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Two Monsters Haunt a Local Wood in this Official Trailer for The Dark

Tagline: "Your Worst Fear is Your Only Hope." Dark Sky Films is set to release the twisted fairy tale The Dark, this October. Just before Halloween, The Dark will show in several theatres, in North America. The Dark was shot in northern Ontario. And, the film involves a tale of abuse as two children find redemption together. This indie horror film is based on a successful short film. Director Justin P. Lange says of his short film: "my thesis film was my first real foray into genre filmmaking, so it was very much a trial-and-error process for me (Screen Words)." And, The Dark stars: Nadia Alexander ("Seven Seconds"), Toby Nichols ("Iron Fist"), Karl Markovics. Now, some of that process can be seen in the official trailer and poster, for The Dark, here. The official synopsis talks of "Devil's Den," a mysterious forest. Anyone who has entered this dark wood has perished.
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Frightfest horror The Dark gets a UK poster and trailer

Ahead of its home entertainment release next month, a trailer and poster have arrived online for director Justin P. Lange’s horror The Dark which stars Nadia Alexander (The Sinner), Toby Nichols (American Horror Story), and Karl Markovics (The Counterfeiters); check them out here…

The film follows Mina, a young woman who was murdered and stalks the forest that saw her demise. Anytime some unfortunate soul enters her area, they are quickly dispatched and become her feast. But when she stumbles across a young boy named Alex in the back of a car who shows signs of clear and horrifying abuse, she can’t bring herself to do away with him. Rather, she becomes his protector while trying to protect her own little world. As police and locals search for Alex to help bring him home, their own growing relationship seems to be changing Mina in ways she never thought possible.
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‘The Dark’ Gets U.S. Release; Scorsese Partners On Dramas; Gabrielle Whyte Hart Launches Fearless Prods – Global Briefs

‘The Dark’ Gets U.S. Release; Scorsese Partners On Dramas; Gabrielle Whyte Hart Launches Fearless Prods – Global Briefs
The Dark, the zombie debut from Justin Lange, is getting a U.S. release after Mpi Media Group’s genre film label Dark Sky Films picked up the rights. The deal, negotiated in between Nicola Goelzhaeuser, Mpi Media Group’s VP of international sales and Xyz Films’ director of sales and acquisitions Pip Ngo, will see it get a release this fall. The Dark, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, puts a new spin on the zombie genre when an undead teenage girl befriends a blind boy that she meets in a forest she haunts and hunts in. Both have been victims of abuse, and each finds solace in the other. It stars The Sinner’s Nadia Alexander and Trumbo’s Toby Nichols. Goelzhaeuser said, “Since its festival premiere, there has been a great buzz about The Dark. We’re thrilled to be able to bring the film to U.
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May 1st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, Blood Hook, Terror (1978), Desolation

Happy (almost) May Day, readers! A new month brings us new home media releases, and we have another great batch of titles to look forward to this week. For all you movie monster fans out there, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell hits both Blu-ray and DVD, and Universal has assembled Tremors: The Complete Collection on DVD as well. Cult film fans are going to want to pick up the new HD releases of Blood Hook and Terror, and for those of you who missed it in theaters earlier this year, Winchester comes home to haunt your shelves this Tuesday.

Other releases for May 1st include Desolation, Stephanie, Caught, Followers, The Ballerina, Trailer Park Shark, The Unwilling, and Kaleidoscope.

Blood Hook

7 years ago, Peter's grandfather went missing under mysterious circumstances. Now, Peter and his friends have returned to the placid Wisconsin town to check out his inherited lake house and
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Dark’

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Until 15 years ago or so, zombie cinema was still a fairly narrow subgenre. These days, however, it seems to be one size that fits all — or at least is stretched to fit every other genre, from comedy to romance to globe-trotting action, with the occasional traditional gorefest thrown in for old time’s sake.

Whether it’s really well suited to a drama about child abuse is something viewers of “The Dark” will have to decide for themselves, though perhaps the better questions are: Did we even need to find out? Aren’t there (many) better ways of approaching such a difficult theme than via a shotgun marriage with horror conventions? On its own terms, writer-director Justin P. Lange’s debut feature (with Dp Klemens Hufnagl credited as co-director) is well-crafted and well-acted. But in trying to succeed as something both metaphorical and very literal-minded, the movie ends up being
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First Look at Undead Thriller The Dark [Clip]

We've received the first image and clip from The Dark, which is making its world premiere next Saturday, April 21st at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film, written and directed by Justin P. Lange.

The Dark stars Nadia Alexander (Blame) - who won best actress in U.S. Narrative Feature at Tribeca 2017, Toby Nichols and Kari Markovics (The Counterfeiters).

Synopsis:

A flesh-eating young girl haunts the woods where she was murdered, as a murderer herself. When she discovers an abused kid inside the trunk of a car, her decision to let the boy live throws her existence into upheaval.

