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Friday: RSVP for Our Free “Last Chance” Screening of The Prodigy with Director Nicholas McCarthy in La!

This Friday, May 10th, Dread Central is hosting a final opportunity to see The Prodigy as it was meant to be experienced: On the big screen. It’s one of our “Last Chance” DreadVision screenings, and it’ll be immediately followed by a Q&A with director Nicholas McCarthy (moderated by yours truly). The Prodigy is absolutely one […] The post Friday: RSVP for Our Free “Last Chance” Screening of The Prodigy with Director Nicholas McCarthy in La! appeared first on Dread Central.
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May 7th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Prodigy, St. Agatha, The Nightcomers

May 7th is a relatively quiet day of genre-related Blu-ray and DVD releases, so I’ll keep this installment of our ongoing home media column series on the short and sweet side. If you dig creepy kid horror and you happened to miss it in theaters earlier this year, Nicholas McCarthy’s The Prodigy comes home on Tuesday, and for those of you who might be more into nunsploitation stories, St. Agatha is set to arrive on both formats this week. Cult film fans can finally add The Nightcomers and The Man Who Haunted Himself (featuring Roger Moore) to their Blu-ray collections, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army is making its 4K debut on May 7th as well.

The Nightcomers

Two Children… Two Adults… One Unspeakable Crime! Captivating and disturbing, this highly intense psychological drama with its haunting, twisted notion of sexuality puts a new spin on the characters from Henry James’ celebrated ghost story,
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Dread Central to Host Free La screening of The Prodigy May 10th with Director Nicholas McCarthy!

Dread Central will be hosting a free “last chance” screening of the killer child movie The Prodigy on Friday, May 10th at 7 pm at Hollywood’s swanky Arena Cinelounge Sunset (6464 Sunset Boulevard; 323-924-1644). Director Nicholas McCarthy will intro the film and take part in a Q&A. La […] The post Dread Central to Host Free La screening of The Prodigy May 10th with Director Nicholas McCarthy! appeared first on Dread Central.
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Pet Sematary Screenwriter Jeff Buhler on Adapting Stephen King

Nick Morgulis Apr 4, 2019

We dig deep with Pet Sematary screenwriter Jeff Buhler about adapting King, changing the story and more.

This article contains spoilers for Pet Sematary.

Adapting the work of a revered author like Stephen King is always a challenge, but it’s twice as daunting when the material in question is one of the novelist’s most famous and acclaimed books. In this case, it’s Pet Sematary, King’s haunting tale of death, grief, and guilt in which a doctor and family man named Louis Creed, tormented by the death of one of his young children, buries the child in an ancient burial ground behind his house that brings whatever is buried there back to life…only not quite the same.

Working off a story by Matt Greenberg, writer Jeff Buhler was handed the assignment of adapting Pet Sematary for directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmeyer (Starry Eyes
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Interview: Screenwriter Jeff Buhler on Creating a New Generation of Creepy Kids with Pet Sematary and The Prodigy

Screenwriter Jeff Buhler is quickly becoming the King of Creepy Kid Stories in 2019. Between his work on The Prodigy and Pet Sematary, as well as the upcoming Grudge reboot, suffice to say that if you want to see tiny humans doing and saying messed up things that will give you nightmares, Buhler is definitely your go-to guy right now.

While at the recent press day, Daily Dead sat down for an in-depth conversation with Buhler, who talked about everything from the pressures of adapting Stephen King to finding new ways to make kids creepy in horror movies again to exploring new depths in the relationship between Louis (Jason Clarke) and Rachel Creed (Amy Seimetz) to the challenges of screenwriting for a feline co-star, and more.

Look for Pet Sematary (2019) in theaters everywhere this weekend!

[Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t seen any of the Pet Sematary (2019) trailers and are unaware of the major change to this iteration of King’s story,
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Final Pet Sematary Trailer Goes to a Horrible and Shocking Place

Final Pet Sematary Trailer Goes to a Horrible and Shocking Place
With Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer's remake of Stephen King's Pet Sematary hitting a theater near you this Thursday night, do you think we really need yet another trailer for the film? I guess the powers that be behind the scenes over at Paramount sure seemed to think so as that is just what we have for you guys here today. Dubbed the "Final Trailer for Pet Sematary" you can check it out below. For all of you guys still reading and not just jumping ahead to the trailer, let me lay out what you can expect to see go down once you hit play.

The whole thing kicks off with new Louis Creed (played by Jason Clarke) giving his young daughter Ellie (played in this adaptation by Jet&#233 Laurence) a bath. All seems to be going swimmingly, and Clarke moves on to brushing her hair. It's at
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April 2019 VOD & Digital Releases Include Happy Death Day 2U, Escape Room, Hagazussa, Glass, The Prodigy

The weather may be getting better outside, and you may be feeling inclined to spend more time outdoors, but I’m about to give genre fans more than two dozen reasons why you should stay home during the month of April, as we have an incredible amount of horror and sci-fi films and series events headed to various digital and VOD platforms over the next few weeks.

Things kick off with Jordan Peele’s new run of The Twilight Zone exclusively on the CBS All Access service on April 1st, and then Netflix is summoning up a whole new batch of brand new episodes of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on April 5th. That same week, we have a bunch of films hitting various platforms, including Glass, Pet Graveyard, The Banished, and Terror 5. On April 2nd, we also have a brand new installment of the Blumhouse Into the Dark series
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‘The Prodigy’ Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Dates and Details

The creepy kid movie genre's latest entry is The Prodigy, and its coming to home video later this spring.

Up first for The Prodigy home video rollout is a Digital HD and Movies Anywhere release on April 23rd. Then on May 7th, The Prodigy Blu-ray and DVD will show up on store shelves.

Taylor Schilling stars in The Prodigy as a mother whose son begins to exhibit evil traits and tendencies. She must both try to have her son from himself and her family from her son before it's too late.

Fox is including a trio of bonus features on all versions of The Prodigy. They include:

Commentary by Director Nicholas McCarthy

Promotional Featurettes


Pre-order The Prodigy on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo at Amazon.
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The Prodigy Coming to Blu-ray & DVD on May 7th

After making a splash as Georgie in 2017's It, Jackson Robert Scott returned to the big screen in haunting style in The Prodigy, and if you missed the horror film in theaters, you won't have to wait long to see it from the comforts of home, as it's coming to Digital on April 23rd, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on May 7th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

We have the cover art and full release details (including a commentary by director Nicholas McCarthy) for The Prodigy Blu-ray and DVD below, and in case you missed it, check here to read Heather Wixson's review of the film and interviews with McCarthy and star Taylor Schilling.

Press Release: March 26th, 2019 (Los Angeles) – The Prodigy arrives on Digital April 23rd and Blu-ray and DVD May 7th. In her much-anticipated foray into the horror-thriller genre, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee
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SXSW 2019 Review: Pet Sematary (2019) is One of the Darkest and Most Surprising Stephen King Adaptations to Date

For their cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer perfectly tap into all the inherent darkness that exists on the pages of King’s popular novel, but then the duo completely circumvents any and all expectations of where things are headed as they build towards the film’s jaw-dropping final moments, and I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I think the ending of Pet Sematary (2019) is a much stronger gut punch than what we get from King’s book. Blasphemy, I know, but if you didn’t think aspects of this story could possibly get any darker than they already were, both Kölsch and Widmyer are here to prove you wrong, and I was absolutely thrilled with the results.

Most of Pet Sematary (2019) follows along with the familiar beats of the novel: Doctor Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) decides to move his wife,
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‘The Prodigy’ Review

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott, Peter Mooney, Brittany Allen, Colm Feore | Written by Jeff Buhler | Directed by Nicholas McCarthy

The third horror film from director Nicholas McCarthy, The Prodigy is an entry in the creepy kid genre typified by the likes of Orphan (2009) and Joshua (2007), aka The Devil’s Child. As such it’s something of a mixed bag, delivering a handful of genuinely nasty moments, but let down by a frustrating script that completely ignores the premise implied in the title.

Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) and Peter Mooney play Sarah and John Blume, a middle-class Pennysylvania couple whose longed-for child is born at the exact same moment that police shoot and kill Hungarian-speaking serial killer Edward Scarka (Paul Fauteux) in nearby Ohio. Eight years later, their young son Miles (Jackson Robert Scott) is attending school for gifted children, after having grown up with an unusually high Iq,
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UK box office preview: 'What Men Want', 'Fisherman’s Friends' up against ‘Captain Marvel’

UK box office preview: 'What Men Want', 'Fisherman’s Friends' up against ‘Captain Marvel’
Captain Marvel had grossed £15.8m in the UK as of Thursday morning.

Disney’s Captain Marvel looks set to dominate the UK box office this weekend after an impressive £12.8m opening.

The film was up to an estimated £15.8m in the UK as of Thursday morning, and £414.6m ($550.2m) globally.

Opening against the Marvel blockbuster are two wide releases this weekend: Paramount’s Us comedy What Men Want and Entertainment Film Distributor’s UK musical comedy-drama Fisherman’s Friends. Both titles will open in 300+ venues.

What Men Want is the latest feature from Hairspray director Adam Shankman, and stars Taraji P. Henson
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Movie Review – The Prodigy (2019)

The Prodigy, 2019.

Directed by Nicholas McCarthy.

Starring Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott, Peter Mooney, Paul Fauteux, Colm Feore and Brittany Allen.


The parents of a young boy begin to suspect something supernatural might be happening when their child develops seriously violent tendencies.

I can’t say I expected much from The Prodigy when I settled into my seat to watch what looked like another, pretty generic, ‘creepy kid’ horror movie. Within five minutes or so, a desperate female character was raising a bloodied stump of an arm to camera and declaring through sobs that “he took my hand”, providing an evocative chill at the beginning of a film that completely grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and dragged me through a surprisingly nasty, scary story with more than a handful of twists in the tail.

The aforementioned opening concludes with a bullet-riddled body that match cuts with
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Sir John Richardson obituary

Art historian and biographer of Picasso

The art historian John Richardson, who has died aged 95, was the author of a magisterial biography of Pablo Picasso, the first volume of which was published in 1991 and won the Whitbread book of the year award, and which is still in progress.

The first part of A Life of Picasso, The Prodigy, concluded with the climactic year of 1906, when the shock to Picasso’s system of the primitive reductions of form in Matisse’s woodcuts and his magnificent canvas Le Bonheur de Vivre induced the self-knowledge that, compared to Matisse, he had been merely cruising in his blue and rose periods. The second volume, The Cubist Rebel, published in 1996, took the story a mere 10 years further, from the breakthrough painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon through a collaboration with Georges Braque to the brink of Picasso’s neoclassical years.

Related: Review: A Life of Picasso,
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The Prodigy Review

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Most horror fans would welcome watching possessed kids run amuck with power tools above their head or wantonly parade paranormal powers instead of stealthily sliding cucumbers behind placid cats like normal children, but there’s nothing more maddening than seeing horror films shamelessly nip from the classics. Director Nicholas McCarthy’s The Prodigy is an evil kid flick which adheres to the textbook; adopting fladgets and tart devices while just about hitting plot beats and deviating enough so it’s not completely cumbersome.

