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Review: Shazam!

When DC Comics revived Captain Marvel in the 1970s, it was out of step with the audience and struggled to find success. Ever since, the publisher has been trying to find a formula to make the character and his world relevant to the readership. With Carol Danvers’ popularity as Captain Marvel ascendant, DC finally capitulated and began calling Billy Batson’s alter ego Shazam to keep the two from being confused.

With Captain Marvel out in March and Shazam out in April, there’s a good reason to rename the latter. (No one back in the day would ever have imagined either getting a big screen treatment or coming out so closely together.) Warner Home Entertainment has released Shazam in all the usual formats this week and it remains a fun, but not perfect film.

After countless screenwriters tried to crack the light-hearted world created by Bill Parker and Cc Beck,
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Film Review: Georgetown: An Adventure Between Fact and Fiction [Tribeca 2019]

Georgetown Review Georgetown (2019) Film Review from the 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, a movie directed by Christoph Waltz, starring Christoph Waltz, Annette Bening, Vanessa Redgrave, Corey Hawkins, Caroline Palmer, Noam Jenkins, Sergio Di Zio, Paulino Nunes, David Reale, Lou Jurgens, Saad Siddiqui, Ron Lea, Laura de Carteret, Victoria Snow, and Marie Dame. Georgetown lets you know what kind of movie it’s going to be from the very beginning, when a text panel warns [...]

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Few Superhero Origin Stories Are As Fun As “Shazam!”

We forget, given how ubiquitous they’ve become in pop culture of all stripes, but superheroes were primarily created to appeal to kids. In fact, most of us were introduced to comic book characters during childhood. Too often, especially within the DC Extended Universe, that is forgotten. Not so with Shazam!, which is not just the best DC superhero outing since Christopher Nolan finished his Batman trilogy, but one of the most purely enjoyable times at the theater so far this year. This is a ridiculously good time, full of joy and a mix of exciting and innocence. As you’ll see this week, DC has cracked the code here. The movie is a superhero origin story for the title character. After a short prologue, we meet Billy Batson (Asher Angel), an orphan on the streets who constantly searches for his mother. His latest foster family is a kind one running a group home,
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‘Shazam!’ Review: Say My Name, Say My Name

If you had told me six months ago that Shazam! would be the DC Extended Universe film that finally got it all right, I would have called you crazy. Turns out I was the crazy one for not believing that an 80-year-old C-list hero, whose popularity is decades past, would be the one to finally break through and give DC fans hope of a cinematic future. Shazam! is the DC movie I've been waiting over a decade for, and it's up there with Richard Donner's Superman as the best DC superhero movies to date.

Shazam! stars Zachary Levi (TV's Chuck) as the titular hero, and Asher Angel as Billy Batson, his 14-year-old alter ego. Billy is an orphan, after being abandoned by his mother (Caroline Palmer) as a young kid. Billy has bounced around foster homes while searching for her, and he finally lands in a group home ran
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‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience

‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience
If the “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman” movies represented DC Comics’ first big-screen steps away from the austere color palette of the Zach Snyder movies, “Shazam!” takes us deeply into primary colors in a single bound. There’s still a touch of urban decay and kitchen-table warmth on display — this is by no means Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy” or a candy-colored Cartoon Network production — but this new DC entry has a lovely lightness, both in the visuals and in its tone.

Before the 1940s serials and the 1970s Saturday-morning TV show, “Shazam!” was born in a magazine called Whiz Comics, published by Fawcett and later acquired by the company that would be known as DC Comics. And to use a 1940s expression, there’s a gee-whiz ebullience to the movie that makes it stand out among the last several decades’ worth of caped crusaders.