Tribeca Screenings

Saturday, April 21 at 7:45pm at Cinepolis Chelsea (World Premiere)

Sunday, Ap
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‘The Dark’ Clip: An Undead Girl Befriends A Blind Boy In Unusual Tribeca Teen Horror

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‘The Dark’ Clip: An Undead Girl Befriends A Blind Boy In Unusual Tribeca Teen Horror
Directed and written by Justin P. Lange, The Dark is a different kind of teen film. Considering one of the characters is an undead teen girl, you’d think it would be a horror, but based on the clip above, it seems to go beyond the normal zombie narrative.

Nadia Alexander stars as Mina, the aforementioned undead, flesh-eating teen — and she’s not too fond of her new lifestyle. She has been cursed to haunt her childhood home in the woods so that nobody gets in and nobody gets out alive. Then she meets Alex (Toby Nichols), a blind teen boy who is dealing with his own problems. Instead of devouring him, Mina lets him live and the two begin to bond and some of her old human feelings begin to resurface. From this, they develop an interesting friendship.

The Dark will make its World Premiere on April 21 at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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Scream Factory to Release IFC Midnight Movies Desolation and Kaleidoscope on Blu-ray This May

This May, Scream Factory is set to release two IFC Midnight films on Blu-ray and DVD. Up first is Kaleidoscope, starring Toby Jones as a man who has made great strides to free himself of his past until it comes back to haunt him. Then there is Desolation (read Heather Wixson's review here), which follows a widow, her son, and best friend into the woods... and usually nothing good happens in the woods in a horror movie.

From Scream Factory: "We are pleased to announce that we have two new IFC Midnight films planned for release on Blu-ray & DVD this May!

Kaleidoscope – This intense, twisty thriller unfolds in the darkest corners of a man's mind. Recently released from prison, mild-mannered Carl (Toby Jones, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) quietly attempts to move on with his life. Just as he embarks on his first date in 15 years, Carl's fresh start
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IFC Midnight’s Desolation – Stills and Trailer!

After the death of her husband, Abby (Jaimi Page), her son, Sam (Toby Nichols) and best friend, Jen (Alyshia Ochse), venture into the forests of upstate NY on a camping trip, only to find themselves in danger from a mysterious hiker (Claude Duhamel) with malicious intentions. As the trio attempts to navigate the vast wilderness …

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Exclusive Desolation Clip Let Out of Isolation

It’s not only Friday, Dreadheads! It’s also time for an exclusive clip from IFC Midnight’s release of Sam Patton’s Desolation! Look for the flick in select theaters, VOD, and Digital platforms beginning Today! Jaimi Paige, Alyshia Ochse, Claude Duhamel, and Toby Nichols star. Synopsis: After the death of her husband, Abby (Jaimi Page); her son, Sam (Toby […]

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Horror Highlights: Desolation Images, December Contest from Comet TV, The Bone Box, Surge Of Power: The Stuff Of Heroes

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A camping trip takes a turn into unsettling territory in the new film Desolation, which comes out this week and is teased in a new batch of images in today's Horror Highlights. We also have a December contest from our friends at Comet TV, the trailer for the new horror film The Bone Box, and details on the star-studded cast of Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes.

New Stills from Desolation: IFC Midnight will release Desolation in select theaters and on VOD and digital platforms on December 15th, including special Q&A screenings:

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Special Advance Screening on Thursday, December 14, at 9pm at the IFC Center with Q&A with editor Alexander Frasse, producer Kim Patton, associate producer Ned Donovan, and composer Marcus Bagala. Tickets available here: http://www.ifccenter.com/films/desolation/

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Opening Night Q&A on Friday, December 15 (9:05pm show), with director Sam Patton,
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New Stills Pulled From Desolation

On tap for you cats right now we have a new round of images from IFC Midnight’s release of Sam Patton’s Desolation, which is coming to select theaters, VOD, and Digital platforms in the U.S. on December 15, 2017. Dig it! Jaimi Paige, Alyshia Ochse, Claude Duhamel, and Toby Nichols star. Synopsis: After the death of her […]

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December 2017 VOD & Digital Releases Include It (2017), Friend Request, Blade Runner 2049

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Hard to believe, but December is nearly upon us, and that means we have a brand new batch of Digital and VOD releases to look forward to over the next few weeks. And for those of you looking to indulge in some non-holiday cinematic delights next month, there seems to be quite a variety of films hitting VOD and other digital platforms to keep you cozy inside your home, away from the brutality of winter and its harsh elements.

December’s releases kick off on the 1st with Somebody’s Darling, and December 5th is one of the busiest days of the month with six different titles making their digital bow: The Gatehouse, The Doll Master, Apocalypse Road, Flashburn, K-shop, and The White King. Then, just a few days later, IFC Midnight is releasing the psychological thriller Kaleidoscope, and on December 12th, both The Cutlass and Flatliners (2017) come home.

