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Friday The 13th Helmer Reveals His Insane Pitch For A Jason Lives Follow-Up

Almost 30 years ago, director Tom McLoughlin brought Jason Voorhees back from the brink for the appropriately titled sequel, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. But it turns out McLoughlin initially planned for a follow-up back in ’86, and let’s just say things got weird.

While appearing on the latest episode of Post Mortem (with a tip of the hat to Bloody Disgusting), Tom McLoughlin spoke to fellow horror director Mick Garris about his proposed Jason Lives sequel, and how it would’ve drafted comedy duo Cheech and Chong (!) into the equation.

As McLoughlin recalls down below, this idea came into being soon after producer Frank Mancuso Jr. discovered that New Line held the screen rights to Freddy Krueger, thereby nixing any potential crossover with A Nightmare on Elm Street at the time.

[Producer] Frank Mancuso Jr. came to me… he wanted me to do another film after we did [Jason Lives]. He said,
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HBO Preps 'Game of Thrones' Spin-Off Series With George R.R. Martin

HBO Preps 'Game of Thrones' Spin-Off Series With George R.R. Martin
HBO is developing four potential Game of Thrones spin-off series that will explore different time periods in George R.R. Martin's expansive Westeros universe. Writers Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Carly Wray and Oscar-winner Brian Helgeland have been tapped to work with Thrones author on developing new premises. 

"There is no set timetable for these projects," HBO said. "We'll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in."

D.B. Weiss and David Benioff,
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Chris Wiggins, Friday The 13th: The Series Actor, Has Passed Away

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For years, viewers invited Chris Wiggins into their living rooms to hear his vast knowledge of all things occult on Friday the 13th: The Series, so it is with great sadness that we inform readers that the actor has passed away in Ontario at the age of 87 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

According to THR, the news of Wiggins' passing was recently shared in an obituary published in the Toronto Star. His family has requested that loved ones and fans donate to the Alzheimer Society in place of purchasing flowers for his memorial service in mid-March.

Wiggins is perhaps best remembered for his aforementioned role as Jack Marshak in Friday the 13th: The Series. As fans know, instead of Jason Voorhees, the series focused on cursed antiques that had to be tracked down, and Wiggins' character was absolutely vital in helping Micki Foster and Ryan Dallion on their quests,
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Rest in Peace: Chris Wiggins of Friday the 13th: The Series

Sad news is coming out of the Great White North as The Toronto Star has announced that character actor Chris Wiggins, who played occult expert Jack Marshak in the “Friday the 13th” TV series, has passed on. Wiggins was born… Continue Reading →

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Chris Wiggins, Veteran Character Actor, Dies at 87

Chris Wiggins, a veteran Canadian character and voice actor who appeared in such TV shows as ReGenesis, Redwall and Wojeck and voiced the original Babar, Care Bears and Spiderman cartoons, has died. He was 87.

Wiggins died Feb. 19 in Elora, Ontario, his family announced in the Toronto Star, after a struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He is best known for playing Jack Marshak in the Friday the 13th TV series, Friday's Curse, which ran for three seasons until 1990.

Wiggins also performed the role of Johann Robinson, the father on the 1976 TV series Swiss Family Robinson, and voiced...
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Fritz Weaver Has Passed Away

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Some very sad news is making the rounds today, as it has been reported that Fritz Weaver has passed away at the age of 90.

News of Fritz Weaver's passing was confirmed by Weaver's son-in-law, Bruce Ostler, according to The New York Times. In addition to winning a Tony award for his performance in 1970's Child’s Play, Weaver accumulated an impressive number of acting credits within the horror and sci-fi genres—on both the big and small screens—throughout his career.

Stephen King fans likely remember Weaver as Dexter Stanley from "The Crate" segment of Creepshow, where he starred alongside Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, and the creepy creature unleashed from its prison.

Weaver also left his mark on a number of anthology series, including The Twilight Zone, Monsters, Tales From the Darkside, Night Gallery, and Tales of the Unexpected, in addition to appearances on Friday the 13th: The Series and The X-Files.
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Want to direct horror films? Shudder Labs is here to kickstart your nightmares

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Similar to the famed Sundance Labs that have helped foster the careers of such future A-list filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino and Cary Fukunaga, Shudder Labs -- which held its inaugural edition earlier this month -- invites a group of select filmmakers to attend a week-long retreat with established industry names to take their works-in-progress to the next level. The difference? Shudder Labs focuses its mentorship efforts on filmmakers working in the horror genre, providing them with the guidance of such genre vets as writer/director Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, The Last Winter), Snowfort Pictures CEO Travis Stevens and Lindsay Peters, Industry Director of the genre-centric Fantasia Film Festival and Director of the Frontières International Co-Production Market. Shudder, for those unfamiliar, is a streaming service that focuses exclusively on horror films, and at $4.99 a month it's an agreeably cheap way for fans of the genre to gain streaming access to films they probably won't find on Netflix.
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Revisiting David Cronenberg’s ‘Faith Healer’ Episode of Friday The 13th: The Series

Shock Revisits David Cronenberg’s Insane Episode Of Friday The 13th: The Series. Friday The 13th: The Series was always an odd duck of a show. The spin-off series (which was also known as Friday’S Curse in some regions) had no relation to its big screen counterpart aside from the title, and it instead featured the…

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Fright Rags Celebrates Friday the 13th with New Jason Lives Shirt

Another Friday the 13th has arrived, and with it comes a new shirt from Fright Rags honoring one of the most memorable entries in the Crystal Lake-centric franchise: Tom McLoughlin’s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.

