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'The Poker Club' Review

Fans of poker might be a little disappointed if they checked out the 2009 thriller (semi "horror film") “The Poker Club” expecting something like “Rounders”. Fortunately, some might be happy to find plenty of twists and turns in the flick.

The basic plot bypasses some of the typical horror movie cliches and settings (such as the disastrous Halloween II by Rob Zombie) and manages to turn a production with a very low budget into a surprisingly entertaining film.

Based on the novel by Ed Gorman, “The Poker Club” follows four friends ( Aaron, Curtis, Bill, and Neal) as they find themselves caught up in a dangerous situation that quickly spirals out of control when Curtis accidentally kills an intruder during their weekly poker game. They clumsily dispose of the body and swear to never reveal what happened, hoping that out-of-sight, out-of-mind does the trick. Unfortunately for them a mysterious stranger knows their deadly secret as well,
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'ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2' Now Available on VOD

by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Following a successful premiere at the San Diego Comic Con along with positive horror fan feedback, Image Entertainment has announced that ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2 is now available to view on video-on-demand.

Stay tuned for our upcoming review of the film and make sure to check your local cable systems or satellite provider for more information about how to watch ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 on VOD.

From the Official News Release:

ChromeSkull – the chrome face-plated, technologically savvy homicidal maniac that made his debut in the 2009 cult hit Laid To Rest – returns in ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2. Starring Brian Austin Green (“Desperate Housewives”), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, The Poker Club), Ltr 1 alum Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Danielle Harris (Halloween), Owain Yeoman (“The Mentalist”) and Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue,” “Hellcats”), with Nick Principe returning as ChromeSkull, the sequel
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ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 – now on Video on Demand!

After a triumphant premiere at San Diego Comic Con and in response to unprecedented fan feedback, Image Entertainment announces that ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2 is now available on video-on-demand!

ChromeSkull – the chrome face-plated, technologically savvy homicidal maniac that made his debut in the 2009 cult hit Laid To Rest – returns in ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2. Starring Brian Austin Green (“Desperate Housewives”), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, The Poker Club), Ltr 1 alum Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Danielle Harris (Halloween), Owain Yeoman (“The Mentalist”) and Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue,” “Hellcats”), with Nick Principe… More
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Scare Yourself Up ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 On Demand

There is nothing good that can come from running into a guy with a big silver plate fused onto his head. Nothing. And if you don't believe me, you need only to flip to your Video On Demand menu and order up ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2. That's right, the knock-out film released at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 is now available in the comfort of your home.

The people have spoken and demanded a chance to see this uber-bloody sequel to the popular original, and Image Entertainment responded. Come on, you know we've all got an affinity for shiny things, and with a tag line like "Death Polished," who wouldn't be rushing to their television to check this one out?

Nick Principe returns to portray ChromeSkull and brings Brian Austin Green, Johnathon Schaech, Thomas Dekker and Danielle Harris with him. Check it out!

From the Press Release

After a triumphant premiere
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ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 gets Early Video-On-Demand Release

Can’t wait until September 20th for the Blu-ray and DVD release of ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2? Image Entertainment sends word that Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 is now available early on video-on-demand services.

ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 picks up three months after we last left ChromeSkull (Principe) at the end of the original Laid to Rest. Tommy (Dekker), who’s struggling to come to terms with his encounter with the masked killer, has now gone missing courtesy of the maniacal Preston (Green), a mysterious player in the sequel with a sinister connection to ChromeSkull. Meanwhile, our killer has set his sights on a new girl, Jess (Michaels), and after the young girl disappears, Detective King (Yeoman) must race against the clock to find her and Tommy before it’s too late and try to put an end to ChromeSkull’s deadly legacy.

ChromeSkull – the chrome face-plated, technologically
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Chromeskull : Laid to Rest 2 gets a release date!

Image Entertainment Brings Back The Man In The Chrome Mask!