IFC Midnight
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Trailer for Camping Horror 'Desolation' Made by Director Sam Patton

"Dad said you should never go off trail." IFC Midnight has unveiled an official trailer for a horror thriller titled Desolation, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Sam Patton. This first premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, but hasn't played at too many other festivals. In Desolation, a young mother, her best friend and son venture into the wilderness for a camping trip only to find themselves the hunted prey in a deranged killer’s terrifying game. The cast includes Jaimi Paige, Alyshia Ochse, Claude Duhamel, and Toby Nichols. This looks like an interesting horror thriller, but I'm pretty sure I've already figured out the twist. Though I guess I don't really know. The sunglasses dude doesn't seem that creepy, but that's just me. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Sam Patton's Desolation, direct from IFC's YouTube: A young mother (Jaimi Paige) takes her son and her
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Survival thriller Desolation gets a poster and trailer

Ahead of its Us release next month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Sam Patton’s upcoming survival thriller Desolation which stars Jaimi Page, Toby Nichols, Alyshia Ochse, and Claude Duhamel; check them out below…

After the death of her husband, Abby (Jaimi Page), her son, Sam (Toby Nichols) and best friend, Jen (Alyshia Ochse), venture into the forests of upstate NY on a camping trip, only to find themselves in danger from a mysterious hiker (Claude Duhamel) with malicious intentions. As the trio attempts to navigate the vast wilderness in search of safety, they find themselves the hunted prey in a deranged killer’s terrifying game and the only way to survive is to kill – or be killed.

Desolation is set for release on December 15th.
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Desolation Trailer Goes Off Trail

On tap for you cats right now we have the official trailer and poster for IFC Midnight’s release of Sam Patton’s Desolation which is coming to select theaters, VOD, and via digital platforms in the U.S. on December 15, 2017. Dig it! Jaimi Paige, Alyshia Ochse, Claude Duhamel, and Toby Nichols star. Synopsis: After the death […]

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Laff 2017 Review Round-Up: Replace, Midnighters, Never Here, and Desolation

Back in June, the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival took over Southern California, hosting screenings at numerous locations and featuring numerous genre films that horror and sci-fi fans should definitely keep on their radars in the coming months. Here are my thoughts on three of the movies that I had the opportunity to watch at the festival:

Replace: As far genre feature film debuts go, co-writer/director Norbert Keil has a lot to be proud of with Replace, a stunning and beautifully executed cinematic mystery that’s part body horror/part psychological thriller. Something of a hallucinatory fever dream at times, Keil has crafted an intriguing and chilling portrait of just how far some folks are willing to go in the name of vanity, and the whole affair is anchored by a trio of powerhouse performances by Rebecca Forsythe, Barbara Crampton, and Lucie Aron.

In Replace, we’re introduced to
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‘Desolation’ Review: There’s a New Killer in the Woods [Laff]

‘Desolation’ Review: There’s a New Killer in the Woods [Laff]
A mysterious man with reflective glasses stalks a trio of isolated campers in Desolation, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Sam Patton. When Abby (Jaimi Paige) loses her husband to sickness, she takes her 13-year-old son Sam (Toby Nichols) and her best friend Jenn (Alyshia Ochse) on a multi-day hiking trip to spread her husband’s […]

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Laff 2017 Interview: Desolation Director Sam Patton on Crafting an Intimate Survival Thriller

Premiering tonight as part of the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival is Sam Patton’s Desolation, which follows a grieving mom named Abby (Jaimi Paige), her teenage son, Sam (Toby Nichols), and their friend Jen (Alyshia Ochse), who head out to the woods in an effort to honor Abby’s deceased husband’s wishes and spread his ashes, only to come across a mysterious loner who begins following their every move. The trio must find a way to elude their woodland stalker before he can make them his next victims in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Daily Dead recently had the chance to speak with Patton about his first time at the helm of a feature film, and he discussed how his time working at Blumhouse helped prepare him to take the directorial reins on Desolation, working with his cast, and more.

Great to speak with you, Sam. I noticed on your résumé on IMDb that you've been working in different facets of the film industry for a while, and I noticed specifically that a lot of those happen to be with Blumhouse Productions. Because I know Jason Blum and their mantra in terms of making films on a smaller scale, do you feel like being in that environment and being involved with projects on that level helped prepare you for when it was time for you to go out and make your first feature?

Sam Patton: Oh, one hundred percent. A thousand percent, even. I got my start in Hollywood as an intern at Blumhouse, and within a few months was getting paid to work on their movies and I love all the folks over there. I've got a couple of mentors in that organization and it was just a great crash course. I started working with them when they were still in little offices on the Paramount lot, right after Insidious, which was really their first home-grown movie, because Paranormal Activity was an acquisition.