Eight years after the birth of their son Miles (Jackson Robert Scott), Pennsylvania based couple, John and Sarah Blume (Peter Mooney and Taylor Schilling) are told their offspring has a freakishly high Iq and is advancing too fast. What they don’t realise (like viewers) is that Miles is possessed by the narked spirit of recently departed serial killer Edward Sarka, who plans to take permanent residence
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New Pet Sematary Photos Creep Into Cursed Side of Stephen King Remake

Next month, Paramount and Starry Eyes directing duo Kevin K&#246lsch and Dennis Widmyer will be unleashing an all-new remake/reimagining/readaptation of It and The Dark Tower author Stephen King's Pet Sematary. Arguably King's scariest novel, Pet Sematary is all set to crawl out of the grave and into the night later this month when it hosts its World Premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival on March 17th. The much-anticipated film then lurks into a theater near you on April 5, 2019. And to get you guys ready for its release, today we have two spooky new stills from the upcoming remake/readaptation featuring new Louis Creed played by Jason Clarke.

The first still features Jason Clarke wandering, in what appears to be his sleep, through the fog-covered titular cemetery in the middle of the dark woods. Those who have read the book and/or seen the original film know this scene well.
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Festival Preview: 13 Reasons We’re Excited For SXSW 2019

As the year 2019 continues to just fly by, the SXSW Film Festival is already right around the corner, kicking off on Friday in Austin, Texas. Not only does SXSW boast several impressive studio horror premieres this year, both opening and closing the festival, but it also features a Murderers' Row of talent in their Midnighters slate as well. This writer will once again be on site at the fest representing Daily Dead, and while I am really excited about everything on my docket over the next few weeks, here are 13 things happening at SXSW 2019 that have me especially amped to check out throughout all the film-related festivities.

Us (Director/Screenwriter: Jordan Peele)

I mean, it’s a new horror movie from Jordan Peele featuring a stellar cast oozing with raw talent. What more could I possibly need?

Festival Synopsis: An original nightmare from Oscar-winner Jordan Peele (Get Out), starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke,
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Movie Review – The Prodigy (2019)

The Prodigy, 2019.

Directed by Nicholas McCarthy.

Starring Taylor Schilling, Brittany Allen, Jackson Robert Scott, Colm Feore, Peter Mooney, and Paul Fauteux.


A mother concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him.

The film opens with a muddied, distraught woman rushing through the forest seeking help. The film then cuts to a calm woman who is driving along the vacant country road listening to radio-friendly tunes. It continues this back-and-forth editing technique to establish the collision of unknown terror and the tranquil. This prologue also firmly establishes the jump scares that shall abound the rest of the film. Important to note: neither of these characters is the protagonist.

Establishing this collision of worlds, the film continues this contrasted trajectory for the remainder of the first act. In another back-and-forth editing technique; the isolated psychotic killer Edward Scarka is seeking the escaped handless woman
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Movie Review – The Hole in the Ground (2019)

The Hole in the Ground, 2019.

Directed by Lee Cronin.

Starring Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, and James Quinn Markey.


A boy disappears one night after venturing out into the woods behind their secluded home where a mysterious hole in the ground is located. After a short while, he returns but his mother’s calm soon turns to fear when his behavior starts to become increasingly violent and disturbing.

Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground appeared to be a unique type of horror film with its first trailer release; a film that promised lots of strange imagery with an interesting twist on a concept that we have seen done time and time again. The “child turns evil” idea has been explored in several horror pictures such as The Omen(1976), Children of the Corn (1984), and even most recently The Prodigy(2019).

Although it all feels unfortunately familiar
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Keith Flint Dies: Singer & Frontman Of Controversial Band The Prodigy Was 49

Keith Flint Dies: Singer & Frontman Of Controversial Band The Prodigy Was 49
Keith Flint, the double-mohawked lead singer and founding member of the controversial British rave band The Prodigy, was found dead in Essex, England, today, his death apparently by suicide. He was 49.

“The news is true,” wrote Prodigy co-founder Liam Howlett on The Prodigy’s Instagram page today. “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I’m shell shocked, f*ckin angry, confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother.”

After shooting to U.K. notoriety in 1996 with its BBC-banned video for hit “Firestarter,” The Prodigy rose to greater fame the following year with its third album The Fat of the Land, which rose to the top of the charts in both the United States and the UK largely on the strength of the No. 1 hit single Breathe.

Another track from the album drew even greater attention: “Smack
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