NEW Teaser Trailer: Larry Fessenden’s DEPRAVED

The film will have its World Premiere at WHAT THE FEST!? on March 20th.

Shot on the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, veteran genre writer-director Larry Fessenden’s brings his unique vision of the literary classic in DEPRAVED, set in modern Brooklyn.

This meditative reimagining of the novel explores the crisis of masculinity and ideas about loneliness, memory and the subtle psychological shocks that shape us as individuals.

Alex (Owen Campbell) leaves his girlfriend Lucy (Chloë Levine) after an emotional night, walking the streets alone to get home.From out of nowhere, he is stabbed in a frenzied attack, with the life draining out of him. He awakes to find he is the brain in a body he does not recognize. This creature, Adam (Alex Breaux), has been brought into consciousness by Henry (David Call), a brilliant field surgeon suffering from PTSD after two tours in the Mideast, and his accomplice Polidori (Joshua Leonard), a predator determined to cash in on the experiment that brought Adam to life. Henry is increasingly consumed with remorse over what he’s done and when Adam finally discovers a video documenting his own origin, he goes on a rampage that reverberates through the group and tragedy befalls them all.

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Trailer Premiere: Master of Dark Shadows

MPI Media Group has officially released the trailer and announced the release date for it the highly anticipated MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS, a comprehensive celebration of the legendary Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis.

The film will be available across digital platforms and on DVD April 16, 2019. The feature documentary, which was shot in New York, LA and London, includes interviews with key actors and filmmakers involved in the undyingly popular story of vampire Barnabas Collins and all the eerie goings-on at the gloomy Maine mansion Collinwood. The documentary was directed by David Gregory(Lost Soul, Godfathers of Mondo)and is set to be released this spring.

Narrated by Ian McShane (Deadwood), MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS offers insights from Curtis himself in addition to Oscar-winning writer-producer Alan Ball (True Blood), screenwriter William F. Nolan (Trilogy of Terror), author Herman Wouk (The Winds Of War), veteran actors Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Barbara Steele (Black Sunday)and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire), Dark Shadows stars Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, Jerry Lacy, Roger Davis, Marie Wallace, Chris Pennock and James Storm, plus other colleagues and family members.

In 1966, a phenomenon was launched when Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV as a daily Gothic suspense series. Airing in the late afternoon, the show attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. Witches, ghosts and scary story lines turned Dark Shadows into a TV classic that led to motion pictures, remakes, reunions and legions of devoted fans who have kept the legend alive for five decades.

The feature-length documentary MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS reveals the fascinating history, far-reaching impact and lasting appeal of Dark Shadows with a compelling blend of rare footage and behind-the-scenes stories while also exploring the dramatic talents of creator-producer-director Dan Curtis. Known as the “King of TV Horror,” the Emmy-winning filmmaker followed Dark Shadows with other iconic genre favorites including The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings before earning accolades for the epic miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

Anya Taylor-Joy Will Lead Edgar Wright’s “Last Night In Soho”

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Blinding Edge Pictures – Universal Pictures

Director Edgar Wright is set to direct the psychological horror-thriller “Last Night In Soho” and he’s taking Anya Taylor-Joy with him, Variety is reporting.

Though not a lot of plot details have been revealed, the story is said to take place in Central London’s Soho district. Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful) wrote the fiml’s screenplay.

Taylor-Joy’s has been on the rise to stardom since breaking out in 2015’s acclaimed period supernatural horror “The Witch”. She followed that up with M. Night Shyamalan’s blockbuster hits “Split” and last month’s “Glass”.

Wright himself is recently attached on a string of hits lately, having written the screenplay for 2015’s Marvel superhero film “Ant-Man” as well as writing and directing 2017’s box-office and critical hit “Baby Driver”.

Focus and Working Title have not yet announced a release date for the film.

A Reboot Of “Final Destination” In The Works

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Even Death Gets A Reboot. After a seven year absence, the Final Destination franchise is coming back in the form of a reboot with “Saw” writers penning the script, according to Hollywood Reporter.

The upcoming “re-imagining” is said to enlist writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to work on the script. Apart from writing Saw film, the two also collaborated in the home invasion horror thriller “The Collector” which Dunstan directed.

There are currently five films in the horror film franchise. The original was released in March 2000. Although that was met with mixed reviews, the film was a surprise hit for New Line Cinema and gained a cult following.

The fifth and final film in the series however was better received. Released in 2011, the film grossed $156 million at the global boxoffice.

With the resurgent of the horror genre lately, it is somewhat not a surprise that Final Destination wants a piece of the action. In total, the series has grossed $665 million worldwide.

The film franchise separates itself from other horror films in that the killer, Death (or The Grim Reaper) is supernatural in nature and is not seen, but rather makes its presence felt in the supposed accidents and situations wherein characters meet their demise.

Madsonik Releases Music Video For “Escape Room (Madsonik and Kill the Noise Remix)”

SONY Pictures

Madsonik, the DJ Moniker of famed film composer Brian Tyler, has released the official music video for “Escape Room (Madsonik and Kill the Noise Remix)” today.

The track is the main title theme of the SONY Pictures January 2019 movie Escape Room, which was released in theatres last week.Utilizing a huge beat, analog synths, metal guitars, grand piano and mechanical noises such as gears, ticking clocks, pistons, and alarms all being manipulated and time stretched both backwards and forwards, this song is just as intense as its accompanying music video.

Directed by Aris Stoulil, the video features a protagonist attempting to escape from an ominous force in a highly stylized world of continually shifting landscapes.

On the video, Tyler shares “The concept of the video is all about escape. One protagonist that is trapped in an endless cycle; continually attempting escape, traveling from room to room and location to location in conflict with physics and logic as we know it.