Young Billy Batson has spent most
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Contest: Win Bite on Blu-ray

The stress level for a bride-to-be is raised a few dozen notches when she starts transforming into an insect-like creature in Bite. Scream Factory releases the new Chad Archibald film on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, and we’ve been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Bite Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on August 7th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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Press Release: “When a young woman returns from her tropical bachelorette party getaway, she begins to succumb to an insect bite in the palpably disturbing film Bite.
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Horror Highlights: Bite Blu-ray / DVD, Inoperable, Beacon Point, W.S. Barton’s Mablethorpe and Coal House

Starting off this morning’s Horror Highlights, we have details on the Blu-ray / DVD debut of Bite. Up next, we have a brand new trailer for Christopher Lawrence Chapman’s Inoperable and a new clip from Beacon Point, as well as details on W.S. Barton’s novels Mablethorpe and Coal House.

Bite Blu-ray / DVD Release Details and Cover Art: Press Release: “When a young woman returns from her tropical bachelorette party getaway, she begins to succumb to an insect bite in the palpably disturbing film Bite. The skin-crawling chronicle of one woman’s truly terrifying descent into madness makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut August 2nd, 2016 from Scream Factory. Directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman), Bite had a sensational premiere at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where it won an Audience Award, before sinking its teeth into audiences during its theatrical run earlier this year. This visceral
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Horror Highlights: Bite, The Abandoned, Creep Cases, El Rey Network’s Mother’s Day Marathon, The Horde Q&A

In today’s Horror Highlights, we have new clips from Bite, Scream Factory’s Blu-ray / DVD release details for The Abandoned, information and a look at Jon Fields’ Creep Cases, details on El Rey Network’s Mother’s Day Marathon, and a Q&A with The Horde producer Beth A. Thuna.

Two New Clips for Archibald’s Bite: Press Release: Visceral body-horror feature opens in select U.S. theaters May 6th, 2016.

When she returns from her tropical bachelorette party getaway, a young woman begins to succumb to an insect bite in the palpably disturbing film Bite. Witness the skin-crawling chronicle of one woman’s truly terrifying descent into madness when the visceral body horror feature, Bite debuts in select U.S. theaters May 6th, 2016. Directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman), Bite had a sensational premiere at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where it won an Audience Award
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Watch a New Clip from Bite

A body horror with bite. A new clip from Bite has dropped ahead of the May 6th limited theatrical and VOD release of Chad Archibald’s latest film.

Previous Press Release: Visceral body-horror feature opens in select U.S. theaters May 6th, 2016.

When she returns from her tropical bachelorette party getaway, a young woman begins to succumb to an insect bite in the palpably disturbing film Bite. Witness the skin-crawling chronicle of one woman’s truly terrifying descent into madness when the visceral body horror feature, Bite debuts in select U.S. theaters May 6th, 2016. Directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman), Bite had a sensational premiere at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where it won an Audience Award and has recently played at numerous top international genre film festivals.

While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect.
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Bite (2016) movie review

By Jonathan Weichsel

MoreHorror.com

Bite is directed by Chad Archibald, written by Jayme Laforest, and produced by Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan, and Christopher Giroux. The film stars Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrence Denkers, Barry Birnberg, Daniel Klimitz, Tianna Nori, and Caroline Palmer.

At a time when horror has become very experimental, it is refreshing to see a movie like Bite, which doesn't try to be cute, doesn't try to be clever, and doesn't try to be funny, but instead simply tries to be as good a horror film as it can be. While Bite might not be a perfect movie, nobody who calls themselves a horror fan will have any excuse not to enjoy it.

Bite is about a reluctant bride to be, Casey, who gets bitten by a mysterious insect while on a bachelorette getaway in Costa Rica. When she returns home, her bite
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Watch: New Trailer & Clips from Bite

Do people always get sick after a vacation? An additional trailer and two new clips have been released for Chad Archibald’s Bite, opening in select Us theaters on May 6th.

Previous Press Release: Visceral body-horror feature opens in select U.S. theaters May 6th, 2016.

When she returns from her tropical bachelorette party getaway, a young woman begins to succumb to an insect bite in the palpably disturbing film Bite. Witness the skin-crawling chronicle of one woman’s truly terrifying descent into madness when the visceral body-horror feature Bite debuts in select U.S. theaters May 6th, 2016. Directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman), Bite had a sensational premiere at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where it won an Audience Award, and has recently played at numerous top international genre film festivals.