Chromeskull: Laid To Rest 2

Looking Sharp on Unrated Blu-ray™ and DVD September 20th

There’s a saying among horror fans: “You can’t keep a good slasher down!” And for fans of the 2009 cult hit Laid To Rest, the wait is over! On September 20, ChromeSkull – the chrome face-plated, technologically saavy homicidal maniac – returns in ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2 on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Image Entertainment. Starring Brian Austin Green (“Desperate Housewives”), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, The Poker Club), Ltr 1 alum Thomas Dekker (A… More
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Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 ready to kill on DVD and Blu-ray

Whilst not perfect, 2009′s Laid to Rest turned out being one of the better slasher flicks of recent years. Director Robert Hall delivered a movie that screamed out for a sequel, due mainly in part to the memorable killer known as Chromeskull. Well now both director Hall and Chromeskull actor Nick Principe are back for the sequel Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2. Due to hit the stores on September 20th from Image Entertainment Chromeskull will be available on Unrated DVD and Blu-ray and Rated DVD.

Chatsworth, CA – There’s a saying among horror fans: “You can’t keep a good slasher down!” And for fans of the 2009 cult hit Laid To Rest, the wait is over! On September 20, ChromeSkull – the chrome face-plated, technologically saavy homicidal maniac – returns in ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2 on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Image Entertainment. Starring Brian Austin Green (“Desperate Housewives”), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do,
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'ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2' Heading to DVD and Blu-ray

by Brad Salinger, MoreHorror.com

The follow up to the cult horror film Laid to Rest, ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 is hitting shelves on DVD and Blu-ray September, 20, 2011. Check out the details below as well as the trailer. Enjoy.

From the official Release:

There’s a saying among horror fans: “You can’t keep a good slasher down!” And for fans of the 2009 cult hit Laid To Rest, the wait is over! On September 20, ChromeSkull – the chrome face-plated, technologically saavy homicidal maniac – returns in ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2 on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Image Entertainment.

Starring Brian Austin Green (“Desperate Housewives”), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, The Poker Club), Ltr 1 alum Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Danielle Harris (Halloween), Owain Yeoman (“The Mentalist”) and Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue,” “Hellcats”), with Nick Principe returning as ChromeSkull, the sequel is once again directed by award-winning director Robert Hall (Laid To Rest,
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The Return of 'ChromeSkull' in Full Official Trailer!

The Return of 'ChromeSkull' in Full Official Trailer!
Arriving on both DVD and Blu-ray September 20, with screenings and festival showings beforehand, is Image Entertainment's Chromeskull: Laid To Rest 2, the sequel to Rob Hall's the 2008 cult horror film Laid to Rest. Starring Brian Austin Green (Desperate Housewives), Danielle Harris (Halloween II, Hatchet II, Stake Land), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, The Poker Club), Gail OGrady (NYPD Blue, Hellcats), Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist), along with Ltr 1 alums Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Nick Principe as ChromeSkull, the sequel is once again directed by award-winning special effects makeup wizard Robert Hall, and co-written by Hall and Kevin Bocarde, who also co-produced.
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Cult classic in the making Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 picked up for Us distribution

Image Entertainment, Inc. (Otcqb: Disk) has acquired all North American distribution rights to ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2, the sequel to the 2008 cult horror film Laid to Rest. Starring Brian Austin Green (“Desperate Housewives”), Danielle Harris (Halloween II, Hatchet II), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, The Poker Club), Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue,” “Hellcats”), Owain Yeoman (“The Mentalist”) Allison Kyler (VH1's Scream Queens) , along with Ltr 1 alums Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Nick Principe as “ChromeSkull,” the sequel is once again directed by award-winning special effects makeup wizard Robert Hall, and co-written by Hall and Kevin Bocarde, who also co-produced. Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment, made the announcement.

