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‘A Good Woman is Hard to Find’ Review: Dir. Abner Pastoll (2019) [Fantasia 2019]

A Good Woman is Hard to Find review: Rising star Sarah Bolger and director Abner Pastoll team-up for a dark tale of one mother’s desperation to keep her family safe, no matter the cost.

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In 2015, director Abner Pastoll debuted his first feature film Road Games. The film was a bi-lingual twisted tale that starred Barbara Crampton and had genre fans taking notice. Now four years later, he has returned with his second movie A Good Woman is Hard to Find. The setting relocates from rural France to urban Ireland as we meet Sarah (Sarah Bolger) and her two children Lucy and Ben. Sarah has had a tough time recently, her husband was murdered in front of her son Ben, whom is now mute. With no money coming in, day-to-day life is a struggle. Then she meets local criminal Tito (Andrew Simpson) who forces her into criminal activities.
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Poster & Teaser for horror anthology ‘Deathcember’

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Epic Pictures have acquired the worldwide sales rights for the upcoming Christmas horror anthology Deathcember, which features rising and celebrated directors and talent from around the world in an impressive advent calendar of terror and to accompany the announcement have also released the first teaser trailer and poster!

The anthology was created by Dominic Saxl, who produced alongside Ivo Scheloske, production manager with Anolis Entertainment, and Frank Vogt, COO of Magna Mana Production and made in part thanks to the German HessenFilm fund. Says Saxl:

We’re beyond proud of the film that Deathcember has become. With all the incredible and diverse talent involved, it holds something for every horror fan – and we‘re confident that our collaboration with Epic will give everyone the chance to see for themselves.

Notable directors include Pollyanna McIntosh (Darlin’), Isaac Ezban (Parallel), Lucky McKee, Lee Sang-woo (Barbie) and Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust). Segments from
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‘Puppet Master: The Little Reich’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Udo Kier, Thomas Lennon, Alex Beh, Barbara Crampton, Nelson Franklin, Skeeta Jenkins, Michael Paré, Jenny Pellicer, Charlyne Yi | Written by S. Craig Zahler | Directed by Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund

[Note: With the film finally getting a physical release in the UK, here's a reposting of my review of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich from last years festival run]

Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash. Girl-next-door Ashley and and comic book pal Markowitz join Edgar for a doomed road trip to an auction at a convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.

I’m going to be honest, there’s absolutely no way this review is unbiased.
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Interview: Barbara Crampton on Her Role in Culture Shock and What Fans Can Expect from the Castle Freak Reimagining

Just in time for Independence Day, the latest episode of the Blumhouse TV/Hulu series Into the Dark is set to premiere on July 4th. Entitled Culture Shock, the film is directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero and is centered around a young woman named Marisol (Martha Higareda), who has dreams of moving from Mexico to the United States, but finds herself immersed in a hyper-realistic nightmare when her wish is fulfilled, and her experiences in the Us of A aren't exactly all they're cracked up to be. Culture Shock also stars Barbara Crampton, Shawn Ashmore, Creed Bratton, and Richard Cabral, and features a script written by James Benson, Efrén Hernández, and Guerrero.

Recently, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Crampton about her involvement with Culture Shock, and she discussed how Guerrero had impressed her years prior with her short film La Quinceañera, which made it an easy decision
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‘Culture Shock’ On Hulu: Immigrants Find American Nightmare In Blumhouse Thriller

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‘Culture Shock’ On Hulu: Immigrants Find American Nightmare In Blumhouse Thriller
The polarizing politics of immigration and the controversies that straddle the border between the U.S. and Mexico are starting to percolate more and more in the genre film sector with compelling projects such as the supernatural horror film Tigers Are Not Afraid, the magic-informed thriller Witch Hunt or the upcoming as-yet-untitled Showtime drama from Gael García Bernal. Joining the list on Independence Day with a release on Hulu is the new thriller Culture Shock, a Blumhouse Television production that marks the directorial debut of Gigi Saul Guerrero.