While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect.
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Bite coming to select U.S. theaters and On Demand

By Seth Metoyer

MoreHorror.com

Shout! Factory has released a new trailer for Bite, one of this summer's highly-anticipated horror films.

Bite, debuts in select U.S. Theaters, VOD, and On Demand May 6th, 2016. Check out the trailer below the details and keep your eyes peeled for our review of the film coming soon.

Starring Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrene Denkers, Barry Birnberg, Daniel Klimitz, Tianna Nori, and Caroline Palmer. Bite is directed by Chad Archibald and produced by Black Fawn Films.

About Bite

When she returns from her tropical bachelorette party getaway, a young woman begins to succumb to an insect bite in the palpably disturbing film Bite. Witness the skin-crawling chronicle of one woman's truly terrifying descent into madness when the visceral body-horror feature Bite debuts in select U.S. theaters May 6th, 2016. Directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman), Bite had a sensational premiere
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Scream Factory Announces Theatrical & VOD Release Date for Bite

After being bitten by an unknown insect while on a tropical vacation, bride-to-be Casey (Elma Begovic) returns home and discovers that she is becoming something monstrous. Earlier this month, Scream Factory announced that it had acquired the U.S. rights to Bite and now the film will open both theatrically and on VOD on May 6th.

Press Release: Visceral body-horror feature opens in select U.S. theaters May 6th, 2016.

When she returns from her tropical bachelorette party getaway, a young woman begins to succumb to an insect bite in the palpably disturbing film Bite. Witness the skin-crawling chronicle of one woman’s truly terrifying descent into madness when the visceral body-horror feature Bite debuts in select U.S. theaters May 6th, 2016. Directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman), Bite had a sensational premiere at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where it won an Audience Award, and has recently played
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Shout! Factory Acquires Us Rights to Bite

Getting ready for a wedding can be stressful, but mutating into an insect before the big day raises the anxiety level a few dozen notches for bride-to-be Casey in Bite, the new horror film from Chad Archibald that has just been acquired by Shout! Factory for Us distribution, with a theatrical release slated for this summer:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA and Toronto, CA – March 7th, 2016 – Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Breakthrough Entertainment, have entered into an exclusive film deal to distribute the visceral body-horror feature Bite in the United States. Directed by Chad Archibald, produced by Black Fawn Films (The Drownsman), and distributed worldwide by Breakthrough Entertainment, Bite had a sensational premiere at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where it won an Audience Award. Bite has recently played at numerous top international genre film festivals to press acclaim and great audience enthusiasm. The announcement was made today by Shout!
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Shout! Factory sinks teeth into 'Bite'

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The content company has acquired Us rights from Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment to Chad Archibald’s horror film.

Black Fawn Films’ Bite premiered at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal where it won an audience award.

The film centres on the gruesome transformation that befalls a woman who gets bitten by an unknown insect on her bachelorette party.

Elma Begovic stars alongside Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrene Denkers, Barry Birnberg, Daniel Klimitz, Tianna Nori, and Caroline Palmer.

Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of the film across multiple entertainment platforms beginning with a theatrical launch in early summer through Shout’s genre entertainment imprint, Scream Factory.

Jayme Laforest wrote the screenplay from a story by Archibald, who produced with Cody Calahan, and Christopher Giroux. Nat Abraham, Tim J. Brown, Ira Levy, Michael McGuigan, and Peter Williamson served as executive producers.
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‘The Drownsman’ DVD Review

Stars: Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, Ry Barrett, JoAnn Nordstrom | Written by Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan | Directed by Chad Archibald

Chad Archibald, producer of Antisocial (a personal fave) turns his hand to directing with a film which is a bold attempt to create an all-new horror villain in The Drownsman. And hey, what’s not to like about another horror film starring the wonderful Michelle Mylett?

