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October 3rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Cult Of Chucky, 976-evil, The Hidden (1987), Jackals

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Happy October, gang! With the Halloween season now officially underway, we have an incredible day of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases to enjoy. Arrow Video has put together three stunning special edition sets for Children of the Corn, Don’t Torture A Duckling, and The Suspicious Death of A Minor, but we also have several other modern cult titles debuting as well, including Popcorn, 976-evil, and The Hidden.

For all you Charles Lee Ray enthusiasts out there, Cult of Chucky and the Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection both come home on Tuesday, and Scream Factory is also releasing the recent indie horror thriller Jackals on Blu-ray.

Other notable home entertainment titles bowing on October 3rd include American Horror Story: Roanoke, A Ghost Story, Haunters: The Art of the Scare, Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut, iZombie: The Complete Third Season, and Vampyr: Special Edition.
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Contest: Win Jackals on Blu-ray

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They knew they would have to go up against a violent cult to reunite with their son, but one desperate family has no idea how soon they could become human prey in Jackals, a cult-centric horror movie coming to Blu-ray and DVD beginning October 3rd. To celebrate the new home media release, Scream Factory has provided us with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Jackals.

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

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:


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

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Psychological thriller 'Jackals' coming to Blu-ray and DVD


A potent blend of the horror, thriller and home-invasion genres, Jackals makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on October 3rd, 2017 from Scream Factory and Tap inc.

From The Press Release

From director Kevin Greutert (Saw 3D: The Final Chapter) and producer Tommy Alastra (Sunset Strip) comes a disturbing vision of a fractured family that will do anything to get the son they love back from the unspeakable evil that has taken control of his mind. A potent blend of the horror, thriller and home-invasion genres, Jackals makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on October 3rd, 2017 from Scream Factory. The release also includes a commentary with director Kevin Greutert and writer Jared Rivet, interviews with the cast and crew and the original theatrical trailers as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

When Justin Powell (Ben Sullivan) is captured by two ski-masked men and
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I am Heath Ledger, Obsession and Singin' in the Rain top our May Events Guide!

I am Heath Ledger, Obsession and Singin' in the Rain top our May Events Guide!I am Heath Ledger, Obsession and Singin' in the Rain top our May Events Guide!Scott Goodyer5/1/2017 10:17:00 Am

With the month of May now upon us, we flip over to a new and diverse list of movies and special features screening in our Events calendar. Whether you are a fan of the movie classics or a fan of Mozart - we have something for everybody!

So check out the list below highlighting some of our showings and for the full list of events - click here!

May 4th: I Am Heath Ledger

I Am Heath Ledger is a feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs
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‘Star’ Review: Lee Daniels Descends Into Poverty Porn With ‘Empire’ Follow-Up (Spoilers)

‘Star’ Review: Lee Daniels Descends Into Poverty Porn With ‘Empire’ Follow-Up (Spoilers)
Every decision made by Star, Simone, and Alexandra over the course of “Star’s” one-hour premiere could kill them. From escaping their respective foster homes to rolling into Atlanta strip clubs with the hopes of picking up a manager, Lee Daniels’ latest Fox pilot is driven by reckless teenagers making ill-informed choices. Atlanta-beauty-shop-owner-turned-surrogate-mom Carlotta Brown (Queen Latifah) starts the show with a bit of ominous narration — “fame ain’t nothin’ but a trip” — but the show doesn’t treat these teens as cautionary tales.

Instead, this confounding pilot depicts danger in the pursuit of stardom as desirable fantasy. Rather than honestly represent the storyline’s treacherous scenarios — which include parental, drug, and alcohol abuse, as well as more outrageous extremes like murder — Daniels’ drama exploits the perilous conditions it portrays, grounding its fantasy in a false reality.

[Editor’s Note: Spoilers ahead for the pilot of “Star.”]