Culture Shock will premiere on Independence Day under Hulu’s Into the Dark banner, a year-long series of 12 feature-length horror productions that are released one-per-month and were “inspired by a holiday.” Culture Shock was directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero – her feature length debut – working off a script she wrote with Efren Hernandez & James Benson, story by Hernandez & Benson. The film stars Martha Higareda
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The 1995 Horror Classic Castle Freak is Getting Remade By Fangoria and Full Moon

Fangoria and Full Moon are producing a remake of the classic 1995 horror film Castle Freak. This movie is considered a cult classic that centered on a horrific creature lurking within the shadows of a castle.

The original film was produced Charles Band, who hired Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon to helm it. Band had a poster created for the film project that didn’t even have a script and told Gordon he could do whatever he wanted with it as long as it had a castle and a freak in the story.

So, Gordon ended up turning it into a loose horror film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Outsider and he cast Re-Animator stars Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton to star in it.

According to Bloody-Disgusting, the story for the new movie follows “recently-blinded Rebecca, her boyfriend John, and their friends as they travel to Albania to manage
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Our Predictions For Frightfest’s 20th Anniversary

Frightfest recently announced the films that will open and close this year’s 20th anniversary Arrow Video Frightfest – Come to Daddy and A Good Woman is Hard to Find. Thursday will see the whole programme unleashed upon us; all we know so far is that the team is throwing everything they can at the festival to make its twentieth year truly special. We may only be a few days away from finding out, but we’re giving it a shot at guessing ten films that we think/hope will grace the Empire Cineworld Leicester Square this August.

A Barbara Crampton film

It wouldn’t be Frightfest without an appearance from its Queen, Barbara Crampton. Since You’re Next screened in 2011, Crampton has almost always had at least one film screening, the last two years have also seen her attend the event to interact with the fans. From looking at her IMDb page,
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Main Cast Revealed for Castle Freak Reimagining from Fangoria and Full Moon Features

Last year, it was announced that makeup effects guru Tate Steinsiek will direct a reimagining of Castle Freak, and now the main cast has been revealed for Fangoria and Full Moon Features' new take on Stuart Gordon's 1995 horror film.

According to multiple outlets, including Bloody Disgusting, the Castle Freak reimagining will star Clair Catherine, Jake Horowitz (The Vast of Night), Chris Galust (Give Me Liberty), Kika Magalhães (The Eyes of My Mother), Emily Sweet (Syn), Elisha Pratt (True Detective), and Omar Brunson.

A collaboration between Fangoria and Full Moon Features (who teamed up for 2018's Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich), the new Castle Freak is expected to start production in Albania in July. Steinsiek will direct from a screenplay by Kathy Charles, with legendary composer Fabio Frizzi contributing an original score for the film.

According to Bloody Disgusting, the new Castle Freak "follows recently-blinded Rebecca, her boyfriend John, and
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Castle Freak Remake Cast Revealed, Fabio Frizzi to Score Soundtrack

Castle Freak Remake Cast Revealed, Fabio Frizzi to Score Soundtrack
Stuart Gordon's cult horror flick Castle Freak is getting the remake treatment and the reimagining of this tale is getting underway in the very near future. Production on the movie is set to begin next month. Full Moon Features and Fangoria have partnered to bring this new horrific vision to life. The companies have announced the full cast and creative team for the remake, which includes horror icon Barbara Crampton, who starred in the original and serves as a producer here, as well as a score from Italian composer Fabio Frizzi.

Makeup and VFX artist Tate Steinsiek (Satanic Panic) is set to make his directorial debut. The cast is toplined by newcomer Clair Catherine. The ensemble also includes Jake Horowitz (The Vast of Night), Chris Galust (Give Me Liberty), Kika Magalhaes (The Eyes of My Mother) Emily Sweet (Syn), Elisha Pratt (True Detective) and Omar Brunson (Shadow Fighter). Steinsiek
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Into The Dark: Culture Shock Trailer Features an Ominous Version of the American Dream

"We're not paid to give them the American dream. We're paid to keep them out of it." A Mexican woman's border crossing into the United States takes a creepy turn into an eerily utopian society where all may not be what it seems in the trailer for Culture Shock, the July installment of Hulu and Blumhouse's Into the Dark horror anthology series.

Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero from a screenplay written by James Benson, Efrén Hernández, and Guerrero, Culture Shock stars Martha Higareda, Barbara Crampton, Shawn Ashmore, Richard Cabral, Felipe de Lara, and Creed Bratton.

You can watch the official trailer below before Culture Shock premieres on Hulu beginning Thursday, July 4th.

"Told in Spanish and English, this thriller follows a young Mexican woman in pursuit of the American Dream, who crosses illegally into the United States, only to find herself in an American nightmare. The next installment of
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Full Moon Features to Begin Filming “Deadly Ten” Initiative with Halloweed Night: Meet The Weedjies and Necropolis: Legion

Ever wonder what really goes into the making of an independent horror film? Charles Band's Full Moon Features will take fans behind the blood-stained curtain for a live look into the making of ten new movies with their "Deadly Ten" initiative, and principal photography is about to begin on the first two films, Halloweed Night: Meet the Weedjies and Necropolis: Legion.

From Blade: The Iron Cross to The Grim Rapper, the making of the "Deadly Ten" movies will be live streamed on the official "Deadly Ten" website beginning this month, with all ten films slated to premiere on February 14th, 2020, on the Full Moon Amazon Prime Channel:

Press Release: Hollywood, June 10, 2019 – Full Moon Features will start principal photography on two of their feature films in their Deadly Ten anthology commencing on June 11, 2019. The Deadly Ten is Full Moon's highly anticipated initiative that sees the studio producing ten original feature films,
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Corpse Club Member-Exclusive Audio Commentary Celebrates Jim Wynorski’s Chopping Mall

As a special treat for those in our Corpse Club membership system, we've recorded a new audio commentary to Jim Wynorski's Chopping Mall.

Recorded by Corpse Club podcast co-hosts and Horror BFFs Heather Wixson and Patrick Bromley, the new Chopping Mall audio commentary is an exclusive gift for Corpse Club members to enjoy! The next time you watch Chopping Mall, you can listen as Heather and Patrick take a deep dive into the 1986 sci-fi horror film, including its killer robots, totally rad mall setting, and its memorable performances by Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell, Barbara Crampton, and more!

Corpse Club members are being sent an audio file of the new commentary, so the next time you watch Chopping Mall, all you have to do is press "play" to listen to Heather and Patrick's new audio commentary. It’s like watching a movie with the Corpse Club... just be sure to save us some popcorn!
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It’s Party Time with Fright-Rags’s Return Of The Living Dead & Dawn Of The Dead Apparel

It’s Party Time with Fright-Rags’s Return Of The Living Dead & Dawn Of The Dead Apparel Plus Official Barbara Crampton Shirt, On Sale Now at Fright-Rags.com Fright-Rags digs up new merch from two of the most beloved zombie films of all time – George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and Dan O’Bannon’s The Return

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The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs Renewed for a Second Season by Shudder

Resurrecting the MonsterVision days and the delightful drive-in experience for a new era in horror, The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs has dazzled horror fans on a weekly basis since its premiere in March (following well-received specials in 2018), and Shudder is rewarding viewers with a second season renewal of the series, giving us more of Joe Bob's insightful interviews, comedic commentary, and trademark wit to look forward to.

A premiere date for the second season of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs (which also stars Diana Prince as Darcy the Mail Girl) has yet to be announced, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime, we have the official press release with full details, including info on this week's season 1 finale:

Press Release: May 22, 2019 — Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural, announced today that it has
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UK’s Jinga Films closes Us deal for Frankenstein-inspired horror 'Reborn' (exclusive)

Horror veteran Barbara Crompton stars alongside newcomer Kayleigh Gilbert.

UK-based genre specialist Jinga Films has set a Us distribution deal with Vertical Entertainment for Julian Richards’ La-set horror Reborn.

Vertical is planning a theatrical release in at least 10 markets including New York and La, alongside placement with VOD and home video outlets.

Jinga has also sealed deals for Scandinavia (Njuta); Middle East (Italia); Taiwan (MovieCloud) and Vietnam (Lightning McQueen).