So, I watched them go from being a little company to a really big company making tons and tons of films, and I got to be part of a lot of them. So, it was a crash course in learning how to make a movie for a small amount of money in a contained environment with a small cast, and still tell great stories that deserve an audience. I could talk for an hour just about all the lessons I learned there.

And it was actually after a few years there when the opportunity came to make this movie, and I wanted to go for it. I don't think I would have been nearly as confident that it could be done for so little, for a modest budget, if I hadn't been coming straight from doing so many movies there.

Was there something in particular about this script, because I know this was co-written by Matt Anderson and Michael Larson-Kangas, that made you go, "Yes, this is absolutely the project I want to be out there making for my debut,"?

Sam Patton: Well, it was two things. It was the characters, which I fell in love with. The son is named Sam, which was the case when I read the first draft of the script, but it's made for plenty of jokes about what a traumatic childhood I must have had, and how this movie is autobiographical.

I was going to ask [laughs].

Sam Patton: No, no, that was in the first draft I read [laughs]. But it was the characters that jumped off the page immediately to me. I felt for them. I felt for their situations. The closest comparison to their situation in my life that I have experience with was when my grandmother passed away when I was nine. She was only 60, which is young, right? And all of her children and my grandfather all had really strong relationships with her and not that they had bad relationships with each other, but they all related through her. And so when she was gone, they had to sort of figure it out. She was the one that brought them all together for family things.

And so now, Abby and Sam, it's not that they don't love each other, they just don't get each other at all. But now they're all they have, and so they need to come together. And that character struggle was what drew me in. When I went looking for a contained environment horror film to make, the producer in me was looking for something small and doable on a small budget, but this was one of the first scripts I read. I fell in love with it, but I thought, "No, you can't make the first script you read." And I read more scripts, but came back to this one because it was so great.

And then the second part of it that made this script so important to me, it has this mirror element where it’s not quite an allegory—it's not like Metamorphosis with Kafka, where it's straight allegory—but there are parallels in the external story to the internal story, and I just thought that was really good storytelling and I wanted to bring it to the screen. And I thought we could do it.

For me, though, I have to find a point when it has to be made. It has to be now that we make a movie, and then we do it. So, that personal urgency is something I always try to find in every project, or else, how are you going to put two, three years into a movie, if you're not passionate every day about it?

Because you were working with basically four actors in this movie, was it conscientious on your part that you were trying to really keep this intimate and contained in terms of both the story and these characters?

Sam Patton: Definitely. There was at least one draft that had flashbacks to Michael in the hospital and we definitely discussed other scenes where there were park rangers finding a dead body, too, and an action opener. There were a lot of things discussed and I kept coming back to this idea that the movie should start and end in the woods, and it should be about these four people, and we should believe in the world they talk about, but you don't have to see it. Because to me, that's almost more real.

One example I give to people when I try and explain the right way to do it is, in the first Star Wars film, they blow up Alderaan. They blow an entire planet out of the sky. And we don't see anybody on Alderaan, but we see an old Jedi clutch his heart and sit down, and then we know something really terrible happened. You don't need to see the Marvel-level movie destruction of Alderaan to get it. You need to see a quiet moment, you know what I mean? So, yes, to answer your question, definitely for me it was important to keep it small and intimate.

And also—this is something I definitely discussed a lot with my cinematographer—we tried to challenge ourselves to do everything with less. If we thought a scene needed four setups, could we do it with two? Could we do it with one? Could we do a scene with one setup? If so, we're doing it with one setup, so how do we keep it interesting? And so that was sort of a challenge all the way through. It's like, "We don't need that. What's the fewest number of characters we need? What's the fewest number of locations?"

So, I like to think of working in a box as a really creatively liberating thing. Limitations, I like them a lot, because it gives you somewhere to start, it gives you a frame of reference. Some people don't always embrace that as a creative tool, and I think people should when they're making movies, small movies especially, that don't have the benefit of big budgets or stars to carry them.

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New Images from The Dark Revealed by Xyz Films

Handling domestic sales for The Dark, Xyz Films has revealed a new set of stills from the horror film about an undead girl with a haunted past.

Press Release: Los Angeles-based Xyz Films has announced that they will handle domestic sales rights to The Dark, the debut arthouse horror film from writer/director Justin P. Lange. The film was lensed and co-directed by cinematographer Klemens Hufnagl, and was inspired by Lange’s Columbia University thesis short film of the same name. The Xyz Films announcement comes right after this year’s ‘Frontières Goes to Cannes’ buyers’ showcase, a part of the Marché du Film where the producers screened 15 minutes of the work-in-progress.

The Dark is produced by Danny Krausz and Kurt Stocker at Vienna-based Dor Film, joined by Laura Perlmutter and Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith at Toronto-based First Love Films. Florian Krügel takes an executive producer credit.

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