Meet Star Davis (Jude Demorest), someone who, even before she ascended to the heights of pop stardom,
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Exclusive: Composers James S. Levine & Jim Dooley reveal new main title score for TNT’s The Last Ship

TNT’s American post-apocalyptic drama television series The Last Ship is getting a new Main Title score for Season 3 thanks to the show’s composers James S. Levine and Jim Dooley.

Discussing the new Main Title Jim Dooley says, “As our story evolves we wanted our main title to do the same, as we experience new places and characters as they struggle to save humanity.”

James S. Levine goes on to say “Season 3’s Main Title is specific to the intrigue and transcontinental journey we take with the virus and our soldiers. The score for season 3 helps create tension and unease as their is a governmental power struggle in America after Captain Chandler must travel abroad to help contain the virus. We used various ethnic elements along with some very aggressive and unique contemporary sounds in an effort to create a dark and driving military score!”

You can listen to
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Opera Review: The Met Gets It All Right in William Kentridge’s Lulu

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If the Metropolitan Opera decided to concentrate its entire mission into a single night, that show might look a lot William Kentridge’s production of Lulu. Berg’s 80-year-old opera is both a classic melodrama in need of tender care and a scary war cry of the avant-garde. Ghoulish drama and rich music come laced together, repackaged by a major visual artist with a natural feel for theater. Marlis Petersen wears the title role like a zip-on skin, and conductor Lothar Koenigs steers a swarm of singers and musicians to a common goal. Why can’t the Met get things this right all the time?Lulu’s been a rarity in New York, and it returns thanks to James Levine, the only man who could strong-arm the company into a lavish production of such a dense and disturbing work. In the end, though, Levine didn’t feel healthy enough to conduct it,
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The Sounds of the Series: The Last Ship

TNT’s dramatic thriller, The Last Ship chronicles a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoided falling victim to the devastating tragedy. But now the crew and its captain exist in a chaotic world with few survivors. As the second season opens, Captain Chandler (Eric Dane), Xo Slattery (Adam Baldwin), Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) and the rest of the crew come home to a world they no longer recognize. I spoke to Emmy winning composers Jim Dooley and James S. Levine about the musical elements that turn the … Continue reading →

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James Levine on composing new music for each season of 'American Horror Story' (Podcast)

James Levine on composing new music for each season of 'American Horror Story' (Podcast)
With credits as diverse as “American Horror Story” “Major Crimes,” “The Closer,” “Glee,” “Damages,” and “Rizzoli & Isles” to his credit, it’s difficult to imagine how composer James S. Levine can come up with so much fresh material every day. “I always approach what I do from a story place,” he says in our exclusive audio podcast (listen below). “I try to put myself in the world of the characters, and they feel very distinct for me, so knock wood, every day is a new day in our real world, so if I’m pretending to be a character in my show then every day is a new day. So I don’t get hung up on ‘what am I gonna come up with today?’ In essence, I think it’s just important to start fresh every day and let the material drive the new ideas. -Break- Watch dozens of
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Great Performances at the Met: Mozart’s Comic Masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro – Schedule

TV Picks: Met Music Director James Levine Conducts Richard Eyre’s New Production of Mozart’s Comic Masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro airing on Great Performances at the Met coming Friday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Soprano Renée Fleming hosts the broadcast.One of the most popular operas of all time, Mozart’s Figaro features music that has been used in countless movies and advertisements, including Trading Places, The King’s Speech, and The Shawshank Redemption.Mozart’s elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre, is the season premiere of Great […]
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10 Focus Points on the ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Premiere

Are you ready for the show? The American Horror Story Freak Show that is. FX’s horror anthology starts up today and all of the regulars are back including Jessica Lange as the Impresario “Elsa Mars”, Evan Peters as the “Lobster Boy” Jimmy Darling, Sarah Paulson as the “Fearsome Twins” Bette and Dot Tatler, Kathy Bates as the “Amazing Bearded Lady” Ethel Darling, Frances Conroy as the “Socialite” Gloria Mot. The story is set in Jupiter, Florida in 1952. Elsa Mars owns the struggling show, and brings her band of curiosities to set ground and hopefully revive its popularity and fill the tents with money-spilling patrons. But there is darkness emerging from the flaps of the tents as well. After seeing the premiere, here are a few things we can tease and preview about the first episode and the season. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers.