And all the while time is running out of a metaphorical hourglass, the sand of which is burying our protagonist alive. Aris Stoulil shot an incredible video representing the idea of impossible escape on location with incredible skill and visual style. His direction captures the feeling of the music perfectly.”
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“The Prodigy” Creepy New Trailer Released

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Orion Pictures

“What’s wrong with Miles?”

That’s a question which the upcoming horror thriller will try to answer Orion Pictures releases a new trailer.

In the film, Miles (played by Jackson Robert Scott) is a very intelligent child who’s genius might be the work of more sinister, possibly supernatural, forces.

“Mummy, will you always love me? No matter what I do?,” the boy creepily asks his mom.

Directed by Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact, At the Devil’s Door), the film is written by Jeff Buhler, who also wrote the screenplay for Pet Sematary, Grudge, and Jacob’s Ladder, all horror films set to be released this year.

“The Prodigy” also stars Taylor Schilling as Miles’ mom investigating her song’s troubling behavior. Also in the film are Colm Feore, Brittany Allen, Peter Mooney and Oluniké Adeliyi.

“The Prodigy” is set to be released by Orion Pictures on February 8, 2019.

“Happy Death Day 2U” Trailer Loops Back Around Again

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Blumhouse Productions

Blumhouse and Universal has dropped a brand new trailer for “Happy Death Day 2U,” the sequel to the surprise 2017 slasher film “Happy Death Day.”

The anonymous killer in a hoodie and babyface mask is back, once again tormenting college student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) who ends up reliving the circumstances around her death over and over.

The trailer picks up where the original ended, which means it basically spoils part of the ending of the first film where Tree supposedly defeated the killer.

“Happy Death Day” was a commercial hit back in 2017, earning $122.6 million on a $4.8 million budget, and also earned praise from critics for its clever spin on comedy slasher genre.

Christopher Landon is writing and directing once again and Jason Blum producing. Returning cast include Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken and Laura Clifton.

“Happy Death Day 2U” is set to open on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019.

“The Amityville Murders” Trailer Explores Origin Of The Horror Story

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Skyline Films

One of the most enduring american horror stories is going back to its roots, as Skyline Films releases the trailer for “The Amityville Murders.”

The film is based on the story of Ronald DeFeo, Jr., who on the night of November 13, 1974, took a rifle and murdered his entire family in their sleep. In real life, DeFeo was convicted of the murders though he had claimed to have heard voices that plotted against him which eventually led him to carry out the murders.

The trailer seem to follow this story-line as well as some paranormal activity in the house that has been part of the story including “The Amityville Horror,” a book by Jay Anson which was published in 1977.

The upcoming film is directed by Daniel Farrands, who has another horror thriller coming up on the horizon called “The Haunting of Sharon Tate”, one of the few upcoming films based around the tragic story of Sharon Tate and cult leader Charles Manson.

“The Amityville Murders,” which stars John Robinson, Diane Franklin, Chelsea Ricketts, and Paul Ben-Victor is set to have simultaneous theatrical, VOD and Digital HD releases on Feb. 8, 2019.

Film Focus: Natalie Portman Ventures Into The Unknown In “Annihilation”

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Paramount Pictures

Sometimes movies are only as good as what viewers bring into them. Story-tellers give us the words and actions, and they’re enhanced or diminished by the viewer’s interpretation and point of view.

Such is the case with Annihilation, one of the best sci-fi films released of recent years. It is ambiguous and thought-provoking for being a lot of things, and its lose ends both frustrate and tickle the imagination.

The film opens with Lena (Natalie Portman) in quarantine, being interrogated by a team of doctors about what had happened. She is questioned about the fate of a few characters, to which she replied that some were dead; for the others she mumbled “I don’t know.”

The scene was followed by a meteor crashing on a lighthouse, which produced some sort of an alien zone bounded by a weird energy field (think water color dissolving and floating in the air). The phenomenon apparently happened three years prior and surrounded the Blackwater National Park, and anyone who goes in never comes back. They call it the Shimmer. But what happens inside is unknown.

Enter Kane (Oscar Isaac), Lena’s husband and soldier who mysteriously shows up on her door a year after he ventured into the the Shimmer with an expedition team. But it didn’t take long for Lena to realize that he is no longer the same person, and questioned what had happened during his expedition.

Hoping to find answers, she decides to join an all female team put together by Dr. Venress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a psychologist who works at the quarantined zone, to trace back her husband’s footsteps inside the Shimmer.

What transpires after this is both intriguing and terrifying.

Not long after they entered, they begin to lose their memory and get disoriented, their sense of time gets out of whack, their navigation equipment and compass start to fail, they get attacked by mutated alligator, and then, in one of the film’s most intense and horrifying scenes, they get attacked by a mutated bear that echoes the screams of one of its victims.

They realize then that it was in fact a suicide mission, and that Dr. Ventress herself has cancer, which explains her abrasive fearlessness to go to the center of the Shimmer. We also see flashbacks of Lena having an affair, the guilt of which led her to the join the expedition. “I owe him,” she said. It appears everyone on the expedition has a reason to be there and, albeit unwittingly, had a baggage which led some to their demise.

Based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer of the same name, the film is full of allegory, subtext and symbolism, from broader topics of biology, cancer, and environmental damage to more personal issues of depression, suicide and extra-marital affairs. At the center, it is about self-destruction, where human impulses lead to bad decisions.

Director Alex Garland expertly weaves these all together in its near 2 hour run-time. And like his highly acclaimed directorial debut “Ex Machina,” the film is thematically and visually ambitious.