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Stephen King Adaptation ‘In the Tall Grass’ Casts Patrick Wilson as a Guy Who Really, Really Shouldn’t Have Gone in That Tall Grass

Stephen King Adaptation ‘In the Tall Grass’ Casts Patrick Wilson as a Guy Who Really, Really Shouldn’t Have Gone in That Tall Grass
Peter Cushing made a living and defined his legacy as a horror icon by “classing up” B-movie productions. He’d show up, looking and sounding like the smartest man in the room, and suddenly even the most ridiculous scenario made perfect, logical sense. If he believes it, then you believe it! I wouldn’t have pegged Patrick Wilson as […]

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What on Earth (or in space) is going to happen in Star Wars: Episode IX?

As Star Wars: Episode IX starts filming, Tom Beasley takes a look at what the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga has in store…

It wasn’t that long ago really that Star Wars: The Last Jedi took the mostly fairly united fandom surrounding the galaxy far, far away and shook it up, creating a deep schism down the middle. There are those, like me, who enjoyed Rian Johnson’s very different take on the series, there are those who didn’t enjoy what he chose to do and there are those – and let’s call them idiots – who have spent the last year harassing actors on social media and calling for Johnson’s movie to be scrubbed from existence.

That’s all behind us, though, now that J.J. Abrams is back in the director’s chair for the as yet untitled Episode IX. Whether it’s called Star Wars: Return
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Mark Hamill Opens Up On Carrie Fisher’s Return For Star Wars: Episode IX

A few months ago, Mark Hamill went on record advising against recasting Leia Organa for Star Wars: Episode IX, referring to the late Carrie Fisher as “irreplaceable” in the beloved role.

You can imagine he was relieved then to find out that Lucasfilm have no intention of finding a new actress to play his onscreen sister, and with the news going public that Fisher will instead feature in the film via pre-existing footage, the actor took to Twitter to show his support for the plan.

“It’s bittersweet facing my final chapter without her-She is simply irreplaceable. I’m finding solace in the fact that she won’t Be replaced & would love the worldwide outpouring of affection from those who loved her when they heard the news.#CarrieOnForever”

In the last year and a half, there’s been much speculation and debate among fans about if and how the studio
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Why Keri Russell Was Left Out of the Big Star Wars 9 Cast Announcement

Why Keri Russell Was Left Out of the Big Star Wars 9 Cast Announcement
Keri Russell is going to be in Star Wars 9 even though, for a hot second, it seemed like maybe something was going to prevent the actress from reuniting with J.J. Abrams. Russell previously worked with the prolific filmmaker on the show Felicity, which was a pivotal moment for both of their careers. That made the news of Russell joining the cast of Episode IX all the more exciting. However, Lucasfilm initially excluded her from the official cast announcement for the movie, which had some wondering if she perhaps wasn't going to be heading to a galaxy far, far away after all. Fear not.

According to a new report from Deadline, there's a good reason Lucasfilm didn't include Keri Russell who recently wrapped a terrific run on FX's The Americans, in their announcement. Apparently, Russell hadn't actually locked down her deal by the time the studio wanted to release the news,
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Why Keri Russell Was Left Out of the Big Star Wars 9 Cast Announcement

Why Keri Russell Was Left Out of the Big Star Wars 9 Cast Announcement
Keri Russell is going to be in Star Wars 9 even though, for a hot second, it seemed like maybe something was going to prevent the actress from reuniting with J.J. Abrams. Russell previously worked with the prolific filmmaker on the show Felicity, which was a pivotal moment for both of their careers. That made the news of Russell joining the cast of Episode IX all the more exciting. However, Lucasfilm initially excluded her from the official cast announcement for the movie, which had some wondering if she perhaps wasn't going to be heading to a galaxy far, far away after all. Fear not.

According to a new report from Deadline, there's a good reason Lucasfilm didn't include Keri Russell who recently wrapped a terrific run on FX's The Americans, in their announcement. Apparently, Russell hadn't actually locked down her deal by the time the studio wanted to release the news,

Lucasfilm Confirms That Leia Will Return In Star Wars: Episode IX

Now this is a surprise.

Ever since the tragic death of Carrie Fisher, fans have assumed that Star Wars: Episode IX would have to be rewritten in order to kill off General Leia between films. There were rumblings at the time of whether they could create a CGI Leia in the style of Peter Cushing in Rogue One, but they were dismissed as being a bit tasteless, and the idea of recasting the role frankly seems blasphemous given how closely Fisher was associated with it.

But today, Lucasfilm has confirmed that the character will indeed appear in Episode IX, and they’re going to use unused footage from The Force Awakens in order to make it happen. Here’s director J.J. Abrams’ statement on the decision, which is sure to cause at least a minor controversy:

“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us.
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Star Wars 9 Opening Scene Revealed?