1. Darker Tone and More
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The Metropolitan Opera Has Solved Its Labor Crisis, But There Are Still Rumblings in Valhalla

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The Metropolitan Opera Has Solved Its Labor Crisis, But There Are Still Rumblings in Valhalla
The Met’s labor crisis is over; the spiritual crisis goes on. There’s a lot to be thankful for in the way contract negotiations unfolded. All through a treacherous summer, rehearsals never stopped. Costumes kept being fitted, lighting adjusted, blocking practiced, and props assembled. Stagehands continued the colossal task of figuring out how to jump between centuries and continents in a matter of hours. As a result of all this coordinated effort, chandeliers will rise and necklines will drop on opening night, just as they do every year. James Levine will conduct the National Anthem, and, as always, a few retired sopranos in the audience will holler through the 3,800-person choir — their annual opportunity to be heard at the Met.But while the company and its unions have agreed on a complicated package of cuts and perks that satisfies all sides — or, at any rate, dissatisfies them equitably — and
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Marvel's Doctor Strange May Already Have A Composer

Everyone has been concerned about finding out who'll end up playing Doctor Strange in Marvel's planned adaptation, that the following nugget from San Diego Comic Con seems to have gone unnoticed. During the “Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection” panel -- which also included Jeff Russo (Fargo), James Levine (American Horror Story), Daniel Licht (Dexter), Brian Reitzell (Hannibal), and Steve Jablonsky (Transformers franchise) -- Scott Derrickson's Sinister/Deliver us From Evil composer Chris Young stated that he looked forward to working with the director on his next project. Perhaps not aware of the level of secrecy Marvel like to maintain when it comes to their movies, he elaborated when pushed: “Am I gong to do Doctor Strange? Oh, I better had. All I know is, I spoke to [Scott Derrickson] and did a little pitch on the phone and he kind of laughed. He didn’t say, ‘and by the way,
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The Televerse #154- Sdcc 2014 Composer Roundtables, Part 2: Jeff Russo, James Levine, and Christopher Young

It’s a full week in TV and sadly, in entertainment news as well, making this one of the longest podcasts yet. First Sean and Kate say a few words about the amazingly talented Robin Williams, then they respond to listener feedback and kick off a lengthy week in TV. The comedies are up first, including the pilot of Garfunkel and Oates, followed by a lone reality entry, the always wonderful Sytycd, and a meager helping of genre, The Strain and the pilot for Outlander. That’s followed up, though, by a very full week in drama, including the pilot of The Knick and another fantastic entry from Masters of Sex.

Once again, in lieu of the DVD Shelf this week we have part two of Kate’s CW3PR composer roundtables from Sdcc 2014. Along with Tina Charles (TVGoodness.com) and Jason Griffin (the TVaholic), Kate interviews Fargo composer Jeff Russo,
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James Levine adds his magic touch to music for 'American Horror Story: Coven' (exclusive video)

James Levine adds his magic touch to music for 'American Horror Story: Coven' (exclusive video)
The third installment of Ryan Murphy’s "American Horror Story" was a charm for James Levine as he reaped his first Emmy nomination for composing the music score to FX’s "Coven." -Break- Levine submitted the miniseries supremely competitive finale "The Seven Wonders" to Emmy judges, which opens with Stevie Nicks performing her original song of the same title. Levine admitted that having his music follow such a legend made him a bit nervous: "You feel there’s a responsibility. You want to make sure that you can stand by it 100% and just know that you've literally been as truthful and honest with your music as she has with hers." Luckily, he doesn't have to worry about Steve Nicks competing alongside him in the race for Best Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score), but he does face other stiff competition: Ludovic Bource ("Clear History&quo.
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Does Marvel's Doctor Strange Already Have A Composer?

While Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was busy dodging Doctor Strange rumors during the Dreamworks panel, composer Christopher Young let a few tidbits slip on the upcoming superhero film in the middle of "Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection." The panel consisted of six film and television composers - Jeff Russo (Fargo), James Levine (American Horror Story), Daniel Licht (Dexter), Brian Reitzell (Hannibal), Steve Jablonsky (Transformers franchise), and Young (Deliver Us From Evil) - discussing their work on various projects. During the conversation, the frequent Scott Derrickson collaborator commented on his possible involvement in the director's 'Marvellous' next project. "Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection," moderated by Salem's Shane West, was an entertaining look into the world of scoring film and TV (and video games, which is apparently the most secretive of all mediums), but the highlight was when Young hinted that he might be continuing
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Behind the Music Comic-Con Panel Recap: Composers for Hannibal, Fargo, and More Discuss Writing Music for Genre Properties

Celebrating "Crime, Death, and Resurrection," the Behind the Music panel at Comic Con paid tribute to the work of composers in enhancing genre TV and film. The panel opened with a highly-applauded reel of the composers' work: Jeff Russo for Fargo, James Levine for American Horror Story, Daniel Licht for Dexter, Steve Jablonsky for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Brian Reitzell for Hannibal, and Christopher Young for Deliver Us From Evil. Actor Shane West (Salem, Nikita) moderated. During the Q&A the composers discussed the challenges of writing music for the horror genre, the synthesis of developing continuing working relationships with the same directors or creators, and teased upcoming projects. Additionally, Young talked about pitching himself to compose the score for Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Young was initially not forthcoming when asked about what he'd be doing next until a fan pointed out that his longtime collaborator, director Scott Derrickson (who
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#SDCC14: The Horrors of Preview Night (July 23rd) and Day One (July 24th)

Sdcc 2014 kicks off soon, and we've already told you what's planned for Preview Night. Here's a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are "Hannibal," "Penny Dreadful," "Under the Dome," "Teen Wolf," The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and Lots more.

Per usual, what we're posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.

Preview Night: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

6:00 Pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings

Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t
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2014 Primetime Emmys: American Horror Story: Coven Leads the Horror Pack with 17 Nominations

While we try to figure out why the Emmys exist when incredible actors like "Hannibal's" Mads Mikkelsen and "Orphan Black's" Tatiana Maslany are snubbed, we do want to congratulate this year's few horror nominees, especially "American Horror Story: Coven" with 17 nods.

Below are the horror highlights. For the full rundown of all the talented nominees, visit the official Emmys website, and be sure to watch the live broadcast of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC on Monday, August 25th, at 8:00 Pm Et/5:00 Pm Pt.

Also notable, if not quite horror, are "Game of Thrones" with 19 nominations (including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for Neil Marshall, Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage, and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Lena Headey) and "True Detective" with 12 (including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor for both Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey).

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A
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Witches cast spell over Emmy voters: 'American Horror Story: Coven'

Witches cast spell over Emmy voters: 'American Horror Story: Coven'
Witches reigned supreme at the recent "American Horror Story: Coven" Q&A with Emmy voters at the TV Academy, but other cast and crew had their say, too. Actors Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Denis O'Hare, Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe were joined by music score composer James Levine and others. While much of the miniseries' intrigue involved a battle over which of the show's younger witches would become the coven's supreme leader, Sidibe tells Gold Derby that the actresses fought among themselves off screen during production since they didn't know how it would all end up. -Break- At first most cast members believed Taissa Farmiga's character Zoe Benson would be the chosen one, but “then she started saying it in every episode and we were like 'You are clearly not going to be the supreme,'" Sidibe says. "And so then at the end it really started to become
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