“ChromeSkull is a great new horror film icon,” noted Bromiley. “Like all good movie monsters, he’s got more mayhem in store for us and we’re excited to bring him to audiences everywhere.
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Image Entertainment to Release 'ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2'

Image Entertainment to Release 'ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2'
It was announced yesterday that Image Entertainment will release ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2, the sequel to the Rob Hall's 2008 slasher Laid to Rest. Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 stars Brian Austin Green (Desperate Housewives), Danielle Harris (Halloween II, Hatchet II), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, The Poker Club), Gail O'Grady (NYPD Blue, Hellcats), Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist), Thomas Dekker  (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Nick Principe as ChromeSkull. Check out the new plot crunch below. ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 picks up three months after the end of the first film. Tommy (Dekker), who's struggling with vivid memories of his first encounter with the masked killer, has been abducted...
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Chromeskull: Laid To Rest 2 Gets Distribution!

Image Entertainment has picked up the distribution rights to Robert Hall's Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2. I've already had the pleasure to interview one of the cast members, Amgelina Armani (click here) and I must say if this sequel is anything like the first one this will be one messed up bloody thrill ride for horror fans everywhere! If you love blood and gore Chromeskull is your man!

From the Press Release:

Image Entertainment, Inc. has acquired all North American distribution rights to ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2, the sequel to the 2008 cult horror film Laid to Rest. Starring Brian Austin Green (“Desperate Housewives”), Danielle Harris (Halloween II, Hatchet II), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, The Poker Club), Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue,” “Hellcats”), Owain Yeoman (“The Mentalist”), along with Ltr 1 alums Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Nick Principe as “ChromeSkull,” the sequel is once again
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Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 finds distro!

This bit of news wiped away a part of my blues this evening. From the press release sent to us, Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 has found distribution!

Image Entertainment, Inc. has acquired all North American distribution rights to ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2, the sequel to the 2008 cult horror film Laid to Rest. Starring Brian Austin Green (“Desperate Housewives”), Danielle Harris (Halloween II, Hatchet II), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, The Poker Club), Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue,” “Hellcats”), Owain Yeoman (“The Mentalist”), along with Ltr 1 alums Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Nick Principe as “ChromeSkull,” the sequel is once again directed by award-winning special effects makeup wizard Robert Hall, and co-written by Hall and Kevin Bocarde, who also co-produced. Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment, made today’s announcement.

“ChromeSkull is a great new horror film icon,” noted Bromiley. “Like all good movie monsters,
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ChromeSkull Carves out Distribution for Laid to Rest 2

Finally everyone's favorite shiny-headed killer has found his home and we couldn't be happier as to where he's taking up residence! Dig it!

From the Press Release

Image Entertainment, Inc. has acquired all North American distribution rights to ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2, the sequel to the 2008 cult horror film Laid to Rest. Starring Brian Austin Green (“Desperate Housewives”), Danielle Harris (Halloween II, Hatchet II), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, The Poker Club), Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue,” “Hellcats”), Owain Yeoman (“The Mentalist”), along with Ltr 1 alums Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Nick Principe as “ChromeSkull,” the sequel is once again directed by award-winning special effects makeup wizard Robert Hall, and co-written by Hall and Kevin Bocarde, who also co-produced. Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment, made today’s announcement.

“ChromeSkull is a great new horror film icon,” noted Bromiley. “Like all good movie monsters,
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Exclusive trailer debut/screening news: Hunger

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Got an appetite for suffering? Fango’s got the exclusive debut of the unrated trailer for Steven HentgesHunger (see it below), and info on where you can catch screenings of the film later this week.

The film stars The Poker Club’s Lori Heuring as one of five strangers who awake in an enclosed dungeon and subject to an experiment in depravity. The subjects are left without food, and as their hunger increases, their humanity strips away to reveal the lengths we will go to for survival. “Hunger, for me is about humanity and how far people will go to survive in extreme circumstances,” the director tells Fango. “The genesis came in a screenplay that the writer had submitted to a Slamdance Film Festival competition, and became a finalist. It was an idea I always loved, really inspired by something like Lifeboat, where you have strangers trapped together in
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Resident Evil: Afterlife to Start Lensing in September

Despite not having released any details regarding the cast or even its director to media outlets, Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth theatrical installment in the franchise, will begin filming in late September in Toronto.