With filming expected to begin next month on Star Wars 9, fans are eager for any information regarding this sequel, and a new report, while unconfirmed, may reveal details about the opening scene. While no Star Wars rumors are ever confirmed by the studio before, during and after production, some have turned out to be true, although they're all to be taken with a grain of salt. In the absence of any confirmed plot details, which LucasFilm rarely releases, rumors are all we're left with. There may be potential spoilers below regarding the opening scenes of Star Wars 9, so read on at your own risk.

This report from Cinema Blend claims the opening scene will feature the funeral of General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), which makes sense from one perspective, since Fisher tragically passed away in December 2016 after filming The Last Jedi. Back in January 2017, LucasFilm made the rare move of
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Leave the Lights On, to Ease Your Soul: Hammer Horror at the Quad

Hammer Film Productions ran itself on a loose set of commandments that had to be followed in all of their horror pictures. They obviously made more than that, often combing the fertile grounds of science fiction, sword-and-sandal affairs, and even the rare bank robbery, but their legacy is horror, and in those films you were going to see certain things. You could expect Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee (maybe both) duking it out in suave Gothic mansions or the quaint decor of a vampire’s crypt. You were going to see blood, sometimes lots of it, and women were going to wear beautiful, low-cut dresses that mostly existed to sing the praises of God-given cleavage. These were B-pictures, often trashy and always pulp, but behind the camera and in the heart of these movies is the single greatest output of house-style scares this side of Val Lewton’s cabal of
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‘Solo’: Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s L3-37 Is the Saving Grace of This Prequel, and One of the Best Star Wars Characters Ever

‘Solo’: Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s L3-37 Is the Saving Grace of This Prequel, and One of the Best Star Wars Characters Ever
The first hour of “Solo” is pretty damn bleak. The latest salvo in Disney’s ongoing campaign to canonize every interstitial plot detail that George Lucas’ original trilogy left to the imagination (and convert them all into cold hard cash), this new “Star Wars Story” is hamstrung by the saga’s pre-existing mythos from the moment it starts. Whereas “Rogue One” at least had the courtesy to wait a little while before preying on the past — zombie Peter Cushing was literally a dead giveaway of the film’s true intentions — “Solo” leaps towards fan service at light speed. One cutaway shot of Han’s lucky dice is all it takes to give you a bad feeling about this, and it’s almost impressive how consistently the film validates that premonition.

There’s the scene where Han gets his last name. There’s the extended sequence where he meets Chewbacca for the first time.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Gate (1987)

Horror that skews to a younger audience is a tricky proposition: where is the line between appealing to their budding sensibilities and traumatizing them forever? It’s a fine one for sure, but the ‘80s were built for the young, with the MTV and the glowing clothes and the disaffected suburbanites (just ask Rush); it was a playful decade culturally, and horror plugged directly into that adolescent electricity with The Gate (1987), a hellzapoppin’ tale of friendship, family, metal, and jaw dropping satanic trolls.

Released by New Century Vista Film Company mid-May in North America, the Canadian made film was a surprise hit, bringing in nearly $14 million against a $2.5 million budget. The critics liked it too, especially heaping praise on its very impressive stop motion and forced perspective work, courtesy of Randall William Cook (Fright Night). But technical wizardry aside, The Gate deserves a lot of credit for tapping into childhood
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A Study in Terror

A Study in Terror

Blu ray

Mill Creek Entertainment

1966 /1:85 / Street Date April 3, 2018

Starring John Neville, Donald Houston, Anthony Quayle

Cinematography by Desmond Dickinson

Written by Donald Ford, Derek Ford

Directed by James Hill

From master criminals like Professor Moriarty to Sebastian Moran, Sherlock Holmes faced his fair share of danger – but his greatest nemesis may have been the man who created him, Arthur Conan Doyle. Exasperated by his brainchild’s overwhelming popularity, the weary scribe groused, ”I think of slaying Holmes… and winding him up for good and all. He takes my mind from better things.”

Doyle tried to kill off his cash-cow on at least one occasion but the great detective had the last word, maintaining a firm grip on our imagination decades after other seemingly invincible literary characters dropped down the memory hole – perhaps because Holmes is far more mysterious than any mystery he himself might have
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Blu-ray Review: The House That Dripped Blood Pours on Nostalgia

Like Hammer Films (most affectionately known as Hammer Horror), Amicus Productions was based in England and among other genres, specialized in gothic horror films with plenty of atmosphere and excellent ensemble casts. These movies have a palpable feel and flavor, and are much-beloved by fans such as myself.  This is why I'm happy to say that Scream Factory has knocked it out of the park yet again with their Blu-ray release of Amicus' The House That Dripped Blood, out on Blu-ray today. It's one of those anthology horror films of a certain delicious vintage that's just so much fun. Starring a fantastic cast of British actors, such as Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Ingrid Pitt, Jon Pertwee, Joanna Dunham, Nyree Dawn Porter, and Denholm ElliottThe House...

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The Psychopath

Robert Bloch and Milton Subotsky may have helped to codify the Giallo in this murder thriller but the results are not up to even the shaky standards of Amicus. That said, horror fans are going to flock to get their hands on a big color & ‘scope release that’s gone missing for decades. It’s a significant ‘save’ by Kino Lorber.