Featuring an electrocuted Jason coming back to life Frankenstein-style, the new Fright Rags shirt is a Midnight Madness offering that is only available for 24 hours. At 12:00pm Est on Saturday, the shirt will no longer be up for pre-order and will never again be for sale. Ordered shirts will be shipped to doorsteps in June.

This Jason Lives design was created by artist Matt Ryan, and it is available as both a baseball tee ($28.00) and a T-shirt (comes in men’s and women’s sizes for $18.00 apiece). We have photos of the shirt below, and to learn more, visit:

From Fright Rags: “Once the clock strikes
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April Fool’S Day at 30: Director Fred Walton on His Horror Comedy Cult Classic

Today, the cult horror comedy April Fool’s Day celebrates its 30th anniversary. Written by Danilo Bach (Beverly Hills Cop) and directed by Fred Walton (1979’s When A Stranger Calls), the film follows a group of college students who spend spring break at their friend Muffy St. John’s family estate, unaware that the weekend will be filled with frights and unexpected surprises.

Released the same weekend as The Money Pit, April Fool’s Day became a modest success for Paramount Pictures, taking in $13 million during its three-week theatrical run and finding even more of an audience once it was released on VHS. Even though it has largely flown under the radar over the last 30 years, Walton’s slasher send-up with an Agatha Christie flair has remained a beloved cult film among genre fans and this writer in particular.

Looking back at the horror comedy, Walton discussed how his involvement
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Nightmare Fuel: Is 'Suspiria' the weirdest horror remake idea ever? Ep. #3

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Nightmare Fuel: Is 'Suspiria' the weirdest horror remake idea ever? Ep. #3
The only thing more terrifying than the last three minutes of this episode of Nightmare Fuel is the first seven!  If you get that reference, you may well be a superfan of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic Suspiria. And even if you don't/aren't, you've likely at least heard of the film, a dreamlike, color-drenched, ultra-violent cult favorite that centers on some witchy happenings at a prestigious German dance academy.  On this week's special in-studio edition of HitFix's new weekly horror series, HitFix chief film critic Drew McWeeny joins me to discuss Italian director Luca Guadagnino's planned remake of the film that's set to star none other than fierce, angular cinema icon Tilda Swinton (along with Dakota Johnson, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts) as well as two other forthcoming remakes/reboots/revivals: Jeremy Slater's TV pilot for The Exorcist (a "modern reinvention" of William Peter Blatty's novel) and Rabid,
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Marrakech: Atom Egoyan Says He’s Ready To Tackle Sci-Fi And Another Opera

Marrakech: Atom Egoyan Says He’s Ready To Tackle Sci-Fi And Another Opera
Marrakech– Canuck auteur Atom Egoyan, who is attending Marrakech film festival to receive a tribute to Canadian cinema and present his latest film, “Remember,” said he was currently working on a science-fiction project which will likely be produced as a TV series.

Egoyan revealed he was developing an adaptation of science-fiction book about Artificial Intelligence.

“This book looks at the history of Artificial Intelligence from (the point of view of) people who dedicated their lives to artificial intelligence and who have personal needs to find it.”

Added Egoyan, “It becomes very political because artificial intelligence is the next domain. Suddenly there is the possibility of creating beings with brains that are more progressive than ours so it’s gets hugely political.”

The soft-spoken helmer said the sic-fi project was more suited for TV drama than a feature.

Speaking of TV prospects, Egoyan said he experimented television at the beginning of his career.
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Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day Eight – Electric Zombie, Velvet Geek, Horror TV Books & More!

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Welcome back to another installment of Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide—we’re now on the eighth day and for today’s gifting ideas, we’re turning the spotlight on several great books related to noteworthy horror and sci-fi TV shows. We’re also featuring some amazing indie artists in this edition of the Hgg—Electric Zombie and Velvet Geek—and we’ve also found some pop culture-inspired Clue games that would be perfect to put under the tree this year.

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by Rlj Entertainment and their recent terrifying yuletide release, A Christmas Horror Story. To help you guys get into the spirit of the season, we’ve put together ten amazing prize packs filled with goodies, a T-shirt and your very own copy of A Christmas Horror Story to get you ready for the holiday season.

For a chance to
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Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day Six – Stylin Online, Jaws Yahtzee, Alien Magnets & More!

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Welcome back guys to day six of Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! Hard to believe we’re now past the halfway mark with this year’s Hgg, so I’ll be sure to keep giving you guys as many great gift ideas as I can find for the rest of this week. Today’s guide is paying tribute to the icons of the genre and features several books either written by or featuring the legends of the industry, as well as an upcoming release from Guillermo del Toro.

