hysterical, yet sad script, pitch-perfect direction, and solemnly hilarious performances. After all, when asking such a difficult question of the audience it’s a good idea not to take yourself too seriously.

I Don’T Feel At Home In This World Anymore (which has been written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier bit part player and best actor of his kind maybe since Paul Giamatti, Macon Blair) follows Ruth (Melanie Lynskey, still as excellent as she was in Heavenly Creatures until…
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