Thanks to the increasingly pervasive Twitter, we learned via Production Weekly that "Resident Evil: Afterlife is scheduled to begin an 8-week shoot September 28th at Cinespace Film Studios in Toronto."

Milla should be returning as Alice, especially considering her partner Paul W.S. Anderson penned the script, but nothing's been confirmed. Other casting rumors (from IMDb, so take them with a grain of salt) include Jensen Ackles, Jason O'Mara (who appeared in Re: Extinction), and Johnny Messner (The Poker Club).

Sony Pictures will be distributing the film, scheduled for a September 10, 2010, release, so no doubt we'll be hearing something more definitive soon.

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Johnathon Schaech Talks Poker and Horror

Even though writer/actor Johnathon Schaech may have initially hit the Hollywood scene in 1995 with his performance in That Thing You Do!, it’s his latest string of performances and writing contributions in the horror field that demonstrates he has what it takes to keep himself working consistently.

In fact, this week alone Schaech is featured in two different horror releases. In the first film, Laid to Rest (review), Schaech is featured in a supporting role where his character suffers one of the more creative knife-induced kills at the hands of serial killer ChromeSkull. The second movie, Sony Pictures The Poker Club (review), Schaech both starred in the film as well as penned the screenplay adaptation of the Ed Gorman novel.

Schaech explained, “The Poker Club is basically a story about a group of guys who regularly get together for their poker nights. One night, a burglar breaks in during
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Exclusive: We Play 'Poker' with Jonathan Schaech for a 'Buick 8'

If there's one thing you remember about actor-filmmaker Jonathan Schaech, it's that good-lookin' face of his. Adoring fans know him as the hot-but-pretty-crazy killer from Prom Night or the saucy-but-overly-cocky fireman in Quarantine. This time around, however, Schaech is turning his cheek and showing us his best poker face in the film adaptation of Ed Gorman's The Poker Club (which Schaech co-scripted) in which he plays a card-playing family guy that gets wrapped up in a really horrific situation. In the following interview with Schaech, he tells us about his latest role, his love for Stephen King novels, his work on scripting King's From a Buick 8 and even how he tried to nab the role of the...
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This Week on DVD: The Wrestler, Frost/Nixon, Caprica

Finally a decent DVD release week with a few things worth checking out. At the top of the list has to be Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, which may not have gotten a lot of love at the Oscars but is still the best movie of last year according to Film Junk. Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon also hits stores today, along with the Notorious B.I.G. biopic, Notorious, and Battlestar Galactica prequel pilot, Caprica. If you're a fan of horror or sci-fi, you might want to look at J.T. Petty's horror-western The Burrowers, Marc Caro's sci-fi flick Dante 01, or the Hellraiser Puzzle Box, and quirky documentary lovers won't want to miss Audience of One. Also out on Blu-ray this week: Sin City and the X-Men trilogy. The Wrestler [1] (DVD, Blu-ray [2]) Frost/Nixon [3] (DVD, Blu-ray [4]) Notorious [5] (DVD, Blu-ray [6]) The Burrowers [7] Dante 01 [8] I Dismember Mama [9] Into The Blue 2: The Reef
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A bunch o’ horror DVD covers emerge

The covers for several assorted DVDs we’ve told you about over the past few weeks have recently cropped up, and we figured we’d show them to you all in one place (i.e., below the cut). A new title has come up as well: Lost Treasure Of The Grand Canyon, a Sci Fi Channel creature feature that Anchor Bay releases May 26.

In that movie, Shannen Doherty and Michael Shanks star as two of a group of archaeological researchers who travel deep into the titular natural landmark in search of the father of Doherty’s character. There they encounter not only an ancient tribe that likes to dabble in human sacrifice, but a mythical monster that also enjoys snacking on people. With no special features announced, the disc retails for $19.97.

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