The Psychopath

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen Techniscope / 82 min. / Street Date April 10, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Patrick Wymark, Margaret Johnston, John Standing, Alexander Knox, Judy Huxtable, Don Borisenko, Thorley Walters, Robert Crewdson, Harold Lang, Gina Gianelli, Greta Farrer, John Harvey.

Cinematography: John Wilcox

Film Editor: Oswald Hafenrichter

Art Direction: Bill Constable

Original Music: Elisabeth Lutyens

Written by Robert Bloch

Produced by Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky

Directed by Freddie Francis

A look at the cast and crew of The Psychopath raises one’s hopes. Good actors Patrick
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May 8th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The House That Dripped Blood, Emanuelle And The Last Cannibals, The Devil Incarnate

For those of you who enjoy your genre offerings on the eccentric side, May 8th is shaping up to be a wild day of home media releases. Severin Films has put together a limited edition Blu-ray for Emmanuelle and the Last Cannibals and they have the uncut version of Violence in a Women’s Prison coming out this week as well. Both The Devil Incarnate and Enter the Devil have been gussied up for an HD release this Tuesday, and for all you Amicus fans out there, Scream Factory is bringing The House That Dripped Blood to Blu, too.

Other notable releases for May 8th include Disembodied, Bizarre, Sick Sock Monsters From Outer Space, The Creeps, Gutboy: A Badtime Story, and The Violence Movie.

The Devil Incarnate

The action takes place in 16th century Spain. The Devil comes to earth to live as a mere mortal. Together with a human companion,
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Contest: Win The House That Dripped Blood on Blu-ray

Featuring a dream cast that includes Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, The House That Dripped Blood is coming to Blu-ray on May 8th from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of the 1971 Amicus horror movie to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers

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Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The House That Dripped Blood.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The House That Dripped Blood Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 14th. This
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Moulin Rouge

John Huston’s 1952 bio-pic of tortured artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec avoids most of the “tortured-artist” cliches by surrounding star Jose Ferrer with beautiful recreations of Lautrec’s world and even more beautiful women including a (believe it or not) completely charming Zsa Zsa Gabor as the flighty but sweet can-can dancer Jane Avril. Plus a moving score from Georges Auric and ravishing Technicolor cinematography by Oswald Morris. Look for bit parts from Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Are Changing the Face of Digital De-Aging

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Are Changing the Face of Digital De-Aging
Digital de-aging is Hollywood’s latest tech toy. However, the controversial CG process faces a major test next year with Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man.”

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino face off as real life mob hitman Frank Sheeran and labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa in Scorsese’s gangster biopic, as Industrial Light & Magic digitally removes decades from their appearances for a series of flashbacks. And elite 50-year-old assassin Will Smith gets stalked by his 23-year-old clone (created by Weta Digital) in Lee’s cutting edge sci-fi thriller.

Obviously, there’s more at stake here than the successful de-aging of Sean Young and Kurt Russell, or Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Robert Downey Jr. in “Captain America: Civil War,” and Michael Douglas in “Ant Man.” Any misstep into the Uncanny Valley could prove fatal. Then again,
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Lucasfilm Has Digital Scans of All Lead Star Wars Actors

Star Wars: The Last Jedi VFX supervisor Ben Morris reveals it’s standard procedure at the studio to digitally scan the lead actors of the films to have on file. The galaxy far, far away has always been at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of filmmaking technology, but it wasn’t too long ago Lucasfilm generated some controversy due to their innovative advancements. As many know by now, 2016’s Rogue One featured a CGI recreation of the late Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin, and the final scene starred a digitally de-aged Carrie Fisher as the 19-year old Princess Leia from A New Hope. There’s no denying this was an impressive feat, but the technique raised serious ethical questions.
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Doctor Who Novel (Sort Of) Confirms Peter Cushing Is In Canon

Steven Moffat’s novelization of “The Day of the Doctor” has finally confirmed that the Peter Cushing movies are part of the Doctor Who canon – in a sense.

Doctor Who is best known as one of Britain’s most popular TV series, but the show has actually inspired several movies too. The most recent was 1996’s Doctor Who film, starring Paul McGann, which is actually considered part of the canon; McGann’s face has been shown several times in the relaunched TV series, and he’s reprised the role in several Big Finish audio adventures.
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Mark Hamill says Carrie Fisher as Leia is “irreplaceable” for Star Wars: Episode IX

Mark Hamill has commented on the idea of replacing the late Carrie Fisher in her role as Leia for Star Wars: Episode IX.

With Fisher’s passing in December 2016, many rumours started to circulate about what would become of her iconic character Leia Organa in the new Star Wars trilogy. Her scenes were already shot for Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, and the director opted not to alter her performance in any way to shuffle her out of the plot.

With Episode IX now in the works and Leia still an active character in the story, many are wondering just what will happen. Mark Hamill, one of Fisher’s co-stars in the Star Wars saga, is certain that she could never be replaced or the character recast.

”First of all, I don’t know what the specific plans were for that character but just the way Han Solo was more prominent in Episode VII,
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