This time round Mylett plays Madison who, after almost drowning in a lake, develops debilitating hydrophobia and with good reason. It’s not just water the frightens Madison, it’s the supernatural entity that continually haunts her through it, a rancid ghostly entity trying to pull her into his dark, wet world. Her friends, worried for her sanity, decide to stage an intervention – with dire consequences. Their attempts to help their friend only unleash the drownsman’s rage
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Horror Round-Up: The Drownsman & Killers Blu-ray / DVDs, James Wan’s Malignant Man

Wherever there's water—the drippy faucet, the washing machine, that puddle on the sidewalk—you can count on him being there, too, waiting to pull you into his water-logged world. From Anchor Bay Entertainment, The Drownsman splashes onto home media this spring, and we have details on the upcoming release. Also featured in our latest horror round-up is an update on James Wan’s Malignant Man, the big screen adaptation of the writer/director's limited comic book series, as well as release date details and cover art for Well Go USA's Killers, a horror-thriller produced by Gareth Evans (The Raid 2: Berandal, The Raid: Redemption).

The Drownsman Blu-ray / DVD: Press Release - "Beverly Hills -- Can a glass of water kill? When you see a puddle on the floor, do you fear you’ll fall into it? What if the stuff of life was a gateway into your worst dreams?
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Myriad Snags Corey Stoll Boxing Noir ‘Glass Chin’ – Afm Briefs

Myriad Snags Corey Stoll Boxing Noir ‘Glass Chin’ – Afm Briefs
Santa Monica-based Myriad Pictures has added boxing crime thriller Glass Chin to its Afm roster for all worldwide sales outside the U.S. House of CardsCorey Stoll stars in the neo-noir Tribeca Film Festival entry as an ex-pugilist desperate to get back in the game who starts training a young fighter and gets involved in crooked dealings with a local restaurateur (Billy Crudup). Yul Vazquez (Kill the Messenger, Captain Phillips), Marin Ireland (I Am Legend, Hope Springs), and Kelly Lynch (The Jacket, Charlie’s Angels) also star. Noah Buschel (The Missing Person) wrote and directed the film which is produced by Louise Runge and Samantha Housman of Onezero Films, Susan Stover, and Sara Woodhatch. Lois J. Drabkin is exec producer. Myriad’s Audrey Delaney, Svp of Marketing & Acquisition, negotiated the deal with Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.

Oscar winner Chris Cooper is set to play J.D. Salinger in Coming Through The Rye,
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Breakthrough, Anchor Bay dive into The Drownsman

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Breakthrough, Anchor Bay dive into The Drownsman
Anchor Bay has taken all rights in the Us, UK and Australia/New Zealand to The Drownsman, which Breakthrough Entertainment is selling at the Afm.

Chad Archibald directs the horror-thriller from Black Fawn Films about a hydrophobic woman who unwittingly draws her friends into a dangerous place after they stage an intervention.

Cody Calahan and Archibald co-wrote the screenplay. Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable and Ry Barrett star.

Christopher Giroux and Archibald produced The Drownsman and Peter Williamson, Ira Levy, Nat Abraham and Michael McGuigan are the executive producers with Breakthrough Entertainment.

The Drownsman continues to attract significant entertainment companies worldwide, as reflected by our newest deal in the Us with Anchor Bay Entertainment,” said Breakthrough Entertainment evp of feature films Tim Brown. “Our collaboration with Black Fawn has generated extraordinary horror entertainment certain to attract fans of the genre and beyond.”

“Director Chad Archibald has gained a strong following among fans
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Frightfest 2014: ‘The Drownsman’ Review

Stars: Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, Ry Barrett, JoAnn Nordstrom | Written by Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan | Directed by Chad Archibald

Chad Archibald, producer of Antisocial (a personal fave) turns his hand to directing with a film which, whilst not a patch on Black Fawn Films previous effort, is still a bold attempt to create an all-new horror villain in The Drownsman. Plus, what’s not to like about another film starring the wonderful Michelle Mylett?

This time round Mylett plays Madison who, after almost drowning in a lake, develops debilitating hydrophobia and with good reason. It’s not just water the frightens Madison, it’s the supernatural entity that continually haunts her through it, a rancid ghostly entity trying to pull her into his dark, wet world. Her friends, worried for her sanity, decide to stage an intervention – with dire consequences. Their attempts to
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