We’ve also got a fun zombie shooting game for all those younger undead enthusiasts out there, an adorable selection of gift ideas for the ladies, an array of fun apparel and accessories from one of my personal favorite sites, Stylin Online, and so much more.

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by Rlj Entertainment and their recent terrifying yuletide release,
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[Brew To A Kill] Jason X And Space Cake

Next Friday is Friday the 13th but Jeremy is coming at you a week early with a Brew to a Kill to celebrate the sequel that works better with a couple of drinks in ya.

Not only is 2015 the 35th Anniversary of the original Friday the 13th, and the 30th Anniversary of Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, it’s also the 13th Anniversary of Jason X! It is no coincidence, it must be fate. Please enjoy this bonus Friday the 13th Brew to A Kill for the weirdest and silliest entry in the Voorhees saga.

2008 is the year Jason Voorhees’ (Kane Hodder) body count finally comes to an end. Or so the Us Government would hope. Held in a maximum security prison in Crystal Lake, But Jason does what he does best and busts out killing everyone, including David Cronenberg!? The team leader, Rowan (Lexia Doig), is
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Longtime Genre Journalist Alyse Wax Releases Curious Goods: Behind The Scenes Of Friday The 13th: The Series Book; Features 60+ Interviews!

Alyse Wax has been a horror community staple for years, formerly being the Associate Editor of (Rip), and currently writing for an impressive roster of genre sites/publications including, Fangoria,, and An accomplished and respected journalist, Wax now can add book author to her bio, with the recent release of Bear Manor Media’s Curious Goods: Behind The Scenes Of Friday The 13th: The Series, a comprehensive look back at the Friday The 13th spin-off TV series that ran for three seasons from 1987-1990 and took the mythology of the film series and brought to places completely different, telling the story of a shop which houses mysterious objects.

Lewis Vendredi made a deal with the devil to sell cursed antiques, but he broke the pact, and it cost him his soul. His niece, Micki, and her cousin, Ryan, inherited the store,
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Interview with The Final Girls Director Todd Strauss-Schulson

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The Final Girls was recently released to theaters and VOD, and is available today on Blu-ray and DVD. For those that are interested in what went on behind-the-scenes, I recently caught up with director Todd Strauss-Schulson to talk about the movie's evolution before he got behind the camera, improv comedy on set, building the camp for the movie, and much more:

Can you talk a little bit about how this script came about, what it took to bring it to the screen and what changes you made?

Todd Strauss-Schulson: I was editing my first movie and thinking about what I would do second. These guys I went to college with, Mark Fortin and Josh Miller, are these really cool writers. They're big horror fans—Mark especially is really deep, deep into horror stuff—and had written a script.

Eight years prior to this, we went to college together in L.
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200 Greatest Horror Films (150-141)

Special Mention: Death Proof

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

USA, 2007

Genre: Slasher

The obvious reference points of Death Proof are such movies as Vanishing Point, Roadgames, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, and even Spielberg’s Duel – but Death Proof is influenced by more than just vehicular horror. Tarantino’s homage to the road-fury genre is really two movies in one, offering two versions of the same story about two separate groups of beautiful women who are stalked by a homicidal maniac who uses his car (his weapon of choice) to terrorize and eventually kill his victims. Death Proof can easily be viewed as two slasher films, with the second half acting as a sequel, offering new, beautiful victims for the murderous Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) to terrorize. It’s a grim stalk-and-slash picture with a blaring commentary of female empowerment. Replace the typical sharp edged blade with a car, and
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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 4: Traps & Games

Sometimes it’s psychological. Sometimes it’s visceral. It can be a masked killer’s twisted pastime. A labyrinth our poor heroes must find their way out of. Perhaps a nasty round of torture by the Big Bad. Whatever it is, the sick feeling of impending doom overcomes us as we realize the characters might not make it out alive. Sometimes they can think their way through. Sometimes they can fight. But when the exits are closed and the madman decides to get creative, all bets are off.


Alucarda, La Hija De Las Tinieblas / Innocents From Hell (1977) – A Dracula takes revenge

Director Juan López Moctezuma came along during the new wave of 70′s Mexican genre pics that expressed radical and subversive views. An important intellectual figure in Mexico in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, Moctezuma produced Jodorowsky’s El Topo and Fando Y Lis. Of his three horror films (which also includes Mansion of Madness,
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New Photos of Neca’s Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Figure

Next summer, Tom McLoughlin's infectiously fun Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives will turn 30 years old. Neca's starting the celebration early with new photos of their Jason Voorhees figure that depicts the Camp Crystal Lake slasher as he appeared in the 1986 horror film.

Standing seven inches tall and featuring more than 25 points of articulation, Neca's Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives figure is slated to come out in late December of this year.

From Neca: "It’s hard to believe that Jason Lives came out three decades ago – it’s just as fresh (from the grave) now as it was then. But 2016 marks the 30th Anniversary of the film, so to celebrate, we’ve unearthed our own Ultimate Jason Lives figure! Check out the gallery below.

This deluxe 7” scale action figure features a gruesome, freshly unearthed sculpt and over 25 points of articulation. It’s loaded with accessories,
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