The film is a contemporary Frankenstein story set in Los Angeles, about a stillborn baby girl brought back to life by a morgue attendant during an electrical storm. Horror veteran Barbara Crampton leads the cast,
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Deadly Ten News: Richard Christy, Barbara Crampton and more join the cast of Halloweed Night!

Horror icons, influencers and pop culture oddballs set to appear in Halloweed Night: Meet The Weedjies Full Moon’s most ambitious project to date, Deadly Ten is now live and in the early stages of production on its first feature, director Danny Draven’s Halloweed Night: Meet The Weedjies. The horror/comedy will be shot in Las Vegas …

The post Deadly Ten News: Richard Christy, Barbara Crampton and more join the cast of Halloweed Night! appeared first on Hnn | Horrornews.net.
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Fright-Rags’ New Releases Include Apparel Collections for Dan O’Bannon’s The Return Of The Living Dead and George A. Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead

It's party time with the living dead at Fright-Rags, as they've unleashed official apparel collections for Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead and George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (following the unveiling of their official Barbara Crampton T-shirt).

Press Release: "Fright-Rags digs up new merch from two of the most beloved zombie films of all time - George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead and Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead - along with an official shirt for genre favorite Barbara Crampton.

It's party time with Fright-Rags's The Return of the Living Dead collection, which features five brain-hungry shirts, Tarman socks that glow in the dark, and two enamel pins - including a flip-open Tarman pin.

Add a splash of color to your wardrobe with Fright-Rags's Dawn of the Dead apparel. The film's classic logo comes on red, purple, and black heather tees,
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Fright-Rags Celebrates Horror Icon Barbara Crampton with Official T-Shirt

From her memorable performances in Re-Animator, Chopping Mall, and From Beyond to her recent work in You're Next, Sun Choke, and Channel Zero: The Dream Door, there's no doubt that Barbara Crampton is one of the most talented, inspiring, and influential icons of horror, and the genre is lucky to have her as one of its tireless ambassadors. To show their appreciation for Crampton, Fright-Rags is releasing a new, official T-shirt featuring the horror icon in stylish artwork by Kyle Crawford.

Check out the official Barbara Crampton T-shirt below, visit Fright-Rags' website for more information, and in case you missed it, listen to our previous episode of Corpse Club that featured Crampton as a special guest!

From Fright-Rags: "Official Barbara Crampton T-Shirt is Now Available! Don't miss your chance to grab this tee featuring the star of some of the most iconic horror cult favorites like Chopping Mall, From Beyond,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Dolls (1987)

The world of filmmaker Stuart Gordon is wide reaching in tone and content; crime thrillers to cosmic horror have filled the screen for decades. And then there’s Dolls (1987), which occupies a special place for lovers of fairy tales with dripping meat on its bones; it’s as weird as you expect it to be, but with a sweet underbelly that refuses to stay down.

Made quickly after Re-Animator (’85) but before From Beyond (’86) to utilize Charles Band’s Italian studios for Empire Pictures, Dolls didn’t see release until release stateside until March of ’87, and quickly came and went with little fanfare. Perhaps folks were still attuned to Gordon’s very specific Lovecraftian vibrations to appreciate something so different at the time. Time has been kind however, and the film is generally regarded now as one of his better efforts from a varied (and storied) filmography.

Our tale goes something
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Dr. Rebekah McKendry to Host Nightmare University on the Fangoria Podcast Network

In addition to co-hosting Blumhouse's Shock Waves podcast, co-writing and co-directing the holiday horror movie All the Creatures Were Stirring, and teaching the Horror Film Production Workshop at University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts this summer, Dr. Rebekah McKendry is also bringing her insightful knowledge of the horror genre to Nightmare University, a new addition to the Fangoria Podcast Network.

Initially announced on Bloody Disgusting, the 10-episode first season of Nightmare University will kick off on Thursday, with a new episode being released every other week, giving horror fans in-depth analysis of different sub-genres and elements of horror. First up will be "Aquatic Horrors," with special guests Stephen Scarlata and Josh Miller joining McKendry for a lively discussion on films featuring submerged scares. To learn more about Nightmare University, visit its official Apple Podcasts page and read the official synopsis below:

"Fangoria and one of America’s
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